Source : Anderson Galleries 1604

Source Title The West, Its History and Romance (Part I of Dr. Frank P. O'Brien's Library)
Description The West, Its History and Romance (Part I of Dr. Frank P. O'Brien's Library) Rare, Curious and Important Books, Pamphlets, Broadsides and Maps Relating to the Western States from the Ohio to the Pacific including the Original Manuscripts of Sutter's Fort 1846-1847.
Scope of Text "This collection is, of course, distinguished by its possession of the greatest historical discovery that has been made for more than a generation. But, even omitting the Fort Sutter Papers from consideration, the material here embraced is unusually noteworthy for its rarity and for its value and intrinsic importance as a record of national development.

Several things have contributed to the present keen appreciation and demand for chronicles relating to the Early West and Far West. One of those elements lies in the fact that more human adventure and hardship were mingled with the western movement in America, than with a similar period in the growth of any other nation. Another reason is the realization of the relationship borne by those migrations to the present condition of the world. Still a third reason is to be found in the fact that the Middle West and Far West of to-day are filled with libraries, universities, historical societies and other institutions, to which such narratives are a necessity in order that they may possess the early records of their own neighborhoods and regions; and a fourth cause of the competition is the fact that such books, pamphlets, maps, and other productions were almost invariably printed in small editions, despite their unusual and permanent interest.

As a result of all these causes the material dealing with the Pioneer West has almost disappeared, and in the very near future is certain to appreciate greatly in value. Opportunities such as are afforded by the dispersal of this collection are, in consequence, recognized as events of importance.

No necessity exists for comment on the Fort Sutter Papers, the discovery and existence of which are of vastly wider consequence than as an item in a sale of rare historical material. Aside from those documents, the collection is rich in valuable and unusual titles, many of which here appear for the first time in the records.

From the foreword to the auction catalogue
Total Records in AED 622
  • <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Manuscripts
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Miniatures
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Early Printed Books
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b><br>St. Paul’s epistles, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Simon Master, c. 1150-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Boucicaut Master, Paris, c. 1415
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Rohan Master, probably Troyes, c. 1415-20
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Julius Caesar, De bello Gallico, manuscript on vellum, Milan, c. 1450-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Bible Historiale, illuminated manuscript in French on paper, Amiens, c. 1480-85
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Miniature Book of Hours, illuminated by Simon Bening, Bruges, c. 1530-35
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Saintly Pope, miniature on vellum, by Pacino da Bonaguida, Florence, c. 1310-15
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Christ calling St. Peter, miniature on vellum, by Pellegrino di Mariano Rossini, Siena, 1471
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Presentation in Temple, miniature on vellum, Nuremberg, c. 1490-1500
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Pliny, Historia naturalis, Treviso: Manzolus, 1479
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Valturio, De re militari, Verona 1483, first edition in Italian
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Celestial vision at Constantinople, single-leaf woodcut, Nuremberg,<br>c. 1490-91
  • <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Bartolus, Super Prima Parte Infortiati (Venice, 1478). See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England (Philadelphia, 1771-73). First American edition. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book<br>Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Blackstone, The Great Charter (Oxford, 1759). First edition. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Boniface VIII, Liber Sextus Decretalium (Venice, 1491). In a remarkable binding. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Darrow, Autograph Letter, Signed (February 26, c.1930). See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Dugdale, Origines Juridiciales (London, 1671). Extra-illustrated on 138 leaves. See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Gratian, Decretus Gratiani (Venice, 1514). With 130 woodcuts. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Gregory IX, Decretales (Nuremberg, 1482). Koberger imprint with exquisite initials. See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Holmes, Flirtatious Autograph Letter, Signed (Boston, December 4, 1897). See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Jodocus, Vocabularius (Strasburg, 1500) [&] Formulare Registrorum (Leipzig, 1506). See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Story, Commentaries on the Constitution (Boston, 1833). First edition. See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Catalogue 79 - March 2015. Recently Acquired Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera
  • <b>London, King Street: 27 May 2015</b>
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE GUTENBERG BIBLE, MAINZ. Price realized: $5,390,000. Oct 1987, NY.
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> LEONARDO DA VINCI, Codex Hammer. Price realized: $30,802,500. Nov 1994 NY
    <b>London, King Street: 27 May 2015</b>
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE FORBES COLLECTION, Price realized: $40,900,000. Mar 2002, New York.
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> ANDRE FRANQUIN, SPIROU ET FANTASIO. Price realized: €157,500. Apr 2014, Paris, France.
    <b>London, King Street: 27 May 2015</b>
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE GREAT HOURS OF GALEAZZO MARIA SFORZA. Price realized: £1,217,250. Jul 2011, London.
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE ROTHSCHILD PRAYERBOOK. A Book of Hours, use of Rome, in Latin. Price realized: $13,605,000.
  • <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> TURING, ALAN MATHISON. 1912-1954. Composition notebook. Refer to department for estimate.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> ENIGMA MACHINE. A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine (aka Heeres Enigma). Est $140,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> BIBLE IN ENGLISH—1611. The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New... Est $100,000-200,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> DECLARATION<br>OF INDEPENDENCE. The Providence Gazette; And Country Journal. <br>Est $80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> BOWIE, JAMES. 1796-1836. Document Signed "James Bowie". Est $50,000-70,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> KING, AUGUSTA ADA, COUNTESS OF LOVELACE. 1815-1852. Autograph letter signed "A.A. Lovelace". Est $25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> MELVILLE, HERMAN. 1819-1891. Moby-Dick. <i>Doors Vocalist Jim Morrison's Copy.</i><br>Est $25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> VANCOUVER, GEORGE. 1757-1798. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean. Est $20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> [KING, AUGUSTA ADA, COUNTESS OF LOVELACE. 1815-1852.] Est. $18,000-20,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> CIVIL WAR<br>THE FIRST SECESSION BROADSIDE. Charleston Mercury Extra.<br>Est $15,000-20,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> BILL OF RIGHTS. Gazette of the United States.<br>Est $12,000-18,000.
    <b>Bonhams Apr 13:</b> GEISEL, THEODOR SEUSS. 1904-1991. Original painted clay sculpture, Mulberry Street Unicorn. Est $30,000-50,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books. April 9th.</b>
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, circa 1450-55. Estimate $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Petrus Lombardus, <i>Sententiarum libri IV</i>, manuscript in Latin, Bohemia, dated 1463. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Parisian Book of Hours with fifteen miniatures in colors and gold, printed on vellum, 1534. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books. April 9th.</b>
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Marcus Tullius Cicero, <i>Orationum volumen primum</i>, bound for Queen Elizabeth I, with her device, Paris, 1543. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b><i>Bacchus and Venus</i>, first edition of a collection of love and drinking songs, London, 1737. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>William Shakespeare, Othello, seventh and last quarto edition, London, 1705. Estimate $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books. April 9th.</b>
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Conrad Gesner, <i>Thierbuch</i>, bound with Fischbuch, 1606 and 1598. Estimate $4,000<br>to $6,000.
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Aratus, <i>Syntagma Arateorum</i>, first Grotius edition, Leiden, 1600. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann April 9th: </b>Charles Lyell, <i>Principles of Geology</i>, three volumes, first edition, London, 1830-33. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.