• <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Two Rare First Editions Wodehouse (P G) Lord Emsworth and Others (Herbert Jenkins 1937). 700-900 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>First Edition Fleming (Ian) Casino Royale, (Cape, 1953) Black cloth, red lettering. 4,000-5,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Scarce First Edition & Limited Edition, Signed Garcia Marquez (Gabriel) One Hundred Years of Solitude. <br>3,000-4,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Signed First Edition Greene (Graham) The Name of Action (Heinemann, 1930), d. w. <br>1,750-2,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Very Rare Signed Copy Lee (Harper) To Kill a Mockingbird, First UK Edition. (Heinemann 1963). 3,000-4,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Magnificent Production Muldoon (Paul) Incantata, (Graphic Studio 1994) A magnificent edition of Muldoon's famous lament. 2,000-3,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Forster (E M) Where Angels Fear to Tread (Blackwood 1905) First Edition, in original blue cloth. 1,200-1,500 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b>Rare First Edition - Poetry Hemingway (Ernest) God Rest You Merry Gentlemen. 1,800-2,500 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b> Beckett (Samuel) Whoroscope, (Paris: The Hours Press, 1930) First Edition. 2,000-3,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b> Rare Limited First Edition of Classic Joyce (James) Ulysses, (Shakespeare & Company) 1922. 6,000-8,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b> With Fine Hand-Coloured Illustration Complete Set Limited to 300 Copies Dun Emer & Cuala Press. 4,000-6,000 EUR.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Jul 12: </b> Francis (Dick). Author's First Book Signed Presentation Copy Dead Cert, (Ml Joseph, 1962). 1,500-2,000 EUR.
  • <b>Bloomsbury Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, July 6th.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 4. Acta Sanctorum, with readings for the Feast of St. Thyrsus (28 January). <br>Est £10000–15000.
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 111. Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Low Countries, c. 1430-40]. Est £25000–35000
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 49. Kettubah in Persian booklet form, <br>in Hebrew, opulently illuminated.<br>Est £2500–3500
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 62. The Rental book of Diethers von Ernberg, in German, manuscript on paper [Germany, 1555]. Est £2000–3000
    <b>Bloomsbury Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, July 6th.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 79. Large leaf from an Antiphoner, with a large decorated initial, from illuminated manuscript. Est £800–1200
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 82. <br>John the Baptist holding an agnus dei, in a large initial, on a leaf <br>from an illuminated Antiphoner. <br>Est £4000–6000
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 95. Practical medical handbook, in German with a Greek quotation, manuscript on paper [sixteenth century]. Est £2000–3000
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 97. Supplication to King Charles II of Spain for recognition of noble <br>status ... Est £300–500
    <b>Bloomsbury Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, July 6th.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 103. Hymnal, with a Guidonian hand, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment and paper [France, fifteenth century]. Est £3000–5000
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 106. Missal, with occasional instructions for members of a monastic congregation, in Latin, decorated manuscript. Est £3000–5000
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 11. Two bifolia from a monumental Missal, <br>in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment. Est £2000–3000
    <b>Bloomsbury July 6th:</b> Lot 100. Calendar, probably from a monumental Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment. Est £1500–2000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2013 Issue

All's well that ends well

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The Bay Psalm sells, doing well for all involved

On a cloudy evening in New York one star banished the night darkness, as a copy of the Bay Psalm, by price the most valued book printed in the New World, sold at Sotheby’s for $12,500,000 plus hammer for a total of $14,165,000.  It is a remarkable achievement for the firm, in particular for David Redden their Worldwide Chairman of Books & Manuscripts for Books who devised the strategy of making a deal for a guaranteed bid sufficient to win the item in exchange for a reduction in buyer’s commission.  The strategy was successful although the winning bidder was the second to bid, achieving a world record for a printed book sold at auction.  The initial guarantor, Steve Green of Oklahoma City, did not continue to bid once the bidding advanced.  The previous record, achieved with the sale of a complete set of Audubon’s double folio Birds of America in 2010 was $11,500,000.

 

The book has been on national tour in the months leading up to the sale. 

 

A successful outcome has long been prophesied and the sumptuous catalogue issued for the sale indicated that a guaranteed bid had been given to the house.  Customarily the auction house gives some consideration for such an important early bid.

 

The book has been the property of the Old South Church in Boston and their Senior Minister and CEO has stated that the proceeds will be used for refurbishing the church, building the endowment and funding outreach programs.

 

The buyer is David M. Rubenstein, chairman of the Carlyle Group.  His name appears from time to time when storied material is sold at auction.  He purchased a 1297 Magna Carta at Sotheby’s in New York in 2007 for $21.3 million and more recently two copies of the Stone printings of the Declaration of Independence.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Duke University and contributed $13.6 million to their rare book and manuscript library that is named in his honor.   In 2011 he gave $5 million to restore the Washington Monument.

 

Bill Reese, the leading dealer of important and rare books in the United States called the sale “confirmation of the continuing importance of iconic material.  Great material resonates with the greatest collectors and they carry their commitments and enthusiasms on to future generations.” 

 

Because the book was estimated $15,000,000 to $30,000,000 a few observers have been quick to say it did not achieve its full potential.  That is not true.  It achieved the highest price ever realized for a printed book.

 

For the buyer it is an exceptional purchase, for Sotheby’s an exceptional sale, for the Old South Church In Boston, an exceptional outcome. 

 

Such results are not preordained.  Just a week earlier Christie’s offered an exceptionally important Thanksgiving proclamation signed by George Washington in 1789.  That document was estimated $8,000,000 to $12,000,000 but did not sell.

