Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2014 Issue

Auctions in October: one hundred and eight reasons to look carefully


108 reasons to look at the October auctions

October is, as it always is, a busy month.  One hundred and eight events are scheduled.  The numbers seem to always increase but within the numbers the material and categories are also always changing.  We know so much more about rarity and importance these days than we did just a generation ago and I think the market is much stronger for this clarity.  But this is not to say that prices are consistently higher.  Many, once much admired, things have turned out to be more common than we knew while other things, once ignored, are now highly sought after if not quite yet highly valued.  We are living through the great re-pricing and it is giving auctions an added importance short term.  Longer term one expects dealers to reemerge as the diviners of taste and importance.  Rare books without discernment is a shrouded footpath, with judgment a highway. 


Wed. Oct. 1st 
Bonhams. London. The First World War Centenary Sale. 101 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Art, Press & Illustrated Books. 260 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction. 40 lots 
Autographes Encheres. Meinier. Autographs - Internet bidstart 9/17. 144 lots 
Keno Auctions. New York, NY 10021 . Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints. 5 lots 
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Antiquarian Books. 614 lots 

Thu. Oct. 2nd 
Ader. PARIS. Performing Art Collection - Andre Bernard. 421 lots 
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Autographs and Documents. 545 lots 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Antiquarian Books. 353 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints. 77 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/25. 330 lots 

Fri. Oct. 3rd 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 123 lots 
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old Photographs - Historical Memories - Decorations - Weapons. 23 lots 
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem.. 432 lots 

Sat. Oct. 4th 
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Books, Maps, Prints. 830 lots 
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Prints, Animation. 649 lots 

Sun. Oct. 5th 
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . October Estate Sale - Prints and Books. 31 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/28. 677 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/28. 549 lots 

Mon. Oct. 6th 
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History: Timed Online Auction - Internet bidstart 9/25. 264 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Globes. 29 lots 
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Fine Prints. 34 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 4 lots 

Tue. Oct. 7th 
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian Books
Sothebys. Paris. Bibliothèque R. et B.L. Éditions Originales Autographes et Manuscrits du XXe siècle. 222 lots 
Bonhams. London. The Library of Professor Brian Shefton. 90 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 44 lots 

Wed. Oct. 8th 
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Manuscripts. 417 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Rare Books. 495 lots 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Books, Maps and Documents. 502 lots 
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Centennial of the Great War - Day 1

Thu. Oct. 9th 
Swann Galleries. New York. African American Fine Art - Prints
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. NATURAL HISTORY BOOKS, SPORTING & WILDLIFE ART
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana - Travel - Cartography
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books and Photography
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Ancient and Modern Books
ALDE. Paris. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur. 288 lots 
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Centennial of the Great War - Day 2
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Books and Prints

Fri. Oct. 10th 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 451 lots 
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Movie Posters
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Prints. 6 lots 

Sat. Oct. 11th 
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints
Skinner. Boston. European Decorative Prints
Arader Galleries. Philadelphia, . Mid-Hudson auction of Audubon Bird Prints, and others

Sun. Oct. 12th 
Bonhams. San Francisco. Period Art and Design - Prints and Books
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, etc.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5

Tue. Oct. 14th 
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books, Maps, Prints
Swann Galleries. New York. Rare and important Travel Posters
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Vintage Posters
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Prints
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints

Wed. Oct. 15th 
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 9/26. 960 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Books

Thu. Oct. 16th 
Heritage Auctions. New York. Illustration Art. 755 lots 
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Manuscripts and Maps
Ader. PARIS. Books - Library of an Amateur
Skinner. Marlborough. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints
ALDE. Paris. First Editions
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books Online bidstart 10/9
Heritage Auctions. New York. Photographs
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9

Fri. Oct. 17th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art
Swann Galleries. New York. Fine Photographs
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques. 6546 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books

Sat. Oct. 18th 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Automobilia
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Books, Prints, Photographs

Sun. Oct. 19th 
Bonhams. London. Autumn Stafford Sale - Automobilia
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 1012
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/12

Tue. Oct. 21st 
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books
PIASA. Paris. Ancient and Modern Prints
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples
Rossini. Paris. Prints

Wed. Oct. 22nd 
Ader. PARIS. Judaica
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Photography
Bonhams. New York. History of Science
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Ancient Documents

Thu. Oct. 23rd 
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 10/16
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Manuscripts
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/16

Fri. Oct. 24th 
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Fall Auction

Sat. Oct. 25th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts,
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper

Sun. Oct. 26th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19

Mon. Oct. 27th 
Doyle New York. New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints
PIASA. Paris. Protest! Art and Design
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints

Tue. Oct. 28th 
Artcurial. Paris. Posters
Bonhams. New York. Photographs

Wed. Oct. 29th 
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints
Christies. Paris. Books and Manuscripts
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Modern Books

Thu. Oct. 30th 
Sothebys. New York. Prints
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/23

Fri. Oct. 31st 
Bonhams. London. London to Brighton Run - Automobilia


Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400

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