• <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.
  • <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
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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

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20 Auctions Archived, 13 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 6 August 2016 20 auctions in the categories of rare and collectible books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,357,683 as 6,221 lots were offered and 4,610 sold for a 74% success rate. 

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on July 31st: $1,781,611
Sothebys. Contemporary Living - Prints on July 28th: $1,392,750

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

Case Antiques, Inc.. Summer Historic Antiques and Art Auction - Books, Photographs, Letters, Maps on July 30th: 197.34%
Sothebys. The Patricia Milne-Henderson Collection: Books on Coins, Medals and Antiquities - Internet bidstart on July 18th: 131.09%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/24 on July 31st: 99.87%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on July 31st: 95.42%
Case Antiques, Inc.. Summer Historic Antiques and Art Auction - Books, Photographs, Letters, Maps on July 30th: 93.42%
Cowans Auctions. American History - Online bidstart 7/21 on August 1st: 93.23%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper - Day 1 on July 13th: 93.12%
Sothebys. Contemporary Living - Prints on July 28th: 85.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Beatrix Potter:Books & Works on Paper,inc. John R. Cawood Collection on July 28th: 82.26%


A total of 20 auctions were reported this week:

Swann Galleries. Vintage Posters on August 3rd: 56.70%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper - Day 2 on July 14th: 66.29%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper - Day 1 on July 13th: 93.12%
PBA Galleries. Rare AmericanaRare Americana & Travel, with Books & Maps from the Warren Heckrotte Collection on July 28th: 73.20%
Skinner. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 7/14 on July 22nd: 73.08%
Sothebys. The Patricia Milne-Henderson Collection: Books on Coins, Medals and Antiquities - Internet bidstart on July 18th: 60.87%
Sothebys. Photographs, Prints - Internet Bidstart 6/24 on July 9th: 65.63%
Cowans Auctions. American History - Online bidstart 7/21 on August 1st: 93.23%
Case Antiques, Inc.. Summer Historic Antiques and Art Auction - Books, Photographs, Letters, Maps on July 30th: 93.42%
Archives International Auctions. Archives International Part XXXIV on July 26th: 58.09%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/24 on July 31st: 99.87%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters on July 31st: 95.42%
Sothebys. Contemporary Living - Prints on July 28th: 85.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Beatrix Potter:Books & Works on Paper,inc. John R. Cawood Collection on July 28th: 82.26%
Purcell Auctioneers. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints on July 27th: 55.00%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper on July 27th: 78.60%
Auctionata. Abstract World: Post-War Art - Prints on July 26th: 18.70%
Auctionata. Rare Paper Works of the 19th and 20th Centuries on July 26th: 6.90%
Auctionata. Addicted to Paper: Prints and Photographs on July 26th: 17.22%
Winter Associates. Americana - Books and Prints on July 25th: 56.41%

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Forum Auctions Epistolae familiares, on July 14th Actual price: USD $209,600.
  2. Forum Auctions De Aetna dialogus on July 14th Actual price: USD $117,900.
  3. Sothebys MICKEY MOUSE (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.265) on July 28th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  4. Forum Auctions Hypnerotomachia Poliphili on July 14th Actual price: USD $98,250.
  5. Sothebys 'MT. KILIMANJARO (MOUNTAIN OF SLAVE CARAVANS) . . . NOW HOME OF THE ELEPHANT PROBLEM, AMBOSELI + BEYOND' on July 28th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  6. Forum Auctions Autograph Manuscript of The Original of Laura on July 13th Actual price: USD $78,600.
  7. Heritage Auctions The Birth of a Nation (Epoch Producing, 1915). One Sheet (28" X 42"). on July 31st Actual price: USD $74,688.
  8. Sothebys UNTITLED (FRAGMENT 2) (SCHUBERT 5B) on July 28th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  9. Sothebys An account of the remains of the worship of Priapus. on July 18th Actual price: USD $60,648.
  10. Bloomsbury Auctions The Tale of Peter Rabbit on July 28th Actual price: USD $57,722.
  11. Forum Auctions Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus ... Venetij MDCCXLI on July 14th Actual price: USD $57,640.
  12. Heritage Auctions Son of Frankenstein (Universal, 1939). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A. on July 31st Actual price: USD $43,020.
  13. Heritage Auctions Morocco (Paramount, 1930). One Sheet (27.5" X 41") Style B. on July 31st Actual price: USD $40,630.
  14. Sothebys COMPOSITION II (C. 298) on July 28th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  15. Sothebys CABINET DES BEAUTÉES, CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES on July 28th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  16. Heritage Auctions Dracula's Daughter (Universal, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 31st Actual price: USD $35,850.
  17. Heritage Auctions The Bell Boy (Paramount, 1918). One Sheet (28" X 41"). on July 31st Actual price: USD $35,850.
  18. Heritage Auctions Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942). Insert (14" X 36"). on July 31st Actual price: USD $33,460.
  19. Sothebys POP SHOP VI (LITTMANN PGS. 150-151): 4 PRINTS on July 28th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PEA, 1966). Italian Premiere Displays Set of 3 (39" X 110"). on July 31st Actual price: USD $31,070.
  21. Heritage Auctions The 39 Steps (Gaumont, 1935). One Sheet (27" X 41"). on July 31st Actual price: USD $31,070.
  22. Sothebys SLING-SHOTS LIT #5 (GEMINI 41.160) on July 28th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  23. Sothebys SHIPBOARD GIRL (CORLETT II.6) on July 28th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  24. Sothebys RED BARN (C. 89) on July 28th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  25. Sothebys SEASCAPE PORTFOLIO on July 28th Actual price: USD $27,500.


For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 8th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 42 lots

Tue. Aug. 9th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera. 202 lots

Wed. Aug. 10th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 13 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. From Beuys to Uecker: Collectibles of Prints and Photography. 130 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 7/22. 843 lots

Thu. Aug. 11th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs and Memorabilia, including NASA Photographs. 311 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books with Children's Literature & Counterculture Memorabilia. 461 lots

Sat. Aug. 13th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . August Estate Auction. 33 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 155 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles.

Sun. Aug. 14th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/7.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/7.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 43 lots

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  • <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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <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
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500