Auction 15.04.1996

Christie's
New York, Park Avenue

Date of the auction: 15.04.1996 - 16.04.1996

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BOOT, ANSELMUS BOETIUS DE. GEMMARUM ET LAPIDUM HISTORIA

BOOT, ANSELMUS BOETIUS DE. GEMMARUM ET LAPIDUM HISTORIA Leyden: 1647. 576pp. Together with LAET, IOANNIS DE. ANTVVERPIANI DE GEMMIS ET LAPIDIBUS Leyden: 1647. 210pp. This is a very important early work on gemstones and their cutting. Written in Latin it provides the essence of all knowledge on gems

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$1,400 - US$1,600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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DUTENS, M.L. OEUVRES MELEES DE M.L. DUTENS

DUTENS, M.L. OEUVRES MELEES DE M.L. DUTENS Geneva: Chez Bonnant, 1784. 397pp. This is an extremely rare book which even Sinkankas was not able to view. It comprises Dutens various writings, "Des Pierre Precieuses", "Des Pierres Fines", "La Logique ou L'Art de Raisonner", "Lettres sur Divers Sujets

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$600 - US$700

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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JACOBS, HENRI ET CHATRAIN, NICOLAS. LE DIAMANT

JACOBS, HENRI ET CHATRAIN, NICOLAS. LE DIAMANT Paris: G. Masson, 1884. 356pp. During its time this was a popular study of the diamond, today it serves as not only an interesting study of the diamond, but also a beautifully bound book showing the art of Victorian bookbinding in the late 1800's. This

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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JEFFRIES, DAVID. TRAITE DES DIAMANTS ET DES PERLES

JEFFRIES, DAVID. TRAITE DES DIAMANTS ET DES PERLES Paris: Debure & N. Tillard, 1753. 104pp. This is the French edition printed three years after the first edition. "Much scarcer than the 2nd edition

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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JEFFRIES, DAVID. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PEARLS

JEFFRIES, DAVID. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PEARLS London: E. Lumley, after 1871. 116pp. Sinkankas states "The first book in English to describe how diamonds and pearls can be evaluated on the basis of the factors of size and style of cut....The "ideal" cut in Jeffries' time is a cushion brilliant

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$250 - US$350

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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BAUER, DR. MAX. PRECIOUS STONES

BAUER, DR. MAX. PRECIOUS STONES London: Charles Griffin and Company, Ltd., 1904. 627pp. The 1904 English translation of Edelsteinkunde by Dr. Max Bauer was translated by L.J. Spencer, M.A., F.G.S. Assistant in the Mineral Department of the British Museum. Like the first edition in German, it is

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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TOLKOWSKY, MARCEL. DIAMOND DESIGN

TOLKOWSKY, MARCEL. DIAMOND DESIGN London: E. & F. N. Spon, Ltd., 1919. 104pp. Sinkankas states "This is the first treatise to establish a mathematical basis for the cutting of diamond faceted gems....A classic in lapidary work and now quite rare

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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THREE BOOKS ON GEM FOLKLORE

THREE BOOKS ON GEM FOLKLORE FOBES, HARRIET KEITH. MYSTIC GEMS Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1924. 115pp. Inscribed: " To Dr. Sprague Carleton with the best of good wishes from his friend the author January 25, 1938" Sinkankas states "One of the best works on the twelve birthstones....Covers wear badly

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$250 - US$350

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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MAWE, JOHN. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES

MAWE, JOHN. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES London: The Author, 1828. 148pp. This is the author's presentation copy of the second edition dated 1823. The color plates are hand colored. Sinkankas states "Complete copies of this edition are difficult to find and commonly the dedication leaf

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$500 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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GARDNER, GEORGE. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL, PRINCIPALLY THROUGH THE...

