Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
A trio of sales I'll be watching this week features antiquarian books, photography, and a Sunkist archive.
Skinner's sale of Fine Books & Rare Manuscripts ends on Tuesday, August 23. The 220 lots include a first octavo edition of Audubon's Birds of America ($20,000–30,000) and a first edition of Reginald Scot's The Discouerie of Witchcraft ($15,000–25,000). A manuscript copy of the lyrics for Katharine Lee Bates' America the Beautiful is expected to sell for $10,000–15,000, and a copy of the 1534 work Isolario by Benedetto Bordone could fetch $4,000–6,000.
Bonhams New York sells 173 lots of Photographs on Tuesday. A later print of Ansel Adams' 1926 image Monolith, Face of Half Dome has been assigned an estimate of $20,000–30,000, and two 2009 photographs of waves by Clifford Ross, Hurricane L and Hurricane LII, are each estimated at $20,000–25,000.
At PBA Galleries on Thursday, August 25, Antiquarian Books with Fine Press and Fine Bindings, in 360 lots. Eighty volumes of advertisement archives for Sunkist Growers, Inc. covering the years 1917 to 1999 are estimated at $10,000–15,000. Three volumes containing 190 fashion designs by Louis Lamotte from 1920 to 1924 could sell for $4,000–6,000. The same range has been assigned to a c.1914 Ludwig Hohlwein advertising poster and a copy of five-volume The Dramatic Works of William D'Avenant (1872–1874), one of just four copies printed on vellum.