• <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>John the Baptist</i>. initial 'H' cut from a choirbook [Lombardy or Siena, c. 1470s]. US$6,000–9,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839) seated on a terrace with Sikh noblemen</i>. [Punjab, North India, circa 1830-40]. Estimate: US$10,000–15,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: Fine Books & Manuscripts. December 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Wright, Frank Lloyd. An important collection of early letters from Wright to members of his family. 1909–1926. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Rand, Ayn. Ayn Rand's important first speech delivered at the Ford Hall Forum. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Tolkien, J.R.R. <i>The Hobbit or There and Back Again</i>. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> [Flemish Flower Manuscript]. Lille, Spanish Netherlands: 1630. $50,000 to $60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> García Márquez, Gabriel. Two drafts of an early short story, "Rosas Artificiales.” $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: History of Science and Technology. December 12, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Enigma M4. A Fully Operational Four-Rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine, 1944. $350,000 To $500,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> The "Polio" Nobel Prize. The 1954 Nobel Prize Medal for Physiology or Medicine Awarded to Frederick C. Robbins. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> ENIGMA I. A Fully Operational Early Three-Rotor Enigma I Cipher Machine. Berlin, Heimsoeth Und Rinke, Early 1930s. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Bonestell, Chesley. "Saturn, Viewed From Titan, One of Its Satellites." A Mid 1950's Study for the 360° Titan Panorama. 1 ½ x 20’. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Descartes, René. <i>Discours de la Méthode pour Bien Conduire Sa Raison, & Chercher la Verité dans les Sciences... 1637. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>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>

Auction Update Review

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Bonhams Feb 14th Auction.
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AuctionAta February 9th.
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14 Auctions Archived, 21 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 7 February 14 auctions were archived to the RBH Database; 6 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,981,884 as 4,282 lots were offered and 3,446 sold for an 80% success rate.  Strength has begun to reappear.

2 auctions saw sale proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Arader GalleriesNatural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup on January 30th: $1,724,963 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on February 4th: $1,051,127 

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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsThe Bookshop Sale on February 3rd: 209.51% 
De Baecque and AssociesAncient and Modern Photographs on January 29th: 126.75% 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on February 4th: 107.65% 

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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsThe Bookshop Sale on February 3rd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/24 on January 31st: 99.40% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 1/24 on January 31st: 99.33% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 1/28 on February 4th: 95.05% 
Arader GalleriesNatural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup on January 30th: 91.70% 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on February 4th: 90.12% 
Kedem AuctionAuction no. 49 - Part II - Bibles and Prayer Books, Manuscripts, Graphics and Ceremonial Art on January 20th: 87.68% 
Kedem AuctionSale 49 - Part I: Books, Chassidism, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters on January 19th: 84.99% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 2nd: 80.36% 

14 total sales reported this week: 

Minerva Auctions RomaBooks, Autographs and Prints - Part 3 on February 4th: 40.30% 
Minerva Auctions RomaBooks, Autographs and Prints - Part 2 on February 3rd: 44.75% 
Minerva Auctions RomaBooks, Autographs and Prints on February 3rd: 55.49% 
Swann GalleriesPrinted and Manuscript Americana on February 4th: 90.12% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 1/28 on February 4th: 95.05% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsThe Bookshop Sale on February 3rd: 100.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 2nd: 80.36% 
De Baecque and AssociesAncient and Modern Photographs on January 29th: 71.72% 
De Baecque and AssociesAutographs - Manuscripts on January 28th: 55.63% 
Kedem AuctionAuction no. 49 - Part II - Bibles and Prayer Books, Manuscripts, Graphics and Ceremonial Art on January 20th: 87.68% 
Kedem AuctionSale 49 - Part I: Books, Chassidism, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters on January 19th: 84.99% 
Arader GalleriesNatural History Works on Paper, Historic Maps, Rare Books and Audubon's Birds of America and Quadrup on January 30th: 91.70% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/24 on January 31st: 99.40% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 1/24 on January 31st: 99.33% 

 

