Swann Auction Galleries

When Swann Galleries was founded 1941 they where specialized in Rare Books. Today Swann has separate departments devoted to Photographs, Posters and Prints & Drawings, in addition to Books, Maps & Atlases and Autographs. Each year they have approximately 40 sales in the categories mentioned above.

As a member of International Auctioneers, an alliance of prestigious auction houses, their sales are publicized to auction clients around the world.

Swann Galleries is a family business and is located on East 25th Street just one block east of Madison Square Park. 

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(POSTCARDS.) Enormous album of wide-ranging postcards

(POSTCARDS.) Enormous album of wide-ranging postcards. Approximately 2500 postcards mounted to leaves of a large worn folio ledger; most cards captioned in the mounts below, some with captions in ink on the card face. should be seen. Vp., compiled the first years of the 20th century Estimate $700 - 1,000 This monumental tome is a veritable pictorial travelogue of a man named Frank Crowe, a musician who in his youth stole away to join the circus. Crowe spent several years of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries touring Europe and America with Barnum and Bailey, King and Franklin, and other circuses as a member of the band. Whether a sentimentalist or a compulsive collector, it appears that Crowe never failed to acquire a memento from the various countries and cities he visited. The massive scrapbook contains literally thousands of postcards of France, Germany, Austria/Hungary, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and a wide range of the United states. Most of the cards have captions or explanations written by Crowe. A note by him on a map card of Lake Geneva reads "I made the trip shown by the dotted line [Geneva to Lausanne] morning of March 19, 1902". A small patch of cards in the German section are removed, with Crowe offering a cryptic explanation that these cards "were sent to the War Dept for information". Approximately 25 large photos of Cairo, Egypt, Turkey, and Italy appear at the end of the book. Another small part of this fascinating story is a two-page spread of mounted transportation tickets. One such ticket of the Atlantic Transport Company typeset "Mr. Frank Crowe, Room 40" grants him passage from Dunkerque to New York on the S.S. Minneapolis care of Barnum and Bailey. At first glance it appears a bit of a freakshow, but there is something of a spectacle within this giant anthology amassed by a youthful American roaming Europe with the circus at the turn of the 20th century. No clowning around, if he kept this act on the road, Frank Crowe could have retired as the strong-man.Read more

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KŽTHE KOLLWITZ Losbruch. Etching 1903. 507x592 mm; 19x23 inches, full
KŽTHE KOLLWITZ Losbruch. Etching 1903. 507x592 mm; 19x23 inches, full margins. Eleventh state (of 11). Klipstein 66. Estimate Swann Auction Galleries
BODONI PRESS HESIOD. Opera omnia. 1785
HESIOD. <b>Opera omnia.</b> Greek text with Latin translation by Bernardo Zamagna. [2], 16, [2], 110; [2], xxxv, [1], [2], 248 pages. 2 parts in one volume. 4to, 284x210 mm, contemporary mottled sheep, attractively rebacked at an early date, spine scuffed, surface imperfections on covers; light soiling on general title, contents otherwise clean; green edges. Bookplate of H. C. Escher. Parma, 1785 Swann Auction Galleries
DESIGNER UNKNOWN <b>IBERIA / LINEAS AEREAS ESPAÑOLAS. Circa 1950.</b> <br /> 39x24 1/4 inches, 99x61 1/2 cm. Rieusset, Barcelona. <br /> <i>Condition B+: creases and abrasions in margins and image. Paper.</i> <br /> Swann Auction Galleries
<b>JACQUES LIPCHITZ</b></i> <br /> <i>Danseuse et Coq</b></i>. <br /> <br /> Aquatint and etching, circa 1940-45. 173x138 mm; 6 7/8x5 1/2 inches, full margins. Artist's proof. Signed and inscribed "Epreuve d'essai 8/10" in pencil, lower margin. A very good, richly-inked impression. Swann Auction Galleries
<i>Pays de Neige</b></i>.<br><br>Color lithograph on <i>Japon nacré</b></i>, 1977. 540x720 mm; 20 1/2 x27 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered LXXXII/LXXV in pencil, lower margin. A very good, clean impression. Pichon 114. Swann Auction Galleries
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Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York, New York 10010
Tel. 212-254-4710