Rare Book Monthly Reviews - December - 2017 Issue

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American Personal Narratives from Langdon Manor Books

Langdon Manor Books has issued their Catalog 3 American Personal Narratives. They describe their collection as "The Extraordinary History of the Every Day," and that is precisely what makes these photo albums, diaries and the like so fascinating. These are not life stories of great people but of "ordinary" people, people like the rest of us, extraordinary in their own way. You will be able to relate to these people in ways you can't to George Washington and Winston Churchill. They are not unlike us. Here are a few selections from a catalogue of material I find some of the most interesting t...

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A Variety of Material from Raptis Rare Books

Raptis Rare Books has issued an untitled catalogue, but we know what is in it from the table of contents. Here it is: Religious & Philosophical Thought, History & Geography, Americana, Hero...

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The Latest Variety from Honey & Wax Booksellers

Honey & Wax Booksellers has issued a new catalogue, simply No. 6. Honey & Wax catalogues are not easy to describe because they do not follow any particular format. There are many books with...

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Best of the West from the William Reese Company

The William Reese Company has published their 348th catalogue, Best of the West. That is, not coincidentally, the same name as that of a bibliography of the West that Reese published last year. Tha...

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Radical Causes from Lorne Bair Rare Books

Lorne Bair Rare Books has issued their Catalog 28. Bair specializes in radical literature, mostly from the left. Minority and workers' rights, economic justice, and similar causes dominate the mate...

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Counterculture and Whatever from Brian Cassidy, Bookseller

Brian Cassidy, Bookseller has issued Catalogue 12. There is no further explanation given and I suspect that is because he has as much trouble describing what is in here as I have. I could take the ...

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Travel Books from Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington has issued a new catalogue of Travel. The catalogue is new, the travels old. Most are from the 18th or 19th century, a few much older. They do come from times when European knowled...

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The Latest from The Veatchs Arts of the Book

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has released their Catalogue 87 Fall 2017. It includes books and various ephemeral items in the book arts. The latter ranges from portfolios of artwork to individual br...

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Australia from Hordern House

Australian Bookseller Hordern House has released a catalogue of their homeland, titled simply Australia. That sort of says it all, but for more specificity, it is divided into eight sections as fol...

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Books for the Young from Aleph-Bet Books

Aleph-Bet Books has released their Catalogue 116 of Children's Books & Illustrated Books. Those two types are rarely an either or – virtually everything here is both for children and illu...

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Polyglossia, a World of Many Languages, from Shapero Rare Books

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled Polyglossia, subtitled Printing and the Meeting of Minds. For those readers for whom "polyglossia" is not a part of their everyday vocabulary, it ...

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A Variety of Books and Ephemera from Whitmore Rare Books

Whitmore Rare Books has published their Catalogue 16. It doesn't otherwise have a name or a description, so we can only say there is a variety of material. There are a couple of books over five cen...

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An Autumn Miscellany from L & T Respess Books

L & T Respess Books has published An Autumn Miscellany in a Variety of Subjects and Formats. We will leave our introduction at that as I really cannot find a unifying thread to describe the mat...

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.

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