Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
Here are the sales I'll be keeping an eye on this week:
At Forum Auctions on Tuesday, January 21, Editions & Works on Paper, in 272 lots. Banksy's 2002 screenprint "Rude Copper" rates the top estimate, at £70,000–90,000. A rare copy of Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson's 1918 woodcut "MT (Motor Transport)" could sell for £40,000–60,000. An artist's proof of Andy Warhol's screen print "Marilyn Monroe" (1967) is estimated at £35,000–45,000.
On Wednesday, January 22, Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions. The 243 lots include a northern Italian astronomical manuscript from around 1470 once in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (£40,000–60,000) and a 13th-century Dominican manuscript about marriage, estimated at £25,000–35,000. An 1833 set of lithographs of British Army uniforms could fetch £15,000–20,000, the same estimate given to a first edition of The Great Gatsby with the dust jacket.
PBA Galleries will hold a sale of Fine Literature – Fine Press – Fine Bindings on Thursday, January 23, in 413 lots. A portfolio of the first five Black Sparrow Press broadsides (1966), each signed by Charles Bukowski, is expected to lead the sale at $15,000–25,000. You could also acquire a full set of the 39-volume Library Edition of the works of John Ruskin (1903–1912), estimated at $8,000–12,000. Gaylord Schanilec's Lac des Pleurs (2015) is estimated at $6,000–9,000, and a copy of the Arion Press edition of Moby Dick is estimated at $4,000–6,000. Lots 352–413 are being sold without reserve.