Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2013 Issue

15 Bookseller Catalogues Reviewed for May

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15 new catalogues are reviewed this month.

This month we have 15 new bookseller catalogues to review. The William Reese Company has a selection of works pertaining to travel and voyages. Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books is focused on trips that went to the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia. You will need a map to take you where you are going, and Cohen & Taliaferro have some historic ones, including some of the very first maps to display the New World.

B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts focuses on a variety of subjects - science, medicine, natural history, Americana, and early printed books. Variety and miscellany are also the word at Sotheran's, Knuf Rare Books, and James Cummins Bookseller. Forest Books offers a selection of 19th century medical books, while Librarie Thomas-Scheler features six centuries worth of books and manuscripts.

Almagre Books features material from the American Southwest and Latin America. David Lesser Antiquarian Books presents rare Americana. Old West Books focuses on the American West, while Joe Rubinfine features manuscripts from the American Revolution.

Finally, two booksellers present us with essentially single item catalogues. The Raab Collection has the reading copy of President Benjamin Harrison's inaugural address (and a few other Harrison items). Ian Brabner, Bookseller, offers an orderly book from an American revolutionary soldier.

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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