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Book Fair Calendar

Southern New England Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair  Amherst, MA.   September 23–24, 2022.     (more information)

Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair.  London, England.   September 25, 2022.

Allentown Book & Paper Show  Allentown, PA.   October 1–2, 2022.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.  Seattle, WA.   October 8–9, 2022.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.  Sacramento, CA.   October 15, 2022.

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Ann Arbor, MI.   October 23, 2022.     (more information)

Northampton Ephemera, Books & Photography Too!  Northampton, MA.   October 23, 2022.

Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair.  London, England.   October 30, 2022.

Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   November 4–5, 2022.

Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair.  Toronto, ON (Canada).   November 4–6, 2022.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair  Boston, MA.   November 11–13, 2022.     (more information)

Edinburgh Book Fair.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   November 12, 2022.

Boston Rare Book & Ephemera Fair  Boston, MA.   November 12, 2022.

Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair.  London, England.   November 27, 2022.

Northampton Antiquarian Book, Ephemera, and Book Arts Fair.  Northampton, MA.   December 2–3, 2022.

Philadelphia Rare Book Fair  Philadelphia, PA.   December 8–10, 2022.     (more information)

California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Pasadena, CA.   February 10–12, 2023.

Book Auction Calendar

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   September 21, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   September 22, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   September 22, 2022.     (more information)

Potter & Potter Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   September 24, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   September 29, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   September 29, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 6, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   October 6, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   October 6, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 13, 2022.     (more information)

Auktionshaus Kiefer  Pforzheim, Germany.   October 13–15, 2022.

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   October 13, 2022.

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   October 19, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 20, 2022.     (more information)

Potter & Potter Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   October 20, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   October 20, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   October 25, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 27, 2022.     (more information)

Potter & Potter Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   October 29, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   November 3, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   November 8–9, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   November 10, 2022.     (more information)

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   November 15, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   November 17, 2022.     (more information)

Potter & Potter Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   November 17, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 1, 2022.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   December 1, 2022.

Hindman Auctions.  Cincinnati, OH.   December 4, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   December 6, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Cincinnati, OH.   December 7, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   December 7, 2022.

PBA Galleries  San Francisco, CA.   December 8, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 15, 2022.     (more information)

"New England's First Fruits" exceeds pre-auction estimate at Freeman's September 21 Sale

Freeman’s September 21 Books and Manuscripts auction inaugurated Freeman’s fall season with the remarkable $277,200 sale of New Englands First Fruits. The extremely rare first edition includes the first printed account of Harvard University—and garnered considerable interest in the September 21 auction, with competitive bidding driving the sale price more than nine times above its pre-sale high estimate of $30,000.

“We’re thrilled by the successful sale of New Englands First Fruits, and so is the consignor,” says Darren Winston, Head of Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts department. “This is the first copy to be offered at auction in over 20 years, and today’s result confirms the market demand for this material, setting a new world auction record for the title.”

In addition to New Englands First Fruits, a rare and beautiful first edition of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—made famous by the 1939 classic film starring Judy Garland—achieved $37,800, more than tripling its pre-sale high estimate of $8,000-12,000.

“Several important Americana manuscripts and documents likewise commanded competitive bidding wars, resulting in sale prices that far exceeded estimates—including the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a scarce copy that achieved $27,720 against the estimate of $1,500-2,500. A 1738 colonial treatise on paper money sold for $21,420 (estimate: $1,000-1,500), and a very rare 1683 document issued to the very first purchaser of Pennsylvania land sold for $20,160 (estimate: $5,000-8,000).

“We’re now turning our attention to our November 15 Books and Manuscripts: Rare Americana auction,” said Darren Winston, “which builds on the department’s recent successes in bringing rare, foundational items to market, including the $4.42 million sale of a …more

Fine & Rare Books at Potter & Potter on October 20th

Potter & Potter Auctions has announced a nearly 600 lot sale to be held on Thursday, October 20th starting at 10am. The event will be held online and live streamed, with a limited number of bidders physically allowed in the gallery as determined by current Illinois public health attendance guidelines. Please call the auction house, located at 5001 W Belmont Avenue in Chicago, at (773) 472-1442 to reserve seats. Bidding will also take place through Potter & Potter's website, which can be found at Phone and absentee bids are also welcome. All items are available for in-person preview, by appointment only.  

Among the early 20th century signed first editions or presentation copies is a signed copy of James Joyce's Ulysses, estimated at $50,000-60,000. Published in London in 1937 by John Lane the Bodley Head, this example is the first English edition printed in England, a limited issue, and one of 100 copies on mould–made paper signed by Joyce (from a total edition of 1000 copies; this copy is unnumbered). It was reserved for presentation by the author, with the words “Presentation Copy” inscribed below the limitation.

An early edition of Jack London's is estimated at $10,000-15,000. Published in New York by The Macmillan Co. in 1905, this example is illustrated by Philip P. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull, with decorations by Charles Edward Hooper. It is inscribed by London presumably to the political activist Emma Goldman (1869–1940): “Dear Emma– never mind the new San Francisco; here’s to the new library. Affectionately yours, Jack London. Glen Ellen, Calif. June 15, 1906.” The inscription refers to the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that destroyed most of the city, including the Cecil H. Green Library at Stanford University. London had a strong connection with the University, giving lectures on literature and socialism there. This lot also includes a rare original photograph of Buck, the canine protagonist of The Call of the Wild, signed by London.

