• <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. May 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Simcoe (John Graves). Plan of the Province of Upper Canada with part of the Adjacent Countries, manuscript map… with numerous contemporary annotations. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Ramusio (Giovanni Battista). <i>Delle Navigationi et Viaggi,</i> 3 vol., mixed edition, 3 double-page engraved maps and 7 folding woodcut maps, Venice, Giunti, 1613. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>A Christmas Carol,</i> first edition, first issue, Chapman & Hall, 1843. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. May 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Book of Hours. Hours of the Virgin [Use of Rome] in Latin, miniature illuminated manuscript on vellum with 6 full-page miniatures and 6 large initials with borders, Flanders, [2nd quarter of 15th century]. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> G.K. Chesterton archive. Collection of poems, drawings, letters and cards sent to Enid Simon, 1920s. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doktor Zhivago</i> original typescript, 2 vol., with manuscript corrections and insertions by the author, the George Katkov copy, c.1956. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. May 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Tolkien (J.R.R.). <i>The Hobbit,</i> first edition, first impression, 1937. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Milton (John). <i>Paradise Lost & Paradise Regain'd,</i> 2 vol., one of 10 copies printed on vellum, Cresset Press, 1931. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Electricity and the vacuum.- Guericke (Otto von). <i>Experimenta nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica de Vacuo Spatio,</i> first edition; bound with <i>Philosophia Universa de Microcosmo</i>. £12,000 to £16,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> [The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia ...], vignette title and 42 plates from the deluxe subscriber's edition, 1842-1849 (43). £7,000 to £10,000
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> Book of Hours. Workshop Vrelant, around 1460-70. Est: € 30,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> J. J. Marinoni, <i>De Astronomica specula,</i> 1745. Est: € 12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> C. S. Lewis, <i>The Chronicles of Narnia,</i> 1950-56. Est: € 7,500
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> G. W. Knorr, <i>Regnum florae,</i> 1750. Est:<br>€ 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> A. M. S. Boethius, <i>De philosophico consolatu,</i> 1501. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> J. Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> 1922. Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> Ornaments by H. Vogeler, 1900. Est:<br>€ 4,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> <i>Biblia Germanica,</i> 1490. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> F. M. Regenfuss, <i>Auserlesne Schnecken und Muscheln,</i> 1758. Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> Einband Henry van de Velde, 1929. Est: € 4,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> <i>Hortus Sanitatis,</i> 1517. Est: € 12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> R. Crevel and J. Miró, 1957. Est: € 3,500
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2017 Issue

An Incredible Collection for which I have the Receipt. When can I pick them up?

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As any regular reader of Rare Book Monthly is probably aware, my collecting focus is the Hudson River Valley of the State of New York. My collection spans the gamut of material—books, of course, but ephemera, manuscripts, maps, paintings, prints, and furniture as well. I would guess that within the collection, possibly a thousand books have come into my possession. Two of these are copies of a book by Abraham Tomlinson of Beekman, New York in Dutchess County. Published in 1855, Tomlinson’s The Military Journals of two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775, with Numerous Illustrative Notes to which is added, A Supplement, containing Official Papers on the Skirmishes at Lexington and Concord is a transcribed record of two journals, one from the French and Indian War, the other from the Revolutionary War.  The book was of interest to me not so much for its Revolutionary tales as it was for its imprint:  Poughkeepsie.

 

Little did I know that my acquisition of The Military Journals decades ago would be the first step to understanding a book collecting mystery that was hinted at in a seven-page supplement of holdings in the Poughkeepsie Museum collection included with the book.

 

This is the story of a significant Revolutionary War collection that was first public and then private and, once private, divided between Hudson Valley and New York City material.  Much of the Hudson Valley material appears to have been sold to the Poughkeepsie Lyceum in 1856, another 25 to 30 items transferred to Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh by 1858, after which, the New York City material was moved en bloc first to the Astor Library in 1859, then returned to its owner, Abraham Tomlinson, then sold to the Mercantile Library who, in 1861, published a book about it.  Later the Mercantile Library would loan the collection to the Lenox Library and finally to the Lenox’s successor, New York Public whence it made its final return decades later, in stages to the Mercantile Library that had paid a substantial price for it just as the Civil War was beginning.  Through all the transfers, the collection does not appear to ever have been fully catalogued.

