• <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>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>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.
  • <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

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2017 Issue

Important Signed Documents from the Raab Collection

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Autographed documents from the Raab Collection.

The Raab Collection has released their Catalog 80 of autographed documents. This is absolutely top of the line material when it comes to autograph collecting. Not only is every person who signed these papers well-known and important in history, but many of the documents themselves are of major significance. This catalogue is a history lesson too as Raab not only thoroughly describes what they sell, but places each item in its historical context. While most of these signatures come from Americans, there are a few others as well, such as Churchill, Gandhi, Monet, Marie Curie, and King George VI. Here are a few selections.

 

This looks like a significant piece of Americana with which to start the list. How about a 1776 signed letter from George Washington a few months before the Declaration of Independence to officials in New York, asking them to stop local merchants from trading with British military ships in the harbor? Item 1 is just such a letter, an urgent entreaty from the leader of the American troops. Writes Washington most convincingly, "We are to consider ourselves either in a state of Peace or War with Great Britain. If the former why are our Ports shut up – Our Trade destroyed – Our property seized – Our Towns burnt, and our worthy and valuable Citizens led into Captivity & suffering the most cruel hardships? If the latter, my imagination is not fertile enough to suggest a reason in support of the intercourse..." New York's Committee of Safety saw the irrefutable logic of Washington's entreaty and promised to stop the trade and cooperate with Washington in every way possible. Priced at $170,000.

 

Albert Einstein did not talk much about religion, though there were those who wanted to know what the world's presumptive smartest person's theological beliefs were. He certainly did not believe in anything resembling a traditional biblical version of God, though he did understand that the universe was tightly ruled by immutable laws, while a random universe, he thought, would act randomly. In 1945, he received a letter from Ensign Guy Raner, who wrote Einstein that an officer told him Einstein converted from atheism to theism based on the syllogism presented him by a Jesuit priest. It says that the universe is a design, a design requires a designer, therefore there must be a designer (God). First, Einstein angrily refutes the claim of his conversion, saying "I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life..." He then goes on to say, interestingly, "From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist." However, he does not call himself an atheist. In an obvious comment about the traditional biblical image of God as a being with human-like thoughts and emotions, he describes "anthropomorphical concepts in dealing with things outside the human sphere" as "childish analogies." As for the order in the universe, he says, "We have to admire in humility the beautiful harmony of the structure of this world – as far as we can grasp it. And that is all." Understanding the order of the universe, or some might say understanding the nature of God, is above even Einstein's intelligence. Item 9. $75,000.

 

This next letter was not supposed to be a theological treatise, though its subject was based on a belief still quite controversial then (and to some extent now) in religious circles. President Theodore Roosevelt wrote this letter to noted naturalist John Burroughs in 1906. Roosevelt was quite a naturalist in his own right, dedicated to preserving the nation's natural history through its national parks. The letter is a discussion of animals and the development of their features. He talks about human development of intellectual capabilities, which "...have developed from ancestors which in the immemorial past possessed only such mental attributes as a mollusk or crustacean of today possesses." Considering that the Scopes Monkey Trial was still 20 years in the future at this time, many would have found Roosevelt's evolutionary beliefs heretical. He goes on to say that higher animals such as apes or even dogs, while still far less developed than the lowest man, display "...intellectual traits and (if I may use the word very loosely) moral or ethical traits, which represent embryonic or rudimentary forms of such intellectual and moral traits of our own..." Item 4. $15,000.

 

Next we have a remarkable letter from Thomas Jefferson, written in 1816, seven years after he left the presidency. His positions can confound people today, and leave people to cite him for views all across the political spectrum. The reason is that his values were liberal, focused on helping those least well off (slaves excepted), but some of his means, perhaps appropriate for the time, are more like those of conservatives today. He could certainly be described as an America Firster, seeking to protect Americans from foreign competition. This belief arose from his opinion that America was and would remain an agricultural nation, one of small farmers. He sought to keep them small farmers so as to protect these less than wealthy people from the exploitation experienced by factory workers in Europe. As such, he opposed the interests of large businesses, a different motivation than today's isolationists. He also believed that if America became involved in widespread international commerce, it would inevitably result in wars with competitor nations, such as were constantly taking place between European nations at this time. "And all this to feed the avidity of a few millionary merchants, and to keep up one thousand ships of war for the protection of their commercial speculation," he writes. Jefferson also supported the idea of states seceding from the union, though he endorses it on behalf of the commercial oriented states if they insist on such widespread trade. Jefferson wished to protect the agricultural states and their citizens from being drawn into the worker exploitation and wars common to the European nations. Item 18. $375,000.

 

Talk about a President who was a mixed bag, here is another whose views crossed the political spectrum, a man once widely celebrated whose reputation has been badly tarnished in recent years. Andrew Jackson was another supporter of the little man, his glaring blind spot being America's natives. Yet even as he brutally exiled them to far off, undesirable parts of the continent, he was welcoming to immigrants as this letter reveals. Jackson had received a letter from Bernhard Muller, a recent German immigrant at the time this letter was written in 1831. Muller sought Jackson's protection as he felt vulnerable in the new land. Jackson responds by reassuring Muller that he does not need the President's protection as in America, he is fully protected by the law. Noting that Muller had expressed his desire to settle in America, Jackson writes, "Such acquisitions it is the interest and pride of the United States to cherish; and as their highest executive officer I take delight in assuring that the benign and equal spirit of their laws will not only protect your person and property but I trust will promise to you the enjoyment of as much prosperity as can be promoted by the influence of government in any country anywhere." Item 12. $21,000.

 

The Raab Collection may be reached at 800-977-8333. Their website is www.raabcollection.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000

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