• <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.
  • 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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The Week ending Saturday May 17th

For the week ending Saturday May 17th 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 2 in Australian dollars, 1 in Swiss Francs, 11 in euros, 2 in British pounds and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,337,495 as 8,339 lots were offered and 6,381 sold for a 76.52% success rate.  It was another strong week.  The average lot brought $2,717.

 

<--- THE CODEX CHIMALPAHIN and HISTORICAL WORKS BY FERNANDO DE ALVA IXTLILXOCHITL, in Spanish and Nahuatl, MANUSCRIPTS ON PAPER, in 3 volumes.  Christies in London on May 21st.  Lot 14.  A 17th century lot of extraordinary importance estimated GBP 300,000 to 500,000 [two illustrations shown]

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Sothebys. Contemporary Art - Prints on May 15th: $8,224,250
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on May 13th: $1,563,792
Heritage Auctions. Space on May 14th: $1,130,364
Swann Galleries. Contemporary Art - Prints on May 13th: $1,007,983

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

Artcurial. Orientalism - Books on May 13th: 650.00%
Ferraton. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs, and Prints on May 10th: 160.17%
RR Auction. Titanic Internet bidstart 4/17 on April 24th: 142.40%
Artcurial. MIDDLE EAST & ISLAMIC ARTS-FOUR PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Manuscripts on May 12th: 103.93%
Neal Auction Company. Books, Prints on April 27th: 102.91%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on May 13th: 100.67%

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

Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 12th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Orientalism - Books on May 13th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 15/4 on May 11th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/4 on May 11th: 94.77%
Heritage Auctions. Space on May 14th: 92.75%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/8 on May 15th: 85.51%
Ferraton. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs, and Prints on May 10th: 85.45%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 13th: 85.25%
Swann Galleries. Contemporary Art - Prints on May 13th: 84.64%
Northeast Auctions. Prints on May 11th: 83.79%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. PRINTED BOOKS & MAPS, TRAVEL & POLAR EXPLORATION, NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE on May 14th: 80.40%


For the week ahead 44 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 19th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 238 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art. 674 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots

Tue. May. 20th
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books and Ephemera. 1037 lots
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 221 lots
Bonhams. Oxford . Law Books - Part II. 332 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Rare Books and Autographs. 1047 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Photography. 196 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Limited Editions. 117 lots
Skinner. Boston. Prints and photography - Internet bidstart 5/13. 121 lots
Sothebys. London. Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts. 227 lots
Paige Auction. Portland. May Sale - Posters. 40 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints. 124 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. U.S. Postal History. 468 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Books and Autographs. 746 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints, Maritime and North German Art. 555 lots
Bonhams. London. Scientific Instruments - Globes. 11 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 72 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Photographs. 39 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters, Autographs and Manuscripts. 430 lots

Wed. May. 21st
Christies. London - King Street. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts. 121 lots
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints. 50 lots
ALDE. Paris. Illustrated Books and Modern Prints. 338 lots
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 5/7. 770 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Vintage Posters. 155 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Antiquarian and Modern Documents, Prints and Books. 313 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Old and Rare Books, Manuscripts and Autographs. 1039 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Old and Rare Books. 622 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Prints. 32 lots

Thu. May. 22nd
Swann Galleries. New York. Autographs. 261 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 5/15. 375 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/15. 467 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books from the Library of Dr. Elmer Belt. 393 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Modern Art - Prints. 865 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Modern Art - Prints. 124 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity. 41 lots

Fri. May. 23rd
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints and Photographs - online bidstart 5/16. 24 lots
Bubb Kuyper. 2011 KM Haarlem. Prints, Photographs, Maps and Ephemera. 1048 lots

Sat. May. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political. 326 lots
Artcurial. Paris. the Universe of the Creator of TinTin. 359 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Old Masters - Prints. 269 lots

Sun. May. 25th
Artcurial. Paris. Comic Strips. 525 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/18.

Strength in the rooms has been the order of the day.  The field is on its feet.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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>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>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."