Auction Reports

Potter and Potter Auctions

Auction Info

Auction Name
Fine Books and Manuscripts
Auction Date
08/28/2021 - 08/28/2021
Sale Number
#1118
Total Lots
599
Sold Lots
558
Lots Sold
93.16%
Unsold Lots
41
Total Sales (USD)
833,413.25
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
458,320.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
639,745.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
530,170.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
738,795.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
112.81%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
481 MELVILLE, Herman (1819–1891)

Moby–Dick; or, The Whale.

1851 USD 50,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 60,000.00
387 CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”) (1835–1910)

The Writings of Mark Twain.

1923–1925 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 33,600.00
395 DICKENS, Charles (1812–1870)

[Christmas Books].

1843–1848 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 28,800.00
65 JACKSON, William Henry, photographer (American, 1843–1942)

A large photograph album of 224 albumen silver prints of picturesque North American scenery along the “Santa Fe Route” Railways.

ca.1882–1894 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 22,800.00
435 HOBBES, Thomas (1588–1679)

Leviathan; or, The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common–Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill.

1651 USD 18,000.00 - 22,000.00 USD 21,600.00
126 MERCATOR, Gerard (1512–1594) –– HONDIUS, Jodocus (1563–1612)

Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica mundi et fabricati figura.

1632 USD 18,000.00 - 22,000.00 USD 20,400.00
38 COLLOT, George Henri Victor (1752–1805)

A General Map of the River Ohio…

1804 USD 9,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 16,800.00
212 JARDINE, William (1784–1843)–– SELBY, Prideaux John (1788–1867)

Illustrations of Ornithology.

1826–1843 USD 12,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 15,600.00
146 BURNEY, James (1750–1821)

A Chronological History of the South Sea or Pacific Ocean.

1803–1817 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 12,000.00
479 MELVILLE, Herman (1819–1891)

Autograph letter signed (“H. Melville”), to Miss Coffin, New York, 13 January 1872.

1972-01-13 USD 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 11,400.00
111 TESLA, Nikola (1856–1943)

Typed Letter Signed (“A. Tesla”) to Hereward Carrington, 6 August 1908.

1908 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 10,800.00
176 WILKES, Charles (1798–1877)

Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838–1842.

1845 USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD 10,800.00
449 KENT, Rockwell, illustrator (1882–1971) –– MELLVILLE, Herman (1819–1891)

Moby Dick.

1930 USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 10,800.00
197 AUDUBON, John James (1785–1851) –– BACHMAN, John (1790–1874)

The Quadrupeds of North America.

1854 USD 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 10,800.00
377 CARY, Henry Francis, translator (1772–1844)

The Vision; or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, of Dante Alighieri.

1814 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 10,200.00
202 DARWIN, Charles (1809–1882)

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

1860 USD 8,000.00 - 11,000.00 USD 10,200.00
201 DARWIN, Charles (1809–1882)

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

1872 USD 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 9,600.00
468 LIVIUS, Titus (c. 59 BCE–c. 17 CE)

Historiae Romanae decades. Edited by Marcus Antonius Sabellicus.

1495 USD 10,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 9,600.00
268 CALDER, Alexander (American, 1898–1976)

Music Maestro Please. Lithograph in colors on wove paper, signed by the artist and numbered XVI/XX.

USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 9,375.00
446 JOYCE, James (1882–1941)

Dubliners.

1914 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 9,000.00
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Athanasius. <i>Illustrium Virorum Opuscula,</i> Paris, 1500. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated Faithfully into English,</i> Rheims, John Fogny, 1582. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stith, William. <i>The First History of Virginia printed in America,</i> [Williamsburg, 1747]. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b><br>S. Bonaventure. <i>Commentarius in Secundum Librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi,</i> Venice, 1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Juvenalis, Junii. <i>Satyrae,</i> with the commentary of Domitius Calderinus, Venice, 1475. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. <i>Opera.</i> Ed. with commentary of Christophorus Landinus, Florence, 1482. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Scotus, Duns. <i>Quaestiones in Quattuor Libros Sententiarum,</i> 1476-1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Polidori, John. <i>The Vampyre, A Tale,</i> Paris, 1819. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom's Cabin,</i> Vol. I and II, 1852, and a Later Edition, 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Book of Hours, Illuminated Vellum, Calendar of Months, 15th century. $600 to $900.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>Picturesque,</i> America, Europe, Palestine, and Russia, 1872-1885. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.
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