Source : Harmsworth

Source Title The Harmsworth Trust Library (auctioned in portions)
Description Beginning in 1939 and continuing into 1953, the extraordinary library of Sir. R. Leicester Harmsworth was sold by Sotheby's of London. Sir Leicester (1870 - 1937), who lived during the golden age of valuable and important book acquisition, was a man born to meet the challenge of investing in materials of breathtaking scope. More than sixty-five years after his death a Google search still brings up pages of references to this wealthy and gifted man who pursued with total passion an extraordinary collection of printed materials.
Scope of Text In the this database there are records from a portion of the Harmsworth Library. But consider this. When the Americana portion of the library came to the block for the first time in 1948 the first catalogue (but number 15 of all his books auctioned) was entirely manuscripts. Americana would be sold in 19 parts divided by alphebetic letter. The second Americana sale was simply those items whose author or subject began with the letter B. Pity the poor man who wanted to buy a book by Zarate. For such a book you had to wait until the final Americana sale in 1953.
Total Records in AED 5068
  • <b>Christie's London June 9th: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> CASSATT, Mary (1844-1926). Document signed three times. Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> LENNON, John and Yoko ONO. Document signed ('John Lennon'; 'Yoko Ono'). Est. £4,000-6,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b><br>BOCHIUS, Joannes (1555-1609). Book describes in great detail ... visiting Archduke Albert of Austria and wife. Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9th: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> CAVENDISH, William, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676). <i>A General System of Horsemanship in all its Branches.</i> Est. £3,500-4,500.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> FERNÁN GONZÁLEZ,<i>Conde Fernan Gonzalez. Cronica del noble cavallero el conde Fernan Gonçalez.</i> Est. £5,000-£8,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b><br>SEWELL, Anna (1820-1878). <i>Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse.</i><br>Est. £4,000-£6,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9th: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> WISDEN, John. <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1898.</i> Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> IMPERATO, Ferrante (1550-1625). Historia Naturale. Venice: Combi & La Noù. Est. £2,500-3,500.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b><br>PEIGNOT, Etienne-Gabriel (1767-1849). Dictionaire raisonné de bibliologie. Paris: vols I-II = Villier, 1802. Est. £8,000-£12,000.
  • Lot 100: Beautifully preserved contemporary broadside of the Declaration of Independence. Estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 1: <br>Gutenberg Bible, the complete <br>Book of Esther, 1455, 8 leaves. <br>Estimate: $500,000-700,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 2: Flavius Josephus, Opera, 1470, first edition in Latin. Estimate: $100,000-150,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 15: Bonifacius VIII, Pont. Max. (Formerly Benedetto Gaetano), Liber sextus Decretalium, 1473, in contemporary Viennese binding. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 19: <br>Ansel Adams, Taos Pueblos, described by Ansel Easton Adams and described by Mary Austin,<br>1939. One of 100 copies, signed. Estimate: $30,000-40,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 29:<br>Ludwig Bemelmans, Parisian <br>street scene with Madeline, Miss Clavel and pupils. Original gouache and ink drawing, late 1950’s. Estimate: $25,000-35,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 40:<br>Charles Dickens, First edition<br>of Great Expectations, 1861. <br>Estimate: $80,000-120,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 50: Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, and other Beat authors, Collection of autographed and typed letters, 1950s-1970s . Est: $10,000-15,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 56: Hermann Hesse. autograph illustrated manuscript entitles Zwolf Gedichte, 1921. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 69: Henri Matisse, autograph letter signed to his wife, Tangier, 1912, with original sketch for the painting Window in Tangier. Estimate: $15,000-20,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 79: Pablo Picasso, Luis de Gongora, Vingt Poèmes de Gongora, 1948.<br>Estimate: $10,000-15,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 99: The first book printing of the Declaration of Independence from Montesquieu’s library. Estimate: $300,000-500,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 100:<br>A Beautifully preserved contemporary broadside of the Declaration of Independence. Estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 122: Abraham Lincoln, An unrecorded letter to a Yale student dated May 27, 1858. Estimate: $50,000-70,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 144: George Washington, Autograph leaf from his discarded First Inaugural Address. Estimate: $175,000-275,000
    Sotheby’s June 19. Lot 150:<br>Roger Williams, The Bloudy <br>Tenent, London, 1644. A seminal work on religious freedom. <br>Estimate: $100,000-150,000
  • <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Aristophane
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Boccacio
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Bonnard
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Borges
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Dali
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: De Gaulle
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Iliazd, Picasso, Giacometti
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Kerver
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Miro & Hirtz
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Molière
    <b>Sotheby's Paris</b> Livres et Manuscrits, 25 June 2015: Picasso & Level
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue - The Russian Turmoil 1917-45: An Émigré perspective
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> S. Anichkova, Baroness Taube, [The Enigma of Lenin]. Prague, c. 1934.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> V. Purishkevich [The Diary of State Duma Member Vladimir Mitrofanovich Purishkevich]. Riga, 1924.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> O. Kugusheva [Wolf Pack]. Berlin, 1940.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> B.M. Kuznetsov [To Please Stalin / 1945-1946]. Canada, 1968.
  • <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction May 27-June 7</b>
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 52. Herman Melville. Autograph letter signed ,1858. est. $2,000-3,000
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 55.<br>Edgar Allan Poe. Oil on canvas portrait, est. $400-600
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 61. John Roberts. Account and Memoranda books of the Pennsylvania Quaker miller executed for treason during the American Revolution,<br>est. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 106. Marc Chagall. <i>Le Plafond de l'Opera</i>, inscribed copy, est. $400-600
    <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction May 27-June 7</b>
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 147. Manuscript Prayer Book in Latin and Dutch with Hand-colored woodcuts, c. 1500, est. $2,000-2,500
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 189. McKenney & Hall. <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America</i>, 1837-38, est. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 204. <br>Julio Plaza and Augusto do Campos. <i>Obetos Serigrafias Originais</i>, 1969,<br> est. $2,000-3,000
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 222. <i>Nuremberg Chronicle in</i> Latin, 1493, est. $25,000-35,000
    <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction May 27-June 7</b>
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 234. <i>Third Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park</i>, 1860, est. $800-1,000
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 249. Theodor De Bry. Hand-colored illustrations of North American Indians, est. $2,000-2,500
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 254. <br>Pete Hawley. Original illustration<br>for Jantzenaire corsets, 1950s,<br>est. $2,000-3,000
    <b>Skinner May 27-June 7:</b> Lot 264. <i>Burr's Atlas of the State of New York</i>, 1840, est. $7,000-9,000