• <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. December 7, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie.</i> Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916.<br>$80,000 – 120,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in English, Signed Integrally ("Isaac Newton"). $50,000 – 70,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. London: John Murray, 1859. $25,000 – 35,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. December 7, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.</i> London: Benjamin Motte, 1729.<br>$20,000 – 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> HEISENBERG, WERNER. Autograph Manuscript entitled "<i>Entwicklung der Theorie der Elementarteilche,</i>” [1964].<br>$15,000 – 25,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> BERNOULLI, DANIEL. <i>Hydrodynamica, sive De viribus et motibus fluidorum commentarii.</i> Strasbourg: Johann Heinrich Decker for Johann Reinhold Dulsecker, 1738. $5,000 – 7,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. December 7, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> [TARKOVSKY, ANDREI ARSENIEVICH.] STRUGATSKY, BORIS AND ARKADY. Typed Manuscript for <i>Stalker</i>, being the director's working script, 1977. $150,000 – 200,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. Typed Manuscript of "Marlin Off the Morro: A Cuban Letter," n.p., [1933]. $30,000 – 50,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> SALINGER, JEROME DAVID. 4 Autograph Letters, 2 of which Signed ("Jerry") and 6 Typed Letters, 2 of which Initialed ("J"). $30,000 – 50,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. December 7, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. Typed Manuscript Carbon, "Doktor Zhivago," with some typed corrections, Moscow, 1948. $30,000 – 50,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> MILNE, ALAN ALEXANDER. Autograph Manuscript Signed 3 times ("A.A. Milne"), entitled "Peace with Honour: An Enquiry into the War Convention," 1934.<br>$30,000 – 50,000
    <b>Bonhams Dec. 7:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Robert Frost"), titled "Gold for Christmas," 1952. $15,000 – 20,000
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Maps & Works of Art. December 13, 2016</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint. Estaugh (John). <i>A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth</i>, Philadelphia: Printed by B. Franklin, 1744. €7,000 – 10,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Original Signed Volume from the Dean Swift's Library. [Swift (Dr. Jonathan)] Grotius (Hugo). <i>De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres</i>, Amsterdam: (J. Blaeu) 1670. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Cresswell (Samuel Gurney). <i>A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour; together with a Coloured Map of the Route</i>, London: (Day & Son) July 25, 1854.<br>€15,000 – 20,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Maps & Works of Art. December 13, 2016</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Of Legendary Rarity - First Printing of Shakespeare Outside England. Shakespeare (Wm.). <i>The Works of Shakespeare</i> In Eight Volumes. Dublin: 1726.<br>€7,000 – 10,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Lewin (W.). <i>The Birds of Great Britain</i>, 8 vols in 4, with 335 hand-coloured plates, 1795 – 1801. €1,500 – 2,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> 18th Century Manuscript Relating to Massachusetts Bay, c. 1750.<br>€350 – 500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Maps & Works of Art. December 13, 2016</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Alexander (Wm.). <i>Picturesque Representations of The Dress and Manners of the Chinese</i>, with 50 hand-coloured plates, 1814. €600 – 800
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Manuscript Estate Atlas - Neville (Arthur Richard). <i>The Estate of Sir John Coghill Bart</i>, 1791. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Unique Collection of Ballads by Brendan Behan Behan. €3,000 – 4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Maps & Works of Art. December 13, 2016</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Original Manuscript of Edith Somerville's Unpublished Children's Book. Somerville (Edith). <i>GROWLY-WOWLY. Or, The Story of the Three Little Pigs</i>. €3,500 – 5,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Full Set of Cuala Press Broadsides with fine hand-coloured illustrations by Jack B. Yeats, 1908 – 1915. €4,000 – 6,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Dec. 13:</b> Eyzinger (Michael). <i>Ad Leonis Belgici Topographicam atque Historicam Descriptionem</i>, [Cologne:] 1586. €3,000 – 4,000
