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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2018 Issue

A New Miscellany from Forest Books

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A Misacellany.

Forest Books has issued their Miscellany Ten. A Catalogue of Rare and Curious Books, Pamphlets & Printed Ephemera on a wide variety of subjects. Naturally enough, it contains all sorts of material. Most items come from England. There are many books, but you will find other sorts of paper, such as maps and broadsides. There is a large selection of very early English railroad material. Virtually everything, for that matter, is early. This is an antiquarian catalogue. Here are a few selections.

 

We begin with a work from one of the greatest naturalists of the 19th century. Alfred Russel Wallace spent eight years in the Malay Archipelago, returning home with some 126,000 zoological specimens. He collected them both for study and knowledge and to make a living by selling them. It was while he was there that Wallace came up with a brilliant explanation for why various species between islands had distinct differences yet great similarities. He concluded it must be evolution by natural selection. Of course, anyone would say that today, but at the time, Darwin had not yet released his theory to the public. Wallace sent his theory to Darwin, already a friend, who had independently reached the same conclusion. The two decided to publish a paper together describing the theory. It preceded Darwin's famous On the Origin of Species by a year. Wallace continued writing about what he had learned. Item 194 is one of those works, a two-volume first edition from 1876 of The Geographical Distribution of Animals. With a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as Elucidating the Past Changes of the Earth's Surface. Priced at £750 (British pounds, or approximately $997 in U.S. dollars).

 

Here is one of those early British railroad books. The first railroads in England were constructed in the 1830s. At the time this book was written, 1837, the first were only just opening for travel. However, many lines were already in the planning stage by then, as this book attests. Compiled by Francis Whishaw, the title is Analysis of Railways: consisting of a series of reports on the twelve hundred miles of projected railways... It contains distances from London to eight outlying locales, and a table showing costs, mileage, curves, tunneling, etc. for each railway for which bills were proceeding through Parliament. Item 238. £275 (US $365).

 

Next up we have Flora of Suffolk. This sounds like one of those 19th century romantic novels. It isn't. Flora is not a young lady, but a whole mess of plants, specifically, those that inhabit Suffolk County in England. Rev. J. S. Henslow and Edmund Skepper provided this description of the plants found in the wild in Suffolk, including those both indigenous and introduced. It was published in 1860. Item 74. £45 (US $59).

 

Here is a subject few great books have been written about. It's not one of those topics one generally enjoys discussing, but here is a chance to read up on it in uncomfortable privacy. The title describes it well: Commentaries on the Use and Necessity of Lavements in the Correction of Habitual Constipation, and in the Treatment of those Diseases which are occasioned or aggravated by Intestinal Accumulation and Irritation, or which are Susceptible of Modification through the Sympathetic Relations of the Lower Bowels; Including also a Copious Formulary of Intestinal Injections, with Directions for their Application. For the record, lavements is an old term for enemas. Item 163. £110 (US $146).

 

Now for a more pleasant subject, at least from an English point of view - war with France. England and France were constantly at war with each other for centuries, interrupted only briefly by peace so they could fight anew. They must have enjoyed it or they wouldn't have fought so much. The year was 1794 when James Rennell wrote this pamphlet. The two countries were at peace, but England watched the French Revolution, which it never liked even in its better days, break down into chaos and bloodshed. Rennell had the usual remedy. His plea is entitled War with France. The only Security of Britain, at the Present Momentous Crisis. It would come soon enough, what with Napoleon coming to power and out to conquer the world. Item 152. £75 (US $99).

 

Here is an odd title by Thomas Doolittle, published in 1693: Earthquakes Explained and Practically Improved; Occasioned by the late Earthquake on Sept. 8. 1692. in London, many other parts in England, and beyond the Sea. I can understand explaining them, but how do you improve an earthquake? Doing away with them entirely would be the best outcome, but no one has figured how to do that yet. This book describes the London earthquake of September 8, 1692, and the far more destructive one in Jamaica earlier that year. It rearranged the island's geography, practically sinking the city of Port Royal. Thousands died in that quake and ensuing tsunami. Item 40. £775 (US $1,030).

 

Here is a man who sought to upgrade British behavior in the 18th century, presumably to little effect. He tried. Item 144 is Thomas Pollen's 1771 book, The Fatal Consequences of Adultery, to Monarchies as well as to Private Families: with a Defence of the Bill, passed in the House of Lords in the Year 1771, Intituled, "An act to restrain persons who shall be divorced for the crime of adultery, from marrying, or contracting matrimony, with the party," &c. This bill would have prohibited one who committed adultery from marrying their partner in crime, and from the children of that relationship inheriting from them (like it was their fault). The lords may have thought this a good idea, but the commoners apparently did not. The bill never made it through the House of Commons, and so adultery continues in England to this day. £175 (US $232).

 

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <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.
  • <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> 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, 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

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