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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2018 Issue

More from the Civil War from the George S. MacManus Company

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The Civil War.

The George S. MacManus Company has issued a new catalogue on The Civil War (Part IV). MacManus' Civil War catalogues provide an enormous amount of material, much of it obscure or from small editions. We won't single out any, but there are numerous histories from individual regiments, both from the North and South. There are many personal accounts from soldiers who experienced the war from the most basic, and terrible of positions - foot soldiers who survived the carnage on the ground. Others come from prisoners of war. Those who served as "guests" of either side were not pleased with their accommodations. They did not rate even one star. Other accounts are biographies of those who were commanders, generals and other officers, or those from the civilian side, right up to Lincoln and Davis. There appears to be a bit more written from the Confederate side, but perhaps that shouldn't be surprising. For the North, the war was a necessity to preserve the union. Once the mission was accomplished, they moved on. The South did not move on so easily. The cause may have been lost, but it burned on for decades, still does, though not quite so intensely anymore. The South never completely got over it. Here are a few items from this latest MacManus Civil War collection.

 

Georges Fisch was a 19th century clergyman, a Swiss-born French Protestant Evangelical minister. He was also an advocate of freedom, within and without the church. Fisch spent 9 months in America in what would seem to be a journey of terrible timing, except for that timing being deliberate. Item 32 is his account, Les Etats-Unis en 1861 (the United States in 1861), published the following year. The well-respected clergyman finds the U. S. a vibrant place, but one without the maturity of Europe, it being barely a century old. His focus is notably on slavery, he being a strong abolitionist and very much on the North's side in this battle. Priced at $250.

 

There wasn't a lot of side switching during the Civil War, particularly at higher levels of the military, but here is an exception: Address of Brig.-Gen. E.W. Gantt, C.S.A. First Published October 7, 1863 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Gantt was a prosperous Arkansas slaveholder at the outbreak of the war, elected to Congress in 1860. However, he was also an ardent secessionist, and rather than going to Washington, he rallied Arkansans in union-leaning areas to the Confederate side. He formed a regiment and was fighting for the Confederacy along the Mississippi when captured by Union troops. After a brief period in a northern prison, Gantt was freed in a prisoner exchange and returned to Arkansas, hoping to receive another command. It didn't come, and in the meantime, Gantt's views changed radically. He came to believe the cause was hopeless, and decided to slip back across the dividing line, surrendering to General Grant. He met with President Lincoln, and went on a speaking tour, helping to build morale in the war-weary North. At war's end, he returned to Arkansas, participated in the Reconstruction government, promoted the rights of former slaves, and headed the local Freedman's Bureau. His activities did not endear Gantt to many of his neighbors, and he received death threats and beatings until retiring in 1870. Item 172. $200.

 

John Goode was a Virginia lawyer and politician who witnessed a number of memorable events from his vantage point as a Confederate congressman. He wrote about them many years later in this 1902 account, War History. Hon. John Goode, jr. Personal recollections of Peace Conference in Hampton Roads, and last meeting of General R.E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis. The Hampton Roads Conference occurred in February of 1865, just two months before Lee's surrender. President Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward went to Hampton Roads, Virginia, meeting with Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens and two others. Confederate defeat was inevitable by this time, so the South had limited leverage, but Lincoln still wanted to bring the war to a quick resolution, and in a manner that would restore the union with as few lingering issues as possible. However, Lincoln was firm that the terms of a peace restore one union, not some sort of arrangement between two countries. While the South's delegates were more amenable to compromise, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was not willing to cede independence, so nothing ever came of it. Goode would later go on to serve in the U. S. Congress and as Solicitor General in the administration of President Grover Cleveland. Item 251. $750.

 

Being a spy during the Civil War was a very risky business. Captured soldiers were sent to prison camps, but spies could be executed. Such was the case for one Sam Davis, a young man who went into spying for the Confederacy in Tennessee, a border state deeply divided during the war. He was captured in 1863 by Union forces and taken to Nashville, where the Union was in control. Davis was in deep trouble. A court-martial was quickly arranged and Davis was sentenced to be hanged. However, the Union commander offered him a way out - tell us what you know and we will spare your life. Davis declined. Union soldiers reportedly felt terrible about the situation, Davis being a principled young man, but the order was carried out, not unusual for spies at the time. He was soon forgotten, and would have remained so except a Confederate-sympathetic publisher got wind of the story 30 years later, and turned Davis into a hero to those who shared his sympathies. Davis became known as the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy," though he was 21 years old at the time he was executed. He was such an honorable young man that he became a perfect symbol for the Lost Cause. Item 388 is one of these later accounts of his heroic demise, written by Howard Hamil and published in 1911: Sam Davis; a True Story of a Young Confederate Soldier who was Hanged after Capture because he would not Betray a Secret of his Commander. $400.

 

The Civil War may remain in our national memory, but in time it inevitably had to fade from personal memory. Item 96 is a sentimental last look at the survivors from the South: The Last Parade. An Editorial by Douglas S. Freeman from “Richmond News Leader” of Friday, June Twenty-fourth Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-two, the Last Day of the Forty-second Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans. The Confederate veterans, as did those from the Union side, held annual reunions, but as they aged, it became apparent those would soon happen no more. In 1911, 106,000 Confederate veterans came; in 1932, that number was down to 1,500, all over the age of 80. The veterans would continue to have meetings for almost two more decades, but no more big parades. Freeman nostalgically writes, "It is the rear guard, engaged with death, that passes now. Who that remembers other days can face that truth and still withhold his tears?" $350.

 

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <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

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