  • <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian. December 15, 2016</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 200.<br>The North American Indian, vol.I-XIII. £60,000-80,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 200.<br>The North American Indian, vol.I-XIII. £60,000-80,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 200.<br>The North American Indian, vol.I-XIII. £60,000-80,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian. December 15, 2016</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 200.<br>The North American Indian, vol.I-XIII. £60,000-80,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 200.<br>The North American Indian, vol.I-XIII. £60,000-80,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 200.<br>The North American Indian, vol.I-XIII. £60,000-80,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian. December 15, 2016</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 202. Geronimo - Apache. £600-800
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 225.<br>A Chief of the Desert - Navaho. £1000-1500
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 267.<br>An Oasis in the Bad Lands. £600-800
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian. December 15, 2016</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 303.<br>The Scout in Winter - Apsaroke. £800-1200
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 320.<br>Sitting Bear - Arikara. £500-700
    <b>Bloomsbury Dec. 15: </b> Lot 475. <br>A Nakoaktok Chief's Daughter. <br>£600-800
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie. December 5, 2016</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> John Wycliffe. <i>WYCLIFFITE NEW TESTAMENT IN THE LATER VERSION, IN MIDDLE ENGLISH [ENGLAND, 1ST HALF OF THE 15TH CENTURY]</i>. $500,000-800,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Bible in English [King James Version]. <i>THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTEYNING THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND THE NEW… LONDON: ROBERT BARKER, 1611.</i> $400,000-600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Bible in English. Tyndale's Pentateuch. <i>THE FIRSTE BOKE OF MOSES CALLED GENESIS [?FYFTE BOKE OF MOSES CALLED DEUTERONOMYE.] [ANTWERP: JOHAN HOOCHSTRATEN, 1530].</i> $300,000-500,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie. December 5, 2016</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Eliot, John. <i>[BIBLE IN MASSACHUSET, NATICK DIALECT:] MAMUSSE WUNNEETUPANATAMWE UP-BIBLIUM GOD… CAMBRIDGE, MA: SAMUEL GREEN AND MARMADUKE JOHNSON, 1663–61.</i> $175,000-250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> [Italian Bible]. <i>BIBLE WITH PROLOGUES AND INTERPRETATIONS OF HEBREW NAMES, IN LATIN. [ITALY (PROBABLY BOLOGNA)], DATED 1273</I>.<br>$150,000-250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Bible in English, Coverdale's Version. <i>BIBLIA. THE BIBLE, THAT IS, THE HOLY SCRIPTURE OF THE OLDE AND NEW TESTAMENT, FAITHFULLY AND TRULY TRANLSATED OUT OF DOUCHE AND LATYN IN TO ENGLISH, 1535-1536.</i> $150,000-250,00
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie. December 5, 2016</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Bible, Polyglot [The Complutensian Polyglot]. <i>VETUS TESTAMENTUM MULTIPLICI LINGUA NUNC PRIMO IMPRESSUM… [ALCALÀ DE HENARES: ARNAO GUILLÉN DE BROCAR, 1514–1517]</i>. $80,000-120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Psalter in Greek. <i>[GREEK TITLE: PSALTÊRION]. VENICE: ALDUS MANUTIUS [CA. 1496-1498; NOT AFTER 1 OCTOBER 1498]</i>. $80,000-120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Bible in German. <i>BIBLIA, DAS IST DIE GANTZE HEILIGE SCHRIFT DEUDSCH.  AUGSBURG: HEYNRICH STEYNER, 1535</i>. $80,000-120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie. December 5, 2016</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Thomas à Kempis. <i>IMITATIO CHRISTI. [AUGSBURG:] GÜNTHER ZAINER, [NOT AFTER 6 MAY 1473]</i>. $50,000-70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> The Four Gospels, in Greek. <i>FOUR GOSPELS WITH COMMENTARY, IN GREEK. [CONSTANTINOPLE, 11TH CENTURY]</i>. $50,000-80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York Dec. 5:</b> Bible in Latin. <i>A LEAF FROM THE GUTENBERG BIBLE. [MAINZ: JOHANN GUTENBERG AND JOHANN FUST, 1455]</I>.<br> $50,000-70,000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2016 Issue

