• <i>Der Sturm.</i> 1922. Sold October 2021 for € 13,000.
    Diophantus Alexandrinus, <i>Arithmeticorum libri sex.</i> 1670. Sold October 2021 for € 18,000.
    <i>Cozzani Ettore e altri, l’Eroica. Tutto il pubblicato.</i> Sold October 2021 for € 11,000.
    Newton Isaac, <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> 1714. Sold October 2021 for € 7,500.
    Manetti Saverio, <i>Storia naturale degli uccelli.</i> 1767-1776. Sold April 2021 for € 26,000.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Maps & Atlases<br>Natural History<br>& Color Plate Books<br>December 9, 2021</b>
    <b>Swann, Dec. 9:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26,</i> hand-colored aquatint, 1828. $80,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Swann, Dec. 9:</b> Francisco Henrique Carls, <i>Album de Pernambuco e seus Arrabaldes,</i> 53 plates, Recife, circa 1873. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann, Dec. 9:</b> Capt. Thomas Davies, group of five engraved topographical scenes of North American waterfalls, London, 1768. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Maps & Atlases<br>Natural History<br>& Color Plate Books<br>December 9, 2021</b>
    <b>Swann, Dec. 9:</b> William R. Morley, <i>Morley’s Map of New Mexico,</i> New Mexico, 1873. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann, Dec. 9:</b> Paul Hariot, <i>Le Livre d’Or des Roses,</i> Paris, 1903. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann, Dec. 9:</b> D. Miguel Geli, album of finely hand-drawn studies for nineteenth-century Spanish forts and military bunkers, circa 1830. $1,200 to $1,800.
  • <b><center>Christie’s<br>Valuable Books and Manuscripts<br>December 15</b>
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  • <b><center>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>December 16, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Book of hours of Jean Boutin]. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, use of Rome, in Latin and French. France, early 15th century. From €50,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Book of Hours]. Pontifical illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin. Southern France, late 15th century. From €40,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Book of Hours]. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin and French. France, late 15th century. From €40,000.
    <b><center>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>December 16, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Book of Hours]. Officium B. Mariae Virginis. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, use of Rome, in Latin and Italian. 1482. From €40,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Book of Hours]. Manuscript on parchment, in French. Amiens, 14th century. From €10,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. 9 handwritten lines signed by Luisa Miller, with a dedication 'to Monsieur Felix Le Couppey, Paris 24 Jan. 1852'. From €8,000.
    <b><center>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>December 16, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> French Renaissance binding, produced in Lyon or Paris in the second half of the 16th century. Rhetoricorum secundus tomus in Gryphius' edition of 1548. From €800.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Printing and the Mind of Man]. Gesner, Conrad. <i>Vogelbuch Darinn die art, natur und eigenschafft aller vöglen.</i> Zurigo, Froschauer, 1581, 1583, 1585, 1589. From €10,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Dalmatia]. Berlinghieri, Francesco. Tabula quinta de Europa. Florence, Niccolò di Lorenzo della Magna, [before September 1482]. From €8,000.
    <b><center>Aste Bolaffi<br>Rare Books and Autographs<br>December 16, 2021</b>
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> Giampiccoli, Giuliano. Jacobo Comiti Duratio […] Tabulas a Marco Ricci Auctore, Julianus Giampiccoli incidit. Venezia, Teodoro Viero, 1775. €30,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Piazzetta]. Pitteri, Marco. Studj di pittura gia dissegnati da Giambatista Piazzetta ed ora con l'intaglio di Marco Pitteri. Venezia, Giovanni Battista Albrizzi, 1760. From €4,000.
    <b>Aste Bolaffi, Dec. 16:</b> [Printing and the Mind of Man]. Palladio, Andrea. <i>I quattro libri dell'architettura.</i> Venezia, Domenico de' Franceschi, 1570. From €14,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2020 Issue

Four Publishers Sue the Internet Archive and its “Open Library” for Copyright Violation

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The Internet Archive (IA logo).

Four publishers1 have finally taken their beef with the Internet Archive to court. They want to shut down the Archive's digital Open Library of 1.3 million books, most fairly recent in publication but not too recent (late 20th century to early 21st). Most of the books are still well under copyright protection, but the Internet Archive is paying no royalties to the publishers or authors. Publishers don't much like this arrangement.

