• <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Rare 1778 Engraved map of Colonial Philadelphia after George Heap (1714-1752) and Nicholas Scull (1687-1761). $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Author signed and inscribed <i>THE FOUNTAINHEAD,</i> stated First Edition, by Ayn Rand, published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, New York, 1943. $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) hand-colored aquatint engraving, "Yellow-billed Magpie, Stellers Jay, Ultramarine Jay and Clark's Crow," Plate Number CCCLXII. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) autograph letter, signed, as President, to Nathan Reid detailing Jackson’s intervention on behalf of Reid's grandson. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Edward Steichen (Luxembourg/American, 1879-1973) portfolio of photographs, "The Early Years 1900-1927, 12 Hand-Gravure Prints" #41/1000, printed in 1981. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, TLS, one-page typed letter on The White House, Washington, D.C., stationary to John Marshall Butler. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two Pre-Civil War slave related letters, including one written by Mariah, a female domestic slave of James Vincent Musgrove (1814-1890) to her daughter. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two author signed and inscribed Ayn Rand related books, including one Rand signed <i>WE THE LIVING,</i> London 1940 edition. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> PLAN DE LA VILLE DE MEMPHIS (ETATS-UNIS) 40,000 HABITANTS pen and ink with watercolor hand drawn drainage system map, circa 1870. $700 to $900.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Scarce Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Pownall, Colonial Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1757-1760) and South Carolina (1760). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> VIEW OF NORFOLK FROM COSPORT, VIRGINIA, John Hill, engraver, after John Shaw (U.K., 1776-1832). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> THE BURNING OF THE MERCHANT'S EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY -THE GREAT FIRE OF DECEMBER, 1835. Scarce color lithograph, a 1909 reissue of the original 1836 print. $500 to $700.
  • <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Schedel (Hartmann). <i>Liber Chronicarum,</i> first edition, Nuremberg, Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 1493. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Greek Orthodox Church].- <i>Menaion,</i> manuscript in Greek, on paper, in Greek letters, [Eastern Mediterranean], [c. 1400]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> American Revolution.- Loyalist's cow powder horn, engraved with the cypher "GR" for George III surmounted by a crown, an inscription, and on reverse an engraving of the "North River" [Hudson River], 1777. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Illuminated prayer book.- <i>Maria Carcer y Trigueros... Santa Misa y Oraciones,</i> illuminated manuscript in Spanish, on paper, [c. 1850]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Hardy (Thomas). <i>The Mayor of Casterbridge,</i> 2 vol., first edition in book form, original cloth, 1886. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Austen (Jane)]. <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> first edition, Printed for John Murray, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Brontë (Charlotte). <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography,</i> 3 vol., first edition, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Cruikshank (George). <i>The Road to the Derby,</i> one of two proof copies, Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1882. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Meunier (Charles, binder).- Gruel (Leon). <i>Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l'Amateur de Reliures,</i> 2 vol., Paris, 1887.-1905. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Burne-Jones (Sir Edward). <i>The Work of Edward Burne-Jones,</i> edited by Philip Burne-Jones, one of 200 copies, [c.1900]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Nazraeli Press.- <i>Six by Six,</i> 36 vol. [a complete set], one of 100 sets, each with signed photograph, Portland, Or., 2010-16. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Rare Book Fair<br>Stuttgart<br>29 Jan – 1 Feb 2021</b>
    <center><b>Rare Book Fair<br>Stuttgart<br>29 Jan – 1 Feb 2021</b>
    <center><b>Rare Book Fair<br>Stuttgart<br>29 Jan – 1 Feb 2021</b>

Auction Update Review

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43 Auctions Archived, 19 Sales Upcoming

The spring auction season appears to have hit its peak this past week. For the week ending May 28, 43 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction History, 20 denominated in U.S. dollars, 16 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Australian dollars, and 1 in Hong Kong dollars. Sales were $27,418,635, as 11,308 lots were offered and 8,896 sold, for a healthy 76.9% success rate. A Shakespeare First Folio, and two critically important and signed Abraham Lincoln items highlighted the week.
 

