SAN FRANCISCO — Bonhams looks forward to presenting its sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts, Feb. 17 in San Francisco, timed to coincide with the 46th Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Feb. 15-17 (not affiliated with Bonhams).
The Bonhams auction will feature a large selection of Pacific travel books from the library of a European collector. Among them will be “A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World in which the Coast of North-West America has been Carefully
Examined and Accurately Surveyed” by Captain George Vancouver, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, and “Exploration du territoire de l’Oregon, des Californies et de la Mer Vermeille…” by M. Duflot De Mofras, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.
The San Francisco-based sale will also offer an item of local historical note: a sterling silver, double-sided, engraved menu card made by the Comstock Lode for Nevada Senator and San Francisco notable William Sharon for an honorarium at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1876, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Senator Sharon was honored with a grand dinner to celebrate his success in helping to save the Bank of California after a disastrous crash in mining stock prices brought a run on the bank.
Property not before offered by Bonhams from The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers will also be available. The current offerings will follow the $1.1-million results achieved at the first auction from this collection, held Dec. 4, 2012, at Bonhams in New York.
Also of note in the sale will be material from a California institution, including a late 15th/early 16th century Book of Hours, estimated at $7,000 to $9,000; the first edition of the Gospels in Arabic, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000; and an Antiphonal manuscript, estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.
Bonhams will also offer property to tide over football fans until the next season of games: a Charles Schulz 8-panel Sunday Peanuts strip from Oct. 16, 1983, featuring Charlie Brown overcoming the compulsion to try and kick the football Lucy holds for him, only to encounter several other members of the gang tempting him with footballs of their own. It is a rare example of Schulz’s annual football strips, estimated at $18,000 to $25,000.
For more information about the sale, visit www.bonhams.com/departments/BOK/