• <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b><br>Die Französische Expedition gegen Mexico /Beilagen zum Beiheft des Militair - Wochenblattes
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b><br>The Architecture Of M. Vitruvius Pollio. London, 1791.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Estatuto Provisional del Imperio Mexicano. México: Imprenta de Andrade y Escalante, 1865.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Historia de Méjico... México, 1849 - 1852.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Juárez, Benito - Ogazón, Pedro. Legajos de Bandos del Estado de Guadalajara, 1860-1863.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos. Mapa de las Aguas que por el Círculo de 90 Leguas Vienen a la Laguna de Tescuco... Méx, 1748.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Cruces y Campa / Aubert / Valleto. Pareja Imperial, Fusilamiento de Maximiliano, Tipos Mexicanos... ca,1875.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> NASA archive with 351 photographs, silver & chromogenic prints, 1960-2002. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Edward S. Curtis, suite of 18 cyanotypes, 1910-14. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Edward S. Curtis, <i>Horse Capture, Atsina,</i> unique copper plate for <i>The North American Indian,</i> 1908. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> John Whipple, <i>Harriet Beecher Stowe,</i> salted print from a calotype negative, 1853. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Lewis Carroll, <i>Xie Kitchen,</i> albumen print, circa 1872. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Ansel Adams, <i>Taos Pueblo,</i> limited, signed first edition of the artist's first book, 12 silver bromide prints, 1930. $30,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b><br>JFK in his motorcade about 2 mins before his assassination, chromogenic print, 1963. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Anton Guilio Bragaglia, 6 photomechanical postcards with facsimile signatures, 1911-13, printed 1932. $30,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Société Anonyme, Inc, group of 9 postcards, including 8 real photo postcards, 1920-30. $25,000 to $35,000.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Autographs & Memorabilia. February 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 28:</b> Autograph album featuring signatures by prominent actors, politicians, musicians and authors, including Rudolph Valentino. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 28:</b> An extremely rare working radio script for Crazy People No 29, the first series of <i>The Goon Show.</i> £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 28:</b> Manuscript prayer book, in German. 8vo, 1755 £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 28:</b> Italian Manuscript on Geometry, with diagrams, 18th century. £500 to £700
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Ornithology, Zoology & Voyages. February 27, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 27:</b> Thorburn (Archibald). Sparrowhawk, original watercolour & gouache, signed & dated lower right, 1917. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 27:</b> Burton (Sir Richard Francis). <i>Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah.</i> 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, 1855-56. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 27:</b> [Mount (Richard) & Page (Thomas)]. <i>The English Pilot. Describing the Sea-Coasts…</i> 31 engraved maps, W. & J. Mount, T. Page, 1756 £4000 to £6000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Ornithology, Zoology & Voyages. February 27, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 27:</b> D’apres De Mannevillette (Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Denis). <i>Le Neptune Oriental.</i> Paris & Brest, [1775 – 1781]. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 27:</b> Loring (Josiah). Terrestrial Globe Containing all the Late Discoveries and Geographical Improvements. Boston, Gilman Joslin, 1846, £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Feb 27:</b> Shelley (G. E., Capt.). <i>A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or Family of Sun-birds,</i> FIRST EDITION, by the Author, 1876-80. £4,000 to £6,000
  • <b>Bonhams: Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part VII (Online). March 6-14, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Albert Einstein A remarkable letter on God in English, one of his most eloquent and quoted, 1 p, July 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Benjamin Lincoln's commission as Major General in the Continental Army, February 19th, 1777. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Broadside. A Poem Upon the Bloody Engagement That Was Fought on Bunker's-Hill. 1775. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Early, full printing of the Star-Spangled Banner in The Yankee, October 7, 1814. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Paul Revere. Engraving, “The Boston Massacre Perpetrated on March 5, 1770," in <i>Massachusett's Calendar 1772.</i> $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams: Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part VII (Online). March 6-14, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Earliest known newspaper coverage of Babe Ruth, "a St Mary's schoolboy," Baltimore, April 4, 1914. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Franklin, Benjamin. <i>The Independent Whig.</i> First Magazine Published in America, Philadelphia: Keimer, 1723-4. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Smith, Joseph. <i>The Book of Mormon.</i> Palmyra: Printed by E.B. Grandin for the Author, 1830. First printing. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Last Words of Joseph Smith. Autograph Letter Signed from a Mormon disciple, conveying a contemporary account of the Prophet's final words, Nauvoo, July 27, 1844. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> John Brown's Body. Autograph Letter Signed from the daughter of John Brown attempting to arrange the return of her father's body, North Elba, Essex Co, NY, November 29, 1859. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Powell Expedition. Autograph diary of Rhodes C. Allen kept during the Powell Expedition of 1868, June 29, 1868 - November 16, 1868. $20,000 to $40,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2018 Issue

Travels and Exploration from Hordern House

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The latest from Hordern House.

Hordern House has issued a new, though untitled catalogue. The Australian bookseller, naturally, features much material from the land Down Under, but this selection goes well beyond that. There are items from the lands up over and off to the sides. Included are several items from a time long before anyone knew Australia existed. The common thread here is travel and exploration, news about lands little known to people in Europe. These are a few selections from this collection of important journeys long ago.

