• <b>Chiswick Auctions: Rare Books & Works on Paper. January 23, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> Rossini (Luigi, artist & engraver). <i>Le Antichità Romane, ossia Raccolta della piu interessanti Vedute di Roma Antica,</i> 89 plates. £2500 to £3500
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> Four original hand-painted propaganda posters, (550 x 770 mm.), North Korea, 2009. £1200 to £1800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> Plinius Secundus (Gaius). <i>Historia Natural,</i> 2 vol, Spanish translation, woodcut arms of Philip IV of Spain, Madrid, 1624; 1629 £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> Nasmyth (James) & Carpenter (James). <i>The Moon,</i> FIRST EDITION, frontispiece and 24 plates, 1874. £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Rare Books & Works on Paper. January 23, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> A group (12) of large size Chinese Cultural Revolution papercuts on red paper presented on white paper backing, featuring various slogans and images of General Mao. £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> Coronelli (V. M.). <i>Tran-Siselana,</i> copper engraved, hand-coloured, title cartouche with four winds and four monkeys, coat of arms, Venice, c.1692; and 8 others. £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Jan 23:</b> Pouchkine (Alexandre). <i>Contes populaires Russes… traduits … par Alexandra de Holstein et René Ghil,</i> FIRST EDITION, n. 165 of an edition of 270 copies. £400 to £600
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Fine Illustrated Books. 50 illustrated works across a range of subjects.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Present Perfect. Books & works on paper including Literature, Children’s & Illustrated, Sports & Pastimes, Modern Prints and more.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> The House of Romanov, marking the centenary of the tragic demise of the Romanov dynasty.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> CHAGALL & GOGOL. Les âmes mortes, 1948. Chagall’s first major illustrated book.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> GUSTAV KLIMT, eine nachlese, 1931. An important early monograph on Klimt.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> ELLIOT. Birds of North America, 1866. One of 200 2 vols sets, folio.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> PURCHAS. His Pilgrimes/Pilgrimage, 1625-26. 5 vols. Probably the greatest collection of voyages ever published.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> HUXLEY. Brave New World, 1932. Exceptionally fine first edition.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> KELMSCOTT PRESS. Poems of Shakespeare, one of 500, publisher’s vellum.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> LEROUX. Phantom of the Opera, 1911. First UK edition in fine S&S binding.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> INDIANA, Robert. The American Dream, one of 30 AP copies, 30 screen prints.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> BENOIS. Tsarskoe Selo during the Reign of Elizaveta Petrovna, St Petersburg, 1910. Deluxe issue.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> CORONATION ALBUM. Description du sacre et du couronnement de leurs Majestés Impériales, 1883. One of 200.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> IMPERIAL FAMILY. Signed original photograph of Tsar Nicholas II’s 4 daughters.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Souvenir du Couronnement de Leurs Majestés Imperiales a Moscou, 1896.
  • <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Kingsborough, Edward King. <i>Antiquities of Mexico: Comprising Facsimiles of Ancient Mexican Paintings and Hieroglyphics…</i> London, 1831-1848. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Paul Revere. <i>The Bloody Massacre perpetrated In King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Reg. Boston, 1770.</i> $150,000 to $200,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Battle of the Alamo. <i>Suplemento al Diario del Gobierno de la Republica Mexicana.</i> (Núm. 326. Tom. IV.). Mexico City: Imprenta del Aguila, Dirigida por José Ximeno, 1836. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> The Declaration of Independence. The first book-form printing of the Declaration of Independence. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Treaty of Paris, Ratification. By the United States in Congress Assembled, A Proclamation … Annapolis, [Ca. 16-17 January 1784]. $800,000 to $1,200,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Declaration of Independence. The only known privately held copy of the celebrated William J. Stone facsimile for which provenance can be traced back to a direct ancestor who received it in 1824. $600,000 to $800,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Crockett, David. Autograph letter signed ("David Crockett") to George Patton, announcing his intention to travel to Texas. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Wytfliet, Cornelius. <i>Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum, Sive Occidentalis Notitia Brevi Commentario Illustrata.</i> Leuven: Johannes Bogaerts 1597. $35,000 to $50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Schedel, Hartmann. <i>Liber Cronicarum cum Figuris et Ymaginibus.</i> Nuremberg, Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> New York Mets. Baseball from the first victory of the New York Mets. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Jan 24:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph letter signed ("R E Lee") as Confederate commander, to Rabbi Max Michelbacher, declining to furlough Jewish Confederate troops for the high holy days. $150,000 to $250,000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2015 Issue