6 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:

Sothebys. Two Centuries of American History on May 25th: $6,183,250
Christies. Comic Strips on May 21st: $4,135,124
Christies. Shakespeare - The Four Folios on May 25th: $3,644,130
Christies. Illustrated Manuscripts from the Collection of Maurice Burros on May 25th: $3,267,811
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 24th: $2,279,904
ALDE. 2006-2016 Alde 10th Anniversary! - Books, Manuscripts, Coins on May 24th: $1,395,094

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

Bonhams. Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper on May 22nd: 423.86%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Rare Books on May 11th: 142.70%
Ferraton. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs on May 20th: 135.36%
Christies. Shakespeare - The Four Folios on May 25th: 132.57%
Jacksons Auction. World Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works on May 25th: 121.71%
Beaussant Lefevre. Old and Modern Books, Autographs and Photographs on May 24th: 121.65%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints on May 19th: 115.27%
Christies. Comic Strips on May 21st: 109.20%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints - Part 2 on May 20th: 105.56%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Two of A Kind - Gambling and Playing Cards on May 21st: 100.80%


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

Carlsen Gallery. LATE MAY FINE ART & ANTIQUE AUCTION - Books and Prints on May 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/15 on May 22nd: 100.00%
Christies. Shakespeare - The Four Folios on May 25th: 100.00%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Rare Books on May 11th: 99.41%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/15 on May 22nd: 99.05%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 20th: 97.51%
Jacksons Auction. World Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works on May 25th: 92.86%
Christies. Illustrated Manuscripts from the Collection of Maurice Burros on May 25th: 92.31%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Two of A Kind - Gambling and Playing Cards on May 21st: 88.41%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on May 21st: 86.96%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society: Rare, Out of Print and Used Books on May 13th: 81.96%
Brunk Auctions. Books, Prints on May 13th: 81.82%
Kedem Auction. Online- Rare Books, Bibliophilic Editions, and Art on May 24th: 80.56%


43 total sales reported this week:

Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Marine and Travel - Books on May 26th: 37.50%
Beaussant Lefevre. Old and Modern Books, Autographs and Photographs on May 24th: 75.43%
Carlsen Gallery. LATE MAY FINE ART & ANTIQUE AUCTION - Books and Prints on May 22nd: 100.00%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Rare Books on May 11th: 99.41%
Christies. Illustrated Manuscripts from the Collection of Maurice Burros on May 25th: 92.31%
Jacksons Auction. World Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works on May 24th: 64.52%
Jacksons Auction. World Treasures: Important Russian, European, Asian & American Works on May 25th: 92.86%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on May 25th: 64.88%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Archeologie - Books on May 25th: 37.50%
Purcell Auctioneers. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints on May 25th: 64.41%
Christies. Shakespeare - The Four Folios on May 25th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Two Centuries of American History on May 25th: 58.51%
Ader. Historical Memories on May 25th: 44.44%
Australian Book Auctions. May Gallery Sale on May 24th: 73.48%
Ferraton. Antiquarian and Modern Books, Autographs on May 20th: 78.96%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Autographs - Day 1 on May 25th: 70.62%
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Spring Auction, Day 2 on May 22nd: 75.00%
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Spring Auction, Day 1 on May 21st: 50.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on May 21st: 57.58%
Brunk Auctions. Books, Prints on May 13th: 81.82%
Minerva Auctions Roma. Photography on May 10th: 39.39%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on May 24th: 67.99%
PIASA. Editions : prints, illustrated books, multiples on May 24th: 56.52%
Sothebys. Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts on May 24th: 60.00%
PIASA. HERGÉ, in partnership with Moulinsart SA on May 24th: 28.65%
ALDE. 2006-2016 Alde 10th Anniversary! - Books, Manuscripts, Coins on May 24th: 70.27%
Kedem Auction. Online- Rare Books, Bibliophilic Editions, and Art on May 24th: 80.56%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 24th: 76.67%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Two of A Kind - Gambling and Playing Cards on May 21st: 88.41%
Shapiro Auctions. FINE AND DECORATIVE ART AND ANTIQUES - Books and Prints on May 21st: 45.11%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art, Furniture, Jewelry, Asian - Prints on May 22nd: 73.50%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on May 21st: 77.91%
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Valuable Books from 16th to 20th Century Children Books from the Collection Victor Günthert, Munich on May 21st: 69.40%
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Paintings, drawings, and graphics, from 16th to 20th Century – Photography on May 20th: 43.46%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints - Part 2 on May 20th: 73.96%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints on May 19th: 66.06%
Bonhams. Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper on May 22nd: 59.34%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Exposition Auction - Books and Prints on May 21st: 86.96%
Christies. Comic Strips on May 21st: 72.51%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society: Rare, Out of Print and Used Books on May 13th: 81.96%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/15 on May 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/15 on May 22nd: 99.05%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 20th: 97.51%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES, EDITED BY JOHN HEMINGE (D. 1630) AND HENRY CONDELL (D. 1627). on May 25th Actual price: USD $2,755,515.
  2. Sothebys AN EXTREMELY RARE  MANUSCRIPT COPY OF THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, SIGNED AND ENDORSED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN ("ABRAHAM LINCOLN"; "APPROVED. FEBRUARY 1, 1865.") on May 25th Actual price: USD $2,410,000.
  3. Sothebys THE "AUTHORIZED EDITION" OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN on May 25th Actual price: USD $2,170,000.
  4. Christies MIROIR HISTORIAL ABRÉGÉ DE FRANCE of Anthony of Burgundy, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum on May 25th Actual price: USD $691,635.
  5. Christies HERGÉ TINTIN on May 21st Actual price: USD $673,680.
  6. Sothebys ZWEYTER THEIL DER CLAVIER UBUNG BESTEHEND IN EINEM CONCERTO NACH ITALIENISCHEN GUSTO UND EINER O[U]VERTURE NACH FRANZÖSISCHER ART, VOR EIN CLAVICYMBEL MIT ZWEYEN MANUALEN. on May 24th Actual price: USD $655,540.
  7. Christies COMEDIES, HISTORIES AND TRAGEDIES. PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE ORIGINAL COPIES. THE THIRD IMPRESSION. AND UNTO THIS IMPRESSION IS ADDED SEVEN PLAYES, NEVER BEFORE PRINTED IN FOLIO. EDITED BY JOHN HEMINGE (D. 1630) AND HENRY CONDELL (D. 1627), EXCEPT F on May 25th Actual price: USD $532,875.
  8. Christies BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum on May 25th Actual price: USD $391,755.
  9. Christies HERGÉ TINTIN COKE
  10.  EN STOCK (T.19), CASTERMAN 1958 on May 21st Actual price: USD $324,240.
  11. Sothebys THE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE SYMPHONIC FANTASIA "POHJOLAN TYTÄR" (''POHJOLA’S DAUGHTER''), OP.49, SIGNED ''JEAN SIBELIUS''  on May 24th Actual price: USD $322,660.
  12. Christies BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum on May 25th Actual price: USD $321,195.
  13. Christies COMEDIES, HISTORIES AND TRAGEDIES. PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE ORIGINALL COPIES. THE SECOND IMPRESSION. EDITED BY JOHN HEMINGE (D. 1630) AND HENRY CONDELL (D. 1627). on May 25th Actual price: USD $285,915.
  14. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED ("TH: JEFFERSON"), BEING A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS ON BRITISH VIOLATIONS OF AMERICAN NEUTRALITY on May 25th Actual price: USD $274,000.
  15. Christies BOOK OF HOURS OF ANTHONY OF BURGUNDY, use of Rome, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum on May 25th Actual price: USD $268,275.
  16. Christies HERGÉ TINTIN L’ÉTOILE MYSTÉRIEUSE on May 21st Actual price: USD $257,040.
  17. Bonhams Untitled on May 22nd Actual price: USD $254,800.
  18. Christies ALBERT UDERZO ASTÉRIX, LES LAURIERS DE CÉSAR (T.18), DARGAUD 1972 on May 21st Actual price: USD $230,160.
  19. Christies EDGAR P. JACOBS BLAKE ET MORTIMER LE MYSTÈRE DE LA GRANDE PYRAMIDE T.2 (T.4), LE LOMBARD 1955 on May 21st Actual price: USD $230,160.
  20. Christies FRANQUIN GASTON GALA DE GAFFES (T.2), DUPUIS 1963 FRANQUIN - JIDÉHEM, on May 21st Actual price: USD $230,160.
  21. Christies ANDRÉ FRANQUIN GASTON, LAGAFFE NOUS GÂTE (T.8), DUPUIS 1970 on May 21st Actual price: USD $219,408.
  22. Sothebys DOCUMENT SIGNED IN FULL ("THOMAS LYNCH JUNR"), ON BEHALF OF HIS FATHER, THOMAS LYNCH, SR., THEN A SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATE TO THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA on May 25th Actual price: USD $212,500.
  23. ALDE Pensées sur la religion et sur quelques autres sujets, qui ont esté trouvées après sa mort parmy ses papiers. – [FILLEAU DE LA CHAISE (Nicolas)]. Discours sur les Pensées de M. Pascal. on May 24th Actual price: USD $204,960.
  24. Sothebys CLAY'S CELEBRATED SPEECH IN "DEFENSE OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM" on May 25th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  25. Heritage Auctions Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown LM G and N Dictionary Lunar Module Landing Sequence Pages PGNS-43 through PGNS-48 Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, each Signed and Certified on Both Sides, with Extensive Signe on May 20th Actual price: USD $175,000.


