Monday, September 03, 2012

Auction Report: September Preview

13 September seems to be the big day for sales this month:

- Christie's New York sells Asian Art Reference Books, from the library of C.T. Loo and others, in 129 lots.

- PBA Galleries offers Rare Books & Manuscripts: The Property of Jane Hohfield Galante and others, in 138 lots. The highlight is expected to be a copy of the Second Folio, estimated at $200,000-300,000. William Bradford's The Arctic Regions (1873), containing 141 albumen photographs by John Dunmore and George Critcherson, could fetch $140,000-180.000. An untrimmed copy of the first edition of Smith's Wealth of Nations rates estimates of $100,000-150,000, as does a German copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Most interesting for me, though, is Darwin's copy of Bewick's British Birds, which is estimated at $60,000-90,000.

- There will be a Bibliophile Sale at Bloomsbury, in 422 lots.

Here's what's up for the rest of the month:

- There's a huge sale of Children's, Conjuring, Private Press and Modern First Editions at Bloomsbury on 20 September, in 801 lots.

- Dominic Winter Auctions will sell Printed Books and Historical Documents, Important British Atlases & Maps on 19 September, and "A Gentleman's Library" on 20 September.

- Bonhams Oxford sells Printed Books and Maps on 25 September, in 688 lots.

- No preview yet for the 27 September PBA sale of Americana, African-American History, Travel & Exploration, Cartography from the library from Jane Galante.

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