• <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> LIFE OF OSLER, PRESENTATION COPY TO NEPHEW NORMAN GWYN. CUSHING, HARVEY. 1869-1939. <i>The Life of Sir William Osler.</i> Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1925. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER TO HALSTED MENTIONING CUSHING AND WELCH. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to William Stewart Halsted on medical matters, 2 pp, January 19, 1919. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> CUSHING PRESENTATION COPY TO LUCIEN PRICE. CUSHING, HARVEY. <i>Intracranial Tumours.</i> Springfield, 1932. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER ON HIS CHILDHOOD. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to Mabel [Brewster] on returning home to Staplehurst. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> SCULTETUS, JOHANNES. 1595-1645. <i>Cheiroplotheke, seu armamentarium chirurgicum XLIII.</i> Ulm: Balthasar Kühnen, 1655. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> VICQ D'AZYR, FELIX. 1748-1794. <i>Traite d'anatomie et de physiologie.</i> Paris: Didot l'aine, 1786. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> TAGAULT, JEAN. C.1499-1546. <i>De chirugica institutione libri quinque....</i> Lyon: Guillaume Rouillé, 1549. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Autograph Logs and Journals from his 1927 Alaska Expedition. $7,000 to $ 9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Cañon de Chelley, 1904. Oversized orotone, 17 x 22in in original Curtis Studio frame. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI of <i>North American Indian,</i> c.1907, made by Curtis in the field. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). The Vanishing Race, 1904. Oversized orotone, 18 x 24in in original Curtis Studio frame. $20,000 to $30,000.
  • <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [CIVIL WAR] -- [SHERIDAN, Philip Henry]. Personal headquarters flag of Philip Henry Sheridan used when he led the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. Spring - Summer 1862. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY]. Half plate daguerreotype of firefighter Walter Van Erven Dorens. [San Francisco]: n.p., [ca 1854-1856]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [LINCOLNIANA]. Abraham Lincoln banner possibly made for the 1864 presidential campaign. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [REVOLUTIONARY WAR - CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. [HOLTEN, Dr. Samuel]. An archive of letters related to Danvers, Massachusetts, physician and statesman Dr. Samuel Holten. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD]. CARBUTT, John, photographer. Exceptional collection of 27 stereoviews from the series, "Excursion to the 100th Meridian, October 1866." Chicago, [1866]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [ALASKAN GOLD RUSH]. William Steele West and family, extensive archive of photographs, diaries, correspondence, and personal items. [Ca 19th - 20th century]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [TAYLOR, Zachary]. Quarter plate daguerreotype featuring the 12th President of the United States. N.p.: n.p., [ca 1845]. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WASHINGTON, George]. Signed Society of the Cincinnati document. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President. [Washington], 29 September 1862. 1 page, 4to, old creases. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th. Jefferson"), as United States President, to Robert Patterson. Washington DC, 2 July 1805. 1 page, 4to, evenly toned, small tear from seal. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [ALCOTT, Elizabeth Sewall]. Ninth plate ruby ambrotype attributed to Elizabeth Sewall Alcott. N.p., [ca 1856-1857]. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WESTERN AMERICANA]. RUSSELL, Andrew Joseph, photographer. <i>Salt Lake City, From the Top of the Tabernacle.</i> [1869]
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits :<br>de Cervantès à Houellebecq<br>18 – 25 June</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Jouve, Paul -- François-Louis Schmied -- Rudyard Kipling. <i>Le Livre de la Jungle,</i> 1919.<br>€ 80,000 to € 120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Cervantès Saavedra, Miguel de. <i>El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Bruxelles, 1607.<br>€ 30,000 to € 50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Buren, Daniel - Aimé Césaire. Cahier d'un retour au pays natal. Solstice, 2004. 1/140 ex. Avec 1/20 suites d'œuvres originales.<br>€ 4,000 to € 6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> [Musique] - Gioacchino Traversa. Six sonates à violon seul. [Vers 1770].<br>€ 3,000 to € 5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber, Imitating Norman Rockwell’s “Triple self-portrait,”</i> mixed media, 2002. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Brian Froud, media illustration published in <i>The Land of Froud,</i> 1977. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Haddon Sundblom, <i>All a Girl Needs,</i> oil on canvas, published in <i>The Ladies’ Home Journal,</i> 1942. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Adrianne Lobel, <i>My One and Only,</i> 26 scenic concept collages for the Broadway musical, 1983. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Schulz, original four-panel pen and ink <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1971. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b>Jack Davis, mixed media cartoon for <i>Playboy,</i> 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Addams, mixed media cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1937. $6,000 to $9,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2020 Issue

Travels from Shapero Rare Books


Travel 2020.

