Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2013 Issue

Monday in San Francisco: An opportunity to discuss the future of rare books

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An 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa

 

Based on following AE over the years, you might know that a rapidly growing auction market where prices are determined by competitive bidding is competing with the dealer-centric fixed-price market for books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera in place for some 500 years. These two markets have long coexisted, the auction market for three centuries a wholesale redistribution mechanism for dealers that since 1980, beginning with Sotheby’s declaration to pursue the retail trade, increasingly become an alternative market.  Thirty-three years later auctions, in number, by lots and realizations are rapidly increasing while the traditional dealer market declines.

 

In my view, we are at a turning point, on the rim of a volcano. Join me at the Book Club of California on Monday, November 4th at 5pm for a reception and a talk at 6pm followed by questions and answers.

 

Book Club of California

312 Sutter St, Suite 500

San Francisco, CA 94108

 

Nearby BART Stations: Powell, Montgomery

Nearby Muni lines: 2, 3, 10, 30, 45

Nearest Parking Garage: The Stockton Street Garage

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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