• <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Voyages and Travel] Churchill's Voyages 1732 - Complete in 6 Volumes.<br>$5,000 - $7,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated] Alice by Salvador Dali, Signed and Limited. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature] The Little Prince - Signed/Limited First French Edition, 1943; #61 of 260. $5,000 - $7,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature] Gone With The Wind, 1st in DJ, May, 1936. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Literature - Modern Firsts] Rare Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, Obelisk Press Paris - 1934. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [[Sporting - Fishing] Rare - Lee Sturges, Salmon Fishing New Brunswick, 1 of 50 Printed - 7 Original Etchings.<br>$4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Voyages and Travel - Maritime] Rare Ledyard Account of Cook's Last Voyage, 1783 Hartford, Howes "d".<br>$10,000 - $15,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated - Maxfield Parrish] Knave of Hearts, Scribner's, 1st Hardback Edition, 1925 Parrish Illustrations.<br>$750 - $1,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Bible - Illustrated - Cartography) Massive Dutch Bible, 1682, Contemporary Colored Maps, Working Brass Clasps. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: An Eclectic Collection: The Library of the Late Dr. Ivan Gilbert of Columbus.<br>June 5-26</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Women Suffrage - Civil Rights - Autographs] A Unique Extra-Illustrated Life of Susan B. Anthony. $15,000 - $20,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [18th Century French Manuscript] Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754 With Watercolor Illustration.<br>$10,000 - $15,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 5-26:</b> [Illustrated - Children's - Movable] Wonderful 19th Century Lothar Meggendorfer Moveable Book. $750 - $1,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1896</i>, original cloth, 1896. £15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>The Cricketers' Almanack for the year 1869</i>, excellent copy of the scarce sixth edition, 1869. £10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1916</i>, with tribute to W.G. Grace by Lord Harris, original cloth, 1916. £5,000 to 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Lillywhite (Frederick) and Arthur Haygarth. <i>Cricket Scores and Biographies of Celebrated Cricketers</i>, vol. 1 - 16 [a complete run], 1862-2003. £750 to 1,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Trumper (Victor). Postcard of Victor Trumper, signed by Trumper on image, 1905. £300 to 400
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Crombie (Charles). <i>Laws of Cricket</i>, 1907; and 29 others. £150 to 200

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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: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s. Sold for $161,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 7:</b> Hovhannes Amira Dadian, first world atlas in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> T.E. Lawrence, <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</i>, privately printed edition, inscribed, London, 1926. Sold for $62,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 14:</b> 22 large-format photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84. Sold for $43,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21: </b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Here Comes the Big Polar Bear</i>, pen & ink, 4-panel Peanuts comic strip, 1957. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliott Erwitt, photograph of JFK & Eisenhower, signed by both, 1960. Sold for $32,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880. Sold for $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 26:</b> <i>Les Maîtres de l'Affiche</i>, 5 volumes, Paris, 1896-1900. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses</i>, first edition, number 724 on handmade paper, Paris, 1922. Sold for $33,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. Sold for $52,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold for $52,500.
  • <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Roland de Lassus. [Songs and madrigals]. Album gathering three collections of secular music for tenor. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Richard Wagner. <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.</i> Original edition corrected and annotated by Wagner. 60.000-80.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Claude Debussy. <i>La Damoiselle élue</i>. Lyrical poem, after D.-G. Rossetti. Limited edition of 160 copies. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Stéphane Mallarmé. Handwritten notebook made by Geneviève Mallarmé. No place or date [circa 1910]. 10.000-15.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Henri Sauguet. <i>Les Forains</i>. Ballet. Reduction for piano. Original edition. 20.000-30.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Athanasius Kircher. <i>Musurgia Universalis sive Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni in X. Libros digesta.</i> 1650. 30.000-40.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> François Villon, & Clément Marot. <i>Les Œuvres de François Villon de Paris, Reviewed and gathered by Clement Marot.</i> 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Rainer Maria Rilke. <i>Larenopfer</i> (Offrande aux dieux Lares). The second collection of Rainer Maria Rilke, containing ninety poems. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Paul Éluard. <i>Capitale de la douleur.</i> One of the most beautiful poetic collections from the first surrealist wave. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Pierre de Ronsard. <i>Les Amours</i> ... newly augmented by him, and commented by Marc Antoine de Muret. 40.000-60.000 €
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Walter Gibson's Complete Run of The Shadow. 48 bound volumes, 1931-44. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Frederic Shoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindoostan. 6 volumes. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> A Rare Copy of the Earliest Chicago Newspaper to Report on the Great Fire of 1871. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Broadside Proclamation by Mayor Roswell B. Mason for the Preservation of Good Order Following the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago. $4,000-6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page. Scarce and highly collectable. $15,000-20,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse. First edition. Inscribed. 1839. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Cuban Revolution: Expedicion y Desembarco del “Granma.” Havana, ca. 1959. With portraits of the Castro brothers & Che Guevara. $150-250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Osuna Ramos. A group of 28 photographs of the Mexican Revolution & aftermath in Mexico City, 1910-1920. 4½ x 6”. $400-600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Charles Bukowski. Hot Water Music. First edition with original signed painting. 1983. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Alan Ginsberg. Five Page Autographed Letter. Signed. February 10, 1971. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book. Featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed 5 times. 1983. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Albrecht Durer. The Martyrdom Saint John the Evangelist. Woodcut, 1511 edition. $1,000-2,000