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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2018 Issue

A Variety from Yesterday's Muse Books

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No name, but a pretty cover.

The latest catalogue from Yesterday's Muse Books comes without a title, but it certainly has a most colorful cover. Neither is there a description of its contents, though it would be reasonable to describe it as a miscellany. Here are a few subjects with numerous representatives, particularly the first and last of these. There are books in fine bindings, about photography, poetry, children's books, and a selection of works by Edgar Rice Burroughs to make you go ape. While you may associate Burroughs with his most famous character, Tarzan of the Apes, he wrote several other extensive series, notably in the field of science fiction. No chronicler of the real world was he. Here are a few selections from this varied collection.

 

Speaking of Lord Greystoke, the feral child raised by apes, here is one of his later adventures. It comes from book 29 of the Tarzan series, and evidently, Burroughs must have been running out of ideas. Published in 1947 (though written several years earlier), the title is Tarzan and the Foreign Legion. Huh? Yes, during the Second World War, Tarzan was serving with the British Royal Air Force under his civilian name. He was shot down over the jungles of Sumatra in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). Trading his air force uniform for his traditional jungle attire, he uses the survival skills learned in his youth to aid Dutch guerrillas (not gorillas) fighting the Japanese. They escape to the coast where all are rescued. Item 115. Priced at $60.

 

From fantasy we go to reality, and the real world at its incomprehensible worst. Item 4 is Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. It is an account of the murder of the four members of the Clutter family, farmers from rural Kansas. Two recently released convicts, having been told the Clutters held a lot of cash in a safe, entered the house late one night, tied up the family, and searched for the money. There was none. The convicts lost their composure, and deciding not to leave any witnesses, killed all four. Capote runs through the crime, the capture, interviews the killers, and takes the reader to their execution by hanging. He was assisted in his extensive research by his then unknown childhood friend, Harper Lee. Offered is a copy of the limited edition version of the first edition, #285 of 500 copies on special paper, signed by Capote. The owner had it rebound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full brown morocco with gilt edges and marbled endpapers. The front cover displays his/her monogram, O.C.S. $2,250.

 

Next we have A Stereoscopic Presentation of Packard Superiorities. Printed stereoscopic images are what we usually call "3-D." It uses slightly offset images in separate colors. The brochure is accompanied by 3-D or Macyscope glasses, one eye with a red lens, the other blue. Each lens filters out one of the images. The offsetting images thereby viewed separately through each eye create an illusion of depth. This brochure promotes the 1925 Packard, and its in-line eight engine, shock absorbing system, safety features, and ease of maintenance. Included is a price list. If you can't afford a 1925 Packard, this is the next best thing. Item 40. $150.

 

Here is another next best thing if you can't afford the original. William Morris' 1890s Kelmscott Press remains even today the standard for private fine presses. Among their works, the most notable is The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, commonly known simply as the Kelmscott Chaucer. A copy of this book will cost you close to a hundred grand these days. Here is a much more reasonably priced alternative that is quite similar. Item 100 is The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Facsimile of the William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer, with the Original 87 Illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones... Published in 1958, it is available for a far more budget-conscious $125.

 

Here is a double first featuring some of the best known names in show business. Item 64 is The Adventures of Mickey Mouse Book 1. It was published in 1931, when Mickey was only three years old. This year he celebrates his 90th birthday. This is considered the first appearance of Mickey in book form. Additionally, it features the first mention of the irascible Donald Duck, who went on to be Disney's second most notable character after Mickey. $350.

 

If you want to continue reading the legend of Mickey, here is your next selection. Item 65 is The Adventures of Mickey Mouse Book 2, published in 1932. $200.

 

This next one is a Klassic, in a not very nice way. Item 69 is The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan, by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Romance of the KKK? Oh my. Dixon was a racist apologist for the old South. In this novel, he glorifies the role of the Klan in protecting the white race from all the imagined demons of black people, black men in particular. His books were quite popular in their time, this one notably so, though it would likely be forgotten were it not turned into a most famous movie, D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. That film was known for its innovations in cinematography while retaining all of the ugliness of the book's racism. The book was published in 1905, ten years before the film. $250.

 

Yesterday's Muse Books may be reached at 585-265-9295 or yesterdays.muse@gmail.com. Their website is found at www.yesterdaysmuse.com.

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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