Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2018 Issue

Books and Paper on a Variety of Subjects from Raptis Rare Books

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Raptis Rare Books has issued a new, unnamed catalogue. It contains a table of contents to let us know what can be found inside. Here is that list of topics: Featured Selections, Americana, Travel & Exploration, History & World Leaders, Literature, Science & Philosophy, Economics, and Children's Literature & Illustration. These are a few selections of what you will find inside.

 

We begin with a book that is made by its provenance. That is not to say it is not important in its own right. The book is East of Eden, which follows the lives of two California families. It was one of many great works by John Steinbeck. This was the personal copy of James Dean, with his signature on the front free endpaper. Dean's movie career was brief, but he came to symbolize the youthful rebellion (such as there was) of the 1950s, the rebel without a cause. The book was published in 1952, and the virtually unknown Dean was given a leading role when filming began on the movie in 1954. The film version, which tracks one of the two families in the novel, was released in 1955. Later that year, Dean lost his life in a car crash, just three movies to his name, but with a reputation that still survives. Item 71051. Priced at $20,000.

 

On June 6, 1944, the Second World War, now almost five years old, reached a decisive moment. Allied troops made their assault on the French coast, the route that would take them to Germany. The danger was enormous as German troops could fire at will from the highlands along the shore, but there was no easy way to land in Europe and defeat the enemy. On that day, President Franklin Roosevelt took to the airwaves and offered a prayer on behalf the troops on their terribly dangerous mission. Among the President's words were, "Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph." It may not have come with "rushing speed," but triumph they did. For Christmas of 1944, President Roosevelt had 50 copies of this D-Day Prayer printed in Gothic type with black, red, blue and gold, which he gave to close friends. This one belonged to John Boettinger, who, at the time, was married to Roosevelt's daughter, Anna. It is believed that Boettinger was closely involved with the writing of this prayer. Item 67012. $12,500.

 

Eleven months after D-Day, Roosevelt's prayer was answered. He did not live to see it. By the spring of 1945, Allied troops were advancing on Berlin. On April 30, Hitler killed himself. Soon thereafter, German troops outside of the country began laying down their arms. The Germans agreed to an unconditional surrender on May 7, and the following day, all fighting ceased. On that day, President Harry Truman issued A Proclamation. Truman read this proclamation on the radio, and then had three-color copies, which he signed, printed up as gifts to friends. It begins, "The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help, have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men." Item 4419. $15,000.

 

Seventeenth century philosopher Thomas Hobbes was something of a transition between the authoritarian monarchies of earlier days and the free, democratic regimes that would eventually replace them. Hobbes believed in human rights, and promoted a social contract between the rulers and the people. However, he was not a democrat, believing in the authority of the sovereign, constrained by human rights, but not by election. Hobbes had little faith in the people to rule themselves, fearful of the selfishness of human nature. Hobbes' views were spelled out in 1651 (first edition, first issue) of Leviathan, or, The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill. Item 25003. $17,500.

 

Here is an uplifting message from an amazing young lady who overcame the most impossible of challenging situations. When Helen Keller was still very young, an illness cost her both her sight and her hearing. Outside of touch and smell, it left her virtually isolated from the world. And yet, somehow through touch, and use of her voice, she was able to learn to communicate with the outside world. She would go on to become an inspiration to so many people, regularly giving speeches though she could not hear herself. In 1903, she published this book entitled Optimism. It describes her view of life and reveals her personal faith. This copy was signed by Keller. Yes, she learned to write too, her signature being neatly printed. Item 71029. $1,500.

 

This next item is an inscribed photograph from Gutzon Borglum. Borglum was a sculptor, best known for America's most famous piece of oversized sculpture - Mt. Rushmore. The photograph was taken while the project was in process. Though not complete, Washington's head is clearly visible. The others had not yet begun, although work on an aborted initial attempt to carve Jefferson's head to Washington's right can be seen. Borglum writes to New York financier William W. Fuller, "Greetings from our Gods in the mountains where they will watch our passing - and in time they alone - I fear will tell what manner of men we were." Item 79100. $4,500.

