Sothebys: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books, L18403, London

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Auction Report
Auction Date
07/03/2018 - 07/03/2018
Page Size: 188 items in 8 pages

Lot NumberAuthor NameBook TitlePlace PrintedYear PublishedEstimateActual Price

‘Bari’ type Beneventan script and decoration on leaves probably from a Homilary, in Latin 

southern Italy or Dalmatia11th or early 12th centuryGBP 12,000.00 - 18,000.00GBP 13,750.00

Judith and Holofernes, cutting from a Choirbook, in Latin

Italy (Siena)c.1340-50GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00GBP 13,750.00

Bust-length figure of an Apostle, historiated initial on a leaf from a Breviary, in Latin

Bohemia (probably Prague)c.1400GBP 3,000.00 - 4,000.00GBP 3,750.00

Presentation in the Temple, historiated initial on a huge leaf from a set of eight Choirbooks made for Meissen Cathedral, in Latin

Germany (Erfurt)c.1500-10GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00Not Sold

Christ and the Disciples on the Way to Emmaus

perhaps Netherlandslate 16th or early 17th centuryGBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00GBP 2,250.00

Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist, large miniature in its original frame including small painted medallions with the four Evangelists 

Italy (Rome)c.1580-90 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00GBP 21,250.00

Portrait of a Nobleman with a Falcon, large octagonal miniature

France (Paris)before 1700GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00GBP 8,750.00

John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek

Byzantine Empire (Constantinople)late 9th centuryGBP 200,000.00 - 300,000.00GBP 250,000.00

Apocalypse, with Glossa ordinaria, in Latin

Italyc.1100-1150GBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00Not Sold

Bible, with prologues and Interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin

France (Paris)c.1250-75GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00GBP 56,250.00

Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin

France (Paris)c.1250GBP 80,000.00 - 120,000.00GBP 81,250.00

The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French

France (Paris)c.1360GBP 500,000.00 - 700,000.00GBP 610,000.00

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin

northern France or southern Netherlands (Cambrai?)c.1460GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00GBP 37,500.00

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin with French rubrics

Flanders (Ghent?)c.1450-75GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00GBP 4,000.00

The Hours of Cardinal Dubois, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French

France (Rouen)c.1500GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00GBP 20,000.00

Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French

France (Rouen)c.1500-10GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00GBP 37,500.00

Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, in Dutch with some Latin rubrics

Northern Netherlands (Zwolle)c.1465-75GBP 12,000.00 - 18,000.00GBP 32,500.00

Prayerbook with Sequences and Hymns, in Dutch with some Latin rubrics

northern Netherlands (Delft)c.1460-80GBP 50,000.00 - 70,000.00GBP 60,000.00

Compilation of pastoral works by Guido de Monte Roquiero, Jean Gerson, and others, in Latin and French

France (Paris)c.1430GBP 40,000.00 - 60,000.00GBP 50,000.00

La Mistica Theologia del Divino Amore, a treatise on divine love by a Carthusian monk, in Italian 

Italy (probably Tuscany)]1442GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00GBP 10,000.00

Treatise on Grammar, in Latin with Italian side-notes

Italy (Florence), October 1474]GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00GBP 13,750.00

Cistercian nun’s pocket processional for major feasts, in Latin;

Germany (Herrenalb)1460GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00GBP 16,250.00

Rituale for a priest of the church of St-Eustache, Paris, in Latin and French

France (Paris)c.1450GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00GBP 10,000.00

Schönbartbuch entitled ‘Schempart Buch’, in German

Germany (Nuremberg)late 16th centuryGBP 25,000.00 - 35,000.00Not Sold

Magnificat antiphonary, in Latin

Iberia or the Americas?17th? centuryGBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00GBP 1,875.00
  • <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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