Auction Update Review

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July - a steady drumbeat

For the week ending Saturday July 19th 26 auctions were archived to the AED; 1 in Swiss Francs, 2 in euros, 8 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $22,665,169 as 6,724 lots were offered and 5,100 sold for a 76% success rate.

Upcoming on July 23rd <--- Dominic Winter. Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  Lot 19:  Cook [James & King, James].  A Voyage to the South Pacific.  3 vols., 1776-1780 plus Atlas, 2nd edition 1785.  Estimate BP 6,000-8,000 [The image is a link]

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Christies. Yates, Thompson and Bright: A Family of Bibliophiles on July 16th: $8,577,331
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 15th: $4,599,243
Christies. Prints and Multiples on July 16th: $2,529,385
Profiles in History. THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR PART IV on July 11th: $1,787,675
Bonhams. Prints on July 15th: $1,170,900

Upcoming on July 23rd <--- Dominic Winter.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  Lot 273:  [Royal Banquet Broadside].  Dedicated to the Right Hon. the Lady Mayoress [without Permission] by a Ragged Scholar, n/p. [1850] 25.5 x 19 cm.  Estimated BP 200 - 300 [the image is a link]

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

Pierre Berge and Associes. Books and Prints on July 4th: 144.41%
Christies. Yates, Thompson and Bright: A Family of Bibliophiles on July 16th: 137.80%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on July 16th: 111.09%
Profiles in History. THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR PART IV on July 11th: 108.61%
Hauswedell and Nolte. Rare Books and Autographs on May 21st: 100.72%

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

Freemans. Summer Sale - Prints on July 16th: 100.00%
Profiles in History. THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR PART IV on July 11th: 99.10%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 7/6 on July 13th: 98.22%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/6 on July 13th: 96.60%
Doyle New York. At Home - Prints on July 16th: 93.75%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on July 16th: 88.65%
Skinner. Discovery - Books and Prints on July 17th: 88.33%
Clars Auction Gallery. Books and Prints on July 12th: 86.18%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Japanese Woodblock Prints on July 14th: 86.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Books and Prints on July 13th: 85.71%
Christies. Yates, Thompson and Bright: A Family of Bibliophiles on July 16th: 83.60%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Books and Prints on July 4th: 80.00%

For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jul. 22nd
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Prints - Online bidstart 7/14. 24 lots
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Interiors: The Summer Sale - Prints. 19 lots

Wed. Jul. 23rd
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 597 lots

Thu. Jul. 24th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Work on Paper. 23 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/17. 489 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Posters Benefiting Lifebeat Monthly Internet Charity. 46 lots

Fri. Jul. 25th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. The Sporting Sale. 92 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Summer Sale - Prints. 121 lots
Christies. New York. Forms in Color - Prints. 123 lots

Sun. Jul. 27th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 7/20.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/20.
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Period Art and Design - Prints and Books. 15 lots

The summer pace is slowing down but the opportunities continue.

Bruce McKinney

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  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.