• 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
  • Doyle, June 20: CLAUDE MCKA. Home to Harlem. New York: Harpers, 1928. First edition. $700 to $1,000.
    Doyle, June 20: Haydn's VI Original Canzonettas, signed by the composer. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Doyle, June 20: A rare EP sleeve inscribed by John Lennon. $800 to $1,200.
    Doyle, June 20: An extremely rare 1961 concert set list and autograph letter from The King. $7,000 to $10,000.
    Doyle, June 20: Bryan Batt's copy of the Mad Men Yearbook, 2008-2014. $600 to $800.
    Doyle, June 20: An original Al Hirschfeld depicting comedian Fred Allen. $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 20: A signed note from George Gershwin with reference to Porgy and Bess. $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 20: An original Harold Arlen manuscript musical quotation from "Over the Rainbow.” $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 20: A fine original Edith Head sketch for Grace Kelly's wedding trousseau. $3,000 to $5,000.
    Doyle, June 20: The poster for New Faces with inscriptions and the signature of Eartha Kitt. $200 to $300.
    Doyle, June 20: The classic "Jazz" Bowl by Viktor Schreckengost for Cowan Pottery. $15,000 to $25,000.
    Doyle, June 20: Tony Award Medallion won for "Kismet." $3,000 to $5,000.
  • Doyle, June 18: Stephen Sondheim's personalized Sweeney Todd asylum coat and jacket. $400 to $600.
    Doyle, June 18: Twelve Posters for Stephen Sondheim Musicals. $400 to $600.
    Doyle, June 18: Stephen Sondheim's Gold Record for the soundtrack to West Side Story. $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 18: A manuscript musical quotation from Passion. The quotation headed "Tranquillo" above the music, the lyrics are also written out: "lov-ing you is not a choice, it's who I am..." 11 x 14 inches. $800 to $1,200.
    Doyle, June 18: Stephen Sondheim's retained set of The Sondheim Review. Comprising a complete run of Volume 1, Number 1 (Summer 1994) to Volume XXI, Number 4 (Fall 2015). $500 to $800.
    Doyle, June 18: Five amusing Victorian-era game boards, including Snakes and Ladders. $200 to $300.
    Doyle, June 18: A cased tabletop croquet set and two horse racing games. $300 to $500.
    Doyle, June 18: Four Posters Related to Various Sondheim Productions. $300 to $500.
    Doyle, June 18: The rare first American edition of The Phantom of the Opera. $100 to $200.
  • Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ROALD AMUNDSEN: PHOTO of «Fram» SIGNED by 17 members of the South Pole Expedition, Including Amundsen. €6,900 to €8,600.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ROALD AMUNDSEN: «Sydpolen», 1912. IN PARTS. €1,280 to €2,150.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: JEAN-BAPTISTE CHARCOT: «Expédition Antarctique Francaise […] 1903-1905. », 1906. RARE, SIGNED. €2,100 to €3,400.
    Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: FREDERICK A. COOK: «Through the first Antarctic Night 1898-1899. […]», 1900. First LIMITED & SIGNED edition. €2,100 to €3,400.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: JAPANESE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION UNDER NOBU SHIRASE: «Watashi no Nankyoku Tanken-ki», 1942. Publisher's wrappers. €1,280 to €2,135.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: FRIDTJOF NANSEN: «Fram over Polhavet», 1897. LOT - 6 Variant bindings. €1,250 to €2,100.
    Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ABRAHAM ORTELIUS: «Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip», 1570. Beautiful handcoloured first state map. €2,950 to €3,800.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: SCOTTISH NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION: [W. S. BRUCE]: «Life in the Antarctic», 1907. 2 copies in wrappers. €85 to €250.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ERNEST SHACKLETON: «The British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-9», 1909. Publisher's wrappers. €510 to €1,025.
    Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ERNEST SHACKLETON: «South», 1919. An attractive copy in publisher's cloth. €2,550 to €4,265.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION UNDER CHARLES WILKES (1838-1842): «Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition», 1845. €3,400 to €5,100.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: HUBERT WILKINS: «Under the North Pole», 1931 | CONTRIBUTORS EDITION - LIMITED TO 29 COPIES. €1,280 to €2,550.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2019 Issue

July Sales at Forum Auctions: A Busy Month

About half of Forum Auctions’ online sale on Thursday 3rdJuly comprises books from the collection of the the late Frank Herrmann (1927-2017), author, publisher, collector and mentor to many at Forum Auctions. The section is headed "The English as Collectors: a Documentary Library," in homage to one of his best-known books.

Educated at Westminster School and Magdalen College, Oxford, Frank Herrmann spent much of his working life in book publishing, starting as a designer at Faber & Faber's in the late 1950s. He spent 15 years at Methuen's, later Associated Book Publishers, and then built up the publishing group Marshall Morgan & Scott.

Together with his wife Patricia, Frank Herrmann amassed a collection of English Delftware, and later other ceramics, including 18th and 19th century dinner services. He was always interested in the art market and the auction world, and specifically in the history of collecting, and in the late 1960s wrote five articles for The Connoisseur on the collector Edmund Solly. He went on to write two major books in these areas: The English as Collectors: A Documentary Chrestomathy (1972, revised in 1999 and subsequently reprinted) and Sotheby's: Portrait of an Auction House (1980). In 1982 he became director in charge of European overseas operations at Sotheby's, but left to found his own auction house, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, from which he retired in 2000. In the course of his authorship he acquired many books and papers on the history of collecting, some of which are in the Wallace Collection and the remainder retained in his personal archives. 

Frank Herrmann (1927-2017)

He also wrote a series of children's books about the Giant Alexander that sold more than 600,000 copies and were translated into many languages. His autobiography, Low Profile: A Life in the World of Books, appeared in 2002.

The lots in the sale focus on collecting with numerous auction catalogues from the 18thto 20thcentury and other works on a similar theme. The rest of the sale covers the usual widely eclectic range of subjects found in Forum’s sales – drawings and watercolours; prints; a photograph album relating to China (lot 165, est. £300-400); a good group of works by Roman writer on classical rhetoric, Quintilianus; many examples of fine binding and sets of works; numerous lots of 18thcentury English literature and history, especially poetry; a children’s pop-up book (lot 141, est. £100-150); and individual works on chess, medicine, the Ladies of Llangollen, the conquest of Everest, a 1688 Glorious Revolution broadside and an album of 18thcentury blank paper.  

 

The following week the auctioneers decamp to the Westbury Hotel for back-to-back book sales. On Wednesday 10thJuly Selected 16thand 17thCentury English books from the Fox Pointe Manor Library come under the hammer. The 227-lot sale again covers a broad range of subjects within the confines of those two centuries of printing. The catalogue is arranged chronologically and the earliest work on offer dates from 1530 and is entitled Hereafter folowith the boke callyd the Myrroure of Oure Lady very necessary for all relygyous persones.Printed by Richard Fawkes, it is estimated at £6,000-8,000. As well as other religious works, there are many relating to travel, law, politics, philosophy, history, language, agriculture, food & drink, astronomy, medicine, military, heraldry, maritime, magic, alchemy, chemistry, fossils, economics, Egyptology, mining, gemstones, sundials & horology and Shakespeare. The most expensively estimated lot is a copy of the earliest and most celebrated Atlas of this country, Christopher Saxton’s Atlas of England and Wales, 1579, est. £50,000-70,000. Early works on travel and exploration to the east and west are of course rare and highly sought after. A fine copy of the first English edition of Hernando de Soto’s Virginia richly valued, By the description of the maine land of Florida, her next neighbour, translated by Richard Hakluyt and dated to 1609, is estimated at £30,000-40,000; while An Exact and Curioius Survey of all the East Indies, even to Canton, the chiefe Cittie of China, 1615, is estimated to fetch £8,000-12,000. There are many plays and other literary works by the leading figures of the period including John Donne, Ben Jonson, James Shirley, Beaumont & Fletcher, Geoffrey Chaucer, George Chapman, Sir William Davenant, Philip Massinger, Richard Brome and Lewis Sharpe. But a sale of covering this rich period of our literary history would not be complete without representation from the Bard – there are half a dozen lots by or relating to Shakespeare, including a first edition of Titus Andronicusedited by Edward Ravenscroft, 1687 (est. £3,000-4,000) and a first edition of Abraham Fraunce’s The Lawier’s Logick, 1588, a scarce work said to have been used by Shakespeare as a source for his legal knowledge.

