• <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 15:</b> Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 1:</b> Vintage Posters Featuring Highlights from the Gail Chisholm Collection
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 8:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 13:</b> 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 22:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 29:</b> Printed & Manuscript African Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 12:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Apr 26:</b> Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 3:</b> Graphic Design
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 15:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 7:</b><br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jun 21:</b> Revolutionary & Presidential Americana from the Collection of William Wheeler III
  • <b>Sotheby’s, New York: Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography. January 17, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Hayden, Ferdinand V. <i>The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Ranges of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah</i>. Boston, 1876. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Colton, G. Woolworth. <i>Colton’s New Map of the State of Texas, The Indian Territory and Adjoining Portions of New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas</i>. New York, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> [Jefferson, Thomas]. <i>The Committee appointed to prepare a Plan for the temporary Government of the Western Territory, have agreed to the following Resolutions.</i> … [Annapolis, 1 March 1784]. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, New York: Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography. January 17, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Mitchell, Samuel Augustus. <i>A New Map of Texas Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining. Compiled from the Most Recent Authorities</i>. Philadelphia, 1846. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Bodmer, Karl [illustrator] — Prince Maximilian Zu Wied-Neuwied. <i>Reise In Das Innere Nord-America In Den Jahren 1832 Bis 1834</i>. 1839-1841. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Bry, Theodor De, Thomas Hariot, and John White. <i>[Hariot's Virginia]. Wunderbarliche, Doch Warhafftige Erklärung, Von der Gelegenheit und Sitten der Wilden in Virginia</i>... Frankfurt, 1590. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, New York: Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography. January 17, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Bry, Theodor De, Thomas Hariot, and John White. <i>[Hariot's Virginia]. Wunderbarliche, Doch Warhafftige Erklärung, Von der Gelegenheit und Sitten der Wilden in Virginia</i>... Frankfurt, 1590. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. London, 1844. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Franklin, Benjamin ["Richard Saunders"]. <i>Poor Richard Improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris ... For ... 1756</i>. Philadelphia: B. Franklin And D. Hall, 1755. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, New York: Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography. January 17, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants Of America... A New Edition, with Several Additions in the Body of the Work</i> ... Philadelphia, [1776]. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> The Declaration of Independence. In Congress, July 4, 1776 … Salem, Massachusetts-Bay: Printed By E. Russell, By Order Of Authority, [Ca. 18–20 July 1776]. $1,000,000 to $1,500,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan. 17:</b> Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist. A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution … New York, 1788. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <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>

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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>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 39: Presidential Pardon Signed by John F. Kennedy. November 1962. $7,000 to $9,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 537: Marc Chagall. <i>Illustrations for the Bible</i>. Features 28 lithograph plates. First American edition, 1956. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 252: Jack Kerouac. <i>On the Road</i>. 1957. First edition. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 143: Arthur Rimbaud. <i>A Season in Hell</i>. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. The Limited Editions Club, 1986. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 72: Group of 11 Harry Truman Signed Letters. Typed & signed by the former President. 1962-1970. $1,500 to $2,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 157: Arthur Conan Doyle. The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by The Limited Editions Club. 8 vols. 1950-52. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 173: Jacob Lawrence. <i>The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis</i>. Illustrated with silkscreens by Lawrence. 1989. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 239: William Faulkner. <i>Sartoris</i>. First edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & Company, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 286: Walt Whitman. New Year’s Eve Postcard Signed, “Walt Whitman,” to the poet Gabriel Sarrazin. January, 1891. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 351: Pair of European Fine Bindings. Including Gesanbuch (1831) & Naboznych Vylevov (1911). $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 423: August Luben. <i> Naturhistorischer Atlas der Saugethiere </i>. Includes complete set of 30 loose plates. Leipzig: 1858. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions Jan. 27:</b><br>Lot 386: <i>Famous Monsters of Filmland No 1</i>. Art by Will Elder, text by Forrest Ackerman. Warren’s first monster magazine. Feb, 1958. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> <i>Verve: Revue Artistique et Littéraire/An Artistic and Literary Quarterly,</i> nos.1-38 in 26 vol [a complete set], numerous colour lithographs by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse & others. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Wesley (John, Church of England clergyman and a founder of Methodism, 1703-91). Autograph Letter signed to Rev. John Bredin, 1782. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Austen (Jane). Brock (Charles Edward). A group of seventeen ink and watercolour drawings for Dent's edition of Jane Austen's <i>Sense and Sensibility,</i> 1908. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Tibullus (Albius) and Gaius Valerius Catullus. <i>Elegiae, sive Carmina,</i> Venice, Andreas de Paltasichis, 1487. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Doves Press. English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence Hodson, Doves Press, 1903. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Africa. Smith (Andrew). <i>Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa,</i> 5 vol., first edition, original cloth, [1838-50]. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Longitude. <i>An Act for providing a Publick Reward for such Person or Persons as shall Discover the Longitude at Sea,</i> first edition of this highly important act, John Baskett, 1714. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Shirley (James). <i>Six new playes, viz. The Brothers. Sisters. Doubtfull Heir. Imposture. Cardinall. Court secret,</i> first edition, 1653. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Heaney (Seamus). <i>Ugolino,</i> number 77 of 125 copies, Dublin, Dolmen Press, 1979. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. January 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Lasinio (Carlo, 1759-1838). <i>[Ritratti Originali de Pittori Esistenti Nella Reale Galleria de Firenze],</i> 99 engravings, circa 1791-96. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Japan. Kusakabe Kimbei. Photograph Album, 50 hand-coloured albumen prints, oblong folio, [c.1890-1900]. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 25:</b> Polar. Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. Arctic Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, printed flyer, 1852. £1,000 to £1,500
  • <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> <i>The Massachusetts Magazine: or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment,</i> 1789. Signed by George Washington. $28,000 to $32,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> George Washington Signed Letter to John Marshall. $12,000 to $14,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Picasso Signed “Vallauris” 1952 Exhibition Poster. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Military appointment commission document signed by both President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, dated January 27, 1803. $2,400 to $2,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin. <i>Roll, Jordan, Roll.</i> New York, 1933, deluxe edition, preceding first edition of the same year. No. 74 of 350. $5,000 to $6,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> John Marshall. <i>The Life of George Washington,</i> Philadelphia, 1832. Signed by author. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Samuel L. Margolies (American, 1897-1974). Aquatint and etching, "Builders of Babylon," 1937. $4,000 to $4,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Two Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) signed documents as President of Washington College. $3,000 to $3,500
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> William C. Harris. <i>The Fishes of North America That Are Captured on Hook and Line</i>, Vol I., New York, 1898. 40 chromolithograph plates. $2,000 to $2,500
    <b>Case Antiques: Historic Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction<br>January 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> $100 "Date Back" bank note 1902 from the Clarksville National Bank, Clarksville, Tennessee, depicting the portrait of John Jay Knox, Jr. $1,400 to $1,800
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> View of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Monticello, Taken from Lewis Mountain, drawn and lithographed by Edward Sachse. $800 to $1,000
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 27:</b> Large Civil War photograph mounted on card stock depicting Rossville Gap in Missionary Ridge. $400 to $450