Monday, May 25, 2009

Auction Report: Upcoming

- Christie's London will sell Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts on 1 June. Highlights from the 294 lots include two original Hogarth prints once owned by Charles Dickens (£20,000-30,000); a first edition of A Christmas Carol (£14,000-16,000); piles of other Dickens works, and a few other things here and there.

- Also at Christie's London, on 3 June, Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, in 280 lots. The high spot is expected to be Thomas and William Daniell's six-volume plate book Oriental Scenery (1795-180[8]), which is estimated at £200,000-300,000. This is the only complete set to be offered at auction in thirty years. A 14th-century illuminated Bible is also expected to do well (£180,000-250,000). Four Blaeu continental maps could fetch £50,000-80,000

- Sotheby's New York will sell Fine Books and Manuscripts on 9 June. Highlights from the 107 lots include a Shakespeare Fourth Folio ($150,000-200,000); a collection of early American almanacs which contains one of three known copies of Poor Richard's Almanack for 1733, the first ($100,000-150,000); a first edition of the report of Lewis & Clark's travels ($80,000-120,000); and A. Edward Newton's copy of Walton's Compleat Angler ($75,000-100,000).

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