• <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

Auction Update Review

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A Different Kind of Year

For the week ended Saturday 30 December 2017 22 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 3 in Australian dollars, 11 in euros, 1 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 6 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,641,342 as 6,684 lots were offered and 4,625 lots sold for a 69% success.

  

It’s been a complicated year.

 

Here’s hoping 2018 is a good year for everyone.

 

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

AguttesThe Aristophil Collections - Inaugural Sale on December 20th: $4,511,583 



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

AguttesTHE PATRIOTIC ICONOGRAPHY OF THE WAR 14-18 - COLLECTION A. AND H. PARENT DE CURZON on September 26th: 155.25% 
Chiswick AuctionsBooks from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame including Science, the Occult & Curiosa on December 14th: 134.58% 
Aste BolaffiBooks and Manuscripts on December 13th: 105.96% 
AderOld and Modern Prints on December 14th: 102.54% 
AderOld and Modern Prints on December 13th: 102.21% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/17 on December 24th: 100.00% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyAntiquarian and Rare Books on December 13th: 100.00% 
Carlsen GalleryHoliday Season Antique Auction on December 3rd: 100.00% 
Chiswick AuctionsBooks from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame including Science, the Occult & Curiosa on December 14th: 97.19% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/19 on December 26th: 97.13% 
Heritage AuctionsHeritage Auctions: Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/26 on December 26th: 96.79% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/17 on December 24th: 94.40% 
AguttesTHE PATRIOTIC ICONOGRAPHY OF THE WAR 14-18 - COLLECTION A. AND H. PARENT DE CURZON on September 26th: 91.57% 
MossgreenCollectors’ Cars & Automobilia – Featuring the Ferguson Collection of Motorsport Posters on December 10th: 88.54% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Aguttes MANUSCRIT autographe signé, Ursule Mirouët, [1841] on December 20th Actual price: USD $1,392,300.
  2. Aguttes QUINTE-CURCE, FAIZ ET CONQUESTES D'ALEXANDRE [HISTOIRE D'ALEXANDRE LE GRAND], TRADUCTION DE VASQUE DE LUCÈNE on December 20th Actual price: USD $990,080.
  3. Aguttes * L.A.S. «Bonaparte», Nice 10 germinal [IV (30 mars 1796)], à JOSÉPHINE: «A la citoyenne Bonaparte chez la citoyenne Beauharnois. on December 20th Actual price: USD $381,181.
  4. Aguttes Bonaparte en Egypte en 1798 on December 20th Actual price: USD $123,760.
  5. Aguttes MANUSCRIT autographe signé, Journal des differentes campagnes que j'aÿ fait soit par terre ou par mer,… on December 20th Actual price: USD $123,760.
  6. Aguttes Le couple amoureux on December 20th Actual price: USD $116,025.
  7. Aguttes Collier retenant un pendentif en or jaune 18k ciselé de deux nus féminins de profil, les mains suspendues à la chaine en or, les membres inférieurs se transforment en deux grandes feuilles en émaux plique-à-jour vert clair. on December 20th Actual price: USD $112,931.
  8. Aguttes * MANUSCRIT calligraphié (peut-être par Dumas lui-même), L'Alchimiste, orné de 6 peintures on December 20th Actual price: USD $98,018.
  9. Minerva Auctions Roma Le Antichità Romane on December 14th Actual price: USD $77,350.
  10. Aguttes BARBATRE (PIERRE), RÉCIT DE PÈLERINAGE À JÉRUSALEM on December 20th Actual price: USD $61,880.
  11. Aguttes CORRESPONDANCE à sa fille Agathe, 1906-1945; 164 lettres ou poèmes on December 20th Actual price: USD $57,239.
  12. Aguttes Fenetre ouverte a Cannes, 1942 on December 20th Actual price: USD $57,239.
  13. Minerva Auctions Roma New British Terrestrial Globe / New British Celestial Globe British Terrestrial Globe: Dedicato "To the Honourable Sir Joseph Banks on December 14th Actual price: USD $53,550.
  14. Aguttes Vierge à l'enfant on December 20th Actual price: USD $51,051.
  15. Aguttes * L.A.S. «Bonaparte», Paris 16 germinal [6 avril 1804], à sa soeur PAULINE on December 20th Actual price: USD $43,564.
  16. Aguttes * PORTEFEUILLE À SOUFFLETS EN MAROQUIN À GRAIN LONG FRAPPÉ EN LETTRES D'OR «A SA MAJESTÉ L'EMPEREUR ET ROI». GAZETTES ÉTRANGÈRES on December 20th Actual price: USD $43,564.
  17. Mossgreen A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803 on December 11th Actual price: USD $40,102.
  18. Aguttes Paysage a la tonnelle on December 20th Actual price: USD $38,675.
  19. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages. on December 24th Actual price: USD $35,850.
  20. Aguttes * MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autographe signé, Fanfare, [1927] on December 20th Actual price: USD $35,395.
  21. Aguttes LETTRE EN PROVENANCE DE SUISSE Pli sans texte, adresse effacée par immersion on December 20th Actual price: USD $30,940.
  22. Aguttes Rogelio Lacouriere, pecheur de cuivre on December 20th Actual price: USD $30,940.
  23. Aguttes La grange,1944 on December 20th Actual price: USD $30,940.
  24. Aguttes * Lettre autographe, [Valence 1785 ?] «10 h. du soir samedy», à Mademoiselle EMMA on December 20th Actual price: USD $29,950.
  25. Aguttes BOULES DE MOULINS, SANS CACHET D'ARRIVÉE - Pli contenant une lettre manuscrite datée Vendredi 30 décembre 1870, sans lieu. on December 20th Actual price: USD $29,393.


