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Thirty Auctions Archived, 36 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday April 16th 30 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub database; 1 in Australian dollars, 13 in euros, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,570,865 as 6,394 lots were offered and 5,253 sold for an 82% success rate.  It was another strong week.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: $1,445,423 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on April 7th: $1,142,178 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on April 13th: $1,004,838 

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

OSENATSpirit of the 20th Century - Prints on March 26th: 175.71% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on April 6th: 141.21% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: 139.41% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on April 12th: 127.10% 
ALDEOriginal Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries on April 8th: 121.35% 
OSENATAutomobilia on January 30th: 105.30% 

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

Aspire AuctionsFine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 4/1 on April 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 97.65% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 4/7 on April 14th: 96.74% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsHoudiniana on April 9th: 94.85% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on April 12th: 93.46% 
ArtcurialAeronautics on April 10th: 87.50% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: 84.49% 
ALDEOriginal Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries on April 8th: 83.55% 
Grays AuctioneersFine Art - Prints on April 6th: 83.33% 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on April 13th: 81.98% 
OSENATSpirit of the 20th Century - Prints on March 26th: 81.82% 

30 total sales reported this week: 

Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 4/7 on April 14th: 96.74% 
Australian Book AuctionsThe Collection of Ralph Renard Esq. Pacific and Australian Voyages, Travels, and Description, Privat on April 11th: 70.62% 
Charlton HallInternational Sale on April 7th: 78.33% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsHoudiniana on April 9th: 94.85% 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on April 13th: 81.98% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on April 12th: 93.46% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs on April 12th: 66.32% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 12th: 72.97% 
AuctionataGerman Post-War Art: Prints on April 8th: 53.80% 
AuctionataArt of the 20th Century - Prints on April 8th: 58.79% 
Potomack CompanyPrint, Photographs, Manuscripts, Books on April 9th: 73.68% 
AderAntiquarian and Modern Books on April 7th: 56.12% 
Grays AuctioneersFine Art - Prints on April 6th: 83.33% 
RossiniPrints on April 5th: 60.00% 
OSENATSpirit of the 20th Century - Prints on March 26th: 81.82% 
OSENATAutomobilia on January 30th: 69.23% 
OSENATEmpire at Fontainebleau on April 10th: 59.76% 
Michaans AuctionsApril Estate Auction on April 9th: 55.56% 
Aspire AuctionsFine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 4/1 on April 9th: 100.00% 
ArtcurialAeronautics on April 10th: 87.50% 
BonhamsTreasures from the Caren Archive on April 11th: 61.16% 
BonhamsFine Literature on April 11th: 57.14% 
ALDEOriginal Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries on April 8th: 83.55% 
EldredsAutographs in Americana, and Maritime - Books and Prints on April 9th: 59.18% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on April 6th: 78.33% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: 84.49% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersPalm Beach Spring Auction - Prints on April 8th: 75.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 97.65% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on April 7th: 70.49% 

For the week ahead 36 auctions in the rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera fields are scheduled.