Fonsie Mealy: a compelling Sale on December 13th

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Highlight lots from Fonsie Mealy's December sale

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers of Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland is set to conduct a major sale in the rare books, manuscripts, and works of art categories on December 13th in Dublin, Ireland.  Those lucky enough to attend will have 800 lots to examine but many, probably most bids will arrive online in real time.  It’s simply the way auctions occur in 2016.  The sale is being held at Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St., Dublin 1.

 

The material is a broad selection of Irish, English, European and American collecting interests but what distinguishes it are three things, rarity, condition and the price estimates that are sufficiently low to entice bidding.  The art of staging auctions is an important aspect of the trade and this sale artfully combines the threads that, when well woven, tend to bring brisk sales.

 

Here are 15 items that typify the selection that comes up on December 13th:

 

Lot 69. With 50 Hand-Coloured Plates Alexander (Wm.) Picturesque Representations of The Dress and Manners of the Chinese, sm. folio L. 1814. 50 hd. cold. plts. (include frontis,) a.e.g., cont straight grained mor., gilt spine. (1)

 

Est. 600-800 Euro

 

Lot 255. With 335 Hand-Coloured Plates Lewin (W.) The Birds of Great Britain, 8 vols in 4, L.P. 4to L. 1795 - 1801 Second Edn., hd. cold. engd. frontis & 334 hand coloured plates (some mis-numbering) & include. doubles, titles in English & French, cont. diced calf. (4)

Est. 1,500 – 2,000 Euro

 

Lot 264.  18th Century Manuscript relating to Massachusetts Bay American interest:  a small octavo notebook. 

 

A small octavo notebook containing a summary of the proceedings of the Council of Massachusetts Bay and its negotiations with the British Parliament on the colonist's rights and privileges. This is evidently the second volume of a series, as the pages are numbered 85 -155, but written on left hand side only, and covers the years 1691 to 1728. A significant contribution to the documentation of relations between Britain and her American colonies in this period. In a contemporary full red mor. binding, with attractive gilt tooled borders, & spine, c. 1750.

 

Est. 350-500 Euro

 

Lot 376.  Signed Manuscript Poem [Heaney (Seamus) 1939-2013, Nobel Laureate 1995]

 

A signed holograph manuscript copy of his Poem 'The Wishing Chair', one page, 12 lines in his usual black ink, with a good signature, dated 20 December 1989. 'When you sat, far-eyed and cold, in the basalt throne Of "the wishing chair" at the Giant's Casueway. The small of your back made sense of the firmament...' The poem is from his Squarings sequence.

 

1,000-1,500 Euro

 

Lot 379.  Unique Collection Ballads by Brendan Behan (Brendan) in the early 1950’s

 

Unique Collection Ballads by Brendan Behan (Brendan) In the early 1950's, Brendan Behan was invited by Micheál Ó hAodha of Radio Eireann to contribute songs and scripts for the popular radio series The Ballad Maker's Saturday Night. At the time Behan was renowned in the pubs of Dublin for his seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of street-ballads and republican songs which he had learned in prison or from his mother Kathleen and his uncle Peadar Kearney, who wrote The Soldier's Song.

 

Est. 3,000-4,000 Euro

 

Lot 462.  In Fine 18th Century Irish Binding Estate Atlas:  Neville (Arthur Richard)

Coghill Bart, in Yorkshire, Kilkenny, Cavan, Meath and Dublin, 1791, Oblong folio (approx. 10 1/2" x 14 1/2"), with four large folding key maps (approx. 19 1/2" x 27") each in manuscript hand coloured and line backed, together with 47 full page maps each with its own reference key opposite, relating to this estate of almost 7200 acres. 

