German Jewelry Designs, a Lady’s Grand Tour Journal, Posters & Photographs: Auction Preview

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Henry George Gawthorn's poster The Forth Bridge, offered at Lyon & Turnbull this week.

Ending on Monday, April 24, Bonhams Hong Kong's online sale The Pleasures of Living: A Single-Owner Book Collection (Part 1: Dessert Cookbooks), in 33 lots.

On Tuesday, April 25 at Sotheby's New York, Ex Libris: The Wolf Family Collection Art Reference Library, in 63 lots. Many large group lots are on offer, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's Ausgeführte Berlin (1911), estimated at $5,000–7,000 and a number of other Wright-related publications; two copies of the Catalogue of the George Eumorfopoulos Collection of Chinese, Corean, and Persian Pottery and Porcelain (1925–1928), each estimated at $4,000–6,000; and several eighteenth-century English cabinet-making guides.

At Lyon & Turnbull on Wednesday, April 26, 76 lots of Travel & Vintage Posters, including A.M. Cassandre's 1935 Normandie poster (£10,000–15,000); Henry George Gawthorn's 1928 The Forth Bridge (£7,000–9,000); and a good number of early-twentieth-century British travel posters.

Forum Auctions holds an online sale of Books and Works on Paper on Thursday, April 27, in 347 lots, the first 60 of which are "The Property of a Lady." Rating the top estimate is a two-volume German catalog of jewelry designs in pencil and ink from around 1870–1890, estimated at £1,000–1,500. Samuel Prout's lithographed Facsimiles of Sketches Made in Flanders and Germany (1833) is expected to sell for £700–900.

At Swann Galleries on Thursday, 325 lots of Fine Photographs, including a complete set of Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Work issues for 1906 in a presentation binding ($30,000–40,000); a later print of Helmut Newton's 1975 photo Rue Aubriot (i), Yves St. Laurent, Haute Couture Collection, Paris ($30,000–45,000); and a salted paper print of Roger Fenton's iconic Valley of the Shadow of Death ($20,000–30,000).

Aguttes sells 204 lots of Lettres & Manuscrits on Thursday, with a volume of Zola autograph material estimated at €8,000–10,000. An October 1846 Gustave Flaubert letter to Louise Colet is expected to sell for €5,000–6,000.

The April sale at Nate D. Sanders Auctions ends on Thursday: the 90 lots include a copy of the first printing of the reward poster for John Wilkes Booth, expected to sell for more than $100,000.

At Tennants Auctioneers on Friday, April 28, 99 lots of Books, Maps & Manuscripts. A 1676 copy of John Speed's world map rates the top estimate at £2,500–3,500. A manuscript volume with various components dating back into the seventeenth century is expected to sell for £1,000–2,000, while Lady Mary Broughton's manuscript account of a 1772–1774 Grand Tour is rather conservatively estimated at £500–800.

Rounding out the week, Addison and Sarova sell 313 lots of Rare Books & Manuscripts on Saturday, April 29, and 336 lots in their Bookworm Sale on Sunday, April 30. Quite a bit of interesting material in both sales, as usual!