Book from Mark Twain’s library enlivens Turner’s March 5 sale
SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Books & Manuscripts, Part 2 on Saturday, March 5. The sale features more than 205 lots of antique or vintage books, including first editions, documents, maps, engravings, lithographs, postcard albums and signed lots. Most are from the collection and estate of Holbrook T. Mitchell of Northern California. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights of the upcoming sale include a signed volume from the personal library of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain. Titled The Records of Romsey Abbey: An Account of the Benedictine House of Nuns, with Notes on The Parish Church and Town (A.D. 907-1558), it is credited to Henry G. D. Liveing. It contains a fold-out map of the district and full-page photographic and illustrated plates. The printed paper certificate label signed by Clemens’ literary executor, Albert Bigelow Paine, is affixed to the front pastedown, with Clemens’ signature in ink above: ‘SL Clemens 1906.’ It is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Another standout is Boccaccio’s Genealogiae Deorum Gentilium from 1494. This copy features faux wood-grained paper over boards and contains 12 full-page woodcuts of genealogical trees and ornamental woodcut initial letters throughout. Its estimate is $800-$1,200.
Also of note is a group of four large illuminated Tafsir al-Qur’an manuscript paper leaves, dating to the 18th or 19th centuries. Each white/cream thin paper leaf has text on both sides. Overall the leaves are in very good condition, with some light soiling. The group is estimated at $400-$800.
Sure to charm are a group of three first edition Tom Swift novels by Victor Appleton. Represented are Tom Swift and His Air Glider, from 1912; Tom Swift and His Air Scout, published in 1910; and Tom Swift and His Electric Locomotive, or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails, dating to 1922. All have pictorial cloth covers and they carry an estimate of $80-$120.
Rounding out the highlights is a French patent of nobility from the 18th century. The document is comprised of five vellum leaves: the first has calligraphy within an elaborate engraved border, and the third features a gilt-painted armorial miniature showing the coat of arms with a wooden cart in the shield, against a theater stage background. The French patent of nobility is estimated at $300-$400.
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