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Book Fair Calendar

Old Book & Paper Show.  Toronto, ON (Canada).   October 23, 2016.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Boston, MA.   October 28–30, 2016.     (more information)

Boston Book & Ephemera Show.  Boston, MA.   October 29, 2016.

Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair.  Toronto, ON (Canada).   November 4–6, 2016.

Chelsea Book Fair.  London, England.   November 4–5, 2016.

Houston Book Fair.  Houston, TX.   November 7, 2016.

Niagara Frontier Antiquarian Book & Paper Show.  North Tonawanda, NY.   November 12, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   November 13, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   December 11, 2016.

Papermania.  Hartford, CT.   January 7–8, 2017.

Austin Book & Paper Show.  Austin, TX.   January 13–14, 2017.

California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Oakland, CA.   February 10–12, 2017.     (more information)

Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   February 17–19, 2017.

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   March 9–12, 2017.

New York City Book & Ephemera Fair.  New York, NY.   March 10, 2017.

Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair.  New York, NY.   March 11, 2017.     (more information)

Ephemera 37.  Old Greenwich, CT.   March 17–19, 2017.

Papertown.  Boxborough, MA.   March 25, 2017.     (more information)

Boston Book & Ephemera Fair.  Lexington, MA.   April 15, 2017.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Petersburg, FL.   April 21–23, 2017.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair.  Washington, DC.   April 28–29, 2017.

Granite State Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair.  Concord, NH.   June 4, 2017.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cooperstown, NY.   June 24, 2017.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Boston, MA.   November 10–12, 2017.

Book Auction Calendar

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 18, 2016.     (more information)

Heritage Auctions.  Dallas, TX.   October 19, 2016.

Christie’s.  London, England.   October 19, 2016.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   October 20, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 25, 2016.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  New York, NY.   October 25, 2016.

Sotheby’s.  New York, NY.   October 26, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 27, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 1, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 3, 2016.     (more information)

Addison & Sarova.  Macon, GA.   November 5, 2016.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  Paris, France.   November 9, 2016.

Bonham’s.  London, England.   November 9, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 10, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 15, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 17, 2016.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   November 29, 2016.

Bonham’s.  London, England.   November 30, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 1, 2016.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  San Francisco, CA.   December 5, 2016.

Sotheby’s.  New York, NY.   December 5, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 8, 2016.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  London, England.   February 1, 2017.

Upcoming Auction Includes Scarce Signed Literary Firsts

On Thursday, November 10, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature, featuring a number of signed first editions and association copies. ůmore

Uncommon Books Offered by Various Booksellers

(The Battle of Chatillon - Rare History of 2nd Corps Aero School)   Wurzburg, Lt. Donald B.  The Battle of Chatillon.  Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dean-Hicks Publ., 1919.   First edition, 8x11", 136pp, heavily photo illus., roster of pilot graduates to include sqdn of follow-on assignment.  Condition as-new.   Interesting story:  in about 1975-80 I saw an ad for this book from Don's Book Store in my hometown of Grand Rapids.  I ordered a copy and it came wrapped in manila paper as from the publisher.  I called Don and he said he discovered a case of these books in a warehouse.  He had 10 copies left and I bought them all.   This one came back to me from a collection I purchased.  Very, very rare.   $225.00   (more on this and other books available from Early Aeronautica)

Roosevelt, Theodore.  A Book-Lover's Holidays In The Open.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916.  First Edition.  Hardcover.  Octavo; pp. x,(vi), 373, (ii), appendices, ad leaf for Life Histories; Illustrated; color frontispiece by Ted Pitman, and two additional black and white illustrations; blue cloth, gilt device, top edge gilt.  A collection of varied pieces from hunting cougars to Hopi...  $125.00   (more on this and other books available from Theodore Roosevelt Books)

Burns, Robert.  Works of  Robert Burns.   London;: James Cochrane and Co. 1834.  The works in eight volumes with a biographical sketch by Allan Cunningham and the preface to the first Kilmanock (1786) in the first volume; and second Edinburgh (1787) edition reprinted in the second volume.  First of this edition.  Bound in full leather; red spine with raised bands; and green boards.  Six spine compartments with gilt designs.  Gilt border lines with circles at each corner.  Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt.  Contains his poetry, prose and letters.  Each volume has an engraved frontispiece – the first is of Burns – and pictorial title-pages, as well as the regular printed title page.  All volumes have 1834 in gilt at bottom of spines.  Tasteful bookplate of John Randolph Harrison on front pastedowns.  Very attractive set.   $1,000.00  (More on this and other books available from Quill & Brush)

