Chiswick Auctions: Printed Books and Manuscripts

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Auction Name Printed Books and Manuscripts Total Sales (GBP) 114,752.85
Auction Date 11/29/2017 - 11/29/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 59,090.00
Sale Number #112917 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 88,550.00
Total Lots 309
Sold Lots 246 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 73,410.00
% of Lots Sold 79.61% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 110,530.00
Unsold Lots 63 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 103.82%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
130 SHARPE, Richard Bowdler (1847-1909).

Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, and Ptilonorhynchidae, or Bower-birds.

1891-98. GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 30,750.00

A Sikh manuscript written in Gurmukhi script , probably related to religious matter.

first half of the 19th century GBP 300.00 - 500.00 GBP 13,530.00
106 FAYRER, Joseph, 1st Baronet (1824-1907).

The Thanatophidia of India being a Description of Venomous Snakes of the Indian Peninsula with an Account of the Influence of their Poison on Life and a Series of Experiments.

1874 GBP 700.00 - 1,000.00 GBP 2,337.00
111 [HENDLEY, Thomas Holbein (1847-1917)].

Asian Carpets. XVI. XIIX: quae apud varios Auctores superant, fragmenta. Century Designs from the Jaipur Palaces.

1905 GBP 400.00 - 600.00 GBP 1,968.00
288 DALI, Salvador (1904-1989) - William SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616).

Romeo e Giulietta.

1975 GBP 800.00 - 1,000.00 GBP 1,968.00
326 IQBAL, Sir Mohammed.

Poet of the East and Chughtai.

1962 GBP 100.00 - 150.00 GBP 1,968.00
243 CARY, John (1754-1835).

Carys Travellers Companion, or a Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales.

1791, 1792. GBP 100.00 - 150.00 GBP 1,845.00
263 COOK, JAMES. 1728-1779.

A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed ... In the years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

1777 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 1,845.00
386 RADIGUET, Raymond.

Le Bal du Comte dOrgel. Roman.

1924 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 1,845.00

SCRAP ALBUM [c. 1800].

c. 1800. GBP 200.00 - 300.00 GBP 1,599.00
105 DRESSER, Henry Eeles (1838-1915).

A Monograph of the Coraciidae, or Family of the Rollers.

1893 GBP 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 GBP 1,353.00
353 GERARD, Max.


1968 GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 1,353.00
307 FORSTER, E. M. (1879 - 7 June 1970).

Alexandria: A History and a Guide.

1922 GBP 200.00 - 300.00 GBP 1,168.50
327 GRAHAME, Kenneth (1859-1932).

The Wind in the Willows.

1908 GBP 300.00 - 500.00 GBP 1,045.50
157 BONAPARTE, Napoleon. (1769 -1821).


GBP 400.00 - 600.00 GBP 984.00
110 HENDERSON, George & Allan O. HUME.

Lahore to Yarkand. Incidents of the Route and Natural History of the Countries Traversed.

1873 GBP 700.00 - 1,000.00 GBP 861.00
281 Thomas PENNANT (1726-1798).

The British Zoology.

1766 GBP 250.00 - 450.00 GBP 861.00


17th Century. GBP 100.00 - 200.00 GBP 799.50

A collection of 17th century books printed by Elzevir.

17th century GBP 100.00 - 150.00 GBP 799.50
318 KELMSCOTT PRESS - TENNYSON, Alfred Lord (1809 - 92).

Maud. A Monodrama.

1893 GBP 600.00 - 800.00 GBP 799.50
207 GLANVIL, Joseph (1636-1680).

Sadducismus Triumphatus: or, a full and plain Evidence, concerning Witches and Apparitions.

1726 GBP 100.00 - 200.00 GBP 738.00
242 BEEVERELL, James.

Les Delices de la Grand Bretagne & de LIrlande.

1727 GBP 100.00 - 150.00 GBP 738.00
107 HACHISUKA, Masauji (1903-53).

The Birds of the Philippine Islands with Notes on the Mammal Fauna.

1931-35. GBP 300.00 - 500.00 GBP 676.50
170 CORNEILLE, Pierre (1606-1684).

Surena G?n?ral des Parthes, trag?die.

1675 GBP 400.00 - 600.00 GBP 676.50

A large collection of frontispieces from different Atlases

16th-18th century GBP 100.00 - 150.00 GBP 676.50
  • <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
  • <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
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