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Articles - December - 2012 Issue

Bonhams:  A Group of Important Sales Early in the Month

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Lot 1102 from The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers, December 4. PICTURE DICTIONARY.

Bonhams starts its run of December auctions with four sales over two days, on December 4th and 5th, two of which are single-owner collections. At 1pm on December 4th there is the long anticipated Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers. Rodgers, an Atlanta collector who passed away earlier this year, formed an extensive library, spanning three millennia in date: from a 16th century B.C.E. cuneiform tablet to a first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, issued in parts from 1884-1933. The Dictionary collection will be immediately followed by a various-owner auction of Fine Books, Maps & Manuscripts, a general sale with particularly enticing sections of English voyages and other travel books, printed and manuscript maps, and natural history including a second folio edition of Aububon's Birds. The undoubted highlight of this sale is the monumental manuscript world map by Urbano Monte produced between 1587 and 1589. On 74 sheets and at nine by nine feet, if assembled, this beautiful work is the largest early manuscript world map known.

 

The morning of December 5, at 10 am, Bonhams continues with over 200 lots of Russian Literature and Works on Paper. This sale takes in particularly strong manuscripts of Revolutionary literature, including very rare autograph material by Osip Mandelshtam, Anna Akhmatova, Andrei Belyi, Boris Pasternak and others, in addition to graphic avant-garde books and drawings. The top lot is the two autograph albums of the Moscow & Paris patron of the arts, Henrietta Girshman. Her albums span six decades and include autographs, literary and musical quotations and drawings by people such as Nabokov, Joyce, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Bartok, Benois, Serov, and hundreds of others.

 

Last but not least on the Bonhams December calendar is the auction, "Illuminating Space: Images from a Private Virginian Collection." This collection was formed from the early 1960s to the present and includes the most significant original representations of humankind's first phase of space exploration.  For example, there is the first photograph of the earth taken from lunar orbit; a unique hand-mosaic photograph of Surveyor I's shadow on the Oceanus Procellarum from June 13, 1966; an original negative from Lunar Orbiter IV of the crater Aristarchus; and hand-mosaic photographs from the Viking Orbiter mission of the Martian landscape. The sale also includes 19th century and early 20th century lunar & deep space photography, globes and telescopes.

 

December 4, 1pm, The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers, www.bonhams.com/20475

 

December 4, 3pm, Fine Books, Maps & Manuscripts, www.bonhams.com/20078

 

December 5, 10am, Russian Literature & Works on Paper, www.bonhams.com/20377

 

December 5, 1pm, Illuminating Space: Images from a Private Virginian Collection,www.bonhams.com/illuminating

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 54. Fanciful engraving of earth's interior with magma core and errupting volcanoes (1682). $1500 to $1800.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 183. Very rare first state of De Fer's map of the Lower Mississippi Valley (1715). $20000 to $25000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 253. Scarce Scottish edition based on Ellicott's plan of Washington, D.C. (1796). $2400 to $3000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 313. Stunning view of Philadelphia by John Bachmann (1850). $3250 to $4250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 338. Rare Civil War map based on Bucholtz map of Virginia (1862). $9500 to $12000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 667. First map to accurately show Luzon in Philippines (1590). $6000 to $7500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 682. Rare map of Shanghai International Settlement published just after WWI (1918). $7000 to $9000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 738. Coronelli's superb map of the Pacific showing the Island of California (1697) Est. $2400 - $3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 743. A cornerstone piece in the mapping of Australia and New Zealand (1726) Est. $6000 - $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 781. An uncommon signature during Jefferson's Governorship of Virginia (1779) Est. $9500 - $11000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.

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