• <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>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
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  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2012 Issue

Auctions in November

Collision

Buyers and sellers in the rooms in November

Heading into November 115 auction events are scheduled.  This compares with 91 in November 2011.  Through August this year 179,000 lots have been archived, a 29.7% increase from the 138,000 offered in the January-August period in 2011.  If this percentage of increase holds the full year will see 317,558 lots pass through the rooms, an increase of 72,718.  There is much talk of a generally weakening market but no evidence of it in the rooms.

Within the day-to-day numbers there is also significant change.  Not so long ago bidders attended auctions personally to bid on many lots.  To accommodate this practice houses choose open days to avoid scheduling conflicts.  This year on two November days 11 or more sales are scheduled and on average 3.6 sales scheduled every day.  This suggests a strong and continuing shift of focus to the material wherever it is offered.  Where it is offered is becoming somewhat less important.  To accommodate broader participation auctions are increasingly attended electronically and by phone.  The physical events, with the exception of stellar sales, are becoming less important.

As to what’s apparent from the comparative data – a look back suggests lot values are holding steady but continue to be at the low end of the 5-year range, a good performance given that the number of opportunities to buy is way up.  That more bidders are competing seems logical but is only circumstantially confirmed.

Taken together the shift to the bid-ask model seems well underway.  It’s not inevitable but at this point is logical.

On the calendar linked at the bottom of this page sales in green are fully searchable both through the keyword and advanced searches.  Other sales are loaded daily.  Further sales, as identified, will be added to the calendar as the month progresses.

Questions about lots should be directed to the auction house.

The schedule as of October 27th:

Thurs. Nov. 1
st Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale [35991].  417 lots

                              Christie’s.  Vintage Posters in London [7303].  261 lots

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book online bidding ending Nov.1st [201244].

                              Sotheby’s.  Prints [NO8896].

Fri. Nov. 2nd  Aspire Auctions.  Prints ending Nov. 2nd.

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].

                          Heritage Auctions.  Space Exploration [6082].

                              Sotheby’s.  Prints [NO8896].

Sat. Nov. 3rd      Heritage Auctions.  Americana and Political Memorabilia [6092].

Mon. Nov. 5th  Doyle New York.  Books, Photographs and Prints [110512].

Tues. Nov. 6th  Amsterdam Book Auctions.  Books, prints, comics, posters [18].

                              Rupert Toovey & Co.  Photographs, Ephemera [1083].

Wed. Nov. 7th   Audap & Mirabaud.  Books [19716].

                              Bonhams.  Photographs [20022].

                              Bonhams.  Sporting Sale [19873].

                            Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [216].

                            Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60].

Thurs. Nov. 8th  Aguttes.  Books, Posters, Photos [20050].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sporting Goods [35993].

                            De Baecque & Associes.  Books, Comic Books and Autographs [20158].

                            Dorotheum.  Prints [9737].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ending today

                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [492].

                              Swann Galleries.  Rare & Important Travel Posters [2293].

                              Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60].

Fri. Nov. 9th    Librairie Loeb-Larocque.  Antique Maps – Old Books [110912].

                              Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula [60].

Sat. Nov. 10th    Clars Auction Gallery.  Photographs, Prints, Special Collection [111012].

                            Cottone.  Prints [67].

                              Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints [33820].

Sun. Nov. 11th  Bonhams.  Prints [20069].

                              Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1245].

Mon. Nov. 12th  Artcurial Bries-Le Fur-Poulain. Tajan.  Historic Memories and Antiques Arms [19575].

                              Bonhams.  Prints [20069].

                              Christie’s.  Andy Warhol Benefit [2766].

                            Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips [14093].

Tues. Nov. 13th  Bonhams.  Books, Maps and Manuscripts [20139].

                            Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].

                            Galerie Koller.  Books [651].

Wed. Nov. 14th  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].

                              Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books [336].

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [111412].

                              Freeman’s.  Pennsylvania Sale [1446].

                                Freeman’s.  Historic Muhlenberg Property from a Private Collection [1446A].

