Rare Book Monthly Reviews - December - 2018 Issue

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Illustrated Books 1497-2011 from Ursus Rare Books

Ursus Rare Books has published a catalogue of Illustrated Books 1497-2011. That doesn't leave out too many years of printing. Naturally, the illustrations are high points of these books. However, that does not mean these books aren't significant or interesting for reasons beyond their art. There are scientific, mathematical, architectural, historical, humorous, and other varieties of books herein with much to say as well as display. Here are a few of them.
 
This first book was written two thousand years ago, though obviously, a printed edition is not that old. Indeed, this one is le...

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Pirates and Privateers from Daniel Crouch Rare Books

Daniel Crouch Rare Books, the specialist in maps, atlases, plans, sea charts, and voyages, has created a catalogue entitled X Marks the Spot. This is a spectacular catalogue, 188 pages of detailed ...

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Americana from Donald Heald Rare Books

Donald Heald Rare Books has published a catalogue of Americana. There are 100 items and they are pieces of Americana at the highest level. There is little in the way of obscurity here. These are im...

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The Unusual and Uncommon from Walkabout Books

Walkabout Books has released their Catalogue Five of Books, Manuscripts, Photographs, Archives, Ephemera. If you have a penchant for the odd, or a sense of humor, you are going to love this catalog...

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The Book Arts, Illustrated Books, Literature, First Appearances & More from the Kelmscott Bookshop

The Kelmscott Bookshop has printed their Catalog 16. What is there to be found? They have provided a concise summary: Artists' Books & Private Press, Movables, Miniature Books, Designer Binding...

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The American West and More from Back of Beyond Books

Back of Beyond Books has published their Rare Book Catalogue No. 20. Back of Beyond is noted as a specialist in books about the American Southwest, but their coverage has expanded substantially in ...

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Contemporary Accounts from Primary Sources Uncharted Americana

Primary Sources Uncharted Americana has released its second catalogue, Catalogue 2 Fall 2018. As their name suggests, the material goes back to original sources for historic events. You get to part...

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A Miscellany from Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller

The latest from Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller is Catalogue 224 A Miscellany. You may find many different things in a miscellany, but don't look for anything new. There are just degrees of antiquarian...

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Books, Manuscripts and Pamphlets from the Lawbook Exchange

The Lawbook Exchange has released a catalogue of Books, Manuscripts & Pamphlets 15th to 20th Centuries. This is a mix of legal items, from some very early and ancient codes to scholarly texts, ...

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Personal Collections and Items from Extraordinary Ordinary People from Langdon Manor Books

Langdon Manor Books, subheaded The Extraordinary History of the Every Day, has released their Catalog 6. It is filled with documents, manuscripts, and photographs from "eve...

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Unusual and Unique Material Offered by Brian Cassidy Bookseller

Brian Cassidy Bookseller has issued Catalogue Fourteen. It contains, "archives, photographs, albums, manuscripts, scrapbooks, collections, ephemera, and other primary materials." There is much in h...

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Fine Press Books from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has issued a new "short list" of 34 Fine Press Books. These are mostly books that emanated from the fine presses of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th ...

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Important Books & Ephemeral Material from Raptis Rare Books

Raptis Rare Books has issued a new catalogue of important books and ephemeral material. Raptis divides their catalogues into sections which show what sort of items you can expect to find. These are...

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Expeditions and Travel from the Arctic to the Tropics from Antiquariat Kainbacher

Antiquariat Kainbacher has issued their Katalog XVI, Von der Arktis in die Tropen Expeditionen und Reisen. That translates to "From the Arctic to the Tropics, Expeditions and Travel." That title no...

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Medical Books, Ancient Artifacts, Japanese Interest and More from James Tait Goodrich

James Tait Goodrich Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts has issued Catalogue Z-80 MMXVIII A.D. The subtitle provides more specificity: History of Medicine and Science, Pre-Columbian Artifacts, Medica...

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Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and More from Whitmore Rare Books

Whitmore Rare Books has issued their Catalogue 18. It is not topic-specific, and has no further title. What you will find is a mix, novels and nonfiction, throw in some poetry and children's books,...

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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