• <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
    <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
    <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Schedel (Hartmann). <i>Liber Chronicarum,</i> first edition, Nuremberg, Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 1493. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Greek Orthodox Church].- <i>Menaion,</i> manuscript in Greek, on paper, in Greek letters, [Eastern Mediterranean], [c. 1400]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> American Revolution.- Loyalist's cow powder horn, engraved with the cypher "GR" for George III surmounted by a crown, an inscription, and on reverse an engraving of the "North River" [Hudson River], 1777. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Illuminated prayer book.- <i>Maria Carcer y Trigueros... Santa Misa y Oraciones,</i> illuminated manuscript in Spanish, on paper, [c. 1850]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Hardy (Thomas). <i>The Mayor of Casterbridge,</i> 2 vol., first edition in book form, original cloth, 1886. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Austen (Jane)]. <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> first edition, Printed for John Murray, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Brontë (Charlotte). <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography,</i> 3 vol., first edition, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Cruikshank (George). <i>The Road to the Derby,</i> one of two proof copies, Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1882. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Meunier (Charles, binder).- Gruel (Leon). <i>Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l'Amateur de Reliures,</i> 2 vol., Paris, 1887.-1905. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Burne-Jones (Sir Edward). <i>The Work of Edward Burne-Jones,</i> edited by Philip Burne-Jones, one of 200 copies, [c.1900]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Nazraeli Press.- <i>Six by Six,</i> 36 vol. [a complete set], one of 100 sets, each with signed photograph, Portland, Or., 2010-16. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $125,000 to $175,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $145,000 to $175,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Brown Pelican, Plate 421.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $75,000 to $100,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> DE BRY, Johann Theodore, attributed to. Pair of Watercolor studies of Tulips. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> FUERTES, Louis Agassiz. <i>Alaskan Brown Bear.</i> Watercolor and gouache on board. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> HILL, Thomas. <i>Big Trees.</i> Oil on canvas. c. 1903. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> GOULD, John. <i>A Monograph of the Macropodidae or Family of Kangaroos.</i> London: by the author, August 1st 1841-May 1st 1842. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> GOULD, John. <i>A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America.</i> London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, [1844]-1850. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> JANSSONIUS, Joannes. <i>Atlantis majoris quinta pars, orbem maritimum seu omnium marium…</i> Amsterdam: Joannes Janssonius, 1652. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> DONCKER, Hendrik. <i>De Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Waereld, vertoonende alle de Zee-Kusten van het bekende deel des Aerd-Bodems.</i> Amsterdam: Henrick Doncker, [1658-1665]. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> BURR, David. <i>Map of the City and County of New York with the Adjacent Country.</i> Engraved map with original hand color. Ithaca, NY: Stone & Clark, 1839. $9,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> CURRIER, Nathaniel and IVES, James Merritt. <i>The City of New York.</i> Lithograph with original hand color. New York: Currier & Ives, 1884. $15,000 to $20,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2021 Issue

Illustrated Books Avant-Garde to Contemporary from Ursus Rare Books

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Illustrated books, avant-garde to contemporary.

Ursus Rare Books has published their Catalogue 348. 50 Illustrated Books Avant-Garde to Contemporary. That is a concise title that still fully captures what is found within its pages. We might add that for most, it is more the illustration than the text that captures your attention, though some are combinations of original words and artwork. Also suggested by the title is that there is little that is traditional here. It is new, different, groundbreaking, reflective of the wild new directions art pursued in the twentieth century, leaving all the old rules behind. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with a work that Ursus says “represents one of the most celebrated relationships in twentieth-century art.” It is that of Gertrude Stein and (not Alice B. Toklas, but) Juan Gris. They met in Paris, Stein being an American ex-pat, and Gris Spanish. It was the 1920s and Paris was filled with artists and writers from other lands as well as France. Gris had developed a reputation for his cubist art during the teens while Stein was a well-established writer and art collector at the center of the art and literary community in Paris. The title is A Book Concluding with As a Wife has a Cow. It was Stein's first work published in France. Gris provided four lithographs, the final one being the last one Gris ever made. It was published in 1926 and Gris died the following year at the age of 40. This is copy number one out of 90 from a total of 112. It is signed by both Stein and Gris. Ursus notes that it is in “mint condition.” Item 9. Priced at $9,750.

