Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2009 Issue

A Summer Catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books

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.

You will find many of Leo Cadogan's books listed in "Books For Sale" on this site. Click here.

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  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
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    Modern First Editions
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
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  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.

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