Ken Rapoport and Manny Coleman collections at Swann Early Printed Books

New York – Swann Galleries‘ On Thursday, October 13, the Early Print Book Sale will include works from the Modern/Enlightenment period, beginning with the Manny Coleman Collection, as well as publications on economics, science, medicine and travels and will feature the second part of Ken Rapoport’s collection.

The spring offering from the House of Ken Rapoport’s collection has yielded exceptional results for rare prints of iconic works of English and Spanish literature. The fall auction is gearing up to deliver the same with 125 lots on the auction block representing the highlights of the collection. Highlights include first editions by Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Geoffrey Chaucer and more.

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

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

Selected science and medical related titles appear in Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches in Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by HMS Beagle, London, 1839 ($6,000-9,000); as well as a first edition of Sigmund Freud’s first published article ($600-800), Domingo Royo’s rare 1734 work on the veterinary care of horses ($1,500-2,500); an illustrated notebook of a doctor from England in the middle of the 19th century ($500-700); and New and Important Improvements in Mechanical Dentistry, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1855, by Sharpless Clayton with an original set of Clayton’s patent false teeth ($400-600).

The Journey presents Peregrinacion que ha Hecho de la Mayor Parte del Mundo, Zaragoza and Valencia, 1688 and 1697 by Sebastian Pedro Cubero, in which he follows his journey as a Catholic missionary from Europe to Asia and then to the Americas at through Mexico and east to Cuba, as well as his stay in Europe ($4,000-6,000). José Antonio Villaseñor y Sánchez’s Theatro Americano, Mexico, 1746-48 documents fresh information about the towns and missions of New Spain, as well as California, Texas, and New Mexico (2,500-3,500 $). Charles William Janson’s Stranger in America, London, 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 ( $3,000 to $5,000).

Other highlights include a Book of Hours with illuminated miniatures of late 15th-century France ($20,000-30,000); an edition of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, printed by Jane Bell in 1655 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Christoph Ernst Prediger’s 18th-century work in German on Bookbinding and Boxmaking ($3,000-5,000).

Exhibition hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 7, 11, and 12. The live online auction platforms will be the Swann Galleries App, Invaluable and Live Auctioneers. The full catalog and auction information is available at and the Swann Galleries app.

The full list of lots can be found here.

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