The following day, on Thursday 11thJuly a sale of Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper takes place, also at the Westbury Hotel. Highlights from this auction include:

  • A defective but largely complete copy of Shakespeare’s second folio, 1632, est. £15,000-20,000
  • A fine copy of Robert Greene’s rare Elizabethan comedy The Honorable History of Frier Bacon and Frier Bungay,1655, est. £4,000-6,000
  • An unrecorded 1795 edition of Hocus Pocus, or the Art of Conjuration, est. £1,000-1,500
  • Two works inscribed by Lewis Carroll, each estimated at £1,000-1,500
  • A rare Carington Bowles print of Philadelphia – Heap and Scull’s An East Perspective View of the City of Philadelphia, 1778, est. £4,000-6,000
  • A superb 1830s souvenir album of 53 Chinese Export School watercolours, est. £3,000-5,000
  • A scarce 1494 edition of Isocrates bound with Herodotus, printed by Christophorus de Pensis, de Mandello in Venice, est. £2,000-3,000
  • A Large fragment of Egyptian papyrus from the Book of the Dead, c.1550-1327 BC, est. £10,000-15,000
  • 22 leaves from a 12thcentury manuscript from Northern France in Latin on vellum of Aristotles’ Opera, est. £15,000-20,000
  • The only known copy of both volumes of John Martin’s The Paradise Lost of Miltonbound together with the text, one of 50 Imperial folio proof impressions, c.1824-27, est. £15,000-20,000
  • Robert Vansittart’s The Singing Caravan, one of 25 specially bound copies by George Fisher, Gregynog Press, 1932, est. £3,000-4,000
  • Virgil’s The Georgics, 1948 bound by Roger Powell, est. £1,500-2,000, one of several designer bindings in the sale
  • Oscar Wilde’s Salome, 1894, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, one of 100 copies on Japanese vellum, with the 3 suppressed plates, est. £8,000-12,000
  • Rabelais’ Pantagruel, 1943, one of 250 copies illustrated by Andre Derain, est. £6,000-8,000
  • The Golden Cockerel Press’ Canterbury Talesby Chaucer, illustrated by Eric Gill, est. £3,000-4,000
  • The Chester Play of the Deluge, illustrated by David Jones, one of only 7 copies on vellum printed by the Rampant Lions Press for Clover Hill Editions, est. £4,000-6,000
  • Lecuire’s Cortege, illustrated with pochoir plates by Andre Lanskoy, one of 25 deluxe copies with an additional suite of plates, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Sweerts’ Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum, with 101 (of 110) plates, est. £8,000-12,000
  • A large format chromogenic print of Buzz Aldrin with the reflection of the lunar module, the American flag and the photographer, fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong, taken during the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 (almost exactly 50 years ago), est. £5,000-7,000 (one of several similar large size photographs in the sale)

 

Finally, on July 18th an online sale of F.A. Hayek: the remaining archives of the celebrated economist and Nobel laureate will feature 21 lots.

Highlights of this sale include Hayek’s Japanese Katana sword bought after a trip to Japan in 1964, with which he is seen in two accompanying photographs to be cutting his birthday cake (est. £300-400). Another fine piece connected to Hayek’s trips to Japan is a 48-page autograph manuscript entitled The Disposition on the Reactionary Character of the Socialist Conception, written on handmade Japanese paper with original floral paper wrappers and written whilst visiting the country in 1978, which is estimated at £20,000-30,000. The other lots from the archive – photographs, personal affects, letters and other memorabilia, including his personal leather briefcase – all offer an inimitable insight into Hayek’s life. Following the highly successful sale of his Nobel Medal and part of the archive in March earlier this year at Sotheby’s, Forum Auctions are confident that their offering of a further wide range of memorabilia associated with this giant of modern economics will prove popular with collectors and aficionados around the world. 

