• <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Hottot (Robert). <i>French explorer and collector.</i> An original illustrated manuscript diary by Hottot of his expedition along the Congo River to Lake Chad, 1908-1909, £700-1,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Japan. Ino Tadataka (after), Kokugun Zenzu (Complete Atlas of Japan), 2 volumes, circa 1838, £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Khatib al-Tibrizi (Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah). <i>Mishcat-ul-masabih</i> or a collection of the most authentic traditions, regarding the actions and sayings of Muhammed; 2 volumes, Calcutta, 1809-1810, £1,500-2,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Roberts (David). <i>The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia,</i> 1st quarto edition, 6 volumes in 3, London: Day & Son, 1855-56, £2,000-3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Tocqueville (Alexis de). <i>De la Démocratie en Amérique,</i> volumes 1 & 2 (of 4), 1st edition, Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, £2,000-3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Torquemada (Juan de). <i>Primera[-tercera] parte de los veinte i un libros rituales i monarchia Indiana,</i> 3 volumes, 2nd edition, Madrid: Nicolas Rodriguez Franco, 1723, £2,000-3,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Donovan (Edward). <i>The Natural History of British Insects,</i> 16 volumes bound in 8, London: F and C Rivington, 1793-1813, £1,500-2,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Fuchs (Leonhart). <i>New Kreüterbuch,</i> 1st edition in German, Basel: Michael Isingrin, 1543, £7,000-10,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Spain & Portugal. Ptolemy (Claudius), <i>Secunda Europe Tabula,</i> Rome [1478 - 1509], £1,000-2,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> World. Gill (Macdonald), <i>La Carta del Atlantico,</i> George Philip & Son Ltd in collaboration with the Time and Tide Publishing Company Ltd, circa 1943, £1,500-2,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Vinegar Bible [English]. <i>The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New,</i> Oxford: John Baskett, 1717/1716, £700-1,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Mill (John Stuart). <i>The Subjection of Women,</i> 1st edition, presentation copy, London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869, £700-1,000
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Early Printed Books<br>October 13, 2022
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Miguel de Cervantes, <i>The History of Don-Quichote (Quixote), The First & Second Part,</i> London, 1620. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Jacques Lagniet, <i>Recueil des Plus Illustres Proverbes, Divisés en Trois Livre,</i> first edition, Paris, 1657-63. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies,</i> fourth folio, London, 1685. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Ramon Llull, <i>Liber de Ascensu et Decensu Intellectus,</i> first edition, Valencia, 1512. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, <i>The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,</i> London, 1542. $30,000 to $50,000.

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Articles - April - 2021 Issue

Exceptional Possibilities born of Exceptional Collecting: The Lipman Sale at Sotheby’s April 13-14

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Ira Lipman founded and ran for more than five decades Guardsmark, one of the largest private security companies in the United States. Lipman and his wife collected in a wide variety of areas: jewelry and watches; baseball memorabilia; fine art ranging from Toulouse-Lautrec prints to a Damien Hirst spin painting; even a fine still life by Winston Churchill featuring a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label. Sotheby’s has been selling pieces from the Lipman collection since last September under the uniform designation of “The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman” (Mr. Lipman died in September 2019, Mrs. Lipman in March 2020).

But it is Sotheby’s stupendous sale on April 13 & 14 that puts the “American” in “The Passion of American Collectors.” Books and manuscripts dominated the Lipmans’ collecting, with printed and manuscript Americana being the special domain of Ira Lipman. By all reports, Lipman was a passionate patriot, deeply influenced by the founding fathers. He also played a notable role in American history himself, serving as an inside source for NBC’s John Chancellor during the integration of Little Rock Central High School, where he was a student.

Lipman fell under the tutelage of the Chicago bookseller Ralph Newman in the early 1980s and he quietly built a significant collection loosely inspired by the Grolier Club’s One Hundred Influential American Books Printed Before 1900. He sold this first library anonymously at Sotheby’s in 2013 under the title “The Library of a Distinguished American Book Collector,” although the identity of the consignor was an open secret among the trade. In addition to some fine literary highlights, the 2013 sale featured a first edition of Tom Paine’s Common Sense ($545,000) and a remarkable aggregation of seven signed books from George Washington’s Library at Mount Vernon ($1,205,000).

But shortly after that auction, Lipman sold Guardsmark, a development that significantly increased his leisure time as well as his bank account, and he began almost immediately to assemble another library (as many bibliophiles with seller’s remorse have done before him). Working closely with Bill Reese, Lipman’s second library focused on the American experience and includes material ranging from the late sixteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. In 2018, Reese edited Celebration of My Country: Selections from the Ira A. Lipman Collection, a privately printed catalogue highlighting two hundred important or representative books, broadsides, manuscripts, maps, prints, pamphlets, and other material ranging from Thomas Hariot to Abraham Lincoln. In his Introduction, Reese notes that while the Lipman “collection ranges across three centuries, its heart is the turbulent fifty years from the beginning of the Seven Years’ War in 1754 (or the French and Indian War, as it was known in America) to the realization of a continental United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.” In concluding his remarks, Reese admits that “Selecting two hundred representative works from an assemblage as rich and extensive as the Ira A. Lipman collection is necessarily an arbitrary task. There are many other equally interesting and important works on the shelves next to those described here. Taken together, they do what every great collection should—tell a series of stories while knitting together a group of unique objects into a narrative. In this collection, the narrative is a mighty theme: the evolution, growth, and rise of the United States from its earliest colonial beginnings to a world power.”

