• <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: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Skinner: Early English Books<br>A Single Owner Sale. July 20, 2018</b>
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Cranmer, Thomas (1489-1556). <i>Catechismus, That is to Say, a Shorte Instruction into Christian Religion...</i> London, 1548. First edition. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Donne, John (1572-1631). <i>Pseudo-Martyr.</i> London: Printed by W[illiam] Stansby for Walter Burre, 1610. First edition. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Fletcher, Giles (1549?-1611). <i>The Russe Common Wealth, or Maner of Gouernement by the Russe Emperour…</i> London, 1591. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Gabelkover, Oswald (1539-1616). <i>The Boock of Physicke.</i> Dordrecht: Isaack Caen, 1599. First edition. $12,000 to $15,000
    <b>Skinner: Early English Books<br>A Single Owner Sale. July 20, 2018</b>
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Galileo, Galilei (1564-1642) trans. Thomas Salusbury (d. 1666). <i>Mathematical Collections and Translations the First Tome.</i> London, 1661. First edition of Galileo's works in English. $35,000 to $50,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Higden, Ranulphus (d. 1364). <i>Polycronicon.</i> Translated by John Trevisa, with the 1357-1460 <i>Continuation</i> by William Caxton. Southwark, 1527. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Randolph, Bernard (b. 1643). <i>The Present State of the Morea, Called Anciently Peloponnesus…</i> London, 1689. [Bound with] <i>The Present State of the Islands of the Archipelago…</i> $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> <i>The Great Herball Newly Corrected.</i> London, 1539. Folio, ESTC lists three U.S. copies; the last copy offered at auction was incomplete and sold in 1949. $25,000 to $35,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2018 Issue

Langdon Manor Books Features Women, LGBTQ, Japanese Americans, and American Internment Camps

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Catalog 5 from Langdon Manor.

Langdon Manor Books has published their Catalog 5. They describe their specialties as American social movements, American personal narratives, photo albums and outsider books. In this catalogue, the specific categories listed are Women, LGBTQ, Japanese Americans, and American Internment Camps. We can add to that one large archive relating to Native Americans will be found in this collection. Here are a few samples of what is in store.

 

Despite the terrible treatment they endured, Japanese Americans from the west coast managed to maintain a surprisingly positive attitude through the Second World War. Despite their overwhelming loyalty, they were moved inland from the west coast to internment camps for fear they would somehow help Japan attack the Pacific coast. Americans ethnically descended from America's European enemies were not so treated. Item 7 consists of 42 issues of Pacific Citizen, 41 published by the Japanese American Citizens League from the non-Pacific location of Salt Lake City from 1942-1946. However, these were not published from an internment camp. It had been published in San Francisco, but on 48-hour notice in 1942, the JACL moved the publication and editors Larry and Guyo Tajiri to Salt Lake City, before voluntary relocation by Japanese was replaced by forced internment. The newspapers provided news from the internment camps, but also stories of Japanese Americans who were fighting for their country, information concerning civil rights, and other stories showing Japanese Americans in a positive light. One contains a copy of a Superman comic headed "Superman is Now Backing Loyal Japanese Americans." It is somewhat ironic since the displayed frames came at the end of a comic where Superman is fighting disloyal Japanese Americans, but at the end, the Man of Steel tells his readers, "It should be remembered that most Japanese Americans are loyal citizens. Many are in combat units of our armed forces, and others are working in war factories. According to government statements, not one act of sabotage was perpetrated in Hawaii or territorial U.S. by a Japanese American." Item 7. Priced at $750.

 

Here is another example of optimism under adversity. It is a copy of Ramblings, the high school yearbook for the Topaz Relocation Center from 1944. Topaz is located in the barren desert wilderness outside of Delta, Utah, blazing hot in summer, bitterly cold in the winter winds. Its footprint is not very large, but it was Utah's fifth largest "city" during the war, housing around 8,300 people. There is a sign marking the spot today; otherwise no more than scattered rubble remains. Langdon Manor notes that residents in housing units of 250-300 shared 4 showers and 4 bathtubs. They were given cots and mattresses, furniture was built from scrap wood. Still, they were optimistic, principled, and could look at their situation without losing a sense of humor. Speaking of their athletic teams, which were allowed to play other schools in the area, they write that they play with a purpose, "to demonstrate our worth as American youth." And then, they turn to humor, noting, "due to poor weather conditions and lack of facilities, including a track field, the track season for Topaz cindermen was very short. Incidentally, who ever heard of a track team without a track, pole vault pit, high jump pit, and who used chairs for hurdles?" Item 10. $3,250.

 

The Episcopal Church deserves much credit for its progressive and welcoming attitude toward gays and others in the LGBTQ coalition. In a world where many churches still today treat these people as if they were participants in some sort of crime, all the way back in 1976 the Episcopal Church declared "homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church." In the days since, the church has consecrated an openly gay bishop, prohibited discrimination against transgender individuals, and opened the rite of marriage to all couples. Item 24 consists of two faux leather binders from 1976-1977 relating to the church's task force on homosexuality. This set evidently came from the Ohio diocese. It includes various documents, some quite surprising for the era. For example, a Report of the Committee on Human Sexuality declares that individuals cannot control their orientation and so homosexuality should not be considered sinful. Even today, some high ranking church and political figures think it is acceptable to subject homosexual children to brutal "conversion therapy," as if this were a choice. That is not to say support of this attitude was universal in the 1970s, as while the reports are very progressive, the Ohio Bishop's letter is one of dismay. He attributes the reports to politics and pressure and claims, "My mail, and that of every bishop I know, on this matter can only be described as an outpouring of outrage." Perhaps he was missing something in terms of the source of moral principles, that maybe it is something other than the level of popular support? $1,750.

 

Item 40 is a sketch and sentiment book (in a "Jenny Lind Album") by a woman on the frontier with some notable family connections. Helen Louisa Lynde Dent filled this album with sketches and thoughts, though it is not clear whether she did any of the drawings. At least some can be traced to her husband, Frederick Dent. Louisa was born into a military family, so she moved around quite a bit, from Wisconsin to Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas before marrying Frederick. They would then move on to Oregon and Washington. The couple likely met in West Texas while their fathers were stationed there. Fred was educated at West Point and a close friend was Ulysses S. Grant. It was while visiting Fred that Grant met his sister, Julia. They married. Fred served as Grant's military secretary and retired as a general. The album includes at least 11 images of Native Americans, seven of military men. The Native Americans are named and captioned. Some of them have few if any other pictures extent. At least two were drawn by Fred as they are signed "Fred" and "FTD." The Dents standing would have given them access to draw pictures of both soldiers and Indians. By the way, a "Jenny Lind Album" came with blank pages, intended to be used as albums and scrapbooks. Their name honored the great Swedish singer who toured America in 1850-52. $25,000.

 

This is a remnant from an early women's rights in the workplace movement. Item 29 is a three-ring binder containing 12 issues of Stewardesses for Women's Rights from 1973-1975. Back then, they were called "stewardesses," not flight attendants, the feminine form being appropriate as virtually all were women. Not just women, but invariably young, thin, and beautiful women. Presumably, they knew a thing or two about safety, but an older woman with much more experience would be replaced by a younger one when the time came. To look at this policy from a more positive standpoint, as long as your flight didn't experience any safety issues, it wasn't a problem. The SFWR was founded in 1972 after a lawsuit against Eastern Airlines contesting its weight and grooming regulations. $625.

 

Langdon Manor Books may be reached at 713-443-4697 or LangdonManorBooks@gmail.com. Their website is found at www.langdonmanorbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.

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