• <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.
  • <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>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> <i>The Massachusetts Magazine: or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment,</i> 1789. Signed by George Washington. $28,000 to $32,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> George Washington Signed Letter to John Marshall. $12,000 to $14,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Picasso Signed “Vallauris” 1952 Exhibition Poster. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Military appointment commission document signed by both President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, dated January 27, 1803. $2,400 to $2,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin. <i>Roll, Jordan, Roll.</i> New York, 1933, deluxe edition, preceding first edition of the same year. No. 74 of 350. $5,000 to $6,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> John Marshall. <i>The Life of George Washington,</i> Philadelphia, 1832. Signed by author. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Samuel L. Margolies (American, 1897-1974). Aquatint and etching, "Builders of Babylon," 1937. $4,000 to $4,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Two Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) signed documents as President of Washington College. $3,000 to $3,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> William C. Harris. <i>The Fishes of North America That Are Captured on Hook and Line</i>, Vol I., New York, 1898. 40 chromolithograph plates. $2,000 to $2,500
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> $100 "Date Back" bank note 1902 from the Clarksville National Bank, Clarksville, Tennessee, depicting the portrait of John Jay Knox, Jr. $1,400 to $1,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> View of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Monticello, Taken from Lewis Mountain, drawn and lithographed by Edward Sachse. $800 to $1,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Large Civil War photograph mounted on card stock depicting Rossville Gap in Missionary Ridge. $400 to $450
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 39: Presidential Pardon Signed by John F. Kennedy. November 1962. $7,000 to $9,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 537: Marc Chagall. <i>Illustrations for the Bible</i>. Features 28 lithograph plates. First American edition, 1956. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 252: Jack Kerouac. <i>On the Road</i>. 1957. First edition. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 143: Arthur Rimbaud. <i>A Season in Hell</i>. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. The Limited Editions Club, 1986. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 72: Group of 11 Harry Truman Signed Letters. Typed & signed by the former President. 1962-1970. $1,500 to $2,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 157: Arthur Conan Doyle. The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by The Limited Editions Club. 8 vols. 1950-52. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 173: Jacob Lawrence. <i>The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis</i>. Illustrated with silkscreens by Lawrence. 1989. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 239: William Faulkner. <i>Sartoris</i>. First edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & Company, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 286: Walt Whitman. New Year’s Eve Postcard Signed, “Walt Whitman,” to the poet Gabriel Sarrazin. January, 1891. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 351: Pair of European Fine Bindings. Including Gesanbuch (1831) & Naboznych Vylevov (1911). $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 423: August Luben. <i> Naturhistorischer Atlas der Saugethiere </i>. Includes complete set of 30 loose plates. Leipzig: 1858. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 386: <i>Famous Monsters of Filmland No 1</i>. Art by Will Elder, text by Forrest Ackerman. Warren’s first monster magazine. Feb, 1958. $2,000 to $3,000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2016 Issue

Kurt Sanftleben: The Third Career

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Kurt Sanftleben, at 63, has already retired from two careers.  In 1994, he retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Army with a little over twenty years of service, and in 2012 he retired once more, the second time from a civilian position as the Director of the United States Marine Corps Research Center.  Now, he has become a serious bookseller and since 2013 a member of the American Booksellers Association of America.  What went wrong?  We were dying to know.

 

The answer:  nothing. 

 

He is a restless intellectual with a master’s degree and doctorate, who takes on substantial challenges and masters them.  That he’s a rare book dealer today tells you he likes challenges. Who would give up a well-paid job to embrace the uncertainties that collectible paper embodies today?  Not many I suppose but Kurt did, and it is quite apparent that he made a good decision.

 

So what’s his story?

 

Although Kurt had been selling used books on a part-time basis since 1998, he only began concentrating on antiquarian material a dozen years ago at the age of 51, and at the time was unencumbered by memories of the days when buyers knew less, broad assertions often went unchallenged and prices were higher.  “Today” he told me, “most of my customers understand the field, understand rarity and importance and understand value.  This is the way it has been for me from the beginning, and I’m comfortable with it.”

 

The rare book field is a magnet for gifted intellectuals.  It isn’t that they often strut their stuff but many have the goods and it’s most noticeable in how they select what they buy and describe what they sell. 

 

The field today is complex with potholes and opportunities cheek by jowl.   Categories that were once thought to be rare and robust have been exposed on the Internet as unbearably common.  Pre-Internet we had only anecdotal evidence.  Today we have hard numbers and declining prices in many sectors.

