• <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>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts, May 7, 2015.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Joyce, James. <i>Ulysses</i>. NY: Limited Editions Club, 1935. Illustrated by Matisse. Signed, limited
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> The Nonesuch Dickens. Bloomsbury, 1937-1938. 22 volumes, limited.
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Ortelius, Abraham. Maris Pacifici. [Antwerp], 1589.
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Melville, Herman. <i>Moby Dick; or, The Whale</i>. New York, 1851. First American edition, first issue.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts, May 7, 2015.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. <i>Works </i>. Garden City, 1930. 24 vols. Signed. 
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Pockocke, Richard. <i>A Description of the East,</i> and Some Other Countries.London, 1743-1745. First edition.
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Audubon, John James, after. <i>American Elk - Apiti Deer, Cervus Canadensus</i>, plate LXII, no. 13.
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix. Autographed letter signed, July 20, 1832. To Aloys Fuchs.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts, May 7, 2015.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Lee, Robert E. Autographed letter signed, to Ulysses S. Grant. February 21, 1865.
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Campbell, Colin. <i>Vitruvius Britannicus</i>. London, 1715-125, 1767, 1771. 5 vols. First edition
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Autographed letter signed, 1p., to Judge W.A. Minshall. September 6, 1849.
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> A Century <br>of Progress International Exposition. Chicago, 1933-1934. Chicago,<br>(c. 1934). Mayor Cermak copy.).
    <b>Leslie Hindman May 7th:</b> The Nonesuch Dickens. Bloomsbury, 1937-1938. 22 volumes, limited.
  • <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).
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    <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.
  • <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> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Jason Master, Haarlem, c. 1475-80
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    <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> Biblia Latina, Paris, 1476-77, first edition of the Vulgate printed in France
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Ludolph of Saxony, Vie du Christ, illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse, 1506-08
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b><br>King David, miniature on vellum, Bologna, c. 1470
    <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
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    <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

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

Signed Letters and More from Schulson Autographs

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Catalog 156 of signed material.

Schulson Autographs recently published their Catalog 156. Offered is a selection primarily of manuscript material rather than simply signed documents. There are many letters, some personal, others pertaining more to business matters. A few are drawings that have been signed, both by people known for their artistic skills and by those who were not. These pieces give us an interesting look at the lives of the famous people who put their name to paper. Here are a few of them.

 

When we mention the name Marx, we could only be speaking of.... Groucho, of course! Groucho was more of a capitalist than the other Marx, and definitely a lot funner. In this circa 1930s typed and signed letter, a lonely Groucho writes to his mother and children saying that the best way to cheer up when he's down is to write them a letter. He mentions that he visited his doctor - “He gave me three hours of talk about the love life of his patients...he spends so much time listening to himself talk, that he has hardly any time for his patients and frequently makes very rapid and I imagine, inaccurate diagnoses...” Oh well. Today Groucho would be lucky to get three minutes, let alone three hours of his doctor's time. Interestingly, the popular celebrity says, “I”ll take the home and family life, I am afraid the carefree bachelor is a little too much for one of my sedentary disposition...” Marx dealt with that problem three times through marriage. He then speaks more positively of hopes for a new show before closing with, “From your lonesome and loving Groucho.” Priced at $1,875.

 

Judy Garland tried even harder than Groucho to avoid the lonely bachelor(ette) lifestyle. She married five times. Despite her enormous success at the box office, her personal life was never so good. Sidney Luft was number three and they were together for 11 years before separating in 1963. This undated letter evidently comes from some of the best days of the marriage. Garland writes to Luft, “Thank you for giving your family such a lovely Easter. Your love surrounded each of us and made us feel warm and wanted and secure. God bless your big fat heart. I really adore you.” Two of Garland's three children were with Luft. $1,200.

 

John James Audubon is noted most for his beautiful illustrations for his Birds of America, but he also had a second quite popular presentation of The Quadrupeds of North America. The success of the smaller, more affordable octavo edition of Birds encouraged Audubon to move forward with his book on quadrupeds. Offered is an agreement between Audubon and John T. Bowen to produce lithographs for his book on quadrupeds. Dated February 23, 1844, Audubon agreed to pay Bowen $750 when the stones were delivered. $3,800.

 

At the beginning of 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald would probably have been happy to get anything published anywhere. By 1921, he was a successful young author, living the “Jazz Age” high life, money coming in, going out even faster. No matter, he and young bride Zelda were living the best days of their lives. That year, Fitzgerald received a request for some poetry for a new magazine. Oliver Jenkins, of Danvers, Massachusetts, was about to start a new poetry magazine – Tempo – and was hoping he could get a contribution from the now popular young author. Such was not to be. Fitzgerald politely replied, “Your magazine sounds interesting but I'm afraid my muse is gone. I haven't written a line of poetry for two years...” Fitzgerald would write poetry again, though he is far better known for his novels and short stories. Fitzgerald was later in contact with Jenkins again after the latter published a note about his short story collection, The Jazz Age, in Tempo, and sent him a copy of his book This Side of Paradise. However, there is no sign that he ever contributed a poem to the magazine. Tempo did not have a long life, surviving for two years but probably not much longer. $7,200.

 

Louis Philippe was the last King of France. He acceded to the throne in 1830, an extremely popular, liberal King, a man who had years earlier sided with the Revolution and was forced to live as a poor commoner during years in exile. However, by 1848, he was seen as an autocratic ruler and forced to resign and flee the country. Somewhere in between, 1836 to be exact, he wrote this letter to his cousin. Translated from the French, he notes, “You have always shown great kindness and interest in everything that concerns me and I would never question the sincerity of your words. Please be sure I return the sentiment...” $350.

 

Schulson Autographs may be reached at 973-379-3800 or info@schulsonautographs.com. Their website is www.schulsonautographs.com

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