Thurs. Nov. 15th  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Old Master to 20th Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters [35990].

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collectors Sale:  Aviation, Motoring and other Transport [111512].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ends today

                              Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Photographs and Books [14094].

                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Manuscripts and Archives [493].

                              Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [19944].

                              Profiles in History.  Historical Documents [111512].

                              Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2620M].

                              Sotheby’s.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History [L12405].

                              Swann Galleries.  American Art * Contemporary Art [2294].

Fri. Nov. 16th  Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  The Collector’s Sale:  Militaria, Railway Part V [111612].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Comics and Comic Art [7066].

                              Sotheby’s.  Photographs [PF1222].

                              Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49].

Sat Nov. 17th    Addison and Sarova.  Rare and Fine Books [1002].

                            Christie’s.  Photographs [3514].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Photographs [5119].

                              Romantic Agony.  Books and Prints [49].

Sun. Nov. 18th  Bonhams.  Prints [20070].

                              ERA Encheres.  Rare and Ancient Books about Regionalism [18804].

                            National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [111812].

                              Piasa.  Herge:  Comic Strips [20011].

                              Skinner, Inc.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2621B].

Mon. Nov. 19th  Alde.  Modern Illustrated Books; Children’s Books [19725].

                              Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books [397].

                              Sotheby’s.  Books and Manuscripts [PF1213].

Tues. Nov. 20th  Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books [397].

                              Swann Galleries.  19th & 20th Century Literature [2295].

Wed. Nov. 21st  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Antiquarian Books:  The Property of a Collector, Part II [35999].

                            Christie’s.  Valuable Books and Manuscripts [5960].

                              Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books [19689].

Thurs. Nov. 22nd Aguttes.  Books [14165].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs [Roma-83].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ending today [201247].

Fri. Nov. 23rd    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Photographs [35995].

                            Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Old Master Prints [394].

                            Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  East Anglia [1011].

Sat. Nov. 24th    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comics [19577].

                            ERA Encheres.  Rare and Ancient Books about Regionalism [18804].

Tues. Nov. 27th  Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps [19851].

                            Bonhams.  Prints [20274].

                            Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1248].

                            Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56].

                          Christie’s.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts [7558].

                            Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books {l12406].

                          Tajan.  Modern and Contemporary Photographs [9746].

Wed. Nov. 28th  Alde.  Antiquarian Photographs, Historical Documents [19726].

                              Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56].

                              Christie’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [7558].

                            Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books [l12406].

Thurs. Nov. 29th  Alde.  Documents; Artistic and Literary Autographs [19727].

                            AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books – online bidding starts today [23].

                          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Important Books & Manuscripts [36002].

                            Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton [20558].

                              Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56].

                              Christie’s.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance [6769].

                            De Baecque & Associes.  Photography [19677].

                              Galerie Bassenge.  Prints [100h].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters [7067].

                          Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online bidding ends today [201248].

                          Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books – Day 1 [1052].

                            PBA Galleries.  Fine Americana – African American History – Cartography [494]

                            Swann Galleries.  Autographs [2296].

Fri.  Nov. 27th    Bubb Kuyper.  Books, Manuscripts and Graphic Arts [56]

                              Heritage Auctions.  Vintage Movie Posters [7067]

                            Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Books – Day 2 [1053]

                            Rossini.  Books [20030]

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> William Oden Waller studio, <i>Manhattan Mary</i>, gouache and graphite, 1927. Sold for $77,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28:</b> Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold for $112,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b> Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first printed use of “Virginia” on a map, Paris, 1587. Sold for $80,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Aegidius Romanus, <i>Lo libre del regiment dels princeps</i>, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold for $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed, Boston, 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5:</b> Henry Ossawa Tanner, <i>Flight into Egypt</i>, oil on canvas, circa 1910. Sold for $341,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Lonely House</i>, etching, 1923. Sold for $317,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7:</b> George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:</b> Saul Leiter, <i>Waiter, Paris</i>, chromogenic print, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: </b> A. M. Cassandre, <i>Normandie / Maiden Voyage</i>, 1935. Sold for $20,000.
  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €

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