• <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 November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 668. Banca Agricola Sarda, 1873 Issue Specimen Banknote.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 730. Bono De Caja, El Banco Central Mexicano, 1899 Specimen Banknote. Est $1250.00-2500.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 751. State Bank of Pakistan, 1973-1978 Presentation Booklet with 5 Different Specimen Banknotes.<br>Est $5000.00-10000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 759. Palestine Currency Board, 1929 High Grade Issue Banknote, One of 2 Sequential Notes Being Offered.<br>Est $6000.00-12000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 966. National Base Ball League, ca. 1880's Advertising Note from Minnesota. Est $800.00-1600.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 973. Important Historical Vignette. NY. New York. Nassau Bank. $1. 1850's. Proof on card. NY-1780.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1053. British American Bank Note Company Engravers & Printers, ND (ca.1860's) Dramatic Proof Security Printer. Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1078. United States Treasury, Assistant Treasurer of the United States at Philadelphia, Gold Coin Certific. Est $12500.00-25000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1104. Federal Reserve Note, $20 1934 D Specimen Banknote. New York, New York. Fr.#2058-B.<br>Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1105. Uncut Sheet of Six Alexander City, Alabama Small Size Nationals. $5 1929 Type 2, First National Bank. Est $4000.00-6000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1233. Palestine, 1934 20 Mils, NGC Graded MS 62. Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1423. Important Louisiana Exposition Medal. 1885-86.<br>Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1441. Rare Grover Cleveland Indian Peace Medal. 1885.<br>Est $3000.00-5000.00.
  • <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>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 1. (AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES) BACHMAN, REV. JOHN. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1854. 3 vols. 4to. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 4. AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 67. BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES. Les Fleurs du Mal. Paris, 1857. First edition, first issue with the six suppressed poems. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 73. CHIPPENDALE, THOMAS. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. London, 1754. First edition. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 79. (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT) Missal, in Latin, 38 leaves, 15th-century, the Temporale, from Holy Trinity to... $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 85. KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD. the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936. First edition, original dust jacket. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 113. DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London, 1861. 3 vols. First edition, fourth impression $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 173. CHURCHILL, WINSTON. ALS, three pages, May 28, 1915. To his cousin, signed "W." $3,000-$5,000
    102 DICKENS, CHARLES. Complete set of Christmas Books. 5 vols. First editions. $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 174. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. Map of British Battles of 1918 signed by Churchill and the other Generals and Field Marshalls. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 176A. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. London, 1898. First edition, first state. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 219. MCKENNEY, THOMAS AND JAMES HALL. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. 3 vols. 74 (of 120) bound-in and 32 loose plates. $20,000-$30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 248. (CHICAGO, RAILROAD) Chicago, Rock-Island & Pacific - Rocky Mountain Limited... Reverse glass and mother of pearl inlaid sign, c. 1900. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 267. (GOLF) JONES, ROBERT. T., JR. ("BOBBY") AND O.B. KEELER. Down the Fairway... New York, 1927. 1st ed., ltd. Signed by Keeler/Jones twice. $6,000-$8,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 311. WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD. Autographed letter signed ("F.L.L.W."), 4pp., on Jokake Inn letterhead, ca. 1925. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 313. HUNTER, DARD. Old Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1923. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. With 6 TLS signed by Hunter. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 315. HUNTER, DARD. Primitive Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1927. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. $3,000-$5,000

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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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