Lot 73: A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, in Newton’s A Noble Fragment, Mainz, 1455. Sold March 9, 2017 for $52,500.
A leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, 1455, topped the sale. The remnant of the first book ever printed was hinged in a 1921 folio of A Noble Fragment; being, A Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible by A. Edward Newton. The leaf contains the text of Ecclesiasticus 16:14-18-29; it was purchased by a collector for $52,500.
Lot 12: The Bible and Holy Scriptures in English, first edition of the Geneva Bible, Geneva, 1560. Sold March 9, 2017 for $22,500.
Nearly all of the offered bibles sold, including the first edition of the Geneva Bible, the most popular bible in Elizabethan England, which was printed in 1560; it sold for $22,500. The first English-language edition of Hans Holbein’s The Images of the Old Testament, 1549, with 94 woodcut illustrations by the artist, sold for $11,875.
Lot 11: Hans Holbein, The Images of the Old Testament, with 94 woodcut illustrations, Lyon, 1549. Sold March 9, 2017 for $11,875.
Lot 64: David Hume,Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding, first edition, London, 1748. Sold March 9, 2017 for $4,500.
From the Medical and Scientific sections of the sale came an archive of 21 friendly letters from Harvey Cushing to Agnes Willard Bartlett, the great-niece of Elisha Bartlett, which was purchased for $13,750. Bartlett has written to Cushing regarding his biography of her great-uncle and they kept up a correspondence. Expositio super Antidotario Mesue, 1488, by Christophorus Georgius de Honestis, the second edition of a late fourteenth-century commentary on the Antidotarium ascribed to the Baghdad court physician Mesuë the Younger, tripled its high estimate to sell for $15,000.
Lot 140: Christophorus Georgius de Honestis, Expositio super Antidotario Mesue, Bologna, 1488. Sold March 9, 2017 for $15,000.