 

Some forty years after I first learned about the Poughkeepsie Museum and its promotor, Abraham Tomlinson, a recent lot at Swann provided a further key that in time may resolve what the fabled collection contained and where it has gone. The item, a handwritten inventory of Tomlinson’s material loaned to the Mercantile Library in 1859, caused me to wonder if perhaps I could lay claim to the collection because of a statement written within:

 

List of Manuscripts relating

To the American Revolution left

At the Astor Library by Abraham Tomlinson

To be returned when called for.

 

 

If so, I have the detailed receipt and am ready to stand in for Mr. Tomlinson to bring his collection home.  Let’s see.

 

Abraham Tomlinson of Dutchess County was, during the period 1840 to 1858, an effective acquirer if not quite a collector of American Revolutionary War manuscripts and artifacts. The first records I have found of him state he was an insurance agent in Beekman, NY in the 1840s. Whether from personal interest or from opportunity, he locally acquired Revolutionary War materials, in time creating the Poughkeepsie Museum which shows up in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Poughkeepsie Eagle as an ongoing entity by 1852.

 

In 1855 Mr. Tomlinson then published the Military Journals.  Its indicia reads

 

Poughkeepsie:

Published by Abraham Tomlinson,

At the Museum

1855

 

On the title verso it tells a somewhat different story

 

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854,

By Abraham Tomlinson,

In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southern

District of New York

 

And

 

Stereotyped by C. C. Savage

13 Chambers Street, N. Y.

 

C. A. Alvord, Printer

99 Gold Street, N. Y.

 

This book, that reprints materials in his possession is organized by Tomlinson but it’s a New York City printing.

 

What’s most interesting about this book is the seven-page description on pages 122 to 128 titled

 

A Catalogue

Of

Revolutionary Articles

In

The Poughkeepsie Museum

 

In this list, there is hard evidence of the character of material he had on display and if, one ignores later complaints that appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal about unsatisfied obligations and contested ownership, we can see the outlines of an important collection that he led many to believe belonged to his Museum.  In fact he was the owner and the Museum an effective way to attract contributions of money and material.

 

The public collection would be short-lived, some material being dispersed to the Poughkeepsie Lyceum four years after the Museum opened while the rest, for a time disappeared from view.

 

On March 7, 1856 there is the following report:

 

List of Articles sold to the Poughkeepsie Lyceum by Abraham Tomlinson.

 

Deed of a portion of Dutchess County containing the autographs of a number of the Dutchess Co. Indians;

 

View of Poughkeepsie in 1736

 

View of Poughkeepsie in 1790

 

Original Deed of the Great Nine Partners

 

A collection of Indian instruments of War and domestic implements (made in said County of Dutchess by said Tomlinson) consisting of the stone axes, arrowheads, spears, tomahawks, stone ornaments. Mortars, pestles, etc of the aborigines of the said county.  The Compass, Chair and Tripod used in the first survey of the county under the directions of Cadwalader Colden.  “Written instructions of Cadwalader Colden accompanying this survey.

 

Several newspapers of or about the date of the Revolution.

 

One Wampum Belt

 

By 1858 references to Tomlinson had disappeared from the Poughkeepsie Journal.

 

In March 1859 we know he then lent a substantial quantity of material from the Museum Collection to the Astor Library in New York because Tomlinson’s account book explains it.

 

In the material lent there are roughly five hundred items, most described in thin detail, as well as notes added a hundred years later by Radford B. Curdy, the Dutchess County newspaperman-historian, who apparently owned this account book and updated the Tomlinson Museum/Collection story at some point in the 1960s.  What Mr. Curdy knew or surmised about the disposition of the collection points in various directions but he was not able to complete the story.

 

In 1861 we find confirmation that some, and possibly all the material lent to the Astor, had been returned to Mr. Tomlinson and then was sold to the Mercantile Library Association that published a book about it titled:

 

New York City during the American Revolution, being A collection of Original Papers (now first published) From the Manuscripts in the Possession of the Mercantile Library Association of New York City.

