• <b><center>Stargardt Autographenhandlung<br>Autographs: Literature, Music, Art, Science, History, Theatre & Film<br>March 28, 2023</b>
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Autograph album leaf signed, 1826. €9,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Franz Kafka: Autograph letter unsigned, 1924. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Torquato Tasso: Autograph poem signed, no date. €12,000 to €16,000.
    <b><center>Stargardt Autographenhandlung<br>Autographs: Literature, Music, Art, Science, History, Theatre & Film<br>March 28, 2023</b>
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Charles Darwin: Autograph letter signed, 1866. €4,500 to €6,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Albert Einstein: Autograph letter signed, 1933. €6,000 to €8,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Heinrich Hertz: Autograph manuscript signed, 1889. €18,000 to €24,000.
    <b><center>Stargardt Autographenhandlung<br>Autographs: Literature, Music, Art, Science, History, Theatre & Film<br>March 28, 2023</b>
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Giambattista Bodoni: Autograph letter signed, 1787. €900 to €1,200.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Francisco de Goya: Autograph letter signed, 1789. €18,750 to €25,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Martin Luther: Notes from his desk, no date. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b><center>Stargardt Autographenhandlung<br>Autographs: Literature, Music, Art, Science, History, Theatre & Film<br>March 28, 2023</b>
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Ludwig van Beethoven: Autograph letter signed, 1816. €22,500 to €30,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Gustav Mahler: Foto portrait signed and annotated, 1907(?). €7,500 to €10,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Bed?ich Smetana: Autograph letter signed, 1883. €4,500 to €6,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Roman binding.- Pindar. <i>Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia,</i> translated by Johannes Lonicer, contemporary Roman binding by Niccolo Franzese, Basel, 1535. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Raverat (Gwen). Comprehensive album of 530 wood engravings, circa 1909-1950. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Hemingway (Ernest). <i>Fiesta,</i> first English edition, first impression dust-jacket, 1927. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, first impression, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>Great Expectations,</i> 3 vol., first edition, first impression, Chapman and Hall, 1861. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Campbell (Colen) & others. <i>Vitruvius Britannicus, or The British Architect...,</i> 5 vol., vol.1-3 later editions, vol.4 & 5 first editions, [?1731]-31-67-71. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Geography.- Mela (Pomponius). <i>Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis,</i> Venice, Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn, 1478. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> America.- [?Espinosa y Tello (José)]. <i>Relacion del Viage hecho por las Goletas Sutil y Mexicana en el Año de 1792,</i> 2 vol. including Atlas, first edition, Madrid, 1802. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Botany.- Curtis (William). <i>The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed,</i> 83 vol. in 62, 1794-1956. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Darwin (Charles).- Lecky (W.E.H.) <i>The Rise and Influence of Rationalism in Europe,</i> 2 vol., Darwin's copy with inscription "Charles Darwin 1865", pencil marginalia and pencil notes, 1865. £7,000 to £10,000.
  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript African Americana:<br>March 30, 2023</b>
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green Book,</i> New York, 1949. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Papers of pianist-composer Lawrence Brown relating to Paul Robeson & more, various places, 1925-54. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Freedom Summer archive of civil rights activist Karen Haberman Trusty, Atlanta & elsewhere, 1963-64. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> New York, 1933. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Archive of letters from the sculptor Richmond Barthé to a close Jamaican friend, various places, 1966-85. $25,000 to $35,000.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli<br>Auction 41<br>Books, Autographs & Manuscripts<br>March 21st-23rd 2023</b>
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Nabokov, <i>Lolita,</i> 1955. First edition, mint copy. Starting price 1900€
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Marinetti, <i>Zang Tumb Tuuum,</i> 1914. First edition. Starting price 1600€
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> A collection of <i>Playboy,</i> starting price from 20€
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Kepler, <i>Dioptrice,</i> 1611. First edition. Starting price 9500€
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Barbault, <i>Les plus beaux Monuments de Rome,</i> 1761-1766. Starting price 5500€
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Watson, <i>Dendrologia Britannica,</i> 1825. Starting price 380€

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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2023 Issue

A Holiday Miscellany from Between The Covers and James Cummins


A Holiday Miscellany.

Between The Covers Rare Books and James Cummins Bookseller have released Catalogue 259 – Holiday Miscellany. This catalogue includes more items from the inventory of Waiting for Godot Books, a major Massachusetts bookseller that closed a few years ago, as well as from other private collections. As expected of a miscellany, there is a mix of material, something for everyone. Here are a few examples of what can be found.


There are lots of books about movies. Here is the first one. It dates back to 1895 when motion pictures were first being developed. The title is History of the Kinetograph, Kinetoscope and Kinetophograph. These were the earliest devices for recording and displaying movies before they were called movies. The authors were W. K. L. (William Kennedy Laurie) Dickson and Antonia Dickson, brother and sister. Antonia was a concert pianist and writer who cooperated with her brother on projects, such as writing this book. William was the inventor involved with movies. In 1883, he took a job with Thomas Edison. Having already invented recorded sound with his phonograph, Edison assigned Dickson the job of figuring out how to do the same with sight, finding a way to record it in action rather than stills. Dickson at first tried to use a revolving cylinder as Edison had used for sound but realized that running a reel of film worked better. It moved on sprockets and behind it, a light shined through, it flashing so as to go on while the image was in front of the light, off as the film rolled between images. With a brief stop at each image, it created the illusion of motion. The first movies were viewed through a peephole but later a projector was added. It was also Dickson who selected 35mm as the ideal size for film, still used today. Edison is remembered for his role in developing motion pictures, not surprising as it was created in his laboratory and Edison had already displayed his ingenuity through the invention of the phonograph and light bulb. Dickson was essentially forgotten, his name resurrected some in recent years but it is unlikely most people are aware of his importance, even if they regularly watch movies. His book is exceedingly difficult to find today. Item 52. Priced at $175,000.


