Auction Preview: Private Press and Modern First Editions at Forum Auctions, London, Jan 30

What: Private Press and Modern First Editions

Where: Forum Auctions, 220 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4LP, UK

When: 30 January, 10.30 AM GMT

Top lots of the sale:

Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) The Lament, pen and black ink, touches of watercolor, heightened with silver and gold on vellum, signed in the lower right corner with title set within decorative border, 250 x 360 mm. (9 7/8 x 14 1/4 in), under glass, minor surface dirt, [probably circa 1890s]. Estimate: £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 ($12,865 – 19,297)

Fernand Leger Cirque, one of 300 copies on velin d’Arches (this copy out of series and unsigned), lithographed throughout by Leger including 33 illustrations in colour (all but one full-page, 3 double-page), and 42 in black and white (some double-page), some very light offsetting as usual, loose as issued in original lithographed pictorial wrappers, uncut, glacine wrapper, original board folder and slip-case, [The Artist and the Book 164; From Manet to Hockney 123], folio, Paris, Teriade, 1950. Estimate: £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 ($12,865 – 19,297)

Oscar Wilde: The Sphinx, first edition, one of only 25 large paper copies, half-title, dedication leaf, pictorial title, illustrations (most full-page) and decorations by Charles Ricketts, printed in red, green and black, with tissue guard to title (very slightly foxed but barely affecting text), bookplate of Edmund Bulkley, an excellent copy in the original pictorial gilt vellum with ties, designed by Ricketts and Henry Leighton, yapp edges, uncut, very lightly soiled, [Mason 362; cf.Ray 262], small 4to, London & Boston, 1894. Estimate: £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 ($12,865 – 19,297)

Pablo Picasso – Reverdy (Pierre) Sable Mouvant, one of 255 copies signed by the artist, 10 aquatint plates on Rives paper by Picasso, loose as issued in original paper wrappers and outer vellum wrapper with yapp edges and title printed in black on upper cover, original half vellum over cloth chemise and cloth slip-case, folio, Paris, Louis Broder, 1966. Estimate: Estimate: £8,000 – £12,000 ($10,292 – 15,438)

James Joyce: Ulysses, one of only 250 copies signed by both the author and the artist, from an edition limited to 1500 copies, 6 soft-ground etchings by Henri Matisse with preliminary drawings reproduced on blue and yellow paper, later half green morocco, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut, very slight fading to spine, [Artist & the Book 197], 4to, New York, Limited Editions Club, 1935. Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000 ($7,719 – 10,292)

– Pierre-Lucien Martin, binder.- Lucian of Samosata. Dialogues, one of 250 copies on verge d’Arches paper signed by the artist, this one of the first 40 copies with an additional suite of all the colour wood-engravings (including initials, head- and tail-pieces) on papier Chine, 24 colour wood-engravings by Henri Laurens, 8 wood-engraved initials and decorations, additional suite bound at end, in a designer binding by Pierre-Lucien Martin of inlaid plaquettes of white, rose, rust, light and dark blue calf to form a geometric pattern to both covers (minor scratch to upper cover), gilt title and decorative inlays to spine, tan suede doublures and endpapers, a.e.g., original printed wrappers and backstrip bound in, fleece-lined chemise, slip-case, folio, Paris, Teriade, 1951. Estimate: £ 6,000 – £ 8,000 ($7,719 – 10,292)

– James Brockman, binder.- Webb (John S.) & others. The Wolfson Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales, [one of 1000 copies], colour maps, 2 transparent overlay maps in pocket at end, bookplate of Lord Wardington on rear free endpaper, bound in vellum, with design of electrical circuit in gold rules and painted lines in 15 colours across both boards, spine and inside boards, by James Brockman, spine titled in gilt, g.e., signed “James R.Brockman 1979” on rear turn-in, original wrappers bound in, preserved in cloth drop-back box (spine a little rubbed and faded), folio, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1978. Estimate: £5,000 – £7,000 ($6,433 – 9,006)

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