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Sothebys: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books

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Auction Name Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books Total Sales (GBP) 1,325,942.00
Auction Date 12/05/2017 - 12/05/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 626,050.00
Sale Number #L17407 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 867,550.00
Total Lots 191
Sold Lots 138 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 837,050.00
% of Lots Sold 72.25% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 1,171,550.00
Unsold Lots 53 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 113.18%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
31

The Hours of the Russian Princess Isabel Gagarine, Use of Paris, in Latin and French

c.1440-50 GBP 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 GBP 225,000.00
133 Matisse, Henri

AN IMPORTANT SERIES OF TWENTY-NINE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED ("HENRI", "HMATISSE", OR WITH INITIALS), TO HIS WIFE AMÉLIE ("MÉLO"), ABOUT HIS WORK IN TANGIERS IN 1912-1913, INCLUDING NINE DRAWINGS OF HIS MOROCCAN PAINTINGS

1912-1913 GBP 80,000.00 - 100,000.00 GBP 93,750.00
30

The Larochefoucault Hours, Use of Autun, in Latin

c.1460-70;c.1500 GBP 25,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
34

The Dragon Hours, Unidentified Use, in Latin and French

c.1420-30 GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
42

Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French

c.1480 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
32

Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French

c.1485-95 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 52,500.00
91 Dürer, Albrecht

PASSIO CHRISTI... CUM VARII GENERIS CARMINIBUS FRATRIS BENEDICTI CHELIDONII MUSOPHILI.

1511 GBP 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
55 Arfe y Villafañe, Juan

DE VARIA COMMENSURACION PARA LA ESCULPTURA, Y ARCHITECTURA.

1585 (1587) GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 35,000.00
124 Klimt, Gustav--Lucian of Samosata

DIE HETAERENGESPRÄCHE... DEUTSCH VON FRANZ BLEI.

1907 GBP 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 32,500.00
33

Book of Hours, Use of Dol, in Latin and French

c.1500 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 31,250.00
62 Baldus de Ubaldis

MARGARITA REPERTORIUM SUPER INNOCENTIO IV.

1478 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 28,750.00
36

Prayerbook, in Flemish and Latin

c.1480 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 27,500.00
35

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin

c.1460-70 GBP 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 GBP 25,000.00
43

Dialogus dictus malogranatum, Book III, in Latin;

1459 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 25,000.00
27

Gospels of Sts Luke and John, in Greek

late 13th or early 14th century GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 23,750.00
132 Luther, Martin

PASSIONAL CHRISTI UND ANTICHRISTI.

1521 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 22,500.00
56 Aristotle

DUODECIM LIBRI METAPHISICE

1503 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 21,250.00
121 Johannes Gallensis

SUMMA COLLATIONUM, SIVE COMMUNILOQUIUM.

1472 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 18,750.00
94 Einstein, Albert

FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER AND PHOTOGRAPH, BOTH SIGNED ("A. EINSTEIN" AND "ALBERT EINSTEIN"), AND INSCRIBED TO THE VIOLIN MAKER AND RESTORER OSWALD A. SCHILBACH, 22 JULY 1934

1934 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 17,500.00
37

Book of Hours, Use of Tournai, in Latin and French

c.1500 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 16,250.00
151 Paulus de Sancta Maria

SCRUTINIUM SCRIPTURARUM.

1470 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 15,000.00
57 Augustinus, Aurelius

DE AGONE CHRISTIANO. DE SERMONE DOMINI IN MONTE HABITO (LIB. I).

1467-70 GBP 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
178 Tolstoy, Lev Nikolaevich

VOENNYE RAZSKAZY [WAR STORIES]

1856 GBP 12,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
47

Gerhardus de Monte, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s De ente et essentia, etc., in Latin

c.1450-1500 GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 10,625.00
48

Werner von Schussenried, De modo legendi abbreviaturas in utroque iure, in Latin

c.1450-75 GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 10,625.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</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. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <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>
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