Rare Book Monthly Reviews - August - 2009 Issue

Brown48

Printed and Manuscript Americana from Michael Brown Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Michael Brown Rare Books has issued their Catalog #48 Americana Printed and Manuscript. This is an exceptional catalogue. Brown has supplied some of the most detailed descriptions we have seen in a bookseller's catalogue. Offered are 177 pages of description for the 196 pieces offered. Manuscript items in particular are described in great detail. Included are numerous diaries and the like of individuals whose lives were certainly difficult and challenging by today's standards. Along with the books and manuscripts, you will find other types of related material, includi...

Seneca2

Americana from Seneca Books

By Michael Stillman

This month we review our first catalogue from Seneca Books, though it is their second: Catalog Two Americana. Seneca Books and their proprietor Peter Bollier are located in ...

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Thompson92

Philosophy, Arts, Science and Mathematics from Michael Thompson Books

By Michael Stillman

We recently received our first catalogue from Michael Thompson Books of Los Angeles. This is certainly a venerable firm, having been formed by Michael Thompson in 1972, long ...

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Veatchs63

Books as Art from The Veatchs

By Michael Stillman

The Veatchs Arts of the Book recently issued their Catalogue 63: Recent Acquisitions. The Veatchs are focused on books as works of art, notable for features such as quality ...

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Lawbook65

American Law 1745-1900 from The Lawbook Exchange

By Michael Stillman

The Lawbook Exchange has issued an extensive new catalogue: American Law, 1745-1900. This catalogue is about three times the size of the typical Lawbook Exchange catalogue, ...

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Oldwest25

Custer, Wounded Knee, and the West from Old West

By Michael Stillman

Old West Books has released their 25th catalogue of Rare, Out of Print Books on the American West. It is divided into sections on Custer, Wounded Knee, and everything else. T...

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Orssich68

Spanish-Related Books from Paul Orssich

By Michael Stillman

We have received Catalogo 68 from Paul Orssich, the London-based seller of Spanish and Portuguese-related books. That is not to say they are all in the Spanish or Portuguese ...

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Clark939

The West and More from Clark Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Clark Rare Books has issued Catalog 939 of Americana, The West, and General. Clark has long specialized in books about the American West, though there are a few exceptions in...

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Schulson141

Signed Documents from David Schulson Autographs

By Michael Stillman

David Schulson Autographs recently released Catalog 141 of autographs and signed documents by important figures of the past couple of centuries. These are all names you will ...

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Tokerud58

Arctic and Canadiana from Bjarne Tokerud

By Michael Stillman

Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller has issued a new catalogue of the Arctic and Canadiana. The catalogue is filled with accounts of explorations and adventures in places ranging from ...

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Reese268

19th Century Travellers from the William Reese Company

By Michael Stillman

The William Reese Company has issued a catalogue of 19th Century Travellers. For starters, they weren't traveling by car or plane. They took long trips by boat, train (in the...

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Tenpound185

106 Cool Maritime Books from Ten Pound Island

By Michael Stillman

The Ten Pound Island Book Company has issued a new catalogue: Maritime List 185, or 106 Cool Books. "Cool books" are not necessarily those about voyages to the Arctic, thoug...

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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:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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