• <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. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> ALVIN LANGDON COBURN. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500

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Summer please last a little longer

For the week ended Saturday August 15 12 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Database; 1 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 9 in US dollars.  Sales were a slim $560,399 as 3,073 lots were offered and 2,628 sold for a 86% success rate.  It has been quiet.

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

TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 11th: 147.92% 
Doyle New YorkEnd of Summer Sale - Prints on August 12th: 142.76% 
SkinnerAugust Americana - Prints and Manuscripts on August 9th: 110.79% 

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

Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/2 on August 9th: 97.36% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/2 on August 9th: 96.52% 
TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 11th: 92.86% 
Doyle New YorkEnd of Summer Sale - Prints on August 12th: 87.50% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/6 on August 13th: 85.58% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles on August 2nd: 85.03% 

12 total sales reported this week: 

TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 11th: 92.86% 
Quagga Rare Books and ArtRare Books on August 4th: 29.41% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersGeneral - Books and Prints on August 10th: 65.22% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/6 on August 13th: 85.58% 
Doyle New YorkEnd of Summer Sale - Prints on August 12th: 87.50% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 11th: 79.10% 
Michaans AuctionsEstate Sale - Books and Prints on August 8th: 71.70% 
SkinnerAugust Americana - Prints and Manuscripts on August 9th: 68.97% 
PBA GalleriesFine Books in All Fields on August 6th: 72.87% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles on August 2nd: 85.03% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/2 on August 9th: 96.52% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/2 on August 9th: 97.36% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Skinner Birth Certificate Fraktur by Daniel Peterman (1797-1871), York County, Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $14,760.
  2. Skinner Watercolor and Ink Fraktur, Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $7,995.
  3. Skinner Watercolor Reward of Merit, Pennsylvania, possibly Centre County, on August 9th Actual price: USD $7,995.
  4. Skinner Birth Certificate Fraktur by the "Ehre Vater" Artist (Berks County, act. 1782-1828), Berks County, Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $6,765.
  5. Skinner Birth and Baptismal Printed and Watercolor Certificate Fraktur Attributed to the "Ehre Vater" Artist (Berks County, Pennsylvania), on August 9th Actual price: USD $6,765.
  6. Skinner Birth Certificate Fraktur, southeastern Pennsylvania, possibly Northampton County, for "Maria Magdelena Fetterolf 1775," on August 9th Actual price: USD $6,765.
  7. Michaans Auctions Sailing Boats - Evening Double oban on August 8th Actual price: USD $5,015.
  8. Skinner Birth Certificate Fraktur by the "Ehre Vater" Artist (Berks County, act. 1782-1828), Northampton County, Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $4,920.
  9. Skinner Cross-legged Angel Artist (Pennsylvania, act. 1791-1822) Fraktur, southeastern Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $4,920.
  10. Skinner Birth and Baptismal Certificate Fraktur, Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $4,305.
  11. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. on August 9th Actual price: USD $3,824.
  12. National Book Auctions History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, Thence acros the Rocky Mountains and down the RIver Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, Performed during the Years 1804-5-6 by order of the Government of t on August 2nd Actual price: USD $3,819.
  13. PBA Galleries Collection of poster art and posters for theatrical productions of John Steinbeck's "The Moon is Down" on August 6th Actual price: USD $3,600.
  14. PBA Galleries The Heart of Darkness on August 6th Actual price: USD $3,300.
  15. Michaans Auctions A Woodblock Print Ink and color on paper depicting a view of Hong Kong harbor at dusk on August 8th Actual price: USD $3,245.
  16. National Book Auctions Cabeza de mujer on August 2nd Actual price: USD $3,055.
  17. Michaans Auctions Ghat in Benares Oban on August 8th Actual price: USD $2,950.
  18. Skinner Watercolor and Pen and Ink Schoolgirl World Map, Miss H.W. Lyon, Rye Academy, on August 9th Actual price: USD $2,706.
  19. Doyle New York THE FALLOWFIELD HUNT CLUB on August 12th Actual price: USD $2,500.
  20. Tooveys LEGAL DOCUMENTS. AN ALBUM CONTAINING NUMEROUS LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS on August 11th Actual price: USD $2,496.
  21. Skinner "COMMODORE HOPKINS" on August 9th Actual price: USD $1,968.
  22. Skinner Watercolor Bible Verse Fraktur Bookplate, Pennsylvania, on August 9th Actual price: USD $1,968.
  23. Skinner Watercolor, Pen and Ink Schoolboy Map of the United Kingdom, Saxton B. Little, Columbia, Connecticut, on August 9th Actual price: USD $1,968.
  24. Heritage Auctions Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963) CGC Apparent VG+ 4.5 Moderate (B-3) Off-white pages. on August 9th Actual price: USD $1,912.
  25. PBA Galleries Oxonia illustrata, sive Omnium celeberrimæ istius universitatis collegiorum, aularum, bibliothecæ Bodleianæ, scholarum publicarum, Theatri Sheldoniani; nec non urbis totius scenographia. Delineavit & sculpsit Dav: Loggan Univ. Oxon. Chalcographus on August 6th Actual price: USD $1,800.



For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 17th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 52 lots

Wed. Aug. 19th
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 51 lots
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Oak Park. Inaugural Objects Online Auction. 109 lots

Thu. Aug. 20th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Summer Book Sale. 490 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/13. 433 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. TBD - Internet bidstart 8/13.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London, Part Two. 463 lots
Michael Treloar. Adelaide SA. Modern Literature. 255 lots

Sat. Aug. 22nd
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints.

Sun. Aug. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/15.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 42 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.
  • <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