$10k Jane Austen leads Fine Books auction



2015-06-26 11:41:57

$10k Jane Austen leads Fine Books auction

A rare first-edition of Emma will appear alongside Galileo and Mark Twain at the Bonham's sale

A spectacular books sale is being held by Bonham's in Los Angeles and New York, includingexamples of works by famous historical figures andearly printed workswithfine binding.

If you are a collector with a passion for science, a stand-out lotwill beGalileo Galilei's Systema Cosmicum, his famouspolemic against those denying discoveries about the cosmos.

In the work, Galileo is keen to convince the reader than there is no tension between astronomy and the laws of motion.

"There is no need to fear that the earth's rotation will cause it to fly to pieces," he writes.The work is bound in vellum and estimated at $2,000-3,000.

Collectors into moreearth-boundpursuits may be interested in a complete10-volume set of John Latham's General Synopsis of Birds (a first edition of an expanded and updated version) from 1821.

A rare first edition of Jane Austen's Emma in three volumes is estimated at $8,000-10,000.

Published in 1816, it hails the writer as the Author of "Pride and Prejudice", without mentioning her name.

It would have been the only edition Austen would have seen before her death in 1823.

Collectors of American literature will beespecially excited by four works by Samuel Longhorne Clemens -better known to the world as Mark Twain.

Non-experts may be mildly surprised to hear the title of the highest estimated work - at estimated at $3,000-5,000.

"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"is Twain's lesser known, first ever book. It will appear alongside two early editions of his most famous work, Huckleberry Finn.

Other impossible-to-ignoreitems includea copy of Stories from the Arabian Nights, illustrated by Edmund du Lac; and a slightly worn first edition of Lassie Come Home (1930) and Stuart Little (1945).

Thesale willalso feature an extensive collection of surfing memorabilia.

This isn't theonly recent Bonham's auction to feature a selection of rare scientific works. The auctioneers' recent rare books and manuscripts sale in Londonincludedhighly collectible works by Mattiolo Mattioli and Isaac Newton.

The forthcoming Los Angeles and New York auctionwill takeplace on October 19, with previews from 16-18.

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