A busy week is shaping up in the auction rooms; here is the recap.
Tuesday, May 3, at Hindman, The Library of Jack Charles Davis, in 424 lots. This collection is sold to fund community charitable giving in the Lansing, Michigan area. A first edition of Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) puts the highest estimate at $15,000-20,000, while a copy of the first American edition of Ernest Hemingway’s book In our time (1925) from the library of Hemingway’s literary agent, Curtis Brown, could sell for $10,000 to $15,000.
At Artcurial on Wednesday May 4, the third part of the Maurice Houdayer Library, in 401 lots.
Hindman is selling 313 lots of fine books and manuscripts in print, including America, on Wednesday. An original edition of the first printed treatise on architecture, Leon Battista Alberti About the build (Florence, 1485) with fake annotations in the style of Leonardo da Vinci is estimated between $80,000 and $120,000. A number of Audubon bird plates will be offered, along with a complete copy of the Johnson Reprint Co. & Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Amsterdam) reprint edition of the birds of america (1971–72), which is estimated at $15,000–20,000. A copy of State 10 of John Smith’s circa 1625 map of Virginia rates the same estimate.
Wednesdays at Freeman’s, Books and Manuscripts, in 75 lots. A contemporary manuscript book of letters documenting the peace negotiations at the end of the American Revolution puts the top estimate at $50,000-80,000. A secretarial copy of a June 1776 Continental Congress resolution defining treason, signed by Charles Thomson, could sell for $15,000 to $25,000. A copy of the facsimile of the Declaration of Independence produced for Peter Force’s American Archives should sell for between $12,000 and $18,000.
At the University Archives on Wednesday, 399 lots of rare books, autographs, manuscripts and photos. A large collection of documents from the collection of architect Addison Mizner, developer of the Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Florida area, including 186 handwritten pages of his autobiography, publicity material related to his development business, books of his library, clothes, etc. , is expected to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000. An April 1951 letter from Einstein in English to science fiction writer Sam Moskowitz about the speed of light and the theory of relativity is expected to fetch between $80,000 and $100,000. An illustrated journal of English explorer Albert Markham’s 1877-1878 tour of the American West could sell for $50,000-60,000.
On Thursday at ALDE, Travel Books, Maps & Atlases, in 201 lots.
At the Forum Auctions on Thursday, 270 lots of Books and Works on Paper.
Swann Galleries is selling Early Printed Books on Thursday, in 312 lots, including an issue from Ken Rapoport’s collection. A Shakespeare Second Folio (1632) values the highest estimate at $100,000-150,000, while a copy of the authorized third edition of Don Quixote (Valencia, 1605) could sell for between $80,000 and $100,000. A 1527 Cologne edition of Thucydides for Jean Grolier is estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.
Rounding out Thursday’s sales, Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries, in 535 lots. A clipper navigation chart for the Fanny S. Perley (circa 1860) is expected to sell for $10,000-15,000.