• <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Seba, Albertus. <i>Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri.</i> Amsterdam: J. Wetsten, 1734[-1769]. €350,000–550,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Janssonius, Joannes. <i>Novus Atlas Absolutissimus</i>. Amsterdam: J Jansson, 1658 [after 1664]. €250,000–450,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Goya, Francisco de. <i>[La Tauromaquia.] Treinta y tres estampas, que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros</i>. Madrid: [Rafael Esteve, 1816]. €150,000–250,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Nov. 29 – Dec. 06:</b> Einstein, Albert. <i>On residual rays – and guilt about an old girlfriend</i>. Prague, 26 December 1911. US$10,000–15,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Nov. 29 – Dec. 06:</b> Einstein, Albert. <i>‘What is logically simple is so difficult mathematically'</i>. Princeton, 16 August 1949. US$20,000–30,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 5:</b> Yorktown Campaign manuscript map. ‘No 1 Carte générale de l’Isle de New York et des Environs...No 2. Reconnoissance Geometrique…’ n.p., c. 1781–1782. US$150,000–200,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 5:</b> Le Hay, Jacques and Ferriol, Charles de (1637–1722). <i>Recueil de cent estampes représentant differentes nations du Levant</i>. Paris: Le Hay and Duchange, 1714. US$30,000–40,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 7:</b> Cresswell, Samuel Gurney. <i>A Series of Eight Sketches … of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Investigator during the Discovery of the North-west Passage</i>. London: 1854. US$30,000–40,000.
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 7:</b> Veer, Gerrit de. <i>Diarium nauticum seu vera descriptio trium navigationum admirandarum</i>. Amsterdam: Cornelius [Claesz], 1598. US$25,000–35,000
  • <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
  • <b>ALDE - Modern Illustrated Books - Original Drawings. 22 November 2017</b>
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> DEGAS (Edgar). Danseuses au repos. Charcoal drawing. 30,000€ to 40,000€
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> ERNST (Max). Une Semaine de bonté ou Les Sept éléments capitaux. Deuxième cahier. L'Eau. 1934. With an original collage signed by Max Ernst. 15,000€ to 20,000€
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> BALZAC (Honoré de). Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu. 1931. Illustrated edition by Pablo Picasso of 12 original etchings. 20,000€ to 30,000€
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> GIACOMETTI (Alberto). Paris sans fin. 1969. Last illustrated book of Giacometti. 15,000€ to 20,000€
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy!</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Walt Whitman. Poetical manuscript from <i>Leaves of Grass</i> (1865)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Daniel Boone.) Filson. <i>The Discovery ... of Kentucke</i> (1784)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Edgar A. Poe. <i>Tales</i> (1845) original cloth
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy!</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Emerson. Autograph letter signed on his philosophy of poetry (1841)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Fitzgerald. <i>This Side of Paradise</i> (1920) presentation copy

Auction Update Review

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24 Auctions Archived, 22 upcoming

For the week ended Saturday March 7th 24 sales were archived to the RBT database; 4 denominated in euros, 6 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,755,354 as 5,578 lots were offered and 4,512 sold for an 81% success rate.  Bidder enthusiasm and auction estimates were nicely balanced.

2 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on March 5th: $2,506,211
Arader Galleries. Natural History & Americana on February 28th: $1,279,750

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

Carlsen Gallery. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints on February 8th: 474.38%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 2nd: 161.63%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on February 28th: 154.84%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 4th: 127.11%
Skinner. Americana - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 110.65%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment on March 4th: 105.17%
Tooveys. Decorative Prints on February 25th: 101.35%

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

Carlsen Gallery. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints on February 8th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints on February 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 99.23%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on February 28th: 98.85%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 98.25%
Arader Galleries. Natural History & Americana on February 28th: 96.32%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 91.51%
Skinner. Americana - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 90.91%
Tooveys. Decorative Prints on February 25th: 86.49%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 3rd: 84.62%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on February 24th: 80.58%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment on March 4th: 80.16%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 2nd: 80.00%

