• <b>Bonhams 4 June 2014:</b> China: The Camera Collection. An extensive collection of material from archives of John David Zumbrun and Camera Craft. Sold for US$ 317,000 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 4 June 2014:</b> Chernikhov, Yakov Geogievich. 1889-1951. <i>Architectural Cycles</i>. Sold for US$ 425,000 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 4 June 2014:</b> Turing, Alan Mathison. 1912-1954. On Computable Numbers, Application to the Entscheidungsproblem. Sold for US$ 50,000 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 4 June 2014:</b> CHERNIKHOV, YAKOV GEORGIEVICH. 1889-1951. Sold for US$ 173,000 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 4 June 2014:</b> GÖDEL, KURT. On Undecidable Propositions of Formal Mathematical Systems. Sold for US$ 47,500 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 4 June 2014:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD and LARRY GROBEL. Original Cassette Tape of an interview of Nobel prize winning physicist. Sold for US$ 37,500 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 5 June 2014:</b> A D-Day 48 star Ensign flown from LST-493, 6th June 1944. Sold for US$ 386,500 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 5 June 2014:</b> A Rare Enigma three rotor Enciphering Machine Germany circa 1942-44. Sold for US$ 92,500 inc. premium
    <b>Bonhams 5 June 2014:</b> Anonymous, alithographic poster, 1939. Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers:<br>Sale 322 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 6th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> Lot 8. MACKENZIE, Alexander. <i>Voyages from Montreal</i>. London, 1801. First edition. Est. $3-5,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> Lot 27. AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America</i>. New York and Philadelphia, [1839], 1840-1844. Est. $30-50,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> AUDUBON, John James and John BACHMAN. <i>Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America</i>. New York, 1845-1848. 3 vols. Elephant folio edition. Est. $200-400,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers:<br>Sale 322 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 6th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> GREW, Nehemiah. <i>The Anatomy of Plants</i>. London, 1862. First edition. Est.: $1,500-2,500.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Cosmographia</i>. Cologne, 1574. With 5 plates, 4 with volvelles. Est. $7-9,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> SMITH, Adam. <i>An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations</i>. London, 1776. 2 vols. First edition. Est. $60-80,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> (LOUIS-PHILIPPE I) MCKENNEY AND HALL. <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America</i>. Philadelphia, 1838, 1844. 3 vols. King Louis-Philippe I copy. Est. $140-180,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> GREENER, Richard. Diploma of first African American man to graduate Harvard College. Est. $10-15,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> (MIRO, Joan) <i>Lithographs I-VI</i>. New York and Paris, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1992. 6 vols.<br>Est. $2-4,000.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers August 6th:</b> HEMINGWAY, Ernest. <i>A Farewell to Arms</i>. New York, 1929. First edition. Est. $800-1,200.
  • <b>19th Century Shop</b>. 30th anniversary catalogue of landmark rare books, autographs and manuscripts, and historical photographs of all ages.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Abraham Lincoln, "a previously unknown portrait of exceptional quality." From the collection of John Hay.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. <i>The Federalist</i> (1788). An important association copy in original boards, untrimmed.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> DALI, BRETON, V. HUGO and GALA. <i>Surrealist portrait of Lenin</i>. 1932. Cadavre exquis signed by all four. On a postcard addressed to René Char. Estimate €15,000-20,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> CELINE. <i>Voyage au bout de la nuit</i>. One of 20 copies on vélin d’Arches, inscribed to Roland Saucier and a binding by A. Cerutti. Estimate €80,000-120,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> PROUST. <i>Autograph letter to Gaston Gallimard</i>, about the Jeunes filles en fleurs and his dreyffusian past. December 21, 1919. 4 pages. Estimate €10,000-15,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> REVERDY. <i>La Lucarne ovale. 1916</i>. First edition. One of 6 copies on Japan paper. Binding by Jean de Gonet. With a letter by Pierre Albert-Birot. Estimate €28,000-35,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> STENDHAL. <i>Histoire de la Peinture en Italie</i>. 1817. First edition, inscribed to count Kosakowsky.<br>Estimate €20,000-30,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> BAUDELAIRE. Théophile Gautier. 1859. Exceptional copy with contemporary binding, inscribed to Edouard Manet.<br>Estimate €40,000-60,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> OVIDIUS. [<i>Complete works</i>]. Venice, Aldus, 1502-1503. 17th cent. vellum. Estimate €3,000-5,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> GIEGHER. <i>Le Tre trattati</i>. Padova, 1639. Contemporary binding. Estimate €8,000-12,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> ROLEWINCK. <i>Fasciculus temporum</i>. Lyon, Huss, 1496. From the Seillières collection. Estimate €4,000-6,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> AMUS. <i>32 autograph letters to Liliane Choucroun</i>. 1936-1952.<br>Estimate €60,000-80,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> LA FONTAINE. <i>Fables</i>. 1668. Morocco by Bedford. First collective edition. Estimate €6,000-8,000
    <b>Sotheby's Paris on 19 June 2014:</b> ROUAULT. <i>Cirque de l’étoile filante</i>. Ambroise Vollard, 1938. Fine binding by Creuzevault. Copy on Japon Impérial. Estimate €30,000-50,000