 

In its introduction, there is the following note:

 

The “Tomlinson Collection,” from which the materials for this volume have been drawn, consists of several hundred historical papers relating chiefly to the American Revolution and events immediately connected with it.  These documents, comprising public and private correspondence, army rolls, orderly books, and other matter of like nature, with appropriate illustrations, have been brought together, during several years of research, by Mr. Abraham Tomlinson of this city (he apparently by that time living in New York City), with the design of having them ultimately placed in some public institution.

 

The whole collection was offered to the Mercantile Library Association on such terms that it was thought desirable to secure it for the inspection and perusal of its members; and this result has been accomplished through the liberality of friends of the Association.  It is proposed, when opportunity favors, to have the most interesting portions of the collection arranged in such a manner as that they can be easily seen and studied.”

 

In 1866 the library published a thick volume of its holdings:

 

Catalogue of the Mercantile Library Association of the City of New York:  1865-6., a 707 page list of about 42,000 items.  Neither the Tomlinson Collection nor identifiable items in it are listed.

 

Subsequently, but I do not yet have any dates, the collection was sent to the Lenox Library where it would be stored, uncatalogued, for decades.

 

I then inquired of New York Public Library a few weeks ago about any relationship they had to this collection, and Kyle R. Triplett, Librarian, The Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room for Rare Books and Manuscripts responded:

 

Thank you for your email regarding the Tomlinson Collection at The New York Public Library. It's important to note the collection is no longer maintained by The Library. The Tomlinson collection had been on deposit, first at the Lenox Library according to the Swann Auction catalog description at least, and then later as part of the Reserve Collection at the main branch at 42nd St. There is not much information about the contents of the collection, since it was on deposit The Library didn't catalog the collection at the item level. While many details are unclear, it is apparent according to internal records that the collection was completely moved out of NYPL around 1949. Portions of the collection had also been transferred to the Mercantile Library at various dates after 1920 and the transfer was complete by 1949. Internal records state that 20 boxes 'containing newspapers, broadsides books pamphlets and manuscripts' were transferred. Again, no inventory was undertaken. And there is no material in the collections identified as Tomlinson today since it is believed the collection entirely moved to the Mercantile Library where it was then most likely sold, or split up.

 

As for the material sold to the Lyceum in Poughkeepsie in 1856, in 1862 the material appears to have been placed in [that is, lent rather than sold] the Poughkeepsie Library at the Courthouse [a now forgotten location]. 

 

The following paragraph, printed in a pamphlet published in 1874 by the Poughkeepsie Lyceum and containing the charter and by-laws and lists of officers from 1838 to 1874 brings the story forward:

 

“The foregoing, though matters of interest for the present members of the Lyceum, as embodying reminiscences of the early character of the institution, have, in 1874, but little practical value.  The Reading Room was closed in July 1847.  Debates were abandoned; the furniture was sold; the Relics and Library were distributed in part to the Board of Education, and in part to the Young Men’s Christian Association.  On the final distribution, in 1873, one hundred and sixty-seven volumes were given to the Young Men’s Christian Association, and one hundred thirty-seven volumes, with fifty unbound of Blackwood’s Magazines, were placed in the City Library.”

 

In 1882 the Committee on Relics for the Lyceum reported as follows:

 

“Your committee appointed to look up and dispose of the Minerals, Relics, etc belonging to the Lyceum, and deposited in the Public Library Building, report that a careful search shows that many of the articles are missing, and that no trace of the quite extensive cabinet of minerals once belonging to the Lyceum has been discovered.  Such articles as could be found were by your committee donated to the Vassar Brothers Institute (the secretary’s receipt for which accompanies this report) where it is hoped they may have a permanent home and be accessible to those seeking curiosities.”

 

Such material as was eventually contributed to Vassar College is thought to have since disappeared.

 

As for the material acquired by the Mercantile Library it is enjoying a better, if still tenuous, fate.  Their Tomlinson material was stamped

 

Tomlinson Collection – Deposited by

Mercantile Library Association

 

So in theory their material can be traced.  In the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database 19 items with this mark have surfaced, the first in 1947 and the most recent a month ago at Freeman’s.  Mr. Tomlinson sold his collection to the Mercantile Library for a reported but not yet substantiated $5,000.  A single letter, signed by John Adams, Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia, and Henry Laurens, then President of the Continental Congress, brought $17,500.

