• <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2021 Issue

Very Early Manuscripts and Books from Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books

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Early manuscripts and books.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books has created a catalogue of Collecting Culture. Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. This is a spectacular catalogue, not just for the material offered within, but for the illustrations reproduced on its pages. These are the handwork of enormously skilled artists and illustrators from five to nine centuries ago. Naturally, many are on manuscripts as they precede Gutenberg's invention, though illuminated manuscripts continued to be created after that date. Others are hand-colored copies of printed books. What is found here is rare, beautiful, and very old.

 

Most of the material in this catalogue is religious in nature, not surprising for literature from medieval times or shortly thereafter. Considering all the wars, killing and subjugation of weaker people precipitated in God's name, the image of hugging warriors on the cover is quite moving. I don't know whether it is of enemies reconciling or leaders embracing before taking off on a killing mission, but it's still a touching image. It comes from a book of hours in Latin and French produced in Bourges, France, 1500-1510. It was the work of an illuminator known as the Master of Spencer 6, containing 36 full-page miniatures and 35 small ones. It is known as the G & H Book of Hours, as the patron who commissioned it is unknown, but it has a coat of arms with the initials G and H intertwined with a love knot. That's nice too. From early biblical days we see Adam and Eve meeting with God. We can tell it is their pre-sinful days as they are unclothed. We are still paying the price for their impertinence! In the follow-up, they are expelled from the garden. A double-page spread illustrates the story of the three living and the three dead, a tale which usually features three aristocrats who meet three speaking corpses in the woods. They bring the living a warning, not to lead sinful lives as they did or they will pay a terrible price in the hereafter. One mystery to this codex is that the smaller images were painted over earlier text. It is unknown why these were added later and in such a fashion. Item 17. Price on request.

 

Item 7 is another book of hours, an illuminated manuscript on vellum from Salzburg, Austria, created around the same time that Gutenberg was starting up his press, 1450-1460. It was likely made for a male patron who is pictured within, before the Virgin and Child, and kneeling as a confessant before a friar. It too depicts the story of the three living and the three dead. It follows the older telling in which the three living are kings, but in a twist, the three dead are speaking corpses of themselves lying in their coffins. They provide the usual warning to change their ways before it is too late. Scared straight. Priced at 155,000 € (euros, or approximately $181,630 in U.S. dollars)

 

This next book picks up on the theme of the three living and the three dead. It's title is Ars Moriendi (the art of dying), and it was published 1467-1469 in the Netherlands. It displays various people on their deathbeds. Some are surrounded by loving people and angelic figures, others by devilish and hideous creatures. Who would you like to be your escort to the afterlife? Then you better shape up while you still can. The temptations that led the unfortunates to their sad fate are also displayed. This is a block book, sort of an alternative to the printing press, where illustrations and text are cut into wood blocks. It likely started slightly before Gutenberg and continued for a while thereafter as movable type printing was still very expensive in its earliest days. Only one side of a leaf was printed and in this case, one leaf was pasted on the next to create a version of a doubled-sided page. This book has been hand-colored, but only on some portions, with illustrations having colors in limited areas while the rest of the page is uncolored. It is not the best quality of coloring, more akin to a child's coloring book that was not completed. Still, it is the best you are likely to find. Block books are very rare, and this is one of only two known copies of this one. Item 8. 760,000 € (US $890,580).

 

This next item is a remarkable manuscript, one that comes from Mexico rather than Europe. From 1571, it was created in Huejotzingo, a small city in Central Mexico. As such it is called the San Salvador Huejotzingo Manuscript. It is one of only six extant manuscripts from Huetjotzingo, the other five being in institutional collections. This is a bilingual book, Spanish and Huetjotzingo pictographs. It shows that half a century after the Spanish conquest, the native pictographs were still understood. This codex records two lawsuits. The people of Huetjotzingo had joined the Spanish conquistadors in subduing the Aztec Empire, with which they had bad relations, but perhaps by this time they were rethinking their allegiances. One of these lawsuits pits the indigenous people of San Salvador against church authorities. It accuses the authorities of mistreating people, not paying artisans who worked for the church or only paying them half, taking more than their share of corn and other products produced by the people, and charging for marriages, baptisms, and burials. The Canon was found guilty of some charges and he was ordered to pay the indigenous people for their work, but he was acquitted of most charges. Item 20. 960,000 € (US $1,125,000).

 

Next is the oldest item in this catalogue. It is an English bible, in the Latin Language, dating from 1250-1260. It was likely produced in Oxford or Salisbury. It features historiated initials containing detailed color illustrations. For example, a page length “I” from Genesis displays scenes from the creation. A seated creator observes the results of his efforts through the six days of creation, ending with a day of rest. The “L” which begins the Gospel of Matthew features a sleeping Jesse, behind him the tree of his descendants, King David, the Virgin, and Christ. Item 1. 580,000 € ($679,650).

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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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