Rare Book Monthly Articles - January - 2011 Issue

AE's Top 500 Book Auction Prices for 2010

Another year has come to a close, which means it is once again time for the Americana Exchange's annual review of the highest prices paid at auction for books, manuscripts, and related ephemera. While the market as a whole for books may remain somewhat soft, there is a healthy market at the top, particularly the very top. This past year, eight items exceeded the million-dollar barrier, twice the number as 2009, and the top one sold for over three times the amount of last year's number one. Even in hard times, the old maxim still applies - the rich get richer.

Another positive for the hig...

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A Sale that Confirms

On December 2nd Bonhams in New York and via simulcast in San Francisco, conducted the sale of "The American Experience 1630 - 1890".  As the consignor I can confirm it was an experience.  The sale ...

The AED at 3,100,147

The New AE is here and it will take some time to understand how this site is different from the version developed by Weicheng Chu of Los Angeles four years ago.  This time around the developer is C...

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AE Searches:  New & Improved (but where are they?)

The Americana Exchange has undergone some major changes in the past few days, but none is more important than the way the site presents its searches. AE has three major databases:  upcoming auction...

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A Walkthrough of the New Matchmaker

In moving to our new site, we are pleased to announce that we are now offering a version of Matchmaker for every Americana Exchange member, free or paid no matter the level of subscription.  It is ...

007 Values Still Growing - Bond for Booksellers & Collectors

You would think after nearly 60 years the public would have tired of Bond …."James Bond"……. the suave secret agent created by Ian Fleming. It was after all a long time ago when 007 made his debut i...

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Settlement Reached in Rothschild Suit vs. Auction House

According to a press release issued by his attorneys, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has reached a settlement in his suit against Dominic Winter Book Auctions. The amount was not revealed though the pres...

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In The News:  A Terrible Crime, a Book Thief's Book, and Carl Crawford's Bookstore.

A terrible story came out of Salt Lake City a few weeks ago of the street dangers rarely experienced in the book trade. Respected bookseller Sherry Black was brutally murdered in her store, in a ca...

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A Death Once Thought Murder

In November 1800 in Dutchess County in the town of Hyde Park, Catherine Berringer died a suspicious death and her fiancé, John Benner was soon arrested for the crime.  The accusation was murder by ...

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Google Ngrams:  What Words are Most Often Found in Books?

Leave it to the folks at Google to come up with another amazing new tool for us to use. I'm not yet sure of the practical uses for it, but it is something that will fascinate lovers of books and hi...

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John Bale Purchases Zobel's Better Books: Some Books are Sold, the Story Continues

Dan Gaeta of John Bale Book Company of Waterbury, Connecticut has purchased the remaining higher value inventory of Miriam Zobel of Clintondale, New York  for an undisclosed sum.  Mrs. Zobel and he...

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Google Opens eBook Store; Alibris an Early Partner

Internet search giant Google recently announced the opening of their highly anticipated electronic-book store. Formed in the 1990s to offer internet searching, Google has grown into a widely divers...

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Doyle's Catches a Prize

Peter Constanzo, a member of the book department at Bloomsbury New York for three years, the past two as co-auctioneer with Stephen C. Massey, has been appointed co-director of the book department ...

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Ten New Catalogues Reviewed

This month we review 10 new booksellers' catalogues in section two. There are travels and voyages from Maggs Bros., Pacific voyages from the William Reese Company. Voyagers would undoubtedly apprec...

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
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    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.

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