• <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
  • <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>
  • <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2017 Issue

William Blake – Always in Paradise, from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

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William Blake Always in Paradise.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has published an outstanding and extensive catalogue of William Blake Always in Paradise. A Catalogue of Artwork and Books by and about Blake and his Circle. The "Always in Paradise" reflects one of his early books, Gates of Paradise, but even more so a quote from Catherine Blake which begins this catalogue: "I have very little of Mr. Blake's company; he is always in Paradise."

 

William Blake was a late 18th century, early 19th century poet, engraver, and artist. He was talented at the first two, but it is his original artwork that stands out most of all. I wouldn't have any idea how to describe it, but his art is captivating. Sadly, Blake was not particularly appreciated during his lifetime, but his a reputation has grown steadily since he died almost two centuries ago.

 

John Windle will offer you books in a variety of fields, but his greatest specialty is William Blake. Last year, Windle opened a William Blake gallery adjacent to his shop in San Francisco. It is likely the first gallery devoted to Blake in two hundred years, when Blake was around to oversee it himself. This catalogue contains hundreds of items related to Blake. It includes Blake artwork, books, illustrations and engravings, then moves on to later facsimile editions of his works, art reproductions, catalogues, bibliographies, biographies, Blake's Circle, works inspired by Blake, books about Blake, and the Trianon Press and William Blake Trust. Naturally, most items from Blake's lifetime are not inexpensive, though, as Windle notes, "modestly priced compared to other artists of his stature." However, there is much in here, and later editions and reproductions are available "at prices that a college student might afford." This is essential as the next generation of collectors will need to whet their appetite on a college student's budget if they are to have an appetite at all. Here are a few selections from this extensive Blake collection.

 

In 1799, Blake was commissioned to create 50 tempera paintings based on the Bible. Tempera used watercolors with glue to create a dense, oil-like paint but with a different effect. Thirty of those have survived, only seven still in private hands. This is the best preserved example of those seven, The Virgin Hushing Young John the Baptist. In the picture, young John, a butterfly in his hand, appears eager to show his prize, while Mary hushes him from waking the sleeping infant Jesus. This painting is priceless, figuratively and literally (no price is given). I think it qualifies for "if you have to ask..."

 

The Gates of Paradise was Blake's first attempt to use images to convey a message. First published in 1793 as For Children, it was later described as For the Sexes. The work is very rare. Windle notes that the first state is known in only one copy, the second in four, the third in one, the fourth in two, and the fifth in eleven. At least five of those 11 are believed to have been printed posthumously, likely by his widow. These plates come from one of those 11 copies of the fifth state printed during his lifetime, circa 1825. They came from an incomplete copy. The Gates of Paradise traces the stages of life of man. It goes from birth through death, including passage through the four elements – water, air, fire, and earth. Offered are six plates, Water, Earth, Air, Hatching ripe, Aged ignorance, and Does thy God. Priced at $40,000 each.

 

Robert Blair is a not well-known Scottish poet who died 11 years before Blake was born. However, Blake was asked to illustrate a new edition of what is essentially Blair's only poem in 1808. The result is that Blair's The Grave is well-known today, though primarily for Blake's illustrations. The Grave was in the headlines in 2016 when Blake's original artwork was discovered, and to the consternation of many, the drawings were divided up and sold separately. Eleven were sold for a total of $7.1 million, the highest priced plate going for $1,584,000. Fortunately, you can own these dreamlike pictures for a far more affordable sum. Windle offers the folio edition of the book for $8,950, the quarto for $5,750. Alternatively, 14 individual plates from the first quarto edition are offered at prices ranging from $275-$875. One is the frontispiece portrait of Blake.

 

Blake was called on to create and engrave illustrations for the 1791 second edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's Original Stories from Real Life. Wollstonecraft is remembered today as an early feminist (along with being the mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein). The book was a collection of morally instructive tales for girls, but the overriding moral of many of Wollstonecraft's very feminist (for its day) books was that women should be educated, that they would be better citizens and wives if allowed to use their brains. Offered is not the book itself, but the six Blake plates. They depict the two girls, their teacher, and sometimes others, at the center of Wollstonecraft's stories in various situations. $3,000.

 

While Blake was fairly obscure in his lifetime and during the 19th century, his works experienced a great revival in the 20th. What was much ignored in earlier times was discovered and finally given the recognition it deserved in the century after Blake died. No one better recognized Blake's genius than Sir Geoffrey Keynes, surgeon, author, and brother of noted economist John Maynard Keynes. Geoffrey Keynes formed the William Blake Trust, and after seeing some facsimiles of Cezanne paintings produced by Arnold Fawcus, partnered with Fawcus to create the Trianon Press. Trianon would go on to produce many spectacular facsimiles of Blake's works, making them accessible to the public. Among those who became involved in the project were noted collectors Lessing Rosenwald, Paul Mellon, and many others. Offered is a collection of the minutes of the William Blake Trust, from its founding in 1948 through 1969. Most of the collection came from Fawcus' wife, Julie. Reports are signed by Keynes with numerous annotations by Fawcus. Papers include financial and legal arrangements for the trust's founding and accounts of its first 20 years of operation. The quality of Trianon's work is such that its facsimiles are barely distinguishable from Blake's original art. $6,500.

 

Now for the some Blake illustrations suitable for the college student's budget, and a great starting point for a potential collector. This is a portfolio of 22 facsimile plates of Blake's illustrations for the Book of Job. They come in a purple paper cover and were produced by the Trianon Press. They were sold only at museums and Blake Trust exhibitions. $100.

 

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller may be reached at 415-986-5826 or john@johnwindle.com. Their website is www.johnwindle.com.

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  • <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

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