Auction Update Review

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A steady flow of interesting material

For the week ending Saturday July 20th  27 auctions were archived to the AED; 15 in US dollars, 6 in British pounds, and 7 in euros.  Turnover was $6,082,349 as 6,752 lots were offered and 4,958 sold for a 73.4% success rate.  It is a solid report that includes several sales from a few months back.

 

Two auctions reached the million-dollar level:

 

Christies.  Prints and Multiples on July 16th:  $1,806,511

Bonhams.  Prints on July 16th:  $1,117,186

 

Five auctions saw their sales totals reach 100% of the high estimate of all lots offered:

 

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Old Master and Modern Prints on July 17th:  189%

Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Books and Maps on July 16th:  152%

Ader.  Ancient and Modern Prints on May 24th:  125%

ERA Encheres.  Beautiful Books and Bindings on February 23rd:  110%

Ader.  Japonism on May 24th:  105%

 

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

 

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Besquiat, Medieval, American West, etc on July 7th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Cuckoo, Emerson, Auto, Joyce, etc on June 23rd:  100%

Aspire Auctions.  Works on Paper, Antique Maps ended May 23rd:  100%

Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman].  Books and Maps on July 16th:  98%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books.  Sale concluded July 18th:  94%

Waverly Auctions.  Quinn’s Book Sale on June 20th:  90%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs on July 13th:  88%

Christies.  Prints and Multiples on July 16th:  88%

Neal Auction Company.  Prints, Photographs on July 13th:  82%

ERA Encheres.  Beautiful Books and Bindings on February 23rd:  81%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Sale on July 18th:  81%

Ader.  Ancient and Modern Prints on May 24th:  80%

 

For the week upcoming 11 events are scheduled:

 

Tues. July 23rd              Christies.  Internors – Prints [2721].  7 lots

                                                Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.  Rare Books and Manuscripts [72313].  841 lots

 

Wed.  July 24th                Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents [72413].  617 lots

 

Thurs. July 25th                  Antiquarian Auctions.  Rare Books – bidding ends today [28].  428 lots

                                            Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books online bidding ending today [201330].  236 lots

                                            PBA Galleries.  Historical Autographs and Manuscripts with Archival Material [511].  394 lots

                                            RR Auction.  Civil War [72513].  453 lots

 

Sat.  July 27th                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Movie Posters [7078].  1,059 lots

 

Sun.  July 28th                    Bonhams.  Prints, Books [20989].  96 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Movie Posters [7078].  1,059 lots

                                                National Book Auctions.  Books, Ephemera [72813]

 

We're officially in the quiet period but the lights are on all summer in auction houses around the world.  Catalogues for the September sales will be on their way to the printers shortly.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.