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Articles - March - 2017 Issue

Arader Galleries Spring Auction March 25th

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Arader Galleries Spring Auction

March 25th – 1pm at 1016 Madison Avenue, New York

The Arader Gallery is holding an important sale of rare books and images on March 25th.  The sale will be hosted by Mid-Hudson Auctions and the material in the sale available for inspection beginning on the 9th at 1016 Madison Avenue in New York. Gallery hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday.  Viewing by appointment at 29 East 72nd Street [and Madison].

 

To make an appointment 212.628.3668.  Please call or email at auctions@aradernyc.com

 

The following are a few selections

Lot 19 - Rosate Spoonbill, Plate 321. J John James Audubon (1785 - 1851) from Birds of America. Double Elephant Folio. First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color

London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. 25 x 37 3/4 inches sheet, 37 x 49 inches framed

Estimate: $110,000 - 150,000. Retail: $225,000. Reserve: $100,000

Guidance: Mid-Hudson, 2016 - $176,900

 

Lot 23 - American White Pelican, Plate 311. John James Audubon (1785 - 1851). First Edition Robert Havell Aquatint Engraving with Original Hand Color From Birds of America Double Elephant Folio. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.

Estimate: $100,000 - 140,000. Retail Price: $750,000. Reserve: $125,000

 

Lot 128 - Birds of Asia

John Gould  (1804-1881)

London: Taylor and Francis for the Author, 1850-83

Estimate: $80,000 - 130,000

Guidance: Christie’s, 1999 - $126,887

Reserve: $72,000

7 volumes. Folio (21 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches). 530 hand-colored lithographs after John Gould, H.C. Richter, Josef Wolf and W. Hart. Contemporary half green morocco, all edges gilt, spine gilt, 7 compartments with 6 raised bands (vol 1, front marbled endpaper detached, vol. 4 front marbled endpaper loose. vol. 5 front marbled endpaper loose).

 

Lot 129 - The Birds of Europe

John Gould (1804-1881)

London: by Richard and John E. Taylor,

published by the Author 1832-37

Estimate: $60,000 - 90,000

Guidance: Sotheby’s, 2007, $145,000

Reserve: $54,000

 

Physical Description: 5 volumes. Folio (21 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches). 448 hand-colored lithographs [numbered to 449, nos. 447 and 448 on one] by C. Hullmandel after Elizabeth Gouldand Edward Lear, from John Gould’s sketches. Contemporary calf binding, rebacked to style (covers knicked). With gilt and blind roll tools, spine and binding edges gilt, 6 compartments with 5 raised bands. Book plate removed.

 

Lot 132 - The Birds of Great Britain

John Gould (1804-1881)

London: Taylor and Francis for the author, [1862]-1873

Estimate: $30,000 - 45,000

Guidance: Christie’s, 2006 - $78,000

Reserve: $27,000

 

Physical Description: 5 volumes. Folio (21 x 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches). 5-page list of Subscribers. 367 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE hand-colored lithographs after John Gould, Josef Wolf, and H.C. Richter. Half red morocco, spine gilt, top edge gilt, 6 compartments with 5 raised bands. Provenance: Bookplate of Wrest Park.

 

Lot 133 -  The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

Mark Catesby (1682/83–1749)

London: at the expense of the author, [1729-] 1731-1743 [-1747]

Estimate: $275,000 - 350,000

Guidance: Sotheby’s, 2007 - $657,000. Sotheby’s, 1989 - $462,500

Reserve: $250,000

Physical Description:  2 volumes. Folio (20  1/2 x 14 1/2 inches). 220 hand-colored plates, double-page map; two leaves with a marginal tear (one catching a headline), scattered spotting and the usual offsetting, but a generally VERY FINE COPY. With the 44-page Appendix (of 1747) bound in vol. 2. Contemporary diced russia, covers with gilt borders incorporating insect and animal tools, gilt spines; joints split, one cover nicked.

Provenance: Front pastedown with 18th century armorial bookplate of Fane William Sharpe, “Student of Ch[rist] Ch[urch, Oxford]”; From the Estate of Clarence Dillon, Far Hills, New Jersey.

A rare first edition with engravng & hand coloring done by Mark Catesby

 

VERY FINE First Edition. Trained as a botanist, Catesby travelled to Virginia in 1712. He lodged in Williamsburg with his sister and brother-in-law, who had emigrated to the New World in 1712, and began to fulfill his “passionate desire of viewing as well the Animals as Vegetable Productions in their Native Countries; which were Strangers to England” (preface). He remained in British America for seven years, sending back to England collections of plants and seeds, as well as beginning to make natural history drawings.

