Here are the auctions I’ll be watching this week:
At the ALDE on Tuesday June 14, Louis-Ferdinand Céline – Books and Manuscripts, in 104 batches. by Celine journey to the Edge of the Night (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 by Death on credit (1936) could sell for between €30,000 and €40,000.
Dominic Winter Auctions sells Printed books, maps and ephemera, William Simpson and the Crimean War on Wednesday June 15, in 417 batches. An almost complete set of John Lenthall Playing cards of about 1717 and Lenthall’s Geographical maps of England (c. 1712–1717) are each estimated at £10,000–15,000. A manuscript book of hours from northern France, circa 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 from The Jay I. Kislak Collection, sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation. A small group of three works by Raymond Breton, his French-Caribbean Dictionary (1665), French-Caribbean dictionary (1666) and small catechism (1664) should sell for $12,000-18,000. The Streeter copy of IG Searcy’s 1829 map of Florida is estimated between $5,000 and $8,000. A autograph quatrain sent to Admiral Nelson by Emma Hamilton after the Battle of Copenhagen could sell for $3,000 to $5,000.
During Forum Auctions on Thursday, June 16, Books and works on paperin 267 batches.
Dominic Winter sells Modern first editions and children’s books, collection of Dudley Ollis playing cards and original illustrations and illustrations on Thursday, in 286 batches. by John Lenthal love cards (circa 1712-1717) is estimated between £4,000 and £6,000. The Kelmscott Press golden legend (1892) could sell for £3,000-4,000. A second state copy of Ian Fleming moonraker (1955) is estimated between £2,500 and £3,000; this copy is listed to Kenneth Lewis, the dust jacket designer.
At Galeries Swann on Thursday, 455 lots of Beautiful books and autographs. A 1931 photograph of Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, signed by both, values the higher estimate at $30,000-40,000. One of Edward Ruscha’s 35 copies Rolling Over, Kicking, Yelling, Rolling, Sitting, Standing, Climbing, Telling (1988) is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $20,000. A collection of more than sixty letters from Woodrow Wilson to Edward Hurley, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and the US Shipping Board, could sell for $15,000 to $25,000.
To complete Thursday’s sales, Old books with fine press and fine bindings; Books illustrated with prominent paintings at Galeries PBA, in 455 lots. Volumes 1 to 11 of The Garland (1919–21) is valued at $5,000–8,000. A rare full set of the Postcards Feya Kukol (“Fairy Doll”) made for the benefit of the Red Cross Society of Sainte-Eugénie in 1904 is estimated between $5,000 and $8,000.