Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana

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Date of the auction: 12.06.2019

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CRICK, Francis H.C. (1916-2004) and WATSON, James D. (b.1928). Galley proof...

CRICK, Francis H.C. (1916-2004) and WATSON, James D. (b.1928). Galley proof signed ("Francis Crick" and "James D. Watson") with two annotations. "Molecular structure of nucleic acids: A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid." Nature 171 (1953): 737-738. One galley page, 570 x 153mm (repaired at

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$180,000 - US$250,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955) and Elsa (1876-1936). Postcard signed (“A...

EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955) and Elsa (1876-1936). Postcard signed (“A. Einstein”) to Dr. and Mrs. Epstein, El Salvador, on board the San Francisco , 14 March 1932. In German .151 x 107 mm. "There is nothing more interesting than the history of knowledge when it is free of hero worship." Following a

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to...

EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Paul Epstein, Princeton, 28 November 1945. In German. Two pages, 217 x 280 mm, on personal blindstamped letterhead (“A. Einstein, 112 Mercer Street”), with two sketched diagrams. "It is this view against which my instinct

Lot #: 39

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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GLOBE OF THE PLANET MARS – BRUN, Emmy Ingeborg (1872–1929) Made from...

GLOBE OF THE PLANET MARS – BRUN, Emmy Ingeborg (1872–1929) Made from plaster applied to surface of a globe, and the cartography (after Percival Lowell) then painted. Supposed oases and areas of seasonal vegetation named and connected by a series of canals. Supported in graduated half-meridian arc on

Lot #: 57

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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CRIMEAN WAR – The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the...

CRIMEAN WAR – The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the War, from Drawings, Photographs, and Notes, Taken on the Spot . [London:] Dickinson Brothers, [c.1856]. An extremely rare complete suite of plates with vivid depictions of the Crimean War, including scenes from Sebastopol

Lot #: 66

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$18,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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SOUTH SEA BUBBLE– A full set of playing cards satirizing the “South Sea...

SOUTH SEA BUBBLE– A full set of playing cards satirizing the “South Sea Bubble”. [London: Thomas Carington Bowles, 1720-21.] [ With :] April-kaart of kaart spel van momus naar de nieuwste mode [Amsterdam, 1721]. Extraordinary full set of the "South Sea Bubble" playing cards, rarely to be found

Lot #: 79

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790). Autograph letter signed (''B. Franklin...

FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790). Autograph letter signed ("B. Franklin") to Henry Home, Lord Kames, London, 14 March 1775. One page 229 x 183mm. Weeks before Lexington and Concord, Franklin bids farewell to Lord Kames before his return to America. "I cannot depart without taking Leave of my dear Lord

Lot #: 111

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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JEFFERSON, Thomas (1743-1826). Autograph letter to John Page, Philadelphia...

JEFFERSON, Thomas (1743-1826). Autograph letter to John Page, Philadelphia, 30 July 1776. Two pages, 326 x 210mm, bifolium, with integral transmittal leaf addressed in his hand and franked ("free Th Jefferson") (small seal hole, not affecting text). Writing in July 1776, only weeks after drafting

Lot #: 112

Estimate: US$50,000 - US$70,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed (''Go...

WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed ("Go: Washington") as President to Major General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802), Carlisle, [Pennsylvania] 8 October 1794. Three pages, 228 x 186mm (a few small spots, page four with small strip of paper affixed bearing 1864 inscription). George

Lot #: 126

Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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POE, Edgar Allan (1809-1849). Autograph letter signed (''Edgar A. Poe'') to...

POE, Edgar Allan (1809-1849). Autograph letter signed ("Edgar A. Poe") to Nicholas Biddle, Philadelphia, 6 January 1841. One page, 198 x 247mm, with address leaf in Poe's hand, both hinged to a slightly larger sheet. "Your name has an almost illimitable influence in this city": Poe seeks crucial

Lot #: 137

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865). Autograph letter signed (''A. Lincoln'') as...

LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865). Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln") as President, to Major General John Charles Frémont, Washington, 21 December 1861. Two pages, 205 x 126mm, bifolium (contemporary ink spot touching a couple letters on second page). Lincoln admonishes Fremont over the Lyon's defeat

Lot #: 144

Estimate: US$80,000 - US$120,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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BODMER, Karl (1809-1893) – MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, Prince Alexander...

BODMER, Karl (1809-1893) – MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, Prince Alexander (1782-1867). Voyage dans l’intérieur de l’Amérique du Nord executé pendant les années 1832, 1833, et 1834 . Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1840-1843. The first French edition of the best illustrated travel book to the American West

Lot #: 182

Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). The Great Gatsby . New York: Charles...

FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). The Great Gatsby . New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. An exceptionally bright, unrestored copy of the first edition in Cugat's iconic dust-jacket . Francis Cugat's haunting depiction of hypnotic eyes beaming like headlights through the cobalt sky is thought to

Lot #: 200

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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BLOCH, Marcus Elieser (1723-1799). Ichthyologie, ou Histoire naturelle...

BLOCH, Marcus Elieser (1723-1799). Ichthyologie, ou Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere des poissons. Berlin: Chez l'auteur [François de la Garde], 1785-97. A fine and complete copy of Bloch's monumental work, "possibly the most beautiful book on fishes ever published" (Dance). First

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$80,000 - US$120,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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POE, Edgar Allan (1809-1849) – French. An 18k gold key-wound quarter...

POE, Edgar Allan (1809-1849) – French. An 18k gold key-wound quarter repeating open-face pocket watch with metal guilloche dial Roman hour markers and spade hands. The cuvet (dust-cover) is engraved, “Echappement A Cylindre En – Aiguilley – Edgar A. Poe – Pierre Huit Trous En Rubis.” The inside

Lot #: 209

Estimate: US$80,000 - US$120,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891). Moby-Dick; or, the Whale . New York: Harper...

MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891). Moby-Dick; or, the Whale . New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. A lovely copy of the first American edition, first binding . The American edition of Melville's 1851 whaling novel contained some thirty-five passages not present in the English edition, which had preceded it

Lot #: 204

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to...

EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Paul Epstein, Princeton, n.d., but before November 1945. In German. Three pages, 282 x 218mm, on personal blindstamped letterhead (“A. Einstein, 112 Mercer Street”). "In other words, God tirelessly plays dice under laws which

Lot #: 37

Estimate: US$70,000 - US$100,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790). Letter signed (''B. Franklin'') to Henry...

FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790). Letter signed ("B. Franklin") to Henry Home, Lord Kames ("My Dear Lord"), London 11 April 1767. Seven pages, 325 x 203mm, with the date additionally in Franklin's hand (fold separations neatly repaired, lightly toned in spots). [ With :] a fragment of the original

Lot #: 108

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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[ARIAS MONTANUS, Benedictus (1527-1598)]. Regi seculor immortali s. humanae...

[ARIAS MONTANUS, Benedictus (1527-1598)]. Regi seculor immortali s. humanae salutis monumenta B. Ariae Montani studio constructa et decantata. Antwerp: Christoph Plantin, 1571 [but 1572]. The recently identified second edition of the first Catholic emblem book—a masterpiece of Netherlandish book

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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ALUNNO, Francesco (1455-1556). Le ricchezze della lingua volgare. Venice...

ALUNNO, Francesco (1455-1556). Le ricchezze della lingua volgare. Venice: heirs of Aldus Manutius, after 15 July 1551. The second Aldine edition of the bestselling glossary of Boccaccio, enlarged. Alunno was part of a coterie of humanists, including Ludovico Dolce, Pietro Aretino, and Girolamo

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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BELON, Pierre (1517-1564). L’histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs...

BELON, Pierre (1517-1564). L’histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naifs portraicts retirez du naturel . Paris: Benoît Prevost for Guillaume Cavellat, 1555. First edition, Cavellat issue, of “one of the first ornithological texts of its time to be based on direct

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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BIBLE, in Latin. Basel: Johann Froben, 27 June 1491.

BIBLE, in Latin. Basel: Johann Froben, 27 June 1491. First octavo edition of the Bible , known as Froben’s “Bibliola." Froben was an intimate of Erasmus and the founder of the printing dynasty which made Basel the chief center of scholarly publishing in the early 16th century. This book was his

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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DONI, Anton Francesco (1513-1574). I marmi . Venice: Francesco Marcolini...

DONI, Anton Francesco (1513-1574). I marmi . Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1552-53. First edition of an unconventional work of imaginary dialogues by the eccentric and pugnacious Anton Doni, illustrated with a trove of woodcuts from other works . Over a hundred different interlocutors—some real

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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HORACE (65-8 BCE). Poemata omnia . Edited by Franciscus Asulanus. Venice...

HORACE (65-8 BCE). Poemata omnia . Edited by Franciscus Asulanus. Venice: heirs of Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus, November 1519. “The most correct of the Aldine editions of Horace” (Renouard). This third Aldine edition was edited by Franciscus Asulanus, whose corrected text was then used for

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,200

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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LASSO DE LA VEGA, Gabriel (1558-1615). Primera parte de Cortes valeroso, y...

LASSO DE LA VEGA, Gabriel (1558-1615). Primera parte de Cortes valeroso, y Mexicana. Madrid: Pedro Madrigal, 1588. The very rare first edition of one of the finest poems in the “Cortés cycle.” Written on the commission of Martin Cortés, son of Hernán, Cortes valeroso recounts the conquistador’s

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$40,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Della cosmografia universale. Basel...

MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Della cosmografia universale. Basel: Heinrich Petri, March 1558. Rare first Italian edition of “the first modern” work of cosmology (Hodgen), in a contemporary binding. Münster was a cartographer, historian, and linguist who combined his expertise to elevate the

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$25,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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PTOLEMY (fl. 2nd century). La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino...

PTOLEMY (fl. 2nd century). La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino. Translated and edited by Girolamo Ruscelli. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1573[-74]. Third Ruscelli edition of Ptolemy, containing a new map of Rome. The Renaissance rediscovery of the Greek text of Ptolemy’s Geography —the most

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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POLIZIANO, Angelo (1454-1494). Opera. Edited by Alexander Sartius. Venice...

POLIZIANO, Angelo (1454-1494). Opera. Edited by Alexander Sartius. Venice: Aldus Manutius, July 1498. First edition of the complete works of the preeminent humanist scholar of the Florentine Renaissance, Angelo Poliziano—the Charles W. Clark copy, with early marginalia and underlining. Poliziano

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$9,000 - US$12,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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SPECKLIN, Daniel (1536-1589). Architectura von Vestungen. Strassburg...

SPECKLIN, Daniel (1536-1589). Architectura von Vestungen. Strassburg: Bernhart Jobin, 1589. First edition of an important work on military and defensive architecture by an architect who worked on the fortification of Gibraltar. Specklin was a preeminent European specialist on fortification and an

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 12 Jun 2019

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VALERIUS MAXIMUS (fl. 30 CE). Exempla quatuor et viginti nuper inventa ante...

VALERIUS MAXIMUS (fl. 30 CE). Exempla quatuor et viginti nuper inventa ante caput de ominibus . Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus, October 1514. Second Aldine edition of a classic of Silver Age Latin, the Charles W. Clark copy. Valerius Maximus created this commonplace book of Latin

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 12 Jun 2019