• <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
    <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
    <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
    <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
  • <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>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.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2019 Issue

Sep. 24: Artist books and other Italian material at Il Ponte Casa d'Aste

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Highlights from Il Ponte Casa d'Aste's September sale

On September 24, 2019, Il Ponte Casa d’Aste’s sale of Books and Manuscripts is bringing 230 lots of interesting and varied material to auction in Milan. Some of the highlight sections include artist books, material celebrating the 50thanniversary of NASA’s first mission to the moon, etched and engraved views of Italian cities, and early Italian books.

 

Il Ponte names the top lot of the sale as one of ninety-nine copies ad personam of Salvador Dalì’s Bible. Printed by Rizzoli and embellished by Dalì with an original guache, it is estimated €40.000 to €60.000 as lot 211. Artist books are a strong category in general. Bad boys by Keith Haring, a proof printed by the artist that includes six signed and numbered lithographs (est. €7.000 to €10.000 as lot 221) and two sets of Joan Mirò lithographs Je travaille comme un Jardinier of 1963 (est. €1.500 to €2.000 as lot 223) and Le courtesan grotesque of 1974 (est. €1.800 to €2.500 as lot 224).

 

As an Italian auction house, Il Ponte’s focus is its home country, and lot 193 is a fascinating set of five flyers thrown out over Vienna by the air squadron La Serenissima led by Gabriele d’Annunzio on the 9thof August, 1918. Most sales of these flyers are from planes that never flew due to mechanical difficulties. This set was actually dropped, in lieu of bombs. These five flyers are estimated €2.000 to €3.000 as lot 193. Staying close to home, great maps, views, and architecture of Italy make up the first sixty lots of the sale. The first highly detailed map of Milan is the first lot of the sale: the Mappa Degli astronomi di Brera (est. €1.500 to €2.500).

 

Among the oldest books included in the sale, two volumes from Aldo Manuzio lead the pack. Omnio Opera by Poilitian, an incunabulum from 1494, marks the first appearance of Hebrew characters in an Aldina (est. €7.000 to €10.000 as lot 127), and Hirodotou logoi ennea, oiper epikalountai Mousai of 1502 is the first printed edition of the Persian wars by Erodoto (est. €8.000 to €12.000 as lot 102).

 

Il Ponte Casa d’Aste’s sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts is scheduled for 3pm Central European Time on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Viewings in Milan will take place September 19-21. The entire catalog is viewable in English here, and in Italian here.

 

The following lots were selected by Il Ponte Casa d’Aste to be displayed:

 

DALI, Salvador(1904-1989)

Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis. Rome: Rizzoli-Mediolani, 1967-1969.
One of the 99 copies ad personam consists of 5 volumes in folio richly illustrated with 105 color lithographs.

Estimate € 40.000-60.000

 

ERODOTO (484-430 a.C.)

Hirodotou logoi ennea, oiper epikalountai Mousai. Herodoti libri nouem quibus musarum indita sunt nomina. Venezia: Aldo Manuzio, 1502.
Editio princeps of Herodotus’ History of the Persian Wars issued by da Aldo Manuzio in the same year as the princeps of Thucydides, using the same same paper stocks and typeface.

Estimate € 8.000-12.000

 

POLIZIANO, Angelo (1454-1494)

Omnia Opera Angeli Politiani. Venice: Aldo Manuzio Romano, 1498.
Copy with large margins onstrong paper for this elegant first edition by Aldus. It is the first collected edition of a contemporary author and it is remembered also for the elegant font printed in Latin, Greek and for the first time in Hebrew. 

Estimate € 7.000-10.000

 

[D'ANNUNZIO Gabriele]

Flight over Vienna, the lot consist of 5 flyers: "Viennesi!"; "Wiener!"; "Non è vero"; "Es ist nicht wahr"; "In questo mattino d'Agosto". [Abano: Tipografia militare, 1918]:
An iconic group of flyers thrown over Vienna on 9 Augusto 1918 by the 7 bombers of the squadron "La Serenissima" lead by D’Annunzio. 
Estimate € 2.000-3.000

 

PACIAUDI, Paolo Maria Paciaudi (1710-1785) - Descrizione delle feste celebrate in Parma l'anno 1769. Per le auguste nozze di sua altezza reale l'infante Don Ferdinando colla reale arciduchessa Maria Amalia. Parma: Giambattista Bodoni, [1769].

