Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2004 Issue

For the First Time Ever: Search Worldwide<br>Auction Listings From One Place : FREE!

Search box on AE home page free to search auction listings.


By Bruce McKinney

This month the Americana Exchange offers an amazing new tool that enables you to do something that was never before possible, search the wide world of book auctions all from one place. And, it is absolutely free. It’s the AE Auction Search, and it allows you to search book listings from over 60 worldwide auction houses, all from one place, and virtually instantaneously. What you never could do before, keep up with listings at the dozens of auction houses that frequently offer books and other printed material, has just become as easy as an internet search. And, not to be repetitive, but yes, it truly is 100% free and extremely fast.

Here’s the issue: there are dozens of auction houses that sell books and printed material, some regularly, others occasionally. Wherever you are, most are thousands of miles away. They may have catalogues and websites, but the task of reading these catalogues or searching 60+ websites regularly to find new listings is essentially impossible. Besides which, many don’t have search engines, so online you have to scroll through hundreds of listings, most of which may not even be books, to see if there’s one item hidden in there you want. Complicating matters more, many listings are not posted until shortly before the sale, so you would have to go back and re-search every site at least every few days. Even if you don’t plan on buying at these auctions right now, many serious collectors, booksellers and rare book librarians want to know what is selling at auction and at what prices in order to make intelligent collecting and business decisions.

So, here’s the solution: the AE gathers these auction listings from all over the world and places them in a single database as the unfolding portion of our complex historical records survey of books and ephemera. We now simply have decided to treat these prospective records as a free search service to encourage interest and participation in book auctions. If auctions are the pulse of the book world let that pulse beat strongly.

Now, with a single search for any term or phrase in AE Auction Search, you find every relevant lot in every upcoming documented book sale. And you find it in a few nanoseconds with each match to your search term(s) highlighted. Full lot details lie just beyond the more link in the description field. From there the auction houses are only one more click away. It is really that easy.

The AE Auction Search, can be found both on the home page (click on the AE logo to get there) and on the Auction Calendar (go to “Auctions" on the top toolbar and click “Auctions Calendar"). Both are free access. Paid members can compare upcoming material to the priced history files contained in our 675,000 full text listings. The AED (Research membership) is $10 a month or $114 a year if paid once.

AE Upcoming Auction Search

Now let’s try it. For Hemingway there are 31 lots. England finds 187, Canada 61 and Detroit 17. George Washington finds 47, Susan B. Anthony 1, Cat in the Hat 4, and All Quiet on the Western Front 2. If your curiosity hasn’t yet compelled you to look for what interests you now it is your turn. Simply enter the key word or words that are of interest and click “search." That’s all. Your results will appear in a few nanoseconds.

Rare Book Monthly

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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
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    & Collectors’ Sale
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900

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