 

Lot 134 - Dell’arcano del mare [Books 1-4]

Robert Dudley (1573-1649)

Firenze: Francesco Onofri, 1646

Estimate: $50,000 - 70,000. Retail: $190,000

Guidance: Sotheby’s, 1988 - £ 48,400 GBP

Reserve: $40,000

Physical Description: 2 volumes [of an eventual 3] in one. Folio (13 x 9 1/2 inches). Half-title, title-page dated 1646, with fine engraved vignette of a compass (without half-title and title-page to volume 2, ie Books 3-4, and errata leaf at end, dampstaining to half-title, title-page and folding engraved patent plate, some minor and occasional spotting), folding engraved facsimile of the patent of nobility granted to Dudley in 1620 by Ferdinand II, 15 engraved folding charts in Book 2, including 5 double-sheet, and 66 (of 69) engraved plates by Antonio Francesco Lucini, various sizes, 49 folding, the plates variously numbered (see Phillips), , including 30 plates of astronomical or nautical instrument designs with volvelles, pointers or string-pointers, 7 double-sheet plates of diagrams of ship-building in Book 4, and one very small engraved diagram pasted down in lower margin of folio I2 in Book 4, four plates in Book 1 with letterpress text on versos, 5 inserted unnumbered leaves in Book 3 containing 10 letterpress diagrams of naval formations (without 2 plates in volume one, and one folding plate in Book 4, three plates with tears near the gutter, map of the Americas with small tear at fold juncture, a few of the double-sheet maps slightly browned along sheet junctures from original paste, else EXCEPTIONALLY FINE). Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine, edges stained red (a bit creased, especially at the extremities, and with a few pale stains, pastedowns torn).  Provenance: with the near contemporary ownership inscription of the library of the Colegio Mayore Cuenca in Salamanca (“En la libreria del Colegio . Cuenca”) on the title-page, numbering to the plates, and extensive underscoring and a few marginal notes in red pencil throughout.

  

Lot 137 - Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde

Nicholas Sanson D’Abbeville (1600-1667)

Paris: The Author and Pierre Mariette, 1658 [but 1659]

Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000. Retail: $90,000

Guidance: Christie’s, 2010 - $47,500

Reserve: $18,000

Physical Description: Folio (17 x 11 3/4 inches). Title-page with woodcut arms (dampstained), 3-page contemporary manuscript “Repertoir des Cartes de ce livre” (without letterpress table of contents). 85 FINE engraved double-page maps, including 10 folding, hand-colored in outline, mounted on guards throughout (one or two early repairs, tears, stains and edges frayed to folding map of Gascony, last map of Ancient Greece stained and laid down on contemporary stock). Contemporary mottled calf, spine in seven compartments with six raised bands, morocco lettering piece in one, the others decorated with small gilt tools (scuffed and worn with loss to extremities).

  

Lot 193 -

A Map of the Inhabited Part of Virginia, containing the whole of the Province of Maryland with Part of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina.

Joshua Fry (1699-1754) and Peter Jefferson (1708-1757).

Engraved map with original hand color in outline by state, the title within a fine rococo cartouche.

London: Thomas Jefferys, August 1753.

30 3/8 x 48 6/8 inches sheet, 41 x 50 inches framed.

Estimate: $150,000 - 300,000. Retail Price: $750,000. Reserve: $125,000

 

The most important engraved map of Virginia to ever be offered for sale. This map was used by the French Naval and Military Commanders to plot strategy for the French and Indian War and the American Revolution

  

Lot 218 –

Voyage dans l’Interieur de l’Amerique du Nord

execute pendant les annees 1832, 1833 et 1834

BODMER, Karl (1809-1893, illustrator) - Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied (1782-1867)

Coblenz, Paris, and London: J. Hoelscher, A. Bertrand, Ackermann and Co., [1839-1841]

Large Folio (24 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches). 81 engraved and aquatint plates 48 large aquatint tableau plates [all 48 hand colored and heightened in gum arabic], & 33 vignette plates on full folio sheets [all 33 hand colored and heightened in gum arabic], Vignette X pasted down on contemporary paper. All 81 plates with Bodmer blindstamp. 1 large folding engraved map by Lieut.-Col.W. Thorn, titled “Map to illustrate the Route of Prince Maximilian of Wied,” hand colored in outline. Contemporary quarter calf with marbled boards, spine gilt, 8 compartments with 6 raised bands. contemporarily rebound and cover extended.

Estimate: $525,000 - 750,000. Reserve: $500,000

Guidance: Christie’s, 2004 - $477,900; Siebert, 1999 - $415,000

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: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <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: 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>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <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.

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