• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General George Custer's Officer, James McLean Steele, 1868-1869 Diary. $30,000 - $50,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Exceptionally Rare Anti-Slavery Broadside, “A Crusade Against Slavery”. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, Exceptionally Rare War-Date ANS. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albumen Photograph of the "Scouts of the Plains," from Cody's Personal Collection. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Jefferson Davis, CDV, Signed and Dated to his Imprisonment in Fortress Monroe. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Robert E. Lee, CDV Signed Twice. $2,000 - $4,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> “Si Clack: Co. Q, 100th Indiana Vols.,” Written & Illustrated by Civil War Veteran, P.M. Radford. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General Meade Inspecting the 5th Corps, Civil War-Era Sketch by Alfred R. Waud. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Rare Huey Newton Black Panther Party Poster. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Lloyd's New Political Chart, 1861. $800 - $1,200
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> William J. Ferguson, “Our American Cousin” Cast Member, Lincoln Assassination Archive. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albert Einstein, Signed Photograph in his Favorite Leather Jacket. $2,000 - $4,000
  • <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000

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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>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000