NEW YORK, NY.-
The Thursday, October 14 sale of Early Printed Books at Swann Galleries
features travel, medicine, and science publications, and offers a chance for rare book buyers to travel through time and around the world to shop for historically and culturally significant works and objects. The auction presents a curated selection of Renaissance and early modern printing, including scholarly editions of Greek and Latin classics; manuscripts and early printing; a curated selection of medical works; and books that document global contributions to our shared culture.
Incunabula and early printing will feature Sebastian Brants popular satirical allegory with 112 short pieces meant to mock the church, ruling classes, scholars and more Stultifera Navis, Nuremberg, 1497 ($15,000-20,000); a first edition of Robert Estiennes Alphabetum Graecum, Paris, 1543, printed with Claude Garamonds first font of Greek type, the elegant Grecs du Roi ($4,000-6,000); a first illustrated edition of Matthias de LObels Plantarum seu Stirpium Icones, Antwerp, 1581 ($4,000-6,000); and a second edition of Galileo Galileis Dialogo, Florence, 1710, which includes essays by Kepler and Antonio Foscarini that aim to bring Galileos findings into line with Vatican teachings, and also includes the Vaticans condemnation and the statement Galileo was forced to make disavowing his own work ($3,000-4,000).
Travel books feature a first edition of Recueil de Divers Voyages Faits en Afrique et en lAmerique, Paris, 1674, edited by Henri Justel ($4,000-6,000); and a special presentation copy of Matthew Calbraith Perry and Francis L. Hawkss Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas & Japan, Washington D.C., 1856, with secretarial note signed by Ulysses S. Grant ($3,000-5,000). Also of note is Views in Northern Africa, a collection of watercolor drawings dated in the 1830s and 40s by Charles Hamilton Smith ($10,000-15,000); and Costumes et Plantes de LHindoustan, India, pre-1842, two manuscript volumes, with the first dedicated to deities and the stories of their extraordinary adventures, and the second dedicated to the people of the region with wonderful details of the period ($3,000-5,000).
Science and medical books are on offer with an authors presentation copy of Edward Jenners On the Varieties and Modifications of the Vaccine Pustule, Occasioned by an Herpetic State of the Skin, Cheltenham, 1806 ($2,000-3,000); and Alexander Monros Observations on the Structure and Functions of the Nervous System, Edinburgh, 1783 ($1,000-1,500). Additional material relating to the sciences is a large archive of correspondence and documents from 1883 to 1930 from ichthyologists Carl and Rosa EigenmannRosa is considered the first woman ichthyologist in the United States ($3,000-5,000); and three volumes of manuscript notes from 1771 to 1772 by William Cullen ($1,000-1,500).
Religious printings will include a 1550 printing of the New Testament in Greek ($6,000-8,000), and a seventeenth century manuscript Missa de Pentecostes, Spain, containing chants to be sung on Sundays after Pentecost ($4,000-6,000).