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Swann Galleries The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament . for the Use, Edification, and Comfort of the Saints in Publick and Private; Especially in New-England. on February 4th Actual price: USD $221,000.
  2. Arader Galleries Carolina Parrot, Plate 26 on January 30th Actual price: USD $170,800.
  3. Arader Galleries Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Plate 66 on January 30th Actual price: USD $122,000.
  4. Swann Galleries The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution. on February 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  5. Minerva Auctions Roma Incoronazione di S.M.I.R.A. Ferdinando a Re del regno Lombardo-Veneto - Ingresso solenne delle LL.MM....nella Città di Milano on February 3rd Actual price: USD $84,000.
  6. Arader Galleries Wild Turkey (Male), Plate 1 on January 30th Actual price: USD $79,300.
  7. Arader Galleries Liber chronicarum [NUREMBERG CHRONICLE] on January 30th Actual price: USD $53,125.
  8. Arader Galleries Wild Turkey (Female), Plate 6 on January 30th Actual price: USD $51,850.
  9. Swann Galleries Observations sur la Virginie. on February 4th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  10. Minerva Auctions Roma Carteggio on February 3rd Actual price: USD $44,800.
  11. Minerva Auctions Roma Raccolta di varie decorazioni sceniche inventate ed eseguite per il R. Teatro alla Scala on February 3rd Actual price: USD $42,000.
  12. Arader Galleries Sharea robusta (223) on January 30th Actual price: USD $39,650.
  13. Arader Galleries Epidendrum Aepellsedes (204) on January 30th Actual price: USD $39,650.
  14. Kedem Auction Illustrated Parchment Manuscript - Seder Brit Milah and Pidyon HaBen - Mohel Book (Pinkas Milah) - London, 1840 on January 20th Actual price: USD $39,360.
  15. Swann Galleries $100,000 Reward! The Murderer of our Late Beloved President, Abraham Lincoln, is Still at Large. on February 4th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  16. Arader Galleries Shorea Talura (225) on January 30th Actual price: USD $36,600.
  17. Arader Galleries Ariza sativa (203) on January 30th Actual price: USD $36,600.
  18. Arader Galleries Flemingia prostrata (201) on January 30th Actual price: USD $36,600.
  19. Arader Galleries Convolvulus malabaricus (57) on January 30th Actual price: USD $36,600.
  20. Arader Galleries Americae Pars Borealis, Florida, Baccalaos... on January 30th Actual price: USD $35,380.
  21. Swann Galleries Latter Day Saints' Messenger and Advocate. on February 4th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  22. Arader Galleries A Map of the Most Inhabited part of New England... on January 30th Actual price: USD $33,550.
  23. Swann Galleries Disputatio Geographica de Vero Californiae. on February 4th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  24. Arader Galleries Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. - Parergon in quo Veteris on January 30th Actual price: USD $30,500.
  25. Arader Galleries Ruffed Grouse, Plate 41 on January 30th Actual price: USD $30,500.


For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled and fully searchable:

Mon. Feb. 8th
Rossini. Paris. Prints. 60 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 77 lots

Tue. Feb. 9th
Bonhams. London. Gentleman's Library Sale. 50 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books. 310 lots
Auctionata. New York. Rare Books and Ephemera. 104 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books. 204 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Design Online Auction - Books, Prints. 20 lots

Wed. Feb. 10th
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 1/22. 1030 lots

Thu. Feb. 11th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/4. 200 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 584 lots

Fri. Feb. 12th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Winter Auction - Fine Art Prints. 133 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books, Prints. 8 lots

Sat. Feb. 13th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . February Estate Auction. 33 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Comic strips and Original Boards, 3D, Japanese Animation, Jean-Jacques Loup's Drawings Collection -.
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic strips and Original Boards, 3D, Japanese Animation, Jean Jacques Loup's Drawings Collection.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Winter Auction - Day 1. 36 lots

Sun. Feb. 14th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Fine Books and Manuscripts.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books & Manuscripts - Sunday at Pasadena. 225 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/7.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/7.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Winter Auction - Day 2. 75 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

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  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
  • <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowling (J.K.). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, original fine black pen and ink manuscript book by the author J.K.Rowling, with 31pp of text and illustrations. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt</i>, i.e. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>. vol 4, England & Wales. £10,500 to £12,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Miró (Joan). L'Homme au Balencier, etching, aquatint and carborundum, printed in colours on Japan paper, signed in pencil lower right. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Steve McCurry (b.1950). Afghan Girl, 1984, pigment inkjet print, signed and numbered 48/250 in pencil on lower margin. £2,500 to £3,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Keough (Pat and Rosemarie). <i>Antarctica</i>, no 228 of 950 copies, signed by the authors, many colour illustrations, original dark grey morocco. £2,800 to £3,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowlandson (Thomas). Darby & Joan, the idyllically contended couple sit either side of a stove in a cosy domestic interior, ink and watercolour on wove paper. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Procktor (Patrick). Tiny blue-eyed goldfish, watercolour, 310 x 460mm., signed in blue crayon, lower right, titled and inscribed Muscat Jan 19. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Iouri Abramochkin (b.1936). Horsemen, Dagestan, 1968, Lambda print, printed later, signed, dated, editioned 1/8 and annotated in black ink verso. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Ravilious (Eric).- Shakespeare (William). Twelfth NIght, or, What You Will, number 79 of 275 copies , wood-engraved title. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Michelangelo.- Chastel (André). <i>The Vatican Frescoes of Michelangelo</i>, Photography by Takashi Okamura, 2 vol., one of 600 sets, colour plates. £500 to £700
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Wyndham (John). <i>The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; The Chrysalids;</i> together with 8 other volumes. All first editions. £400 to £600
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). Goats Along The Seine, 1894. Photogravure, printed 1990s by Dorothy Norman, one from an edition of 40 published by Aperture. £400 to £600
  • <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