• <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>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>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
  • <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Lawbook Exchange. Trials for Murder, Robbery, Burglary, Rapes, Sodomy... 4 vols. London, 1764. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> An Enquiry Concerning the Liberty, And Licentiousness of the Press. New York, 1801. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Tavern Licence Granted to John Swan by Mayor James Duane, 1789. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> First edition of Story's, Commentaries on the Constitution. 3 vols. Boston, 1833. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Manuscript Law Dictionary. Repertorium Universale, Amandola, Italy, c.1750. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Magna Carta. London, 1556. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Hemard. Code Civil, in an extraordinary binding. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Two Accounts of the Murder of Mr. John Hayes. London, 1726. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Robinson, Boardman. Mr Justice Precedent. 1914. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Five volumes of Italian Legal Code in miniature. Turin: Fratelli Bocca, 1901-1903. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Tartagni. Alexander de Imola in Prima(m) (et) Secunda(m)... Venice, 1514. In a contemporary chained binding. See at the 2017 NY ABAA Book Fair Booth C-22
    <b>Lawbook Exchange:</b> Catalogue 85. Recently Acquired Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera

Auction Update Review

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The air chills and the season warms

For the week ended Saturday August 22nd 16 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction History database; 1 in Australian dollars, 4 in euros, 2 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,103,837 dollars as 6,567 lots were offered and 4,433 sold for a 68% success rate. We are in the doldrums.

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

Potter and Potter AuctionsMagic Memorabilia on August 12th: 112.41% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsSummer Book Sale on August 20th: 101.50% 


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

Alaska AuctionPrints on August 5th: 100.00% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsMagic Memorabilia on August 12th: 97.78% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 96.81% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 96.54% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/13 on August 20th: 83.60% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsSummer Book Sale on August 20th: 82.65% 


16 total sales were reported this week: 

PBA GalleriesFine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London, Part Two on August 20th: 73.00% 
Michael TreloarModern Literature on August 20th: 56.86% 
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbHRare Books, Art and Antiques - Part 2 on August 15th: 51.88% 
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbHRare Books, Art and Antiques - Part 1, Day 2 on August 14th: 29.07% 
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbHRare Books, Art and Antiques - Day 1 on August 13th: 34.34% 
Morton Casa de SubastasPrints on August 20th: 47.46% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsSummer Book Sale on August 20th: 82.65% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsMagic Memorabilia on August 12th: 97.78% 
Alaska AuctionPrints on August 5th: 100.00% 
RR AuctionFine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 7/24 on August 12th: 59.20% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/13 on August 20th: 83.60% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 18th: 69.23% 
TooveysPrints on August 12th: 78.79% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 96.54% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/9 on August 16th: 96.81% 
Archives International AuctionsThe Rudolph P. Laubenheimer Family Archives on June 25th: 60.85% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Morton Casa de Subastas Retrato de Moi¯se Kisling, de la serie Cahier de Musique on August 20th Actual price: USD $54,000.
  2. RR Auction Isaac Newton DS on August 12th Actual price: USD $33,445.
  3. RR Auction Gustav Mahler Handwritten musical manuscript on August 12th Actual price: USD $27,117.
  4. RR Auction Virginia Capers Tony award on August 12th Actual price: USD $24,959.
  5. RR Auction James Joyce ALSs on August 12th Actual price: USD $24,651.
  6. Morton Casa de Subastas Un domingo en la tarde on August 20th Actual price: USD $23,040.
  7. RR Auction Alexander Hamilton ALS on August 12th Actual price: USD $18,520.
  8. Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH Das Krönungsevangeliar des Heiligen Römischen Reiches. on August 15th Actual price: USD $17,640.
  9. RR Auction Johnny Cash Handwritten Lyrics on August 12th Actual price: USD $16,771.
  10. RR Auction Sean O’Casey Archive on August 12th Actual price: USD $16,409.
  11. RR Auction Carl Maria von Weber Autograph musical manuscript on August 12th Actual price: USD $12,105.
  12. Potter and Potter Auctions Kellar’s Startling Wonder. The Cassadaga Propaganda. on August 12th Actual price: USD $12,000.
  13. Morton Casa de Subastas Sin titulo on August 20th Actual price: USD $11,520.
  14. Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH Sumo. Redaktion June Newton. on August 15th Actual price: USD $11,290.
  15. RR Auction Martin Luther King, Jr Publication on August 12th Actual price: USD $10,760.
  16. RR Auction Margaret Mitchell ALS on August 12th Actual price: USD $10,450.
  17. RR Auction Pink Floyd Album on August 12th Actual price: USD $9,500.
  18. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix DS on August 12th Actual price: USD $9,315.
  19. RR Auction Abraham Lincoln Check on August 12th Actual price: USD $9,093.
  20. RR Auction Gustav Klimt ALS on August 12th Actual price: USD $8,998.
  21. RR Auction Marilyn Monroe DS on August 12th Actual price: USD $8,892.
  22. Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH Umfangreiche Sammlung einer aufgelösten Bibliothek für Naturwissenschaften und Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften (mit Werken von etwa 1850 - 1930). on August 15th Actual price: USD $8,467.
  23. RR Auction Grateful Dead Guitar on August 12th Actual price: USD $8,084.
  24. RR Auction Richard Wagner SP on August 12th Actual price: USD $7,893.
  25. Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik. Eine logisch mathematische Untersuchung über den Begriff der Zahl. on August 15th Actual price: USD $7,762.



