• <b>Sotheby’s New York: Fine Books & Manuscripts. December 11, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Wright, Frank Lloyd. An important collection of early letters from Wright to members of his family. 1909–1926. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Rand, Ayn. Ayn Rand's important first speech delivered at the Ford Hall Forum. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> Tolkien, J.R.R. <i>The Hobbit or There and Back Again</i>. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> [Flemish Flower Manuscript]. Lille, Spanish Netherlands: 1630. $50,000 to $60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 11:</b> García Márquez, Gabriel. Two drafts of an early short story, "Rosas Artificiales.” $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: History of Science and Technology. December 12, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Enigma M4. A Fully Operational Four-Rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine, 1944. $350,000 To $500,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> The "Polio" Nobel Prize. The 1954 Nobel Prize Medal for Physiology or Medicine Awarded to Frederick C. Robbins. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> ENIGMA I. A Fully Operational Early Three-Rotor Enigma I Cipher Machine. Berlin, Heimsoeth Und Rinke, Early 1930s. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Bonestell, Chesley. "Saturn, Viewed From Titan, One of Its Satellites." A Mid 1950's Study for the 360° Titan Panorama. 1 ½ x 20’. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 12:</b> Descartes, René. <i>Discours de la Méthode pour Bien Conduire Sa Raison, & Chercher la Verité dans les Sciences... 1637. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Norman, <i>The American Pilot</i>, complete copy with 11 folding charts, Boston, 1810. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Smith, <i>New England</i>, London, 1616. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Plancius Petrus, <i>Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus</i>, Amsterdam, 1594. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Martin Waldseemüller, <i>Tabula Terre Nove</i>, woodcut, Strasbourg, 1513. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Forlani & Zaltieri, <i>Il Disegno del Discoperto della Noua Franza</i>, Venice, 1566. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first appearance of "Virginia" on a printed map, Paris, 1587. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pieter van den Keere, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica</i>, Amsterdam, 1608. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Abraham Ortelius, <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>, Antwerp, 1584. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>George B. Goode & Samuel A. Kilbourne, <i>Game Fishes of the United States</i>, New York, 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>William Faden, <i>The Province of New Jersey</i>, London, 1777. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-Pudding in Danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pierre Belon, <i>L'Histoire de la Nature des Oyseaux</i>, with woodcut illustrations, Paris, 1555. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <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>
  • <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowling (J.K.). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, original fine black pen and ink manuscript book by the author J.K.Rowling, with 31pp of text and illustrations. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt</i>, i.e. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>. vol 4, England & Wales. £10,500 to £12,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Miró (Joan). L'Homme au Balencier, etching, aquatint and carborundum, printed in colours on Japan paper, signed in pencil lower right. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Steve McCurry (b.1950). Afghan Girl, 1984, pigment inkjet print, signed and numbered 48/250 in pencil on lower margin. £2,500 to £3,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Keough (Pat and Rosemarie). <i>Antarctica</i>, no 228 of 950 copies, signed by the authors, many colour illustrations, original dark grey morocco. £2,800 to £3,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowlandson (Thomas). Darby & Joan, the idyllically contended couple sit either side of a stove in a cosy domestic interior, ink and watercolour on wove paper. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Procktor (Patrick). Tiny blue-eyed goldfish, watercolour, 310 x 460mm., signed in blue crayon, lower right, titled and inscribed Muscat Jan 19. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Iouri Abramochkin (b.1936). Horsemen, Dagestan, 1968, Lambda print, printed later, signed, dated, editioned 1/8 and annotated in black ink verso. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Ravilious (Eric).- Shakespeare (William). Twelfth NIght, or, What You Will, number 79 of 275 copies , wood-engraved title. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Michelangelo.- Chastel (André). <i>The Vatican Frescoes of Michelangelo</i>, Photography by Takashi Okamura, 2 vol., one of 600 sets, colour plates. £500 to £700
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Wyndham (John). <i>The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; The Chrysalids;</i> together with 8 other volumes. All first editions. £400 to £600
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). Goats Along The Seine, 1894. Photogravure, printed 1990s by Dorothy Norman, one from an edition of 40 published by Aperture. £400 to £600

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Twenty five Auctions Archived, 15 Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, January 29th, 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,487,938 as 5,478 lots were offered and 4,018 sold for a 73% success rate.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesOld Master Prints on January 25th: $4,635,188 



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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on January 25th: 137.25% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 24th: 106.11% 
TooveysPrints on January 25th: 102.21% 


