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Auction Info

Auction Name
Valuable Books and Manuscripts
Auction Date
07/14/2021 - 07/14/2021
Sale Number
#19916
Total Lots
169
Sold Lots
134
Lots Sold
79.29%
Unsold Lots
35
Total Sales (GBP)
3,515,500.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP)
1,595,200.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP)
2,363,400.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP)
2,662,500.00
High Estimate of All Lots (GBP)
3,901,400.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
90.11%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
79 THE CAXTON CICERO – Marcus Tullius CICERO (106-43 BCE)

De senectute, in English, Of Old Age. Translated by Stephen Scrope (c.1399-1472) and revised by William Worcester (1415-1482). – De amicitia, in English, Of Friendship. Translated by John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester (1427-1470).

GBP 250,000.00 - 350,000.00 GBP 400,000.00
164 DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882)

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

1859 GBP 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 GBP 325,000.00
135 SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. The third impression.

1664 GBP 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 GBP 237,500.00
26 Anonymous French or Flemish artist

Heraldic manual with armorial of the French nobility and Arthurian knights, in French, illuminated manuscript on vellum

late 15th century GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 137,500.00
131 DESCARTES, René (1596-1650)

Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la vérité dans les sciences. Plus la dioptrique. Les météores. Et la géométrie.

1637 GBP 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 GBP 137,500.00
97 SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616)

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The second Impression. Edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627).

1632 GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 118,750.00
22 Anonymous Hainaut-Cambrai or Bruges artist

Book of Hours, use of Cambrai, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum

c.1460 GBP 60,000.00 - 90,000.00 GBP 106,250.00
44 EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)

Autograph manuscript, n.p., n.d.

early 1940s GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 106,250.00
162 DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882) — FITZROY, Robert (1805-1865, editor)

Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle.

1839 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 106,250.00
8 Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

ALIGHIERI, Dante (1265-1321). La Divina Commedia, a leaf from Paradiso, decorated manuscript on vellum

mid-14th century GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 87,500.00
41 CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921)

Caruso’s personal archive of correspondence and financial papers

1897-1908, 1912-1921. GBP 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 GBP 87,500.00
35 AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1815)

Autograph manuscript poem, ‘On the Marriage of Mr. Gell of East Bourn to Miss Gill’,

1811 GBP 60,000.00 - 90,000.00 GBP 75,000.00
116 MORE, Thomas (1478-1535)

Utopia:] De optimo reip. statu, deque nova insula Utopia, libellus vere aureus. -Epigrammata. – Desiderius ERASMUS. Epigrammata.

1518 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 68,750.00
118 FANTI, Sigismondo (fl. 16th century)

Triompho di fortuna.

1527 GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 68,750.00
80 VORAGINE, Jacobus de (1230-1298)

Legenda aurea, in English, The Golden Legend. Translated by William Caxton (c.1422-c.1491).

1507 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 52,500.00
82 GRADUALE, Use of Sarum

Graduale ad usu[m] ecclesie Sarisburiensis.

1532 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 52,500.00
23 Follower of Willem Vrelant

Book of Hours, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

c.1475 and c.1490s; 19th century GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 50,000.00
143 TREW, Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769)

Hortus Nitidissimis omnem per annum superbiens floribus, sive amoenissimorum florum imagines ... Der das ganze Jahr hindurch im schoensten Flohr stehende Blumen-Garten oder Abbildungen der lieblichsten Blumen.

1750-1768-1772-1786. GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 47,500.00
21 Delft Master

Prayerbook, probably of Franciscan use, in Dutch, illuminated manuscript on vellum

c.1455-60 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
47 ZHOU ENLAI (1898-1976)

Part-printed letter signed (‘Zhou En-lai’) to Pablo Neruda (‘My dear friend’),

1952 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Maitres Affiches by MUCHA - Papier a cigarettes Job. 202. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> De Bry - Map of the West Indies (including Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Parts of Central & South America, Sea Monsters, Ships). $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gould - Short-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Brevicarinatus). $5,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Redoute, Folio - Pale Iris - Iris flavescens. 375. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gillray - Light Expelling Darkness or The Sun of the Constitution. $200 to $500.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gerard - Wild Hemp or Weed, Cannabis. 708. $150 to $450.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Shaw & Nodder - Head of The Dodo. 165. $100 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.
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