• Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
  • Finarte, July 4-5: FERMI, ENRICO. Letters, 1923. €30,000 to €40,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The comedy, 1477. €45,000 to €50,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The Comedy [Commentary by Christophorus Landinus]. Addition: Marsilius Ficinus, Ad Dantem gratulatio [in Latin and Italian], 1487. €40,000 to €60,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ASTRONOMIA - CALENDARIO - REGIOMONTANUS, JOHANNES (MÜLLER, JOHANN, OF KÖNIGSBERG) Kalendarium, 1483. €5,000 to €7,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: CATERINA II DI RUSSIA, Parchment diploma granted by Catherine II of Russia, 1778. €15,000 to €20,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: VICO, GIAMBATTISTA New Science Principles, 1725.
  • Bonhams, June 15-25: 18th Century American Sea Captain's Journals of Voyages to Hawaii, China, and South America. $35,000 - $45,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Autograph Diary from Bolling Advance Base, Winter 1934. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Cellarius, Andreas. Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Nobelist George Stigler's Copy of Ricardo's Classic on the Science of Economics. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris: F. L. Schmied, 1927. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Fine Copy of Walras's Classic on the Theory of Marginal Utility. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Arion Press Moby Dick. Melville, Herman. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Venegas, Miguel. Noticia de la California, y desu conquista temporal, y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. $7,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Carelton Watkins, Yosemite and the West. Portfolio of 21 imperial albumen prints. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. Suorum de humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. $100,000 - $150,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2023 Issue

China Catalogue 2 from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller

The second catalogue on China.

Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller has followed up their recent China catalogue with China Catalogue 2. While China is the subject, most of these works are from western nations and most are in western languages, particularly English. They tend to look at China from a western perspective, perhaps something of a caution. These are a few selections from this latest catalogue on China.


We begin with an account of one of Robert Fortune's four journeys to China in the 1840s and 1850s. Fortune was an English horticulturist, who sometimes extended his mission beyond botanical observations. This book is Three Years' Wanderings in the Northern Provinces of China, Including a Visit to the Tea, Silk, and Cotton Countries. It was originally published in London in 1847, but this is a later edition published in 1935 in Shanghai. He went to China on behalf of the Horticulture Society of London and on this and subsequent trips, he gathered many native plants to take back home and try to grow in England. At times they succeeded but many could not survive England's climate. Sometimes, he exceeded the boundaries of where he was permitted to travel and disguised his purpose. He also brought tea plants he delivered to India on behalf of the East India Company, which was not permitted in China but he skirted the rules for his second employer. Along with his accounts of plant gathering, he also wrote about the Chinese people and their culture, most of which was unknown to people in England. Item 10. Priced at $250.


This book is about Robert Fortune's third journey to China. The title is A Residence among the Chinese: Inland, on the Coast, and at Sea. Being a Narrative of Scenes and Adventures During a Third Visit to China, from 1853 to 1856, a first edition published in 1857. This visit came a decade after Fortune's first. He elaborates more on what he has seen, including descriptions of Shanghai, Nanking, and Foo-chow. This copy was inscribed “from the author.” Item 9. $850.


This is one that Tokerud describes as a “Yellow Peril novel.” The title is The Air Scout: A Story of National Defense, by Herbert Strang, published in 1912. It is a story meant for boys intended to promote their interest in national defense. One day soon, they could become soldiers. Strang was also interested in promoting air power. His belief was that whoever held power in the skies would have a major, perhaps insurmountable advantage in war. In this story, the Chinese invade northern Australia, yellow against white, attempting to colonize the country. It kind of ignored that England had colonized Australia as a place to send prisoners, and while Australia was now its own nation, his next novel about such an attack on India was a case of a colonizer calling the kettle a colonizer. As for Herbert Strang, there was no such person. It was a pseudonym for two authors who together wrote books for boys. Item 25. $125.


China didn't invade Australia or India, but a couple of decades later, it was invaded by Japan. China became the colony. China had been in the midst of a civil war between the Nationalist government and the Communist rebels, but they temporarily cooperated in the joint aim of throwing out the Japanese. This publication, Madame Chiang Kai-shek's Trip Through The United States and Canada, published by Chinese Nationalist Daily of San Francisco in 1943, represents part of the Nationalist effort to drum up support. Madame Chiang, Soong May-ling, wife of Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, came to America that year to raise funds for their cause. She drew large crowds in Chinatowns across the United States. She addressed both houses of Congress, the first Chinese national and the second woman to do so. She spoke at Madison Square Garden, Chicago Stadium, and the Hollywood Bowl. In Canada, she spoke to Parliament. She made the cover of Time Magazine (for the third time). Not surprisingly, her mission was a big success. In another two years, when America subdued Japan, her mission was accomplished. Unfortunately, the civil war quickly resumed and in 1949, the Chiangs and the Nationalist government were forced to flee to Taiwan. Item 21. $150.


