Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2018 Issue

New Acquisitions from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller


A Summer Miscellany of New Acquisitions.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has issued A Summer Miscellany - 27 Recent Acquisitions. It is always good to find something new. A miscellany this is, a healthy variety considering the limited number of 27 new items. Here are a few of them.


We begin with one of the greatest of American photobooks. It is aptly titled The Americans, and it is something of a documentary of 1950s America as seen through the lens of Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank. Frank received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1955 and spent much of the next two years traveling around America. He snapped pictures like mad, but had to be quite selective for the book. It contains just 83 of the 28,000 black and white photographs he took. It is a realistic look at America of the time, candid photos taken of ordinary Americans, rich, poor, and in-between. It was not what many Americans wanted to see, realism instead of grandeur. Frank first published his photographs in France in 1958 as he had trouble finding an American publisher. When he did, the book was not particularly well-received, it taking many years for Frank's work to be appreciated. Fortunately for Frank, one person who saw the pictures did understand them, and that was logical because he was a writer also known for his road trip. Jack Kerouac agreed to write an introduction, and that at least provided Frank's work with some serious recognition. Perhaps the most notable of all the photographs is the one Frank took while watching a parade in New Orleans. He pulled out his camera as a trolley drove by. His image captures people in the open windows (those were the days before air conditioned travel). The white passengers are in the front, the black ones in the back. It depicted 1950s segregation without a word. It was only a few weeks after this photograph was taken that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a Montgomery bus to a white person. Item 11 is the first American edition of The Americans, published in 1959. Priced at $4,500.


One good photo collection deserves another. However, this is not a printed book, but a personal photo album. It is also a mystery. It is not a typical family photo album. Circa 1875, it contains 50 leaves each with a portrait photograph on both sides. It is in an expensive cover, brown morocco, gilt and floral cover design, ivory bosses, brass clasps, and fore-edge paintings on each of the three edges. What we don't know is whose album it was. The only clues are a small inserted card inscribed "John B. Dillon Christmas 1878," and a leaf inscribed "From Mount Vernon Va"). I thought I found the answer in the obituary record of a John B. Dillon, described as a wealthy farmer and property owner, who was born in 1878 and buried in the Mount Vernon cemetery. The only problem is that it turned out to be the cemetery in Mount Vernon Arkansas, not Virginia. Someone else will have to unravel this mystery. Item 21. $1,250.


Here is one of the enduring American novels, as familiar today as it was when published in 1936. This is one of those rare cases where both the book and the movie are equally revered classics. The book is Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, and it quickly went through enumerable printings, such was its instant popularity. Item 20 is a first edition, first printing, in the original dust jacket. $1,250.


Next we have a leaf book, one Windle describes as "one of the most sought-after books from the Club." The "Club" was The Book Club of California, and the printing was performed at the fine press of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. The title is An Original Leaf from the Polycronicon printed by William Caxton at Westminster in the Year 1482. The rest of the book was published in 1938. The creator, and writer of the text about the life and works of Caxton, historical information about 15th century England, and about the Polycronicon, was Benjamin P. Kurtz. It was published in a limited edition of 297 copies with the original leaf tipped in. Item 16. $1,375.


Now we have a pair of planispheres. If you have forgotten that term, they are those round, rotating charts of the nighttime sky. You spin the wheel to the appropriate month, day and hour, and it shows you the position of the stars, in particular, the constellations. The problem is that you have to adjust your view when looking down at one. You have to hold it up and crane your neck to see the sky as it will look outside. Item 2 is Hammett's Planisphere, for latitude 40 degrees north, which evidently works for Boston and Newark. It was published circa 1900-1915. Item 3 is Whittaker's Planisphere, also for 40 degrees north, circa 1900. They are priced at $250 each.


John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller may be reached at 415-986-5826 or john@johnwindle.com. Their website is www.johnwindle.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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