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Auction Info

Auction Name
Books, including Science & Natural History
Auction Date
12/11/2019 - 12/11/2019
Sale Number
#17706
Total Lots
176
Sold Lots
125
Lots Sold
71.02%
Unsold Lots
51
Total Sales (GBP)
2,503,375.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP)
1,375,800.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP)
2,037,400.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP)
1,758,500.00
High Estimate of All Lots (GBP)
2,613,200.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
95.80%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
284 VALTURIUS, Robertus (1413-84).

De re militari.

1472 GBP 170,000.00 - 250,000.00 GBP 275,000.00
339 [LOVELACE, Augusta Ada King, Countess of (1815-1852, translator)] – MENABREA, Luigi Federico (1809-1896).

'Sketch of the Analytical Engine invented by Charles Babbage... with notes by the translator'. Offprint from Scientific Memoirs. Vol. 3 (1843).

1843 GBP 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 GBP 212,500.00
313 ROBERTS, David (1796-1864, artist) and George CROLY (1780-1860).

The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia.

1842-1849. GBP 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 GBP 125,000.00
321 SMITH, Adam (1723-1790).

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

1776 GBP 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 GBP 112,500.00
335 HARRISON, John (bap. 1693-1776).

A Narrative of the Proceedings Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea.

1765 GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 87,500.00
324 [AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817)].

 Pride and Prejudice.

1813 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 62,500.00
280 REGIOMONTANUS (Johannes MÜLLER, 1436-76) and Georgius PURBACHIUS (1423-61).

Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. Edited by Caspar Grosch and Stephan Römer.

31 August 1496. GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 60,000.00
325 BURNS, Robert (1759-1796).

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

1786 GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
305 LE HAY, Jacques (c.1645-c.1713) –[Charles de FERRIOL (1652-1722)].

Recueil de Cent Estampes representant differentes Nations du Levant, gravées sur les Tableaux peints d'après Nature en 1707 & 1708.

1714 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 52,500.00
217

BREVIARY, for the use of the Carmelites, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

c.1457] GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 47,500.00
375

ROWLING, J.K. (b. 1965). Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

1997 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 47,500.00
262

HISTORY OF CINEMA. Animal Farm (1954), an animation archive from the Halas and Batchelor studios,

[c.1954] GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 43,750.00
277 [MELANCHTHON, Philip (1497-1560), annotator]. PINDAR.

Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia. Ed. Petrus Brubach.

1542 GBP 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
294 DOPPELMAYR, Johann Gabriel (1671-1750).

Atlas coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis.

1742 GBP 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
361 FLEMING, Ian (1908-1964).

Live and Let Die.

1954 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
376 TURING, Alan Mathison (1912-1954).

'Systems of logic based on ordinals.' Offprint from Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society ser. 2 vol. 45.

1939 GBP 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
236 HOOKE, Robert (1635-1703).

Autograph manuscript signed (‘Rob: Hooke’), a surveyor’s report,

4 July 1670. GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 37,500.00
248 NIETZSCHE, Friedrich (1844-1900).

Autograph letter signed (‘Dr Friedrich Nietzsche’) to

16 December 1876. GBP 15,000.00 - 22,000.00 GBP 37,500.00
265 ARISTOPHANES (c.450 - c.385 B.C.).

Comoediae Novem [in Greek. With the Scholia. Edited by Marcus Musurus (c.1470-1517)].

15 July 1498. GBP 16,000.00 - 22,000.00 GBP 35,000.00
279 POLO, Marco (1254-1324).

Marco Polo venetiano. In cui si tratta le meravigliose cose del mondo per lui vedute.

[1555]. GBP 18,000.00 - 25,000.00 GBP 35,000.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
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