Shapero Rare Books has proved to be the rare exception, still issuing printed catalogues during the coronavirus epidemic. It is a welcome relief to be able to open a tangible book. The title of their latest is Travel 2020. The catalogue is from 2020, the travels are not. Those are all much older, often very much older. They primarily started from England and continental Europe, and went all over the world. Some were for exploration, others for government or military reasons, some for trade, and others just private adventurers out to see the world. Shapero has divided their catalogue into sections based on destination. Here are those destinations: Africa, Americas, Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, and Voyages & Polar. So, put on your mask, remember to maintain a social distance, and off we go to see the world.


We begin with one of the very old travels. This is an account of China in the 16th century, a place practically unknown to Europeans at the time. This book proved to be the major source of information about that land to the West for a while. The title is Nova et succincta, vera tamen historia de amplissimo, potentissimoque, nostro quidem orbi hactenus incognito, sed perpaucis abhinc annis explorato Regno China. It was written by Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza, an Augustinian. This is a first Latin edition, published in 1589, the same year as the German first edition. Much of our early knowledge of countries outside of Europe comes from missionaries of the various Catholic orders, whose aim was to convert the inhabitants of these far off lands, but who served as being explorers and historians on the side. Gonzalez de Mendoza set out to visit China in 1580, by a route that took him first to Mexico. However, it was discovered not to be a good time to go to China, so he remained in Mexico until returning to Spain in 1582. Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza never actually set foot in the land about which he wrote. He compiled his account from the reports of other missionaries. It covers religious beliefs in China, but also many other topics such as politics and education. It is also one of the first western books to contain Chinese characters. Additionally, there is a section on the discovery of Mexico and other parts of the New World. Ironically, although this is one place de Mendoza actually did visit, it is a translation of the work of Father Martin Ignacio, which was never published separately. Item 76. Priced at £4,000 (British pounds or approximately $4,878 in U.S. dollars).


This is one of those books with a very l o n g title (hereby reduced): A Voyage Round the World in His Majesty's Ship the Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In Which is Contained, a Faithful Account of the Several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. Seen on the Voyage: And, among Other Particulars, a Minute and Exact Description of the Streights of Magellan, and of the Gigantic People Called Patagonians. Published in 1767 (this is the Dublin edition), it is attributed to “an Officer on Board the said Ship.” That is now generally accepted as being Charles Clerke, a midshipman. Clerke would go on to sail on all three of James Cook's voyages and took over command on the final journey after Cook was killed by natives in Hawaii. John Byron had been set to scout out the territory around South America and try to find an island where the British could set up a presence, the mainland controlled mostly by Spain. Byron claimed the Falkland Islands for Britain, unaware that the French had already done so. Byron completed his circumnavigation in 22 months, the fastest time to date, no one before having completed the journey in under two years. This book perpetuated a myth dating back to Magellan, that there lived a race of giants in Patagonia. That account claimed they were up to 12 feet tall. By this time, their height had been reduced, though still greatly exaggerated, to 8 feet. They are depicted on the frontispiece, and look to be more like 10 feet tall in the image. Item 119. £1,500 (US $1,829).


Exploration in Africa during the early 19th century was extremely dangerous, and not primarily because of hostile inhabitants. Malaria and other diseases were rampant and Europeans often succumbed to the pestilence. Hugh Clapperton went to sea at the tender age of 13 and within a few years was in the British navy. He was selected to accompany Walter Oudney who was to be consul to Bornu, an uncharted place in today's Nigeria and Chad. They made it there and then proceeded on toward the Niger River, whose route was still unknown. Oudney died shortly thereafter, but Clapperton continued on, until forced by local officials not to proceed when only five miles from his destination. Clapperton barely survived to make it home, but soon was sent on another mission to the Niger via a different route. This time he was accompanied by two officers, Capt. Pierce and Dr. Morrison, along with his servant, Richard Lander. Within a month, both Pierce and Morrison were dead. Clapperton pushed on, crossing the Niger near the place where explorer Mungo Park had died 20 years earlier. He intended to return via Bornu but war had broken out. He was held captive for a few months before malaria and dysentery caught up with Clapperton too. He died in 1827 at the age of 38. Lander survived and made it back to England with Clapperton's records. In 1830, Lander published this report, Records of Captain Clapperton's Last Expedition to Africa. That same year, he returned to Africa with his brother and was the first to determine the river Park, Clapperton and others investigated was the river that terminated in the Niger River delta. Its long, circuitous route, heading northeast before abruptly switching directions to southeast, had everyone confused. He, too, succumbed in Africa four years later, but he died from a gunshot wound. Item 12. £450 (US $548)


Fanny Bullock Workman was born to a wealthy family. Her husband, William Hunter Workman, was a Worcester, Massachusetts, physician, like his father. He too was not short on money. This came in handy when Workman had to retire from his career as a physician after 13 years because of ill health. They set off for Germany for his recovery. There, the couple began several bicycle trips that would have been grueling for a healthy person, all over Europe, the Middle East as far as India, and northern Africa. They wrote several popular books together about their adventures. That led to their next strenuous activity – mountain climbing. They had hiked in New Hampshire and then the Alps, but that led them to take on the Himalayas. Item 91 is their account of one of their trips, in 1902-1903, published in 1908 – Ice-bound Heights of the Mustagh an account of two seasons of pioneer exploration and high climbing in the Baltistan Himalaya. Illustrations were created from their photographs. In a return to the Himalayas in 1906, Fanny Workman set an altitude record for a woman hiker – 23,000 feet up Pinnacle Peak at the age of 47. £400 (US $488).

