There were two very successful auctions at Swann Galleries this week, with record prices and several lots that had never been seen at auction.
Monday’s Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books
sale featured religious texts, classics, law books, works on anesthesia & medicine, as well as a selection of books of Iberian interest. The top lot, a book of music by Cristobal de Morales
entitled Missarum liber primus
, brought $33,600. It was the first time this book, a second edition of the first volume, printed in Lyon in 1546, had been offered at auction.
|Cristobal de Morales' Missarum liber primus.|
|This 1555 Salmanca edition was placed on the first Spanish index of prohibited books in 1559.|
|Franklin's statistical account of smallpox inoculation in Boston is a first edition.|
|One of the nine images of China from the record-setting portfolio.|
The top lot for the photographs sale was Berenice Abbott’s intrepid Retrospective Portfolio
, printed in 1982. Consisting of 50 large-format silver prints taken from 1930 to 1960, the group of images brought $90,000, a record for this portfolio.
|A selection from Abbott's portfolio, titled Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4, 6, 8.|
|This piece was offered in the original Curtis frame with a caption label verso.|
Labels: Benjamin Franklin, Berenice Abbott, Bible, Cristobal de Morales, Early Printed Books, Edward S. Curtis, fine photographs, Marie Curie, Scientific and Medical Books, Sigmund Freud