Freeman’s wins $ 201,000 for the first edition of Champlain
THE FIRST EDITION OF SIEUR DE CHAMPLAIN’S VOYAGES BY SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN HIGH RISE PRE-SALES ESTIMATE PAST
The undisputed highlight of the sale was the exceptional result obtained for Samuel de Champlains The Voyages of Sieur de Champlain, Paris, 1613 (Lot 3). After a call for tenders, the first edition of the French explorer’s second book sold for $ 201,600, more than tripling its high pre-sale estimate.
Other notable highlights include the sale of: Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada or Ardor: a family chronicle (Lot 99) which sold for $ 15,120, more than three times its high pre-sale estimate; Thomas Birch and JH Seymour’s, The geographical pastime or the complete tour of Europe (Lot 48), which reached $ 13,100, more than five times its high pre-sale estimate; Evening clouds, eastern side of Sierra Nevada, California, a photograph of Ansel Adams (lot 124), realized $ 10,710; and a full set of Harlequin playing cards by Chas E. Carryl (Lot 49), which sold for $ 8,820, more than seven times its high presale estimate.
ABOUT FREEMAN’S BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS DEPARTMENT
Under the leadership of Darren Winston, who has served as Head of the Department since 2018, Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts Department has grown and flourished. Recent successes, including the sale of a 15th century Book of Hours (sold $ 87,500, November 2020); a first edition of the Bell edition: The Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to Churchill (sold for $ 30,000, October 2020); and a sheet of Gutenberg’s Bible (sold $ 81,250, September 2020) testify to Winston’s impact on the department and on Freeman as a whole.
The department is now inviting submissions for its May Book and Manuscript Auction, which will include selections from a large collection of World War II posters left behind by the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia.