• <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
  • <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
  • <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

Auction Update Review

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The extensive collection of
fine books and manuscripts
held by Barbara J. Land will
be sold at Bonham's on Sept.
22.

Summer is Coming to an End

For the week ending Saturday September 5th, 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,453,365 as 4,457 lots were offered and 3,850 sold for an 86% success rate. The biggest numbers in this off-season week came from a Heritage comic book auction, where 99%+ of over 1,300 lots sold, bringing in over $5 million.

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on August 29th: $5,128,424 

1 auction saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4 on August 28th: 149.32% 


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

Alaska AuctionPrints on August 26th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on August 29th: 99.17% 
Cowans AuctionsDiscovery - Live Auction - Prints on August 29th: 97.30% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 90.98% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 1 on August 25th: 90.91% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4 on August 28th: 88.24% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 1st: 81.82% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on September 2nd: 80.40% 
Winter AssociatesPrints on August 31st: 80.00% 


18 total sales reported this week: 

AntiquarianAuctions.comBooks - Internet Bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 44.29% 
Alaska AuctionPrints on August 26th: 100.00% 
EldredsAsian Art Auction - Books on August 29th: 33.33% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsAutographs and Memorabilia on September 4th: 73.81% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on September 2nd: 80.40% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 90.98% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 1st: 81.82% 
Winter AssociatesPrints on August 31st: 80.00% 
Mid Hudson Auction GalleriesPrints, Books on August 29th: 0.00% 
Cowans AuctionsDiscovery - Live Auction - Prints on August 29th: 97.30% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 4 on August 28th: 88.24% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 3 on August 27th: 67.65% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 2 on August 26th: 79.55% 
James D Julia AuctioneersAnnual Summer Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques - Session 1 on August 25th: 90.91% 
EldredsJapanese Arts - Prints on August 26th: 75.46% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 8/23 on August 30th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsComics on August 29th: 99.17% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Suspense Comics #3 Pennsylvania pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1944) CBCS VF/NM 9.0 White pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $173,275.
  2. Heritage Auctions John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Double Splash Pages 2-3 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). on August 29th Actual price: USD $167,300.
  3. Heritage Auctions All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC FN+ 6.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $110,538.
  4. Heritage Auctions Alex Raymond Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 1-27-35 (King Features Syndication, 1935). on August 29th Actual price: USD $95,600.
  5. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta The Amsirs and the Iron Thorn Painted Book Cover Original Art (Fawcett, 1967). on August 29th Actual price: USD $89,625.
  6. Heritage Auctions Carl Barks Sailboat Donald Duck Painting CB-OIL 19 Original Art (1972). on August 29th Actual price: USD $71,700.
  7. Heritage Auctions Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $68,713.
  8. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #23 (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $65,725.
  9. Heritage Auctions George Wilson Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 Cover Painting Original Art (Gold Key, 1963). on August 29th Actual price: USD $54,970.
  10. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $50,190.
  11. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta New Gods #4 Cover Original Art (DC, 1971). on August 29th Actual price: USD $45,410.
  12. Heritage Auctions Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 Page 8 Original Art (DC, 1986). on August 29th Actual price: USD $40,630.
  13. Heritage Auctions Frank Frazetta Tarzan At The Earth's Core Bear Attack Illustration and Preliminary Original Art Group of 2 (Canaveral Press, 1962). on August 29th Actual price: USD $40,630.
  14. Heritage Auctions George Tuska and Frank Giacoia Iron Man #8 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  15. Heritage Auctions George Tuska and Frank Giacoia Iron Man #5 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  16. Heritage Auctions Curt Swan and George Klein Superboy #113 Cover Original Art (DC, 1964). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  17. Heritage Auctions Steve Ditko Beware the Creeper #2 Cover Original Art (DC, 1968). on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  18. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #37 (DC, 1940) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $38,240.
  19. Heritage Auctions Ron Wilson and John Romita Avengers #123 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1974). on August 29th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  20. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Mike Royer Our Fighting Forces #158 Complete Issue Original Art Group of 19 (DC, 1975). on August 29th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  21. Heritage Auctions Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers Fantastic Four Annual #1 Page 24 Namor Original Art (Marvel, 1963). on August 29th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  22. Heritage Auctions Johnny Craig Vault of Horror #28 Zombie Cover Original Art (EC, 1952). on August 29th Actual price: USD $33,460.
  23. James D Julia Auctioneers TSUGUHARU FOUJITA (Japanese, 1886-1968) “A BOOK OF CATS: BEING 20 DRAWINGS”. on August 28th Actual price: USD $32,588.
  24. Heritage Auctions Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 3-21-69 (United Feature Syndicate, 1969). on August 29th Actual price: USD $31,070.
  25. Heritage Auctions Superman #1 Verified Signature -- Signed By Siegel, Shuster, and Others (DC, 1939) CBCS Conserved GD- 1.8 Cream to off-white pages. on August 29th Actual price: USD $31,070.



For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 7th
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Books. 297 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 62 lots

Tue. Sep. 8th
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture. 482 lots

Wed. Sep. 9th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 29 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Antiques, Scientific Instruments - Books and Papers. 5 lots

Thu. Sep. 10th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 382 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Rare Books. 415 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/3. 420 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Asian Arts - Woodblock Prints. 100 lots

Fri. Sep. 11th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 501 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints and Photographs. 139 lots
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. Fall International Sale. 67 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Great Estates Auction - Books and Prints. 33 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Catalogue Auction: Books and Prints. 12 lots

Sat. Sep. 12th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Fall Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 1. 46 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Estate Auction. 42 lots

Sun. Sep. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/6.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Fall Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 2. 45 lots

The slower summer season concludes this week with America's last summer holiday - Labor Day. After that, expect the pace to pick up as auctions begin their busiest time of the year.

 

Mike Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <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