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A Quiet in July

For the week ending Saturday July 13th 15 auctions were archived to the AED; 9 in US dollars, 3 in British pounds and 3 in euros.  Eight thousand nine hundred and seventy lots were offered and 4,801 sold for a slim success rate:  54%  Total sales amounted to $10,771,168.  Four European sales brought the percentage of lots sold down.  In the eternal summer struggle of beach versus rare book the beach won this past week.  For the summer overall I’d bet on the rare books.

 

Three sales saw their totals reach the million-dollar level:

 

Sothebys.  English Literature:  Children’s Books and  Illustrations on July 10th:  $3,451,747

Profiles in History.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector,
     - Part II:  $3,016,080

Sothebys.  The Joseph Conrad Collection from the Library of the late Stanley J. Seeger – Part I:  $1,190,378

 

Three sales saw their sales totals exceed 100% of the total of the high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Profiles in History.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector, Part II:  108%

De Baecque & Associes.  Autographs, Documents, Photographs on July 4th:  102%

Addison and Sarova.  Rare Books:  “God, Guts and Glory”, the Library of a Southern Collector on March 16th:  102%

 

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

 

Profiles in History.  The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector, Part II:  98%

Addison and Sarova.  Rare Books:  “God, Guts and Glory”, the Library of a Southern Collector on March 16th:  96%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ended July 4th:  91%

James D. Julia Auctioneers.  Advertising on June 21st:  90%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ended July 11th:  86%

Profiles in History.  Rare Books and Manuscripts on July 10th:  86%

 

For the week ahead 14 events are scheduled:

 

Tues. July 16th              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Vintage Posters [36067].  203 lots
Bonhams.  Prints [20737].  177 lots

                                                Christies.  Prints and Multiples [2718].  437 lots

                                                Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.]  Books and Maps [1465].  181 lots

 

Wed. July 17th                  Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Old Master and Modern Prints [71713].  134 lots

                                                RR Auction.  Autographs [412].  1,615 lots

                                                Skinner, Inc.  Ephemera [2664M].  97 lots

 

Thurs. July 18th                  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile [36066].  483 lots

                                                Eldred’s.  Marine Art and Antiques [777].  213 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201329].   216 lots

                                                Skinner, Inc.  Ephemera [2664M].  97 lots

                                                Sothebys.  Beyond The Paper Screen:  An Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Prints
  from the Uragami Collection [HK0441]

 

Fri.  July 19th                    Eldred’s.  Marine Arts and Antiques [777].  213 lots

 

Sat. July 20th                    Aguttes.  Posters [22627].  30 lots

 

The market is complex and rewarding.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

  • <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.
  • <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>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>