• <center><b>ABAA Virtual Book Fair</b><br>Join your favorite booksellers<br>June 4-7, 2020
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    <center><b>ABAA Virtual Book Fair</b><br>Join your favorite booksellers<br>June 4-7, 2020
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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States, pamphlet, 1862. Sold May 7 for $11,875.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. Sold May 7 for $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> E. Simms Campbell, A Night-Club Map of Harlem, in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. Sold May 7 for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. Sold May 7 for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. Sold May 7 for $5,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> The Black Panther: Black Community News Service, 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. Sold May 7 for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike, silver print, 1968. Sold May 7 for $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> March For Freedom Now!, poster for a protest on the 1960 Republican Convention. Sold May 7 for $17,500.
  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Essential Genius:<br>Ten Important Manuscripts<br>For Modern Times<br>Online June 1 – 10, 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> Renaissance Manuscript featuring two Dialogues by Plato, with translation from the Greek and learned discourse by Leonardo Bruni, called Aretino. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> Isaac Newton on the plague. Autograph Manuscript, being Newton's notes on reading Van Helmont's "De Peste." $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("A. Einstein"), to "Die 'A.E. Group' in New York" humorously accepting his role as patron saint, and offering a motto for their members. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Essential Genius:<br>Ten Important Manuscripts<br>For Modern Times<br>Online June 1 – 10, 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> LOBACHEVSKY, NIKOLAI. Document Signed ("Lobachevsky"), and accomplished in Manuscript, a letter of designation in his role as Curator of Regional Education in Kazan. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> WITTGENSTEIN, LUDWIG. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ludwig Wittgenstein") to Moritz Schlick discussing Gödel's incompleteness theorems. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch Darwin") to Alexander Agassiz regarding gradation of structure in pediculariæ. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Essential Genius:<br>Ten Important Manuscripts<br>For Modern Times<br>Online June 1 – 10, 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> PAULI, WOLFGANG; BOHM, DAVID. Typed Letter Signed ("W. Pauli") to physicist David Bohm offering his second and final critique of Bohm's hugely influential 1952 paper. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Walt Whitman"), a draft of the final lines to his final poem "A Thought of Columbus." $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> KANT, IMMANUEL. Autograph Quotation Signed ("Immanuel Kant"), from an album amicorum. <i>"Quod petis in te est, ne te quaesiveris extra."</i> $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 1 – 10:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. Photograph Signed ("Mark Twain") and Inscribed, with the witty aphorism, "Admonitions—harvested from the wisdom of the ages: Physician, heal thyself. Patient, heel thyself." $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [SUPREME COURT JUSTICES]. A very extensive collection of 203 letters, documents and signatures. A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, JOHN JAY THROUGH WILLIAM REHNQUIST. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> ZATTA, Antonio. <i>Atlante Novissimo.</i> Venice: Antonio Zatta, 1775-1785. ONE OF THE FINEST WORLD ATLASES issued in Italy in the 18th century. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [CHICAGO HISTORY] -- [COLUMBUS, Christopher]. Monumental historiated and embroidered panel of the MADE FOR THE 1893 COLUMBIAN EXHIBITION IN CHICAGO. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [MONASTERY HILL BINDING]. AINSWORTH, William Harrison. <i>Historical Romances.</i> Philadelphia, n.d. A fine early exhibition binding by the Monastery Hill Bindery. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM]. New York: Tiber Press, [1960]. 4 volumes. LIMITED EDITION, number 119 of 200 COPIES, EACH SIGNED BY THE POET AND ARTIST. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> GRATIANUS, the Canonist. <i>Decretum.</i> Venedig: Petrus de Plasiis, 25 January 1483. Second quarto edition. FIRST PAGE ILLUMINATED BY A CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [ABOLITIONISTS]. <i>William Lloyd Garrison. The Story of his Life.</i> New York, 1885. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS FROM SEVERAL NOTABLE ABOLITIONISTS neatly bound in throughout. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740... 1744.</i> London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. FIRST EDITION. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> Blank railroad ledger, "Compagnie des Chemins de fer de l'Ouest" (spine title). N.p., 1909. A MONUMENTAL 20th-CENTURY ART NOUVEAU BINDING. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [MINIATURE ROOM] -- [FLEMING, John (1910-1987)]. Miniature of his 57th Street Library and Gallery. JOHN F. FLEMING'S BARONIAL 57TH STREET GALLERY. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE BINDING]. CHESTERTON, G.K. <i>Five Types: A Book of Essays.</i> London, 1910. LIMITED EDITION, number 3 of 30 copies on vellum SIGNED BY GEORGE SUTCLIFFE. $400 to $500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. <i>When Adam Delved and Eve Span....</i> [Ancoats Brotherhood, 1894-5]. LIMITED EDITION, one of 250 copies printed. $500 to $700.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2019 Issue

