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The World of Books, an engrossing moment

For the week ending Saturday April 13th 25 auctions were archived to the AED; 10 denominated in US dollars, 7 in British pounds and 8 in euros.  Turnover was a brisk $33,236,447 as 5,055 of 6,483 lots offered sold.  Auction houses around the world but particularly auctions in New York brought their “A” games this week in a show of force reinforcing the impression that the stars are aligning for the auction world.  The world is changing.  Meanwhile the New York Book Fair at the Armory had a strong weekend with many of the world’s leading dealers, institutions and collectors chatting over the capricious weather, eyeing gems and discussing whether a discrete discount on the rare and exceptional was possible.  For a few days anyway the future of the rare and collectible world has seemed not in doubt at all.  The world changes but the fundamentals of taste, desire and discernment that have driven collecting for the past two hundred years still converge on appointed weekends, permitting those with the gifts to understand and the patience to parse possibilities, opportunities to acquire complex printed and manuscript materials that the great dealers bring to such events.  The show in short was knee deep in reasons to celebrate.  Stirring the free flowing martinis on opening night too was news that Sotheby’s was exhibiting the Old South Church’s copy of the 1640 Bay Psalm at their New York headquarters and that they will parade it to sundry exhibitions before hoisting it in their rooms in New York on November 26th to send it, the 11th known copy of the first printed book in British North America and the only copy to come up at auction since 1947, on to an institution or collector.  This will be the event of the fall season.

 

The results this week as garnered from the 25 sales archived over the past seven days:

 

7 Sales reached a million dollars:

 

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 9th:  $15,842,126

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  $6,098,500

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts on April 11th:  $3,656,274

Bonhams.  Roy David’s Collection:  Part III:  $1,441,857

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books on April 10th:  $1,234,931

Swann Galleries.  Fine Books including Incunabula on April 11th:  $1,304,931

Christies.  Prints on April 10th:  $1,030,931

 

10 auctions saw their total sales reach 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  302%

Osenat.  Spirit of the 19th Century on April 7th:  220%

Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Books on April 9th:  215%

Sothebys.  Collection of Nicolas Landau et Jacqueline Goldman:  143%

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 9th:  130%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Historical Manuscripts on April 11th:  130%

Bonhams.  Roy David’s Collection:  Part III:  122%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Weapons and Historical Memories on April 8th:  114%

Swann.  Fine Books including Manuscripts on April 11th:  100%

Christies.  Prints on April 10th:  100%

 

Auctions that sold at least 80% of their lots:

 

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  100%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Private Collection of Mountaineering Books on April 11th:  98%

Swann.  Fine Books including Manuscripts on April 11th:  97%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books online bidding ended April 11th:  92%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books on April 10th:  90%

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 9th:  89%

Osenat.  Spirit of the 19th Century on April 7th:  88%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Historical Manuscripts on April 11th:  87%

Eldred’s.  Prints on April 5th:  86%

Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  85%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books and Maps on April 10th:  84%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Horology and Science Books on April 11th:  83%

Sothebys.  Collection of Nicolas Landau et Jacqueline Goldman:  82%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on April 8th:  80%

 

For the week ahead – 33 sales scheduled, all but one fully searchable in the Upcoming Auction Search.

 

Mon. April 15th                     Alde.  Letters and Manuscripts [20986].  476 lots

                                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1316].  65 lots

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Tues. April 16th                    Bonhams.  Grosvenor School and Avant-Garde Print-making [20736].  110 lots

                                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Books, Maps, Photos [1316b].  294 lots

                                                H. A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung.  Autographs [41613].  1114 lots.

                                                Rupert Toovey and Co.  Ephemera [1119].  67 lots

                                                Swann Galleries, Inc.  Printed & Manuscript Americana [2310].  432 lots

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Wed. April 17th                     De Baecque & Associes.  Photographs [20967].

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Books [101a].

                                                J. A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung.  Autographs ending today [41613].  1114 lots

                                                Kapandji Morhange.  Engravings [15601].

                                                RR Auction.  Autographs [406].  1618 lots

                                                Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1118].  52 lots

                                                Sothebys.  Charity sale – Prints [PF1335].  32 lots

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Thurs. April 18th                  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Books [36041].  646 lots

                                                De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books [20968].  381 lots

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  History, Geography and Travel [101b].  270 lots

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Rare Books [101c].  512 lots

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Incunabula, Rare Books [101d].  213 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Space Exploration [6095].  394 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201316].  294 lots

                                                Swann Galleries, Inc.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks [2311].

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Fri. April 19th                        Galerie Bassenge.  Literature and Book Illustration [101e].

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Autographs [101f].

                                                Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Modern Prints [403].  240 lots

                                                Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Prints [84].  5223 lots

 

Sat. April 20th                       Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur Part I  [20882].  120 lots

                                                Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur [21604].  359 lots

                                                Galerie Bessange.  Modern Literature and Art Documentation  [101g].  862 lots

                                                Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Post-War / Contemporary Prints [404].  205 lots

                                                Kiefer – Buch-und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Prints  continued [84].  5223 lots

 

Sun.  April 21st                Bonhams.  Period Art and Design – Books and Prints [20938].  100 lots

                                            National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Adirondacks, Maps, MA, PA, etc [04212013].

 

It’s an engrossing moment.  The world of books is in motion.

 

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

14 April 2013

  • <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>
  • <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…