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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>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.
  • <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

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