Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
A busy week on tap in the auction rooms:
Aguttes sells 230 lots of Manuscrits & Lettres Autographes on Tuesday, January 25. A 25-page Georges Bizet autograph music manuscript is expected to lead the sale at €28,000–30,000. Fifty letters from Sacha Guitry to Yvonne Printemps are estimated at €10,000–15,000, and a large collection of journals, books, and offprints of Albert Einstein writings could sell for €8,000–12,000.
Sotheby's New York's sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana also ends on Tuesday. The 159 lots include a large portion of Audubon's draft description of the wild turkey for his Birds of America, which could sell for $250,000–350,000. A first edition of Leaves of Grass signed by Whitman is estimated at $150,000–200,000.
On Wednesday, January 26 at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Printed Books & Maps, The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology, The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library. The 471 lots include the first two volumes of Sir William Hamilton's Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities (1766–1767), which could sell for £7,000–10,000. William Tomlinson's Oriental Field Sports, illustrated by Samuel Howett (1807) is estimated at £5,000–8,000. A c.1785 English pocket globe is expected to realize £2,000–3,000.
ALDE sells 222 lots of Histoire des Idées Politiques et Sociales – Économie Politique – Finances on Thursday, January 27.
On Thursday at Chiswick Auctions, 306 lots of Books & Works on Paper including Contents from the Estate of Paul Gallico. A complete set of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels is rates the top estimate at £40,000–60,000, and a copy of the first poster for a Bond film, 1962's Dr. No, could sell for £20,000–25,000. There are many additional Fleming/Bond lots that will be of interest too. Other lots include a first printing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (£20,000–30,000).
The online sale of The Library of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Bonhams New York ends on Thursday. The 166 lots include large group lots of titles from the late justice's library on various topics, some of her law school textbooks, and many presentation copies from colleagues and admirers. More here.
Arader Galleries will hold their January 2022 Auction on Saturday, January 29. The 183 lots include Charles Blaskowitz's 1778 manuscript map of the Philadelphia campaign, estimated at $700,000–1,000,000; Audubon's wild turkey, estimated at $150,000–200,000 (and a number of other Havell Audubons); and an unfinished Redouté watercolor of a bouquet, estimated at $75,000–100,000.