• <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, Nov. 27:</b> [Peter I, Tsar]. <i>Simboly i emblemata ukazom i blagopovedenii imperatora Petra Alekseevicha [Symbola et emblemata jussu atque auspiciis Petri Alexeidis].</i> Amsterdam, 1705. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Charlemagne, Adolf. Benefice d'Adieu de Madame Naptal. [St Petersburg: 16th February 1873]. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> [Military. Album.] [An album of drawings of weapons and their accessories, drawn from nature by the Second Cadets Corps.] St Petersburg, 1800. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Pushkin, Alexander. <i>Evgenii Onegin.</i> St Petersburg: Dep. of Public Education, 1825-1832. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Sumarokov, Pavel. <i>Dosugi krymskogo sud’i ili vtoroe puteshestvie v Tavridu. [The Leisure of a Crimean Judge or a Second Tour to Tauris].</i> St Petersburg: Imperial Press, 1803-5. £50,000 to £80,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>Dr. Seuss, pen, ink & watercolor, calendar illustration, Thomas D. Murphy Company, 1937. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Sur la Terrasse,</i> gouache & pencil, cover for <i>Vogue,</i> 1930. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Dana Gibson, <i>The Coming Game, Yale vs. Vassar,</i> pen & ink, for <i>Life</i> magazine, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>H.A. Rey, color pencil, charcoal, watercolor & gouache, for <i>Rafi et les 9 singes,</i> 1939. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Ernest H. Shepard, pen & ink, for Kenneth Grahame’s <i>Bertie’s Escapade,</i> 1949. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>The Biggest Star Measured So Far,</i> ink & wash, original <i>Peanuts</i> cartoon, published 1961. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Saul Steinberg, <i>12 Biographies, A to B,</i> pen & ink with collage, final illustration in his book <i>The Labyrinth,</i> 1960. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>Jo Mielziner, <i>A Streetcar Named Desire,</i> watercolor, graphite & gouache, first color study for the award-winning 1947 production. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Nevermore,</i> watercolor & ink, for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1973. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>I Should Worry,</i> watercolor, gouache & graphite, cover for <i>Judge</i> magazine, 1914. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Edward Gorey, <i>Swan Lake, Hunters/Siegfried, Van Rothbart,</i> watercolor, pen & ink, costume designs, 1975. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Ludwig Bemelmans, <i>Sketch for Madeline,</i> gouache & ink. $6,000 to $9,000.

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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

  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Bohr (Niels). <i>On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules,</i> first edition, presentation copy, offprint 1913. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Shakespeare's Falstaff.- Henry V & Sir John Fastolf. Indenture agreement appointing Fastolf as Keeper of the Bastille of St Anthony at Paris, manuscript in French, 1421. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> World.- Purchas (Samuel). <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes. In Five Books...,</i> 5 vol., first edition, 7 folding engraved maps, contemporary calf, by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-26. £20,000 to £30,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Book of Hours.- Use of Rouen, manuscript on vellum, in Latin and French, illuminated with 14 full-page miniatures by the workshop or follower of the Maitre de l'Echevinage, Rouen, 1480s. £20,000 t0 £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Giese (Raban, ?scholar and medical doctor). Album Amicorum of drawing on his travels and acquaintances in Europe 1618-21, 134 watercolour illustrations including c. 60 professional miniatures, 1618-39. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Jones (David). 14 Autograph Letters signed, 1952-68; and a small quantity of ephemera (sm. qty). £6,000 to £8,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Constable (John). Various Subjects of Landscape, Characteristic of English Scenery, signed presentation inscription from Constable, 1833. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, etching and engraving, 1633. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Salvin (Francis Henry) and William Brodrick. <i>Falconry in the British Isles,</i> second edition, William Brodrick's copy with 3 original watercolours by him, 1873. £8,000 to £12,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> China.- Helman (Isidore Stanislas Henri). <i>Suite des seize estampes representant les conquetes de l'Empereur de la Chine,</i> 1783-88. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Pratt (Edward Roger, 1789-1863). Album of 28 watercolours and other works on paper from a journey to ancient sites and monuments in the Mediterranean, [c.1830 and later]. £3,000 to £5,000
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Fust-Schöffer-Bibel from Gutenberg-Press, 1462. Est: € 1,000,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. W. Weinmann, <i>Phytanthoza-Iconographia,</i> 1735-45. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>O. Kokoschka, <i>Die träumenden Knaben,</i> 1917. Est: € 10,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>Z. Lilius, <i>Orbis breviarium,</i> 1493. <br>Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> <i>Gazette du Bon Ton,</i> 1912-22.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 100,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographie,</i> 1513.<br>Est: € 100,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>E. L. Kirchner, <i>Umbra vitae,</i> 1924.<br>Est: € 6,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Miró, <i>Midi le trèfle blanc,</i> 1968. Est: € 2,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Clemens V., <i>Constitutiones,</i> 1471.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Gesner, <i>Tierbuch, Vogelbuch, Fischbuch,</i> 1563-81. Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Itten, <i>Utopia,</i> 1921. Est: € 2,000