 

The Internet Archive did shut down their recent National Emergency Library, opened to serve more readers during the stay-at-home coronavirus epidemic, earlier than planned, but not their main Open Library.

 

The Open Library was begun in 2006 by the Internet Archive. The plan is to eventually scan every book in existence and make them freely available to the public. As such, it is even more ambitious than Google Books, which aims only to make “snippets” of books still under copyright protection (published after 1924) free to the public. Google limits available text of under copyright books as part of an agreement with publishers and authors. The Internet Archive has no such arrangement and does not believe one is needed.

 

Here is how it works. The Internet Archive collects books in large quantities and scans them. It then lends these digitized copies to the public at no charge. These aren't like e-books, created specifically for digital distribution, but photocopies of the pages of printed books. As such, they aren't quite as easy to use as true e-books, but like Google Books, the price is right. However, rather than posting them online so everyone can read them at once (like Google Books), the Open Library lends you an electronic file. It lends no more files at once than it has copies of the book in inventory, effectively placing the same limit on themselves as physical libraries experience. It is a process the Internet Archive calls “controlled digital lending.” The publishers, in their lawsuit, describe “controlled digital lending” as “a manufactured legal paradigm, conceived by IA, to cast aside well-established copyright jurisprudence.”

 

The Internet Archive's National Emergency Library did not limit the digital copies it loaned to the physical copies it possessed, like the Open Library. Their justification was that the coronavirus stay-at-home orders created a temporary emergency situation. However, as previously noted, the Internet Archive has closed down this uncontrolled digital lending.

 

What we have here is a collision between two well-established legal doctrines. One is copyright protection, provided for in the U. S. Constitution, codified in law. The other is the long established legal doctrine, handed down through the courts, known as the “First-Sale Doctrine.” This is what allows you to give a book you purchased to a friend, or sell it to a used books store, without running amok of the copyright law. This is also what allows libraries to loan you a book they have purchased without having to pay anything further to the publisher. It says that once there has been a first sale of a book, you can do with it as you please. No additional payments are required. It is this doctrine that the Internet Archive argues applies to their “Open Library.”

 

Now, copying a book is not something protected by the First-Sale Doctrine, copyright law taking precedence over this usage. However, the Internet Archive's position is that lending a photocopy of a book they own is essentially the same as loaning the physical copy, so long as they have the physical copy in their possession and don't loan that out. This is what they call “controlled digital lending,” which, in their opinion, is simply an update of the First-Sale Doctrine to current technology. The publishers argue that this is still copying a book, a violation of copyright law.

 

There are some exceptions to the ban on copying copyrighted works that the Internet Archive may attempt to argue, beyond just saying this is effectively the same as loaning the printed copy. One is a doctrine known as “Fair Use.” This is what lets you quote from a copyrighted book for the purposes of a book review, or to support or challenge an author's opinion. It is also what protects parody. The test here is whether it is a “transformative use,” a book review, for example, being something different from the book itself. Perhaps the Internet Archive will argue that the vastly different digital format is a “transformative” use. However, while there is no stated limit as to how much of a work may be copied under Fair Use, it is generally believed it is some limited portion. Copying an entire work, word for word, may be a hard sell under the Fair Use doctrine.

 

Another exception is found under section 108 of 17 U. S. Code, Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Reproduction by Libraries and Archives. There are certain conditions which must be met, and the legalese isn't always that easy to follow, but it seems unlikely that it was meant for a situation such as this, though that doesn't mean it does not still apply. There are several arguments the publishers make why this exception isn't applicable, such as it only applies if the copier is not a commercial enterprise. They argue that the non-profit Internet Archive is a commercial enterprise as they do some scanning for others for a price and that the founder is also owner of Better World Books, from whom they source some of their books. These strike me as not very strong claims.

 

However, this exception only applies if the work is “duplicated solely for the purpose of replacement of a copy or phonorecord that is damaged, deteriorating, lost, or stolen, or if the existing format in which the work is stored has become obsolete.” Since these books aren't damaged or missing, the remaining claim must be that the existing format has become obsolete. That may be a stretch for printed books, but perhaps the ease of obtaining a digital copy anywhere in the world, which could be very difficult for a physical copy, might lead one to declare printed books to be “obsolete” today. Unfortunately for IA, the code describes “obsolete format” as “a format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or device necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.” I don't know what type of device is needed to read a printed book. Perhaps eyeglasses, but those are still readily available.

