At Chiswick Auctions on Wednesday, December 2, 370 lots of Books & Works on Paper. A rare copy of the first edition of Giambattista Vico's Scienza Nuova (1725) is expected to lead the sale, at £8,000–12,000. A first printing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997) is estimated at £6,000–8,000, while a signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with ephemera from a "Moonlight Signing" event is estimated at £4,000–6,000. A nearly-complete run of the Almanach de Gotha could sell for £4,000–6,000. There's also a lovely 18th-century Spanish embroidered binding, estimated at £1,500–2,000.
On Thursday, December 3, Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions, in 305 lots.
Also on Thursday, PBA Galleries sells Fine Art – Photography & Prints, in 350 lots. A copy of the 1943 Albert Skira edition of Rabelais' Panagruel, with 180 color woodcuts by André Derain and an additional suite of 144 prints, is estimated at $20,000–30,000.
Arader Galleries will hold their December sale on Saturday, December 5. The 183 lots include a number of Audubon Birds, as well as important maps and survey drawings.