A signed first edition, limited issue of Aleister Crowley's  The Winged Beetle, is estimated at $10,000-15,000. Privately printed in London in 1910, this copy is number 1 of 50 from a total edition of 350 and was Crowley’s personal copy. It is heavily annotated in his hand including 39 poems with notes identifying where and when each was written and to whom it related. According to literature scholar Martin Starr, “The first edition is scarcer than its limitation implies; a circumstance explained by its non–durable binding and the loss to flood damage of nearly a third of the print run.”    

Other remarkable books with direct ties to notable events Captain James Cook's (1728–1779) Collective Voyages, is estimated at $14,000-18,000.and people include a copy of Robert Browning's Poetical Works given to Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922), estimated at $40,000-60,000. This two volume in one edition was printed in 1906 in London by Smith and Elder. This rarity was presented to Shackleton and the officers of the Nimrod by a member of the Royal Geographical Society, and is inscribed on the front flyleaf: “To Lieut. E.H. Shackleton, & the Officers of the ‘Nimrod’, with very best wishes for a happy & successful voyage, from Agnes S. Fox, September 1907.” Shackleton took this book on his expedition and he had it "in the hut under the Polar night." The copy also features additional motivational quotes written on its endpapers to help guide Shackleton on his voyages to the Antarctic.

Captain James Cook's (1728–1779) Collective Voyages, is estimated at $14,000-18,000. The collection consists of 3 volumes from 1765-1769; two volumes from 1772-1775; three volumes from 1776-1780; and a larger volume of plates. The First and Second Voyages were printed in London by W. Strahan and T. Cadell in 1773 and 1777.  The Third Voyage was printed in London by H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell in 1785. All are bound in contemporary calf; the Voyages are detailed with gilt rolled borders,  central winged devices on each cover, and gilt dentelles.

Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade, is estimated at $15,000-25,000. This copy - bound in full crimson morocco - was printed in London on August 8, 1855 specifically at the request of Tennyson for soldiers serving at the siege of Sevastopol. It is …more

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia

The Morgan Library & Museum presents She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C opening October 14, 2022, and running through February 19, 2023. The exhibition brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of artworks that capture the rich and shifting expressions of women’s lives in ancient Mesopotamia during the late fourth and third millennia BC. It centers on the high priestess and poet Enheduanna (ca. 2300 BC), the world’s first author known by name, who wielded considerable religious and political power.

Displaying a spectacular collection of her texts alongside other works made circa 3400–2000 BC, She Who Wrote celebrates Enheduanna’s poetry and her legacy as an author, priestess, and woman while bearing testament to women’s roles in religious, social, economic, and political contexts—as goddesses, priestesses, worshippers, mothers, workers, and rulers.

Enheduanna received her name, which means in Sumerian “high priestess, ornament of heaven”, upon her appointment to the temple of the moon god in Ur, a city in southern Mesopotamia, in present-day Iraq. The daughter of the Akkadian king Sargon (ca. 2334–2279 BC), Enheduanna left an indelible mark on the world of literature by composing extraordinary works in Sumerian. Her poetry reflected her devotion to the goddess of sexual love and warfare—Inanna in Sumerian, Ishtar in Akkadian. Whereas much of ancient Mesopotamian literature is unattributed, Enheduanna introduced herself by name and included autobiographical details in several poems. Her passionate voice had a lasting impact in Mesopotamia, as her writings continued to be copied in scribal schools for centuries after she died.

In addition to texts by Enheduanna, She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400- 2000 B.C includes works referring to …more

Letters from Readers

Greetings, John,

We seem to have dropped off of your emailing list, and would like to be reinstated.  Our own shop – Between the Lines –  is currently mothballed, although our interest and commitment to bookdealing has not diminished:  whether or not a bookdealer is presently active, "once a bookdealer, always a bookdealer".  It's more than a profession; it's a state of mind.

As our society transitions from qualitative to quantitative transmission the life of the mind is more challenging.  Our city, Bloomington, Indiana, is the home of Indiana University (one of the original Big Ten) whose faculty, over the years, has amassed 8 Nobel Prizes.  And yet it struggles to support bookshops, let alone secondhand bookshops.  A case might be proposed that knowledge and learning has simply transitioned to digital transmission, and that nothing is lost in this transmission. But those of us in the trade know better: the loss of AB Bookman's Weekly as the trade's premier periodical was a blow that the trade has never recovered from.  Fine Books & Collections is a noteworthy enterprise, but it comes close to …more