 

Even if the Internet Archive makes that claim successfully, there is another roadblock it must overcome. It must also show “(1) the library or archives has, after a reasonable effort, determined that an unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price; and (2) any such copy or phonorecord that is reproduced in digital format is not made available to the public in that format outside the premises of the library or archives in lawful possession of such copy.” One can argue #2 either way, whether the offering is technically made inside or outside of the library, but #1 is harder if the book is still in print, or available as an e-book. If out of print and not offered as an e-book, the Internet Archive's case is stronger, an unused replacement unlikely available at a reasonable price, but that still leaves the question of whether printed books are an “obsolete format.”

 

Who will/should win this case? Courts sometimes attempt to mathematically analyze the wording of the law to discover what may be indecipherable – the exactly objective meaning. Other times, they will attempt to decide what is just and then interpret the words to reach what they conclude is a just decision. The Internet Archive provides some wonderful services, not just free books, but audio recordings, old television news programs and software. They also produce that incredible tool, the Wayback Machine, which preserves earlier versions of websites or defunct ones. Their cause may be just. However, the reason for copyrights is to provide an incentive for writers to write. If they can't get paid, they will not write. While traditional libraries, though protected, can potentially reduce sales, each one has to buy its own copies and only serves a small geographic area. The Internet Archive needs to obtain only one or a few copies to serve the entire world, and even then, they pick up used copies so the authors and publishers get nothing. They need protection, and that is just and fair.

 

However, there are also many older books long out of print, no longer obtainable outside a small number of libraries if that. Authors, long dead, and publishers no longer printing them if not completely out of business, will never sell another copy. Their copyright no longer serves the purpose of encouraging writers to write, and yet access to the book may be virtually unobtainable because it is still under copyright. If the book is out of print, and no longer earning royalties for its author, the public good is better served by allowing someone like the Internet Archive to make it available free to the public.

1Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House.

