Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week
A quieter, mostly Paris-based auction calendar this week:
Arcturial sells Sciences: From Galileo to Marie Curie from the Aristophil collections on Monday, November 19. Lots 681 through 690 comprise some amazing Emilie du Chatelet manuscripts, including her translation of Newton (??150,000-250,000; pictured below). (More on that sale here.)
On Tuesday, November 20, Sotheby's Paris holds a sale of Livres Rares et Manuscrits, in 188 lots. A copy of Antoine Mizauld's Memorabilium utiliu[m] (1566), a collection of Latin aphorisms, extensively annotated by Ambrose Paré, is estimated at ??60,000-80,000. A heavily-corrected manuscript of one chapter from Voltaire's Histoire de l'établissement du christianisme could sell for ??50,000-70,000. A February 28, 1850 Gogol letter to diplomat Alexander Bulgakov is estimated at ??50,000-70,000; only three Gogol letters have appeared at auction in the last four decades.
At Christie's Paris on Wednesday, November 21, Books and Manuscripts, in 134 lots. A copy of Apollinaire's first book, L'Enchanter pourrissant (1909), one of 25 copies on Japanese paper, is estimated at ??30,000-50,000. Rimbaud's Une Saison en Enfer (1873) in a lovely binding by Rose Adler, could fetch ??25,000-35,000.
On Thursday, Madrid's El Remate Subastas hosts "Antique Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Engravings, Maps & Collecting on Paper," and over the weekend, Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has a Book, Ephemera, and Curio Auction worth watching.