Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
Another busy week coming up:
On Tuesday, University Archives holds an auction of Manuscripts, Rare Books & Apollo Related Items, in 264 lots. A typically eclectic selection of material in this sale: among the top-estimated lots are a Stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence printed on wove paper for Peter Force's American Archives ($15,000–17,000); a Paul Gauguin letter from late April 1895 ($15,000–17,000); a rare first pressing of the 1963 Beatles album cover for "With the Beatles," signed by all four members of the band ($10,000–12,000); a 1951 Einstein letter ($10,000–12,000); and an Abraham Lincoln note written while he was president-elect ($10,000–12,000).
At Hindman Auctions on Tuesday, the Library of a Midwestern Collector, in 87 lots. A first edition of Newton's Principia (1687), with the three-line imprint and in a contemporary vellum binding, is estimated at $150,000–250,000. Copy no. 74 of the first edition of Ulysses (1922) and the Mellon-Garden copy of Darwin's Origin are both estimated at $120,000–180,000. A first printing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in the first-state binding, signed and dated by Rowling, and not an ex-library copy, could sell for $80,000–120,000.
On Wednesday, November 6, Dominic Winter Auctioneers sells Printed Books, Maps & Prints. This sale includes the second part of the sale of books from the Ladwell Collection of Fine Bird Books, and the top lot is expected to be a complete set of the twenty-five original parts of John Gould's Monograph of the Trochilidae (1849–1861), estimated at £40,000–60,000.
Also on Wednesday, Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana at Hindman Auctions, in 480 lots. A copy of the second issue of Bernard Ratzer's four-sheet map of New York City (1776) rates the top estimate, at $80,000–120,000. There is a lovely copy of the Kelmscott Press publication Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, one of eight copies printed on vellum and in a variant binding of dark green limp vellum. Once owned by William Morris' secretary Sydney Cockerall, this copy is estimated at $20,000–30,000.
The Christie's online sale On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of Big Ideas ends on Thursday, November 7. The 58 lots include a 1928 Einstein letter to the Polish-German mathematician Hermann Müntz (£25,000–35,000) and a 1968 Stephen Hawking letter to childhood friend Bill Cleghorn (£15,000–25,000). Many more items for the Einstein collector, too.
PBA Galleries sells Art & Illustration – Fine Books on Thursday, in 426 lots. A mixed set of eight volumes from Justin Friedrich Bertuch's Bilderbuchs is estimated at $7,000–10,000. A rebacked first edition of Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz could sell for $4,000–6,000; the same estimate has been given to signed editions of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Lots 350–426 are being sold without reserve.
Last but not least on Thursday, Collection Geneviève & Jean-Paul Kahn at Pierre Bergé & Associés.