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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Norman, <i>The American Pilot</i>, complete copy with 11 folding charts, Boston, 1810. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Smith, <i>New England</i>, London, 1616. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Plancius Petrus, <i>Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus</i>, Amsterdam, 1594. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Martin Waldseemüller, <i>Tabula Terre Nove</i>, woodcut, Strasbourg, 1513. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Forlani & Zaltieri, <i>Il Disegno del Discoperto della Noua Franza</i>, Venice, 1566. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first appearance of "Virginia" on a printed map, Paris, 1587. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pieter van den Keere, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica</i>, Amsterdam, 1608. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Abraham Ortelius, <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>, Antwerp, 1584. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>George B. Goode & Samuel A. Kilbourne, <i>Game Fishes of the United States</i>, New York, 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>William Faden, <i>The Province of New Jersey</i>, London, 1777. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-Pudding in Danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pierre Belon, <i>L'Histoire de la Nature des Oyseaux</i>, with woodcut illustrations, Paris, 1555. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> With Fine Contemporary Hand-Coloured Folding Maps Atlas: MOLL (Hermann). <i>The World Described</i>. 15,000 to 20,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> The Holy Grail of Early Photographic Illustrated Irish Books: HEMPHILL (William Despard). <i>Stereoscopic Illustrations of Clonmel, and the Surrounding Country</i>… 7,000 to 10,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> "The Nugent Manuscript Archive" including letters on 1798 rebellion In Co. 7,000 to 9,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> The Greatest Irish Coloured Plate Book Original Coloured Copy: MALTON (James). <i>A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin Described</i>. 7,000 to 9,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> BLAEU (Johannes). <i>Atlas Hibernia</i>, Amsterdam? c. 1662. 1,750 to <br>2,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> Rare Limited Edition: YEATS (W.B.). Arion Press, San Francisco. <i>Poems of W.B. Yeats.</i> 1,700 to 2,200 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> [YEATS, W.B.]. Cradle of Genius. Original drawing, pen-and-ink and wash. 1,500 to 2,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> W.B. Yeats Meets James Bond? YEATS (W. B.). <i>Selected Poems, Lyrical and Narrative</i>. 1,400 to 1,600 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> Rare Unauthorized U.S. Edition of <i>Ulysses</i>: JOYCE (James). <i>Ulysses</i> - [Two World Monthly, Vol. 1 (No. 1) - vol. 3 (no.3)]. 1,200 to 1,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy: Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts. December 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> With Original Holograph Passage by the Author: HEANEY (Seamus). <i>Door Into the Dark</i>. 1,000 to 1,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> First American Edition: JOYCE (James). <i>Dubliners</i>, 8vo N. York (B.W. Huebsch) 1916. 600 to 800 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 5:</b> Rare American Photographs of Niagara Falls: ZYBACK (J.). Photographer, Niagara. Two large original photographs. 300 to 400 €
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy!</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Walt Whitman. Poetical manuscript from <i>Leaves of Grass</i> (1865)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Daniel Boone.) Filson. <i>The Discovery ... of Kentucke</i> (1784)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Edgar A. Poe. <i>Tales</i> (1845) original cloth
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy!</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Emerson. Autograph letter signed on his philosophy of poetry (1841)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Fitzgerald. <i>This Side of Paradise</i> (1920) presentation copy

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29 Auctions Archived, 30 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 24 October 29 auctions were archived to the RBH Transaction Database:  5 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 22 in US dollars.  Turnover was $10,256,471 as 6,240 lots were offered and 5,208 sold for an 83% success rate.


