Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams, New York, June 13

Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams, New York, June 13

An auction of fine books and manuscripts will take place at Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA. The highlights of the collection include Lot 1 featuring “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859” by Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882). The piece is a half-title verso with quotations from W. Whewell and Bacon only, folding lithographic diagram by William West after Darwin, uncut and partially unopened. The 32-page publisher’s catalogue at rear dated June 1859 has a tiny split to head of spine and is estimated at 200,000 US$ - 300,000 US$.

Other top lots of the sale are: 

— LOT 276: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616): “The Tragedy of Coriolanus [Extracted from the First Folio].. [London: Isaac Jaggard..., 1623.]” Folio (317 x 201 mm). 30 pp, the complete play. Modern blue crushed morocco, ruled in gilt, upper border shaved above headlines on most leaves, sometimes affecting the headline and pagination, leaves extended at upper margins, minor dampstain to upper margin and inner margin of early leaves, minor staining, some small wormholes, a single early ink marginal notation to p 13, corners and lower fore-edge repaired to most leaves. Estimate: 40,000 US$ - 60,000 US$

— LOT 5: Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882): “Autograph Letter Signed (‘Ch. Darwin’) arranging for a new American edition of Origin of Species to Charles Layton.” Appleton’s London agent, 3 pp, 8vo (bifolium), on Down letterhead (“Bromley” crossed out), Beckenham, November 26, [1869], housed in a printed gray Autograph folder. Estimate: 20,000 US$ - 30,000 US$

— LOT 270: Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961): “Autograph Letter Signed (‘Your son! Ernest’) to his father (‘Dear Dad’),” discussing bullfighting and his burgeoning family, 8 pp, 214 x 140 mm, on 2 folded sheets, numbered 1 - 8, [Paris, at a streetside cafe], dated Sept 3, 1924, with accompanying envelope franked Sept 24, Ave D’Orleans, crease lines. Estimate: 20,000 US$ - 30,000 US$

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