 

But if you became a dealer post-Internet you were aware of these inventory overhangs and had the opportunity to seek categories and niches that, even post Internet, are authentically rare and desirable.

 

And that’s what Kurt has done.  The ABAA is a bookseller’s association but it provides a broad umbrella under which other categories of printed and related objects find a place.  For Kurt, the category is what he calls, “personal narratives:  diaries, journals, photo albums, correspondence collections, scrapbooks, and similar paper items that provide unique perspectives on American history or culture.”  

 

And I asked Kurt to tell me how he came to sell what he does –

 

As a kid, I read a lot of series books like Landmark, Chip Hilton, Clint Lane, and the Hardy Boys, and the bookshelves in my room were packed with them.  So, I guess the collecting bug may have bit me way back then although the infection pretty much laid dormant until resurfacing when I was in my early forties.  At the time, I was still on active duty, and while on a temporary assignment in Portsmouth, England as a participant in a NATO wargame, I happened to visit a flea market during some free-time.  In one stall, I stumbled upon a cache of large Kubasta pop-up books and was immediately hooked by their bright artwork and clever mechanics.  I bought them all without even haggling over price, and for the next year or so I purchased better pop-ups and movables wherever I found them.  With time I realized that when I came across nice duplicates while out hunting, I could buy them for resale to support my habit.  One thing led to another, and, almost before I knew it, I was a part-time book dealer selling children’s books, illustrated books, American history, and advertising ephemera at antique shows around DC and eventually book fairs in the Mid-Atlantic area.  When eBay came along, I jumped on board and shortly thereafter began listing my stock on AbeBooks as well. 

 

Around the same time, and understanding full well that I was going to have a long life after I left the army, I completed a doctorate with a concentration in higher education at the College of William and Mary while still on active duty.  I’d already earned a master’s degree in the humanities, and at the time, I thought a doctorate might help me land a teaching job at a junior college after I hung up my uniform.  But that didn’t happen.  Instead, after I retired, I was very fortunate to be selected to serve in a dual-hatted civilian position as a Vice-President at the Marine Corps University and the Director of the Marine Corps Research Center where, among other responsibilities, I oversaw the operation of the Library of the Marine Corps as well as the U. S. Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections.  While there, I became fascinated with our collections of personal papers and manuscripts, and I began to wonder if others might be interested in adding similar types of material to their collections.  That led me to ask my customers, and I found, to my surprise, that most of them, especially the younger ones, didn’t consider themselves to be book collectors.  Rather, they collected topics that interested them or were important in their lives.  Sure, they bought books, but they also collected photographs, sheet music, tacky souvenirs, advertising, prints, and almost anything else related to whatever their topical focus might be.  So, around 2010 I began to add things like that to my inventory and soon found they outsold my books . . . by a lot.  Unique items, especially diaries and photograph albums that told a personal story, were especially popular.

 

Manuscripts are a broad category that intersects every field, be they fiction and poetry, science, history and even crimes.  Place us in your world –

 

Absolutely, but again, it’s not just manuscripts but other types of personal narratives as well, things like photograph albums or scrapbooks full of ephemera.  For me, it’s not just any diary or album.  They have to have some type of hook.  I look for items that tell a story about some facet of their original owners’ lives and also provide insight into some aspect of American history or culture. 

 

For example, I recently sold a collection of detailed manuscript notebooks written by an ardent Unionist from Alabama who was conscripted into the Confederate Army, sentenced to death for mutiny, served time in several military prisons, had his death sentence commuted by Jefferson Davis, escaped during the confusion of Sherman’s attack on Atlanta, and soon thereafter enlisted in the Union Army.  I can’t imagine that even those who don’t give two hoots about Civil War wouldn’t find this narrative riveting.  I figure this man’s story is good for a non-fiction book, a novel, and possibly even a screenplay.

 

Some of my other recent sales include a 1920s photograph album that documented a patient’s stay in the then-cutting-edge Georgia State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Alto, a 1910s photograph album documenting life on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington that was compiled by the young female leader of a three-member team from the U. S. Allotment Service living there while they parceled out homesteads from tribal lands to individual Native Americans, and a 1940s collection of large, personal,  humorous, hand-painted envelopes that the first Bozo the Clown, Pinto Colvig  (who was also a Disney animator and the first voice of Goofy, Grumpy, and Doc), used to mail letters and home-made greeting cards to a close friend.

 

Oh, before I forget, I probably ought to mention that we do sell some books too, they just aren’t our main interest.