One of the most extraordinary books printed by Bodoni and written at the beginning of his career in collaboration with Ennemond Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801), first Architect of the Duchy of Parma since 1753. This grandiose and famous work illustrates and describes in great detail the shows set up for the wedding of Ferdinand I of Bourbon, Duke of Parma, to Maria Amalia of Hapsburg-Lorraine, Archduchess of Austria, in 1769, for which Petitot had designed architectural projects, sets and attires, here in a masterfully reproduced etching by Benigno Bossi  and other masters of the time. Bodoni’s elegant layout complements the spectacular engravings and the book was a huge success: “The most attractive of all Bodoni’s books for the beauty of the figures" Brooks 6. Excellent copy on strong paper.

Estimate € 2.000-3.000

 

[ASTRONOMI DI BRERA]La pianta della città di Milano Milano: Amministrazione municipale, 1814.

Very good copy of the Map of Milan in perfect condition. The plan is almost identical to the one produced by the Brera astronomers in 1807, which is undated, and titled "Pianta di Milano. Capitale del Regno d'Italia". Some small differences are in the street numberings; in the 1814 plan what was previously Villa Bonaparte lost this definition (currently the Villa Reale) so that the Contrada Bonaparte (the current Via Palestro) is renamed Strada Risara.

Estimate € 1.800-2.500

 

MIRÓ, Joan (1893-1983)

[A SERIES OF LITHOGRAPHS FROM:] Le courtisan grotesque. Parigi: Iliazd, 1974. A series of lithographs from the work by Mirò and Je travaille comme un jardinier. Parigi: XXe Siecle, 1963.
One of the copies on Japan paper signed by the artist, unnumbered, from a limited edition of 145 copies.

Estimate € 1.800-2.500

 

MANZONI, Alessandro(1785-1873) - I Promessi sposi Storia milanese del secolo XVII scoperta e rifatta. Milano: Vincenzo Ferrario, 1825-26.

First edition, one of the early states: with the correction “di questa storia” (p. 378, vol. III), but  with the wording "gioia carnale" yet unchaged to "gioia mondana" (p. 330, vol. III) and substituted by the author in some copies in the course of printing. "Ventisettana" is the term used to indicate the edition of the  Promessi Sposi issued in 1827, but whose title pages show the dates of 1825-26.

Estimate € 1.000-1.500

 

MANZONI, Alessandro(1785-1873) - I promessi sposi. Storia milanese del secolo XVII scoperta e rifatta da Alessandro Manzoni. Edizione riveduta dall'Autore. Storia della Colonna Infame inedita. Milano: Guglielmini e Redaelli, 1840.

A good copy with the original “percallina"  binding of the definitive edition after the "risciacquatura in Arno" and the first to be illustrated, with the  Storia della Colonna Infame published for the first time. The illustrations are by Francesco Gonin, Paolo e Luigi Riccardi, Massimo D'Azeglio and engraved on wood by Bernard Pollet, Sheeres and Luigi Sacchi.

Estimate € 500-800

 

[LUNA - APOLLO]. Manuale della NASA sulla missione dell'Apollo 8: "Apollo 8 Mission Report, MSC-PA-R-69-1". Houston: Manned Spacecraft Center, 1969.
Estimate € 800-500

 

[ALPINISMO]- Bollettino del Club Alpino Italiano. Torino: Candeletti, 1874-93; L'Alpinista. Torino: Candeletti, 1875-76; Statuto del C.A.I. Torino: Candeletti, 1875; C.A.I. Regolamento della sezione di Torino. Torino: Candeletti, 1875.

Large collection of the official  C.A.I. (Club Alpino Italiano) review illustrated by numerous fine plates of mountains, landscapes, flora, fauna and ascents. Important testimony of the birth of Italian mountaineering.

Estimate€ 500-800

 

COLLODI, Carlo(alias of Carlo Lorenzini, 1826-1890) - Le Avventure di Pinocchio. Firenze: Felice Paggi, 1887.

The third edition of the most famous and sought-after children’s book, illustrated by Enrico Mazzanti, and printed just 4 years after the famous edition published by Felice Paraggi in Florence in 1883.

Estimate € 500-800

 

[FUTURISMO]- Il nuovo teatro Futurista. Milano: Taveggia, [1924].

Rare poster of the company’s première of the "Nuovo Teatro Futurista” in which "Anakam (or Aniccham) del 2000" by Depero and Casavola, and "Psicologia di macchine" by Prampolini and Mix  were represented for the first time. Important testimony of futuristic avant-garde theater.

Estimate € 300-400

 

 

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  • <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.
  • <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>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.

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