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

Gibson Auction Inc.Rare Americana Books and Maps on July 2nd: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles on January 21st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.73% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.18% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersAmerican Prints & Drawings: 1925-1975 on January 25th: 99.15% 
Doyle New YorkThe Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection - Books and Manuscripts on January 11th: 98.77% 
Gibson Auction Inc.IMPORTANT JOSEPH “ABE” LEISCH CIVIL WAR AUCTION on December 10th: 98.09% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 24th: 91.55% 
Swann GalleriesAlphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection on January 26th: 89.04% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on January 25th: 87.66% 
TooveysPrints on January 25th: 81.25% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army in the Red Sea on January 25th Actual price: USD $751,500.
  2. Sothebys Astérix – Le Devin Planche 6 on January 21st Actual price: USD $341,865.
  3. Christies Saint Michael slaying the Dragon on January 25th Actual price: USD $211,500.
  4. Christies Knight, Death and the Devil on January 25th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  5. Christies A Scholar in his Study ('Faust') on January 25th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  6. Christies The Three Trees on January 25th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  7. Christies Triton and Nereid on January 25th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  8. Gibson Auction Inc. John Lederer on July 2nd Actual price: USD $129,375.
  9. Christies The Death of the Virgin on January 25th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  10. Christies Landscape with a Cottage and a large Tree on January 25th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  11. Christies Madonna lactans with the Last Supper on January 25th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  12. Christies La Tauromaquia on January 25th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  13. Christies Carceri d’Invenzione on January 25th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  14. Christies Melencolia I on January 25th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  15. Christies El famoso Americano, Mariano Ceballos, from: The Bulls of Bordeaux on January 25th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  16. Christies Ephraim Bonus, Jewish Physician on January 25th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  17. Christies Knight, Death and the Devil on January 25th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  18. Christies Coat of Arms with a Skull on January 25th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  19. Christies Saint Eustace on January 25th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  20. Christies Christ healing the Sick ('The Hundred Guilder Print') on January 25th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  21. Christies The Great Jewish Bride on January 25th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  22. Christies Hercules, or: The Effects of Jealousy on January 25th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  23. Christies The Windmill on January 25th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  24. Christies The Angel appearing to the Shepherds on January 25th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  25. Christies The Large Hercules on January 25th Actual price: USD $60,000.



25 total sales reported this week:

Gibson Auction Inc.. Rare Americana Books and Maps on July 2nd: 100.00%
Gibson Auction Inc.. IMPORTANT JOSEPH “ABE” LEISCH CIVIL WAR AUCTION on December 10th: 98.09%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Maps, Works of Art on December 13th: 65.73%
Swann Galleries. Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection on January 26th: 89.04%
Tooveys. Prints on January 25th: 81.25%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. American Prints & Drawings: 1925-1975 on January 25th: 99.15%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Antiques, Interiors, Collectibles - Books, Prints on December 7th: 47.06%
Dorothy Sloan Rare Books. The Mexican-American War - Day 2 on December 16th: 23.08%
Dorothy Sloan Rare Books. The Mexican-American War - Day 1 on December 15th: 28.57%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on January 25th: 87.66%
Christies. Old Master Prints on January 25th: 77.22%
RR Auction. Olympic Memorabilia - Internet bidstart 1/12 on January 19th: 50.00%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on January 24th: 27.81%
JellyFishTree. Collectible Books on January 18th: 39.31%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 24th: 91.55%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles on January 21st: 100.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 21st: 77.59%
Doyle New York. The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection - Books and Manuscripts on January 11th: 98.77%
Auctionata. Antiques and Collectibles - Books on January 23rd: 7.14%
Auctionata. Prints, Multiples and Photography on January 18th: 15.94%
Auctionata. Post War and Contemporary Art on January 18th: 15.04%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Palm Beach January Auction on January 19th: 65.79%
Sothebys. Comic Strips on January 21st: 66.20%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.73%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/15 on January 22nd: 99.18%


For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 30th
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs. 962 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 96 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Historical Autographs and Maps - Internet bidstart 1/19. 219 lots

Tue. Jan. 31st
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Photo Opportunities. 218 lots
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Posters & Periodicals, Postcards, Maps, Zionism. 590 lots

Wed. Feb. 1st
Bonhams. London. Travel and Exploration. 102 lots
Rossini. Paris. Photographs. 90 lots

Fri. Feb. 3rd
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 306 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs. 903 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints. 46 lots

Sat. Feb. 4th
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. The Golden Age of Magic Posters. 294 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.

Sun. Feb. 5th
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The February Auction - Fine Art: Prints. 15 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/29.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/29.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
  • <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>John the Baptist</i>. initial 'H' cut from a choirbook [Lombardy or Siena, c. 1470s]. US$6,000–9,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839) seated on a terrace with Sikh noblemen</i>. [Punjab, North India, circa 1830-40]. Estimate: US$10,000–15,000
  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
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