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A Busy Spring becomes a Busy Summer

For the week ending Saturday June 9th, 2012 15 auctions were archived; 4 denominated in US dollars, 1 in British pounds and 10 in euros.  Ten thousand three hundred and thirteen lots were offered and 6,876 sold for a 67% success rate.  Total turnover was $4,553,276, sixty percent of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered.  The spring marathon continues but there is a sense of shallow breathing.

 

One sale reached 100% of the total of their high lot estimates:

 

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books and Manuscripts on June 6th:  129%

 

No sales breached the one million dollar level.

 

Four sales sold at least 80% of their lots:

 

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidstart May 31st and ended June 7th:  98%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books and Manuscripts on June2 6th:  93%

Swann Galleries.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, and Ephemera on June 7th:  88%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books on June 1st:  85%

 

The market is healthy but the mood somewhat somber.  Spain is preparing to step back from the brink of default with a 100 billion euro package from the EU, the Greeks are casting ballots on Tuesday in what is widely viewed as a second referendum on EU participation, and the Chinese government this past week lowered bank rates to stimulate economic activity.  Meanwhile the failure of the recall vote in Wisconsin has people wondering about the benefits of tea.  It turns out that auction sales of books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera are altogether a trailing indicator and they are walking close behind elephants that recently had a hearty meal.

 

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

 

Monday June 11th Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics [81].  4,868 lots

 

Tuesday June 12th    Bonhams.  Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photos [20137].  164 lots

                                    Christie’s.  Masterworks of Italian Photography 1945-1975 from the Collection of Paolo Morello [4225].
  150 lots

                                    Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics continuing [81].  4,868 lots

 

Wed. June 13th         Christie’s.  Books [5334].  219 lots

                                      Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics continuing [81].  4,868 lots

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1047].  9 lots

 

Thurs.  June 14th      Ader.  Letters and Manuscripts, Autographs, Collection of E. H. and diverses [18348].  328 items

                                    AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Books – internet bidstart 6-7 [19].

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books and Manuscripts [35931].  728 lots

                                    Gonnelli Casa d’ Aste.  Prints [483].                                         

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books – internet bidstart 6-8 [201224]

                                    Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books and Graphics continuing [81].  4,868 lots

                                    Swann Galleries.  American Art / Contemporary Art [2281].  282 items

 

Friday June 15th        Gonnelli Casa d’ Aste.  Photographs [487].

                                    Sotheby’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [NO8864].  195 lots

                                    The Romantic Agony.  Books [48a].  593 lots

 

Saturday June 16th   Clars Auction Gallery.  Art and German Literature Books [61612]

                                    The Romantic Agony.  Books [48b]

 

Sunday June 17th     Bonhams.  Period Art and Design [20110]

                                    Clars Auction Gallery.  Art and German Literature Books continuing [61612].

 

Sailing deeper into summer the sales continue unabated.  Every year, for the next ten, the volume of lots will increase.  This summer seems unusual but it simply reflects the new normal.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

June 10th, 2012

  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000
  • <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.
  • <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> John Muir. <i>My First Summer in the Sierra</i>, Boston, 1911.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ernest Hemingway. <i>For Whom the Bell Tolls</i>, New York, 1940. First edition later printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Upton Sinclair. <i>The Jungle</i>, New York, 1906. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> George Orwell. <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, 1949. First American edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Harper Lee. <i>To Kill a Mocking Bird</i>, 1960. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Richard Wright. <i>Native Son</i>, New York, 1940. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Dryden, Congreve, and others. <i>Ovid’s Art of Love</i>, London, 1764. English translation of Ovid’s work.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> S. E. Hinton. <i>The Outsiders</i>, New York, 1967. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, Boston, 1951. Book club edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ayn Rand. <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>, New York, 1957. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters</i> and <i>Seymour: An Introduction</i>, Boston, 1963. First [book] edition, third state.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Tennessee Williams. <i>Sweet Bird of Youth</i>, 1959. First edition.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>