• <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> ZEILER, Martin - <i>Topographiae Italiae.</i> Francoforte: Mattheus Merian, 1688. €3,500 to €4,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> HAMILTON, William, Sir -- HANCARVILLE, Pierre-Francois HUGUES - Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton. Napoli: Francois Morelli, 1766-67. €38,000 to €48,000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> [ASTRONOMIA] - Manoscritto astronomico. Italia: 1650. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> DALI, Salvador - <i>Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis.</i> Edizione “Ad Personam” Milano: Rizzoli, 1967. €40,000 to €60,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.

Auction Update Review

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The heavy lifting has begun

 

For the week ended Saturday September 20th 29 auctions were archived to the AED; 2 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,667,761 as 7,890 lots were offered and 6,260 sold for a 79% success rate.  It was a strong week.

<---- Bonhams:  Fine Books and Manuscripts in Los Angeles on September 22nd beginning at 10:00 PST [click on the image to review the catalogue]

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: $6,623,709 

Christies. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 17th: $5,701,292 

Christies. MODERN MASTERS & POLÍGRAFA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING on September 18th: $1,328,049


2 auctions saw their total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:

Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on September 17th: 112.85%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 100.09%

<---- Swann Galleries:  19th Century & Americana Prints & Drawings on September 23rd.  461 lots.  Sale begins at 10:30 am EST.  [Click on the image to review all upcoming lots]


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

Heritage Auctions. Doodles for Hunger Illustration Art - online bidstart 8/26 on September 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 99.82%
Carlsen Gallery. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 95.24%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 6th: 94.59%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 92.75%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 92.28%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 5th: 91.02%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1 on September 13th: 89.53%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 12th: 87.93%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: 84.21%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on September 16th: 81.13%


Here is a list of all 29 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/11 on September 18th: 78.35%
Skinner. Americana and European Prints and Photography on September 19th: 79.36%
Waverly Auctions. Rare Books on September 11th: 92.28%
Skinner. Discovery - Books and Prints on September 18th: 73.17%
Christies. MODERN MASTERS & POLÍGRAFA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING on September 18th: 68.48%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on September 17th: 78.20%
Bonhams. Prints, Featuring the Works of L. S. Lowry on September 17th: 70.31%
Christies. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 17th: 70.37%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples on September 16th: 84.21%
Freemans. Photographs and Photobooks on September 16th: 51.54%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 16th: 62.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 15th: 66.67%
Holabird Kagin Americana. End of Summer Sale - Collections on September 14th: 71.03%
Carlsen Gallery. Important Autumn Antique Auction - Books and Prints on September 14th: 95.24%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 2 on September 14th: 78.79%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art and Antiques - Prints, Day 1 on September 13th: 89.53%
Bonhams. Printed Books, Maps and Photographs on September 16th: 81.13%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates - Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 14th: 59.09%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates - Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 13th: 70.83%
Grays Auctioneers. Prints on September 10th: 40.54%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on September 12th: 87.93%
Bonhams. Goodwill Revival - Automobilia on September 13th: 63.16%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 2 on September 6th: 94.59%
John McInnis Auctioneers. September Auction: Books, Prints - Day 1 on September 5th: 91.02%
RR Auction. Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph - bidstart 8/22 on September 10th: 65.06%
Kedem Auction. Books, Manuscripts, and Rabbinical Letters on September 3rd: 74.58%
Heritage Auctions. Doodles for Hunger Illustration Art - online bidstart 8/26 on September 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 92.75%
Heritage Auctions. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/7 on September 14th: 99.82%

For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 22nd
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 280 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory. 373 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. From the Archives of Nico Kosterby. 192 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 3 lots

Tue. Sep. 23rd
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints. 784 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Prints. 63 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern Prints. 55 lots

Wed. Sep. 24th
Woolley and Wallis. Salisbury. Prints. 78 lots

Thu. Sep. 25th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 1.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 327 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Autographs,Documents and Historic Sporting Memorabilia. 273 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/18. 342 lots

Fri. Sep. 26th
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books - Day 2.
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books, Prints and Autographs. 1196 lots
Rossini. Paris. Books.

Sat. Sep. 27th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Cinema. 177 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Prints and Photographs. 78 lots
Alain and Evelyne Morel de Westgaver. 1050 Bruxelles. Postcards, Prints and Antiquarian Books. 553 lots
Guillaumot Richard . Villefranche sur Saône. One Hundred Eighty Books.

Sun. Sep. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics -Internet bidstart 9/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/21.

The evident strength in the rooms is suggesting a well-earned vitality.  Collecting seems safer and more certain these days and this is very good for dealers, institutions and collectors.

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia,</i> Plate Volumes 1, 11 & 111, 3 vols. Elephant folio. €50,000 to €80,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Curtis (William), 1746 - 179, & other Editors. <i>The Botanical Magazine: or, The Flower Garden Displayed.</i> London 1793 - 1982-83. Together 184 vols. [with] other botanical material. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Newman (Rev. Fr. John Henry, later Cardinal, now Saint) A very good collection of 24 A.L.S. to [Thomas] Gaisford of the Gaisford St. Lawrence family of Howth Castle. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Anon. <i>Herbolario Volgare: nel quale se dimostra conoscer le herbe et le sue vrtu…</i> Sm. 8vo Venice (Gio Maria Palamides) 1539. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Baron (Caesar). <i>Annales Ecclesiastici</i>. [With] <i>Annalium Ecclesiasticorum Caesaris Baronii... Apparatus.</i> [With] <i>Index Universalis Rerum Omnium</i> [and one other]. 38 vols total. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Log Books of Three British Warships. Three folio Volumes, containing meticulously arranged logs of the voyages of Royal Navy Ships from 1876 – 1881. €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Walpole (Robert). <i>Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey,</i> lg. 4to Lond. 1817. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Bosio (Antonio). <i>Roma Sotteranea,</i> Opera Postuma. Large thick folio Rome (Guglielmo Facciotti) 1632. €1,000 to €1,500.