Thursday, August 18, 2016

Antiquarian Book News

Auction: Books, Manuscripts, Photographs and Maps

Sunday 28 August 2016
2pm (Australian Central Standard Time)
196 North Tce, Adelaide, South Australia

Comprising 208 lots, including illustrated books, literature, natural history, polar exploration, Indigenous Australia and Papua New Guinea, Australiana, maps, photographs, and autograph material.


SouthLot 199:
An unpublished manuscript (Government in Two Worlds) researched, typed and bound in Changi POW Camp, 1942-45, by SX10422 Acting Sergeant Alick Downer (Sir Alexander Russell Downer, 1910-1981).

Lot 198: Robert O'Hara Burke's copy of How to Settle in Victoria (1855), with his initialled signature of ownership.

Lot 100: Richard Walter Richards's signed copy of Shackleton's South (1919), the account of his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17. For his heroism on this expedition, Richards was awarded the Albert Medal (later converted to the George Cross).

Lot 102: The deluxe large-paper edition of Shackleton's The Heart of the Antarctic(1909, one of only 300 sets), complete with the third volume, The Antarctic Book, signed by 16 members of the expedition.

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB, ILAB)
GPO Box 2289, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
Telephone +61 8 8223 1111 | Fax +61 8 8223 6599 |

From the British Library

Marking the 400th anniversary of the poet and playwright’s death, ‘Our Shakespeare’ runs until Saturday 3 September 2016 and features treasures drawn from the Library of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Collection, along with items on loan from the British Library in London. Admission is free. Our Shakespeare features around 100 items relating to Shakespeare and his work, including books, films, posters and photographs and never before seen local treasures. Highlights include:

  • The Library of Birmingham’s copy of the First Folio (1623) – one of the world’s most famous books and the foundation for every subsequent edition of Shakespeare’s works
  • Laurence Olivier’s 1955 screenplay of ‘Macbeth’ – the annotated draft of Olivier’s proposed (but never filmed) version of The Scottish Play
  • A 1963 Russian edition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Romeo I Dzul’etta) donated to the Library of Birmingham by a visiting Soviet delegation at the height of the Cold War
  • Photographs from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s pioneering modern dress productions of Shakespeare from the 1920s.

The ‘Our Shakespeare’ exhibition is the result of a year-longcultural partnership between the Library of Birmingham and the British Library.

Designed for visitors of all ages this interactive exhibition tells the story of the Warwickshire lad, the Shakespeare Library, Shakespeare’s Genius and his greatest hits. There is something for everyone: you can find out your Shakespearean insult name and watch clips from the latest hilarious Horrible Histories offering all about Shakespeare.

Our Shakespeare runs in the Gallery at the Library of Birmingham until 3 September 2016.

Harry Potter conjures money for error.

A copy of the first Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which contains a typo, is expected to fetch between $19,460 and $25,940 at an auction. The book, one of the 500 copies from the rare first edition in 1997, contains an error on page 53 where a list of school supplies that Potter must purchase before attending Hogwarts magic school repeats the words‘1 wand’.

Birdman’s Book for Sale

Robert Stroud also known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, served 54 years in prison, 42 of them segregated from fellow inmates, before his death in 1963. His fame came not from shooting a bartender in 1909 to avenge a prostitute whom he pimped, nor from fatally stabbing a guard in 1916 while serving his manslaughter sentence at the Leavenworth, Kansas, penitentiary. Rather, Stroud is remembered for his unusual devotion to the birds he caught or bought and cared for while in prison.

Next month, Christie’s will auction Stroud’s copy of the Atlas of Avian Anatomy (1943), enhanced by a hand-drawn checkerboard on the book’s rear endpapers, at its annual “Out of the Ordinary” sale in South Kensington, London. The auction estimate is between £3,000 and £5,000 ($4,000 and $6,600).

Inscribed “Property of Robert Stroud,” the Atlas was last sold on 13 June 1996 at PBA galleries in San Francisco, as part of a larger archive of materials that belonged to the Birdman. According to PBA, the hammer price for that lot was $12,000.

Items from the Out of the Ordinary sale are on exhibit at Christie’s South Kensington, London until the evening of the auction, 14 September.

Rosenbach and Free Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia will open an exhibit next week in honour of its newest neighbour, the state’s first Mormon temple in Philadelphia.

The new Mormon Temple at 17th and Vine streets opened its doors earlier this month for public tours, which will run until 9 September before the temple closes to the public forever. A dedication is planned for 18 September. The temple will then only be open to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Rare Book Department of the Free Library, which is can be found just a short walk from the temple on Vine Street, will open its exhibition An American-born Faith: Writings from the First Century of Mormonism in honour of the temple.

Some highlights of the exhibit are:

  • The 1855 Book of Mormon written in Hawaiian, suspected to be one of only 15 to 30 copies in existent
  • Early copies of the Book of Mormon
  • Texts printed in Deseret, a provisional state of the United States, proposed in 1849 by settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • A phonetic alphabet devised for non-English-speaking converts
  • 19th century travellers’ descriptions of Mormon settlements
  • Publications documenting the range of Americans' reactions to the new faith

The exhibition showcases the materials of the Rare Book Department and the Rosenbach Library. The exhibition runs from 15 August 2016 until 6 February 2017.
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