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Articles - March - 2015 Issue

A busy month for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury with 6 relevant sales

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Bloomsbury has six sales in March that will be archived into the Rare Book Transaction History

As winter gives way to spring, and the pace picks up for things in the northern hemisphere, so too does the auction game for works on paper. For Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, no less than eighteen auctions are scheduled for the month of March. Of these, six are potentially relevant to you, readers of the Rare Book Monthly, and they include over 1800 lots all told.

For collectors of photography, March 5th and 6th see two separate sales on the docket. 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection is the first auction and contains 213 lots. Photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, and Ansel Adams are only a small sample of the names available. The following day, March 6th, Photo Opportunities takes place with 245 lots for sale, 207 of which are contemporary photographs, and the other thirty-eight being books. This sale is focused on the 20th century and has modest estimates.

On March 12th, The Bibliophile Sale takes place and is the first of two book sales. Featuring 483 lots with estimates topping out at £3,000-4,000, the auction contains a wide variety of price-accessible material for collectors such as an illustrated copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells signed by the artist Edmund Dulac. (lot 190, est. £3,000-4,000) or Arts et Métiers Graphiques, a graphic design book on book design and production (lot 115, est. £1,500-2,000). One week later on March 19th, Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books and Manuscripts brings 169 lots to market featuring high profile items like lot 115, a first edition in English of the first complete translation of Euclid’s The Elements of Geometrie (est. £20,000-30,000), or lot 80, a large illuminated Ottaman Qur’ran from 1776 (est. £12,000-18,000).

Immediately following Continental, English & Middle Estern Books and Manuscripts, a sale of Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters is scheduled for March 20th. With 292 lots, the autographed material shines with examples from Charles Dickens (lot 35, est. £3,000-5,000), Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles (lot 47, est. £2,000-3,000), and Houdini (lot 227, est. £2,000-4,000) among the highlights. 

Wrapping up the month for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury is their 445-lot sale Modern & Contemporary Prints on March 26th. A significant amount of famous and significant artists have their works included in the auction, including Lill Tschudi, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Marcel Dunchamps, David Hockney, and Banksy. This is a can’t miss sale for collectors of modern prints.

 

Details for all six sales are as follows:

19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection

2 p.m. GMT Thursday March 5, 2015

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Link to online bidding on Invaluable.com

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

 

Photo Opportunities

2 p.m. GMT Friday March 6, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Link to online bidding on Invaluable.com

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

 

The Bibliophile Sale

11 a.m. GMT Thursday March 12, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Link to online bidding on LiveAuctioneers

Bloomsbury Godalming

Baverstock House

93 High Street

Godalming

Surrey

GU7 1AL

 

Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books and Manuscripts

2 p.m. GMT Thursday March 19, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Link to online bidding on Invaluable.com

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

 

Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters

10 a.m. Wednesday March 25, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Donnington Priory

Oxford Road

Donnington

Newbury

Berkshire

RG14 2JE

 

Modern & Contemporary Prints

10 a.m. Thursday March 26, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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: 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>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>

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