• <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.

Auction Update Review

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, . . .

For the week ended Saturday December 6th 29 auctions were archived to the AED, 12 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $33,192,800 as 8,502 lots were offered and 5,792 sold for a 67% success rate.  The serious material is up for sale. 

8 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 4th: $5,390,505
Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: $5,367,000
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: $5,201,066
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on December 2nd: $3,820,452
Christies. Old Master Prints on December 3rd: $2,871,236
Bloomsbury Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 3rd: $1,772,855
Christies. 500 Years of Printmaking on December 4th: $1,253,950
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on December 2nd: $1,167,099

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

Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: 127.79%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 4th: 122.86%
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 105.07%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: 100.98%


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

Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 5th: 100.00%
Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: 100.00%
Christies. FIRST EDITIONS, SECOND THOUGHTS: AN AUCTION OF BOOKS AND ARTWORK TO BENEFIT PEN AMERICAN CENTER on December 2nd: 100.00%
Carlsen Gallery. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints on November 29th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 99.43%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 93.39%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 4th: 89.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 2nd: 86.21%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: 81.72%
Bonhams. Travel and Exploration on December 3rd: 81.69%


29 total sales reported this week:

Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 4th: 89.71%
PBA Galleries. Rare Americana with the Jess Jones Collection of Californiana & Pictorial Letter Sheets on December 4th: 62.05%
Christies. Dr. James D. Watson Nobel Medal and Related Papers on December 4th: 100.00%
Bonhams. The Transportation History Sale on December 4th: 53.66%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts - Including Americana on December 4th: 81.72%
Christies. 500 Years of Printmaking on December 4th: 58.84%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 4th: 73.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 2nd: 86.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on December 5th: 100.00%
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 73.50%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Books - Manuscripts - Photos on November 28th: 58.42%
OSENAT. The Spirit of the 20th Century on November 29th: 26.92%
Carlsen Gallery. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints on November 29th: 100.00%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books, Prints, Photography on November 29th: 41.51%
Artcurial. Prints and Illustrated Books on December 3rd: 66.55%
ALDE. Modern Illustrated Books on December 3rd: 62.70%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Modern and Contemporary Prints on December 3rd: 54.79%
Christies. Old Master Prints on December 3rd: 70.34%
Bonhams. Travel and Exploration on December 3rd: 81.69%
Christies. FIRST EDITIONS, SECOND THOUGHTS: AN AUCTION OF BOOKS AND ARTWORK TO BENEFIT PEN AMERICAN CENTER on December 2nd: 100.00%
Skinner. The Gentleman's Auction - Internet bidstart 11/20 on December 1st: 62.50%
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on December 2nd: 68.48%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on December 2nd: 66.67%
Ader. Photographs on November 16th: 45.83%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts - Women - Day 2 on November 19th: 61.87%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts - Women on November 18th: 66.50%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 93.39%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 99.43%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Art on Paper on November 25th: 57.05%

For the week ahead 41 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 8th
ALDE. Paris. Selected Books. 163 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Salvador Dali Editions. 59 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Prints, Baseball Memorabilia, and Books. 44 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 9 lots

Tue. Dec. 9th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books, Maps, Prints. 445 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Literature, & Maps. 733 lots
ALDE. Paris. Henry Beraud Library. 128 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 129 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 159 lots
Christies. Paris. Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts. 184 lots
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations. 285 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints and Photographs. 46 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 51 lots

Wed. Dec. 10th
Bonhams. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 207 lots
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 346 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 11/21. 957 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 881 lots
Bonhams. New York. Russian Books and Photographs. 217 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Garth Williams Estate Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs. 261 lots

Thu. Dec. 11th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs, Manuscripts and Documents. 232 lots
Sothebys. New York. 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundat. 175 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Photography. 158 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 305 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/4. 382 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 262 lots

Fri. Dec. 12th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 501 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War and Militaria.
Swann Galleries. New York. Vernacular Imagery and Photobooks. 532 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 345 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 12/5. 40 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Manuscripts, Books, Autographs, Prints and Drawings. 492 lots
Hauswedell and Nolte. Hamburg. Who's Afraid of the Moon. 57 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints, Part I. 636 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Books.
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Books. 344 lots

Sat. Dec. 13th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Books and Prints.
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper and Books. 555 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Prints, Part II. 627 lots

Sun. Dec. 14th
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The December Auction - Prints. 27 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/7.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/7.

The sales will continue right up to Christmas but we are peaking this week.  It has been quite a fall season.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 37. Anonymous, <i>[Untitled - Ancient World]</i>, 1553. Est. $20,000 - $23,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 45. Cellarius, <i>Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe</i>, 1708. Est. $2,400 - $3,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 51. Kircher, <i>Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur</i>, 1665. Est. $1,600 - $1,900
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 152. David H. Vance, <i>Map of the United States of North America</i>, 1825. Est. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 309. Mark Storm, <i>Official Texas Brags Map of North America</i>, 1948. Est. $350 - $425
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 426. B. Crété, <i>Carte Symbolique de l'Europe / Europe en 1914</i>, 1915. Est. $2,000 - $2,300
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 636. Hartmann Schedel, <i>Folio LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime</i>, 1493. Est. $1,100 - $1,400
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 649. Heinrich Bunting, <i>Asia Secunda pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi</i>, 1581. Est. $3,000 - $3,750
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 747. Theodore de Bry, <i> [Lot of 22 - Complete Set of De Bry's Virginia Natives]</i>, 1590. Est. $6,000 - $7,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 769. Lotter/Lobeck, <i>Atlas Geographicus Portatilis</i>, 1760. Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 772. Henry Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 777. Marco Coltellini, <i>[3 Volumes] Il Gazzettiere Americano</i>, 1763. Est. $5,500 - $7,000
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b>  Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...May 19, 1874. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 3)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Alvin Langdon Coburn. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 32)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Lee Friedlander, Newark, New Jersey, 1962 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972.<br>Est: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 50)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> The  papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Est: $75,000-100,000 (Lot 160)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> James Joyce, Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, 1914. First edition. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 362)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> George Sand, Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 405)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Thomas More, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus… Basel: Froben, March 1518. First Basel edition. Est: $15,000-25,000 (Lot 308)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Johannes Brahms, Autograph letter in German signed "Joh. Brahms.” Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 285)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Kelmscott Press, [Guilelmus, of Tyre, Archbishop]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles Didier, Atlas universel...Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Est: $10,000 - $15,000  (Lot 222)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition. Est: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 399)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinge, between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards.. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 195)
  • <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>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