• <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>
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  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000

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

AE 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Norman, <i>The American Pilot</i>, complete copy with 11 folding charts, Boston, 1810. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Smith, <i>New England</i>, London, 1616. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Plancius Petrus, <i>Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus</i>, Amsterdam, 1594. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Martin Waldseemüller, <i>Tabula Terre Nove</i>, woodcut, Strasbourg, 1513. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Forlani & Zaltieri, <i>Il Disegno del Discoperto della Noua Franza</i>, Venice, 1566. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first appearance of "Virginia" on a printed map, Paris, 1587. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pieter van den Keere, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica</i>, Amsterdam, 1608. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Abraham Ortelius, <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>, Antwerp, 1584. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>George B. Goode & Samuel A. Kilbourne, <i>Game Fishes of the United States</i>, New York, 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>William Faden, <i>The Province of New Jersey</i>, London, 1777. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-Pudding in Danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pierre Belon, <i>L'Histoire de la Nature des Oyseaux</i>, with woodcut illustrations, Paris, 1555. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowling (J.K.). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, original fine black pen and ink manuscript book by the author J.K.Rowling, with 31pp of text and illustrations. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt</i>, i.e. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>. vol 4, England & Wales. £10,500 to £12,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Miró (Joan). L'Homme au Balencier, etching, aquatint and carborundum, printed in colours on Japan paper, signed in pencil lower right. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Steve McCurry (b.1950). Afghan Girl, 1984, pigment inkjet print, signed and numbered 48/250 in pencil on lower margin. £2,500 to £3,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Keough (Pat and Rosemarie). <i>Antarctica</i>, no 228 of 950 copies, signed by the authors, many colour illustrations, original dark grey morocco. £2,800 to £3,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowlandson (Thomas). Darby & Joan, the idyllically contended couple sit either side of a stove in a cosy domestic interior, ink and watercolour on wove paper. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Procktor (Patrick). Tiny blue-eyed goldfish, watercolour, 310 x 460mm., signed in blue crayon, lower right, titled and inscribed Muscat Jan 19. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Iouri Abramochkin (b.1936). Horsemen, Dagestan, 1968, Lambda print, printed later, signed, dated, editioned 1/8 and annotated in black ink verso. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Ravilious (Eric).- Shakespeare (William). Twelfth NIght, or, What You Will, number 79 of 275 copies , wood-engraved title. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Michelangelo.- Chastel (André). <i>The Vatican Frescoes of Michelangelo</i>, Photography by Takashi Okamura, 2 vol., one of 600 sets, colour plates. £500 to £700
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Wyndham (John). <i>The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; The Chrysalids;</i> together with 8 other volumes. All first editions. £400 to £600
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). Goats Along The Seine, 1894. Photogravure, printed 1990s by Dorothy Norman, one from an edition of 40 published by Aperture. £400 to £600
  • <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>John the Baptist</i>. initial 'H' cut from a choirbook [Lombardy or Siena, c. 1470s]. US$6,000–9,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839) seated on a terrace with Sikh noblemen</i>. [Punjab, North India, circa 1830-40]. Estimate: US$10,000–15,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: Fine Books & Manuscripts. December 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Wright, Frank Lloyd. An important collection of early letters from Wright to members of his family. 1909–1926. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Rand, Ayn. Ayn Rand's important first speech delivered at the Ford Hall Forum. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Tolkien, J.R.R. <i>The Hobbit or There and Back Again</i>. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> [Flemish Flower Manuscript]. Lille, Spanish Netherlands: 1630. $50,000 to $60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> García Márquez, Gabriel. Two drafts of an early short story, "Rosas Artificiales.” $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: History of Science and Technology. December 12, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Enigma M4. A Fully Operational Four-Rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine, 1944. $350,000 To $500,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> The "Polio" Nobel Prize. The 1954 Nobel Prize Medal for Physiology or Medicine Awarded to Frederick C. Robbins. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> ENIGMA I. A Fully Operational Early Three-Rotor Enigma I Cipher Machine. Berlin, Heimsoeth Und Rinke, Early 1930s. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Bonestell, Chesley. "Saturn, Viewed From Titan, One of Its Satellites." A Mid 1950's Study for the 360° Titan Panorama. 1 ½ x 20’. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Descartes, René. <i>Discours de la Méthode pour Bien Conduire Sa Raison, & Chercher la Verité dans les Sciences... 1637. $80,000 to $120,000