Black Panther Portraits, Babbage Presentation Copies, Signed Churchill Photograph: Auction Preview

Image: Swann Galleries

Photograph by Stephen Shames from Ericka Huggins' Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party (2022), offered at Swann Galleries this week.

Here's what I'll be watching this week:

At New England Book Auctions on Tuesday, May 21, 230 lots of Fine Books & Ephemera, including a set of the 1902 Book-Lover's Camden Edition of Whitman's works, a volume containing four nineteenth-century book auction catalogs, and a number of group lots, including some children's books and some books about books. 

Dominic Winter Auctioneers sells Photographs, Autographs & Historical Documents on Wednesday, May 22, in 448 lots. A copy of Yousuf Karsh's "Roaring Lion" photograph of Winston Churchill, signed by both Karsh and Churchill, is expected to sell for £25,000–30,000; a British officer's manuscript account of the Battle of Waterloo could fetch £25,000–35,000; and three books which purportedly belonged to Florence Nightingale are estimated at £5,000–8,000.

On Thursday, May 23, Forum Auctions holds an online sale of Books and Works on Paper, in 268 lots. A presentation copy of Charles Babbage's Influence of Signs in Mathematical Reasoning (1826) inscribed to the secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society rates the top estimate at £6,000–8,000. Berkeley's Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) could sell for £5,000–7,000, and a volume containing three offprints, two by Babbage and one of those another presentation copy is estimated at £3,000–4,000.

At Swann Galleries on Thursday, 201 lots in a Focus on Women sale. Ericka Huggins' Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party (2022) with photographs by Stephen Shames, this copy with a set of the photographs from the book, rates the top estimate at $65,000–75,000. A copy of Geoffrey Fenton's Historie of Guicciardin (1599), bound with the arms of Queen Elizabeth I on both boards, could sell for $12,000–18,000. A first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, inscribed by Harper Lee to architect Harold Caufield and accompanied by a Christmas letter from Lee to Caufield is estimated at $10,000–15,000.