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Forty-one Auctions Archived, 28 upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday 12 December 41 auctions were archived to the RBH database; 1 in Swiss francs, 12 in euros, 10 in English pounds and 18 in US dollars. Turnover was a breathtaking $37,790,208. Across all the sales 10,829 lots were offered and 7,807 sold for a 72% rate. There have recently been ramblings of concern for the market. These results should dispel some of these concerns. 

9 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on December 4th: $14,900,129 

ChristiesOld Master Prints on December 9th: $3,596,748 
ChristiesSELECTIONS FROM THE DAVIDSON COLLECTION: IMPORTANT ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE AND HISTORICAL AM on December 8th: $2,880,064 
SothebysMusic, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on December 7th: $2,514,284 
ChristiesTHE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION OF FINE PRINTED BOOKS AND AMERICANA, PART II on December 7th: $1,823,074 
ChristiesBooks and Manuscripts on December 8th: $1,380,316 
Swann GalleriesMaps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 8th: $1,272,810 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Collection of Harry E. Gould, Jr. on December 9th: $1,246,389 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Multiples and Photography on December 5th: $1,084,290 

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

Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsBooks, Maps, Prints on December 8th: 149.89% 
FreemansAmerican Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists on December 6th: 147.33% 
ChristiesOld Master Prints on December 9th: 137.42% 
ChristiesTHE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION OF FINE PRINTED BOOKS AND AMERICANA, PART II on December 7th: 128.12% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Multiples and Photography on December 5th: 116.54% 
ArtcurialPrints and Illustrated Books on December 9th: 112.32% 
SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on December 4th: 106.44% 


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

FreemansAmerican Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists on December 6th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 11/29 on December 6th: 99.34% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/29 on December 6th: 98.34% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsWinter Magic Auction on December 5th: 94.00% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersPrints, Books, Photographs on December 5th: 90.65% 
ChristiesTHE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION OF FINE PRINTED BOOKS AND AMERICANA, PART II on December 7th: 88.75% 
SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on December 4th: 85.26% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Multiples and Photography on December 5th: 83.61% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 12/3 on December 10th: 82.86% 
ChristiesOld Master Prints on December 9th: 80.26% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsCarl Marxen Estate - Prints on December 6th: 80.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 8th: 80.00% 


41 total sales reported this week: 

