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Articles - November - 2014 Issue

Christie's London in November: Cricket, Adult Material, and An Atlas of Epic Proportion

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Snapshots from Christie's upcoming November sales

This month three auctions from Christie’s London pertain to AE’s focus on books, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera. Beginning with November 5th, Two Important Sporting Libraries will take place over the course of two sessions on that day at Christie’s South Kensington location. Later in the month and moving over to their King Street address, Highlights from the Erotica Library of Tony Fekete takes place on the 18th, with Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books following the next day on the 19th. With no two sales containing overlapping material, Christie’s footprint in November is significant.

Two Important Sporting Libraries is made up of 260 lots and strongly focuses on the sport of cricket. A significant run of John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack is available as individual lots, and the sales two most valuable items based on estimation are both cricket-related. The first, Samuel Britcher’s A Complete list of all the Grand Matches of Cricket that have been played in the year 1801 is one of four known copies. The item is available as lot 51 and is estimated £25,000 - 35,000. The other, Frederick Lillywhite’s The Young Cricketer’s Guide [and] The Guide to Cricketers is a full 25 volume set containing the famous Lillywhite guides. As stated before, Two Important Sporting Libraries takes place on November 5th at Christie’s London, South Kensington facility. Full details of the sale including an e-catalogue may be found on Christie’s website here, as well as online registration for bidding.

Next chronologically is Highlights from the Erotica Library of Tony Fekete. Before I continue, I will copy a note from Christie’s website: WARNING: THIS SALE CONTAINS ADULT MATERIAL NOT SUITABLE FOR MINORS. That should have definitely been the article title. Containing 221 lots, this sale is what I would call... more visually engaging, at least to my 28 year-old eyes. All sorts of material are present, including two erotic alphabet books (who knew typography could be that interesting), homoerotic watercolours, and good old fashioned nude photographs. The sale’s highest value items are both copies of the Marquis de Sade’s influential and infamous work Justine. Lot 179, the “very rare true first edition,” is one of perhaps less than five copies known. Estimated at £70,000 - 100,000, owning one of those copies will not come cheaply. Highlights from the Erotica Library of Tony Fekete takes place on November 18th at Christie’s London, King Street location. Full details of the sale including an e-catalogue may be found on Christie’s website here, and again, registration for bidding online is also on their website.

Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books has the difficult task of following up an act made up in large part by nudity. However, that is rendered null by the fact this sale is the only one with an item priced with seven figures. With 87 lots, it is the smallest of the three sales, but if one particular lot sells, it will far outweigh the other two combined. Lot 45, Grazioso Benincasa’s Portolan Atlas, signed and dated by the man himself, is the sale’s crown jewel. Dated 1468 from Venice, this manuscript atlas contains seven charts, two of which are the earliest known depictions of their subjects--the west coast of Africa and Ireland. This item in question is a legendary piece for the most dedicated map collectors.The sale takes place on November 19th at Christie’s London, King Street location. Full details of the sale including an e-catalogue and auction registration may be found on Christie’s website here.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b> Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Lyscosthenes, Conrad. <i>Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon,</i> Basilea: Henricus Petrus, c. 1557, first edition, folio. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Collection of Ethiopic Religious Texts, in Ge'ez , illuminated manuscripts on vellum, c. 1700-20th c. (5 pcs.) $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Augustinus, Aurelius Sanctus.<br><i>De Civitate Dei,</i> Venice: Bonetus Locatellus per Octavianus Scotus, 9 Febbraio, 1486, 4to. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Choiseul-Gouffier, Marie Gabriel Comte de. <i>Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece,</i> Paris, J.J. Blaise, 1782-1809-1822, first edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Rufinus, Tyrannius (c. 345-411). <i>Expositio in symbolum apostolorum,</i> [Cologne, Ulrich Zel, c. 1472], first edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Magnus, Albertus. <i>Summa de eucharistiae sacramento,</i> Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1474. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Strabo. <i>Rerum geographicarum libri septemdecim. A Guilielmo Xylandro Augstano magna cura recogniti…,</i> Basel, Henricpetri, (August 1571). $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Riou, Stephen (1720-1780). <i>The Grecian Orders of Architecture. Delineated and Explained from the Antiquities of Athens,</i> London, 1768. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Mair, Paul Hektor. <i>Geschlechter Buch...der...Statt Augspurg,</i> Frankfurt am Maim, Sigmund Feyerabend, 1580. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Polybius (c. 200-118 B.C.). <i>Historiarum libri priores quinque,</i> Basel: Johann Herwagen, 1549. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Bellori, Giovanni Pietro. <i>Columna Antoniniana Marci Aurelii Antonini Augusti rebus gestis insignis Germanis simul...,</i> Rome, [1672]. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> <i>Ecclesiasticae Historiae, Eusebii Pamphili...Eiusdem de vita Constantini...Socratis...,</i> Paris, Robert Estienne, 1544. $800 to $1,200.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>

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