Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2010 Issue

Maritime Books from Ten Pound Island Book Company

Maritime works from Ten Pound Island Book Company.


By Michael Stillman

Ten Pound Island Book Company has issued its Maritime List 189, Fine & Rare Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera. There isn't much that need be said to describe the type of material found in this catalogue. The word "maritime" says it all both succinctly and well. We note that Ten Pound Island has announced that this will be their final printed catalogue. Changing times have caught up with the medium. Due to increased printing and mailing costs, and the limited presentation possible with print, they will be moving to online catalogues, which allow for more thorough descriptions and the addition of color images for each item. Print presentations in the future will be limited to short title lists. While it is sad to see this traditional method of bookselling fade, and particularly for a seller who has issued 189 catalogues, technology moves forward, and those who don't go with it are likely to be left behind. Here are a few of the items to be found in issue number 189.

Item 53 presents an interesting collection of documents from the privateering vessel Fox after it sailed into Gloucester (Massachusetts) in 1814. This was during the War of 1812, and the U.S. had virtually no navy to combat British dominance of the seas. As a result, the U.S. turned to privateers, independent contractors so to speak, or pirates in the eyes of others, who in return for a portion of the spoils were licensed by the U.S. to attack British shipping. The Fox, under Samuel Handy, brought home a prize to Gloucester, the British ship Byker. Offered are four documents pertaining to the turning over of the Byker, including a landing permit, accounting of the ship's contents, and a report of the prisoners turned over to authorities. Priced at $1,500.

Item 14 is a look at the isolated island where many of the mutineers from the Bounty lived out the remainder of their lives: Pitcairn's Island, and Islanders in 1850, by Walter Brodie. The famed mutiny on the Bounty occurred in 1789, when a group of disgruntled seamen overpowered Captain William Bligh and his men. Bligh and most of those loyal to him were put on a small boat and cast out to sea. Miraculously, they traveled 3,500 miles to find rescue on a Dutch island, and then make it back to London to promote the court martial of the mutineers. Meanwhile, mutiny leader Fletcher Christian and his cohorts returned to Tahiti, where the Bounty had spent several months prior to the mutiny, and after gathering some women and men, set out to find an isolated island where the Royal Navy would not find them. They came upon Pitcairn, scuttled the Bounty, and stayed, undiscovered. The next time a vessel stopped at Pitcairn was 1808, and by then, all but one of the mutineers had died, Christian, reportedly, after a fight in 1793. Brodie's account, published in 1851 (this third edition was published in the same year as the first), tells of the descendants of mutineers and their Tahitian wives, who inhabited Pitcairn at that time, and still do today. It also provides shipping records of the limited number of vessels that had come calling to the island. $350.

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  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    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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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • 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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