• <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>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <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
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500

Auction Update Review

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16 Auctions Archived, 21 Auctions Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday July 11th 16 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub database, 2 denominated is euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,729,738 as 9,209 lots were offered and 5,766 sold for a 63% success rate.  Uncertainty about Greece seemed to hang over market worldwide.  No one and no field have been exempt.


2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysMedieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 7th: $3,580,982 
Bloomsbury AuctionsWestern Manuscripts on July 8th: $1,107,817 

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

Bloomsbury AuctionsWestern Manuscripts on July 8th: 115.82% 
SothebysMedieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 7th: 104.84% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys The Hours of Dona Violante, Use of Rome, in Latin and Catalan [Spain (Valencia) and southern Netherlands (Bruges), c.1480] on July 7th Actual price: USD $931,700.
  2. Sothebys Gradual, in Latin [Italy (Siena), c.1280] on July 7th Actual price: USD $783,860.
  3. Sothebys The Entry into Jerusalem, with the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper, a full-page miniature from a Psalter, in Latin [Alsace (Strasbourg), c.1220-40] on July 7th Actual price: USD $414,260.
  4. Bloomsbury Auctions The Hours of the Cross, Use of Metz, on July 8th Actual price: USD $286,440.
  5. Sothebys The Hours of Tanneguy IV du Chastel, Use of Rome, in Latin and French [France (Paris), c.1470s] on July 7th Actual price: USD $266,420.
  6. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Paris, in Latin and French [northern France, Champagne, c.1420-30] on July 7th Actual price: USD $182,875.
  7. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Evreux, in Latin and French [northern France (probably Evreux), early 15th century and 1460s] on July 7th Actual price: USD $144,375.
  8. Sothebys François Le Roy, Dialogue de consolation entre l’âme et raison, in French with a few passages in Latin [France (Paris), c.1520] on July 7th Actual price: USD $115,500.
  9. Bloomsbury Auctions The Mckell Medical Almanack, on July 8th Actual price: USD $105,028.
  10. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Troyes, in Latin [France (Troyes), c.1410] on July 7th Actual price: USD $96,250.
  11. Sothebys PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SIR TIMOTHY AND LADY CLIFFORD on July 7th Actual price: USD $61,600.
  12. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin [Italy (Florence), c.1470s] on July 7th Actual price: USD $57,750.
  13. Sothebys Book of Hours, Unidentified Use, in Latin and French [French Flanders (St-Omer), late 15th century and c.1500; and 19th century] on July 7th Actual price: USD $53,900.
  14. Bloomsbury Auctions Book of Hours, on July 8th Actual price: USD $53,469.
  15. Bloomsbury Auctions Psalter for Dominican Use, on July 8th Actual price: USD $53,469.
  16. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French [France (Rouen), 1490s] on July 7th Actual price: USD $50,050.
  17. Bloomsbury Auctions Pocket gradual, on July 8th Actual price: USD $49,650.
  18. Bloomsbury Auctions Leaves from a liturgical volume, probably a Missal on July 8th Actual price: USD $43,921.
  19. Sothebys Letter addressed to Edward I, King of England (1272-1307), in French, dated 31 May 1292 on July 7th Actual price: USD $40,425.
  20. Bloomsbury Auctions Sermon collection, on July 8th Actual price: USD $40,102.
  21. Sothebys The Souvré Hours, Use of Paris and Rome, in Latin [France (Tours), c.1500] on July 7th Actual price: USD $38,500.
  22. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin [southern Netherlands (perhaps Brussels), late 15th century] on July 7th Actual price: USD $32,725.
  23. Bloomsbury Auctions Fragment from the earliest copy of St. Augustine, on July 8th Actual price: USD $30,554.
  24. Bloomsbury Auctions Isaiah, fragment of a leaf from a monumental on July 8th Actual price: USD $28,644.
  25. Bloomsbury Auctions King Sin-Iddinam of Larsa, on July 8th Actual price: USD $28,644.


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

Alaska Auction. July 1 Auction - books and prints on July 1st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 6/28 on July 5th: 99.89%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/28 on July 5th: 98.73%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Heirlooms from a Californian Family - online bidstart 6/19 on July 6th: 97.51%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 93.31%
One Of Kind Collictibles. Autographs, Documents, and Art. on July 9th: 84.18%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Western Manuscripts on July 8th: 80.00%

16 total sales reported this week:

One Of Kind Collictibles. Autographs, Documents, and Art. on July 9th: 84.18%
Eldreds. Summer Market Sale on July 9th: 72.50%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Western Manuscripts on July 8th: 80.00%
Morton Casa de Subastas. Documents, Prints, Photographs and Ancient and Contemporary Books on July 7th: 29.75%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Summer Auction on July 9th: 78.03%
Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints on July 2nd: 68.75%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 93.31%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics on May 20th: 71.06%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 7th: 60.87%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Heirlooms from a Californian Family - online bidstart 6/19 on July 6th: 97.51%
Alaska Auction. July 1 Auction - books and prints on July 1st: 100.00%
Grays Auctioneers. Prints on June 30th: 63.64%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Pictures and Prints on July 3rd: 53.45%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books and Prints on June 27th: 43.64%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/28 on July 5th: 98.73%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 6/28 on July 5th: 99.89%


For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 13th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 7/2. 453 lots
Rossini. Paris. Prints. 67 lots

Tue. Jul. 14th
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations. 264 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 116 lots
Christies. New York. First Impressions. 437 lots

Wed. Jul. 15th
Christies. London - King Street. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography. 182 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 27 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents; Early Printed Books and Incunabula. 650 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 6/23. 1065 lots
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Golf Memorabilia - Books. 9 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Mail Auction - Italian Judaica, Jewry and Printings. 171 lots

Thu. Jul. 16th
Doyle New York. New York. Doyle at Home: Decorative Prints. 26 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - Internet Bidstart 7/9. 371 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 458 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Prints. 128 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/9. 241 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Brunk Auction - Books, Maps, Manuscripts. 177 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 17 lots

Sat. Jul. 18th
Case Antiques, Inc.. Knoxville. Summer Art and Antiques Auction. 50 lots

Sun. Jul. 19th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/12.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/12.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <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