• <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 37. Anonymous, <i>[Untitled - Ancient World]</i>, 1553. Est. $20,000 - $23,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 45. Cellarius, <i>Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe</i>, 1708. Est. $2,400 - $3,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 51. Kircher, <i>Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur</i>, 1665. Est. $1,600 - $1,900
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 152. David H. Vance, <i>Map of the United States of North America</i>, 1825. Est. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 309. Mark Storm, <i>Official Texas Brags Map of North America</i>, 1948. Est. $350 - $425
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 426. B. Crété, <i>Carte Symbolique de l'Europe / Europe en 1914</i>, 1915. Est. $2,000 - $2,300
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 636. Hartmann Schedel, <i>Folio LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime</i>, 1493. Est. $1,100 - $1,400
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 649. Heinrich Bunting, <i>Asia Secunda pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi</i>, 1581. Est. $3,000 - $3,750
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 747. Theodore de Bry, <i> [Lot of 22 - Complete Set of De Bry's Virginia Natives]</i>, 1590. Est. $6,000 - $7,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 769. Lotter/Lobeck, <i>Atlas Geographicus Portatilis</i>, 1760. Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 772. Henry Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 777. Marco Coltellini, <i>[3 Volumes] Il Gazzettiere Americano</i>, 1763. Est. $5,500 - $7,000
  • <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>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b>  Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...May 19, 1874. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 3)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Alvin Langdon Coburn. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 32)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Lee Friedlander, Newark, New Jersey, 1962 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972.<br>Est: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 50)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> The  papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Est: $75,000-100,000 (Lot 160)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> James Joyce, Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, 1914. First edition. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 362)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> George Sand, Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 405)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Thomas More, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus… Basel: Froben, March 1518. First Basel edition. Est: $15,000-25,000 (Lot 308)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Johannes Brahms, Autograph letter in German signed "Joh. Brahms.” Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 285)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Kelmscott Press, [Guilelmus, of Tyre, Archbishop]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles Didier, Atlas universel...Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Est: $10,000 - $15,000  (Lot 222)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition. Est: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 399)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinge, between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards.. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 195)

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15 Auctions Archived, 26 Auctions Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday July 9th 15 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 4 in US dollars.  Turnover was $5,807,298 as 7,821 lots were offered and 4,892 sold for a slim 63% success rate.  The summer is upon us.


2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Christies. Fifty Prints by Rembrandt Van Rijn - A Private English Collection on July 5th: $2,697,118
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 5th: $1,163,809

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

Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on June 30th: 183.73%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 5th: 166.74%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Prints on July 3rd: 135.32%


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

John McInnis Auctioneers. Henry D. Audesse Collection - Books, Prints on July 2nd: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books Carter, Vampires, Kulicke, etc. on June 26th: 99.67%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 6/26 on July 3rd: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/26 on July 3rd: 98.12%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on June 30th: 88.22%
Christies. Fifty Prints by Rembrandt Van Rijn - A Private English Collection on July 5th: 88.00%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 5th: 81.69%


15 total sales were reported this week:

Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on June 25th: 44.74%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints - Session 1 on July 7th: 28.62%
De Baecque and Associes. Autographs, Documents, Ancient and Modern Books on July 7th: 55.50%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures on July 6th: 71.43%
Christies. Fifty Prints by Rembrandt Van Rijn - A Private English Collection on July 5th: 88.00%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on July 5th: 81.69%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comic Strips on July 4th: 68.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on July 5th: 68.97%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Prints on July 3rd: 50.00%
OSENAT. The Empire at Fontainebleau on July 3rd: 54.17%
John McInnis Auctioneers. Henry D. Audesse Collection - Books, Prints on July 2nd: 100.00%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on June 30th: 88.22%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 6/26 on July 3rd: 98.12%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 6/26 on July 3rd: 99.64%
National Book Auctions. Books Carter, Vampires, Kulicke, etc. on June 26th: 99.67%

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin on July 5th Actual price: USD $521,300.
  2. Christies The Woman with the Arrow on July 5th Actual price: USD $331,500.
  3. Christies Christ returning from the Temple with His Parents on July 5th Actual price: USD $228,540.
  4. Christies Saint Jerome beside a Pollard Willow on July 5th Actual price: USD $191,100.
  5. Christies The Windmill on July 5th Actual price: USD $153,660.
  6. Christies Saint Jerome in a dark Chamber on July 5th Actual price: USD $134,940.
  7. Christies View of Amsterdam from the Kadjik on July 5th Actual price: USD $134,940.
  8. Bloomsbury Auctions Zechariah (Yirmiyahu), Jeremiah (Zechariah), Proverbs (Mishlei) and Chronicles (Divrei Hayamim) from a Hebrew Bible in codex form , on parchment on July 6th Actual price: USD $112,840.
  9. Christies Landscape with a Farm Building and the 'House with the Tower' on July 5th Actual price: USD $106,860.
  10. Christies Landscape with Cottages and a Hay Barn: Oblong on July 5th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  11. Christies Christ preaching ('La Petite Tombe') on July 5th Actual price: USD $87,750.
  12. Christies The Flight into Egypt: altered from Seghers on July 5th Actual price: USD $87,750.
  13. Christies A Cottage beside a Canal with a View of Ouderkerk on July 5th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  14. Christies Cottages and Farm Buildings with a Man sketching on July 5th Actual price: USD $65,000.
  15. Sothebys Book of Hours, Use of Paris, in Latin and French on July 5th Actual price: USD $61,750.
  16. Christies The Return of the Prodigal Son on July 5th Actual price: USD $56,875.
  17. Sothebys The Three Maries at the Sepulchre, very large historiated initial from an Antiphoner, in Latin on July 5th Actual price: USD $56,875.
  18. Christies The Flight into Egypt: crossing a Brook on July 5th Actual price: USD $52,813.
  19. Christies The Star of the Kings: a Night Piece on July 5th Actual price: USD $52,813.
  20. Christies Christ driving the Money Changers from the Temple on July 5th Actual price: USD $52,813.
  21. Christies Jan Lutma, Goldsmith on July 5th Actual price: USD $48,750.
  22. Christies Abraham's Sacrifice on July 5th Actual price: USD $48,750.
  23. Christies The Angel appearing to the Shepherds on July 5th Actual price: USD $48,750.
  24. Christies The Good Samaritan on July 5th Actual price: USD $48,750.
  25. Bloomsbury Auctions The Noblecourt Homer papyrus , containing the Iliad, song II, lines 794-804 and 839-845 in dactylic hexameter verse, in Homeric Greek, fragments from a manuscript papyrus scroll on July 6th Actual price: USD $46,748.


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 11th
Auctionata. Berlin. Abstract Art of the 21st Century - Prints. 138 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Figurative Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries. 136 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Books, Chassidim, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters. 379 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 243 lots

Tue. Jul. 12th
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations. 266 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Castle of Style: Books. 21 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Manuscripts, Graphics. 114 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. The Philip Murray Book Collection. 583 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Prints. 10 lots

Wed. Jul. 13th
Christies. London - King Street. THE GIANCARLO BELTRAME LIBRARY OF SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, PART I. 100 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Valuable Books and Manuscripts. 170 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 27 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 6/26. 1171 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Decorate. Art Deco, Bauhaus, Contemporary Collectibles - Prints. 11 lots

Thu. Jul. 14th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 490 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Summer Market Sale - Books, Prints. 48 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/7. 353 lots
Anteo Subastas. San Sebastián. July 14th Sale - Graphic Works. 9 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Valuable Books. 30 lots

Fri. Jul. 15th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Midsummer's Evening Sale - Prints. 41 lots

Sat. Jul. 16th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 154 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Books and Prints. 37 lots

Sun. Jul. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/10.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 51 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Prints and Books. 39 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Clemens, Samuel L. <i>The Writings Of Mark Twain.</i> New York And London: Harper & Brothers, 1904to1906. $80,000 to 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Biggers, Earl Derr. <i>The House Without a Key</i>. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Bukowski, Charles. Extensively revised typescript of his novel <i>Factotum</i>. [Los Angeles, c. 1973 to 75]. $50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph quotation from <i>A Christmas Carol</i> signed ("Charles Dickens" With Paraph). $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Fitzgerald, Zelda. A group of paper dolls with costumes, circa 1927. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. <i>Men Without Women</i>. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Lawrence, T. E. Autograph letter signed ("TE Shaw") completing the order for George VII — The Brough Superior motorcycle on which he was killed. $5,000 to 7,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Steadman, Ralph. "Somewhere Around Barstow". $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Jones, Robert Tyre ("Bobby"), and O. B. Keeler. <i>Down The Fairway: The Golf Life And Play Of Robert T. Jones, Jr.</i> New York: Minton, Balch, 1927. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Ruth, George Herman ("Babe"). <i>Babe Ruth's Own Book Of Baseball</i>. New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. $8,000 to 12,000
  • <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.
  • <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