Rare Book Monthly Reviews - July - 2009 Issue

19thcentury125

A Catalogue of and for the Ages from the 19th Century Shop


By Michael Stillman

The 19th Century Shop has issued their 125th catalogue: Rare Books and Manuscripts of All Ages. They might have called it "Rare Books and Manuscripts for All Ages." This is a collection of important, sometimes unique material from some of the greatest names of the past three centuries. From politics and government we find Washington, Lincoln, Disraeli, Paine, and others; literature and poetry offers Shakespeare, Dickens, Twain, Joyce, Keats and more; science has Darwin, Mendel, Watson and Crick, Lyell and others. This just touches the surface, which is all we can d...

Masi200

A Mix of the Unusual from Peter Masi Books

By Michael Stillman

This month we review our first catalogue from Peter L. Masi - Books, though for Masi, this is Catalog 200. It is hard to describe this assembly of over 500 items from this ru...

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Macmanus402

Civil War Part II from the George S. MacManus Co.

By Michael Stillman

The George S. MacManus Company has issued their Catalogue 402. Civil War Part II. A while back, Clarence Wolf of the MacManus Company purchased much of the inventory of the l...

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12thstreet30

A Michael Hurley Tribute from the Twelfth Street Booksellers

By Michael Stillman

Twelfth Street Booksellers, the Southern California specialist in gemology books, has published an unexpected catalogue. It is a combination 25th Anniversary and Tribute to M...

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Gedge6

Antiquarian Books and Ephemera from Samuel Gedge Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Samuel Gedge Ltd. Rare Books has issued Catalogue VI, a most interesting collection of antiquarian books and other items. Among the "other items" are various certificates suc...

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Pepper183

New Works in Literature and Film from James Pepper Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued a new catalogue, Catalogue 183, which follows their typical format, but is filled with new material we have not seen before. Literature, fi...

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Lesser109

Early Americana from David M. Lesser Antiquarian Books

By Michael StillmanDavid M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has now issued their 109th catalogue of Rare Americana. This is a collection primarily of 18th and 19th century pamphlets concerning what w...

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Raab60

Historic Autographed Documents from The Raab Collection

By Michael Stillman

The Raab Collection has issued Catalog 60 of autographs and signed documents. They are all signed by notable personalities, and most pertain to some event of historic signifi...

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Selvaggio129

"On Paper" from Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller, has issued Catalogue 129. On Paper. Photographs, Prints, Manuscripts, Books et al. If it's printed on paper, it might be here. Selvaggio finds man...

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Kahn76

Books Printed Before 1700 from Helen R. Kahn

By Michael Stillman

Helen R. Kahn and Associates has released a catalogue which will appeal to collectors of antiquarian books. The title is Books Printed Before 1700. This is a collection of 16...

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Sulzen13

European Posters from Burkhard Sulzen

By Michael Stillman

Burkhard Sulzen has issued Katalog 13 of Schone & Seltene Plakate (Fine and Rare Posters in English). This catalogue is in German, but the good thing about posters is they ar...

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Shaperorbp2009

Rare Books and Photographs from Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled Rare Books and Photographs 2009. That is probably about as specific a title as one can use here, as there is a w...

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Plaza29

Mexico and the American Southwest from Plaza Books

By Michael Stillman

Plaza Books has issued a brief, but nonetheless interesting List 29, with items primarily relating to Mexico and the American Southwest. Some items have much broader horizons...

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Cummins101

Literature and Americana from James Cummins Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

James Cummins Bookseller recently published Catalogue 101. This selection of 280 items is divided into three segments: 20th Century Literature, 18th and 19th Century Literat...

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Cadogan2

A Summer Catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Just in time for the advent of summer is the latest catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books: Catalogue Two - Summer 2009. Cadogan does not specialize in a particular field, bu...

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Thoemmes18

History of Ideas from Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

We have received the latest presentation from Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books, their 18th catalogue, History of Ideas. Thoemmes specializes in books of philosophy, covering the grea...

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Bestebreurtje46

The Dutch East Indies and Beyond from Bestebreurtje Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books has issued A Fine Selection of Books and Prints on the Dutch East Indies and Beyond. This, naturally, includes many works related to the lan...

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Tenpound184

Part Two of the Lawrence Urdang Maritime Library from Ten Pound Island Books

By Michael Stillman

The Ten Pound Island Book Company has issued its second catalogue composed primarily of material from the Laurence Urdang collection: Maritime List 184. Lawrence Urdang was ...

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Reese269

A Literary Miscellany from the William Reese Company

By Michael Stillman

Catalogue 269 from the William Reese Company is entitled Literary Miscellany. This month Reese moves away from their typical nonfiction to a collection of literature, poetry,...

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>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.

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