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Articles - October - 2012 Issue

Auctions in October

October auctions 2012

Eighty-six Auctions and counting. There will be more.

This month 86 events are posted on the auction calendar.  The previous high for October was 57, reached both in 2011 and in 2007, the last year before the world economy was convulsed with economic tremors.  During this month additional events will be added and others rescheduled.   The mosaic of auctions is always a work in progress but the outlook positive.  The number of sales posted particularly high – 86 events.

Over the past 7 years the number of sales in October has been relatively stable:

Auctions in October 2004 to 2011

2011 57

2010 52

2009 56

2008 53

2007 57

2006 53

2005 49

So one metric is very positive.  What’s offered and how many will be bidding are other factors that will become clear as the month progresses.

What is clear is clear is that the opportunities will be many.

The book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions is October –

Mon. Oct. 1st Bruun Rasmussen.  Books, 227 lots. [1240]

Tues. Oct. 2nd      Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books, 285 lots.  [20412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana, 528 lots.  [2287]

Wed. Oct. 3rd              Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints, 2 lots.  [360]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs, 270 lots.  [NO8885]

Thurs. Oct. 4th Bloomsbury Auctions.  Red China.  [35982]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale.  [6934]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds.  [5708]

                                    Christie’s.  Richard Avedon Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts, 468 lots.  [6084] 

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books, 960.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Ephemera, Advertising and Estate Books.  [100412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian.  [10412]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs & Photobooks.  [2288]

                                    Waddington’s.  Public Enemy:  US DOJ and FBI Wanted Posters and Related Ephemera – Internet Sale.  [100112]

Fri.  Oct. 5th                 Alde.  Library of Lucien Choudin; Books of Voltaire.  [19717]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile.  [35984]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of Islam.  [6945]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts.  [6084]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.COM].  Rare Books, 960 items.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – and – Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and Ancient Arts, Antiques, 8074 items.  [82]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps.  [5]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Jewish books, maps, manuscripts, ketubbot, art books.  [43]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Modern Illustrated Books Auction, 486 items.  [44]

Sat.  Oct. 6th                Coutau-Begarie.  Comic Strips.  [100612]

                                    ERA Encheres.  Books.  [19693]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques.  [82]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books and manuscripts auction, 808 lots.  [45].

Mon.  Oct. 8th              Alde.  Library First Editions.  [19718]

Tues.  Oct. 9th             Christie’s.  Travel, Science, and Natural History.  [6911]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors Books.  [1076]

Wed.  Oct. 10th           Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts.  [20048]

                                    Christie’s.  Rendez-vous:  Contemporary Interiors.  [3541]

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  [101012]

                                    Doyle New York.  Doyle @ Home:  Prints.  [101012]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints.  [1075]

Thurs.  Oct. 11th         Dominic Winter.  Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography.  [101112]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Prints.  [1442]

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature with Books in all Fields.  [490]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Art, Press & Illustrated Books.  [2289]

Sat. Oct. 13th               Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art.  [5111]

Mon. Oct. 15th Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints.  [19565]

Tues.  Oct. 16th           Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century,  [18146]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

Wed.  Oct. 17th           Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

                                    Tajan.  Books.  [9740]

Thurs.  Oct. 18th         AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ending today.  [22]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Literature, Manuscripts, Travel & Natural History.  [35986]

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Swann Galleries.  African-American Fine Art.  [2290]

Fri.  Oct. 19th              Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

Sat. Oct. 20th               Galerie Bassenge.   Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

Sun. Oct. 21st              Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs.  [20050].

Mon. Oct. 22nd            Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings [19566]

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples.  [19623]

Tues.  Oct. 23rd           Audap & Mirabaud.  Historical Memories.  [19715]

                                    Bonhams.  Prints.  [20059].

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Books and Autographs.  [19627]

Thurs. Oct. 25th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern First Editions:  The Library of a Gentleman.  [35988]

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books, Autographs and Documents.  [19675]

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints [68].

                                    PBA Galleries.  Ranchos of California:  The John C. Broome Collection.  [491]

Fri.  Oct. 26th              Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints.  [68]

                                    Osenat.  Books.  [13960]

Sat. Oct. 27th    Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints.  [68]

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Prints.  [650]

Sun. Oct. 28th             Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Antique and Estate Books.  [102812]

Mon.  Oct. 29th           Christie’s.  Important Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts.  [3518].

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters.  [14280]

Tues.  Oct. 30th           Alde.  Regionalism – Franche-Comte, Normandie, Provence, Savoie.  [19721]

                                    Bonhams.  Photographs.  [20064].

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593]

                                    Christie’s.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile.  [3537].

                                    Christie’s.  Sporting Books.  [4354]

                                    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints.  [103012]

Wed. Oct. 31st  Alde.  Ancient and XIX Century Books.  [19723]

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593]

                                    Photographs.  [7272]

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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