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20 Auctions Archived, 25 Sales Upcoming

Twenty auctions were archived during the past week to the Rare Book Transaction History, 12 in euros, 6 in U. S. dollars, 1 in British pounds, and 1 in South African rands. Total sales for the week were $8,070,674. Lots offered were 5,590, while 3,549 sold for a 63.5% sell through rate. Sales dropped off considerably from the previous week, with the primary culprit being the Memorial Day holiday in America, which greatly reduced the number of sales held in the U. S. Going forward, we will see some modest recovery in the number of sales, but not to May levels. Summer is rapidly approaching and it is traditionally the slowest time of the year.

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on May 31st: $2,509,852
Binoche et Giquello. Precious Books - Library of Jean Viardot on June 1st: $2,210,731

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

Aspire Auctions. Fine Art - Prints -Internet bidstart: 5/20 on May 28th: 162.43%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on May 31st: 132.55%
Binoche et Giquello. Precious Books - Library of Jean Viardot on June 1st: 127.76%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 30th: 125.23%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on May 31st: 101.09%


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

Aspire Auctions. Fine Art - Prints -Internet bidstart: 5/20 on May 28th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/22 on May 29th: 98.97%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/22 on May 29th: 97.97%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on May 31st: 86.61%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 5/18 on May 26th: 83.67%


20 total sales reported this week:

Rossini. Autographs, Books on June 1st: 62.94%
Rossini. The Art of Advertising on May 31st: 73.27%
Skinner. Fine Books and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 5/18 on May 26th: 83.67%
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Medals and Stamps of South Africa and the Anglo-Boer War on May 24th: 20.83%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Interiors - Prints on June 2nd: 60.00%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on June 2nd: 72.61%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/26 on June 2nd: 38.89%
Ader. Photographs on June 2nd: 37.53%
Auctionata. Prints and Editions on June 1st: 14.36%
Binoche et Giquello. Precious Books - Library of Jean Viardot on June 1st: 60.98%
Galerie Bassenge. 19th - 21st Century Photography on June 1st: 52.49%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on May 31st: 86.61%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on May 31st: 46.43%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 30th: 77.97%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 31st: 73.33%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/22 on May 29th: 97.97%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/22 on May 29th: 98.97%
OSENAT. Works of Art - Prints on May 29th: 75.00%
Aspire Auctions. Fine Art - Prints -Internet bidstart: 5/20 on May 28th: 100.00%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books, Prints and Historical Photographs on May 27th: 42.98%

