FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – On Thursday, July 8th, Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Northern Virginia are holding a pre-eminent auction of 317 lots of rare and signed books, antique maps, prints and autographs. The selection includes works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, Aldous Huxley and the Dutch engraver / cartographer Henricus Hondius II. The Art category includes an unpublished illustration by Frederic Dorr Steele entitled The slave dogthat was created for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Baskerville dog.
Book categories include early prints, fine bindings, travel and exploration books; and more. The selection of the coveted illustrated books includes a copy of 1980 inscribed Satan in Goray, Ink and blood by Isaac Bashevis Singer, with 40 text illustrations and 10 original copper engravings signed in pencil by Ira Moskowitz. There are also 10 loose copperplate engravings in the slipcase of the book, also signed by the artist. Published by Sweetwater Editions, New York, the book is one of 50 copies, all of which are bound in Moroccan gold. Estimate: $ 800- $ 1,200. Another notable entry is a copy by Walt Whitmans Grass leaves, one of 1,000 copies and signed by his illustrator Rockwell Kent. Estimate: $ 300- $ 500
A remarkable 1605 first edition by Sir Francis Bacon’s The Twoo Books …, London: [Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede] for Henrie Tomes, discusses the “skill and progress of learning, divine and human”. In very good condition, bound in modern leather with contemporary boards attached, it is estimated at $ 3,000-5,000.
Thomas Wolfes 1915 Award-worthy theses, 1915, 1917-1919; contains four theses, including The crisis in the industry, University of North Carolina: Department of Philosophy, Chapel Hill, 1919. This first edition of Wolfe’s first book is one of 200 that have been printed. Estimate: $ 3,000- $ 5,000
A copy of Aldous Huxley’s classic dystopian science fiction novel Beautiful new world (Chatto & Windus, London, 1932) is signed by the author on the front flyleaf and dated 1956. The book is made of blue fabric with a cut-off, visually striking dust jacket. Estimate: $ 800- $ 1,200
Quinn’s is pleased to present items from the collection of Eric Robinson, a noted scholar, editor, and expert on the poetry of John Clare (1793-1864), arguably the greatest working-class poet England has ever produced, at its July 8 auction . An 1820 first edition by Clares Rural life (Taylor and Hessey, London), which describes life in the English countryside in the early 19th century, is offered at an estimate of $ 800 to $ 1,200.
Books on viticulture and wine enjoyment from Philip and Margo Jacksich’s library are also presented. The holdings of the prestigious collection include a seven-volume collection by Viala & Vermorels Ampelography, which deals with a specific area of ââbotany that focuses on the identification and care of grapevines. The volumes published between 1901 and 1919 contain 500 chromolithographic plates and 70 uncolored lithographic plates. Estimate: $ 4,000- $ 6,000
The above-mentioned unpublished sketch for The Baskerville dog – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s third of four detective novels with detective Sherlock Holmes – is appropriately titled The slave dog. Frederic Dorr Steele’s two-tone image of a drooling dog is done in crayon and watercolor on paper, measures 10 x 9 7/8 inches (view), and is valued at $ 800 to $ 1,200. Additionally, the art category includes figural and nude sketches by Allyn Cox (American, 1896-1982), an accomplished artist best known for his works in the U.S. Capitol and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. Each of the nine Cox lots is valued at $ 200 to $ 300.
Autograph highlights include president nominations and scholarships signed by John Quincy Adams, James Madison, and Ulysses S. Grant. The Grant Document, signed on May 23, 1872, certifies Leonard Davis’ appointment as Pay Inspector in the US Navy. It is also signed by then Secretary of the Navy, George Robeson. Estimate: $ 800- $ 1,200.
Another important lot from the political auction category is a 1962 first edition of Robert F. Kennedy’s book Only friends and brave enemies (Harper & Row). In almost good condition with a dust jacket, the book is personally written by Kennedy – then US Attorney General – to Stuart Symington, the US Senator from Missouri who unsuccessfully challenged Kennedy’s brother John for the Democratic presidential nomination (1960 election). The inscription on the book reads, “To Senator Symington, with the respect of his friend Bob Kennedy.” Estimate: $ 800- $ 1,200
Three fascinating 17th century cards, engraved and hand-colored by Henricus Hondius II (Dutch, 1597-1651), will pass the auction block on July 8th Nova Virginiae Tabula, a 1633 hand-colored, engraved map derived from John Smith’s 1612 map of Virginia. A first impression with French text on the reverse, attractively framed and offered at an estimate of $ 1,200 to $ 1,600.
From the hugely popular space memorabilia category, an Apollo 11 folk art exhibit signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin is on offer at an estimate of $ 1,500 to $ 2,500. The presentation is framed by first editions of Apollo 11 postage stamps and reproduction photos of the Apollo moon mission.