• <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).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (London, 1811). First edition of the Austen’s first published novel.
    <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2011 Issue

Sotheran's 250th Anniversary Catalogue

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Sotheran's Anniversary Catalogue.

Sotheran's or Henry Sotheran Limited, of London, has issued a very special catalogue to celebrate a remarkable anniversary - 250 years in the bookselling business. Sotheran's began business in 1761, when George III ruled England… and America. The British and American colonists had just defeated the French in the French and Indian War and relations could not have been better. Who knew? Sotheran's would see enormous changes over the years, but it has remained a constant. To celebrate each of those 250 years, the venerable bookseller has issued The Anniversary Catalogue, and it includes at least one item from every year of Sotheran's existence. This is a catalogue only Sotheran's could produce. Here are a few items, and years, from this collection.

 

Item 4 was published in Sotheran's second year - 1762. It is The Life of Richard Nash, of Bath Esq… The author was Oliver Goldsmith, a notable poet, historian, and writer. Richard Nash, better known as Beau Nash, arrived in Bath, a rather run-down spa city about 100 miles from London, an unsuccessful lawyer and soldier. He attempted to make a living by gambling. However, Nash foresaw the resort opportunities for Bath, and convinced the city fathers to make him the local Master of Ceremonies. As such, he would be responsible for improving the spa's image. He started by organizing balls that attracted high society, along with improvements in the city's physical structure, as well as in the manners of its people. Nash was most successful, making Bath a major resort for England's aristocracy, and especially a place to come to find suitable partners for marriage. Nash died the year before Goldsmith wrote this appreciation of the man who is still remembered in Bath today. Priced at £498 (British pounds, or about $812 U.S. dollars).

 

Item 34 is an account of life in the Bastille, the famous French prison, from a noted French attorney who had the honor of residing there for a couple of years. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet was a very successful attorney, but his biting sarcasm repeatedly got him into trouble. Linguet was not a reformer, more often than not siding with various despots of European lands, and yet it was his attack on the Duc de Duras that earned him his two-year stay at the Bastille. His account is titled, in this first English edition (1783), Memoirs of the Bastille. Containing a full exposition of the mysterious policy and despotic oppression of the French government… At the outbreak of the French Revolution, almost a decade later, Linguet defended King Louis XVI. As the situation in Paris deteriorated, he wisely moved to the country, but it proved not to be far enough away. He was taken back to Paris in 1794 and guillotined. £398 (US $650).

 

Item 92 is a handbill advertisement for a ship that was ahead of its time. Promoted by the "European Aeronautical Society," it is headed First Aerial Ship, the Eagle…Constructed for Establishing direct Communications between the several Capitals of Europe. The year was 1835, and it promises a test run will be made from London to Paris and back. Since this promised departure long preceded the birth of the Wright brothers, you can guess whether it was successful. Its inventor, the French Comte de Lennox, had displayed such a ship a year earlier in Paris, and when it lifted off the ground, only to fall apart, the thousands of onlookers who had paid to see it destroyed the wreckage. This second attempt to use a vehicle lifted by internal balloons, and directed by human oarsmen who operated large paddles, also failed. The thing was too heavy to get off the ground. £800 (US $1,305).

 

There is little doubt as to what was the most significant book published in 1859. Item 119 is a first edition of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. Darwin began formulating his theory of evolution two decades earlier after returning from his voyage to South America as naturalist on the Beagle. He noted similarities, but also adaptive differences, among animals in different areas, or between those on continental South America and outlying islands. However, it was not until 1858, when he received a manuscript from Alfred Russel Wallace, who had independently drawn the same conclusions, that Darwin realized it was time to publish his theory. Our understanding of ourselves has never been the same since. £55,000 (US $89,696).

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