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Auctions in October

October auctions 2012

Eighty-six Auctions and counting. There will be more.

This month 86 events are posted on the auction calendar.  The previous high for October was 57, reached both in 2011 and in 2007, the last year before the world economy was convulsed with economic tremors.  During this month additional events will be added and others rescheduled.   The mosaic of auctions is always a work in progress but the outlook positive.  The number of sales posted particularly high – 86 events.

Over the past 7 years the number of sales in October has been relatively stable:

Auctions in October 2004 to 2011

2011 57

2010 52

2009 56

2008 53

2007 57

2006 53

2005 49

So one metric is very positive.  What’s offered and how many will be bidding are other factors that will become clear as the month progresses.

What is clear is clear is that the opportunities will be many.

The book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions is October –

Mon. Oct. 1st Bruun Rasmussen.  Books, 227 lots. [1240]

Tues. Oct. 2nd      Bonhams.  Early Printing and English Books, 285 lots.  [20412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Printed & Manuscript Americana, 528 lots.  [2287]

Wed. Oct. 3rd              Lyon and Turnbull.  International Sale:  Prints, 2 lots.  [360]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Photographs, 270 lots.  [NO8885]

Thurs. Oct. 4th Bloomsbury Auctions.  Red China.  [35982]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Posters with a Purpose:  The London Transport Museum Sale.  [6934]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds.  [5708]

                                    Christie’s.  Richard Avedon Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts, 468 lots.  [6084] 

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books, 960.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Ephemera, Advertising and Estate Books.  [100412]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps, 70 lots.  [5]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian.  [10412]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Fine Photographs & Photobooks.  [2288]

                                    Waddington’s.  Public Enemy:  US DOJ and FBI Wanted Posters and Related Ephemera – Internet Sale.  [100112]

Fri.  Oct. 5th                 Alde.  Library of Lucien Choudin; Books of Voltaire.  [19717]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile.  [35984]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2586]

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs.  [2650]

                                    Christie’s.  Art of Islam.  [6945]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts.  [6084]

                                    Heritage Auctions [HA.COM].  Rare Books, 960 items.  [6091]

                                    Kapandji Morhange.  Antiquarian and Modern Books.  [13920]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – and – Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and Ancient Arts, Antiques, 8074 items.  [82]

                                    Map World.  Antique Maps.  [5]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Jewish books, maps, manuscripts, ketubbot, art books.  [43]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Modern Illustrated Books Auction, 486 items.  [44]

Sat.  Oct. 6th                Coutau-Begarie.  Comic Strips.  [100612]

                                    ERA Encheres.  Books.  [19693]

                                    Kiefer – Buch – und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques.  [82]

                                    Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books and manuscripts auction, 808 lots.  [45].

Mon.  Oct. 8th              Alde.  Library First Editions.  [19718]

Tues.  Oct. 9th             Christie’s.  Travel, Science, and Natural History.  [6911]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Antiquarian and Collectors Books.  [1076]

Wed.  Oct. 10th           Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts.  [20048]

                                    Christie’s.  Rendez-vous:  Contemporary Interiors.  [3541]

                                    Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents.  [101012]

                                    Doyle New York.  Doyle @ Home:  Prints.  [101012]

                                    Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints.  [1075]

Thurs.  Oct. 11th         Dominic Winter.  Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography.  [101112]

                                    Freeman’s [Samuel T. Freeman & Co.].  Prints.  [1442]

                                    PBA Galleries.  Fine Literature with Books in all Fields.  [490]

                                    Swann Galleries.  Art, Press & Illustrated Books.  [2289]

Sat. Oct. 13th               Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Illustration Art.  [5111]

Mon. Oct. 15th Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints.  [19565]

Tues.  Oct. 16th           Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century,  [18146]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

Wed.  Oct. 17th           Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

                                    Tajan.  Books.  [9740]

Thurs.  Oct. 18th         AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ending today.  [22]

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Literature, Manuscripts, Travel & Natural History.  [35986]

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Swann Galleries.  African-American Fine Art.  [2290]

Fri.  Oct. 19th              Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

Sat. Oct. 20th               Galerie Bassenge.   Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

Sun. Oct. 21st              Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs.  [20050].

Mon. Oct. 22nd            Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Enki Bilaf – “Oxymore” Last Paintings [19566]

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Prints and Multiples.  [19623]

Tues.  Oct. 23rd           Audap & Mirabaud.  Historical Memories.  [19715]

                                    Bonhams.  Prints.  [20059].

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Books and Autographs.  [19627]

Thurs. Oct. 25th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Modern First Editions:  The Library of a Gentleman.  [35988]

                                    De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books, Autographs and Documents.  [19675]

                                    Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints [68].

                                    PBA Galleries.  Ranchos of California:  The John C. Broome Collection.  [491]

Fri.  Oct. 26th              Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints.  [68]

                                    Osenat.  Books.  [13960]

Sat. Oct. 27th    Hauff and Auvermann.  Books, Autographs and Prints.  [68]

                                    Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Documents and Prints.  [650]

Sun. Oct. 28th             Knotty Pine Auction Service.  Antique and Estate Books.  [102812]

Mon.  Oct. 29th           Christie’s.  Important Antiquarian Books, Art Books and Manuscripts.  [3518].

