Christies: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana

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Auction Name Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana Total Sales (USD) 5,218,500.00
Auction Date 12/05/2017 - 12/05/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 3,367,300.00
Sale Number #14998 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 4,954,800.00
Total Lots 251
Sold Lots 174 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 5,127,800.00
% of Lots Sold 69.32% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 7,522,400.00
Unsold Lots 77 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 69.37%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price


1823 USD 400,000.00 - 600,000.00 USD 432,500.00
179 [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955).]

Albert Einstein’s telescope.

late 19th century. USD 200,000.00 - 300,000.00 USD 432,500.00

The 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Daniel Nathans

1978 USD 400,000.00 - 600,000.00 USD 372,500.00

YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN– Manuscript map, "No 1 Carte générale de l'Isle de New York et des Environs...No 2.

c.1781-1782. USD 150,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD 275,000.00
20 WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed ("Go:Washington" and "GW" in postscript), to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, Newburgh 14 December 1782.

1782 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 275,000.00
98 SMITH, John (1580-1631)

The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning An° 1584 to this present 1624.

1624 USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 USD 162,500.00

BIBLE – COMPLUTENSIAN POLYGLOT, in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.

1514-17. USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 137,500.00
38 CALIFORNIA. [NEVE, FELIPE DE (1724-1784).]

Reglamento para el Gobierno de la Provincia de Californias.

1784 USD 70,000.00 - 90,000.00 USD 106,250.00

LORD DUNMORE'S WAR – Manuscript, "Journal of the Expedition down the River Ohio Under the Command of his Excellency John Earl of Dunmore Lieutenant and Governor General of his Majesty's Colony and Dominion of Virginia 1774," Virginia

1774 USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 93,750.00
197 LINSCHOTEN, Ian Huygen van (1563-1611)

His Discours of Voyages unto ye Easte & West Indies. Devided into Foure Bookes.

1598 USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 USD 93,750.00
65 LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and CLARK, William (1770-1838)

History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6.

1814 USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 USD 87,500.00

RUSSIAN OLD BELIEVERS – Kniga Zertsalo tainstv i kontsa vsemirnogo The Mirror of Sacraments and the End of the World, in Church Slavonic, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER Baltic region, c.1818.

c.1818. USD 90,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 87,500.00
16 WASHINGTON, George Washington (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed ("Go:Washington"), to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, Philadelphia, 4 January 1782.

1782 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 81,250.00
121 ELIOT, George (1819-1880)


1871 - 1872. USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 81,250.00

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN – Manuscript, "Journal du Siege de york", n.p., c.

1781 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 75,000.00
103 WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)

Letter signed ("Go Washington") to Colonel Christopher Greene, "Head Qrs."

1780 USD 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 75,000.00
140 SALINGER, Jerome D. (1919-2010)

A collection of 21 typed and autograph letters signed (most as “Jerry," 1 in type “Hanso Kupperman," 1 “JDS") with 1 autograph postcard (unsigned), all to Toody Maher

1979-1996. USD 55,000.00 - 75,000.00 USD 68,750.00
59 KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963), KENNEDY ONASSIS, Jacqueline Bouvier (1929-1994)

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to John F. Kennedy 1961

1961 USD 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 62,500.00
217 LE HAY, Jacques (c.1645-c.1713) and FERRIOL, Charles de (1637-1722)

Recueil de cent estampes représentant differentes nations du Levant.

1714 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 62,500.00
221 GUTENBERG, Johann. –


1455 USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 62,500.00
251 XIONG JIE (late 13th-c.) and XIONG GANGDA (late 13th-c), editors.

Xinbian yindian xingli qunshu jujie Newly Compiled Collected Works and Nature and Principle, with Pronunciation Guide and Sentence-by-Sentence Information.

after 1434-1450. USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 62,500.00
120 DUMAS, Alexandre (1802-1870)

Les Trois Mousquetaires.

1844 USD 50,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 60,000.00

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN – Manuscript, "Journal du Siege d'york en Virginie", "Fait au Camp D'york," 20 October 1781.

1781 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 52,500.00

MEXICAN ILLUMINATED MISSAL – Illuminated manuscript on vellum, in Latin and Spanish.

1702 USD 60,000.00 - 90,000.00 USD 51,250.00
6 Washington, George (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed (“Go:Washington") as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, New Windsor

1781 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 50,000.00
  • <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>
  • <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.
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