• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General George Custer's Officer, James McLean Steele, 1868-1869 Diary. $30,000 - $50,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Exceptionally Rare Anti-Slavery Broadside, “A Crusade Against Slavery”. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, Exceptionally Rare War-Date ANS. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albumen Photograph of the "Scouts of the Plains," from Cody's Personal Collection. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Jefferson Davis, CDV, Signed and Dated to his Imprisonment in Fortress Monroe. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Robert E. Lee, CDV Signed Twice. $2,000 - $4,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> “Si Clack: Co. Q, 100th Indiana Vols.,” Written & Illustrated by Civil War Veteran, P.M. Radford. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General Meade Inspecting the 5th Corps, Civil War-Era Sketch by Alfred R. Waud. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Rare Huey Newton Black Panther Party Poster. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Lloyd's New Political Chart, 1861. $800 - $1,200
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> William J. Ferguson, “Our American Cousin” Cast Member, Lincoln Assassination Archive. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albert Einstein, Signed Photograph in his Favorite Leather Jacket. $2,000 - $4,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2017 Issue

Private Press, Fine Press, Illustrated Books from Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

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The book arts at a book fair.

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books prepared a catalogue for the California Antiquarian Book Fair entitled Private Press, Illustrated Books, Fine Bindings, Calligraphy & Prints. These are selections from what is generally known as the book arts. As such, I find them difficult to describe. Books focused on their text are more amenable to descriptions with words than is art. Not even a thousand words are worth a picture, but I will try just the same.

 

The granddaddy of the private press movement, and still the standard, is William Morris' Kelmscott Press, so this is a logical starting point. Morris is noted for his art, writing, close association with the Arts and Craft's movement, being an ardent socialist, and in the last years of his life, founder of the Kelmscott Press that followed traditional production methods to create beautiful books. The Kelmscott Press only operated for the final five years of Morris' life, plus a little longer to wind down operations. Morris died in 1896. Here is one of those books, one of 250 copies, published in 1893: The Life of Cardinal Wolsey. Thomas Wolsey was born of an unremarkable family in 1473, but after being ordained a priest, he rose rapidly in the church hierarchy. He entered the service of King Henry VII in 1507. Two years later, the King died, and Wolsey became a close advisor to the new King, Henry VIII. In 1515, Wolsey was appointed a Cardinal, securing the highest positions in both church and state. All went well for him until Henry wished to have his marriage annulled. Wolsey interceded with the Pope on his behalf, but was not successful. Henry blamed Wolsey, banished him, then called him back to London to face charges of treason. When Henry turned on his friends, his anger was fatal. However, he never had a chance to execute Wolsey. The Cardinal died of natural causes on his trip to London. This account of Wolsey's life was written by George Cavendish. Cavendish knew Wolsey well as his loyal aid. He remained loyal to Wolsey to the end, but was spared a similar fate as his loyalty to Wolsey was respected, even if Wolsey himself was not. Priced at $2,950.

 

Here is a less expensive way to own a production of William Morris, from the cause even dearer to his heart than fine printing – socialism. It didn't come from the Kelmscott Press, but this was more about message than art. It is a 16-page pamphlet of Chants for Socialists, written by Morris. Such favorites as The Day Is Coming, No Master, All for the Cause, The March of the Workers, and Down Among the Dead Men are found in this 1885 publication. These chants were actually placed to music on an album in 2015 by British singer Darren Hayman, with whom, I must admit, I am not familiar. The chants were published by the Socialist League, which was formed the prior year. Along with William Morris, league membership included some very familiar names to the cause – Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx's daughter, Eleanor (Karl died the previous year or he probably would have been there too). The league was very active in the late 1880's, but its members drifted off to other groups after that. $250.

 

This next item combines a classic, very old sporting book with one of the early fine, private presses. The book is A Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, by Dame Juliana Berners. You can tell by the spelling this was a very old book. The first edition goes all the way back to 1496 and the press of Wynkyn de Worde (they used a lot more "Y's" in 1496). It is remarkable that such a book was written by a woman that long ago, but truth be told, no one is certain Dame Berners actually wrote it, or that she even existed, for that matter. Still, one of the illustrations displays a woman with a fysshynge pole who, presumably, is supposed to be Dame Berners. The copy offered came from the Ashendene Press and was published in 1903. Ashendene was formed in 1895 by Charles Harold St. John Hornby. St. John Hornby operated a small, family run press for forty years. He took his time with his books, printing on average just one a year. In this edition, Ashendene has provided illustrations from the woodcuts in the original edition. $1,900.

 

After forty years, St. John Hornby decided that was enough. He closed his press, but not before saying goodbye to his fans. This is a four-page notice in red and black headed A Farewell Notice to the Subscribers to the Books of the Ashenedene Press, published in 1935. $160.

 

Next we have King Solomon and Morolf, written by Oscar Levertin and published in 1905. Levertin was a Swedish poet (he also wrote prose) from the turn of the century. This is said to be his finest work, though I am in no position to judge. It is based on an old tale, pitting the wise King in debate against the fun-loving peasant Morolf. However, this book appears in this catalogue not so much for its content as its binding. It has been bound in white vellum and illuminated with hand painting on the covers and spine. The artwork was done in 1916, with the artist being Augusta Grove. I have not been able to find any information about Ms. Grove but she obviously was a quite talented artist. $2,950.

 

This item is unrelated to everything else in this catalogue save for it being an illustrated book. It is not a work of art, being absolutely horrifying to look out. However, it is also the most important book in this catalogue, a reminder of one of the worst examples of man's inhumanity to man – the Holocaust. The title is KZ : Bildbericht aus funf Konzentrationslagern (photo report from five concentration camps), published in 1945, just after the conclusion of the war in Europe. The pictures are horrific, including piles of stacked bodies photographed when the Allies liberated the camps. One famous picture shows future Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel packed with many other emaciated men in bunks at Buchenwald. There are 44 pictures in this 32-page pamphlet produced by the American War Information Unit. It was printed for the purpose of letting the German public know exactly what was going on in the Third Reich. $1,620.

 

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books may be reached at +44 7909 963836 or sophie@ssrbooks.com. Their website is www.ssrbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <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>

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