• <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> BULLER, Walter Lawry. <i>A HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND.</i> London, Van Voorst, 1873. Special De-Luxe edition of this already rare work.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> GIBBS, May. <i>Gum-Nut Babies.</i> Sydney: Angus and Robertson, Ca. 1918.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> SWIFT, Jonathan. <i>TRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.</i> London: Printed for Benj.Motte. 1727.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> JUKES, Joseph Beete. <i>NARRATIVE OF THE SURVEYING VOYAGE OF H.M.S. FLY…</i> London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. First Edition.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> <i>SOMERVILLE, E OE. IN THE VINE COUNTRY.</i> London: W H Allen & Co Limited, 1893.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> MAWE, John. <i>The voyager’s companion, or shell collector’s pilot.</i> London : 1825. Rare.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> PARKINSON, John. <i>Theatrum Botanicum, The Theater of Plants…</i> London, Thomas Cotes, 1640.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> c. 1150 decorated MONASTIC MISSAL LEAF, Southern Germany/Austria.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> LEGGE, Captain W. Vincent. <i>A HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF CEYLON.</i> London, The Author, 1880.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> AUNT HANNAH. <i>SOME ADVENTURES IN THE LIFE OF A COCKATOO.</i> Published in New York by R. Shugg and Co., 1872.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Joyce (James), <i>Ulysses,</i> 4to, Paris: (Shakespeare & Co.) 1922, First Edn. €7,000 to €9,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Of the Utmost Rarity with Swift Association. Harward (Michael). <i>Philomath. A New Almanack for the Year of Our Lord,</i> 1666. €6,000 to €9,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Full Complement of Hand Coloured & Other Plates. Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>Monumenti dell Egitto e della Nubia,</i> Vols. I, II, & III Plate Volumes only. €5,000 to €7,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Magnificent Hand Coloured Plates. [Bivort, Debabay, & others] <i>Annales de Pomologie,</i> 8 vols., folio, Brussels, 1853-1861. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Very Fine Coloured Plates & Illustrations. Barbier (George) Vogel (Lucien) & others, <i>Gazette du Bon Ton - Arts-modes et frivolities, </i> 1914 to 1922. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> “I have seen War... I hate War," Signed Presentation Copy to William C. Bullitt, Roosevelt (Franklin D.) August 14, 1936. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Victorian Hostess & Horticulturist. An Important Collection Relating to Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913). €2,500 to €3,200.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Fine Original Portrait Photos of The O'Brien Ladies by Margaret Cameron. Two black and white Photos, each 8" x 10". €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> James Hume Nesbitt Illustrations: A collection of twelve pen and ink Drawings and Etchings intended for publication as book of illustrations for his thriller novels. €800 to €1,200.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Attributed to Kitagawa Utamavo (1753-1806). A pair of attractive colourful woodblock prints, of Court Ladies in decorative robes with numerous stamps and script. €800 to €1,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Contemporaneous Notes from Captain Cook's Voyage Travel: [Anon] <i>Voyage to the South Sea by Mr. Banks, Mr. Parkinson and Dr. Solender, with Capt. Cooke,</i> a 7 page m/ss document. €700 to €1,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Very Rare First U.K. Edition with Yellow Paper Band. Herbert (Frank). <i>Dune,</i> 8vo London (Victor Gollancz Ltd.) 1966. €500 to €700.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>English Literature, History, Science,<br>Children’s Books and Illustrations<br>1 – 8 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> JAMES OF MILAN | <i>Pricking of love,</i> illuminated manuscript in Middle English [England, fifteenth century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> BEARDSLEY | <i>The Toilet of Helen,</i> original ink drawing for Savoy, 1895. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> DICKENS | <i>A Christmas Carol,</i> 1844, seventh edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>English Literature, History, Science,<br>Children’s Books and Illustrations<br>1 – 8 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> DARWIN | <i>For Private Distribution... Extracts from Letters addressed to Professor Henslow...,</i> 1835, original wrappers. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> DEFOE | Autograph manuscript poem, 'Resignation', 1708. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> GRAHAME | <i>The Wind in the Willows,</i> 1908, first edition, dust-jacket. £12,000 to £16,000.

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The Season in Earnest

For the week ended Saturday 26 September 30 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in Swiss francs, 6 in euros, 1 in British pounds, 17 in US dollars and 1 in South African rands.  Eight thousand and two lots were offered and 5,852 sold for a 73% success rate.  Turnover was $14,820,868.

