On Tuesday, October 20, Swann Galleries held a two-session auction of Medical & Scientific Books; Bibles & Early Printed Books, which offered 18th- and early 19th-century works on electricity and its medical applications and 16th to 19th-century bibles and related works. Among the many highlights from the Mel and Julie Meadows collection, which featured early editions of the major English Bible translations, were The newe Testament of our Saviour Jesu Christe. Faythfully translated out of the Greke, first of 3 illustrated quarto editions of Tyndale’s version, London, 1552, which sold for $33,600 (above); and Novum instrumentu[m] omne, first edition of New Testament in Greek with Latin translation by Desiderius Erasmus, Basel, 1516, which sold for $22,800 (below).
Other top lots included:
Johannes Stoeffler’s Calendarium Romanum Magnum, the richly illustrated first edition of a proposal for reforming the Julian calendar, Oppenheim, 1518 sold for $8,400; Alessandro Volta’s On the Electricity excited by the Mere Contact of Conducting Substances of Different Kinds, first edition of the paper announcing invention of the “Voltaic Pile,” the first electric battery, London, 1800, sold for $8,400; and a first edition of Michael Praetorius’s Syntagma musicum, the first scholarly book to encompass all aspects of musical performance of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, Wolfenbüttel, 1619-20, sold for $8,400.