Auction Update Review

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Interest in the Rooms

This past week, in conjunction with the ABAA fair in San Francisco, both PBA and Bonhams held sales and more than held their own.  PBA had the smaller sale but it was a nice step up in terms of total dollars from some smaller events they have recently had.  Their sale, “Rare Books and Manuscripts,” brought $262,644 and saw almost 70% of the lots sell.  Bonhams did even better.  For their “Books and Manuscripts” sale they brought in $1,271,617 against an aggregate high estimate of $1,242,050 while selling 86% of their lots.

Brunn Rasmussen, in Denmark and Bloomsbury in London, had smaller sales but realized more than 100% of their aggregate high estimates.  Lower reserves seem to be bringing higher prices.

PBA's top lot was a set of the 1971 full size facsimile of Audubon’s Birds of America which brought $20,400.  A copy of the King James Bible brought $14,400.  Bonhams had some big books and some surprises.  A 1754 edition of Catesby’s “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands” brought $206,000.  Choris’ "Voyage pittoresque autour du monde,... " $134,000.  Beatrix Potter’s “There once was an amiable guinea-pig", estimated at $12,000 to $18,000, brought $85,400.

Bruun Rasmussen’s top lot, "Voyage d’Egypte et de Nubis" brought E. 5,100.  Bloomsbury’s top lot brought BP 3,172, six times the high estimate for John Donne’s "Devotions upon Emergent occasions, and several steps in my Sicknesse." [1584]

On the 26th there's an interesting sale of ephemera at JMW Auctions in Kingston, New York.  The material includes thousands of old postcards of upstate New York as well as places further distant. JMW Auctions at www.jmwauctions.com.  It's well worth a look.

Fresh material is selling and selling briskly.

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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</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…
  • <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.