• <center><b>Firsts Online Rare Book Fair<br> 27 November to 2 December<br><br> Presented by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association</b>
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1490. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br> P. Goos, <i>Le Grand Miroir de la Mer,</i> 1669. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. Feininger, Letter with woodcuts, 1920. Est: € 25,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin Bible manuscript, 12th century. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. E. Bloch, <i>Naturgeschichte der Fische,</i> 1782-95. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 90,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. J. Waghenaer, <i>Speculum nauticum,</i> 1586. Est: € 180,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>P. J. de Pannemaeker, Collection of orig. watercolors, 1878-1887.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> 1918.<br>Est: € 15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br><i>Livro dos prestimonios,</i> Manuscript, 1665. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>J. Miró in J. Cassou, <i>Vingt-deux poémes,</i> 1978. Est: € 8,000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>F. Schubert. Autograph letter to his brother Ferdinand, 4 pages, Zseliz, 1818. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>L. v. Beethoven. Fine autograph letter to his librettist Friedrich Treitschke, about their planned opera, 1815. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Hermann Hesse, Highly important series of 62 letters and postcards to Stefan Zweig, 1903-1938. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Reims, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, late 15th century]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Armenian gospel book, illuminated manuscript on vellum, seventeenth century, tooled calf binding. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>C. Goldoni. Ten autograph letters signed to the Genoese nobleman Cristoforo Spinola, Venice 1742-1743. £7,000 to £9,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> SHERBURNE, BRANTZ, and WIRGMAN. The Original Drawings of the First Modern Scientific Survey of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. $350,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> LAFON, Barthelemy. The Earliest Comprehensive Survey of Louisiana and its Adjacent Regions. $350,000 to $450,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Giacomo GASTALDI. The Most Important Renaissance Wall Map of Asia Published in the 16th Century – with all four sheets having full margins. $300,000 to $400,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> CAO, Junyi. The Most Important Map of China to Come to Market in 50 Years. One of only three known copies of the last Ming Dynasty world map. $325,000 to $375,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> ORTELIUS, Abraham. Ortelius Atlas Spanish 1588 Magnificently Rich Original Hand Color in Full. $225,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> An Exceptionally Fine and Historically Important Manuscript Map Showing the Origins of Texas in the 19th Century. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> PRICE, William and BONNER, John. Map of Boston 1769. $225,000 to $325,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> John James AUDUBON. Audubon’s Brilliant Icon, That Has Never Been Equaled for Drama. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Pierre-Joseph REDOUTE. Original Watercolor, Red Lily. $175,000 to $250,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> John James AUDUBON. The Most Famous Image of a Bird in All of History. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Martin WALDSEEMULLER. The Finest Example in Existence of Martin Waldseemuller’s Map of the New World, with Spectacular Full Original Color. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> GORDON, Peter. The First State of the First View of Savannah: The Template for American Urban Planning. $100,000 to $150,000.

Auction Update Review

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The World of Books, an engrossing moment

For the week ending Saturday April 13th 25 auctions were archived to the AED; 10 denominated in US dollars, 7 in British pounds and 8 in euros.  Turnover was a brisk $33,236,447 as 5,055 of 6,483 lots offered sold.  Auction houses around the world but particularly auctions in New York brought their “A” games this week in a show of force reinforcing the impression that the stars are aligning for the auction world.  The world is changing.  Meanwhile the New York Book Fair at the Armory had a strong weekend with many of the world’s leading dealers, institutions and collectors chatting over the capricious weather, eyeing gems and discussing whether a discrete discount on the rare and exceptional was possible.  For a few days anyway the future of the rare and collectible world has seemed not in doubt at all.  The world changes but the fundamentals of taste, desire and discernment that have driven collecting for the past two hundred years still converge on appointed weekends, permitting those with the gifts to understand and the patience to parse possibilities, opportunities to acquire complex printed and manuscript materials that the great dealers bring to such events.  The show in short was knee deep in reasons to celebrate.  Stirring the free flowing martinis on opening night too was news that Sotheby’s was exhibiting the Old South Church’s copy of the 1640 Bay Psalm at their New York headquarters and that they will parade it to sundry exhibitions before hoisting it in their rooms in New York on November 26th to send it, the 11th known copy of the first printed book in British North America and the only copy to come up at auction since 1947, on to an institution or collector.  This will be the event of the fall season.