 

There are also reports that the New York Historical Society and possibly the Morgan Library have material with the Tomlinson association. In time we’ll know much more but as the story is now some 160 years old, we can be patient.

 

As to the signed for inventory left with the Astor Library I remain interested in the collection’s whereabouts for if any of it is still in their hands I have a receipt to present.

 

NB.  I have an early written comparison between material at Washington’s Headquarters and the inventory detailed in Mr. Tomlinson’s book, The Military Journals, that confirms at least 25 items were transferred by Tomlinson to them.

 

The internet and databases will fill in the pieces.

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Hammett (Dashiell). <i>The Maltese Falcon,</i> FIRST EDITION. A very good copy of this most influential detective fiction novel. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Hemingway (Ernest). <i>In Our Time,</i> FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 137 OF 170 COPIES on Rives handmade paper. £15,000 to £18,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Hemingway (Ernest). <i>A Farewell to Arms,</i> FIRST EDITION, inscribed by the author to Mike Murphy, a Hemingway biographer and scholar. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Kerouac (Jack). <i>On the Road,</i> FIRST EDITION, New York, Viking, 1957. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Ransome (Arthur). <i>Swallows and Amazons,</i> FIRST EDITION, ownership inscription to half title. Only 2,000 copies of the first edition printed. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Sewell (Anna). <i>Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the original Equine,</i> FIRST EDITION, engraved frontispiece. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Capa (Robert). <i>Omaha Beach D-Day, June 6th, 1944,</i> gelatine silver print, printed under the direct supervision of Cornell Capa, 40 x 50.5 cm. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Cartier-Bresson (Henri). 'Loudres – Pilgrims Assemble', silver print, stamps and annotations on verso, very slight scratch, 170 x 240 mm, 1950. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Carroll, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]. <i>The Nursery Alice,</i> FIRST EDITION, a very rare inscribed, dedication copy. £8,000 to £10,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, limited to 250 copies [with] the FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION. £12,000 to £15,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Wells (H. G.). <i>War of the Worlds,</i> original Danish manuscript, the text written out in block script ink, with over 620 original drawings in ink and watercolour. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Toulouse-Lautrec (Henri de).- Clemenceau (Georges). <i>Au Pied de Sinai,</i> NUMBER 104 OF 355 COPIES, with the suite of 10 lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 2 states. £1,500 to £2,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Penguin Convention,</i> watercolor, cover for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1977. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Ludwig Bemelmans, <i>Agreed! No whiskey anywhere is more deluxe than Walker's DeLuxe,</i> pen, ink & watercolor, 1957. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>Do you like Beethoven?,</i> pen & ink, 9-panel <i>Peanuts</i> comic, 1970. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Russell Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor & gouache, cover for <i>Nancy Drew,</i> 1944. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Arthur Rackham, <i>Danaë & the Infant Perseus,</i> watercolor, ink & wash, for Hawthorne's <i>A Wonder Book,</i> 1922. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Tom Lovell, <i>I believe in magic too,</i> oil on canvas, published in <i>Woman's Home Companion,</i> 1947. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Enoch Bolles, <i>With Love...,</i> watercolor & gouache, cover for <i>Wow!</i> magazine, 1931. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b><br>Rick Meyerowitz & Maira Kalman, <i>New Yorkistan,</i> pen, ink & watercolor sketch for a <i>New Yorker cover,</i> 2001. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Jessie Willcox Smith, <i>Touching,</i> watercolor for <i>The Five Senses</i> by Angela M. Keyes, 1911. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Edward Gorey, <i>ABA 75,</i> watercolor & ink, cover for <i>Publisher's Weekly,</i> 1975. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Aubrey Beardsley, <i>Shelter,</i> pen & ink, for <i>Bon-Mots,</i> 1892. