• <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Book of hours, manuscript on vellum. Around 1520. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>H. Schedel, <i>Liber chronicarum</i>. 1493. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br><i> Biblia germanica</i>. 1475/1476.<br>Est: € 140,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. Ortelius, <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum</i>. 1574. Est: € 26,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>L. de Varthema, <i>Die ritterlich und lobwirdig Rays</i>. 1515. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. H. van Linschoten, <i>His Discours of Voyages</i>. 1598. Est: € 70,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>J. G. Stedman, <i>Narrative of Surinam</i>. 1806. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>A. von Menzel, <i>Armeewerk Friedrichs d. Gr.</i> 1850-1860. Est: € 50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>G. Heym, <i>Umbra Vitae</i>. 1924.<br>Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 22</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Master binding by G. Levitzky. 1914. Est: € 2,500
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>R. Char, <i>A la santé du serpent</i>. 1954. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 22:</b><br>Nam June Paik, <i>Fluxus Testament</i>. 1975. Est: € 18,000
  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868

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Twenty-nine Auctions Archived, 39 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 14 May 29 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 10 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,259,008 as 12,195 lots were offered and 7,537 sold for a 62% success rate.

1 auction saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann GalleriesContemporary Art on May 12th: $1,403,324 



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

Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Contents of Flinchcocks Musical Museum on May 11th: 178.13% 


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

Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 98.21% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Prints on May 1st: 95.65% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesU.S. and Confederate States Postal History on May 6th: 87.15% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Contents of Flinchcocks Musical Museum on May 11th: 85.71% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 3 on May 8th: 85.71% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 10th: 85.19% 
SkinnerAmerican and European Prints and Photography on May 13th: 84.17% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on May 11th: 82.28% 



29 total sales reported this week: 

AderPhotograph Books on May 12th: 39.62% 
Swann GalleriesContemporary Art on May 12th: 67.54% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Prints on May 1st: 95.65% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsMilitary History, including the Battle of the Somme on May 13th: 74.44% 
Kiefer Buch und KunstauktionenBooks and Prints on April 30th: 47.62% 
SkinnerAmerican and European Prints and Photography on May 13th: 84.17% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsMotoring, Cycling, Maritime and Railway History on May 12th: 71.71% 
RR AuctionRR Auction: Fine Autograph & Artifact Auction - Internet bidstart 4/22 on May 11th: 70.16% 
Binoche et GiquelloAntiquarian and Modern Books - Travel on May 11th: 54.29% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on May 11th: 82.28% 
ALDEModern and Illustrated Books, Original Bindings on May 11th: 57.40% 
Grays AuctioneersFine Art - Prints on May 11th: 53.57% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Contents of Flinchcocks Musical Museum on May 11th: 85.71% 
RossiniPrints on May 9th: 47.93% 
AuctionataArt of the 21st Century - Prints on May 10th: 53.54% 
Swann GalleriesModernist Posters on May 10th: 71.24% 
AuctionataBlack and White: German and Austrian Art on May 9th: 17.14% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 10th: 85.19% 
AuctionataWorld of Colors: German and Austrian Art on May 9th: 27.27% 
AderJudaica on May 4th: 62.20% 
Michaans AuctionsMay Estate Auction on May 7th: 34.38% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsArt Sale - Prints on May 7th: 39.86% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 3 on May 8th: 85.71% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 2 on May 7th: 77.78% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 1 on May 6th: 54.55% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesU.S. and Confederate States Postal History on May 6th: 87.15% 
Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History and Culture on March 16th: 72.44% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 98.21% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 99.86% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.

  1. Swann Galleries Sweet Dreams, Baby! on May 12th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  2. Swann Galleries CHAMPIONS DU MONDE. on May 10th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  3. Swann Galleries Collage #17 on May 12th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  4. RR Auction Apollo 11 Flown flag on May 11th Actual price: USD $49,004.
  5. Rago Arts and Auctions Study for Bullfight No. 1, 1971 on May 7th Actual price: USD $40,625.
  6. Swann Galleries Collage #13 on May 12th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  7. Rago Arts and Auctions Mao, 1972 on May 7th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  8. RR Auction Thomas Jefferson ALS on May 11th Actual price: USD $38,006.
  9. Swann Galleries Indian Published in Busche, Roy Lichtenstein: Das Fruhwerk, 1942-60, on May 12th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  10. Swann Galleries Carta a un General on May 12th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  11. Swann Galleries Flowers on May 12th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  12. Swann Galleries Folsom Street Variation III (Primaries) on May 12th Actual price: USD $33,800.
  13. Swann Galleries Sunrise on May 12th Actual price: USD $31,200.
  14. Swann Galleries Circus on May 12th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  15. Rago Arts and Auctions The Couple, from Expressionist Woodcut Series, 1980 on May 7th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  16. Swann Galleries Anne on May 12th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  17. Swann Galleries Periscope on May 12th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  18. Swann Galleries RADIO / RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION. on May 10th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  19. Bloomsbury Auctions Group of seven wild horses on May 11th Actual price: USD $26,784.
  20. ALDE Bubu de Montparnasse. on May 11th Actual price: USD $26,425.
  21. Swann Galleries Yellow Tulips on May 12th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  22. Swann Galleries RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION. on May 10th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  23. Rago Arts and Auctions Untitled (Kopf 15.VI,1983), 1983 on May 7th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  24. Swann Galleries Vertical Brush Strokes on May 12th Actual price: USD $23,750.
  25. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Tessiner Dorf. on April 30th Actual price: USD $23,256.


