Fleming's “Bondiana” estimated at £20 000

J. Fleming. The collected works in 16 volumes. Great Britain. 1950–1960. Estimate £15 000–20 000. Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photographs. Lion Turnbull. Edinburgh, September 3

Lion Turnbull, the oldest auction house of Scotland, announced the catalogue of the next book’s auction Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs which will be held in Edinburgh on September, 3. In total, the auction will represent 380 lots including rare editions, old maps and photo albums.

Most of the lots are estimated at no more then £2000, however we can define three key positions among them including the collected works Birds of America by the American ornithologist John James Audubon published in seven volumes in 1842-1844. The main advantage of this lot is the considerable number (more than 500) of the unique colour lithographs by W.E. Hitchcock, R. Trembly, J.T. Bowen and many other artists. Moreover, they are in excellent leather covers decorated with gold stamping. The collected works of Bird of America makes £40 000-60 000.

The 16-volume collected works by Jan Fleming belonging to the close friend of the writer, to diplomat Fitzroy Maclean are estimated less in twice. The collection of first editions each of 16 novels about James Bond was estimated at £15 000-20 000. It has an interesting provenance resulted in high estimated. As many biographers believe the military man, the diplomat and the employee of the British secret service S.A.S. Fitzroy Maclean was not only the close Jan Fleming’s friend but also a prototype of his immortal hero.

In end of the list of three leaders of the auction is one more edition of the 19th century – an ancient photo album Old Glasgow including over 40 pictures made in 1868-1877 by the Scottish photographer Thomas Annan. The photos represent streets of the old city, slum and monuments of architecture of the 19th century. The album published in 1877 in small circulation will be put up on the auctions with estimate of £12 000-18 000.

The auction represents also Russian editions. The A.S. Pushkin’s poem The Robber Brothers published in 1827 by the Moscow printing house of August Simeon will be represented for the collectors. The edition is in bad condition. Its cover has some hand-written lines of dedication attributed to the publisher of the poem. Old editions of A.S. Pushkin’s work are very popular and are often at the European auctions of books. The lot is estimated at surprising low £1000–1500.

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