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Tedd Arnold, <i>I think it was three days ago...,</i> colored pencil & watercolor, for <i>Parts,</i> 1996. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Marc Chagall. <i>Daphnis & Chloé</i>. Paris, Tériade, 1961. 42 original lithographs. One of the 10 copies for the collaborators. 80,000-120,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> [Marcel Proust] — Gaston Gallimard. Very important letters to Marcel Proust. 1912-1922. 100,000-150,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> JESUITS. <i>Relation de ce qui s’est passé en la Nouvelle France en 1635</i> […] 1672. Period calf binding. Very rare set of letters about life in the French territories among warring Indian tribes. 12,000-18,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Gustave Flaubert. <i>Madame Bovary</i>. Paris, Michel Lévy Frères, 1857. One of the few deluxe copies, with inscription to Adolphe Gaïffe and a letter. 30,000-50,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> A. von Humboldt. <i>Essai politique sur le Royaume de la Nouvelle Espagne.</i> Paris, 1811. Period binding. Complete with the large California/Mexico map. 10,000-15,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> [Affaire Dreyfus] — Georges Clemenceau. <i>Démosthène</i>. Paris, Plon-Nourrit et Cie, 1926. Exceptional copy with an inscription to Mathieu Dreyfus, Alfred Dreyfus’ brother. 8,000-<br>12,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Guillaume Apollinaire. <i>Les trois Don Juan</i>. 1914. Unpublished inscription to Madeleine Pagès and 2 original drawings. 25,000-35,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Marcel Duchamp. <i>L.H.O.O.Q. shaved</i>. [New York, 1965]. One of the 100 deluxe signed copies. With an autographed envelope. 15,000-20,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Francis Bacon — Michel Leiris. <i>Miroir de la tauromachie</i>. [Paris], Daniel Lelong, [1990]. With 4 signed lithographs. 40,000-60,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Gilbert & George. <i>The Red Sculpture Album</i>. [Londres, Gilbert & George], 1975. One of the 100 existing copies, signed by both of the artists, comprised of 11 original photographs. 10,000-15,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Pablo Picasso — Honoré de Balzac. <i>Chef-d’œuvre inconnu</i>. Paris, Ambroise Vollard, 1931. One of the 65 deluxe copies on Japan paper, with an extra suite of the etchings. 35,000-<br>45,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Marcel Proust. <i>Les Sources sur Loir</i>. Ca 1907-1908. Handwritten manuscript. Rough draft of one of the more beautiful passages of Swann’s Way. 30,000-50,000 €
  • <b>Archives International Auctions: U.S., Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins. May 23, 2018</b>
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Chinese-American Bank of Commerce, 1920 "Harbin" Branch Issue Rarity. $5, P-S231s1, S/M#C271-3.5b, Specimen banknote. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Deutsch-Asiatische Bank, 1907 "Peking" Branch High Grade Rarity. 5 Taels, P-S280r S/M#T101-11b, Remainder Banknote. $17,000 to $22,000
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Deutsch-Asiatische Bank, 1907, "Tsingtau" Branch Issue Rarity. $1, P-1a S/M#T101-40, Issued banknote. $8,000 to $16,000
    <b>Archives International Auctions: U.S., Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins. May 23, 2018</b>
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Spanish American War - Three Per Cent Loan of 1898, $20 Bond. Issued and uncanceled. $6,000 to $10,000
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Winnemucca, NV - $5 Ty. 1, The First NB of Winnemucca, Ch# 3575, Fr#1800-1. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> National Banknote Assortment of Original 1st Charter, Plain Back and Date Back Issues. Lot of 6 notes, Includes Pennsylvania Nationals, First National Bank of Selins Grove, 1865, $1… $3,200 to $4,400
    <b>Archives International Auctions: U.S., Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins. May 23, 2018</b>
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> People's Bank of China, 1950 Issue Banknote. 50,000 Yuan, P-855 KYJ-C157a S/M#C282-, Issued banknote. $7,000 to $12,500
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Pei-Yang Tientsin Bank, ND (ca.1910) Remainder Banknote. $3, P-S2527 S/M#P35-11. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Archives International, May 23:</b> Palestine Foundation Fund - Keren Hayesod Specimen Sacrifice Bond 1922. $1,000, Specimen Bond, "For the Up building of Palestine as a Homeland for the Jewish People". $1,500 to $2,500

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