• <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>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.
  • <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.
  • <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.

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Forty-eight auctions archived, 5 sales upcoming this week

For the week ended Saturday, December 17th, 48 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 18 denominated in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 23 in US dollars.  Turnover was a robust $29,194,875 as 21,308 lots were offered and 14,782 sold for a 69% success rate.  Bidders were both fussy and aggressive.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books and Manuscripts, including Americana on December 14th: $9,433,072 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on December 13th: $3,425,565 
SothebysImportant Judaica on December 15th: $3,009,125 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 11th: $1,386,702 
RR AuctionAutographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 11/18 on December 7th: $1,001,088 


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

Dorotheum Books and Decorative Prints on December 12th: 168.88% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersBooks, Prints on December 12th: 167.70% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsChildren's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 152.98% 
Henri Godts Books and Prints AuctionsAntiquarian Books on December 13th: 138.55% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsBooks, Maps and Documents on December 14th: 128.56% 
ChristiesFine Printed Books and Manuscripts, including Americana on December 14th: 127.12% 
BonhamsEntertainment Memorabilia on December 15th: 125.90% 
AderAncient and Modern Prints on December 7th: 122.41% 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on December 13th: 120.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 13th: 118.17% 
ALDEAutograph Letter and Manuscript on December 12th: 109.87% 
Bloomsbury AuctionsFine and Important Books and Works on Paper on December 15th: 107.25% 
ArtcurialFROM THE WILLY RONIS SUCCESSION STÉPHANE KOVALSKY COLLECTION on December 13th: 104.84% 


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

National Book AuctionsBooks on December 10th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 99.62% 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 11th: 98.52% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 98.23% 
Aspire AuctionsFine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 12/2 on December 10th: 96.88% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsWinter Magic: The Rex Conklin Library and Other Fine Conjuring Collections on December 3rd: 94.82% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersDeck the Halls: December Exposition Auction on December 10th: 93.75% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on December 13th: 93.26% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsChildren's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 90.32% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsBooks, Maps and Documents on December 14th: 85.50% 
Waverly AuctionsBooksWaverly Rare Books Catalog Auction on December 1st: 84.19% 
ChristiesFine Printed Books and Manuscripts, including Americana on December 14th: 81.13% 
SothebysImportant Judaica on December 15th: 80.16% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica on December 14th Actual price: USD $3,719,500.
  2. Sothebys Evening Service of Roshashanah, and Kippur, or The Beginning of the Year, and The Day of Atonement on December 15th Actual price: USD $468,500.
  3. Sothebys THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL RUNES, 2007 on December 13th Actual price: USD $468,313.
  4. Vermot de Pas Asterix on December 10th Actual price: USD $312,000.
  5. Christies Autograph letter signed (''Go: Washington'' to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788), Mount Vernon, 25 April, 1 May 1788. on December 14th Actual price: USD $307,500.
  6. Christies A SCIENTIFIC MANUSCRIPT, in Latin, manuscript on paper on December 14th Actual price: USD $295,500.
  7. Sothebys FOR PRIVATE DISTRIBUTION ... EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS ADDRESSED TO PROFESSOR HENSLOW BY C. DARWIN, ESQ. on December 13th Actual price: USD $269,875.
  8. Christies The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787 on December 14th Actual price: USD $247,500.
  9. Christies THE COUNCIL OF VIRGINIA. A True Declaration of the estate of the Colonie of Virginia, With a confutation of such scandalous reports as have tended to the disgrace of so worthy an enterprise on December 14th Actual price: USD $223,500.
  10. Christies Ulysses on December 14th Actual price: USD $223,500.
  11. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("JA"), TO HER SISTER CASSANDRA, on December 13th Actual price: USD $190,500.
  12. Christies Autograph letter signed (''Th:Jefferson''), Paris, 2 September 1785, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788) on December 14th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  13. Sothebys COLLECTION OF 36 PAMPHLETS IN ONE VOLUME: on December 13th Actual price: USD $174,625.
  14. Christies Leaves of Grass on December 14th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  15. Christies Autograph letter signed (''Go: Washington'') to François Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux (1734-1788), Mount Vernon, 1 February 1784. on December 14th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  16. Christies Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. on December 14th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  17. Sothebys Pinkas Mattersdorf (Autograph Commentary of the Hatam Sofer on the Haggadah, Shabbat ha-Gadol, and Liturgical Readings for Passover), [Mattersdorf], 1799-1800. Bound with Ma'aleh Beit Horin (a printed Haggadah on December 15th Actual price: USD $143,750.
  18. Bubb Kuyper The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke. Ed. J. Dover Wilson. on November 25th Actual price: USD $143,451.
  19. Christies Autograph letter signed ("Go: Washington") as Commander-in-chief, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux (1734-1788), Princeton, New Jersey, 12 October 1783. on December 14th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  20. Sothebys Sefer ha-Hinnukh, Pinhas ben Joseph ha-Levi of Barcelona, on December 15th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  21. Sothebys A VERY LARGE COLLECTION OF WORKS, PAMPHLETS AND TRACTS IN 31 VOLUMES: on December 13th Actual price: USD $134,938.
  22. Christies A briefe relation of the Discovery and Plantation of New England: and of Sundry Accidents therein occurring, from the yeere of our Lord M.D.CVII on December 14th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  23. Sothebys A Magnificent Decorated Ketubbah on December 15th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  24. Christies Prufrock and Other Observations on December 14th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  25. Christies The Dialoges of Creatures Moralysed. Applyably and edificatyfly, to euery mery and iocounde mater, of late tra[n]slated out of latyn into our Englysshe tonge right profitable to the gouernaunce of man. And they be to sell, vpo[n] Powlys churche yarde. on December 14th Actual price: USD $112,500.


