Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
From Gloucestershire to Paris to California, here are the sales I'll be watching this week:
On Wednesday, May 11, at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, 546 lots of Printed Books & Maps, Napoleonic History, Coins & Fans. An album of 155 wood engravings by Gwen Raverat compiled by the artist as a record of her work between 1909 and 1928 is expected to lead the way at £10,000–15,000. Another album of 74 wood engravings covering the period 1912 to 1919 is expected to sell for £7,000–10,000, and additional albums of Raverat's works are also included. Thomas Barker's The Country-mans Recreation, or the Art of Planting, Grassing, and Gardening in Three Books, with the added part about angling, could sell for £3,000–4,000. A complete run of the New Naturalist series from 1945 to 2021 could sell for £3,000–4,000.
PBA Galleries sells Golf Books, Clubs & Memorabilia on Thursday, in 316 lots. Charles Blair Macdonald's Scotland's Gift: Golf (1928), signed by the author on the limitation page, is expected to lead the sale at $10,000–15,000. The 1895 edition of Spalding's Official Golf Guide is estimated at $5,000–8,000. John Smart's A Round of the Links (1893), with 18 of the 20 plates, could sell for the same range. The 1906 History of the Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society is also estimated at $5,000–8,000.
Une Vie de Bibliophilie at Christie's Paris ends on Thursday. The 177 lots include Max Ernst's 65 Maximiliana ou l’exercice illégal de l’astronomie (1964) in a binding by Paul Bonet rates the top estimate at €60,000–80,000.
At Potter & Potter on Thursday, Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection, in 195 lots of props and memorabilia from various movies.