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>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>