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For the week ending Saturday June 15th 33 auctions were archived to the AED; 6 in US dollars, 2 in British pounds, and 25 in euros.  Turnover was $21,904,079 as 13,637 lots were offered and 9,165 sold for a 67% success rate.  The average lot realization was $2,390.

 

Six sales saw at least a million dollars change hands:

 

Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts on May 12th:  $5,9019,329

Sothebys.  Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana on May 11th:  $3,691,946

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comic Strips with L’univers du Createur de Tintin – 3rd Part on June 8th:  $1,944,472

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Books on May 27th:  $1,820,054

Galerie Bassenge.  Prints on May 30th:  $1,602,566

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books on June 5th:  $1,148,087

 

Seven sales saw total proceeds exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comics, Illustrations – Benefitting “Douleurs sans Frontiers” on June 6th:  258%

Piasa.  Books, Prints on June 11th:  137%

Osenat.  French Empire at Fontainbleau on June 6th:  132%

Alde.  First Editions of the XIX and XX – Collection of Tschann on May 3rd:  124%

Galerie Bassenge.  Prints on June 1st:  121%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books on June 5th:  110% 

Bubb Kuyper.  Bibliograph, Typography, Cartography, Art Reference on May 28th:  104%

 

Six sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

John McInnis.  Prints on June 1st:  95%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ended June 13th:  92%

Galerie Bassenge.  Prints on June 1st:  89%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Comics, Illustrations – Benefitting “Douleurs sans Frontiers” on June 6th:  88%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Militaria and Civil War on June 8th:  87%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books on June 5th:  80%

 

For the week ahead 38 sales are scheduled:

 

Mon. June 17th       Dorotheum.  Globes [61713].  37 lots
Audap Mirabaud &.  Autographs and Manuscripts, Ancient and Modern Books [21932].  252 lots
Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints [21590].  393 lots

Tues. June 18th                Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1325].  49 lots
Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts [8952].  236 lots

                                               Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books [61813].  450 lots

                                               Pierre Berge & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books [21791].  123 lots
Pierre Berge & Associes.  Jean-Paul Morin Collection – 4th Part:  Photographs [22121].  202 Lots

Wed. June 19th                 Minerva Auctions Roma.  Enchantment of Art:  Prints [ROMA-93].  40 lots

                                               Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [36060].  538 lots

                                              Bonhams.  Books [20752].  227 lots

                                             Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [61913].  534 lots

                                              RR Auction.  Autographs [410].  1751 lots

                                             Skinner, Inc.  Prints, Books, Ephemera [2660M].  43 lots

                                             Sothebys.  Collection Raoul Simonsen [PF1331].  343 lots

Thurs. June 20th              Christies.  The Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow Part Three:  The Baroque and
  Rococo Periods [2800].  410 lots

                                             Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Children’s Illustrated Books, etc [62013].  364 lots

                                             Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints [62013].  313 lots

                                             Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201325].  245 lots

                                    Kestenbaum and Company.  Judaica – Manuscripts, Prints, Photographs [59].  60 lots

                                             Minerva Auctions Roma.  Books, Autographs and Prints [94].  651 lots

                                    Rossini.  Letters, Postcards, Documents [22183].  144 lots

                                                Skinner, Inc.  Prints, Books, Ephemera [2660M].  43 lots

                                                Swann Galleries, Inc.  19th and 20th Century Literature [2319].  303 lots

                                                Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Quinn’s Book Sale [62013].  361 lots

Fri. June 21st                       Christies.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana [2717].  187 lots

                                              Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  American History [354].  425 lots

                                    Ferraton.  Ancient and Modern Books, Photographs [22185].  486 lots

                                            James D. Julia Auctioneers.  Advertising [343].  51 lots

                                              Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Rare Books [85].  4544 lots

Sat. June 22nd             Farraton.  Etchings, Books [22187].  593 lots
Galerie Koller Auctions.  Modern Prints [A165].  132 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Americana, Political [6096].  244 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Legends of the Wild West [6101].  410 lots

                                                Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Rare Books [85] cont. 4544 lots
                                     Skinner, Inc.  20th Century Design:  Prints [2661B].  34 lots

Sun. June 23rd            Bonhams.  Books, Prints, Photos [20980].  123 lots

                                                Pierre Berge & Associes.  Old Books/Modern [15229].

 

It’s another busy week.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.