Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts

Auction Reports

Auction Name Fine Books and Manuscripts Total Sales (GBP) 1,726,668.00
Auction Date 11/15/2017 - 11/15/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 645,500.00
Sale Number #24116 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 984,700.00
Total Lots 255
Sold Lots 208 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 721,100.00
% of Lots Sold 81.57% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 1,093,900.00
Unsold Lots 47 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 157.85%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price

Archive of designs for and watercolours of the Thames Tunnel by Marc Isambard Brunel

GBP 50,000.00 - 100,000.00 GBP 200,000.00

Archive of manuscripts

GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 112,500.00

An Atlas of England and Wales]

1579 but c.1590 GBP 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 GBP 106,250.00
242 ROWLING (J.K.)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

1997 GBP 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 GBP 106,250.00

Autograph letter signed ("A.M. Turing")

1950 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 75,000.00

GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW from a Bible manuscript on vellum

c.1220-1240 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 75,000.00

Letter signed ("Charles Darwin")

GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 60,000.00

Journals of Walter Dundas Bathurst, kept while serving as an officer of the Association Internationale du Congo (AIC)

1884-85 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 41,250.00

The Birds of Great Britain

1789-1794 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 37,500.00

Sense and Sensibility. A Novel. In Three Volumes. By a Lady

1811 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 35,000.00

Autograph letter by George Wright

1912 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 30,000.00

Probate issued under the Seal of the Consistory Court of Canterbury of the Testament and Last Will of Sir Reynold Bray

1511 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 22,500.00

File of letters to the Hon George Francis Stewart Elliot

1862 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 22,500.00

The Second World War

1948-1954 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 21,250.00

Harris's List of Covent-Garden Ladies: or

1786 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 20,000.00


GBP 3,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 18,750.00

The Anatomical Exercises... Concerning the Motion of the Heart and the Blood. With the Preface of Zachariah Wood...

1653 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 18,750.00

Volume of designs

late seventeenth-century GBP 2,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 17,500.00

A Commentarie... Upon the Epistle of S. Paul to the Galathians]

1635 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 16,250.00

Trionfi [a large fragment in a contemporary verse collection]

third quarter of the fifteenth century GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 16,250.00

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac

1909 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 16,250.00

AIR FORCE AND OPERATION NEPTUNE. Despatch by Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory…

1944 GBP 800.00 - 1,200.00 GBP 15,000.00

The Book of Common Prayer [-The Psalter or Psalmes of David]

1575 GBP 2,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 13,750.00

The Haggadah. Executed by Arthur Szyk. Edited by Cecil Roth

1939 GBP 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 GBP 13,750.00

Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae [The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine]

1616 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 12,500.00
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
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