• <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Paine, Autograph Letter Signed to Ira Allen, on a rendezvous at the Boston–a Paris café for political exiles, 1790s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Paul Revere, Autograph Document Signed, certifying the discharge of a captain from his regiment, 1779. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Pay order to express rider Jonathan Park to warn Congress of arriving British warships, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed to Thomas Sim Lee, stating that the government is not authorized to intervene in the Citizen Genêt affair, 1793. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to Nathanael Greene, suggesting a way to obtain money for the Continental Army, 1780. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, Autograph Letter Signed to Senator John H. Eaton, on the Seminole Wars & Spain’s duplicity, 1819. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Harry S. Truman, Photograph Signed and Inscribed, showing a false newspaper headline about the 1948 presidential election. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Benjamin Franklin, vellum Document Signed, as President of the Supreme Executive Council of PA, 1786. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Henry Dearborn, two Autograph Manuscript items including a drawing of Bunker’s Hill, unsigned, 1818. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, <i>A New Map of the United States,</i> lithograph, circa 1828. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General George Custer's Officer, James McLean Steele, 1868-1869 Diary. $30,000 - $50,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Exceptionally Rare Anti-Slavery Broadside, “A Crusade Against Slavery”. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, Exceptionally Rare War-Date ANS. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albumen Photograph of the "Scouts of the Plains," from Cody's Personal Collection. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Jefferson Davis, CDV, Signed and Dated to his Imprisonment in Fortress Monroe. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Robert E. Lee, CDV Signed Twice. $2,000 - $4,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> “Si Clack: Co. Q, 100th Indiana Vols.,” Written & Illustrated by Civil War Veteran, P.M. Radford. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General Meade Inspecting the 5th Corps, Civil War-Era Sketch by Alfred R. Waud. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Rare Huey Newton Black Panther Party Poster. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Lloyd's New Political Chart, 1861. $800 - $1,200
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> William J. Ferguson, “Our American Cousin” Cast Member, Lincoln Assassination Archive. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albert Einstein, Signed Photograph in his Favorite Leather Jacket. $2,000 - $4,000
  • <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>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

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Sixteen Auctions Archived, 26 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, February 11th, 16 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 1 in Danish krona, 4 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,641,289 as 5,068 lots were offered and 3,981 sold for a 79% success rate.  The evidence is circumstantial but encouraging.

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on February 8th: $1,839,598 

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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsUnreserved Book Stock Sale on February 8th: 200.94% 
FerratonAntiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs on February 3rd: 159.02% 
Case Antiques, Inc.Winter Art and Antiques - Prints, Manuscripts, Books on January 21st: 119.44% 
Binoche et GiquelloAutographs and Manuscripts on February 8th: 118.44% 
SothebysBooks and Manuscripts on February 8th: 102.72% 