 

Est. 10,000-15,000 Euro

 

Lot 488.  "The Broadsides" With Fine Hand-Coloured Illustrations by Jack B. Yeats Dun Emer Press [-Cuala Press] Yeats (E.C.) A Broadside, Published Monthly For June 1908 - May 1915. Together 84 Nos Folio, printed at Dundrum. Each with hand coloured and black & white illus. by Jack B. Yeats, Complete Set. All in loose form, as issued. Now in a loose leaf folder. A fine & rare set. (1)

 

Est. 4,000-6,000 Euro

 

Lot 514.  Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth, ... to which is added Divers Epistles of the same Author. Sm. 8vo Philadelphia. Printed by B. Franklin, 1744. First Edn. [XVIII] [19] - 119. Mis-pagination on p. 68, incorrectly numbered 86, indistinct name of a previous owner in pencil on title, in mottled calf, with gilt line bands on spine, mor. label, possibly a Philadelphia binding. (1) * An exquisite copy of this excessively rare volume, known only in a handful copies world wide. Last copy sold by auction over 70 years ago. N.B. The Second Edition was printed in London 1745, First Dublin Edition also 1745. Copac records only 6 Copies held in Institutional Libraries Worldwide. Sabin 23040.

 

Est. 7,000-10,000 Euro

 

Lot 627.  Spectacular Early Coloured View of The North West Passage Cresswell (Samuel Gurney) A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour; together with a Coloured Map of the Route; by Lieut. S.G. Cresswell, of the Voyages of the H.M.S. Investigator, Capt. M'Clure, during the Discovery of the North West Passage. Lg. atlas folio London (Day & Son) July 25, 1854. Sole Edition, title incorporating Dedit, 4pp, 8 full page chromo plts. and one full page chart, all leaves & plts. re-mounted on linen, orig. red cloth, gilt professionally rebacked, a few stains. An extremely fine copy with v. clean plates. (1) Reference: Abbey Travel 644; Sabin 17490.

 

Est. 15,000-20,000

 

Lot 675.  Of Legendary Rarity First Printing of Shakespeare Outside England Shakespeare (Wm.) The Works of Shakespeare In Eight Volumes. Collated and Corrected by former Editions by Mr. Pope. 8 vols. sm. 8vo Dublin (Printed by and for Geo. Grierson .. and for George Ewing...) 1726. First Edn. Vol. I red and bl. general title, [20], [XXVI], [2] black general title, 408pp + advert leaf at end. Separate title pages for 'The Tempest,' and 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream,' each dated 1725; Vol. II, [2], 471pp; Vol. III, [2], [2], 438pp; Vol. IV, [2], 452pp; Vol. V, [2], 474pp; Vol. VI, [2], 440pp; Vol. VII, [2], 424pp, [48] Index, [6] Table, + [2] Advert leaf; Vol. VIII, [2] XI, 462, [V] Table & Adverts. An extremely fine complete set, sprinkled calf mostly, not quiet uniform (five spines tooled gilt), made up from two sets, from the Library of John Congreve (same family as playwright William Congreve), with bookplates. N.B. Writing in 'The Athenaeum' in February 1903, E.R.Mc Clintock Dix, bibliographer states, "The edition of Shakespeare's Works is rare, as far as I can judge, and may perhaps not have been noted by some Shakespearean bibliographers. I cannot find it in Lowndes." As far as we are aware, no complete set (8 volumes) has been offered for sale in the last 100 years.

