• <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Paine, Autograph Letter Signed to Ira Allen, on a rendezvous at the Boston–a Paris café for political exiles, 1790s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Paul Revere, Autograph Document Signed, certifying the discharge of a captain from his regiment, 1779. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Pay order to express rider Jonathan Park to warn Congress of arriving British warships, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed to Thomas Sim Lee, stating that the government is not authorized to intervene in the Citizen Genêt affair, 1793. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to Nathanael Greene, suggesting a way to obtain money for the Continental Army, 1780. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, Autograph Letter Signed to Senator John H. Eaton, on the Seminole Wars & Spain’s duplicity, 1819. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Harry S. Truman, Photograph Signed and Inscribed, showing a false newspaper headline about the 1948 presidential election. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Benjamin Franklin, vellum Document Signed, as President of the Supreme Executive Council of PA, 1786. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Henry Dearborn, two Autograph Manuscript items including a drawing of Bunker’s Hill, unsigned, 1818. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, <i>A New Map of the United States,</i> lithograph, circa 1828. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General George Custer's Officer, James McLean Steele, 1868-1869 Diary. $30,000 - $50,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Exceptionally Rare Anti-Slavery Broadside, “A Crusade Against Slavery”. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, Exceptionally Rare War-Date ANS. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albumen Photograph of the "Scouts of the Plains," from Cody's Personal Collection. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Jefferson Davis, CDV, Signed and Dated to his Imprisonment in Fortress Monroe. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Robert E. Lee, CDV Signed Twice. $2,000 - $4,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> “Si Clack: Co. Q, 100th Indiana Vols.,” Written & Illustrated by Civil War Veteran, P.M. Radford. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General Meade Inspecting the 5th Corps, Civil War-Era Sketch by Alfred R. Waud. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Rare Huey Newton Black Panther Party Poster. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Lloyd's New Political Chart, 1861. $800 - $1,200
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> William J. Ferguson, “Our American Cousin” Cast Member, Lincoln Assassination Archive. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albert Einstein, Signed Photograph in his Favorite Leather Jacket. $2,000 - $4,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000

Auction Update Review

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The Tide Comes In

For the week ending Saturday October 4th 31 auctions were archived to the AED; 8 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $23,766,194 as 7,075 lots were offered and 5,120 were sold for a 72% success rate.  The fireworks were in London as Sotheby’s sold part two [D-J] of the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching’s - Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939 - for $6,318,675. 

<---- Sothebys Library R. and BL First Editions, Autographs and Manuscripts of the 20th Century in association with Binoche & Giquello.  The sale is on 7 October beginning at 2:30 CEST in Paris.  Click on the image to view the entire sale.

7 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: $6,318,676
Sothebys. Photographs on September 30th: $5,547,188
Christies. Photographs on September 29th: $2,705,125
Christies. Triple XXX: Photographs from the Collection of Don Sanders on September 29th: $2,085,500
Christies. Photographs from the Forbes Collection on September 29th: $1,278,125
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarity - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: $1,258,125
Venator and Hanstein. Books, Prints and Autographs on September 27th: $1,106,148

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

Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: 201.90%
Keno Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints on October 1st: 153.91%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints and Photographs on September 27th: 125.36%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Antiquarian Books on October 2nd: 107.38%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern Prints on September 29th: 102.77%


13 of 31 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

Bonhams. The Warden Family Collection: Americana - Prints and Books on September 30th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction on October 1st: 100.00%
Keno Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints on October 1st: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 29th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 99.84%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: 99.43%
Alaska Auction. Nuremberg trial - historical documents, prints on September 27th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 95.78%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints and Photographs on September 27th: 93.59%
RR Auction. Historic Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 92.31%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/25 on October 2nd: 83.94%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby on September 22nd: 83.85%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on September 29th: 80.32%


A list of all 31 sales reported this week:

Morton Casa de Subastas. Books and Ancient Documents on September 30th: 39.33%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Antiquarian Books on October 2nd: 79.32%
Dorotheum . Prints on October 2nd: 41.56%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/25 on October 2nd: 83.94%
Heritage Auctions. Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction on October 1st: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Nuremberg trial - historical documents, prints on September 27th: 97.56%
Keno Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design Auction - Prints on October 1st: 100.00%
Autographes Encheres. Autographs - Internet bidstart 9/17 on October 1st: 21.53%
Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on October 1st: 78.46%
Bonhams. The First World War Centenary Sale on October 1st: 61.39%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 1 on September 25th: 72.98%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on September 26th: 61.83%
Bonhams. The Warden Family Collection: Americana - Prints and Books on September 30th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Photographs on September 30th: 69.36%
Sothebys. Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Part II, D-J on September 30th: 99.43%
Sothebys. Edward Weston/Cole Weston: The Master Set on September 30th: 0.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 30th: 77.59%
ALDE. Workshop of Jean Viardot on September 29th: 48.15%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on September 29th: 80.32%
Christies. Triple XXX: Photographs from the Collection of Don Sanders on September 29th: 70.89%
Christies. Photographs from the Forbes Collection on September 29th: 59.68%
Christies. Photographs on September 29th: 66.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 29th: 100.00%
Venator and Hanstein. Books, Prints and Autographs on September 27th: 51.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints and Photographs on September 27th: 93.59%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 95.78%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21 on September 28th: 99.84%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarity - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 50.70%
RR Auction. Historic Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 92.31%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern Prints on September 29th: 63.64%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby on September 22nd: 83.85%

The world has recently been unsettled as war, disease and economic and political uncertainty have dominated the daily headlines.  But in the etherial world of the rarest and finest books the experienced know you have to buy when you can, not when you want.  Those who stepped up did well.

 

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>
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000