• <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 $15,000.
  • <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, 8 June 2016, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams June 8:</b> Lot 1. ARISTOTLE. 384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus [De historia animalium. De partibus animalium. De generatione animalium.] US$ 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."

Auction Update Review

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Books in the Thickets

For the week ending Saturday June 7th, 2014 28 auctions were archived to the AED; 21 in euros and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,211,507 as 12,726 lots were offered and 8.762 sold for a 69% success rate.  It was a solid week.

<--- Pandolfini.  Ancient and Modern Prints and Antiquarian Books on June 11th.  Lot 125:  Daumier, Honore.  Album of 32 lithograph prints of which this is one example.  Estimate Euros 5,000-7,000

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including American on June 3rd: $2,958,509
Sothebys. John Lennon "You Might Well Arsk" on June 4th: $2,899,000
Galerie Bassenge. 15th-18th Century Prints on May 29th: $1,482,666
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Old Masters - Prints on May 24th: $1,279,073
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Antiquarian Books and Autographs on May 13th: $1,011,040

<--- Profiles in History.  Historical Document Auction No. 63 on June 13th.  John Wilkes Booth.  Printed pamphlet signed ["John W. Booth"], being his personal copy of the play Lend Me Five Shillings."  Estimated $8,000 to $12,000.

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

Sothebys. John Lennon "You Might Well Arsk" on June 4th: 244.91%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on May 31st: 188.49%
Ader. Letters, Autographs and Manuscripts on May 20th: 173.32%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 16th: 142.18%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Musical works, Autographs and signed books on May 17th: 128.90%
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Antiquarian Books and Autographs on May 13th: 114.35%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on June 3rd: 109.11%
Dorotheum . Autographs on June 2nd: 104.05%
RR Auction. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 5/15 on May 22nd: 100.78%
Galerie Bassenge. 15th-18th Century Prints on May 29th: 100.61%

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

Sothebys. John Lennon "You Might Well Arsk" on June 4th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on June 3rd: 97.44%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/25 on June 1st: 95.57%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 5/25 on June 1st: 95.07%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 16th: 90.75%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comic Strips on April 28th: 89.22%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Musical works, Autographs and signed books on May 17th: 86.39%
Swann Galleries. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera on June 3rd: 84.79%
Ader. Letters, Autographs and Manuscripts on May 20th: 82.33%
Galerie Bassenge. Modern Art Part II - Prints on May 31st: 82.30%

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 9th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books and Prints. 28 lots

Tue. Jun. 10th
Swann Galleries. New York. The Shape of Things to Come: African-American Fine Art - Prints. 77 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 59 lots

Wed. Jun. 11th
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 51 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books. 352 lots
Pandolfini. Florence . Ancient and Modern Prints and Antiquarian Books. 178 lots

Thu. Jun. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Railwayana. 424 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/5. 390 lots

Fri. Jun. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. RARE, OUT-OF-PRINT, AND USED BOOKS. 507 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS. 408 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History. 513 lots
Beaussant Lefevre. Paris. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 250 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Advertising. 22 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Modern Art - Prints. 307 lots

Sat. Jun. 14th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 158 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Old Master Prints. 80 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper and Books. 589 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts, Antique Maps and Prints. 890 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Photographs. 373 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Art After '45 - Prints. 219 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 276 lots

Sun. Jun. 15th
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Empire at Fontainebleau. 85 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 6/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/8.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs - Day 2. 80 lots 

There are some interesting sales this week.  Best of luck.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <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>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
  • 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