• <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>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000
  • <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>
  • <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

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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>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>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
  • <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