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Bloomsbury Auctions: Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

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Auction Name Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures Total Sales (GBP) 215,489.00
Auction Date 12/06/2017 - 12/06/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 146,650.00
Sale Number #36268 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 220,400.00
Total Lots 148
Sold Lots 49 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 488,750.00
% of Lots Sold 33.11% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 726,100.00
Unsold Lots 99 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 29.68%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
101

Seneca the younger, Epistulae ad Lucilium, and Pseudo-Seneca

second half of the thirteenth century GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 34,720.00
2

Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae , in Anglo-Saxon minuscule, in Latin

late eighth century or c. 800 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 31,000.00
103

Francesco Petrarch, Sonetti, as well as further verses by Burchiello and...

late fifteenth century to 1520s GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 24,800.00
115

Book of Hours, Use of Rome , in Dutch, illuminated manuscript on parchment...

fifteenth century GBP 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 GBP 21,080.00
123

Ibrahim Haqqi, Ma'riftnama , in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic

dated 27th Rajab al-Sharif 1219 AH (31 October GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 13,640.00
98

Bilingual Psalter in Coptic and Arabic , decorated manuscript on paper...

dated 1564 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 9,300.00
108

Two tracts on Chiromancy and Neomancy : a general manual of the subject and...

dated 1574 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 8,060.00
10

The Bischoff teaching collection, 116 leaves and fragments

twelfth to sixteenth century GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 6,448.00
57

Large collection of leaves from medieval manuscripts and printed books

twelfth to twentieth century GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 5,580.00
124

A large Ottoman Anam-i Sharif , in Arabic, illuminated manuscript on paper

dated 1249 AH (1833 AD) GBP 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 4,712.00
44

Genealogical scroll showing the descent of the Watkins family from Bennet...

late sixteenth century or opening years of seventeenth century GBP 800.00 - 1,200.00 GBP 4,464.00
37

Leaf from a mathematical text on the properties of circles

thirteenth century GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 3,720.00
125

An Illuminated Ottoman Anam-i Sharif , in Arabic

dated 1260 AH (1844 AD) GBP 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 3,720.00
27

Ritual, Use of Sarum , in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [England

last decades of fourteenth century GBP 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 GBP 3,100.00
14

Bifolium from an early choirbook , in Latin

early eleventh century GBP 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 GBP 2,976.00
69

St. Genèvieve before Attila the Hun and his armies

c. 1520 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 2,976.00
67

Three leaves from a Book of Hours, with a miniature of the Visitation of the...

c. 1475 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 2,728.00
6

Bifolium from a treatise on virtues and vices

mid-fourteenth century GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 2,480.00
38

Prudentius, Psychomachia , in Latin verse, manuscript on parchment [Italy

fourteenth century GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 2,108.00
110

Geographical treatise, with sections on North America as well as many other...

mid-eighteenth century GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 1,860.00
29

Bifolium from Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea , in Latin

second half of the thirteenth century GBP 1,200.00 - 1,800.00 GBP 1,736.00
90

List of slaves suitable for shipwork, to be sent to Pisa for sale , in Italian

or just perhaps North Africa GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 1,736.00
18

Single leaf from a colossal Atlantic Bible , in Latin

mid twelfth century (probably pre-1180) GBP 1,200.00 - 1,800.00 GBP 1,488.00
42

Adam de Montaldo, Tertia pars passionis , Latin verse on the Passion of Christ

c. 1450 GBP 800.00 - 1,200.00 GBP 1,488.00
70

Corpus Iuris Civilis , in Latin, leaf from a decorated manuscript on...

last decades of the thirteenth century GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 1,488.00
  • <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
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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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