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June 7: Fine Books & Manuscripts at Bonhams

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Less than a week from the time of Rare Book Monthly’s June 2017 release, a Bonhams’ sale on June 7th will be taking place in New York. With 359 lots, Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Illustration Art is split into morning and afternoon sessions beginning at 11am and 2pm EDT respectively. The first morning session is devoted to art, artists’ books, and illustrated works from the 18th through the 21st centuries, and the afternoon includes a Nobel Prize, natural history and travel, literature, Americana, and a collection of New York Yankees material from former Yankees co-owner Daniel Topping. A full breakdown of the categories and their lots follows:

Session 1

Lots 1 - 28: Art and Architecture Before 1880

Lots 29 - 95: Modern Artists’ Books

Lots 96 - 131: [Arthur] Rackham and His Contemporaries

Lots 133 - 181: Illustration Art and Children’s Books

Session 2:

Lot 182: Nobel Prize [for Physics] of Victor Hess

Lots 183 - 202: Natural History and Travel

Lots 203 - 222: Literature to 1900

Lots 223 - 267: Modern Literature, Film and the Performing Arts

Lots 268 - 312: Americana

Lots 314 - 359: Daniel Topping Collection of the New York Yankees 

With the first session focused on art, there are many highlights that still span a wide range of subjects, from Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British Architect (1715-1725), an exhaustive catalog of the architectural style of great British buildings of the time, to a complete set of Ed Ruscha’s sixteen artist’s books, many of which are signed and/or inscribed by Ruscha, the quality of material is consistently high. One particular standout, lot 80, is a jeweled binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of Lord George Gordon Byron’s Ode to Napoleon, which includes six illuminated miniatures illustrating historic events during Napoleon’s career.

In 1936, Victor Franz Hess was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of cosmic radiation—the discovery that radiation in the atmosphere comes from space and not from the Earth itself as it was previously thought; it was a pivotal moment for 20th century research about the universe. The lot, #182, for this Nobel Prize includes of course the medal in gold itself, 65.8 mm in diameter and weighing 206.2 grams, but it also includes the Nobel Prize Diploma, on two leaves, signed by Carl Benedicks, the President of the Royal Academy, and Henning Pleyel, the Secretary of the Royal Academy.

Under the heading of Natural History and Travel, Daniel Giraud Elliot’s The New and Heretofore Unfigured Species of the Birds of North America, a first edition and one of 200 copies printed, represents the “last great color plate bird book to be produced in America” (Bonhams). If travel (and maps) are of greater interest, La Geografia di Tolomeo nuovamente tradotta di Greco in Italiano, da Ruscelli, con espositioni del medesimo, a 3-parts-in-one volume atlas featuring maps by Ptolemy and Girolamo Ruscelli that includes two world maps and seven others relating to the Americas, is a lot worth considering. 

The section on Modern Literature, Film and the Performing Arts contains several noteworthy items. Two archives from producer Charles Feldman stand out, one archive on the production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, which includes a series of typed letters and edits to the script by Williams, and another archive on the production of Nelson Algren’s Walk on the Wild Side, also containing one of a kind material. Another archive, one of correspondences by Harper Lee, includes 35 autograph letters signed by the author.

Americana is strongly represented as well. A series of six letter descended through the family of founding father Gouverneur Morris includes a letter from George Washington, addressing Morris’ plan to attack New York. McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America is also on offer, being a subscriber’s copy in early state.

For collectors of baseball, and specifically the Yankees, the closing section of the sale made up of the collection of former Yankees co-owner Daniel Topping is a dream come true. Everything from behind the scenes documents, to photographs, to of course baseballs is here. One immediate highlight is a framed presentation for the 1961 World Champion New York Yankees, including a photograph of the team, two special information panels, and 31 signatures of players and staff mounted below. The year 1961 is also significant as it was during this season that Roger Maris surpassed Babe Ruth’s 60 home run record.

Bonhams’ sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Illustration Art takes place Wednesday, June 7, with the morning session beginning at 11am and the afternoon session at 2pm EDT. The entire catalog is viewable here on Bonhams’ website.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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