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Auctions in August

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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>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <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: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000

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