• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2019 Issue

South Carolina from L & T Respess Books

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South Carolina.

L & T Respess Books has published a catalogue entitled South Carolina. This can reasonably be thought of as a companion to their recent catalogue on North Carolina. The books and documents in here are either from South Carolina, cover events about or people from South Carolina, or were created by South Carolinians. Much of the state's history is uncovered in the material found herein. South Carolina developed a bit of notoriety as the leader of the secession movement, first unsuccessfully during the Nullification Crisis, later succeeding in getting the rest of the South to follow it into the Civil War. However, there is much more to the state's history and those events only relate to a tiny portion of it. Many South Carolinians played important roles in the nation's successful secession from England. Here are a few samples from its storied past.

 

We begin with a classic early account of the southern Indians by an Irishman who traded with them for 40 years (maybe a little less - his claim). James Adair traveled to the southland in 1735 as a fur trader and stayed for up to four decades. Not surprisingly, he became well acquainted with their ways, their customs, diet, language, agriculture, tools, religion, medicine and disease, law and punishment, conduct of war, domestic life, and more. Most of the time he traded with the Cherokee, Catawba, and Chickasaw tribes, though he also visited others. On returning home, he published this book in 1775: The History of the American Indians; Particularly those Nations adjoining the Mississippi, East and West Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina and Virginia. Sabin calls this "the best 18th-century English source on the Southern tribes, written by one who traded forty years with them." Adair also uses his book to promote his theory of the origin of the Indians, no longer taken seriously today but once shared by many before advancements in geologic and archaeologic evidence. He believed they had descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel and he presents 23 similarities between the Indians and the Jews to bolster his claim. Item 1. $3,500.

 

South Carolina almost seceded from the Union long before the Civil War. This was the Nullification Crisis. South Carolina strongly opposed tariffs that had been adopted by the federal government. Those were protectionist tariffs that favored northern business interests, protecting them from foreign competition. However, the South was not industrialized. It depended on agriculture, notably cotton, which was not threatened by foreign competition. All tariffs did for them was to raise the cost of consumer goods imported from overseas, plus invite retaliatory tariffs which would make their agricultural products less competitive overseas (why does all of this sound so familiar?). Lacking the votes in Congress to overturn the tariffs South Carolina declared that it had the right to nullify any federal laws of which it did not approve. South Carolina further said that it would secede from the Union if the federal government used force to enforce those tariffs in their state. President Jackson responded firmly, saying he would send in troops if South Carolina seceded. Just as that state would approach the other southern states to join it in seceding just before the Civil War, it made such an appeal in 1832. It fell flat. No other southern states joined the effort, leaving South Carolina alone and outgunned. When President Jackson agreed to changes making the tariffs less onerous, South Carolina quickly fell in line. Item 93 is The Reports and Ordinances of the Convention of the People of South Carolina, Adopted at Its Session in March, 1833. In this convention, the representatives of South Carolina voted to repeal the Nullification ordinance it had passed the previous November. $500.

 

That seemed to end the the threat of conflict for South Carolina, but just in case, it was useful to publish this book a year later, in 1834. Item 83 is A System of Tactics, or Rules for the Exercise and Manoeuvres of the Cavalry of the State of South-Carolina. Printed under the authority of the state legislature, this is a rare manual for use by the state's military. $2,000.

 

Here is a letter that is wrong in so many ways. It was written on October 4, 1850, by Dixon Evans to his brother John. Evans writes that he has shot and killed a slave. He claims that he fired from his window 30 yards away at a slave breaking into a neighbor's dairy with a pistol loaded with only one bullet. He says, "I did not contemplate shooting the negro, but shot to frighten him." This must have been the ultimate case of bad aim, striking the slave in the neck and killing him. Evans continues that "Every body says...I served him right and so does my conscience." However, while his conscience felt fine, Evans was nonetheless very concerned. The slave's master, Nathan Evans (we don't know if they are related) is about to sue him. Unfortunately, if you think it is because Nathan Evans was unhappy about the wrong done to the slave, you are too sentimental. As Dixon Evans explains, "His master is in great choler and indignation and will sue me for some 4 or 5 hundred dollars unless I will give him $400, in which case he 'will settle friendly.'" It's just business. Dixon is upset because, he explains, "This is twice as much as his servant was worth." He goes on about his having performed a community service and how everyone is praising him, while noting, "I made the most extraordinary shot on record" (especially so since it was supposedly unintentional). Anyway, the gist of all this is that Dixon Evans will not be able to go to California now until next March because of the coming trial. Item 101. $1,250.

 

Here is a letter from a South Carolinian that is not offensive, indeed, is even touching. It was sent by John B. Bull to his stepson, Dr. James Morrow. It is dated January 18, 1853. Morrow was participating in Commodore Matthew Perry's famous expedition that led to the opening of trade with Japan. Bull first sends Morrow his "Mother's Tender Love" and speaks of her health. He then continues, "...we unitedly entreat you to be very cautious & circumspect in all your movements." Item 100. $25.

 

This is an interesting book, The Life, Adventures, and Opinions of Col. George Hanger. Written by Himself. Actually, it wasn't. It was ghost written by William Combe. Added to it is Advice to the Lovely Cyprians, and to the Fair Sex in General... and...a History of King's Bench Prison, Written by the Author during his Custody under the Marshal of that Prison. Hanger, a highly respected officer of the British who served their side during the American Revolution, never spent time in King's Bench Prison. Combe did, for nonpayment of debts. Combe wrote several satirical pieces, so just what is going on with this book is not clear to me. However, one thing is notable here, a prophecy made by the author, whoever he was. At one point he says, "One of these days the Northern and Southern powers will fight as vigorously against each other as the both have united to do against the British..." This book was published in 1801. Item 114. $300.

 

L & T Respess Books may be reached at 413-727-3435 or respessbooks@cstone.net.

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  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.

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