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."
All around him Patmos lies, Who hath spirit-gifted eyes, Who his happy sight can suit To the great and the minute. Doubt not but he holds in view A new earth and heaven new; Doubt not but his ear doth catch Strain nor voice nor reed can match: Many a silver, sphery note Shall within his hearing float. All around him Patmos lies, Who unto God's priestess flies: Thou, O Nature, bid him see, Through all guises worn by thee, A divine apocalypse. Manifold his fellowships: Now the rocks their archives ope; Voiceless creatures tell their hope In a language symbol-wrought; Groves to him sigh out their thought; Musings of the flower and grass Through his quiet spirit pass. "Twixt new earth and heaven new He hath traced and holds the clue, Number his delights ye may not; Fleets the year but these decay not. Now the freshets of the rain, Bounding on from hill to plain, Show him earthly streams have rise In the bosom of the skies. Now he feels the morning thrill, As upmounts, unseen and still, Dew the wing of evening drops. Now the frost, that meets and stops Summer's feet in tender sward, Greets him, breathing heavenward. Hieroglyphics writes the snow, Through the silence falling slow; Types of star and petaled bloom A white missal-page illume. By these floating symbols fine, Heaven-truth shall be divine. All around him Patmos lies, Who hath spirit-gifted eyes; He need not afar remove, He need not the times reprove, Who would hold perpetual lease Of an isle in seas of peace.Edith M. Thomas [1854-1925]