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Articles - March - 2017 Issue

A Busy Month for Forum Auctions

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Highlights from Forum Auction's March 23 and 30 sales

As spring begins to push away the vestiges of the northern hemisphere’s winter outside, inside auction rooms around the world, things are beginning to heat up. For London-based Forum Auctions, March sees a number of sales between their London and Milan locations. Two sales in particular, an online sale of Modern Literature taking place on the 23rd, and a traditional sale of Fine Books and Works on Paper including Modern Literature, Children’s & Illustrated and Private Press on the 30th, bear mentioning. 

Here’s what Forum has to say about some of the material you’ll find up for bidding: 

On the 23rd March, Forum Auctions will be holding its first online collector’s sale dedicated to modern literature and 20th century books. Highlights include a rare signed copy of J.K.Rowling’s The Tale of Beedle the Bard, the first edition of Erskine Childer’s landmark spy thriller The Riddle of the Sands, and a superb copy of the Arthur Rackham illustrated The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie in the scarce dust-jacket.

And for their March 30th sale: 

The morning session opens with a fine, private consignment of Beatrix Potter books and related material, with top billing going to a nice copy of the 1901 privately printed The Tale of Peter Rabbit (lot 4) at £15,000-20,000 and with many deluxe, dust-jacketed, or inscribed copies of the other titles also on offer. Other highlights from the Childrens’ Books section include a first edition of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, 1876, in the rare original dust-jacket (lot 63), estimate £7,000-9,000. A selection of Kelmscott Press works and another private collection of books illustrated by John Buckland-Wright, plus original illustrations by Max Beerbohm, E.J. Detmold, Edward Seago and Feliks Topolski, and a superb designer binding by Elizabeth Greenhill (lot 169), estimate £6,000-8,000 also come under the hammer. A section of Modern First Editions includes a dust-jacketed copy of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus The Great Gatsby, 1925 at £25,000-35,000, works by James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Anthony Burgess, Ian Fleming and J.K. Rowling. A small group of Evelyn Waugh books is complemented by his ear trumpet (lot 207), est. £1,000-1,500.

Early printed books open the afternoon session with a host of 16th century works from presses in continental Europe, followed by a strong section of manuscripts and autograph letters. Under the English Literature and History heading there is a presentation copy of John Taylor’s (the Water-Poet’s) All the Workes…, 1630 (lot 362), estimate £3,000-4,000 and, continuing the aquatic theme, lot 373 is Percey’s 1658 book, The Compleat Swimmer, one of the earliest works on the sport, at £5,000-7,000. A monumental 1716 Bible bound in red morocco with elaborate silver decorations and clasps by the great English silver-smith of the time, Anthony Nelme (lot 377), carries an estimate of £10,000-15,000. After further book sections of Travel (including a group on Afghanistan and Central Asia), Art & Architecture (including Nash’s The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, in a sumptuous deluxe binding for King George IV (lot 424, est. £8,000-10,000)), and Science & Natural History, the sale concludes with Prints, Watercolours and Drawings from Old Master to Gillray caricatures (lots 455 and 456). 

The March 23rd sale is online only, and the March 30th sale will be held at the Westbury Hotel in London at 10:30 am BST. To bid at either auction, registration with Forum Auctions is required if not done so on a previous occasion, and may be done so here

Select lots are available for viewing online now, and the provided links will become full online catalogs in early March:

Modern Literature

Fine Books and Works on Paper including Modern Literature, Children’s & Illustrated and Private Press

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <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>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Pushkin, Alexander. <i>Evgenii Onegin. A novel in verse.</i> A first edition of the most important work in Russian literature in its original parts, 1825–32. £120,000 to £160,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Gogol, Nikolai. <i>Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka.</i> A rare first edition of Gogol's first masterpiece, 1831–32. £70,000 to £100,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Darwin, Charles Robert. <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.</i> First edition, owned and read by two contemporaries of Darwin. London: John Murray, 1859. £140,000 to £200,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Galilei, Galileo. <i>Sidereus Nuncius.</i> First edition, announcing the first astronomical discoveries made with the telescope. Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, [March] 1610. £300,000 to £500,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> The seal of Wulfric. England, first half 11th century. £70,000 to £100,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Bible, <i>Ezechiel</i> in Latin. [Northern Italy, 5th century]. £120,000 to £180,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Blaeu, Jan and Willem Blaeu. <i>Grooten Atlas [Atlas Major]</i>. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1664. £450,000 to £650,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Jul. 9:</b> Petites Heures of Charles VIII use of Paris, in Latin. An exquisite Hours illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse. [Paris, 1490s]. £300,000 to £500,000
  • <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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