For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 24th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 84 lots

Tue. Aug. 25th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Maps. 185 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Annual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 1. 11 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Photography. 173 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Arts - Prints. 216 lots
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Photography, Documents, Prints, Antiquarian and Contemporary Books. 307 lots

Wed. Aug. 26th
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints. 17 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Antiquarian Books, Maps and Prints. 399 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Annual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 2. 44 lots

Thu. Aug. 27th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors - Prints. 5 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1332 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/20. 406 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Art Auction - Books. 12 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Erotica. 104 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Annual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 3. 34 lots

Fri. Aug. 28th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Annual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4. 17 lots

Sat. Aug. 29th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Discovery - Live Auction - Prints. 37 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Prints, Books. 73 lots

Sun. Aug. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/23.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Immanuel Kant, <i>Critik der reinen Vernunft</i>, first edition, Riga, 1781. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Hans Holbein, <i>The Images of the Old Testament</i>, with 94 woodcut illustrations, first edition in English, Lyon, 1549. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Samuel Johnson, <i>A Dictionary of the English Language</i>, first edition, London, 1755. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Antonio de Guevara, <i>The Dial of Princes</i>, London, 1568.<br>$3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> <i>Oraciones de los SS. Mysterios Gloriosos y Dolorosos</i>, manuscript in Spanish, Brussels, 1676.<br>$3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>Jan Nieuhoff, et al., <i>An Embassy from the East-India Company... to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperour of China, </i>London, 1671. 4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Moses Maimonides, <i>Ha-Higayon... Logica</i>, first edition, Basel, 1527.<br>$800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Petrus Berchorius, <i>Liber Bibliae moralis</i>, fourth edition of the first volume, Cologne, 1477.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Niccolò Machiavelli, <i>The Florentine Historie</i>, first edition in English, London, 1595. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b><br>Sir Philip Sidney, <i>The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia</i>, third edition, London, 1598. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>SAXTON, Christopher. <i>The Travellers Guide being the best Mapp of the Kingdom of England and Principality of Wales</i>. London, [1583, but c.1716].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>VISSCHER, Claes Jansz. <i>Novissima et Accuratissima Leonis Belgici</i>. Amsterdam, Claes Jansz Visscher, [1611-1621 or later].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. <i>Decima Asie Tabula</i>. Ulm, Lienhart Holle, 16 July 1482.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>WIT, Frederick de, and Gerard VALK. <i>Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula</i>. Amsterdam, Gerard Valk, [c.1690-1700].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Astronomicum Caesareum</i>. Ingolstadt, Peter Apian, 1540.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>CASSINI, Jean-Dominique. <i>Carte de la Lune</i>. Paris, Jean-Dominique Cassini, 1787.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. <i>Geographicae enarrationis libri octo</i>. Argentoragi, 1525.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>[SAXTON, Christopher]. <i> [An Atlas of England and Wales]</i>. [London, Christopher Saxton, 1579].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> Commission des sciences et arts d'Egypte. <i>Description de l’Égypte</i>… Paris, Imprimerie impériale - Imprimerie royale, 1809-1828.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b> CHURCHMAN, John. <i>To George Washington President of the United States of America this Magnetic Atlas or Variation Chart is humbly inscribed by John Churchman</i>. Philadelphia, 1790.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>APIANUS, Petrus. <i>Tipus Orbis Universalis</i>. Vienna, Johannes Camertius, 1520.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>LORIOT, A[uguste], [after] Nicolas LANE. <i>[Pocket globe]</i>. London, 65 New Bond Street, 1809.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>BLAEU, Johannes. <i>Grooten Atlas</i>. Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1662-1665.
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>INGEBORG BRUN, Emmy. <i>Mars efter Lowell’s Glober 1894-1914</i>. Denmark, [c1915].
    <b>Daniel Crouch Rare Books</b><br>LUTHER, Martin. <i>Der vierde Teil aller Bücher vnd Schrifften des thewren seligen Mans</i>. Gedruckt zu Jhena, Durch Christian Rödinger, 1556.