It is left to the Sotheby’s auction catalogue to reveal the breadth and depth of the Lipman library, which can be seen objectively as a collaborative achievement between a great collector and a great dealer, both now lost to the book world. The only way to experience the full impact of the Lipman collection is to browse the full catalogue. As an enticement, though, here is a brief roster of a few of the highlights. But do take a look at the catalogue, if only to see the number of highlights that wouldn’t fit on this brief list.

Lots 21, 22, 23: two magnificent autograph letters signed by John Quincy Adams condemning the institution of slavery and defending the rights of enslaved persons to petition Congress, with an autograph transcript of his resolution that rescinded the despised “Gag Rule.”

Lot 35: a scarce broadside describing Philadelphia’s preparations for celebrating the Treaty of Paris.

Lot 47: two very scarce publications relating the 1779 court martial of Benedict Arnold.

Lot 72: the “tombstone” issue of William Bradford’s Pennsylvania Journal, protesting the Stamp Act.

Lot 76: Francis Bugg’s rare anti-Quaker News from Pensilvania.

Lot 91: Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio, the very uncommon 31-plate issue handcolored and mounted on card.

Lot 117: the broadside “Address of the Congress to the Inhabitants of the United States,” 9 May 1778, a virtual renewal of the Declaration of Independence.

Lot 133: The first book-form printing of the Declaration of Independence in The Genuine Principles of the Ancient Saxon, English Constitution, which was in press when the Continental Congress issued the Declaration, allowing the printer to add it as an appendix.

Lot 135: Daniel Denton’s A Brief Description of New-York, formerly called New-Netherlands.

Lot 221: Alexander Hamilton’s appointment as aide-de-camp to General George Washington.

Lot 246: Winslow Homer’s very rare series of Civil War lithographs, Campaign Sketches.

Lot 293: James Otto Lewis’s Aboriginal Port Folio, one of perhaps a half dozen copies complete with lithographed title and 80 plates.

Lot 295: Ezekiel Russell’s justly famous Lexington and Concord broadside, “Bloody Butchery, by the British Troops.”

Lots 302, 303: the earliest obtainable printings of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and the final Emancipation Proclamation.

Lot 362: Thomas Paine’s American Crisis, one of the most eloquent publications of the Revolution—and one of the rarest.

Lot 390: the unique surviving copy of the earliest obtainable American edition of the Bay Psalm Book.

Lot 430: Simcoe’s privately published Journal of the Operation of the Queen’s Rangers, from the collection of one of the Rangers.

Lot 472: An interesting copy of the first printing of the Treaty of Paris, printed in Paris for Benjamin Franklin.

Lot 508: A very moving letter signed by George Washington to Crèvecoeur about the responsibility of becoming president.

Lot 552: A manuscript map from the Siege of Yorktown, from the collection of General Rochambeau.

 

Such sales rarely occur.  For the serious they are essential.

 

Link to the sale:

 

www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/the-passion-of-american-collectors-property-of-barbara-and-ira-lipman-highly-important-printed-and-manuscript-americana?locale=en

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  • <b><center>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books, Autographs & Manuscripts<br>11th-12th of October 2022
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Alfieri Vittorio, <i>Vita [...] scritta da esso,</i> 1968. Starting Price: €900,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Collection of 25 albumin photographs depicting Italian, French and Swiss places. Late 19th century.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Brandolini D’Adda Brandolino, Duale. <i>Poesia [...] e incisioni di Sandro Martini,</i> 1976.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Alighieri Dante, <i>La divina commedia di Dante</i> edizione illustrata da 30 fotografie tolte da disegni di Scaramuzza, 1879. Starting Price: €500,00.
    Gonnelli Oct. 12th: Cervantes Saavedra Miguel (de), <i>El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española, 1780. Starting price: €12.000,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Collodi Carlo, <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> 1883. Starting price: €6.000,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Wilde Oscar, <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray [...]</i> with original images & notes on the text by Jim Dine, 1968. Starting price: €1.500,00
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> The smallest tarot cards in the world. 21st century.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>October 13, 2022</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 109. Miguel de Cervantes. <i>The History of Don-Quichote. The first parte.</i> London: William Stansby for Edward Blount, 1620. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 43. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. <i>Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.</i> Washington: The White House, Christmastide, 1942. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 113. Charles Darwin. A collection of 26 titles including <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 210. Philip Guston. Important correspondence between Philip Guston and Ralph and Martha Hyams. New York, 1967-76. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 26. John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Signed guest book and original photos from the May 19, 1962 reception. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>October 13, 2022</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 194. J.R.R. Tolkien. <i>The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.</i> London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1954-1955. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 164. Max Beerbohm. Autograph Manuscript for The Happy Hypocrite, circa 1896. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 158. Mark Twain. <i>The Writings.</i> Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1899-1907. The Autograph Edition. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 150. Lady Dilke. <i>French Painters of the XVIIIth Century.</i> London: George Bell, 1899. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 200. Ludwig Bemelmans. Original sketch of Madeline, ink and gouache. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.

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