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34 Auctions Archived, 40 upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 9 December 34 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 7 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 23 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,901,772 as 9,751 lots were offered and 7,317 sold for a 75% success rate.  It was another strong week.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on December 5th: $5,218,500 
ChristiesRUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARY on December 7th: $2,980,313 
SothebysMedieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books on December 5th: $1,776,762 
Swann GalleriesMaps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on December 5th: $1,150,026 

6 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

Leland Little AuctionsThe Winter Quarterly Auction on December 2nd: 125.98% 
Neret Minet and TessierBooks and Manuscripts on November 30th: 125.14% 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine Art - Prints on December 2nd: 122.15% 
SothebysMedieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books on December 5th: 113.18% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersPhotography Online on December 6th: 104.19% 
ChristiesRUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARY on December 7th: 100.29% 


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

Leland Little AuctionsThe Winter Quarterly Auction on December 2nd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11-5 on December 3rd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/26 on December 3rd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/28 on December 5th: 98.18% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/26 on December 3rd: 97.39% 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine Art - Prints on December 2nd: 97.01% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyRare and Used Books on November 10th: 95.93% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersPhotography Online on December 6th: 92.31% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsRemix - Prints on December 2nd: 90.91% 
John McInnis AuctioneersExtraordinary Estate Auction on December 2nd: 88.31% 
ChristiesRUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARY on December 7th: 86.22% 
Heritage AuctionsAmericana and Political Grand Format Auction on December 2nd: 85.54% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 5th: 84.09% 
Swann GalleriesMaps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on December 5th: 83.06% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper on December 6th: 80.04% 

 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Albert Einstein’s telescope. on December 5th Actual price: USD $432,500.
  2. Christies DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. on December 5th Actual price: USD $432,500.
  3. Bonhams Apple 1 Computer. Apple 1 Motherboard, with label "Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976." on December 6th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  4. Christies The 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Daniel Nathans on December 5th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  5. Sothebys The Hours of the Russian Princess Isabel Gagarine, Use of Paris, in Latin and French on December 5th Actual price: USD $301,500.
  6. Christies Autograph letter signed ("Go:Washington" and "GW" in postscript), to François-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, Newburgh 14 December 1782. on December 5th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  7. Christies YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN– Manuscript map, "No 1 Carte générale de l'Isle de New York et des Environs...No 2. on December 5th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  8. Christies Atlas de l’océan pacifique on December 7th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  9. Christies The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning An° 1584 to this present 1624. on December 5th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  10. Heritage Auctions John F. Kennedy: A Rare Signed Original Painting by the 35th U.S. President. on December 2nd Actual price: USD $162,500.
  11. Christies BIBLE – COMPLUTENSIAN POLYGLOT, in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. on December 5th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  12. Christies Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the North West coast of America on December 7th Actual price: USD $131,250.
  13. Sothebys AN IMPORTANT SERIES OF TWENTY-NINE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED ("HENRI", "HMATISSE", OR WITH INITIALS), TO HIS WIFE AMÉLIE ("MÉLO"), ABOUT HIS WORK IN TANGIERS IN 1912-1913, INCLUDING NINE DRAWINGS OF HIS MOROCCAN PAINTINGS on December 5th Actual price: USD $125,625.
  14. Bonhams Blue Box c.1972. on December 6th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  15. Christies Considérations géographiques et physiques sur les nouvelles découvertes au nord de la Grande Mer on December 7th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  16. Christies Reglamento para el Gobierno de la Provincia de Californias. on December 5th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  17. Heritage Auctions The Bugle Which Sounded Taps for Lincoln. on December 2nd Actual price: USD $100,000.
  18. Christies Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean; on December 7th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  19. Christies His Discours of Voyages unto ye Easte & West Indies. Devided into Foure Bookes. on December 5th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  20. Christies LORD DUNMORE'S WAR – Manuscript, "Journal of the Expedition down the River Ohio Under the Command of his Excellency John Earl of Dunmore Lieutenant and Governor General of his Majesty's Colony and Dominion of Virginia 1774," Virginia on December 5th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  21. Christies Puteshestvie Flota Kapitana...[The Voyage of Fleet Captain Sarychev to Northeastern Siberia, the Frozen Sea, and the Eastern Ocean.] on December 7th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  22. Christies A Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788 on December 7th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  23. Christies RUSSIAN OLD BELIEVERS – Kniga Zertsalo tainstv i kontsa vsemirnogo The Mirror of Sacraments and the End of the World, in Church Slavonic, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER Baltic region, c.1818. on December 5th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  24. Christies History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6. on December 5th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  25. Bonhams Jane Avril on December 5th Actual price: USD $81,250.



