Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Upcoming Auction of Note

Richard at Bytown Bookshop passes along the scoop on a major upcoming auction: Bloomsbury New York will sell the collection of Pamela and Richards Estes on 26 September. The highlight of the sale is a beautiful copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer (first picture), one of just 48 copies bound in pigskin. That's expected to fetch as much as $300,000. The sale will also include several incunabula, a 1502 Aldine edition of Dante (the first work to include Manutius' anchor device), a significant number of early printed books, and a huge selection of private press books, including many others from Kelmscott.

I'll make a note to check the results of this one, we might see some noteworthy bids on some of these items.