Modern Literature, Washington Memorial Handkerchief, and Mary Poppins: Auction Preview

Image: Freeman's

Printed memorial handkerchief on cotton depicting the death of George Washington, offered at Freeman's this week.

Here are the auctions I'll be watching this week:

At Freeman's on Tuesday, July 25, 166 lots of Books and Manuscripts, including one of just two known copies of a 1781 Revolutionary War pamphlet America in Arms, estimated at $15,000–25,000. At the same estimate is a trimmed and framed copy of Audubon's Ruffed Grous from the Havell edition. Estimated at $12,000–18,000 are a copy of the 1535 Ptolemy world atlas, the first Servetus edition; and Catlin's Illustrations of the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians (1866). A cotton handkerchief printed at Philadelphia about 1800 to memorialize George Washington is estimated at $2,000–3,000.

Hindman's online sale Summer Reading: 20th Century Literature and Biography from a Private Collection ends on Wednesday, July 26. The 289 lots include a first issue copy of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying (1930), estimated at $3,500–4,500, and a first edition of Faulkner's Sartoris (1929), expected to sell for $800–1,200. A copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's play The Vegetable (1923) could fetch $800–1,200.

At Forum Auctions on Thursday, July 27, an online sale of Books and Works on Paper, in 362 lots. A copy of the first volume of Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica (1910) rates the top estimate at £1,500–2,000. Inigo Jones' Designs (1727), missing the half-title and frontispiece, is estimated at £1,000–1,500.

Lay's Auctioneers sells 392 lots of Rare Books & Works on Paper on Thursday, including a copy of the 2007 Festung Guernsey (£1,800–2,200), a first edition of Keats' Endymion (£1,000–1,500) and the 1640 treatise The Country-mans Recreation (£1,000–1,500). 

Ending Thursday at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, a Mary Poppins collection from the estate of Bill Walsh, including a number of original storyboards from the production of the 1964 film version.