Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2012 Issue

September Auctions

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Setpember - a busy month

September arrives like a Hoyt Wilhelm or R. A. Dickey pitch, the speed slow, and the outcome uncertain.   But we have been here before and know, by the end of September, that the month will resolve itself nicely.  At this point we just don’t know how.

The number of events scheduled already ensures the month will set a September record.  Such records are now routine but it’s nevertheless encouraging that, as we head into the traditional new auction year – September to August – the schedule continues to filling in.  Over the past 9 years the number of September sales covered on AE has steadily increased. 

Year                Sales               Total Lots

2012               61 [currently] Not yet known

2011               57                   27,828

2010               37                   12363

2009               35                   20276

2008               40                   17193

2007               36                   11716

2006               37                   14847

2005               49                   9959

2004               25                   5915

Because September sales are often posted after Labor Day we estimate another half dozen will be posted over the next two weeks.  It seems that even while economic and political uncertainty in the United States and Europe prevails some fields do better than others.  Auctions seem to be holding their ground.  

Sales now posted to the September calendar are:

Sat. Sept. 1st              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books and Autographs [ROMA-78].  137 lots

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Prints [641].  359 lots

Mon. Sept. 3rd             Christie’s.  The London Sale [7858].  51 lots

Tues. Sept. 4th                        Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1236].  247 lots

Wed. Sept. 5th                        Old World Auctions.  Maps, etc. [141]

Thurs. Sept. 6th          AntiquarianAuctions.com     Rare Books – ending today.

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Online bidding ending today.

Fri. Sept. 7th                Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Prints [1044]

                                    Skinner, Inc.  Fine Prints [2609B]

Sat.  Sept. 8th              Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [90812]

                                    Neal Auction Company.  Fall Estates Auction [90812]

Sun. Sept. 9th              Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs ending [90812]

                                    National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera and Collectibles [90912]                      Neal Auction Company.  Fall Estates Auction ending [90812]

Wed. Sept. 12th          Dorotheum.  Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photo History [9596]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Estate Sale:  Prints and Photography [5101]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1068].

Thurs. Sept. 13th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [35949]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Estate Sale:  Prints and Photography [5101]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books.  Online bidding ending today.

                                    PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [488]

                                    Waddington’s.  Joyner-Waddington Online Auction of Post-War Canadian Art including Prints [91312]

Sat. Sept 15th             Alain & Evelyne Morel de Westgaver.  Books, etc. [91512]

Sun.  Sept. 16th          Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs [20041]

Wed. Sept. 19th          Bonhams.  Prints featuring British Pop [19786]

                                    Christie’s.  Prints [5705].

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps & Documents [91912]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Photography and Photographic Books [1437].

                                    Sotheby’s.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [L12161]

Thurs. Sept. 20th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Children’s, Conjuring, Private Press and Modern First Editions [35952]

                                    Christie’s.  Etchings by James Ensor from an Important Private Collections [8258]

                                    Cowan’s Auctions.  The World at War [283].

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Antiquarian and Modern Books [19666]

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  A Country House Library

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                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [1438]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare book – online bidding ending today [201238]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Books and Ephemera [92012]

                                    Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books [19559]

                                    Swann Galleries.  19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings [560]

Fri. Sept. 21st              Ferraton.  Books, Autographs and Manuscripts [92112]

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints, Books [A162].

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Master Prints [W234]

                                    Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books, Prints, Drawings, Autographs [124].

Sat. Sept. 22nd                        Auxerre Encheres – Auxerre Estimations.  Books [89739]

                                    Galerie Koller Auctions.  Prints,  Books [A162]

                                    Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Modern and Contemporary Prints and Drawings; Modern Literature on Art [125]

Mon. Sept. 24th          Sotheby’s.  Property from the Estate of Brook Astor [NO8890]

Tues.. Sept. 25th         Sotheby’s.  Property from the Estate of Brook Astor, continued [NO8890]

                                    Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps [19844]

Wed. Sept. 26th          Dorotheum.  Modern Prints [92612]

                                    Lyon and Turnbull Ltd.  International Sale:  Prints [360]

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneer’s.  Rare Book and Collectors Sale [92612]

                                    Tajan.  Books [9740]

Thurs. Sept. 27th        Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [35979]

                                    Central Mass Auctions.  Eliot Ness Memorabilia [92712]

                                    Christie’s.  Collection of Helene Rochas [3538]

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201239]

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneer’s.  Rare Book and Collectors Sale continuing [92612]

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Monclau Collection Antique Books [645]

                                    PBA Galleries.  Americana – Afri can American History – Travel and Exploration [489]

Sat. Sept. 29th             Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [13876]

There are certainly more to come.

Here is a link to the unified auction search.


Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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