• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.

Christies: Books, including Science & Natural History, 17706, London - King Street

Auction Details

Auction Report
Auction Date
12/11/2019 - 12/11/2019
Page Size: 176 items in 8 pages

Lot NumberAuthor NameBook TitlePlace PrintedYear PublishedEstimateActual Price
201

TWO LEAVES FROM A BIBLE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum

[Francesecond half 9th century] GBP 7,000.00 - 10,000.00GBP 9,375.00
202

A LEAF FROM AN ATLANTIC BIBLE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum

[Italy11th century] GBP 700.00 - 1,000.00GBP 1,250.00
203

GREGORY THE GREAT (590-604), a leaf from the Homilia in Evangelia, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum

[central Italyfirst half 12th century] GBP 2,500.00 - 3,500.00GBP 3,125.00
204

A MUSIC-MAKING ANGEL HYBRID, historiated initial 'D' cut from an illuminated choirbook on vellum

[Parisc.1290s] GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00GBP 3,250.00
205

TWO LEAVES FROM A LECTIONARY, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

[Austria or perhaps southern Germanyfirst half 15th century] GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00Not Sold
206

THE MARTYRDOM OF ST SEBASTIAN, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from the Sanctorale of an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum

[Tournaic.1400-1410]. GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00GBP 10,000.00
207

A FUNERAL SERVICE, WITH ST MICHAEL BATTLING THE DEVIL FOR A SOUL, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, with 5 text leaves from the same manuscript, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

[France perhaps Châlonsc.1480]. GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00GBP 5,625.00
208

DAVID IN PRAYER, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from the Gradual of Petrus Mitte de Caprariis, illuminated manuscript on vellum

[Germany Bavariac.1450-75] GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00GBP 5,000.00
209

ST PETER, historiated initial 'L' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum

[Lombardy or Sienac.1470s] GBP 6,000.00 - 9,000.00GBP 7,500.00
210

INITIALS 'M' AND 'E' on a leaf from an illuminated Gradual on vellum

[Florencefinal quarter 14th century] GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00Not Sold
211

ST PAUL, historiated initial 'S' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum

[Lombardyc.1480-90] GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00Not Sold
212

DAVID IN PRAYER, historiated initial 'B' on a leaf from an illuminated Ferial Psalter on vellum

[Italy probably Bresciac.1490] GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00Not Sold
213

THE LAST JUDGEMENT, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from an Antiphonal on vellum illuminated by Nikolaus Bertschi

[Augsburgfirst quarter 16th century] GBP 7,000.00 - 10,000.00GBP 8,750.00
214

A DISCOURSE & CATALOGUE OF ALL THE DUKES OF ENGLAND BY CREATION OR DESCENT FROM THE TIME OF THE CONQUEST, in English, decorated manuscript on vellum

[England]1600GBP 6,000.00 - 9,000.00GBP 17,500.00
215

A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, 10 leaves from liturgical manuscripts on vellum, in Latin

[central Europe13th to 16th centuries] GBP 1,500.00 - 2,500.00Not Sold
216

PENTECOST, miniature by the Spanish Forger on a leaf from a 15th-century Book of Hours

[Parisc.1900] GBP 1,500.00 - 2,500.00GBP 2,500.00
217

BREVIARY, for the use of the Carmelites, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

[Lombardyc.1457] GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00GBP 47,500.00
218

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

[Bruges1460s] GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00GBP 31,250.00
219

CHOIR PSALTER, use of the Dominicans, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum

[southern Germany]1476GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00GBP 16,250.00
220

A COMPENDIUM OF EXEGETICAL TEXTS, in Greek, manuscript on paper

[Greece17th century] GBP 5,000.00 - 8,000.00Not Sold
221

[HEBREW MANUSCRIPT]. A Kabbalistic Scroll on vellum, 'ha-Ilan ha-Kadosh' (The Holy

[Eastern Europe19th century] GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00GBP 2,500.00
222

BRISTOL – Gaunt's Hospital. Grant by Robert de Gurnay establishing the Hospital of St Mark's, Billeswick, known as Gaunt's Hospital,

n.p., n.d. [c.1230-32]. GBP 1,500.00 - 2,000.00GBP 8,125.00
223

DEVON. Grant by Roger, lord of Boclande

[i.e. Buckland in the Moor Devon] of lands at Pudshamn.d. [c.1250]. GBP 1,000.00 - 1,500.00GBP 1,625.00
224

EDWARD I (1239-1307), King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine. Letters patent, inspeximus of a charter of Henry III confirming the grant of the borough of Wycombe to its burgesses, Westminster, 12 June 1285.

Westminster12 June 1285. GBP 5,000.00 - 8,000.00GBP 11,875.00
225

DORSET. Grant by Maud de Rodray of the vills of Tincleton and Ilsington,

n.d. [late 13th century]. GBP 2,000.00 - 3,000.00Not Sold
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
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