Clearing the Backlog

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For Sale

Weakness at the lower levels of the rare book market is widely discussed.  The market tends to take solace from the continuing strength at the upper end while generally avoiding, for lack of a solution, the significant declines below $600.  I want to make a proposal.

 

At a guess some 99% of all rare and collectible books are worth $600 or less.  Ninety-five percent of these books, maps, pamphlets and ephemera are worth $150 or less.  They may once have been worth more but there are too many items and too few buyers to maintain current prices.

 

So how will the market adjust?  Were time infinite sellers could simply wait.  But time is not infinite and the number of items coming out is increasing.  Dealers are aging.  The material will have to be sold.

 

eBay has been an effective marketplace for all kinds of material but lower priced books and ephemera have never really been much more than an afterthought for them.   EBay is a money-driven business and inexpensive books do not materially move the bottom line.  Books simply aren’t a good fit for them.

 

So the 99% of books in the old and collectible category that need to enter the marketplace, though they may not be valuable, are nevertheless of some value to dealers and are interesting and occasionally important repositories of information for libraries and collectors.  They will be bought if the prices seem logical but because of the obvious inventory overhang [run some searches on Abebooks to see the number of copies in your collecting area that are available] these books tend not to sell - I think mostly because no one knows what they are really worth.

 

 

Recently an article in the Economist mentioned that eBay has been looking to move their book business from auctions to listings a la Abebooks.  I think I understand the business logic but for the old, used and rare book field this will be a disaster.  For eBay there is more money in listings and fixed price sales but there will also be many fewer sales and only limited market confirmation of current value.   For the field to clear this overhang we’ll need a low cost alternative approach.

 

At a guess at least 3 million such items need to change hands over the next 3 to 5 years.  The demographics simply will not wait because dealers, collectors and institutions will dispose.  They, by degrees, have to.  For institutions their priorities are changing.  For too many dealers the sun is setting.  For collectors, they are already making some purchases at auctions but have no equally easy way to buy at market-determined prices at the lower end of the market. 

 

They need one.  I propose:

 

A free auction listing service for RBH members who use any level of paid services.

 

Members can post very complete descriptions and photographs.  The seller guarantees that all information is correct.

 

Such items and their descriptions are then posted to a Subject to Sale Section

 

Each item will have a start price and it can be no more than 25% of fair market value [as established by eBay, Abe, or auction realizations]

 

An auction begins only when someone selects an item in the Subject to Sale section and makes the 25% start bid. 

 

The item then moves into the Up for Sale category and becomes searchable in the Upcoming auctions section. The sale then continues for 15 days.

 

A bidder may bid directly or use an outside service to bid into the item close.

 

All items would have a buy it now price and that price cannot be greater than $600.  This provision is to ensure that such material does not intrude on the fully vetted lots that auctions provide.

 

Once the sale ends the buyer pays both the cost of the item and the shipping.

 

The seller provides an unconditional right of return.  This right of return expires 10 days after proof of delivery is confirmed by the post office or other shipping option.

 

Support:  For sellers, items listed, items bid upon and sold, and items returned will all be displayed in a statistical analysis of each seller.

 

For buyers the number of lots purchased and also the number of lots returned will be shown.

 

There are no commissions.

 

The buyer will pay the seller directly and the seller reimburse directly.  The seller will know who the buyers are and the buyers will know who the sellers are.

 

I invite comment, suggestions and criticisms.

 

If we do not establish a mechanism for handing this material an important opportunity will be lost.


