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Articles - November - 2015 Issue

Nov. 4 and 5: Heritage Auctions' Sale for Every Book Collector

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Select items from Heritage Auctions' Rare Books Signature Auction

In what is shaping up to be a typically busy November for the industry, Heritage Auctions has taken a unique approach to making their November 4th and 5th sale dubbed Rare Books Signature Auction more accessible and convenient to collectors. While the approximately half of the auction will take place in a traditional format with a live sale that includes online and phone bidding, the second half of the sale will have no live or phone bidding, and will accept bids solely through mail, fax, internet, and Heritage’s own Heritage Live internet bidding service. Additionally, pre-sale internet bidding is currently available at this very minute online on their website. Another feature differentiating Heritage’s online offering are the sorting options for finding specific types of items, such as autographed or first edition copies, or perhaps both. This should reduce the amount of time required for potential bidders to determine whether or not there are items of interest contained within the 1,071 lot sale. A significant amount of information about the sale is provided on their website which provides interesting insight for potential bidders. At the time of this writing, the sale already boasts numbers of 998 internet and mail bidders, 11,317 tracked lots by interested parties, and over 31,000 page views.

The following are the ten most popular items of the sale based on the number of page views. Current bids are listed if present, but these will change:

  1. Lot 45024. Theodore Roosevelt. The Winning of the West. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons/Knickerbocker Press, 1900. Daniel Boone edition, one of 200 numbered copies (this being copy 22) with an original leaf of manuscript in volume I. Estimated $6,000+. Current bid $3,400.
  2. Lot 45318. Ian Fleming [James Bond]. Casino Royale. London: Jonathan Cape, [1953]. First edition, first printing in first issue dust jacket with prices intact, one of an estimated 3,000 copies printed. Estimated $25,000+. Opening bid $12,500.
  3. Lot 45216. [Salvador Dali, illustrator]. Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. New York: Maecenas Press and Random House, 1969. One of 200 Deluxe copies on Rives paper, out of a total edition of 2,500 (this being copy number "LXXIV."). With original color etching and title page signed in pencil by Dali. Estimated $7,500+. Current bid $5,200.
  4. Lot 45044. Jeremy Bentham. Chrestomathia: Being a Collection of Papers, Explanatory of the Design of an Institution, Proposed to be Set on Foot, under the Name of the Chrestomathic Day School, or Chrestomathic School, for the Extension of the New System of Instruction to the Higher Branches of Learning, for the Use of the Middling and Higher Ranks in Life. London: Printed for Messrs. Payne and Foss...And R. Hunter...By J. M'Creery..., 1816. [Together with his:] Chrestomathia; Part II. Containing Appendix, No. V. Being an Essay on Nomenclature and Classification: Including a Critical Examination of the Encyclopedical Table of Lord Bacon, as Improved by D'Alembert; and the First Lines of A New One...London: Printed for Messrs. Payne and Foss...And R. Hunter, Successor to Mr. Johnson..., 1817. First published edition of both parts of Bentham's principal work on education, in which he ambitiously proposes extending suitable secondary education to the "middling classes" (the first part printed and distributed privately in 1815). Presentation copy, Volume I inscribed in ink at head of title: "To Sir Francis Burdett / from the Author." Estimated $15,000+. Opening bid $7,500.
  5. Lot 45171. Andreas Vesalius. De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem. Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June [August] 1543. First edition. "By this epoch-making work Vesalius, the 'Father of Modern Anatomy,' prepared the way for the rebirth of physiology by Harvey. More important still, he undermined the widespread reverence for authority in science and prepared the way for independent observation in anatomy and clinical medicine. The publication of this book was the greatest event in medical history since the works of Galen." - Garrison-Morton, 375. Estimated $30,000+. Current bid $15,000.
  6. Lot 45451. Henry D[avid] Thoreau. Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. First edition. Estimated $6,000+. Current bid $3,000.
  7. Lot 45046. Sir Winston S. Churchill. The Centenary Limited Edition of The Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill. [and:] The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill. [London]: Library of Imperial History, [1973, 1976]. Centenary Limited Edition. Thirty-nine large octavo volumes (one of which is a duplicate copy of Volume XIII), each individually housed in a matching green gilt-stamped slipcase with the Churchill coat of arms on one side. Illustrated throughout. One of a total edition of 3,000 sets. Estimated $5,000+. Current bid $2,500.
  8. Lot 45290. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes. In The All-Story Magazine. New York: The Frank A. Munsey, Company, October, 1912. The first appearance in print of the first Tarzan novel, complete in this rare issue. Estimated $15,000+. Opening bid $7,500.
  9. Lot 45060. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776. First edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Estimated $75,000+. Opening bid $37,500.
  10. Lot 45019. Col. Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America, With Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits. Philadelphia: D. Rice & A.N. Hart, 1855, 1858. Estimated $10,000+. Opening bid $5,000.

As you can see from this list of items, the focus of the material is widely varied in every way possible—subject, date and locale printed, price. With over 1,000 items up for auction, it’s likely every book collector will find something piquing their interest.

Rare Books Signature Auction takes place November 4th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time with live bidding at the Waldorf Astoria, located at 301 Park Avenue, Metropolitan Suite, 18th Floor in New York, New York. A full preview of the sale is available at the same location November 2nd through the 4th. The second session with no floor or phone bidding will follow the next day, November 5th at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The online catalog with all lots is available here. If you plan on bidding at the auction in one form or another, please register at Heritage Auction’s home page for the auction. Full details of the sale are also available from that page.

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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