Southern New England Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair

Richard Mori of Mori Books (Laconia, New Hampshire) and Duane A. Stevens of Wiggins Fine Books (Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts) are pleased to announce registrations are continuing for the inaugural Southern New England Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair to be held on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, 24, 2022 in the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.   The flagship UMass campus, with 30,000 students and over 1,200 faculty, is conveniently located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.    The area is home to leading practitioners in the book arts including letterpress printers, bookbinders, paper makers, and book designers considered to have the highest concentration of such professionals, many of whom were trained at the iconic Gehenna Press, outside of New York City.  The press operated out of Northampton and trained legions of book artists under the guidance of Leonard Baskin and his Master Printer Harold McGrath.  Amherst is located equidistant between Boston and New York City and offers many fine dining and hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations.  As a special addition to the event, a book auction under the auspices of Paul Muller-Reed of New England Auctions, LLC will be held Thursday evening at …more

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair

The Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, which benefits the William L. Clements Library, will return to the Michigan Union on the campus of the University of Michigan on Sunday, October 23, 2022 for its 46th year. Dealers reported brisk sales in October 2021 and are looking forward to returning in October.

The Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair has brought together booksellers and dealers from across America for nearly fifty years, with exhibitors offering a wide range of old and rare books, Americana, children’s books, autographs and manuscripts, maps, prints, ephemera, photography, fine press material and more.  Since the two oldest non-ABAA book fairs in the country (Rochester & Albany) have been discontinued, the Ann Arbor book fair may very well be the oldest surviving regional fair in the nation.

For information about the fair or to inquire about exhibiting, contact Jay Platt at the West Side Book Shop at or (734) 995-1891.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Returns to the Hynes

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is making its much-anticipated return to the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston from November 11-13, 2022. The 44th Boston Book Fair is the annual fall gathering for book lovers and collectors, featuring the top selection of items available on the international literary market, sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).  
An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors and first-time attendees. More than 100 exhibitors, from 9 different countries–Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, the UK, and the US–will exhibit the finest in rare and valuable books, photography, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, historic documents, maps, fine bindings, original illustrations, ephemera, fine and decorative prints, and more.  A full list of exhibitors can be found at …more

by John C. Huckans
Race to the Bottom (or plumbing the depths)
(Review of "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice")

[Ed. Note - This review was first published here in Book Source Magazine several years ago. In light of recent events, I think we can agree that plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.]

According to the experience of most booksellers I know, Amazon and the internet have nearly trashed the antiquarian book trade – and in order to survive many independent booksellers have become data-entry catalogers for the online giants. I think it was at least twelve years ago when I first heard someone's opinion that antiquarian book-selling had become a rat race to the bottom.

And then there's the crazy pricing. Many of us have seen  identical copies of the same title offered on-line for anywhere from 99¢ to $100,000, so when recently published books, especially good ones, become remaindered for whatever reason there are often incredible bargains to be had.

Once in a fit of temporary madness I bought a case or two of Geoffrey Wawro's Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East (New York, Penguin, 2010) on the internet (Biblio). Written by a professor of military history at the University of North Texas and published at $37.95, the three or four dollars a copy I paid was actually cheaper than the paperback version, and missionary-like I offered to sell them at cost to anyone interested in the the Middle East.  I had already read the book and naïvely thought others would jump at the chance – I thought wrong and except for the two copies I sold and three others given away to friends, I still have most of the shipment.

In 2014 another controversial book was published that explored corruption and obstruction of justice within the Department of Justice. The title, appropriately enough, is Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice (Dallas, Brown Publishing Group, 2014), by Sidney Powell. According to her bio “Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years” and for twenty years has been a federal appeals attorney. Also, “She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country and the youngest elected fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, for which she also served as President”.

Much of the book explores in excruciating detail the Federal prosecutions that grew out of the Enron collapse in the early years of the new century (and) the 2008 prosecution, conviction, and ultimate acquittal and exoneration of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. (The Stevens case came at a politically convenient time that changed the balance of power in the Senate). In all high profile prosecutions, the cost of providing an adequate defense places an immense economic burden on the accused, and in a Gogolesque scenario, when threatened with financial ruin many defendants have struck immunity deals and have become witnesses for the prosecution, telling the court what they've been instructed to say, even if they absolutely know it to be untrue or misleading.  …more

Biblio Paradiso (24/7/365)

The antiquarian book fair that never closes.  Any sponsoring friend of Book Source Magazine is eligible for free participation ("booth" or "stand") in our virtual book fair


Austin's Books (Wilmington, VT ).  American History, Teddy Roosevelt, Fly Fishing, Travel, Maps, Prints & Ephemera. Tel: (802) 464-8438.  (Browse Inventory)

Back of Beyond Books (God’s Navel, Utah). Specializing in Western Americana and the human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau since 1990.  Always discovering new rare finds. (Rare and Collectible Inventory)

D & D Galleries  (P.O. Box 8413, Somerville, NJ).  Founded in 1985, with specialties in British and American literature.  Eclectic inventory (mostly English language) ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries with sub-specialties in Fine Bindings, S.T.C. and Wing books, Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson), Charles Dickens, presentation and association material as well as 17th and 18th century British history.  Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Provincial Bookfair Association of Great Britain.  Tel: (908)  904-1314.  (Featured Selections)

