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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2009 Issue

A Summer Catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books

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A summer catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Just in time for the advent of summer is the latest catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books: Catalogue Two - Summer 2009. Cadogan does not specialize in a particular field, but the overwhelming majority of their books are easily defined as "antiquarian," mostly from the 16th through the 18th century. Considering the time period and Cadogan's London location, you would expect primarily English and European texts, but this collection also contains a large number of early Latin American items. Many involve the theological, political, and national issues of a time when tolerance of differing opinions was limited, and European nations seemed always to be at war with one another. These are some of the antiquarian writings Cadogan is serving up for the summer.

Item 22 is a very odd biography of English kings by Dutch physician Johan van Dueren: Vertoog van de Ongelukkige Regeringe... published in 1696. Described are the lives of six kings whose names are all their second coming - William II, Henry II, Edward II, Richard II, Charles II, and James II. Cadogan speculates that perhaps the reason for this odd manner of selecting subjects was a veiled excuse to write about James II, who had recently been forced out by William III. William had invaded England from the Netherlands where he had ruled as William of Orange. Priced at £480 (or roughly $790 in U.S. dollars).

Item 31 marks the outbreak of the war which would remove Sweden from the stage as a world power. Not everyone is aware, but at the beginning of the 18th century, Sweden was still a major international force. Item 31 is Discussio Criminationum, quibus usus est Moscorum Czarus, cum bello Svecis... by Olof Hermelin. At this time, Sweden controlled the Baltic Sea, and many of the Baltic states, including Estonia, from where Hermelin writes this pro-Swedish peace. On the other side of this dispute was an alliance headed by Russia, along with many of greater Sweden's neighbors, Denmark-Norway, Poland-Lithuania, and Saxony. Despite the alliance, Sweden's King Charles XII achieved many victories in the opening years of the Great Northern War. However, it would drag on for two decades, and the tide turned as Peter the Great and his allies gained the upper hand. By war's end, the Swedish were forced to give up their possessions in the area, Russia had gained access to the ocean through the Baltic Sea, and Russia was now the major power in northern Europe, not Sweden. Hermelin's book was published in 1700, at the beginning of the war, when the situation still looked favorable for the Swedes. £575 (US $946).

Item 55 is Pragmatica que su Magestad manda publicar sobre la reformacionex exceso... a 1674 publication of Spanish sumptuary laws. These were laws designed to prohibit what we would now call "conspicuous consumption." Specifically, these targeted dress, such as expensive silks, and other luxurious appearing items. At times, penalties were harsh, such as four years banishment to Africa for a first offense of painting or gilding a coach, and eight years in the galleys for a second offense. These laws were generally designed to prevent commoners from imitating royalty, but also had some practical purposes. In this case, the rules were designed to prohibit trade with France. It should be noted that sumptuary laws tend to run against human nature, and as a result generally are of limited success. £245 ($403).

Item 20 is a very ancient work republished for more modern concerns: De la singularite des clercs, ou de l'obligation ou sont les ecclesiastiques de vivre separez des dames. This is a call for clerics to live singularly, that is, apart from women. The work has been attributed to St. Cyprian of Carthage, a third century bishop, though this is by no means certain. Whoever wrote it, it is very old, and goes back to a time when celibacy was not always demanded of the clergy, and certainly not always observed. This edition was printed in 1718, at a point when women were forbidden to the clergy of the Catholic Church, but some felt the prohibition should be reconsidered. £260 (US $427).

You may reach Leo Cadogan Rare Books at +44 (0) 20 7607 3190 or leo@leocadogan.com. The website is found at www.leocadogan.com.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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