• <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 - July - 2013 Issue

Summer Sunshine from Shapero Rare Books

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Summer Sunshine.

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue of Summer Sunshine, subtitled Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Philosophy, Art, Illustrated, Natural History, Sports & Pastimes, etc. It includes a mix of older first editions and 20th century updates in limited editions, fine bindings, and other more decorative features. The types of books, as the subtitle hints, cover a wide range. That being hard to further describe, we will take a look at a few of the books herein.

George Catlin was a Pennsylvania native who as a young man became fascinated by America's Indians. As an adult, he took extensive travels through the American West in the 1830s. Catlin was an artist, and he used his skills to capture portraits of the Indians as they appeared while still not too deeply affected by western culture. He then put his portraits on display, touring the cities of America, and later on Europe with his gallery. In 1844, he published a portfolio of 25 hand-colored portraits which, depending on condition, can run to six figures today. More affordable is a much larger collection of portraits he produced in line cuts in 1841 along with text entitled Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. Item 23 is a first edition, second issue. Priced at £2,500 (British pounds, or roughly US $3,893).

Item 150 is a copy of The Ballad of Reading Gaol by C.C.3., published in 1898. C.C.3. referred to the cell in which prisoner Oscar Wilde spent time at Reading. He had been convicted of sodomy and sentenced to two years in prison, a stretch that badly damaged his health. He lived only three years after his release, that spent in alcohol, poverty, and declining health. The work is a poem, focused particularly on a fellow prisoner who was executed while Wilde was imprisoned. However, his focus is not so much on crime as the deplorable conditions under which prisoners were held. Offered is a third edition, or what Wilde called the “author's edition.” It was not clear to those outside of literary circles who the anonymous “C.C.3.” was, though this signed limited edition of 99 copies gave it away. It is signed “Oscar Wilde.” £15,000 (US $23,358).

Item 27 is one of many works by the French writer and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, or as she was known, simply “Colette.” She lived an adventurous life, with three husbands and many affairs, with both men and women. She was a controversial figure, but also a great supporter of her homeland during two wars, being selected for the Legion of Honor. Her best known story is Gigi, made into a Broadway play and film. This one is La Chatte (the cat) published in 1933. She published so many stories that she must have been running out of ideas as this one is about a love triangle involving a husband, a wife, and his cat. As Shapero explains, “Camille loves Alain, but Alain loves his cat, whom he has had from childhood, more than he could love any woman.” We will not attempt to psychoanalyze Alain. This copy is inscribed by “Colette.” £425 (US $661).

Isadora Duncan danced her way into people's hearts at the turn of the century. Literally. She was a dancer, considered to be a founder of modern dance. Born and raised in America, she left for Europe in 1898 where she found greater acceptance. She spent most of the remainder of her life there though she did return to America for a while, and also attempted to open a dance school in the Soviet Union (her leanings were decidedly to the left). Isadora Duncan died in a bizarre accident in 1927, her scarf being caught in the wheel of the sports car in which she was riding, breaking her neck. Item 43 is The Art of Dance, a tribute to Ms. Duncan published in 1928. £275 (US $428).

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