Sally Jacobs Costume Designs, Manuscript Books of Hours, Casino Royale: Auction Preview

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Selections from a large number of Sally Jacobs theatrical costume designs, offered this week at Chiswick Auctions.

There are a few lots of books amongst the 209 lots of the Collection of Olivia de Haviland, offered at Bonhams on Tuesday, May 23 (roughly lots 27 through 75). These are mostly being sold as large group lots.

At ALDE on Wednesday, May 24, Manuscrits à peintures, Incunables, Livres anciens et du XIXe siècle, in 382 lots. A manuscript book of hours from about 1460–1470 is expected to sell for €30,000–40,000. A slightly later book of hours, dating to 1510–1520, rates the same estimate, as does a 1734 edition of the works of Molière.

Chiswick Auctions sells 244 lots of Books and Works on Paper on Wednesday, including a large archive of costume designs for stage productions by Sally Jacobs, which is expected to sell for £16,000–18,000. Another lot of Jacobs' designs is estimated at £4,000–6,000, and there are a number of other lots of Jacobs' designs in the sale as well. The 2006 Taschen volume Peter Beard is expected to fetch £8,000–12,000. A first edition of Mao's "Little Red Book" in printed wrappers is estimated at £3,000–4,000, as is a 1562 Venice edition of Ptolemy's Geographia.

On Thursday at Forum Auctions, Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper, in 299 lots. A first impression copy of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale rates the top estimate, at £20,000–30,000. A first edition of Léon de Laborde's Voyage de la Syrie (1837) is expected to sell for £12,000–18,000. Lord Nelson's annotated copy of Public Characters of 1803–1804, rates an estimate of £10,000–15,000.

At Addison and Sarova on Saturday, May 27, 221 lots of The Word: Rare Bibles & Theology, followed on Sunday by a 157-lot Bible/Bookworm sale.