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Complex Intrigue in the Rooms at Doyle New York on November 23rd

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Into the late fall book men and women of all persuasions, the amateurs and professionals, readers and librarians cast off their summer crusts in search of the stimulating and collectible works on paper that rise through the fall from their summer doldrums toward the airy peaks achieved with spark and sizzle in November and December. Into this seasonal crescendo they of stout mind and strong heart feel the primal urge to scan the auction catalogues for battles they may engage for prizes that begin as penciled circles on catalogue pages and then bound to life as marked items are considered, rejected or affirmed. Those lots falling onto the must lists will then be more thoroughly examined and bids ultimately weighed. What began as a hopeful uncertainty come the day of the auction become battles to be won.

 

This is true for all houses and particularly true in the closing months of the year.

 

This year the November sale at Doyle New York fits this description very well for the material is serious, often obscure and frequently underestimated. Do not tread lightly here. The descriptions are interesting and the estimates appealing. You’ll be ensnared.

 

I asked Edward Ripley-Duggan and Peter Costanzo, the maestros and pens behind this sale and its descriptions for their take, and learned that fascination, value, and excitement are waiting to leap from every page. And I think they are right.

 

The sale is 794 lots of books, manuscripts and photographs divided into sections and categories.

 

It begins with a bow to the two sales Doyle has conducted for the New York Bar Association. That material, much of it esoteric European and American law, was often important, early and obscure. This latest sale, on November 23rd, starts with what has been most recently released by the Bar Association to sell. Condition is often a problem, but the lots [1-110] are worthy of consideration and include volumes from the libraries of Alexander Hamilton and Noah Webster, among others.

 

The focus then shifts to fine bindings. Dream a dream and expect to find at least one example of what you would like to own. The material is varied and highly collectible, ranging from 18th century silver bindings to Cedric Chivers Art Nouveau extravaganzas.

 

Lots 143 to 189 are French royal and armorial bindings from a private collection, including bindings for the kings and queens of France, and their children and courtiers, all the way from Louis XIII to Charles X. Further along in the sale is a run of seven documents signed by Napoleon. If French royalty is not to your taste, English royalty is present, including a set of eight etchings from the fair hand of Queen Victoria herself. And though America has no royalty, who can resist the lure of the Court of Camelot? Here are early love-letters from JFK to a Swedish sweetheart. You have been warned.

 

Lots 190 to 252 are the sciences, solid and a bit under the radar. Einstein is well represented, including a striking portrait done by Irving Sussman in 1934, signed by the great physicist the same year. Otherwise, there are works on alchemy, economics, clocks, globes and mathematics, to name but a few. As a coda, there is a section of the great modern facsimiles of Leonardo.

 

Beginning at lot 253 printed and manuscript Americana, separate from the New York Bar material, begins. Many of the usual subjects are offered here in unusual examples. Think of Audubon, John Wilkes Booth, indian captivities, Carnegie, Catlin and Chastellux with dashes of early American’s children’s books, the Civil War, Meriwether Lewis, James Madison and Abraham Lincoln. And they are simply the beginning. Page 88 of the catalogue is telling. It contains Lots 305 and 6, early books on the Quaker Persecutions, followed by an ephemera signed by Ronald Reagan and then a signed Theodore Roosevelt Message to the Two Houses of Congress [1907].

 

Signatures and signed material carve out a place here and the keyword search will be important. If it’s the Beatles you want they are lots 480 and 481. Other 20th century personages are too numerous to mention but think Disney, Crawford, Dietrich, Monroe [Marilyn], Orson Welles and Sondheim. Fashion gets it own area including an important lot of Jacqueline Kennedy interest.

 

Here now are a few lots:

 

84. Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the Provisional Government of the State of Kentucky, together with the message of the Governor. Bowling Green: W. N. Haldeman, State Printer, 1861. The first Confederate imprint in Kentucky, printed during the brief tenure of the rebels in the State.

 

111. Manuscript Book of Hours, Southern Low Countries, likely Liège, second or third quarter of the 15th century. with 124 vellum leaves with text in Latin including with 10 large miniatures within two-page borders of acanthus and leafy vines.

 

121. Benvenuto Cellini. The Life of... London:1900. One of ten copies printed on true vellum, bound in two volumes in russet brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, with intricately decorated, inlaid borders on each cover in navy blue.

 

173. Hardion, Jacques. Histoire universelle sacrée et profane, composée par ordre de Mesdames de France. Paris: 1754-65. Eighteen volumes, full red period morocco, the covers with the gilt arms of Marie Leszczynska, Queen Consort of France, spine in six compartments, richly gilt.

 

200. Portrait of Einstein in grisaille rendered in airbrush on illustration board by Irving Sussman, signed and dated 1934, additionally boldly signed "Albert Einstein," and dated by him 1934.

 

234. Large lithograph of the Grumman-designed Apollo Lunar Module. Bethpage, New York and Washington, D.C.: 1972. This bears a total of 325 signatures including 43 Apollo astronauts, as well as NASA and Grumman officials.

