• <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.

Auction Update Review


The End of Summer




For the week ending Saturday August 17th 11 auctions were archived to the AED; 5 in US dollars, 4 in British pounds, and 2 in euros.  This is mostly the bits and pieces period, cleaning up what’s accumulated on cataloguers’ shelves.  Altogether 1,098 lots were offered and 952 sold for an 87% success rate.  Turnover was a svelte $649,119. 


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


Rupert Toovey and Co.  Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 6th:  201%

Doyle New York.  End of Summer Sale – Books and Prints on August 14th:  147%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on August 12th:  118%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Entertainment and Music  Memorabilia on August 10th:  105%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on August 13th:  103%


Eight of this week’s 11 reported sales sold more than 80% of their lots:


Doyle New York.  End of Summer Sale – Books and Prints on August 14th:  100%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on August 12th:  96%

Bonhams.  Pictures, Prints and Maps on August 13th:  94%

Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs on August 10th:  93%

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 6th:  93%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books – Internet bidding ended August 15th:  92%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints on August 7th:  86%

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Entertainment and Music Memorabilia on August 10th:  81%


For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:


Mon. August 19th

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1334a].  11 lots


Tues.  August 20th

Modern Prints [1334b].   37 lots

James D. Julia Auctioneers.  Prints, Globes, Manuscripts:  Session 1 [345a].  44 lots


Wed.  August 21st   

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.  Books, Maps and Prints [BK10].  735 lots

Bonhams.  Scottish Sale:  Books, Maps, Prints [20653].  10 lots

Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.  World at War [369].  42 lots

Eldred’s.  The Prints of Paul Jacoulet [774].  51 lots

James D. Julia.  Prints, Manuscripts:  Session II [345b].  20 lots

Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Historical Documents, Prints and Photographs [678].


Thurs.  August 22nd 

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books – Internet bidding ending today [201334].  242 lots

James D. Julia Auctioneers.  Prints:  Session III [345c].  4 lots

PBA Galleries.  Rare Golf Books and Memorabilia [513].   587 lots


Fri. August 23rd

James D. Julia Auctioneers.  Prints, Manuscripts:  Session IV [345d].  56 lots


Sun.  August 26th

Bonhams.  Prints, Books [20991].  72 lots

National Book Auctions.  Books and  Ephemera – Art, WWI Posters, Firearms, etc [08252013]


Into the shortening days of August the auction houses pause between relaxing and preparing.  Bidders watch with expectation as the lots of summer saunter across the stage, knowing they are prologue to the approaching sales that will, with gathering exhilaration, claim center stage and our attentions soon enough.


Bruce McKinney


  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Announcing the Fall 2016 Auction Season
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 18:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 10:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Colored Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 1:</b> Art, Press & Illustrated Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 29:</b> Illustration Art
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 3:</b> Old Master Through Modern Prints
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WARREN, JOSEPH. Letter Signed ("Jos Warren") as Chairman of the Committee of Safety. Cambridge, MA, June 4, 1775.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, NY: [for the Author], 1855.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Printed Broadside Signed ("Th: Jefferson") as Secretary of State. Philadelphia, February 12, 1793.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> CELLINI, BENVENUTO. 1500-1571. Autograph Letter Signed ("Beto. Cellini"). [Florence, c.1566].
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Autograph Manuscript. [c.1795].
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> REED, JOHN. To the Honourable House of Representatives of the Freemen of Pennsylvania this Map of the City and Liberties of Phiadelphia With the Catalog of Purchasers is Humbly Dedicated.... [Philadelphia]: engraved by James Smit
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNS. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922.