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  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>December 9</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 47. Roosevelt, Theodore. Photograph inscribed to Morris J. Hirsch. May 7th 1918. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 178. Whitman, Walt. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York: [Printed for the author], 1955. First edition in the first issue binding. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 38. Mather, Cotton. <i>Magnalia Christi Americana; or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England.</i> London: Printed for Thomas Parkhurst, 1702. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 55. Taylor, Zachary. Autograph letter signed as President-Elect. Baton Rouge: January 15, 1849. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 203. Picasso, Pablo. <i>Verve</i> Vol. V, Nos. 19-20. Paris: Editions Verve, 1948. Inscribed on the title page by Picasso. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>December 9</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 211. Domergue, Jean-Gabriel. L'Ete a Monte Carlo. Lithographed poster, Lucien Serre & Cie, Paris, circa 1937. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 105. Manuscript Illumination attr. to Neri da Rimini. Large excised initial "N" from a choirbook, extensively historiated. [Likely Rimini: first quarter of the 14th century]. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 40. McKenney, Thomas L. and Hall, James. <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs.</i> Philadelphia: Rice, Rutter & Co., 1870. $3,00
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 222. Searle, Ronald. [Pets--a dog, cats and a parrot-- surrounded by books, and inspecting a globe, perhaps planning global domination]. Original drawing, 17 3/8 x 13 1/2 inches. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 98. Faden, William; Scull, Nicholas and George Heap. A Plan of the City and Environs of Philadelphia, Survey'd by N. Scull and G. Heap. London: William Faden, 12 March 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. Autograph Letter Signed ("B. Franklin"), to Benjamin Vaughan asserting the primacy of American independence in negotiating the Treaty of Paris, Passy, July 11, 1782. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. Autograph Letter Signed ("B. Franklin") to David Hartley addressing Hartley's final issues with the recently completed ratification of the Treaty of Paris, Passy, June 2, 1784. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> MASON & DIXON. A hand-colored contemporary manuscript map titled in cartouche, "A Map of that Part of AMERICA where a degree of LATITUDE was measured for the ROYAL SOCIETY, by Chas Mason & Jer: Dixon," c.1768. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("WB Yeats"), a fair copy of "When Helen Lived" for John Preece headed ("For John Preece"), framed. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> "LINCOLN SEATED." KECK, CHARLES, sculptor. 1875-1951. Patinated bronze, 1950. Louise Taper Collection. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S FINAL HOURS. BURNS, J., painter. <i>Death-Bed of Abraham Lincoln.</i> Oil on canvas, 1866. Collection of Louise Taper. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> FILSON, CHARLES PATTERSON, painter. 1860-1937. <i>Portrait of Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War.</i> $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> A MATZOS BOX PRESENTED BY THE MANISHEVITZ BROTHERS TO WARREN G. HARDING. Louise Taper Collection. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> LEWIS CARROLL. Original albumen print photograph, approximately 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches, Chelsea, London, October 7, 1863, of the Rossetti Family at home, one of only three known examples of the full image. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> CHRISTINA ROSSETTI. <i>Verses ... Dedicated to Her Mother.</i> Privately printed, 1847. First edition of her first book, printed at her grandfather's press, THE ROSSETTI FAMILY COPY. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> CHRISTINA ROSSETTI. Original drawing of snowdrops in purple pencil, sent by CGR to Lucy Rossetti, inscribed "I doubt whether you will make out my copy from nature," 1887. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 15:</b> DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI, et al. The Germ: <i>Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry, Literature and Art.</i> Fine copy in a Doves binding by Cobden Sanderson. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>15/16 December 2021<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs, Children’s Books & Playing Cards, Modern First Editions</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> British Isles. Waldseemuller (Martin), <i>Tabula Nova Hibernie Anglie et Scotie,</i> Strasbourg, 1513. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Americas. Speed (John), <i>America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde, both people and manner of Buildings. Discribed and inlarged by J. S.</i> 1626. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Howitt (Samuel, and others). <i>Foreign Field Sports, Fisheries, Sporting Anecdotes... Containing 100 Plates. With a Supplement of New South Wales,</i> 1st edition, 2 parts in 1, London, 1814. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>15/16 December 2021<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs, Children’s Books & Playing Cards, Modern First Editions</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Thomson (Joseph). <i>Through Masai Land,</i> 1st edition, London: Sampson Low & Co, 1885. £600 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Johnson (Samuel). <i>A Dictionary of the English Language,</i> 2 volumes, 1st edition, London: W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, 1755. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Einstein (Albert). <i>Relativity. The Special and the General Theory,</i> 1st edition in English, London: Methuen, 1920. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>15/16 December 2021<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs, Children’s Books & Playing Cards, Modern First Editions</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Stoker (Bram). <i>Dracula,</i> 1st edition, 1st issue, London: Archibald Constable, 1897. £12,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> 1st edition, 1st impression, 1st issue dust jacket, London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Lewis (C.S.). <i>The Chronicles of Narnia,</i> 1st editions, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950-56. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>15/16 December 2021<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs, Children’s Books & Playing Cards, Modern First Editions</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Herbert (Frank). <i>Dune,</i> 1st edition, 2nd issue, Philadelphia; Chilton Book Company, 1965. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Walsingham (Thomas, 1561- 1630). Courtier to Queen Elizabeth I and literary patron to Christopher Marlowe. An extremely rare autograph signature, ‘Tho: Walsingham’, Kent, 28 July 1608. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Dec. 15/16:</b> Von Harbou (Thea). <i>Metropolis,</i> 1st edition in English, 1st issue, London: The Reader's Library, 1927. £700 to £1,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>Live Auction<br>December 11, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> De Wit’s composite atlas with magnificent full original color. $125,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Gardner's photographic sketch book of the Civil War. $200,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Waugh Oil Painting, 70 Degrees North; The Polar Bear. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>Live Auction<br>December 11, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Audubon aquatint, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. $75,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Blaeu terrestrial table globe, 1602. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Audubon aquautint, Ruby-Throated Humming Bird. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>Live Auction<br>December 11, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Bessa original watercolor of a bouquet of flowers. $75,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> John Gould's only work devoted to American birds. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Wyld & Malby pair of terrestrial & celestial globes, 1833. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>Live Auction<br>December 11, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Leutze map of the world oil painting. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Caula, the finest 18th century drawing of Lison. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 11:</b> Scolari / Blaeu map of Germania, 1650. $15,000 to $22,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Zang Tumb Tuuum:<br>la révolution futuriste<br>Online Auction<br>30 November – 7 December</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 18:</b> The "Official Edition" of the United States Constitution and the First Printing of the Final Text of the Constitution, 1787. $15,000,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 30 – Dec. 7:</b> Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso. I Paroliberi Futuristi. 1914-1915. 8 p. Unique corrected proofs, for an anthology that remained unpublished. €40,000 to €60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 30 – Dec. 7:</b> Cangiullo, Francesco. Studenti in Lettere. Università. 1915. Seminal work, featured in 3 historical futurist exhibitions. €20,000 to €30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 30 – Dec. 7:</b> Cangiullo, Francesco. Chiaro di luna. Circa 1915. Collage and gouache on paper. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Nov. 30 – Dec. 7:</b> Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso. Manicure. Faire les ongles à l'Italie. Circa 1915. A fantastic parody of an advertising poster. €20,000 to €30,000.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors' Sale<br>December 7th & 8th, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Ortelius (Abraham). <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,</i> folio, Antwerp, 1570, First Edition (2nd Issue), 53 double-page maps, contemporary hand colouring. €40,000 to €60,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> An original engraved facsimile copy of the Declaration of Independence of 4 July 1776, issued by order of Congress on 4 July 1823 in a limited edition of 200 copies on fine parchment. €20,000 to €30,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> Shakespeare & Co., Rue de l’Odeon, Paris 1922. No. 559 of 1000 Copies of the First Edn.,, one of 750 Copies on handmade paper. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors' Sale<br>December 7th & 8th, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Malton (James) [1761-1803]. A fine quality set of twenty-five hand coloured aquatint Views of Dublin, as published for <i>A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin</i>. €6,000 to €7,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> 'Bloody Sunday.' An original Admission Ticket to Croke Park, Great Challenge Match (Football), Tipperary v. Dublin, Sunday, November 21,1920. Pink card, 3 ins x 4 ¼ ins. €4,000 to €5,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Haveth Childers Everywhere - Fragment from Work in Progress,</i> Paris & N.Y., 1930, First Edn., Signed and Limited No. 50 (100) Copies. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors' Sale<br>December 7th & 8th, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Edward Lyons, Irish (1726-1801). Genealogy: <i>The FitzGerald's Arms of Carton House, Kildare,</i> pen and ink and watercolour on laid paper. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Yeats (William Butler). <i>Poems.</i> Cuala Press, D. 1935, stiff blue paper covers, unlettered as issued, coloured initials and ornaments hand-drawn by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats. One of 300 copies. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> A fine and important collection of Ulster Wit. Belfast Political Scrapbook, 19th century. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors' Sale<br>December 7th & 8th, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Rare Views of the Giant's Causeway. Coloured Prints: Drury (Susanna) [1698-1770]. A rare pair of original Engraved Prints. €1,200 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> [Johnson (Rev. Samuel)]. <i>Julian the Apsostate Being a Short Account of his Life, together with a Comparison of Popery and Paganism,</i> L., 1682, First Edn. €800 to €1,200.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Dec. 7-8:</b> Aringhi (Pauli). <i>Roma Subterranea Novissima,</i> 2 vols. lg. folio Rome (Typis Vitalis Mascardi) 1651. €350 to €750.
  • <b><center>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Entertainment and Sports Auction<br>December 9th</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> SITTING BULL SIGNED PHOTO (The Finest in Existence).
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> The Beatles Signed Photo Card and the Make-Up Sponge Used During the Historic February 1964 Ed Sullivan Performance.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Extremely Rare John Wesley Hardin Signature from a Texas Cattle Brand Book, early 1870s.
    <b><center>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Entertainment and Sports Auction<br>December 9th</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Albert Einstein "refugee intellectuals of the Hitler persecution.”
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> LYNDON B. JOHNSON Personally Owned & Worn STETSON HAT.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Sigmund Freud Typed Letter Signed in English "I am still on the road to health, but I have not arrived."
    <b><center>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Entertainment and Sports Auction<br>December 9th</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Nixon’s All Time Baseball All Star Team and the Reporter that helped change the 1972 Presidential Election!
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Incredible signed ''Atomic Energy for Military Purposes'' -by Enrico Fermi & Robert Oppenheimer and- Also Signed by Four Other Manhattan Project Scientists Who Developed the First Atomic Bomb.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Samuel Adams, Signer of Declaration Of Independence, Signed Military Appointment.
    <b><center>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Entertainment and Sports Auction<br>December 9th</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Orville Wright & Glenn Martin Signed Photograph.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Thomas Jefferson, a Magnificent Large Signature.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Dec. 9:</b> Robert E. Lee ALS, “Suffering people of the South … blessing of God.”

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