• <b>Bonhams New York, FINE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS, 10 Dec 2014.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 5. FESTBUCH: Procession Following Charles V's Coronation as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Clement<br>VII. Est. $120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 6. GUTENBERG BIBLE. [Bible in Latin. Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Fust, 1455.] Est. $40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 21. CORONELLI, VICENZO MARIA.<br>1650-1718. [Atlante Veneto.]<br> Est. $25,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 33. GIGAULT DE LA SALLE, ACHILLE ÉTIENNE. 1772-1840. Voyage pittoresque en Sicile. Est. $25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 50. ROTTERDAM. [DE HOOGHE, ROMEYN, AND JOANNES DE VOU.] Album.<br>Est. $50,000-70,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 77. JOSEPH, MICHAEL. A Book of Cats. Covici Friede, 1930. Est. $20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 124. DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Est. $20,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 145. SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. Shakespear's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Est. $40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Dec 10th: </b>Lot 160. JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941. Pomes Penyeach. Paris: Obelisk Press. [September] 1932. Est. $45,000-75,000.
  • <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>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous. Stunning first edition in original dust jacket.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street. A holiday favorite.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Austen’s first published novel.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Seeking to purchase fine books and collections.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jack Kerouac, On the Road. The Beat generation bible.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Print catalogues regularly issued, call or email for a copy.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman. An exceptional first edition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace. Rare London edition, the first in English.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> William Wordsworth, Poems. In a charming full-morocco binding.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Print catalogues regularly issued, call or email for a copy.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. In the publisher’s asbestos binding.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian. McCarthy’s best book.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles. A Fine copy.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Seeking to purchase fine books and collections.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Robert Bloch, Psycho. A lovely copy of a fragile book.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A perennial favorite.
  • <b>Profiles in History: A Celebration of Music, The Property of Private Collector, Dec 17th, 2014.</b>
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 2. Ludwig van Beethoven. Autograph letter signed twice, in German.<br>Est. $80,000–$120,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 10. Vincenzo Bellini. Autograph letter signed, in Italian, 1 page.<br>Est. $10,000–$15,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 19. Georges Bizet. Autograph music signed, 1 page. 18 May 1875.<br>Est. $40,000–$60,000
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 26. Johannes Brahms. Autograph music signed, Vienna, 17 March 1897.<br>Est. $20,000–$30,000
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 47. Albert Eistein. Typed letter signed, 1 page, to Mr. Leopold Mannes, 1938. Est. $6,000–$8,000.
    <b>Profiles in History: A Celebration of Music, The Property of Private Collector, Dec 17th, 2014.</b>
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 53. George Gershwin. Autograph music signed in three places, 6 pages [New York: 1936]. Est. $75,000–$125,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 67. Frideric George Handel. Autograph manuscript, 1 page [1 June 1750]. Est. $30,000–$50,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 74. Franz Joseph Haydn. Fine autograph letter signed. Est. $20,000–$30,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 83. Ruggero Leoncavallo. Autograph music signed twice, 3 pages.<br>Est. $10,000–$15,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 89. Gustav Mahler. Postcard photograph signed. Est. $15,000–$25,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b><br>Lot 94. Felis Mendelssohn-Batholdy. Autograph music unsigned. Nov 1837. Est. $20,000–$30,000.
    <b>Profiles in History: A Celebration of Music, The Property of Private Collector, Dec 17th, 2014.</b>
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 96. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Autograph envelope, in French.<br>Est. $50,000–$75,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b><br>Lot 97. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Autograph manuscript of part of the Serenade in D major for orchestra, working manuscript of third movement. Est. $200,000–$300,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b>Lot 105. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The First Edition of <i>Die Zauberflöte</i>, issued in parts beginning in November 27, 1791. Est. $12,000–$15,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b> Lot 119. Giacomo Puccini. Autograph music with extensive notations, in Italian, 2 pages. Est. $20,000–$150,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Dec 17th: </b><br>Lot 136. Peter Franz Schubert. Two radiant Lieder composed on the same day by the 18-year old Schubert. Est. $100,000–$15,000.

AE Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2006 Issue

Fascinating and Unusual Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

Lesser90

The latest Rare Americana from David Lesser.


By Michael Stillman

We have received catalogue 90 of Rare Americana from David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books, and as always, it is a treat for those who collect in the field. Lesser's catalogues are filled with the unusual and obscure, though the items generally deal with the critical issues of the day. There are pamphlets of early anti-slavery societies, those that paved the way for the debates that would eventually tear the nation apart. There are accounts of major trials, perhaps forgotten today, but the ones that would have filled Court TV if Court TV had existed in the 19th century. We hear political debates, theological debates, ethnic debates, all of the disputes which occupied our ancestors' time, just as new versions of the same old issues dominate our own. Democratic-Republican splits, views for and against immigration and immigrants, separation of church and state -- none of these issues are new, they just take different forms. David Lesser's catalogues are a window on the world as experienced by ordinary Americans, and as such, they are among the most fascinating we receive. Here are a few of examples.

Davy wasn't the only Crockett to die in 1836. Simeon L. Crockett also passed away that year, but unlike the frontiersman, he was no hero. Simeon Crockett was an arsonist, who set fire to a Boston tenement. Reportedly, 100 people lost their lives in that fire. If so, Crockett became victim number 101. He was tried, convicted, confessed, and was executed. The book is A Voice from Leverett Street Prison, or the Life, Trial and Confession of Simeon L. Crockett. Who was Executed for Arson, March 16, 1836. Supposedly, his behavior was caused by drink, and this book is a temperance tract as well as a criminal history. The author was probably Edward T. Taylor, prison minister who testified to the validity of Crockett's confession. Item 35. Priced at $150.

Temperance was not only an issue for the Union. Evidently the Confederacy had drinking problems as well. This problem is elucidated in Liquor and Lincoln. By a Physician, circa 1862. The unnamed physician warns that the South will not gain its freedom from "Lincoln's usurpation" if it continues to "spend the hours and days, in drinking, gambling, and too often, alas! in obscene and profane jocularity." Better to be bowed under Lincoln's yoke, he says, "than made ourselves the willing slaves of groveling passions, and depraved appetites." Item 74. $600.

John A. Wills expressed his strong support for equal rights in 1841 in this Oration, Delivered Before the Citizens of Blairsville...(Pennsylvania). He believed that all men and women had divine rights and that the government had no business taking those away. Even the unpropertied, he believed, had equal rights to the franchise. However, the following comment seems like a bit of a backhanded compliment: "They [rights] belong alike to the Indian, the Negro, and the Asiatic -- to humanity in all its forms, however degraded and disgusting -- equally with the more favored Caucasian race." Item 140. $475.

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