Centuries-old books bring visual pleasure at Swann, Oct. 13

Book of Hours with illuminated miniatures, circa 1480-1510, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

Book of Hours with illuminated miniatures, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ Thursday, October 13 Early Printed Books sale will include works from the Early Modern and Enlightenment period, starting with the Manny Coleman collection, as well as publications on economics, science, medicine and travel and will feature part two of the collection of Ken Rapoport. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The house’s spring offering of Ken Rapoport’s collection delivered outstanding results for printings of iconic works of English and Spanish literature. The fall auction prepares to deliver the same with 125 lots on the auction block representing the collection’s strengths. Highlights include early editions of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Jacques Lagniet, ‘Recueil des Plus Illustres Proverbs, Divises en Trois Livres,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000

Jacques Lagniet, ‘Recueil des Plus Illustres Proverbs, Divises en Trois Livres,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000

Opening the auction is a small collection of books formed by bibliophile Stephen White after White acquired a portion of the Manny Coleman collection in 2001. Of note is a selection of French satirical prints from the mid-17th century by Jacques Lagniet, estimated at $25,000-$35,000, and a 1599 first edition of Robert Allott’s Wits Theater of the Little World, estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Important works in economics include editions by John Maynard Keynes, Thomas Robert Malthus and John Locke, along with several works by Adam Smith and a London 1848 first edition of John Stuart Mill’s Principles of Political Economy, estimated at $3,000-$4,000.

A selection of titles relating to science and medicine feature with an 1839 London publication of  Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches in Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S. Beagle, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; as well as a first edition of Sigmund Freud’s first published paper, estimated at $600-$800; Domingo Royo’s 1734 work on the veterinary care of horses, estimated at $1,500-$2,500; a physician’s illustrated notebook from England in the mid-19th century, estimated at $500-$700; and New and Important Improvements in Mechanical Dentistry, West Chester, PA, written in 1855 by Sharpless Clayton and offered with an original set of Clayton’s patented false teeth. This last is estimated at $400-$600.

William Shakespeare, ‘Comedies, Histories, and Histories,’ fourth folio, 1685, estimated at $60,000-$80,000

William Shakespeare, ‘Comedies, Histories, and Histories,’ fourth folio, 1685, estimated at $60,000-$80,000

Travel features Sebastian Pedro Cubero’s Peregrinacion que ha Hecho de la Mayor Parte del Mundo, Zaragoza & Valencia, 1688 and 1697, in which he tracks his journey as a Catholic missionary from Europe to Asian and then the Americas through Mexico and east to Cuba, as well as his time in Europe. This work has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Charles William Janson’s The Stranger in America, published in London in 1807, is available, with detailed depictions of Philadelphia, Boston, Hell Gate in New York Harbor, the Bank of the United States, Mount Vernon, and the Death of Washington. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Additional highlights include a Book of Hours with illuminated miniatures from France in the late 15th century, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; a 1685 Fourth Folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; and Christoph Ernst Prediger’s 18th-century work in German on bookbinding and box-making, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.


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