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby's London: July 12, 2016.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Service Enigma Machine (Enigma I) <i>Heimsoeth & Rinke, 1943, Serial Number A15155</i>. Est. £50,000-70,000
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> 1966 World Cup. <i>The England No. 10 Red Football Jersey worn by Sir Geoff Hurst</i>. Est. £300,000-500,000
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Ireland-The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic. <i>POBLACHT NA H EIREANN</i>. Est. £100,000-150,000
    <b>Sotheby's London: July12, 2016.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Bligh, Captain William. <i>A Collection of Five Works</i>. Est. £70,000-90,000
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> [Lawrence, T.E.] <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdon. A Triumph.</i> [Privately Printed, 1926]. Est. £50,000-70,000
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. <i>A Collection of 9 Works</i>, 1829-1876, Including one of Wise Forgery. Est. £1,000-1,500
    <b>Sotheby's London: July 12, 2016.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Fleming, Ian. <i>Casino Royale, 1953</i>, Presentation copy inscribed to Ralph (1 VOL.) .<br>Est. £40,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Shakespeare. Works, 1904-1907, Number 11 OF 12 Copies on Vellum (10 VOL.) Est. £30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby's London July 12:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. <i>A Farewell To Arms. Jonathan Cape, 1929</i>. <br>Est. £8,000-12,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 255. Cicero, Marcus Tullius. <i>Epistolae familiares</i>, the dedication copy, printed on vellum, Venice, Aldus, 1502. Est. £150,000-200,000
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 374. Blake, William. <i>Illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy </i>, complete set of 7 1827. Est. £30,000-50,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 364. Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico. <i>The Flight into Egypt</i>, the complete set of etchings, 1753, in exceptional condition. Est. £40,000-60,000
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 343. Marieschi (Michele). <i>Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus</i>, 1741. Est. £40,000-60,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 276. Voltaire François Marie Arouet de. <i>Candide</i>, 1759. Est. £20,000-30,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 269. Descartes (René). <i>Discours de la Methode</i>, 1637, first edition. <br>Est. £35,000-45,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 205. Bembo (Pietro). <i>De Aetna dialogus</i>, the first Aldine in Latin only, 1495. Est. £100,000-150,000
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 212. <i>Hypnerotomachia Poliphili</i>, Colonna (Francesco), the height of Renaissance illustration, 1499. <br>Est. £80,000-120,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 214. Aesop Esopi appologi sive mythology, Basel, 1501, first edition. Est. £30,000-40,000
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 250. Bury, Richard de. <i>Philobiblon</i>, Speyer, Johann and Conrad Hist, [after 1483], the very rare second edition. <br>Est. £40,000-60,000
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 248. La Fontaine, Jean de. <i>Fables choisies</i>, Paris, 1668. Est. £40,000-60,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 30. Waugh, Evelyn A. <i>Handful of Dust</i>, 1934, a wonderful copy of the first edition of Waugh's tragi-comic masterpiece. Est. £10,000-15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 120. Browne, Sir Thomas. <i>Urne Buriall <br>and the Garden of Cyrus</i>, 1932, the magnum opus of the Curwen Press. Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions July 13 & 14:</b> 88. Nabokov (Vladimir). <i>Autograph Manuscript of The Original of Laura</i>, c.1974. Est. £60,000-80,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>The Chap Book</i>, 1896. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <br><i>Troupe de Mlle Églantine</i>, 1896. <br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> Philippe Henri Noyer, <br><i>Limonade Brault</i>, 1938. <br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br><i>The Great Men of the World</i>, designer unknown, circa 1945-46. <br>$7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up, America!</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> Alfred F. Burke, <i>Share / Jewish <br>Relief Campaign</i>, circa 1915. <br>$3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> Ludwig Hohlwein, <i>Marke Pkz / <br>Burger - Kehl & Co.</i>, circa 1911. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br>Gian Emilio Malerba, <i>E.A. Mele / Modo e Novita per Signora</i>, circa 1900. <br>$7,000 to $10,000.
  • 20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Full scale vintage <i>Sputnik-1</i> EMC/EMI Lab Model, with live transmitter. US$ 10,000-15,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown SOYUZ-3 space navigation indicator with unflown on-ground transformer. <br>US$ 30,000-40,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown on SOYUZ 9<br>An exhaustive manuscript on life in space. [Trans: On-Board Flight Journal for Spacecraft Soyuz-9, 1970]. US$ 6,000-9,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> SOYUZ 18? Flown Navigation Celestial Globe. Soyuz 18 lasted from May 24-July 26, 1975. US$ 30,000-40,000
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Space Suit from ISS Expidition 6. Worn by Flight Engineer Don Pettit on his dramitic return to earth. US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Original Gemini 133P Trainer Assembly Five Part Electrical System & Attitude Maneuver ... US$ 60,000-90,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Rover Development. Collection of 11 vintage gelatin silver prints and 4 vintage NASA lithographs. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000.
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Orbiter I. The first image of the earth as seen from the moon. Gelatin silver print. August 23, 1966. US$ 2,500-3,500
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Michael Collins' Flown Crew-Signed Apollo 11 Emblem. One of the very few Armstrong signed mission artifacts. US$ 50,000-70,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Apollo 11 Navigational Chart. Taken to Lunar surface mapping the start of the <br>first manned lunar descent. <br>US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> FFlown Apollo 11 Flight Plan Sheetmission Day One. Some of the first words and data values written by Neil Armstrong. US$ 18,000-25,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Apollo 12 - Alan Bean in the Ocean of Storms. Signed and inscribed by Bean. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. Iconic signed Darwin photograph "I like this photograph much better than any other which ..."
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>Autograph Letter Signed</i>. Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> WRIGHT, WILBUR. Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8, no. 4 (August, 1903).
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Signed and dated Oxford 1931.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> GARDNER, ALEXANDER. Antietam Bridge, Maryland. "One of the memorable spots in the history of the war."

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