• <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> The Gemini Collection of Modern Prints and Illustrated Books.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. CHAGALL, MARC. 1887-1985.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 59. DALI, SALVADOR. SPANISH, 1904-1989. OVID. Est. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 85. GANYMED. MEIER-GRAEFE, JULIUS, editor. Est. US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 112. MIRÓ, JOAN. SPANISH, 1893-1983. ÉLUARD, PAUL. À toute épreuve.<br>Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. KEPLER, JOHANNES. 1571-1630.<br>Est. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 58. RITCHEY, GEORGE WILLIS. 1864-1945. Est. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 74. WALLICH, NATHANIEL. 1786-1854. Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("C. Darwin"). Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 October 2014:</b><br>HISTORY OF SCIENCE.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 245. HELMHOLTZ SOUND SYNTHESIZER. HELMHOLTZ, HERMANN VON. 1821-1894. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 262. MANHATTAN PROJECT VIEWING WINDOW. Heavily leaded glass.<br>Est. US$ 150,000-250,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 271. WOVEN SILK PORTRAIT OF JACQUARD. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 286. APPLE. Apple 1 Motherboard.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 668. Banca Agricola Sarda, 1873 Issue Specimen Banknote.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 730. Bono De Caja, El Banco Central Mexicano, 1899 Specimen Banknote. Est $1250.00-2500.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 751. State Bank of Pakistan, 1973-1978 Presentation Booklet with 5 Different Specimen Banknotes.<br>Est $5000.00-10000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 759. Palestine Currency Board, 1929 High Grade Issue Banknote, One of 2 Sequential Notes Being Offered.<br>Est $6000.00-12000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 966. National Base Ball League, ca. 1880's Advertising Note from Minnesota. Est $800.00-1600.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 973. Important Historical Vignette. NY. New York. Nassau Bank. $1. 1850's. Proof on card. NY-1780.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1053. British American Bank Note Company Engravers & Printers, ND (ca.1860's) Dramatic Proof Security Printer. Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1078. United States Treasury, Assistant Treasurer of the United States at Philadelphia, Gold Coin Certific. Est $12500.00-25000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1104. Federal Reserve Note, $20 1934 D Specimen Banknote. New York, New York. Fr.#2058-B.<br>Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1105. Uncut Sheet of Six Alexander City, Alabama Small Size Nationals. $5 1929 Type 2, First National Bank. Est $4000.00-6000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1233. Palestine, 1934 20 Mils, NGC Graded MS 62. Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1423. Important Louisiana Exposition Medal. 1885-86.<br>Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1441. Rare Grover Cleveland Indian Peace Medal. 1885.<br>Est $3000.00-5000.00.
  • <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Daniel Boone autograph. Boon confirms receipt of payment for surveying work. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> CROCKETT, David (1786-1836). Autograph free frank ("Free D. Crockett") on envelope.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James K. Polk Signed "Executive Documents". Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James Buchanan, Rare Signed Constitutional Law Book.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Rare Abraham Lincoln 1841 Legal Document. "Sangamon Circuit Court", dated March 11, 1841. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Historic Signed Photo.<br>Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Signed book. Speaches and Addresses, 1894. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Howard Taft 27th President of the U.S. "Ethics in Service", inscribed 1921. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> John F. Kennedy 35th President of the U.S. Signed image. Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Historical Oliver Hazard Perry ALS "We Have Defeated The Enemy Completely..." 1812. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Certificate of Discharge Edward J. Smith. English naval officer (1850-1912) in command of the RMS Titanic. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Charles Dickens Author Letter Signed and Original Photo. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Important Disney original comic art work from this 1937 classic.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Signed Certificate for Heroism Rescue for the Akron search and<br>Air Ship AJ3. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1986 STS-51L CHRISTA MCAULIFFE and BARBARA MORGAN SIGNED DISPLAY. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1951 World Series New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. Featuring the 1951 Bronx Bombers. Min Bid $200.
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 1. (AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES) BACHMAN, REV. JOHN. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1854. 3 vols. 4to. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 4. AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 67. BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES. Les Fleurs du Mal. Paris, 1857. First edition, first issue with the six suppressed poems. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 73. CHIPPENDALE, THOMAS. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. London, 1754. First edition. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 79. (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT) Missal, in Latin, 38 leaves, 15th-century, the Temporale, from Holy Trinity to... $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 85. KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD. the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936. First edition, original dust jacket. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 113. DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London, 1861. 3 vols. First edition, fourth impression $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 173. CHURCHILL, WINSTON. ALS, three pages, May 28, 1915. To his cousin, signed "W." $3,000-$5,000
    102 DICKENS, CHARLES. Complete set of Christmas Books. 5 vols. First editions. $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 174. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. Map of British Battles of 1918 signed by Churchill and the other Generals and Field Marshalls. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 176A. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. London, 1898. First edition, first state. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 219. MCKENNEY, THOMAS AND JAMES HALL. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. 3 vols. 74 (of 120) bound-in and 32 loose plates. $20,000-$30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 248. (CHICAGO, RAILROAD) Chicago, Rock-Island & Pacific - Rocky Mountain Limited... Reverse glass and mother of pearl inlaid sign, c. 1900. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 267. (GOLF) JONES, ROBERT. T., JR. ("BOBBY") AND O.B. KEELER. Down the Fairway... New York, 1927. 1st ed., ltd. Signed by Keeler/Jones twice. $6,000-$8,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 311. WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD. Autographed letter signed ("F.L.L.W."), 4pp., on Jokake Inn letterhead, ca. 1925. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 313. HUNTER, DARD. Old Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1923. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. With 6 TLS signed by Hunter. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 315. HUNTER, DARD. Primitive Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1927. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. $3,000-$5,000

