Rare Book Monthly Articles - December - 2009 Issue

Argosy

Over the River and Through the Woods

By Bruce McKinney

What with the internet having apparently killed off the old and rare book retail beast you could be surprised to find that retail locations remain for collectors one of the best avenues of book buying. They haven't disappeared. They have simply more and more settled on the outskirts of towns and cities, often finding pride-of-place in country homes so it's simply more difficult to find them. During a mid-month sojourn I left the static fall of San Francisco [perpetual 55 degrees] for the honest-to-goodness fall [30 to 60 degrees] of New England, starting from New Yor...

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Affairs of the Heart

By Bruce McKinney

Comets will not be diverted from their paths. Neither will those in the embrace of books be turned back from their natural course. Recently economic uncertainty and bad weath...

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A Fair Duet - Sacramento and Seattle Book Fairs 2009

By Karen Wright

We had the great good fortune to be able to attend both the Sacramento and Seattle Book Fairs this year. Though we did not have booths this time, we are probably going to do bot...

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Win, Place, Show

By Bruce McKinney

Book fairs have always been important for booksellers. Great material on shelves does not often make it into libraries, private or public, without exposure however indirect, t...

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Google Revises Book Settlement - Will It Be Enough?

By Michael Stillman

Google has filed its revised settlement that, if approved, would allow the internet giant to provide access to millions of copyrighted old books online. Next comes the period...

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We Shall not Pass this way Again

By Bruce McKinney


It matters less what we collect than that we collect.

On December 3rd at 10:30 am the collection discussed here will be sold at Bloomsbury Auctions in New York. On Decemb...

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<i>In The News:</i> Goodbye to Card Catalogues, $1 Million Comic Book Sale, Abe's Top 10

By Michael Stillman

Back in the day, before computers, digital databases and even microfiche readers, the way you found books in a library was through a "card catalogue." You may remember. Three...

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Are You Missing These Books?

By Michael Stillman

Are you missing some valuable Civil War books? If so, New York City police would like to speak to you. In a twist on the normal book theft case, this is the story of some fou...

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Book Theft Ring Broken Up in Maryland

By Michael Stillman

Police in Prince George's County Maryland have secured indictments in an alleged ring of book thieves operating at public and university libraries in the area. A dozen people...

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Auctions in December

By Bruce McKinney

Who said fireworks are reserved for the fourth of July. In France the day for fireworks is July 14th. In China it's the Lunar New Year. At auction it's whenever serious cons...

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Two Major Sales at Christie's, New York, December 4

By Michael Stillman

Christie's in New York has two important book auctions scheduled for Friday, December 4, one a single owner sale. Along with books they will be offering manuscripts and maps ...

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15 Catalogues Reviewed This Month

This month you will find 15 new catalogues reviewed in section two. Manuscripts and documents are featured by Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books and Bruce N. Johnson Historic Documents. Questroyal Fin...

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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