Posted On: 2015-10-01 06:35
User Name: battledore

Bruce,
Your idea is indeed a very clever and well-thought out approach to otherwise being smothered by low-priced inventory. And if I understand your proposal correctly, it is very generous of Rare Book Hub to offer its services in experimentally organizing this vehicle for alternative selling at no commission. We'd be willing to give it a try should you decide to go ahead with this project.

One other dilemma we have (which could use your thinking cap) is how to respectfully handle the sale of "remainder" book titles. During the past twenty-five years we have self-published (and also taken on USA distribution for) some very nice reference books and facsimiles of old and rare children's book titles, nearly all of which were produced with scholarly introductions. Perhaps RBH could have a separate Bulletin Board for subscribers to list by individual subject categories such types of books they have in large quantity, all fully described and in fine condition, offering to sell at 20% current fair market value with a minimum order of 5 copies per title. Once again the transactions would be between the seller and the buyer, and if the buyer has an indication of available quantity, he might make his own alternative proposal to the seller to buy everything. Currently remainder dealers pay a maximum of 5% (and often less) of current selling value which makes it almost impossible for anyone who nurtured a quality book through the press to go this route. But all of us should be able to live with 20% and the guarantee of selling at least five copies of a single title. So long as sellers are realistic and sincere in their approach to wanting this to work, then it should work. Awaiting your thoughts on this matter. Best wishes from the Hudson Valley.

Justin (Schiller)
Battledore Ltd


Posted On: 2015-10-01 10:54
User Name: tenpound

Bruce - The kicker may be establishing Fair Market Value for less expensive items. Asking prices vary widely on ABE, and low end material rarely appears at auction in individual lots. Unrealistic or greedy starting prices would put a damper on the process.
Greg Gibson, Ten Pound Island Book Co.


Posted On: 2015-10-01 13:51
User Name: chevalrouge

Regarding the establishment of fair market value I think the 25% limit on FVM as start price is fair enough, yet leaves plenty of leeway. This is exactly the sector of the market that I am most interested in; because of enjoyment at less than high prices, the variation of materials, and the availability of materials. Yet, I find it frustrating that so much is available in such wide ranges of price and quality.
Dale Waller


Posted On: 2015-10-01 14:31
User Name: LACPETER

This seems a very good idea. Please make sure you include the UK in the area of operation!
Best wiashes,
Lacpeter


Posted On: 2015-10-01 17:40
User Name: opendoor

Bruce, I like your idea and will participate if there is a easy one time upload process, that includes seller supplied pics and descriptions. After having listed thousands of books for 15 years, while running a b/m, I need a quick easy process.
Thanks, John


Posted On: 2015-10-01 18:01
User Name: moses2

Nothing ventured nothing gained I would give it a shot.


Posted On: 2015-10-01 20:17
User Name: ARBEAT

Bruce,an excellent suggestion.A little restrictive if you are in the UK,sales to the US come with a hefty postage cost.The same from the US to the UK.Would it be viable.???
I don't know how many members are based in UK.
My subject is the American West and the interest has petered out to almost zero.
Best Wishes and good luck
Alan


Posted On: 2015-10-01 22:21
User Name: thankful

Bruce,

Your suggestion concerning low-priced inventory is both generous and, I think, workable. I would go for it. One category in which I am strong is cookbooks. The expensive ones will sell readily. The lower end is problematic. They include many very rare and inexpensive items, but the cost of listing and selling is prohibitive. You seem to provide the answer.

