• <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>

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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2016 Issue

A Selection of Artistic Books from Librairie Michel Bouvier

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A winter selection.

This month we received our first catalogue from Librairie Michel Bouvier. Michel Bouvier has been in the trade for 40 years and operates in a most traditional, and perhaps today unusual way. Librairie Michel Bouvier has a bookshop in the heart of Paris, and sells through catalogues and their website. They do not participate in the major book listing sites, finding that the essence and charm of books is lost in the mass of listings. This latest catalogue is entitled Sélection d'Hiver (Winter Selection), and contains material that is both textual and artistic, and quite old. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with one of the earliest, and most notable manuals for training horses in its day. Federico Grisone was an Italian nobleman who set up a school for training and riding horses in Naples in 1530. His name is often associated with dressage, the art of show riding. Offered is the first German edition of his notable work, Künstlicher Bericht und allerzierlichste Beschreybung, published in 1570 (the original was published in Italian in 1550). The book contains all sorts of information about horses and riding them, from breeding and caring for their medical issues, to riding them for show or in battle. It contains many woodcuts, showing the training of horses, tournaments, their anatomy and equipment. On the downside, Grisone's methods of training horses often involved cruelty to force them to behave as he wished. The book was very popular in its time, being printed in dozens of editions in numerous languages during the century after it was first published. Item 2. Priced at €6,000 (euros, or approximately $6,680 in U.S. dollars).

 

Olfert Dapper was a Dutch physician and travel writer of the second half of the 17th century. He signed himself as a medical doctor although there is no evidence he was actually so trained. That is appropriate enough as Dapper was a travel writer who never left his home country. However, he assiduously researched his work and corresponded with travelers, while taking an unbiased view of the places he described. The result is that his writings were unusually accurate despite his lack of first hand experience. Dapper is best known for his book about Africa, but this one concerns an attempt by the Dutch to establish trade relations with China in the 1660's. Item 6 is Denkwürdig Bedrijf der Nederlandsche Oost Indische Maetschappye op in Kuste in het van Keizerrijk Taising of Sina. It was published in Amsterdam in 1670. Dapper's descriptions of China came from two missions by the Dutch East India Company. Balthasar Bort conducted two expeditions along the Chinese coast in 1663 and 1664, most of his time spent in Taiwan. A few years later, Pieter von Hoorn attempted to set up a mission in China. If it sounds like these must have been long journeys, they emanated from the company's location in Batavia (today Jakarta, Indonesia), not the Netherlands. Von Hoorn's attempt to establish trading relations was not successful, but did provide us with the information for this book. €5,000 (US $5,573).

 

Johann Elias Ridinger may not be a household name today, but he was an exceptional artist of the 18th century. Born in 1698, he began training as a painter at the age of 14. A few years later, he moved to Augsburg where he began drawing animals, horses in particular. This would lead to something of a sabbatical where he spent a few years hunting and riding, only to return to Augsburg to learn etching and engraving. Finally, at the age of 25, he opened his own studio and publishing house, where he sold prints of his artwork. He remained focused on animals, including wild ones as well as horses. Over the course of his 69-year lifespan, Ridinger created 1,600 engravings of animals. Obviously, his work was very popular. His style is generally referred to as rococo, there being a certain flair and drama to his drawings. Item 8 is a complete set of four engraved prints of hunting scenes by Ridinger, each with trilingual poems (Latin, German, and French). Among the animals dramatically presented in the hunt are dogs, bear, deer, boar, and quail. Item 8, circa 1730. €7,000 (US $7,811).

 

Item 7 is a different set of four Ridinger prints. It also includes images of bear, boar, deer, hunting dogs and hunters. These undated prints are circa 1725. €2,000 (US $2,231).

 

This next item comes from one of France's greatest writers, but it is neither a book nor a manuscript. It is a drawing. Victor Hugo is better known for Les Misérables and (the Hunchback of) Notre Dame de Paris. However, he was a talented artist, and some believe he might have been the greatest of his time were he not primarily a writer, art being a hobby. Item 16 is one Hugo's drawings, done in black and brown pen and ink wash, without color, as typical of most of Hugo's paintings. This one was done on a trip to Bruges, Belgium, in the late summer of 1837. There is a signed inscription at the bottom, difficult to read, but likely points to the time and place of the landscape scene. Hugo had traveled to Belgium with Juliette Drouet. Hugo was devastated a few years earlier when he found his wife had cheated on him, but was pulled from his despair by Drouet, his secretary and love, with which he would remain close for the remainder of their lives. €85,000 (US $94,854).

 

Librairie Michel Bouvier may be reached at +33 (0)1 46 34 64 53 or or mbouvier@noos.fr. The website is

www.librairiemichelbouvier.com.

 

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  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000

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