Rare Book Monthly Reviews - March - 2011 Issue

Some Unusual Antiquarian Books and Music from Simon Beattie

This month we review our first catalogue from Simon Beattie Antiquarian Books and Music of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, U.K. It carries the deceivingly simple title Short List 2. For those who believe there is nothing new in bookseller catalogues, you need to get your hands on a copy. This is the largest catalogue I have seen, folio or elephant folio, depending on whose terminology you use (12 x 16). Most of the catalogue is devoted to large images of the books being offered, with only the last few pages used for the descriptions, thorough but in small type. It is indeed a short list - just 25...

Rare American Pamphlets from David M. Lesser Antiquarian Books

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has issued their 117th catalogue of Rare Americana. Lesser's catalogues specialize in pamphlets and shorter form pieces pertaining to America, mostly from the...

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Travel Books and Archives from Voyager Press

This month we review our first catalogue from Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts. Voyager Press is located in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is headed up by Bernhard Lauser. Logically, for a ...

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The First Catalogue from Yeoman's in the Fork

Yeoman's in the Fork has issued their first printed catalogue, aptly titled 2011 Catalog - One. Yeoman's has been selling books for several years, but is now venturing into print. As Director of Op...

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The Life & Times of George Washington from The Raab Collection

In a Gallup poll conducted this past President's Day, Americans selected the "greatest" President of the United States. Reagan, Clinton and Kennedy all beat out George Washington. How soon we forge...

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Water in the American West from Marc Selvaggio

Marc Selvaggio, Books & Ephemera (or as he has restyled his name for this catalogue, Marc Selvaggio, Bibliohydrologist) has issued a catalogue on Water in the American West. National security, ...

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New Acquisitions in the Book Arts from the Veatchs

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has issued Catalogue 68. New Acquisitions for a New Year. The Veatchs offer books that double as works of art, featuring such items as fine bindings, private press book...

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16th-19th Century Works from Librairie Thomas-Scheler

Bernard and Stephane Clavreuil of Librairie Thomas-Scheler of Paris have just issued a new catalogue:  Livres Ancien du XVI au XIX siecle (Antiquarian Books of the 16th-19th century). As would...

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A Syndicated Sale of Gould's Hummingbirds from the Arader Galleries

The Arader Galleries will be conducting a syndicated distribution of hand-colored lithographic plates from ornithologist/artist John Gould's most spectacular work:  A Monograph of the Tro...

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The American Southwest and More from Back of Beyond Books

Back of Beyond Books recently published their Rare Book Catalogue #4. Back of Beyond specializes in books relating to the American Southwest. There are works of nonfiction, including natural histor...

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Travel from Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books

Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books has released their catalogue of Travel 2011 Part I. From this we will infer that there will be at least one more travel catalogue before the year is out. It is broken ...

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Old and Rare Books about Books from Knuf Rare Books

Knuf Rare Books has issued a catalogue of Old & Rare Books about Books. Knuf Rare Books is located in Vendome, France, so not surprisingly, most books are from France. However, the catalogue it...

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More Nautical Books from the Columbia Trading Company

The Columbia Trading Company has published Catalog 151, dated January-February, 2011. We are only very slightly late on this review, close enough to call it, in effect, if not actuality, on time. C...

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Winter Sale Offered by David Schulson Autographs

David Schulson Autographs has released their Winter Sale Catalog 2011. We would encourage those who collect autographed material to get a hold of this catalogue quickly as winter is almost over, an...

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The Library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn from Lorne Bair and Between the Covers

Lorne Bair Rare Books, together with Between the Covers, has issued a catalogue of 101 Books from the Library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn. Ben Shahn was one of America's most notable artists o...

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Cummins and Reese Offer the Charles Cramer Archive

James Cummins Bookseller and the William Reese Company have combined to produce a catalogue of The Charles Cramer Archive. It is not a typical bookseller's catalogue. It contains but one item, thou...

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Shipwrecks, Piracy, and Maritime History from Bestebreurtje Rare Books

Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books has issued a new catalogue entitled Shipwrecks & Piracy, Colonial & Maritime History. Bestebreurtje is located in the Netherlands, and the Dutch were leade...

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Film, Literature and More from James Pepper Rare Books

James Pepper Rare Books has released Catalogue 199 in their almost monthly series. The formula is similar, and obviously successful. They offer a mix of material related to film and theater, with l...

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American Historical Manuscripts from the William Reese Co.

The William Reese Company has issued Bulletin 18:  American Historical Manuscripts. This is a collection of handwritten documents pertaining to American issues from the 18th and 19th centuries...

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Very Early Manuscripts, Leaves and Books from Phillip J. Pirages

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Manuscripts recently published their Catalogue 60. Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern (Mostly Illuminated) Manuscript Material as well as Books Printed before 1700 ...

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Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.

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