Rare Book Monthly Articles - September - 2018 Issue

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Michael R. Thompson [1940-2018]

Michael Thompson was a bookseller, rising through the chances and opportunities that life provided, to ply the trade for essentially his entire life.  He was bookman of the old school.
 
The road to perdition and ruin was discovered early, when he was a graduate student at the University of Texas and met Jake Zeitlin, then a bookseller, publisher, collector, poet and intellectual in Los Angeles.  Michael was already a bookseller but unschooled and unseasoned.  One thing led to another and Mr. Thompson was hired by Mr. Zeitlin where he did yeoman service and learned the...

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ABAA Calls For Help Locating Material Taken from the Carnegie Library

The ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America) has issued a call to the public to help locate books missing from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Recently, the Carnegie Library's rar...

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Saturday Morning on Mainline Television

On a recent Saturday, flipping through the now hundreds of TV channels looking for something worth watching I chanced across the future of important rare and collectible paper auctions.  There...

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LiveAuctioneers Rapid Growth - A Sign of the Times

LiveAuctioneers reported record sales and substantial growth during the first half of 2018. LiveAuctioneers conducts online bidding for almost 5,000 auction houses, galleries, and dealers in the fi...

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J.G. Stedman - All isn’t so well that ends even worse...

In 1772, John Gabriel Stedman, a young and “romantic” English soldier, embarked for the New World to fight against the “revolted Negroes” of Surinam. The narrative of this e...

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Texas Man Charged in $100,000 Comic Book Theft

A Texas man has been arrested on two counts of burglary of a habitation for stealing comic books, along with a couple of rugs and other things. Marcus Alan Benner, 41, was charged with taking the c...

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Oak Knoll Fest October 5 -7

Oak Knoll Fest XX is scheduled for October 5th – October 7th, 2018.  The theme this year is “Bringing it on Home” in which printers, booksellers, and collectors discuss that ...

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Boxborough Paper Town Set for September 15

Always a collector's favorite, Boxborough Paper Town will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Subtitled "The Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Collectibles Show," you will find all sorts o...

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The San Francisco Map Fair: September 21 – 23, 2018

The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in the Lodge at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter Street, in San Francisco, California.
 
The San Francisco Map Fair is sponsored by the History...

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The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-9

You know summer is almost over if the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is about to happen.  It is, in keeping with the name, in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, at 72 Noble St...

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Sep. 12: Dominic Winter Auctioneers' 30th Anniversary sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts

This month, UK-based auction house Dominic Winter Auctioneers is celebrating its 30thanniversary with 180 lots of Fine Books & Manuscripts organized under six headings: earl...

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Now thru Sep. 12: Early hand colored maps, atlases and more at Old World Auctions

Old World Auctions, the online-only auction house specializing in maps and cartography since 1977, is currently hosting its 169thauction comprising 823 lots of antique maps, plans, charts, globes, ...

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Ever Wondered Where English Law Comes From? This Book Provides the Answer

For those with an interest in learning from whence came English law, The Lawbook Exchange has published a paperback edition of a book that takes us back to the days when people used words like "whe...

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Three Catalogues Reviewed This Month

With summer winding down, many people have been off on vacation, and not too many booksellers are sending catalogues to people who aren't there. The result is we have only three new catalogues to r...

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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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