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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>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <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, 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>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>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.