Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week

Courteys of Binoche & Giquello

The incomplete manuscript of Alexandre Dumas' Mémoires de Talma (€25,000–30,000), offered at Binoche & Giquello this week.

A very busy week is coming up in the auction rooms.

On Tuesday, April 5, Oeuvres Graphiques & Autographes (Aristophil 47) at Aguttes. The 305 lots include a January 20, 1890 Van Gogh manuscript letter to Madame Ginoux (€200,000–250,000) and an 1896 Paul Gauguin letter with added drawing (€100,000–120,000).

Dominic Winter Auctioneers sell 554 lots of Early Printed Books, Historical Autographs & Documents, Travel, Maps & Decorative Prints on Wednesday and Thursday April 6–7. The Elizabethan sammelband of ten rare scientific tracts rates the top estimate at £20,000–30,000 (more on that volume). A 1511 manuscript warrant signed by Henry VIII could sell for £15,000–18,000, and an 1866 Charles Darwin letter to Charles Kingsley is estimated at £15,000–20,000. A large collection of autograph music manuscripts, &c. by Peter Maxwell Davies is estimated at £10,000–15,000.

At ALDE on Thursday, Bibliothèque d'un Amateur, in 299 lots.

Swann Galleries sells 343 lots of Printed & Manuscript Americana on Thursday. A copy of William Heartsill's very rare Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days, in the Confederate Army is expected to sell for $25,000–35,000. A complete run of The Jew, the first Jewish periodical published in the United States (1823–1825), and Frederick Catherwood's Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1844) are each estimated at $20,000–30,000.

At Bonhams New York on Thursday, 159 lots of Photographs. A 1967 print of Irving Penn's Lorry Washers, London could sell for $50,000–70,000, and a 19-print set of Robert Frank's Shirts, for Aspesi, Milan (1988) has been assigned the same estimate. Ansel Adams' Portfolio V (Ten Photographs) is estimated at $40,000–60,000.

PBA Galleries sells The Jack and Beverly Waltman Collection with Photography and Fine Art on Thursday. The 420 lots include a number of key Ansel Adams photographs, with Portfolio Three (1960) expected to lead the way at $50,000–80,000.

On Friday, April 8, Autographes et Manuscrits: Bibliothèque de Monsieur et Madame B, Seconde Partie: Livres Illustrés Anciens, Romantiques et Modernes at Binoche & Giquello. The 384 lots include an 82-page Céline autograph manuscript estimated at €30,000–35,000), and the incomplete manuscript of Alexandre Dumas' Mémoires de Talma (€25,000–30,000).

Heritage Auctions' Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction runs from Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10. Captain America #1 was already bid up to $1.4 million (including premium) by Sunday afternoon.