1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 20th: $1,892,937 


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

Bonhams. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera on October 21st: 144.03%
Rago Arts and Auctions. October Sale - Prints on October 18th: 134.43%
Sothebys. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia on October 22nd: 122.97%
ALDE. Books from the 16th to the 19th Century Theatre on October 16th: 102.35%


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

Alaska Auction. Books and Prints on October 17th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Books, Prints, Photographs on October 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.89%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.56%
Sothebys. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia on October 22nd: 94.22%
Rago Arts and Auctions. October Sale - Prints on October 18th: 92.86%
Bonhams. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera on October 21st: 89.90%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 88.31%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper on October 22nd: 84.39%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 3 on September 27th: 82.63%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 18th: 82.19%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 17th: 82.17%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 17th: 81.92%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on October 22nd: 80.88%


29 total sales reported this week:

Alaska Auction. Books and Prints on October 17th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Books, Prints, Photographs on October 16th: 100.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. 20th Century Books and Works on Paper on October 22nd: 84.39%
Freemans. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on October 22nd: 78.72%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on October 22nd: 80.88%
Sothebys. The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia on October 22nd: 94.22%
Bonhams. Richard Attenborough: Life Both Sides of the Camera on October 21st: 89.90%
Bonhams. Conflicts of the 20th Century - Manuscripts, posters, photographs on October 21st: 27.47%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics on September 16th: 73.57%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/15 on October 22nd: 88.31%
ALDE. Books from the 16th to the 19th Century Theatre on October 16th: 62.73%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 10/8 PREVIEW on October 15th: 36.03%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on October 20th: 70.08%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on October 20th: 76.92%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 18th: 82.19%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.89%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on October 17th: 82.17%
Rago Arts and Auctions. October Sale - Prints on October 18th: 92.86%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 6 on October 4th: 57.14%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 5 on October 3rd: 69.93%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 4 on October 2nd: 48.12%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 3 on September 27th: 82.63%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 2 on September 26th: 61.31%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 1 on September 25th: 64.09%
Dorotheum . Automobilia on October 17th: 81.92%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 9/25 on October 14th: 63.73%
Ader. Photographs on September 30th: 58.48%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/11 on October 18th: 99.56%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Books on October 10th: 55.86%

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams La Bible (V. 199-303; C. bk. 30) on October 20th Actual price: USD $281,000.
  2. RR Auction Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ANS on October 14th Actual price: USD $217,017.
  3. Bonhams Blue Surround on October 20th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  4. Bonhams Femme au Corsage à Fleurs (B. 847; M. 307) on October 20th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  5. Freemans Stipple Engravings Printed in Color & Finished by Hand: "Snowy Owl." on October 22nd Actual price: USD $68,750.
  6. Nosbüsch & Stucke Sammelband mit sieben bedeutenden deutschsprachigen Werken zur Medizin der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts. on October 10th Actual price: USD $60,534.
  7. Bonhams The Kid on October 21st Actual price: USD $57,750.
  8. ALDE Les Œuvres. on October 16th Actual price: USD $54,241.
  9. Bonhams Untitled (Head) on October 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  10. Bonhams A Dog's Life on October 21st Actual price: USD $50,050.
  11. Bonhams Liz (F./S. II.7) on October 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  12. Bonhams Les Grandes Manoeuvres (D. 575) on October 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  13. Nosbüsch & Stucke Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres. on October 10th Actual price: USD $48,427.
  14. Bonhams Apple, from Ads (F./S. II.359) on October 20th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  15. Bloomsbury Auctions Casino Royale, on October 22nd Actual price: USD $42,011.
  16. Bonhams , by Charles Sorlier The Magic Flute (M. CS. 38) on October 20th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  17. Bonhams Mao (F./S. II.95) on October 20th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  18. Bonhams Indian Head Nickel, from Cowboys and Indians (F./S. II.385) on October 20th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  19. Freemans "Virginia, Discovered and Discribed by Captayn John Smith, Graven by William Hole." on October 22nd Actual price: USD $33,750.
  20. Bonhams Mégaclès reconnait sa Fille pendant le Festin, pl. 40, from Daphnis et Chloé (M. 347; C. bk. 46) on October 20th Actual price: USD $31,250.
  21. Swann Galleries CHURCHILL, GANDHI, AND TAGORE EACH SIGNED ON HIS BIRTHDATE PAGE (ALBUM--SOUTH ASIA.) The Tagore Birthday Book. on October 22nd Actual price: USD $30,000.
  22. Swann Galleries HOW SHOULD CLARINET PLAY OPENING OF "RHAPSODY IN BLUE"? GERSHWIN, GEORGE. Typed Letter Signed on October 22nd Actual price: USD $27,500.
  23. Freemans [Memoire] aux republiques equinoxiales, et a celles qui leur seront naturellement confederees. on October 22nd Actual price: USD $26,250.
  24. Bonhams Five Flavors on October 20th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  25. Bonhams Shipboard Girl (C. II. 6) on October 20th Actual price: USD $25,000.



