• <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
  • <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 Auctions in October: High Cotton

For the week ended Saturday October 18th, 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 14 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $5,190,094 as 7,445 lots were offered and 5,863 sold for a 79% success rate.  It was a workman like performance with plenty of lots but few of the high spots we expect this time of year.  No sales reached the million dollar level.  Whether stock market and ebola were factors this past week is uncertain but likely.

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

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De Baecque and Associes. Contemporary Art - Design #6 on October 13th: 210.46%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 176.14%
ALDE. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur on October 9th: 153.40%
Ader. Books - Library of an Amateur on October 16th: 111.29%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem. on October 3rd: 110.93%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints on October 14th: 110.80%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 108.58%

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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 100.00%
Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on October 10th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 99.31%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 95.05%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 1 on October 11th: 90.32%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 14th: 89.36%
Freemans. Books, Manuscripts and Maps on October 16th: 87.98%
Cowans Auctions. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on October 11th: 87.69%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 85.88%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 12th: 84.85%
ALDE. First Editions on October 16th: 84.41%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 82.64%
Swann Galleries. Rare and important Travel Posters on October 14th: 82.32%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on October 10th: 81.82%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2 on October 9th: 80.23%


The 29 total sales that were reported this week:

ALDE. First Editions on October 16th: 84.41%
Ader. Books - Library of an Amateur on October 16th: 76.58%
OSENAT. Automobilia on October 12th: 95.05%
Beaussant Lefevre. Prints on October 10th: 100.00%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on October 10th: 81.82%
Freemans. Books, Manuscripts and Maps on October 16th: 87.98%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/9 on October 16th: 85.88%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs on October 16th: 61.19%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 99.31%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/5 on October 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/2 on October 9th: 80.23%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 14th: 82.64%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Natural History and Historical Prints on October 14th: 78.57%
Swann Galleries. Rare and important Travel Posters on October 14th: 82.32%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Vintage Posters on October 14th: 50.63%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 14th: 89.36%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on October 13th: 71.43%
De Baecque and Associes. Contemporary Art - Design #6 on October 13th: 79.41%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Centennial of the Great War - Day 1 on October 8th: 18.97%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Centennial of the Great War - Day 2 on October 9th: 62.50%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Movie Posters on October 10th: 49.75%
Bonhams. Period Art and Design - Prints and Books on October 12th: 64.29%
Cowans Auctions. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on October 11th: 87.69%
Skinner. European Decorative Prints on October 11th: 60.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 12th: 84.85%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 1 on October 11th: 90.32%
ALDE. Versailles and the Grand Century - Collection of an Amateur on October 9th: 76.04%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Books, Maps, Prints on October 4th: 74.58%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. library of baron Reginald de Kerchove d'Ousselghem. on October 3rd: 74.31%

For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Oct. 21st
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books. 360 lots
PIASA. Paris. PERFORMING ART FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION. 61 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors,Day 1: Prints. 107 lots
Bonhams. San Francisco. Prints and Multiples. 302 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Doodle for Hunger Illustration Art Auction Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelter - online. 57 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. A.C. Daum Firearms Collection:. 20 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Fine Books and Prints - Internet bidstart Now. 11 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 43 lots

Wed. Oct. 22nd
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Photography. 181 lots
Bonhams. New York. History of Science. 288 lots

Thu. Oct. 23rd
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 10/16. 500 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with Literature Manuscripts and Archives. 441 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 20th Century Books and Manuscripts. 496 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 288 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/16. 361 lots

Fri. Oct. 24th
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 1. 559 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books and Decorative Prints - Part 2. 668 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . On the Waterfront - Books and Prints. 50 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books.
Ader. PARIS. Far East - Prints. 12 lots

Sat. Oct. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana, Political.
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. U.S. & Worldwide Scripophily, Autographs & Historic Objects and Artifacts,. 448 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books, Autographs and Manuscripts, Antique Maps and Prints. 1097 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper. 250 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern Literature and Art. 481 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern and Contemporary Art. 371 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/17.
Knotty Pine Auction Service. West Swanzey. FALL AMERICANA, DECORATIVE ARTS & BOOK AUCTION. 308 lots

Sun. Oct. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 10/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/19.

The market tends to focus on the highly valuable but for collectors and institutions the obscure and often intensely rare are often where the great fun is.  

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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>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>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.