• <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.
  • <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>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.

Auction Update Review


In the Heart of the Season

For the week ending Saturday November 9th 34 auctions were archived to the AED, 14 in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 15 is US dollars.  Turnover was $12,088,921 on the sale of 12,121 lots, 65% of the 18,628 offered.


Two auctions saw total sales reach the million dollar level:


Christies.  Old Books, Art Books, and Manuscripts on November 6th:  $2,424,094

Swann Galleries.  The Armory Show at 100 – Prints on November 5th:  $1,315,375


Five sales saw their totals reach 100% of the estimates of all lots offered:


RR Auction.  Autographs – JFK 50 Years after Dallas on October 24th:  678%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Library of a Gentleman on November 7th:  140%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents – Vintage Contemporary Photography on November 6th:  118%

Heritage Auctions.  Space on November 1st:  100%


Fifteen sales saw at least 80% of their sell:


Bloomsbury Auctions.  Library of a Gentleman on November 7th:  100%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Master Prints on November 4th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera on November 3rd:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Civil War, Ephemera, Signed on October 13th:  100%

National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Burman, PA Dutch. Ornithology, etc. on September 13th:  100%

Archives International Auctions.  Historical Documents, Autographs, and the Copps Collection on October 19th:  99%

Heritage Auctions.  Comics – Internet bidding ended November 3rd:  99%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books internet bidding ended November 7th:  93%

Heritage Auctions.  Posters – internet bidding ended November 3rd:  91%

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 6th:  90%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern and Contemporary Prints on November 5th:  87%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents – Vintage Contemporary Photography on November 6th:  86%

Heritage Auctions.  Space on November 1st:  83%

Bonhams.  Sports Memorabilia on November 6th:  83%

Heritage Auctions.  Photography on November 2nd:  81%


For the week upcoming 38 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Nov. 11th

Doyle – New York.  Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints [111113].  222 lots


Tues. Nov. 12th

Bonhams – London.  Books [20753].  361 lots

Burgersdijk and Niermans – Leiden.  Books [338].  1,268 lots

Swann Galleries – New York.  Early Printed Medical and Science Books [2330].  316 lots

Sothebys – London.  Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History [13405].  228 lots

Adams Amsterdam Auctions – Amsterdam.  Exhibitions by Vincent Mentzel [111213].  245 lots 


Wed. Nov. 13th

RR Auction – Amherst.  Autographs [418].  1,911 lots

Burgersdijk and Niermans – Leiden.  Books [338].  1,268 lots

Piasa – Paris.  Ancient and Modern Prints [22683].  345 lots


Thurs. Nov. 14th

Kapandji Morhange – Paris.  Ancient Photographs [15612].  317 lots

Christies – Paris.  Photograph Collection [3580].  149 lots

Minerva Auctions Roma – Roma.  Modern and Contemporary Art [95].  26 lots

Bloomsbury Auctions – London.  Bibliophile [36091].  539 lots

Freemans – Philadelphia.  Pennsylvania Sale:  Books [1477].  85 lots

Christies – New York.  George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation [3454].  1 lot

Aguttes – Neuilly-sur-Seine.  Books and Ancient Paper [24085].  297 lots

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Rare Books – internet bidding ending today [201346].  342 lots

Kestenbaum and Company – New York.  Fine Judaica [111413].  398 lots


Fri. Nov. 15th

Sothebys – Paris.  Photographs [PF1320].  126 lots

Kapandji Morhange – Paris.  Modern Photographs [15613].  421 lots

Christies – London – South Kensington.  Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts [9702].  476 lots

Cowans Auctions – Cincinnati.  American History [376].  402 lots

Artcurial – Paris.  Nicholas de Crecy – New York sur Loire [2454].  40 lots


Sat. Nov. 16th

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Movie Posters [7083].  1,106 lots

Christies – Paris.  Contemporary Photographs [3549].  61 lots

Christies – Paris.  Contemporary Photographs [3561].  113 lots

Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver – 1050 Bruxelles.  Books [111613].  575 lots

Artcurial – Paris.  Comic Strips [2392].  132 lots

Neret Minet and Tessier – Paris.  Comic Strips [17089].  374 lots

Artcurial – Paris.  Comic Strips, Session I [24201].  502 lots


Sun. Nov. 17th

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Movie Posters [7083].  1,106 lots

Skinner – Boston.  Fine Books and Manuscripts [2687B].  497 lots

Bonhams – Los Angeles.  Books [21023].  114 lots

Neret Minet and Tessier – Paris.  Comic Strips [17090].  543 lots

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Comics internet bidding ending today [121346]. 

Heritage Auctions – Dallas.  Posters – internet bidding ending today [161346].

Osenat – Fontainbleau.  The Empire at Fontainebleau [17374].  150 lots

Ader – Paris.  Photograph Collection from the Catholic Institute of Paris [24017].  180 lots


It’s a very busy week.  Heading into the holidays there’s a sale starting every 4 hours and twenty-five minutes.


Best of luck in the rooms,


Bruce McKinney


  • <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.