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Articles - May - 2015 Issue

Leslie Hindman: Fine Books and Manuscripts - An appealing sale on the 7th in Chicago

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To be collectible is sometimes to be historical, sometimes to be part of the popular culture, and sometimes both.  The upcoming Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale at Leslie Hindman on May 7th incorporates material from many genres across a great swath of printed history and does it in an appealing way.  The sale is complex.

 

One can imagine that this material has been submitted by many consignors, most of them with vastly different interests.  What unites them in this sale [for the first time] is the desire to turn the page on what was once personally important and is now no longer necessary to the daily conduct of collector’s lives.  This sale is addressed to collectors in the throes and those new to the game, the former the experienced and the latter the neophytes, they all similarly afflicted, they who love and pursue the random pieces, be they books, signatures, manuscripts and coins on the various subjects they passionately pursue.  This is a sale of intricate, mostly beneath the surface, material that completes deep collections and forms the foundation of new beginnings.  It is a very appealing mix.

 

It begins with 37 lots of manuscript material, much of it with an emphasis on music and theatre.  Next there are 70 lots relating to famous authors, most of whom are still familiar today, all of whom were famous in their own times.  Here is a partial list of lots 47-117:

 

Samual Clemens

Charles Dickens

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Vistor Hugo

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Percy Bysshe Shelley

John Steinbeck

Henry Irving and Bram Stoker

Leo Tolstoy

 

Then there are Audubon prints, 10 lots, numbers 118-127.

 

Maps begin with lot 136 and continue to 158.  Then there are a few travel and exploration and topical political items.  Those who missed out buying the first printings of some of Mao Zedong’s thoughts should be prepared to spend more renminbi than they once would have, actually a lot more.

 

Next there is a nice copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.  This copy is the extra-illustrated 2 volume 1827 edition.  It’s lot 172.

 

My favorite is lot 176, The Tvvoo Bookes of Francis Bacon.  It was printed in 1605 and is a very nice thing.  If you don’t have one and feel the burning passion this may be your chance.

 

For those who collect auction catalogues lot 177 may appeal.  It’s the four volumes of the sale of the Hamilton Palace Libraries that were sold at Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge in 1882.  Buyer’s names and prices are bound in.  The estimate is $200 to $400.

 

And here is another item for the bibliophile.  It’s lot 180, a catalogue of the classic contents of Strawberry Hill and printed in 1842.  Book collectors who are accused of being over the top can point to Strawberry Hill as the real ground zero of obsessive, actually very obsessive, collecting.  All Strawberry Hill material is desirable.  Estimated $200 to $400.

 

Charles Dickens was once the world’s most popular author.  Not so much anymore but still, for the collector, very appealing.  Lots 186 to 208 will offer you many choices.

 

Children’s books are not always child’s play.  The first American publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1866 is estimated at $2,000 to $4,000.  It’s lot 209.

 

Most material in the sale is relatively inexpensive.  Colin Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus; or, The British Architect, Containing the Plans, Elevations, and Sections of the Regular Buildings, both Publick and Private, in Great Britain, is a good value but not inexpensive.  Its estimate is $20,000 to $30,000 and docketed as lot 215.

 

Lots 215 to 240 are about architecture, art and design.  Lot 221 is a 4 vol. set of Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt’s House and Collection.  He was once the wealthiest man in America in the era before income taxes.  He had plenty of money to buy culture [and did].  Some of this is evident in this 4 vol. set.

 

For those who read Moby Dick in high school and have been looking for a first edition here it is:  lot 304, estimated $8,000 to $12,000.  And for those looking for a first of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in this sale, it’s lot 311 and estimated $1,000 to $2,000.

 

Then there are 10 lots of collectible children’s material [lots 314-323].

 

Toward the end of the sale are some interesting group lots.  Lot 361 is 16 early American imprints dated 1786 to 1838.  The estimate is $200 to $400.

 

The next lot no. 363 is a group of 17 nineteenth-century American educational primers.  The estimate is $100 to $200.

 

There are also 4 lots, 368 to 371, relating to Lincoln.  One is a life mask.  It’s disconcerting and not what you might expect.

 

The final section, for those who have not spent their last dollar, are 21 lots of gold coins.  They look very nice and would be great at a restaurant.  “Can I pay you in gold?”  You bet!

 

Here is a link to the sale catalogue.  It’s fun to read.  The event is on the 7th.

 

Here is a link to the house.

 

 

Rare Book Monthly

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    <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
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    <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
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    <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
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    <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
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    <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.
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