• <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Austen, Jane. Autograph letter, written in the third person, to her niece Anna Austen (later Lefroy), 1812. £80,000 to 100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Smith, Adam. <i>An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations</i>. London: Printed for W. Strahan; And T. Cadell, 1776. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. John Murray, 1859. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph draft manuscript of "Mrs Gamp with the Strolling Players,” 1847. £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Shepard, E.H. Two drawings from <i>Winnie-The-Pooh</i> comprising “Why, what’s the matter?” and “He was taking the balloon out…” £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Blake, William. <i>Illustrations of the Book of Job. Invented and Engraved by William Blake. Published as the Act Directs...By William Blake, 8 March 1825</i> [1826]. £20,000 to 30,000
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Walter Gibson's Complete Run of The Shadow. 48 bound volumes, 1931-44. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Frederic Shoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindoostan. 6 volumes. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> A Rare Copy of the Earliest Chicago Newspaper to Report on the Great Fire of 1871. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Broadside Proclamation by Mayor Roswell B. Mason for the Preservation of Good Order Following the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago. $4,000-6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page. Scarce and highly collectable. $15,000-20,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse. First edition. Inscribed. 1839. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Cuban Revolution: Expedicion y Desembarco del “Granma.” Havana, ca. 1959. With portraits of the Castro brothers & Che Guevara. $150-250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Osuna Ramos. A group of 28 photographs of the Mexican Revolution & aftermath in Mexico City, 1910-1920. 4½ x 6”. $400-600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Charles Bukowski. Hot Water Music. First edition with original signed painting. 1983. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Alan Ginsberg. Five Page Autographed Letter. Signed. February 10, 1971. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book. Featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed 5 times. 1983. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Albrecht Durer. The Martyrdom Saint John the Evangelist. Woodcut, 1511 edition. $1,000-2,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s. Sold for $161,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 7:</b> Hovhannes Amira Dadian, first world atlas in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> T.E. Lawrence, <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</i>, privately printed edition, inscribed, London, 1926. Sold for $62,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 14:</b> 22 large-format photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84. Sold for $43,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21: </b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Here Comes the Big Polar Bear</i>, pen & ink, 4-panel Peanuts comic strip, 1957. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliott Erwitt, photograph of JFK & Eisenhower, signed by both, 1960. Sold for $32,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880. Sold for $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 26:</b> <i>Les Maîtres de l'Affiche</i>, 5 volumes, Paris, 1896-1900. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses</i>, first edition, number 724 on handmade paper, Paris, 1922. Sold for $33,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. Sold for $52,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold for $52,500.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1896</i>, original cloth, 1896. £15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>The Cricketers' Almanack for the year 1869</i>, excellent copy of the scarce sixth edition, 1869. £10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1916</i>, with tribute to W.G. Grace by Lord Harris, original cloth, 1916. £5,000 to 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Lillywhite (Frederick) and Arthur Haygarth. <i>Cricket Scores and Biographies of Celebrated Cricketers</i>, vol. 1 - 16 [a complete run], 1862-2003. £750 to 1,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Trumper (Victor). Postcard of Victor Trumper, signed by Trumper on image, 1905. £300 to 400
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Crombie (Charles). <i>Laws of Cricket</i>, 1907; and 29 others. £150 to 200

Auction Update Review

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Twenty-six Auctions Archived, Another 26 Upcoming This Week

For the week ended Saturday February 28th, 26 sales were archived to the Rare Book Transaction History database, 4 denominated is euros, 4 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,314,574 as 13,516 lots were offered and 8,492 sold for a 64% success rate.  Four sales saw less than 50% of their lots sell.  It happens. 

