• <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s. Sold for $161,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 7:</b> Hovhannes Amira Dadian, first world atlas in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> T.E. Lawrence, <i>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</i>, privately printed edition, inscribed, London, 1926. Sold for $62,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 14:</b> 22 large-format photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84. Sold for $43,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21: </b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Here Comes the Big Polar Bear</i>, pen & ink, 4-panel Peanuts comic strip, 1957. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliott Erwitt, photograph of JFK & Eisenhower, signed by both, 1960. Sold for $32,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> John Milton, <i>Paradise Lost</i>, first edition, London, 1668. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880. Sold for $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 26:</b> <i>Les Maîtres de l'Affiche</i>, 5 volumes, Paris, 1896-1900. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Inviting Quality Consignments</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 16:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses</i>, first edition, number 724 on handmade paper, Paris, 1922. Sold for $33,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 9:</b> Single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, in a copy of Newton's <i>A Noble Fragment</i>. Sold for $52,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold for $52,500.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1896</i>, original cloth, 1896. £15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>The Cricketers' Almanack for the year 1869</i>, excellent copy of the scarce sixth edition, 1869. £10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Wisden (John). <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1916</i>, with tribute to W.G. Grace by Lord Harris, original cloth, 1916. £5,000 to 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Online Sale of Cricket Books and Works on Paper. Now through July 5, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Lillywhite (Frederick) and Arthur Haygarth. <i>Cricket Scores and Biographies of Celebrated Cricketers</i>, vol. 1 - 16 [a complete run], 1862-2003. £750 to 1,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Trumper (Victor). Postcard of Victor Trumper, signed by Trumper on image, 1905. £300 to 400
    <b>Forum Auctions, now thru Jul 5:</b> Crombie (Charles). <i>Laws of Cricket</i>, 1907; and 29 others. £150 to 200
  • <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>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…

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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: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Austen, Jane. Autograph letter, written in the third person, to her niece Anna Austen (later Lefroy), 1812. £80,000 to 100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Smith, Adam. <i>An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations</i>. London: Printed for W. Strahan; And T. Cadell, 1776. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i>. John Murray, 1859. £50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin. July 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph draft manuscript of "Mrs Gamp with the Strolling Players,” 1847. £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Shepard, E.H. Two drawings from <i>Winnie-The-Pooh</i> comprising “Why, what’s the matter?” and “He was taking the balloon out…” £40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul 11:</b> Blake, William. <i>Illustrations of the Book of Job. Invented and Engraved by William Blake. Published as the Act Directs...By William Blake, 8 March 1825</i> [1826]. £20,000 to 30,000
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Walter Gibson's Complete Run of The Shadow. 48 bound volumes, 1931-44. $8,000-12,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Frederic Shoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindoostan. 6 volumes. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> A Rare Copy of the Earliest Chicago Newspaper to Report on the Great Fire of 1871. $6,000-8,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Broadside Proclamation by Mayor Roswell B. Mason for the Preservation of Good Order Following the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago. $4,000-6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page. Scarce and highly collectable. $15,000-20,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> John Quincy Adams. The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse. First edition. Inscribed. 1839. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Cuban Revolution: Expedicion y Desembarco del “Granma.” Havana, ca. 1959. With portraits of the Castro brothers & Che Guevara. $150-250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Osuna Ramos. A group of 28 photographs of the Mexican Revolution & aftermath in Mexico City, 1910-1920. 4½ x 6”. $400-600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Charles Bukowski. Hot Water Music. First edition with original signed painting. 1983. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July 8: Rare Books & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Alan Ginsberg. Five Page Autographed Letter. Signed. February 10, 1971. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book. Featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed 5 times. 1983. $5,000-7,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions July 8:</b><br> Albrecht Durer. The Martyrdom Saint John the Evangelist. Woodcut, 1511 edition. $1,000-2,000
  • <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Roland de Lassus. [Songs and madrigals]. Album gathering three collections of secular music for tenor. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Richard Wagner. <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.</i> Original edition corrected and annotated by Wagner. 60.000-80.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Claude Debussy. <i>La Damoiselle élue</i>. Lyrical poem, after D.-G. Rossetti. Limited edition of 160 copies. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Stéphane Mallarmé. Handwritten notebook made by Geneviève Mallarmé. No place or date [circa 1910]. 10.000-15.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Henri Sauguet. <i>Les Forains</i>. Ballet. Reduction for piano. Original edition. 20.000-30.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Athanasius Kircher. <i>Musurgia Universalis sive Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni in X. Libros digesta.</i> 1650. 30.000-40.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s:<br>De la musique avant toute chose… June 28, 2017</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> François Villon, & Clément Marot. <i>Les Œuvres de François Villon de Paris, Reviewed and gathered by Clement Marot.</i> 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Rainer Maria Rilke. <i>Larenopfer</i> (Offrande aux dieux Lares). The second collection of Rainer Maria Rilke, containing ninety poems. 6.000-8.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Paul Éluard. <i>Capitale de la douleur.</i> One of the most beautiful poetic collections from the first surrealist wave. 15.000-20.000 €
    <b>Pierre Bergé and Associés in association with Sotheby’s, Jun 28:</b> Pierre de Ronsard. <i>Les Amours</i> ... newly augmented by him, and commented by Marc Antoine de Muret. 40.000-60.000 €