Rare books at auction this week

It’s a busy week for rare book and manuscript auctions; here is the recap.

Tuesday, June 21 at ALDE, Old and 19th Century Books, in 286 lots. A copy in 251 volumes of the Panckoucke Methodical Encyclopedia (1782–1832) should sell for €20,000 to €30,000 and an alchemical manuscript is estimated between €8,000 and €10,000. A first edition of Tocqueville Democracy in America (1835-1840) could sell for between €10,000 and €12,000.

It will be 152 batches of photographs at Doyle on Tuesday. A 1996 Andreas Gursky Cibachrome print of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta puts the highest estimate at $150,000-250,000. A complete set of Edward Weston Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio (1951) could sell for $60,000-90,000.

At Hindman’s auctions Tuesday and Wednesday, historic American ephemera and photographs featuring the Civil War and Bruce B. Hermann’s collection of American militaria. The 296 lots include a family collection of Rosborough family letters and photographs, estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. An album of 120 Mathew Brady CDVs of Union generals and officers could sell for $15,000-20,000.

Bonhams London is selling Fine Books and Manuscripts on Wednesday June 22, in 233 lots. A dedicated first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) put the highest estimate at £100,000–150,000. Gould and Sharpe Birds of New Guinea and adjacent Papuan Islands (1876–1888) in the original 25 parts, could sell for £40,000-60,000. A “press copy” of the Shakespeare and Company edition of Ulysses (1922), sent to Mercury of Londonis estimated between £30,000 and £50,000, while a presentation copy of the same edition, dedicated by Joyce to his Zurich friend August Suter, makes the same estimate.

At Sotheby’s Paris on Wednesday, A Cabinet of Bibliophilic Curiosities: from Dürer to Alechinsky, in 253 lots. 1511 by Durer Passio domini nostri Jesus should sell for 80,000 to 120,000 €, and the same artist quintessence of divae parthenices mariae historiam is valued at €60,000 to €80,000. John Young’s Series of portraits of the emperors of Turkey (1815) could fetch between €40,000 and €60,000.

The University Archives is selling autographs, manuscripts and rare books on Wednesday, in 480 lots. A collection of 528 autograph documents relating to Confederate generals are estimated at $300,000 to $500,000, while a similar collection of 630 Union generals items could sell for $175,000 to $200,000. A 1954 letter from Albert Einstein to Arthur Rushmore is expected to sell for $60,000-70,000.

Australian Book Auctions is holding its June gallery sale on Wednesday, in 220 lots.

Forum Auctions is selling the late Caroline Crisford’s Gastronomic Library on Thursday, June 23. The 158 lots include that of La Varenne The French cook (1564) and Hannah Glasse The art of simple and easy cooking (1747), each is expected to sell for £3,000-4,000.

At Les Aguttes on Thursday, Aristophil 50, Autographs & Musical Manuscripts, in 263 lots. A handful of musical manuscripts by Olivier Messiaen are expected to fetch the highest prices.

On Thursday, Swann Galleries is selling 411 lots of maps and atlases, natural history and color books. by John Bachman Panorama of the seat of war (1861) puts the highest estimate at $10,000–15,000, while an early state copy of William Birch’s “The Town of New York in the State of New York” (1803) might sell for between $8,000 and $12,000.

On Saturday June 25, Arader Galleries is organizing its June auction, in 186 lots. A copy of the ninth state of the Prince & Bonner Map of Boston (1769) is expected to sell for $250,000-300,000, while William Matthew Hart’s original watercolor of a resplendent quetzal for Gould’s Monograph of the Trogonidae could fetch $200,000-275,000.

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