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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

Patrick McGahern Books Offers Spectacular Collection of North West Passage and Franklin Search Material

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The Franklin and North West Passage Searches.

Patrick McGahern Books of Ottawa has released a catalogue dedicated to a spectacular collection of a specific subject: The Bertram Plimer Franklin & North West Passage Rare Book Collection. Mr. McGahern describes it this way: “While these kinds of claims are nearly always too grand or wrong or even silly, still it has to be said that this, to date, is the greatest collection of rare books on Franklin search and the North West Passage.” It includes books McGahern describes as once in a lifetime, and some so rare most do not know they exist. Some do not even show up in standard bibliographies, making this more than just a catalogue but a bibliography of sorts. It contains 462 items, all related to Franklin, the North West Passage, or an occasional one with other Arctic connections.

 

Bertram Plimer was a freelance cameraman and film maker operating his own production company. He traveled with several Canadian prime ministers and met numerous world leaders through the course of his career. Mr. Plimer died in 2009 at the age of 81. Patrick McGahern noted that Mr. Plimer began frequenting his store in 1973. They became good friends and McGahern helped him find many of the books, but still was amazed when he discovered just how extensive the collection was. The result is a catalogue he describes as “beyond rare.”

 

The North West Passage, one of the subjects of this collection, is the elusive sea route from Europe to Asia north of Canada, through the Arctic Ocean. In the days before the Panama Canal, the shortest route from England to East Asia meant circling all the way south of South America, through the treacherous Strait of Magellan. The distance could be reduced enormously if one could sail almost due west through the Arctic Ocean. However, various islands and, naturally enough, ice made finding such a route an immense challenge. That did not stop explorers from taking up the challenge, nor England from offering for centuries great rewards to whomever found it. It would not be until the opening of the Panama Canal early in the 20th century that the need for such a route would diminish. Today, exploration of the area is readily accomplished and while such a route was eventually found, there is no route that is practical for a significant amount of commercial shipping. The season, if there is one, is too short to be of much use, though melting of Arctic ice may make it somewhat more practical in the future.

 

One of those who attempted to find such a route was Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin. Franklin led several Arctic expeditions, the last an 1845 search for a North West Passage from which he never returned. His disappearance was a mystery. It resulted in one of the largest manhunts in British naval history. After the British began to lose hope, Franklin's widow commissioned several expeditions on her own to find her missing husband. It would not be until over a decade later that artifacts from the Franklin expedition would be found. They revealed that he had become trapped in ice, and with limited supplies, the men attempted to escape over ice and land. Unfortunately, they all succumbed to the elements and starvation before finding civilization.

 

Now, we will take a look at just a few of the many items to be found in this catalogue/bibliography.

 

One of those who came closest to finding a North West Passage over the years was William Parry. He led an expedition in 1819 that continued where Ross had turned back and made it farther west than any before. They were aided by it being an unusually mild year. Still, the ice came, and they were forced to winter over. Parry showed that it was possible to survive winter in the far north, so as to be prepared to continue when the next summer finally melted some of the ice again. However, they were not freed from the winter ice until the following August, and after proceeding a bit father west, they realized they needed to turn around and head home before it was too late. Parry would make two more attempts to find a passage, with less success, but he also made an assault on the North Pole which, while also not successful, did take him farther north than anyone had traveled before. Item 323 is Parry's account of his first voyage, Journal of a Voyage of Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific: performed in the years 1819-20...under the orders of William Edward Parry... published in 1821. Priced at $1,500.

 

For all of the unsuccessful attempts to find a North West Passage, to this day no commercially viable route to be found, it is surprising that more people did not reach the logical conclusion expressed by the anonymous writer “Scrutator” in 1824. His reasonably titled book is The Impracticability of a North-West Passage for Ships, Impartially Considered. He reached the obvious conclusion that there was simply too much ice in the Arctic Ocean for there to be a practical route to the east that far north. Item 419. $5,000.

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