Chinese immigrants came to America in the second half of the 19th century to find work, notably on the western railroads. They were essential for their hard work on demanding and dangerous jobs to build the western railways. However, other than by employers who liked cheap dependable labor, they were not always welcome. Racial sentiments were not positive toward people who seemed very different, and others didn't like competition for jobs. This was exacerbated by the railroad work winding down and Chinese workers looking for other jobs. In America it led to various laws to force them out and exclusionary rules to keep them from coming. Canada faced a similar issue as Chinese workers came to build the Canadian Pacific Railroad. When that railroad was finished early, in 1885, the Chinese, mostly in British Columbia, sought new jobs. Hostility was building. It was at this point that the Canadian Prime Minister appointed the Royal Commission on Chinese Immigration to study the issue. They did a thorough study, interviewing many people for their thoughts and examining the situation, not just in Canada, but in the western states of the U. S. as well. What they concluded was overwhelmingly positive about the immigrants. In their Report of the Royal Commission on Chinese Immigration: Report and Evidence, the Commission concluded that the Chinese railroad workers were “useful” and “have no superior.” However, they gave their highest praise to Chinese merchants. “It is universally admitted that the merchants are honest and capable men, of high credit and high commercial advantage to the community, and these would not only be welcomed but would be desirable.” Bowing slightly to the pressure from those who wanted the Chinese excluded, they suggested placing a $10 head tax on Chinese immigrants arriving in Canada. While $10 was a much larger amount in 1885, it was hardly exclusionary as they concluded the average Chinese worker made $300 per year. Parliament adapted the recommendation in the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 but set the head tax at a much higher $50. In the early 20th century, the fee was raised to $100, then $500, and Chinese were declared “unfit for full citizenship” and obnoxious and dangerous to freedom and the state. Item 23. $950.


Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller may be reached at 604-633-0001 or bjarnetokerud@gmail.com. The website is www.bjarnetokerud.com.

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  • Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Audubon Birds of America, 1st Octavo Edition; 5 vols plus Journals, ex. J.J. Pringle. $4,000 to $4,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: American Ornithology Plates Folio in 2 Vols, A. Wilson and C. Bonaparte. $3,400 to $3,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 23 CP Railroad Photographs c. 1883 by O.B. Buell. $1,800 to $2,200.
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    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Cormac McCarthy, Signed 1st Editions, The Passenger & Stella Maris Box Set. $1,700 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Oliver Buell Cabinet Photograph, Chief Crowfoot. $1,400 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Colton's Atlas of the World, 1856, in Two Volumes; plus Africa / Mahdist War Map. $1,000 to $1,200.
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    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1805 Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Speech. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Barflies and Cocktails, Harry McElhone, First Edition Mixology Book. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1861 U. S. Grant Broadside Proclamation, Paducah, KY. $1,000 to $1,200.
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    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 2 John Overton Signed Letters, 1803, re: TN Statehood. $800 to $900.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Simon Wastell "Microbiblion or The Bibles Epitome: in Verse" 1629. $600 to $700.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Thomas Lewis Family Letter Archive; Boston, Massachusetts. $400 to $500.
  • Bonhams, June 25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. $200,000 - $300,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Gersdorff, Hans Von. 1455-1529. Feldtbuch der wundartzney. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Pare, Ambroise. C.1509-1590. La Methode Curative des Playes, et Fractures de la Teste humaine. Avec les pourtraits des Instruments necessaires pour la curation d'icelles. $25,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Reisch, Gregor. 1470-1525. Margarita Philosophica. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bright, Richard. 1789-1858. Reports of Medical Cases, Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Berengario da Carpi, Giacomo. C. 1460-1530. Tractatus de fractura calve sive cranei. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Vicq D'Azyr, Felix. 1748-1794. Traite d'antomie et de physiologie. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Croce, Giovanni Andrea Della. 1509?-1775. Chirurgia libri septem... $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bruno Da Longburgo. 1200-1286. La cyrogia di Maistro Bruno: Expertissimo in quella. Tradutta in vulgare. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Schwann, Theodor. 1810-1882. Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Ubereinstimmung in der Struktur und dem Wachsthum der Thiere und Pflanzen. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Cowper, William. 1666-1709. The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with Figures Drawn after the Life… $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bidloo, Govard. 1649-1713. Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. $6,000 - $9,000

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