• <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>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.

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7 sales Archived, 7 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 30 July 7 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Database.  All sales this week were denominated in US dollars.  For the week 2,933 lots were offered and 2,721 sold for a 93% success rate.  Turnover was a slim $1,015,788.

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

Charlton HallSix Centuries at Auction - Books, Prints on July 23rd: 113.73% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsSporting Sale - Fine Art Prints on July 24th: 110.50% 


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

National Book AuctionsBooks, Art and Ephemera - Hogarth, Egypt, London, Maps, etc. on July 24th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 100.00% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsSporting Sale - Fine Art Prints on July 24th: 98.68% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 95.74% 
Charlton HallSix Centuries at Auction - Books, Prints on July 23rd: 89.47% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThree Ring Auction! on July 23rd: 85.69% 


7 total sales reported this week: 

National Book AuctionsBooks, Art and Ephemera - Hogarth, Egypt, London, Maps, etc. on July 24th: 100.00% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsSporting Sale - Fine Art Prints on July 24th: 98.68% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 95.74% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 100.00% 
Goldberg Coins and CollectiblesThe Stamps, Manuscripts and Space Memorabilia Sale on July 23rd: 75.76% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThree Ring Auction! on July 23rd: 85.69% 
Charlton HallSix Centuries at Auction - Books, Prints on July 23rd: 89.47% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Potter and Potter Auctions Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.The Duel of the Cannoneers Light Battery Artillery Exercises. on July 23rd Actual price: USD $12,000.
  2. Potter and Potter Auctions Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. U.S.Cavalry Exercises. The Military Marvels of the World. on July 23rd Actual price: USD $12,000.
  3. Potter and Potter Auctions Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. A Group of Wild West Girls and Cowboys – The Virginia Reel on Horseback. on July 23rd Actual price: USD $12,000.
  4. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 on July 24th Actual price: USD $10,158.
  5. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles Tobiasse, Theo. The Pigeon and The Lovers of Notre Dame on July 23rd Actual price: USD $9,600.
  6. Potter and Potter Auctions Al. G. Barnes Wild Animal Circus Wagon Gilt Carving. on July 23rd Actual price: USD $9,600.
  7. Copley Fine Art Auctions Ferruginous Thrush on July 24th Actual price: USD $9,360.
  8. Potter and Potter Auctions Penny Arcade Fortune Teller Machine. Cleopatra.Temple of Fate! Consult the Oracle! on July 23rd Actual price: USD $9,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #35 on July 24th Actual price: USD $7,170.
  10. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man #1 on July 24th Actual price: USD $7,170.
  11. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles Lincoln, Abraham on July 23rd Actual price: USD $6,600.
  12. Copley Fine Art Auctions Shoveller Duck on July 24th Actual price: USD $6,480.
  13. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles Bruce Lee Signed Photo from Fist of Fury on July 23rd Actual price: USD $6,300.
  14. Copley Fine Art Auctions Six Federal Duck Stamps and Prints on July 24th Actual price: USD $6,120.
  15. Potter and Potter Auctions Ringling Brothers. The Grand Highway Locomotive “Hercules,” Capacity 120,000 Lbs. Drawing a Section of the Enormous Street Parade. on July 23rd Actual price: USD $6,000.
  16. Charlton Hall WILD TURKEY, on July 23rd Actual price: USD $6,000.
  17. Copley Fine Art Auctions Marsh Gunner, 1918 on July 24th Actual price: USD $5,760.
  18. Copley Fine Art Auctions Brant Goose on July 24th Actual price: USD $5,040.
  19. Potter and Potter Auctions Portrait of John Sitting Bull. Sioux Tribe. on July 23rd Actual price: USD $4,800.
  20. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles 7 Past U.S. Presidents, 1969-2009, Signed Photograph of Air Force One on July 23rd Actual price: USD $4,800.
  21. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles Obama, Barack on July 23rd Actual price: USD $4,800.
  22. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles 1969 Apollo 11 important working documents (x3) on July 23rd Actual price: USD $4,800.
  23. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles 1986 STS-51L Crew Member Signed NASA Color Litho on July 23rd Actual price: USD $4,800.
  24. Heritage Auctions Conan the Barbarian #58 Page 23 Original Art on July 24th Actual price: USD $4,780.
  25. Copley Fine Art Auctions Old Tom, 1926 on July 24th Actual price: USD $4,320.



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

National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Hogarth, Egypt, London, Maps, etc. on July 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 100.00%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Sporting Sale - Fine Art Prints on July 24th: 98.68%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 95.74%
Charlton Hall. Six Centuries at Auction - Books, Prints on July 23rd: 89.47%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Three Ring Auction! on July 23rd: 85.69%


14 total sales reported this week:

National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Hogarth, Egypt, London, Maps, etc. on July 24th: 100.00%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Sporting Sale - Fine Art Prints on July 24th: 98.68%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 95.74%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/17 on July 24th: 100.00%
Goldberg Coins and Collectibles. The Stamps, Manuscripts and Space Memorabilia Sale on July 23rd: 75.76%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Three Ring Auction! on July 23rd: 85.69%
Charlton Hall. Six Centuries at Auction - Books, Prints on July 23rd: 89.47%


For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 1st
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 7/21. 458 lots

Wed. Aug. 3rd
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 582 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Summer Americana Auction. 31 lots

Thu. Aug. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1246 lots

Fri. Aug. 5th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints. 57 lots

Sun. Aug. 7th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/31.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. /Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/31.

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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