Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2014 Issue

Auctions in October: one hundred and eight reasons to look carefully

108 reasons to look at the October auctions

October is, as it always is, a busy month.  One hundred and eight events are scheduled.  The numbers seem to always increase but within the numbers the material and categories are also always changing.  We know so much more about rarity and importance these days than we did just a generation ago and I think the market is much stronger for this clarity.  But this is not to say that prices are consistently higher.  Many, once much admired, things have turned out to be more common than we knew while other things, once ignored, are now highly sought after if not quite yet highly valued.  We are living through the great re-pricing and it is giving auctions an added importance short term.  Longer term one expects dealers to reemerge as the diviners of taste and importance.  Rare books without discernment is a shrouded footpath, with judgment a highway. 


Wed. Oct. 1st 
Bonhams. London. The First World War Centenary Sale. 101 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Art, Press & Illustrated Books. 260 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction. 40 lots 
Autographes Encheres. Meinier. Autographs - Internet bidstart 9/17. 144 lots 
Keno Auctions. New York, NY 10021 . Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints. 5 lots 
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Antiquarian Books. 614 lots 

Thu. Oct. 2nd 
Ader. PARIS. Performing Art Collection - Andre Bernard. 421 lots 
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Autographs and Documents. 545 lots 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Antiquarian Books. 353 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints. 77 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/25. 330 lots 

Fri. Oct. 3rd 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 123 lots 
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old Photographs - Historical Memories - Decorations - Weapons. 23 lots 
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem.. 432 lots 

Sat. Oct. 4th 
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Books, Maps, Prints. 830 lots 
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Prints, Animation. 649 lots 

Sun. Oct. 5th 
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . October Estate Sale - Prints and Books. 31 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/28. 677 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/28. 549 lots 

Mon. Oct. 6th 
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History: Timed Online Auction - Internet bidstart 9/25. 264 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Globes. 29 lots 
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Fine Prints. 34 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 4 lots 

Tue. Oct. 7th 
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian Books
Sothebys. Paris. Bibliothèque R. et B.L. Éditions Originales Autographes et Manuscrits du XXe siècle. 222 lots 
Bonhams. London. The Library of Professor Brian Shefton. 90 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 44 lots 

Wed. Oct. 8th 
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Manuscripts. 417 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Rare Books. 495 lots 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Books, Maps and Documents. 502 lots 
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Centennial of the Great War - Day 1

Thu. Oct. 9th 
Swann Galleries. New York. African American Fine Art - Prints
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. NATURAL HISTORY BOOKS, SPORTING & WILDLIFE ART
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana - Travel - Cartography
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books and Photography
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Ancient and Modern Books
ALDE. Paris. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur. 288 lots 
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Centennial of the Great War - Day 2
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Books and Prints

Fri. Oct. 10th 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 451 lots 
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Movie Posters
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Prints. 6 lots 

Sat. Oct. 11th 
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints
Skinner. Boston. European Decorative Prints
Arader Galleries. Philadelphia, . Mid-Hudson auction of Audubon Bird Prints, and others

Sun. Oct. 12th 
Bonhams. San Francisco. Period Art and Design - Prints and Books
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, etc.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5

Tue. Oct. 14th 
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books, Maps, Prints
Swann Galleries. New York. Rare and important Travel Posters
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Vintage Posters
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Prints
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints

Wed. Oct. 15th 
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 9/26. 960 lots 
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Books

Thu. Oct. 16th 
Heritage Auctions. New York. Illustration Art. 755 lots 
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Manuscripts and Maps
Ader. PARIS. Books - Library of an Amateur
Skinner. Marlborough. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints
ALDE. Paris. First Editions
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books Online bidstart 10/9
Heritage Auctions. New York. Photographs
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9

Fri. Oct. 17th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art
Swann Galleries. New York. Fine Photographs
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques. 6546 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books

Sat. Oct. 18th 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Automobilia
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Books, Prints, Photographs

Sun. Oct. 19th 
Bonhams. London. Autumn Stafford Sale - Automobilia
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 1012
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/12

Tue. Oct. 21st 
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books
PIASA. Paris. Ancient and Modern Prints
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples
Rossini. Paris. Prints

Wed. Oct. 22nd 
Ader. PARIS. Judaica
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Photography
Bonhams. New York. History of Science
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Ancient Documents

Thu. Oct. 23rd 
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 10/16
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Manuscripts
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/16

Fri. Oct. 24th 
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Fall Auction

Sat. Oct. 25th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts,
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper

Sun. Oct. 26th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19

Mon. Oct. 27th 
Doyle New York. New York. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints
PIASA. Paris. Protest! Art and Design
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints

Tue. Oct. 28th 
Artcurial. Paris. Posters
Bonhams. New York. Photographs

Wed. Oct. 29th 
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints
Christies. Paris. Books and Manuscripts
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Modern Books

Thu. Oct. 30th 
Sothebys. New York. Prints
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/23

