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Feb 2: Fine Books & Manuscripts at Potter & Potter Auctions

Taking place a day after the February 2019 issue of Rare Book Monthly is released, Chicago-based auction house Potter & Potter Auctions will be hosting a sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts on February 2nd at 10am CST. The sale is sizeable, with 790 lots that air more on the side of modern than antique. Of particular interest are a series of blueprints and other items from the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, comic books, and French literature and art.

Frank Lloyd Wright had a close relationship with the city of Chicago, and therefore it seems fitting that his material coming to auction does so at a house based in the same city. Lot 7 through 12 are from Wright, with five blueprints and floor plans, and one a broadside that was part of an occasional series of publications issued by Wright between 1941 and 1953. Lot 8 is a signed original floor plan for the Louis Frederick House in Barrington Hills, IL (about 40 miles northwest of Chicago), which, interestingly, sold somewhat recently in mid-2016 for $795,000. The signed plan is estimated $6,000 to $8,000.

Comics make an impressive showing in the sale too. Highlights include (in order of estimated price):

-          X-Men No. 1 - $1,500 to $3,000

-          The Incredible Hulk No. 181 (the first full appearance of Wolverine) - $1,800 to $2,400

-          Strange Tales No. 110 (the first appearances of Doctor Strange, Ancient One, Nightmare, and Wong) - $1,200 to $1,500

-          The Amazing Spider-Man No. 129 (the first appearance of The Punisher) - $700 to $900

20th century illustrated Paris publications are another subject that collectors with an eye for the material will want to take a closer look at. The surrealist Yves Tanguy’s first book illustrations are part of Benjamin Peret’s Dormir dans les Pierres (Paris, 1927). This copy is #163 of 205, features fifteen drawings by Tanguy and is estimated $2,600 to $3,500. Continuing in the vein of illustrated books, Andre Dignimont contributed 41 illustrations in color to a special edition of Oscar Wilde’s Ballade de la Geole de Reading. This specific copy is one of three deluxe artist’s copies, numbered and signed by the artist, and last sold at Christie’s in 2001. It’s estimated $1,500 to $2,600 today. Finally, Umberto Brunelleschi’s contributions to Pierre Louys’ Les Aventures du Roi Pausole number seventeen erotic illustrations. The edition was limited to 450 (of which this copy is #56) and is estimated $1,200 to $1,500.

The last highlight of this brief preview may benefit from the title character’s recent return to the big screen: signed copies of both Mary Poppins (ninth printing) and Mary Poppins Comes Back (third printing) by the author, P.L. Travers, are included in a single lot (#540) for an estimated $1,000 to $1,500.

Potter & Potter Auctions’ sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts is slated for February 2, 2019 at 10am CST in Chicago. The online catalog is available here. Bidding is available in person, via absentee bid, over the phone, and online.

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bid on iGavelAuctions.com: Heller, Joseph, Closing Time, Advance Readers Copy of Uncorrected Proof with a letter from Heller on his personal stationary
    Bid on iGavelAuctions.com: Gates, Bill, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, N Y: Knopf, 2021; first edition, with a handwritten note from Bill Gates
    Bid on iGavelAuctions.com: Heller, Joseph, Catch-22, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961, first edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, inscribed on the front end paper by Heller
    Bid on iGavelAuctions.com: Heller, Joseph, Something Happened, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974, first edition, inscribed on the front end paper by Heller
    Bid on iGavelAuctions.com: Austen, Jane, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, London: John Murray, 1818, in four volumes
  • Manuscript Masterpieces from the Schøyen Collection
    London auction, 11 June
    BROWSE NOW
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Holkham Hebrew Bible. In Hebrew, decorated manuscript on vellum [Toledo, 2nd quarter 13th century]. £1,500,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Crosby-Schøyen Codex. In Coptic, manuscript on papyrus [Upper Egypt, middle 3rd century / 4th century]. £2,000,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Geraardsbergen Bible. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Southern Netherlands, late 12th century]. £700,000–1,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now : Jean de Courcy (fl. 1420). The Chronique de la Bouquechardiere. In French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1480]. £200,000–300,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The ‘Catherine de Medici’ Hours. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1485]. £120,000–180,000
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD

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