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Articles - May - 2018 Issue

May 31: Forum Auctions follows up the London ABA Fair with Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper

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Highlights from Forum's May 31 sale

Deliberately timed to take place just after the ABA Fair (May 24th-26th), Forum Auctions’ sale on the 31st has a wealth of enticing lots covering most areas of interest. This year the main London book fair is being held in Battersea Park, just a 10-minute walk from Forum’s offices in Queenstown Road, and the auction house is looking to make the most of the proximity of the world’s dealers and collectors by opening their doors for viewing for the full week before and during the fair. Also on view then will be highlights from other forthcoming sales, including Modern and Contemporary Prints, Wine, and a selection of works from the Rothamsted Collection – rare agricultural books from 1471-1840, with the sale taking place on 10th July.

 

Highlights from 31st May sale include:

  • A superb dust-jacketed first edition of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, 1937, est. £20,000-30,000, one of several Tolkien-related items in the sale
  • A manuscript map by Lt. Col. Sir Edward Baker entitled Plan of the Province of Upper Canada showing the route of the Simcoe Expedition, bound into a copy of Hearne’s A Journey from Prince of Wales’s Fort in Hudson’s Bay…, 1795, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Jefferys’ The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America, 1760 – a very good copy of the first edition in contemporary calf, est. £6,000-8,000
  • The George Katkov copy of the original typescript of Boris Pasternak’s Doktor Zhivago, with autograph corrections, 1956, most likely the copy used by the CIA to publish the first edition in Russian for dissemination in the Soviet Union, est. £100,000-150,000
  • A very good copy of the first issue of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, 1843, est. £6,000-8,000
  • A miniature Book of Hours with 6 full-page miniatures and 6 large initials with full borders, Flanders, second quarter of the 15th century, est. £6,000-8,000
  • A fine mini-archive of letters from G. K. Chesterton to Enid Simon with autograph poems and original sketches from the 1920s, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Manuscript eye-witness account of the Indian Mutiny and Massacre at Cawnpore by William Jonah Shepherd, 1857, est. £3,000-5,000
  • Group of school exercise books and a sketch pad used by a teenaged Terry Pratchett, with doodles, sketches and story fragments, mostly c.1962-64, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Laboureur (Jean-Emile) Petites Images de la Guerre sur le Front Britannique, Paris, 1917, one of only 4 copies with 3 additional suites of plates in progressive states before letters, est. £5,000-7,000
  • One of only 10 copies printed on vellum of the Cresset Press edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain’d, 1931, est. £8,000-12,000
  • A fine collection of 19 original watercolour caricatures of Milanese high society by Sebastiano de Albertis, 1864-65, est. £4,000-6,000
  • A good impression of Albrecht Durer’s woodcut Hercules conquering Cacus, 1496 (but printed c.1580), est. £4,000-6,000
  • A complete set of 4 17th century Tokugawa hanging scrolls demonstrating the Japanese art of acupuncture, Tokyo, 1662, est. £5,000-8,000
  • Guericke (Otto van) Experimenta nova…de Vacuo Spatio, Amsterdam, 1672, a very good copy of this highly important work on experimental physics, est. £12,000-16,000
  • Desmond Morris’ copy of Edward Tyson’s landmark work on comparative morphology, Orang-Outang, sive Homo Sylvestris: or, the Anatomy of a Pygmie, first edition, 1699, est. £4,000-6,000 
  • Merian’s Erucarum Ortus, Amsterdam, 1718, the first Latin edition of this profusely illustrated early entomological work, depicting butterflies and grubs in juxtaposition with flowers and blossoms, est. £6,000-8,000
  • Ptolemy’s La Geografia, Venice, 1574-73, a very good, complete copy of the third Ruscelli edition, est. £5,000-7,000
  • Group of 4 unrecorded original watercolours by Edward Walsh (medical officer and artist) documenting the Napoleonic Wars, including one of La Belle Alliance “executed on the spot” 7 days after the Battle of Waterloo and showing the burial of the dead, est. £4,000-6,000
  • Mallet’s Description de l’Univers, 5 vol., Paris, 1683, an excellent copy of this important atlas from the Grand Siecle, complete with almost 700 plates and maps. 

 

To view the entire catalogue, or for details of viewing times and any further information, please visit Forum's website here.

 

To order a complimentary printed catalogue (while stocks last!), please contact info@forumauctions.co.uk

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>
  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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