September 2012 | Jeremy Dibbell

Auction Report: September Preview

13 September seems to be the big day for sales this month:

- Christie's New York sells Asian Art Reference Books, from the library of C.T. Loo and others, in 129 lots.

- PBA Galleries offers Rare Books & Manuscripts: The Property of Jane Hohfield Galante and others, in 138 lots. The highlight is expected to be a copy of the Second Folio, estimated at $200,000-300,000. William Bradford's The Arctic Regions (1873), containing 141 albumen photographs by John Dunmore and George Critcherson, could fetch $140,000-180.000. An untrimmed copy of the first edition of Smith's Wealth of Nations rates estimates of $100,000-150,000, as does a German copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Most interesting for me, though, is Darwin's copy of Bewick's British Birds, which is estimated at $60,000-90,000.

- There will be a Bibliophile Sale at Bloomsbury, in 422 lots.

Here's what's up for the rest of the month:

- There's a huge sale of Children's, Conjuring, Private Press and Modern First Editions at Bloomsbury on 20 September, in 801 lots.

Dominic Winter Auctions will sell Printed Books and Historical Documents, Important British Atlases & Maps on 19 September, and "A Gentleman's Library" on 20 September.

- Bonhams Oxford sells Printed Books and Maps on 25 September, in 688 lots.

- No preview yet for the 27 September PBA sale of Americana, African-American History, Travel & Exploration, Cartography from the library from Jane Galante.