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Articles - August - 2014 Issue

Auctions in August


The August Auction Calendar

August is the doldrums of the book, manuscript, map and ephemera field, or so it used to be.  But not so much anymore.


This August 51 sales are scheduled, up from 46 in 2013.  Less than 10 years ago the number of August sales AE covered was in the single digits.  The auction market is growing and bidders understand the lights never go out anymore on the opportunities to bid.


The August auctions include both the usual and some unusual opportunities.  This is the time of year for some experimentation.  Look the list over:

Fri. Aug. 1st 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2. 242 lots 
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The Estate of Celia Thaxter Hubbard - Prints, Photos, Ephemera

Sat. Aug. 2nd 
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION. 36 lots 

Sun. Aug. 3rd 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 7/27
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/27

Tue. Aug. 5th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 48 lots 

Wed. Aug. 6th 
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, Prints. 71 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 500 lots 
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 416 lots 
Doyle New York. New York. End of Summer Sale - Prints

Thu. Aug. 7th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1695 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/31

Fri. Aug. 8th 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 6 lots 

Sat. Aug. 9th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Books and Prints

Sun. Aug. 10th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/3
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/3
Skinner. Marlborough. August Americana - Prints. 2 lots 

Mon. Aug. 11th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots 
Skinner. Marlborough. August Online - Internet Bidstart 8/4. 11 lots 

Tue. Aug. 12th 
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Art - Prints. 229 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Danish antiquarian bookshop with 20-25.000 book titles.. 1 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 49 lots 

Wed. Aug. 13th 
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 7/25. 1105 lots 

Thu. Aug. 14th 
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana with Cartography
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/7
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Art - Books and Prints
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Contemporary and Post-War Art - Prints

Fri. Aug. 15th 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints

Sun. Aug. 17th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/10
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/10
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectible

Tue. Aug. 19th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques

Thu. Aug. 21st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/14
RR Auction. Amherst. Animation Auction - Online bidstart 8/14. 497 lots 

Sat. Aug. 23rd 
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books in All Fields. 131 lots 

Sun. Aug. 24th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17

Mon. Aug. 25th 
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. World at War - Ephemera - Internet bidstart 8/14

Tue. Aug. 26th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints

Wed. Aug. 27th 
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 8/21
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Documents, Prints and Books

Thu. Aug. 28th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/21

Fri. Aug. 29th 
Skinner. Marlborough. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 8/21

Sun. Aug. 31st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/24
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/24


As to what 51 suggests about the November peak in the fall sales the ratio is usually 3 to 1.  If this holds we’ll see 150 sales in November or a new sale starting every 4.8 hours.  So get some sleep.