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Binoche et Giquello Recueil de 226 dessins originaux. on June 1st Actual price: USD $397,419.
  2. Artcurial Claudii Ptolemei viri Alexandrini Mathematicæ disciplinæ Philosophi doctissimi Geographiæ opus novissima traductione e Græcorum archetypis castigatissime pressum : cæterisante lucubratorum multo præstantius on May 31st Actual price: USD $190,127.
  3. Binoche et Giquello philosophe et scientifique allemand (1646-1716) qui a écrit en latin, allemand et français, il rencontra tous les grands savants de son temps: Huygens, Newton, Spinoza. on June 1st Actual price: USD $180,645.
  4. Artcurial [Aquarelle originale utilisée pour l'illustration du Petit Prince] on May 31st Actual price: USD $149,184.
  5. Binoche et Giquello écrivain et philosophe (1897-1962) - Madame Edwarda.<br/>Manuscrit autographe avec dédicace autographe signée à Paul Eluard, sans lieu ni date (1937, date de sa première publication sous son pseudonyme) 45 pages d’un cahier à reliure cartonnée, 18,5 x 12 on June 1st Actual price: USD $144,516.
  6. Binoche et Giquello Madame Bovary. on June 1st Actual price: USD $144,516.
  7. Binoche et Giquello LIBELLUS DE NATURA ANIMALIUM. on June 1st Actual price: USD $126,451.
  8. Sothebys À L’OMBRE DES JEUNES FILLES EN FLEURS. PLACARD MANUSCRIT. on May 31st Actual price: USD $124,320.
  9. Swann Galleries MAHMUD RAIF EFENDI. on May 26th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  10. Binoche et Giquello Le Premier livre des Instruments mathematiques mechaniques. on June 1st Actual price: USD $97,548.
  11. Binoche et Giquello Il fut aussi dessinateur et graveur, (1873-1907) - Ubu Intime.<br/> Manuscrit autographe signé deux fois: en page de titre et sur la dernière page; Rennes 6 rue de Belair, décembre 1888, sur un cahier de 29 pages in-4 dont les 5 dernières sont détachées. on June 1st Actual price: USD $75,871.
  12. Sothebys EPISTOLA, DOCENS VENAM AXILLAREM DEXTRI CUBITI IN DOLORE LATERALI SECANDAM: & MELANCHOLICUM SUCCUM EX VENAE PORTAE RAMIS AD SEDEM PERTINENTIBUS, PURGARI. on May 31st Actual price: USD $72,800.
  13. Binoche et Giquello Dialogi duo de Fabricii Mordentis Salernitani propè divina adinuentione ad perfectam cosmimetriae praxim. on June 1st Actual price: USD $72,258.
  14. Binoche et Giquello Vues des différents palais et maisons de plaisance des rois d'Espagne. on June 1st Actual price: USD $70,451.
  15. Sothebys DU CÔTÉ DE CHEZ SWANN. on May 31st Actual price: USD $70,000.
  16. Binoche et Giquello Les Liaisons dangereuses, ou Lettres recueillies dans une Société, & publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres. on June 1st Actual price: USD $68,645.
  17. Artcurial MICK JAGGER - 1975 on May 30th Actual price: USD $64,512.
  18. Skinner On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Strugg on May 26th Actual price: USD $61,500.
  19. Sothebys LA MARQUISE DE GANGE. on May 31st Actual price: USD $58,800.
  20. Binoche et Giquello Traicté de la proportion naturelle et artificielle des choses. on June 1st Actual price: USD $54,193.
  21. Binoche et Giquello De l'Antichita giudaiche. on June 1st Actual price: USD $54,193.
  22. Ader Moscou et ses environs on June 2nd Actual price: USD $53,200.
  23. Sothebys ABZIENS (KASTHEDRALCH). (FACADCH WWWOUEST). on May 31st Actual price: USD $53,200.
  24. Skinner The Birds of North America, from Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories. on May 26th Actual price: USD $52,275.
  25. Skinner Washington, George (1732-1799) Document Signed, Mount Vernon, Virginia, 1 February 1789, Membership Certificate in the Society of the C on May 26th Actual price: USD $52,275.

 

For the week ahead 25 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 6th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 84 lots

Tue. Jun. 7th
Bonhams. New York. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples. 127 lots
Tajan. Paris. Ancient and Modern Prints. 332 lots
RJM Autographs and Antiques. Boston. Historic Letters, Documents, and Autographs of the 18th-19th Centuries. 160 lots

Wed. Jun. 8th
Bonhams. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 203 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 185 lots

Thu. Jun. 9th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Vintage Posters, Autographs and Memorabilia. 390 lots
Skinner. Boston. Historic Maritime - Online bidstart 6/1. 143 lots
Skinner. Boston. Gentleman's Auction - Online Bidstart 6/3. 12 lots
Ketterer Kunst . Munich. Modern Art II - Prints. 48 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Books. 453 lots

Fri. Jun. 10th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History. 352 lots
Ketterer Kunst . Munich. Post-War II - Prints. 79 lots

Sat. Jun. 11th
Ketterer Kunst . Munich. Modern Art I - Prints. 17 lots
Ketterer Kunst . Munich. Post War Art I - Prints. 10 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . June Estate Auction. 94 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Books, Prints. 40 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 276 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art. 870 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper - Prints. 532 lots
Arader Galleries. New York City. Summer Auction. 207 lots
Ketterer Kunst . Munich. Contemporary Art - Prints. 5 lots

Sun. Jun. 12th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 6/5.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/5.
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Fine Auction - Books and Prints. 80 lots

Michael Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <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>
  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000