Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2013 Issue

Change as Opportunity

Various images from the Grace sale, running 3/27-4/3 online

Forty years ago Victor Grace and his wife Jackie lived in New Jersey where they built a career and a life around the search for and later sale of beautiful material.  Victor from the outset was and to this day is, an art conservator who is equally at home with important paintings and rare engravings.  Jackie, following a career in New York, took a hand in the selling of their maps and charts that became, when they moved to Maine twenty years ago, the intensifying focus of their firm - Grace Galleries – selling primarily but not exclusively, maps.  “It has been a lovely trade, great fun to make discoveries and exciting to sell.”  These days they are shifting focus, this time from old and rare maps to English and European engravings, a soft spot with Jackie who grew up in England and these many years later, still speaks with a London accent.  Sages have said you can take the kid out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the kid.  For Jackie this is a return to her roots.
  

Through their now forty year career the common ingredients have been ‘discovery’ and ‘sale.'  “We hope to continue to make discoveries although our focus will narrow.  To complete this transition they have consigned 300 lots of maps to Old World Auctions of Glen Allen, Virginia.  The auction is a seven-day online event that concludes on the 3rd.  Jackie describes the material as very good.  “We’ve handled this level of material for years, learned the variations of issue and color and are unconditionally guaranteeing, as we have with all our maps over the years, the authenticity of these lots.”

These days Victor and Jackie live in Harpswell on the Maine coast.  “When I look out to sea I can’t see England but I know where my heart is.”

For institutions, collectors and dealers the Grace’s decision to close one chapter and start another provides the opportunity to buy appealing maps at attractive prices.  “It’s my hope that all material will be sold and our modest reserves should make this possible.”

For Old World Auctions, owned by Jon and Eliane Dotson for the past two years, this is their first foray into single owner auctions, the gold standard of the auction business.   “We're proud to partner with Victor and Jackie Grace.  They sent high quality and interesting material, which coupled with our extensive condition descriptions and zoomable images, offer something for every collector.”

The following items are some of the high points.
  

Lot 61: Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae Implantata Anglorumque Coloniis Florentissima, by Homann, circa 1730, estimate $1500 - $1700

Lot 62: A Map of the Province of New York, with Part of Pensilvania, and New England, by Montresor, dated 1775, estimate $4000 - $5000

Lot 92: Plan de la Baie et du Havre de Casco et des Iles Adjacentes…, by Sartine, dated 1779, estimate $1000 - $1200

Lot 94: Carte de l'Ile de Martha's Vineyard avec ses Dependances…, by Tardieu, published 1787, estimate $1400 - $1700

Lot 152: Paskaart van't Canaal Engelandt Schotlandt en Yrland. Naaukeurig. Opgestelt en Dienstig Voor die Achter Yrland Omkomen…, by Keulen, Johannes van, Circa 1698, estimate $1300 - $1500

Lot 163: Verschiedene Reisen des Auctoris, by Seligmann, circa 1749, estimate $250 - $350

Lot 263: Aethiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium, by Jansson, circa 1646, estimate $600 - $800

Lot 265: Mer de Sud, ou Pacifique, Contenant L'Isle De Californe, les Costes de Mexique, du Perou, Chili, et le Detroit de Magellanique, &c., by Mortier, circa 1693, estimate $3500 - $4250

Lot 269: Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes au Nord de la Mer du Sud, tant a l'Est de la Siberie et du Kamtchatka, au'a l'Ouest de la Nouvelle France, by Santini, published 1776, estimate $1600 - $1800

Lot 283: Carte de la Nle. Zelande Visitee en 1769 et 1770. Par le Lieutenant J. Cook Commandant de l'Endeavour Vaisseau de la Majeste, by Cook/Benard, published 1774, estimate $1600 - $1800

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Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
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    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
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    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
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    Forum Auctions
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    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
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    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.

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