6 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 24th: $3,698,900 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on September 22nd: $1,780,290 
Arader GalleriesAudubon's Aquatints of Birds and Quads, Important Maps and Natural History Watercolors on September 19th: $1,634,235 
Heritage AuctionsEntertainment and Music Memorabilia on September 20th: $1,334,389 
BonhamsThe History of Science and Technology on September 21st: $1,317,400 
Koller AuctionsA Private Collection of Italian Manuscript Illumination on September 18th: $1,266,359 

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

Dorotheum Books and Decorative Prints on September 22nd: 196.71% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Books, Photographs on September 18th: 132.49% 
Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History and Culture on September 8th: 132.32% 
Koller AuctionsA Private Collection of Italian Manuscript Illumination on September 18th: 117.43% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on September 23rd: 112.60% 

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

Carlsen GalleryPrints, Books on September 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 99.44% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 98.25% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 90.33% 
Bruun RasmussenOld Master Prints on September 21st: 85.71% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on September 19th: 84.25% 
Arader GalleriesAudubon's Aquatints of Birds and Quads, Important Maps and Natural History Watercolors on September 19th: 83.57% 
Koller AuctionsPrints, Books, Photographs on September 18th: 82.61% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on September 20th: 80.62% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on September 22nd: 80.41% 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams THE 1934 NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE. PRESENTED TO GEORGE MINOT FOR HIS PIONEERING WORK ON PERNICIOUS ANEMIA. on September 21st Actual price: USD $545,000.
  2. Bonhams ENIGMA MACHINE. A Rare Early 3-Rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machines (aka Heeres Enigma), on September 21st Actual price: USD $209,000.
  3. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Darwin") on September 21st Actual price: USD $197,000.
  4. Koller Auctions The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. on September 19th Actual price: USD $142,655.
  5. Bonhams Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $137,000.
  6. Bonhams An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $137,000.
  7. Bonhams An Essay on the Principle of Population, as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $137,000.
  8. Arader Galleries Wood Ibis, Pl 216 on September 19th Actual price: USD $136,640.
  9. Arader Galleries Toucan on September 19th Actual price: USD $109,800.
  10. Heritage Auctions The First Recording Contract Signed By The Beatles, For The "My Bonnie" Session (Germany, 1961). on September 20th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  11. Bonhams On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. on September 22nd Actual price: USD $81,250.
  12. Heritage Auctions Beatles - A Sign From the Montreal Bed-In For Peace Signed By John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1969). on September 20th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  13. Heritage Auctions Beatles Yesterday And Today Sealed First State Stereo "Butcher Cover" LP in GEM MINT 10 Condition (Capitol, 1966). on September 20th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  14. Arader Galleries Wood Duck, Pl. 206 on September 19th Actual price: USD $73,200.
  15. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Latin on September 21st Actual price: USD $68,750.
  16. Arader Galleries Trumpeter Swan, Mature, Pl. 406 on September 19th Actual price: USD $67,100.
  17. Swann Galleries Les Courses on September 24th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  18. Koller Auctions Historiated initial M with the three Marys at the empty tomb of Christ. on September 18th Actual price: USD $62,315.
  19. Arader Galleries Some of the Best Harts in the Forest on September 19th Actual price: USD $61,000.
  20. Swann Galleries Les Caprices de Goya on September 24th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  21. Swann Galleries Le Permissionaire on September 24th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  22. Swann Galleries Femme assise au Chignon on September 24th Actual price: USD $55,000.
  23. Arader Galleries Orbis Typus Universalis luxta hydrographorum on September 19th Actual price: USD $51,850.
  24. Swann Galleries Imaginations and Objects of the Future on September 24th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  25. Swann Galleries Shadow Dance on September 24th Actual price: USD $50,000.


30 total sales reported this week:

Auctionata. Meet the Masters: From Modern to Pop on September 24th: 61.32%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on September 24th: 67.35%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on September 22nd: 77.97%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 24th: 68.38%
Bloomsbury Auctions. The Transport Sale on September 23rd: 50.00%
Heritage Auctions. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/17 on September 24th: 90.33%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 23rd: 65.71%
Bruun Rasmussen. Modern and Contemporary Prints on September 22nd: 79.79%
Bruun Rasmussen. Old Master Prints on September 21st: 85.71%
PIASA. Wegman: Dogs on Furniture on September 16th: 70.27%
Arader Galleries. Audubon's Aquatints of Birds and Quads, Important Maps and Natural History Watercolors on September 19th: 83.57%
Koller Auctions. Photography on September 19th: 44.19%
Koller Auctions. Books and Autographs on September 19th: 57.48%
Koller Auctions. Prints on September 18th: 60.64%
Koller Auctions. A Private Collection of Italian Manuscript Illumination on September 18th: 76.06%
Koller Auctions. Prints, Books, Photographs on September 18th: 82.61%
Carlsen Gallery. Prints, Books on September 20th: 100.00%
Skinner. Asian Works of Art - Prints on September 19th: 39.02%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 8/21 on September 16th: 61.15%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books on September 17th: 62.50%
Vermot de Pas. CollectioMania II : Posters, Mai 68 Posters, Abstract and Contemporary Paintings and Prints, Tribal on September 3rd: 37.77%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on September 20th: 80.62%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on September 19th: 84.25%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on September 22nd: 80.41%
Bonhams. The History of Science and Technology on September 21st: 68.75%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History and Culture on September 8th: 72.34%
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Collectible Africana Books, Art and Ephemera - Internet bidstart 9/8 on September 15th: 52.38%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 98.25%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/13 on September 20th: 99.44%
Heritage Auctions. Entertainment and Music Memorabilia on September 20th: 75.58%

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled: 