 

Tell us how you sell.  In our discussion you mentioned that broadly speaking you are doing about a third of your business from direct quotes and catalogs, another third at shows and a further third from online sales at your website, AbeBooks, Biblio, and eBay.  Selling is an art.  How does that truism translate into your experience?

 

For me to sell the type of things I do, I first have to understand exactly what an item is.  Most of the time, this takes a little research.  I don’t mean looking up items in bibliographies, although that can be helpful.  I’m talking about traditional research, and that usually requires some combination of in-person or on-line visits to academic libraries, archives, or museums as well as the use of interlibrary loan resources and electronic data collections like EBCO, Gale, or JSTOR.  

 

Of course, writing the description is important too.  At their best, I want my write-ups not only to describe an item fully but to also relate the originator’s personal story in a way that makes it clear to potential customers, both collectors and institutions, why that item is important and why it should become part of their collection.  That holds true, whether I’m trying to make a sale at a book fair, through a catalog, or on-line.  I know that some people think that selling on the Internet is a rather static and effortless way of doing business, but the truth is that for on-line sales, especially eBay sales, I converse just as much, if not more, with potential customers by email and message as I do in person at fairs or by telephone for direct quotes or catalog sales. 

 

I understand that your wife is your partner in this business.  You do shows together and she organizes the business side of the house.  Tell us about this aspect of the business.

 

Sure, Gail retired shortly after I did.  She’d been a civilian plans and logistics officer within the Department of Defense for over 35 years, and her last job was as a Deputy Director within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.  She was a little envious my free time after I retired and had really gotten to hate her grueling 90-minute one-way commute both to and from work on I-95 each day, so leaving her bureaucratic headaches behind and joining me in the book business made perfect sense.   She went to CABS, the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, after she retired but doesn’t get too involved in the book-side of our business.  Instead, she puts her logistics and management experience to work maintaining our spreadsheets, organizing stock, packing it for shows, and coordinating our travel and transportation.  She also keeps tabs on how we do at each show, what types of things sold and what didn’t, and then adjusts what we take the next time around.  While we’re at a show she’s usually the one who goes out scouting while I manage the booth, and she always manages to find some interesting things. 

 

Something else I should mention is that Gail came up with our trading name, Read’Em Again Books, twenty years ago when I was first starting out  At the time, I had an inventory of a couple thousand collectible children’s books that I sold to adults, primarily nostalgia sales, at antique shows, so it made a lot of sense.  Now that our inventory and business model are dramatically different, we’ve discussed changing it but, for the time, decided to keep it because we have so many customers that know us that way.

 

You have a history of persistence, demonstrated by your pursuit of education, your military service, your executive experience in higher education and library management, and now in the field of collectible objects.  How does it feel and what does the future look like to you and Gail?

 

That’s an interesting question, especially the part about “persistence.”  To me, persistence implies sticking with something that is difficult or unpleasant.  Of course, I’ve worked hard and been in some challenging situations, and there were times when I’ve been frustrated , but to be honest, I loved my time in the military, my time as a student, and my work in higher education and library administration.  I have to say that all of it was very enjoyable, satisfying, and fulfilling. 

 

As for the future, I like to think that Gail and I will be able to keep on selling the type of things we do now.  Although the topics that sell best will certainly change with time, I think that whatever their interests, collectors will continue wanting to add unusual and unique items to their collections.  Also, I think that institutions will want to continue to offer their users original source material with personal details that students, faculty, and other researchers can use to flesh out and enliven theses, dissertations, and publications.  That’s what we offer now and what we plan to offer in the future. 

 

I suspect that the well of hard-copy, as opposed to digital, personal narratives won’t run dry for a number of years, and, to mix metaphors, we’ll be able to mine nuggets of diaries, albums, correspondence, and scrapbooks from the hidden crevices of auctions, eBay, estate sales, and antique malls for a long time.  Gail and I both enjoy what we are doing now and plan to keep doing it for the foreseeable future.  We’ll “continue the march” as long as we continue to have fun.

 

Rare Book Monthly members and readers, in total more than 20,000, will be interested both in your story and in your experience.  We all think we can sell a book or two.  You’re finding a path to a third career and buying very interesting things.  RBH members here now can follow various links

 

To the Read’Em Again Books website and (in Kurt’s words, “sorely neglected”) Facebook page and blog.

