Currier & Ives prints include a series of large-folio hand-colored lithographs Life of a Hunter, “A Tight Fix,” 1861, an illustration of an American frontiersman and a large black bear engaged in a fierce clash in the snowy wilderness ($15,000-20,000); and Life of a Hunter, “Catching a Tartar,” 1861, portraying a stunned sportsman stormed by an angry stag ($3,000-5,000). By Nathaniel Currier is American Winter Scenes, 1854 ($3,000-5,000), and American Farm Scenes No 4, 1853 ($3,000-5,000).
A run of John James Audubon hand-colored lithographs includes Red-Throated Diver, Plate CCII, 1834 ($6,000-9,000); Willow Grous or Large Ptarmigan, Plate CXCI, 1834 ($6,000-9,000); and Whip-Poor-Will, Plate LXXXII, 1833 ($5,000-7,500), each from Birds of America. Also of note is American Bison or Buffalo, Plate LVII, 1845, from Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America ($5,000-7,500).
On botany is The North American Sylva and The North American Sylva… Not Described in the Work of F. Andrew Muchaux, 1865, with 156 hand-colored engraved plates and 121 lithographed plates by Thomas Nuttall and F. Andrew Michaux ($1,200-1,800); and Lindenia: Iconographie des Orchidees, 1899, 48 chromolithographed plates of orchid varieties ($700-1,000). Relating to chirography are François Nicolas Bédigis’s l’Art d’Ecrire, Demontre par des Principes Approfondis, et Developpes dans Toute Leur Etendue, 1768 ($500-600); and Thomas Astle’s The Origin and Progress of Writing, as Well Hieroglyphic as Elementary, 1784 ($200-250). A broad selection of Japanese works on cookery, sake, samurai, textile design and more also feature.
Limited previewing (by appointment only) will be available through June 2, to be scheduled directly with the specialist in advance and conforming to strict safety guidelines. Swann Galleries staff will prepare condition reports and provide additional photographs of material on request. Advance order bids can be placed with the specialist for the sale or on Swann’s website, and phone bidding will be available. Live online bidding platforms will be the Swann Galleries App, Invaluable, and Live Auctioneers. The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com and on the Swann Galleries App.
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