• <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>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000

Auction Update Review

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Happy Holidays

For the week ended Saturday 23 December 28 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 4 denominated in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,086,561 as 9,570 lots were offered and 7,546 sold for a 79% success rate.  The average lot brought $1,067.66.  

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysImportant Judaica on December 20th: $2,268,500 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: $1,408,519 
Forum AuctionsBanksy on December 12th: $1,261,298 

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

Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersBooks, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 130.44% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesStampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 124.55% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsChildren's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 124.13% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersRare Books on December 5th: 110.23% 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: 100.32% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys An Exceedingly Rare Ashkenazic Hebrew Bible with Numerous Micrographic Decorations, Scribe: Mattithiah ben Jedidiah on December 20th Actual price: USD $555,000.
  2. Sothebys An Exceptional Copy of the Sefer Minhagim of Rabbi Samuel of Ulm, Accompanied by Numerous Other Historical, Rabbinic, and Literary Texts on December 20th Actual price: USD $435,000.
  3. Sothebys Tefillah mi-Kol ha-Shanah ke-Minhag ha-Ashkenazim, with Seder ha-Haggadah shel Pesah (A Previously Unknown and Earliest Extant Complete Western Ashkenazic Daily Prayer Book and Haggadah), on December 20th Actual price: USD $312,500.
  4. Sothebys Pentateuch with Masorah on December 20th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  5. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on December 12th Actual price: USD $177,375.
  6. Bonhams Cirque on December 18th Actual price: USD $153,188.
  7. Sothebys Torah Scroll on December 20th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  8. Forum Auctions NOLA (Pink to Yellow Rain) on December 12th Actual price: USD $137,063.
  9. Bonhams Nola (Blue and Green Rain) on December 18th Actual price: USD $96,750.
  10. Bonhams Alexander The Great on December 18th Actual price: USD $77,400.
  11. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Down and Out in Paris and London, on December 15th Actual price: USD $73,660.
  12. Forum Auctions Christ with Shopping Bags on December 12th Actual price: USD $72,563.
  13. Forum Auctions Girl with Balloon on December 12th Actual price: USD $67,725.
  14. Forum Auctions Watchtower on December 12th Actual price: USD $58,050.
  15. Sothebys The Haggadah, Executed by Arthur Szyk, Edited by Cecil Roth on December 20th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. Forum Auctions Rude Copper (Anarchy) on December 12th Actual price: USD $54,825.
  17. Sothebys A Monumental Micrographic Manuscript Plaque on December 20th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  18. Bonhams The Sunshine Roof on December 18th Actual price: USD $48,375.
  19. Forum Auctions Happy Choppers on December 12th Actual price: USD $48,375.
  20. Bonhams No Ball Games on December 18th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  21. Bonhams Pulp Fiction on December 18th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  22. Forum Auctions Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger) on December 12th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  23. Forum Auctions Morons (Sepia) on December 12th Actual price: USD $45,150.
  24. Sothebys Miniature Torah Scroll on December 20th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  25. Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers The World Described; or A New and Correct Sett of Maps, shewing the Several Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, Principalities, Provinces & c., in all known parts of the Earth; tall atlas on December 5th Actual price: USD $42,480.



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

National Book Auctions. Fraternal, Children’s, Antique, etc. on December 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 99.57%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 99.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 98.96%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12 on December 19th: 96.88%
Christies. Collection Jean Lafont on September 22nd: 96.30%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on December 12th: 95.00%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Autographs/Animation Art on December 5th: 92.21%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 19th: 86.76%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on December 9th: 84.78%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 84.32%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 3 on December 3rd: 83.64%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 14th: 82.88%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection on December 18th: 82.73%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19 on December 17th: 82.01%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 14th: 81.07%


28 total sales reported this week:

Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on December 16th: 97.56%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints on December 9th: 84.78%
Moreshet Auctions. Judaica: Books and Manuscripts on December 6th: 67.30%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 20th: 57.30%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Autographs on December 20th: 76.10%
JellyFishTree. Books on November 15th: 43.52%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Including the Culpin World War I Art Collection on December 18th: 82.73%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 19th: 86.76%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on December 18th: 77.24%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 14th: 81.07%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 14th: 82.88%
Forum Auctions. Banksy on December 12th: 95.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/12 on December 19th: 96.88%
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Holy books, letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Judaica, Maps, Periodicals, Postcards, banknotes, Eretz on November 29th: 60.20%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Prints and Multiples on December 12th: 52.61%
Robert Siegel Galleries. Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America on December 12th: 99.55%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Autographs/Animation Art on December 5th: 92.21%
Grays Auctioneers. Paintings, Prints & Photographs on December 13th: 56.25%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 84.32%
National Book Auctions. Fraternal, Children’s, Antique, etc. on December 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/19 on December 17th: 82.01%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books on December 5th: 71.10%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 3 on December 3rd: 83.64%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 2 on December 2nd: 69.42%
Holabird Kagin Americana. December Premiere Sale - Day 1 on December 1st: 69.62%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 98.96%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 99.57%
Christies. Collection Jean Lafont on September 22nd: 96.30%

For the week ahead 4 sales are scheduled:


Tue. Dec. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Heritage Auctions: Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/26. 280 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/19. 244 lots

Fri. Dec. 29th
Tooveys. West Sussex. End of Year Sale - Prints. 31 lots

Sat. Dec. 30th
Artcurial. Paris. Paris#Marrakech. 11 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b> The Library of Pierre Bergé<br>Auction Pierre Bergé & Associés<br>in association with Sotheby’s<br>Paris-Hôtel Drout<br>December 14, 2018<br><br>New York Exhibition<br>Oct. 16 to Oct. 20</b>
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> BARTHOLOMEUS ANGLICUS. <i>Le Proprietaire des choses.</i> Lyon, [circa 1484]. 150 000 / 200 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONTAIGNE, Michel de. <i>Essais.</i> Bordeaux, 1580. 400 000 / 500 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> PROUST, Marcel. <i>Du côté de chez Swann.</i> Paris, 1914 [1913]. 600 000 / 800 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. <i>Le Premier [-Tiers] Volume des Cronicques.</i> Paris, circa 1503.<br>300 000 / 400 000 €