 

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  • <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Walt Whitman. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> First edition, first issue, SIGNED in block letters by Whitman. 1855. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Isaac Newton's copy of John Greave's <i>Pyramidographia,</i> London, 1646. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Colonel John Mosby. Robert E. Lee's autograph letter to Samuel Cooper reporting on Mosby's exploits, with Cooper's autograph note ordering his appointment to Major.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Gyula Halasz Brassai. Large archive of autograph and typed letters, over 260, to his family including his wife Gilberte, 1947-1978. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Archive of drawings and letters from Harper Lee to Charles Carruth, including an inscribed first edition of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> VESALIUS, ANDREAS. 1514-1564. <i>De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.</i> Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. 1578-1657. <i>De motu cordis & sanguinis in animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Leiden: Joannis Maire, 1639. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> BERENGARIO DA CARPI, GIACOMO. 1460-1530. <i>Isagogae breves perlucide ac uberrimae in Anatomiam humani corporis.</i> Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 15 July 1523. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790. <i>Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America…</i> London, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> BENIVIENI, ANTONIO. 1443-1502. <i>De abditis nonnullis ac mirandis morborum et sanationum causis.</i>Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Greco (Gioachino). <i>Primo modo del gioco de Partito…</i> Manuscript, France, 1624 or 1625. A collection of partiti, or 'chess problems' by one of the most important figures in the history of chess. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Herodotus. <i>Historiae,</i> translated into Latin by Lorenzo Valla and edited by Antonio Mancinelli. Venice, 1494. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Darwin (Charles). Autograph Letter signed to his cousin Reginald Darwin, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 27th March 1879. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Nicolay (Nicolas de). <i>The Navigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie,</i> first edition in English, Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, 1585. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Saint-Exupéry (Antoine de). <i>The Little Prince,</i> number 66 of 525 copies signed by the author, 1943. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Catlin (George, 1796-1872). Tuch-ee, A Celebrated War Chief of the Cherokees, watercolour, [circa 1834]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Genetics.- A collection of c.300 pamphlets on genetics comprising many of the major contributions from the first half of the 20th century. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> India.- Rajasthan.- Kota School (probably late 18th c.). Elephant in a landscape with chains around his feet, brush and black ink with opaque pigments. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Commelin (Caspar). <i>Horti medici Amstelaedamensis plantae rariores et exoticae,</i> first edition, 48 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, Leiden, F.Haringh, 1706. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Plague-water and cookery & medical recipes.- Jackson (Mrs Sarah). Medical and cookery recipes, manuscript in several hands, title and 134pp., 1688-1755. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Vernet (<i>After</i> Joseph, 1714-1789). <i>[Vues des ports de France],</i> sixteen plates (of 18), etchings and engravings by Charles Nicolas Cochin fils and Jacques Philippe Le Bas, [c.1760-1780]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Detmold (Edward Julius, 1883-1957). Parrots and Butterflies, watercolour. £2,500 to £3,500.
  • <b>Koller Auctions: Books & Autographs. March 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Jacques Gamelin. <i>Nouveau recueil d'osteologie et de myologie, dessine d'apres nature...</i> 2 parts in 1 vol., large folio, 82 copper plates. CHF 12,000 to 18,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Melchior Pfintzing. <i>Die geverlicheiten und einsteils geschichten des loblichen streytparen...</i> 118 woodcut engravings, first edition. CHF 30,000 to 50,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Book of hours. Handwritten Latin text on vellum. With 17 large miniatures, Flanders, c.1460. CHF 70,000 to 90,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian. <i> Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium,</i> 72 copper plates, Den Haag, 1726. CHF 60,000 to 90,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Princess Diana, group of 6 ALS to the editor of British Vogue, 1989-92. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing with news after pledging support to King George III against the American rebels, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Ulysses S. Grant, photograph dated & signed as President, portrait by Brady, 1875. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Alexander Graham Bell, ALS, accepting an invitation to tea during his only trip to Japan, 1898. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Nikola Tesla, signature & date on his monogrammed correspondence card, 1935. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Richard Wagner, ALS, concerning his opera Rienzi, 1869. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, autograph note signed, requesting the address of Yvette Guilbert, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Claude Monet, ALS, to painter Harry Lachman, complaining that his vision has not improved, 1920s. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Friedrich Hölderlin, autograph manuscript, unsigned, 7 lines quoting Michael Denis's <i>Ossians und Sineds Lieder.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Guestbook for Lüchow's restaurant, over 400 signatures, including W.H. Auden, Grace Kelly & drawings by Charles Addams, NYC, 1950-56. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> George Washington, lottery ticket, signed, 1768. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Vaslav Nijinsky, postcard dated & signed, showing a drawing of him in <i>Schéhérazade,</i> 1916. $2,500 to $3,500.

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