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Auctions In March

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Auctions in March

Heading into March 66 sales are on the calendar.  This is down from 82 in 2012 and the first down month comparison since May 2012.  It’s too early to know how many lots will be posted and sold but we know that last year’s high volume lowered the median price by 3 to 4% even after allowing for a large increase in less expensive books that further lowered prices.  Every month every year does not beat the prior year.  In 2012 May was down 15 sales from 2011.  The 2010 to 2009 comparison may be more appropriate.  2010 was higher only in 6 months.

In any event this March there is a sale every 11 hours and 15 minutes.

This year, as we head into March, 66 events are scheduled:

Fri. Mar 1st            Heritage Auctions..  Texana [6097].  204 lots

Sat. Mar. 2nd          Dorotheum.  Gun Books [9932].  8 lots

Mon. Mar. 4th          Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1310].

Tues. Mar. 5th          Christie’s.  Andy Wharhol.  Internet sale ending today [24389].  125 items

                              ERA Encheres.  Maps [21203].  1 item

Wed. Mar 6th            Ader.  Comics [208280.  140 lots

                              Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [838].  58 items

                              Dominic Winter.  Printed Books and Maps [30613].   624 lots

                            Gray’s Auctioneers.  Prints [65]

Thurs. Mar 7th      Ader.  Theatre and Performing Arts – Collection Jacques Lorcey [20827]

                              Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Natural History and Sporting Books and Prints [30713].

                              Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – online bidding ending today [201310]

                              Pierre Berge & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books [15126].

                              Swann Galleries.  19th and 20th Century Prints [2306].  663 lots

Fri. Mar. 8th            Alde.  The Claude L. Library [20982].  344 lots

Sat. Mar. 9th            Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  Fine and Decorative Art:  Prints and Books [310].  74 lots

                                Dorotheum.  Fine Prints [9930].  31 lots

                                Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books, manuscripts and Ensor [48].  778 lots

Mon. Mar. 11th      Alde.  Library of the Castle of La Plagne [21115].  331 lots

                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1311].

Tues. Mar. 12th    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints [9939].  305 lots

Wed. Mar. 13th      Ader.  Ancient and Modern Books [20829].  289 lots

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [31313].

Thurs. Mar. 14th        Addison and Sarova.  Rare Books:  “God, Guts and Glory” the Library of a Southern Collector [1003a]

                              AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books online sale ending today [25].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Books [31413].

                              Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201311].

                              PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature; Children’s and Illustrated Books [502].

Fri. Mar. 15th          The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books and Prints [50].  1,345 lots

Sat.  Mar. 16th        Addison and Sarova.   Rare Books:  “God, Guts and Glory” the Library of a Southern Collector [1003b]

                              The Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions.  Books and Prints [50] ending today.  1,345 lots

Sun. Mar. 17th      Bonhams.  Books, Prints, Photographs [20900]

Mon. Mar. 18th      Bruun Rasmussen.  Prints [1312].

                                Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  American History [347]

Tues. Mar. 19th      Bloomsbury Auctions.  Vintage Posters [31913].

                              Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Historical Photographs [20751].

                            Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions.  Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Prints [31913].

                              Sothebys.  Modern and Contemporary Prints [L13162]

                              Sothebys.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [L13160].

Wed.  Mar. 20th      Bonhams.  The Xi’an Incident:  The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon [21070].  7 Lots

                              Christies.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [1114].

                              Christies.  Library of a Spanish Bibliophile [4897].

                              Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1111].

Thurs. Mar. 21st    Ader.  Threatre and Performing Arts – Collection of Jacques Lorcey [20832].

                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Travel and Natural History Books [32113].

                            Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Book internet auction ending today [201312].

                            Keys Fine Arts.  Books [32113].

                              Sothebys.  Mark Birley:  The Private Collection [L13313].

                              Swann Galleries.  Printed and Manuscript African-Americana [2308].

Fri.  Mar. 22nd        Gallerie Koller Auctions.  Prints [A164a].

                              Keys Fine  Arts Auctioneers.  Books [32113].

                              Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books and Prints [126].

Sat. Mar. 23rd        Cottone.  Prints [76].

                              Galerie Koller Auctions.  Manuscripts and Books [A164b].

                              Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Vintage Movie Posters [7072].

                            Venator and Hanstein [Buch und Graphikauktionen].  Books and Prints [126] continued.

Sun. Mar. 24th        Bonhams.  Prints [30906]

                              Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau [21043].

Wed. Mar. 27th      Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Books and Autographs [20942].

                              Minerva Auctions Roma.  Books, Autographs and Prints [OMA-88].

Thurs.  Mar. 28th     Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201313].

                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Americana – African American History – Travel – Cartography [503].

                              Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Prints [20618].

Fri. Mar. 29th          Piasa.  Photographs [20619].

                              Tajan.  Books [9804]

Sat. Mar. 30th          Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Entertainment and Music memorabilia [7074].

On every AE page there is a search link to Upcoming Auctions.  As we prepare to publish the lots for 34 upcoming sales are posted:  8,319.  This number of course changes every day. 

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:</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.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <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, 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

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