Early Aeronautica  (Midland, MI).  Vintage books, documents & ephemera relating to early aviation. Tel: (989) 835-3908; (520) 373-2622  (Newest Arrivals)

Gibson's Books (3137 Old Highway 431,  Owens Cross Roads, AL).  Large stock, specializing in local and southern history, including Civil War, Southern fiction, cookery & ephemera.  Also, back issues of Book Source Monthly/Book Source Magazine from 1985-2013.  Tel: (256) 316-0054.  (Newest Arrivals)

Old Editions (954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, NY).  Rare & Antiquarian Books, Paper & Ephemera/Prints, Posters & Original Art Works. One of the largest antiquarian bookstores in New York State. Tel: (716) 842-1734. (Featured Selections)

Quill & Brush  (Middletown, MD).  Specialists in first edition literature, mysteries, poetry & collectible books in all fields.  Authors of well-known books on book collecting & compilers of over 200 individual Author Price Guides. Visit us on the web, or in person by appointment. Tel: (301) 874-3200. (Newest Arrivals)

R & A Petrilla, Booksellers. (P.O. Box 306, Roosevelt, NJ).    Established 1970.  Online since 1995.  Trading in unusual books, documents, and manuscripts in various fields of interest, including farm life.  (New Arrivals)

W.H. Adams, Antiquarian Books  (Hobart, NY).  General antiquarian with emphasis on England and early classics.  Located in the Book Village of Hobart in the Catskills. Tel: (607) 538-9080.   (Newest Arrivals or...)

Special Offerings from Early Aeronautica

Tom Kullgren (Early Aeronautica) has been busy listing new aeronautica acquired from his personal collection and from fellow collectors. On the left column of his home page is a list of the subject/category buttons and aeronautica enthusiasts are encouraged to browse in those areas of interest. While only 10 items are shown below, many more have been added in the last two months. The newest items are always at the top of each category listing. All catalog items are in Michigan so shipping will be prompt. To browse, please follow this link.

Hermann Collection Achieves Nearly $1 Million at Hindman

On June 21 and 22, Hindman Auctions’ American Historical Ephemera & Photography sale realized $989,781. The Civil War and American Militaria Collection of Bruce B. Hermann was the focal point of the auction, with bidders eagerly competing. Rare military uniforms were among standout lots offered on the second day of the sale, while outstanding Civil War era and 19th century photographs highlighted the first day of the auction.

On June 22, Hindman presented the Civil War and American Militaria portion of the collection, which achieved an impressive sell-through rate of 96 percent. Hermann has an extensive background in American and Western European military history, with more than 30 years of experience collecting and dealing in 16th to 20th century militaria. Hermann also served as an appraiser on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow for 11 seasons.

Standout lots included a Uniform of the "Cladek Zouaves," identified to Private Alfred T. Brophy, Co. K, 35th New Jersey Infantry (lot 370) which exceeded its estimate of $9,000-12,000 to sell for $20,000. The uniform highlighted a notable selection of lots related to the Zouave regiments. 

A collection of items attributed to Thomas W. Johnson, Co. K, 4th Delaware Infantry, including a frock coat, cap, belt rig, and cartridge box was another noteworthy lot, achieving $10,635. An archive identified to Brigadier General Lansing B. Swan, including a New York militia frock coat, belt, epaulettes, and daguerreotype exceeded its estimate, selling for $8,125 against a presale estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Military headgear was also among top performers from the Hermann Collection, including a 4th Rhode Island Infantry kepi identified to Captain Martin Page Buffum, POW at Petersburg which realized $7,500 and a Model 1832 U.S. Infantry Shako for enlisted soldier, which sold for $6,875.

Emerging as the top lot of the first day of the auction was the Rosborough family archive, which sold for $37,500 against a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000.  The archive included letters relating to the California Gold Rush, the Modoc War, the Klondike Gold Rush, and early settlement and mining operations in Idaho Territory, Utah Territory, Nevada, and …more

by Gerry Mosdell
50th Anniversary of first PBFA Fair

This year, on the 3rd & 4th of July, is the 50th Anniversary of the first Provincial Booksellers Monthly Fair, an event which was the start of what became the P.B.F.A.  Eight bookselling businesses, (twelve individuals plus four children) were represented at that Fair and of the original group six individuals (plus all four children) are still with us!

The first Fair was held at the Hotel Eden South Kensington on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of July. The Fair was so successful it immediately became a regular monthly event.  Alas, the hotel no longer survives.

However, through highs and lows, the PBFA carries on, and with so many bookshops now closed it is surely important that we continue to take books out to people and keep up the personal contact between book lovers and booksellers!

The following businesses exhibited at the first fair:

Gerry & Sue Mosdell  (Porcupines).   Children Clea & Jeremy.
Derek & Glenda Wallis  (Bibliotique).
Chris & Mary Irwin (The Book House).  Children Bridget & Katie.
Mike & Penny Carter (The Old Cinema).
Bob Gilbert  (R.A. Gilbert).
Pat Gilbert  (Wise Owl).
Paul Minet (Baggins Books, Piccadilly Rare Books)
Alan Wilson.

