• <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> [Paine, Thomas]. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America… Philadelphia: R. Bell, 1776. $200,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Autograph letter signed, to Joshua Reed Giddings, 21 May 1860. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Oakley, Annie. <i>A Brief Sketch of Her Career and Notes on Shooting.</i> [N.p.]: ca. 1913, Signed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Washington, George. One autograph letter signed & 3 letters signed to General Alexander McDougall, September 1777. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> Mather, Cotton. <i>The Wonders of the Invisible World. Being an account of the tryals of several witches...</i> London: 1693. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27:</b> James, Benjamin.<i><br>A Treatise on the Management of the Teeth.</i> Boston, 1814. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>22nd January 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Astronomical manuscript.- Kalendarium cum Tabulis Astronomicis; and other astronomical texts, [?Northern Italy (possibly Verona or Bologna), c.1470]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Melville (Herman). <i>Moby-Dick; or The Whale,</i> first American edition, New York, 1851. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Malta.- Binding.- Sovereign Military Order of Malta.- <i>Gli Statuti della Sacra Religione di S. Gio: Gierosolomitano…</i> Rome, Giacomo Tornieri and Giacomo Ruffinello, 1589. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>22nd January 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Britain.- Jansson (Jan). <i>Novus atlas, sive theatrum orbis terrarum,</i> vol.4 only [Britain and Ireland], 56 double-page engraved maps, Amsterdam, 1659. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,</i> second (first published) edition, 1866; and 2 others from the series. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Cervantès Saavedra (Miguel de). <i>Novelas Exemplares,</i> rare at auction, Milan, Giovanni Battista Bidelli, 1615. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>22nd January 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Tolkien (J.R.R.). Printed programme for the New College School, Oxford, production of The Hobbit, signed by Tolkien, 1967. £4,500 to £5,500.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Thucydides. <i>The hystory, writtone by Thucidides the Athenyan, of the warre, whiche was betwene the Peloponesians and the Athenyans,</i> first edition in English, 1550. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Wesley (John). Autograph Letter signed "My Dear Sister [?Mary Stokes], exhorting her to write more often and dealing with her problems, 1773. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 22:</b> Leaf from an illuminated book of hours with the Four Evangelists, illuminated by the workshop, or a close follower of the Maître de l'Échevinage. Northern France (possibly Rouen), c.1480. £2,000 to £3,000.
  • <b>Bonhams:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Measure for Measure</i> (extracted from the First Folio). London, 1623. Sold for $52,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Sold for $47,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams: </b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. Sold for $43,825.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Sold for $1,912.50.
    <b><center>Bonhams<br>Consignments invited (2020)</b>
    <b>Bonhams:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. Sold for $150,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</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. Sold for $15,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. Sold for $175,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. Sold for $131,325.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> BOOLE, GEORGE. <i>An Investigation of the Laws of Thought.</i> London, 1854. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> SHANNON, CLAUDE and WARREN WEAVER. <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication.</i> Urbana, 1949. Sold for $27,575.

Auction Update Review

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We are into the high snow

For the week ending Saturday December 1st 30 auctions were archived to the AED; 16 in euros, 9 in British pounds, 4 in dollars and 1 in Swiss francs.  Total turnover was $26,449,140, 103% of the total high estimate of all lots offered.  Eleven thousand eights hundred and forty-two lots were offered and 8,697 sold for a 73% success rate.

 

Sixteen sales saw their total sales exceed the total of their high estimates:

 

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  227%

Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton on November 29th:  227%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 13th:  186%

Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books on November 28th:  134%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.   Comic Strips - 1st Vacation on November 18th:  131%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November 8th:  130%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November on November 9th:  129%

Christies.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  120%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 27th:  117%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  112%

Alde.  Documents; Artistic and Literary Autographs on November 29th:  111%

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts on November 8th:  111%

Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints on November 10th:  108%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 23rd:  107%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on November 29th:  101%

 

Eights sales saw their totals reach a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Musical Manuscripts and Continental Books on November 28th:  $5,661,040

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Comics on November 24th:  $3,754,687

Christie’s.    An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  $2,340,282

Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Rare Books on November 19th:  $2,014,522

