• Christie's: The first four Folios of William Shakespeare’s collected works will be auctioned on 25 May.
    Christie's: The first four Folios of William Shakespeare’s collected works will be auctioned on 25 May.
  • <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 1. Silver coin (1455), celebrating expulsion of English people in 1451.<br>Est: € 12,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 7. Heures à l’usage de Coutances. Paris, last quarter of 15th century. Est: € 30,000-40,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 9.<br>TERENCE. Lyon, Jean Trechsel, 1493. Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 8. Biblia latina. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1478. Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 11. [Francesco Colonna]. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Venise, Alde Manuce, December 1499. Est: € 150,000-200,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 14. Marco<br>Vigerio della Rovere. Decachordum christianum. Fano, Girolamo Socino, 1507. Est: € 15,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 18. CONSTANTIN VII. De notevoli et utilissimi ammæstramenti dell’agricoltura. Venise, Gabriele Giolito de Ferrari, 1542. Est: € 40,000-50,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 19. TITE-LIVE. Latinæ historiæ principis. Lyon, Sébastien Gryphe, 1548.<br>Est: € 15,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 38. OTTOMAN CORAN. 17th century by Muhammad Hafiz (Imam Mehmed Effendi).<br>Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 45. Blaise PASCAL. Pensées. Paris, Guillaume Desprez, 1670. Est: € 100,000-120,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 52. George EDWARDS. A Natural History of uncommon birds. London, the author, 1743-1751. Est: € 20,000-30,000
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 59. Jean de LA FONTAINE. Fables choisies. Paris, Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1755-1759. Est: € 40,000-50,000.
  • Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 18. Blaeu, <i>Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula</i>, 1660.<br>Est. $14000-$17000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 20. Pitt, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula</i>, 1680. Est. $9500-$11000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 65. Ortelius, <i>Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio</i>, 1571. <br>Est. $6000-$7000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 84. Bailleul, <i>L'Amerique Divisee en Ses Principales Parties</i>, 1752.<br>Est. $19000-$22000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 99. Sayer & Bennett, <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas</i>, 1776. <br>Est. $10000-$12000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 269. Reid, <i>Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia</i>, 1796. <br>Est. $2750-$3500
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 291. Carleton, <i>Map of Massachusetts Proper</i>, 1801. Est. $12000-$14000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 378. Keulen, <i>Pas Kaart vande Noord Oost Kust van Cuba en d'Oost Kust van Florida</i>, 1695. Est. $3250-$4000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 651. Ptolemy/Fries, <i>Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae Maioris</i>, 1541.<br>Est. $3000-$4000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 688. Wit, <i>Nova Africa Descriptio</i>, 1660.<br>Est. $2750-$3500
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 706. Ortelius, <i>Maris Pacifici</i>, 1589.<br>Est. $8000-$9000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 727. Audubon, <i>Least Stormy-Petrel</i>, 1836. Est. $1400-$1700
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 741. Bordone, <i>Isolario</i>, 1547.<br>Est. $16000-$19000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 747. Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $2000-$2750
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 752. Colton, <i>Colton's Atlas of the World Volume I and II</i>, 1856.<br>Est. $2500-$3250
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 760. Prevost, <i>Histoire Generale des Voyages ... Tome Quatorzieme</i>, 1757. <br>Est. $2400-$3000
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Mary Stuart. Ms. Parliament document (contemp. copy). 1567. <br>Est: € 2.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Latin and French Book of Hours. About 1480. Est: € 65.000.
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Book of Hours by Germain Hardouyn. 1533. Est: € 18.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> G. P. Gallucci, Theatrum mundi. 1588. Est: € 5.000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> J. Hill, The vegetable system. 1761-75. Est: € 60.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>J. Honter, Rudimentorum cosmographicorum libri III. 1549.<br>Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Two terrestrial and celestial globes by J. G. Doppelmayr. 1789 or later. Est: € 40.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>G. de Maupassant, Contes choisies. 1891-92. Est: € 6.000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>K. Schwitters, HahnePeter. 1924.<br>Est: € 6.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>I. G. Chernikhov, Arkhitekturnye fantazii. 1933. Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>E. Baj, La Cravate. 1972. Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>H. Bellmer & G. Bataille, Histoire de l'oeil. 1944. Est: € 3.000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2012 Issue

Here's What to Expect at Larry McMurtry's 300,000-Volume “Last Book Sale.”

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Larry McMurtry comments on the McMurtry 100:

"Historically the highest compliment one bookseller can pay another is to say that he or she has interesting books; this implies, of course, that there can be uninteresting books.

“Having interesting books has been the raison d'etre of Booked Up Inc. these forty years. We are not highspotters, although of course we have sold most of the big books by Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Joyce, Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Waugh and the like before they matured, as it were.