The surviving six original partcipants include:
Gerry Mosdell, Susan Lowe (Mosdell)
Glenda Mosdell (Wallis)
Mary Irwin
Bob Gilbert, Pat Gilbert

by John Huckans
Dreadnought & Saying Goodbye

[Ed. Note - The following is a book review and announcement of the last issue of Book Source Magazine that would appear in “print-on-paper” format (May/June, 2013).  Parts of the magazine were ultimately sold off to another publication and we continue to publish on-line to the present day.  A small stock of back issues were taken to the Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair the weekend of June 25th where they were available free of charge.]


I've been reading Robert Massie's Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War (New York: Random House, 1991) for much of the winter – it's not because I'm a slow reader, but Massie's  ability to breathe so much life into the history he knows so intimately makes the reader want to take plenty of time to absorb and reflect on what's been read. I wouldn't rush through one of Massie's books any more than I'd down a glass of the best oloroso or cortado Spanish sherry as if it were a pint of draft Yuengling.  Nothing against Yuengling – it's probably my favorite non-pretentious go-to lager.

The parallel narratives, from both the English and German perspectives, relying heavily on letters, journals, contemporary accounts and earlier histories, focus on the late Victorian and Edwardian periods when ship design and construction methods were changing radically, naval tactics were undergoing a major rethinking, and all of it happening in …more

Booksellers' Gulch (or where the books are)

Summer is here and for bookhunters able to afford the price of a tank of gas, the open road beckons. The "Open Shop Guide" or Booksellers' Gulch, has been an ongoing feature of this magazine since 1985. Booksellers who would like to be a part of this only need to call (315) 655-9654 for more inf ormtion or a free listing.  Hundreds of open shops are included, preceded by a more highly annotated sponsors' section which appears below.

Austin's Books.  (Wilmington, VT ).  American History, Teddy Roosevelt, Fly Fishing, Travel, Maps, Prints & Ephemera. Tel: (802) 464-8438

Back of Beyond Books. (83 North Main, Moab, UT).  Rare Books, Americana, Books on the American West.  Tel: 435-259-5154

Booked Up. (Archer City, TX).  Founded by Larry McMurtry, Booked Up is a large general bookstore dealing mainly in the humanities. Tel: (940) 574-2511

D & D Galleries. (6 Ilene Ct., Bldg 9, Unit 1, Somerville, NJ).  Founded in 1985, with specialties in British and American literature. Inventory (mostly English language), somewhat eclectic, ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries with sub-specialties in Fine Bindings, S.T.C. and Wing books, Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson), Charles Dickens, presentation and association material as well as 17th and 18th century British history. Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Provincial Bookfair Association of Great Britain. Tel: (908) 904-1314.

Gibson's Books. (3037 Old Highway 431, Owens Cross Roads, AL). Local and southern history, fiction, Civil War, ephemera, cookery. Tel: (256) 725-2558.

Hobart Book Village. (Hobart, NY). Six bookstores, general and antiquarian. Tel: (607) 538-908.

Junction Book Shop. (73 Conway Road, Llandudno Junction, Wales). Rare & out-of-print books, Victorian maps & prints. Open Wed. to Sat., 10am to 5pm.

Old Editions. (954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, NY). Rare & Antiquarian Books, Ephemera, Prints, Posters & Original Art Works. Tel: (716) 842-1734; (716) 812-4937.

Quill & Brush. (Middletown, MD).  Specialists in first edition literature, mysteries, poetry & collectible books in all fields. Authors of well-known books on book collecting & compilers of over 200 individual Author Price Guides. Visit us on the web, or in person by appointment. Tel: (301) 874-3200

(Country and state-by-state)

Acadia Art and Rare Books (232 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Alphabet Bookshop (145 Main Street West, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada)
Baggins Book Bazaar. (19 High St., Rochester, Kent, England) …more

"Building the Bookman's Paradise..."

The Morgan Library & Museum presents J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library: Building the Bookman’s Paradise, on view June 10 through September 18, 2022. This exhibition traces the design, construction, and early life of one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture in the United States through works such as rarely seen architectural drawings, period photographs, and a selection of the most significant rare books and manuscripts from Morgan’s collection. It honors the architects, designers, tradespeople, artists, and builders who created the Library more than a century ago and celebrates the completion of the current campaign of exterior restoration and enhancement of this landmark building, which anchors the campus of the Morgan Library & Museum.

In 1902, the American financier and collector J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) commissioned architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909), of the firm McKim, Mead & White, to design a freestanding library next to his home on East 36th Street in New York. For the next four years, hundreds of people worked to fulfill Morgan’s commission and realize McKim’s design, from the quarriers who extracted the stone in east Tennessee to the masons who set the marble blocks with exquisite precision. The works in this exhibition document the choices made as plans for the building were developed. We discover some of the many artisans who contributed to the building’s construction and ornamentation as the exhibition traces the design development of the pristine exterior and colorful interior of the Library. In addition, …more

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 5)

The unfortunate legacy of the 2020 election and the way it was carrried out is the partisan divide that remains as bitter and uncompromising as I've ever seen it, even though a lot of folks declare themselves positioned somewhere between the angry rhetoric of the far right and the sanctimonious ignorance of the far left.

