• <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Book of hours, manuscript on vellum. Around 1520. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>H. Schedel, <i>Liber chronicarum</i>. 1493. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br><i> Biblia germanica</i>. 1475/1476.<br>Est: € 140,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. Ortelius, <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum</i>. 1574. Est: € 26,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>L. de Varthema, <i>Die ritterlich und lobwirdig Rays</i>. 1515. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. H. van Linschoten, <i>His Discours of Voyages</i>. 1598. Est: € 70,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. G. Stedman, <i>Narrative of Surinam</i>. 1806. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. von Menzel, <i>Armeewerk Friedrichs d. Gr.</i> 1850-1860. Est: € 50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>G. Heym, <i>Umbra Vitae</i>. 1924.<br>Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Master binding by G. Levitzky. 1914. Est: € 2,500
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>R. Char, <i>A la santé du serpent</i>. 1954. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Nam June Paik, <i>Fluxus Testament</i>. 1975. Est: € 18,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Ackermann, Rudolph—Uwins, Thomas. A collection of 240 drawings for Rudolph Ackermann's <i>Repository of Arts</i> magazine, 1809-1828. £20,000 – 30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, and Joan. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus in Quo Tabulae et Descriptiones Omnium Regionum.</i> 1640-1654. £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Mercator, Gerard and Jodocus Hondius. <i>L’Atlas ou Méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure Diceluy.</i> 1613. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Speed, John. <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoyning...</i> £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Wit, Frederick De. [General Atlas], With The Engraved Title For Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, [C.1688-1696]. £50,000 – 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Kuntz, Joh. Rudolph. <i>[Abbildungen Königlich Württembergischer Gestütts-Pferde von Orientalischen Racen.</I> Stuttgart: Ebner 1823–1824]. £30,000 – 40,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Lawrence, T.E. Ivory Silk Thawb, Or Under-Robe, Presented by Lawrence of Arabia to a family friend. £10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Archipelagus Orientalis Sive Asiaticus</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £200,000 – 250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Asiae Descriptio Novissima</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Japanese bird paintings—(Rinchô Zu). A Pair Of Painted Scrolls of Birds. [Japan, Late 18th Or Early 19th Century]. £25,000 – 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Huang, Qianren. Da Qing Wannian Yitong Tianxia Quantu [Complete Map of the Whole Unified Country of the Great Qing]. [1803]. £80,000 – 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Sôkaku or Ryôsei Jôkei. Da Ming Sheng Tu, [Map of (China Under) The Great Ming Dynasty]. (1691 Or 1711). £80,000 – 120,000

Auction Update Review

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The heavy lifting has begun

 

For the week ended Saturday September 20th 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 2 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,667,761 as 7,890 lots were offered and 6,260 sold for a 79% success rate.  It was a strong week.

<---- Bonhams:  Fine Books and Manuscripts in Los Angeles on September 22nd beginning at 10:00 PST [click on the image to review the catalogue]

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: $6,623,709 

Christies. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 17th: $5,701,292 

Christies. MODERN MASTERS & POLÍGRAFA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING on September 18th: $1,328,049


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

Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on September 17th: 112.85%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 100.09%

<---- Swann Galleries:  19th Century & Americana Prints & Drawings on September 23rd.  461 lots.  Sale begins at 10:30 am EST.  [Click on the image to review all upcoming lots]


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

Heritage Auctions. Doodles for Hunger Illustration Art - online bidstart 8/26 on September 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 99.82%
Carlsen Gallery. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 95.24%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 6th: 94.59%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 92.75%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 92.28%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 5th: 91.02%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1 on September 13th: 89.53%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 12th: 87.93%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: 84.21%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on September 16th: 81.13%


Here is a list of all 29 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 78.35%
Skinner. Americana and European Prints and Photography on September 19th: 79.36%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 92.28%
Skinner. Discovery - Books and Prints on September 18th: 73.17%
Christies. MODERN MASTERS & POLÍGRAFA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING on September 18th: 68.48%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on September 17th: 78.20%
Bonhams. Prints, Featuring the Works of L. S. Lowry on September 17th: 70.31%
Christies. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 17th: 70.37%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: 84.21%
Freemans. Photographs and Photobooks on September 16th: 51.54%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 16th: 62.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 15th: 66.67%
Holabird Kagin Americana. End of Summer Sale - Collections on September 14th: 71.03%
Carlsen Gallery. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 95.24%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 2 on September 14th: 78.79%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1 on September 13th: 89.53%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on September 16th: 81.13%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates - Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 14th: 59.09%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates - Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 13th: 70.83%
Grays Auctioneers. Prints on September 10th: 40.54%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 12th: 87.93%
Bonhams. Goodwill Revival - Automobilia on September 13th: 63.16%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 6th: 94.59%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 5th: 91.02%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 8/22 on September 10th: 65.06%
Kedem Auction. Books, Manuscripts, and Rabbinical Letters on September 3rd: 74.58%
Heritage Auctions. Doodles for Hunger Illustration Art - online bidstart 8/26 on September 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 92.75%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 99.82%

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 22nd
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 280 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory. 373 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby. 192 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 3 lots

Tue. Sep. 23rd
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints. 784 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Prints. 63 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Prints. 55 lots

Wed. Sep. 24th
Woolley and Wallis. Salisbury. Prints. 78 lots

Thu. Sep. 25th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 1.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 327 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs,Documents and Historic Sporting Memorabilia. 273 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/18. 342 lots

Fri. Sep. 26th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2.
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books, Prints and Autographs. 1196 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books.

Sat. Sep. 27th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Cinema. 177 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints and Photographs. 78 lots
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. 1050 Bruxelles. Postcards, Prints and Antiquarian Books. 553 lots
Guillaumot Richard . Villefranche sur Saône. One Hundred Eighty Books.

Sun. Sep. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21.

The evident strength in the rooms is suggesting a well-earned vitality.  Collecting seems safer and more certain these days and this is very good for dealers, institutions and collectors.

Bruce McKinney

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  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000