• <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> The Gemini Collection of Modern Prints and Illustrated Books.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. CHAGALL, MARC. 1887-1985.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 59. DALI, SALVADOR. SPANISH, 1904-1989. OVID. Est. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 85. GANYMED. MEIER-GRAEFE, JULIUS, editor. Est. US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 112. MIRÓ, JOAN. SPANISH, 1893-1983. ÉLUARD, PAUL. À toute épreuve.<br>Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. KEPLER, JOHANNES. 1571-1630.<br>Est. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 58. RITCHEY, GEORGE WILLIS. 1864-1945. Est. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 74. WALLICH, NATHANIEL. 1786-1854. Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("C. Darwin"). Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 October 2014:</b><br>HISTORY OF SCIENCE.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 245. HELMHOLTZ SOUND SYNTHESIZER. HELMHOLTZ, HERMANN VON. 1821-1894. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 262. MANHATTAN PROJECT VIEWING WINDOW. Heavily leaded glass.<br>Est. US$ 150,000-250,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 271. WOVEN SILK PORTRAIT OF JACQUARD. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 286. APPLE. Apple 1 Motherboard.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>Archives International October 25 AIA XXI Wall Street Auction Oct-Nov 2014.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 15. [Gold Rush] The way they go to California. Est. $2,000-$4,000
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 24. Missouri Gazette, Tuesday 26, 11808, St. Louis, Louisiana.<br>Est. $400 to $800
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 73. San Francisco City Stock, 1851 Gold Rush Era Bond. Est. $100-200
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 334. Lake Ontario, Auburn and New York Railroad Company Stock Certificate – Subscription Agreement. Est. $100 to $200
    <b>Archives International Oct 25:</b> Lot 444. Early Pennsylvania Turnpike Trio ca. 1811 to 1864. Est. $130 to 260
    <b>Archives International November 4 AIA XXI Wall Street Auction Oct-Nov 2014.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 950. South Carolina 1778 Colonial Note. Est. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 951. Virginia Colonial Note, $50 BP15], Fr#VA-162, October 5, 1778, S/N 8633. Est. $200 to $400
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 952. State of Massachusetts, April 1, 1779 State Lottery Bond.<br> Est. $250 to $500
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 953. State of Massachusetts, February 5, 1780 State Lottery Bond.<br> Est. $250 to $500
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 954. Uncut Sheet of East Haddam Obsoletes Higher Denominations.. Est. $150 to $300
    <b>Archives International November 4 AIA XXI Wall Street Auction Oct-Nov 2014.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 956. Jasper County, By Order of the Inferior Court, 1862 Obsolete Scrip Note. Est. $100 to $200
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 963. Kidd’s Purchase Scrip Note Sheet from MD. Est. $400 to $800
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 966. National Base Ball League, ca. 1880’sAdvertising Note from Minnesota. Est, $800 to $1,600
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 973. Important Historical Vignette. NY. New York. Nassau Bank. $1. Proof on card. Est. $600 to $1,200
    <b>Archives International Nov 4:</b> Lot 974. Inverted Back Error. F.R.N., Chicago, $10, 1934A, Fr.#2006-G [GA Block]. Est. $1,250 to $2,000
  • <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Daniel Boone autograph. Boon confirms receipt of payment for surveying work. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> CROCKETT, David (1786-1836). Autograph free frank ("Free D. Crockett") on envelope.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James K. Polk Signed "Executive Documents". Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James Buchanan, Rare Signed Constitutional Law Book.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Rare Abraham Lincoln 1841 Legal Document. "Sangamon Circuit Court", dated March 11, 1841. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Historic Signed Photo.<br>Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Signed book. Speaches and Addresses, 1894. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Howard Taft 27th President of the U.S. "Ethics in Service", inscribed 1921. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> John F. Kennedy 35th President of the U.S. Signed image. Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Historical Oliver Hazard Perry ALS "We Have Defeated The Enemy Completely..." 1812. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Certificate of Discharge Edward J. Smith. English naval officer (1850-1912) in command of the RMS Titanic. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Charles Dickens Author Letter Signed and Original Photo. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Important Disney original comic art work from this 1937 classic.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Signed Certificate for Heroism Rescue for the Akron search and<br>Air Ship AJ3. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1986 STS-51L CHRISTA MCAULIFFE and BARBARA MORGAN SIGNED DISPLAY. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1951 World Series New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. Featuring the 1951 Bronx Bombers. Min Bid $200.
  • <b>19th Century Shop</b>. 30th anniversary catalogue of landmark rare books, autographs and manuscripts, and historical photographs of all ages.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Abraham Lincoln, "a previously unknown portrait of exceptional quality." From the collection of John Hay.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. <i>The Federalist</i> (1788). An important association copy in original boards, untrimmed.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2014 Issue

Antique Manuscripts from Justin Croft Antiquarian Books

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Catalogue 8.

