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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2018 Issue

Canadiana (and some Americana) from Patrick McGahern Books

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Canadiana plus.

Patrick McGahern Books has published their Catalogue 264, Canadiana, Maps, Pamphlets, Broadsides, Ephemera. Most items relate to Canada, although there is an account by the U. S. Bureau of Ethnology concerning the Ghost Dance of 1890 and the Wounded Knee Massacre ("Sioux Outbreak") that arose from it. And then, the Salem Witch Trials were an American event Canadians wouldn't much want to be associated with either. Here are a few of these items which mostly come from the northern side of the long, unfenced border.

 

Here is another item from the American side of the border. The American Revolution was a great success for the Americans, but not every battle went as planned. Here is a large battle plan (15.5" x 16.75") for one of the rebels' worst defeats. It took place fairly close to Canada, at Penobscot Bay in Maine. It is known as the Penobscot Expedition, which took place in the summer of 1779. The British were attempting to set up a colony, to be known as New Ireland, in the area, a location from which they could harass New England shipping. The Americans decided to put an end to the plan. They sent a flotilla of 44 ships plus 1,000 men. The mission was under the command of Dudley Saltonstall, and included 100 infantryman commanded by Paul Revere. The Americans far outnumbered the British, but were badly routed. Saltonstall dawdled, fearful of casualties, and did not react until the British Navy had time to send reinforcements. It was too late. The Americans attempted to flee up the Penobscot River, finally burning or otherwise destroying their own ships to avoid their capture, and were forced to return to Boston overland, despite a lack of food and supplies. Saltonstall was dismissed from the Navy for incompetence, while Revere is revered for other things. Item 2 is a chart showing the placement of ships at the battle site and including a description of events. It is headed, Attack of the Rebels upon Fort Penobscot in the Province of New England in which their Fleet was totally destroyed and their Army dispersed the 14th Aug. 1779. Priced at CAD $1,700 (Canadian dollars, or approximately $1,325 U.S. dollars).

 

This next item connects, or doesn't, the U. S. and Canada. In 1974, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau was invited to receive an honorary degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, near Boston. Brandeis is a highly prestigious and competitive university, and the only way most of us could get a degree from it would be if they offered us an honorary one. Trudeau was evidently not so impressed. Item 5 is a typed letter signed by Trudeau dated December 2, 1974. Trudeau writes to the President of Brandeis, "I am honoured to be invited to receive an honorary degree from Brandeis University... Although your invitation is a most attractive one, I regret I am unable to accept it. Because of my many commitments at that period..." CAD $400 (US $311).

 

Item 35 is an account of one of (actually two of) Canada's most notable internal expeditions. The title is Voyages from Montreal, on the River St. Lawrence, through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; In the Years 1789 and 1793. The author/explorer was Alexander Mackenzie, and the reason he took two trips was that he missed his target on the first. Mackenzie was seeking a water route to the Pacific on behalf of the North West Company, then in a competitive trade war with the larger Hudson Bay Company. On his first attempt, he traveled to Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabaska, then to Great Slave Lake, and then on to an unexplored river. He thought it would take him to the Pacific, but instead, it led to the "Frozen Ocean," better known as the Arctic Ocean. Mackenzie labeled it the "River of Disappointment," but today it is known as the "Mackenzie River." Four years later, he tried again. The route wasn't so direct. He had to follow various rivers, and part of the way traveled overland. He got some help from Indians in finding his way, eventually reaching the Pacific from the Bella Coola River in British Columbia. Mackenzie was the first to cross the North American continent north of Mexico, beating Lewis and Clark by about a decade. The book includes some of the earliest maps of western Canada and contains a description of the fur trade. CAD $8,000 (US $6,232).

 

Next we have a picture book of five of Canada's most famous young people, The Dionne Quintuplets Growing Up. Exclusive Pictures. It was published in 1935, and they hadn't grown up all that much at that point. They were still only one year old. Quintuplets were rare and exciting back then, in the days before drugs and test tubes were resulting in litters and octomoms. For many years, the public followed their lives. They were exploited, by their parents as well as others, eventually becoming estranged from them. All survived to adulthood, though wishing they had had more privacy growing up. Two still survive today, age 83. Item 19. CAD $50 (US $39).

 

Here is that look at Salem, Massachusetts, and even its witch trials. It is an account of the history of that noted New England town, but one whose name will always be associated with witches. Such is the fate of a town that let its passions overrule its senses over three centuries ago. The title is A Discourse Pronounced at the Request of the Essex Historical Society, on the 18th of September, 1828, in Commemoration of the First Settlement of Salem... The writer was Joseph Story, a native of Marblehead, also in Essex County. Story was one of America's most notable jurists. He served on the U. S. Supreme Court from 1811-1845, and wrote perhaps the most famous book on American constitutional law. He was an excellent candidate to speak of trials, of witches or of other matters. Story talks about various aspects of Salem's history, including the hardships in forming the colony, but also touches on the infamous witch trials of 1692. He notes, they "terminated in the death of many innocent people, partly from blind credulity and partly from overwhelming fraud." Item 3. CAD $150 (US $117).

 

Patrick McGahern Books may be reached at 613-230-2277 or books@mcgahernbooks.ca. Their website is www.mcgahernbooks.ca.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Cartwright (George). <i>A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador...,</i> first edition, with A.L.s. from the author, 1792. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Swift (Jonathan). <i>Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World,</i> 2 vol., first edition, Teerink's "A" edition, Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Fourier (Jean Baptiste Joseph). <i>Theorie Analytique de la Chaleur,</i> first edition, Paris, chez Firmin Didot, 1822. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Boccaccio (Giovanni). <i>Genealogiae Deorum,</i> additions by Dominicus Silvester and Raphael Zovenzonius, Venice, Vindelinus de Spira, 1472. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Mary I. Letter signed at the head "Marye the Quene" to Lord Paget, 1 page, 7th June 1556. The recall from exile of nine persons opposed to the Marian regime. £10,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Nelson (Horatio). Autograph Letter signed "Horatio Nelson" and written to Francis Drake, British Minister at Genoa, discussing the disposition of his "Cruizers" near Genoa. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Darwin (Charles). Unpublished Autograph Letter signed to Walter Raleigh Browne, playing down his scientific knowledge of comparative anatomy, 1881. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Murphew (J.). <i>The fair in an uproar, or, the dancing-doggs.</i> As they perform in Mr. Pinkeman's New Opera in Bartholomew Fair, 1707. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Chaucer (Geoffrey). <i>The Workes,</i> by [Nicholas Hill for] Thomas Petit, dwellyng in Paules churche yarde at the sygne of the Maydens heed, 1550. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Austen (Jane). <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> 3 vol., first edition, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>Stamboul Train,</i> first edition, first issue, 1932. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Churchill.- Fearon (Percy Hutton) "Poy". “Eat More Beef,” pen and ink cartoon with shading in blue pencil, [July 1928]. £400 to £600
  • <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>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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