On Wednesday 20th July Chiswick Auctions held a successful sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts.
A number of key pieces sold very well. Star lots included:
Lot 201- La Revolution Surrealiste. Paris: Librairie Gallimard, [1924-1929]. Folio. A complete run of installments (occasional light spotting). Original vellum (minor wear). SIGNED by Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, Marcel DuChamp, Jacques Prevert, Tristan Tzara, Benjamin Peret, Rene Magritte, Paul Eluard, Andre Masson, Philippe Soupault, Roland Penrose, George Ribemont-Dessaignes, Jacques Boiffard, Jacques Baron, Michael Leiris and Raymond Queneau.
Sold: £4,800 incl Buyer’s Premium
Lot 271 - Diario del Viage Explorador de las Corbetas Espanolas "Descubierta" Y "Atrevida en Los Anos de 1789 A 1794. [Diario del Tentiente de Navio D. Francisco Xavier de Viana "Descubierta" Y "Atrevida en Los Anos 1789, 1790, 1791, 1792 & 1793]. Small 4to. 2 title pages as issued (first title page browned with offsetting from old clipping tipped in on opposite page, pages lightly browned throughout). Original red straight grain morocco, with borders ruled in gilt (spine faded, boards rubbed).
Sold: £3,600 incl Buyer’s Premium
Lot 187 - SURREALIST TRACTS & PAMPHLETS - A collection of tracts, pamphlets and ephemera including a ALS., from Yves Tanguy addressed to: "Ma mere Colette" on glassine paper. All loosely inserted into an album.
Sold: £1,440 incl Buyer’s Premium
Lot 138 - Facile [.] Poemes de Paul Eluard Photographies de Man Ray. [No place]: Editions GLM, 1935. Small 4to. Photographic illustrations throughout (pages lightly browned). Original photographic monochrome wrappers (chipped with some minor creases). LIMITED EDITION OF 1200 COPIES OF WHICH THIS IS NUMBER 171. Provenance: John Lyle (bookplate).
Sold: £1,560 incl Buyer’s Premium
Lot 153 - MS. - With naval interest [c.1683]. 8vo. 20pp., 10pp. "May 20 in ye year anno D: 1683 I first began my travels". "I left Mr Housmans & went that night to graves-end. The ship being fallen down...tide before, so my father Mr Parry went with me the next morning for the downs at Cant: I see the Cathed: at ye going out of ye town I see Mr Brigham. I stayed Fryday & Saturday at Deal before ye ship came on Sunday ye 20 about G. My father Mr Parry came on board with me. We got well to ye Bay of Biscay in few days. The 19th June I left Capt. Williams & lay at Mr Taylor's till my uncle came to town...he being at Cadir...The 10th Instance at Port in Mr Floodys House we had a feast...Ye addition of Mr Harris who told many pleasant pranks how he served...Captain & how they served him afterwards on ship-board how everyone thought that he had killed Mr Michael with a wooden sword...how...cured Mr Boon of a disease by making him laugh at a young woman that was dressed in mans clothes....The 18th we entered the straights having a good wind we reached Malaga". There is main account interspersed with a few hundred blank pages and then 10 numbered pages with passages in Latin. Contemporary calf (rubbed). A curious late 17th /early 18th century travel manuscript.
Sold: £1,320 incl Buyer’s Premium
Lot 192 - MISCELLANY - Including: Max Ernst's Une Semaine De Bonte. (Paris: Editions Jeanne Bucher, 1934), With cardboard sleeve (worn, torn) and Clarte (No. 79), [No Place], [no pub], Dec 1925/Jan 1926.
Sold: £840 incl Buyer’s Premium
Lot 207 - PENROSE, Roland (1900-1984). Home Guard Manual of Camouflage. London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1941. 8vo. (Occasional light spotting). Original orange/pink boards with blue and white illustrated dust jacket (some light soiling and chipping, corners bumped). PRESENTATION COPY: " A Brunius ce n'est pas ce qu'on voulais cette cachoterie militaire mais je souhaite a vous et Mary des annees plus lumineuses que 1941 Roland Penrose". [With]: MS. on postcard to Brunius from Penrose inviting him to a surrealist meeting and dinner at the Barcelona Restaurant, Beak Street, W1". Signed at the close by Penrose.
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