24 total sales reported this week:

Carlsen Gallery. Mid-Winter Sale - Books and Prints on February 8th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints on February 28th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Aeronautics on March 2nd: 58.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps & Documents; Medieval Manuscripts & Illuminated Leaves; Bookbinding Equipment on March 4th: 80.16%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 91.51%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Photo Opportunities on March 6th: 56.90%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection on March 5th: 75.36%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on March 5th: 65.52%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on March 4th: 72.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 4th: 71.43%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on March 3rd: 84.62%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on March 2nd: 80.00%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on March 1st: 79.05%
Eldreds. Winter Market Sale - Prints on February 28th: 69.77%
Skinner. Americana - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 90.91%
Auctionata. Prints, Photographs on February 28th: 31.07%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on February 28th: 98.85%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 99.23%
Tooveys. Decorative Prints on February 25th: 86.49%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on February 24th: 80.58%
Skinner. Asian Art - Books and Prints - Internet Bidstart 2/17 on February 27th: 63.03%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. North American Numismatic Literature Live Online Sale on February 28th: 77.11%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/22 on March 1st: 98.25%
Arader Galleries. Natural History & Americana on February 28th: 96.32%



For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 9th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 7 lots

Tue. Mar. 10th
Doyle New York. New York. Doyle at Home: Decorative Prints. 28 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books. 244 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 54 lots

Wed. Mar. 11th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints.
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 2/20. 941 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters. 470 lots

Thu. Mar. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 483 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5. 497 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Manuscripts. 16 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/5. 273 lots

Fri. Mar. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 468 lots

Sat. Mar. 14th
Christies. Paris. Comics and Illustration. 446 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texana. 362 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 25 lots
Christies. Paris. Tintin. 10 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 57 lots

Sun. Mar. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/8.
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Militaria - Documents, Books, letters. 24 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Marilyn Monroe Photographs Internet bidstart 3/5. 45 lots

The first cresendo of the young 2015 auction season is just a month away.  The quiet months have not been quiet.  April will see the year's first real tests.

 

Bruce McKinney

Rare Book Hub

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  • <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> With Fine Contemporary Hand-Coloured Folding Maps Atlas: MOLL (Hermann). <i>The World Described</i>. 15,000 to 20,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> The Holy Grail of Early Photographic Illustrated Irish Books: HEMPHILL (William Despard). <i>Stereoscopic Illustrations of Clonmel, and the Surrounding Country</i>… 7,000 to 10,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> "The Nugent Manuscript Archive" including letters on 1798 rebellion In Co. 7,000 to 9,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> The Greatest Irish Coloured Plate Book Original Coloured Copy: MALTON (James). <i>A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin Described</i>. 7,000 to 9,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> BLAEU (Johannes). <i>Atlas Hibernia</i>, Amsterdam? c. 1662. 1,750 to <br>2,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> Rare Limited Edition: YEATS (W.B.). Arion Press, San Francisco. <i>Poems of W.B. Yeats.</i> 1,700 to 2,200 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> [YEATS, W.B.]. Cradle of Genius. Original drawing, pen-and-ink and wash. 1,500 to 2,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> W.B. Yeats Meets James Bond? YEATS (W. B.). <i>Selected Poems, Lyrical and Narrative</i>. 1,400 to 1,600 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> Rare Unauthorized U.S. Edition of <i>Ulysses</i>: JOYCE (James). <i>Ulysses</i> - [Two World Monthly, Vol. 1 (No. 1) - vol. 3 (no.3)]. 1,200 to 1,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> With Original Holograph Passage by the Author: HEANEY (Seamus). <i>Door Into the Dark</i>. 1,000 to 1,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> First American Edition: JOYCE (James). <i>Dubliners</i>, 8vo N. York (B.W. Huebsch) 1916. 600 to 800 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> Rare American Photographs of Niagara Falls: ZYBACK (J.). Photographer, Niagara. Two large original photographs. 300 to 400 €
  • <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.