Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2018 Issue

Nothing But The Book from Brian Cassidy Bookseller


Catalogue thirteen.

Brian Cassidy Bookseller has released catalogue 13: the book & nothing but the book. I will not even attempt to describe what sort of material can be found in a Cassidy catalogue. That's over my head. Fortunately, this one is divided into sections, with headings, which I will repeat, They are: a dozen non-algorithmically-selected featured items; poetry concrete, avant garde, and otherwise; art & photo; beats, pulps, and the obligatory modern firsts; and film, music, and miscellaneous cool shit. That's "sh*t" for those uncomfortable with the use of that word. I hope the search engines don't penalize us. Here are a few of these sometimes odd and eccentric books.


We begin with one of those unusual items Cassidy seems to find. The title is Shiny Ride, the collaborative effort of artists Joe Brainard and Kenward Elmslie. Cassidy explains that it juxtaposes "drawings from a sex manual with pictures from the Apollo space program." There's something I never would have thought of doing. That is why they are the artists. Item 34, published in 1972. Priced at $150.


Ed Ruscha has created some of the most comprehensive photo essays you will see. He is the photographer who photographed every building along the length of Sunset Strip and presented it in a 27-foot long accordion foldout. Another ran along Hollywood Boulevard, once in 1973 and again in 2004. Even more closely related to this next item is his 14 palm trees, or better yet, 26 gas stations. Item 59 is Ruscha's Thirtyfour Parking Lots, published in 1974. Like the other photographs, these parking lots were in Los Angeles. They are shown in 31 photos taken from the air. The final photo is one a section of Wilshire Boulevard which runs across two pages. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Item 59. $1,000.


So, what is the missing link between Ruscha's gas stations and parking lots? Here it is. Cars. The title is We Will Never Be So Close Again, by Jules Spinatsch, published in 2006. This book consists of photos of drivers in cars next to Spinatsch's. He surreptitiously shot through his car windows. Good thing he did it unseen or he likely would have been the victim of road rage. Item 73. $350.


Next we turn to literary masterpieces. Item 102 is Lost House by Frances Shelley Wees. This is a Gothic mystery, one involving the drug trade. The cover image shows a terrified young woman in front of an old, Gothic house. Superimposed on it is an image of a large, half-filled hypodermic needle. This story was first run serially in Argosy in 1938. This edition was published by Harlequin in 1949. If that is surprising, it was not until the middle 1950s that Harlequin turned to publishing its trademark romances. At this time, the company was still located in far-off Winnipeg, Manitoba. Item 102. $750.


If you collect books that are a first of something, here is one that will fit your collection. The title is Corps Memorable, published in 1957. The text is by surrealist poet Paul Eluard, while photographs were taken by Lucien Clergue. The cover features a drawing by Pablo Picasso. There is even a dedicatory poem to Clergue by Jean Cocteau. As to what makes this a first, Cassidy, quoting Parr & Badger, explains it "was the first mainstream publication to show female pubic hair." There is a first for everything. Cassidy further explains that this was only possible at the time because the faces were not shown. How do you know whom to compliment? Item 62. $450.


Next we turn to a couple of books of a far more serious nature. These are terribly unpleasant. Item 90 is The Testimony of Nagasaki, published in 1970. It consists of photographs of survivors of the atomic bomb blast in Nagasaki in 1945, taken 25 years later. Text describes the survivors, their injuries and illnesses. $175. Item 122 is The Spotlight on Ohio's Black Crime, by T. J. Thomas and Dan W. Gallagher, published in 1930. This is an account of the fire at the Ohio Penitentiary on April 21, 1930. It was the worst prison fire in U. S. history, 322 inmates dying in the blaze. The book describes the prison before the fire, which the authors compare to a medieval torture chamber and 19th century prison ships. The book says that 5,000 inmates were housed in a prison built for 1,500. They also say that administrators and guards refused to open the cells to allow prisoners to escape the fire. The authors interviewed many inmates, and included 22 photographs, most showing the fire's aftermath. Cassidy notes that the book was poorly produced, likely meant only for local circulation, and appears to be very scarce. $450.


Brian Cassidy Bookseller may be reached at 301-589-0789 or books@briancassidy.net. The website is www.briancassidy.net.

Rare Book Monthly

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    <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.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000

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