Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week

Courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

1610 Antwerp Missale Romanum in embroidered velvet binding, offered at Skinner this week.

First a rescheduling note: Skinner's sale of A Mystic Collection: Early Books, originally planned for July 20, has been moved to Tuesday, July 23. See last week's post for expected highlights. The photo above shows a 1610 Missale Romanum published at Antwerp and bound in red velvet with an embroidered design ($500–700).

On Wednesday, July 24, Dominic Winter Auctioneers sells Printed Books, Documents, Maps & Caricatures, in 498 lots. An 1804 memorandum signed by Horatio Nelson is estimated at £4,000–5,000, while a set of George Staunton's 1797 Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China could sell for £3,000–5,000. A copy of François Chretien Gau's Antiquities de la Nubie (1822) is estimated at £2,000–3,000, as are John Ogilby's Britannia (1698) and a c.1575 woodcut world map, Typus Orbis Terrarum.

Forum Auctions holds an online sale of Books and Works on Paper on Thursday, July 25, in 262 lots. The top-estimated lot is a near-complete set of Matrix, with the first two volumes in reprint and lacking volume 32 (estimated at £1,500–2,000). Also on offer is a mixed set of the five-volume catalogue of Sir Joseph Banks' library, at £600–800. 

Also on Thursday, PBA Galleries sells Art & Illustration – Fine Books, in 443 lots. A deluxe copy of George Grosz' Ecce Homo (1923) rates the top estimate, at $10,000–15,000. A portfolio of plates from Aves Hawaiienses is estimated at $8,000–12,000, as is a complete set of the Nazraeli Press One Picture Book series (2000–2017), totaling 115 volumes. Lots 340–443 are being sold without reserve.