• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. Sold for $15,600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. Sold for $3,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. Sold for $26,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. Sold for $2,210.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. Sold for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. Sold for $1,188.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. Sold for $1,500.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 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 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 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 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>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Live Online<br>2 December 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Rackham (Arthur). 'The Skein', original pen, ink and watercolour drawing. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Vico (Giambattista). <i>Principj di una scienza nuova,</i> FIRST EDITION, Felice Mosca, Naples,1725. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> <i>Bauerkeller's New Embossed Plan of London,</i> first edition, Ackermann & Co., 1841. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Live Online<br>2 December 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Bible, English, Coverdale's Version, J. Nycolson, Southwark, [1535]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Johnson (Samuel). <i>A Dictionary of the English Langauge,</i> 2 vol., fourth edition revised by the author, folio, 1773. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Orwell (George). <i>The Road to Wigan Pier,</i> first public edition, 8vo., Victor Gollancz, 1937. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Dec. 2:</b> Rowling (J. K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing 1997. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>All-Negro Comics</i> Issue #1, 1947. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Early Memoir of a Black Hairdresser, 1859. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> First Edition <i>Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African,</i> 1782. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Bessie Coleman Aero News Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1930, Signed by William J. Powell. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Book of Poetry and Music by Formerly Illiterate Author Thomas Young, 1897. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Cabinet Card of 24th Infantryman, Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1882. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> James Baldwin Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1955. $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>The Pacific Appeal</i> Newspaper, San Francisco, 1877. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Only Known Copy <i>Spreading Joy,</i> Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1940 Los Angeles <i>The Official Central Avenue District Directory.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> GRÉGOIRE, Henri (French, 1750-1831). <i>An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,</i> First American Edition, 1810. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1893 Indian Territory Album with Images of Tacky Grayson. $4,000 to $6,000.

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Bloomsbury London: Thursday,
17 March 2016.

25 Auctions Archives, 20 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 5 March 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub primary database; 9 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,539,897 as 4,688 lots were offered and 3,644 sold for a 78% success rate.  It was another strong week.

1 auction saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFirst Open: Editions on March 1st: $1,701,627 

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

RR AuctionFine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 2/11 on February 18th: 131.29% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & PRINTS BIBLES, ANTIQUARIAN LITERATURE & SCIENCE A REGENCY LIBRARY M R JAMES & on March 2nd: 104.89% 

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

Rago Arts and Auctions20th C Decorative Arts and Design - Books and Prints - starts 2/26 on February 28th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks on February 21st: 99.50% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 2/21 on February 28th: 99.21% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/21 on February 28th: 98.46% 
Heritage AuctionsAmericana, Political on February 27th: 96.38% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on February 27th: 94.12% 
Waverly AuctionsWOLVERTON COLLECTION: 2-18-2016 on February 18th: 93.08% 
SkinnerAmerican Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints on February 27th: 88.89% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & PRINTS BIBLES, ANTIQUARIAN LITERATURE & SCIENCE A REGENCY LIBRARY M R JAMES & on March 2nd: 84.93% 


25 total sales reported this week: 


Rago Arts and Auctions20th C Decorative Arts and Design - Books and Prints - starts 2/26 on February 28th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionBooks and Prints on February 27th: 94.12% 
AuctionataEditions on March 4th: 44.88% 
AuctionataWorks on Paper of the 20th and 21st Century on March 4th: 24.63% 
AuctionataAbstractionism - Prints on March 3rd: 26.09% 
AuctionataCollectibles and Post-War and Contemporary Art - Prints on March 3rd: 38.30% 
Waverly AuctionsWOLVERTON COLLECTION: 2-18-2016 on February 18th: 93.08% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsPhoto Opportunities on March 3rd: 43.69% 
PBA GalleriesRare Golf Books & Memorabilia on March 3rd: 69.20% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 3rd: 71.19% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPRINTED BOOKS, MAPS & PRINTS BIBLES, ANTIQUARIAN LITERATURE & SCIENCE A REGENCY LIBRARY M R JAMES & on March 2nd: 84.93% 
RossiniTrip to the East on March 1st: 58.62% 
EldredsMarch Online Auction on March 1st: 34.78% 
AuctionataThe World on Paper - Classical Modern Works - Prints on March 2nd: 9.80% 
AuctionataBritish and American Art - Prints on February 29th: 12.50% 
AuctionataMade in Germany - Prints on February 29th: 36.67% 
ChristiesFirst Open: Editions on March 1st: 79.13% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 1st: 75.32% 
National Book AuctionsBooks on February 21st: 99.50% 
SkinnerAmerican Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints on February 27th: 88.89% 
RR AuctionFine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 2/11 on February 18th: 55.47% 
EldredsWinter Market Auction - Prints and Books on February 27th: 76.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 2/21 on February 28th: 99.21% 
Heritage AuctionsAmericana, Political on February 27th: 96.38%
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 2/21 on February 28th: 98.46%

 

 

