Printed Books & Manuscripts

by Chiswick Auctions
January 31, 2018 1:00 PM GMT Live auction
London, LDN, UK | Auction Details

132 Lots

103: Biblia Hebraea cum Vetustissimis atque optimae notae tam manuscriptis, quam typis excusis codicibus… 4 parts in one, Roman and Jewish letter, a little Italic, printed side notes, fine engraved title depicting Moses and Aaron, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, and the Temple in Jerusalem, architectural titles, small foliated initials, decorative and typographical head- and tail pieces, contemporary speckled calf, the covers with outer gilt ornamental border, inner panel with gilt floral corner stems and central interlacing floral design with rosettes and acanthus, gilt spine in six compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, light age yellowing, minor spotting, very light marginal damp staining affecting first 8 ll, minor tearing, frontispiece loose, joints cracking, spine and corner rubbed, bookplate, [British and Foreign Bible Society. Library. Historical catalogue of the printed editions of Holy Scripture. no. 5145], 8vo, Amsterdam, Solomon Proops, 1725. A very correct version of the Holy Scriptures with title in Hebrew and Latin. The preface in Latin by John Meyer is dated 1724. Preliminaries also include an address to the reader by G. Surenhusius and texts by other scholars. Solomon Proops set up his own Hebrew press in Amsterdam in 1704 producing mainly liturgical books but also a wider range of works in halakhah, aggadah, Kabbalah, ethics, and history. Provenance: Religious leader and scholar Claude Goldsmid Montefiore (1858-1938), who was the founder of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and an influential anti-Zionist leader.
Est: £200 - £300
106: [Book of Hours] Hours of the Virgin, with Calendar and other texts, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Southern Netherlands, 15th century]. 148 x 100 mm, 90+i leaves only, lacking several, written in black ink  in a gothic book hand, 10 pp with large initials in red, and blue, decorated in gold and colours, with full borders of bars and foliage, many smaller initials in gold or blue, decorated in gold, red, blue & white, rubricated, all miniatures removed and replaced by 5 nineteenth century (?) miniatures of the Annunciation, Nativity, Crucifixion, Entombment of Christ, and the full page arms of Pope Urban VII (Maffeo Barberini, 1568-1644), in borders of foliage & flowers, first 2 text ff (Calendar Jan-Feb] also replaced, some spotting and spoiling, little worming, especially at beginning and end, contemporary ownership inscription by Nicholas Lansel on f 15v,  contemporary blind tooled calf, covers with rules and border of foliage , with fleur-de-lys corner pieces, and small central fleurons, later endpapers, rubbed, repairs to head of spine & upper corner of front cover, few wormholes. The inscription on f. 15v. reads: “Cest livre appartient a Nicolas Lansel demourant en la rue de la justice celui ou celle qui le trouvera ie prie qu’il le veut ce rendre ie lui donnerai dusi bon vin qu’il s’en contenterà". The owner gives an indication of his address and offers good wine to whoever will return the manuscript.
Est: £1,500 - £2,500
122: [Genevan Service Book] [A booke of the forme of common prayers, administration of the sacraments, agreeable to Gods worde, and the use of the reformed churches. To this fourth edition is added the maner of ordination and admission of a Pastor to his charge] With The Psalmes of David in Meter... [And] The Catechisme or Maner to Teach Children the Christian Religion, 3 parts in one with separate titles, including a list of contents in part 1, Roman and Italic letter, printer’s woodcut device on titles depicting King James V of  Scotland at prayer and a printing shop, foliated and historiated initials, printed music, printed side notes, contemporary elaborately blind stamped calf, covers double ruled, with all-over design of acorns, cornucopias cornerpieces, leafy stems and arabesques, and central panel featuring initials CML in shield, edges lightly gilt and gauffered, remains of clasps, lacking a1-a2, including main title and almanac in part 1, h8 and final blank in part 3, light browning, some spotting and soiling throughout, marginal oil staining to a-g in part 3, small paper flaw to k6 and tear to lower corner of p4 in part 2 affecting text, further minor tearing, joints cracked and text-block coming loose, rather rubbed and worn, 8vo, Middleburg, Richard Schilders, 1602.  Later revised edition of the 1556 Genevan Service Book of the English exiles, first printed by Waldegrave (1584) and then in Middleburg by Schilders (surviving editions, 1586, 1587, 1602), also known for printing the liturgy of the Dutch Reformed church of Dantheen.
Est: £1,000 - £1,500
