• <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>26th-29th of October 2021</b>
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Manuscripts and autographs
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Artist books
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Cars & more
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Magazines
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century
  • <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS REVEALS HIS SPIRITUAL SIDE. Autograph Letter to Tim Brown, 1974. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> DIDEROT, DENIS. 1713-1784; & JEAN LE ROND D'ALEMBERT. 1717-1783, EDITORS. <i>Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers.</i> $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston, Illinois: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE, 1982. Earliest known to appear at auction. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> TRINITY PROJECT: STAFFORD L. WARREN. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> JIMMY HARE PHOTOGRAPH OF WRIGHT FLYER SIGNED BY BOTH WRIGHT BROTHERS, 1908. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> HAGELIN CX-52 CIPHER MACHINE, Type D, Switzerland, Crypto AG, 1950s, no 33454. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> FEYNMAN WORKING ON QUARK THEORY. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS SETS THE STAGE FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING. Signed document, 1982. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> MEMORYMOOG PLUS, THE CLASSIC ANALOG POLYSYNTH OF THE 1980S. $7,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> WRIGHT BROTHERS: DAYTON 1909, <i>The Nation State and City Welcome the World's Greatest Aviators.</i> $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Ricky Jay Collection<br>October 27 & 28, 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> "Remarkable Persons". A remarkable collection of remarkable characters. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Scot, Reginald. A serious debunking witchcraft and demonology. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> (Buchinger, Matthias). Buchinger's own family tree. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Bibrowski, Stephan. Most likely reading A Midsummer Night's Dream. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Kellar, Harry (Heinrich Keller). Kellar loses his head. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> HOOKE, Robert (1635-1702). <i>Micrographia: Or Some Psychological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses.</i> London: for James Allestry, 1667. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [THE FEDERALIST PAPERS]. -- [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution…</i> $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> FUCHS, Leonhart (1501-1566). <i>Histoire des Plantes de M. Leonhart Fuschsius, avec les noms Grecs, Latins & Fraçoys.</i> Paris: Arnold Byrkman, 1549. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800). <i>Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis.</i> Paris: Desray, An XIII [1799-1800]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>Journals of the Congress...</i>Volume I (Sept. 5, 1774-Jan. 1, 1776) through Volume XIII (November 1787-November 1788). $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>The Journals of the Proceedings of Congress. Held at Philadelphia, from January to May, 1776.</i> $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [TEXAS]. <i>Map of Bexar County, Texas.</i> San Antonio and Austin: Samuel Maverick & John H. Traynham, 1889. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> GARDNER, Alexander (1821-1882). Imperial albumen Photograph. <i>Scenes in the Indian Country</i> [Fort Laramie]. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> WILLIAMS, H. Noel. <i>Madame Recamier and her Friends.</i> London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. <i>The Holy Bible. Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments.</i> North Hatfield, MA and New York City: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [PRINTS]. MOSER, Barry. Alice in Her Sister’s Reverie. [1982]. 433 x 552 mm. Signed and captioned by Moser in pencil, designated artist’s proof (“ap”). $1,000 to $1,500.
    16 <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. A group of 4 wood-engraved plates for the Pennyroyal Press edition <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> [West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1985]. $600 to $800.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2012 Issue

Chronicle of a “Fort-Rare” Book...


D’Aceilly's poems.