It's unlikely Dickson realized what his invention would lead to. Here is one thing – Groucho Marx. Groucho and his brothers created some of the funniest movies ever made. I don't know whether Dickson ever got to experience the Marx Brothers and take pride in helping to create them, but since he lived until 1935, he might have. On the strength of his reputation built on films, Groucho became an author. Here is his first book. This is not a literary masterpiece and it is a very quick read, but it is filled with Groucho's deadpan humor. The title is Beds, and it is all about beds and activities that take place thereon. It was published in 1930. Item 67. $600.


This is a poster for a famous modern art exhibition in the 1930s. Actually, the word “infamous” is more appropriate. It was not meant to celebrate the art but rather to condemn it. The poster heading is Entartete Kunst, Degenerate Art. It was a traveling exhibition put on in Germany by the Nazis from 1936-1938. It was meant to show the moral decay of abstraction and other modernist deviations from what they liked. Of course, it also focused on the genetic inferiority of the artists, many of whom, naturally, were Jews. There were 740 art works put on display. Along with the poster item 5 includes a printed leaflet and three photo postcards, two showing artworks displayed. $9,500.


“'David infected Nolan,' Carla mumbled normally. Automatically standard blind midnight escaped her for 'weirdos,' Jane stated curiously. 'The observation chamber continued to emit resonant extravagant glyphs,' Barry snapped.” Surrealism? Stream of consciousness? Stream of unconsciousness is more like it. This is from David Benedetti's novel novel, published in 1982. Between The Covers explains that this was likely the first computer generated novel ever “written.” Benedetti programed 1,088 words into his computer and wrote a program designed to put the words in sentences and paragraphs, but let the computer decide which words to choose. “I did not change one word of the output, add to it, or subtract anything from it,” he explained in the introduction. “You see it just as it came printed out as a result of running 'a job' on an IBM 370/158 computer.” With all due respect to the machine, it didn't follow IBM's motto to “think.” A mathematician it may be, but not a novelist. I don't know how long this novel is but hopefully very short. Today, there are computer programs that can practically write a book for you, at least take your effort and polish it up to make you sound more intelligent. They can also write songs and take “pictures” of scenes and people that don't exist. Who needs humans anyway?The title of this original-if-nothing-else book is Social Climax Text, and it is a great rarity, presumably because the author did not print too many copies. Item 15. $6,500.


There has not been a manned landing on the moon in 40 years. No wonder so many people believe there has never been a person on the moon! It is an antiquarian event to most of the world's population. Yet amazingly, there were six such trips between the years 1969-1972. The most famous is the first, Apollo 11, which landed on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong became the first to set foot on the moon, followed closely by “Buzz” Aldrin. The third member of the crew, Michael Collins, remained in the command module circling the moon. Item 8 is an account of that momentous event, replete with photographs, by Gene Farmer and Dora Jane Hamblin: First on The Moon: A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., published in 1970. The three authors presented their own story of the preparations and the journey and lunar landing. This copy is inscribed by all three of the participating astronauts “To Gareth L. Pawlowski With Best Wishes,” followed by their signatures. Pawlowski wrote books about aircraft carriers and the Beatles, an odd combination, but is best known as a major collector of material related to the Beatles. $6,500.


Between The Covers Rare Books may be reached at 856-456-8008 or mail@betweenthecovers.com. Their website is www.betweenthecovers.com.

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  • <b><center>Koller Auctions<br>Books & Autographs<br>29 March 2023</b>
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> DADA - <i>Cabaret Voltaire.</i> A collection of artistic and literary contributions. Edited by Hugo Ball. CHF 5,000 to 8,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> EXPRESSIONISM - <i>Der Sturm.</i> Weekly magazine for culture and the arts. Almost complete suite from the years 1910 to 1932. CHF 20,000 to 30,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> LISBON EARTHQUAKE - <i>Augsburg collection of copper engravings of Lisbon. CHF 40,000 to 60,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Hamilton, William. <i>Campi Phlegraei. Observations on the Volcanos of the Two Sicilies as they have been communicated to the Royal Society of London.</i> Naples, 1776-1779. CHF 50,000 to 70,000.
    <b><center>Koller Auctions<br>Books & Autographs<br>29 March 2023</b>
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Leonardi, Domenico Felice. <i>Le Delizie della villa di Castellazzo descritte in verso dall'abbate Domenico Felice Leonardi lucchese fra gli Arcadi Ildosio Foloetico.</i> Milan, 1743. CHF 12,000 to 18,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Zwingli, Huldrych. <i>Von erkiesen und freyhait der speisen. Von ergernusz und Verbößerung. Ob man gewalt hab die speyß zu etlichen zeyten verbieten [...]</i>. CHF 2,500 to 4,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> HENDRIK VAN VULLENHOE, UMKREIS. Benedictional and other texts for Johannes von Venningen, Bishop of Basel. Latin manuscript on parchment. CHF 50,000 to 80,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Gujer, Hans Rudolf. Master typist's book by Hans Rudolf Gujer from Wermetschweil (Wermatswil). German manuscript on paper. CHF 3,000 to 5,000.

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