• <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> (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.

Auction Update Review


One foot in spring, one foot in summer

For the week ending Saturday June 15th 24 auctions were archived to the AED, 6 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars.  Seven thousand three hundred and forty-two lots were offered and 5,555 sold for a 76% success rate.  Turnover was $8,114,203.

<--- Christies.  Books and Manuscripts, 2841, in New York on June 19th.  Lot 7.  Gardner, Aexander [1821-1882], photographer.  Gardner's Photographic Book of the War, Washington:  Philip & Solomons, 1866.  3 vols.  Estimated $100,000 to $150,000

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Bonhams. the Story of the 20th Century on June 4th: $1,568,547
Swann Galleries. The Shape of Things to Come: African-American Fine Art - Prints on June 10th: $1,242,627
Artcurial. Prints and Illustrated Books on June 4th: $1,223,999

<--- Sothebys.  Books and Manuscripts in Paris on June 19th.  Lot 20:  Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary.  Paris, Michel Levy Freres, 1871.  2 volumes.  Bradel demi-percaline tabac avec coins de l'epoque, couverture [Durvand].  Rousseurs legeres mais nombreuses.  Estimated Euro 6,000 to 8,000

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

Bonhams. WWII on June 5th: 131.04%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs, Manuscripts and Documents on June 5th: 122.92%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 6/1 on June 8th: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/1 on June 8th: 95.50%
Bonhams. The Sporting Sale on June 11th: 86.27%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/5 on June 12th: 85.13%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs, Manuscripts and Documents on June 5th: 84.53%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/29 on June 5th: 84.30%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. AUDUBONS, MAPS, NATURAL HISTORY, FINE ART & ANTIQUES AUCTION on June 7th: 81.78%

For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 16th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 4 lots

Tue. Jun. 17th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books, Prints, Maps. 460 lots
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rome. Rare Books. 587 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints and Photographs. 72 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 33 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Photographs. 71 lots

Wed. Jun. 18th
Bonhams. London. Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs. 326 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art. 1258 lots
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints.
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 5/23. 889 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 121 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints. 407 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents.
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Books. 314 lots
Christies. New York. An American Dynastyh: The Clark Family Treasures - Books, Illustrations, Prints. 51 lots

Thu. Jun. 19th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 560 lots
Christies. New York. Books and Manuscripts. 304 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th & 20th Century Literature. 283 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Americana - Californiana - Travel: The Library of Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. & Collection of James Rolph, J. 524 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 137 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Children's and Illustrated Books. 480 lots
Guillaumot Richard . Villefranche sur Saône. The Art of the Book in 19th C. Lyon. 288 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 6/12. 385 lots

Fri. Jun. 20th
PIASA. Paris. Ancient and Modern Prints. 406 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints, Part I. 650 lots

Sat. Jun. 21st
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Prints, Albums By-Products.
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints, Part II. 583 lots

Sun. Jun. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 6/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/15.
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobiles. 85 lots 

The rooms remain busy.


Bruce McKinney


  • <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>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.