• <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.
  • <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>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.

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Thirty Auctions Archived, 36 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday April 16th 30 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub database; 1 in Australian dollars, 13 in euros, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,570,865 as 6,394 lots were offered and 5,253 sold for an 82% success rate.  It was another strong week.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: $1,445,423 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on April 7th: $1,142,178 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on April 13th: $1,004,838 

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

OSENATSpirit of the 20th Century - Prints on March 26th: 175.71% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on April 6th: 141.21% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: 139.41% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on April 12th: 127.10% 
ALDEOriginal Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries on April 8th: 121.35% 
OSENATAutomobilia on January 30th: 105.30% 

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

Aspire AuctionsFine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 4/1 on April 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 97.65% 
Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 4/7 on April 14th: 96.74% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsHoudiniana on April 9th: 94.85% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on April 12th: 93.46% 
ArtcurialAeronautics on April 10th: 87.50% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: 84.49% 
ALDEOriginal Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries on April 8th: 83.55% 
Grays AuctioneersFine Art - Prints on April 6th: 83.33% 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on April 13th: 81.98% 
OSENATSpirit of the 20th Century - Prints on March 26th: 81.82% 

30 total sales reported this week: 

Heritage AuctionsRare Books - Internet bidstart 4/7 on April 14th: 96.74% 
Australian Book AuctionsThe Collection of Ralph Renard Esq. Pacific and Australian Voyages, Travels, and Description, Privat on April 11th: 70.62% 
Charlton HallInternational Sale on April 7th: 78.33% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsHoudiniana on April 9th: 94.85% 
Doyle New YorkRare Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on April 13th: 81.98% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on April 12th: 93.46% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs on April 12th: 66.32% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on April 12th: 72.97% 
AuctionataGerman Post-War Art: Prints on April 8th: 53.80% 
AuctionataArt of the 20th Century - Prints on April 8th: 58.79% 
Potomack CompanyPrint, Photographs, Manuscripts, Books on April 9th: 73.68% 
AderAntiquarian and Modern Books on April 7th: 56.12% 
Grays AuctioneersFine Art - Prints on April 6th: 83.33% 
RossiniPrints on April 5th: 60.00% 
OSENATSpirit of the 20th Century - Prints on March 26th: 81.82% 
OSENATAutomobilia on January 30th: 69.23% 
OSENATEmpire at Fontainebleau on April 10th: 59.76% 
Michaans AuctionsApril Estate Auction on April 9th: 55.56% 
Aspire AuctionsFine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 4/1 on April 9th: 100.00% 
ArtcurialAeronautics on April 10th: 87.50% 
BonhamsTreasures from the Caren Archive on April 11th: 61.16% 
BonhamsFine Literature on April 11th: 57.14% 
ALDEOriginal Editions, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries on April 8th: 83.55% 
EldredsAutographs in Americana, and Maritime - Books and Prints on April 9th: 59.18% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 2 on April 6th: 78.33% 
JA Stargardt AutographenhandlungAutographs - Day 1 on April 5th: 84.49% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersPalm Beach Spring Auction - Prints on April 8th: 75.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/3 on April 10th: 97.65% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on April 7th: 70.49% 

For the week ahead 36 auctions in the rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera fields are scheduled.

The Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("A Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Problem of Thor's Bridge" and "Continuation of 'The Problem of Thor's Bridge'," on April 11th Actual price: USD $269,000.
  2. Bonhams Major George Washington's Journal to the River Ohio, &c. [and] The Conclusion of Major Washington's Journal, begun in our last. In: The Maryland Gazette. Nos 463-464. on April 11th Actual price: USD $173,000.
  3. Kestenbaum and Company (The “Chasam Sofer,” 1762-1839). Tephilah LeMoshe [poetry]. Including additional poems in the hand of his son, R. Shimon Sofer (the “Michtav Sofer,” 1820-83). on April 7th Actual price: USD $172,200.
  4. Bonhams The Holy Bible. on April 11th Actual price: USD $161,000.
  5. Bonhams Autograph and Typed Manuscript Signed ("H.G. Wells"), being chapters 12-25 of the novel When the Sleeper Wakes on April 11th Actual price: USD $143,000.
  6. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript, being working drafts of the play "The New Magdalen. A Dramatic Story in Three Acts," on April 11th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  7. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Schriftstück. on April 5th Actual price: USD $92,568.
  8. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("T. Gray"), on April 11th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Boris Pasternak" in Cyrillic) and Inscribed, being a draft of chapters 3 and 4 of vol 1 part IV of Dr. Zhivago on April 11th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  10. Doyle New York The Origin Of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. on April 13th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  11. Kestenbaum and Company Piskei Beth Din [Halachic responsa issued by the rabbis of Fez] on April 7th Actual price: USD $71,340.
  12. Bonhams An archive of approximately 8,000 Autograph Letters Signed and Notes Signed, approximately 3,500 to the Countess Waldegrave, and approximately 4,500 to Lord Carlingford, on April 11th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  13. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Über 100 S. verschiedener Formate. Einige Briefe mitSiegel(spur) und Adresse. on April 5th Actual price: USD $52,896.
  14. Potter and Potter Auctions Robert-Houdin Glass Column Mystery Clock. on April 9th Actual price: USD $50,400.
  15. Potter and Potter Auctions Massive Scrapbook Compiled by Houdini Of His Own Publicity and Press Clippings. on April 9th Actual price: USD $50,400.
  16. Doyle New York Group of approximately thirteen framed photographs by George Grosz, on April 13th Actual price: USD $50,000.
  17. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung 26 Autographen: 22 E. Br. m. U., 1 Br. m. U. und 3 e.<br>Ansichtskarten m. U. on April 5th Actual price: USD $47,606.
  18. Doyle New York Exceptional group of approximately forty letters by Grosz, both typed and hand-written, many with extensive illustrations and other personalized touches, drawn by Grosz, almost all addressed to his dealer and patron, Erich Cohn, on April 13th Actual price: USD $46,875.
  19. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit Initialen auf der Titelseite. on April 5th Actual price: USD $46,284.
  20. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Gedichtmanuskript mit Namenszug im Titel. on April 5th Actual price: USD $44,962.
  21. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("W. Harrison Ainsworth"), entitled "True Account of Jack Sheppard the Housebreaker...," on April 11th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  22. Kestenbaum and Company (Responsa). on April 7th Actual price: USD $43,050.
  23. Kestenbaum and Company Tractate Shabbath. on April 7th Actual price: USD $41,820.
  24. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript on April 5th Actual price: USD $39,672.
  25. JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit Widmung u. U. ''zu freundlichem Andenken / Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy''. on April 5th Actual price: USD $39,672.


For the week ahead 36 sales are scheduled:


Mon. Apr. 18th
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Historical Auction. 191 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 335 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Continental - Prints and Books. 31 lots
Peter Arnold. Prahran VIC . Rare Books, Australiana. 334 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Antiques and Interiors - Books and Pictures. 13 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 93 lots

Tue. Apr. 19th
Swann Galleries. New York. Images and Objects: Photographs and Photobooks. 321 lots
Bonhams. Los Angeles. Prints and Multiples. 315 lots
Sothebys. London. The Library of Mohammed and Margaret Makiya. 296 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors - Prints. 17 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Two Day Fine Art Sale - Prints. 24 lots

Wed. Apr. 20th
Sothebys. New York. Prints. 259 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 271 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Books and Prints. 12 lots
Sothebys. London. Arts of the Islamic World. 77 lots

Thu. Apr. 21st
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 4/14. 355 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature. 514 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Geography. 252 lots
Sothebys. London. Alchemy: Objects of Desire. 65 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 206 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Travel, Science and Natural History. 129 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Space and Aviation - Internet bidstart 4/14. 672 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Miscellanea. 288 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Manuscripts, Incunable, Theology. 211 lots

Fri. Apr. 22nd
ALDE. Paris. An Amateur Collection - Part 1. 204 lots
Christies. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 220 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books, Prints. 58 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Literature (17th - 19th Century). 312 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Autographs. 222 lots

Sat. Apr. 23rd
ALDE. Paris. An Amateur Collection - Part 2. 236 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Books, Prints. 49 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Exile Collection Rudiger Harms. 525 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Literature A-Z. 468 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Antiques and Fine Art - Books and Prints. 37 lots

Sun. Apr. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 4/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/17.

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  • <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.