Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
Here are the sales I'll be watching this week:
The Alexander Hamilton Collection of John E. Herzog will be sold at Freeman's on Monday, October 25. The 44 lots include a copy of Hamilton's 1790 report on the public credit of the United States, which could sell for $30,000–50,000. Estimated at $12,000–18,000 are a very rare copy of the law putting Hamilton's debt-assumption plan in place, and a January 12, 1794 letter from Hamilton to Thomas Willing, first president of the Bank of the United States. A copy of the "Reynolds Pamphlet" is estimated at $8,000–12,000.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27–28, Sotheby's New York sells The Ricky Jay Collection, in 634 lots. A two-volume collection of some 460 annotated portrait prints of "Remarkable Characters, Male and Female, Beggars, Misers, Highwaymen, Cheats, Forgers, Imposters, Mountebanks, Bawds, Persons Tried for Treason, Sedition, &c." compiled by William Esdaile rates the top estimate at $100,000–150,000. A first edition of Reginald Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584) could sell for $50,000–70,000. A color lithograph poster of "Houdini Upside Down in the Water Torture Cell" is estimated at $40,000–60,000. A pastiche drawing of Matthew Buchinger, one of Jay's major research interests, is expected to fetch $30,000–40,000.
Forum Auctions sells Books and Works on Paper on Thursday, in 297 lots. A copy of the 1809 edition of Hakluyt's Collection of the Early Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries of the English Nation rates the top estimate at £1,000–2,000. Thomas Chandler's 1771 pamphlet The Appeal Farther Defended bound with four additional New York pamphlets from the early 1770s could sell for £800–1,200. A copy of the first Aldine edition of Statius (1502) could sell for £600–800.
On Thursday at Swann Galleries, Fine Books & Autographs, in 212 lots. Robert Indiana's The Book of Love (1997) rates the top estimate at $100,000–125,000. A copy of the 1991 Nirvana album Nevermind, signed by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic on the paper insert, is estimated at $40,000–60,000.
Rounding out Thursday's sales is Comic Books: Pre-Code Horror, Golden Age, Silver Age & Undergrounds at PBA Galleries, in 400 lots. A copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15 (August 1962) signed by Stan Lee and containing the first appearance of Spider-Man, is estimated at $10,000–20,000. A copy of Avengers No. 1 (September 1963) could sell for $6,000–9,000.