Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
Here are the sales I'll be watching this week:
Fonsie Mealy's will sell The Library at Howth Castle onsite on Wednesday and Thursday, September 22 and 23, in 1,034 lots. A fine set of Rossellini's I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia (Pisa, 1832–34) with a double set of plates and in a mahogany case, is estimated at €50,000–60,000. An extensive set of The Botanical Magazine and related publications, comprising 186 volumes, could sell for €30,000–40,000. A large collection of the correspondence of Rev. Thomas Gaisford, Professor of Greek at Oxford and Dean of Christ Church, is estimated at €15,000–25,000.
At Forum Auctions on Thursday, 277 lots of Books and Works on Paper. James Lewis' Original Designs in Architecture (1797) rates the top estimate at £1,500–2,000. A second edition of John Gower's De Confessione amantis (1532) could sell for £1,000–1,500.
Rare Books, Autographs & Maps are on the block at Doyle on Thursday, in 292 lots. A November 18, 1842 John Quincy Adams autograph letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on the political ramifications of slavery is expected to lead the sale at $20,000–3,000.
Freeman's will sell 148 lots of Books and Manuscripts on Thursday. A presentation copy of the second printing of Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby (1925) inscribed by the author to his friend, musician Theodor Liedemedt, rates an estimate of $80,000–120,000.
Arader Galleries hold their September Auction on Saturday, September 25. The 161 lots include a wide variety of Audubon plates and other material.