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>Cowan's Auctions American History: Featuring Artifacts and Photographs. Online Bidding Ends July 13.</b>
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Turner Family Archive: James Monroe Presidential Signed Land Grant.<br>Est. $500-700.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> German Pioneer and Denver, Colorado, Settler, Archive Includes Diary, Photograph, and Gold Scales.<br>Est $350-700.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> 12th Wisconsin Infantry, Co. D, Civil War Veteran's Medal. Est $300-500.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Spanish American War-Period Correspondence from Charles E. Smith. Est $300-600.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions American History: Featuring Artifacts and Photographs. Online Bidding Ends July 13.</b>
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Books on Christianity. Lot of 10. <i>Debate on the Evidences of Christianity</i>... Est $200-400.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> <br>Sixth Plate Ambrotype and CDV of Capt. William Greene Turner, Co. G, 2nd Rhode Island. Est $300-500.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> <br>Rare 1869 Stevens Patent Playing Cards. Complete set of 56 cards.<br>Est $200-300.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b><br> <i>The Answer of the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland</i>, 1647.<br>Est $100-150.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions American History: Featuring Artifacts and Photographs. Online Bidding Ends July 13.</b>
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Confederate and State Currencies.<br>29 issues of paper currency.<br>Est $250-400.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Cartoon with Satan Tempting John Wilkes Booth. Est $300-600.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Cabinet Card of Two American Indians and One Westerner.<br>Est $400-600.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions Ends July 13:</b> Group of Early 20th Century American Indian Photographs... <br> Est $400-600.
  • <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> O. Kugusheva [Wolf Pack]. Berlin, 1940.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> B.M. Kuznetsov [To Please Stalin / 1945-1946]. Canada, 1968.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Catalogue 160: Magnificent Books, Manuscripts, & Photographs
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Charles Darwin family photograph album
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Spectacular album of mammoth photos of the American West by Watkins & others
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Washington family copy of The Federalist (1788)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Underground Railroad runaway broadside (1857)
  • <b>Sotheby's London July 14: English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> ENGLISH CIVIL WAR. A collection of 23 phamplets. £4,000-£6,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> CARROLL, LEWIS. Complete set of five watercolour drawnings for 'Songs from Alice in Wonderland'. £5,000-£7,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON. Lock of <br>his hair mounted on paper. <br> £5,000-£7,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>The Decent of Man</i>, Inscribed by Darwin for his daughter. £20,000-£30,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14: English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> [FLEMING, Alexander]. Presentation sample of the mould that produces penicillin. £7,000-£10,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> GRAHAME, Kenneth--Wolfendale, Timothy. <i>The Wind in the Willows</i>. £7,000-£9,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT. English, Tyndale's Version. £25,000-£35,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b><br>Byron, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Autographed Letter Signed, to Earl of Blessington. £10,000-£15,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14: English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> [BRONTE, Charlotte]. 2 watercolours of the flowers attributed to Charlotte Bronte. C.1839. £4,000-£6,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> CRUIKSHANK, George. Album of letters, watercolours, sketches... £6,000-£8,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> WORDSWORTH, William. Catalogue of the varied and valuable Historical Poetical. £6,000-£7,500.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> BEARDSLEY, Aubrey--MALORY, Sir Thomas. Le Morte Darthur. <i>Dent</i>, 1893-94. £25,000-£30,000.