Cruikshank, George and others
The London Singer's Magazine: Group of 16 unbound issues in portfolio.  Holborn [London]: John Duncombe & Co. [1839]. First Editions. Portfolio. 8pp per issue. Sixteen issues: Numbers 3-13, 15, 18, 23, 25, 30.  Unbound as issued, and a few spines roughened.  Laid into a plain portfolio of gray boards and black cloth, ribbon ties. 9" x 5.75"  Features lyrics to comic songs. For example: The Ghost And The Baron of Grog-swig; When Adam Was A Gentleman; Smike's Song To Nicholas Nickleby; The Monkey Jacket; My Name Is Mo Sammy Well; Humphrey Dickins, The Queer Looking Man; The Royal Chummy; The Nobby Waterman; Murphy's Weather Eye; Cockney Superstitions; Biddy, The Basket Woman;...  $225.00   (more on this and other books available from R & A Petrilla)

Solis [y Ribadeneyra], Antonio de.  The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Translated from the Original Spanish of Don Antonio de Solis [y Ribadeneyra], Secretary and Historiographer to His Catholick Majesty, by Thomas Townsend, Esq; The whole Translation Revised and Corrected by Nathanael [sic] Hooke, Esq;… The Third Edition. London: Printed for H. Lintot; J. Whiston and B. White, at Mr. Boyle’s Head, and L. Davis, at Lord Bacon’s Head, both in Fleet-street; and D. Wilson, at Plato’s Head, in the Strand, MDCCLIII [1753].  12mo., xvi, 384, folding frontispiece, 2 folding maps, 4 folding plates; x, 386pp., 2 folding plates.  Bound in contemporary full calf, double-ruled gilt borders, raised bands, red leather labels intact.  SABIN 86491.  According to Sabin copies held by the Library of Congress, Library Company of Philadelphia, New York Public Library et al. have only two plates in volume 2.   External hinges of volume 1 tender and beginning to crack, o/w a very nice set with plates in brilliant condition.  $750.00   (more on this and other books available from John C. Huckans Books)

[Frederic W.] Goudy as the Maker of an Illuminated “Medieval” Manuscript.
Bible. Manuscript. O.T. Ecclesiastes. ca. 1903.  Manuscript. “Ecclesiastes[,] or the preacher. No place [Park Ridge, IL; Hingham, MA]: no date [ca. 1903–06]. 8vo (21 x 13 cm; 8.25" x 5.125"). [56] ff.  $25,000.00   (more on this and other books available from Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts) ůmore

by John C. Huckans
Trumped (Part 2)

The day after the California primary the television news organizations lost little time analyzing the results.  My personal bias, shared by many others, is of someone who being unable to support either major party candidate, will be going the third party route for the fourth consecutive election cycle.  My respect for Bernie Sanders, even though I disagreed with him on several issues, is now moot.  So it might well be 1856 all over again, but more on that later.

Honest television news coverage is hard to come by, but I find the PBS News Hour the least objectionable of the lot – no pharmaceutical ads or breathless celebration of pop culture personalities is a pretty good competitive advantage.  Having said that, I was quite surprised (well, not really) by the list of guest analysts Judy Woodruff had on the News Hour the day after the primary.  The three she invited to analyze Mrs. Clinton's big win in California and consequent locking up of the Democrat nomination, took turns gushing, giggling and swooning over the prospect of a ůmore

Travel Poster Auction Documents Changing Trends in Transportation

On Thursday, October 27, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters, with images reflecting the excitement and globalization of the early- to mid-twentieth century, depicting popular new methods of transportation to nearly every continent.  One top lot in the sale is Leslie Ragan’s The New 20th Century Limited, 1939, a powerful art deco image of one of the last century’s most famous American trains.  Estimated at $12,000 to $18,000, the image conveys the velocity with which the train sped from New York to Chicago; it was also featured on a limited-edition postage stamp. ůmore

Martin Luther at the Morgan

Five hundred years ago a monk in a backwater town at the edge of Germany took on the most powerful men in Europe—the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope—and he won.  Martin Luther’s Reformation ranks among the most successful religious movements in history, altering western society and culture forever, and was a testament to his creative use of communications, notably rapidly evolving print technology, to promote his views. ůmore

Prices Achieved at Recent Auctions

First Edition Isaac Newton Brings $87k at Swann Galleries Oct 18 Auction
Swann Auction Galleries held a successful sale of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 18, with special offerings of early scientific and mathematical material.  The top lot of the sale was a first edition, first issue of Sir Isaac Newton’s seminal Opticks, 1704, a treatise on light and color.  This excellent copy of the groundbreaking work sold well above its estimate at $87,500.  Another highlight was Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, 1482, the first major mathematical work to appear in print. ůmore

Charlotte Bronte at the Morgan

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will, an important upcoming exhibition, opens at the Morgan Library & Museum (New York) on September 9, 2016, and will remain on view through January 2, 2017.  From the time Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre was first published in 1847, readers have been drawn to the orphan protagonist who declared herself “a free human being with an independent will.” Like her famous fictional creation, Brontë herself took bold steps throughout her life to pursue personal and professional fulfillment. ůmore

