Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2014 Issue

Michaan's Auctions, A New Addition to AE and a Sale in November


Selections from Michaan's November Estate Auction

This month AE welcomes a new auction house on to the site. Going forward, Michaan’s Auctions, based out of Alameda, CA, will have their auctions with printed material included in AE’s Upcoming Auctions and their prices realized added to the AED. Michaan’s is not a new player to the auction scene. Established in 2002, they’ve held up to thirty auctions per year covering a wide range of material that has included books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera. With a large facility in Northern California, Michaan’s offers prospective buyers in the area the ability to preview and bid in person. Known for their low consignment fees and reasonable estimates, AE is happy to include them in the auction history contained with the AED.

The house’s biggest successes have been in the world of art, and now they look to further increase their presence in printed material. They begin that process immediately with a sale early in November.

On November 2nd Michaan’s Auctions will hold their November Estate Auction. With the expected variety of subjects covered in an estate sale, rare books and manuscripts represent a small portion of the 631 lot sale--the last 44 lots. While the books sold here are not of the highest profile, the estimates are conservative and there is a wide range of material. A few examples include:

  • Lot 598, Richard Wagner’s The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie, signed and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Estimated $800 - 1,200.

  • Lot 614, first edition of Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims’ Progress. Estimated $400 - 600.

  • Lot 623, 15th Century Illuminated Manuscript, Adoration of the Magi. Estimated $800 - 1,000.

  • Lot 631, Manuscript Lead from the Schatzbehalter. Estimated $1,500 - 2,000.

The entire catalog of the sale is available in PDF format on Michaan’s website here. Also, online bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers here. Please register on LiveAuctioneers if you wish to bid online.


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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