Sunday, February 08, 2009

Auction Report: Upcoming

- Bonhams and Butterfields (San Francisco) will hold a Fine Books & Manuscripts sale on 15 February. Highlights include several Isaac Newton manuscripts.

- Bloomsbury London will hold a Bibliophile Sale on 12 February and a sale of Children's Books, Private Press/Limited Editions, Artist Books and Modern Illustrated Books on 26 February. The New York branch will host a Modern Posters and Bibliophile Sale on 25 February.

- Christies will sell Print and Manuscript Americana on 12 February, including a Stone Declaration of Independence on parchment ($400,000-600,000) and a third paper proof of the Stone printing ($70,000-90,000). There's also an 1813 John Adams letter to Gov. William Plumer, in which the former president (not entirely accurately) recounts the events of early July 1776 ($200,000-300,000).

- In a separate sale, also on 12 February, Christies will sell the manuscript of Abraham Lincoln's 1864 election night victory speech, delivered from the White House window. This is estimated at $3-4 million.