Many on the left seem to find it easier to participate in the empty ritual of  “virtue" signalling, rather than spend time and effort sifting through information from a variety of sources, think deeply about matters of sound public policy, and then decide for themselves what is truly virtuous.  And many on the right tend to share inflammatory memes that are tiresome, tedious, and sometimes true.  Add to this the continual stoking of group identity discontent and you have the dangerous stuff of which civil wars are made.

[Personal note: I have it on pretty good authority that civil war can be a rather nasty way to sort out political differences, except perhaps, for the policy-makers and planners who promote and profit from the exercise while making sure people other than themselves are the ones trying to survive on the battlefield.  According to letters from one of my great grandfathers who in 1862 was a member of the 44th regiment (company B) of New York's Volunteer Infantry, the battle at Antietam on September 17, 1862, was not a pleasant day's outing. Older family members recalled he didn't talk about it much in later years.]

The nation's old melting pot theory, formalized in Latin as “e pluribus unum” by Adams, Jefferson et al. and expanded on based on the early observations of Crèvecoeur, Tocqueville and others, is now not only no longer fashionable, but often disparaged by political opportunists who discovered they can profit politically by dividing people along ethnic, racial and national origin lines, often inventing and exaggerating distinctions where none had consciously existed before. Carried to the extreme, it has become formalized as group identity politics or critical race theory (a subset of critical theory) and is reflected in all areas and levels of government, school curricula, media, entertainment and public planning. It has been routinely exploited as a means to reinforce government control over peoples' lives.

About thirty years ago eminent mid-century American historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. had a lot to say on the subject in his The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society.  In it he begins with …more

Sales Results of PBA's April 21st Sale

On April 21st, 2022, PBA Galleries offered a small but highly important group of rare maps, views, and pictorial letter sheets relating to the early history and later development of the city of San Francisco. Map No. 6 of Salt Marsh and Tide Lands situated in … San Francisco, lithographed by G.T. Brown. Sold for $10,000.The important assemblage of graphic and cartographic material from the Charles Fracchia Collection, numbering just over 130 lots, was gathered over half a century by one of the leading historians of the city. The exceptional results often greatly exceeded the published presale estimates, but many of the items were of such rarity, even unique, that the estimates mostly served as starting points. In the end, all 134 lots sold, a “white glove” auction, the first in the 30-year history of the Galleries.

Charles Fracchia, who passed away in the summer of 2021, was the founder of the San Francisco Historical Society, and one of San Francisco’s most respected historians. He led historical walking tours for two generations of San Franciscans; taught history courses at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, and City College; and lectured at venues throughout the city. He was the author of numerous books, and was publisher of the historical journal The Argonaut and quarterly newsletter Panorama. He was an active member of various clubs such as the Book Club of California, and the Association Nationale de Bibliophilie, and was one of the founders of Rolling Stone magazine.

The bidders were passionate about the Fracchia collection, and in particular lithographs and views of San Francisco. One example of this is Vue de San Francisco en 1860, a tinted lithograph looking toward Yerba Buena Island, that sold for $10,625, twice the high estimate. In the same category, a George Baker lithograph of San Francisco went to a fortunate bidder for $11,785.

Vue de San Francisco en 1860, published by Henry Payot. Sold for $10,625The collection featured numerous maps of the entire city,from its infancy to the years of rebuilding after the devastating earthquake. But perhaps of even greater interest were the local maps featuring the neighborhoods being divided up into lots, for sale to homesteaders and speculators. One in this category that went well above the estimate was a map of tide lands for sale, printed by G.T. Brown, the first African-American lithographer in California, which sold for $10,000. Another map that attracted the interest of bidders was Official Map of Chinatown in San Francisco, a color lithograph from 1885. The lot sold for $15,000, ten times the high estimate.

The large selection of pictorial letter sheets, graphic portrayals of San Francisco in the wild days of the Gold Rush, captured its amazing growth from outpost to metropolis in a few short years. These brought high prices across the board – among the most notable was a letter sheet with a large double-page lithographed Bird’s Eye View of San Francisco … July 1852, published by Cooke & LeCount, which sold for $9,375. The auction foreshadows what is to come at PBA. The second portion of the Charles Fracchia collection, featuring an important group of lithographed views of San Francisco, with related material, will be offered in the fall of 2022.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks. They are currently accepting consignments for Fine Literature with Beats & the Counterculture. For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or

AntiqueShowsCanada Upgrades Virtual Event

More than a year and a half ago AntiqueshowsCanada developed a virtual show platform open to booksellers and antique dealers.  They ran half a dozen shows in 2021 and in the process learned a great deal about what makes for an effective and successful virtual show. This past December and and January there was a complete overhaul of the show website to incorporate a number of improvements and efficiencies. What started as an event with more antiques dealer than booksellers has become quite the reverse.

