• <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.
  • <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.

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Twenty-nine Auctions Archived, 39 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 14 May 29 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 10 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,259,008 as 12,195 lots were offered and 7,537 sold for a 62% success rate.

1 auction saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann GalleriesContemporary Art on May 12th: $1,403,324 



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

Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Contents of Flinchcocks Musical Museum on May 11th: 178.13% 


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

Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 98.21% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Prints on May 1st: 95.65% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesU.S. and Confederate States Postal History on May 6th: 87.15% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Contents of Flinchcocks Musical Museum on May 11th: 85.71% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 3 on May 8th: 85.71% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 10th: 85.19% 
SkinnerAmerican and European Prints and Photography on May 13th: 84.17% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on May 11th: 82.28% 



29 total sales reported this week: 

AderPhotograph Books on May 12th: 39.62% 
Swann GalleriesContemporary Art on May 12th: 67.54% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Auction - Prints on May 1st: 95.65% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsMilitary History, including the Battle of the Somme on May 13th: 74.44% 
Kiefer Buch und KunstauktionenBooks and Prints on April 30th: 47.62% 
SkinnerAmerican and European Prints and Photography on May 13th: 84.17% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsMotoring, Cycling, Maritime and Railway History on May 12th: 71.71% 
RR AuctionRR Auction: Fine Autograph & Artifact Auction - Internet bidstart 4/22 on May 11th: 70.16% 
Binoche et GiquelloAntiquarian and Modern Books - Travel on May 11th: 54.29% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on May 11th: 82.28% 
ALDEModern and Illustrated Books, Original Bindings on May 11th: 57.40% 
Grays AuctioneersFine Art - Prints on May 11th: 53.57% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsThe Contents of Flinchcocks Musical Museum on May 11th: 85.71% 
RossiniPrints on May 9th: 47.93% 
AuctionataArt of the 21st Century - Prints on May 10th: 53.54% 
Swann GalleriesModernist Posters on May 10th: 71.24% 
AuctionataBlack and White: German and Austrian Art on May 9th: 17.14% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 10th: 85.19% 
AuctionataWorld of Colors: German and Austrian Art on May 9th: 27.27% 
AderJudaica on May 4th: 62.20% 
Michaans AuctionsMay Estate Auction on May 7th: 34.38% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsArt Sale - Prints on May 7th: 39.86% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 3 on May 8th: 85.71% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 2 on May 7th: 77.78% 
Neal Auction CompanySpring Estates Auction - Books and Prints - Day 1 on May 6th: 54.55% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesU.S. and Confederate States Postal History on May 6th: 87.15% 
Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History and Culture on March 16th: 72.44% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 98.21% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 99.86% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.

  1. Swann Galleries Sweet Dreams, Baby! on May 12th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  2. Swann Galleries CHAMPIONS DU MONDE. on May 10th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  3. Swann Galleries Collage #17 on May 12th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  4. RR Auction Apollo 11 Flown flag on May 11th Actual price: USD $49,004.
  5. Rago Arts and Auctions Study for Bullfight No. 1, 1971 on May 7th Actual price: USD $40,625.
  6. Swann Galleries Collage #13 on May 12th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  7. Rago Arts and Auctions Mao, 1972 on May 7th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  8. RR Auction Thomas Jefferson ALS on May 11th Actual price: USD $38,006.
  9. Swann Galleries Indian Published in Busche, Roy Lichtenstein: Das Fruhwerk, 1942-60, on May 12th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  10. Swann Galleries Carta a un General on May 12th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  11. Swann Galleries Flowers on May 12th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  12. Swann Galleries Folsom Street Variation III (Primaries) on May 12th Actual price: USD $33,800.
  13. Swann Galleries Sunrise on May 12th Actual price: USD $31,200.
  14. Swann Galleries Circus on May 12th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  15. Rago Arts and Auctions The Couple, from Expressionist Woodcut Series, 1980 on May 7th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  16. Swann Galleries Anne on May 12th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  17. Swann Galleries Periscope on May 12th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  18. Swann Galleries RADIO / RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION. on May 10th Actual price: USD $27,500.
  19. Bloomsbury Auctions Group of seven wild horses on May 11th Actual price: USD $26,784.
  20. ALDE Bubu de Montparnasse. on May 11th Actual price: USD $26,425.
  21. Swann Galleries Yellow Tulips on May 12th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  22. Swann Galleries RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION. on May 10th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  23. Rago Arts and Auctions Untitled (Kopf 15.VI,1983), 1983 on May 7th Actual price: USD $25,000.
  24. Swann Galleries Vertical Brush Strokes on May 12th Actual price: USD $23,750.
  25. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Tessiner Dorf. on April 30th Actual price: USD $23,256.


For the week ahead 39 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 16th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Americana, etc. Books and Prints. 29 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 70 lots

Tue. May. 17th
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Photography. 371 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Ephemera. 181 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 213 lots
Paige Auction. Portland. The Joy of Collecting. 82 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 29 lots

Wed. May. 18th
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Literature. 387 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 325 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 17 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. Forever Ellington. 251 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. 2-Day Sporting and Collectible Auction. 149 lots
Bonhams. London. Instruments of Science - Globes. 6 lots
Woolley and Wallis. Salisbury. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 4 lots
Central Mass Auctions. Boston,. Online Estates Auction. 30 lots

Thu. May. 19th
ALDE. Paris. Autograph Letters and Manuscripts. 387 lots
Sothebys. London. Photographs. 132 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Prints and Multiples. 284 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte Collection, Part IV - The Reference Li. 434 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Prints. 330 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Auction Title: RR Auction: Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 5/12. 518 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Portraits: Character Studies of Different Epochs. 29 lots

Fri. May. 20th
Christies. London - King Street. Photographs. 94 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Space Exploration. 362 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Fine Photographs. 112 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Paintings, drawings, and graphics, from 16th to 20th Century – Photography. 283 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs. 1036 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Prints - Part 2. 361 lots

Sat. May. 21st
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints.
Christies. Paris. Comic Strips. 211 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Two of A Kind - Gambling and Playing Cards. 302 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 33 lots
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Spring Auction, Day 1. 40 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Valuable Books from 16th to 20th Century Children Books from the Collection Victor Günthert, Munich. 840 lots
Shapiro Auctions. New York. FINE AND DECORATIVE ART AND ANTIQUES - Books and Prints. 184 lots

Sun. May. 22nd
Bonhams. Hong Kong. Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/15.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Spring Auction, Day 2.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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>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.