“Our distinction, if we have one, is not how many good books we have, but how few bad books infiltrate our stock. For bad books sift in like dust; only frequent purges can rid the stock of them; and we do purge, savagely. And cherry-picking this stock doesn't work: too few sleepers and too many good books. To prep the bidders a little I strolled around the shelves for half an hour and piled up 100 books that are both interesting and appealing. See what you think!"

#831: Algernon Charles Swinburne. Poems and Ballads. London, 1899.

#832: Anthony Lippmann. Divinely Elegant: The World of Ernst Dryden. Great Britain, 1989. Forward by (and signed by) Billy Wilder.

#833: Roger Troy Peterson (Intro), Joseph Kastner (text). The Bird Illustrated. 1550-1900. New York, 1988.

#834: Dorthy Shakespear Pound. Etruscan Gate. (edited by Moelwyn Merchant), Exeter, 1971.

#835: J.M. Synge. Playboy of the Western World. Barre, 1970 (edited by Stanley Sutton, brush paintings by Louis le Brocquy).

#836: Pierre Michaut. Le Ballet Contemporain 1929-1950. Paris, 1950.

#837: Lady Jackson. The First of the Bourbons. Two Volumes. London, 1890.

#838: George Meredith. Lord Ormont and His Aminta. Three Volumes. London, 1894.

#839: Anthony Trollope. The Last Chronicle of Barset. Two Volumes. London, 1847.

#840: Algernon Charles Swinburne. Chasteland. London, 1878.

#841: Eden Phillpotts. The Mother. Illustrated by Gunning King. London, 1908.

#842: F. Dostoieffskaya. The Emigrant. Introduction by Stephen Graham, and translated by Vera Margolies. London, 1916.

#843: Ben Jonson. Volpone. Paris, 1906.

#844: Cyril W. Beaumont. Markova, Essays on Dancing & Dancers. #8. London, 1935.

#845: Gertrude Stein. Tender Buttons. Objects. Food. Rooms. New York: 1914.

#846: Elmore Leonard. The Bounty Hunters. Boston, 1954. First book, in dust-wrapper.

#847: J.P. Donleavy. The Ginger Man. (The Traveller’s Companion Series, #7). Wrappers. Paris:

#848: La Foutromanie. Parapilla. Paris.

#849: Peter Matthiessen. In The Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York, 1983.

#850: Alice B. Toklas. Autobiography. Illustrated. New York, 1933. Signed.

#851: Carver Adelman. Carver Country: The World of Raymond Carver. New York, 1990.

#852: Walter Dyk. A Navajo Autobiography. New York, 1947.

#853: Gertrude Stein. Narration. Chicago, 1935. Intro. By Thornton Wilder.

#854: Tony Hillerman. The Ghostway. London, 1985. First English Edition, first book.

#855: Louise Bogan. Body of this Death. New York, 1923. First book.

#856: Henry James. Notes of a Son and Brother. New York, 1914. Illustrated.

#857: Henry James. The American Scene. London, 1907. First edition, sold with the colonial edition as well.

#858: Henry James. Within the Rim: Essays 1914-15. London, 1918.

#859: Jacques Lassaigue. Chagall. France, 1957.

#860: M. T. F. My Chinese Marriage. New York, 1921. Katherine Anne Porter.

#861: Christina Stead. The Man Who Loved Children. New York, 1940.

#862: W.H. Hudson. The Lands End. London, 1908.

#863: Sir Samuel W. Baker. Wild Beasts and Their Ways. Two Volumes. London, 1890.

#864: Stanley Vestal. Warpath....A Biography of Chief White Bull. Boston, 1934.

#865: Hugh M’Diarmid. Penny Wheep. Edinburgh, 1926.

#866: John McPhee. The Headmaster: Frank Boyden, of Deerfield. New York, 1966.

#867: T. G. Tucker. Life in the Roman World (of Nero & St. John). New York, 1928.

#868: Joseph Pernell. Aubrey Beardsley and Other Men of the Ninties. Philidelphia, 1924. Copy # 9 of 100.

#869: Rafinesque, Walom Olom. The Migration Legend of the Lenni Lenape of Deleware Indians. Indianapolis, 1954.

#870: Alfred Edward A’Courte Hudson. Selected Blood Studies on Swine. Raleigh, 1951.

#871: Lorin Blodget. Climatology of the United States. Philadelphia, 1857.

#872: Karl Grober. Toys of Bygone Days. London, 1928.

#873: Frank Lloyd Wright. A Testament. New York, 1957.

#874: Andrew Lang. Aucassin and Nicolete in English. New York, 1931.

#875: Norman Douglas. Experiments. N.p., 1925. #151 of 300.

#876: The California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Contemporary American Sculpture. San Francisco, 1929.

#877: Gerald M. Durrell. The Overloaded Ark. London, 1953. Illustrated.