For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Oct. 26th
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Contemporary Art and Photography. 71 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History: Timed Online Auction - Internet bidstart 10/15. 456 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 61 lots

Tue. Oct. 27th
Bonhams. New York. Photographs. 106 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 321 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 253 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Early Printed & Medical Books. 385 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Photography - Amedeo M. Turello Collection. 201 lots

Wed. Oct. 28th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Surrealism and Avant Guard in the 20th Century. 277 lots

Thu. Oct. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 10/22. 363 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte Collection, Part I. 201 lots
Tajan. Paris. Photographs. 118 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Dali. 84 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Cats: The Collection of the Late Marianne C. Gourary. 290 lots
Tajan. Paris. Photographies from the Don Sanders' Collection. 163 lots
Archives International Auctions. FORT LEE,. AIA Part XXIX - Session 2 - Wall St.. 484 lots

Fri. Oct. 30th
Bonhams. London. Automobilia. 26 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Pop Art. 64 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Warhol Only. 82 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Modern Art - Prints. 187 lots

Sat. Oct. 31st
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/23. 34 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Grosman/Nicholson Magic Collection. 331 lots
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. Portsmouth, N.H. Fall Weekend Auction. 107 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books, autographs, avant-garde and posters Part 1. 725 lots
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books, autographs, avant-garde and posters Part 2. 418 lots

Sun. Nov. 1st
Artcurial. Paris. Automobilia. 69 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 10/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 10/23.
Freemans. Philadelphia. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 53 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Seba, Albertus. <i>Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri.</i> Amsterdam: J. Wetsten, 1734[-1769]. €350,000–550,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Janssonius, Joannes. <i>Novus Atlas Absolutissimus</i>. Amsterdam: J Jansson, 1658 [after 1664]. €250,000–450,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Goya, Francisco de. <i>[La Tauromaquia.] Treinta y tres estampas, que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros</i>. Madrid: [Rafael Esteve, 1816]. €150,000–250,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Nov. 29 – Dec. 06:</b> Einstein, Albert. <i>On residual rays – and guilt about an old girlfriend</i>. Prague, 26 December 1911. US$10,000–15,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Nov. 29 – Dec. 06:</b> Einstein, Albert. <i>‘What is logically simple is so difficult mathematically'</i>. Princeton, 16 August 1949. US$20,000–30,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 5:</b> Yorktown Campaign manuscript map. ‘No 1 Carte générale de l’Isle de New York et des Environs...No 2. Reconnoissance Geometrique…’ n.p., c. 1781–1782. US$150,000–200,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 5:</b> Le Hay, Jacques and Ferriol, Charles de (1637–1722). <i>Recueil de cent estampes représentant differentes nations du Levant</i>. Paris: Le Hay and Duchange, 1714. US$30,000–40,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 7:</b> Cresswell, Samuel Gurney. <i>A Series of Eight Sketches … of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Investigator during the Discovery of the North-west Passage</i>. London: 1854. US$30,000–40,000.
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 7:</b> Veer, Gerrit de. <i>Diarium nauticum seu vera descriptio trium navigationum admirandarum</i>. Amsterdam: Cornelius [Claesz], 1598. US$25,000–35,000