• <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2008 Issue

The Latest Unusual Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

Lesser103

The latest from David Lesser Antiquarian Books.


By Michael Stillman

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has issued a new catalogue of Rare Americana, this one number 103. Lesser specializes in the obscure, often strange, pamphlets and broadsides of early America, almost all of this group ranging from colonial times to Reconstruction. These catalogues are always fascinating as they give a look at America from the eyes of the pamphleteers, who were generally more in touch with the feelings of the average citizens than were the highest leaders. Of course, some of these writers, like some ordinary citizens, were rather oddball characters, but that just adds to the fun of reading their works, from the safety of being centuries away. Here are a few.

A major battle over segregated schools occurred in Boston over a century before the landmark Supreme Court case outlawed the practice. That battle is recounted in item 12, Report to the Primary School Committee, June 15, 1846, on the Petition of Sundry Colored Persons, for the Abolition of the Schools for Colored Children, coupled with the Report of the Minority, published in 1846. The petitioners had argued that "all experience teaches that where a small and despised class are shut out from the common benefit of any public institutions of learning and confined to separate schools...neglect ensues." The School Committee ruled against this claim under Massachusetts' "Free and Equal Clause." They ruled that separate schools did not create an "inferior" or "degraded caste." They stated that the schools for colored children were in fact created "at the urgent and repeated requests of the colored people themselves" (ignoring that at that time the black children had no access to public education at all). The Minority Report agreed with the petitioners, stating, "Race or color is an unlawful and inhuman reason for restraining his right of choice." It was essentially this same argument that would finally prevail in 1954 when segregated schools were outlawed nationally. Priced at $2,500.

Item 80 is a less momentous, though still fascinating legal case. It concerns America's first bank robbery. Isaac Smith robbed $162,000 from the Bank of Pennsylvania, a very substantial sum in 1798. The lack of signs of forced entry led the bankers to conclude that the locksmith who had installed the locks must have been in on the crime. Ignoring the fact that the locksmith, Robert Lyon, had warned them that the materials they used were inferior, the Bank charged him as being Smith's accomplice. Lyon countered with a suit for defamation, and won a $12,000 verdict from the Bank, which resulted in "an universal clamor of exultation...among the audience..." The item, published in 1808, is entitled, Robbery of the Bank of Pennsylvania in 1798. $450.

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