• <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>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>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.

Auction Update Review

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28 Auctions Archived, 27 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday 24 May 28 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction database; 14 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 9 in US dollars.  Turnover was $12,316,537.58 as 17,580 lots were offered and 11,152 sold for a 63.44% success rate.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Bloomsbury AuctionsImportant Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 21st: $1,545,963 
Swann GalleriesFine Photographs on May 21st: $1,407,119 

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

Burgersdijk and NiermansBooks on May 13th: 189.32% 
TooveysPhotographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on May 19th: 116.71% 
FerratonBooks and Prints, Part I on May 8th: 113.79% 
Dorotheum Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 21st: 110.02% 
ArtcurialLimited Editions on May 19th: 107.18% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsImportant Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 21st: 105.03% 

The Arader Galleries Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bloomsbury Auctions Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, on May 21st Actual price: USD $253,084.
  2. Swann Galleries The North American Indian. on May 21st Actual price: USD $233,000.
  3. Christies Three young farmers on their way to a dance, Westerland, 1914 on May 22nd Actual price: USD $164,065.
  4. Swann Galleries De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Waereld Vertoonende all de Zee-Kusten Van het bekende Deel des Aerd-Bodems, Met een generale beschrijvinge van dien. Seer dienstigh vooralle Schippers en Stuurlieden; mitsgaders Koop-lieden om op't Kantoor gebruykt te werden Nieuwe on May 19th Actual price: USD $125,000. ARader Auction Galleries
  5. ALDE [Rarissime paire de globes de parquet] Globe terrestre et globe céleste. on May 13th Actual price: USD $117,510.
  6. ALDE [X01] Histoire naturelle des oiseaux. on May 13th Actual price: USD $109,312.
  7. Swann Galleries The Grand Tetons and the Snake River. on May 21st Actual price: USD $81,250.
  8. Swann Galleries De Zee-Atlas / Ofte Water-Wereld, Waer in vertoont warden alle de Zee-Kusten Van het bekende des Aerd-Bodems. on May 19th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Artcurial MIROIR DE LA TAUROMACHIE on May 19th Actual price: USD $79,632.
  10. Christies Brig on the Water, 1856 on May 22nd Actual price: USD $78,500.
  11. Swann Galleries A remarkable set of 50 platinum prints from the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, most featuring portraits of the leaders and members of the Native American delegations that attended the Exposition, including Geronimo; some depicting outdoor on May 21st Actual price: USD $71,500.
  12. Swann Galleries Extremely rare and important separately-issued engraved view of Honolulu, printed on the island at the famous Lahainaluna Seminary press. on May 19th Actual price: USD $70,000.
  13. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Traffic Control, 1936 on May 21st Actual price: USD $60,000.
  14. Artcurial MICK JAGGER on May 19th Actual price: USD $58,262.
  15. Christies Lightness of Being, 2008 on May 22nd Actual price: USD $54,950.
  16. Artcurial LAND'S END on May 19th Actual price: USD $54,790.
  17. Bloomsbury Auctions The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner [&] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe [&] Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, on May 21st Actual price: USD $48,670.
  18. Swann Galleries Portrait of Elephant in Dust, Amboseli (from "Across the Ravaged Land, Part I"). on May 21st Actual price: USD $46,800.
  19. Bloomsbury Auctions Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, on May 21st Actual price: USD $46,723.
  20. Artcurial ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE on May 19th Actual price: USD $45,069.
  21. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Le pitre rose, 1974 on May 21st Actual price: USD $45,000.
  22. Dorotheum Ohne Titel on May 21st Actual price: USD $42,000.
  23. Artcurial ETUDE POUR UN PORTRAIT DU PAPE INNOCENT X D'APRES VELASQUEZ on May 19th Actual price: USD $40,768.
  24. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Mick Jagger, 1975 on May 21st Actual price: USD $40,000.
  25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Flowers III, 1970 on May 21st Actual price: USD $40,000.


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.84%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 97.33%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on May 19th: 96.38%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on May 8th: 93.43%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on May 18th: 90.77%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on May 13th: 88.77%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on May 19th: 84.33%
Skinner. Asian Works of Art - Prints, Manuscripts, Catalogues on May 16th: 81.25%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on May 8th: 80.41%


28 total sales reported this week:

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on May 21st: 74.34%
Dorotheum . Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 21st: 69.52%
Christies. 20/21 PHOTOGRAPHS: PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED BY JAMES DANZIGER on May 22nd: 59.22%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Important Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 21st: 76.82%
Swann Galleries. Fine Photographs on May 21st: 65.19%
Tajan. Prints on May 21st: 52.68%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 19th: 73.26%
Ader. Photographs on May 19th: 51.41%
Tooveys. Prints on May 20th: 70.69%
Tooveys. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera on May 19th: 96.38%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on May 19th: 84.33%
Aguttes. Old Books and Paper on May 6th: 66.13%
Heritage Auctions. Americana, Political on May 18th: 90.77%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts on May 13th: 58.99%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Books on May 13th: 88.77%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Autographs and Prints on April 25th: 44.88%
Dorotheum . Globes on May 18th: 66.67%
Bonhams. Scientific Instruments - Globes on May 19th: 63.64%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on May 19th: 73.85%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on May 18th: 62.50%
Skinner. Asian Works of Art - Prints, Manuscripts, Catalogues on May 16th: 81.25%
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Books on Food on May 14th: 67.45%
ALDE. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books on May 13th: 66.36%
Ferraton. Books and Prints, Part I on May 8th: 80.41%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare and Used Books on May 8th: 93.43%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books, Prints and Photographs on May 9th: 45.63%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 97.33%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/10 on May 17th: 99.84%


For the week ahead 27 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 25th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 73 lots

Tue. May. 26th
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Art of the XXth Century. 213 lots

Wed. May. 27th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 437 lots
Christies. London - King Street. THE JOEL SPITZ COLLECTION OF ENGLISH COLOUR-PLATE BOOKS. 199 lots
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Firenze. Manuscripts, Incunabula and Books. 270 lots
Auctionata. New York. American and European Art. 84 lots

Thu. May. 28th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th -19th Century Prints. 828 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1737 lots
Sothebys. London. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts. 315 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 299 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 289 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/21. 271 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 1. 709 lots

Fri. May. 29th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Books. 304 lots
Skinner. Boston. Americana and European Prints and Photography. 109 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 2. 366 lots
ALDE. Paris. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts. 415 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Comic Strips. 476 lots
Ader. PARIS. Prints. 289 lots

Sat. May. 30th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints and Photographs. 124 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Printed Art - Internet bidstart 5/22. 10 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Sport. 138 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part II - Prints. 374 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art Part I - Prints. 180 lots

Sun. May. 31st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/24.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/24.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints - Day 2. 93 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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>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>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.