GARDNER, GEORGE. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL, PRINCIPALLY THROUGH THE NORTHERN PROVINCES, AND THE GOLD AND DIAMOND DISTRICTS, DURING THE YEARS 1836-1841 London: Reeve, Brothers, 1846. 562pp. This presentation copy is inscribed by the author. The text is an historical account of one man's

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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MAWE, JOHN. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL, PARTICULARLY IN THE GOLD AND...

MAWE, JOHN. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL, PARTICULARLY IN THE GOLD AND DIAMOND DISTRICTS OF THAT COUNTRY BY AUTHORITY OF THE PRINCE REGENT OF PORTUGAL, INCLUDING A VOYAGE TO THE RIO DE LA PLATA AND AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE REVOLUTION OF BUENOS AYRES London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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WILLIAMS, GARDNER F. THE DIAMOND MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA

WILLIAMS, GARDNER F. THE DIAMOND MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA New York: B.F. Buck & Company, 1905. Vol. I 359pp., Vol II 353pp. Inscribed: Presented to Frederick J. Siebert, Jr. with the compliments of Gardner Williams San Francisco 26th July 1921 "There have been prepared One Thousand Copies of the

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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WILLIAMS, G.F. THE DIAMOND MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA

WILLIAMS, G.F. THE DIAMOND MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902. 681pp. This is the single volume edition of the above. This particular copy is exceptional because it is signed by the author dated May 1903 and has its original dustjacket

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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KING, C.W. THE NATURAL HISTORY, ANCIENT AND MODERN, OF PRECIOUS STONES AND...

KING, C.W. THE NATURAL HISTORY, ANCIENT AND MODERN, OF PRECIOUS STONES AND GEMS, AND OF THE PRECIOUS METALS London: Bell and Daldy, 1865. 442pp. King attempts in this book, as he states in his preface, to provide the average lay person who may own a gem, interesting information on it. It is the A to

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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MURRAY, JOHN. A MEMOIR ON THE DIAMOND

MURRAY, JOHN. A MEMOIR ON THE DIAMOND London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1831. 61pp. This is an interesting book on the diamond written for the general public. Of interest today is the discussion on colored diamonds and the frontispiece illustration which shows a diamond guage with a

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$250 - US$350

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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STREETER, EDWIN W. PRECIOUS STONES AND GEMS

STREETER, EDWIN W. PRECIOUS STONES AND GEMS London: Chapman & Hall, 1879. With bookplate for: H.R.H. The Duke of Albany. K.G. Sinkankas states "A large and highly important treatise on gemstones, the second in a long series of editions, from the hand of the well-known and wealthy London Jeweler

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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STREETER, E.W. THE GREAT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD

STREETER, E.W. THE GREAT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD London: George Bell & Sons, 1882. 321pp. Inscribed: Presented to Mrs. Hope by the Author Edwin W. Streeter July 1882 Sinkankas states "The first major work on famous diamonds in any language and for many years regarded as the sole authority and still

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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THREE BOOKS BY EDWIN W. STREETER

THREE BOOKS BY EDWIN W. STREETER BREWER, MRS. WITH NOTES AND ADDITIONS BY STREETER, EDWIN W. GOLD London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1877. 139pp. This book is translated and abridged from "Die Gesetzliche Regelung des Feingehaltes von Gold und Silber-Waaren" by Arthur von Studnitz. It is not

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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STREETER, E.W. PEARLS AND PEARLING LIFE

STREETER, E.W. PEARLS AND PEARLING LIFE London: George Bell & Sons, 1886. 329pp. Sinkankas states "One of the finest works on pearls ever published and still useful today....The work is now scarce." This copy contains a letter signed by Streeter dated 1888

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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FEUCHTWANGER, DR. LEWIS. TREATISE ON GEMS IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL...

