• <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


Countdown to the Holidays


For the week ending Saturday December 7th 23 sales were archived to the AED; 10 in US dollars, 10 in euros and 3 in British pounds.  Turnover was $20,504,727 as 6,829 lots were offered and 4,790 lots sold for a 70% success rate.    


2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana on December 5th: $3,774,568
Pierre Berge and Associes. FIRE & FLAMES - LIBRARY DOMINIQUE DE VILLEPIN - I. THIEVES OF FIRE on November 28th: $1,911,750

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

Dorotheum . Autographs on December 4th: 156.67%
Sothebys. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures on December 3rd: 121.70%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/24 on December 1st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Posters - internet bidstart 11/24 on December 1st: 92.17%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/28 on December 5th: 87.23%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/21 on November 28th: 84.62%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints and Ephemera on December 5th: 83.78%

For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 9th
ALDE. Paris. Letters and Manuscripts, Autographs. 314 lots
Bonhams. Oxford . Automobilia. 56 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots

Tue. Dec. 10th
Bonhams. New York. Judaica. 121 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Books, Posters and Ancient Paper. 347 lots
ALDE. Paris. Ancient Books from the XIXth Century. 375 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs, Prints. 733 lots
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations. 207 lots
Sothebys. London. Library of an English Bibliophile - Part III. 184 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 67 lots

Wed. Dec. 11th
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 11/14. 1576 lots
Bonhams. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 473 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 609 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Photographs. 121 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Pictures and Books. 295 lots

Thu. Dec. 12th
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Books, Antiquarian and Modern, Autographs and Documents. 340 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Prints. 231 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Classic Photographs and Photobooks. 272 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 610 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Children's and Illustrated Books. 359 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints. 376 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/5. 311 lots

Fri. Dec. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 453 lots

Sat. Dec. 14th
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Photographs, Graphics. 780 lots

Even as the fall season concludes the pace of sales into the close is robust.  It will soon be quiet for a month or so but for now the auctions are many and the choices plentiful.

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.