 

Next we have what Ursus calls “a virtually unknown work.” Published in 1938, the title is Dopolavoro Aziendali in Italia. It was created for the Third International Congress of Leisure Time and Recreation in Rome. The book is a massive overview of Italy at the time, its activities, places, industry. Along with many photomontages there are 96 color plates of images by Fortunato Depero. He came from the Futurist school, an Italian artistic and social movement that exalted modern technology, looking to jump start what it saw as decaying Italian culture. It started in 1909, but later on some of its members would become tied in with fascism. Depero's illustrations, each celebrating a different region of Italy, come with mottos by Mussolini. It is art but also propaganda. The image on the cover of the catalogue is one of Depero's illustrations and it reflects the cubism in much of his art. This copy has the stamp of Senatore Borletti, an industrialist who made a fortune during the First World War and became an ardent supporter of the Fascists. He didn't get to enjoy this book for long as he died the year after it was published. Item 28. $27,500.

 

This one comes with some descriptive quotes, such as "one of the most original and beautiful books of the century,” and “one of the most triumphant feats of book illustration in our century.” That century was the twentieth, and while it didn't take a century to complete, it did take 11 years. The title is A Toute Epreuve. Paul Eluard wanted it published in the form of an artist's book, and selected Joan Miro as the illustrator. That was in 1947, and it would not be published until 1958. Miro would create 233 woodblocks with Enric Tormo for the book. Eluard died during the middle of production, further complicating the project. It is now regarded as one of the finest examples of the surrealist book. This copy comes with two of the original woodblocks carved by Miro, one for a doubled-page spread (Ursus points out they are original Miro sculptural objects). One of 130 copies. Item 33. $95,000.

 

Sticking with surrealism a little longer, there likely is no artist more associated with it than Salvador Dali. That wasn't always the case, as he started doing realistic paintings and then switched to cubism before becoming drawn in to the movement in the late 1920s. This book revealed Dali's new direction that would last a lifetime, La Femme Visible, published in Paris in 1930 by Editions Surrealistes. It combines some of Dali's earlier writing with seven plates, some displaying human forms, jumbled together or body parts disassembled. There was no doubt he was in the surrealist camp. One of the plates is a photographic image of his wife, Gala, his inspiration and to whom the book was dedicated. She was the “femme visible.” This copy was inscribed by Dali to French cubist painter André Lhote. Item 16. $5,850.

 

I don't know whether this work qualifies as surrealist, but it certainly is strange. The title is Ein Anatomischer Totentanz (an anatomical Dance of Death) by Albert Hasselwander, published in 1926. Hasselwander was not an artist but a professor of anatomy who published a serious anatomical work using x-ray images the same year. It makes one understand this as a similarly serious work but intended more for artists. Still... It displays 25 nude photographs in somewhat erotic positions faced by skeletons in the same pose. It is indeed strange, perhaps disturbing. The Dance of Death was an artistic form from Medieval times presented to remind people that all of us, rich or poor, famous or unknown, end up in the same place (Hasselwander arrived there in 1950). Item 10. $8,500.

 

Ursus Books may be reached at 212-772-8787 or pkraus@ursusbooks.com. Their website is www.ursusbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph F. Kernan, <i>College Football,</i> oil on canvas, <i>The Saturday Evening Post</i> cover, 1932. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph C. Leyendecker, <i>Golfer Lighting a Cigarette,</i> oil on canvas, c.1920. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Howard Chandler Christy, <i>In the Field,</i> charcoal & watercolor, published in <i>Scribner’s,</i> 1902. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> N.C. Wyeth, <i>Standish Reading,</i> pen & ink, for <i>The Courtship of Miles Standish,</i> 1920. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Johnanna Stewart Mapes, <i>A Fairy Book,</i> conté crayon, for <i>St. Nicholas Magazine,</i> 1907. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Arnold Lobel, pen & ink, for <i>The Frog & Toad Coloring Book,</i> 1981. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Antonio Lopez, <i>Today’s Fashions,</i> study for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1981. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>“I’ll have to go back to the house…I forgot my rubbers…”</i> pen & ink, original 4-panel <i>Peanuts comic,</i> 1960. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Constantin Alajalov, <i>Family Tree,</i> watercolor and gouache, cover for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1938. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.

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