Bloomsbury’s enters fall season with Sept. 17-18 Bibliophile sale
NEW YORK – Bloomsbury Auctions New York will open the 2008 fall season with its largest sale to date Sept. 17-18. The two-day Bibliophile sale will consist of Americana, maps, literature , fine bindings, original art and art books, and the remarkable Fred M. Meyer collection of L. Frank Baum and related Oziana.
The sale commences with the Meyer material, which is especially well regarded among Oz collectors since Meyer is executive secretary of the International Wizard of Oz Club Inc. Over a period of more than 40 years, Fred Meyer amassed a wealth of first editions, manuscripts, printer’s proofs, rare toys and games, and drawings by W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill and others.
Day one continues with a fine group of original artworks and art-related books. Highlights from this section include a rare, full series of La Gazette du Bon Ton in original wrappers estimated at $50,000 – $70,000. This groundbreaking Parisian fashion periodical contains hundreds of pochoir plates by George Barbier, Raoul Dufy, George Lepape, Umberto Brunelleschi, A. E. Marty, Paul Iribe and many other masters of the Art Deco age of elegance. The day concludes with the sale of literature and fine bindings.
The second day of the sale highlights Americana, maps and travel literature. Included in this offering is the first American edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, printed by Prichard and Hall in 1788, estimated at $3,000-$4,000, as well as Johannes Jansson’s major atlas Le Nouvel Atlas ou Theatre de Monde, auquel represente la Grande Bretagne, Tome Quatriesme, estimated at $5,000 – $8,000.
Previews will be held from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. The auction will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on both Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet.
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