Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2017 Issue

Book Arts from Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

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Works from the book arts.

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books has issued Catalogue 24, Illustrated & Private Press Books, Artists' Books, Bookbindings, Prints & Original Artwork. It is always helpful when the title, like those extremely long titles of books long ago, summarizes everything within quite thoroughly. This is a catalogue of the book arts, fleshed out more clearly in that title. Here, now, are a few specific samples.

 

Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson was a friend of legendary private press publisher William Morris long before either were in the printing business. Both were founders of the Arts and Crafts movement which sought to restore the quality of printing as it had been in the days before mass production. Cobden-Sanderson may have been the one to give it that name. Morris encouraged his friend to become a bookbinder, advice which Cobden-Sanderson followed. Morris founded his legendary Kelmscott Press in 1891, but five years later he died and Kelmscott closed shortly thereafter. Cobden-Sanderson chose to keep his friend's tradition of fine press work alive by founding the Doves Press. Here is the third work from Doves, and it's a tribute to Morris and his other great love – socialist politics. It is a 1901 printing of William Morris, An Address, by J. W. Mackail. Mackail's address was given to the Hammersmith Socialist Society in 1900, four years after Morris died. This was the first Doves book to be printed in their signature red and black. Item 69. Priced at £580 (British pounds, or approximately $726 U.S. dollars).

 

After the founding of Doves Press, T. J. Cobden-Sanderson no longer had time to bind books as he had before, but his Doves Bindery continued to operate. He would still design bindings and oversee the work of others. Item 73 is an example of a later Doves binding on a book written by Cobden-Sanderson and published in 1905 by the Hammersmith Publishing Society, The Arts and Crafts Movement. This copy contains an inscription from Cobden-Sanderson "to my dear Gossip with much affection and in memory of the year about to close, 1910." "Gossip" was Lady Antonia Speyer, the Cobden-Sandersons and Speyers being close friends. In 1910, their daughter married the Speyers' son, which explains the particular memorial to that year. £1,900 (US $2,379).

 

Item 5 is a complete run of The Fleuron, A Journal of Typography. The journal was published in seven volumes from 1923-1930, by Oliver Simon and Stanley Morrison. Its reputation is as one of the most important typography publications of the twentieth century. It was published on handmade paper, and contained numerous illustrations, type specimens, and tipped-in paper samples. Contributors included many of the best known names in the field at the time. Issues were printed in limited numbers, ranging from 110 for volume 1 to 210 for volume 7. £1,500 (US $1,878).



Schneideman begins the description of this next piece with, "Oh the irony!" Indeed. Item 104 is The Quest for Unity; Speeches and Writings. It was printed by the Italian private press Officina Bodoni in 1975. It was published to celebrate Britain's entry into the European Free Trade Association, after an overwhelming "Yes" vote in a referendum. My how things have changed. It is a collection of declarations made by political leaders over the preceding years about European unity. It includes the words of such people as Churchill, Marshall, Kennedy, De Gaulle and Brandt. In those days, unity was seen as critical to avoiding the wars that had plagued Europe for centuries, reaching its apex of horror with the Second World War, along with providing a defense against the totalitarianism of the Russian regime to the east. What is that quote about those who forget the past being doomed to repeat it? £100 (US $125).



Item 56 is a rather strange, Mona. Obiit... published by the Ashendene Press in 1929. This rare ephemeral item consists of three verses on a single sheet. The author was F. E. Smith, First Earl of Birkenhead. Smith was a noted politician at the time, having been Lord Chancellor among other positions. He was said to be a brilliant man and speaker, one with little concern whether his oratorical skills were used to insult others along the way. It meant he was not always the most popular man around. He also developed a reputation for pomposity, and his drinking was so extreme that it ended up killing him. Despite all the notoriety in his day, he might be completely forgotten now but for his association with a contemporary who is well-remembered, Winston Churchill. He was for years Churchill's best friend, his brashness and decisiveness undoubtedly appealing to Churchill, who possessed similar traits. This obituary was written for Mona Dunn, friend of the Earl's daughter and the Earl's mistress. She was 30 years younger than Smith and just 25 when she died. The Earl had a wife at home, but apparently all was good. He was devastated by her death, leading to this tribute. Smith died just two years later, his drinking leading to a breakdown of his body. £450 (US $563).



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>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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