• <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> HOOKE, Robert (1635-1702). <i>Micrographia: Or Some Psychological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses.</i> London: for James Allestry, 1667. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [THE FEDERALIST PAPERS]. -- [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution…</i> $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> FUCHS, Leonhart (1501-1566). <i>Histoire des Plantes de M. Leonhart Fuschsius, avec les noms Grecs, Latins & Fraçoys.</i> Paris: Arnold Byrkman, 1549. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800). <i>Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis.</i> Paris: Desray, An XIII [1799-1800]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>Journals of the Congress...</i>Volume I (Sept. 5, 1774-Jan. 1, 1776) through Volume XIII (November 1787-November 1788). $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>The Journals of the Proceedings of Congress. Held at Philadelphia, from January to May, 1776.</i> $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [TEXAS]. <i>Map of Bexar County, Texas.</i> San Antonio and Austin: Samuel Maverick & John H. Traynham, 1889. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> GARDNER, Alexander (1821-1882). Imperial albumen Photograph. <i>Scenes in the Indian Country</i> [Fort Laramie]. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> WILLIAMS, H. Noel. <i>Madame Recamier and her Friends.</i> London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. <i>The Holy Bible. Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments.</i> North Hatfield, MA and New York City: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [PRINTS]. MOSER, Barry. Alice in Her Sister’s Reverie. [1982]. 433 x 552 mm. Signed and captioned by Moser in pencil, designated artist’s proof (“ap”). $1,000 to $1,500.
    16 <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. A group of 4 wood-engraved plates for the Pennyroyal Press edition <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> [West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1985]. $600 to $800.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Pancho Villa, passport for a news correspondent covering the Mexican revolution, signed, 1914. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Nirvana’s <i>Nevermind,</i> CD insert signed & inscribed days after release by Cobain, inscribed by Novoselic, 1991. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Robert Indiana, <i>The Book of Love,</i> complete portfolio, artist’s proof set, 1997. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Marcel Vertés, Colette, <i>Chéri,</i> two volumes, deluxe edition, signed by the artist, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Orlando,</i> first trade edition, first impression, London, 1928. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Mark Twain, receipt for payment of the Mark Twain Public Library Tax, 1908. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk von Gustav Klimt,</i> portfolio, collotype plates, 1918. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <center><b>The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop<br></b>Catalogue 190:<br>Magnificent Books & Photographs<br><b>Free on request</b>
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Shakespeare. <i>The Second Folio</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Abraham Lincoln. Autograph note on Black troops in the Union Army (1865).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Neil Armstrong. The largest known U.S. flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11 (1969).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Henry Fox Talbot. <i>The Pencil of Nature</i> (1844-1846) the first photo illustrated book.
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Albert Einstein. Letter on relativity and the speed of light (1951).
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>26th-29th of October 2021</b>
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Manuscripts and autographs
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Artist books
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Cars & more
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Magazines
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2021 Issue

The Ricky Jay Collection is Reappearing!


Ricky Jay lives on!

On October 27 and 28, Sotheby’s will devote four live auction sessions to The Ricky Jay Collection, the auction house’s largest live sale since the dispersal of the Robert S Pirie Library in 2015. More than 630 lots, comprising more than 2,000 items and spanning all aspects of magic and its allied arts will be on offer: books, posters, broadsides, manuscripts, photographs, apparatus, and all manner of other material and ephemera.


A masterful sleight of hand magician, actor, author, and scholar, Ricky Jay was a familiar and welcome sight at Book Fairs around the world and counted many book dealers among his friends. Jay documented his collection in a series of well-received books, beginning with Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women (1986), continuing with Extraordinary Exhibitions (2005), and culminating with Matthias Buchinger: “The Greatest German Living” (2016). For anyone who has looked at the illustrations in these books, or in Jay’s Journal of Anomalies, with a sense of wonder and disbelief, now is the opportunity to add these arresting—often literally incredible—images to their own collections.


The great magicians are all represented in brilliant color lithograph posters, whether they specialized in close-up magic or large stage illusions : John Henry Anderson, Blackstone, Carter the Great, William Robinson as Chung Ling Soo, Thomas Nelson Downs, George Heller, Alexander Herrmann, Alois Kassner, Harry Kellar, Servais Le Roy, Max Malini, Nevil Maskelyne, Charles Morritt, the Great Nicola, Chevalier Ernest Thorn, Howard Thurston, Von Arx, and, of course Harry Houdini. Houdini is represented by some of his earliest and most uncommon posters, including the 1895 “King of Cards,” probably the earliest solo Houdini poster ($20,000–30,000); the ca. 1903 “Houdini in Russia,” which commemorates one of his most famous escapes ($30,000–40,000); “Houdini Upside Down in the Water Torture Chamber” from 1913–1915 ($40,000–60,000); and, with his wife Beatrice, in “The Original Introducers of Metamorphosis” from 1895 ($25,000–35,000). Material from some of the many escape artists inspired by Houdini is also available, including a challenge poster for his brother, Hardeen ($1,500–2,500); George Zachs ($2,000–3,000); and, most notoriously, Miss Undina, whose copycat act Houdini successfully sued to suppress ($15,000–20,000).


