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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2009 Issue

"On Paper" from Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller

Selvaggio129

On Paper from Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller.


By Michael Stillman

Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller, has issued Catalogue 129. On Paper. Photographs, Prints, Manuscripts, Books et al. If it's printed on paper, it might be here. Selvaggio finds many unusual items, along with some notable books, particularly on 19th century travel and exploration in continental America. However, we will admit to being drawn to the uncommon and unusual, so that will be our focus as we look inside the pages of this intriguing catalogue.

For those who like seeing double, item 31 is the personal scrapbooks of Joseph H. Tiden pertaining to twins. His connection to twins is unknown. Perhaps he had twin children or was a twin himself. Whatever the reason, he was fascinated by them. These books contain 348 photographs taken at various twin rallies and conventions in Illinois and Indiana from 1947-1949. They document such events as the Le Roy Twin Rally and the Illinois Twins Conclave, events now lost to time, or at least lost to Google searches. However, the annual conventions of the International Twins Association continue to this day. You might like to plan for the 2009 edition (it takes place in San Antonio in September). Tiden attended the 1949 meeting, the 15th for this organization founded in Indiana that regularly met there during its early years. The scrapbooks also contain 23 newspaper clippings, and even contains information on the Harris triplets of Muncie who harmonized on barbershop songs. Priced at $400.

Item 7 is another photo album, this one compiled during the Civilian Conservation Corps construction of a "road around the rimrock" (now known as "Rimrock Drive") in Colorado National Monument. Newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt was adept at pumping up the economy. He formed the CCC shortly after taking office, and by early spring of 1933, CCC workers were constructing this highway along the rim of the monument. It was a great way to stimulate the economy, as travelers to western Colorado use this road to enjoy the spectacular views to this day. This album contains 21 pages with two photographs and captions each, plus 48 loose snapshots and a 1934 map of the park. $400.

Here is one more collection of photographs, but this is a published book: Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. This is a recent book (1990), but the pictures range from 1840-1930. They display what was apparently a once common practice - taking photographs of recently deceased people, often children, and frequently with a living family member. That sounds macabre but standards must have been different then. Item 98. $250.

There was a time when General Motors ruled the road, and one of their popular brands was the Oldsmobile. It exuded power and luxury, just one step below the Cadillac. Item 152 is a sales book for the 1953 model, headed Oldsmobile Rockets Ahead in Engineering Progress... That, of course, is a play on the famous Rocket 88, produced from 1949-1999 (Oldsmobile itself ceased production five years later). Let me introduce you to my Rocket 88! This six ring binder book includes a brochure about the car, 78 mounted fabric and leather samples, and color panels to select the color for your 88. Come away with me, Lucille. How could G.M. forget the excitement? $350.

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  • <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Verlag, Luzern, Publishers: <i>The Book of Kells,</i> the most precious illuminated manuscript of the early Middle Ages, now reproduced, the FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE FINE ART FACSIMILE EDITION. €5,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone,</i> 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1997, First Deluxe Edn., Signed by the Author on title page. €4,000 to €5,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Gilbert (John T.) Account of Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Ireland, from the earliest extant specimens to A.D. 719. €2,000 to €3,000.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> <i>The Georgian Society Records of Eighteenth-Century Domestic Architecture in Dublin [-Ireland],</i> 5 vols. lg. 4to D. 1909 - 1913. Limited Editions. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>The Poems of W.B. Yeats,</i> 2 vols., roy 8vo, L. (MacMillan & Co.) 1949, Limited Edn., No. 185 (of 375 copies). Signed. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Crone (John S.)ed. <i>The Irish Book Lover, A Monthly Review of Irish Literature and Bibliography.</i> Vol. I No 1 August 1909 - Vol. XXXII No. 6, September 1957. €1,250 to €2,000.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (John Butler) <i>An original self-portrait Sketch,</i> Signed and dated April 1919, N[ew] York. €1,200 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Photograph Album. Entitled ''A Souvenir of the Visit to Jeypore Samasthanam of His Excellency the Right Hon'ble Viscount Goschen of Hawkhurst… 14th December 1927''. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Pistolesi (Erasmo) <i>Il Vaticano,</i> 8vols. large atlas, folio Rome (Tipografia della Societa..) 1829. €500 to €600.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Chagall (Marc)illus., Legmarie (Jean) comp., <i>The Jerusalem Windows,</i> folio N.Y. (George Braziller) 1962. €400 to €500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Bullitt (Thos. W.) <i>My Life at Oxmoor,</i> Life on a Farm in Kentucky before the War. Roy 8vo Louisville, Kentucky, 1911. Privately Printed No. 86 of 100 Copies Only. €300 to €400.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Popish Plot: Oates (Titus) <i>The Popes Whore House or The Merchandise of The Whore of Rome,</i> folio L. 1679. First Edn. €100 to €150.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Frederick Douglass, ALS recruiting help for his paper after schism with Garrison, Rochester, 1851. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> James Dean, photograph by Sanford H. Roth, signed & inscribed by Dean. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Richard Wagner, ALS requesting confirmation that the Grand Duke received his letter, 1863. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Benjamin Rush, ALS, doctor’s note for a Revolutionary soldier, 1780. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Lord Byron, ALS to Cambridge classmate, “your friendship is of more account to me than all these absurd vanities,” c. 1812. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author’s first book, Paris, 1923. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Ralph Ellison, <i>Invisible Man,</i> first English edition of the author’s first novel, signed, London, 1953. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Margery Lawrence, <i>The Madonna of Seven Moons,</i> first edition in unrestored dust jacket, Indianapolis, 1933. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Joseph Albers, <i>Interaction of Color,</i> 80 color screenprints, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1963. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Albert Einstein, autograph manuscript, unsigned, likely a draft discarded while working toward a unified field theory. $10,000 to $20,000.

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