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20 Auctions Archived, 34 Sales upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, 17 September, 20 sales were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,669,910 as 5,869 lots were offered and 4,423 sold for a 76% success rate.  The volume is picking up.


1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsRare Books Books Signature Auction on September 15th: $1,233,617 

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

Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersMorningthorpe Manor Country House Sale - Day 4 - The Library on September 9th: 113.84% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books Books Signature Auction on September 15th: 110.71% 
AderBooks and Advertising on September 15th: 104.79% 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine and Decorative Arts - Prints on September 9th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks on September 10th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 9/4 on September 11th: 98.55% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/4 on September 11th: 98.16% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books Books Signature Auction on September 15th: 96.88% 
Waverly AuctionsRare Books on September 8th: 90.59% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 13th: 86.36% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions The Federalist. A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. on September 15th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi...By Joseph Smith, Junior, Author and Proprietor. on September 15th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  3. Michaans Auctions Mt. Fuji from Gotenyama at Shinagawa on Tokaido on September 10th Actual price: USD $31,329.
  4. Heritage Auctions The Lord of the Rings, including: The Fellowship of the Ring. on September 15th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  5. ALDE Belle du Seigneur. on June 29th Actual price: USD $21,862.
  6. Heritage Auctions The Beasts of Tarzan. on September 15th Actual price: USD $18,750.
  7. Heritage Auctions The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. on September 15th Actual price: USD $17,500.
  8. Heritage Auctions Journals of Congress. Containing Their Proceedings [from September 5, 1774, to November 3, 1788]. on September 15th Actual price: USD $16,250.
  9. Heritage Auctions Three Stories & Ten Poems. on September 15th Actual price: USD $15,625.
  10. Ader Réunion des 3 plaquettes éditées par les établissements NICOLAS de 1930 à 1932 : on September 15th Actual price: USD $14,518.
  11. Heritage Auctions De Legibus & consuetudinibus Anglia, Libri Quinq... on September 15th Actual price: USD $14,375.
  12. Heritage Auctions Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. on September 15th Actual price: USD $13,750.
  13. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics Group of 104 on September 11th Actual price: USD $13,145.
  14. Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers A SURVEY OF THE NORFOLK ESTATES OF THE RIGHT HON'BLE JOHN LORD WODEHOUSE on September 9th Actual price: USD $12,502.
  15. Heritage Auctions The Moon Maid. on September 15th Actual price: USD $12,500.
  16. Heritage Auctions Archive of Production Artwork for Carl Sagan's Cosmos. on September 15th Actual price: USD $12,500.
  17. Heritage Auctions Increase Mather. A Further Account of the Tryals of the New England Witches. on September 15th Actual price: USD $12,500.
  18. Old World Auctions A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to ye Truest Descriptions Latest Discoveries & Best Observations yt Have Beene Made by English or Strangers" on June 22nd Actual price: USD $12,075.
  19. Ader Ensemble de 38 plaquettes publicitaires et tarifs des établissements Nicolas, imprimées par Draeger, in-8 et in-4. Tête de collection complète des tarifs et des catalogues de 1927 à 1973. Prestigieuse publication illustrée en couleurs par les meilleurs ar on September 15th Actual price: USD $11,956.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces During the War Which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States. on September 15th Actual price: USD $11,875.
  21. Heritage Auctions Great Auk. on September 15th Actual price: USD $11,250.
  22. Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers MEMORANDUMS OF HERALDRY on September 9th Actual price: USD $10,470.
  23. Heritage Auctions Men Without Women. on September 15th Actual price: USD $10,000.
  24. Heritage Auctions Route Across the Rocky Mountains, With a Description of Oregon and California; Their Geographical Features, Their Resources, Soil, Climate, Productions, &c., &c. on September 15th Actual price: USD $10,000.

20 total sales reported this week:

Ader. Books and Advertising on September 15th: 52.84%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books Books Signature Auction on September 15th: 96.88%
JellyFishTree. Books on August 10th: 67.44%
JellyFishTree. September Auction: Books - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 33.88%
RJM Autographs and Antiques. Autographs on September 13th: 11.88%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 13th: 86.36%
Winter Associates. Fine Arts, Antiques, Americana on September 12th: 72.73%
National Book Auctions. Books on September 10th: 100.00%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 8th: 90.59%
Vermot de Pas. CollectioMania - Posters, Prints on September 8th: 19.09%
Vermot de Pas. NASA Photographs on July 25th: 28.77%
ALDE. Original Edition, 19th-21st Centuries on June 30th: 31.25%
ALDE. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books on June 29th: 50.00%
Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 6/15 on June 22nd: 61.15%
Michaans Auctions. Estates Sale - Prints on September 10th: 53.13%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Estates Sale on September 10th: 73.77%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on September 9th: 100.00%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Morningthorpe Manor Country House Sale - Day 4 - The Library on September 9th: 70.53%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/4 on September 11th: 98.16%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/4 on September 11th: 98.55%

For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 19th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . September Catalogue Auction. 85 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 98 lots

Tue. Sep. 20th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Clocks, etc. - Books. 6 lots
Bonhams. New York. Exploration and Travel. 149 lots
Tajan. Paris. Claude Morillon's Library.
Dorotheum . Vienna. Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory. 270 lots
Christies. New York. Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan - Books, Prints. 78 lots
Paige Auction. Portland. Art, Advertising, Collectibles and More. 58 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jewish and Israeli History and Culture. 401 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books. 17 lots

Wed. Sep. 21st
Christies. London - King Street. Prints and Multiples. 158 lots
Bonhams. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 187 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Antiquarian Books. 401 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints.
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . History of the Jewish People in Eretz Israel and the Diaspora. 509 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Canals and River Books. 146 lots

Thu. Sep. 22nd
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Angling & Sporting with Travel & Exploration plus Cartography. 392 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 524 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Holy Land Maps and Ceremonial Objects. 235 lots

Fri. Sep. 23rd
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books and Prints.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Paintings, Lithographs, Etchings and Woodcuts Featuring Part I of the Robert Hudson Collection.
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints, Fine Photographs. 164 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Old Master Prints. 70 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 55 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Old Master Prints. 66 lots

Sat. Sep. 24th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Books and Prints. 40 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Autographs. 89 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Advertising, Toys and Con-Op: Posters and Prints.
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Modern and contemporary Prints and Drawings · Modern Books.
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Books. 354 lots

Sun. Sep. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/18.
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Books and Prints. 45 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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.
  • <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