Hemingway Manuscript, Brontë First Editions, Early Burmese Photographs: Auction Preview

Image: Swann Galleries

A set of 24 engraved gores for Vincenzo Coronelli's 42-inch globe (Venice, between 1688 and 1697), offered at Swann Galleries this week.

At ALDE on Monday, December 4, 421 lots from the Bibliothèque Gastronomique Daniel Morcette, including a 1497 Strasbourg edition of the Ortus Sanitatis (€15,000–20,000) and a group of more than 300 wood engraved blocks for patisserie illustrations (€5,000–6,000).

New England Book Auctions sells 225 lots of Fine Books & Ephemera on Tuesday, December 5.

At ALDE on Wednesday, December 6, Éditions Originales des XIX de XX Siècles, in 347 lots.

Bonhams London sells 208 Travel & Exploration lots on Wednesday, including a photograph album compiled in the early 1860s by Capt. Eugene Clutterbuck Impey containing images of India and Nepal (£15,000–25,000); August Borget's Sketches of China and the Chinese (1842), estimated at £10,000–15,000; and two albums of Felice Beato photographs of Burmese scenes and people from the late nineteenth century (£8,000–12,000).

At Bellmans on Thursday, December 7, 102 lots of Printed Books, Manuscripts & Maps, including the 1883 coronation album of Tsar Alexander III (£7,000–10,000).

Swann Galleries sells 285 lots of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on Thursday. John Gould's Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans, with the supplement, from the collection of French naturalist Alfred Malherbe, is expected to lead the sale at $40,000–60,000. A set of the 24 engraved gores for Vincenzo Coronelli's 42-inch globe (Venice, about 1688–1697) is estimated at $18,000–22,000, and an unpublished 1863 natural history of the North Atlantic islands by Rev. Francis P. Flemyng could sell for $4,000–6,000.

On Friday, December 8, Important Modern Literature from the Library of an American Filmmaker at Sotheby's New York, in 87 lots. Sharing the top estimate at $300,000–500,000 are the autograph manuscript of Ernest Hemingway's story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and a typescript scroll of the first draft of Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums. An early typescript of what would become Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer is estimated at $100,000–150,000.

Also on Friday at Sotheby's New York, 127 lots of Fine Books and Manuscripts, including a first edition of Emily and Anne Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey (1847), in mixed bindings, estimated at $120,000–180,000. Sharing an estimate of $100,000–150,000 are Jane Austen's copy of Isaac D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature, the Bradley Martin copy of the first edition of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1847), and a presentation copy of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (1861). Much more here of interest to the Austen collector, too.

Arader Galleries hold their December auction on Saturday, December 9, in 189 lots. An original Maria Sibylla Merian watercolor painting rates the top estimate, at $225,000–275,000. A Gerard Valk engraved two-sheet wall map of the Americas with decorative engraved views as a border is expected to sell for $175,000–250,000.