Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Brunk Auctions has been offering sales of fine and decorative art for over thirty years. Their upcoming sale, running from Thursday, July 16th to Saturday, July 18th, spans 1,176 lots, but for Rare Book Hub members, the selection of applicable material—books, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera—is a small portion of the sale. This preview will cover some of the categories of material and provide some examples of items for sale.
Beginning with lot 110, an excellent selection of natural history is offered. Various selections from Audubon, including a complete seventh edition of The Birds of America (lot 110, est. $10,000 – 15,000), and an autographed letter signed to his engraver, Robert Havell (lot 116, est. $4,000 – 6,000), are included. A set of three botanical prints by Basilius Besler, lots 133 through 136 are also standouts.
Americana is a particular strongpoint of the sale, featuring autographs from the likes of Washington (lot 141, est. $20,000 – 30,000), Jefferson (lot 142, est. $15,000 – 25,000), and Lincoln (lot 147, est. $4,000 – 6,000), as well as several others. Also present is a run of American maps. Included among these is a very significant item: a German copy of Thomas Hariot’s Virginia or Wunderbarliche doch Warhafftige Erklarung, von der Gelegenheit und Sitten der Wilden in Virginia (lot 190, est. $50,000 – 70,000). This edition contains the first map by an Englishman of any portion of North America. Other interesting items are lot 197, being the first English edition of Lewis and Clark’s Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean (est. $12,000 – 16,000), and lot 203, Carey and Lea’s A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas, Being a Guide to the History of North and South America and the West Indies (est. $3,000 – 5,000).
Further on in the sale, and closing out the portion of the sale featuring printed material are premium copies of various selections of literature. A veritable who’s who of important 19th and 20th century authors are present here: Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote, Joseph Heller, James Joyce, Herman Melville, Arthur Miller, and John Steinbeck, to name a few.
The entire catalog of Brunk Auctions’ sale can be found on their website here.
Bidding can be done in person in Asheville, North Carolina, as well via absentee bid, online, and telephone. Please visit Brunk Auctions’ bidding page for more information.