168: Nabokov (Vladimir) Lolita, First edition, first issue, 2 vols., pp. 188 and 223, original green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black, printed price of 900 Francs to rear panel of both volumes, vol. I: 1cm chip to foot of front panel at spine, some wear to spine edges and ends, small pencilled marking to rear panel, about very good, Vol. II: Some wear to spine edges and ends, small closed tear to rear panel at top of spine, a little bumped and rubbed, about very good, 8vo, Paris,  Olympia Press, 1955 Lolita, one of the towering literary achievements of the twentieth century and Nabokov's best-known masterpiece, was turned down by every major American publishing house. It eventually found a home in Paris with Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press, an imprint far better known for low sleaze than high art. Nabokov was appalled by the company his book was forced to keep on the Olympia list, and he and Girodias conducted a bitter, litigious feud lasting years. During that time Lolita's reputation grew in direct inverse proportion to its availability. The novel was banned in the UK shortly after publication; the French authorities followed suit at the end of 1956. Lolita finally found an American publisher in 1958, whereupon a newspaper asked the great and the good for their opinions. Groucho Marx declared he wasn't going to read it for six years, until Lolita was eighteen. The set conforms exactly to the bibliographical citation in Kearney (1.13.1) with the exception of the presence of a rear blank endpaper in Volume I which is not called for. It's possible that this is a variant, more likely that the endpaper was simply missed during collation.
Est: £1,200 - £1,500
187: Johnstone White (William) Manuscript introduction of "Sketches of Characters Consisting of Whole Length Portraits, with Picturesque or Topographical Back-Grounds, and distinct Plates, Illustrative of the Counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Middlesex…", copy of the original work by painter and engraver William Johnstone White, with a copy of the introductory letter of the proposed work which introduces the objectives and difficulties White is facing in producing the engravings for this book, with a letter sent to the dedicatee Dawson Turner. In this the discussion of the book and the possible reasons it never went to print are discussed, the original from D.J.  dated 1818. 4to, 12pp; bound with a letter to solicitor Edward Beloe also discussing the publication and the portraits descriptions, reads in part “I agree in part that Leume? Is asking too much for the work, if printed, it doesn’t contain all that was ever printed – for in John Cushing plate, there is no background of the Custom House from West Lynn …” signed “E Beloe”, 4to, 1 page, mailing folds, Lynn, 16th August 1916; with leaves from “Sketches of Characters”, 5 engraved plates by W.J. White, of important people including John Green,, Ann Manning and Isaac Garrett, with text introductions of John Green, Ann Manning, Isaac Garrett, text engraving by White pasted in, folio, [c. 1918] William Johnstone White (1780-1844) was an engraver and printseller in London, known for working on various books including Working Class Costume from "Sketches of Characters, 1818 and “A Descriptive Catalogue of the Prints of Rembrant” 1836.
Est: £100 - £150
222: Speede (John) Anglesey Antiently Called Mona, from 'The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine", copper engraved map with hand colouring, with inset plan of Beaumaris, 4 coats of arms including county arms, Royal arms, cartouche around city plan, decorative compass rose, ship illustrations, 450 x 570 mm, vertical central fold, contemporary ink annotation, slight staining, text leaves on verso, framed and glazed, Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1620; Denbighshire, from "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine", copper engraved map with hand colouring, with inset town plan of Denbigh, county and royal coats of arms, cartouche around title and city plan, 440 x 570 mm, vertical central fold, slight toning, text leaves on verso, framed and glazed, John Sudbury and George Humble, 1610; Saxon (Christopher) and Hole (William), Caernarvonshire, from William Camden’s "Britannia" copper engraved with hand colouring, cartouche around title, decorative compass rose, 320 x 370 mm, vertical central fold, colour faded, slight light staining, framed and glazed [1637]; with Blaeu (Johan), Cheshire, from Atlas Major, copper engraved map with hand colouring,  11 coats of arms and 1 blank, decorative title and mileage cartouches, 535 x 620 mm, vertical central fold, light marginal spotting, text leaves on verso, framed and glazed, [c.1662]; Radnoria Comitatus Radnorshire, copper engraved map with hand colouring, cartouche around title and milelage, 510 x 590 mm, central vertical fold, text leaves on verso, some light spotting, [17th Centuary]; with 2 others. (7)
Est: £300 - £500


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