Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana; June 22, 1999; Sale NY7332
Sotheby's New York, New York, 1999, Illustrated Wraps, , , Very Good
392 pp. 462 lots. Light bumping to corners, otherwise fine. Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana (lots 1-162 including a letter to Rhode Island Governor William Greene dated 2 June 1781, signed by George Washington, which sold for $34,500); Modern Illustrated Books and Fine Bindings (lots 163-196 including Longus Daphnis & Chloe. Paris: Teriade, 1961, with 42 colored plates by Marc Chagall, binding by Paul Bonet.); A Selection of Fruit Books from the Library of Robert A. Nitschke (197-206 including a rare example of a ''tree peddler's'' specimen book, typical of those produced in Rochester, New York during the second half of the nineteenth century, which sold for $5,462); Property from the Botanical Library of Earl L. Murphy, M.D. (lots 247-267 including first edition of one of the earlist lithographed botanical books, limited to one hundred and fifty copies, which sold for $17,250.); Property of a Long Island Nurseryman (268-287 including John Parkinson Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris. London: Humfrey Lownes & Robert Young, 1629, the earlist inportant treatise on horticulture published in England, which sold for $10,925.); Natural History and Travel (lots 288-314 including Thomas L, McKenney and James Hall History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Philadephia: 1833-44, with 117 handcolored lithographed portrait plates, which sold for $85,000.); Fine Books and Manuscripts (lots 315-462 including Louis Armstrong, Jane Austen, Bemelmans, Boswell, Byron, Casals, Churchill, Dali, Dickens, Disraeli, Edison, Euclid, Euler, Freud, Frost, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Fulton, Galileo, Gauguin, Gershwin, William Godwin, Goethe, Gorey, Graham Greene, Zane Grey, Hawthorne, Heine, Hemingway, Alfred Jarry, Samuel Johnson, Melville, Mendelssohn, Milne, Margaret Mitchell, Marilyn Monroe, Perse, Picasso, Cole Porter, Puccini, Rousseau, Salinger, Shelley, Spenser, Stalin, Thackeray, Verlaine.). Also property from a Maryland family, Estate of Margaret Ormandy (wife of Eugene Ormandy), Press Secretary of the British Embassy, W. Cassell, Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, and Mrs. Joyce Maynard (Fourteen als from J.D. Salinger and the ms. of her first book, the lot sold for $156,500).