Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2004 Issue

More Americana From<br>Michael Brown Rare Books



Someone around 1816 was very concerned with immorality in the land as he bound together seven works touching on the subject. Some of the titles in this binding are, “God’s Revenge Against Gambling. Exemplified in the Miserable Lives and Untimely Deaths of a Number of Persons of Both Sexes” (try selling this in Las Vegas), “The Drunkard’s Looking Glass,” “God’s Revenge Against Adultery, Awfully Exemplified… by the Accomplished Dr. Theodore Wilson (Delaware,) for Seducing Mrs. Nancy Wiley, had his Brains Blown Out by her Husband,” and “God’s Revenge Against Murder; or the Drown’d Wife.” The compiler of this anthology obviously believed in a vengeful God. Item 273. $2,000.

These weren’t the only views attributed to God at this time. In fact, this one might even make you stop to think the next time someone cites God’s will as justification for denying another his rights. It’s by Iveson Brookes and the title is A Defence of Southern Slavery…In Which it is Moreover Shown that the Association of the White and Black Races in the Relation of Master and Slave is the Appointed order of God. Brookes was a South Carolina clergyman who used the Bible to defend the horrific institution of slavery. While I have not been able to verify this point, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the good reverend was white. Item 10. $250.

Item 3 is a circular headed, The great question of Negro Slavery is forcing itself upon the attention of the citizens… This 1835 work proposes a solution that still surprises me was not more seriously pursued. The author calls for the creation of a fund of $250 million to purchase and free every slave. Ultimately, the nation chose war to resolve the issue, and the cost was far, far greater. $2,500.

Up in northern New England there are many wonders of natural beauty. In 1848 William Oakes created a book featuring 16 drawings by Isaac Sprague of the White Mountains. There are scenes of the mountains, falls, Franconia Notch, Profile Rock and Profile Mountain. More recently (since 1850) Profile Rock has been known as the Old Man of the Mountain, thanks to a Nathaniel Hawthorne story. Last year, much of this symbol of New Hampshire tumbled to the ground. Item 176 is Scenery of the White Mountains. $1,750.

Item 25 is Ups and Downs of an Army Officer by Colonel George Armes. Armes served in the west for 16 years from 1866-1882, fighting, as Brown quotes from a 1940 Edward Eberstadt catalogue, “red men on his front, and red tape to his rear” (see Eberstadt 115-0095 in the Americana Exchange Database). “The quisquilious quibblings of the army bureaucracy are described with a minuteness…” Say what? Did Spiro Agnew once write Eberstadt’s catalogues? I couldn’t find “quisquilious” in my Webster’s dictionary, all 1,500 pages. According to the internet, “quisquilious” means something worthless, and if it’s on the internet, it must be true. $375.

Michael Brown Rare Books can be found at www.mbamericana.com or at 215-387-9808.

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  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rackham (Arthur). The Old Hag Standing Outside a Cottage, original drawing, signed by the artist, [c.1909]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing, signed by the author, original pictorial wrappers, 1997. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Castiglione (Giuseppe, after). Twelve plates from <i>Twenty views of the European Palaces of the Yuanming yuan,</i> 1783-1786. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Antiphonal.- Antiphonal manuscript, [Spain], ca. 1650. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Almanach de Gotha.- Almost complete run 1769 to 1945, 12mo & 8vo, Gotha, C.W. Ettinger [- Justus Perthes]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Bible, Greek.- New Testament [Greek], Novum Iesu Christi D.N. testamentum, ex bibliotheca regia, 2 parts in one, Robert Estienne, Paris, 1550. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Lithgow (William). <i>The Total Discourse of the rare Adventures… from Scotland, to the most famous kingdoms in Europe, Asia, and Affrica…,</i> woodcut illustrations, 4to, I. Oakes, 1640. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Interest.-16th -18th Century. Large collection of letters related to prominent members of the Spanish court and clergymen,; v.s., late 16th-mid 18th century. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex,</i> 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, first issue8vo, John Murray, 1871. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Loewy (Raymond) ARR. Mickey Mouse, original gouache and air brush illustration of Mickey Mouse, signed by artist., n.p. [1946]. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Potter (Beatrix) & Sendak (Maurice). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> NUMBER 2 OF 250 SIGNED COPIES, WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY SENDAK, New York, 1995. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Wolstenholm (Jonathan) ARR. Books on Books, original watercolor, signed and dated by the artist, 2005.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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