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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>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>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000