Participating dealers have noticed the differences at the first two shows of 2022.  The general idea is that a dealer will book a 'booth' of a given size from four options.  Once the booth has been created, the dealer creates a secure account, giving him or her access to the booth.  At this point a dealer begins the process of uploading items for sale.  With the new website a dealer has the ability to make edits, add, delete and rearrange both photos and items for sale.  During the show the exhibitor can go into a booth and mark items sold or on hold.  Feedback from dealers has been positive - they report the uploading process is simple and easy to use.

Exhibitors also like the fact that they can add ‘new' items to replace those which have been sold.  Each booth size allows a certain number of …more

Fine Books & Manuscripts at Potter & Potter

Potter and Potter's Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale achieved some rather spectacular results. After a long day of competitive bidding, 72 lots brought between $2,500-9,999; 14 lots made between $10,000-24,999; and 5 lots broke the $25,000 mark. Prices noted include the company's 20% buyer's premium.

Important antiquarian books in various fields took that performed well Lot #293, a first American edition, early state copy of Samuel Langhorne Clemens' ("Mark Twain") (American, 1835–1910) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was estimated at $10,000-15,000 and realized $21,600.included Ethan Allan's (1738–1789) A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity from the Time of his Being Taken by the British, near Montreal, on the 25th day of September, in the Year 1775, to the Time of his Exchange, on the 6th day of May 1778: Containing his Voyages and Travels Interspersed with Some Practical Observations. Written by Himself, and now Published for the Information of the Curious in all Nations, was estimated at $40,000-60,000 and traded hands at $78,000. This, the second edition from 1779 has the distinction of being only copy offered at auction since 1909 when it traded hands at Henkel's Clarence H. Clark sale - 113 years ago.

Richard Hakluyt's (c. 1552–1616) The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or over-land, to the remote and farthest distant quarters of the Earth, at any time within the compasse of these 1500 yeeres, almost doubled its low estimate to sell for $48,000. This three volume, second (first enlarged) edition was printed in London in 1599 and had been the property of Charles Maynard, 1st Viscount Maynard and others.  Alexis de Tocqueville's (1805–1859) De la Democratie en Amerique, traded hands at $33,600.00 (est. $30,000-40,000). The two parts in four volume edition was printed in Paris by Bourgogne and Martinet for Charles Gosselin between 1835-1840.

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford's  (1802–1887), An Illustrated Atlas, Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and the Adjacent Countries, was estimated at $8,000-12,000 and made $21,600. This first large edition from 1838 included 39 copper engraved maps including several city plans and a double–page map of the United States by G.W. Boynton.

Tales of a Thousand and One Nights; [or], The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, estimated at $7,000-9,000 fetched …more

Contemporary & Modern Art at Hindman

An extraordinary surreal Gertrude Abercrombie painting set a new world auction record for the artist at Hindman Auctions on February 17 when it sold for $387,500. The 1964 oil on panel measuring 7 ½ by 9 ½ inches and entitled The Dinosaur Gertrude Abercrombie The Dinosaur, 1964 oil on panel Price Realized: $387,500was the highlight of Hindman’s Somewhere Out There auction, which featured one-of-a-kind artworks from the more “out there” regions of the imagination. Led by the Abercrombie piece, the auction achieved a total of $970,656, nearly tripling the presale estimate.

“Gertrude Abercrombie was one of the artists that we had in mind for inclusion when we dreamt up this genre-spanning sale of enchantingly strange image-based narrative works,” said Zack Wirsum, Hindman’s Senior Specialist for Post War and Contemporary Art.

With this auction, Hindman offered a thematically consistent ensemble of a wide range of artists bridging the 1940s to the present, satisfying the current market demand for high caliber work with visionary and fantastical approaches. Including but not limited to Surrealist, Outsider, Psychedelic, Street, Magical Realist, Avante Garde, Pop and Activist artworks, the sale saw inspired bidding at every price point and level of collecting.

A brilliant Surrealist artist, Abercrombie’s work has only recently become celebrated on an international level. This work of a large ostrich egg and tiny dinosaur in a barren landscape is …more

PBA's January 27th Auction Results

PBA Galleries' Fine Art and Photography Sale held on January 27th attracted considerable interest, with prints and lithographs performing especially well. The sale consisted of over 325 lots featuring paintings, prints, original photographs, photobooks, artists’ books, posters, decorative arts, and more. Major collections included early works by Ed Ruscha from his friend Marilyn McCorkle’s collection, a large collection of Chez Panisse posters signed by David Lance Goines that had a very good sell-through rate, and a collection of signed prints by Salvador Dali. Outstanding individual lots included a Thanksgiving Day mail art broadside sent from Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams to model Marilyn McCorkle.

Highlights included a signed Käthe Kollwitz lithograph, Le Corbusier’s Série Panurge, lovely original photographs from Nick Brandt and Peter Stackpole, and an original oil painting from Bauhaus participant Iwao Yamawaki. The bids were particularly strong for the Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams’ Thanksgiving Day 1965, an original multicolor holograph mail art broadside on orchestral score. In the words of Ruscha and Williams, a “cultural endeavour care package” sent to model and friend Marilyn McCorkle. Written in the hands of the authors and signed by them as Masie Bunny and Eddie P, the piece sold for $3,750. An original gelatin silver print of Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau attracted a lot of interest. It represents Cocteau playing an African xylophone type instrument, and Picasso joyfully looking on. This print of the photo, likely part of a 1958 exhibition of Duncan's Picasso photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sold for $4,062.50.  Also two animal photographs by Nick Brandt each went for $3,125.

