Sotheby’s is pleased to present Selections from the Fox Pointe Manor Library. Assembled by Dr. Howard Knohl, this eclectic library is built around seventeenth-century English imprints covering a variety of subjects. Our selection from this singular achievement includes rare Sporting and Angling (Lot 294, George Turberville’s The Booke of Falconrie or Hawking, 1611), Americana (Lot 56, Nathaniel Byfield’s An Account of the late Revolution in New England, 1689), Voyages (Samuel Purchas’s Purchas His Pilgrimes, 1624-26), Science and Medicine, and more.
Literature was a particular focus of Dr. Knohl's, and we are pleased to offer a Shakespeare Fourth Folio (lot 267; $70,000 – 100,000), a good selection of John Donne, and a first edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost (lot 212; $8,000 – 12,000). Many truly curious works are present, including books concerning Witchcraft, Astronomy, Gardening and even Pest Control (lot 291, Leonard Mascall’s A Booke of Engines and Traps to Take Polcats, Buzardes, Rattes, Mice and All Other Kindes of Vermine and Beasts, 1590).