Willis Van Devanter


Posted On: 2015-10-02 14:22
User Name: SASB

This is a marvelous and generous idea. Greg Gibson has a very good point. Undoubtedly some sellers would abuse the 25% limit and try starting prices of 50% or even more. And since Rare Book Monthly is making nothing here, they cannot afford to hire someone to vet starting prices. So....one possible solution. Have a volunteer committee that does vetting. If someone sees a book priced, in their opinion, above 25%...just let it go. If is someone sees a particular bookseller with multiple prices that seem high, then the volunteer vetting committee needs to look into it and if they agree the seller is using starting prices that are too high, the seller would be asked to remove the listing or lower the starting price.
Stan Shelley
Shelley and Son Books


Posted On: 2015-10-02 19:58
User Name: Fattrad1

Bruce,
Bruce,

You are making this issue far too complex. The majority of dealers adjust their prices on occasion, the prices are adjusted to comparables on Abe, RBH, Ebay and other listing services. As per Ebay, sellers often use the "make an offer" option, a haggled price is often reached. BTW, I have a degree in economics.


Posted On: 2015-10-05 11:12
User Name: ianhill

As I buy most of my books from ebay, I think this could be a great idea. My three concerns echo those of others, but I also have a suggestion.
1. I hope that this will be available to the UK as well as the US please.
2. Some dealers on ebay seem to be optimistic with their descriptions, there needs to be some way of ensuing descriptions can be trusted, maybe vetting sellers?
3. I have also seen very optimistic prices asked, and also fear that the proposed 25% is too easy to abuse. I also fear that some books will stay in limbo, un-bid on for far too long, clogging up the search for new and interesting books.

I suggest a slightly different auction system, whereby sellers can ask whatever price they like, but every day the price is reduced by 1% of its start value - so if it starts at $100, on day 2 it will be $99, on day 11 $89 and so on. If it hits a bottom reserve it is withdrawn. When someone bids, the auction starts with usual increments and end date, but at any point in the process there is a buy it now price of double the current bid price. This dropping price should ensure that inflated values are weeded out as it will eventually reach a fair price, and the buy it now price whould caution buyers against leaving it too long to show their hand hoping for a real bargain in case someone else buys it now. If the maximum start price is set at $300, then only in exceptional cases where there has been a bidding war before a buy it now would the $600 limit be breached. Maybe there could be a rule that the reserve price must be no more than 25% of the start price? Obviously all the percentages I have suggested could be tweaked, but I wonder whether this could work??

On a different note, pictures and descriptions make so much difference, and they are essential - it is one reason I prefer ebay to other sites. In this price range many of the buyers may not know they want the book until they have seen the pictures and read the descriptions - many buyers may not even know the book exists - so are reliant on the pictures and descriptions to realise that they want to buy it.


Posted On: 2015-10-05 19:13
User Name: liveauctioneers

Hi Bruce,

I think LiveAuctioneers has a perfect program for you. I feel that we cam definitely be a great partner to help you and your network sell you inventory.

Care to discuss? Email or call me, info is below.

Cheers,
Rohan
rohan@liveauctioneers.com
917-398-2202


Posted On: 2015-10-05 22:41
User Name: Fattrad1

Bruce, No problem exists.


Posted On: 2015-10-11 16:42
User Name: kenpa

Bruce
Your model is overall a good one. However it begs the question of how to find enough bidders. You are a very smart guy and should know, better than anyone, how to draw customers. But I see no mention of that.
The internet is littered with the bones of those who thought they had a better model than Ebay. Most recently 11 Main seems to have just about given up. It takes a lot of promotion to to generate sufficient excitement.
Relying on your current dealer listing model simply won't get it.
You have an easy upload system set up that works very well so that is a major advantage.
It is very encouraging that such a machine as Live Auctioneers has expressed a desire to partner with this. You would definitely need them and Invaluable to make it work well.
Certainly many dealers have an eye on the exits and disposing of cheap books is a problem.
I will follow developments with interest.
Poor Man's Rare Books


