Countdown to California

Booksellers are packing up and shipping out this week, as many head to California for the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print and Paper Fair this weekend and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena the following weekend. Last week I reviewed the ‘collective’ catalogue of seven booksellers bound for both fairs. Today I’m taking a look at some other books on their way to the Golden State...

Fleming.jpgBooks Tell You Why, a purveyor of fine first editions and signed books based in South Carolina, is headed to the fair in Pasadena with this stunning copy of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, his first James Bond novel. It is a first edition/first impression in fine condition in first state dust-wrapper. The price is $55,000. Books Tell You Why is also bringing the German translation of the Physica Sacra, in five volumes. The book, concurrently published in Latin, is Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s famous scientific commentary on the Bible with 762 plates on cosmography, paleontology, zoology, botany, and anatomy. The price is $12,500.

dulac.jpgMoving to booth 221 at the Pasadena fair, you will find fine illustrated and children’s books from Aleph-Bet Books of New York. In addition to a rare inscribed copy of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time ($18,500), they will be bringing the fabulous Edmund Dulac manuscript seen here above. “This is an amazing finished manuscript tale about King Henry, his knights on horseback, medieval lords and a nervous Earl Hugh Bigod and his castle of Bungaye. It appeared as a full page color illustration in the Christmas 1906 issue of the Graphic.” Bound in crimson morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The price is $40,000.

Beattie-Calif.pngUK-based Simon Beattie is exhibiting at Pasadena for the first time. Among his selection of fine continental books, an intriguing book: Der Orang-Outang in Europa, 1780, the first ‘California’ imprint, though published in Berlin. A satire of life in Poland, it’s anyone’s guess why the printer choose ‘Californien’ as its fictitious place of publication. The price is $3,250. William Godwin, Sergei Diaghilev, and a playbill for Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen will also be at Beattie’s booth.

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books & Prints of London will be exhibiting at both California fairs. She is bringing a selection of private press books, including some California imprints from the collection of Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama. She’ll also have several fine books on food and wine, and an original wood engraving from Lucien Pissarro, Girl Seated on a Grassy Hillside, No. 4 of 20, numbered and signed. The price is $949.
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