Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2011 Issue

A Book Auction in Maine August 16th

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Auction Highlights on the Poulin website

On August 16th in Fairfield, Maine just off Route 95, at Poulin Antique and Auction Gallery, an authentic collection of gems and rhinestones in the books, maps and ephemera field come up for sale.  The event is a throwback to the days when the interesting and sometimes spectacular were lotted-up and offered as a challenge to buyers to sort-out.  In the upcoming sale an average lot contains 11 books as 5,000 items are offered in 475 lots.  Adding to the sense of deja-vu the buyer’s premium rate for lots paid for in cash, with money orders and transfers is ten percent.  The field has not consistently seen a 10% buyer’s premium in decades.  The sale promises to be immense fun and an intellectual challenge.  For those who love books there may not be a better way to invest two days, the first to inspect the material and the second to bid.  The sale that gets under way at 11:00 am on the 16th will be sold at breakneck speed.  The goal is to dispose of all lots by 6:30 pm, in time to meet the lobster boats bringing in dinner.

The material comes into the rooms from various sources.

As befits a sale in the ‘country style’ an advertisement running in the Maine Antique Digest and Newtown Bee projects a sense of material that is at once difficult to find and stacked up like cordwood.  The goal, for the house is of course to encourage a substantial audience.  The complexity of the box lots, well advertised and described, increases the prospects that a wider audience, via the internet, will find objects to bid-on online or by absentee offer.  In past auctions Poulins has had as many as 8 lines for phone bidders and this sale may use them all.  All lots are offered without reserve, subject only to a $25 starting bid.  Prices will be determined in the room and promptly reported soon after.

Here is the working text of the ad going to press in the next few days:

IMPORTANT MAINE BOOK AUCTION: Tues. Aug.16th at our Auction Gallery in Fairfield, Maine at 11:00. PREVIEW: Mon., Aug. 15th, 9-5:00 and Tues, Aug. 9-11. The catalog with detailed descriptions and photographs is now ONLINE on Artfact to review, register and bid as well as on the Americana Exchange to review and research to confirm material of interest.  On the Poulin website,  http://www.poulinantiques.com/ background on the house and details on the lots [via the AUCTIONS link], are accessible.   There is a thirteen buyer’s premium with a 3 percent discount for cash, pre-approved checks and money orders.  

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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