Posted On: 2015-10-15 14:47
User Name: LDRB

Your ideas are always of interest, thank you for being so proactive.
Two questions.
1) We already list on your site or items for sale, however, should we decide to only list certain items on this new service will are other items listed for sale be found when a search for a specific title is done? In other words does both the auction items in this proposal and the regular for sale item both get caught in the initial search?
I understand your proposal is based on starting the "auction" only when someone submits a bid for the auction listed items and they would go into the Up for Sale category and becomes searchable in the Upcoming auctions section. My assumption is thus the Upcoming auctions section is only items therefore searched.
2) Our items listed in your current Up For Sale section has been active and updated with the same description and 5 photos that are listed on other sites such as Abebooks etc however, we have not yet had one sale from the RBH to date. My question or concern frankly is does the For Auction concept take the focus even more so from the regular items offered and what are your ideas for getting the regular items more collectors view and sales? A free listing of books with subscription fee is great but with no results the added value is very little?
Again, thanks for being proactive and continue to provide fresh thinking and ideas. These comments and your responses can only help collectors and their want for better value, choices and selections of items.
Duncan McLaren
www.LDRB.ca


Posted On: 2015-10-23 15:27
User Name: almodad

Interesting concept. Seems worth a try. I'm not sure you should be teaming up with liveauctioneers, although if you're doing the vetting then that might solve some of their problems.
For proactive sellers, ebay can work very well. However, evidence suggests that the majority of book sellers are not proactive in the least, and stubbornly cling to their pricing regardless of what the market may indicate. Markets are efficient when given opportunities to act so. Book dealers too often fall into the trap of running museums, not efficient businesses.

Your idea is well worth a try and opens another avenue for efficiency of markets (and the possibility of deaccessioning hundreds of thousands of relics).


Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Leonard Baskin, <i>Diptera: A Book of Flies & Other Insects,</i> Gehenna Press, 1983. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Georg Heym, <i>Umbra Vitae,</i> illustrated by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, first edition, Munich, 1924. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Edgar Allan Poe, <i>The Raven,</i> special copy for illustrator Alan James Robinson, first book from Cheloniidae Press, 1980. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b><br>W.B. Yeats, <i>Poems,</i> illustrated by Richard Diebenkorn, accompanied by a suite of 6 etchings, 1990. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Georges Rouault, <i>Cirque de l’Étoile Filante,</i> Paris, 1938. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> François-Louis Schmied, <i>Le Cantique des Cantiques,</i> Paris, 1925. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Frank Lloyd Wright, <i>Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe,</i> Berlin, Ernst Wasmuth, 1910. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Hans Bellmer & Georges Hugnet, <i>Oeillades ciselées en branch,</i> Paris, 1939. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Wassily Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> first edition, Munich, 1913. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Charles Dickens, <i>The Nonesuch Dickens,</i> limited edition, 1937-38. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Rudyard Kipling, <i>Le Livre de la Jungle,</i> plates by Paul Jouve, engraved by F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1919. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Jan 29:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Les Choses de Paul Poiret,</i> Paris, 1911. $3,500 to $5,000.
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. February 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 230: Charles Bukowski. <i>South of No North.</i> Los Angeles, 1973. First edition. Signed. $1,500 to $2,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 244: Aldous Huxley. <i>Brave New World.</i> Garden City, 1932. First American edition. Signed. $2,500 to $3,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 10: Frank Lloyd Wright. “Fallingwater Side Elevation” Original Blueprint. $1,500 to $2,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. February 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 169: <i>Chicago’s Progress: A Review of the World’s Fair City.</i> Chicago: Bishop Publishing, (1933). $150 to $250
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 299: [Tanguy, Yves] Benjamin Peret. <i>Dormir dans Les Pierres.</i> Paris: Editions Surrealistes, 1927. $2,500 to $3,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 276: Jean Hans Arp. <i>Arp: Eleven Configurations.</i> Zurich, 1945. $1,200 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. February 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 235: Joseph Conrad. <i>Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard.</i> New York: 1904. First edition. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 290: Umberto Brunelleschi. Louys, Pierre. <i>Les Aventures du Roi Pausole.</i> Paris: 1930. $1,200 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 700: X-Men No. 94. Marvel Comics, 1975. CGC 9.0. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. February 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 540: Travers, P.L. <i>Mary Poppins</i> [and] <i>Mary Poppins Comes Back.</i> Signed. New York: 1936. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 576: Mickey Mouse. 17 Big Little Books. 1930s-40s. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, Feb. 2:</b><br>Lot 429: Paracelsus. <i>Medicina Diastatica or Sympathecall Mumie.</i> London: 1653. $800 to $1,200
  • <b>Bunch Auctions: Rare Books & Fine Prints. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> Dickens, Charles. <i>A Tale of Two Cities,</i> first edition with inclusions. $18,000 to $26,000
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> John James Audubon. A la poupee color engraving on paper "Stanley Hawk." $6,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> [FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE] Dickens, Charles. <i>Oliver Twist</i>, London, 1838. 3 vols. $8,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bunch Auctions: Rare Books & Fine Prints. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> Land indenture between William Penn and Thomas Gell, dated October 12, 1681, wherein Gell purchased 500 acres Pennsylvania farmland; signed by Penn. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, lithograph on paper "The Woodpile", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $1,500 to $2,500
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> Helen Dryden, <i>Vogue</i> cover design lithograph completed in hand watercolor, proof design for September 1922 issue. $600 to $800
    <b>Bunch Auctions: Rare Books & Fine Prints. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> Fisher, John D. <i>Description of the Distinct, Confluent, and Inoculated Small Pox, Varioloid Disease, Cow Pox, and Chicken Pox,</i> Boston, 1829. $600 to $800
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> [Rare Dust Jacket] Crane, Stephen. <i>The Red Badge of Courage,</i> NY, 1896. $500 to $700
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> after Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920), chromolithograph on paper "Lunia Czechowska", signed in plate, artist's proof (A/P). $200 to $400
    <b>Bunch Auctions, Jan 22:</b> Samuel Arlent Edwards, color mezzotint on paper "A Visit to the Boarding School", pencil signed. $100 to $200
  • <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste: Books and Manuscripts. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> [MAGGIOLO, Vesconte] <i>Carta nautica manoscritta, bottega di Vesconte Maggiolo.</i> Italy, c.1550. Previously unknown extraordinary portolan chart. €50,000 to 80,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b><br>LA PÉROUSE, Jean-François. <i>Voyage de la Pérouse autour du monde.</i> Paris: L'Imprimerie de la République, 1797. €6,000 to 9,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> PEREA Y ROJAS, Daniel. The preparatory watercolours to the renown album <i>A Los Toros.</i> €4,000 to 6,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste: Books and Manuscripts. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> MELA, Pomponio. <i>Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.</i> Venice, 1478 [Bound with] DIONISIO il Periegeta. <i> De situ orbis…</i> Venice, 1478. €6,000 to 9,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> DE FELICE, Fortunato Bartolomeo. <i>Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire universel raisonne des connoissances humaines.</i> Yverdon, 1770-1780. €4,000 to 6,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> VECELLIO, Cesare. <i>De gli habiti antichi et moderni di diverse parti del mondo.</i> Venice: Damian Zenaro, 1590. €3,000 to 5,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste: Books and Manuscripts. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> FALDA, Giovanni Battista; SPECCHI, Alessandro. <i>Il nuovo teatro delle fabriche…</i> [bound with] <i>ll quarto libro del nuovo teatro delli palazzi in prospettiva di Roma moderna.</i> 1665-1699. €4,000 to 6,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> FALDA Giovan Battista. <i>Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze e luoghi pubblici della citta - Le fontane delle ville di Frascati nel Tusculano…</i> Rome, [1691]. €2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> FERRERIO, Pietro & Giovanni Battista FALDA. <i> Palazzi di Roma de piu celebri architetti disegnati… [1655 – 1677]. €2,500 to 3,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste: Books and Manuscripts. January 22, 2019</b>
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> VON JACQUIN, Joseph Franz. <i>Eclogae graminum rariorum.</i> Vienna: Strauss Sommer, 1813-1844. €2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> Prayer book according to the synagogical Ashkenazy rite in an elegant and precious silver binding. €3,000 to 5,000
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan 22:</b> BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. <i>Ameto.</i> Venice: Nicolo Zoppino, 1524. €3,000 to 5,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>

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