Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2009 Issue

Film, Literature and More from James Pepper Rare Books

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Literature, film, art and mystery from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued Catalogue 187, the latest presentation from this southern California bookseller. Literature, film, art books, and detective and mystery stories can be found in this collection, many coming with autographs and inscriptions. Here is a look at some of the items being offered this time around.

Item 31 is a 1935 first edition of Salvador Dali's book, La Conquette de L'Irrationnel. This is a collection of photographs of Dali's work, with a color reproduction of the portrait of his wife, Gala, and 35 other reproductions in black and white. Among those others is his most famous work, La Persistence de la Memoirie, with the melted clocks. Dali has inscribed the book to his fellow surrealist painter Rene Magritte. This copy was sold at the auction of Magritte's widow by Sotheby's in London in 1987. Priced at $16,500.

Item 129 connects a great writer to a great actor, whose common tie was leftist politics. Author Upton Sinclair was a champion of the working class and socialist politics. He is most remembered for his expose of the meatpacking industry, The Jungle, which was intended to expose terrible working conditions, but ended up being noted for exposing unsanitary food practices. Offered is his book on the corrupting effect of money on religion, The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation. This is a 1918 first edition, and it is inscribed to actor Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin shared Sinclair's left-leaning views, much of it inspired by Sinclair. $3,000.

Item 24 is an extensive biography of Edward Rice Burroughs, Irwin Porges' Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan. Burroughs will always be best known for his ape-man, but he wrote many other works in various fields. He was a notable writer of science fiction along with writing a few westerns. This massive 1974 biography comes with an introductory essay from another science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. $125.

Item 50 is a rare item for Scott Fitzgerald collectors. It is a photograph from the academic year 1915-1916 at Princeton. It has captured 15 young men who were on the board of The Princeton Tiger - The College Humor Magazine. The young men are identified in manuscript on the verso, by last name only. This large image is framed and is signed by the photographer, someone with the last name "White." $12,500.

Here is another item to frame and hang on the wall - an original publisher's advertising poster for The Grapes of Wrath. It was printed for the Viking Press in 1939 for display in bookstores. It announces "John Steinbeck's New Novel," and reproduces the artwork from the book's original dust jacket, but in larger form. Item 132. $7,500.

Item 90 is a book for those looking to search for lost lands: Lost Islands. The Story of Islands That Have Vanished From Nautical Charts, by Henry Stommel, published in 1984. A few are islands that actually have risen and sunk below sea level, but most of these islands were fantasies from the get-go. They arose from optical illusions, misprints, old tales, and plain old falsification. $95.

James Pepper Rare Books may be reached at 805-963-1025 or pepbooks@aol.com. Their website is www.JamesPepperBooks.com.

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Mary Anning. Autograph letter signed, to William Buckland, 24 November 1834. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Bolyai. <i>Scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens,</i> Maros Vásárhelyi, 1832-1833, 2 volumes, half calf. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Vesalius.<br><i>De humani corporis fabrica,</i> Basel, 1555, modern crushed burgundy morocco. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Copernicus.<br><i>De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,</i> Nuremberg, 1543, later boards, Rostock duplicate. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Payan-Dumoulin. Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1979. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph letter signed, to his son Albert, 4 November [1915]. £10,000 to £15,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Alken (Henry), after. Salmon Fishing; Fishing in a Punt; Pike Fishing, three works, 1820. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Early Images of Angling.- Hollar (Wenceslaus) Angling; River Fishing; and Salmon Fishing, after Francis Barlow, 3 engravings, [c. 1671]. £500 to £700.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Rolfe (Henry Leonidas). <i>Studies of Fresh Water Fish,</i> 1851. £500 to £700.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Morland (George), After. A Party Angling; The Anglers' Repast, a pair, mezzotints, 1789. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Pollard (James), After. Bottom Fishing; Anglers Packing Up, etchings with aquatint, 1831. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Angling's Age of Romance.- Sayer (Robert, publisher) & J. Bennett. The Angelic Angler, mezzotint, 1781; and another. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire.- London.- Roberts (Piercy). Patience at Paddington or angling in the Junction Canal, etching after Woodward, 1807; together with Woodward's 'Angling at Sadler's Wells', and another, 1794. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire - Cats Fishing.- Seymour (Robert). Waltonizing or - Green-land Fisherman, [c. 1830s]; together with 3 lithographs of cats fishing, [c. 1830s]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Portraits.- Zoffany (Johan), After. Master James Sayer, at the age of 13, mezzotint by Richard Houston, 1772. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Wilkinson (Norman). Come to Britain for Fishing, lithographic poster, [c. 1947]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Scottish Fishing.- Heath (William). Sporting in the Scottish Isles no. III. Salmon Fishing, 1835; and another. £150 to £200.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Simpson (Joseph). The Border Angler, drypoint, [c. 1927]. £150 to £200.

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