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Swann Galleries: Vintage
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23 Auctions Archived, 15 upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday July 18th 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction Database, 6 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,991,451 as 6,527 lots were offered and 4,942 sold for a 76% success rate.


4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography on July 15th: $9,191,520 
Christies. First Impressions on July 15th: $2,321,446 
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 14th: $2,247,088 
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on July 14th: $1,092,556

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

Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints - Part 2 on July 10th: 128.27%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Incunabula and Printed Books on June 23rd: 109.59%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography on July 15th: 103.51%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 14th: 100.16%  

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies THE ‘GOSPELS OF QUEEN THEUTBERGA’ in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $3,098,940.
  2. Christies NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. With: the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, on July 15th Actual price: USD $659,100.
  3. Christies Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Edited by Edmond Halley (1656-1743). on July 15th Actual price: USD $434,460.
  4. Sothebys KREBS, NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL AWARDED TO HANS KREBS, WITH HIS NOBEL PRIZE DIPLOMA, 1953 (2 ITEMS) on July 14th Actual price: USD $426,250.
  5. Christies MAGNA CARTA AND STATUTES, LAW TRACTS, AND REGISTER OF WRITS, in Latin and Anglo-Norman French, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $265,980.
  6. Christies Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: A Series of Twenty Photographic Views. Text by Sophia Poole and Reginald Stuart Poole. on July 15th Actual price: USD $237,900.
  7. Sothebys SERVICE ENIGMA MACHINE (ENIGMA I), THREE ROTOR, HEIMSOETH & RINKE, 1943 (1 ITEM) on July 14th Actual price: USD $230,950.
  8. Christies SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ARAB JAMBIYA DAGGER. Ornately-tooled hilt and scabbard, curved blade. 30cm long. on July 15th Actual price: USD $191,100.
  9. Sothebys DARWIN, THE DESCENT OF MAN, 1871, INSCRIBED TO HENRIETTA DARWIN (2 VOL.) on July 14th Actual price: USD $174,375.
  10. Christies Opera, an extensive composite set in contemporary editions. on July 15th Actual price: USD $172,380.
  11. Christies BOOK OF HOURS, use of Metz, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, on July 15th Actual price: USD $163,020.
  12. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on July 15th Actual price: USD $144,300.
  13. Christies PLUTARCH, Life of Camillus, in the Latin translation of OGNIBENE DA LONIGO for GIANFRANCESCO GONZAGA (c.1395-1444) on July 15th Actual price: USD $125,580.
  14. Christies THE LAMB IN THE MIDST OF THE ELDERS, and THE OPENING OF THE BOOK, two miniatures on either side of a cutting from the Burckhardt-Wildt Apocalypse, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $125,580.
  15. Christies De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. on July 15th Actual price: USD $116,220.
  16. Christies Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus. on July 15th Actual price: USD $106,860.
  17. Christies A Treatise of Human Nature: being an Attempt to introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects. Of the Understanding on July 15th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  18. Christies BOOK OF HOURS, use of Langres, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  19. Christies THE PROPHET NAHUM and A MAN PLAYING AN ORGAN, two historiated initials on a leaf of a Bible in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  20. Christies La heroike interprinse faict par le Signeur Draeck d’avoir cirquit toute la terre. on July 15th Actual price: USD $93,600.
  21. Sothebys BIBLE, [THE NEWE TESTAMENT YET ONCE AGAYNE CORRECTED BY WYLLIAM TYNDALL...], 1536, UNRECORDED VARIANT (1 VOL.) on July 14th Actual price: USD $93,000.
  22. Bloomsbury Philobiblon Libro per conservare la sanità del corpo [trad. volgare di Zucchero Bencivenni] on June 22nd Actual price: USD $87,854.
  23. Christies De ludo scachorum. on July 15th Actual price: USD $87,750.
  24. Christies A complete set of original gelatin silver prints for his erotic series 1929. on July 15th Actual price: USD $78,000.
  25. Christies THE RESURRECTION, large historiated initial on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $78,000.


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books on July 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 99.14%
Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints - Part 2 on July 10th: 93.55%
Cowans Auctions. Prints and Works on Paper on July 10th: 90.09%
Tooveys. Prints on July 15th: 88.89%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 88.80%
Christies. First Impressions on July 15th: 83.07%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on July 16th: 82.53%


23 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 88.80%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Posters on June 24th: 50.14%
Neret Minet and Tessier. From 1900-1980, 500 Posters at Low Prices on June 22nd: 24.56%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Incunabula and Printed Books on June 23rd: 63.89%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Gastronomy Books and Manuscripts on June 22nd: 56.97%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on July 16th: 82.53%
Tooveys. Prints on July 15th: 88.89%
Doyle New York. Doyle at Home: Decorative Prints on July 16th: 76.92%
Lyon and Turnbull. Golf Memorabilia - Books on July 15th: 22.22%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Prints on July 16th: 69.53%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents; Early Printed Books and Incunabula on July 15th: 78.15%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography on July 15th: 73.63%
PBA Galleries. Illustrated and Children's Books - Fine Books in All Fields on July 9th: 56.06%
Christies. First Impressions on July 15th: 83.07%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on July 14th: 76.72%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 14th: 76.14%
Kedem Auction. Books, Objects, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on July 7th: 73.53%
Michaans Auctions. Estate Sale - Books and Prints on July 11th: 58.14%
Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints - Part 2 on July 10th: 93.55%
National Book Auctions. Books on July 12th: 100.00%
Cowans Auctions. Prints and Works on Paper on July 10th: 90.09%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 99.14%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 100.00%

For the week ahead 15 auctions are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 20th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. TCM Presents ... Picture Perfect - The Art of Movie Posters. 234 lots

Wed. Jul. 22nd
Sothebys. New York. Modern Life: Post War Photographs, Prints and Design. 173 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Photographs. 174 lots

Thu. Jul. 23rd
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana with California and the West. 583 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/16. 273 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 7/16. 484 lots

Fri. Jul. 24th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. The Sporting Sale. 66 lots

Sat. Jul. 25th
Addison and Sarova. Macon. The Library of Robert Easton. 264 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Printed Art.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Vintage Movie Posters. 951 lots
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Gahanna. Online Numismatic Book Sale. 364 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Books, Photographs, Prints. 234 lots

Sun. Jul. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/19.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 58 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>