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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsUnreserved Book Stock Sale on February 8th: 100.00% 
Grogan and CompanyThe February Auction - Fine Art: Prints on February 5th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art and Ephemera - 1601, Fancy Leather, Breathed, etc on February 4th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 99.36% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 97.14% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Golden Age of Magic Posters on February 4th: 94.22% 
Binoche et GiquelloAutographs and Manuscripts on February 8th: 90.95% 
Case Antiques, Inc.Winter Art and Antiques - Prints, Manuscripts, Books on January 21st: 89.51% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on February 3rd: 86.96% 
FerratonAntiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs on February 3rd: 86.49% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 7th: 82.43% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys LA RIVIERE DE CASSIS. POÈME AUTOGRAPHE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $303,345.
  2. Sothebys PLAISIRS DU JEUNE ÂGE. 7 DESSINS MANUSCRITS AUTOGRAPHES. on February 8th Actual price: USD $127,063.
  3. Potter and Potter Auctions Houdini Presents His Own Original Invention. The Greatest Sensational Mystery Ever Attempted in This or any Other Age!!! on February 4th Actual price: USD $114,000.
  4. Sothebys DE FORMATO FOETU. – DE VENARUM OSTIOLIS. – DE LOCUTIONE ET EJUS INSTRUMENTIS LIBER. — DE BRUTORUM LOQUELA. on February 8th Actual price: USD $82,925.
  5. Sothebys BÜCHER UND SCHRIFFTEN. [EN TÊTE DU PREMIER VOLUME :] CHIRURGISCHE BÜCHER UND SCHRIFFTEN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $58,850.
  6. Sothebys LA NOUVELLE CHUTE DE L’AMÉRIQUE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $56,175.
  7. Sothebys LETTRE AUTOGRAPHE SIGNÉE À LOU [CONTENANT 2 POÈMES SOUS FORME DE FABLES :] "LES FLEURS RARES" ET "LE TOUTOU ET LE GUI". on February 8th Actual price: USD $54,838.
  8. Sothebys MON CHER FRECHTMAN... TRÈS IMPORTANT ENSEMBLE DE LETTRE À SON TRADUCTEUR, AGENT LITTÉRAIRE ET CONFIDENT BERNARD FRECHTMAN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $45,475.
  9. Sothebys [REÇU DU HARAR ADRESSÉ À ARMAND SAVOURÉ, POUR LE COMPTE DU ROI MÉNÉLIK II]. on February 8th Actual price: USD $38,788.
  10. Sothebys QUATUOR HIS SUARU[M] INSTITUTIONUM GEOMETRICARUM LIBRIS. on February 8th Actual price: USD $37,450.
  11. Sothebys LES CARACTÈRES DE THÉOPHRASTE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $34,775.
  12. Sothebys IMPORTANTE CORRESPONDANCE REÇUE PAR PIET DE GROOF, ALIAS WALTER KORUN, DIRECTEUR DE LA GALERIE TAPTOE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  13. Sothebys DIE HETÄRENGESPRÄCHE DES LUKIAN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  14. Sothebys ODE À MA MÈRE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  15. Sothebys NEDERLANDISCHE VOGELEN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $32,100.
  16. Sothebys POMME ENDORMIE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $29,425.
  17. Sothebys POUR UN FUNAMBULE.  MANUSCRIT ET TAPUSCRIT INCONNUS.  on February 8th Actual price: USD $29,425.
  18. Sothebys VERZAMELING VAN UITLANDSCHE EN ZELDZAAME VOGELEN.  on February 8th Actual price: USD $29,425.
  19. Sothebys RARE CORRESPONDANCE À SES CRÉANCIERS DURAND ET DESVIGNES, 13 OCTOBRE 1819-24 MARS 1830. [AVEC :] 50 PIÈCES MANUSCRITES RELATIVE À NICÉPHORE NIÉPCE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $26,750.
  20. Sothebys ARS DE STATICA MEDICINA APHORISMORUM. on February 8th Actual price: USD $26,750.
  21. Sothebys [COUTUMIER DE NORMANDIE. on February 8th Actual price: USD $24,075.
  22. Potter and Potter Auctions Kellar?s Startling Wonder. The Cassadaga Propaganda. on February 4th Actual price: USD $24,000.
  23. Potter and Potter Auctions Houdini. King of Cards. on February 4th Actual price: USD $24,000.
  24. Sothebys CORRESPONDANCE À PIET DE GROOF, ALIAS WALTER KORUN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $22,738.
  25. Sothebys PHYSIOCRATIE, OU CONSTITUTION NATURELLE DU GOUVERNEMENT LE PLUS AVANTAGEUX AU GENRE HUMAIN. on February 8th Actual price: USD $22,738.



16 total sales reported this week:

Case Antiques, Inc.. Winter Art and Antiques - Prints, Manuscripts, Books on January 21st: 89.51%
Binoche et Giquello. Autographs and Manuscripts on February 8th: 90.95%
Potter and Potter Auctions. The Golden Age of Magic Posters on February 4th: 94.22%
Ferraton. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Engravings and Autographs on February 3rd: 86.49%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - 1601, Fancy Leather, Breathed, etc on February 4th: 100.00%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/19 on November 24th: 37.47%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Unreserved Book Stock Sale on February 8th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Books and Manuscripts on February 8th: 74.32%
Grogan and Company. The February Auction - Fine Art: Prints on February 5th: 100.00%
Rossini. Engravings, etc. on December 15th: 70.00%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/6 on January 26th: 36.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 7th: 82.43%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on February 3rd: 86.96%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Posters & Periodicals, Postcards, Maps, Zionism on January 31st: 46.44%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 99.36%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 97.14%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 13th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . February Auction - Continental. 36 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 9 and 10: Interior Design and Books. 264 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 95 lots

Tue. Feb. 14th
Swann Galleries. New York. Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks. 322 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Discover Nature. 54 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Portraits - People as Seen by Artists. 53 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 11 and 12: Interior Design - Prints. 35 lots

Wed. Feb. 15th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Remaining books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. 96 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 13 and 14: Interior Design - Prints. 19 lots

Thu. Feb. 16th
Auctionata. Berlin. From Chagall to Hockney: Prints and Editions. 84 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. The Spectrum of Artistic Expression. 21 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. The Spectrum of Artistic Expression: Art of the 20th & 21st Century. 66 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 2/9. 503 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 15 and 16: Interior Design - Prints. 23 lots

Fri. Feb. 17th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Winter Sale. 100 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Winter Market Auction - Prints and Books. 96 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 384 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques. 6025 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Manuscripts and Autographs. 249 lots

Sat. Feb. 18th
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Prints - Internet bidstart 2/10. 63 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Rare Books and Prints. 1133 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Scott W. Dawson Weekly Internet Auction - Books. 239 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 124 lots

Sun. Feb. 19th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints. 63 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/12.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/12.

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>
  • <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