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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2021 Issue

A Mix from Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books

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Carnival!

We are admittedly a bit late here, but Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books published a catalogue for Christmas 2020. It's okay to be late as this is not a particularly Christmassy catalogue. It is simply a collection of interesting books and other items that would be equally appropriate if we renamed the collection a more timely Valentine's Day 2021. There is a mix of material here that is hard to easily classify so we will just proceed to describing a few samples of what can be found.

 

We begin with a book in French by an Italian that's about America. The author is Filippo Mazzei, an Italian immigrant who settled in Virginia close to Thomas Jefferson. They became close friends, and Mazzei a supporter of America and its cause during the Revolution. He came to know many of America's founders. He has been credited by John F. Kennedy as coining the phrase, or something close to it, “all men are created equal,” which Jefferson inserted in the Declaration of Independence. Mazzei originally came to America to test numerous plantings, and he instructed Jefferson on growing grapes, but he also talked to him about liberty and freedom. During the Revolution, he returned to Europe, but this time, instead of coming back with plants and seeds, he brought back weapons. In 1788 he published his book about America, Recherches Historique at Politiques sur les Etats-Unis de l'Amerique Septentrionale... He looks at America's history, the reasons for its separation from England, its government, economy, slavery, immigration, Indians, and more. He opposed slavery and noted that while Americans thought of Indians as savages because they thought their culture superior, the Indians thought the same of theirs. Mazzei is a mostly forgotten person, but he was an American hero, a transplant similar to Lafayette. This four-volume set of Mazzei's book is a first edition, first issue, uncut and unopened. Priced at $1,200.

 

I don't know whether Filippo Mazzei ever attended this event, but he could have before coming to America. This is Il Carnevale Italiano Mascherato... (the Italian masked carnival) by Francesco Bertelli, published in 1642. This is about the Carnival of Venice, dating back to the 12th century, but forced to close down at the end of the 18th. It finally reopened 40 years ago and is once again a regular event. This very rare first edition features engravings of costumes and masquerades worn at the Venetian carnival. The masks allowed people of all classes to mingle as one's status was unknown behind a mask and costume. It also allowed for satire and criticism otherwise risky in public. Carnival takes place before Lent, making it somewhat akin to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. There are 25 plates depicting costumes and scenes regularly seen during the festival. $20,000.

 

Here is a book whose premises are probably needed more today than when it was printed in 1853, though standards have certainly changed. The title is True Politeness. A Handbook of Etiquette for Gentlemen, by an American Gentleman. One thinks a polite gentleman would have given his name. Advice is offered such as #1, “The inferior should always be introduced to the superior.” Who is the inferior? Any volunteers? It is unstated. When introduced to another, you should say “I am happy to make your acquaintance,” unless it is a “superior,” in which case you say “ I am happy to have the honor of your acquaintance.” A bad coat or hat is acceptable so long as worn by a “decayed gentleman.” This book is written from the perspective of a self-styled “gentleman,” with an obvious sense of superiority. This is a later edition of an often reprinted guide, the first probably going back to about 1847. $650.

 

Next we have Birmingham, Engraved from a Minute Trigonometrical Survey Made in the Years 1824 & 1825, published in 1828. To avoid any confusion among Americans, this is Birmingham England, not Alabama. It was created by surveyor J. Piggott Smith. One wonders what his first name must have been if he preferred being known by his middle name, “Piggott.” Schulz-Falster notes that this is “the earliest published plan on such a scale” of Birmingham. It is more than just a map, containing a business directory and their locations on the map. It names manufacturers, hotels, breweries, mills, churches, the synagogue, hospital and the Soho Ironworks. Canals feature prominently, this just preceding railways which began to appear in the 1830s. Landowners are named, except when they refused to cooperate and are listed as “refused access.” $3,300.

 

This is a satirical work, its target being the clergy. The title is Renversement de la Morale Chretienne par les Disordres du Monachisme. Enrichi de Figures, published anonymously in 1780. One can see why its creator wanted to remain anonymous. The church in 1780 was not that forgiving. The title translates to “Reversal of Christian Morality by the Disorders of Monasticism. Enriched with Figures.” It contains 50 unflattering depictions of priests and monks engaged in dubious behavior, such as gambling, drinking to excess, gluttony, and flirtation. The first 25 are explained in French and Dutch, the second series in just French. The second are even more viscious than the first, showing the clergy being cunning, seditious, superstitious, as idolators, and appropriating money. It is based on an earlier work of the same name attributed to Cornelis Dusart. $1,800.

 

Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0) 1993 811 100 or susanne@schulz-falster.com. Their website is www.schulz-falster.com

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  • <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.
  • <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> PIETER MORTIER. “Le Neptune Francois ou Atlas Nouveau des Cartes Marines. Levées et Gravées par ordre Exprés du Roy…” Paris, 1693.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MARC CHAGALL illus. SHAKESPEARE. “The Tempest.” Large folio. Monte-Carlo, 1975. Signed by the artist.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> JOHN SPEED and followers. “A New and Accurate Map of the World.” Hand-colored engraving. London (1626 – 1627 – circa 1650) – 1676.
    <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MATTHÄUS SEUTTER. “The Colossus Series.” Set of 4 prints, contemporary hand-colored engravings, each c. 57x49cm. Augsburg c. 1730
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> (CHARLES LE BRUN). “La Grande Galerie De Versailles, et Les Deux Salons qui L’Accompagnent, peints Par Charles Le Brun premier Peintre de Louis XIV…” Paris, 1752.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> G. BRAUN – F. HOGENBERG. “Danorum Marca.” Contemporary hand-colored engraving, 33x48cm. Cologne, 1588.
  • <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]

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