 

Est. 7,000-10,000 Euro

 

Lot 686.  Original Signed Volume From the Dean Swift's Library [Swift (Dr. Jonathan)] Grotius (Hugo). De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, In quibus jus Naturae & Gentium, item juris publici praecipua explicatur. Edicio Nova cum Annotatis Authoris, ex postrema ejus ante obitum cura. Accesserunt Annotata in Epistolam Pauli et Philemonem, et Dissertatio de Mari libero. 8vo Amsterdam (J. Blaeu) 1670. Engd. portrait, add engd. title, & red & black printed title, Signed in top right hand corner 'Jon: Swift,' in ink. Faint library stamp on obverse of portrait, cont. mottled calf, with blind triple borders, raised bands, mor. labels. V. good copy. (1) * Excessively Rare. Books from Swift's library are recorded by only a handful of copies. For further information on this copy see 'Swift Studies, 9 (1994), pp. 113 - 117.'

 

Est.. 10,000-15,000 Euro

 

Lot 706.  Excessively Rare 16th Century Plate Book Eyzinger (Michael) Ad Leonis Belgici Topographicam atque Historicam Descriptionem, ... appendix. 2 vols.in one, 4to [Cologne] 1586. 162 dlb. page engd. illustrations (only) and 1 single page ditto, lg. fold. engd. map of Holland & Belgium in the shape of a lion, with cont. hd. colouring, some pps. lacking, the text & illustrations in extremely fine condition, in a 17th Century full sprinkled calf, with each gathering and each plate separately bound in, raised bands, spine gilt in panels. As a coll. of plts., w.a.f. (1)

 

Est. 3,000-4,000 Euro

 

Lot 745.  An Exceptionally Rare Pair in Uniform Bindings Colgan (John) Acta Sanctorum veteris et maioris Scotiae, seu Hiberniae Sanctorum Insulae,... Tomus Primus, Qui de sacris Hiberniae Antiquitatibus est Tertius Januarium, Februarium, and Martium complecteus. Folio Louvain (Everardum de Witte) 1645. First Edn. Hf. title, [28] 906pp, first few & last few leaves stained, otherwise v. good. together with: Colgan (John) Triadis Thaumaturgae, seu Divorum Patricii, Columbae et Brigidae, trium veteris et naoris Scotiae, seu Hiberniae Sanctorum Insulae, Communium Patronorum Acta,... Tomus Secundus Sacrarum ejusdem insulae Antiquitatum, nune primum in lucem prodiens. Folio Louvain 1647. First Edn. Hf. title, pp[24], 740, [2, errata]. some mispagination. The pagination omits 153, 154, 387, 388, some damp weakening at fore-edge at front, a few leaves strengthened, in matching contemporary style 18th Century bindings with blind decoration, raised bands, gilt tooled floral decoration in panels, mor. labels. (2) * Each volume exceptionally rare, but the auctioneers have never handled the pair in near contemporary matching bindings. Shane Leslie in his article on 'The Rarest Irish Books,' 1935, mentions the above volumes, 'which are the desire of every Irish Collector.' '..Bishop Reeves calculated there were about fifteen sets of Colgan in Ireland. There cannot be more than fifty in the world at a very large estimate.'

 

Est. 7,000-10,000 Euro

 

