• <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>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>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>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
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    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Andy Warhol, Bald Eagle from Endangered Species. Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> J.J. Audubon, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (NY, 1845-54): The largest successful colour plate book of 19th-century America.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2011 Issue

Books from the Fair from the Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books

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Books taken to the California Fair.

The Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books recently published a catalogue for the 44th California International Antiquarian Bookfair. The fair may be over but the books are timeless. For those who are wondering what type of books a dealer from Holland would display for an American audience, this catalogue provides an answer. It is a mix of Dutch, English, and other language books one might expect would appeal to an American audience. The subjects are varied, including much in the way of science and travels, topics that generally have universal appeal. Here are some samples of the books that made the trip to the New World.

 

The voyage of HMS Beagle to the waters around South America remains one of the most important scientific expeditions ever. The reason is that its naturalist, one Charles Darwin, took his observations of similarities and differences among animal species in separated but nearby locations and came up with a theory to explain it. However, that theory was not released until several decades later. Darwin did write about his observations in one of the volumes of the official report, though he ruminated on what they meant for a couple of decades. Three years before even that report, the first account of the expedition was printed in the pages of the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London in 1836. The article by John Barrow is titled Sketch of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, 1825-1836. Those ships had embarked on two separate expeditions, with Darwin participating only in the second. Darwin's name is mentioned a few times in the article, though obviously not for what he has become known. At one point Barrow gives Darwin's explanation for the direction of the motion from an earthquake's shock wave. Item 23 are the pages (disbound) from this article and a second one in the same issue regarding the "Himmaleh Mounttains." Priced at $2,000.

 

Here is a work about another journey to South American waters that was a lot less pleasant:  A voyage to the South Seas, in the years 1740-1. It pertains to one of the ships on George Anson's privateering mission. All but one of Anson's six ships did not make it to the journey's end, and the ship here described was one of the five that did not, the Wager. When the Wager went down, the crew broke into two groups, neither of which had an easy time getting back. The authors of this book, John Bulkeley and John Cummins, managed to make their way back through the Straits of Magellan in a long boat and eventually to Rio. Along the way they had to deal with food shortages and Indians who were not always helpful. Item 13. $4,000.

 

As long as we are on difficult journeys, item 85 is an account of three of them:  Verhael van de eerste schip-vaert der Hallandsche ende Zeeusche… by Gerrit de Veer, published in 1648.  It is an account of three Dutch voyages in the late 16th century that attempted to find a Northeast Passage over Russia to the Orient. The noted explorer William Barentsz participated in all three (he died on the third trip). Van de Veer traveled on the last two, basing his account on his personal experiences and diary for those volumes, and Barentsz' notes for the first. Naturally, the travelers suffered their share of hardships in the cold, as none of these voyages succeeded in reaching their ultimate goal. Each time the ships eventually were frozen in. Nevertheless, they did bring back much information about these frozen outposts of the world. De Veer was the first to report a phenomenon known as the "Novaya Zemlya effect" after the island where they wintered over. The sun arose one day from the Arctic night two weeks ahead of schedule. The explanation is that under certain atmospheric conditions, light can be bent as it is in a mirage, allowing the sun to appear above the horizon though it is actually below that line. $5,500.

 

Item 7 is a book of Hebrew fables by Rabbi Barachia Nikdani (or Berechiah ben Natronai, ha-Nakdan, or any number of other spellings). Parabolae Vulpium was published in Prague in 1661, but Nikdani lived around the late 12th to early 13th century, probably in France, maybe for a while in England. He was evidently a scholar who wrote tales to reinforce biblical messages. Some were borrowed from earlier fables, notably Aesop, while others were evidently new ones he created. The protagonist of most of these tales is the fox (the book's title translates to "Parables of the Fox") though other animals also appear. $13,000.

 

The Antiquariaat Forum may be reached at +31 30 6011955 or info@forumrarebooks.com. Their website is www.forumrarebooks.com.

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