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Auctions in August

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The August Auction Calendar

August is the doldrums of the book, manuscript, map and ephemera field, or so it used to be.  But not so much anymore.

 

This August 51 sales are scheduled, up from 46 in 2013.  Less than 10 years ago the number of August sales AE covered was in the single digits.  The auction market is growing and bidders understand the lights never go out anymore on the opportunities to bid.

 

The August auctions include both the usual and some unusual opportunities.  This is the time of year for some experimentation.  Look the list over:



Fri. Aug. 1st 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2. 242 lots 
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The Estate of Celia Thaxter Hubbard - Prints, Photos, Ephemera

Sat. Aug. 2nd 
Northeast Auctions. Portsmouth. ANNUAL SUMMER AMERICANA AUCTION. 36 lots 

Sun. Aug. 3rd 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 7/27
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/27

Tue. Aug. 5th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 48 lots 

Wed. Aug. 6th 
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, Prints. 71 lots 
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 500 lots 
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 416 lots 
Doyle New York. New York. End of Summer Sale - Prints

Thu. Aug. 7th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1695 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/31

Fri. Aug. 8th 
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Pictures and Prints. 6 lots 

Sat. Aug. 9th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Books and Prints

Sun. Aug. 10th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/3
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/3
Skinner. Marlborough. August Americana - Prints. 2 lots 

Mon. Aug. 11th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots 
Skinner. Marlborough. August Online - Internet Bidstart 8/4. 11 lots 

Tue. Aug. 12th 
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Art - Prints. 229 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Danish antiquarian bookshop with 20-25.000 book titles.. 1 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 49 lots 

Wed. Aug. 13th 
Rupert Toovey and Co. West Sussex. Prints
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 7/25. 1105 lots 

Thu. Aug. 14th 
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana with Cartography
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/7
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Art - Books and Prints
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Contemporary and Post-War Art - Prints

Fri. Aug. 15th 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints

Sun. Aug. 17th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/10
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/10
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectible

Tue. Aug. 19th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques

Thu. Aug. 21st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/14
RR Auction. Amherst. Animation Auction - Online bidstart 8/14. 497 lots 

Sat. Aug. 23rd 
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books in All Fields. 131 lots 

Sun. Aug. 24th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/17
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/17

Mon. Aug. 25th 
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. World at War - Ephemera - Internet bidstart 8/14

Tue. Aug. 26th 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints

Wed. Aug. 27th 
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Antiquarian Books - Internet bidstart 8/21
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Documents, Prints and Books

Thu. Aug. 28th 
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books in All Fields
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/21

Fri. Aug. 29th 
Skinner. Marlborough. Discovery - Online Auction - Prints Bidstart 8/21

Sun. Aug. 31st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 8/24
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/24

 

As to what 51 suggests about the November peak in the fall sales the ratio is usually 3 to 1.  If this holds we’ll see 150 sales in November or a new sale starting every 4.8 hours.  So get some sleep.

 

Here is a link to the AE Auction Section.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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