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May 31: Forum Auctions follows up the London ABA Fair with Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper

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Highlights from Forum's May 31 sale

Deliberately timed to take place just after the ABA Fair (May 24th-26th), Forum Auctions’ sale on the 31st has a wealth of enticing lots covering most areas of interest. This year the main London book fair is being held in Battersea Park, just a 10-minute walk from Forum’s offices in Queenstown Road, and the auction house is looking to make the most of the proximity of the world’s dealers and collectors by opening their doors for viewing for the full week before and during the fair. Also on view then will be highlights from other forthcoming sales, including Modern and Contemporary Prints, Wine, and a selection of works from the Rothamsted Collection – rare agricultural books from 1471-1840, with the sale taking place on 10th July.

 

Highlights from 31st May sale include:

  • A superb dust-jacketed first edition of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, 1937, est. £20,000-30,000, one of several Tolkien-related items in the sale
  • A manuscript map by Lt. Col. Sir Edward Baker entitled Plan of the Province of Upper Canada showing the route of the Simcoe Expedition, bound into a copy of Hearne’s A Journey from Prince of Wales’s Fort in Hudson’s Bay…, 1795, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Jefferys’ The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America, 1760 – a very good copy of the first edition in contemporary calf, est. £6,000-8,000
  • The George Katkov copy of the original typescript of Boris Pasternak’s Doktor Zhivago, with autograph corrections, 1956, most likely the copy used by the CIA to publish the first edition in Russian for dissemination in the Soviet Union, est. £100,000-150,000
  • A very good copy of the first issue of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, 1843, est. £6,000-8,000
  • A miniature Book of Hours with 6 full-page miniatures and 6 large initials with full borders, Flanders, second quarter of the 15th century, est. £6,000-8,000
  • A fine mini-archive of letters from G. K. Chesterton to Enid Simon with autograph poems and original sketches from the 1920s, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Manuscript eye-witness account of the Indian Mutiny and Massacre at Cawnpore by William Jonah Shepherd, 1857, est. £3,000-5,000
  • Group of school exercise books and a sketch pad used by a teenaged Terry Pratchett, with doodles, sketches and story fragments, mostly c.1962-64, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Laboureur (Jean-Emile) Petites Images de la Guerre sur le Front Britannique, Paris, 1917, one of only 4 copies with 3 additional suites of plates in progressive states before letters, est. £5,000-7,000
  • One of only 10 copies printed on vellum of the Cresset Press edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain’d, 1931, est. £8,000-12,000
  • A fine collection of 19 original watercolour caricatures of Milanese high society by Sebastiano de Albertis, 1864-65, est. £4,000-6,000
  • A good impression of Albrecht Durer’s woodcut Hercules conquering Cacus, 1496 (but printed c.1580), est. £4,000-6,000
  • A complete set of 4 17th century Tokugawa hanging scrolls demonstrating the Japanese art of acupuncture, Tokyo, 1662, est. £5,000-8,000
  • Guericke (Otto van) Experimenta nova…de Vacuo Spatio, Amsterdam, 1672, a very good copy of this highly important work on experimental physics, est. £12,000-16,000
  • Desmond Morris’ copy of Edward Tyson’s landmark work on comparative morphology, Orang-Outang, sive Homo Sylvestris: or, the Anatomy of a Pygmie, first edition, 1699, est. £4,000-6,000 
  • Merian’s Erucarum Ortus, Amsterdam, 1718, the first Latin edition of this profusely illustrated early entomological work, depicting butterflies and grubs in juxtaposition with flowers and blossoms, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Ptolemy’s La Geografia, Venice, 1574-73, a very good, complete copy of the third Ruscelli edition, est. £5,000-7,000
  • Group of 4 unrecorded original watercolours by Edward Walsh (medical officer and artist) documenting the Napoleonic Wars, including one of La Belle Alliance “executed on the spot” 7 days after the Battle of Waterloo and showing the burial of the dead, est. £4,000-6,000
  • Mallet’s Description de l’Univers, 5 vol., Paris, 1683, an excellent copy of this important atlas from the Grand Siecle, complete with almost 700 plates and maps. 

 

To view the entire catalogue, or for details of viewing times and any further information, please visit Forum's website here.

 

To order a complimentary printed catalogue (while stocks last!), please contact info@forumauctions.co.uk

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    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
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    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
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    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
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    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
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    <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.
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
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    <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 €
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