• <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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <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
  • <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

Auction Update Review

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The numbers are strong and it's only February 1st

For the week ended Saturday January 31st 23 sales were archived to Rare Book Transaction History; 3 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,490,858 as 5,730 lots were offered and 4,876 sold for a 85% success rate.  These are strong numbers.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Arader Galleries. American and European Art on January 24th: $3,266,854

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

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio on January 24th: 362.95%
Heritage Auctions. Dow Collection of Lincolnia on January 24th: 170.11%
Tajan. Books - Pierre-André Benoit Collection on January 23rd: 157.92%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on January 26th: 141.19%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on January 28th: 123.48%
Alaska Auction. January 10th auction: Prints on January 10th: 100.58%


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

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio on January 24th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Symons, Savage, Hemingway, etc. on January 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Dow Collection of Lincolnia on January 24th: 99.01%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 97.86%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 96.42%
Alaska Auction. January 10th auction: Prints on January 10th: 96.20%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on January 28th: 88.62%
Tooveys. Prints on January 28th: 88.00%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 9th: 87.99%
Tajan. Books - Pierre-André Benoit Collection on January 23rd: 87.96%
Arader Galleries. American and European Art on January 24th: 82.64%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on January 26th: 80.00%


23 total sales reported this week:

Morton Casa de Subastas. Antiques - prints, maps on January 29th: 33.33%
Tooveys. Prints on January 28th: 88.00%
PBA Galleries. Americana - African American History on January 29th: 68.25%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. History of Opera & Music, Part Two; Henry Irving & Ellen Terry: Letters, Photographs & Memorabilia on January 29th: 73.33%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Travel; Polar Exploration on January 28th: 77.18%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on January 28th: 88.62%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarity - Internet bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 65.31%
National Book Auctions. Symons, Savage, Hemingway, etc. on January 25th: 100.00%
Tajan. Books - Pierre-André Benoit Collection on January 23rd: 87.96%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 78.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on January 27th: 74.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on January 26th: 80.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 24th: 74.47%
Bonhams. The Gentleman's Library Sale - Books and Prints on January 28th: 63.27%
Bonhams. Art and Decor - Prints on January 26th: 48.88%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio on January 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Dow Collection of Lincolnia on January 24th: 99.01%
Skinner. European Prints and Photography on January 23rd: 78.00%
Alaska Auction. January 10th auction: Prints on January 10th: 96.20%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 9th: 87.99%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 96.42%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/18 on January 25th: 97.86%
Arader Galleries. American and European Art on January 24th: 82.64%

For the week ahead 17 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 2nd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 3 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Marine - Books, Maps, Globes. 85 lots

Tue. Feb. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 154 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 38 lots

Wed. Feb. 4th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques - Decorative Prints - Day 1. 94 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Judaica and Isealiana. 56 lots

Thu. Feb. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/29. 389 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques - Decorative Prints - Day 2. 86 lots

Fri. Feb. 6th
Artcurial. Paris. Automobilia. 54 lots
Florence Number Nine. Florence. Monthly Online Sale - Prints, Books. 11 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques - Decorative Prints - Day 3. 19 lots

Sat. Feb. 7th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Auction. 33 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. February 7th Auction - Prints. 23 lots

Sun. Feb. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/1.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 196 lots
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints. 7 lots 

It was a solid week and, for the Arader Gallery, an exceptional one.  They are a rare book, map and print dealer with four US locations that is becoming a serious auction house.  Their sales have been running north of a million dollars for each sale but they have been focusing on the traditionally strong months.  This time they achieved a three million dollar outcome in January.  That's really rare.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE 

  • <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
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000