Sotheby’s.  Important Manuscripts, Letters and Memorabilia from the family of Arturo Toscanini on November 28th:  $1,895,923

Bonhams.  Prints on November 27th:  $1,400,096

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  $1,114,786

Zisska & Schauer.  Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  $1,101,448

 

Fourteen sales saw 80% or more of their lots sell:

 

Dirk Soulis Auctions.  Prints on November 10th:  96%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Comic Strips - 1st Vacation:  92%

Swann Galleries.  Autographs on  November 29th:  92%

Bonhams.  Printed Books and Maps on November 27th:  91%

Sotheby’s.  Important Manuscripts, Letters and Memorabilia from the family of Arturo Toscanini on November 28th:  90%

Christie’s.  An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance on November 29th:  90%

Bonhams.  Marcus, The Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honorable James Stourton on November 29th:  89%

Heritage Auctions.  Rare Books Internet bidding ended November 29th

Pierre Berge & Associes.  Books on November 21st:  86%

Burgersdijk & Niermans.  Books on November 13th:  84%

Zisska & Schauer.   Books, Manuscripts, Incunabula on November 7th:  84%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Books on November 27th:  84%

Zisska & Schauer.   Books, Manuscripts on November 9th:  82%

 

For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

 

Tuesday Dec. 4th

 

Bonhams.  Sale No. 19952.  Polar Sale, Travel and Photographs

Christies.  Sale No. 2769.  Multiples by Matisse from the Matisse Family Collections Internet only (bidstart 11/19)

Mealy’s Auctioneers.  No. 120412.  Rare Books and Literature

Delvaux.  Sale No. 19735.  Books and Autographs

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20475.  The Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20078.  Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Dorotheum.  Sale No. 120412.  Autographs

Minerva Auctions Roma.  Sale No. Roma-83.  Books, Autographs and Prints

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan.  Sale No. 20334.  Collection Liuba and Ernesto Wolf

Carlsen Gallery.  Sale No. 20334.  Prints, Books

 

Wednesday Dec. 5th

 

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 36005.  Bibliophile

Galerie Bassenge.  Sale No. 100o.  Photography from the 19th- 21st Century

Christies.  Sale No. 7572.  Modern and Contemporary Prints

Rupert Toovey and Co.  Sale No. 1089.  Prints

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20377.  Russian Literature and Works on Paper

Bonhams.  Sale No. 20830.  Illuminating Space

Galeria Bassenge.  Sale No. 100n.  Photo Books and Photographic Literature

Guernsey’s.  Sale No. 34318.  The Arader Sale:  Color Plate Books, Rare Maps, Natural History

 

Thursday Dec. 6th

 

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Sale No. 19585.  Prints and Illustrated Books

Christies.  Sale No. 5701.  Old Master Prints

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Sale No. 35997.  Modern and Contemporary Prints

Alde.  Sale No. 19728.  Ancient and Modern Books

Aguttes.  Sale No. 20255.  Ancient and Modern Books

Piasa.  Sale No. 20129.  H. M. Petiet

Swann Galleries, Inc.  Sale No. 2297.  Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera.

Waverly Auctions, Inc.  Sale No 120612.  Quinn’s Auction:  Fine and Rare Books

 

Friday Dec. 7th

 

Galerie Koller Auctions.  Sale No. A163.  Modern Prints

Alde.  Sale No. 19729.  Ancient and Modern Books, Day 2

Christies.  Sale No. 2607.  Books and Manuscripts Session I

Christies.  Sale No. 2656.  Books and Manuscripts Session II

 

Saturday Dec. 8th

 

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Sale  No. 6083.  Civil War and Militaria

Clars Auction Gallery.  Sale No. 120812.  Prints

 

Sunday Dec. 9th

 

Clars Auction Gallery.  Sale No. 120812.  Prints continued.

