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Rare Book Hub: into the great beyond: 10,000,551 full text records

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Rare Book Hub, nee Americana Exchange on September 3, 2002, began its journey into building a complete record of auction appearances and outcomes of collectible books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera, with no clear idea how far or high this project would extend.   Today we know, and celebrate as the Transaction Database crosses into the never before scale of documentation that scholars, students, dealers, collectors and auction houses have come to rely upon.  In fact, many houses are aggregating their records as a convenience to their customers.

 

What’s different at the Hub is that we focus on all sources both of collectible books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera in the present while simultaneously continuing to document auction lots going back to 1840 – our goal to in time provide a complete record of auction appearances for assessing rarity, importance, and value, leaving the greatest intangible for owners and sellers to wrestle with – condition.

 

As to what this means in terms of scale for the future database we leave this to the imagination.


Posted On: 2020-08-01 11:44
User Name: sevinseydi

Yet I keep finding important sales not included. The latest is the Blackmer sale, Sothebys October 1989. The prices fetched can indeed be very misleading, but surely it ought to be there.


Posted On: 2020-08-01 20:10
User Name: adminb

Dear sevinseydi,

The database is large but not 100% complete. We require to have a copy of each original catalogue with whatever documentation is possible for review and confirmation. If and when we obtain by purchase, loan or gift missing catalogues we make their addition to the Transaction Database. And on average we add 3,000 fresh records each day. The Blackmer Sale will be scheduled in mid-September.


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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> <i>[Sutro Baths] / On the Shore of the Pacific Ocean,</i> designer unknown, 1896. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Osvaldo Ballerio, <i>Biscottini e Amaretti Delser,</i> circa 1900. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Maxfield Parrish, <i>Harper’s Weekly,</i> 1896. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Les Parfums de J. Daver Paris,</i> 1903. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Jacob Lawrence, <i>Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,</i> 1968. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Lion Noir, Cirage – Crème,</i> 1949. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On,</i> designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Walter L. Greene, <i>Adirondack Mountains / Lake Placid,</i> 1930. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Laura Brey, <i>Enlist / On Which Side of the Window Are You?</i> 1917. $1,500 to $2,000.

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