It is an ordinary thing for a book lover to look for the first edition of a book he fell in love with – to come as close as possible to the text and its author, I guess. To my delight it was eventually listed on Ebay.fr the other day. To my grievance, the professional bookseller was asking 3,000 euros for it. Despite a full morroco binding (a modern pastiche, a perfect imitation of a 17th century binding) and a very nice condition, it was an excessive price. The book itself is rare, indeed, and might have reached this quoted value hadn’t it been reprinted several times in the 18th and 19th centuries. The good copies of the first edition usually cost a few hundred euros, up to a thousand - not a “fort-expensive” book. Anyway, the description on Ebay.fr was of much interest. The bookseller quoted Nodier telling the story of the inscription Premier Volume (Volume the first) on the “frontispiece”, eventually scraped off by the author. But the picture of the title page he joined to the description showed no inscription nor any mark of scrapping. Yet, it was the 1667 first edition. To begin with, let us say that Nodier called “frontispiece” what is, in fact, the title page – he said Se donnent au Palais was written at the bottom of the frontispiece also and it appears on the title page. Then, as far as Volume the First is concerned, I could only figure out two explanations : whether D’Aceilly had teared off the title pages of the first copies to replace them with some new ones (without the disastrous mention) or Nodier built up the whole story. Contacted, the bookseller confessed he had no explanation and that Nodier was not always fully reliable. That did not satisfy me, so I went... on the internet. The Google miracle operated once again. How could you locate a book in a public library, let’s say in America or Australia, in a pre-google world ? I have no idea, but what took years for Nodier took me 0.55 second on the internet. The copy of 1667 I came across has been digitalized for the openlibrary.org website, with the funds of the University of Ottawa. And guess what ? The title-page is not fully identical to the one of the Ebay.fr copy, it reads PREMIER VOLUME, printed in capital and italic letters, just below the main title ! So it was true. How come, then, the mention disappeared from the title-page of the Ebay copy ? The bookseller mentioned that the book had been recently washed and totally rebound. Would, or could, a binder erase such an historical indication ? No, certainly. Furthermore, Google also indicated another copy (poor Nodier !) which title page was not reading Premier Volume. No doubt about it, the title page was twice printed. What about the book itself, then ? Nodier said it did not sell because of this mistake and the Et se donnent au Palais (Given at Le Palais) – but he was not there, after all. How could he know ? He gave no sources and the book was reprinted as soon as 1671 as Nouveau Recueil de Diverses Poésies du Chevalier D’Aceilly, though there was nothing “ nouveau (new) ” about it (Paris, Michel Brunet, 1 vol. in-12). Who would reprint a book that did not sell ? Other bibliographers give another explanation regarding the rarity of the first edition, such as David Clément : “D’Aceilly did not want his bookseller to sell his book. He would just give it away to his friends (...) No wonder these little poems have become so rare. ” But Clément is wrong. Had he read these poems, he would have known. D’Aceilly (or his bookseller) had the situation clarified in the very first epigrams (the first one is signed S.M.A, another mystery) :

To the authour, of his saying his poems were for free

At Le Palais, D’Aceilly, your book is given,

Every one has to wonder how could this be,

In times like these, everything is for a fee,

Bookseller asks 30 sols for what you’ve written,

– and get them -, do we call it a sale ? - nay !

This is no bargain, it’s a gift I say.


On the same topic, Dialogue between

a Gascon* and a bookseller

The Gascon : Is it you the very kind D’Aceilly appointed to give his poems ?

The bookseller : Yes, Monsieur , I will give them to anyone giving me some good money.

(*an inhabitant of the South-West of France. We are told not to trust the word of a Gascon.)

The term of “given” (donner) is ambiguous in French as it might be used for a drama, for instance – given at such or such theatre. But isn’t it puzzling that these poems, printed before the preface of the author (and after the title page) should comment the title page of the same edition ? How could that be ? Were these verses added afterwards ? And why didn’t D’Aceilly evoke these problems in his preface ? Some of these questions might be answered if we remember that booksellers of the time had three ways to sell a book. The first one was to sell loose pages the buyer had to carry to a binder. The second one was with a temporary binding and the last one with a full leather binding. It was easy to replace the frontispieces in the first formula, as well as adding some pages containing the aforementioned epigrams. This could also be applied to the second case – additional pages would be given to the buyer who would pass them unto his binder. But this could not have happened with the bound copies – if there ever were any. So many possibilities for a sole little book ! What would be the ultimate copy, the rarest of this fort-rare book, then ? Bibliophilists need to know. Would it be a bound copy featuring Premier Volume and no additional epigrams ? Or a copy in its temporary binding, with no frontispiece ? Not even Google could find such copies. 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Pancho Villa, passport for a news correspondent covering the Mexican revolution, signed, 1914. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Nirvana’s <i>Nevermind,</i> CD insert signed & inscribed days after release by Cobain, inscribed by Novoselic, 1991. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Robert Indiana, <i>The Book of Love,</i> complete portfolio, artist’s proof set, 1997. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Marcel Vertés, Colette, <i>Chéri,</i> two volumes, deluxe edition, signed by the artist, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Orlando,</i> first trade edition, first impression, London, 1928. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Mark Twain, receipt for payment of the Mark Twain Public Library Tax, 1908. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk von Gustav Klimt,</i> portfolio, collotype plates, 1918. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <center><b>The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop<br></b>Catalogue 190:<br>Magnificent Books & Photographs<br><b>Free on request</b>
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Shakespeare. <i>The Second Folio</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Abraham Lincoln. Autograph note on Black troops in the Union Army (1865).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Neil Armstrong. The largest known U.S. flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11 (1969).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Henry Fox Talbot. <i>The Pencil of Nature</i> (1844-1846) the first photo illustrated book.
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Albert Einstein. Letter on relativity and the speed of light (1951).

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