Rare Book Monthly Reviews - March - 2024 Issue

David Lesser Issues His 200th Catalogue of Rare Americana.

David Lesser and David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books have reached a major milestone, their Catalogue No. 200 of Rare Americana. It's a long journey to get to 200, but Lesser recounts that he issued his first catalogue in 1989. That's 200 printed catalogues, not 200 easy to create e-catalogues . Lesser started out as a lawyer, but while debating legal issues and conducting research was enjoyable, he found the clash of unhappy people unpleasant. He looked for something else and a vacation with a handful of Bill Reese's catalogues proved an inspiration. The rest, as they say, is history. He...

Books from the Seventeenth Century from Mark Funke, Bookseller

Mark Funke, Bookseller, has issued the largest book catalogue I've ever seen. It measures almost 10 x 15. It reminds me of a coffee table book except this one is actually meant to be read. It conta...

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Antiquarian European Books from Librairie Clavreuil and Stéphane Clavreuil Rare Books

We begin with a catalogue, slightly late, from booksellers Librairie Clavreuil of Paris and Stéphane Clavreuil Rare Books of London. The title is Noel 2023. It is a collection of mostly French, and...

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Books as Art from Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books has created a catalogue for the recent California Book Fairs. This is a selection of books notable primarily for their physical aspects, their appearance more than the...

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Diverse Antiquarian Books from Michel Bouvier

Michael Bouvier has issued Catalogue 81, Livres en Divers Genres. This is a collection, as the title says, of diverse subjects. A catalogue of the Parisian bookseller, the books are mostly in Frenc...

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Exploration & Travel from Shapero Rare Books

Shapero Rare Books has published a catalogue of Exploration & Travel 2023 Part Two. It is a collection of historic travels emanating mostly from England but also other European locations. They ...

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The Extraordinary Every Day Lives of the Past from Langdon Manor Books

We begin with a case of whistling in the dark, and the future looked very dark for this business. This is a photo album about the City Ice Company and the South Carolina Ice Manufacturers Associati...

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A Winter Array from Zephyr Used and Rare Books

Zephyr Used and Rare Books' latest catalogue is called Winter Array – Catalogue 2024. According to Webster, an “array” is “an impressive display or range of a particular type of thing.” Zephyr's ne...

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    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
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    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
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    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
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    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200

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