• <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Immanuel Kant, <i>Critik der reinen Vernunft</i>, first edition, Riga, 1781. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Hans Holbein, <i>The Images of the Old Testament</i>, with 94 woodcut illustrations, first edition in English, Lyon, 1549. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Samuel Johnson, <i>A Dictionary of the English Language</i>, first edition, London, 1755. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Antonio de Guevara, <i>The Dial of Princes</i>, London, 1568.<br>$3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> <i>Oraciones de los SS. Mysterios Gloriosos y Dolorosos</i>, manuscript in Spanish, Brussels, 1676.<br>$3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>Jan Nieuhoff, et al., <i>An Embassy from the East-India Company... to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperour of China, </i>London, 1671. 4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Moses Maimonides, <i>Ha-Higayon... Logica</i>, first edition, Basel, 1527.<br>$800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Petrus Berchorius, <i>Liber Bibliae moralis</i>, fourth edition of the first volume, Cologne, 1477.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Niccolò Machiavelli, <i>The Florentine Historie</i>, first edition in English, London, 1595. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>Sir Philip Sidney, <i>The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia</i>, third edition, London, 1598. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>SAXTON, Christopher. <i>The Travellers Guide being the best Mapp of the Kingdom of England and Principality of Wales</i>. London, [1583, but c.1716].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>VISSCHER, Claes Jansz. <i>Novissima et Accuratissima Leonis Belgici</i>. Amsterdam, Claes Jansz Visscher, [1611-1621 or later].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. <i>Decima Asie Tabula</i>. Ulm, Lienhart Holle, 16 July 1482.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>WIT, Frederick de, and Gerard VALK. <i>Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula</i>. Amsterdam, Gerard Valk, [c.1690-1700].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Astronomicum Caesareum</i>. Ingolstadt, Peter Apian, 1540.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>CASSINI, Jean-Dominique. <i>Carte de la Lune</i>. Paris, Jean-Dominique Cassini, 1787.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. <i>Geographicae enarrationis libri octo</i>. Argentoragi, 1525.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>[SAXTON, Christopher]. <i> [An Atlas of England and Wales]</i>. [London, Christopher Saxton, 1579].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> Commission des sciences et arts d'Egypte. <i>Description de l’Égypte</i>… Paris, Imprimerie impériale - Imprimerie royale, 1809-1828.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> CHURCHMAN, John. <i>To George Washington President of the United States of America this Magnetic Atlas or Variation Chart is humbly inscribed by John Churchman</i>. Philadelphia, 1790.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Tipus Orbis Universalis</i>. Vienna, Johannes Camertius, 1520.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>LORIOT, A[uguste], [after] Nicolas LANE. <i>[Pocket globe]</i>. London, 65 New Bond Street, 1809.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>BLAEU, Johannes. <i>Grooten Atlas</i>. Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1662-1665.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>INGEBORG BRUN, Emmy. <i>Mars efter Lowell’s Glober 1894-1914</i>. Denmark, [c1915].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>LUTHER, Martin. <i>Der vierde Teil aller Bücher vnd Schrifften des thewren seligen Mans</i>. Gedruckt zu Jhena, Durch Christian Rödinger, 1556.
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000

