• <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>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.

Auction Update Review

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Where has the summer gone?

For the week ending Saturday August 8th 17 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Database; 1 sale denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,314,987 as 4,955 lots were offered and 3,851 sold for a 78% success rate.

1 auction saw their total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

Copley Fine Art AuctionsThe Sporting Sale on July 25th: 103.99% 


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

Alaska AuctionJuly 29th Auction - Prints on July 29th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 7/26 on August 2nd: 100.00% 
Arader GalleriesThe History of the Caribbean Pirates & Treasure As Told Through Maps, Atlases, & Natural History Wat on August 5th: 98.46% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/26 on August 2nd: 97.34% 
Copley Fine Art AuctionsThe Sporting Sale on July 25th: 92.42% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 7/23 on July 30th: 80.47% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Arader Galleries Pomegranate, f. 59 on August 5th Actual price: USD $134,200.
  2. Arader Galleries Flamingos on August 5th Actual price: USD $122,000.
  3. Arader Galleries Poppy, f. 19 on August 5th Actual price: USD $109,800.
  4. Arader Galleries White Iris, f.9 on August 5th Actual price: USD $97,600.
  5. Arader Galleries Peach, f. 66 on August 5th Actual price: USD $85,400.
  6. Arader Galleries Estados Unidos de Mijoco… on August 5th Actual price: USD $85,400.
  7. Swann Galleries CONFETTI. on August 5th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  8. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6. on August 5th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  9. RR Auction Ringo Starr’s HELP Screen-worn Jacket on July 23rd Actual price: USD $46,528.
  10. Swann Galleries DIVAN JAPONAIS. on August 5th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  11. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. on August 5th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  12. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix Experience Signed Album on July 23rd Actual price: USD $30,712.
  13. Arader Galleries The West-India Atlas... on August 5th Actual price: USD $30,500.
  14. RR Auction Beatles Signed ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Album Cover on July 23rd Actual price: USD $30,202.
  15. Arader Galleries A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves... on August 5th Actual price: USD $27,450.
  16. Arader Galleries Chart of the West Indies and Spanish Dominions... on August 5th Actual price: USD $27,450.
  17. Heritage Auctions Oriental Scenery. Twenty Four Views in Hindoostan Drawn and Engraved by Thomas and William Daniell. [Bound with:] Twenty Four Landscapes, Views in Hindoostan. on August 5th Actual price: USD $23,750.
  18. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix Signed Photograph on July 23rd Actual price: USD $20,372.
  19. RR Auction Janis Joplin Signed Photograph on July 23rd Actual price: USD $18,779.
  20. Swann Galleries QUI? / L'ARTISAN MODERNE. on August 5th Actual price: USD $18,750.
  21. RR Auction Beatles Signed ‘Please Please Me’ Album on July 23rd Actual price: USD $17,046.
  22. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Partie Occidentale de la Virginie, Pensylvanie, Maryland et Caroline. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,250.
  23. Heritage Auctions A Remarkable Collection of Visionaire, a Continuous Run of the First Fifty-Six Installments of the Groundbreaking Art Publication. on August 5th Actual price: USD $16,250.
  24. RR Auction Beatles Typed Letter Signed on July 23rd Actual price: USD $15,496.
  25. Heritage Auctions The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. on August 5th Actual price: USD $13,750.



17 total sales reported this week:

Alaska Auction. July 29th Auction - Prints on July 29th: 100.00%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Books and Manuscripts on August 5th: 71.53%
Swann Galleries. Vintage Posters on August 5th: 69.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 4th: 79.17%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/30 on August 6th: 78.47%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. General - Books and Prints on August 3rd: 60.71%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books and Ephemera - Day 2 on July 31st: 58.63%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books and Ephemera - Day 1 on July 30th: 79.06%
Arader Galleries. The History of the Caribbean Pirates & Treasure As Told Through Maps, Atlases, & Natural History Wat on August 5th: 98.46%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/23 on July 30th: 80.47%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books on August 5th: 59.49%
Grays Auctioneers. Contemporary Art - Prints on July 31st: 55.38%
Eldreds. Americana, Paintings and Maritime Art on July 31st: 68.85%
RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 7/16 on July 23rd: 65.91%
Copley Fine Art Auctions. The Sporting Sale on July 25th: 92.42%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/26 on August 2nd: 97.34%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 7/26 on August 2nd: 100.00%


For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 10th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 67 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. General - Books and Prints. 23 lots

Tue. Aug. 11th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Photographs, Autographs, Printed and Manuscript Ephemera. 70 lots

Wed. Aug. 12th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 33 lots
Doyle New York. New York. End of Summer Sale - Prints. 16 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Magic Memorabilia. 45 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 7/24. 1071 lots

Thu. Aug. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 8/6. 416 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Art and Antiques - Day 1. 332 lots

Fri. Aug. 14th
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Art and Antiques - Part 1, Day 2. 399 lots

Sat. Aug. 15th
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Rare Books, Art and Antiques - Part 2. 345 lots

Sun. Aug. 16th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 8/9.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 8/9.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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.