The sale at Heritage on March 4 features a wide selection of bibliophilic goodies: Edgar Rice Burroughs firsts, John James Audubon color-plate books, and volumes of Mormon interest. Charles Dickens fans will no doubt take special notice of a book from the author's own library, Sketches of Imposture, Deception, and Credulity by Richard Davenport (London, 1837), in a binding of contemporary half red leather over marbled paper-covered boards that matches other known volumes from Dickens' library, and containing Dickens' bookplate (lion couchant clutching a Maltese cross). The estimate is $2,000+.
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Building upon last year's success, Bonhams will host part three of the Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye online from March 4 to March 11. One of the top lots is expected to be a second edition (1593) in contemporary paper covered boards of Andrea Cesalpino's Quaestionum peripateticarum lib.V … Daemonum inuestigatio peripatetica, the first work to document the centripetal flow of blood in veins. Its estimate is $35,000–45,000. Then, on March 6, Bonhams will offer Extraordinary Books and Manuscripts, a sale that is slated to include the extremely rare official engrossed copy of the first impeachment resolution vote of President Andrew Johnson, 1867, bound in contemporary morocco and estimated at $120,000–180,000.
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On March 5, Swann Galleries will present a selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century prints & drawings to tempt the collector's eye. Then, on March 10, its Printed and Manuscript Americana sale is certain to draw attention. Of particular note is a very early edition of the Bay Psalm Book, circa 1648–65. The 1640 Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in British North America, and it went through several editions, all extremely scarce today. This one, undated in a contemporary blind-tooled calf binding, was possibly printed in Cambridge, England, for American distribution and contains eighteenth-century American owners' inscriptions. Its estimate is $50,000–75,000.
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