Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2013 Issue

Change as Opportunity

Oldworldanim

Various images from the Grace sale, running 3/27-4/3 online

Forty years ago Victor Grace and his wife Jackie lived in New Jersey where they built a career and a life around the search for and later sale of beautiful material.  Victor from the outset was and to this day is, an art conservator who is equally at home with important paintings and rare engravings.  Jackie, following a career in New York, took a hand in the selling of their maps and charts that became, when they moved to Maine twenty years ago, the intensifying focus of their firm - Grace Galleries – selling primarily but not exclusively, maps.  “It has been a lovely trade, great fun to make discoveries and exciting to sell.”  These days they are shifting focus, this time from old and rare maps to English and European engravings, a soft spot with Jackie who grew up in England and these many years later, still speaks with a London accent.  Sages have said you can take the kid out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the kid.  For Jackie this is a return to her roots.
  

Through their now forty year career the common ingredients have been ‘discovery’ and ‘sale.'  “We hope to continue to make discoveries although our focus will narrow.  To complete this transition they have consigned 300 lots of maps to Old World Auctions of Glen Allen, Virginia.  The auction is a seven-day online event that concludes on the 3rd.  Jackie describes the material as very good.  “We’ve handled this level of material for years, learned the variations of issue and color and are unconditionally guaranteeing, as we have with all our maps over the years, the authenticity of these lots.”

These days Victor and Jackie live in Harpswell on the Maine coast.  “When I look out to sea I can’t see England but I know where my heart is.”

For institutions, collectors and dealers the Grace’s decision to close one chapter and start another provides the opportunity to buy appealing maps at attractive prices.  “It’s my hope that all material will be sold and our modest reserves should make this possible.”

For Old World Auctions, owned by Jon and Eliane Dotson for the past two years, this is their first foray into single owner auctions, the gold standard of the auction business.   “We're proud to partner with Victor and Jackie Grace.  They sent high quality and interesting material, which coupled with our extensive condition descriptions and zoomable images, offer something for every collector.”

The following items are some of the high points.
  

Lot 61: Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae Implantata Anglorumque Coloniis Florentissima, by Homann, circa 1730, estimate $1500 - $1700

Lot 62: A Map of the Province of New York, with Part of Pensilvania, and New England, by Montresor, dated 1775, estimate $4000 - $5000

Lot 92: Plan de la Baie et du Havre de Casco et des Iles Adjacentes…, by Sartine, dated 1779, estimate $1000 - $1200

Lot 94: Carte de l'Ile de Martha's Vineyard avec ses Dependances…, by Tardieu, published 1787, estimate $1400 - $1700

Lot 152: Paskaart van't Canaal Engelandt Schotlandt en Yrland. Naaukeurig. Opgestelt en Dienstig Voor die Achter Yrland Omkomen…, by Keulen, Johannes van, Circa 1698, estimate $1300 - $1500

Lot 163: Verschiedene Reisen des Auctoris, by Seligmann, circa 1749, estimate $250 - $350

Lot 263: Aethiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium, by Jansson, circa 1646, estimate $600 - $800

Lot 265: Mer de Sud, ou Pacifique, Contenant L'Isle De Californe, les Costes de Mexique, du Perou, Chili, et le Detroit de Magellanique, &c., by Mortier, circa 1693, estimate $3500 - $4250

Lot 269: Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes au Nord de la Mer du Sud, tant a l'Est de la Siberie et du Kamtchatka, au'a l'Ouest de la Nouvelle France, by Santini, published 1776, estimate $1600 - $1800

Lot 283: Carte de la Nle. Zelande Visitee en 1769 et 1770. Par le Lieutenant J. Cook Commandant de l'Endeavour Vaisseau de la Majeste, by Cook/Benard, published 1774, estimate $1600 - $1800

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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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