• <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000

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Eleven Auctions Archived, 24 Auctions Upcoming This Week

For the week ended Saturday, January 21st, 11 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 sale denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,226,135 as 2,913 lots were offered and 2,339 sold for an 80% success rate.  It’s January and already the market is lively.

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysAlexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: $2,645,750 


1 auction saw their total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

SothebysAlexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: 125.10% 


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

SothebysAlexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 97.16% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersHappy New Year Exposition Auction on January 13th: 90.91% 
BonhamsA Gentleman's Library on January 19th: 86.67% 
Clars Auction GalleryAntique, Art, Jewelry, Asian - Prints, Photographs on January 15th: 81.34% 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys A PREVOUSLY UNRECORDED AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF PACIFICUS ESSAY NO. VI on January 18th Actual price: USD $262,500.
  2. Sothebys ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S APPOINTMENT AS AIDE-DE-CAMP TO GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON on January 18th Actual price: USD $212,500.
  3. Sothebys A GROUP OF 34 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED ("PH. SCHUYLER"), 1790–1804, TO HIS DAUGHTER ELIZABETH SCHUYLER HAMILTON on January 18th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  4. Sothebys A GROUP OF 17 LETTERS, 1793–1803, ADDRESSED TO HIS SON-IN-LAW, ALEXANDER HAMILTON on January 18th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  5. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER (''MY DEAREST GIRL''); THE EARLIEST SURVIVING LOVE LETTER FROM ALEXANDER HAMILTON TO HIS FUTURE WIFE  on January 18th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  6. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''A HAMILTON) TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, ANNOUNCING THAT THE ARMY IS PREPARING TO ENGAGE CORNWALLIS IN VIRGINIA on January 18th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  7. Sothebys CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT HIS REPUTATION AS A SOLDIER AND A GENTLEMAN NEARLY PROVOKING A DUEL, 1779 on January 18th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  8. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER, ANNOUNCING THE TREASON OF BENEDICT ARNOLD on January 18th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ANGELICA SCHUYLER CHURCH, SENDING AND REQUESTING FAMILY NEWS on January 18th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  10. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH NOTES PREPARED FOR PRESIDENT WASHINGTON'S THIRD ANNUAL MESSAGE TO CONGRESS on January 18th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  11. RR Auction George Washington ALS on January 11th Actual price: USD $61,931.
  12. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER DRAFT TO LOUIS-MARIE, VICOMTE DE NOAILLES, ABOUT THE PRESENT MILITARY AND FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE UNITED STATES on January 18th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  13. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY RICHARD FOLWELL (''RICD. FOLWELL'') TO EDWARD JONES, PROVIDING BACKGROUND INFORMATION, INTENDED FOR ALEXANDER HAMILTON, ON MARIA REYNOLDS AND A SUPPOSED CONSPIRACY TO ENTRAP HIM on January 18th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  14. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER DRAFT TO AN UNNAMED RECIPIENT (BUT POSSIBLY JEREMIAH WADSWORTH), REGARDING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1796 on January 18th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  15. Sothebys A GROUP OF LETTERS WRITTEN TO HER BROTHER-IN-LAW ALEXANDER HAMILTON, 1789–1795 on January 18th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ACHURCH") TO RENSSELAER SCHUYLER, REPORTING THE DEATH OF PHILIP HAMILTON IN A DUEL on January 18th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  17. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON (''MY LOVED ELIZA''), REPORTING PREPARATIONS TO PUT DOWN THE WHISKEY REBELLION on January 18th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  18. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''AH'') TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER; AN ANGUISHED, PLEADING LOVE LETTER THAT ALSO ANNOUNCES THE ARRIVAL OF FRENCH GENERAL ROCHAMBEAU on January 18th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  19. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("I AM AND I ALWAYS WILL BE YOUR AFFECTIONATE FATHER PH. SCHUYLER''), TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES AND CONSOLATION UPON THE RECENT, TRAGIC DEATH OF HER HUSBAND on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  20. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (''ALEX HAMILTON'') TO ELIZABETH SCHUYLER; AN EARLY LOVE LETTER, REGRETTING THEIR SEPARATION AND HOPING FOR THEIR REUNION on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  21. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO MARGARITA (PEGGY) SCHUYLER, CONFESSING HIS LOVE FOR HER SISTER ELIZABETH on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  22. Sothebys A GROUP OF AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS RELATED TO PREPARATIONS AT FORT TICONDEROGA FOR THE INVASION OF CANADA, 1775 on January 18th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  23. Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers Thian Master Album with 297 Specimens of Confederate Currency on January 14th Actual price: USD $41,300.
  24. Sothebys TWO AUTOGRAPH MEMORANDA, ONE WITH A DIAGRAM, PLANNING THE GARDENS AT THE GRANGE on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  25. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("P. HAMILTON") TO HIS FATHER, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, ("DEAR PAPA"), DISCUSSING HIS SCHOOLING AND HIS DESIRE TO BE "A GOOD MAN" on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,000.



11 total sales reported this week:

Bonhams. A Gentleman's Library on January 19th: 86.67%
Sothebys. Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive on January 18th: 100.00%
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. 2017 New York Book Auction on January 14th: 67.67%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 17th: 79.78%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Happy New Year Exposition Auction on January 13th: 90.91%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Prints from the Collection of Clifford and Rosemary Ellis on January 16th: 33.74%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antique, Art, Jewelry, Asian - Prints, Photographs on January 15th: 81.34%
Clars Auction Gallery. Asian, Furniture, Jewelry, Art: Prints on January 14th: 69.11%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 12/16 on January 11th: 72.39%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 97.16%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8 on January 15th: 99.66%


For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled.

Mon. Jan. 23rd
Auctionata. Berlin. Antiques and Collectibles - Books. 14 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 71 lots

Tue. Jan. 24th
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 320 lots

Wed. Jan. 25th
Christies. New York. Old Master Prints. 237 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 543 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 317 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. American Prints & Drawings: 1925-1975. 117 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 16 lots
25 Blythe Road. LONDON. British & Continental Pictures & Prints - Photographs.
Ader. PARIS. Classic Sale - Books, Prints.
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. China and Asian Art - Letters and Prints.

Thu. Jan. 26th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/6. 417 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature and Modern First Editions. 504 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection. 218 lots
Tajan. Paris. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints. 6 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Prints in Art and Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/14. 28 lots

Fri. Jan. 27th
Tajan. Paris. A Doctor's Library. 303 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints, Photographs. 199 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Space History Sale. 21 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . January Sale. 75 lots

Sat. Jan. 28th
Arader Galleries. New York City. Winter 2017 Auction. 284 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobilia.

Sun. Jan. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/22.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/22.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
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