 

For full details of all these sales, information about viewing times, registration etc. please visit www.forumauctions.co.uk

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 4. Blaeu's Magnificent Carte-a-Figures World Map in Full Contemporary Color (1642) Est. $12,000 - $15,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 125. 1775 Edition of the Landmark Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia and Maryland (1775) Est. $15,000 - $18,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 673. Rare Frontispiece in Full Contemporary Color with Gilt Highlights (1662) Est. $4,000 - $4,750
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 717. Complete Tanner Atlas with Important Maps of Texas & Iowa (1845) Est. $4,000 - $4,750
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 3. Henricus Hondius' Baroque-Style World Map (1641) Est. $9,500 - $11,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 258. Complete Set of De Bry's Native Virginians & Picts from Part I of Grands Voyages (1608) Est. $2,750 - $3,500
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 608. Superb Work on 18th Century Russia with over 100 Maps and Plates (1788) Est. $3,500 - $4,250
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 49. One of the Most Important 16th Century Maps of the New World (1556) Est. $5,000 - $6,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 706. Superb Image of the Annunciation in Contemporary Hand Color (1518) Est. $900 - $1,100
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 123. One of the Earliest Maps to Show Philadelphia (1695) Est. $4,000 - $4,750
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 631. One of the Earliest Printed Maps of Afghanistan & Pakistan (1482) Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 689. Proof Copy Engraving of the Senate Floor During the Compromise of 1850 (1855) Est. $1,500 - $1,800
  • Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 19: Lot 70 - Warner (Robert). The Orchid Album, 11 volumes, 1882-1897. £5,000 to £8,000
    Dominic Winter, June 19: Lot 151 - United States. Melish (John), Map of the United States with..., British & Spanish Possessions, 1816. £40,000 to £60,000
    Dominic Winter, June 19: Lot 159 - World. Speed (John), A New and Accurat Map of the World, 1676. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 503 - American Civil War playing cards. Union Cards, New York: American Card Co., 1862. £500 to £800
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 573 - Shepard (Ernest Howard), 'The Hour is Come’, original watercolour, [1959]. £10,000 to £15,000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 922 - Wilde (Oscar). An Ideal Husband, large paper limited issue, 1899. £4,000 to £6,000
    Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 744 - Disney (Walt). “Sketch Book” [of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs], 1938. £700 to £1,000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 771 - Auden (Wystan Hugh). Portrait of the head of W. H. Auden, 1970. £1,000 to £1,500
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 822 - Fleming (Ian). Goldfinger, 1st edition, signed by the author, 1959. £6,000 to £8,000
    Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 895 - Rowling (J. K.). A complete inscribed set of Harry Potter books plus ephemera. £8,000 to £12,0000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 883 - Orwell (George). Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1st edition, London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. £3,000 to £5,000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 700 - Ashendene Press. T. Lucreti Cari De Rerium Natura Libri Sex, Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1913. £4,000 to £6,000
  • Heritage Auctions, June 27
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Great Gatsby
    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus
    London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, 1818
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
    London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Jane Austen
    Emma: A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of "Pride and Prejudice," &c. &c.
    London: Printed for John Murray, 1816
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    An Inland Voyage
    London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Ernest Hemingway
    Three Stories & Ten Poems
    Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
    History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark
    Philadelphia, 1814
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Emily Dickinson
    Autograph letter signed ("Emily and Vinnie"), to Mary Adelaide Hills
    Amherst, MA, Late April, 1880
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    John Keats
    Autograph letter signed ("John Keats"), to Mrs. Jeffrey
    Honiton 4 or 5 May 1818
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Samuel Johnson
    A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are deduced from their Originals…
    London, 1765
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    H. P. Lovecraft
    Small archive of nine lengthy autograph letters signed variously over a period of six years to J. Vernon Shea.
    Various places, 1931-1937
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Izaak Walton
    The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation…
    London: T. homas Maxey for Rich. ard Marriot, 1653
  • Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • 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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