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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2017 Issue

New Acquisitions from The Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Veatchs Catalogue 85.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book recently published their Catalogue 85. It is shorter than their usual catalogue, but is filled with new acquisitions. They are in the process of drawing their regular inventory out of storage and getting back to normal following the move to their new home in Hamburg, New York. Here are a few selections from these new acquisitions.

 

We begin with one of the 40 books published by the Doves Press from 1900 until 1916. It is Shakespeare's The Tragedie of Anthony and Cleopatra, published in 1912. Doves was noted as one of the best of the fine presses, but it might also be considered a tragedy itself, the tragedie of Thomas and Emery. Thomas Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker founded the press as partners. Both had been cohorts of the late William Morris and his Kelmscott Press, the finest press of them all. However, the partnership did not work well. Cobden-Sanderson thought Walker insufficiently dedicated. It broke apart, but the two had an agreement that the typeface and related equipment of Doves would go to Walker if Cobden-Sanderson died first. When the latter determined to close the press in 1916, but was not yet dead, he decided that the Doves type would never be used for inferior productions. Since the only way he could assure the same from then until forever was to destroy the type, he proceeded to throw it all in the Thames River. It led to his poor widow being sued after he died. Ironically, the Doves typeface was recently reproduced electronically, technology eventually overcoming all obstacles. You can now use it for your dime store novel or scandal sheet. Fortunately, books such as this Doves Shakespeare are still around to appreciate the type in a form of which Thomas Cobden-Sanderson approved. Item 14 is one of the 200 copies printed. Priced at $1,750.

 

Speaking of the Kelmscott Press, item 22 is one of three of their works offered in this catalogue, Maud, A Monodrama, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It was originally published in 1855, but the Kelmscott edition was released in 1893. The Veatchs describe it as, "A fine, partially unopened, almost pristine copy." It is one of 500 copies on handmade paper. $2,500.

 

Next up is a leaf book, though it is quite a bit more than simply a vehicle for a few leaves. The title is A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books 1900-1999, by Martin Hutner and Jerry Kelly. It was published by the Grolier Club in 1999. This is one of 50 Deluxe copies signed by the authors. The Veatchs describe it as "A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue of 100 books from American and European presses, notable for their beauty and excellence of production." It contains 46 color illustrations and 54 halftones (46+54=100). Then there are the leaves. There are five leaves, taken from twentieth century fine press books. They include one from the Limited Editions Club, Officina Bodoni, Hermann Zapf, Arion Press, and Stanbrook Abbey Press. Item 18. $825.

 

Here is a very different sort of leaf book: The Lambiad. A Collection of Leaves from the Offices of Famous Printers, Showing Variations in the Treatment of a Similar Themes. It was published by the Columbiad Club in 1936 in a run of 30 copies. It contains five leaves, from books published by Aldus Manutius, Caxton, Barbou, "Baalow" (Barlow), and Bodoni. No it doesn't. This was all a hoax. None of the leaves was real, though the quality of the fakes is exceptional. The Caxton not only featured woodcuts, but even has wormholes. This copy belonged to club member Harold Hugo, later President of Meridian Gravure. Item 35. $1,200.

 

After a year of divisive elections, it's nice to have a reminder of our common heritage as Americans. Item 3 is the Constitution of the United States. Published for the Bicentennial of its Adoption in 1787. This was published on behalf of the Library of Congress, naturally enough in 1987. Most appropriately, it makes use of the colors red, white and blue throughout. This printing of the Constitution was produced by San Francisco's Arion Press. This was the press founded by Andrew Hoyem in 1973, a successor to the legendary Grabhorn Press. $1,600.

 

The Veatchs Arts of the Book can be reached at 716-648-0361 or veatchs@veatchs.com. Their website is www.veatchs.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750

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