• <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Clemens, Samuel L. <i>The Writings Of Mark Twain.</i> New York And London: Harper & Brothers, 1904to1906. $80,000 to 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Biggers, Earl Derr. <i>The House Without a Key</i>. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Bukowski, Charles. Extensively revised typescript of his novel <i>Factotum</i>. [Los Angeles, c. 1973 to 75]. $50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph quotation from <i>A Christmas Carol</i> signed ("Charles Dickens" With Paraph). $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Fitzgerald, Zelda. A group of paper dolls with costumes, circa 1927. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. <i>Men Without Women</i>. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Lawrence, T. E. Autograph letter signed ("TE Shaw") completing the order for George VII — The Brough Superior motorcycle on which he was killed. $5,000 to 7,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Steadman, Ralph. "Somewhere Around Barstow". $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Jones, Robert Tyre ("Bobby"), and O. B. Keeler. <i>Down The Fairway: The Golf Life And Play Of Robert T. Jones, Jr.</i> New York: Minton, Balch, 1927. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Ruth, George Herman ("Babe"). <i>Babe Ruth's Own Book Of Baseball</i>. New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. $8,000 to 12,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 37. Anonymous, <i>[Untitled - Ancient World]</i>, 1553. Est. $20,000 - $23,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 45. Cellarius, <i>Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe</i>, 1708. Est. $2,400 - $3,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 51. Kircher, <i>Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur</i>, 1665. Est. $1,600 - $1,900
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 152. David H. Vance, <i>Map of the United States of North America</i>, 1825. Est. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 309. Mark Storm, <i>Official Texas Brags Map of North America</i>, 1948. Est. $350 - $425
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 426. B. Crété, <i>Carte Symbolique de l'Europe / Europe en 1914</i>, 1915. Est. $2,000 - $2,300
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 636. Hartmann Schedel, <i>Folio LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime</i>, 1493. Est. $1,100 - $1,400
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 649. Heinrich Bunting, <i>Asia Secunda pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi</i>, 1581. Est. $3,000 - $3,750
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 747. Theodore de Bry, <i> [Lot of 22 - Complete Set of De Bry's Virginia Natives]</i>, 1590. Est. $6,000 - $7,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 769. Lotter/Lobeck, <i>Atlas Geographicus Portatilis</i>, 1760. Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 772. Henry Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 777. Marco Coltellini, <i>[3 Volumes] Il Gazzettiere Americano</i>, 1763. Est. $5,500 - $7,000

Auction Update Review

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We are into the high snow

For the week ending Saturday December 1st 30 auctions were archived to the AED; 16 in euros, 9 in British pounds, 4 in dollars and 1 in Swiss francs.  Total turnover was $26,449,140, 103% of the total high estimate of all lots offered.  Eleven thousand eights hundred and forty-two lots were offered and 8,697 sold for a 73% success rate.

 

Sixteen sales saw their total sales exceed the total of their high estimates:

 

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  227%

Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton on November 29th:  227%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 13th:  186%

Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books on November 28th:  134%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.   Comic Strips - 1st Vacation on November 18th:  131%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November 8th:  130%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November on November 9th:  129%

Christies.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  120%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 27th:  117%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  112%

Alde.  Documents; Artistic and Literary Autographs on November 29th:  111%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November 8th:  111%

Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints on November 10th:  108%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 23rd:  107%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on November 29th:  101%

 

Eights sales saw their totals reach a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books on November 28th:  $5,661,040

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Comics on November 24th:  $3,754,687

Christie’s.    An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  $2,340,282

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books on November 19th:  $2,014,522

Sotheby’s.  Important Manuscripts, Letters and Memorabilia from the family of Arturo Toscanini on November 28th:  $1,895,923

Bonhams.  Prints on November 27th:  $1,400,096

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  $1,114,786

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  $1,101,448

 

Fourteen sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:

 

Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints on November 10th:  96%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Comic Strips - 1st Vacation:  92%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on  November 29th:  92%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 27th:  91%

Sotheby’s.  Important Manuscripts, Letters and Memorabilia from the family of Arturo Toscanini on November 28th:  90%

Christie’s.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  90%

Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton on November 29th:  89%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ended November 29th

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  86%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 13th:  84%

Zisska & Schauer.   Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  84%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on November 27th:  84%

Zisska & Schauer.   Books, Manuscripts on November 9th:  82%

 

For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

 

Tuesday Dec. 4th

 

Bonhams.  Sale No. 19952.  Polar Sale, Travel and Photographs

Christies.  Sale No. 2769.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only (bidstart 11/19)

Mealy’s Auctioneers.  No. 120412.  Rare Books and Literature

Delvaux.  Sale No. 19735.  Books and Autographs

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20475.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20078.  Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Dorotheum.  Sale No. 120412.  Autographs

Minerva Auctions Roma.  Sale No. Roma-83.  Books, Autographs and Prints

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Sale No. 20334.  Collection Liuba and Ernesto Wolf

Carlsen Gallery.  Sale No. 20334.  Prints, Books

 

Wednesday Dec. 5th

 

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 36005.  Bibliophile

Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100o.  Photography from the 19th- 21st Century

Christies.  Sale No. 7572.  Modern and Contemporary Prints

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Sale No. 1089.  Prints

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20377.  Russian Literature and Works on Paper

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20830.  Illuminating Space

Galeria Bassenge.  Sale No. 100n.  Photo Books and Photographic Literature

Guernsey’s.  Sale No. 34318.  The Arader Sale:  Color Plate Books, Rare Maps, Natural History

 

Thursday Dec. 6th

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Sale No. 19585.  Prints and Illustrated Books

Christies.  Sale No. 5701.  Old Master Prints

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 35997.  Modern and Contemporary Prints

Alde.  Sale No. 19728.  Ancient and Modern Books

Aguttes.  Sale No. 20255.  Ancient and Modern Books

Piasa.  Sale No. 20129.  H. M. Petiet

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Sale No. 2297.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera.

Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Sale No 120612.  Quinn’s Auction:  Fine and Rare Books

 

Friday Dec. 7th

 

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Sale No. A163.  Modern Prints

Alde.  Sale No. 19729.  Ancient and Modern Books, Day 2

Christies.  Sale No. 2607.  Books and Manuscripts Session I

Christies.  Sale No. 2656.  Books and Manuscripts Session II

 

Saturday Dec. 8th

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Sale  No. 6083.  Civil War and Militaria

Clars Auction Gallery.  Sale No. 120812.  Prints

 

Sunday Dec. 9th

 

Clars Auction Gallery.  Sale No. 120812.  Prints continued.

National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [120912]

 

For those with an interest in rare books and works on paper the results this past week suggest strength in the rooms.  It is uncommon for total sales for any week to exceed the total of high estimates for all lots offered.  This past week sales were 103%.  This said it needs to be also pointed out that most sales were outside the United States.  This coming week the focus shifts to New York with among other events the Arader Sale conducted by Guernsey’s.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

December 2nd 2012

  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b>  Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...May 19, 1874. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 3)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Alvin Langdon Coburn. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 32)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Lee Friedlander, Newark, New Jersey, 1962 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972.<br>Est: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 50)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> The  papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Est: $75,000-100,000 (Lot 160)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> James Joyce, Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, 1914. First edition. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 362)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> George Sand, Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 405)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Thomas More, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus… Basel: Froben, March 1518. First Basel edition. Est: $15,000-25,000 (Lot 308)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Johannes Brahms, Autograph letter in German signed "Joh. Brahms.” Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 285)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Kelmscott Press, [Guilelmus, of Tyre, Archbishop]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles Didier, Atlas universel...Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Est: $10,000 - $15,000  (Lot 222)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition. Est: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 399)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinge, between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards.. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 195)
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000