• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Hernán Cortés, letter ordering his assistant to offer hospitality to a visiting bishop, Mexico, 1538. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Esther Levy, <i>Jewish Cookery Book</i>, first edition, Philadelphia, 1871. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Election circular for the New York Constitutional Convention, June 1776. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Theodore de Bry, <i>Admiranda Narratio Fida Tamen</i>, second Latin edition, Frankfort, circa 1608. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Campaign broadside in support of Andrew Jackson's re-election, 1832. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Johann Moritz Rugendas, <i>Malerische Reise in Brasilien</i>, first edition, with 100 lithographed plates, Paris, 1827-35. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Eusebio Kino, signed Jesuit profession of faith, San Bruno Mission, California, 1684. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Fraktur manuscript birth certificate, ink & watercolor, Pennsylvania, 1801. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27: Printed & Manuscript Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> Joaquin Bolaños, <i>La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte</i>, Mexico, 1792. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> <i>The Cherokee Messenger</i>, complete set, Oklahoma, 1844-46. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 27:</b> William J. Stone, engraving of the Declaration of Independence, Washington, circa 1833. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <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>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>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

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12 Auctions Archived, 8 sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 13 August, 11 sales were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 3 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 6 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,140,758 as 3,608 were offered and 2,523 sold for a 70% success rate.  We are in the doldrums.

 

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 5th: $3,119,388

 

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

Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 9th: 181.82%
Tooveys. Prints on August 10th: 143.07%
Ader. Illustrated and Modern Books on July 5th: 103.38%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints on August 5th: 103.27%


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 99.87%
Heritage Auctions. /Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 97.91%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints on August 5th: 94.74%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 9th: 91.58%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 9th: 90.48%
Tooveys. Prints on August 10th: 84.62%
Eldreds. Summer Americana Auction on August 4th: 83.87%


12 total sales reported this week:

Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs and Memorabilia, including NASA Photographs on August 11th: 66.88%
Auctionata. From Beuys to Uecker: Collectibles of Prints and Photography on August 10th: 20.77%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on August 9th: 91.58%
Tooveys. Prints on August 10th: 84.62%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 9th: 90.48%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on August 5th: 39.41%
RR Auction. RR Auction: Olympic Auction - Internet bidstart 7/14 on July 21st: 73.65%
Ader. Illustrated and Modern Books on July 5th: 68.66%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Americana Exposition Auction - Decorative Prints on August 5th: 94.74%
Eldreds. Summer Americana Auction on August 4th: 83.87%
Heritage Auctions. /Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 97.91%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/31 on August 7th: 99.87% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $956,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Startling Comics #2 Mile High Pedigree (Better Publications, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $101,575.
  3. Heritage Auctions All Star Comics #58 (DC, 1976) CBCS NM/MT 9.8 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $77,675.
  4. Heritage Auctions Batman #11 (DC, 1942) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $65,725.
  5. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CBCS PR 0.3 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $65,725.
  6. Heritage Auctions Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CBCS Restored VF+ 8.5 Moderate (P) Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $47,800.
  7. Heritage Auctions More Fun Comics #58 (DC, 1940) CBCS FN 6.0 Cream to off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $39,435.
  8. Heritage Auctions Batman and Robin Toy Factory Prototype Figure Set (Ideal Toys, 1966). on August 5th Actual price: USD $33,460.
  9. Heritage Auctions All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CGC VG 4.0 Slightly brittle pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $31,070.
  10. Heritage Auctions Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CBCS Restored VF- 7.5 (Moderate) Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $29,875.
  11. Heritage Auctions Captain America #100 (Marvel, 1968) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $27,485.
  12. Heritage Auctions All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CBCS GD- 1.8 Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $27,485.
  13. Heritage Auctions Vintage Near Complete Official Batman Utility Belt Crime Fighting Equipment Set (Ideal, 1966). on August 5th Actual price: USD $26,290.
  14. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #71 (DC, 1943) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $22,705.
  15. Heritage Auctions Batman #121 (DC, 1959) CBCS VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $20,315.
  16. Heritage Auctions Catman Comics #20 (Holyoke/Continental, 1943) CBCS VF/NM 9.0 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $19,120.
  17. Heritage Auctions Batman #52 (DC, 1949) CGC NM- 9.2 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $19,120.
  18. Heritage Auctions Sparkler Comics #18 Mile High pedigree (United Features Syndicate, 1943) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $17,925.
  19. Heritage Auctions Devil Kids Starring Hot Stuff #1 (Harvey, 1962) CBCS NM 9.4 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 (Marvel, 1965) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  21. Heritage Auctions More Fun Comics #55 (DC, 1940) CBCS Conserved GD+ 2.5 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,730.
  22. Heritage Auctions Thor #126 (Marvel, 1966) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  23. Heritage Auctions The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CBCS Restored FN- 5.5 Slight (P) Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  24. Heritage Auctions Action Comics #23 (DC, 1940) CBCS VG/FN 5.0 White pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $15,535.
  25. Heritage Auctions Superman #32 (DC, 1945) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white to white pages. on August 5th Actual price: USD $14,938.

 


For the week ahead 8 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Aug. 15th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 52 lots 

Tue. Aug. 16th 
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Art and the Prints of Paul Jacoulet. 267 lots 

Wed. Aug. 17th 
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. August ‘unreserved book stock’ auction. 153 lots 

Thu. Aug. 18th 
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Miniature Books: Rico Onuma Memorial Auction from Lilliput Oval Saloon, Owned by Kazushige Onuma, To. 499 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. 2016 August Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction - Internet bidstart 7/20. 40 lots 

Sat. Aug. 20th 
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Summer Sale. 400 lots 

Sun. Aug. 21st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/14
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/14.

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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> 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