• <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies.</i> The second Impression. London, 1632. £120,000 to £180,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> [GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749–1832)]. <i>Das Römische Carneval.</i> Berlin and Gotha, 1789. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> [SHAKESPEARE, William]. Manuscript part for a contemporary analogue to <i>Henry IV,</i> part I, n.p. [perhaps Oxford or London], n.d. [c.1580s – before c.1620]. £25,000 to £35,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749–1832). <i>Faust. Ein Fragment... Ächte Ausgabe.</i> Leipzig: Georg Joachim Göschen, 1790. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. As it is now Acted at his Highness the Duke of York's Theatre.</i> London, 1683. £60,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> [GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749–1832)]. <i>Die Leiden des jungen Werthers.</i> Leipzig: Weygand, 1774. £15,000 to £20,000.
  • <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> ALBUM AMICORUM OF SCHELOMITH FLAUM. Autograph album containing drawings, autograph quotations and signatures from over 47 contributors, India, Europe, America, Israel and elsewhere, 1923–50. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> FLEMING, Ian (1908–1964). <i>Live and Let Die.</i> London: Jonathan Cape, 1954. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> HISTORY OF CINEMA. Animal Farm (1954), an animation archive from the Halas and Batchelor studios, [c.1954]. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> LE HAY, Jacques – [Charles de FERRIOL]. <i>Recueil de Cent Estampes representant differentes Nations du Levant...</i> Paris, 1714. [With:] <i>Explication des cents Estampes.</i> Paris, 1715. £25,000 to £35,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> THE LAST JUDGEMENT, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from an Antiphonal on vellum illuminated by Nikolaus Bertschi [Augsburg, first quarter 16th century]. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> VALTURIUS, Robertus (1413–1484). <i>De re militari.</i> [Verona:] Johannes Nicolai de Verona, 1472. £170,000 to £250,000.
  • <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.

Auction Update Review

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21 Sales Archived, 23 Sales Scheduled

 

For the week ended Saturday 7 February 21 sales were archived to Rare Book Transaction History; 10 in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 8 in US dollars.  Reported sales were $4,436,523 as 4,075 lots were offered and 3,150 sold for a 77.3% success rate. 

1 auction saw total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Keno Auctions. Seth Kaller, Inc Historic Documents and Legacy Collections: on January 31st: $3,456,500

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

Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 1 on January 25th: 764.40%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 6 on January 27th: 346.05%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 3 on January 26th: 227.34%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 5 on January 27th: 214.65%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 2 on January 25th: 201.19%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on February 3rd: 118.58%
Keno Auctions. Seth Kaller, Inc Historic Documents and Legacy Collections: on January 31st: 117.97%


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

Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 3 on January 26th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 1 on January 25th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 2 on January 25th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 5 on January 27th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/25 on February 1st: 99.47%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 6 on January 27th: 97.14%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/25 on February 1st: 97.08%
Keno Auctions. Seth Kaller, Inc Historic Documents and Legacy Collections: on January 31st: 92.31%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on February 3rd: 91.56%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 90.49%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Books, Prints on December 2nd: 83.33%


21 total sales reported this week:

Neal Auction Company. Important Winter Estates Auction - Day 1 on January 31st: 61.88%
Neal Auction Company. Winter Estate Sale - Day 2 on February 1st: 60.98%
Kedem Auction. Judaica and Isealiana on February 4th: 64.29%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Marine - Books, Maps, Globes on February 2nd: 57.65%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/29 on February 5th: 90.49%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books and Manuscripts on February 3rd: 91.56%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on February 3rd: 68.42%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on February 2nd: 66.67%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Ephemera on January 30th: 68.87%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books and Ephemera on January 29th: 70.32%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 39.77%
Aguttes. Books on December 16th: 53.62%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Books, Prints on December 2nd: 83.33%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 6 on January 27th: 97.14%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 5 on January 27th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 3 on January 26th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 2 on January 25th: 100.00%
Artcurial. Hotel de Paris - Books and Prints, Day 1 on January 25th: 100.00%
Keno Auctions. Seth Kaller, Inc Historic Documents and Legacy Collections: on January 31st: 92.31%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/25 on February 1st: 97.08%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 1/25 on February 1st: 99.47%


For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 9th
Bonhams. San Francisco. Important Western Americana. 151 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . February Auction - Prints. 25 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Old Master Prints. 5 lots

Tue. Feb. 10th
Doyle New York. New York. Doyle at Home: Decorative Prints. 13 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Winter Auction. 1246 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 76 lots

Wed. Feb. 11th
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. REGINE DEFORGES Autographs, Manuscripts, books from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. 265 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 1/23. 834 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Collections of the Dukes of Mortemart Castle's Eve. 27 lots
Ader. PARIS. Antique Arms and Historical Memories - prints, manuscripts. 27 lots

Thu. Feb. 12th
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Bibliophile. 507 lots
Christies. New York. Prints and Multiples. 177 lots
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. The Winter Sale. 98 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 2/5. 419 lots
Heritage Auctions. Beverly Hills. Art of Laika Studios. 277 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 440 lots
The Written Word Autographs. Tamworth, NH . Autographs.

Fri. Feb. 13th
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques. 7044 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books. 215 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. In the Arms of .... 102 lots

Sat. Feb. 14th
Hauff and Auvermann. Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Books, Prints, Photographs. 312 lots

Sun. Feb. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 2/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/8.

For those who visited the ABAA and ILAB fair in Oakland this past weekend it was a very nice affair.  The weather was difficult but inside the fair there were familiar faces behind the counters and in the aisles.  Hopefully for the exhibitors the show worked out.

 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> AN EARLY DUTCH POCKET GLOBE ATTRIBUTED TO WILLEM BLAEU, AFTER C.1618. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> BLAEU, Johannes (1596-1673). £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> BLAEU, Johannes. <i>Theatrum Statuum Regiae Celsitudinis Sabaudiae Ducis, Pedemontii principis, ... pars prima, exhibens Pedemontium ...</i> Amsterdam, 1682. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> DUDLEY, Sir Robert, self-styled Duke of Northumberland and Earl of Warwick. <i>Arcano del Mare.</i> Florence, 1661. £500,000 to £700,000.
    <b>Christie’s London, Dec. 11:</b> The Mainz Psalter: <i>Psalterium Benedictinum cum canticis et hymnis,</i> for Bursfeld use. [Mainz:] Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer, 29 August 1459. £5,000 to £10,000.
  • <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. 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.
  • <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.