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Bonhams: Fine Literature, Featuring Two Private Collections

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Auction Name Fine Literature, Featuring Two Private Collections Total Sales (USD) 861,533.50
Auction Date 12/05/2019 - 12/05/2019 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 500,200.00
Sale Number #25264 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 754,700.00
Total Lots 362
Sold Lots 220 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 873,900.00
% of Lots Sold 60.77% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 1,315,500.00
Unsold Lots 142 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 65.49%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
4 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

Measure, for Measure [Extracted from the First Folio].

1623 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 52,575.00
215 HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. 1804-1864.

Fanshawe, A Tale.

1828 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 47,575.00
12 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, never before Printed in Folio.

1685 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 43,825.00
94 DOYLE, ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930.

Works.

1930 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 17,575.00
159 COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. 1789-1851.

The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757.

1826 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 17,575.00
6 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1546-1616.

The Tragedy of?Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at his Highness the Duke of York's Theatre. Adapted by Sir William Davenant (1606-1668).

USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 16,325.00
98 GEISEL, THEODOR ("DR. SEUSS"). 1921-1990.

11 titles:

USD 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 USD 13,825.00
121 STEIG, WILLIAM. 1907-2003.

Original maquette for The Agony in the Kindergarten,

USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,575.00
315 THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. 1817-1862.

Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.

1854 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,575.00
9 [SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1654-1616.]

The History of ?King? Lear. Acted at the Duke's Theatre. Reviv'd with Alterations. By N. Tate.

1681 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 11,325.00
118 STEIG, WILLIAM. 1907-2003.

58 original ink and wash drawings for About People, each individually titled by the artist in pencil with printers' notes on versos,

USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 10,700.00
69 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton.

1881-1882. USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 10,075.00
314 THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. 1817-1862.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

1849 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 10,075.00
342 WOLFE, THOMAS. 1900-1938.

Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of the Buried Life.

1929 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 10,075.00
58 LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH. 1807-1882.

Evangeline ... illuminated by John H Tearle.

1903 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 9,825.00
13 SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.

Macbeth, A Tragedy: With all the Alterations, Amendments, Additions, and

1687 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 9,450.00
185 FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962.

Go Down, Moses and Other Stories.

1942 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 9,450.00
192 FLEMING, IAN. 1908-1964.

Live and Let Die.

1954 USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 9,450.00
287 STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.

The Pastures of Heaven.

1932 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 9,450.00
3 [SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.]

[Apocryphal play.] The first part of the true & honorable history, of the life of Sir John Old-Castle, the good Lord Cobham ... by William Shakespeare.

1600 but 1619. USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 8,825.00
232 KING, STEPHEN. B.1947.

The complete Dark Tower series in the deluxe issue, 10 books in 13 volumes, all in publisher's cloth with original pictorial dust-jackets and slipcases:

USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 8,825.00
44 BURTON, RICHARD F. 1821-1890.

The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, with Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights.

1897 USD 1,200.00 - 1,800.00 USD 8,200.00
104 KING JR, MARTIN LUTHER. 1929-1968.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

1967 USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 8,200.00
133 WARHOL, ANDY & RALPH THOMAS WARD.

Love is a Pink Cake by Corkie and Andy.

1952 USD 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 8,200.00
46 DE LA MORE PRESS. OVID. 43 B.C.E-C.17 C.E.

Shakespeare's Ovid Being Arthur Golding's Translation of the Metamorphoses.

1904 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 7,575.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
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