• <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>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.

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Auction Info

Auction Name
Fine Literature, Featuring Two Private Collections
Auction Date
12/05/2019 - 12/05/2019
Sale Number
#25264
Total Lots
362
Sold Lots
220
Lots Sold
60.77%
Unsold Lots
142
Total Sales (USD)
861,533.50
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
500,200.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
754,700.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
873,900.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
1,315,500.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
65.49%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
4 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

Measure, for Measure [Extracted from the First Folio].

1623 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 52,575.00
215 HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. 1804-1864.

Fanshawe, A Tale.

1828 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 47,575.00
12 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, never before Printed in Folio.

1685 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 43,825.00
94 DOYLE, ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930.

Works.

1930 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 17,575.00
159 COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. 1789-1851.

The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757.

1826 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 17,575.00
6 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1546-1616.

The Tragedy of?Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at his Highness the Duke of York's Theatre. Adapted by Sir William Davenant (1606-1668).

USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 16,325.00
98 GEISEL, THEODOR ("DR. SEUSS"). 1921-1990.

11 titles:

USD 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 USD 13,825.00
315 THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. 1817-1862.

Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.

1854 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,575.00
121 STEIG, WILLIAM. 1907-2003.

Original maquette for The Agony in the Kindergarten,

USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,575.00
9 [SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1654-1616.]

The History of ?King? Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with Alterations. By N. Tate.

1681 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 11,325.00
118 STEIG, WILLIAM. 1907-2003.

58 original ink and wash drawings for About People, each individually titled by the artist in pencil with printers' notes on versos,

USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 10,700.00
314 THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. 1817-1862.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

1849 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 10,075.00
69 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton.

1881-1882. USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 10,075.00
342 WOLFE, THOMAS. 1900-1938.

Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of the Buried Life.

1929 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 10,075.00
58 LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH. 1807-1882.

Evangeline ... illuminated by John H Tearle.

1903 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 9,825.00
13 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

Macbeth, A Tragedy: With all the Alterations, Amendments, Additions, and

1687 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 9,450.00
287 STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.

The Pastures of Heaven.

1932 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 9,450.00
185 FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962.

Go Down, Moses and Other Stories.

1942 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 9,450.00
192 FLEMING, IAN. 1908-1964.

Live and Let Die.

1954 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 9,450.00
232 KING, STEPHEN. B.1947.

The complete Dark Tower series in the deluxe issue, 10 books in 13 volumes, all in publisher's cloth with original pictorial dust-jackets and slipcases:

USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 8,825.00
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
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