 

The results this week as garnered from the 25 sales archived over the past seven days:

 

7 Sales reached a million dollars:

 

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 9th:  $15,842,126

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  $6,098,500

Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Historical Manuscripts on April 11th:  $3,656,274

Bonhams.  Roy David’s Collection:  Part III:  $1,441,857

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books on April 10th:  $1,234,931

Swann Galleries.  Fine Books including Incunabula on April 11th:  $1,304,931

Christies.  Prints on April 10th:  $1,030,931

 

10 auctions saw their total sales reach 100% of the total of their high estimates:

 

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  302%

Osenat.  Spirit of the 19th Century on April 7th:  220%

Piasa.  Ancient and Modern Books on April 9th:  215%

Sothebys.  Collection of Nicolas Landau et Jacqueline Goldman:  143%

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 9th:  130%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Historical Manuscripts on April 11th:  130%

Bonhams.  Roy David’s Collection:  Part III:  122%

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Weapons and Historical Memories on April 8th:  114%

Swann.  Fine Books including Manuscripts on April 11th:  100%

Christies.  Prints on April 10th:  100%

 

Auctions that sold at least 80% of their lots:

 

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  100%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Private Collection of Mountaineering Books on April 11th:  98%

Swann.  Fine Books including Manuscripts on April 11th:  97%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books online bidding ended April 11th:  92%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Rare Books on April 10th:  90%

Christies.  Books and Manuscripts on April 9th:  89%

Osenat.  Spirit of the 19th Century on April 7th:  88%

Heritage Auctions [Ha.com].  Historical Manuscripts on April 11th:  87%

Eldred’s.  Prints on April 5th:  86%

Leslie Hindman.  Fine Books and Manuscripts on April 10th:  85%

Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Printed Books and Maps on April 10th:  84%

Bloomsbury Auctions.  Horology and Science Books on April 11th:  83%

Sothebys.  Collection of Nicolas Landau et Jacqueline Goldman:  82%

Bruun Rasmussen.  Old Prints on April 8th:  80%

 

For the week ahead – 33 sales scheduled, all but one fully searchable in the Upcoming Auction Search.

 

Mon. April 15th                     Alde.  Letters and Manuscripts [20986].  476 lots

                                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Books [1316].  65 lots

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Tues. April 16th                    Bonhams.  Grosvenor School and Avant-Garde Print-making [20736].  110 lots

                                                Bruun Rasmussen.  Books, Maps, Photos [1316b].  294 lots

                                                H. A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung.  Autographs [41613].  1114 lots.

                                                Rupert Toovey and Co.  Ephemera [1119].  67 lots

                                                Swann Galleries, Inc.  Printed & Manuscript Americana [2310].  432 lots

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Wed. April 17th                     De Baecque & Associes.  Photographs [20967].

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Books [101a].

                                                J. A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung.  Autographs ending today [41613].  1114 lots

                                                Kapandji Morhange.  Engravings [15601].

                                                RR Auction.  Autographs [406].  1618 lots

                                                Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1118].  52 lots

                                                Sothebys.  Charity sale – Prints [PF1335].  32 lots

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Thurs. April 18th                  Bloomsbury Auctions.  Bibliophile Books [36041].  646 lots

                                                De Baecque & Associes.  Ancient and Modern Books [20968].  381 lots

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  History, Geography and Travel [101b].  270 lots

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Rare Books [101c].  512 lots

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Incunabula, Rare Books [101d].  213 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Space Exploration [6095].  394 lots

                                                Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201316].  294 lots

                                                Swann Galleries, Inc.  Fine Photographs and Photobooks [2311].

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Fri. April 19th                        Galerie Bassenge.  Literature and Book Illustration [101e].

                                                Galerie Bassenge.  Autographs [101f].

                                                Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Modern Prints [403].  240 lots

                                                Kiefer – Buch- und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Prints [84].  5223 lots

 

Sat. April 20th                       Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur Part I  [20882].  120 lots

                                                Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Library of an Amateur [21604].  359 lots

                                                Galerie Bessange.  Modern Literature and Art Documentation  [101g].  862 lots

                                                Ketterer Kunst / F. Doerling.  Post-War / Contemporary Prints [404].  205 lots

                                                Kiefer – Buch-und Kunstauktionen.  Books, Prints  continued [84].  5223 lots

 

Sun.  April 21st                Bonhams.  Period Art and Design – Books and Prints [20938].  100 lots

                                            National Book Auctions.  Books and Ephemera – Adirondacks, Maps, MA, PA, etc [04212013].

