Virginia Woolf Sammelband, Walt Whitman, and Anglo-Afghan War Photographs: Auction Preview

Image: Bonhams

Aquatint plate "The Pyramids at Cairo," from Henry Salt's Twenty Four Views taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, Abyssinia & Egypt (1809) offered at Bonhams this week.

Here are the auctions I'll be watching this week:

The Christie's Paris online sale of Photographies ends on Tuesday, June 6. The 65 lots include a gelatin silver print of Helmut Newton's "Roselyne at Arcangues" (1975), which is expected to sell for €90,000–110,000. A 1985 Robert Mapplethorpe self-portrait is estimated at €60,000–80,000. Other photographers featured in this sale include Peter Beard, Nan Goldin, Candida Höfer, Richard Mosse, and Cindy Sherman.

Ending on Tuesday at New England Books Auctions, 207 lots of Fine Books & Ephemera.

At Rago Auctions on Wednesday, June 7, Books on Design: The Michael & Gabrielle Boyd Collection, in 126 lots. These are mostly large group lots.

Bonhams holds a Travel & Exploration sale in London on Thursday, June 8, in 172 lots. Among the printed material and photographs are an album of 102 John Burke photographs of the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878–1879 (£15,000–20,000). A complete set of Henry Salt's Twenty-Four Views Taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, Abyssinia & Egypt (1809) is expected to sell for £10,000–15,000.

At Forum Auctions on Thursday, 363 lots of Modern Literature. A rebound set of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is estimated at £2,000–3,000. An inscribed copy of the first edition of Roald Dahl's Matilda (1988) is expected to sell for £1,500–2,000. A sammelband of Virginia Woolf material collected by her close friend Violet Dickinson is estimated at £1,000–1,500.

Freeman's has a Fine Collection of American Literature and History on Thursday, in 100 lots. The Arthur Swann–Thomas Streeter–Garden Ltd. copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass is expected to lead the way at $100,000–150,000. A mixed issue first edition set of McKenny and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America is estimated at $50,000–80,000, and a 1776 Newburyport edition of Thomas Paine's Common Sense could sell for $20,000–30,000. Much more Whitman material in this one to keep an eye on.