• <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Lynch, Jr., Signer of the Declaration from South Carolina: Document signed in full ("Thomas Lynch Junr").
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Jefferson, letter signed as Secretary of State. ("TH: JEFFERSON").
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Thomas Jefferson, the first U.S. Naturalization Act, signed as Secretary of State.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Miniature edition of the Emancipation Proclamation printed for distribution to Union troops.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> General George Meade’s statement on the victory at Gettysburg, printed on the battlefield. July 4, 1863.
    <b>Sotheby's NY May 25.</b> Abraham Lincoln, letter signed, seeking the counsel of Navy Secretary Welles on the appropriate response to the Fort Pillow Massacre.
  • <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, 8 June 2016, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 1. ARISTOTLE. 384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 44. ARIOSTO, LUDOVICO. 1474-1533. Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse, by John Haringto[n]. [London: Richard Field, 1591.] US$ 70,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 183. HARRISON, William Henry. Document Signed AS PRESIDENT ("W.H. Harrison"). US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 116. <br>ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942. U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972].<br>US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 52. Bible In English. [Mearne, Samuel, binder.] The Holy Bible containing the bookes of the Old & New Testament. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 130. EARHART, Amelia. 1897-1937. Archive of material on the purchase and outfitting of Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10e. US$ 15,000-20,000.
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 85. BURTON, Virginia Lee. 1909-1968. The Little House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942. US$ 15,000-20,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 68. CAMERON (Julia Margaret) Kate Keown [No. 5 Of Series of Twelve Lifesized Heads], [1866]. <br>£30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 98. Karl Marx. Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie... Erster Band, FIRST EDITION, 1867.<br>£80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 111. Isaac Newton Autograph manuscript, in English, headed "The Question stated about abstaining from blood". £50,000-70,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 112. Nobel Prize for discovering isotopes in stable elements, awarded to F.W. Aston in 1922. £200,000-400,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 15.</b> Lot 140. Kay Nielsen (Prince Bismarck discovering the soldier), 1913. £15,000-20,000.
  • <b>Jeschke Van Vliet Berlin May 27:</b><br>Lot 552. Zoologie. Merian, Maria Sibylla. De Europische insecten ... Est. 32000 €.
    <b>Jeschke Van Vliet Berlin May 27:</b><br>Lot 15. Inkunabeln. Curtius Rufus, Quintus. Third known edition.<br>Est. 7000 €.
  • Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i>, Edited by John Heminger (D. 1630) and Henry Condell<br>(D. 1627). £800,000–£1,200,000
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies.</i> The Second Impression. £180,000–£250,000
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies. </i>The Third Impression. £300,000–£400,000.
    Christie's London: SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published According to the True Orginal Copies. </i> The Fourth Edition. £15,000–£20,000

Auction Update Review

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Step by Step we move into spring

 

For the week ending Saturday February 1st, 2014 21 auctions were archived to the AED, 4 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Seven thousand one hundred and sixty-seven lots were offered and 5,350 sold for a 75% success rate.  Turnover was $24,420,279.

 

<-- Dan Whitmore of Whitmore Rare Books, new member of the ABAA - showing at the San Francisco Book, Print and Paper Show this past weekend.

 

3 Auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Renaissance - Durer Print on January 29th: $14,066,000
Christies. FRANCISCO JOSÉ DE GOYA Y LUCIENTES: GRAPHIC MASTERPIECES FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION on January 28th: $3,824,625
Guernseys. Audubon Engravings, Roger Tory Peterson Photographs on January 25th: $1,863,281

 

7 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Winter Associates. Doolittle Etchings on January 13th: 943.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Prints on January 27th: 168.53%
Christies. FRANCISCO JOSÉ DE GOYA Y LUCIENTES: GRAPHIC MASTERPIECES FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION on January 28th: 156.77%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on January 26th: 143.76%
Doyle New York. Prints on January 29th: 138.12%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints on January 24th: 127.33%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Collectors Sale - Ephemera on January 30th: 121.38%


