• <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>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>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.

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23 Auctions Archived, 15 upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday July 18th 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction Database, 6 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,991,451 as 6,527 lots were offered and 4,942 sold for a 76% success rate.


4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography on July 15th: $9,191,520 
Christies. First Impressions on July 15th: $2,321,446 
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 14th: $2,247,088 
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on July 14th: $1,092,556

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

Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints - Part 2 on July 10th: 128.27%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Incunabula and Printed Books on June 23rd: 109.59%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography on July 15th: 103.51%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 14th: 100.16%  

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies THE ‘GOSPELS OF QUEEN THEUTBERGA’ in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $3,098,940.
  2. Christies NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. With: the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, on July 15th Actual price: USD $659,100.
  3. Christies Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Edited by Edmond Halley (1656-1743). on July 15th Actual price: USD $434,460.
  4. Sothebys KREBS, NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL AWARDED TO HANS KREBS, WITH HIS NOBEL PRIZE DIPLOMA, 1953 (2 ITEMS) on July 14th Actual price: USD $426,250.
  5. Christies MAGNA CARTA AND STATUTES, LAW TRACTS, AND REGISTER OF WRITS, in Latin and Anglo-Norman French, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $265,980.
  6. Christies Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: A Series of Twenty Photographic Views. Text by Sophia Poole and Reginald Stuart Poole. on July 15th Actual price: USD $237,900.
  7. Sothebys SERVICE ENIGMA MACHINE (ENIGMA I), THREE ROTOR, HEIMSOETH & RINKE, 1943 (1 ITEM) on July 14th Actual price: USD $230,950.
  8. Christies SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ARAB JAMBIYA DAGGER. Ornately-tooled hilt and scabbard, curved blade. 30cm long. on July 15th Actual price: USD $191,100.
  9. Sothebys DARWIN, THE DESCENT OF MAN, 1871, INSCRIBED TO HENRIETTA DARWIN (2 VOL.) on July 14th Actual price: USD $174,375.
  10. Christies Opera, an extensive composite set in contemporary editions. on July 15th Actual price: USD $172,380.
  11. Christies BOOK OF HOURS, use of Metz, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, on July 15th Actual price: USD $163,020.
  12. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on July 15th Actual price: USD $144,300.
  13. Christies PLUTARCH, Life of Camillus, in the Latin translation of OGNIBENE DA LONIGO for GIANFRANCESCO GONZAGA (c.1395-1444) on July 15th Actual price: USD $125,580.
  14. Christies THE LAMB IN THE MIDST OF THE ELDERS, and THE OPENING OF THE BOOK, two miniatures on either side of a cutting from the Burckhardt-Wildt Apocalypse, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $125,580.
  15. Christies De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. on July 15th Actual price: USD $116,220.
  16. Christies Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus. on July 15th Actual price: USD $106,860.
  17. Christies A Treatise of Human Nature: being an Attempt to introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects. Of the Understanding on July 15th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  18. Christies BOOK OF HOURS, use of Langres, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  19. Christies THE PROPHET NAHUM and A MAN PLAYING AN ORGAN, two historiated initials on a leaf of a Bible in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  20. Christies La heroike interprinse faict par le Signeur Draeck d’avoir cirquit toute la terre. on July 15th Actual price: USD $93,600.
  21. Sothebys BIBLE, [THE NEWE TESTAMENT YET ONCE AGAYNE CORRECTED BY WYLLIAM TYNDALL...], 1536, UNRECORDED VARIANT (1 VOL.) on July 14th Actual price: USD $93,000.
  22. Bloomsbury Philobiblon Libro per conservare la sanità del corpo [trad. volgare di Zucchero Bencivenni] on June 22nd Actual price: USD $87,854.
  23. Christies De ludo scachorum. on July 15th Actual price: USD $87,750.
  24. Christies A complete set of original gelatin silver prints for his erotic series 1929. on July 15th Actual price: USD $78,000.
  25. Christies THE RESURRECTION, large historiated initial on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM on July 15th Actual price: USD $78,000.


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

Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books on July 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 99.14%
Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints - Part 2 on July 10th: 93.55%
Cowans Auctions. Prints and Works on Paper on July 10th: 90.09%
Tooveys. Prints on July 15th: 88.89%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 88.80%
Christies. First Impressions on July 15th: 83.07%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on July 16th: 82.53%


23 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 88.80%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Posters on June 24th: 50.14%
Neret Minet and Tessier. From 1900-1980, 500 Posters at Low Prices on June 22nd: 24.56%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Incunabula and Printed Books on June 23rd: 63.89%
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Gastronomy Books and Manuscripts on June 22nd: 56.97%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Bibliophile on July 16th: 82.53%
Tooveys. Prints on July 15th: 88.89%
Doyle New York. Doyle at Home: Decorative Prints on July 16th: 76.92%
Lyon and Turnbull. Golf Memorabilia - Books on July 15th: 22.22%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Prints on July 16th: 69.53%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents; Early Printed Books and Incunabula on July 15th: 78.15%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts, including Cartography on July 15th: 73.63%
PBA Galleries. Illustrated and Children's Books - Fine Books in All Fields on July 9th: 56.06%
Christies. First Impressions on July 15th: 83.07%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on July 14th: 76.72%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 14th: 76.14%
Kedem Auction. Books, Objects, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on July 7th: 73.53%
Michaans Auctions. Estate Sale - Books and Prints on July 11th: 58.14%
Auctionata. Brusberg Galleries: Prints - Part 2 on July 10th: 93.55%
National Book Auctions. Books on July 12th: 100.00%
Cowans Auctions. Prints and Works on Paper on July 10th: 90.09%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 99.14%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/5 on July 12th: 100.00%

For the week ahead 15 auctions are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 20th
Bonhams. Los Angeles. TCM Presents ... Picture Perfect - The Art of Movie Posters. 234 lots

Wed. Jul. 22nd
Sothebys. New York. Modern Life: Post War Photographs, Prints and Design. 173 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Photographs. 174 lots

Thu. Jul. 23rd
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Americana with California and the West. 583 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/16. 273 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 7/16. 484 lots

Fri. Jul. 24th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. The Sporting Sale. 66 lots

Sat. Jul. 25th
Addison and Sarova. Macon. The Library of Robert Easton. 264 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Printed Art.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Vintage Movie Posters. 951 lots
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Gahanna. Online Numismatic Book Sale. 364 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Books, Photographs, Prints. 234 lots

Sun. Jul. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/19.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints. 58 lots

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RBH and AE

  • <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>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>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> 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.