Justin Croft Antiquarian Books has issued a catalogue with a very simple, one-digit title: 8. That doesn't tell us too much, other than that Croft has probably published seven catalogues prior to this. However, once you begin reading the listings, it becomes clear that this is a catalogue of antiquarian manuscripts. The largest concentration is in French, despite Croft hailing from England, though there are many in English and a few other languages. The great majority were written either by people who are not household names, or are anonymous. The writers weren't exactly ordinary people, as the level of education and means to create such documents a couple of centuries ago implied being among the more privileged in society. They required solid writing skills, both in terms of thought and penmanship. Many are highly illustrated, and if these people did not become great artists, their skills exceeded what most of us possess. This is a fascinating look at life long ago, filled with original (or sometimes copied) words. Here are some examples.

 

We will start with an item that looks to be an unimaginable labor to those of us used to writing on a keyboard. It is an exceptional piece of Victorian calligraphic writing, in “an obsessively neat black letter hand, with minute chapter headings and shoulder notes.” It is a complete copy of the King James version of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is written on smooth paper, allowing for the intricate penwork. Croft notes that it was evidently not intended for use, but perhaps for honing one's penmanship or as an act of sustained contemplation of the Gospels. Item 4. Priced at £1,000 (British pounds, or roughly $1,666 U.S. dollars).

 

Item 10 consists of two manuscript volumes of unpublished poetry circa 1842-1879 entitled Mes Vers. Croft notes it is “a lifetime collection of autograph poetry by a prolific, cultivated and accomplished provincial poetess, comprising several thousand lines.” The poet was Herminie Delavault, who lived most of her life in the small western French town of Poitevin. In the early material, she uses her maiden name of Herminie Vauguyon. Her father was a lawyer, while her husband was notable in the local music scene of the day. Some of her verses were intended to be set to his music. She writes about friends, but also about the issues of 19th century France. She traveled on occasion, with some poems being written in the Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Algiers. There is no indication that any of her poems were ever published. £1,200 (US $2,000).

 

Item 29 contains 47 notebooks written by another young French lady, Claire Sallard, from 1828-1836. That roughly covers ages 9-17. This is part of her learning, with teaching of literary skills by a tutor, but it also provides a look at life in a prosperous French family during the Restoration. Much of the material is autobiographical. She tells us about such things as family visits, shopping, making jam, playing with her siblings, and the activities of their servants (a sure indication they were of reasonable means). There are also a number of morality tales in the over 150,000 words she has written. She later married Paul Huet, a notable landscape painter whose work still hangs in many important art museums. £950 (US $1,582).

 

Next we have a copy of La Sainte Bible, a 1669 edition of the Bible notable for its provenance. This one belonged to a woman who was definitely not ordinary – she was quite extraordinary. It was about Emilie du Chatelet whom Voltaire famously said, she was “a great man whose only fault was being a woman.” That comment referred to the fact that 18th century women were not supposed to be involved in anything much more weighty than housekeeping. Du Chatelet was a brilliant woman, a writer, mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and all-around scholar. Voltaire obviously did not find her being a woman entirely a fault as they conducted an affair for many years. Voltaire spent many of those years living at her country estate, where they helped each other with their studies and writing and amassed a large library. Emilie also had a husband, but he was absent most of the time, and evidently did not mind the relationship when he was present. She was an expert on Newton and translated his Principia to French, adding her commentary. It is still the standard French translation of this work. Among her other works is Examens de la Bible, a refutation of biblical authority based on inconsistencies, contradictions, and mistranslations, the result of ten years of study on the subject with Voltaire. It was a potentially controversial and dangerous piece of writing, unpublished, except in manuscript form, during her lifetime. This Bible includes numerous annotations made by Mme du Chatelet during her studies. £25,000 (US $41,661).

 

Here is another survival from Voltaire and de Chatelet's years together - Histoire du Concile de Trente... by Paulo Sarpi, a French translation published in 1738. It is an impossible to find book from Voltaire's library outside of Russia. There may be fewer than five, though Voltaire possessed a library of some 7,000 books. Voltaire was determined to keep his library together. After he died in 1778, Catherine the Great bought up his entire library and moved it to St. Petersburg, where it remains today. However, this book was evidently left behind in Mme du Chatelet's home after she died in 1749 and Voltaire and his library moved on. £25,000 (US $41,661).

 

Justin Croft Antiquarian Books may be reached at +44 1795 591111 or justin@justincroft.com. The website is www.justincroft.com.

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