Lot 753.  Highly Important Album Some of the Earliest Irish Photographs Dated 1855 Coghill (Sir Joscelyn) First Secretary of the Dublin Photographic Society: A very important Album of original 'Photographs, 1855', dated on cover 1855, the album containing circa 100 numbered pages, oblong quarto, with about 140 images in various sizes, many neatly captioned, some about 6 x 8 ins, others smaller, mostly portraits but also including some important landscape photos. Portraits include Sir Joscelyn himself, his wife Katharine, the young Egerton (oval) dated June 1858, Honb. Emmeline Plunket acting a part as 'Tragedy', Thomas Greene and (presumably) his wife, various family members, various tradesmen and servants, Sir Joscelyn playing cards, a good family group at a gate, Coghill's first carte-de-visite dated 1855, a splendid gentleman said to be Don Caesar de Bazant, a sleeping child, and many images of his wife and children. Landscape photos include Drumcondra House, a superb image of Drogheda harbour with sail-boats, important views of the Boyne Viaduct under construction, Muredach's Cross at Monasterboice showing fine uneroded detail, the bridge at Finglas before the city swallowed it, the Rock of Cashel with the original village at its foot, Hore Abbey, Adare Abbey, Desmond Castle, the old Weir Bridge, Gap of Dunloe, Muckross Abbey, Holy Cross, Brickeen Bridge, Newtown near Trim, an exceedingly bare view of Killiney with the obelisk, the Meeting of the Waters, Sackville St. with the Pillar and GPO, a windmill at Feltrum, the village of Swords, Chapel Izod (still a village), and near the end Windsor and some Welsh or English views and portraits. The quality of the images is generally excellent, the prints are neatly laid down and are mostly unfaded and in good condition. The album itself is strongly bound in half leather buckram. The covers are somewhat soiled and shaken, a few early pages have been cellotaped, but in general it is holding strongly. (1) A wonderful album by one of the earliest pioneers from the very beginning of photography in Ireland. See Edward Chandler's Photography in Ireland: The Nineteenth Century [Burke 2001] for further information about Coghill and his work, and his essay on 'The Mutual Relations of Photography and Art' [1859]. Provenance: by family descent.

 

Est. 6,000-8,000 Euro

 

Lot 802.  Original Manuscript Edith Somerville's Unpublished Children's Book Somerville (Edith Oenone) [1858-1949] The original Manuscript of an unpublished and unrecorded book for children titled 'GROWLY-WOWLY. Or, The Story of the Three Little Pigs', the story entirely in verse in Somerville's hand, and with seven superb full page watercolour illustrations by Somerville (including the title page), circa 8" x 9" mostly signed in monogram, showing how the wolf gleefully hunts down the piglets but is eventually outwitted. Signed on rear by Somerville, with addresses in Cork and Kensington. Preserved in a modern binder's folder. The title page is lightly soiled; the other plates are clean and fresh. Edith Somerville is best known for her 'Irish R.M.' books; but her 'The Story of the Discontented Little Elephant' [1912] has long been among the most sought-after of Irish children's books. The present work is probably much earlier (the Kensington address suggests about 1880). It is not clear why it was not published, or indeed if she sought publication; it may have been intended for the amusement of her sister's children. A marvellous discovery. (1) Provenance: Coghill family [Edith's sister Hildegarde married her cousin Egerton Coghill].

Est. 3,500-5,000 Euro

 

