• <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 95. The Hours of the Cross, Use of Metz in Latin. Est. £40000–60000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 86. The Mckell Medical Almanack, in German [Alsace, c .1445]. £60000–80000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 87. Psalter for Dominican Use, in Latin and German. Est. £25000–35000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 88. Sermon collection, in Latin, 220 leaves, Illuminated manuscript on parchment. Est. £15000–20000.
    <b>Bloomsbury: Western Manuscripts & Miniatures, 08 July 2015.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 100. Book of Hours, Use of Rome, with numerous other devotional texts, in Latin and French. Est. £30000–50000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 62. St. Denis holding his severed head, large miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, in Latin. Est. £4000–6000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 54. The Annunciation to the Virgin, large miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours. Est. £4000–6000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 53.<br>A Physician with Two Amputees, miniature from an early copy of Bartholomaeus Anglicanus.<br>Est. £8000–12000.
    <b>Bloomsbury: Western Manuscripts & Miniatures, 08 July 2015.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 10.<br>Isaiah, fragment of a leaf from a monumental Carolingian Bible, in Latin. Est. £15000–20000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 14. The<br>relic list of Bishop Werinharius of Merseburg, from a Romanesque manuscript. Est. £8000–12000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 8. Fragment from the earliest copy of St. Augustine. Est. £20000–30000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 7. Latin text, most probably an official document, on papyrus. [Egypt or perhaps Italy, probably first century BC.-first century AD.] Est. £8000–12000.
  • <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0110.<br>John James Audubon. <i>Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> The Birds of America from Drawings. Est. $10,000-15,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0116. Letter from John James Audubon to Robert Havell, His Engraver, signed "John J. Audubon", 1839. Est. $4,000-6,000.
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0141. George Washington Revolutionary War, 1779 letter to Brigadier General James Clinton. Est. $20,000-30,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0142.<br>Thomas Jefferson letter, 1802. One page letter written to his master carpenter, James Dinsmore.<br>Est. $15,000-25,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0170. William Bligh's <i>A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty</i>.<br>Est. 15,000-20,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0181. <i>Georgia Scenes Characters, Incidents, Etc.</i>, by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet. <br>Est. $2,000-3,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0190.<br>[Hariot’s Virginia] <i>Wunderbarliche</i> doch Warhafftige Erklärung. Est. $50,000-70,000.
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0200. FDR’s copy of <i>The American Traveller; or Guide to the United States</i> by H. S. Tanner, 1837, with Franklin D. Roosevelt's ownership signature. Est. $500-800
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0205. Fine Pair English Globes John & William Cary London, 1800. Est. $15,000-25,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0220. Maris Pacicici [quod vulgo Mar del] by Abrahamus Ortelius, Antwerp, 1589. Est. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0263. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell [signed]. Est. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. First Edition, signed. Est. $2,000-4,000
  • <b>Christie's London, 15 July 2015. Valuable Books and Manuscripts including Cartography.</b>
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 1.<br>THE RESURRECTION, large historiated initial on a leaf from an Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum.<br>£40,000-£60,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 2. RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT (1175-1275), <i>Quia tractare intendimus</i>, with Tables of Consanquinity and Affinity. £30,000-£50,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 6. The Lamb in the Mist of the Elders, and the Opening of the Book, two miniatures. £40,000-£60,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 7. <br>The Prophet Nahum and A Man Playing an Organ, two historiated initials on a leaf of a Bible in Latin.<br>£50,000-£80,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July 2015. Valuable Books and Manuscripts including Cartography.</b>
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 20. The <i>'Gospels of Queen Theutberga'</i> in Latin, Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum. £1,000,000-£1,500,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 26. <i>Book of Hours</i>, use of Metz, in Latin and French, Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum. £80,000-£120,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 51. SHEPARD, E. H. (1879-1976) and<br>A. A. MILNE (1882-1956). <i>Vespers</i>. £30,000-£50,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 83. DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). <i>La Commedia</i>. Commentary by Cristoforo Landino. £40,000-£60,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July 2015. Valuable Books and Manuscripts including Cartography.</b>
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 106. FRITH, Francis (1822-1898). <i>Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: Series of Twenty Photo ...</i> £80,000-£120,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 114. MAN RAY (1890-1976). An album of gelatin silver prints, c.1920-c.1930. £60,000-£90,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 150. MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717). <i>Neues Blumenbuch</i>. Nuremberg: Johann Andreas Graff, 1680. £200,000-£300,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 157. WEINMANN, Johann Wilhelm (1683-1741). <i>Phytanthoza iconographia; sive Conspectus aliquot millium ...</i> £70,000-£100,000.
  • <b>Sotheby's London July 14: English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> ENGLISH CIVIL WAR. A collection of 23 phamplets. £4,000-£6,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> CARROLL, LEWIS. Complete set of five watercolour drawnings for 'Songs from Alice in Wonderland'. £5,000-£7,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON. Lock of <br>his hair mounted on paper. <br> £5,000-£7,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>The Decent of Man</i>, Inscribed by Darwin for his daughter. £20,000-£30,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14: English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> [FLEMING, Alexander]. Presentation sample of the mould that produces penicillin. £7,000-£10,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> GRAHAME, Kenneth--Wolfendale, Timothy. <i>The Wind in the Willows</i>. £7,000-£9,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT. English, Tyndale's Version. £25,000-£35,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b><br>Byron, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Autographed Letter Signed, to Earl of Blessington. £10,000-£15,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14: English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations.</b>
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> [BRONTE, Charlotte]. 2 watercolours of the flowers attributed to Charlotte Bronte. C.1839. £4,000-£6,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> CRUIKSHANK, George. Album of letters, watercolours, sketches... £6,000-£8,000.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> WORDSWORTH, William. Catalogue of the varied and valuable Historical Poetical. £6,000-£7,500.
    <b>Sotheby's London July 14th.</b> BEARDSLEY, Aubrey--MALORY, Sir Thomas. Le Morte Darthur. <i>Dent</i>, 1893-94. £25,000-£30,000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

