Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2018 Issue

Magnificent Books & Photographs from the 19th Century Shop


Magnificent Books & Photographs.

The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop has released a catalogue of Magnificent Books & Photographs. That is no exaggeration. Any catalogue that features Washington, Lincoln, Shakespeare, and 1,000 criminals can only be described as "magnificent." The criminals wouldn't stand a chance against those three, especially since they also have Daniel Boone on their side. This is material at the highest level for the most advanced of collections. If you collect at this level, you will appreciate the opportunity. Here are some of these magnificent items.


We will start at the top, at least for English literature. We are probably past the point where we need to describe Shakespeare as "arguably" the greatest writer in the English language and just award him the mantle. For those who collect the greatest, this is as good as it gets. Many of Shakespeare's plays were not published during his lifetime and would have been lost had not a few of his friends gathered them up after he died and had them published. They were first published in 1623 with the official title Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. That is commonly known as the First Folio and is virtually unobtainable today. Scarce, but still occasionally to be found is "The Second Impression," or the Second Folio. While that is dated 1632, not all copies were actually published then, there being several issues of the Second Folio, some coming out several years later. Offered is the first issue, first state, of the Second Folio. Along with Shakespeare's plays, the Second Folio contains an epitaph to the author by John Milton. It was the first appearance of Milton's writing in print. Priced at $190,000.


Many people think of this next writer as the greatest scientist, though here we will still have to append the term "arguably." Einstein and Darwin have their supporters as well. This work was certainly the most important advancement in science at its time, the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica of Isaac Newton. This is the groundbreaking edition, the first edition, published on July 5, 1686. This contains Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, and his corpuscular theory of light. In it, Newton applies mathematics to define certainties in the field of physics, that is, its laws operate with the same certainty as do mathematical formulas. Particularly important is Newton's theory of gravity. He realized that the force that keeps the planets and other heavenly bodies in perfect motion, as observed by Copernicus and later Galileo, is the same gravitational force that operates on Earth. While Newton could never figure out what made that force work (he had to leave something for Einstein), he could predict with certainty how it would work everywhere. $850,000.


Next we have The President's Speech to Both Houses of Congress, appearing in The Massachusetts Magazine in 1789. This is George Washington's first inaugural address. In it, Washington speaks of the major issues of the day for the new republic, including the Revolution, Constitution, need for a Bill of Rights, balance of power, federalism, and the dangers of factionalism. Most importantly, he focuses on the importance of private morality on national policy. The President states, "there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity." George, where are you when we need you? This isn't just any copy of Washington's first inaugural, but his personal copy. It is signed by the new President and contains his bookplate. After Washington died, it was received by his nephew, Bushrod Washington. It next appeared in the collection of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. Marshall worked with Bushrod in preparing his definitive biography of Washington and it is likely the latter gave it to Marshall at that time. It then was passed to many generations of Marshall descendants. $450,000.


Washington is also one of those "arguably" greatests. His main competitor for greatest President is Abraham Lincoln. There isn't much to be said about Lincoln you don't already know. If you are an admirer, here is something you will undoubtedly wish to own. It is a large, full-length photograph of the great man. The photograph is 18 1/2" x 15", in a gold-ruled 22" x 18" mount. In it, Lincoln is seated in a chair, his full length, all 6 feet 4, seen. Taken by Alexander Gardner, who started as a staff photographer for Matthew Brady, this is truly a magnificent photograph. It was taken on November 8, 1863, eleven days before Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. $95,000.


Now that we have covered a bunch of the greatest, here are those 1,000 not-so greats. Actually, it is even a little more. This is a collection of carte de viste photographs of criminals, counterfeiters in particular, from the 1870s and 1880s. These are part of an archive once belonging to Secret Service Agent William Kennoch. Kennoch knew of crime, starting out as a cigar smuggler, but soon joined the other side as an expert on counterfeiting. 19th Century notes that at the time, one-third of the currency in circulation consisted of counterfeits. While counterfeits was their specialty, the Secret Service investigated numerous types of crime, including gambling, robbery, and murder. Kennoch was one of the best at his trade, but his career was short, dying at the age of 46. While most of the criminals displayed here are men, there are also several women. Many of the photographs are annotated with information such as name, aliases, crimes committed, arrest and conviction dates. While the photographs are the most visible part of this archive, it contains much more from Kennoch's career. Among the other items are 125 letters Kennoch wrote to his wife, Dora, pictures of Kennoch and his wife, information on the burglar alarms he patented and sold, Kennoch's personal travel diaries, an 1871 $5,000 reward broadside for escaped counterfeiter Thomas Ballard (that was a ton of money in the day), and many more artifacts from his career. $150,000.


The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop can be reached at 347-529-4534 or 410-602-3002, or at info@19thshop.com. Their website is found at www.19thshop.com.

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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