For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 30th
Artcurial. Paris. Limited Editions. 59 lots
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Americana. 76 lots

Tue. May. 31st
Sothebys. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 239 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 84 lots
Rossini. Paris. The Art of Advertising. 101 lots

Wed. Jun. 1st
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Precious Books - Library of Jean Viardot. 82 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 19th - 21st Century Photography. 362 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Prints and Editions. 202 lots
Rossini. Paris. Autographs, Books. 340 lots

Thu. Jun. 2nd
Ader. PARIS. Photographs. 437 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 303 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Interiors - Prints. 5 lots

Fri. Jun. 3rd
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/26. 342 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books - Day 1. 666 lots

Sat. Jun. 4th
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books - Day 2. 834 lots

Sun. Jun. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 5/29.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 5/29.
Grogan and Company. Dedham. The June Auction - Prints. 23 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

The number of sales slips back this coming week, in part because of the American Memorial Day holiday, and partly because we are approaching the quieter summer season.

Michael Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Manuel Orazi, <i>La Maison Moderne,</i> 1900. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Maxfield Parrish, <i>The Century, Midsummer Holiday Number,</i> 1897. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Medee, Sarah Bernhardt,</i> 1898. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> H.A. Volodimer, <i>Grand Prix d’Endurance de 24 Heures,</i> 1923. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Vini d’Italia,</i> circa 1920. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>l’Oie d’Or,</i> circa 1930. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> <i>James Bond Does It Everywhere in “Thunderball!”</i> designer unknown, 1965. $1,500 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>Palace Hotel, St. Moritz,</i> 1920. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Joseph C. Leyendecker, <i>“Contour” Arrow Form-Fit Collars,</i> 1917. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 18:</b> Sascha Maurer, <i>Ski at Lake Placid,</i> 1938. $2,500 to $3,500.