1828 J.A. Beaujeu Exercise Book

Value (2013) | $3,500 Retail

Mary, thank you for bringing Mr. Beaujeu's Treatise on Calisthenic Exercises along to the Roadshow. Would you tell me where you got this from?

My husband bought that quite some time ago, in the 1950s.

This was obviously a habit of his. You told me he used to sort of smuggle things into the house.

Oh, yes, he was always going to auctions and buying antique memorabilia. And at that time, you know, I had children and was busy. I wasn't that excited about antiques and memorabilia.

Well, this is a really marvelous little book. It's got fabulous plates. The frontispiece shows young ladies as if dancing around a maypole. And then when we go inside, you'll see that these young ladies are stretching and pulling themselves up on the parallel bars. And this little book is still in its original cloth binding and was printed in Ireland and published in Ireland. Many Irish books that you see with a Dublin imprint were actually Irish editions of English books. This is actually an Irish edition of an Irish book which attempts to encourage people to come and use the school for gymnastics that Mrs. Beaujeu runs. And it even tells you the days of attendance: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, half past 11:00 till half past 1:00. Well, I think given that it's incredibly a rare little thing-- most copies have been thrown away-- it'd be about a $1,500 book. So your husband was like a Warren Buffett of the book-buying world.

Right, right. He would really be thrilled about that.

Appraisal Details

Ursus Books Ltd.
New York, NY
Update (2013)
$3,500 Retail
Appraised value (1999)
$1,500 None
Columbus, OH (August 14, 1999)

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