• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.

Auction Update Review

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The Tide Comes In

For the week ending Saturday October 13th 21 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in British pounds, 7 in US dollars, and 10 in euros.  Seven thousand six hundred and eight lots were offered and 5,844 sold for a 76.8% success rate.  Turnover was $7,694,190, 87.4% of the aggregate high estimate of all lots offered:  $8,804,757.

 

Three sales raised a million dollars:

 

Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York on October 10th:  $1,336,933

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books on October 4th:  $1,273,394

Christie’s.  Travel, Science and Natural History on October 9th:  $1,025,023

 

Eight sales realized 100% or more of the aggregate high estimates of all lots offered:

 

Kapandji Morhange.  Library Fund from The Nave of Fools, tribute to Christopher Tupin on October 5th:  221%

Alde.  Library of Lucien Choudin; Books of Voltaire on October 5th:  162%

Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York on October 10th:  153%

Alde.  Literary First Editions on October 11th:  129%

Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Comic Strips on September 29th:  112%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents on October 10th:  101%

Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Jewish books, maps, manuscripts, ketubbot, art books on October 5th:  100%

Marc van de Wiele Auctions.  Rare books and manuscripts on October 6th:  100%

 

Seven auctions saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

 

Dominic Winter.    Sporting and Natural History, Vintage and Contemporary Photography on October 11th:  100%

Kapandji Morhange.   Library Fund from The Nave of Fools, tribute to Christopher Tupin on October 5th:  95%

Heritage Auctions.  Historical Manuscripts on October 4th:  95%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books on October 4th:  92%

Swann Galleries.  Art, Press and Illustrated Books on October 11th:  83%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Book Internet auction ending October 11th:  82%

Dominic Winter.  Printed Books, Maps and Documents:  81%

 

For the week ahead 26 sales that contain books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera are scheduled.  The number of lots in each sale with this material is listed at the end of each description.  These lots are fully searchable in the AE Unified Search:

 

This week we begin coverage of Archive International.  Their 2800 lots of paper history go on the block beginning Saturday October 20th, continue on Sunday the 21st and complete on Tuesday the 23rd.  On Saturday October 27th J. Sugarman Auction Company in Miami is offering bulk lots of important general categories of works on paper.

 

Mon. Oct. 15th    Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints.  [19565].  17 lots

                                    Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints [1242a].  12 lots

 

Tues.  Oct. 16th           Bruun Rasmussen.  Modern Prints [1242b].  66 lots

Henri Godts Books & Prints Auctions.  Books from the XVth to the XXth Century [18146].  438 lots
Paisa.  Ancient and Modern Books and Manuscripts [19936].  355 lots

                                    Rossini.  Books [20029].  418 lots   

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer [PF1227].  354 lots

 

Wed.  Oct. 17th           Galerie Bassenge.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints.  [100a]

                                    Sotheby’s.  Musical Collection of Andre Meyer.  [PF1227]

                                    Tajan.  Books.  [9740].  354 lots

 

Thurs.  Oct. 18th         AntiquarianAuctions.com.  Rare Books.  Internet bidding ending today [22].  392 items

                                    Audap & Mirabaud.  Women Give to Women [19714].  11 lots

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Literature, Manuscripts, Travel & Natural History [35986].  623 lots 

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Books, Autographs, Decorative Prints [100a].  236 lots

                                    Galerie Bassange.  History, Geography, Travel [100b].  236 lots

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Valuable Books [100c].  349 items

                                    Galerie Bassange.  Incunabula / Books before 1600 [100d].  196 lots

                                    Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books online auction ending October 18th [201242].  376 lots

Swann Galleries.  African-American Fine Art [2290].  51 lots

 

 

Fri.  Oct. 19th              Galerie Bassange.  17th-19th Century Literature [100e].  708 items

                                    Galerie Bassenge.   Autograph Letters [100f].  346 lots

 

Sat. Oct. 20th               Archive International.  Scripophily, Autographs & Ephemera [XIIa].  919 lots

                                    Cornette de Saint Cyr.  Comics [19617].

                                    Galerie Bassenge.  Modern Literature [100g].  844 lots

                                   

 

Sun. Oct. 21st              Archive International.  Scripophily, Autographs & Ephemera [XIIb].  809 lots

Bonhams.  Prints and Photographs.  [20050].  24 lots
National Book Auctions.   Books and Ephemera – Scholarly, Autographs,
  Exploration, Maps, etc [10212012]

 

This month 110 events are on the calendar.  The depth and complexity of the material on offer is stunning.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

October 14th, 2012

  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.