Rare Book Monthly Reviews - January - 2009 Issue

Dragon8

Some Giants of Science and Much More from Dragon Books

By Michael Stillman

We have just received Catalogue 8 from Southern California bookseller Dragon Books. It is a spectacular catalogue with some spectacular offerings. Dragon Books does not specialize in any one particular field. What they do appear to focus on is books in the very best condition. Prices vary from a couple of hundred to a couple of hundred thousand dollars, but the excellence of condition is constant. This is a thoroughly illustrated and thoughtfully described presentation, up to the quality of the books being offered.

We will start with science as Dragon is offering ...

Oldwest23

Cowboys, Cattle, Custer and More from Old West Books

By Michael Stillman

Old West Books of Arlington, Texas, has released Catalog 23 of Rare, Out of Print Books on the American West. As they note in their letter to collectors, "It's the collector ...

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Randall31

The Spalding Collection of Western Americana from Randall House

By Michael Stillman

This month we have received our first catalogue from Randall House, of Santa Barbara, California. Randall House trades in all kinds of books, from literature to Americana, fi...

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Cummins19th

19th Century Literature from James Cummins Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

James Cummins Bookseller has just released a catalogue of Nineteenth Century Literature. This is not, for the most part, filled with names you instantly recognize. There are ...

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Selvaggio128

Odd and Entertaining Antique Pamphlets from Marc Selvaggio

By Michael Stillman

Some catalogues are too captivating, too entertaining to keep under wraps. Such is Son of "Kept Under Wraps" from Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller. Actually, the "wraps" mentioned ...

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Tokerud57

The Arctic and Canada from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

It's time to put on your fur coat and snowshoes. We recently received Catalogue 57 from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller, entitled Arctic and Canadiana, Including World Voyages. Thi...

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Manhattan83

Eighty-Three Books from The Manhattan Rare Book Company

By Michael Stillman

The Manhattan Rare Book Company has issued a catalogue of Eight-Three Books. Just as you can tell from their name where this bookseller is located, you can deduce from the ti...

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Goldwasser22

Literature, Science, Americana, Fine Books, Etc. from Thomas Goldwasser Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books is offering something on just about everything in their latest offering, Catalogue 22. It is divided into three main sections: Literature Bef...

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Pepper178

Letters, Literature and Film from James Pepper Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued their Catalogue 178. Pepper catalogues are mostly filled with items of literature or those relating to film and theater. There are always a...

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Lang27

Recent Acquisitions at John Michael Lang Fine Books

By Michael Stillman

John Michael Lang Fine Books has issued a brief, but intriguing new catalogue: Recent Acquisitions List 27. Lang's catalogues are short, but you seemingly can find just abou...

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Lan41

Exceptional Antique Maps and Related Material from Martayan Lan

By Michael Stillman

Martayan Lan has issued a new catalogue, number 41, of Fine Antique Maps, Atlases and Globes. Actually, there are a few other items in here, including broadsides and even cab...

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Capri

Capri and Other Places from Elysium Books

By Michael Stillman

Elysium Books recently issued a new catalogue which we believe is entitled Capri. Believe because the title page has no title, but "Capri" can be found lightly shaded on the ...

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Best136

Winter Miscellany from Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books Features Continental and American Works

By Michael Stillman

Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books has released Catalogue 136 A Winter Miscellany. While Bestebreurtje is located in the Netherlands, and there are certainly many Dutch works ...

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Reese265

American Politics from the William Reese Company

By Michael Stillman

Well-timed for the recent, momentous election is the latest catalogue from the William Reese Company: American Politics. This 265th catalogue from the New Haven bookseller i...

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Veatchs

Recent Acquisitions at the Veatchs Arts of the Book

By Michael Stillman

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has published their Catalogue 61: Recent Acquisitions. This is a catalogue for people who believe the title of one of the books offered within it...

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Waverly161

Literature, Film, Arts, Biography, Etc. from Waverly Books

By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books has issued a new catalogue, with the brief title List 161. Waverly regularly presents lists of the material they carry. This generally consists of 20th century ...

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Lesser107

A Look at America's Past from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

By Michael Stillman

The latest catalogue of Rare Americana from David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books is number 107 in their series. As we have come to expect, this is a collection of the obscu...

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Lutzlind

Historic Documents from Stuart Lutz

By Michael Stillman

Stuart Lutz Historic Documents has issued a new catalogue of just what you would expect from a firm with such a name. The catalogue is untitled, but it is filled with documen...

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Plaza25

Mexican and Latin American Works from Plaza Books

By Michael Stillman

List 25 has just been issued by Plaza Books of Santa Rosa, California. Plaza specializes in books from south of the border, that is, Mexico and Latin America. Of course, as m...

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Lawbook61

Law and Legal History from The Lawbook Exchange

By Michael Stillman

The Lawbook Exchange has issued their Catalogue 61. Recently Acquired Books, Manuscripts and Other Items Relating to Law, Legal History and Politics, With a Notable Selection...

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Clark936

Americana, Californiana, the Southwest, Historical Reference, Etc., from Clark Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Clark Rare Books has issued their Catalog 936 of Americana and the American West, this one with an emphasis on Historical Reference Material and Source Materials, California ...

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Aradernd08

Featured Material at the Arader Galleries

By Michael Stillman

We have received the November-December 2008 edition of the Arader Galleries' Directors Report a bit on the late side, but that is all right. These aren't catalogues, but disc...

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Thomasredoute2

Redoute, the Raphael of Flowers, from Librairie Thomas-Scheler

By Michael Stillman

We recently received a book/catalogue from French bookseller Librairie Thomas-Scheler focused on the great illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Entitled Le Raphael des fleurs (...

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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