48 total sales reported this week:

PIASA. Photographs on December 15th: 24.11%
De Baecque and Associes. Ancient and Modern Books - Autographs and Documents on December 15th: 61.27%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Fine and Important Books and Works on Paper on December 15th: 64.53%
Waverly Auctions. BooksWaverly Rare Books Catalog Auction on December 1st: 84.19%
Vermot de Pas. Comic Strips and Original Boards, 3D, Japanese Animation on December 10th: 64.82%
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Kees van Dongen – His Illustrated Books - and - Fine Art on December 13th: 70.80%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on December 15th: 70.20%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints on December 14th: 71.90%
Sothebys. Important Judaica on December 15th: 80.16%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Children's and Illustrated Books on December 15th: 90.32%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Books, Maps and Documents on December 14th: 85.50%
Artcurial. FROM THE WILLY RONIS SUCCESSION STÉPHANE KOVALSKY COLLECTION on December 13th: 75.61%
Artcurial. Photography on December 13th: 61.97%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on December 12th: 66.30%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, Prints on December 12th: 48.00%
Vermot de Pas. NASA Photographs on December 8th: 41.03%
Ader. Ancient and Modern Prints on December 7th: 73.63%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on December 13th: 78.46%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 13th: 93.26%
Christies. Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, including Americana on December 14th: 81.13%
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Antiquarian Books on December 13th: 77.33%
Knotty Pine Auction Service. Antique and Estate Book Sale on May 7th: 78.60%
National Book Auctions. Books on December 10th: 100.00%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Books, Prints on December 9th: 32.21%
Bloomsbury Auctions. The Sporting and Country Life Sale on December 13th: 51.35%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on December 13th: 64.09%
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Contemporary Art, Antiques and Fine Art on December 10th: 59.15%
Guernseys. The Neil Leifer Photographic Collection - Day 2 on December 3rd: 29.17%
Guernseys. The Neil Leifer Photographic Collection - Day 1 on December 2nd: 55.00%
ALDE. Autograph Letter and Manuscript on December 12th: 55.06%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Deck the Halls: December Exposition Auction on December 10th: 93.75%
Sothebys. Exceptional Exposures: 20th Century Photographs Online - Internet bidstart 11/28 on December 12th: 65.57%
Dorotheum . Books and Decorative Prints on December 12th: 79.23%
Michaans Auctions. December Estate Sale - Books and Prints on December 10th: 37.84%
Aspire Auctions. Fine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 12/2 on December 10th: 96.88%
Profiles in History. Animation and Disneyana on December 9th: 66.72%
Knotty Pine Auction Service. Main Ephemera and Book Auction on November 5th: 72.32%
Winter Associates. December Auction - Americana on December 5th: 60.00%
RR Auction. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 11/18 on December 7th: 67.53%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Revolutionary War on December 10th: 65.59%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 99.62%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antique, Art, Jewelry, Asian - Prints, Books on December 11th: 76.47%
Clars Auction Gallery. Asian, Antique, Jewelry, Art - Prints, Books on December 10th: 57.89%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Philippe Zoummeroff on December 9th: 62.50%
Auctionata. Collectibles and Rarities on December 7th: 23.33%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Winter Magic: The Rex Conklin Library and Other Fine Conjuring Collections on December 3rd: 94.82%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 98.23%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on December 11th: 98.52%


For the week ahead 5 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 19th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 83 lots

Tue. Dec. 20th
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Stockholm. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 413 lots

Wed. Dec. 21st
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Judaica, Manuscripts, Holy Texts, letters, Rabbinical letters, Jewish objects, Items from the Land o. 368 lots

Sun. Dec. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/18.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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.