March 2011 | Jeremy Dibbell

Upcoming Auctions

Largely a calendar of things to keep an eye on, with some highlights noted:

- On 24 March, PBA Galleries sells Property of a Gentleman: Modern Literature, in 279 lots.

- Also on 24 March, Bloomsbury London hosts a sale of books in Food & Allied Subjects, including the Cookery Library of the late Alan Davidson, Country Pursuits and Natural History, in 469 lots.

- Swann will sell Printed and Manuscript Americana on 31 March, in 362 lots. Highlights include an archive of 16 documents by and related to Jonathan Edwards (est. $10,000-15,000) and a copy of Judah Monis' 1735 Hebrew grammar with early ownership notes (est. $15,000-25,000). Quite a few other pieces with interesting provenance here as well.

- Christie's London hosts a Travel, Science and Natural History sale on 6 April, in 213 lots. Some really interesting globes, orreries and other scientific instruments here, including a~1690 French microscope. Several important printed books will also be sold, including a copy of Jacques Le Hay's work on Turkish dress (est. £6,000-8,000); Maarten Houttuyn's 1791-95treatise on woods (est. £3,000-4,000); and Lyell's Principles of Geology, est. £3,000-5,000.

- Swann also has a Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on 7 April, in 136 lots. The top lot here is expected to be a deluxe copy of the Golden Cockerel Press Gospels, one of twelve copies printed on vellum and this copy inscribed by Eric Gill to Virginia Woolf. It's estimated at $60,000-75,000.

- Heritage Auctions (which is now holding weekly online book auctions) will hold their first New York rare books sale on 7-9 April. It will include artwork from the Garth Williams estate, the Victor Gulotta collection of Charles Dickens materials, a 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours, a first edition Book of Mormon, and a Kelmscott Chaucer, among other interesting lots.

- On 11 April, Sotheby's New York will sell Original Illustration Art from the Collections of Kendra and Allan Daniel, in 193 lots. The top-estimated lot is Jessie Willcox Smith's "How Doth the Little Busy Bee," which could sell for $200,000-300,000. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, and Edmund Dulac also feature prominently.

- Also on 11 April, Swann sells Early Printed Books, including Armenian Books, in 273 lots. The top-rated lot is a 1621 Armenian manuscript of the Gospels, which is estimated at $18,000-20,000.

- Bloomsbury London will hold a Bibliophile Sale on 14 April, in 384 lots.

- Doyle New York will sell Books, Photographs and Prints on 20 April. Watch for my preview of this sale in the Spring Fine Books & Collections.