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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2010 Issue

Signed Copies from Acorn Books Northwest

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Signed titles from Acorn Books Northwest.


By Michael Stillman

Acorn Books Northwest of Silverdale, Washington, has sent out their Catalog Five. Signed, Inscribed, and Association Copies. You will find books of fiction and nonfiction, with topics as diverse as one might find in a library. There are, however, two threads which connect these various books. One is the obvious connection mentioned in the title. They have been signed if not inscribed by their authors. The other common element is that these are recent works, almost all having been published within the past few decades. Many come from authors still active, perhaps a chance to collect their works before they (and their prices) peak. Others have recently concluded their careers. A few are not so much authors as artists, but their works are featured in books herein offered. Here are a few.

We will start with an artist who is no longer active, having passed on in 1984, but he is universally recognized as one of the greatest nature photographers ever. Ansel Adams is noted for his vivid natural scenes, taken in black and white, from Yosemite Park and other locations primarily in the American Southwest. Item 2129 is a first edition, first printing of Adams' 1979 elephant folio Yosemite and the Range of Light. It contains 116 of Adams' black and white photographs taken over decades of work at one of the world's most spectacularly beautiful sites. This copy has been signed on the half-title by Adams at Brentano's in Beverly Hills, one of his last public signings. Note: this is not the later Time-Life edition with a signed bookplate, but is a first edition signed on the page. Priced at $775.

One man who has been writing for 70 years and keeps on going is the mystery/science/fantasy fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and so many more, his work has been translated to film, theater, and television as well. Item 1481 is a copy of The Halloween Tree, a 1988 15th anniversary reprint, signed by Bradbury. $60.

Charles Kuralt was a newsman with CBS for decades, a one-time hard news reporter. However, he made his greatest impact with a series of spots called On The Road on Walter Cronkite's long-running broadcasts. Kuralt would hit the road in his camper and travel all across America, particularly its backwoods locations, to provide stories about the nation and its people. It is those travels which inspired this 1995 book, Charles Kuralt's America. This is a first printing and is signed by Kuralt. Item 1240. $40.

Item 2241 is Graeme Base's The Worst Band in the Universe, replete with CD for those who would like to hear what the worst band sounds like (the CD is unopened, which is understandable since this is the worst band). The book is actually a children's work, a story about a band competition in outer space where worst is best. This is a first American edition, from 1999, signed by the author. $37.50.

Here is a man who might be the singer/songwriter for the worst band in the world, though we won't say whether by "worst" we mean so in the traditional sense or the previous title's synonym for best. Rod McKuen is best known as a very popular, if not always critically acclaimed poet, as well as song writer/singer. He has given us familiar titles such as Jean, Seasons in the Sun, and the obscure but unforgettable When Oliver Twist Meets the Duke of Oil. Item 2404 is The Songs of Rod McKuen, a first printing from 1969, inscribed in 1990 by the writer. $75.

Item 2507 is a 2001 first printing of Puget Sound Ferries. From Canoe to Catamaran, by Carolyn Neal and Tom Janus. These ferries are critical to transportation in the area as they never got around to building many bridges up there. This copy is signed by the authors, and who knows, you might even be able to wheedle an inscription out of Mr. Janus, since he and Elizabeth Kilday are the owners of Acorn Books Northwest. $36.50.

Acorn Books Northwest may be reached at 360-692-4761 or Acornbooksnorthwest@comcast.net.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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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