34 total sales reported this week:

RR Auction. Featuring Autographs, etc. - Online bidstart 11/7 on December 6th: 54.05%
Rossini. Bibliophilia and Autographs on December 7th: 54.49%
Tajan. Limited Editions on December 6th: 49.49%
Christies. RUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARY on December 7th: 86.22%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on November 10th: 95.93%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper on December 6th: 80.04%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art - Prints on November 29th: 70.19%
Vermot de Pas. Children's Books on November 22nd: 36.52%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Books and Manuscripts on December 6th: 74.12%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures on December 6th: 33.11%
Bonhams. History of Science and Technology on December 6th: 46.49%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Photography Online on December 6th: 92.31%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. 20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine Art - Prints on December 2nd: 97.01%
Treadway Toomey Auctions. 20th Century Art and Design - Prints, Books, Autographs on December 2nd: 73.29%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 5th: 84.09%
Sothebys. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books on December 5th: 72.25%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on December 5th: 69.32%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on December 5th: 76.96%
Bonhams. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples on December 5th: 73.08%
Swann Galleries. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on December 5th: 83.06%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 11/28 on December 5th: 98.18%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Music, Opera and Theatre on November 30th: 78.38%
John McInnis Auctioneers. Extraordinary Estate Auction on December 2nd: 88.31%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Photographs on November 28th: 35.18%
Eldreds. Fall Asian Art Auction - Prints on December 1st: 60.78%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 11/23 on November 30th: 42.92%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Remix - Prints on December 2nd: 90.91%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Books and Manuscripts on November 30th: 47.39%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/26 on December 3rd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11-5 on December 3rd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/26 on December 3rd: 97.39%
Heritage Auctions. Americana and Political Grand Format Auction on December 2nd: 85.54%
Leland Little Auctions. The Winter Quarterly Auction on December 2nd: 100.00%
The Antiquarian Book. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 11/27 on December 1st: 40.00%


For the week ahead 40 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 11th
ALDE. Paris. Original Editions, 19th-21st Centuries. 373 lots
Sothebys. London. English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations. 365 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 349 lots
Mossgreen. Armadale, Melbourne VIC. Australian History. 336 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 67 lots

Tue. Dec. 12th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Live Auction - Books, Prints. 539 lots
Sothebys. New York. History of Science and Technology. 71 lots
Soler Y Llach. Barcelona. Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts. 947 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Banksy. 40 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Prints and Multiples. 230 lots
Mossgreen. Woollahra NSW. Sydney Morning Herald Photography Archive, Part 1. 272 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 233 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/5. 500 lots

Wed. Dec. 13th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 455 lots
ALDE. Paris. Letters, Autographs, Manuscripts. 360 lots
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 163 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Limited Edition. 181 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Milan. Books and Manuscripts. 724 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Valuable Books and Manuscripts. 243 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Antiquarian and Rare Books. 72 lots

Thu. Dec. 14th
Swann Galleries. New York. Illustration Art. 307 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Old Master Prints. 201 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 11/17. 503 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Photographs, including: Ansel Adams: The Complete Museum Set. 198 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 211 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography. 613 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper, Including Fine Photographs. 436 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. The Library of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down. 134 lots
Bonhams. Los Angeles. The Producer's Pix - Photographs from the Collection of Bruce Berman. 161 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 157 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 146 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Futurismo. 100 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints. 435 lots

Fri. Dec. 15th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Children's and Illustrated Books. 338 lots
Christies. London - King Street. The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire. 165 lots

Sat. Dec. 16th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints. 114 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Winter Magic Auction. 315 lots

Sun. Dec. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19. 389 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>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
  • <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <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.