Autographed Americana from Joe Rubinfine

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American Historical Autographs.

Joe Rubinfine has released List 183 of American Historical Autographs. You know this will be highly collectible American material when you see items from Washington and Lincoln. However, if those presidents are not your cup of tea, you can also find items from the likes of Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Herbert Hoover. They aren't on Mt. Rushmore, but they could be in your collection. Along with presidents, you will find other cabinet and high ranking officials, many military leaders from the Revolutionary and Civil War, a bunch of people who did not consider themselves United States of Americans for a while (Confederates), and scattered others, such as New Orleans ladies of the night. You might prefer to spend an evening with one of them than with Andrew Johnson. Here are a few selections from this latest group of American autographs.

 

We start with a letter between Confederate Generals, one requesting assistance of another in having a third general replaced from his position of command by a fourth general. The problem was that the fourth general was the son of a fifth general, who needed to be convinced of the change without showing favor. Got that? The letter writer was Gen. William N. Pendleton, the recipient Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard. Pendleton wanted Gen. William H. C. Whiting removed from command at Wilmington, North Carolina. Whiting had actually done a good job of fortifying Ft. Fisher at Wilmington, the last open Confederate port where supplies could be brought in past the Union blockade. Whiting had long been close with Beauregard, but a few months prior to this Sept. 17, 1864 letter, he had not performed well on a side mission to assist Beauregard which perhaps led Pendleton to believe he could get Beauregard's assistance. Whiting had a habit of criticizing other generals, which did not make him the most popular man among his peers. Writes Pendleton, "Gen. Lee expressed to me his perplexity respecting a reliable Commander of Wilmington, it being notorious that Genl Whiting does not enjoy the confidence of the Army or Country...which renders it extremely unsafe for an important point to defend, at a critical time, upon his efficiency." Pendleton had the perfect candidate for Whiting's replacement - Gen. Robert E. Lee' son, Gen. Custis Lee. Robert E. demurred, saying he could not recommend his own son on account of their relationship, also noting that Custis did not have sufficient experience. Nonetheless, Pendleton pushed forward, evidently without success, as Custis Lee was not given the command. Whiting stayed on through a successful battle in December, but was then replaced by Gen. Braxton Bragg. Bragg, to Whiting's dismay, lost the fort the following month. Whiting returned to the fort, not as commander but to be with his men, was injured, taken prisoner by Union forces, and died in custody two months later. Item 12. Priced at $2,000.

 

Things were tough enough for poor Herbert Hoover in 1931. As President when the Great Depression arose, he was highly unpopular, heading for a shellacking in the election the following year. Now, he was called on to give a dedication for another President with a tarnished reputation, Warren Harding. Poor Harding was noted for the Teapot Dome scandal and a terribly corrupt administration. He was not corrupt himself, but way over his head in the presidency and taken advantage of by friends and associates. In his address at the dedication ceremonies for the Harding Memorial in Marion, Ohio, Hoover alludes to this unfortunate situation. He relates, "Warren Harding had a dim realization that he had been betrayed by a few of the men whom he had trusted...whom he had believed were his friends..." Hoover had accompanied Harding on his western trip in 1923, where the President suffered a fatal heart attack, so he had some understanding of what Harding surmised by then. Hoover went on to praise Harding personally, saying, "He was a man of delicate sense of honor, of transcendent gentleness of soul...of passionate patriotism...of deep religious feeling...devoted to his fellow men." Item 24 is a printed transcription of Hoover's address, signed by him while President. $2,000.

