There were two very successful auctions at Swann Galleries this week, with record prices and several lots that had never been seen at auction.
Monday’s Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books sale featured religious texts, classics, law books, works on anesthesia & medicine, as well as a selection of books of Iberian interest. The top lot, a book of music by Cristobal de Morales entitled Missarum liber primus, brought $33,600. It was the first time this book, a second edition of the first volume, printed in Lyon in 1546, had been offered at auction.
One of the nine images of China from the record-setting portfolio.
The top lot for the photographs sale was Berenice Abbott’s intrepid Retrospective Portfolio, printed in 1982. Consisting of 50 large-format silver prints taken from 1930 to 1960, the group of images brought $90,000, a record for this portfolio.
A selection from Abbott’s portfolio, titled Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4, 6, 8.