Here is a link to the AE Auction Section.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b><br>Lot 14. Blaeu,<i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula</i>, 1635. Est. $14000-$16000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b><br>Lot 305. Arrowsmith, <i>Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas</i>, 1841. Est. $18000-$20000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b><br>Lot 256. Thackara, <i>Plan of the City<br>of Washington in the Territory of Columbia</i>, 1792. Est. $13000-$16000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 188. Browne/Senex, A New<br>Map of Virginia Mary-land, 1719. <br>Est. $5500-$6500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 47. Cellarius, <i>Scenographia Systematis Copernicani</i>, 1708.<br>Est. $2400-$3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 6. Ortelius, <i>Typus Orbis Terrarum</i>, 1571. Est. $7000-$8500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 413. De Medina, <i>Mundo Novo,</i> 1554. Est. $7000-$9000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 37. Jansson, <i>Histoire des Grands Chemins de l'Empire Romain</i>, 1736. Est. $3000-$3750
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 798. Le Rouge, <i>Atlas Nouveau Portatif a l'Usage des Militaires</i>, 1748. Est. $2400-$3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 60. Munster, <i>Tabula Novarum Insularum</i>, 1559. Est. $5500-$7000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 122. Morden, <i>A New Map of the English Empire in America</i>, 1695. <br>Est. $14000-$16000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 291. J.J. Stoner, Niagara-Falls, <br>N.Y., 1882. Est. $1600-$1900
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 797. Sanson, <i>Die Gantze Erd-Kugel</i> ... Europa, Asia, Africa und America, 1679. Est. $8000-$10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 799. Lotter/Lobeck, Atlas Geographicus Portatilis, 1760.<br>Est. $1600-$1900
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 808. Railroad Companies, [<i>Manuscript Railroad Atlas</i>], 1890.<br>Est. $1000-$1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 800. Pinkerton, <i>A Modern Atlas</i>, 1815. Est. $8000-$10000
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. <i>A superb collection of manuscripts signed by Lincoln and relics related to Lincoln’s death</i>. Washington, 1864-1865
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Rare Relic of the Underground Railroad (1857). <i>$500 Reward Ran away ...</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> CARTER, SUSANNAH. <i>The Frugal Housewife,</i> (1772) the second American cookbook, plates by Paul Revere.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SCHIRRA, WALTER M.. Icon of the American Space Program. <i>A Complete Set of Schirra’s Flight Log Books (1947-69).</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A fine pair of daguerreotypes, one a black nurse holding a white baby, the other the white parents. Maryland, c. 1853.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Internet. (COMPUTERS.) CERF, VINTON & KAHN, ROBERT. <i>"A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication" in IEEE Transactions on Communications.</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs<br>& Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Marcus A. Root, "<i>General Tom Thumb</i>" with parents, daguerreotype, circa 1846. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> William Saunders, <i>Sketches of Chinese Life and Character</i>, album with 50 hand-colored photographs, 1871-72. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Wilson A. Bentley, album of 25 microphotographs from glass<br>plate negatives, 1888-1927.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs<br>& Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Hilla & Bernhard Becher, <i>Anonyme Skulpturen, Eine Typologie technischer Bauten</i>, first edition inscribed, Düsseldorf, 1970. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Edward Ruscha, four seminal artist's books in original dust jackets.<br>$1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Typological set of more than 100 photographs of WWII fighter planes, 1942-45. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b><br>Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, <i>The Sweet Flypaper of Life</i>, first edition signed by authors, New York, 1955. $500 to $750.
  • <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, February 14th, 2016.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 9. HIERONYMUS. C.340-420. <i>Epistolae. WITH: Lupus de Oliveto. Regula Monachorum ...</i> US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 47. FROST, A.B. 1858-1921. Shooting Pictures. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.<br>US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 53. PICASSO, PABLO, RAOUL HAUSMANN, et al. ILIAZD, ed. Poesie de mots inconnus. 1949. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 64. BRIGGS, HENRY. 1561-1630. <i>The North Part of America</i>. [London: 1625]. Engraved by R. Elstracke. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 79. COPERNICUS, NICOLAUS. De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. 1566. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of ... US$ 70,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 87. NEWTON, ISAAC, SIR. Autograph Manuscript in Latin and English [n.p., early 1670s}. US$ 100,000-150,000
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 93. Dr. Kary Mullis' 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded to him for the invention of the Polymerase Chain Reaction. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 96.<br>CLEMENS, SAMUEL. Autograph Manuscript, nearly complete chapter 30 of <i>A Tramp Abroad</i>, c.1879.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 105. GOLF. [MATHISON, THOMAS. d.1754.]<br><i>The Goff</i>. An Heroi-Comical Poem.<br>US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 113. JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941. <i>Ulysses</i>. First Edition, Presentation Copy, Signed and Inscribed by Joyce on the half-title. US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 120. LONDON, JACK. Autograph Manuscript of the short story "Flush of Gold". US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 135. STEINBECK, JOHN. Autograph Manuscript of an unpublished short story. US$ 35,000-45,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 149. GERONIMO. BARRETT, S.M., ed. Geronimo's Story of His Life. 1906. US$ 12,000-18,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 165.<br>ENOLA GAY. LEWIS, ROBERT A. An official pilot's log, 1942 to 1946.<br>US$ 50,000-80,000.

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