Mon. Sep. 28th 
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Editions. 140 lots 
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Modern Art from the Collection of Frans Molenaar. 272 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots 

Tue. Sep. 29th 
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 175 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Posters, Advertising Art, Comics, Film and Photohistory. 303 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood Auction - Day 1. 627 lots 
Sothebys. London. Rock and Pop. 65 lots 
Sothebys. Paris. A Collection of Historical Items. 34 lots 
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Design, Photography and Books from the Collection of Frans Molenaar. 125 lots 
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Photographs. 137 lots 
Morton Casa de Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 325 lots 
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Prints, Books. 28 lots 

Wed. Sep. 30th 
Sothebys. London. Exploration & Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. Part 4, Q-Z. 350 lots 
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints. 54 lots 
Ader. PARIS. Photographs. 447 lots 
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain. 190 lots 
PIASA. Paris. Japanese Art: Estate of Madam X - Woodblock Prints. 184 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood Auction - Day 2. 611 lots 

Thu. Oct. 1st 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 9/24. 403 lots 
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Hollywood Auction - Day 3. 660 lots 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Chuck Jones Birthday Auction Benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 58 lots 

Fri. Oct. 2nd 
ALDE. Paris. Library of Georges Wendling and other Amateur Collectors. 111 lots 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 4. 586 lots 
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 17 lots 

Sat. Oct. 3rd 
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 5. 552 lots 
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books and Prints. 54 lots 

Sun. Oct. 4th 
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 9/27
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 9/27
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Six Day - Million Dollar Auction - Session 6. 7 lots 

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> SHERBURNE, BRANTZ, and WIRGMAN. The Original Drawings of the First Modern Scientific Survey of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. $350,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> LAFON, Barthelemy. The Earliest Comprehensive Survey of Louisiana and its Adjacent Regions. $350,000 to $450,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Giacomo GASTALDI. The Most Important Renaissance Wall Map of Asia Published in the 16th Century – with all four sheets having full margins. $300,000 to $400,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> CAO, Junyi. The Most Important Map of China to Come to Market in 50 Years. One of only three known copies of the last Ming Dynasty world map. $325,000 to $375,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> ORTELIUS, Abraham. Ortelius Atlas Spanish 1588 Magnificently Rich Original Hand Color in Full. $225,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> An Exceptionally Fine and Historically Important Manuscript Map Showing the Origins of Texas in the 19th Century. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> PRICE, William and BONNER, John. Map of Boston 1769. $225,000 to $325,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> John James AUDUBON. Audubon’s Brilliant Icon, That Has Never Been Equaled for Drama. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Pierre-Joseph REDOUTE. Original Watercolor, Red Lily. $175,000 to $250,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> John James AUDUBON. The Most Famous Image of a Bird in All of History. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Martin WALDSEEMULLER. The Finest Example in Existence of Martin Waldseemuller’s Map of the New World, with Spectacular Full Original Color. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> GORDON, Peter. The First State of the First View of Savannah: The Template for American Urban Planning. $100,000 to $150,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Bernardus Sylvanus, one of the earliest printed maps of the New World, woodcut, Venice, 1511. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johannes Blaeu, <i>Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula,</i> Amsterdam, 1662. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Emanuel Bowen & John Gibson, <i>Atlas Minimus,</i> miniature atlas, London, 1758. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Henry Andrews, <i>The Botanist's Repository for New & Rare Plants,</i> London, 1797-1815. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Night Heron or Qua Bird, Plate CCXXXVI,</i> hand-colored aquatint, 1835. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Basilius Besler, group of 30 folio engravings, <i>Hortus Eystettensis,</i> Eichstatt, 1613. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Henri Chatelain, <i>Carte Tres Curieuse de la Mer du Sud...,</i> Amsterdam, 1719. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Arnoldus Montanus, <i>Die Unbekante Neue Welt...,</i> German text edition, Amsterdam, 1673. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Woodhouse Audubon, <i>California Gray Squirrel,</i> oil on canvas, c. 1853. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits<br>7 – 15 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> [RELIURE BRODÉE]. <i>Horae beatissimae...</i> Anvers, 1570. Reliure brodée de la Renaissance aux armes du duc d'Anjou. €50,000 to €70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> ARTOIS, comte d', futur Charles X. 75 lettres autographes au comte de Vaudreuil entre 1792 et 1804. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> [Pascal, Blaise]. <i>Lettres de A. Dettonville ...</i> Paris, 1658-1659. Rarissime édition originale en reliure de l'époque. €30,000 to €50,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits<br>7 – 15 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> Aragon, Louis. Ens. de 8 ouvrages avec envois à Jacques Lacan, dont "Blanche et l'oubli", 1967, sur grand papier. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> Fermat, Pierre de. <i>Varia opera mathematica.</i> Toulouse,1679. Petit in-folio. Edition originale. De la bibliothèque de Jacques Lacan. €6,000 to €8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> Leduc, Violette. <i>La Bâtarde.</i> 1958-1963. Important manuscrit autographe, premier jet. 20 cahiers, env 2048 p. ms. €40,000 to €60,000.