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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>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
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750

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