• <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.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2013 Issue

A Summer Catalogue from Peter Harrington

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A summer catalogue from Peter Harrington.

Peter Harrington has issued a catalogue for Summer 2013. It doesn't say it's a miscellany, but it is. A little of everything can be found, from literature, art, history, mystery, travel, economics, politics, religion, sport, science (real and fictional), children's books, and undoubtedly many more topics that have slipped my mind. Over 300 items are offered, and these are significant works, worthy of the detailed presentations they are given. Here are a few of the works that have made their way into the London bookseller's latest catalogue.

 

We will start with perhaps the most important of Egyptian archeological discoveries: The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen Discovered by the Late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. King Tut may not have been the most important of Egyptian pharaohs, but his was the tomb that had survived the millennia untouched, free from the grave robbers that disrupted the graves of other ancient kings. Howard Carter, with the financial backing of Lord Carnarvon, had done much searching in Egypt when he came upon “Tut's” unspoiled resting place. His account, written with his assistant, A. C. Mace, was published in three volumes, 1923, 1927, and 1933. Item 43 includes first editions, first impressions of all three of these important archeological studies. Priced at £2,850 (British pounds, or approximately $4,436 in U.S. dollars).

 

Item 64 is a 1941 memo in the form of a flyer issued by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941, which certainly must have elicited its share of nervousness. It is his “stand firm and carry on” memo, though its heading is Beating the Invader. It provided instructions to the British public on what to do if the country was invaded on land by German troops. Fortunately for the British public, they never had to deal with a physical invasion, though bombs rained down from the sky. The “stand firm” part was directed at areas where troops entered the neighborhood. Churchill warned that it would be too late to flee, so people should stay inside and protect themselves or employ other means of self-preservation until British troops could deal with the invaders. The “carry on” part meant that in areas where the invader was not present, the British people should carry on with their work and their lives without disruption. One would not expect this item to be rare as 14 million copies were printed, but it was an ephemeral piece and few copies appear to have survived. £750 (US $1,167).

 

Peter Rabbit was a naughty little bunny, but apparently not bad enough for author Beatrice Potter's niece. She wanted her aunt to write a story about an even naughtier one. Potter could have written Watership Down in response, but instead she wrote this book: The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit. Published in 1906, booksellers were reluctant to handle it, but not because the protagonist was too evil. The book was printed in a long fold-out format, which they feared would be difficult for small children to handle. A decade later it was reprinted in standard form, but item 231 is a first edition, first issue. £2,000 (US $3,113).

 

Item 182 is an inscribed copy of Satori in Paris, by the wandering beat generation writer Jack Kerouac. It was published in 1966, the year Kerouac married his third wife, Stella Sampas. The marriage could only last for three years, as the alcohol consumed Kerouac died in 1969. However, even that was an accomplishment as neither of Kerouac's previous marriages lasted even a year. This copy was inscribed to Tony Sampas, Stella's brother, “Tony's copy – signed by his brother man Jacky Kerouac.” £8,500 (US $13,240).

 

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