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Sep 22: Forum Auctions' fall calendar opens with Fine Books and Works on Paper

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Highlight lots from Forum Auctions' sale of Fine Books and Works on Paper

Forum Auctions, the new London-based house which held its first auctions in July, is kicking off the fall season with a 539-lot sale of Fine Books and Works on Paper taking place Thursday, September 22nd, 2016. The auction includes a selection of architectural books, prints, and drawings from the property of the late Nancy Sheiry Glaister, a bibliophile through and through with particular interests in art and architecture.

The following are five highlights from Fine Books and Works on Paper:

Lot 294. Virgilius Maro (Publius). Vergilius [Opera], Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1501. The first book in octavo format printed by Aldus, as well as the first to be printed in italic type; this is the celebrated and very rare Virgil of 1501. An outstanding copy, previously held by H.P. Kraus and included in his catalog issued to celebrate the printed masterpieces which he sold as a bookseller over five decades. Est. £60,000-80,000.

Lot 300. Pacioli (Luca). Divina Proporzione, 23ff. only, proof copy of the “Golden Alphabet,” Venice, Paganino Paganini, 1509. A proof copy of the famous alphabet from Pacioli’s masterpiece, the Divina Proporzione, a treatise on the “divine proportion,” or the “golden section” or “golden ratio.” The treatise is the first printed book to deal with the construction of the alphabet and to examine the shapes and proportions of classical Roman letters. Pacioli’s alphabet was designed after the work of his mentor Leonardo da Vinci as a model of perfection for carving epitaphs and inscriptions. Est. £25,000-35,000.

Lot 253. Mountaineering. Fellows (Sir Charles). A Narrative of an Ascent to the Summit of Mont Blanc, autograph manuscript with 11 fine original watercolors, original calf, gilt, slightly rubbed, 4to, 1827. The ascent detailed is the first of Mont Blanc by the “Corridor” and Mur de la Côte routes. The book printed based off this manuscript is extremely rare, with 50 copies privately printed. This manuscript is one of a kind. Est. £15,000-20,000.

Lot 492. Woolf (Virginia). Mrs Dalloway, first edition, 1925. Woolf’s masterpiece and most popular work is very difficult to find with a dust-jacket, which this copy includes.

Lot 291. Simplicius of Cilicia. Ypomnema eis tas deka kategorias tou Aristotelous, Venice, Editio princeps, Zacharia Kallierges for Nikolaos Blastos, 1499. In 1498 the Cretan Blastos obtained a ten year privilege in Venice to print Greek books and invited his fellow Cretan Zacharias Kallierges to join him in the project. This book is the edito princeps of the important commentary on Aristotle by the Neoplatonist Simplicius. Est. £10,000-15,000.

Fine Books and Works on Paper takes place Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:30am British Summer Time. The entire catalog for Fine Books and Works on Paper is available on Forum Auctions’ website here. The PDF version of the catalog includes a piece on Nancy Sheiry Glaister written by a friend, and provides some background on who the woman was behind the collection. Interested first time buyers and bidders must register with Forum; you can do so by clicking this link. Existing account holders need only sign in at the top right corner of any Forum Auctions website page to register for bidding. Bidding will be available through the traditional means: live, absentee bid, phone, and online.

A further 154 lots from the collection of the late Nancy Sheiry Glaister will be sold in an online-only auction through Forum Auctions one week after Fine Books and Works on Paper, at 3:00pm BST on Thursday, September 29th. The only catalog for this auction is viewable here.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
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    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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