Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2004 Issue

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

Detailed results for one-of-a-kind copy of Huckleberry Finn


What happens after you enter a search? You get a page full of matches. For each match, it will show you the auction house, the auction date, the title and author of the book, a partial description, and the estimated price. After the partial description, you will see the word “more”. Click this to see the complete description and other details about it (such as printing place and date). Here you will also find a link to the auction house’s website if you wish to place a bid. Additionally, you will see your keywords highlighted in red or yellow so you can instantly see where in the description your keywords were found. There’s no need to say any more about the search results here, as it is all very easy and self-evident. No training whatsoever is required.

Now just a quick comment about the auction houses. The AE Auction search covers live auctions as opposed to online ones such as eBay. There are dozens of them, running from the biggest names like Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Swann’s, to well-known American regional houses like Skinner’s, Pacific Book Auctions, Waverly’s, Baltimore, Butterfield’s and Dorothy Sloan, to many overseas houses such as Bonham’s, Bloomsbury and Bubb Kuyper. The list is far too long to cover here. While online auctions have a lot of old books, the truly rare and antiquarian books, especially when a complete collection is being offered, more often come up for sale at the live auctions. This is the material that has always been hard to see but has now been made very visible to everyone anywhere in the world with the AE Auction search . We believe this is one of the most important tools for book auctions and book collecting that has ever been developed.

One final note: subscribers to the AE Database and to MatchMaker will find the new auction search fits neatly together with these services. The AE Database provides the past history of books, through previous auctions, dealer catalogues, and bibliographies. It’s a necessary tool for determining an appropriate price/valuation for the new listings you find. MatchMaker enables you to do daily automated searches for your keywords without your having to re-enter them each time, and notifies you when new matches are found. It also does the same with eBay listings, plus provides automated searches for titles on Abebooks and more. An AE Database subscription (Research ) costs just $10 a month, while a combination AE Database and MatchMaker (Octavo, Quarto, Folio) starts at just $17.50. It costs that much to park your car overnight at the airport, or to have half a meal at your favorite restaurant, provided you don’t order a drink, appetizer, or dessert. If you aren’t impressed, just cancel when the month is over. To try these services, click " Become a Member” on the top toolbar or this link: www.americanaexchange.com/registration/registration.asp. If you are a free member and would like to try some of the paid services, click this link or “ Membership+” on the top toolbar. And, if you are not quite ready to commit for a month, please click the link and sign up for our free membership so we can tell you about any further services we have when they become available. Either way, access to the auction search is free. It’s not a paid service.

Now, it’s time to give the auction search a try. Test it out for a little while and you will quickly discover how to use it to best suit your needs. Here goes:
http://www.americanaexchange.com/auctions/auctionlistings.asp

Rare Book Monthly

  • 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
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    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.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    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.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    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.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    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.

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