• <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
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  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000

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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2017 Issue

A 30th Anniversary Catalogue from Zephyr Used & Rare Books

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Giraffe-Neck women and more from Zephyr Used & Rare Books.

Zephyr Used & Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled Thirtieth Anniversary Catalogue Rose City Book Fair 2017. That celebrates two events, owner Kol Shaver's 30 years in the book trade, and the recent annual book fair in the Rose City, aka Portland, Oregon. It is hard to describe the material as it is an eclectic combination of obscure books, posters, advertising material, and various other ephemera. It makes an interesting read, and it's hard to emerge from its pages without wanting a few of the items. Here are some samples of what you will find.

 

We begin with an item designed to inspire pride in young African Americans at a time when Jim Crow was rampant in America – 1921. The title is Colored Girls' and Boys' Inspiring United States History and a Heart to Heart Talk about White Folks, by William Henry Harrison, Jr. Harrison began as a steelworker in Pennsylvania, but turned his attention to inspiring young blacks. This book describes the first slaves brought from Africa to the Virginia colony in the 17th century, contributions by African Americans in the French and Indian War and Revolution, the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and more. He also mentions the all-black town of Boley, Oklahoma, founded in 1904. Harrison describes opportunities for African Americans in California, and the reality of poor treatment of black athletes. This William Henry Harrison, Jr., was not the son of America's shortest serving President of that name with a suffix of "Sr.". His son named W. H. H., Jr. died in 1838, over half a century before this W. H. H., Jr., was born. Priced at $1,250.

 

This next gentleman certainly did not have to suffer the challenges typical to African Americans in this day. He was not only white, but born to enormous wealth. His name was William Kissim Vanderbilt, Jr., best known as "Willie K." This is the second of his log books he had privately published of his automobile travels, Vanderbilt being an auto and racing enthusiast: Log of My Motor 1908-1911. Vanderbilt created the first major auto racing trophy, the Vanderbilt Cup, which was awarded from 1904-1968. The book describes Vanderbilt's auto travels around Europe during the stated time period. He drove a Renault, which is probably not a car he would be driving were he alive today, and later a Mercedes. About 200 copies of Vanderbilt's log book were printed for friends, detailing his journeys, including mileage, road conditions, places visited, and performance of his cars. This copy was inscribed in 1941 by Peter Breymeier whose father was a racing enthusiast who received his copy from Vanderbilt. $2,000.

 

Ethel Mannin was a British national whose father was an ardent socialist. She adopted socialist, even communist positions as a young woman. In 1936, she made a trip to the Soviet Union, expecting to find the ideal state. She did not. She trekked around some of the outer regions of the country, where she was less than welcome by officials, but she persisted. By the time her journey was over, Ms. Mannin was quite disillusioned. She found it a place of stifling bureaucracy, which in hindsight we know was hardly the worst thing about the Soviet Union in that era. She came away realizing that Stalinism had little to do with the idealistic socialism of her father. She emerged more of an anarchist. Offered is a copy of her book South to Samarkland, published in 1937. $95.

 

You are probably wondering about those "Giraffe-Neck Women of Burma" on the cover of this catalogue. I was too. It turns out that this isn't some P. T. Barnum type invention, but is real. One particular, not very large Burmese tribe reveres women having long necks. Starting as young girls, they place rings around their neck, adding more as they grow older. Do these tight rings actually stretch their necks over time? National Geographic once x-rayed some of the women to find out. It turns out they don't. They push the collar bone and ribs down, thereby creating the illusion of longer necks. This image is one of a series of 16 original paintings for side-show posters circa 1950. The artist is unknown except for the initials S. H. Their purpose also is unclear, since many are of acts from long before this time, so they weren't created for live appearances. Other stars of the sideshow to be memorialized in these posters include The Albino Family; Ubangi Savages Africa; Malaka - and Her Serpents, Two-Headed Girl; The Marvelous Pig Lady of London; LaTena’s Trained Wild Animals; Lentini 3 Legged Man; The Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng; Fiji Island Mermaid Captured Alive; The Lion King; El’Toro Crocodile Wrestler, Bingo the Human Chimp; Pigmy Tribe, Zelda the Half Girl; Capt. Cutter Knife Artiste, Zarof Fire Eater; Unis; Fat Fannie; and Chief Short Horn, Terror of the West. $850.

 

Here is a treat for your palate: Some of the favorite ways of preparing Booth's sardines... It turns out there are a whole lot of ways to prepare Booth's sardines. This is going to make your mouth water, but here are a few – sardine omelets, fried sardines, sardine salad, stuffed egg sardine salad, sardine stuffed pepper, and sardine loaf. Booth's sardines appear to have been born, and disappeared, in the first half the 20th century. Its producer, Monterey Packing & Fishing Co., became Pacific Fish Company, which apparently no longer exists either. Perhaps it was subsumed by another during the era of cannery consolidation in California. However, while Booth's no longer exists, I'm sure these recipes will be just as delicious if used with a different brand of sardines. $100.

 

Zephyr Used & Rare Books may be reached at 360-695-7767 or zephyr@worldaccessnet.com.

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  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.

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