Sunday, February 8, 2015
8:00 AM Pacific Time
Rare Books & Manuscripts with Early Medical Works from the George Bray Collection
At the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel – Room 201 on Level II 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California
Venue of the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
Among the highlights:
- Stoneware pitcher presented by pirate/privateer William Kidd to the Gardiners of Gardiner's Island, off Long Island, New York, in 1699, in exchange for safekeeping treasure. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000.
- The Second Folio Edition of the Works of William Shakespeare, 1632, with his Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, and an introductory leaf containing the first appearance in print of John Milton. Estimate: $120,000-180,000.
- An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ… Known by the Name of the Cow Pox, by Edward Jenner, 1798, leading to development of the smallpox vaccine. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.
- William Gilbert's De Magnete, 1600, the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research, concluding that the earth was a giant magnet. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.
- James Joyce's Ulysses, the first edition, first printing, 1922, one of 750 copies printed on handmade paper, arguably the greatest work of literature of the twentieth century. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000.
- Rare autograph manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton, on Christ's capacity to open "the sealed book" of Revelations, a 10-line fragment with corrections and emendations in Newton's hand. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.
- The editio priceps of Plato's Opera, 1513, the second of two parts, containing Republic and other important dialogues, printed in the original Greek for the first time at the Aldine Press in Venice. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.
- A Treatise of the Scurvy by James Lind, first edition, 1753, a rare presentation copy of the seminal work, advising supplementing sailor's diets with oranges, lemons and green vegetables. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.
- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien, the first American edition, Boston: 1938, in the rare original dust jacket. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000
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Personal letters of Jane Austen acquired by the Huntington
The letters are “deeply personal”, said Vanessa Wilkie, curator of English historical manuscripts at the Huntington, and although they do not mention the author of Pride and Prejudice specifically, they “will help people develop a more vivid understanding of Austen’s immediate world”. Most of Austen’s own letters were burned by her sister, after her death. The items were acquired from a UK rare book and manuscript dealer.
Bonhams, Knightsbridge, Wednesday 25 March 2015
On the Origin of Species sells well but when!
Lady Mary Stewart explained in a letter to a London bookseller, her great grandfather sailed on board The Beagle, leading her to add one of the most sought-after works of natural history to her library. [However we note that the text with an illustration of the volume, on the auctioneer's website states 28 September 2014!]
An 800-year-old medieval Papal document acquired by UBC Library.
The medieval item, called a Papal bull, was written in 1245. A legal decree issued in Latin by Pope Innocent IV to the Italian convent of San Michele in Trento, it features the signatures of the Pope and 13 cardinals (including future pope Nicholas III).
While there are other Papal bulls elsewhere in Canada, most are from the 15th century or later. UBC Library’s bull, which is housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections, is amongst the oldest of its kind in Canada.
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A first edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), in the more desirable red dust-jacket, leads the Modern First Editions section [Lot 67, estimate £600-800].
From the property of the California Institute of the Arts Library come 11 volumes of the first edition of the first comprehensive description of Ancient and Modern Egypt; Description de l'Egypte, (1809-22). The 11 volumes cover maps, botany, mineralogy, antiquities and natural history and are illustrated with over 600 engraved plates [Lot 229, estimate £2,000-3,000]. When sold as a 20 volume complete set this work can be expected to achieve in excess of £30,000. The proceeds from this and all pieces from the California Institute of the Arts Library will go towards supporting their library.
Other private collections include a selection of rare and collectable playing cards from the property of a gentleman, including Grand Jeu des Adventures de Robinson Crusoe (circa 1770), comprising 25 hand-coloured engraved cards depicting Robinson Crusoe, each with explanatory text [Lot 345, estimate £400-600].
Under the topic of magic is an excellent book on conjuring, card tricks and magical games; Natürliches Zauber-Buch oder Neu-eröffneter Spiel-platz rarer Künste (1745). The woodcut illustrations include a magic lantern, palmistry and mechanical cars. [Lot 205, estimate £400-600].
Elsewhere in the sale is a 40-lot strong section of Art reference works, which include books on Hogath, Julia Margaret Cameron, George Moreland and Whistler amongst others [Lot 304-344].
From the growing Middle-Eastern department at Bloomsbury Auctions comes a collectable travel book on Persian Kouli Kan; Complete History of Thomas Kouli Kan?Sovereign of Persia (1742) [Lot 478, estimate £800-1,200].
The Bibliophile Sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Godalming saleroom in Surrey on Thursday 12th February 2015. The catalogue is available to view and download online at www.bloomsburyauctions.com.
Tintin reaches for the stars.
The published, colour version of the cover shows Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy looking on in astonishment as a huge, red and white-capped mushroom swells up out of a barren rocky beach, part of a meteorite, hence the title, which has fallen into the sea.
The price is one of the highest for a work by Herge who sold some 230 million Tintin copies by the time of his death in 1983.
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