Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2017 Issue

Shapero Rare Books Comes Bearing Gifts

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Shapero Rare Books bearing gifts.

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue titled Bearing Gifts. No, it is not too late to give gifts. It's never too late to give gifts. They will be accepted any time of the year, even if you give them to yourself. Shapero has some fine book gifts, conveniently arranged into five subheadings: Fiction, Poetry & Prose; Children's & Illustrated; Visual & Performing Arts; History & Natural History; and Special Interest & Sports. Here are a few selections of the varied gifts from the world of books being offered.

 

We begin with a book that might have been a bit of an image piece when published in 1945: The Royal Family in Wartime: The Illustrated Story of the Activities of the Royal Family in the Service of People and Empire. It looks at the activities of the royals during the Second World War. Naturally, the King was not going to be on the front lines, so sacrifices would not be like those serving in the military. Nonetheless, polishing of their image was probably not necessary. King George VI was an unexpected King, ascending to the throne only when his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry a divorced American woman. George was not a great speaker, suffering from a stutter. Yet, in his own way, he inspired many of his nation's people, and this was a time for unity as well. The Royal Family made a point of staying in London, even during the bombing, when Buckingham Palace was hit several times. Their willingness to stick it out despite the risks was appreciated by his countrymen. This book recounts their service during the war, including over 100 photographs. Profits went to support King George's Jubilee Trust Fund, a charitable organization. This copy has been inscribed by Queen Mary, widow of George V and the mother of Kings Edward VIII and George VI, at this time officially Queen Mother. Item 87. Priced at £275 (British pounds, or about $341 U.S. dollars).

 

This next man was more intimately involved in Britain's role during World War II. Indeed, he was the man who devised Britain's strategy, inspired his people to resist when his nation stood alone, and then wrote the war's biography when victory was finally achieved. That, naturally, would be Winston Churchill, Britain's war time Prime Minister, who wrote the account of that terrible conflagration after it was over. He had access to inside information. Item 90 is The Second World War, six volumes published 1948-1954. £1,750 (US $2,170).

 

Here's one more for Queen Mary, and one more King George, except this is Mary's husband, George V, instead of no. 6. Item 94 is a set of three photographs taken by W & D Downey. Both George V and Mary have signed their photographs, Mary dating hers 1927. The back of George's picture says "George Xmas 1904." The third photograph is of their first five children, whose ages make it look as this could also be from 1904, prior to the birth of their sixth child. Two kings-to-be are among the children. £1,750 (US $2,170).

 

Next up is a remarkable book. For those who obsess on bread, and there are many of us, this is your book: The Book of Bread, by Owen Simmons, published in 1903. Simmons has much to tell us about bread, but what is most extraordinary about this book is the photographs. Simmons commissioned 28 photographs of bread, herein reproduced in full-page illustrations. In the process, he unintentionally created a work of art, and of a most delicious sort. Item 115. £800 (US $988).

 

Enrico Caruso is remembered as one of the great tenors of the 20th century. Born in the 19th century, he lived just long enough to make it into the recording era. As a result, his voice has been preserved on some old 78's. What is not well known about Caruso is he was also a talented caricature artist. Item 76 is sort of a self portrait, and caricature Caruso drew of himself, circa 1910. It shows Caruso was not a man of great vanity, the behatted Caruso exaggeratedly portraying his double chin. £1,350 (US $1,668).

 

Here is a novel that has been made into a film four times. The book is The Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney, published in 1955. It is a tale of some invading seed pods that fall to earth. They perfectly duplicate sleeping people, while turning the actual humans into dust. Since these duplicates live but five years and cannot reproduce, they must wipe out the Earth and quickly move on. Eventually, human resistance convinces the seeds to seek another planet. We can chalk this tale up to the category of science fiction. Item 146. £1,100 (US $1,358).

 

Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 207 493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.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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