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Articles - May - 2004 Issue

Skinners: An Interesting Auction


Portraits of a Keene, New Hampshire couple c. 1850 (with one book).

Then there is lot 362 which is another pair of paintings. They are portraits of Timothy and Eunice Colony of Keane, New Hampshire, and dated c. 1850. Between them there is only one book. Eunice is holding it and I wouldn’t want to ask her what’s in it. She looks quite unhappy. Her husband also looks extremely serious. I wouldn’t be interested to see their library but I would like to read her diary. A novelist might find a story there. She certainly appears diminished, has her finger marking a place in the text, and appears to be considering life in sober terms. There is one book and the pair of paintings is estimated $2,000 to $3,000.

Beginning at around lot 416 there begins to be printed and paper items. For firebugs there is lot 417, “Engine of the Red Jacket Veteran Fireman’s Association...Champion of the New England League, 1894.” It is a 22.5 x 17 ¼ inch lithograph. The estimate is $1,500 to $2,000, a sum I suspect is far greater that the original cost of the fire equipment shown. I also worry how the equipment could be brought to one place without leaving the surrounding area devoid of fire protection. I for one would have preferred dirty old fire apparatus that stayed home to fancy, polished equipment that was always away seeking prizes.

Lot 424 is a “Large Colored Production Poster for the Dutch Tour of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, dated 1880, etc, etc.” It’s 34. ½ x 20 inches and a perfect fit for many kinds of book collections. Slavery documents are very dry. Here is an image that can make a statement about your book collection and you won’t be going to debtor’s prison if you buy it. The estimate is $1,200 to $1,500.

Lot 427 is a “Rare Revolutionary War Account Book for the Privateer Ship Chandler, c. 1779-84, sailing from Salem, Massachusetts.” This must be good because the estimate is $8,000 to $12,000, a serious price. Interested parties will want to read the details.

Civil War and Lincoln collectors will be interested in lot 488 described as a “Rare Abraham Lincoln Funeral Broadside, dated April 17th 1865” and providing instructions from the Governor of New Hampshire to her residents to observe a mourning period in honor of the fallen President. Such pieces convey the reality of the assassination in a way that books, covers closed, and fitted like false teeth into a plate, can not. With this visual cue the sense of a book collection can be conveyed.

There is one more item described as “Rare Ted Williams 1959 Team Issue Two Part Wool #9 Uniform.” This is item number 125. It may have been designed to be worn in October which may explain why it looks so fresh. This uniform is estimated $80,000 - $120,000. That year the Red Socks paid Ted $125,000 for the entire season.

Those of us who love and collect books and ephemera want after all to experience our books, not just own them. Skinners, on June 6th, gives you a chance to do this.

Here is a link to the auction: www.skinnerinc.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000

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