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. RR Auction Mario Puzo Archive on February 18th Actual price: USD $625,000.
  2. Christies Grevy's Zebra, from Endangered Species on March 1st Actual price: USD $52,500.
  3. Christies African Elephant, from Endangered Species on March 1st Actual price: USD $52,500.
  4. Christies Roman Notes VI, from Roman Notes on March 1st Actual price: USD $52,500.
  5. Christies Flowers: one plate on March 1st Actual price: USD $45,000.
  6. Christies Steel Drawing Sitting Nude Edition on March 1st Actual price: USD $43,750.
  7. Christies Ophelia cibachrome on March 1st Actual price: USD $40,000.
  8. Christies Blue Head on March 1st Actual price: USD $40,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions Douglas & Johnson: A Supreme Campaign Ribbon Rarity, the Key to this Iconic 1860 Set. on February 27th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  10. Christies Mao: one plate on March 1st Actual price: USD $32,500.
  11. Christies Guildenstern cibachrome on March 1st Actual price: USD $30,000.
  12. Christies Untitled on March 1st Actual price: USD $30,000.
  13. Auctionata Mädchen vor Hutladen on March 2nd Actual price: USD $26,160.
  14. Christies Loo Paper cibachrome on March 1st Actual price: USD $25,000.
  15. Christies Perrier on March 1st Actual price: USD $25,000.
  16. Christies Cow on March 1st Actual price: USD $23,750.
  17. Heritage Auctions Lincoln & Hamlin: Choice 1860 Jugate Ribbon with Brady Photos. on February 27th Actual price: USD $22,500.
  18. Christies Dr. Waldmann, from Expressionist Woodcuts on March 1st Actual price: USD $21,250.
  19. Christies Untitled (Purple) on March 1st Actual price: USD $20,000.
  20. Christies Hope in the Green Leaves on March 1st Actual price: USD $20,000.
  21. Christies Quene 1-AM on March 1st Actual price: USD $18,750.
  22. Christies Beginnings on March 1st Actual price: USD $18,750.
  23. Heritage Auctions Roosevelt & Fairbanks: The 1¾" "20th Century Club" Jugate, One of the Top Designs from the 1904 Election. on February 27th Actual price: USD $18,750.
  24. Christies Cow on March 1st Actual price: USD $17,500.
  25. Heritage Auctions William Henry Harrison: Gorgeous Pewter Rim Mirror. on February 27th Actual price: USD $17,500.



For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 7th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 72 lots

Tue. Mar. 8th
Bonhams. London. Library of the Late Hugh Selbourne, M.D. - Part 2. 474 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 604 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. Fine Art Sale - Books and Prints. 15 lots
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Marine, Voyages. 102 lots

Wed. Mar. 9th
Christies. London - King Street. Linley Hall, Shropshire Library. 88 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autograph & Artifact Auction - Internet bidstart 2/19. 798 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 26 lots

Thu. Mar. 10th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte Collection, Part III - Filling in the. 202 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/3. 351 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/3. 293 lots

Fri. Mar. 11th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books. 495 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Special Auction: Rare Books. 398 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints, Books. 45 lots

Sat. Mar. 12th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texana. 280 lots
Tajan. Paris. Comics. 161 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . March Estate Auction. 29 lots
Bloomsbury Philobiblon. Rome. Antiquarian and Rare Books. 77 lots

Sun. Mar. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 3/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 3/6.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

 

  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>F. Schubert. Autograph letter to his brother Ferdinand, 4 pages, Zseliz, 1818. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>L. v. Beethoven. Fine autograph letter to his librettist Friedrich Treitschke, about their planned opera, 1815. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Hermann Hesse, Highly important series of 62 letters and postcards to Stefan Zweig, 1903-1938. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Reims, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, late 15th century]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Armenian gospel book, illuminated manuscript on vellum, seventeenth century, tooled calf binding. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>C. Goldoni. Ten autograph letters signed to the Genoese nobleman Cristoforo Spinola, Venice 1742-1743. £7,000 to £9,000.
  • <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><center>Gonnelli<br>December 1st<br>Antique and modern prints,<br>drawings and paintings</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 2nd<br>Photographs, autographs, musical works and manuscripts</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Books from XV to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Mathematics books</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Art books from Salvador Dalí<br>& others</b>
  • <center><b>Firsts Online Rare Book Fair<br> 27 November to 2 December<br><br> Presented by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association</b>
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1490. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br> P. Goos, <i>Le Grand Miroir de la Mer,</i> 1669. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. Feininger, Letter with woodcuts, 1920. Est: € 25,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin Bible manuscript, 12th century. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. E. Bloch, <i>Naturgeschichte der Fische,</i> 1782-95. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 90,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. J. Waghenaer, <i>Speculum nauticum,</i> 1586. Est: € 180,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>P. J. de Pannemaeker, Collection of orig. watercolors, 1878-1887.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> 1918.<br>Est: € 15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br><i>Livro dos prestimonios,</i> Manuscript, 1665. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>J. Miró in J. Cassou, <i>Vingt-deux poémes,</i> 1978. Est: € 8,000