News & Notes

California International Antiquarian Book Fair

The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.
Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries.
This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting literary fiction of California.  In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective, fantasy and science, and western fiction.  This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize ůmore

by John Huckans
The True Believer (a new appreciation of Eric Hoffer's classic book)

Events of late have made me wonder if Darwin got it only half right.  I don't quarrel with the theory, as proposed in On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), that modern man evolved from earlier primates and the earlier primates from mammals, that in all probability, evolved from even more primitive life forms.  Even though I don't pretend to be anything close to a biologist, it all just seems to make a lot of sense.  Some of us agree with Darwin's theories, some not.  Some people argue the subject heatedly, while others simply agree to disagree. That is what civilized people do.  What uncivilized people do is kill others who do not believe as they do. ůmore

by John C. Huckans

A friend in Germany has been a bit dazed and confused by the American presidential campaign and wondered if I, as an American, might be able to explain the Trump phenomenon.  I can't, but here goes anyway...

The front-runners of the two major political parties would head my short list for a Who's Who of weird participants in the 2016 Flying Political Circus.  Mr. Trump has no trouble coming up with endlessly reported soundbites that make a lot of people cringe, seems hell-bent on establishing himself as the Andrew Dice Clay of American politics, and then compounds the felony by having a lousy interior decorator. ůmore

by John Huckans
Sorry Cassandra

Not too long ago I caught a PBS broadcast of a production of one of the grandest of French operas, Hector Berlioz's “Les Troyens”.  Berlioz himself wrote the libretto based on the Aeneid, a sort of Roman-centered epic poem that Virgil concocted from various sources, including a rip-roaring tale by a blind poet named Homer who may or may not have been blind or who may or may not have even existed.  Either way it doesn't much matter because the story is a good one.

The first two acts of the opera center around Cassandra, the daughter of Priam who had received the gift of prophecy and then, according to which story you believe, was cursed by Apollo when she refused his attentions which turned out to be more than Platonic.  The curse ran something like this – she could predict, prophesy, rant and otherwise warn about all sorts of bad things to come until she was blue in the face, but no matter what she might say no one would believe her. But that was only the half of it – for her troubles she would be insulted, branded as a liar, a mad woman or all three.

In one of her delusions she thought there was something fishy and not quite right about the gigantic wooden horse that the Greeks had wheeled up in front of the gates of the city. Right off she smelled a rat (or maybe it was the fish) and set out with an axe and a torch to destroy the thing along with any cargo that might be in the hold.  ůmore

by Carlos Martinez
How Chicago Lost One of America's Best Book Fairs: A Short history of Printers Row

It may seem self-serving and somewhat trite for a bookseller to lament the passing of Chicago's Printers Row Book Fair as an ideal outlet for the sale of used books, but in the broader sense of the bookseller's impact on society at large, the loss is significant in terms of public exposure and opportunities for spreading literacy, as should become apparent here.  So what happened?

Printers Row is an open air marketplace of books that has taken place on a single early June weekend each year since 1985 in Chicago's downtown, along two blocks of Dearborn Street between the central public library on Congress and the old Dearborn Station on Polk.  It was the brainchild of local resident and activist Barbara Lynne and the Near North Planning Board, a civic association trying to develop the South Loop as a tourist and residential attraction ůmore

by Anthony Marshall
A Dog for Dr. Bierbrauer

Rather unexpectedly, a dog has trotted into my life. More exactly, it has trotted into the life of my close friend Dr. Bierbrauer, who, now he is retired, has for some time been on the lookout for someone, or something, to spend his time with, in a fulfilling relationship of mutual adoration. How happy I am to be able to report that his search is over.

From the outset, Dr. Bierbrauer had some clear criteria about the dog he would like to share his life with. For instance, it would weigh not more than five kilos. An important consideration, because in Germany dogs which weigh less than five kilos can travel free on public transport and Dr. Bierbrauer, who has paid a heap of taxes in his life, is not a man who feels obliged in his old age to subsidize unnecesssarily the running of public trains, trams and buses in the Bundesrepublik. ůmore

by John Huckans / Robert Kemp
Global Warming and the Greenland Question

Is climate change and global warming really happening?  Robert Kemp thought so in 2005 and correctly points out that since change, any kind of change, is the only real constant, a better question would be is it a good or bad thing?  The entire subject has become so politically-charged nowadays that calm and rational discussion has become nearly impossible, with name-calling the usual response to people who question the accepted political orthodoxy.  And since the science has been declared to be settled, scepticism is no longer allowed, especially in front of the children.  Apart from climate change true-believers and the folks who run the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, I don't know of anyone who believes science, of whatever kind, is ever completely settled.  

In Yale's E360 2009 interview with Freeman Dyson, the renowned theoretical physicist at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study supports the view that science - especially predictive science - is always subject to review.  The lengthy comments thread that erupted turned out to be more fun than watching Sunni and Shia having at each other in a mixed martial arts cage match. ůmore

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