• <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 817. Bellin's complete five-volume maritime atlas with 581 maps & plates (1764). $24,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 325. An early and important map of the Republic of Texas (1837). $11,000 to $14,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 45. De Bry's early map of North Pole depicting Willem Barentsz' expedition (1601). $3,500 to $4,250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 154. Poignant map of the United States documenting lynchings (1931). $250 to $325.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 457. Extremely rare matching set of pro-German propaganda from WWI (1914). $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 815. Homann's world atlas featuring 110 maps in contemporary color (1751). $14,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 60. Miniature pocket globe based on Herman Moll (1785). $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 8. Visscher's rare carte-a-figures world map (1652). $14,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 158. Matching satirical maps of the US by McCandlish: "Ration Map" & "Bootlegger's Map" (1944). $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 820. One of the finest English atlases of the early 19th century (1808). $4,750 to $6,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 59. Important milestone in preparation for 1969 moon landing (1963). $750 to $900.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 805. Superb bible leaf with image of crucifixion of Jesus with gilt highlights (1518). $800 to $950.
  • <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>including Americana<br>February 16, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. <i>The Works…now newly imprinted.</i> Edited by F.S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879–1955)]. –– ORLIK, Emil (1870–1932), artist. Lithograph signed (“Albert Einstein”). N.p., 1928. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel. <i>[The Lord of the Rings trilogy:] The Fellowship of the Ring.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Two Towers.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Return of the King.</i> 1955. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain") and Charles Dudley WARNER. <i>The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.</i> Hartford and Chicago, 1873. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> LOVECRAFT, Howard Phillips. <i>Beyond the Wall of Sleep.</i> Collected by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1943. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Black Sun Press] Proust, Marcel, 47 Unpublished Letters from Marcel Proust to Walter Berry, Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963), <i>Spring and All,</i> first edition, Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Washington, George (1732-1799), Autograph Letter Signed. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849), Autograph Letter Signed. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862), Autograph Manuscript. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Paris Commnue], Photograph album. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Fleming, Ian (1908-1964), <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Audubon, John James and the Rev. John Bachman, <i>The Quadrupeds of North America,</i> New York: V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, 1854. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Lewis, C.S. (1898-1963), <i>The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,</i> first edition, London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd, 1952. $600 to $800.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Bhagavad Gita] Wilkins, Charles, trans., <i>The Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon…,</i> first edition, London: Printed for C. Nourse, 1785. $700 to $1,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, <i>Faust: Eine Tragodie von Goethe,</i> Hammersmith: Printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press, 1906-1910. $800 to $1,200.
  • <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Thomas Paine ALS Confirming Christmas Eve Attack Likely Based on Anti-Christianity, “The account you heard of a man firing into my house is true.” $24,000 to $35,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> George Washington Gives a Horse and Guns to His Loyal Guard 10 Days Before Resigning as Commander-in-Chief. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> John Hancock ALS, “General Howe is bent on coming here” - Troops, Martha Washington, & 1777 Continental Congress, to Wife Dolly! $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Abraham Lincoln Boldly and Fully Signs Appointment of Consul Who Would Facilitate Bond Sales in Europe Financing Civil War. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> The Rarest of Dual Signed Kennedy Items! 1963 Christmas Card with "Blessed Christmas" Removed at the Last Minute for Kennedy's Jewish Friends. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> George Gershwin Signed Contract for 1st Production of <i>Porgy and Bess,</i> Also Signed by Dubose Heyward & Ira Gershwin, Historic! $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Einstein Signed, “Two years after the fall of the German Goyim” 1st Ed. of <i>Mein Weltbild.</i> $12,000 to $14,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Walt Disney <i>Fantasia</i>-Era Boldly Signed TLS Re: "Special Effects Department," PSA Certified Authentic & With Phil Sears COA. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> 1996-97 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Home Game-Worn Jersey Showcasing "Light" Evident Use, MEARS A5. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Wayne Gretzky’s 1994 All-Star Used Game Jersey, Inscribed to Former MLB Player! $4,500 to $5,500.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> <i>The Astronauts</i> Signed by All 7 Mercury Astronauts! $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Fabulous Edison, Firestone, Burroughs Signed Journal With 44 Original Photos, Very Rare. $4,000 to $5,000.

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Articles - July - 2019 Issue

July Sales at Forum Auctions: A Busy Month

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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

 

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  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Gideon Welles, <i>Extensive archive of personal and family papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy,</i> 1791-1914. Sold September 29 — $281,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Rock Climbers,</i> cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> watercolor, ink and gouache, 1954. Sold December 15 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Brontë, <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell,</i> three volumes, first edition, 1847. Sold June 16, 2022 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, <i>The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,</i> London, 1542. Sold October 13 — $106,250.
    <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age 32),</i> silver print, 1936. Sold October 20 — $305,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> George Washington, Autograph Document Signed, with two manuscript plat maps in holograph, 1751. Sold October 27 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Winfred Rembert, <i>Winfred Rembert and Class of 1959,</i> dye on carved & tooled leather, 1999. Sold October 6 — $233,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> M.C. Escher, <i>Relativity,</i> lithograph, 1953. Sold November 3 — $81,250.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Original Film Posters<br>27 January - 10 February 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Vertigo (1958), poster, US. The ultimate poster on this classic Hitchcock title, one of three known examples. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Lawrence of Arabia (1962), roadshow poster, US. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Star Wars (1977), style C poster, printer's proof, US. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> The Navigator/ La Croisiere du Navigator (1924), re-release poster (1931), French. £5,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Bullitt (1968), special test poster, US. £3,000 to £5,000.
  • <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> BLAEU, Joannes and Martinus MARTINI - <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Novus Atlas. Pars sexta. Novus Altas Sinensis.</i> Amsterdam: Blaeu, 1655. €8.000 to €12.000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> ORTELIUS, Abraham - <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum.. Nomenclator ptolemaicus.</i> Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1579. €10.000 to €15.000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista - <i>Carceri d'invenzione.</i> [Rome: G.B. Piranesi, second half of the 18th century]. €20.000 to €30.000.
  • <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
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    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
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