Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to auction fine books and manuscripts, Oct. 21

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DANTE ALIGHIERI; DALI, SALVADOR. La Divina Commedia. Florence: Arti e Scienze Salani, 1963-64. 6 vols. 4to, original portfolios bound in gilt-decorated boards and matching pictorial slipcases, top and bottom edges gilt, deckled edges. The complete Italian text comprising 100 color plates by Salvador Dali. With an extra suite of decompositions of one illustration (no. 33 in Purgatorio II) bound separately. Limited edition, number 102 of 3,044, on velin d'Rives. Wear and light soiling to dust jackets; otherwise fine. A fine set and a rare presentation of this edition. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation’s leading auctioneers and appraisers, is pleased to announce an auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts on Oct. 21, 2008, at 12 p.m. The auction will take place at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers location in Chicago’s West Loop at 1338 West Lake Street. People have the option to bid in person, online, on the telephone or via absentee bid. Categories include Autographs, Americana, Illustrated Works and Art Books, Rare Books and Manuscripts in Science, Medicine and Natural History, Fine Press and Bindings, Children’s Literature and Modern First Editions, signed and inscribed.

Highlights in this auction include autographs from Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and a signed photograph from the  (1945), including Harry Truman and Winston Churchill; Dante’s La Divina Commedia, with illustrations by Salvador Dali; Delineations of Exotic Plants Cultivated at the Royal Garden at Kew, First Edition, by Francis Bauer; a signed first printing, first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls; eleven loose leaves from Shakespeare’s First Folio, comprising Much adoe about Nothing and the title page from Love’s Labours Lost; and Adolf Hitler’s Official Military Directive dated June 24, 1944, (D-Day).

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ 30 years of experience and expertise has earned the auction house an international reputation for achieving record prices. The firm specializes in post-war and contemporary art; Old Master; 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; fine jewelry and timepieces; vintage couture and accessories; and fine books and manuscripts. They are currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions.  For more information, call 312-280-1212 or visit www.lesliehindman.com.

Potsdam Conference photographPOTSDAM CONFERENCE, 1945. Autographed color photograph, framed and matted, of the attendees of the Potsdam Conference. Signed on the mat in ink by President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Admiral William Leahy, Charles Bohlen, and Joseph E. Davies. One of Four original prints, this one given to Matthew J. Connelly, Secretary to the President 1945-1953.

20 by 24 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$17,000. Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

For Whom The Bell Tolls First Edition

HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1940.

8vo, original tan cloth, stamped in red and black, first issue pictorial dust jacket. First edition, first issue without the photographer’s name on the rear panel. Signed by Hemingway on title page. Jacket expertly restored with neat repairs at interior backstrip, top edge and folds; hinges starting; small chips to spine panel; otherwise fine in very good and bright jacket. Rare with signature only to title page. An attractive copy. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

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TING, WALLASSE. One-Cent Life. Edited by Sam Francis. (Berne): E.W. Kornfeld, (1964). Portfolio, loose as issued in pictorial cloth folder by Roy Lichtenstein and Pierre Alechinsky, pictorial dust jacket, yellow slip case. Limited edition of 2,000 number copies. The most important book of Pop Art and the Cobra movement in the 1960s. With 62 original color lithographs, 29 of which are double-page, by Alan Davie (2), Alfred Jansen (3), Sam Francis (6), Walllasse Ting (6), James Rosenquist, Pierre Alechinsky (5), Kimber Smith (6), Alfred Leslie (2), Antonio Saura, Kiki O.K., Asger Jorn (2), Robert Indiana (2), Jean-Paul Riopelle (2), Karel Appel (5), Tom Wesselmann (2), Bram van Velde, Joan Mitchell, Allan Kaprow, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, K.R.H. Sonderborg, Roy Lichtenstein, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Reinhoud, Claes Oldenburg (2), Jim Dine, Mel Ramos (2), Enrico Baj (2), and 19 reproductions. Fine in fine slipcase. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
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BAUER, FRANCIS. Delineations of Exotic Plants Cultivated at the Royal Garden at Kew. London: W. Bulmer for George Nichol, 1796. Large folio, later 3/4 brown calf over cloth, five raised bands, simple gilt decorations to spine. The first installment of this landmark collection of botanical plates, published in three parts from 1796-1803. This copy includes 17 of the original 20 plates on thick Whatman paper, engraved by Mackenzie and hand-colored by Bauer. One of 90 copies issued, 10 of which were destroyed before being released into circulation. Edgewear to extremities of binding; circular dampstaining to front board; tissue guards foxed, with several plates slightly affected; otherwise a fresh and bright copy. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph document, unsigned, in the hand of Abraham Lincoln, with autograph presentation on verso by Lincoln's law partner and biographer William Herndon, signed and dated 1882. Undated, but circa 1844-1847. Herndon notes to the verso that this document refers to a case between Lincoln's close friend Joshua Fry Speed and Robert Allen, where Speed had bought lands from Allen and is now charging him to be "wholly insolvent." Speed and Lincoln were lifelong friends and roommates for four years in Springfield from the time Lincoln arrived until Speed returned to his family home in Kentucky. Lincoln later appointed Speed's brother James as his attorney general during the Civil War. Also named in this document are Kinzie and Hunter, the latter believed to be David Hunter, who had married into the Kinzie family, and who later becamse a controversal Union General in the Civil War and was president of the military commission that tried the conspirators in Lincoln's assassination. Creased from folds; browning to most of the text, darkest to the upper righthand corner; small loss to lower lefthand corner and a few small puncture holes, neither affecting text; otherwise fine. Folio, 1p. Framed. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

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