 

First up we have a book that predates European discovery of Australia, or for that matter, America or most of Asia or Africa either. The title is In Somnium Scipionis expositio by the fifth century Roman author Macrobius. The title translates to the Dream of Scipio, and it relates to science, philosophy and thoughts from the time of Macrobius. Naturally, any printed edition would have come long after the tract was written, and as old as this edition is - 1483 - it is not the first printed edition. However, this is the important one as it contains something the earlier editions did not, Macrobius' map of the world. Only the top third is remotely accurate, and the entire western hemisphere is not present. That's all Europeans knew, not only in Microbius' time, but even as late as this printing in 1483. Europe is recognizable, as is northern Africa, and to the far east, recognizable only because it is named, is India. The northern most part of Europe is named "Frigida," for obvious reasons. Most of the continent is in a temperate zone, but inland northern Africa, where the Sahara is located, begins an area called "Perusta," or burnt up zone. Below the Sahara (Africa is but a narrow peninsula) is a large ocean. In those days, it was believed this area was so hot that no one would ever be able to cross it to see what is on the other side. That didn't stop Macrobius from displaying what is there. It is a large continent, and it too has a frigida, temperate zone, and perusta. The reason people believed there was a large continent down there, though they would never be able to see it, was that it was thought the earth must have a southern land mass to balance the northern one. Though these beliefs were many centuries old, they were about to be destroyed as by 1483, early Portuguese explorers had sailed part way down the west side of Africa, heading into the zone where it had been thought they would burn up. Item 30. Priced at AU $215,000 (Australian dollars, or approximately $155,690 in U.S. dollars).

 

Here is an indirect look at those early Portuguese explorations that would sail all the way around the Cape of Good Hope just a few years after the preceding book was published. We say indirectly as it was part of an oration designed to impress the Pope with the prowess of Portuguese King Joao II (or John II). The title is Oratio de obedientia ad Innocentium VIII, an oration of obedience to Pope Innocent VIII. Speaking on behalf of the King was Vasco Fernandes de Lucena, the publication being between 1485-1488. Fernandes was a physician and historian and part of the Portuguese court. In speaking to the Pope, he mentions Portuguese explorations in Africa, and of Asiatic kingdoms barely known to Europeans he claims are but days away from explorations already conducted. The world was about to rapidly expand. Item 16. AU $67,500 (US $48,851).

 

This is one more from antiquity. Item 24 is Periocha viginti librorum Antiquitatis Judaicae... This is a 1513-1514 edition of Jewish Antiquities with History of the Jewish War by Flavius Josephus, written during the first century. Josephus was the Jewish historian who found favor with the Roman Emperor and was able to serve him in Rome, while maintaining a fair degree of loyalty to his people. He is a controversial figure, particularly among Jews, and some of his writings may be less than objective, perhaps some fabricated by later transcribers. Nonetheless, it provides much information about Jewish history up through the destruction of the temple in the year 70, particularly on the war that led to that event. Much of this would be unknown without Josephus' writings. He also provides the only non-biblical contemporary references to Jesus, though brief and some have questioned the authenticity of these comments. AU $7,850 (US $5,697).

 

Next is one of the rarest books from Capt. James Cook's voyages to the Pacific, one that is not just pages but contains artifacts from the South Sea islands. The title is A Catalogue of Different Specimens of Cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook to the Southern Hemisphere, prepared by Alexander Shaw. This is the second issue (1805-1806), expanded to include an additional 17 specimens, bringing the total to 56. The cloth is known as tapa, and it is produced by pounding the inner bark of certain trees until it spreads thin and wide. Various steps are taken to turn it into cloth, and then it is decorated, generally with different patterns using colored dyes. Of the 68 known copies of this book, only 8 are of the second issue. Additionally, many copies have had some of their samples removed or parts snipped off. This one is complete. Item 11. AU $370,000 (US $268,443).

 

This is an account of a remarkable overland journey through the wild interior of Queensland, Australia, in 1845-1846. German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt led an expedition from Brisbane into completely unknown territory in October of 1844. After many months with no word from the party, it was assumed that they had perished. Then, to everyone's surprise, they showed up 14 months later at the far northern military base at Port Essington. They had traveled over 3,000 miles in what was obviously not a direct route. Item 27 is Leichhardt's account, Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia... published in 1847. Despite the harrowing experience, a year after his return, Leichhardt was back at it again, mounting an expedition to cross the continent east to west. It was cut short after only 500 miles by heavy rain, disease and famine. Leichhardt was an intrepid explorer. In 1848, he set out for the west coast again, and this time, he really did disappear. One hundred seventy years later, it is still one of Australia's greatest mysteries. None of his men were ever found. This set of Leichhardt's books includes the separately issued, but intended complementary three Arrowsmith maps. AU $14,750 (US $10,697).

 

Hordern House may be reached at [+61] (02) 9356 4411 or rare@hordern.com. Their website is found at www.hordern.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> BELON. <i>L’Histoire de la nature des oyseaux.</i> Paris : Corrozet, 1555. $17,000 to $23,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> MIOMANDRE – BARBIER. <i>Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.</i> Paris. 1913. $23,000 to $34,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> HOKUSAI. <i>Fugaku Hyakkei, Edo : Nishimura Yûzô.</i> 1834-1875. $58,000 to $80,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> EDWARDS. <i> <br>A Natural History of Uncommon Birds…</i> London : Printed for the Author. 1743-1764. $35,000 to $46,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> VESALIUS. <i><br> De Humane Corporis Fabrica libri septem...</i> Basle : J. Oporinus. 1555. $58,000 to $80,000

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