• <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>26th-29th of October 2021</b>
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Manuscripts and autographs
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Artist books
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Cars & more
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Magazines
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century
  • <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS REVEALS HIS SPIRITUAL SIDE. Autograph Letter to Tim Brown, 1974. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> DIDEROT, DENIS. 1713-1784; & JEAN LE ROND D'ALEMBERT. 1717-1783, EDITORS. <i>Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers.</i> $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston, Illinois: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE, 1982. Earliest known to appear at auction. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> TRINITY PROJECT: STAFFORD L. WARREN. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> JIMMY HARE PHOTOGRAPH OF WRIGHT FLYER SIGNED BY BOTH WRIGHT BROTHERS, 1908. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> HAGELIN CX-52 CIPHER MACHINE, Type D, Switzerland, Crypto AG, 1950s, no 33454. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> FEYNMAN WORKING ON QUARK THEORY. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS SETS THE STAGE FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING. Signed document, 1982. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> MEMORYMOOG PLUS, THE CLASSIC ANALOG POLYSYNTH OF THE 1980S. $7,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> WRIGHT BROTHERS: DAYTON 1909, <i>The Nation State and City Welcome the World's Greatest Aviators.</i> $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Ricky Jay Collection<br>October 27 & 28, 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> "Remarkable Persons". A remarkable collection of remarkable characters. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Scot, Reginald. A serious debunking witchcraft and demonology. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> (Buchinger, Matthias). Buchinger's own family tree. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Bibrowski, Stephan. Most likely reading A Midsummer Night's Dream. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Kellar, Harry (Heinrich Keller). Kellar loses his head. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> HOOKE, Robert (1635-1702). <i>Micrographia: Or Some Psychological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses.</i> London: for James Allestry, 1667. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [THE FEDERALIST PAPERS]. -- [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution…</i> $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> FUCHS, Leonhart (1501-1566). <i>Histoire des Plantes de M. Leonhart Fuschsius, avec les noms Grecs, Latins & Fraçoys.</i> Paris: Arnold Byrkman, 1549. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800). <i>Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis.</i> Paris: Desray, An XIII [1799-1800]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>Journals of the Congress...</i>Volume I (Sept. 5, 1774-Jan. 1, 1776) through Volume XIII (November 1787-November 1788). $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>The Journals of the Proceedings of Congress. Held at Philadelphia, from January to May, 1776.</i> $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [TEXAS]. <i>Map of Bexar County, Texas.</i> San Antonio and Austin: Samuel Maverick & John H. Traynham, 1889. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> GARDNER, Alexander (1821-1882). Imperial albumen Photograph. <i>Scenes in the Indian Country</i> [Fort Laramie]. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> WILLIAMS, H. Noel. <i>Madame Recamier and her Friends.</i> London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. <i>The Holy Bible. Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments.</i> North Hatfield, MA and New York City: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [PRINTS]. MOSER, Barry. Alice in Her Sister’s Reverie. [1982]. 433 x 552 mm. Signed and captioned by Moser in pencil, designated artist’s proof (“ap”). $1,000 to $1,500.
    16 <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. A group of 4 wood-engraved plates for the Pennyroyal Press edition <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> [West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1985]. $600 to $800.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2017 Issue

Old & Rare Books from Knuf Rare Books

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Old & Rare Books.

Knuf Rare Books has issued their Catalogue 231 of Old & Rare Books. Knuf is located in France, so many of the books are from France or written in French (though a good number are in English and other European languages). However, the catalogue itself is written in English, an indication that the material is likely to appeal to many collectors in English-speaking lands. The concentration of items is in the broader books-about-books field, covering such things as printing arts, papermaking, and including numerous 18th and 19th century auction catalogues of major collections. Here are a few selections from this latest Knuf catalogue.

 

There was a time when church cardinals were often powerful political leaders and builders of great libraries. Cardinal Mazarin was both. Mazarin succeeded Cardinal Richelieu as King Louis XIII's Chief Minister of France in 1642 after the latter died. The following year, Louis XIII also died, to be succeeded by Louis XIV. Louis XIV was all of five years old at the time. Not surprisingly, Mazarin became enormously influential, effectively ruling France with Louis's mother, who served as regent during her son's minority. Mazarin remained a powerful figure in France until his own death in 1661. At the same time, Mazarin built a spectacular library. He was a noted bibliophile and supporter of writers. Helping him to build his library was his librarian, Gabriel Naudé. What was even more notable about Mazarin's library was that he opened it, first to scholars, and then to the general public. It was the first public library in France. Item 60 is Naudé's treatise on libraries, Advis Pour Dresser une Bibliotheque... This is a second edition, from 1644 (the first was published in 1627). In this expanded edition, Naudé provides guidance in building a library, still influential today. He stresses the importance of obtaining all kinds of books, regardless of the author's political or religious beliefs. He also emphasizes the importance of a library being open to the public. Priced at €2,750 (euros, or approximately $2,941 in U.S. dollars).

