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Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts

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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
78 BRUNEL (MARC ISAMBARD)

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
39 GARRICK (DAVID)

Archive of manuscripts

GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 112,500.00
132 SAXTON (CHRISTOPHER)

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
103 TURING (ALAN)

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

1950 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 75,000.00
148

GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW from a Bible manuscript on vellum

c.1220-1240 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 75,000.00
95 DARWIN (CHARLES)

Letter signed ("Charles Darwin")

GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 60,000.00
165 STANLEY AND THE CONGO

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
109 LEWIN (WILLIAM)

The Birds of Great Britain

1789-1794 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 37,500.00
7 AUSTEN (JANE)

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

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

Autograph letter by George Wright

1912 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 30,000.00
73 SIR REYNOLD BRAY KG

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
164 LIVINGSTONE AND THE ZAMBESI EXPEDITION

File of letters to the Hon George Francis Stewart Elliot

1862 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 22,500.00
210 CHURCHILL (WINSTON)

The Second World War

1948-1954 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 21,250.00
42 HARRIS (JACK)

Harris's List of Covent-Garden Ladies: or

1786 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 20,000.00
93

LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPTS

GBP 3,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 18,750.00
99 HARVEY (WILLIAM)

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
140

Volume of designs

late seventeenth-century GBP 2,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 17,500.00
68 JOHN DOWNES [LUTHER (MARTIN)

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

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

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
191 OMAR KHAYYAM

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
255

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
18

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

1575 GBP 2,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
246 SZYK (ARTHUR)

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

1939 GBP 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
133 SPEED (JOHN)

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>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>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000
  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000
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