Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2011 Issue

A Book Auction in Maine August 16th

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Auction Highlights on the Poulin website

On August 16th in Fairfield, Maine just off Route 95, at Poulin Antique and Auction Gallery, an authentic collection of gems and rhinestones in the books, maps and ephemera field come up for sale.  The event is a throwback to the days when the interesting and sometimes spectacular were lotted-up and offered as a challenge to buyers to sort-out.  In the upcoming sale an average lot contains 11 books as 5,000 items are offered in 475 lots.  Adding to the sense of deja-vu the buyer’s premium rate for lots paid for in cash, with money orders and transfers is ten percent.  The field has not consistently seen a 10% buyer’s premium in decades.  The sale promises to be immense fun and an intellectual challenge.  For those who love books there may not be a better way to invest two days, the first to inspect the material and the second to bid.  The sale that gets under way at 11:00 am on the 16th will be sold at breakneck speed.  The goal is to dispose of all lots by 6:30 pm, in time to meet the lobster boats bringing in dinner.

The material comes into the rooms from various sources.

As befits a sale in the ‘country style’ an advertisement running in the Maine Antique Digest and Newtown Bee projects a sense of material that is at once difficult to find and stacked up like cordwood.  The goal, for the house is of course to encourage a substantial audience.  The complexity of the box lots, well advertised and described, increases the prospects that a wider audience, via the internet, will find objects to bid-on online or by absentee offer.  In past auctions Poulins has had as many as 8 lines for phone bidders and this sale may use them all.  All lots are offered without reserve, subject only to a $25 starting bid.  Prices will be determined in the room and promptly reported soon after.

Here is the working text of the ad going to press in the next few days:

IMPORTANT MAINE BOOK AUCTION: Tues. Aug.16th at our Auction Gallery in Fairfield, Maine at 11:00. PREVIEW: Mon., Aug. 15th, 9-5:00 and Tues, Aug. 9-11. The catalog with detailed descriptions and photographs is now ONLINE on Artfact to review, register and bid as well as on the Americana Exchange to review and research to confirm material of interest.  On the Poulin website,  http://www.poulinantiques.com/ background on the house and details on the lots [via the AUCTIONS link], are accessible.   There is a thirteen buyer’s premium with a 3 percent discount for cash, pre-approved checks and money orders.  

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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