Monday, April 07, 2008

Auction Report: Bloomsbury

The results are in from Bloomsbury's Saturday sale of Important Books and Manuscripts. Ninety of 150 lots sold; those did not include the three major items mentioned here.

Fetching $50,000, the high spot of the sale was a 1762 Bible bound by or for James Edwards of Halifax in blue morocco with exquisite neo-classical decoration. The Bible is "extra-illustrated with two engraved titles and 209 plates (29 double-page) by B. Picart and G. Hoet from Pierre de Hondt's Figures de la Bible (Amsterdam, 1728)."

The runner-up, at $46,000, was a first octavo edition (1840-1844) of Audubon's Birds of America.

Full list.

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