Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week

Courtesy of ALDE

Detail from Bartolomeo Georgijevitz's Opera nova (1555) in a Pius IV papal binding, offered at ALDE this week.

It's a fairly quiet week in the salerooms this week. Here is the trio of sales I'll be watching:

Livres de Photographies at Ader on Monday, March 14. The 290 lots include the five booklets of Daido Moriyama's Kiroku (€14,000–18,000) and Germaine Krull's Études de Nu (1930), estimated at €4,000–6,000. There will be much of interest here to the collector of Japanese photography. A souvenir portfolio of Frédéric Boissonas' photographs of Paris from about 1900 could sell for €2,000–3,000.

At ALDE on Wednesday, March 16, 168 lots of Livres anciens du XVe au XIXe siècle, Voyages, Sciences & Médecine at ALDE on 16 March. Quite a few spectacular bindings in this sale, including Bartolomeo Georgijevitz's Opera nova (1555) in a Pius IV papal binding (€10,000–15,000), and a 1794 Bodoni edition of Tasso's La Gierusalemme liberata (€8,000–10,000) in a binding with the arms of Marie-Louise of Austria. There is also a miniature sixteenth-century printed book of hours on vellum (€2,000–3,000).

On Wednesday and Thursday, Keys Auctioneers will hold a Two Day Book Sale, in 624 lots. A 144-volume run of Cycling, An Illustrated Weekly, complete for 1905 through 1963, rates the top estimate at £2,500–3,000. Blomefield & Parkin's Essay Towards the Topographical History of the County of Norfolk (1805–1810) could sell for £600–800. Six consecutive issues of the Daily Mirror covering the Titanic disaster are estimated at £500–600.