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> CURTIS, EDWARD. <i>Original glass plate photograph, Honovi – Walpi Snake Priest, prepared by Curtis for the printing of The North American Indian</i>, c.1910
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (AMERICAN WEST.), Watkins, Taber, Savage, and others. <i>Magnificent Album of Mammoth Photographs of the American West, with other subjects various</i>, ca. 1865-1880s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>Darwin Family Photograph Album</i>. Down, Kent, 1871-1879
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (SECRET SERVICE). <i>The photographic archive, papers, and relics of William Kennoch, Secret Service Agent</i>. Various places, 1870s and 1880s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (AMERICAN REVOLUTION). <i>Daguerreotype Portrait of Baltus Stone, the earliest photo of a Revolution veteran,</i> 1846
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1863. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Laurie & Whittle, <i>The Complete East-India Pilot</i>, with 113 maps, London, 1797. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> George W. Browning, 134 sketches of natural history & landscape subjects, American West, 1880s-90s.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Catesby & Ehret, <i>Magnolia Grandiflora</i>, from first edition <i>Natural History of Carolina</i>, London, 1731-43. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Petrus Plancius, <i>The Spice Map</i>, hand-colored, London, 1598.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b><br>John Miller, <i>Illustratio Systematis Sexualis Linnaei</i>, London, 1770-77. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Thomas Shotter Boys, <i>Original Views of London As It Is</i>, de luxe issue, 26 hand-colored lithographs, London, 1842. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Frederick de Wit, <i>Belgi XVII Provinciarum Tabula</i>, true first state wall map, Amsterdam, ca 1670. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>Passenger Pigeon, Plate LXII</i>, aquatint & engraving before color, London, 1829. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Joannes Clericus, <i>Atlas Atiquus, Sacer, Ecclesiasticus et Profanus</i>, Amsterdam, 1705. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Matthaus Seutter, <i>Atlas Novus sive Tabulae Geographicae totius Orbis</i>, Augsburg, ca 1735.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> William Roscoe, <i>Monandrian Plants of the Order Scitamineae</i>, Liverpool, 1824-28. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>The Mocking Bird</i>, hand-colored aquatint & engraving, London, 1827.<br>$7,000 to $10,000.
  • <b>Dorothy Sloan Rare Books:<br>La Invasíon Norteamericana and the Mexican-American War.<br>December 15 & 16, 2016</b>
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> [ARTILLERY]. KITCHEN, D.C. <i>Record of the Wyoming Artillerists.</I> Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania: Alvin Day Printer, 1874. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> UNITED STATES AND MEXICAN BOUNDARY COMMISSION. EMORY, William Hemsley. <i>Report of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior…</i><br>$3,000-6,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> RICHARDSON, William H. <i>Journal of William H. Richardson, a Private Soldier in the Campaign of New and Old Mexico…</i>. Baltimore: John H. Woods, 1848. $3,000-6,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Rare Books:<br>La Invasíon Norteamericana and the Mexican-American War.<br>December 15 & 16, 2016</b>
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> GARCÍA CONDE, Pedro. <i>Carta geografica general de la Republica Mexicana…</i> $30,000-60,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> EMORY, William Hemsley. <i>Map of Texas and the Countries Adjacent: Compiled in the Bureau of the Corps of Topographical Engineers; From the Best Authorities…</i> [Washington, 1844]. $7,500-15,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> THORPE, Thomas Bangs. <i>Our Army at Monterey. Being a Correct Account of the Proceedings and Events which Occurred to the “Army of Occupation”…</i> Philadelphia, 1847. $400-800
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Rare Books:<br>La Invasíon Norteamericana and the Mexican-American War.<br>December 15 & 16, 2016</b>
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> <i>The Rough and Ready Songster: Embellished with Twenty-Five Splendid Engravings, Illustrative of the American Victories in Mexico…</i> New York; St. Louis, Mo [ca. 1848].<br>$500-1,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> CURRIER, Nathaniel (publisher). <i>The Brilliant Charge of Capt. May At the Battle of Resaca de la Palma (Palm Ravine) 9th of May…</i> $150-300 
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> [RINGGOLD, SAMUEL]. WYNNE, James. <i>Memoir of Major Samuel Ringgold, United States Army: Read Before the Maryland Historical Society, April 1st, 1847.</i> Baltimore, 1847. $500-1,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Rare Books:<br>La Invasíon Norteamericana and the Mexican-American War.<br>December 15 & 16, 2016</b>
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> [TAYLOR, ZACHARY]. <i>Life of General Taylor from the Best Authorities.</i> New York: Nafis and Cornish; St. Louis, Mo.: Nafis, Cornish & Co., 1847.<br>$500-1,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> TILDEN, Bryant Parrott, Jr. <i>Notes on the Upper Rio Grande, Explored in the Months of October and November, 1846, on Board the U.S. Steamer Major Brown…</i> Philadelphia, 1847.<br>$5,000-10,000
    <b>Dorothy Sloan Books Dec. 15 & 16:</b> [WORTH, WILLIAM J.]. <i>Life of General Worth; To Which is Added a Sketch of the Life of Brigadier-General Wool.</i> New York: Nafis & Cornish; St. Louis, Mo.: Nafis, Cornish & Co., 1847.<br>$200-400

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