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

Winter Associates. Doolittle Etchings on January 13th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Prints on January 27th: 100.00%
Doyle New York. Prints on January 29th: 100.00%
Christies. Renaissance - Durer Print on January 29th: 100.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Collectors Sale - Ephemera on January 30th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera on January 26th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera - MacDonald, Books-on-Books, Children's on January 5th: 100.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints on January 24th: 97.96%
Christies. FRANCISCO JOSÉ DE GOYA Y LUCIENTES: GRAPHIC MASTERPIECES FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION on January 28th: 94.12%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 1/19 on January 26th: 93.08%
Sothebys. Important Americana on January 25th: 90.48%
Eldreds. Books, Prints, Photographs on January 25th: 90.24%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/23 on January 30th: 88.75%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on January 26th: 82.15%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Historical Documents on January 29th: 81.82%


For the week ahead 16 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Prints. 2 lots

Tue. Feb. 4th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints. 78 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 41 lots

Wed. Feb. 5th
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Prints. 39 lots
Autographes Encheres. Meinier. Autographs, Manuscripts, Ancient Books, Historical Memories, Photographs. 154 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Winter Antiques, Asian & Fine Art Auction. 54 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. British and Continental Old Master and Modern Prints. 110 lots

Thu. Feb. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/30. 323 lots

Fri. Feb. 7th
Skinner. Boston. American and European Prints and Photography. 164 lots
ALDE. Paris. Books and Autographs. 305 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 1/30. 20 lots

Sat. Feb. 8th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Prints. 2 lots

Sun. Feb. 9th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Prints. 29 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 217 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 2/2.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/2

The 2 day San Francisco Book and Ephemera Fair wrapped up today and the results were luke-warm.  The material offered was very good and the Fort Mason location arguably the best, if not the largest, in San Francisco.  Serious collectors made appearances but the hoped for next generation was apparently home preparing for the Super Bowl.  The show turned out to be way more interesting.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Isaak de Graaf, manuscript map of Java, ink & watercolor on vellum, 1743. $180,000 to $220,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian, <i>Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam</i>,<br>72 hand-colored plates, Paris, 1771. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-pudding<br>in danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Visscher, Composite atlas with 73 maps in original hand-color in full, Amsterdam, after 1716.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Mahmud Raif Efendi, <i>Cedid atlas tercümesi</i>, 25 hand-colored maps, Istanbul, 1803-1804.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America</i>, 7 volumes, 1839-44. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b><br>A.B. Frost, <i>Shooting Pictures</i>, 12 chromolithographs, New York, 1895. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> John Senex, <i>A New General Atlas</i>,<br>33 engraved maps & town plans, London, 1721. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 26:</b> Elihu Barker & Mathew Carey, <i>A Map of Kentucky from Actual Survey</i>, Philadelphia, circa 1794.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i> | May 18-26 | skinnerinc.com</b>
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1051: Keller, Helen (1880-1968) Autograph Letter Signed and Cabinet Card, est. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1108: Washington, George (1732-1799) Military Discharge Signed, Headquarters, Newburgh, New York, 7 June 1783, est. $7,000-9,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1131: Bayes, Jessie (1876-1970) Illuminated Manuscript, <i>Six Poems from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore</i>. London, 1917, est. $15,000-17,000
    <b>Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i> | May 18-26 | skinnerinc.com</b>
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1144: Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. London: Murray, 1859, est. $60,000-80,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1170: Fossati, Giorgio (1706-1778) <i>Raccolta di Varie Favole Delineate, ed Incise in Rame</i>. Venice: Carlo Pecora, 1744, est. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1224: Nielsen, Kay (1886-1957) <i>East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Old Tales from the North</i>. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914,<br> est. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Skinner Auction | May 18-26:</b> <br>Lot 1284: Audubon, John James (1785-1851) <i>American Flamingo</i>. [from] <i>The Birds of America</i>, New York: Bien, 1860, est. $10,000-15,000
  • <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> DARWIN, CHARLES. Iconic signed Darwin photograph "I like this photograph much better than any other which ..."
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>Autograph Letter Signed</i>. Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> WRIGHT, WILBUR. Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8, no. 4 (August, 1903).
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Signed and dated Oxford 1931.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> GARDNER, ALEXANDER. Antietam Bridge, Maryland. "One of the memorable spots in the history of the war."