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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2021 Issue

Archives, Photographs, Social Issues and the American West from Langdon Manor Books


Catalog 11 from Langdon Manor Books.

Langdon Manor Books has issued their Catalog 11. They specialize in personal accounts, often archives, photograph collections, and other personal memorabilia. They also focus on social movements and minority issues. There is little here that you have seen before as so much is unique or extremely rare. This particular collection also contains a large selection of Western Americana and will be of great interest to those who collect this field. Here are a few selections from Langdon Manor's latest catalogue


William F. Cody was an exceptional scout and buffalo hunter, but it is unlikely he would be remembered today if he weren't an even better showman. His Wild West featured an aggrandized version of the Old West, one that thrilled audiences on the east coast and in Europe. It featured both cowboys and real Indians, who performed native dances and displayed hunting and other skills. If they were a bit stereotypical to please audiences, Bill did treat them well and respectfully, not all that common in his era. One man who got to know Bill well was Robert Farrington Elwell, a native of Massachusetts. Elwell was a trained engineer but also an artist, and after several sessions sketching scenes from the bleachers, the old scout introduced himself. Bill was impressed with Elwell's art and invited him to come to Wyoming with him. Elwell became both an artist for Bill and an associate, they becoming close friends after several years together. Elwell likened it to a father-son relationship. He planned on several books, about Buffalo Bill, ranching, and the West in general. He hand-wrote about 615 pages while in Arizona between 1928-1932, but his planned books never were published or completed. However, they have survived in this archive, which includes some of Elwell's drawings. Item 36. Priced at $23,500.


Here is a second archive that goes perfectly with the previous one. It is the visual counterpoint to it. It is a collection of 66 photographs of Native American performers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West. They were taken late 1880s to around 1900. Some were photographed during performances, others “backstage.” There are men performing traditional dances, including one in front of a painted mountain scene. Others show children. Some Indians are on horseback and a group is pictured on and around a stagecoach. Langdon Manor believes most are Lakota Sioux including American Horse (the Younger), a rival chief of Crazy Horse who preached greater cooperation with the Whites. He became a major performer in the Wild West shows. Item 25. $5,000.


Here is an odd and very surprising newspaper. It is the October 1, 1944, issue of The Oflag 64 Item. Oflags were German prisoner of war camps, primarily for officers. This one was only for American Army officers and a few other personnel. It was located in German occupied Poland, previously having been a Polish boys' school to which barracks were added, then a British and Soviet officers prison camp before used for American officers. It was not a great place to be – food was rationed and scarce, winter cold, and there was little to do. Without Red Cross packages food would have been barely enough to survive. Nonetheless, the Germans sort of kept to treaty requirements for how they treated captured enemy officers. Considering how Soviet officers and soldiers were quartered, or even killed, and even worse yet how the Nazis murdered millions of Jews and others, even of their own nation, it was the best you could get. Surprisingly, they were allowed to publish their own newspaper with chatty news and descriptions of shows and other entertainment. This one includes pictures of “The Girls We Left Behind,” evidently from photographs of wives or girlfriends back home. The paper was printed by a Polish security guard and his wife who had taken over a local print shop. A separate sheet lists the names of 100 prisoners by state and the names only of another 101 that recently arrived. While things seemed relatively positive considering their situation, it would get worse the following year as Soviet troops marched toward the camp. Those prisoners who could walk were forced to march 400 miles through cold and snow to another camp, many dying or being killed along the way, some escaping. Those who survived were liberated a few weeks later by American troops. Item 52. $400.


This letter was written by James E. O'Hara, the second African American congressman from South Carolina, elected post-Reconstruction but before white Democrats sufficiently rigged registration requirements to prevent most Blacks from voting. The letter was written in 1884 to the Republican Campaign Committee concerning Black voters in Ohio. There was no chance Republican James Blaine would carry South Carolina so O'Hara was canvassing African American voters in Ohio which was up for grabs. O'Hara has good news for the Blaine campaign. He writes, “I can safely say that we will not lose any colored vote in the state except a few that may vote the Temperance ticket on the Western Reserve and probably a hundred at most in Cincinnati. Beyond this you can count the colored vote of Ohio solid for the ticket.” The results went as hoped for Republicans in Ohio as Blaine carried the state, but he lost the presidential election to Grover Cleveland anyway. Item 6. $500.


This is an interesting marketing newspaper put out by the Los Angeles Creamery. Offered is Vol 1 No. 1 from September 15, 1890, of The Creamery. From one cow in 1884, George E. Platt grew his creamery into Los Angeles' largest dairy. He used humor to get his message across, as can be seen in this paper. It contains cartoons, one, though unnamed, obviously of Platt himself. The L. A. Creamery was just six years old at this point but Platt proclaims, “we are ambitious of accomplishing individual prosperity [and] we propose to steadily and surely extend out business relations and secure just as large an array of customers as we can and shall take all honorable means to accomplish the wished-for result.” Platt accomplished those goals although there is some question whether he always limited himself to honorable means. He was found guilty of selling higher end “cream” that was actually plain milk mixed with condensed milk. He was also shot by an associate who claimed Platt stiffed him of the commission on a real estate deal, he barely surviving a very serious wound. While Platt is not well-known any more, his one-time bookkeeper is, especially by those involved with books. Raymond Chandler worked for Platt before he became a writer. The L. A. Creamery was eventually taken over by J. C. Penney's (the person, not his store) Foremost Dairies, it taken over by Knudsen Foods in 1985. Item 15. $750.