This is not a typical travel book, but the author of these memoirs did a lot of traveling around. John Dunn Hunter said he was captured by the Kickapoo and lived with various Indian tribes until the age of 19. He said he had no recollection of his previous life. The name “Dunn” came from a later English benefactor, “Hunter” from his particular skill. His book is entitled Memoirs of Captivity Among the Indians of North America, from Childhood to the Age of Nineteen and was published in 1823. Hunter went to England and published his account of his life with Indians, but by 1825, he was back in Texas. From there he attempted to obtain a land grant from Mexico for the Cherokee Nation, but was unsuccessful. That led to his hatching a plot with Anglo settlers, the first attempt to seize land from Mexico. It was known as the Fredonian Rebellion, and the idea was that Anglos and Cherokees would cooperate in the rebellion and then divide up the land. When the rebellion failed, the Cherokee said they had nothing to do with Hunter, tracked him down, and executed him in 1827. Item 29. £750 (US $919).

Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)20 7493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.com.

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  • <center><b>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>June 22, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Tolomeo, Claudio. <i>Cosmographia.</i> Ulma, Lienhart Holle, 16.07.1482.<br>€ 50.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Hondius, Henricus, & Johannes Janssonius. <i>Atlas novus, sive descriptio geographica totius orbis terrarum.</i> Amsterdam, Hondius-Janssonius, 1638. €30.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Castiglione, Baldassarre. <i>Il libro del cortegiano del conte Baldesar Castiglione.</i> Venice, eredi di Aldo, 1528. € 14.000+
    <center><b>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>June 22, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Bayer, Johann. <i>Uranometria, omnium asterismorum continens schemata, nova methodo delineata, aereis laminis expressa.</i> Augusta, Christoph Mang, 1603.<br>€ 12.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> [Astronomy]. <i>[Scriptores Astronomici veteres].</i> Venezia, Aldo Manuzio, 1499.<br> € 7.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Aristophanes. <i>Aristofanous Komoidiai ennea. Aristophanis Comoediae novem.</i> Venice, Aldo Manuzio, 1498. € 7.000+
    <center><b>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>June 22, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Herodotus. <i>Hirodotou logoi ennea [...] Herodoti libri novem quibus musarum indita sunt nomina.</i> Venice, Aldo Manuzio, 1502. € 7.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Tory, Geoffroy. <i>L’art & science de la vraye proportion des lettres attiques, ou antiques.</i> Paris, Vincent Gaultherot, 1549. € 5.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Caterina da Siena. <i>Epistole devotissime de sancta Catharina da Siena.</i> Venice, Aldo Manuzio, 1500. € 4.500+
    <center><b>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>June 22, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> [Chess]. Gianuzio della Manzia, Orazio. <i>Libro nel quale si tratta della maniera di giuocar' a scacchi con alcuni sottilissimi partiti.</i> Torino, Antonio Bianchi, 1597. € 3.000+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> Amsterdam, Compagnie di Amsterdam, 1714. €2.500+
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, June 22:</b> [Turkish Empire]. Ramberti, Benedetto. <i>Libri tre delle cose de Turchi.</i> Venice, eredi di Aldo, 1539. €1.500+
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Fine Literature<br>Online Auction<br>June 8 to June 22</b>
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> CALDWELL, ERSKINE. <i>Tobacco Road,</i> First Edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> ELIOT, GEORGE. <i>Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life.</i> Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871-72. First edition in book form. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> BYRON, GEORGE GORDON NOEL, LORD. <i>Don Juan.</i> London: the Thomas Davison; John Hunt; John and H.L. Hunt, 1819-24. First edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> [BURNEY, FRANCES]. <i>Evelina, Or, A Young Lady's Entrance into the World.</i> London: T. Lowndes, 1778. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Fine Literature<br>Online Auction<br>June 8 to June 22</b>
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> SHEPARD, ERNEST H. Colored drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, in an autograph letter signed by Shepard. Dated February 29th, 1932. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> CARROLL, LEWIS (CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON). <i>The Nursery "Alice".</i> London: MacMillan, 1890. Second (first published) edition. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> DANA, RICHARD HENRY, Jr. <i>Two Years Before the Mast.</i> New York, 1840. First edition with an autograph letter signed by Dana laid-in. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Doyle, Fine Literature:</b> FINE BINDING-RIVIERE] HAZLITT, WILLIAM. <i>Liber Amoris: or, the New Pygmalion.</i> London: John Hunt, 1823. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.

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