• <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> The Gemini Collection of Modern Prints and Illustrated Books.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. CHAGALL, MARC. 1887-1985.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 59. DALI, SALVADOR. SPANISH, 1904-1989. OVID. Est. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 85. GANYMED. MEIER-GRAEFE, JULIUS, editor. Est. US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 112. MIRÓ, JOAN. SPANISH, 1893-1983. ÉLUARD, PAUL. À toute épreuve.<br>Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. KEPLER, JOHANNES. 1571-1630.<br>Est. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 58. RITCHEY, GEORGE WILLIS. 1864-1945. Est. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 74. WALLICH, NATHANIEL. 1786-1854. Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("C. Darwin"). Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 October 2014:</b><br>HISTORY OF SCIENCE.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 245. HELMHOLTZ SOUND SYNTHESIZER. HELMHOLTZ, HERMANN VON. 1821-1894. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 262. MANHATTAN PROJECT VIEWING WINDOW. Heavily leaded glass.<br>Est. US$ 150,000-250,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 271. WOVEN SILK PORTRAIT OF JACQUARD. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 286. APPLE. Apple 1 Motherboard.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>Archives International October 25 AIA XXI Wall Street Auction Oct-Nov 2014.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 15. [Gold Rush] The way they go to California. Est. $2,000-$4,000
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 24. Missouri Gazette, Tuesday 26, 11808, St. Louis, Louisiana.<br>Est. $400 to $800
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 73. San Francisco City Stock, 1851 Gold Rush Era Bond. Est. $100-200
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 334. Lake Ontario, Auburn and New York Railroad Company Stock Certificate – Subscription Agreement. Est. $100 to $200
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 444. Early Pennsylvania Turnpike Trio ca. 1811 to 1864. Est. $130 to 260
    <b>Archives International November 4 AIA XXI Wall Street Auction Oct-Nov 2014.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 950. South Carolina 1778 Colonial Note. Est. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 951. Virginia Colonial Note, $50 BP15], Fr#VA-162, October 5, 1778, S/N 8633. Est. $200 to $400
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 952. State of Massachusetts, April 1, 1779 State Lottery Bond.<br> Est. $250 to $500
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 953. State of Massachusetts, February 5, 1780 State Lottery Bond.<br> Est. $250 to $500
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 954. Uncut Sheet of East Haddam Obsoletes Higher Denominations.. Est. $150 to $300
    <b>Archives International November 4 AIA XXI Wall Street Auction Oct-Nov 2014.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 956. Jasper County, By Order of the Inferior Court, 1862 Obsolete Scrip Note. Est. $100 to $200
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 963. Kidd’s Purchase Scrip Note Sheet from MD. Est. $400 to $800
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 966. National Base Ball League, ca. 1880’sAdvertising Note from Minnesota. Est, $800 to $1,600
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 973. Important Historical Vignette. NY. New York. Nassau Bank. $1. Proof on card. Est. $600 to $1,200
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 974. Inverted Back Error. F.R.N., Chicago, $10, 1934A, Fr.#2006-G [GA Block]. Est. $1,250 to $2,000
  • <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Daniel Boone autograph. Boon confirms receipt of payment for surveying work. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> CROCKETT, David (1786-1836). Autograph free frank ("Free D. Crockett") on envelope.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James K. Polk Signed "Executive Documents". Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James Buchanan, Rare Signed Constitutional Law Book.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Rare Abraham Lincoln 1841 Legal Document. "Sangamon Circuit Court", dated March 11, 1841. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Historic Signed Photo.<br>Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Signed book. Speaches and Addresses, 1894. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Howard Taft 27th President of the U.S. "Ethics in Service", inscribed 1921. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> John F. Kennedy 35th President of the U.S. Signed image. Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Historical Oliver Hazard Perry ALS "We Have Defeated The Enemy Completely..." 1812. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Certificate of Discharge Edward J. Smith. English naval officer (1850-1912) in command of the RMS Titanic. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Charles Dickens Author Letter Signed and Original Photo. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Important Disney original comic art work from this 1937 classic.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Signed Certificate for Heroism Rescue for the Akron search and<br>Air Ship AJ3. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1986 STS-51L CHRISTA MCAULIFFE and BARBARA MORGAN SIGNED DISPLAY. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1951 World Series New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. Featuring the 1951 Bronx Bombers. Min Bid $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.

AE Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2007 Issue

A Sold Out Catalogue from deHartington and Weiss

Onanism

The thankfully unillustrated catalogue on onanism.


By Michael Stillman

Here is a catalogue unlike any others we have reviewed. It is unique both for its subject and the fact that it is the first catalogue which sold out before we even received it! More about that and the buyer later on, but first we take a look at the catalogue itself. It is offered by Michael DeHartington of London and Burton Weiss of Berkeley. The title is simply Onanism. For most, that term probably is not understood. Those who know are smirking.

The subheading enlightens us: The masturbation panic 1756-1973. It must have been serious, as that's an awfully long time for a panic to go on. Actually, you might think a topic like this would not have been discussed that much in public. You would be wrong. As this catalogue elucidates, the topic was the subject of much discussion, or at least of much literature. Why is a mystery. For whatever reason, the practice became a sin in the eyes of prudish theologians and others, which in turn led to a field of quackery "science" which attempted to convince young people it would result in all sorts of medical catastrophes. Of course there was no evidence for this, but as with patent medicine, no evidence was required. So, we have this body of literature, designed to scare people, either with quack medical claims or hellish theological threats. Of course, none of this had any impact, people behaving as they always did, but it is still interesting to listen to the hysterical writers tilt at their chosen windmill. Here are a few samples from these works.

Pastor Sylvanus Stall attempted to instill fear in the hearts of young men in 1897 in What a Young Man Ought to Know. Along with undermining physical powers, destroying health, and bringing on ruin, regret and remorse, Stall informs his readers the "evil practice" can, "in some instances bring softening of the brain, weakening the intellect, and convert its unfortunate victim into an imbecile, thus preparing himself either for the insane asylum or an early place in the cemetery." One wonders if this was the cause of Stall's own imbecility.

While young men were usually the target audience for these publications, women were not spared. Augustus Gardner, an MD no less, informs us in Conjugal Relationships as regards Personal Health... (1918), "much of the worthlessness, lassitude and mental and physical feebleness attributable to the modern woman are to be ascribed to these habits as their initial cause." I always wondered what made modern women this way.

As long as we are picking on women, another MD, John Cowan, in The Science of a New Life, quoting a Dr. J.C. Jackman (seriously), observes, "I never knew a girl to eat lime off the wall, or to chew up her slate-pencils, who was not to a greater or less extent a victim of this practice." Come to think of it, I have never known any girls who ate lime off of walls who weren't either. Is this why they call the British limeys?

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