Patrick McGahern Books Offers Spectacular Collection of North West Passage and Franklin Search Material

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The Franklin and North West Passage Searches.

Patrick McGahern Books of Ottawa has released a catalogue dedicated to a spectacular collection of a specific subject: The Bertram Plimer Franklin & North West Passage Rare Book Collection. Mr. McGahern describes it this way: “While these kinds of claims are nearly always too grand or wrong or even silly, still it has to be said that this, to date, is the greatest collection of rare books on Franklin search and the North West Passage.” It includes books McGahern describes as once in a lifetime, and some so rare most do not know they exist. Some do not even show up in standard bibliographies, making this more than just a catalogue but a bibliography of sorts. It contains 462 items, all related to Franklin, the North West Passage, or an occasional one with other Arctic connections.

 

Bertram Plimer was a freelance cameraman and film maker operating his own production company. He traveled with several Canadian prime ministers and met numerous world leaders through the course of his career. Mr. Plimer died in 2009 at the age of 81. Patrick McGahern noted that Mr. Plimer began frequenting his store in 1973. They became good friends and McGahern helped him find many of the books, but still was amazed when he discovered just how extensive the collection was. The result is a catalogue he describes as “beyond rare.”

 

The North West Passage, one of the subjects of this collection, is the elusive sea route from Europe to Asia north of Canada, through the Arctic Ocean. In the days before the Panama Canal, the shortest route from England to East Asia meant circling all the way south of South America, through the treacherous Strait of Magellan. The distance could be reduced enormously if one could sail almost due west through the Arctic Ocean. However, various islands and, naturally enough, ice made finding such a route an immense challenge. That did not stop explorers from taking up the challenge, nor England from offering for centuries great rewards to whomever found it. It would not be until the opening of the Panama Canal early in the 20th century that the need for such a route would diminish. Today, exploration of the area is readily accomplished and while such a route was eventually found, there is no route that is practical for a significant amount of commercial shipping. The season, if there is one, is too short to be of much use, though melting of Arctic ice may make it somewhat more practical in the future.

 

One of those who attempted to find such a route was Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin. Franklin led several Arctic expeditions, the last an 1845 search for a North West Passage from which he never returned. His disappearance was a mystery. It resulted in one of the largest manhunts in British naval history. After the British began to lose hope, Franklin's widow commissioned several expeditions on her own to find her missing husband. It would not be until over a decade later that artifacts from the Franklin expedition would be found. They revealed that he had become trapped in ice, and with limited supplies, the men attempted to escape over ice and land. Unfortunately, they all succumbed to the elements and starvation before finding civilization.

 

Now, we will take a look at just a few of the many items to be found in this catalogue/bibliography.

 

One of those who came closest to finding a North West Passage over the years was William Parry. He led an expedition in 1819 that continued where Ross had turned back and made it farther west than any before. They were aided by it being an unusually mild year. Still, the ice came, and they were forced to winter over. Parry showed that it was possible to survive winter in the far north, so as to be prepared to continue when the next summer finally melted some of the ice again. However, they were not freed from the winter ice until the following August, and after proceeding a bit father west, they realized they needed to turn around and head home before it was too late. Parry would make two more attempts to find a passage, with less success, but he also made an assault on the North Pole which, while also not successful, did take him farther north than anyone had traveled before. Item 323 is Parry's account of his first voyage, Journal of a Voyage of Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific: performed in the years 1819-20...under the orders of William Edward Parry... published in 1821. Priced at $1,500.

 

For all of the unsuccessful attempts to find a North West Passage, to this day no commercially viable route to be found, it is surprising that more people did not reach the logical conclusion expressed by the anonymous writer “Scrutator” in 1824. His reasonably titled book is The Impracticability of a North-West Passage for Ships, Impartially Considered. He reached the obvious conclusion that there was simply too much ice in the Arctic Ocean for there to be a practical route to the east that far north. Item 419. $5,000.

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