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Auction Info

Auction Name
Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Americana
Auction Date
10/25/2019 - 10/25/2019
Sale Number
#17666
Total Lots
152
Sold Lots
122
Lots Sold
80.26%
Unsold Lots
30
Total Sales (USD)
3,356,625.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
1,847,100.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
2,779,800.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
2,331,100.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
3,515,300.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
95.49%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
61

The 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences awarded to John Forbes Nash, Jr.

USD 500,000.00 - 800,000.00 USD 735,000.00
62

The 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences awarded to Reinhard Selten for his contributions to Game Theory, namely as the first person to "refine the Nash equilibrium concept for analyzing dynamic strategic interaction."

USD 200,000.00 - 300,000.00 USD 225,000.00
115 MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717)

Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium.

1719 USD 180,000.00 - 250,000.00 USD 225,000.00
89 HAMILTON, Alexander (1757-1804)

Autograph letter signed ("A Hamilton") as Secretary of the Treasury to William Seton, President of the Bank of New York, Philadelphia, 25 March 1792.

USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 162,500.00
60 NASH, JR. John Forbes (1928-2015)

Non-Cooperative Games. Offprint from: Annals of Mathematics, pp. 286-295, Vol 54, No 2, September 1951.

1951 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 137,500.00
84 G[ROOM], S[amuel].

A Glass for the People of New-England, in which They may See Themselves.

1676 USD 20,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 137,500.00
67 HARRISON, William Henry (1773-1841)

Autograph letter signed (“Willm Henry Harrison�) as Governor of the Indiana Territory to Charles (Don Carlos) DeHault Delassus (1764-1846), Lieutenant Governor of Upper Louisiana, Vincennes, 2 August 1803.

USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 125,000.00
90 BODMER, Karl (1809-1893) - MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, Prince Alexander (1782-1867)

Travels in the Interior of North America.

1840-1843. USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 112,500.00
140 SMITH, Adam (1723-1790)

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

1776 USD 50,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 100,000.00
69 HARRISON, William Henry (1773-1841)

Autograph letter signed (“Willm Henry Harrison�) as Governor of the Indiana Territory to Charles (Don Carlos) DeHault Delassus (1764-1846), Lieutenant Governor of Upper Louisiana, Vincennes, 12 November 1803.

USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 93,750.00
39 HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961)

The Glass Key.

1931 USD 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 75,000.00
85 AMERICAN REVOLUTION - ERSKINE, John, after Robert ERSKINE (1735-1780)

Manuscript map, “A MAP of part of the STATES of NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, & PENNSYLVANIA.

USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 68,750.00
81 MORTON, Thomas (1564-1659)

New English Canaan or New Canaan. Containing an Abstract of New England, Composed of three Books.

1637 USD 35,000.00 - 45,000.00 USD 60,000.00
35 HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961)

The Maltese Falcon.

1930 USD 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 50,000.00
114 HAMILTON, Sir William (1730-1803)

Campi Phlegraei. Observations on the Volcanos of the Two Sicilies.

1776 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 43,750.00
123

BIBLE, in Low German. With glosses according to Nicolaus de Lyra's postils.

c.1478. USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 43,750.00
83 ENDICOTT, John (c.1600-1664)

The Humble Petition and Address of the General Court Sitting at Boston in New England, unto the High and Mighty Prince Charles the Second.

1660-61. USD 10,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 40,000.00
5 MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891)

Moby-Dick; or The Whale.

1851 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 40,000.00
128 EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955) and BYK, Suse (Photographer, 1890-1960)

Photograph inscribed and signed ("Albert Einstein"),

1927 USD 35,000.00 - 45,000.00 USD 37,500.00
129 GANDHI, Mahatma (1869-1948) and MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA, Louis 1st Earl (1900-1979)

Photograph signed (“M. K. Gandhi� and again in Hindi & “Mountbatten of Burma�), 1 April 1947.

USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 37,500.00
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Fust-Schöffer-Bibel from Gutenberg-Press, 1462. Est: € 1,000,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. W. Weinmann, <i>Phytanthoza-Iconographia,</i> 1735-45. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>O. Kokoschka, <i>Die träumenden Knaben,</i> 1917. Est: € 10,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>Z. Lilius, <i>Orbis breviarium,</i> 1493. <br>Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> <i>Gazette du Bon Ton,</i> 1912-22.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 100,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographie,</i> 1513.<br>Est: € 100,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>E. L. Kirchner, <i>Umbra vitae,</i> 1924.<br>Est: € 6,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Miró, <i>Midi le trèfle blanc,</i> 1968. Est: € 2,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Clemens V., <i>Constitutiones,</i> 1471.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Gesner, <i>Tierbuch, Vogelbuch, Fischbuch,</i> 1563-81. Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Itten, <i>Utopia,</i> 1921. Est: € 2,000
  • <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> [Peter I, Tsar]. <i>Simboly i emblemata ukazom i blagopovedenii imperatora Petra Alekseevicha [Symbola et emblemata jussu atque auspiciis Petri Alexeidis].</i> Amsterdam, 1705. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Charlemagne, Adolf. Benefice d'Adieu de Madame Naptal. [St Petersburg: 16th February 1873]. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> [Military. Album.] [An album of drawings of weapons and their accessories, drawn from nature by the Second Cadets Corps.] St Petersburg, 1800. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Pushkin, Alexander. <i>Evgenii Onegin.</i> St Petersburg: Dep. of Public Education, 1825-1832. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Sumarokov, Pavel. <i>Dosugi krymskogo sud’i ili vtoroe puteshestvie v Tavridu. [The Leisure of a Crimean Judge or a Second Tour to Tauris].</i> St Petersburg: Imperial Press, 1803-5. £50,000 to £80,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>Dr. Seuss, pen, ink & watercolor, calendar illustration, Thomas D. Murphy Company, 1937. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Sur la Terrasse,</i> gouache & pencil, cover for <i>Vogue,</i> 1930. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Dana Gibson, <i>The Coming Game, Yale vs. Vassar,</i> pen & ink, for <i>Life</i> magazine, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>H.A. Rey, color pencil, charcoal, watercolor & gouache, for <i>Rafi et les 9 singes,</i> 1939. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Ernest H. Shepard, pen & ink, for Kenneth Grahame’s <i>Bertie’s Escapade,</i> 1949. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>The Biggest Star Measured So Far,</i> ink & wash, original <i>Peanuts</i> cartoon, published 1961. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Saul Steinberg, <i>12 Biographies, A to B,</i> pen & ink with collage, final illustration in his book <i>The Labyrinth,</i> 1960. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>Jo Mielziner, <i>A Streetcar Named Desire,</i> watercolor, graphite & gouache, first color study for the award-winning 1947 production. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Nevermore,</i> watercolor & ink, for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1973. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>I Should Worry,</i> watercolor, gouache & graphite, cover for <i>Judge</i> magazine, 1914. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Edward Gorey, <i>Swan Lake, Hunters/Siegfried, Van Rothbart,</i> watercolor, pen & ink, costume designs, 1975. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Ludwig Bemelmans, <i>Sketch for Madeline,</i> gouache & ink. $6,000 to $9,000.
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