• <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000

Auction Update Review

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December is upon us

For the week ended Saturday 30 November 35 auctions were archived to the AED; 13 is US dollars, 1 in Mexican pesos, 3 in British pounds, 17 in euros, and I is Australian dollars.  Turnover was a robust $42,535,624 as 16,839 lots were offered and 12,687 sold for a 75% success rate.

 

The elephant in the room was the Bay Psalm at Sotheby’s on the 26th that brought $14,165,000.  It is a great book, and the subject of an article in the just released issue of AE Monthly.

 

Here is a link to a spreadsheet of all archived auctions this past week.

 

8 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. The Bay Psalm Book Sale on November 25th: $14,165,000
Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 22nd: $5,841,882
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: $2,018,164
Sothebys. Music, Continental Books and Manuscripts on November 26th: $1,927,375
Morton Casa de Subastas. Collector Books, Historical Documents, Prints and Photographs on November 26th: $1,740,116
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art on November 18th: $1,457,483
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on November 23rd: $1,388,236
Doyle New York. Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs on November 24th: $1,231,680

8 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

RR Auction. Space and Aviation on November 20th: 517.75%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Archeology on November 25th: 212.40%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on November 12th: 152.55%
OSENAT. The Empire at Fontainebleau on November 16th: 150.17%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Old Master Prints on November 21st: 127.09%
Aguttes. Books and Ancient Paper on November 13th: 119.81%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 118.51%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 25th: 111.20%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics on November 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/17 on November 23rd: 100.00%
Sothebys. The Bay Psalm Book Sale on November 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on November 23rd: 99.21%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on November 22nd: 95.81%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Archeology on November 25th: 94.29%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Advertising on November 21st: 93.59%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on November 25th: 93.42%
Heritage Auctions. Posters - internet bidstart 11/17 on November 23rd: 91.22%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 90.91%
Beaussant Lefevre. Books and Manuscripts on November 25th: 87.67%
Australian Book Auctions. Books on November 25th: 85.36%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on November 12th: 82.89%
Bonhams. Books on November 25th: 81.70%
Audap and Mirabaud. Hunting, Historical Memories and Ancient Weapons on November 19th: 81.42%


For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 2nd
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master Prints. 103 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures. 58 lots

Tue. Dec. 3rd
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photographs. 96 lots
Bonhams. London. Travel and Exploration. 116 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints. 410 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 274 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Baroque Library of Jean Claude Carriere. 272 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs. 369 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photobooks and Photo Literature. 187 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Photography of the 19th-21st Century. 419 lots

Wed. Dec. 4th
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 40 lots
Autographes Encheres. Meinier. Stars from Hollywood - internet bidstart Nov 18. 172 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana. 169 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints and Ephemera. 444 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/28. 321 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 589 lots
PIASA. Paris. H.M. Petiet. 256 lots
Ader. PARIS. Modern and Contemporary Photographs. 277 lots

Thu. Dec. 5th
Christies. New York. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 199 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 320 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts. 139 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Modern British Prints. 141 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Prints. 16 lots
Christies. New York. Dylan Goes Electric. 5 lots

Fri. Dec. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War. 23 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 118 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Modern Prints. 146 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Contemporary Prints. 111 lots 


Sat. Dec. 7th
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints. 107 lots 

 

Best wishes for a busy and successful week.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.