Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2015 Issue

109 Auctions in April [so far]

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April has become an important month for the world of collectible paper, be they books, manuscripts, maps or ephemera.  The catalyst is the Antiquarian Book Fair in New York but everywhere April is increasingly significant.  Three sales a day, every day simply reflect the changing nature of the field; aging collectors looking to sell and new collectors looking to buy.


Wed. Apr. 1st 
Bonhams. London. Wellington, Waterloo and the Napoleonic Wars. 46 lots 
Ader. PARIS. Photo Books - Collection of Jean-Claude Eidelman, Part 2. 351 lots 
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. COLLECTION OF TWO LOVERS OF XIX th CENTURY The Gaston and Albert Tissandier brothers aeronauts and A. 223 lots 
Sothebys. New York. The New York Sale. 42 lots 
Sothebys. New York. Photographs. 188 lots 

Thu. Apr. 2nd 
Swann Galleries. New York. Ascension: A Century of African American Art. 178 lots 
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana and Exploration of the West. 749 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/6. 220 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 93 lots 

Fri. Apr. 3rd 
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Americana. 44 lots 
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Modern and Antiquarian Books - Art Photography Books. 283 lots 

Sat. Apr. 4th 
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Books, Prints, Manuscripts. 49 lots 

Sun. Apr. 5th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/29. 721 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/29. 459 lots 

Mon. Apr. 6th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online. 43 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 12 lots 

Tue. Apr. 7th 
Christies. New York. DON MCLEAN'S 'AMERICAN PIE': THE ORIGINAL LYRICS. 1 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 100 lots 

Wed. Apr. 8th 
Heritage Auctions. New York. Historical Manuscripts. 420 lots 
Heritage Auctions. New York. Rare Books. 1174 lots 
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Old Books and Paper
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Travel, Atlases & Natural History. 541 lots 

Thu. Apr. 9th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. The Library of a Gentleman. 289 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art. 1353 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books. 330 lots 
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/2
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Naples Online. 36 lots 

Fri. Apr. 10th 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 1). 556 lots 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Paul Coze Archives - Wakanda. 70 lots 
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Asia - Prints. 48 lots 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. 86 Anniversary Auction - Books and Prints. 46 lots 

Sat. Apr. 11th 
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Auction. 27 lots 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 2). 722 lots 

Sun. Apr. 12th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/5
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/5
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. "Spring Fling" ANTIQUE AUCTION - Prints. 55 lots 
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Empire at Fontainebleau

Mon. Apr. 13th 
Bonhams. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints

Tue. Apr. 14th 
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript Americana. 359 lots 
Rossini. Paris. Prints
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints

Wed. Apr. 15th 
Doyle New York. New York. Rare Books, Maps and Autographs
Doyle New York. New York. Photographs
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Book Sale
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 3/22. 970 lots 

Thu. Apr. 16th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Transport Sale. 3 lots 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with Science Fiction and Detective Fiction
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/9

Fri. Apr. 17th 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Japanese Prints
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Spring Estates Auction
ALDE. Paris. Heraldry and Geneologic Libray
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Works of Art - Prints. 7 lots 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 3). 733 lots 

Sat. Apr. 18th 
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 4/3
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Entertainment and Music Auction. 592 lots 
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. April 18th Auction - Prints, Ephemera
ALDE. Paris. LIBRARY OF AMADEO DELAUNET Y ESNAOLA II
Arader Galleries. New York City. Age of European and American Exploration
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 4). 591 lots 

Sun. Apr. 19th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/12
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/12

Mon. Apr. 20th 
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History
Sothebys. New York. Sotheby's Designer Showhouse
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 5). 752 lots 

Tue. Apr. 21st 
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books
Paige Auction. Portland. Magic of Collection - Prints, Ephemera
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Prospects: Discovering Americana & Numismatics (session 6). 628 lots 

Wed. Apr. 22nd 
Christies. London -South Kensington. Prints and Multiples
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints
Ader. PARIS. Judaica

Thu. Apr. 23rd 
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/16
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - Internet Bidstart 4/16
Christies. London -South Kensington. Travel, Science and Natural History
RR Auction. Amherst. Space Exploration - online bidstart 4/16. 334 lots 
Rossini. Paris. Prints

Fri. Apr. 24th 
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Brussels. Books and Prints
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Autographs and Prints. 6420 lots 
Auctionata. Berlin. Photography and Prints
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Editions

Sat. Apr. 25th 
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Multiples
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Gahanna. Numismatic Books
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collection

Sun. Apr. 26th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/19
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/19

Mon. Apr. 27th 
Christies. Paris. Books and Manuscripts

Tue. Apr. 28th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors: Day 1 - Prints
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples
Rossini. Paris. Autographs and Photographs
Bonhams. New York. Photographs
Sheppards Irish Auction House. Durrow. Prints

Wed. Apr. 29th 
Bonhams. New York. The World War II 70th Anniversary Sale
PIASA. Paris. Limited Editions
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints
ALDE. Paris. Binders, Books
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Weapons - Photographs
Auctionata. New York. Theme Auction: Icons

Thu. Apr. 30th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/23
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Art and Art Reference - Fine Books in All Fields

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
  • <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>

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