Among the remarkable lots that were offered in Sale 753, were Chez Panisse posters, designed by Berkeley artist David Lance Goines. All  were signed by the author and sold well. The Chez Panisse Second Birthday, second of nearly 50 posters in the decades-long collaboration between David Lance Goines and Alice Waters, fetched a record of $1,062.50. Other Chez Panisse posters will be auctioned in the next PBA Galleries’ Art and Photography sale.

From Sandow Birk’s series In Smog and Thunder, Overview of the Carnage South of Market (The Battle of San Francisco) attracted strong bidding. One of the battles between Northern and Southern California as envisioned by California artist Sandow Birk, offering an often-caustic critique of contemporary America, sold for $1,625.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks. They  are currently accepting consignments for Fine Art and Photography. For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please call (415) 989.2665 .

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 4)

By many accounts there is a human disaster unfolding in Afghanistan. According to one report back on August 26, a distraught Afghan father shot his daughters to prevent their being taken to be given as “comfort women” to Taliban soldiers. Some have predicted that the human rights abuses that will be occuring in the weeks and months to come will rival or surpass those of Benghazi (2012) or the fall of Saigon in 1975.  Whatever happens, there will be efforts by the administration and their allies in the press to shield those responsible.

And what is seen by many as a crisis at the southern border may be viewed as political opportunity by the administration that helped to bring it about. Apart from the grave health risks of a “super-spreader event” posed by an indeterminate number of …more

by Michael Rectenwald
What Is the Great Reset?

(Michael Rectenwald is the chief academic officer for American Scholars. He has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught at New York University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of numerous books, including Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion, and Literature; Google Archipelago; Beyond Woke; and Thought Criminal.)

Is the Great Reset a conspiracy theory imagining a vast left-wing plot to establish a totalitarian one-world government? No. Despite the fact that some people may have spun conspiracy theories based on it—with some reason, as we will see—the Great Reset is real. Indeed, just last year, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF)—a famous organization made up of the world’s political, economic, and cultural elites that meets annually in Davos, Switzerland—and Thierry Malleret, co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, published a book called COVID-19: The Great Reset. In the book, they define the Great Reset as a means of addressing the “weaknesses of capitalism” that were purportedly exposed by the COVID pandemic.

But the idea of the Great Reset goes back much further. It can be traced at least as far back as the inception of the WEF, originally founded as the European Management Forum, in 1971. In that same year, Schwab, an engineer and economist by training, published his first book, Modern Enterprise Management in Mechanical Engineering. It was in this book that Schwab first introduced the concept he would later call “stakeholder capitalism,” arguing “that the management of a modern enterprise must serve not only …more

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 3)

The  election of 2016 was in many ways about class struggle, with shifting alliances and a strange new cast of players. Wealth and economic power, built largely through the skills and hard work of the American working and middle class, had became increasingly concentrated in the hands of the super rich – CEOs of major corporations, international banks, money managers, hedge fund operators, “non-proft” foundations and the entertainment industry.  For the purpose of this discussion, I would define the entertainment industry as including movies, network news, televised spectator sports, and much of reality television – 21st century purveyors of bread and circuses or opioids for the masses. Orchestrated attempts to divert people from thinking about …more

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 2)

The post-war exportation of jobs began in the 1950s in places like Gloversville and Johnstown (Fulton County, NY) when glove factories discovered it was much cheaper to ship unfinished leather goods out of the country for completion.  The perfect storm of post-war strikes for higher wages accompanied by a shrinking market for leather gloves accelerated the change as manufacturers and their suppliers struggled, and often failed, to survive.  The surge in unemployment and economic decline that began in Fulton County was already well-established long before the term “rust belt” had even been thought of.  And to give readers an idea of the importance of this “canary in a coal mine” case, consider that while growing up in Gloversville some people we knew looked with condescension on their “poor cousins” who lived in the small city of Saratoga Springs a few miles to the east.

Years later as industries throughout the country began closing in response to cheaper goods being imported from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and elsewhere,  factory workers were losing their livelihoods at an accelerated but manageable rate.  It really wasn't until the 1990s that the flood of imported products from China, often under international trade terms lacking in reciprocity, that the accelerated industrial decline turned into a rout. Far from being an old Russian-style, Marxist economy based on state ownership of the means of production (with all of its inefficiencies and uniformly low standard of living), China has more in common with the 1930s German national socialist partnership with private businesses operating under close governmental scrutiny and control.

A few of the companies that prospered (often using enforced or slave labor) under German national socialism included Hugo Boss (made snappy uniforms for the Brown Shirts, the SS and other government agencies), Volkswagen, BMW, Siemens, I.G. Farben (manufacturers of Zyklon-B), and others. Also, American companies operating in Germany that …more

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