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Auction Name Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana Total Sales (USD) 5,218,500.00
Auction Date 12/05/2017 - 12/05/2017 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 3,367,300.00
Sale Number #14998 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 4,954,800.00
Total Lots 251
Sold Lots 174 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 5,127,800.00
% of Lots Sold 69.32% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 7,522,400.00
Unsold Lots 77 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 69.37%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
45

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

1823 USD 400,000.00 - 600,000.00 USD 432,500.00
179 [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955).]

Albert Einstein’s telescope.

late 19th century. USD 200,000.00 - 300,000.00 USD 432,500.00
199

The 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Daniel Nathans

1978 USD 400,000.00 - 600,000.00 USD 372,500.00
8

YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN– Manuscript map, "No 1 Carte générale de l'Isle de New York et des Environs...No 2.

c.1781-1782. USD 150,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD 275,000.00
20 WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed ("Go:Washington" and "GW" in postscript), to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, Newburgh 14 December 1782.

1782 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 275,000.00
98 SMITH, John (1580-1631)

The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning An° 1584 to this present 1624.

1624 USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 USD 162,500.00
206

BIBLE – COMPLUTENSIAN POLYGLOT, in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.

1514-17. USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 137,500.00
38 CALIFORNIA. [NEVE, FELIPE DE (1724-1784).]

Reglamento para el Gobierno de la Provincia de Californias.

1784 USD 70,000.00 - 90,000.00 USD 106,250.00
1

LORD DUNMORE'S WAR – Manuscript, "Journal of the Expedition down the River Ohio Under the Command of his Excellency John Earl of Dunmore Lieutenant and Governor General of his Majesty's Colony and Dominion of Virginia 1774," Virginia

1774 USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 93,750.00
197 LINSCHOTEN, Ian Huygen van (1563-1611)

His Discours of Voyages unto ye Easte & West Indies. Devided into Foure Bookes.

1598 USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 USD 93,750.00
65 LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and CLARK, William (1770-1838)

History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6.

1814 USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00 USD 87,500.00
158

RUSSIAN OLD BELIEVERS – Kniga Zertsalo tainstv i kontsa vsemirnogo The Mirror of Sacraments and the End of the World, in Church Slavonic, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER Baltic region, c.1818.

c.1818. USD 90,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 87,500.00
16 WASHINGTON, George Washington (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed ("Go:Washington"), to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, Philadelphia, 4 January 1782.

1782 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 81,250.00
121 ELIOT, George (1819-1880)

Middlemarch.

1871 - 1872. USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 81,250.00
11

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN – Manuscript, "Journal du Siege de york", n.p., c.

1781 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 75,000.00
103 WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)

Letter signed ("Go Washington") to Colonel Christopher Greene, "Head Qrs."

1780 USD 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 75,000.00
140 SALINGER, Jerome D. (1919-2010)

A collection of 21 typed and autograph letters signed (most as “Jerry," 1 in type “Hanso Kupperman," 1 “JDS") with 1 autograph postcard (unsigned), all to Toody Maher

1979-1996. USD 55,000.00 - 75,000.00 USD 68,750.00
59 KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963), KENNEDY ONASSIS, Jacqueline Bouvier (1929-1994)

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to John F. Kennedy 1961

1961 USD 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 62,500.00
217 LE HAY, Jacques (c.1645-c.1713) and FERRIOL, Charles de (1637-1722)

Recueil de cent estampes représentant differentes nations du Levant.

1714 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 62,500.00
221 GUTENBERG, Johann. –

BIBLIA LATINA.

1455 USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 62,500.00
251 XIONG JIE (late 13th-c.) and XIONG GANGDA (late 13th-c), editors.

Xinbian yindian xingli qunshu jujie Newly Compiled Collected Works and Nature and Principle, with Pronunciation Guide and Sentence-by-Sentence Information.

after 1434-1450. USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 62,500.00
120 DUMAS, Alexandre (1802-1870)

Les Trois Mousquetaires.

1844 USD 50,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD 60,000.00
10

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN – Manuscript, "Journal du Siege d'york en Virginie", "Fait au Camp D'york," 20 October 1781.

1781 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 52,500.00
159

MEXICAN ILLUMINATED MISSAL – Illuminated manuscript on vellum, in Latin and Spanish.

1702 USD 60,000.00 - 90,000.00 USD 51,250.00
6 Washington, George (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed (“Go:Washington") as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, New Windsor

1781 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 50,000.00
  • <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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