 

These signatures did not come from presidents, but they did come from the next closest thing - first ladies. Item 16 consists of 15 first lady signatures (some are duplicated) covering 150 years of presidential history. The first ladies are Barbara Bush, Sarah Polk, Harriet Lane Johnston (bachelor James Buchanan's niece), Lucretia Garfield, Rose Cleveland, Frances Cleveland (Rose was then bachelor Grover Cleveland's sister and first term first lady, Frances his wife and second term first lady), Mary Lord Harrison (Benjamin, not William Henry's wife), Edith Bolling Wilson, Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, Lou Henry Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mamie Eisenhower. In several cases, the signatures came long after their husbands/uncles left office. For Polk, Johnston, and Frances Cleveland, around 40 years, for Harrison, 53 years later. $850.

 

There were no first ladies among this group, though they may have been first in the hearts of their country-men. The Blue Book was sort of a guide to New Orleans, containing ads for bars, attorneys, cigars and a taxi service. However, it is unlikely the average reader bought his copy to find out where to buy a good cigar. What distinguished this guide was that it provided addresses for ladies who plied their trade in Storyville, New Orleans' red light district. The guide provides the ladies' names, addresses, and pertinent details, even their race. Don't plan on putting this guide to practical use today. These women would all be well over 100 years of age if still living, which undoubtedly none are. This is a 1915 edition, the last year The Blue Book was published. Item 41. $2,800.

 

Andrew Johnson was a man with many difficulties in his life. His unexpected presidency, the result of Lincoln's assassination, did not go well. His loyalty to the Union was based on his dislike of southern plantation owners, not sympathy for the slaves, so when he took over the presidency just as the war was ending, he was quickly at loggerheads with the northerners in Congress. Johnson's obstinate manner and unwillingness to compromise prevented him from being able to successfully work together with Congress. All of this is well known, but less well known is that Johnson's family life was also filled with troubles. His wife, youngest son and son-in-law were ill, likely with tuberculosis, while his two older sons were alcoholics (only his two daughters were okay). Item 28 is a letter from Johnson while a Senator from Tennessee in 1859, six years before becoming President. Rubinfine says it was almost certainly written to his eldest son, Robert. Johnson talks of various political happenings, but the primary concern is evidently directed toward the middle son, Charles. Johnson had received letters from his wife and Robert concerning the situation. "The account given in both of them of your brother," he writes, "was extremely mortifying to me yet I was anxious to know the true State of the Case. Your mother Seemed to think I might be prepared for the worst for She feared it would end in his death, which has Kept me in suspense ever Since. Before this there must be a change Some way either for the better or for the worse. Let that be as it may I have been extremely anxious to hear what the change was. I hope of Course it is for the better. I am Sure it cannot be much worse." Apparently, the Johnsons survived whatever the current episode was, but unfortunately there was no long term solution. Charles, serving as an assistant surgeon during the war, was thrown from a horse and died in 1863. Apparently he was inebriated. The older son and letter recipient, Robert, committed suicide in 1869, unable to overcome his own alcoholism. As an aside, I have no idea what guidelines Johnson used for determining capitalization. Item 28. $7,500.

 

Here is another presidential poor health letter, though hardly on the same tragic level as that of Johnson. It was written by William Howard Taft, formerly President, now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in 1927. He was then just a few weeks from his 70th birthday and his health was declining. Taft was never known as a fit man, once reaching a weight of 340 lbs. during his presidency. However, in his post-presidential years, he took fitness and diet more seriously, eventually lopping almost 100 lbs. from his weight. Like many presidents, Taft got much of his exercise playing golf. Here he writes from Quebec to J. L. Ketterman, apparently a golfing companion, that he can play no more. Says Taft, "I have had to give up golf during the last three years and never expect to take up the game again. My physician forbids." Item 46. $1,500.

