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Auction Name Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books Total Sales (GBP) 1,325,942.00
Auction Date 12/05/2017 - 12/05/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 626,050.00
Sale Number #L17407 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 867,550.00
Total Lots 191
Sold Lots 138 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 837,050.00
% of Lots Sold 72.25% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 1,171,550.00
Unsold Lots 53 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 113.18%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
31

The Hours of the Russian Princess Isabel Gagarine, Use of Paris, in Latin and French

c.1440-50 GBP 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 GBP 225,000.00
133 Matisse, Henri

AN IMPORTANT SERIES OF TWENTY-NINE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED ("HENRI", "HMATISSE", OR WITH INITIALS), TO HIS WIFE AMÉLIE ("MÉLO"), ABOUT HIS WORK IN TANGIERS IN 1912-1913, INCLUDING NINE DRAWINGS OF HIS MOROCCAN PAINTINGS

1912-1913 GBP 80,000.00 - 100,000.00 GBP 93,750.00
30

The Larochefoucault Hours, Use of Autun, in Latin

c.1460-70;c.1500 GBP 25,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
34

The Dragon Hours, Unidentified Use, in Latin and French

c.1420-30 GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
42

Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French

c.1480 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
32

Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French

c.1485-95 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 52,500.00
91 Dürer, Albrecht

PASSIO CHRISTI... CUM VARII GENERIS CARMINIBUS FRATRIS BENEDICTI CHELIDONII MUSOPHILI.

1511 GBP 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
55 Arfe y Villafañe, Juan

DE VARIA COMMENSURACION PARA LA ESCULPTURA, Y ARCHITECTURA.

1585 (1587) GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 35,000.00
124 Klimt, Gustav--Lucian of Samosata

DIE HETAERENGESPRÄCHE... DEUTSCH VON FRANZ BLEI.

1907 GBP 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 GBP 32,500.00
33

Book of Hours, Use of Dol, in Latin and French

c.1500 GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 GBP 31,250.00
62 Baldus de Ubaldis

MARGARITA REPERTORIUM SUPER INNOCENTIO IV.

1478 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 28,750.00
36

Prayerbook, in Flemish and Latin

c.1480 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 27,500.00
35

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin

c.1460-70 GBP 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 GBP 25,000.00
43

Dialogus dictus malogranatum, Book III, in Latin;

1459 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 25,000.00
27

Gospels of Sts Luke and John, in Greek

late 13th or early 14th century GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 23,750.00
132 Luther, Martin

PASSIONAL CHRISTI UND ANTICHRISTI.

1521 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 22,500.00
56 Aristotle

DUODECIM LIBRI METAPHISICE

1503 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 21,250.00
121 Johannes Gallensis

SUMMA COLLATIONUM, SIVE COMMUNILOQUIUM.

1472 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 18,750.00
94 Einstein, Albert

FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER AND PHOTOGRAPH, BOTH SIGNED ("A. EINSTEIN" AND "ALBERT EINSTEIN"), AND INSCRIBED TO THE VIOLIN MAKER AND RESTORER OSWALD A. SCHILBACH, 22 JULY 1934

1934 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 17,500.00
37

Book of Hours, Use of Tournai, in Latin and French

c.1500 GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 16,250.00
151 Paulus de Sancta Maria

SCRUTINIUM SCRIPTURARUM.

1470 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 15,000.00
57 Augustinus, Aurelius

DE AGONE CHRISTIANO. DE SERMONE DOMINI IN MONTE HABITO (LIB. I).

1467-70 GBP 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
178 Tolstoy, Lev Nikolaevich

VOENNYE RAZSKAZY [WAR STORIES]

1856 GBP 12,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
47

Gerhardus de Monte, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s De ente et essentia, etc., in Latin

c.1450-1500 GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 10,625.00
48

Werner von Schussenried, De modo legendi abbreviaturas in utroque iure, in Latin

c.1450-75 GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 GBP 10,625.00
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000
  • <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> WETZEL, CHARLES M. American Fishing Books. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> BISSELL, ALFRED E., <i>In Pursuit of Salar.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> <i>The Settler and Sportsman in Anticosti.</i> $400 to $600
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> CARLETON, HENRY GUY, <i>Advice to Young Anglers.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> ROBINSON, ROLAND EVANS, <i>Forest and Stream Fables. By Awahsoose the Bear.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SAWADA, KEN, <i>The Art of the Classic Salmon Fly.</i> $300 to $500
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>Trout Fly-Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jean de Mandeville, <i>Reysen und Wanderschafften durch das Gelobte Land,</i> Strassburg, 1488. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> José González Cabrera Bueno, <i>Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica,</i> Manila, 1734. Sold for $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. Sold for $65,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Louise Bourgeois, <i>He Disappeared Into Complete Silence,</i> portfolio with complete text & 9 engravings, 1947. Sold for $413,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Erich Maria Remarque, <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first American edition, Boston, 1929. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sir William Russell Flint, gouache & watercolor illustration for Homer's <i>Odyssey,</i> 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, London, 1893. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>St. Moritz,</i> 1918. Sold for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> R.J. Waters, 3 panoramas of the San Francisco earthquake & fire, 1906. Sold for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Album with 200 cartes-de-visite, including images by Felice Beato, John Thompson & F.W. Sutton, Japan & China, 1863-69. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. Sold for $40,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
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