22 total sales reported this week:

Alaska Auction. Prints, Books on December 21st: 75.00%
Morton Subastas. Books, Photographs, Prints on December 21st: 9.92%
Chiswick Auctions. Books from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame including Science, the Occult & Curiosa on December 14th: 97.19%
Aste Bolaffi. Books and Manuscripts on December 13th: 67.40%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints on December 14th: 48.92%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Books, Autographs and Prints on December 14th: 56.55%
Soler Y Llach. Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts on December 12th: 38.54%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Futurismo on December 14th: 39.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Antiquarian and Rare Books on December 13th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Heritage Auctions: Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/26 on December 26th: 96.79%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 12/19 on December 26th: 97.13%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/17 on December 24th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/17 on December 24th: 94.40%
Carlsen Gallery. Holiday Season Antique Auction on December 3rd: 100.00%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints on December 14th: 69.08%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints on December 13th: 67.12%
Aguttes. THE PATRIOTIC ICONOGRAPHY OF THE WAR 14-18 - COLLECTION A. AND H. PARENT DE CURZON on September 26th: 91.57%
Aguttes. Manuscripts, Ancient and Modern Books, Old Papers on December 5th: 78.53%
Aguttes. The Aristophil Collections - Inaugural Sale on December 20th: 66.84%
Mossgreen. Australian History on December 11th: 53.27%
Mossgreen. Sydney Morning Herald Photography Archive, Part 1 on December 12th: 56.62%
Mossgreen. Collectors’ Cars & Automobilia – Featuring the Ferguson Collection of Motorsport Posters on December 10th: 88.54%

 

For the week ahead 10 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Jan. 1st 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 76 lots 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 167 lots 

Wed. Jan. 3rd 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. FUN Currency Signature Auction - Tampa. 2894 lots 

Thu. Jan. 4th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Tampa - session 1. 662 lots 
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Bloomfield. January Backyard Auction - Books, Prints. 83 lots 

Sat. Jan. 6th 
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books. 47 lots 

Sun. Jan. 7th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/10. 419 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/31
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/31

Best wishes for 2018!

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