                                    Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Posters.  [14280]

Tues.  Oct. 30th           Alde.  Regionalism – Franche-Comte, Normandie, Provence, Savoie.  [19721]

                                    Bonhams.  Photographs.  [20064].

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593]

                                    Christie’s.  Collection of an Amateur Bibliophile.  [3537].

                                    Christie’s.  Sporting Books.  [4354]

                                    Dorotheum.  Books and Decorative Prints.  [103012]

Wed. Oct. 31st  Alde.  Ancient and XIX Century Books.  [19723]

                                    Christie’s.  Prints and Multiples.  [2593]

                                    Photographs.  [7272]

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Greco (Gioachino). <i>Primo modo del gioco de Partito…</i> Manuscript, France, 1624 or 1625. A collection of partiti, or 'chess problems' by one of the most important figures in the history of chess. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Herodotus. <i>Historiae,</i> translated into Latin by Lorenzo Valla and edited by Antonio Mancinelli. Venice, 1494. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Darwin (Charles). Autograph Letter signed to his cousin Reginald Darwin, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 27th March 1879. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Nicolay (Nicolas de). <i>The Navigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie,</i> first edition in English, Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, 1585. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Saint-Exupéry (Antoine de). <i>The Little Prince,</i> number 66 of 525 copies signed by the author, 1943. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Catlin (George, 1796-1872). Tuch-ee, A Celebrated War Chief of the Cherokees, watercolour, [circa 1834]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Genetics.- A collection of c.300 pamphlets on genetics comprising many of the major contributions from the first half of the 20th century. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> India.- Rajasthan.- Kota School (probably late 18th c.). Elephant in a landscape with chains around his feet, brush and black ink with opaque pigments. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Commelin (Caspar). <i>Horti medici Amstelaedamensis plantae rariores et exoticae,</i> first edition, 48 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, Leiden, F.Haringh, 1706. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Plague-water and cookery & medical recipes.- Jackson (Mrs Sarah). Medical and cookery recipes, manuscript in several hands, title and 134pp., 1688-1755. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Vernet (<i>After</i> Joseph, 1714-1789). <i>[Vues des ports de France],</i> sixteen plates (of 18), etchings and engravings by Charles Nicolas Cochin fils and Jacques Philippe Le Bas, [c.1760-1780]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Detmold (Edward Julius, 1883-1957). Parrots and Butterflies, watercolour. £2,500 to £3,500.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Princess Diana, group of 6 ALS to the editor of British Vogue, 1989-92. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing with news after pledging support to King George III against the American rebels, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Ulysses S. Grant, photograph dated & signed as President, portrait by Brady, 1875. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Alexander Graham Bell, ALS, accepting an invitation to tea during his only trip to Japan, 1898. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Nikola Tesla, signature & date on his monogrammed correspondence card, 1935. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Richard Wagner, ALS, concerning his opera Rienzi, 1869. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, autograph note signed, requesting the address of Yvette Guilbert, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Claude Monet, ALS, to painter Harry Lachman, complaining that his vision has not improved, 1920s. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Friedrich Hölderlin, autograph manuscript, unsigned, 7 lines quoting Michael Denis's <i>Ossians und Sineds Lieder.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Guestbook for Lüchow's restaurant, over 400 signatures, including W.H. Auden, Grace Kelly & drawings by Charles Addams, NYC, 1950-56. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> George Washington, lottery ticket, signed, 1768. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Vaslav Nijinsky, postcard dated & signed, showing a drawing of him in <i>Schéhérazade,</i> 1916. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Koller Auctions: Books & Autographs. March 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Jacques Gamelin. <i>Nouveau recueil d'osteologie et de myologie, dessine d'apres nature...</i> 2 parts in 1 vol., large folio, 82 copper plates. CHF 12,000 to 18,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Melchior Pfintzing. <i>Die geverlicheiten und einsteils geschichten des loblichen streytparen...</i> 118 woodcut engravings, first edition. CHF 30,000 to 50,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Book of hours. Handwritten Latin text on vellum. With 17 large miniatures, Flanders, c.1460. CHF 70,000 to 90,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian. <i> Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium,</i> 72 copper plates, Den Haag, 1726. CHF 60,000 to 90,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Walt Whitman. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> First edition, first issue, SIGNED in block letters by Whitman. 1855. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Isaac Newton's copy of John Greave's <i>Pyramidographia,</i> London, 1646. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Colonel John Mosby. Robert E. Lee's autograph letter to Samuel Cooper reporting on Mosby's exploits, with Cooper's autograph note ordering his appointment to Major.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Gyula Halasz Brassai. Large archive of autograph and typed letters, over 260, to his family including his wife Gilberte, 1947-1978. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Archive of drawings and letters from Harper Lee to Charles Carruth, including an inscribed first edition of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> VESALIUS, ANDREAS. 1514-1564. <i>De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.</i> Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. 1578-1657. <i>De motu cordis & sanguinis in animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Leiden: Joannis Maire, 1639. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> BERENGARIO DA CARPI, GIACOMO. 1460-1530. <i>Isagogae breves perlucide ac uberrimae in Anatomiam humani corporis.</i> Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 15 July 1523. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790. <i>Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America…</i> London, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> BENIVIENI, ANTONIO. 1443-1502. <i>De abditis nonnullis ac mirandis morborum et sanationum causis.</i>Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000

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