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The Tide Comes In

For the week ending Saturday September 24th seven sales were archived:  two in dollars, one in Euros and four in British Pounds.   Sales totaled $7,227,055 against the aggregate high bid of $10,948,335 – achieving 71% of the total high estimate.  Two thousand six hundred eighty-six lots were offered and 2,147 sold for a stellar 80% sell-through.  That the percentage of lots sold was high and the percentage achieved of the aggregate high estimate lower [71%] suggests bidders held back on some of the most expensive lots.  In a period of economic uncertainty market perception of fair market value will be in flux and valuations, in some sectors, decline.  This said, no one week provides more than anecdotal evidence of market breadth and direction. 

Book buyers buy books however, not markets and so long as estimates, availability and estimated probability of reappearance seem appropriate purchases in this period may prove to be good investments. 

For the week ahead 16 sales are scheduled.  The fall season is upon us.

Monday Sept 26

              Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan:  Collection d’un amateur de marine;

              Australian Book Auctions: Books, Maps, Prints, Manuscripts;

              Cowan’s Auctions: Mass marketed Stereoviews, Curved Mounts;

Tuesday Sept 27

              Australian Book Auctions: Books, Maps, Manuscripts …continued;

              Bonhams: Books, Maps and Historical Photographs;

              Christie’s: L’age d’or du rail – Souvenir de la Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-lits;

              Dorotheum: Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photo History;

              Sotheby’s: Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints;

 Wednesday Sept 28

              Christie’s: Americana Print Collection;

              Mealy’s Auctioneers:The Collector’s Sale;

 Thursday Sept 29    

              Bloomsbury Auctions: Modern and Contemporary Prints;

              Christie’s: Travel, Science and Natural History;

              Key’s Fine Arts: Book Days 1;

Friday Sept 30          

              Key’s Fine Arts: Book Days 2;

              Keifer-Buch-and-Kunstauktionen: Books;

              Marc van de Wiele Auctions:  Books

The week is thick with possibilities.

Bruce McKinney

AE

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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings</b>
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
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    <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>
  • <b>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio</b>
    <b>List your books simultaneously on Rare Book Hub and Biblio</b>
  • <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.