Auction Update Review

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on Swann consignments.

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on Bonham consignments.

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>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750