• <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000
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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.

Auction Update Review

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The Market Firms

 

 

For the week ending Saturday April 19th 36 auctions were archived to the AED; 17 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 2 in Mexican pesos, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $10,575,611 as 10,139 lots were offered and 7,140 sold for a 70% success rate.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs I. Literature on March 25th: $1,201,667

<--- Robert Indiana [B. 1928].  Chosen Love at Christies April 23-24.  Print and Multiples Sale 2842.  Estimated $3,000 to $5,000

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

<--- Group of 10 documents relating to Cuba.  Lot 237.  PBA - Sale 531 Fine Americana on April 24th.  Estimate $250 to $350

JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs I. Literature on March 25th: 168.44%
Ferraton. Posters, Photographs and Prints on March 29th: 156.06%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs III. Fine Arts on March 25th: 145.28%
Kedem Auction. Objects - Manuscripts, Books, Prints on February 26th: 131.95%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs VI. History on March 26th: 117.20%
Carlsen Gallery. Spring Sale - Prints on April 6th: 114.28%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs II. Science on March 25th: 111.19%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs IV. Music on March 26th: 109.04%
Cowans Auctions. Americana - Prints, Ephemera on April 12th: 107.62%
Bonhams. The Scottish Sale on April 16th: 104.33%
Kedem Auction. Books, Manuscripts and Rabbinic Letters on April 2nd: 101.16%


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

Carlsen Gallery. Spring Sale - Prints on April 6th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet Bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 99.05%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/6 on April 13th: 98.27%
Cowans Auctions. Americana - Prints, Ephemera on April 12th: 90.48%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/10 on April 17th: 88.85%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs I. Literature on March 25th: 88.49%
Ferraton. Posters, Photographs and Prints on March 29th: 86.30%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs on April 12th: 83.60%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on April 14th: 83.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on April 15th: 82.69%
Bonhams. The Scottish Sale on April 16th: 82.61%
Kedem Auction. Objects - Manuscripts, Books, Prints on February 26th: 82.22%
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Autographs II. Science on March 25th: 80.98%
Bonhams. Marine on April 15th: 80.00%

For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 21st
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots

Tue. Apr. 22nd
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs and Ephemera. 44 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples. 286 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 46 lots

Wed. Apr. 23rd
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 232 lots
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 42 lots
Tajan. Paris. Russian Library. 400 lots

Thu. Apr. 24th
Swann Galleries. New York. Modernist Posters. 214 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana and Western Memorabilia. 514 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Titanic Internet bidstart 4/17. 211 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/17. 578 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Laguna Beach. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 4/17. 333 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity. 40 lots

Fri. Apr. 25th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Books, Prints. 82 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Maps & Atlases incl. a Private Collection of Cartographic. 503 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Fine Art - Prints and Photography. 77 lots

Sat. Apr. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 540 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books, Manuscripts and Documentations - Historical Memories of the Second World War. 266 lots
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. Americana and Estate Books. 373 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Joann Sfar. 31 lots
Grogan and Company. Dedham. Antiques - Prints. 19 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Prints. 249 lots

Sun. Apr. 27th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/20.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 4/20.

The business of rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera seems to be finding a careful balance between what is available and what they are worth.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

 

  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000