• <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>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>SAXTON, Christopher. <i>The Travellers Guide being the best Mapp of the Kingdom of England and Principality of Wales</i>. London, [1583, but c.1716].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>VISSCHER, Claes Jansz. <i>Novissima et Accuratissima Leonis Belgici</i>. Amsterdam, Claes Jansz Visscher, [1611-1621 or later].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. <i>Decima Asie Tabula</i>. Ulm, Lienhart Holle, 16 July 1482.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>WIT, Frederick de, and Gerard VALK. <i>Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula</i>. Amsterdam, Gerard Valk, [c.1690-1700].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Astronomicum Caesareum</i>. Ingolstadt, Peter Apian, 1540.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>CASSINI, Jean-Dominique. <i>Carte de la Lune</i>. Paris, Jean-Dominique Cassini, 1787.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. <i>Geographicae enarrationis libri octo</i>. Argentoragi, 1525.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>[SAXTON, Christopher]. <i> [An Atlas of England and Wales]</i>. [London, Christopher Saxton, 1579].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> Commission des sciences et arts d'Egypte. <i>Description de l’Égypte</i>… Paris, Imprimerie impériale - Imprimerie royale, 1809-1828.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> CHURCHMAN, John. <i>To George Washington President of the United States of America this Magnetic Atlas or Variation Chart is humbly inscribed by John Churchman</i>. Philadelphia, 1790.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Tipus Orbis Universalis</i>. Vienna, Johannes Camertius, 1520.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>LORIOT, A[uguste], [after] Nicolas LANE. <i>[Pocket globe]</i>. London, 65 New Bond Street, 1809.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>BLAEU, Johannes. <i>Grooten Atlas</i>. Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1662-1665.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>INGEBORG BRUN, Emmy. <i>Mars efter Lowell’s Glober 1894-1914</i>. Denmark, [c1915].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>LUTHER, Martin. <i>Der vierde Teil aller Bücher vnd Schrifften des thewren seligen Mans</i>. Gedruckt zu Jhena, Durch Christian Rödinger, 1556.
  • <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Lawbook Exchange. Trials for Murder, Robbery, Burglary, Rapes, Sodomy... 4 vols. London, 1764. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> An Enquiry Concerning the Liberty, And Licentiousness of the Press. New York, 1801. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Tavern Licence Granted to John Swan by Mayor James Duane, 1789. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> First edition of Story's, Commentaries on the Constitution. 3 vols. Boston, 1833. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Manuscript Law Dictionary. Repertorium Universale, Amandola, Italy, c.1750. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Magna Carta. London, 1556. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Hemard. Code Civil, in an extraordinary binding. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Two Accounts of the Murder of Mr. John Hayes. London, 1726. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Robinson, Boardman. Mr Justice Precedent. 1914. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Five volumes of Italian Legal Code in miniature. Turin: Fratelli Bocca, 1901-1903. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Tartagni. Alexander de Imola in Prima(m) (et) Secunda(m)... Venice, 1514. In a contemporary chained binding. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Catalogue 85. Recently Acquired Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera
  • <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

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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>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>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Immanuel Kant, <i>Critik der reinen Vernunft</i>, first edition, Riga, 1781. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Hans Holbein, <i>The Images of the Old Testament</i>, with 94 woodcut illustrations, first edition in English, Lyon, 1549. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Samuel Johnson, <i>A Dictionary of the English Language</i>, first edition, London, 1755. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Antonio de Guevara, <i>The Dial of Princes</i>, London, 1568.<br>$3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> <i>Oraciones de los SS. Mysterios Gloriosos y Dolorosos</i>, manuscript in Spanish, Brussels, 1676.<br>$3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>Jan Nieuhoff, et al., <i>An Embassy from the East-India Company... to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperour of China, </i>London, 1671. 4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Moses Maimonides, <i>Ha-Higayon... Logica</i>, first edition, Basel, 1527.<br>$800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Petrus Berchorius, <i>Liber Bibliae moralis</i>, fourth edition of the first volume, Cologne, 1477.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Niccolò Machiavelli, <i>The Florentine Historie</i>, first edition in English, London, 1595. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>Sir Philip Sidney, <i>The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia</i>, third edition, London, 1598. $3,000 to $5,000.