• <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts Online<br>Ending December 17</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies…</i> The Second Impression. 1632. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> GEORGE CURZON, 1ST MARQUESS CURZON OF KEDLESTON. “Curzon Tiger Hunt.” [India: circa 1901]. 120 albumen photographs. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> (CASSADY, NEAL). Kerouac, Jack. <i>On the Road.</i> New York: Viking Press, 1957. Inscribed. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> VEGA, JOSEPH PENSO DE LA. <i>Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discrete...</i> Amsterdam, 1688. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> RACKHAM, ARTHUR — [WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE]. "The Moon Like to a Silver Bow New-Bent in Heaven," original illustration for <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream.</i> $12,000 to $18,000
  • <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> WETZEL, CHARLES M. American Fishing Books. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> BISSELL, ALFRED E., <i>In Pursuit of Salar.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> <i>The Settler and Sportsman in Anticosti.</i> $400 to $600
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> CARLETON, HENRY GUY, <i>Advice to Young Anglers.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> ROBINSON, ROLAND EVANS, <i>Forest and Stream Fables. By Awahsoose the Bear.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SAWADA, KEN, <i>The Art of the Classic Salmon Fly.</i> $300 to $500
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>Trout Fly-Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
  • <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 Dec 13:</b> Adrian Reland, <i>Imperium Japonicum,</i> first European map to use Sino-Japanese characters, Amsterdam, circa 1740. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> John Overton, <i>A New & Most Exact Map of America,</i> hand colored, London, 1671. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America & Quadrupeds of North America,</i> together in 10 matching octavo bindings. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Hemispheriu ab Aequinoctiali Linea,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>Across the Continent,</i> New York, 1868, formerly in the collection of Thomas Winthrop Streeter. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Frederick Sander, <i>Reichenbachia, Orchids Illustrated & Described,</i> in four volumes, St. Albans, 1888-94. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Color woodblock map of Uraga and Edo Bay showing the course of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron, Japan, circa 1854. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Manuscript report on the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry, with 2 portraits of Perry & Commander H. A. Adams, Japan. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Edward Lear, <i>Castello di Melfi in Basilicata,</i> ink, graphite & watercolor, 1847. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Abraham Ortelius, <i>Islandia,</i> Antwerp, 1603. $3,500 to $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Philippe Vandermaelen, North American volume of the first atlas to use lithography, Brussels, 1827. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, <i>A Chart of the Coast,</i> from the <i>Atlantic Neptune,</i> London, 1780. $18,000 to $22,000.

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

  • <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection: Part II<br>December 13, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Sibelius, Jean. Autograph manuscript of “Spagnuolo” for piano, boldly signed “Jean Sibelius.” $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Fourteen largely unpublished autograph letters signed to Alessandro Lanari, the “Napoleon of Impresarios.” $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Jefferson, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th: Jefferson") to William Lee, Monticello, 26 August 1816. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Whitman, Walt. Signed carte-de-visite photograph by Benjamin Gurney, 1875. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Wilde, Oscar. Autograph letter signed ("Oscar Wilde"). 8 pages on 2 bifolia of different sizes, with ink sketch on the first page. $25,000 to $30,000
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000
  • <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> LÉOPOLD II of Belgium. Autograph letter signed to Ferdinand de Lesseps. (Brusselss, 30th of August 1881. € 500 / 600
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Unique collection of c. 280 satirical postcards on Léopold II of Belgium.<br>€ 3.000 / 3.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Horae, use of Rouen, c. 1475.<br>€ 22.000 / 30.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> <i>Sensuyt la tresplaisante hystoire du preux et vaillant Guerin de Montglaue</i> [...]. € 6.000 / 8.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> SCUTENAIRE, Louis. <i>Mes inscriptions.</i> 1945-1963. € 1.000 / 1.200
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Études Gèographiques [puzzle].<br>€ 70 / 100
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Unique series of fifty 19th-c. Persian miniatures. € 1.500 / 2.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> SIXTUS IV. <i>De sanguine Christi et De potentia Dei,</i> 1474. € 4.500 / 6.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Joan Miró, lithographies. € 200 / 300
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> MERIAN, Anna Maria Sibylla. [Metamorphosis of a brown butterfly]. € 4.000 / 5.000
  • <b>Christie’s London, 12 Dec:</b> Huang Qianren. Complete Geographic Map of the Great Qing Dynasty. £50,000 to £80,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 12 Dec:</b> Book of Hours of Jean Le Sauvage and Jacqueline de Boulogne. £70,000 to £100,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 12 Dec:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus,</i> 1584. £80,000 to £120,000