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("A Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Problem of Thor's Bridge" and "Continuation of 'The Problem of Thor's Bridge'," on April 11th Actual price: USD $269,000.
  2. Bonhams Major George Washington's Journal to the River Ohio, &c. [and] The Conclusion of Major Washington's Journal, begun in our last. In: The Maryland Gazette. Nos 463-464. on April 11th Actual price: USD $173,000.
  3. Kestenbaum and Company (The “Chasam Sofer,” 1762-1839). Tephilah LeMoshe [poetry]. Including additional poems in the hand of his son, R. Shimon Sofer (the “Michtav Sofer,” 1820-83). on April 7th Actual price: USD $172,200.
  4. Bonhams The Holy Bible. on April 11th Actual price: USD $161,000.
  5. Bonhams Autograph and Typed Manuscript Signed ("H.G. Wells"), being chapters 12-25 of the novel When the Sleeper Wakes on April 11th Actual price: USD $143,000.
  6. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript, being working drafts of the play "The New Magdalen. A Dramatic Story in Three Acts," on April 11th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  7. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Schriftstück. on April 5th Actual price: USD $92,568.
  8. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("T. Gray"), on April 11th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Boris Pasternak" in Cyrillic) and Inscribed, being a draft of chapters 3 and 4 of vol 1 part IV of Dr. Zhivago on April 11th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  10. Doyle New York The Origin Of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. on April 13th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  11. Kestenbaum and Company Piskei Beth Din [Halachic responsa issued by the rabbis of Fez] on April 7th Actual price: USD $71,340.
  12. Bonhams An archive of approximately 8,000 Autograph Letters Signed and Notes Signed, approximately 3,500 to the Countess Waldegrave, and approximately 4,500 to Lord Carlingford, on April 11th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  13. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Über 100 S. verschiedener Formate. Einige Briefe mitSiegel(spur) und Adresse. on April 5th Actual price: USD $52,896.
  14. Potter and Potter Auctions Robert-Houdin Glass Column Mystery Clock. on April 9th Actual price: USD $50,400.
  15. Potter and Potter Auctions Massive Scrapbook Compiled by Houdini Of His Own Publicity and Press Clippings. on April 9th Actual price: USD $50,400.
  16. Doyle New York Group of approximately thirteen framed photographs by George Grosz, on April 13th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  17. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung 26 Autographen: 22 E. Br. m. U., 1 Br. m. U. und 3 e.<br>Ansichtskarten m. U. on April 5th Actual price: USD $47,606.
  18. Doyle New York Exceptional group of approximately forty letters by Grosz, both typed and hand-written, many with extensive illustrations and other personalized touches, drawn by Grosz, almost all addressed to his dealer and patron, Erich Cohn, on April 13th Actual price: USD $46,875.
  19. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit Initialen auf der Titelseite. on April 5th Actual price: USD $46,284.
  20. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Gedichtmanuskript mit Namenszug im Titel. on April 5th Actual price: USD $44,962.
  21. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("W. Harrison Ainsworth"), entitled "True Account of Jack Sheppard the Housebreaker...," on April 11th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  22. Kestenbaum and Company (Responsa). on April 7th Actual price: USD $43,050.
  23. Kestenbaum and Company Tractate Shabbath. on April 7th Actual price: USD $41,820.
  24. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript on April 5th Actual price: USD $39,672.
  25. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit Widmung u. U. ''zu freundlichem Andenken / Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy''. on April 5th Actual price: USD $39,672.


For the week ahead 36 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Apr. 18th
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Historical Auction. 191 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 335 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Continental - Prints and Books. 31 lots
Peter Arnold. Prahran VIC . Rare Books, Australiana. 334 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Antiques and Interiors - Books and Pictures. 13 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 93 lots

Tue. Apr. 19th
Swann Galleries. New York. Images and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks. 321 lots
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Prints and Multiples. 315 lots
Sothebys. London. The Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya. 296 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors - Prints. 17 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Two Day Fine Art Sale - Prints. 24 lots

Wed. Apr. 20th
Sothebys. New York. Prints. 259 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 271 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Books and Prints. 12 lots
Sothebys. London. Arts of the Islamic World. 77 lots

Thu. Apr. 21st
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/14. 355 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 514 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Geography. 252 lots
Sothebys. London. Alchemy: Objects of Desire. 65 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 206 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Travel, Science and Natural History. 129 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 4/14. 672 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Miscellanea. 288 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Manuscripts, Incunable, Theology. 211 lots

Fri. Apr. 22nd
ALDE. Paris. An Amateur Collection - Part 1. 204 lots
Christies. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 220 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books, Prints. 58 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Literature (17th - 19th Century). 312 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Autographs. 222 lots

Sat. Apr. 23rd
ALDE. Paris. An Amateur Collection - Part 2. 236 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books, Prints. 49 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Exile Collection Rudiger Harms. 525 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Literature A-Z. 468 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Antiques and Fine Art - Books and Prints. 37 lots

Sun. Apr. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/17.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>