 

William Morris was a writer, poet, and prominent socialist advocate when, late in life, he founded his private press. It was a reaction to the unattractiveness of mass-produced books, a throwback to the earlier times of craftsmanship. In 1891, Morris' Kelmscott Press published its first book, The Story of Glittering Plain, written by Morris. Three years later, he republished the work, the only book he printed twice. Item 43 is a copy of that second, 1894 edition. It is one of 257 copies printed. The first edition lacked illustrations, but this one contains 23 wood engravings. That is more illustrations than any other Kelmscott book other than the legendary Kelmscott Chaucer. €6,800 (US $7,275).

 

Item 65 is an announcement of some protectionist regulations to defend the British papermaking industry in 1687. When the Edict of Nantes, protecting Protestants in France, was revoked in 1685, many French Protestants emigrated to safer locales, notably the Netherlands and England. Among them were many papermakers. England was behind France in the art, but the arrival of French experts quickly helped the business expand. Evidently, some in France wanted these people to return, leading King James II to issue this broadside: A proclamation for the encouraging and better establishing of the manufacture of white paper in England. It prohibited agents from attempting to lure papermakers out of the country, or to ship such raw materials as rags out of the country, offenders to answer "at their utmost Perils." €230 (US $246).

 

Claude Gros de Boze held various financial and library positions in France. He was a respected intellectual, and evidently quite well-off financially. He developed one of the great libraries of the 18th century. De Boze died in 1753, whereupon his books were put up for sale. The sale never got far. Jules Francois Cotte and Charles Robert Bouton swooped in and bought the entire library. They, in turn, sold the bulk of the library to another collector, kept the items each wanted for themselves, and sold the remainder at auction. Item 13 is a catalogue of that auction, published in 1754: Catalogue de livres provenans de la bibliotheque de feu M. de Boze... While this sale may have been the unwanted "leftovers" of Cotte and Bouton, it wasn't just a bunch of unimportant books. Among those offered was a Gutenberg Bible. €1,750 (US $1,872).

 

R. Hoe and Company was the major American manufacturer of printing presses in the 19th century. Robert Hoe founded the company in the early part of the century, first making saws, then expanding to printing presses. Naturally, they published many trade catalogues promoting their presses (how could a press manufacturer not do so?). However, this one is unusual, Knuf unable to locate another copy. It is in Spanish. It promotes the presses of R. Hoe y Compania. It was printed by Wynkoop & Hallenbeck of New York in 1874, one would assume on a Hoe press. While Hoe & Co. still exists today, back to making just saws, it generated great wealth for its owners at an earlier time. Robert Hoe III, grandson of the founder, was a great book collector and founder of New York's Grolier Club. When his library was sold, in 1911, after his death two years earlier, it was far and away the most valuable sale ever in America. Item 40. €2,750 (US $2,941).

 

Knuf Rare Books may be reached at +33 (0) 254 72 26 56 or info@fritsknuf.com. Their website is located at www.knufrarebooks.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Pancho Villa, passport for a news correspondent covering the Mexican revolution, signed, 1914. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Nirvana’s <i>Nevermind,</i> CD insert signed & inscribed days after release by Cobain, inscribed by Novoselic, 1991. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Robert Indiana, <i>The Book of Love,</i> complete portfolio, artist’s proof set, 1997. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Marcel Vertés, Colette, <i>Chéri,</i> two volumes, deluxe edition, signed by the artist, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Orlando,</i> first trade edition, first impression, London, 1928. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Mark Twain, receipt for payment of the Mark Twain Public Library Tax, 1908. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk von Gustav Klimt,</i> portfolio, collotype plates, 1918. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <center><b>The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop<br></b>Catalogue 190:<br>Magnificent Books & Photographs<br><b>Free on request</b>
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Shakespeare. <i>The Second Folio</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Abraham Lincoln. Autograph note on Black troops in the Union Army (1865).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Neil Armstrong. The largest known U.S. flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11 (1969).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Henry Fox Talbot. <i>The Pencil of Nature</i> (1844-1846) the first photo illustrated book.
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Albert Einstein. Letter on relativity and the speed of light (1951).

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