Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2010 Issue

Heritage: Two Sales in Beverly Hills

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A copy of Darwin for the fittest. Bidding starts at $62,500


By Bruce McKinney

Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, the ascendant auction house rising from the flat lands of Texas, is entering the west coast collectibles auction market - bringing its unique combination of meticulous cataloguing and marketing to California and offering its first sales in the category during the week of the ABAA Book Fair - February 11th and 12th. The firm recently took over the Beverly Hills gallery previously occupied by Superior Coin & Stamp. Heritage ventures onto a complicated stage set by the ABAA which has, in past years, discouraged auction houses from selling to the audience they attract from around the world for their biennial Los Angeles show. In recent years there have been, despite disapproval, two or three auctions during 'fair week.' Anymore, both dealers and auctions seem to benefit from proximity.

Heritage is a serious player in collectibles and its entry into the West Coast book, manuscript and ephemera field via the opening of a showroom in Beverly Hills, evidence that its appetite is increasing. In Southern California Bonhams & Butterfields has been the dominant auction house in recent years although other houses have held "visiting" sales. As well, in northern California Pacific Book Auctions conducts frequent sales and John's Western Gallery, while recently quiet, organized three sales during the past few years on behalf of Glen Dawson and Dawson's Book Shop. In addition to the west coast office Heritage is opening a showroom in New York City later this year. North Dakota may be next!

With Heritage's latest steps the firm, that has risen to prominence with aggressive marketing and sophisticated cataloguing, serves notice it's moving to create a juggernaut that may soon pit a national firm with regional offices selling collectibles across a broad spectrum against hundreds of mostly local auction companies that compete in just a few categories. As auctions prosper when they aggregate audience Heritage's full service collectibles approach gives them an extraordinary advantage in attracting both consignors and bids. The firm conducts auctions in art, coins, comics, currency, entertainment memorabilia, historical material, stamps. jewelry & timepieces, movie posters, natural history, rare books and sports collectibles. They charge a 19.5% buyer's premium for all categories except coins, currency and stamps.

So the opening of their Beverly Hills location and the posting of two sales to coincide with the ABAA book fair serves clear notice that Heritage has come to play. The first sale is 226 lots of Historical Manuscripts & Autographs to be offered February 11th beginning at 10:00 am with an additional 242 documented lots offered only online, by fax and mail.

The second sale is Rare Books Auction., 508 lots to be sold the same day beginning at 2:00 pm with another 317 lots offered online, by fax and mail. All lots are illustrated and described in the catalogues.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
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  • <b>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio</b>
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  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…

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