Alexander Historical AuctionsWinter Auction on December 10th: 72.83% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsAutographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters on December 11th: 56.05% 
Adams Amsterdam AuctionsArt From Three Centuries on December 7th: 77.87% 
PIASAPIERRE NÉTANGE COLLECTION , BOOKS on December 10th: 58.59% 
PIASAManuscripts and Books on December 10th: 31.11% 
PIASA20th Century Prints on December 10th: 58.33% 
ArtcurialPrints and Illustrated Books on December 9th: 73.86% 
ArtcurialCollectibles - Posters on December 7th: 55.56% 
AguttesContemporary Art and Photography on December 7th: 25.00% 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on December 10th: 66.82% 
ChristiesOld Master Prints on December 9th: 80.26% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 12/3 on December 10th: 82.86% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsBooks and Works on Paper on December 10th: 66.48% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsWestern Manuscripts on December 9th: 56.00% 
BonhamsThe December Sale - Automobilia on December 10th: 35.71% 
BonhamsEntertainment Memorabilia on December 10th: 61.67% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 9th: 58.87% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Collection of Harry E. Gould, Jr. on December 9th: 64.41% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersPrints, Books, Photographs on December 5th: 90.65% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsWinter Magic Auction on December 5th: 94.00% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Multiples and Photography on December 5th: 83.61% 
Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsBooks, Maps, Prints on December 8th: 79.85% 
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbHOld and Modern Art, Modern Photography, Antiques on December 4th: 28.84% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 8th: 80.00% 
Swann GalleriesMaps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 8th: 77.44% 
ChristiesSELECTIONS FROM THE DAVIDSON COLLECTION: IMPORTANT ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE AND HISTORICAL AM on December 8th: 48.45% 
ChristiesBooks and Manuscripts on December 8th: 50.00% 
ChristiesTHE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION OF FINE PRINTED BOOKS AND AMERICANA, PART II on December 7th: 88.75% 
SothebysMedieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on December 8th: 51.32% 
SothebysMusic, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on December 7th: 45.38% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsGreat Estates Auction - Books and Prints on December 5th: 62.96% 
Charlton HallWinter International Auction on December 5th: 65.63% 
AuctionataBorn in the USA: Modern & Contemporary Art - Prints on December 4th: 32.00% 
AuctionataBritish Modern & Contemporary Art – with Damien Hirst Collection - Prints on December 5th: 33.77% 
EldredsAsian Arts at Auction - Books, Prints on December 4th: 65.38% 
FreemansAmerican Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists on December 6th: 100.00% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsCarl Marxen Estate - Prints on December 6th: 80.00% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsImportant Historical Prints on December 5th: 66.07% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/29 on December 6th: 98.34% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 11/29 on December 6th: 99.34% 
SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on December 4th: 85.26% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Autograph draft manuscript of Federalist Number Four on December 8th Actual price: USD $1,445,000.
  2. Sothebys OPTICKS: OR, A TREATISE OF THE REFLEXIONS, REFRACTIONS, INFLEXIONS AND COLOURS OF LIGHT. ALSO TWO TREATISES OF THE SPECIES AND MAGNITUDE OF CURVILINEAR FIGURES on December 4th Actual price: USD $1,330,000.
  3. Christies Samson rending the Lion on December 9th Actual price: USD $656,095.
  4. Sothebys THE EXCELLENT HISTORY OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. WITH THE EXTREME CRUELTY OF SHYLOCKE THE JEW TOWARDS THE SAIDE MERCHANT, IN CUTTING A JUST POUND OF HIS FLESH. AND THE OBTAINING OF PORTIA, BY THE CHOYSE OF THREE CASKETS on December 4th Actual price: USD $550,000.
  5. Christies The Rhinoceros on December 9th Actual price: USD $474,895.
  6. Sothebys MR. VVILLIAM SHAKESPEARES COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES. PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE ORIGINALL COPIES. THE SECOND IMPRESSION on December 4th Actual price: USD $430,000.
  7. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE FINAL CHORUS OF THE ESTERHÍZY CANTATA "QUAL DUBBIO ORMAI" [HOB.XXIVA:4] on December 7th Actual price: USD $403,500.
  8. Sothebys FINE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE FIRST MOVEMENT OF THE "SONATINE", ORIGINALLY COMPOSED AS A SELF-CONTAINED PIECE on December 7th Actual price: USD $367,500.
  9. Swann Galleries The North American Atlas. on December 8th Actual price: USD $341,000.
  10. Sothebys AUTHORITATIVE SCRIBAL COLLECTION OF POEMS KNOWN AS THE "GOWER MANUSCRIPT" on December 4th Actual price: USD $322,000.
  11. Christies The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. on December 8th Actual price: USD $317,000.
  12. Sothebys TWO TREATISES OF GOVERNMENT: IN THE FORMER, THE FALSE PRINCIPLES AND FOUNDATION OF SIR ROBERT FILMER, AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE DETECTED AND OVERTHROWN. THE LATTER IS AN ESSAY CONCERNING THE TRUE ORIGINAL, EXTENT, AND END OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT on December 4th Actual price: USD $274,000.
  13. Sothebys Julius Firmicus Maternus, Matheseos libri VIII, in Latin on December 8th Actual price: USD $259,500.
  14. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH WORKING DRAFT OF PART OF THE PIANO TRIO OP.90 ("DUMKY"), SIGNED AND INSCRIBED ("TO HIS DEAR FRIEND MR POLLNER [?], AS A KEEPSAKE FROM ANT. DVOŘÍK 18 26/11 90", AND ANNOTATED BY HIM "...PRVNI SKIZZA DUMEK" "...FIRST SKETCH OF THE DUMKY": TRANSLA on December 7th Actual price: USD $250,500.
  15. Sothebys COMPENDIUM IN GENEALOGIA CHRISTI, IN LATIN, ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on December 4th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  16. Sothebys THE WORKES OF BENIAMIN JONSON on December 4th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  17. Sothebys THE COMPLEAT ANGLER OR THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION. BEING A DISCOURSE OF FISH AND FISHING, NOT UNWORTHY THE PERUSAL OF MOST ANGLERS on December 4th Actual price: USD $206,250.
  18. Christies Autograph letter signed (“G:o Washington'') to Robert Dinwiddie (1693-1770), Belvoir, 7 March 1754. on December 8th Actual price: USD $197,000.
  19. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT AND TYPESCRIPT OF JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK.  on December 4th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  20. Sothebys A BOOK OF VERSES SERIA MIXTA JOCIS on December 4th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  21. Sothebys THE TWOO BOOKES OF FRANCIS BACON. OF THE PROFICIENCE AND ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING, DIVINE AND HUMANE on December 4th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  22. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("A. Einstein") on final page, 10 pp, 4to, n.p., [1929], being the near final draft of "Die Kompatibilitat der Feldgleichungen in der Einheitlichen Feldtheorie" (The Compatibility of the Field Equations in the Unified Field The on December 9th Actual price: USD $173,000.
  23. Sothebys MANUSCRIPT MEMOIR on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  24. Sothebys THE FAMOUS TRAGEDY OF THE RICH JEW OF MALTA. AS IT WAS PLAYD BEFORE THE KING AND QUEENE, IN HIS MAJESTIES THEATRE AT WHITE-HALL, BY HER MAJESTIES SERVANTS AT THE COCK-PIT on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  25. Sothebys VOLPONE OR THE FOXE on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.


For the week ahead 28 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 14th
ALDE. Paris. Binders, Original, Modern, Illustrated. 262 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art. 1347 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. The Golden Age of Travel - Internet bidstart 12/3. 88 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana. 108 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana Live Auction - session 2. 609 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots

Tue. Dec. 15th
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations. 211 lots
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Stockholm. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 265 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 199 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Edition. 206 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. Rare Books. 769 lots
Christies. Paris. Maurice Burrus (1882-1959): The Library of a Man of Taste. 229 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. African American Fine Art - Prints. 150 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana - Online Only. 761 lots
Christies. London - King Street. MRS THATCHER - PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE BARONESS THATCHER OF KESTEVE. 34 lots

Wed. Dec. 16th
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Rare Books and Autographs. 789 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents: Science, Medicine and Cookery. 580 lots
ALDE. Paris. Letters and Handwritten Autographs. 366 lots

Thu. Dec. 17th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Children's and Illustrated Books. 426 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana with Manuscript Material. 500 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 132 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 12/10. 393 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. The Bibliophile Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 425 lots

Fri. Dec. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 138 lots

Sat. Dec. 19th
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. The Spirit of the 20th Century. 15 lots

Sun. Dec. 20th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/13.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/13.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The William E. Fredeman Victoriana Collection Rare Books Internet Auction. 98 lots

Bruce McKinney

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  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5: African-American Fine Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:<br>Old Master Through Modern Prints</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Fall 2017 Auction Schedule</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 16: Contemporary Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
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    <b>List your books simultaneously on Rare Book Hub and Biblio</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…