National Book Auctions.  Books, Art, Ephemera, and Collectibles [120912]

 

For those with an interest in rare books and works on paper the results this past week suggest strength in the rooms.  It is uncommon for total sales for any week to exceed the total of high estimates for all lots offered.  This past week sales were 103%.  This said it needs to be also pointed out that most sales were outside the United States.  This coming week the focus shifts to New York with among other events the Arader Sale conducted by Guernsey’s.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

December 2nd 2012

  • <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Abraham Lincoln Endorsement Signed, March 16, 1865. Framed with a lithograph of Lincoln by Dwight C. Sturges.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Thomas Edison Stunning Signed Portrait.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Franz Liszt Signed Photo.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Subscription for Portraits of the Presidents Signed by J. Q. Adams, Polk, Jackson, Buchanan, and Writers Dickens, Bryant and More!
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Vinson Supreme Court Signed Presentation Photo.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio Collection of Three Financial Items.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Rare Sigmund Freud ALS Related to Sexual Issues.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> New York Yankees team signed baseball c.1937 including Gehrig, DiMaggio, Dickey, Gomez and others.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Salvador Dali Original Drawing in <i>Dali</i> by David Larkin.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions: Rare Autographs, Sports, Books and Photography. January 23, 2020</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Charles Wilson Peale, Association Miniature of Dr. Ebenezer Crosby after Charles Willson Peale. Gouache on ivory miniature attributed to Peale.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> William McKinley Signed Oversize Photograph Incredible 20"x24".
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Jan. 23:</b> Margaret Mitchell Signed <i>Gone With The Wind</i> -- First Edition.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>Winter in der Schweiz,</i> 1921. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Evelyn Rumsey Carey, <i>Pan American Exposition / Niagara / Buffalo,</i> 1901. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Arnost Hofbauer, <i>Topicuv Salon,</i> 1898. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Job,</i> 1896. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Georges de Feure, <i>Le Journal des Ventes,</i> 1898. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Cycles Perfecta,</i> 1897. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Edward Penfield, <i>Orient Cycles / Lead the Leaders,</i> circa 1895. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Adrien Barrère, <i>L’Ideal du Touriste,</i> 1903. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Willem Frederick Ten Broek, <i>New York / Wereldtentoonselling / Holland – Amerika Lijn,</i> 1938. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Dwight Clark Shepler, <i>Sun Valley / Union Pacific.</i> $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Sascha Maurer, <i>Flexible Flyer Splitkein / Smuggler’s Notch,</i> circa 1935. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Louis Bonhajo, <i>Vote / League of Women Voters,</i> 1920. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Important Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 25 & 26, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Signed Abraham Lincoln Civil War era document appointing Green Clay of Kentucky as Secretary of the Legation of the United States at St. Petersburg, Russia, July 15, 1861. $3,000 to $3,500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Original Bambi (1942) animation cel, inscribed Walt Disney's Bambi and signed Walt Disney. $3,000 to $3,500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Original Snow White animation cel, with Walt Disney signature on mat, lower right. $3,000 to $3,500.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Important Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 25 & 26, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Civil Rights Era Archive relating to U.S. Deputy Marshal Dick Bagby (1933-2003) of Dallas, TX, including letters from President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General. $1,400 to $1,800.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> President Andrew Jackson autograph letter, unsigned, regarding a special presentation cane sent via General John Moore McCalla to Gov. George Breathitt of Kentucky. January 18th, 1833. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Four (4) Presidential signed 17th/18th Century Books - two signed by Millard Fillmore, and two signed by James Buchanan. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Important Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 25 & 26, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> President Andrew Jackson signed military commission document conferring on George Washington McLean the rank of Second Lieutenant of Marines. Signed January 4, 1834. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Three (3) Southern Maps, including two (2) Antonio Zatta 1778, one (1) South Carolina 1796. $600 to $800.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Black Forest German Forestry Apprenticeship Certificate issued to Carl Heshel by Von Fahnenburg, the Forest Master from the Royal District, February 1, 1824. $500 to $550.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Important Two-Day Winter Auction<br>January 25 & 26, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Harper Lee, <i>TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD,</i> signed 40th anniversary edition. NY: HarperCollins, 1999. $300 to $350.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Archive of twenty-five (25) items related to the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and President Lyndon Baines Johnson. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 25-26:</b> Sixteen (16) 20th Century Celebrity Autographed Books, including Paul Newman, A. E. Hotcher, Leonard Bernstein, Clint Eastwood, Norman Rockwell, Groucho Marx, Johnny Cash, and more. $300 to $350.