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Rare Books and Autographs on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Including a Fine Selection of Plate Books, First Editions, Autographs and Bindings

  • Including a Fine Selection of Plate Books, First Editions, Autographs and Bindings

Doyle New York will hold an auction of Autographs and Rare Books on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10am. The sale will offer property in a variety of categories, including Americana, manuscripts, inscribed first editions, color plate books, livres d'artiste and original artwork. The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, October 24 through Monday, October 26. Doyle New York is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The selection of material pertaining to the artist and the book, including Marcel Arland Carnets de Gilbert, with five full-page color aquatints, three etched vignettes, and a lithographic frontispiece signed in ink by Roualt. The sale offers a fine copy of Braque's wonderful portfolio Espaces, limited to 300 copies signed by the artist, with the plates heightened with pochoir coloring. Walasse Ting's I Life, with original lithographs by Warhol, Oldenburg, Lichenstein, Dine, Appel and others represents the modern movements, as well as a copy of Andy Warhol Prints. A Catalogue Raisonee, with a rambling and singularly ill-spelled presentation from Warhol. The plate books feature a fine copy, largely untrimmed, of the Atlas for La Perouse's important voyage to the West Coast of America and Australasia, complete with its many major maps and plates. Also present is a very unusual group of material pertaining to Southern Italy, including two enormous and ambitious chromolithographic works produced in Palermo, Domenico Benedetto Gravina's Il Duomo di Monreale & and Andrea Terzi's La Capella Di S. Pietro. Both of these are very rare indeed, and despite the unusual publishing locale rank among the grandest of 19th century chromolithographic works. Similarly relating to Sicily is the very rare three volume Viaggi pittorico nel regno delle due Sicilie, published by Cucinello & Bianchi, a classic view book (with fine uncolored lithographs) devoted to Naples and Sicily. Eighteen volumes (a complete set) of Giulio Ferrario's beautiful Il Costume Antico e Moderne, Milan, 1826-29 in a remarkable romantique binding of the period, are a highpoint of the color-plate section. This set includes the important section on the Ottoman Empire in volume I, part III, and overall has many hundreds of very fine hand-colored plates, both of costume and landscape. Of American interest is a copy of George Catlin's O-Kee-Pa, an account of the celebrated suspension ceremony of the Mandan Indians, with the plates by Catlin and the rare Folium Reservatum. A selection of interesting autographs is scattered throughout the catalogue. These include a fine example of Stoneman's famous photograph of Churchill, inscribed by the great man to Laurence A. Steinhardt, an eminent American diplomat. The sale also offers a group of fourteen Grover Cleveland letters, a remarkable letter of Voltaire to his great friend the Compte d'Argental, and a fine Napoleon document. Private press and illustrated books are represented by a group of Eric Gill woodblocks and a large carved plaster inscription dated 1903. Present is one volume of the Bibliomaniac edition on vellum of the Works of Charles Paul de Kock, with two original pen-and-ink drawings byJohn Sloan. There is also a copy of Oscar Wilde's The Sphinx in its extraordinary vellum binding by Charles Ricketts; and a selection of illustrated books by Charles Wadsworth, Paul Landacre etc. Original art for books and popular publications include two delightful original four-panel ink drawings by Charles Schulz for Peanuts, one of which is quite early, dated July 15, 1952. The auction also features a group of original drawings by Hablot K. Browne. "Phiz", from the collection of Valerie Browne Lester, his descendant and biographer. A very rare and unusual addition of American interest is an exceptional two-page Fraktur bookplate drawn by Johannes Ernst Spangenberg, the Easton Bible Artist. There are a number of fine bindings, including sets, among which is a fine copy of the Mellstock Thomas Hardy, one of 500 signed sets, in dark blue morocco by the Scroll Bindery; a set of the first edition of Richard Burton's Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night ; the Works of Charles Dickens bound by Morrell in 36 volumes; and a copy of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan in a Riviere binding with a miniature by Miss C. B. Currie.

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