Auction Reports

Sothebys

Auction Info

Auction Name
Books and Manuscripts: 19th and 20th Century
Auction Date
07/20/2021 - 07/20/2021
Sale Number
#L21404
Total Lots
151
Sold Lots
104
Lots Sold
68.87%
Unsold Lots
47
Total Sales (GBP)
542,619.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP)
274,800.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP)
400,100.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP)
592,500.00
High Estimate of All Lots (GBP)
872,700.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
62.18%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
141

Sheffield Football Club | Rules, Regulations, & Laws, 1859, EARLIEST RULES OF THE FIRST FOOTBALL CLUB

1859 GBP 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 GBP 56,700.00
104 J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1997, first edition, hardback issue

1997 GBP 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 52,920.00
48 T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot | Series of 18 letters to Leonie Cohn, 1944-63

GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 32,760.00
103 J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1997, first edition, hardback issue

1997 GBP 10,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 32,760.00
136 Sir Walter Scott

Walter Scott | Waverley, two leaves of the autograph working manuscript, [1813-14]

GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 27,720.00
91 Vice Admiral Horatio, Viscount Nelson

Admiral Lord Nelson | Autograph letter signed, to Emma Hamilton, 1-2 August 1801

GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 18,900.00
105 J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling | Collection of the first four Harry Potter books, 1997-2000, hardback issues

1997-2000 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 18,900.00
145 William Makepeace Thackeray

W.M. Thackeray | The Adventures of Philip, autograph manuscript of chapters 4 and 5, [1861]

GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 17,640.00
42 Alexandre Dumas

Dumas | The Three Musketeers, London, 1846, half calf, first English edition

1846 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 15,120.00
139 William Shakespeare

Shakespeare | Hamlet, Weimar, Cranach Press, 1930, red morocco gilt

1930 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 15,120.00
6

Book of Kells | limited edition facsimile, Luzern, 1990, 3 volumes

1990 GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 GBP 10,710.00
142 Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley | autograph manuscript poem ("The tide of Time was at my feet"), 1833

GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 10,080.00
13 Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill | letter signed, to Tom Clarke, angrily outlining his editorial shortcomings, 21 July 1933

GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 9,450.00
90 Royal Navy--Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane (10th Earl of Dundonald)

Navy--Thomas Cochrane | List of the Royal Navy, manuscript, 1814-20, in red morocco, Admiral Cochrane's copy

GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 9,450.00
110 John Ruskin

John Ruskin | A series of 25 autograph letters signed, to Edmund Oldfield of the Arundel Society, 1851–1872

GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 8,820.00
79 John Le Carré [David John Moore Cornwell]

John Le Carré | Three volumes, first editions, inscribed by Le Carré and Markus Wolf, 1974-1979

GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 7,560.00
140 George Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw | Archive relating to a legal case on Arms and the Man and The Chocolate Soldier, 1926-27

GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 7,560.00
58

H2SO4, Tiflis, 1924, original printed wrappers

GBP 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 6,930.00
41 Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle | Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, New York, 1894, inscribed by the author

1894 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 6,300.00
81 Federico Garcia Lorca

Lorca | Impresiones y paisajes, Granada, 1918, original printed wrappers

1918 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 6,300.00
  • <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.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until July 31</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Cleveley, Jukes, & Cook - View of Charlotte Sound, New Zealand. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Peron - Platypus. $300 to $600.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Loon & Pitt - Map of the World published 1680 - <I>Orbis Terrarum nova et accuratissima tabula.</i> $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Maitres de l'Affiche by MUCHA - La Dame aux Camelias. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until July 31</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Cause - Peony, Crocus, Dog's Tooth Violet. $400 to $800.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Redoute, Folio - Lemmonnier's Iris - Iris Monnieri. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Audubon, Imperial Folio - Common American Deer. $6,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 31:</b> Gould - Cuvier's Toucan (Ramphastos Cuvieri). $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. FROG TEACHER LEADING ELF PUPILS ... Watercolour, c.1920.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> SATO, Gyro. [GENDAI RYOKI SENTAN ZUKAN]. Tokyo : Shinchosa, 1931.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> CARROLL, Lewis. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. London : Macmillan and Co., 1868.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> FLEMING, Ian and MILLER, Albert. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. New York : Random House, 1968.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> PHOENIX. Adelaide : Adelaide University Union, 1939.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> BOWEN, Emmanuel. A complete map of the Southern Continent. London : 1744.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> NORTHFIELD, James. AUSTRALIA. Melbourne : Northfield Studios and J.E. Hackett, c.1935
  • <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.</i> London, Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> STAHL, Augusto. <i>Panorama of Rio de Janiero.</i> c.1859. 3-part albumen print panorama (266 x 1186mm.).
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> WILDE, Oscar. <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i>. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. Presentation copy.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> DE TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis. <i>De la Democratie en Amerique.</i> Paris: Pagnerre, 1850. Thirteenth Edition. Presentation copy.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> CHAUDRON, A[delaide] de V[endel]. <i>Chaudron’s Spelling Book.</i> Mobile (AL): S.H. Goetzel, 1865.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SAINT CHER, Hugh of. <i>Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, with the Abridgement of the Sentences.</i> Eastern France, illuminated manuscript., first half of the fifteenth century.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> LANE, Thomas. <i>The Crystal Palace.</i> London, 1851.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> B[ULWER], J[ohn]. <i>Anthropometamorphosis: man transform’d: or, the artificiall changling historically presented…</i> London: William Hunt, 1653.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. <i>Oeuvres de M. de Voltaire.</i> Dresden, George-Conrad Walther (i.e. Leipzig, Breitkopf), 1748-1750.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> HAWKING, Stephen & Leonard Mlodinow. <i>The Grand Design.</i> London: Bantam Books, 2011.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> FIELDS, James T. <i>Yesterdays with Authors.</i> With fine manuscript letter by Charles Dickens, and autograph letters from Forster, Landor, Mitford and others.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> <i>Kit, the Arkansas Traveller Broadside.</i> Chromolithograph.
  • <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 Jul 15:</b> Jessie Tarbox Beals, archive of signed photographs, 15 silver prints, c. 1930. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <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.
Ask Questions