• 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>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
  • <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.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2014 Issue

At Swann: Important and Eclectic Americana on the 8th

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As has become usual, spring is a great time for buying rare books and printed material at auction. If you’re a collector of Americana, look no further than April 8th at Swann Auction Galleries. Their sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana contains 321 lots covering a wide range of subjects: the American Revolution, Native Americans, the Civil War, and railroads are well-represented in the Americana portion (lots 1-285), and the sale concludes with 36 lots of Latin Americana and material from the Caribbean. Swann reserve prices have been historically modest to encourage bidding and the consistent outcome has been a 90% sell through rate—right near the top among all auction houses worldwide.  

Let’s take a look at some of the highlight items.

Lot 2 requires a particular niche collecting theme, but might appeal to more and more people going forward as drug and alcohol addiction become more and more mainstream thanks to headlines featuring recent victims Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger and others. The item in question is a pamphlet entitled “A.A.” and is the first pamphlet issued by the organization after it published its main volume the “Big Book.” The item is estimated at $400 – 600.

Native Americans are a popular subject of collecting, and lots 3 through 18 are a series of books, pamphlets and photographs dating from 1727 to 1934. Experience Mayhew’s Indian Converts: or, Some Account of the Lives and Dying Speeches of a Considerable Number of the Christianized Indians of Martha’s Vineyar [lot 8, $2,500 – 3,500], published in London, 1727, is “unprecedented in scope and content… the most extensive information we have about any Algonquian community during the early English colonial period,” according to Laura Leibman in her introduction to the 2008 edition. Of the photographs for sale, Herman Heyn’s Kills on Horseback, Ogallala Sioux [lot 17, $800 – 1,200], a hand-colored platinum print jumps off the page in contrast to the traditional black and white photography. The Sioux in question, Kills on Horseback, was brother-in-law to the well-known chief Spotted Tail and his image is magnificent.

For collectors of New York ephemera a particular pair of photographs [lot 34, $1,000 – 1,500] might pique interest. The subject in question is an early test flight of Glenn H. Curtiss’ Flying Boat. Curtiss was an aviation pioneer, and the model shown would become the first hydroplane in wide production. The images depict the plane just before flight and just after rising from the water.  An Atlas of the State of New York [lot 194, $3,000 – 4,000], printed in New York in 1829, is also for sale and features engraved hand-colored engraved maps. It is the second engraved atlas of a single state, printed four-years after Robert Mills’ South Carolina atlas.

Lots 48 through 54 are each an individual lithographer letter sheet, printed in San Francisco in 1851 and 1852, and depict life during the California Gold Rush. While they would probably fit best when kept together, the seven lots are each for sale with variable estimates ranging from $800 – 1,200 to $1,200 – 1,800.   These letter-sheets are highly desirable.

Among the most important items for sale is a particular signed document. An Act Establishing a Mint, and Regulating the Coins of the United States [lot 144, $50,000 – 75,000] is signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State in 1792. This is the first printing of the Coinage Act, which defined the American currency system and established the dollar as legal tender. Only two copies are known at institutions in ESTC and OCLC, neither of which is signed.  According to Swann “No complete signed copy has been seen at auction since 1917, and this copy may be the only complete signed copy in existence.” 

The subjects and authors of the auction’s lots are presented alphabetically, and with such a wide-range of Americana, collectors will not be disappointed by what they find nor will they lament the estimates.  But be prepared to bid higher.  This is why these sales almost always sell a high percentage of their lots.   The estimates are low.

For bidders whose interests lean more toward Astronomy and Science there is a Swann sale on the 3rdAstronomy & Science Books from the Library of Martin C. Gutzwille.  For collectors of photography there is a sale on the 17th:  The Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots & Objects will be of interest.

 

For the Americana sale on the 8th here is the link.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>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."
  • <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>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.

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