• <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000
  • <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>

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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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000