Rare books at auction this week
It’s a busy week for rare book and manuscript auctions; here is the recap.
Tuesday, June 21 at ALDE, Old and 19th Century Books, in 286 batches. A copy in 251 volumes of the Panckoucke Methodical Encyclopedia (1782–1832) should sell for €20,000 to €30,000, and a alchemical manuscript is estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 €. A first edition of Tocqueville Democracy in America (1835-1840) could sell for between €10,000 and €12,000.
It will be 152 lots of Photographs at Doyle on Tuesday. A 1996 Andreas Gursky Cibachrome print of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta rates the highest estimate at $150,000-250,000. A complete set of Edward Weston Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio (1951) could sell for $60,000-90,000.
At Hindman auctions on Tuesday and Wednesday, American Historical Ephemera and Photographs Featuring the American Civil War and Militaria Collection by Bruce B. Hermann. The 296 lots include a family collection letters and photographs of the Rosborough family, estimated between $15,000 and $25,000. An album of 120 Mathew Brady VCD Union generals and officers could sell for $15,000 to $20,000.
Bonhams London sells Fine Books and Manuscripts on Wednesday June 22, in 233 batches. A dedicated first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) put the highest estimate at £100,000–150,000. Gould and Sharpe Birds of New Guinea and adjacent Papuan Islands (1876–1888) in the original 25 parts, could sell for £40,000-60,000. A “press copy” from the Shakespeare and Company edition of Ulysses (1922), sent to Mercury of Londonis estimated between £30,000 and £50,000, while a presentation copy of the same edition, inscribed by Joyce to his Zurich friend August Suter, makes the same estimate.
At Sotheby’s Paris on Wednesday, A Cabinet of Bibliophilic Curiosities: from Dürer to Alechinsky, in 253 batches. 1511 by Durer Passio domini nostri Jesus should sell for 80,000 to 120,000 €, and the same artist quintessence of divae parthenices mariae historiam is valued at €60,000 to €80,000. John Young’s Series of portraits of the emperors of Turkey (1815) could fetch between €40,000 and €60,000.
University archives sell Autographs, manuscripts and rare books on Wednesday, in 480 batches. A collection of 528 pieces of autograph material relating to Confederate Generals is estimated between $300,000 and $500,000, while a similar collection of $630 Union Generals could sell for between $175,000 and $200,000. A 1954Albert Einstein letter to Arthur Rushmore is expected to sell for $60,000-70,000.
Australian Book Auctions organizes its June gallery sale on Wednesday, in 220 batches.
Forum Auctions sells the Late Caroline Crisford’s Gourmet Library Thursday, June 23. The 158 lots include that of La Varenne The French cook (1564) and Hannah Glasse The art of simple and easy cooking (1747), each is expected to sell for £3,000-4,000.
In Aguttes on Thursday Aristophil 50, Autographs & Musical Manuscripts, in 263 batches. A handful of musical manuscripts by Olivier Messiaen are expected to fetch the highest prices.
The Swann Galleries are selling 411 lots of Maps and atlases, natural history books and color plates Thursday. by John Bachman Panorama of the seat of war (1861) puts the highest estimate at $10,000-15,000, while an early state copy by William Birch”New York City in New York State(1803) could sell for between $8,000 and $12,000.
On Saturday June 25, the Arader galleries organize their June Auction, in 186 batches. A copy of the ninth state of the Prince & Bonner Map of Boston (1769) is expected to sell for $250,000-300,000, while William Matthew Hart’s original watercolor of a resplendent quetzal for Gould Monograph of the Trogonidae could fetch $200,000-275,000.