Rare books at auction this week
Only a few more auctions going on this week. Here’s what I’m going to look at:
At the University Archives on Wednesday March 30 Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs & Books, in 417 lots. Nearly 200 handwritten first pages of Moshe Dayan’s “Vietnam Diary” are expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000. A sheet of Einstein’s mathematical calculations, together with a photograph of Einstein taken by Lotte Jacobi around 1942, is estimated between $27,500 and $30,000.
Thursday, March 31 at Forum Auctions, 569 lots of Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. A set of Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice puts the highest estimate at £30,000-40,000. A 14th-century manuscript of Statius Achilles in a contemporary, unrestored binding could sell for £20,000-25,000. A presentation copy by Ian Fleming The golden finger registered to newspaper editor Lionel Berry is expected to sell for between £15,000 and £20,000, with the same estimate attributed to a complete set of Matrix (1–36), each volume numbered II and from the Adrian Lack collection of Senecio Press.
At Chiswick auction on Thursday, 365 lots of autographs and memorabilia. A January 1787 pay order for about eighty-five people working for the Potomac Company at Great Falls, signed by George Washington, could sell for £6,000-8,000. An inscribed studio photograph of Marilyn Monroe is estimated between £5,000-7,000. At the same estimate is a set of Beatles autographs from November 22, 1963.
To end the week, 360 lots of books in all fields with literature, Americana and maps at the PBA galleries on Thursday afternoon. Almost all lots have no reserve and a starting bid of $10.