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Far from the Madding Crowd

For the week ended Saturday July 6th 6 auctions were archived to the AED.  In America it’s been the week of July 4th, in France it’s soon to be Bastille Day and in England it’s been all things Wimbledon.  No wonder the rooms have been quiet.  Nevertheless the auctions queue, material is hoisted and bidders’ paddles fly.  There’s no stopping what has become a 24/7/365 auction experience.   For the week 345 lots were offered and 219 sold. 

 

Sotheby’s sale of Western Manuscripts and Literature on July 2nd was the only event to reach a million dollars:  $2,802,690, the only sale that saw its total sales exceed 100% of the total of its high estimates and the only sale to see more than 80% of its lots sell.

 

For the week ahead 16 events are scheduled:

 

Tues. July 9th              Neret – Minet & Tessier.  Vintage Posters [16872].  540 lots

 

Wed. July 10th                  Morton Casa de Subastas.  Books, Historical Documents, Prints and Photographs [676].  266 lots

                                              Rupert Toovey and Co.  Prints [1139].  63 lots

                                            Sothebys.  The Joseph Conrad Collection from the Library of the late Stanley J. Seeger
   – Part I [L13415].  193 lots

                                            Sothebys.  English Literature; Children’s Books and Illustrations [L13404].  180 lots

 

Thurs. July 11th                  Heritage Auctions [HA.com].  Rare Books internet bidding ending today [201328].  241 lots

                                              Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Maps,, Works on Paper; including Travel and Natural
  History [36064].  658 lots

                                              PBA Galleries.  Rare Americana [510].  100 lots

 

Fri. July 12th                      Jeschke – van vliet Book and Art Auctions Ltd.  Rare Books [93].  824 lots

                                            Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Maps,, Works on Paper; including Travel and Natural
  History [36064].  658 lots

                                              Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Selected Quality Pictures – Prints [1127].  38 lots

                                            Skinner, Inc.  Prints [2663B].  16 lots

 

Sat. July 13th                      Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [71313].  147 lots

                                              Neal Auction Company.  Prints [71313].  82 lots

 

Sun. July 14th                  Clars Auction Gallery.  Prints, Photographs [71313].  147 lots

                                            Neal Auction Company.  Prints [71313].  82 lots

 

It was a quiet week but not so if you consigned or were bidding.  I recently bid on a manuscript map at Bonhams in New York.  I bid $12,000 on a lot that was estimated $3,000 to $5,000 and not only did not win, I wasn’t even the under bidder.  The lot brought $20,000 plus commission.  When the material is compelling there are fewer sleepers these days.

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000