• <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> <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>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>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.

Auction Update Review

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A Day in the New World

 

For the week ended Saturday September 8th 17 auctions were archived to the AED; 4 in euros, 5 in British pounds and 8 in US dollars.  Turnover was $1,602,915 as 4,165 lots were offered and 3,251 sold for a 78% success rate.

<-- Mr and Mrs John Price, she the playwright and he a rare book dealer - pleased with their Pasadena Fair experience this weekend.

7 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale:

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 2 on January 31st: 124.87%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. British and Continental Old Master and Modern Prints on February 5th: 114.63%
Cowans Auctions. William F. "Buffalo" Bill on January 31st: 107.62%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books - Day 1 on January 30th: 104.10%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on January 29th: 102.09%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 4th: 100.98%
Carlsen Gallery. Winter Sale - Prints on February 2nd: 100.63%

<-- Robert Baird and his son Obadiah were busy all weekend selling old and rare comics at the Pasadena Book fair.

9 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

Bruun Rasmussen. Old Prints on February 3rd: 100.00%
Carlsen Gallery. Winter Sale - Prints on February 2nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 1/26 on February 2nd: 99.82%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/26 on February 2nd: 96.11%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 4th: 95.12%
Cowans Auctions. William F. "Buffalo" Bill on January 31st: 94.90%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/30 on February 6th: 87.31%
Rupert Toovey and Co. Prints on January 29th: 80.49%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints on January 28th: 80.00%

For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 10th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 171 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Prints. 11 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 6 lots

Tue. Feb. 11th
Doyle New York. New York. Prints. 28 lots
Skinner. Bolton. Fine Prints and Photographs. 120 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 88 lots

Wed. Feb. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Vintage and Collector's Posters. 145 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Prints. 131 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 1/24. 1418 lots
Ader. PARIS. Judaica. 173 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Weapons and Hunting - Books and Prints. 20 lots

Thu. Feb. 13th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Prints. 33 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 611 lots
Kapandji Morhange. Paris. Classic Sale - Prints.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/6. 363 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Shadows Uplifted: African-American Fine Art - Prints. 23 lots
Christies. London - King Street. Post-War and Contemporary Art: Photographs. 6 lots

Fri. Feb. 14th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare and Used Books. 473 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Rare Books. 3676 lots
Ader. PARIS. Far East - Prints. 25 lots

Sat. Feb. 15th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 71 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Prints. 39 lots
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books and Graphics. 2457 lots
Blacksparrow. Sun Valley. Manuscripts. 75 lots

Sun. Feb. 16th
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 2/9.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/9.

 

The Pasadena Rare Book Fair that ended today brought together great dealers and exceptional material for collectors and institutions to consider.  Many exhibitors report they did well.

 

Bruce McKinney

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  • <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.
  • <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.