2 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: $3,225,029
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 14th: $1,354,624

Only one auction saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints, Works on Paper on February 21st: 126.01%


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

National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - RR, Masons, Mormon, Jewish, etc. on February 22nd: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 2/13 on February 21st: 100.00%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 25th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Texas Historical Association Benefit - Internet bidstart 2/3 on February 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: 96.74%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints, Works on Paper on February 21st: 96.55%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 96.22%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Winter Sale on February 12th: 92.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 89.20%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 1 on February 21st: 89.08%
Sothebys. Of Royal and Noble Descent on February 24th: 87.50%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 24th: 85.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 24th: 85.51%
Bloomsbury Auctions. From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs on February 26th: 83.79%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarities - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 83.46%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 2 on February 22nd: 81.82%


26 total sales reported this week:

Skinner. Asian Art - Prints on February 26th: 66.67%
Bloomsbury Auctions. From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs on February 26th: 83.79%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. British and Continental Prints on February 25th: 72.94%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 24th: 85.51%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Antiquarian Books and Documents on February 24th: 10.86%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/19 on February 26th: 89.20%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 14th: 48.61%
Sothebys. Of Royal and Noble Descent on February 24th: 87.50%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 24th: 85.71%
Christies. Interiors - Prints on February 25th: 100.00%
Aspire Auctions. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 2/13 on February 21st: 100.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Prints, Works on Paper on February 21st: 96.55%
ALDE. Antiquarian and Travel Books on February 20th: 65.41%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Winter Sale on February 12th: 92.86%
RR Auction. Remarkable Rarities - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 83.46%
Heritage Auctions. Texas Historical Association Benefit - Internet bidstart 2/3 on February 24th: 100.00%
Bonhams. Art and Decor - Prints on February 23rd: 59.68%
The Written Word Autographs. Autographs on February 12th: 40.89%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Arts: Prints on February 20th: 68.18%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - RR, Masons, Mormon, Jewish, etc. on February 22nd: 100.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 2 on February 22nd: 81.82%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints and Photographs, Day 1 on February 21st: 89.08%
Vermot de Pas. Prints on February 11th: 37.28%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/15 on February 22nd: 96.22%
Heritage Auctions. Comics and Comic Art on February 21st: 96.74%

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 2nd
Florence Number Nine. Florence. 30215. 14 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Aeronautics. 100 lots
Skinner. Boston. Americana - Books and Prints. 11 lots

Tue. Mar. 3rd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 52 lots

Wed. Mar. 4th
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 351 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment. 620 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 42 lots

Thu. Mar. 5th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Golf BooksFine Golf Books & Memorabilia - The Library of John Burns, Part II - with Additions. 626 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 638 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Autographs - Manuscripts. 434 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Manuscripts. 16 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/26. 318 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection. 211 lots

Fri. Mar. 6th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 239 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Library o Guy Bechtel. 242 lots

Sat. Mar. 7th
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books. 100 lots
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Antiquarian Books. 744 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Comic Strips.
Sothebys. New York. Joy, Love and Peace: The Peter B. Lewis Collection.
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books. 317 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints.
Bonhams. Oxford . A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION OF VICTORIAN CARRIAGES AND COACHES TO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED MEMORABILIA -.
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Sale - Books and Prints.

Sun. Mar. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/1.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/1.

The field is becoming complex.  We know more and increasingly see more.

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Roland de Lassus. [Songs and madrigals]. Album gathering three collections of secular music for tenor. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Richard Wagner. <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.</i> Original edition corrected and annotated by Wagner. 60.000-80.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Claude Debussy. <i>La Damoiselle élue</i>. Lyrical poem, after D.-G. Rossetti. Limited edition of 160 copies. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Stéphane Mallarmé. Handwritten notebook made by Geneviève Mallarmé. No place or date [circa 1910]. 10.000-15.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Henri Sauguet. <i>Les Forains</i>. Ballet. Reduction for piano. Original edition. 20.000-30.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Athanasius Kircher. <i>Musurgia Universalis sive Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni in X. Libros digesta.</i> 1650. 30.000-40.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> François Villon, & Clément Marot. <i>Les Œuvres de François Villon de Paris, Reviewed and gathered by Clement Marot.</i> 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Rainer Maria Rilke. <i>Larenopfer</i> (Offrande aux dieux Lares). The second collection of Rainer Maria Rilke, containing ninety poems. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Paul Éluard. <i>Capitale de la douleur.</i> One of the most beautiful poetic collections from the first surrealist wave. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Pierre de Ronsard. <i>Les Amours</i> ... newly augmented by him, and commented by Marc Antoine de Muret. 40.000-60.000 €
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.