Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week

Image: Dominic Winter Auctioneers

Wood engraving by Gwen Raverat, in one of several albums of her work offered at Dominic Winter 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.

At ALDE on Thursday, May 12, Reliures Originales & Livres Illustrés Modernes, in 358 lots. The third part of this sale will be held on Friday, May 13, in 211 lots.

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.