Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana; November 30, 2005; Sale NO8135
Sotheby's New York, New York, 2005, Wraps, , , Very Good
136 pp. 100 lots. Nicely illustrated highlights include: lot 5: John James Audubon and John Bachman, Quadrupeds of North America; lot 8: A very fine example of an English cottage-roof binding, in a handsome state of preservation, for $21,600; lot 15: The earliest surviving Samuel Clemens manuscript, a four stanza poem from 1856, for $36,000; lot 17: A collection of 41 letters, signed from William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) for $36,000; Many lots of Edward S. Curtis, including North American Indian Portfolio 1, which sold for $78,000; Lafacadio Hearn, La Cusine Creole; Charles Lutwidge Dodgson; Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud; Galileo, Sidereus nuncius magna, longeque admirabilia spectacula pandens. Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, 1610, estimated at 250,000-350,000 apparently did not sell. Keats, Kerouac, Woolf, Lucretius, Nabokov, Newton, Pound, Wittgenstein, Wright.
Cabinet of American Illustration, Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Civil War Photographs Civil War Photographs, Drawings (Master),Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs, Fine Prints Fine Prints, Posters: Performing Arts Posters, Stereograph Cards Stereograph Cards, Daguerreotypes, Fenton Crimean War Photographs, Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915, Lomax Collection, Panoramic Photographs, Thesaurus For Graphic Materials, Van Vechten Collection, Wright Brothers Negatives, and much more.
"NYU Bobst Library, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU Real Estate Institute, The New-York Historical Society, New York School of Interior Design, Cooper Union, New School University, Parsons School of Design, Mannes College of Music."
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Oh, to be in England Now that April's there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England - now! And after April, when May follows And the white-throat builds, and all the swallows! Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge Leans to the field and scatters on the clover Blossoms and dewdrops - at the bent spray's edge - That's the wise thrush: he sings each song twice over, Lest you should think he never could recapture The first fine careless rapture! And though the fields look rough with hoary dew, All will be gay when noontide wakes anew The buttercups, the little children's dower - Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!Robert Browning [1812-1889]