In addition to magic, circus acts are well represented, particularly of the equestrian and daredevil variety: Signor Bagonghi (Giuseppe Bignoli)  with Barnum & Bailey ($1,500–2,500); a 1767 handbill for Mr. Price's Original Feats of Horsemanship ($800–1,200); Willy Manns’s “Todesritt” for Circus Corty-Althoff ($2,500–3,500); and Aloys Peters performing the iron neck jump that eventually cost his life ($1,000–1.500). But acrobats and wire walkers, jugglers and strongmen and strongwomen, sword swallowers and ventriloquists are all to found as well.


Books run throughout the sale, both “how-to’s” and early histories of magic, beginning with the very rare 1584 first edition of Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft ($50,000–70,000). Also from Jay’s bookshelves are Alberti's 1747 I giochi numerici fatti arcani, with engraved plates illustrating sleight of hand tricks ($2,500–3,500); the Abbé Bellecour's Academy of Play (1768; $700–1,000); A. B. Engstrom's Humorous Magician Unmasked, which first explained how to produce a live rabbit from a borrowed hat (1836; $8,000–12,000); Philip Thicknesse's Speaking Figure and the Automaton Chess-Player Exposed and Detected (1784; $5,000–7,000); and extensive runs of cant dictionaries, various editions of the redoubtable conjuring guide Hocus Pocus; and numerous works describing the perils of gambling by J. H. Green.


Not lacking from the sale is material dealing with perhaps Ricky Jay’s favorite subject, Remarkable Characters. Learned pigs are here in abundance, as well as fireproof women, though fewer in number. George Anderson, the Living Skeleton, is here, as are Sarah Beffin, the armless artist; Stephen Bibrowski, who exhibited as Lionel the Lion-faced Boy; the Blazek and Hilton sisters; Tom Thumb and Edward Bright and many other little people and giants. But towering above them all—in Ricky Jay’s affections at least—is Matthias Buchinger, the “Little Man of Nuremberg.”


Despite being born without limbs, Buchinger became a gifted calligrapher, among many other accomplishments. The Jay collection of Buchinger, which was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016, is without peer. Many of Buchinger’s largest and most intricate calligraphic works are present, including some really remarkable examples of micro-calligraphy. Contemporary engraved portraits and advertising handbills demonstrate the enormous fame achieved by Buchinger during his life, most of which was spent in Great Britain. Perhaps most notable among the many highlights in the Ricky Jay Collection is Buchinger’s own calligraphic family tree. Written on two overlaid sheets of paper, this is one the works that demonstrates Buchinger’s extraordinary skill with a knife or scissors as well as with a pen. Completed in 1734, and in the finest possible condition, this manuscripts records Buchinger’s four marriages and the birth dates and places of his fourteen children ($20,000–30,000).


The entire Sotheby’s catalogue of The Ricky Jay Collection can be found online: https://www.sothebys.com/en/digital-catalogues/the-ricky-jay-collection


Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS REVEALS HIS SPIRITUAL SIDE. Autograph Letter to Tim Brown, 1974. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> DIDEROT, DENIS. 1713-1784; & JEAN LE ROND D'ALEMBERT. 1717-1783, EDITORS. <i>Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers.</i> $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston, Illinois: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE, 1982. Earliest known to appear at auction. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> TRINITY PROJECT: STAFFORD L. WARREN. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> JIMMY HARE PHOTOGRAPH OF WRIGHT FLYER SIGNED BY BOTH WRIGHT BROTHERS, 1908. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> HAGELIN CX-52 CIPHER MACHINE, Type D, Switzerland, Crypto AG, 1950s, no 33454. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> FEYNMAN WORKING ON QUARK THEORY. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS SETS THE STAGE FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING. Signed document, 1982. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> MEMORYMOOG PLUS, THE CLASSIC ANALOG POLYSYNTH OF THE 1980S. $7,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> WRIGHT BROTHERS: DAYTON 1909, <i>The Nation State and City Welcome the World's Greatest Aviators.</i> $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Ricky Jay Collection<br>October 27 & 28, 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> "Remarkable Persons". A remarkable collection of remarkable characters. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Scot, Reginald. A serious debunking witchcraft and demonology. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> (Buchinger, Matthias). Buchinger's own family tree. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Bibrowski, Stephan. Most likely reading A Midsummer Night's Dream. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Kellar, Harry (Heinrich Keller). Kellar loses his head. $4,000 to $6,000.

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