Rare Books at Auction This Week

Here are the auctions I’ll be watching this week:

At ALDE on Tuesday, June 14, Louis-Ferdinand Céline – Livres et Manuscrits, in 104 lots. Céline’s Voyage au bout de la nuit (1932) in a binding by Antoinette Cerutti and with an autograph epigraph by the author is estimated at €20,000–30,000, while a deluxe copy of Mort à crédit (1936) could sell for €30,000–40,000.

Dominic Winter Auctions sells Printed Books, Maps & Ephemera, William Simpson & The Crimean War on Wednesday, June 15, in 417 lots. A near-complete set of John Lenthall’s playing card maps from about 1717 and Lenthall’s Geographical Cards of England (about 1712–17) are each estimated at £10,000–15,000. A manuscript book of hours from northern France, about 1450, is expected to sell for £5,000–8,000.

Some books and other printed items are included in the 269-lot sale at Doyle New York on Wednesday of The Collection of Jay I. Kislak, sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation. A sammelband of three works by Raymond Breton, his Dictionaire Caraibe-François (1665), Dictionaire François-Caraibe (1666) and Petit catechisme (1664) is expected to sell for $12,000–18,000. The Streeter copy of I.G. Searcy’s 1829 map of Florida is estimated at $5,000–8,000. An autograph quatrain sent to Admiral Nelson by Emma Hamilton after the Battle of Copenhagen is could sell for $3,000–5,000.

At Forum Auctions on Thursday, June 16, Books and Works on Paper, in 267 lots.

Dominic Winter sells Modern First Editions & Children’s Books, The Dudley Ollis Playing Card Collection, and Original Illustrations & Artwork on Thursday, in 286 lots. John Lenthall’s Love Cards (about 1712–17) is estimated at £4,000–6,000. The Kelmscott Press Golden Legend (1892) could sell for £3,000–4,000. A second state copy of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker (1955) is estimated at £2,500–3,000; this copy is inscribed to Kenneth Lewis, the designer of the dust jacket.

At Swann Galleries on Thursday, 455 lots of Fine Books & Autographs. A 1931 photograph of Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, signed by both, rates the top estimate at $30,000–40,000. One of just 35 copies of Edward Ruscha’s Flipping, Kicking, Howling, Rolling, Sitting, Standing, Climbing, Telling (1988) is expected to fetch $15,000–20,000. A collection of more than sixty letters from Woodrow Wilson to Edward Hurley, chair of the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Shipping Board, could sell for $15,000–25,000.

Rounding out Thursday’s sales, Antiquarian Books with Fine Press & Fine Bindings; Illustrated Books with Fore-Edge Paintings at PBA Galleries, in 455 lots. Volumes 1–11 of La Guirlande (1919–21) is rated at $5,000–8,000. A rare complete set of the Feya Kukol (“Fairy Doll”) postcards made to benefit the St. Eugenia Red Cross Society in 1904 is estimated at $5,000–8,000.

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