FEUCHTWANGER, DR. LEWIS. TREATISE ON GEMS IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL AND SCIENTIFIC VALUE New York: A. Hanford, 1838. 162pp. This is a very rare first edition in its original cloth covers. It is the first Treatise on Gems written in the United States and served as the authoritative text until

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$700 - US$800

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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A SELECTION OF SIX NINETEENTH CENTURY GEM BOOKS

A SELECTION OF SIX NINETEENTH CENTURY GEM BOOKS BURNHAM, S.M. PRECIOUS STONES IN NATURE, ART, AND LITERATURE Boston: Bradlee Whidden, 1886. 400pp. CASTELLANI, AUGUSTO. GEMS London: Bell & Daldy, 1871. 241pp. CHURCH, A.H. PRECIOUS STONES London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1891. 111pp. DIEULAFAIT, LOUIS

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$500 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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EMANUEL, HARRY. DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES

EMANUEL, HARRY. DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES London: John Camden Hotten, 1865. 266pp. This oversize edition is extremely rare on two counts. First, Sinkankas states "Only several copies were examined, but all were poorly bound which caused sections to loosen and fall out." This edition is very well

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,000

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK AND STEVENSON, CHARLES HUGH. THE BOOK OF THE PEARL

KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK AND STEVENSON, CHARLES HUGH. THE BOOK OF THE PEARL New York: The Century Co., 1908. 548pp. Inscribed: For Henry Ford Esq. with the sincerest appreciation of the senior author George F Kunz. Sept 10 1915 Detroit This book is as important for its exquisite gilded binding as for

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK. GEMS AND PRECIOUS STONES OF NORTH AMERICA

KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK. GEMS AND PRECIOUS STONES OF NORTH AMERICA New York: The Scientific Publishing Company, 1890. 336pp. This book was Kunz's first major work. It became the authoritative text on gemstones in North America after Lewis Feuchtwanger's "A Treatise on Gems". Of interest to collectors

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK. IVORY AND THE ELEPHANT

KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK. IVORY AND THE ELEPHANT New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1916. 527pp. This is the rarest of all books written by Kunz and also the most complete documentation on the subject of ivory in existence. The book tackles many subjects including the art of ivory carving, the

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,100

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK. RINGS FOR THE FINGER

KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK. RINGS FOR THE FINGER Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1917. This presentation copy is signed by the author and dated 5 May 1917. It is a first edition copy in very good condition. As the most comprehensive book ever written on rings it remains extremely

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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SIMONIN, L. LA VIE SOUTERRAINE OU LES MINES ET LES MINEURS

SIMONIN, L. LA VIE SOUTERRAINE OU LES MINES ET LES MINEURS Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie., 1867. 604pp. This book quickly became the popular text on mineral, metal and coal mining when first published. It remains today a well-known book on French mining. SIMONIN, L. LES PIERRES ESQUISSES

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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JANNETTAZ, ED., FONTENAY, E., VANDERHEYM, EM., COUTANCE, A.

JANNETTAZ, ED., FONTENAY, E., VANDERHEYM, EM., COUTANCE, A. DIAMANT ET PIERRES PRECIEUSES Paris: J. Rothschild, 1881. 580pp. This was an early important work on gemstones in the French language. Of particular interest is the chapter on jewelry shown in the Exposition Universelle in 1878

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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ROSENTHAL, LEONARD. THE KINGDOM OF THE PEARL

ROSENTHAL, LEONARD. THE KINGDOM OF THE PEARL London: Nisbet & Co. Ltd., 192-. 151pp. Leaonard Rosenthal was a leading pearl dealer in Paris in the early 20th Century. His business declined by the onset of the Japanese cultured pearl. He sued to have these new pearls declared "cultured" and won. It

Lot #: 31

Estimate: US$250 - US$350

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996

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A COLLECTION OF NINE BOOKS ON THE WORKS OF PETER CARL FABERGE

A COLLECTION OF NINE BOOKS ON THE WORKS OF PETER CARL FABERGE BAINBRIDGE, H.C. TWICE SEVEN THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF H.C. BAINBRIDGE London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1933. 312pp. H.C. Bainbridge was the London agent and close friend of Carl Fabergé for thirty years. BAINBRIDGE, H.C., introduction

Lot #: 32

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 15 Apr 1996 - 16 Apr 1996