 

Joe Rubinfine may be reached at 321-455-1666 or Joerubinfine@mindspring.com

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  • <b>Koller International Auctions: Books [and] Manuscripts & Autographs. June 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> INCUNABULA -Fridolin, Stephan. <i>Schatzbehalter.</i> With 96 (including 5 repeated) full-page text woodcuts. Nürnberg, 1491.<br>€ 39 470 / 57 020
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Kokoschka, Oskar. <i>Die Träumenden Knaben (The Dreaming Boys).</i> With 11 original lithographs. Vienne, 1908.<br>€ 35 090 / 52 630
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Third Bessarion Master (active in Lombard in the third quarter of the 15th century). Leaf from a gradual, 1455-60.<br>€ 21 930 / 30 700
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Picasso, Pablo - Delgado, José alias Pepe Illo. <i>La Tauromaquia o arte de torear.</i> With 26 original aquatints and 1 original etching by Picasso.<br>€ 21 930 / 35 090
    <b>Koller International Auctions: Books [and] Manuscripts & Autographs. June 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Linschoten, Jan Huygen van. <i>Itinerario, Voyage ofte Schipvaert naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien…</i> Amsterdam, 1595.<br>€ 17 540 / 26 320
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> CHILDREN’S BOOKS - Meggendorfer, Lothar. <i>Nah und Fern. Ein Tierbilderbuch zum Ziehen.</i> With 8 coloured, lithographed plates.<br>€ 530 / 790
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> DANSE MACABRE - Bille, Edmond. <i>Une Danse macabre.</i> With 20 coloured woodcuts. Lausanne, 1919. Large folio.<br>€ 610 / 880
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Dexel, Walter. A collection of 7 invitation cards from the Kunstverein Jena, each typographically designed by W. Dexel. Jena, 1924-1928. Each 10.5 x 14.8 cm.<br>€ 530 / 790
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. June 9, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Newton (Sir Isaac). <i>Opticks…,</i> first edition, presentation copy to Nicolas Fatio de Duillier and with his ink and pencil annotations. £300,000 to £400,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Aliotti (Girolamo). <i>Gratulatio ad Pium II pro foelici, ac secundo ex Mantuana peregrinatione reditu…,</i> illuminated manuscript on fine vellum, in Latin, Florence, 1460. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Sangorski (Alberto).- Keats (John). <i>La Belle Dame sans Merci...,</i> illuminated manuscript on vellum, magnificently bound in morocco elaborately tooled in gilt & inlaid with 137 jewels, 1928. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. June 9, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Miniature Book.- Taylor (John). <i>Verbum sempiternum [&] Salvator mundi,</i> 2 parts in 1, contemporary embroidered dos a dos binding, 1614. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Bodoni.- Rossi (Giovanni Gherado de). <i>Scherzi Poetici e Pittorici,</i> with original gouache drawings bound in, Neoclassical red straight-grain morocco, gilt, Parma, Bodoni, 1795. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Palladio (Andrea). <i>I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura,</i> first edition, Venice, Domenico de' Franceschi, 1570. £14,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. June 9, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Voyages.- Lowther (Rear Admiral Marcus, 1820-1908). An album of 166 original watercolours and drawings made on voyages between 1842 and 1853. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection,</i> third edition (seventh thousand), presentation copy to Robert Colgate, John Murray, 1861. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Jane Austen's Family - ?C[ooper] (E[dward], married Jane Leigh (1736-83), sister of Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827), married George Austen (1731-1805), parents of Jane Austen. Miscellanies, poems dated btwn. 1750-88.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. June 9, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Americas.- Herrera y Tordesillas (Antonio). <i>Novus orbis, sive descriptio Indiae occidentalis,</i> 4 parts in 1 vol., Amsterdam, Colijn, 1622. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Canada.- Baker (Lt. Col. Sir Edward). An Eye Sketch of the Fall of Niagara, [c. 1795.] £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jun. 9:</b> Dance.- Caroso (Fabrizio). <i>Il Ballarino,</i> first edition, Venice, Francesco Ziletti, 1581. £5,000 to £7,000.

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