For the week ahead 39 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 16th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Americana, etc. Books and Prints. 29 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 70 lots

Tue. May. 17th
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Photography. 371 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Ephemera. 181 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 213 lots
Paige Auction. Portland. The Joy of Collecting. 82 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 29 lots

Wed. May. 18th
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Literature. 387 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 325 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 17 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. Forever Ellington. 251 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. 2-Day Sporting and Collectible Auction. 149 lots
Bonhams. London. Instruments of Science - Globes. 6 lots
Woolley and Wallis. Salisbury. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 4 lots
Central Mass Auctions. Boston,. Online Estates Auction. 30 lots

Thu. May. 19th
ALDE. Paris. Autograph Letters and Manuscripts. 387 lots
Sothebys. London. Photographs. 132 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Prints and Multiples. 284 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte Collection, Part IV - The Reference Li. 434 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Prints. 330 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Auction Title: RR Auction: Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 5/12. 518 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Portraits: Character Studies of Different Epochs. 29 lots

Fri. May. 20th
Christies. London - King Street. Photographs. 94 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Space Exploration. 362 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Fine Photographs. 112 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Paintings, drawings, and graphics, from 16th to 20th Century – Photography. 283 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs. 1036 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Prints - Part 2. 361 lots

Sat. May. 21st
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints.
Christies. Paris. Comic Strips. 211 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Two of A Kind - Gambling and Playing Cards. 302 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 33 lots
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Spring Auction, Day 1. 40 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Valuable Books from 16th to 20th Century Children Books from the Collection Victor Günthert, Munich. 840 lots
Shapiro Auctions. New York. FINE AND DECORATIVE ART AND ANTIQUES - Books and Prints. 184 lots

Sun. May. 22nd
Bonhams. Hong Kong. Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/15.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Spring Auction, Day 2.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Ackermann, Rudolph—Uwins, Thomas. A collection of 240 drawings for Rudolph Ackermann's <i>Repository of Arts</i> magazine, 1809-1828. £20,000 – 30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, and Joan. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus in Quo Tabulae et Descriptiones Omnium Regionum.</i> 1640-1654. £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Mercator, Gerard and Jodocus Hondius. <i>L’Atlas ou Méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure Diceluy.</i> 1613. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Speed, John. <i>The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoyning...</i> £100,000 – 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Wit, Frederick De. [General Atlas], With The Engraved Title For Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, [C.1688-1696]. £50,000 – 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Kuntz, Joh. Rudolph. <i>[Abbildungen Königlich Württembergischer Gestütts-Pferde von Orientalischen Racen.</I> Stuttgart: Ebner 1823–1824]. £30,000 – 40,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Lawrence, T.E. Ivory Silk Thawb, Or Under-Robe, Presented by Lawrence of Arabia to a family friend. £10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Archipelagus Orientalis Sive Asiaticus</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £200,000 – 250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Blaeu, Joan. <i>Asiae Descriptio Novissima</i>. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, [1659]. £60,000 – 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History. 9 May 2017. Viewing 5 – 8 May.</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Japanese bird paintings—(Rinchô Zu). A Pair Of Painted Scrolls of Birds. [Japan, Late 18th Or Early 19th Century]. £25,000 – 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Huang, Qianren. Da Qing Wannian Yitong Tianxia Quantu [Complete Map of the Whole Unified Country of the Great Qing]. [1803]. £80,000 – 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, 9 May:</b> Sôkaku or Ryôsei Jôkei. Da Ming Sheng Tu, [Map of (China Under) The Great Ming Dynasty]. (1691 Or 1711). £80,000 – 120,000
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.