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  Through August this year 179,000 lots have been archived, a 29.7% increase from the 138,000 offered in the January-August period in 2011.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]

The AE Auction Calendar and Search Page

 

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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.

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