 

It’s an engrossing moment.  The world of books is in motion.

 

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

14 April 2013

  • <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>All-Negro Comics</i> Issue #1, 1947. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Early Memoir of a Black Hairdresser, 1859. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> First Edition <i>Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African,</i> 1782. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Bessie Coleman Aero News Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1930, Signed by William J. Powell. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Book of Poetry and Music by Formerly Illiterate Author Thomas Young, 1897. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Cabinet Card of 24th Infantryman, Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1882. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> James Baldwin Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1955. $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>The Pacific Appeal</i> Newspaper, San Francisco, 1877. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Only Known Copy <i>Spreading Joy,</i> Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1940 Los Angeles <i>The Official Central Avenue District Directory.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> GRÉGOIRE, Henri (French, 1750-1831). <i>An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,</i> First American Edition, 1810. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1893 Indian Territory Album with Images of Tacky Grayson. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 1st<br>Antique and modern prints,<br>drawings and paintings</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 2nd<br>Photographs, autographs, musical works and manuscripts</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Books from XV to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Mathematics books</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Art books from Salvador Dalí<br>& others</b>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. Sold for $15,600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. Sold for $3,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. Sold for $26,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. Sold for $2,210.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. Sold for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. Sold for $1,188.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. Sold for $1,500.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Joyce (James), <i>Ulysses,</i> 4to, Paris: (Shakespeare & Co.) 1922, First Edn. €7,000 to €9,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Of the Utmost Rarity with Swift Association. Harward (Michael). <i>Philomath. A New Almanack for the Year of Our Lord,</i> 1666. €6,000 to €9,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Full Complement of Hand Coloured & Other Plates. Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>Monumenti dell Egitto e della Nubia,</i> Vols. I, II, & III Plate Volumes only. €5,000 to €7,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Magnificent Hand Coloured Plates. [Bivort, Debabay, & others] <i>Annales de Pomologie,</i> 8 vols., folio, Brussels, 1853-1861. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Very Fine Coloured Plates & Illustrations. Barbier (George) Vogel (Lucien) & others, <i>Gazette du Bon Ton - Arts-modes et frivolities, </i> 1914 to 1922. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> “I have seen War... I hate War," Signed Presentation Copy to William C. Bullitt, Roosevelt (Franklin D.) August 14, 1936. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Victorian Hostess & Horticulturist. An Important Collection Relating to Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913). €2,500 to €3,200.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Fine Original Portrait Photos of The O'Brien Ladies by Margaret Cameron. Two black and white Photos, each 8" x 10". €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> James Hume Nesbitt Illustrations: A collection of twelve pen and ink Drawings and Etchings intended for publication as book of illustrations for his thriller novels. €800 to €1,200.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Attributed to Kitagawa Utamavo (1753-1806). A pair of attractive colourful woodblock prints, of Court Ladies in decorative robes with numerous stamps and script. €800 to €1,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Contemporaneous Notes from Captain Cook's Voyage Travel: [Anon] <i>Voyage to the South Sea by Mr. Banks, Mr. Parkinson and Dr. Solender, with Capt. Cooke,</i> a 7 page m/ss document. €700 to €1,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Very Rare First U.K. Edition with Yellow Paper Band. Herbert (Frank). <i>Dune,</i> 8vo London (Victor Gollancz Ltd.) 1966. €500 to €700.
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Live Online<br>2 December 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Rackham (Arthur). 'The Skein', original pen, ink and watercolour drawing. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Vico (Giambattista). <i>Principj di una scienza nuova,</i> FIRST EDITION, Felice Mosca, Naples,1725. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> <i>Bauerkeller's New Embossed Plan of London,</i> first edition, Ackermann & Co., 1841. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Live Online<br>2 December 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Bible, English, Coverdale's Version, J. Nycolson, Southwark, [1535]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Johnson (Samuel). <i>A Dictionary of the English Langauge,</i> 2 vol., fourth edition revised by the author, folio, 1773. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Orwell (George). <i>The Road to Wigan Pier,</i> first public edition, 8vo., Victor Gollancz, 1937. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Rowling (J. K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing 1997. £6,000 to £8,000.