• <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>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>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.

Kestenbaum and Company: FINE JUDAICA: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art, 85, New York

Auction Details

Auction Report
Auction Date
11/07/2019 - 11/07/2019
Page Size: 245 items in 10 pages

Lot NumberAuthor NameBook TitlePlace PrintedYear PublishedEstimateActual Price

Menorath HaMa’or [“The Candelabrum of Light”: Ethical Treatise]

Mantua1563USD 500.00 - 700.00USD 625.00

Miphaloth Elo-him [“The Deeds of God”: on the question of creation ex nihilo, miracles, and prophecy]

Venice1592USD 500.00 - 700.00USD 687.50

Atereth Zekenim [“Crown of the Elders”: philosophy]. Appended short essay by Abrabanel, “Tzuroth HaYesodoth” [medieval science].

Sabbioneta1557USD 1,200.00 - 1,800.00USD 1,500.00

Perush Nevi'im Acharonim [commentary to Later Prophets]. Along with text of Bible.

Pesaro1520USD 8,000.00 - 10,000.00USD 12,500.00

Divrei Rivoth [responsa]

Venice1587USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 500.00

Divrei Shalom [sermons and homilies to the Pentateuch]

Venice1597USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 500.00

Sefer Ho’il Moshe [sermons].

Venice1597USD 500.00 - 700.00USD 625.00

Chavatzeleth HaSharon [commentary to the Book of Daniel, with text]

Venice1592USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 625.00

Maroth Hatzovoth [commentary to Former Prophets]

Prague1620USD 400.00 - 600.00Not Sold

The New Jamaica Almanack and Register, Calculated to the Meridian of the Island for the Year of our Lord 1796.

Saint Jago de la Vega (Spanish Town, Jamaica)1795USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00Not Sold
11Mordecai, Jacob (1762-1838).

Autograph (untitled) Manuscript, written in English (with some Hebrew): Analysis and refutation of Christian readings of the Hebrew Bible. 38 pages. Incomplete at end.

1820’sUSD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00USD 13,750.00

A Form of Prayer for the General Fast to be Read in Synagogue on the 11th August in Commemoration of the Hurricane in the Year 1831. - A Form of Prayer for Tuesday 11th August 1835 After the Morning Amidah.

(Barbados)1835USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00USD 6,250.00
13(Warder Cresson).

Babylon the Great Is Falling! The Morning Star, or Light from on High. Written in Defence of the Rights of the Poor and Oppressed.

Philadelphia1830USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 1,125.00
14Isaac Leeser.

Discourses, Argumentative and Devotional, on the Subject of the Jewish Religion. Delivered at the Synagogue Mikveh Israel, in Philadelphia, in the years 5590-5597.

Philadelphia1837USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 1,125.00
15Rosanna Dyer Osterman.

Autograph Letter Signed, written in English to her brother in Baltimore, Leon Dyer.

Galveston, Texas1848USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 4,500.00

Seder Hagadah shel Pesach. Service for the Two First Nights of the Passover.

New York1850USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00USD 5,000.00
17Jonas B. Phillips.

My Old Wife. A Favorite Ballad Sung by Mr. J[oseph]. P[hillip]. Knight & Mr. [Henry] Russell. The Poetry by Jonas B. Phillips Esq. The MusicComposed & Respectfully Dedicated to Mrs. Frederick F. Backus of Rochester, NY by Henry Russell.

New York1850USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 1,125.00

Large, albumen carte-de-visite photograph of <>

New York1840’sUSD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00Not Sold

Carte-de-visite photograph of a Union Cavalryman, with autograph signature on front: “Isidore Kastner.”

c. 1863USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00Not Sold

A coin-silver soup-ladle made by <>of Louisville Kentucky (1829-1903). Engraved “Remember Jetta Gerstley.” Marked: “SRBiesenthal Louisville.”

Louisville, Kentuckyc. 1858USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 750.00

Lithograph portrait by Max Rosenthal of Dr. Isaac Leeser, Rabbi of the Jewish Congregation “Beth El-Emeth” Philadelphia. Born 1806 - Died Feb. 1st 1868.

Philadelphia1868USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00Not Sold

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia1859USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00USD 5,625.00
23Wise, Isaac Mayer (1819-1900).

Autograph Letter Signed written in German to Rabbi Max Landsberg (1845-1927) on letterhead of The Israelite & Die Deborah. <> Autograph response from Landsberg back to Wise. Written in pencil.

Cincinnati, July 10th, 1871July 13th, 1871USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 3,750.00

Minhag America - The Daily Prayers, for American Israelites, Revised in Conference. With: Select Prayers for Various Occasions In Life. Edited by <>

Cincinatti1872USD 600.00 - 900.00USD 1,062.50
25Mordecai Manuel Noah.

Group of four items relating to his play: The Wandering Boys or the Castle of Olival.

USD 1,200.00 - 1,800.00USD 1,250.00
  • <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>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.
  • <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.
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