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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2010 Issue

Autographs and Manuscripts from James Cummins Bookseller

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Autographs and manuscripts from James Cummins Bookseller.


By Michael Stillman

James Cummins Bookseller has issued a catalogue that is not a catalogue of books at all. Its title is Autographs and Manuscripts, featuring, naturally, the written (occasionally typewritten) word, not the printed one. That is not to say there aren't many writers, along with other leading figures represented here. However, what we get are more likely glimpses into their personal lives, in the form of letters and other one-of-a-kind documents. Here is where you may learn something about the famous person not as visible through their public writings and speeches. This is a look behind the scenes.

Item 114 is a remarkable letter from a young soldier in 1861 to his sister back home. The 18-year-old soldier was William McKinley, who three and one-half decades later would be elected President of the United States. In 1861, McKinley was stationed in Virginia, fighting for the Union Army. In response to the question whether Union soldiers were becoming tired of fighting and were anxious to return home, McKinley responds that he felt his services were needed when he first left home, and now they are needed even more. "...[C]onsequently I have no desire to return to my civil occupation, when my country is bleeding from a 'thrust' made by inborn Traitors. Much as I love home and its blessed associations, my native country, the Government that gave me birth, freedom and education, shall not be destroyed, if my services can assist to prevent it." Priced at $9,000.

Item 93 is an odd document from another brave soldier (or sailor) who served in another war, and also later became President. The typed statement reads, "I hereby assume all responsibility of mattress when rubber sheet is removed from my bed." It is signed "John F. Kennedy, Lt. USN," and dated July 1, 1944. The explanation for this bizarre document is that Kennedy was recuperating from injuries in Boston at the time, and was about to undergo back surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. The hospital had a policy that if you wanted the rubber undersheet removed from your bed (and evidently it did not add to a patient's comfort), you had to take responsibility for any damage that might result to the mattress. Fortunately, the Kennedy family was quite wealthy, so the future President was able to take this gamble for comfort's sake. $5,000.

Item 5 is a letter from the one and only P.T. Barnum to James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the New York Herald. Barnum, of course, was the master showman, and at the time he was promoting the American tour of "The Swedish Nightingale," songstress Jenny Lind. The year was 1850, and the Herald apparently had some not so nice comments about Lind and Barnum. The showman didn't mind. He long ago realized that negative publicity simply brought in more paying customers. Barnum writes Bennett that he is not the least offended or annoyed, noting, "I am too old a soldier to flinch much at paper bullets." $3,500.

Item 41 is an interesting letter from the great western writer and cattleman J. Frank Dobie to a young reader. Dobie laments that television, movies, and Western books have overemphasized violence, rather than the decency and loyalty of the men who worked the herds. He writes, "The old trail driver who claimed that his life had been saved six times by his NOT having a six-shooter represented open range days better than any Billy the Kid." $300.

Item 109 is a letter from an obscure writer, not a famous name. His name was Allan Beattie, and he was 18-years-old when he traveled with his mother on the RMS Lusitania. The Lusitania was the British passenger ship torpedoed by the Germans in 1915, during World War I. Almost 1,200 of the slightly under 2,000 persons on board died. It led to international outrage against the Germans, playing a role in America's eventual entry into the war. Beattie writes of the initial confusion, of his giving the first life jacket he found to another, only to have to retreat below to find the lifejacket in his room. This one he gave away too, to his mother, who observed, "I am not nervous I don't think there is much danger do you?" Beattie says he thought it looked "about as bad as it could," and forced his mother to put on the lifejacket. Shortly thereafter, the boat went down, and his mother was lost. He slid down the entire length of the deck and was flung free, being one of the fortunate ones to be picked up by a lifeboat shortly thereafter. This 12-page letter by the survivor from Winnipeg was written shortly after the sinking. $15,000.

James Cummins Bookseller may be reached at 212-688-6441 or cummins@panix.com. Their website is www.jamescumminsbookseller.com.

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