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>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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.

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