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


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>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, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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