Rare Book Monthly Articles - October - 2013 Issue

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Worth Serious Consideration

Worth Serious Consideration:  Archives International Auctions, Part XVI of U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes, Ephemera, Scripophily, Autographs and Historic Documents to be offered over two days:  Saturday the 19th and Tuesday the 22nd of October in New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey.
 
The nature of book, manuscript, map and ephemera collecting has been changed by the significant availability of always desirable but previously difficult to find related materials such as stock certificates, paper money, and non-numismatic historically interesting and important items. ...

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Does Social Media Sell Books?

NB – Links to the people, businesses, sites and pages mentioned in this article can be found at the end of this story.
 
Last month I found myself reporting on a local event and notice...

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Indictments Handed Down in Alleged Textbook Theft Ring

There is a right way to trade in books and a wrong way. This is a story about the wrong way. Los Angeles area textbook wholesaler Doorkeeper Textz obtained its books in a very wrong way according t...

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Seward's Folly? – What Happens When a Small Institution Realizes an Old Gift is Extraordinarily Valuable?

Bequests may be thought to last forever, but as we know, nothing lasts forever. Books and other valuables left to libraries, museums, universities, and other institutions, so welcome at the time, m...

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American History: Up for Sale on the 10th

Swann Galleries
New York
Sale 2324
 
There are auctions and there are auctions.  Some matter more than others.  Some matter more than most.  If you are an Americana collecto...

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Bonhams: Fine Books & Manuscripts on the 16th

A hallmark of the transitional market that books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera are in today is the steady and substantial flow of quality material - the dispositions of institutions, dealers and ...

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Book Club of California: New Leadership

Book Club of California:  New Leadership
 
The Book Club of California announces the appointment of Jennifer Sime as Executive Director, effective October 1, 2013.
 
In making th...

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$160 Million to be Refunded E-Book Buyers

If you purchased electronic books during the past few years, there is a good chance you can participate in a settlement of over $160 million arising from antitrust lawsuits. Your share may not be q...

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Hang Them High - Poor man’s dreams and rich man’s collections

Just the other day, I came across the catalogue of a very impressive sale that took place in Drouot in December 2012. I noticed a peculiar detail about it, that made me laugh—a bittersweet la...

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To the end Ends of the Earth

Selections from the stellar collection of Jay I. Kislak are on exhibit at the Osher Map Library from September 24th to February 27th.  The Osher Library is part of the University of South Main...

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Booksellers Going to the Hong Kong Art Fair

Several Western booksellers will be setting up booths at the Fine Art Asia 2013 fair in Hong Kong this month. Art fairs have become a regular part of the mix for several antiquarian book sellers. S...

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Lying Fury – Tales of the Strange Creatures that Inhabit the Americas

A book has recently been released about life as it once was in the Americas, or perhaps never was. The title is La Fureur Mensongère ou les contes fabuleaux du Nouveau Monde (Lying Fury, or ...

Auctions in October

This month there are 113 scheduled events.  More will be added as the month continues.  For the month we project that 30,000 lots will be offered.
 
Tues. Oct. 1st
Christies &ndas...

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10 New Catalogues Reviewed

For October we have received 10 new catalogues to review. David Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books is back with a new catalogue of Americana. Back of Beyond Books focuses on the American Southwest, but ...

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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