Fri. Oct. 31st 
Bonhams. London. London to Brighton Run - Automobilia


Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s
    Important Modern Literature from the Library of an American Filmmaker
    8 December 2023
    Sotheby’s, Dec. 8: Kerouac, Jack. Typescript scroll of The Dharma Bums. Typed by Kerouac in Orlando, Florida, 1957, published by Viking in 1958. 300,000 - 500,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Dec. 8: Hemingway, Ernest. The autograph manuscript of "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." [Key West, finished April 1936]. 300,000 - 500,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Dec. 8: Miller, Henry. Typescript of The Last Book, a working title for Tropic of Cancer, written circa 1931–1932. 100,000 - 150,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Dec. 8: Ruscha, Ed. Twentysix Gasoline Stations, with a lengthy inscription to Joe Goode. 40,000 - 60,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Dec. 8: Hemingway, Ernest. in our time, first edition of Hemingway’s second book. 30,000 - 50,000 USD
  • Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 2:
    John Ford Clymer, U.S. Troops' Triumphant Return to New York Harbor, oil on canvas, circa 1944.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 44:
    Edward Gorey, Illustration of cover and spine for Fonthill, a Comedy by Aubrey Menen, pen and ink, 1973.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 50:
    Harrison Cady, frontispiece for Buster Bear's Twins by Thornton W. Burgess, watercolor and ink, 1921.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 54:
    Ludwig Bemelmans, Pepito, portrait of Pepito from the Madeline book series, mixed media.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 79:
    Gluyas Williams, Fellow Citizens Observation Platform, pen and ink, cartoon published in The New Yorker, March 11, 1933.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 86:
    Thomas Nast, Victory, – for the moment, political cartoon, pen and ink, 1884.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 91:
    Mischa Richter, Lot of 10 cartoons for Field Publications, ink and pencil, circa 1940.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 111:
    Arthur Getz, Sledding In Central Park, casein tempera on canvas, cover of The New Yorker, February 26, 1955.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 124:
    Richard Erdoes, Map of Boston, illustration for unknown children's magazine, gouache on board, circa 1960.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 155:
    Robert Fawcett, The old man looked him over carefully, gouache on board, published in The Saturday Evening Post, June 9, 1945.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 170:
    Violet Oakley, Portrait of Woodrow Wilson, charcoal and pastel, circa 1918.
    Swannm Dec. 14: Lot 188:
    Robert J. Wildhack, Scribner's for March, 1907, mixed media.
    Valuable Books and Manuscripts
    London auction
    13 December
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    Christie’s, Explore now
    TREW, Christoph Jacob (1695–1769). Plantae Selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini in hortus curiosorum. [Nuremberg: 1750–1773]. £30,000–40,000
    Christie’s, Explore now
    VERBIEST, Ferdinand (1623–88). Liber Organicus Astronomiae Europaeae apud Sinas restituate. [Beijing: Board of Astronomy, 1674]. £250,000–350,000
    Christie’s, Explore now
    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ALICE & NIKOLAUS HARNONCOURT. Master of Jean Rolin (active 1445–65). Book of Hours, use of Paris, in Latin and French, [Paris, c.1450–1460]. £120,000–180,000
    Christie’s, Explore now
    A SILVER MICROSCOPE. Probably by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632–1723), c.1700. £150,000–250,000
    Christie’s, Explore now
    C.1311. £100,000–150,000
  • Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Roberts (David) & Croly (George). The Holy Land, Syria, Idumae, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia. Lond. 1842 - 1843 [-49]. First Edn. €10,000 to €15,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Incunabula: O'Fihily (Maurice). Duns Scotus Joannes: O'Fihely, Maurice Abp… Venice, 20th November 1497. €8,000 to €12,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: An important file of documents with provenance to G.A. Newsom, manager of the Jacob’s Factory in Dublin, occupied by insurgents during Easter Week 1916. €6,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: WILDE (Oscar), 1854-1900, playwright, aesthete and wit. A lock of Wilde’s Hair, presented by his son to the distinguished Irish actor Mícheál MacLiammóir. €6,000 to €8,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Heaney (Seamus). Bog Poems, London, 1975. Special Limited Edition, No. 33 of 150 Copies, Signed by Author. Illus. by Barrie Cooke. €4,000 to €6,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Binding: Burke, Thomas O.P. (de Burgo). Hibernia Dominicana, Sive Historia Provinciae Hiberniae Ordinis Praedicatorum, ... 1762. First Edition. €4,000 to €6,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: COLLINS, Michael. An important TL, 29 July 1922, addressed to GOVERNMENT on ‘suggested Proclamation warning all concerned that troops have orders to shoot prisoners found sniping, ambushing etc.’. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Scott Fitzgerald (F.) The Great Gatsby, New York (Charles Scribner's Sons) 1925, First Edn. €2,000 to €3,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Yeats (W.B.) The Poems of W.B. Yeats, 2 vols. Lond. (MacMillan & Co.) 1949. Limited Edition, No. 46 of 375 Copies Only, Signed by W.B. Yeats. €1,500 to €2,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Miller (William) Publisher. The Costume of the Russian Empire, Description in English and French, Lg. folio London (S. Gosnell) 1803. First Edn. €1,000 to €1,500.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Miller (William) Publisher. The Costume of Turkey, Illustrated by a Series of Engravings. Lg. folio Lond.(T. Bensley) 1802. First Edn. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 12-13: Mason (Geo. Henry). The Costume of China, Illustrated with Sixty Engravings. Lg. folio London (for W. Miller) 1800. First Edn. €1,400 to €1,800

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