 

287. Merwiwether Lewis. Document signed as the Territorial Governor of Louisiana appointing George Armistead Justice of the Peace for Arkansas Township. St. Louis: 18 May 1808. Armistead was the future Commander of American forces during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

 

297. An archive of the fabled Chrysolite Silver Mining Company of Leadville, Colorado, Leadville: 1880s to 1930s, including retained copies of correspondence from the key period of 1880-88 between the managers of the Chrysolite Mining Company and the President and Secretary of the company in New York, and a huge amount of other material relating to the great Colorado silver boom.

 

431. James Boswell's copy of Heures Perdues et divertissantes du Chevalier de **, Amsterdam: 1716, with his name on the front free endpaper and the inscription in ink "A Present from/my worthy Friend/Sir Alexander Rich," later the copy of Euphemia Boswell, his second daughter, circa 1836.

 

542. Appolinaire, Guillaume & Jim Dine. The Poet Assassinated. New York: [1968]. One of 250 copies of the deluxe edition, the colophon signed by Dine and translator Ron Padgett and with eight original pochoir plates signed and numbered by Dine.

 

556. Addams, Charles. Grandmother! You're not cheating!, 1966. Original drawing for an Addams Family cartoon, depicting Morticia Addams and Granny Frump at a card table, ink and gouache on illustration board, signed, also captioned and inscribed at head "For Barbara with love, Chas Addams 1966.

 

665. Abbott, Berenice. New York at Night, 1932. A vintage toned gelatin silver print housed in the photographer's sleeve of a folded sheet of tan hand-made paper, signed on the mount with, the photographer's 56 West 53rd New York City credit stamp on the verso of the print.

 

Altogether almost 800 lots, the description of the sale is eclectic and having worked my way from 1 to 794 I can confirm there are many possibilities. This is not the common New York sale. Rather, it’s the broad bouquet of possibilities that will allow all interested to pluck something for their inventories and collections.

 

Doyle New York

 

Link to the sale: https://www.doylenewyork.com/content/more.asp?id=400

 

Bon Chance!

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> André Breton, <i>Second manifeste du Surréalisme,</i> Paris, Editions Kra, 1930
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso, <i>La Barre d’appui,</i> Paris, Editions « Cahiers d’Art », 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Hans Bellmer, <i>Die Puppe,</i> Paris, G.L.M., 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Salvador Dali, <i>La femme visible,</i> Paris, Editions Surréalistes, 1930
  • <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE Typed letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Important archives related to the development of fashions for Mrs. Kennedy… $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Detailed ledger of the Kennedy White House years… $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KELLY, GRACE. Four autograph letters to Oleg Cassini. $5,000 to $8,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Group of Kennedy-era original fashion sketches. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE. Autograph letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Fashion sketch titled “Mrs. Kennedy-Palais de Versailles-State Dinner.” $800 to $1,200
    Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini: [CASSINI, OLEG - KENNEDY, JACQUELINE.] Group of approximately 130 original fashion designs… $800 to $1,200.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Book of Hours. Illuminated manuscript, Flanders or northern France, c. 1450. With 12 full-page illuminated miniatures. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Zahrawi, Abu’-Qasim, al- (c. 936-1013). <i>Albucasis chirurgicorum omnium,</i> Strasbourg, 1532. The first comprehensive illustrated treatise on surgery. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Milles, Thomas. <i>The Custumers Alphabet and Primer,</i> 1608. Gilt supralibros of 17th-century English bibliophile Edward Gwynn. £2,000 to £3,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Guillemeau, Jacques. <i>Child-Birth or, the Happy Deliverie of Women,</i> 1st edition in English, 1612. The second midwifery manual printed in English. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Rabisha, William. <i>The Whole Body of Cookery Dissected,</i> 1st edition, 1661. Rare. Five copies in libraries. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Royal binding. <i>An Abridgment of the English Military Discipline,</i> 1678. Contemporary red goatskin gilt by Samuel Mearne for Charles II (1630-1865). £1,500 to £2,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Pallavicino, Ferrante. <i>The Whores Rhetorick,</i> 1st edition in English, 1683. Rare anti-Jesuit satire. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>The Benefit of Farting,</i> 1st London edition, 1722. Teerink 19. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Edwards, George. <i>Natural History of Uncommon Birds</i> [and] <i>Gleanings of Natural History,</i> 7 volumes, 1743-64. Contemporary tree calf, 362 hand-coloured engraved plates. £8,000 to £12,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Campbell, Patrick. <i>Travels in the Interior Inhabited Parts of North America,</i> 1st edition, 1793. Howes C101; Sabin 10264. Uncut in original boards. £5,000 to £8,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Hearne, Samuel. <i>A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay, to the Northern Ocean,</i> 1st edition, 1795. Sabin 31181. Large-paper copy. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Edgeworth, Maria. <i>The Match Girl, A Novel,</i> 1808. £1,000 to £1,500
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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