Le chevalier délibéré, illuminated manuscript on vellum

Lot Number 360
Author OLIVIER DE LA MARCHE (c.1422-1502),
Title

Le chevalier délibéré, illuminated manuscript on vellum

Year Published 1547
Place Printed Brussels
Printed By
Description OLIVIER DE LA MARCHE (c.1422-1502), Le chevalier délibéré, illuminated manuscript on vellum, Brussels, 1547 210 x 123mm. i + 68 folios. COMPLETE, each page without illustration with three verses of 8 lines, ruled space: 160 x 75mm. SIXTEEN LARGE MINIATURES, interleaving of paper before each miniature (small pigment losses, offsetting and spotting to title-page, light smudging to miniature on f.19v, a few other slight losses or smudges, spotting at edge of lower margins ff.9-11). English 18th-century red morocco tooled in gilt (joints cracked and split at head, corners scuffed). PROVENANCE: (1) Written in Brussels in 1547 for a member of the Habsburg court and possibly commissioned by, or on behalf of, the HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR CHARLES V (1500-1558) himself. (2) GEORGE WATSON TAYLOR M.P. (1770-1841): his sale, Evans, 14 April 1823, lot 335. (3) SIR HENRY HOPE EDWARDES, 10th Bart (1829-1900) of Wootton Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire: his armorial bookplate inside upper cover. CONTENT: Olivier de la Marche: Le Chevalier délibéré, in 338 verses, ff.1-65v. NINETEEN MANUSCRIPTS SURVIVE, ALL BUT THE PRESENT AND AN ILLUSTRATED PAPER COPY ARE IN INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS. Olivier de la Marche, loyal servant to the Dukes of Burgundy and their Habsburg successors, composed his chivalric version of the Ars moriendi, or Art of Dying, in the aftermath of the unexpected death of Mary of Burgundy in March 1482. Renowned as the most vivid recorder of the court of Burgundy in the days of its greatest splendour, de la Marche was moved to an elegiac contemplation of death by his own advancing years as well as by the fragility of the ducal dynasty. As the ‘Resolute Knight’, accompanied by his trusty steed, he encounters various personifications in his allegorical quest against Death and her chief henchmen, Debility and Accident. Among them, Fresh Memory encourages him to review the great men of the past, including many of his contemporaries, in a roll call of the Burgundian court, while Understanding instructs him how to vanquish Death and achieve eternal life. Rich with textual and visual depictions of knights clashing on horseback, of jousting tournaments and medieval armour and weaponry, this is an evocative literary example of the quintessential chivalric quest. The work was very popular, rapidly going into print with the first known edition appearing in Paris in 1488. Numerous editions followed, including two slightly different versions of the text printed in the Netherlands in c.1489 and c.1498, complete with dramatically accomplished woodcuts, the apparent inspirations for the present manuscript. ILLUMINATION: Olivier de la Marche intended the vivid imagery of his poem to be given visual form. His detailed instructions for fifteen miniatures survive in three, unillustrated, manuscripts, presumably deriving from the author’s own draft: THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE SURVIVING MANUSCRIPTS CONTAINING ALL FIFTEEN SUBJECTS LISTED IN THE AUTHOR’S ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS. This careful approach was probably required by a discriminating patron, who turned to an illuminator in the group well used to working for the Habsburg court – that around the Master of Charles V – named from the earliest of a series of books of hours made for the Emperor, completed by 1519. Active in Brussels or Mechelen, the group shared a variety of stylistic traits, such as the characteristic tall narrow format and the framing together of text and miniature without border decoration, both features of this copy of Le Chevalier délibéré. Within the circle of the Master of Charles V, the illuminator of the Chevalier délibéré is closest to, and perhaps identifiable with, the Master of Morgan M.491, named from another of the books of hours made for Charles V, dated 1533. Although it is difficult to attribute miniatures that are comparatively faithful to the earlier models of the Dutch printed editions, the changes to the woodcut designs, as well as the painting technique in the present manuscript, accord with the work of this Master: characteristic are his short strokes of dark colour, his distinctive bearded facial types and his atmospheric and dramatic landscapes. Other variations show a similarly thoughtful approach to reusing the designs: sometimes, the scenes are slightly simplified to fit the smaller, narrower format but the settings are often elaborated. Interestingly, a few changes are designed to evoke the Burgundian court more obviously, while other aspects are updated: the Palace of Love has been classicised and the musicians’ instruments modernised; the Author’s dagged chaperon has been streamlined to coincide with the later fashion for flat hats. Thus these evocative miniatures preserve the glories of the Burgundian past while presenting an ever relevant message for contemporaries, a combination that clearly appealed to the patron of this luxurious manuscript and was highly valued by the Emperor Charles V himself. The subjects of the miniatures are as follows: f.1 The Chevalier délibéré, the Author, confronts the skeletal figure of Death. f.1v The Author is instructed by Thought f.3v Thought and two squires arm the author with the shield of Good Hope and other allegorical accoutrements for his quest against Atropos or Death f.5v The lady Remnants of Youth separates the Author and Hutin, as they battle on horseback f.7 The Author is welcomed by the hermit Understanding f.8v The Author and Understanding share a meal in a garden f.12 Understanding shows the Author the relics of famous deaths, such as Samson's column and Adonis's boar f.17 Understanding gives the Author a new lance, Authority, to continue his quest. f.19v The Author and Age fight on foot f.24 The Author is welcomed to the Palace of Love by the doorkeeper, the fool Illusion, and by Desire but, prompted by Remembrance, he turns his horse away. f.32 The lady Fresh Memory shows the Author the tombs of those ancient and modern killed by Accident or Debility, the servants of Atropos f.42v The Author and Fresh Memory watch Philip the Good joust against Debility f.46 They watch Charles the Bold of Burgundy, in gilded armour, lead his cavalry against Accident f.50 They watch Mary of Burgundy, accompanied by personifications of good qualities, process beneath the spear of Atropos to her combat with Accident f.53v Fresh Memory leaves the Author at the approaches to his château f.56 The Author, in a bed decorated with his motto Tant a souffert, is counselled by Understanding
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Estimated Price GBP 200,000.00 - 300,000.00
( USD 250,000.00 - 375,000.00 )
Actual Price GBP 506,500.00 ( USD 719,230.00 )

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Auction House Christies
Website http://www.christies.com
Auction Name Linley Hall, Shropshire Library
Sale Number #12138
Auction Date March 9, 2016 - March 9, 2016
Sale Name Linley Hall, Shropshire Library
Total Lots 89
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    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> An Enquiry Concerning the Liberty, And Licentiousness of the Press. New York, 1801. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Tavern Licence Granted to John Swan by Mayor James Duane, 1789. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> First edition of Story's, Commentaries on the Constitution. 3 vols. Boston, 1833. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Manuscript Law Dictionary. Repertorium Universale, Amandola, Italy, c.1750. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Magna Carta. London, 1556. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Hemard. Code Civil, in an extraordinary binding. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Two Accounts of the Murder of Mr. John Hayes. London, 1726. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Robinson, Boardman. Mr Justice Precedent. 1914. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Five volumes of Italian Legal Code in miniature. Turin: Fratelli Bocca, 1901-1903. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
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