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  • <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> LIFE OF OSLER, PRESENTATION COPY TO NEPHEW NORMAN GWYN. CUSHING, HARVEY. 1869-1939. <i>The Life of Sir William Osler.</i> Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1925. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER TO HALSTED MENTIONING CUSHING AND WELCH. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to William Stewart Halsted on medical matters, 2 pp, January 19, 1919. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> CUSHING PRESENTATION COPY TO LUCIEN PRICE. CUSHING, HARVEY. <i>Intracranial Tumours.</i> Springfield, 1932. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER ON HIS CHILDHOOD. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to Mabel [Brewster] on returning home to Staplehurst. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> SCULTETUS, JOHANNES. 1595-1645. <i>Cheiroplotheke, seu armamentarium chirurgicum XLIII.</i> Ulm: Balthasar Kühnen, 1655. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> VICQ D'AZYR, FELIX. 1748-1794. <i>Traite d'anatomie et de physiologie.</i> Paris: Didot l'aine, 1786. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> TAGAULT, JEAN. C.1499-1546. <i>De chirugica institutione libri quinque....</i> Lyon: Guillaume Rouillé, 1549. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Autograph Logs and Journals from his 1927 Alaska Expedition. $7,000 to $ 9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Cañon de Chelley, 1904. Oversized orotone, 17 x 22in in original Curtis Studio frame. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI of <i>North American Indian,</i> c.1907, made by Curtis in the field. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). The Vanishing Race, 1904. Oversized orotone, 18 x 24in in original Curtis Studio frame. $20,000 to $30,000.
  • <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [CIVIL WAR] -- [SHERIDAN, Philip Henry]. Personal headquarters flag of Philip Henry Sheridan used when he led the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. Spring - Summer 1862. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY]. Half plate daguerreotype of firefighter Walter Van Erven Dorens. [San Francisco]: n.p., [ca 1854-1856]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [LINCOLNIANA]. Abraham Lincoln banner possibly made for the 1864 presidential campaign. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [REVOLUTIONARY WAR - CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. [HOLTEN, Dr. Samuel]. An archive of letters related to Danvers, Massachusetts, physician and statesman Dr. Samuel Holten. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD]. CARBUTT, John, photographer. Exceptional collection of 27 stereoviews from the series, "Excursion to the 100th Meridian, October 1866." Chicago, [1866]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [ALASKAN GOLD RUSH]. William Steele West and family, extensive archive of photographs, diaries, correspondence, and personal items. [Ca 19th - 20th century]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [TAYLOR, Zachary]. Quarter plate daguerreotype featuring the 12th President of the United States. N.p.: n.p., [ca 1845]. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WASHINGTON, George]. Signed Society of the Cincinnati document. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President. [Washington], 29 September 1862. 1 page, 4to, old creases. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th. Jefferson"), as United States President, to Robert Patterson. Washington DC, 2 July 1805. 1 page, 4to, evenly toned, small tear from seal. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [ALCOTT, Elizabeth Sewall]. Ninth plate ruby ambrotype attributed to Elizabeth Sewall Alcott. N.p., [ca 1856-1857]. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WESTERN AMERICANA]. RUSSELL, Andrew Joseph, photographer. <i>Salt Lake City, From the Top of the Tabernacle.</i> [1869]
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits :<br>de Cervantès à Houellebecq<br>18 – 25 June</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Jouve, Paul -- François-Louis Schmied -- Rudyard Kipling. <i>Le Livre de la Jungle,</i> 1919.<br>€ 80,000 to € 120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Cervantès Saavedra, Miguel de. <i>El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Bruxelles, 1607.<br>€ 30,000 to € 50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Buren, Daniel - Aimé Césaire. Cahier d'un retour au pays natal. Solstice, 2004. 1/140 ex. Avec 1/20 suites d'œuvres originales.<br>€ 4,000 to € 6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> [Musique] - Gioacchino Traversa. Six sonates à violon seul. [Vers 1770].<br>€ 3,000 to € 5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber, Imitating Norman Rockwell’s “Triple self-portrait,”</i> mixed media, 2002. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Brian Froud, media illustration published in <i>The Land of Froud,</i> 1977. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Haddon Sundblom, <i>All a Girl Needs,</i> oil on canvas, published in <i>The Ladies’ Home Journal,</i> 1942. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Adrianne Lobel, <i>My One and Only,</i> 26 scenic concept collages for the Broadway musical, 1983. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Schulz, original four-panel pen and ink <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1971. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b>Jack Davis, mixed media cartoon for <i>Playboy,</i> 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Addams, mixed media cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1937. $6,000 to $9,000.
  • <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> PIETER MORTIER. “Le Neptune Francois ou Atlas Nouveau des Cartes Marines. Levées et Gravées par ordre Exprés du Roy…” Paris, 1693.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MARC CHAGALL illus. SHAKESPEARE. “The Tempest.” Large folio. Monte-Carlo, 1975. Signed by the artist.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> JOHN SPEED and followers. “A New and Accurate Map of the World.” Hand-colored engraving. London (1626 – 1627 – circa 1650) – 1676.
    <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MATTHÄUS SEUTTER. “The Colossus Series.” Set of 4 prints, contemporary hand-colored engravings, each c. 57x49cm. Augsburg c. 1730
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> (CHARLES LE BRUN). “La Grande Galerie De Versailles, et Les Deux Salons qui L’Accompagnent, peints Par Charles Le Brun premier Peintre de Louis XIV…” Paris, 1752.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> G. BRAUN – F. HOGENBERG. “Danorum Marca.” Contemporary hand-colored engraving, 33x48cm. Cologne, 1588.

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