Rare Book Monthly Articles - May - 2024 Issue

Here Comes a New Search: Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven

  The history of book auctions have long reflected the intertwining threads of value and price.  Dealers convert rarity, condition and market appeal into offers to those who wish to add their name to the lengthening lists of collectors and collecting institutions who have possessed copies of important editions. As to understanding, appreciating, and celebrating the significance of material, those tasks have long fell to libraries because they own 95% of the best examples.   For them, we have developed an interesting enhancement to our searches to quickly and deeply plumb our 14,000,000 r...

Nine Arrests Made of Library Theft Ring that Stole $2.8 Million of Rare Books

On an “action day,” European law enforcement officers conducted a series of raids that led to the arrest of four individuals alleged to be part of a large rare book theft ring that had stolen rare ...

Caren at Potter & Potter - Not All Sales are Equal

Our report of Eric Caren’s ephemera sale recently conducted by Potter and Potter of Chicago makes dry reading until and unless you understand you’re seeing the changing of the guard in the collecti...

A Collection of 120,000 Books Offered For Sale

If you would like to obtain a lot of books quickly, collector/dealer Richard Axe has a deal for you. Axe has 120,000 books at his residence in Aysgarth, Yorkshire, U.K. He would like to sell them a...

How To Skin A Book

Harvard University has just stripped off one of its infamous books that was bound with human skin.   On March 27, 2024, Harvard University publicly announced they had removed the human skin from ...

Antiquarian Bookselling: Curiouser and Curiouser

Several recent articles in major publications caught my attention and I think they are interesting, if contradictory indicators for the antiquarian book business. The first is a long article in th...

Doyle Auctions: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps May 1st!

Doyle will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs Maps on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 10am. The sale offers a broad range of material ranging from the 12th to 20th centuries. The first thirty-fiv...

States Seek to Limit What Publishers Can Charge Libraries for eBooks

Are libraries being overcharged for e-books and audiobooks? Many libraries seem to think so, and legislatures in many states are considering legislation to bring these costs under control. The publ...

Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair: Saatchi Gallery 16 – 19 May 2024

Firsts London is one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world, showcasing unique and unusual items from over 100 leading UK and international dealers.  As the Antiquarian Bo...

So You Want to be an Antiquarian Bookseller?

So you want to be an antiquarian bookseller? Well you’re in good company, ever since the invention of movable type, c.1450, the western world has been cranking out books and in the wake there follo...

COLLECTING INSIGHTS – Registration Open for Summer 2024 Sessions

COLLECTING INSIGHTS https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/collecting-insights-summer-2024-3305979?utm-campaign=socialutm-content=creatorshareutm-medium=discoveryutm-term=odclsxcollectionutm-source=cpaff=e...

London Map Fair to be Held June 15-16

The annual London Map Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16. The London Map Fairs date back 30 years. Since 2008, they have been held at their current location – the Royal Geograp...

Boxboro Paper Town Returns June 8

Boxboro Paper Town – The Vintage Paper, Book Advertising Collectibles Show will be returning on June 8, 2024. The popular show takes place in Boxboro, or more formally, Boxborough, every year when...

Seven New Catalogues Reviewed

This month we review seven new bookseller catalogues. Type Punch Matrix presents the George Bixby Collection of James Baldwin. Voewood Rare Books offers a wide-ranging and eclectic mix of items. Bo...

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  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.

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