#878: Francois Mauriac. Woman of the Pharisees. New York, 1946. Translated by Gerald Hopkins.

#879: George Augustus Sala. Paris Herself Again in 1878-1879. Two Volumes. London, 1880.

#880: Henry James. Partial Portraits. London, 1888.

#881: Henry James. The Reverberator. London/New York, 1888.

#882: Cherry Kearton. In the Land of the Lion. New York, 1929.

#883: Anthony Trollope. North America. London, 1869.

#884: Ada Lawrence & G. Stuart Gelder. Early Life of D. H. Lawrence. London, 1932.

#885: Howells & Alden. Quaint Courtships. London, 1906.

#886: Henry Nevinson. Essays in Freedom. London, 1911.

#887: Frederick Gerstacker. Western Lands and Western Waters. London, 1864.

#888: Frances Anne Kemble. Journal of a Resident on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839. London, 1863.

#889: Thomas Wolfe. The Web and the Rock. London, 1947.

#890: William Everson. The Residual Years. New York, 1948.

#891: William J. Lederer. Ensign OToole and Me. New York, 1957.

#892: Ada Earland. John Opie and His Circle. London, 1911.

#893: M. Valery. Voyages En Italie: Du Voyageur Et De LArtiste. Bruxelles, 1844.

#894: Frederic William Maitland. The Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen. London, 1906. First appearance of Virginia Woolf.

#895: Captain Mayne Reid. The Cliff-Climbers or the Lone Home in the Himalayas. New York, 1882. Original cloth.

#896: James R. Anderson. An Actors Life. London, 1902.

#897: Anthony Trollope. Australia and New Zealand. Two Volumes. London, 1873.

#898: Alfred Perles. Reunion in Big Sur: A Letter to Henry Miller.....1959. #23 of 500, signed by author.

#899: Shane Leslie. Studies in Sublime Failure. London, 1932.

#900: Axel Lundquist. Andersen, Dansk Sportsleksekon. Two Volumes. Copenhagen, 1944.

#901: A. Henry Savage-Landor. Across Unknown South America. Two Volumes. LDN/NY/TOR, 1913.

#902: John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, First Baron Acton. Historical Essays and Studies. London, 1919.

#903: Winston Churchill. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Four Volumes. London, 1957.

#904: Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace. Three Volumes. New York, 1904.

#905: Arno Schmidt. Evening Edged in Gold: A Fairytale Farse. New York, 1980.

#906: Duane Michals. Eros and Thanatos. Sante Fe, 1992.

#907: William Everson and Leigh Wiener. The High Embrace. Los Angeles, 1986. #76 of 190, signed by author, photographer and designer.

#908: Sotheby’s. The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. April 23-26, 1996. New York, 1996.

#909: Basil S. Long. A History of British Minaturists 1520-1860. London, 1929.

#910: Robert Southey. Curse of Kehama. London, 1810.

#911: Cargil Gilston Knott. Life and Scientific Work of Peter Guthrie Tait. Cambridge, 1911.

#912: Sir Lascelles Wraxall, Bart. And Robert Wehran. Memoirs of Queen Hortense, Mother of Napoleon III. London, 1864.

#913: Paul Scott. Six Days in Marapore. Garden City, 1953.

#914: Clancy Sigal. Going Away: A Memoir. Boston, 1962.

#915: Maynard and Bray. The Plays of Euripides. Volume II, Greynog Press, 1931. Gilbert Murry translation, illustrated.

#916: Humphrey Milford. Portraits of Dr. William Harvey. London, 1913.

#917: Brother Antoninus. Who Is She That Looketh Forth As The Morning. Santa Barbara, 1972.

#918: Historical Publishing Co. The Fighting Men of TexasA History of the Second World War. Vol. 5. Dallas, 1948.

#919: Florent Fels. LArt Et LAmour. Paris, 1953.

#920: Dr. Washington Matthews. The Human Bones of the Hemenway Collection in the United States Army Medical Museum. Washington, n.d.

#921: Rulka Langer. The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt. New York, 1942.

#922: Maud Allan. My Life and Dancing. London, 1908.

#923: John Davidson. Selfs the Man. London, 1901.

#924: Frank O’Conner. Travellers Samples: Stories and Tales. London, 1951.

#925: George Saintsbury. A Scrap Book. London, 1922. Together with A Last Scrap Book. London, 1924. Two Volumes both signed by author.

#926: John Gardner and L.M. Rosenberg, ed. MSS: Spring 1981. Dallas, 1981.

#927: Radhakamal Mukerjee. The Dynamics of Morals: A Sociopsychological Theory of Ethics. London.

#928: Thomas Carlyle. Past and Present. London, 1843.

#929: Herbert Gilchrist, ed. Annie Gilchrist, Her Life and Writings. London, 1887.

#930: F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. Land of Wonder and Fear. London, 1931.

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