 

To Kurt’s recent catalogues: Catalog 16-2 (Summer/Fall, 2016) and Catalog 16-1 (Spring/Summer, 2016)

 

To a video-taped interview with Kurt posted on the ABAA website [link]

 

A list of shows where Kurt and Gail will be exhibiting:

 

29 October 2016 –Boston Book Print and Ephemera Show (Marvin Getman’s Satellite Show), Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116

 

3-5 February 2017 – The Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

 

10-12 February 2017 – The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

 

10 March 2017 – New York City Book and Ephemera Fair (Marvin Gettman’s Satellite Fair), Wallace Hall, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue New York, NY 10028

 

21-23 April 2017 – Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

 

28-29 April 2017 – Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, The Sphinx Club, 1315 K Street NW, Washington DC  20005

 

5-7 May 2017 – St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Fair to Benefit the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis, JC Penney Conference Center, UMSL-North Campus, 1 University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

 

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 15:</b> Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 1:</b> Vintage Posters Featuring Highlights from the Gail Chisholm Collection
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 8:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 13:</b> 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 22:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 29:</b> Printed & Manuscript African Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 12:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 26:</b> Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 3:</b> Graphic Design
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 15:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 7:</b><br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 21:</b> Revolutionary & Presidential Americana from the Collection of William Wheeler III
  • <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Snowy Heron, Plate 242. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Great Blue Heron, Plate 211. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> The Clouded Leopard. Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953). Oil on canvas.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> A Bouquet of Daffodils and Other Flowers with a Butterfly on the Stem. Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840). Black Chalk, Watercolor And Gum Arabic On Vellum.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> CELLARIUS, Andreas (ca 1596-1665). <i>Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et Novus</i>. Amsterdam: Pieter Schenk and Gerald Valk, 1708.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). <i>Grosser Atlas über die gantze Welt</i>. Nuremburg: J.H.G. Bieling for the heirs of Homann, 1737.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> LEVAILLANT, Francois (1753-1824). <i>Histoire naturelle des perroquets</i>. Paris: Levrault frères (later Levrault, Schoell & Co.), 1801-1805.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> FUCHS, Leonhard (1501-1566). <i>De historia stirpium commentarii insignes. adiectis earundem vivis plusquam quingentis imaginibus</i>… Basel: Michel Isingrin, 1542.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Original Manuscript Map "Plano De Una Parte De La Provincia De La Luisiana..." AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT MAP SHOWING THE ORIGINS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AT THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
    <b>Arader Galleries Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> J. De Cordova's Map of the State of Texas Compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State by Robert Creuzbaur, Houston. Hand-colored lithograph. New York: J. Atwood, 1850.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Texas. David Burr (1803-1875). Engraved Map with original hand color in full. New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1834. Second Edition.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 27:</b> Map of Texas with Parts of Adjoining States Compiled by Stephen F. Austin. Engraved Map with original hand color. Philadelphia, 1830. First Edition.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> <i>Verve: Revue Artistique et Littéraire/An Artistic and Literary Quarterly,</i> nos.1-38 in 26 vol [a complete set], numerous colour lithographs by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse & others. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Wesley (John, Church of England clergyman and a founder of Methodism, 1703-91). Autograph Letter signed to Rev. John Bredin, 1782. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Austen (Jane). Brock (Charles Edward). A group of seventeen ink and watercolour drawings for Dent's edition of Jane Austen's <i>Sense and Sensibility,</i> 1908. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Tibullus (Albius) and Gaius Valerius Catullus. <i>Elegiae, sive Carmina,</i> Venice, Andreas de Paltasichis, 1487. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Doves Press. English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence Hodson, Doves Press, 1903. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Africa. Smith (Andrew). <i>Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa,</i> 5 vol., first edition, original cloth, [1838-50]. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Longitude. <i>An Act for providing a Publick Reward for such Person or Persons as shall Discover the Longitude at Sea,</i> first edition of this highly important act, John Baskett, 1714. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Shirley (James). <i>Six new playes, viz. The Brothers. Sisters. Doubtfull Heir. Imposture. Cardinall. Court secret,</i> first edition, 1653. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Heaney (Seamus). <i>Ugolino,</i> number 77 of 125 copies, Dublin, Dolmen Press, 1979. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Lasinio (Carlo, 1759-1838). <i>[Ritratti Originali de Pittori Esistenti Nella Reale Galleria de Firenze],</i> 99 engravings, circa 1791-96. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Japan. Kusakabe Kimbei. Photograph Album, 50 hand-coloured albumen prints, oblong folio, [c.1890-1900]. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Polar. Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. Arctic Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, printed flyer, 1852. £1,000 to £1,500

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