Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2014 Issue

Opportunities in Chicago: August 6th at Leslie Hindman


As you read this article the clock is clicking down for Leslie Hindman’s annual August auction of books, manuscripts and cartography.  The 406 lot sale is on the 6th, online viewing now ongoing and traditional in-person viewing scheduled from Sunday the 3rd through Tuesday the 5th at the firm’s offices in Chicago.


The Hindman August sale has traditionally been, and is again this year, eclectic but clearly characterized.  The categories are:


Travel, Exploration and Cartography, lots 1-36

Natural History, Science and Medicine, lots 37-63

Continental, lots 64-95

British History and Literature, lots 96-170

Americana, lots 171-234

Art, Architecture and Design, lots 235-280

Literature, Fine Press and Fine Bindings, Lots 281-407


The lots, across the board, are competitively estimated.  “We want this sale to be appealing both for established and new collectors” according to Mary Kohnke, Director of Books and Manuscripts.


Here are some of the interesting lots:


Lot 23.  [Asia] Brinkley, Captain F.  Oriental Series:  Japan and China.  Boston and Tokyo:  J. B. Millet, 1901-1902.  12 vols., red morocco.  Number 22 of 100 copies.  Estimated $800-1,000


Lot 36.  [Map] Stoopendaal, Daniel.  Werelt Caert [Amsterdam, c. 1680]  Double-page engraved hand-colored double hemisphere world map depicting California as an island.  19.5 x 25.25.”  Estimated $1,000-2,000


Lot 37.  Audubon, John James.  The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in  the United States and their Territories.  New York:  J. J. Audubon:  Philadelphia:  J. B. Chevalier, [1839], 1840-1844.  Estimated $30,000-50,000


Lot 38.  Audubon. John James, and John Bachman.  The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, New York:  J. J. Audubon, 1845-1848.  3 vols. Elephant folios, contemporary ¾ black morocco over cloth, gilt-lettered spines.  The present, rare, three-volume edition, with all its title pages, is in very good condition, unrestored, with brilliant coloring.  Estimated $200,000-300,000


Lot 58.  Edison, Thomas.  Original black and white portrait photograph signed and inscribed (To Hooper / Thomas A. Edison.)  On original photographer’s mount [Pach Bros., New York].  Estimated $800-1,200


Lot 64.  Smith, Adam.  An inquiry into the Nature and Wealth of Nations.  London:  W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776.  2 vols., rebacked.  First edition of “the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought.”  Estimated $60,000-80,000


Lot 74.  [France, Military]  Bucquoy, Eugene Louis, et al.  Over 1,000 color cards illustrating French military uniform from Les Uniformes du premier empire, [c. 1920].  Estimated $500-700


Lot 119.  Scott, Sir Walter.  Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft.  London:  John Murray, 1830.  [Together with]  24 Alphabet plates engraved by Michael Delaport, hand colored.  Small 8vo.  Estimated $300-500.


Lot 137.  (Punch Magazine) Punch:  Or the London Charivari, London:  Published at the Office, 1841-1890, 1891-1946.  214 vols.  A near complete run, comprising 100 vols. [Together with:  Pictures from Punch.  Lond:  Bradbury & Agnew, 1904.  4 vols.  Estimated $1,500-2,500


Lot 154.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.  London:  George Newnes, 1892 and 1894.  2 vols. 8vo, rebound by Bayntun in full crushed blue morocco, gilt-lettered spines, orginal pictorial bindings bound-in.  First editions, first issues.  Estimated $2,000-4,000


Lot 171.  McKenny, Thomas L. and James Hall.  History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs.  Philadelphia:  Frederick W. Greenough, 1838; Daniel Rice and James G. Clark, 1844.  Louis Phillippe I, his copy with his monogram.  Read description.  Estimated $140,000-180,000


Lot 180.  Greener, Richard T.  Partially printed document, one page, on vellum, being the original Bachelor of Arts diploma for Richard Theodore Greener from Harvard College, June 28th, 1870.  Mr. Greener was the first African-American graduate of Harvard College.  Estimated $10,000-15,000


Lot 216.  [Chicago]  Burnham, Daniel H. and Edward H. Bennett.  Plan of Chicago.  Chicago:  The Commonwealth Club, 1909.  Numerous color plates, some fold-out.  Limited edition, number 393 of 1,650.  Estimated $1,000-2,000


There are many other lots.  This sale deserves a careful look.  No one will be disappointed.


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Chicago, Illinois 60607


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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 7. Ritter's unusual sun-dial world map, 1607. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 16. Fascinating Japanese satirical map published prior to WWII, 1932. Est. $1400 to $2000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 30. Newton's 2" miniature terrestrial globe, 1833. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 318. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow in contemporary color, 1575. Est. $2750 to $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 346. One of the most decorative 18th century maps of Malta, 1680. Est. $1200 to $1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 412. The first printed map devoted to the Pacific in full contemporary color, 1589. Est. $8000 to $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 425. Rare set of celebrated explorers of the New World, 1592. Est. $1900 to $2300
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 436. Two superb miniature atlases bound in one volume with 98 maps, 1682. Est. $5500 to $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 445. Part IV of de Bry's "Grand Voyages" by Girolamo Benzoni, 1613. Est. $2000 to $2500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 447. Tallis' "History of the United States of America" in six volumes, 1850. Est. $1500 to $1800
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 448. Mallet's miniature military masterpiece, 1672. Est. $1400 to $1700
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Malcolm X, Autograph Letter Signed, from prison, 1950. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother at another plantation, 1854. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Signed cabinet card of Frederick Douglass, albumen photograph, Boston, circa 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Placard from the Memphis Sanitation Worker's strike, 1968. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b><br><i>The North Star,</i> volume 1, issue 27, Rochester, NY, 1848. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Hand-tinted tintype of John Brown, circa 1860. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster signed & inscribed by Huey Newton, circa 1967. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Album of aerial views of the march on Montgomery, taken by federal troops, 1965. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster for the SNCC, photograph by Danny Lyon featuring John Lewis, circa 1962. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000

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