• <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>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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Twenty-four Auctions Archived, 19 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, March 11, 2017, 24 auctions in the rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera categories were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 3 in Danish krona, 1 in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,939,173 as 11,574 lots were offered and 7,951 sold for a 69% success rate.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsBooks on March 9th: $1,880,620 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: $1,463,494 
Kiefer Buch und KunstauktionenBooks, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 18th: $1,382,915 

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

Cowans AuctionsAdvertising and Toys: Books and Prints - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 6th: 293.31% 
Moreshet AuctionsBooks and Manuscripts on March 7th: 162.57% 
Charlton HallARTURO PERALTA-RAMOS ESTATE on March 4th: 154.69% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 8th: 113.31% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 9th: 111.27% 


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

National Book AuctionsColonial, Hemingway, Civil War, etc. on March 4th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 96.59% 
Cowans AuctionsAdvertising and Toys: Books and Prints - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 6th: 96.15% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks on March 9th: 95.15% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on February 18th: 94.35% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 7th: 91.67% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 9th: 91.36% 
Clars Auction GalleryAntiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on February 19th: 84.13% 
Charlton HallARTURO PERALTA-RAMOS ESTATE on March 4th: 82.88% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript, being a draft of her revised translation of the Aeschelus play Prometheus Bound, for publication in her 1850 work Poems, on March 9th Actual price: USD $215,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions The Joan Anderson Letter to Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). on March 9th Actual price: USD $206,250.
  3. Bonhams Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890, with Wilde's autograph revisions toward the book-version published in April 1891, on March 9th Actual price: USD $185,000.
  4. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Le Cirque, Lithographies originales de Marc Chagall. on February 18th Actual price: USD $171,720.
  5. Bonhams A Journal of the Operations of the Queen's Rangers, from the End of the Year 1777, to the Conclusion of the Late American War. Exeter: Printed for the Author, [1787]. on March 9th Actual price: USD $161,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions Original Typescript of The Dharma Bums (published October 2, 1958), typed by Kerouac himself from his original scroll manuscript. on March 9th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  7. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "Une fantaisie de docteur Ox," on March 9th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  8. Bonhams Printed Broadside Signed ("Th: Jefferson") as Secretary of State, 1 p, folio (9 7/8 x 15 1/8 inches), Philadelphia, February 12, 1793, on March 9th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  9. Heritage Auctions The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Newly Translated out of the Original Greek; And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. on March 9th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  10. Bonhams Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton. English School, c.1715 - 1720, on March 9th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  11. Heritage Auctions De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. on March 9th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  12. Bonhams A Book of Cats. New York: Covici Friede, 1930. on March 9th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  13. Swann Galleries (BIBLE IN LATIN.) Single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible, with the text of Ecclesiasticus 16:14-18:29. on March 9th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  14. Heritage Auctions Collection of Twenty-Eight Early United States Government Publications. on March 9th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  15. Bruun Rasmussen 'La femme toupie" on March 8th Actual price: USD $46,375.
  16. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Emile Zola"), being the manuscript of the short story "Le Capitaine Burle," on March 9th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  17. Clars Auction Gallery "Blue with Red on February 19th Actual price: USD $42,350.
  18. Heritage Auctions Pair of Hermes 3000 Typewriters. on March 9th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  19. Leland Little Auctions Complete First American Octavo Edition of Audubon's Birds of America... on March 4th Actual price: USD $35,400.
  20. Heritage Auctions Stagecoach Trunk once owned by Samuel L. Clemens. on March 9th Actual price: USD $31,250.
  21. Heritage Auctions The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated out of the Originall tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majesties Speciall Comandement. Appointed to be read in Churches. on March 9th Actual price: USD $31,250.
  22. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Poèmes. on February 18th Actual price: USD $30,528.
  23. Charlton Hall Japanese woodblock folding book depicting the conquest of Korea Edo period, brocade-covered orihon on March 4th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  24. Bruun Rasmussen 'Le cracheur de flammes'' on March 8th Actual price: USD $29,750.
  25. Leland Little Auctions A 17th Century State 9 Edition of John Smith's Virginia Map on March 4th Actual price: USD $29,500.


24 total sales reported this week:

Treadway Toomey Auctions. The Butch McGuire’s Collection - and - 20th Century Art and Design - Prints on March 4th: 78.75%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: 55.38%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on March 9th: 45.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 8th: 75.00%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 9th: 91.36%
PBA Galleries. Art and Illustration on March 9th: 77.29%
Moreshet Auctions. Books and Manuscripts on March 7th: 76.12%
Heritage Auctions. Books on March 9th: 95.15%
National Book Auctions. Colonial, Hemingway, Civil War, etc. on March 4th: 100.00%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 18th: 50.84%
Cowans Auctions. Advertising and Toys: Books and Prints - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 6th: 96.15%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 7th: 91.67%
Alaska Auction. Iditarod Posters and Fine Art Prints on March 3rd: 76.79%
Charlton Hall. ARTURO PERALTA-RAMOS ESTATE on March 4th: 82.88%
Potomack Company. Creek Sculptor, Retha Walden Gambaro's Studio/Collections with Other Estates - Prints, Books on March 1st: 55.22%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 99.86%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on February 19th: 84.13%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on February 18th: 94.35%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 96.59%


For the week ahead 19 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 13th
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, Louisiana Purchase Exposition - Prints and Books. 26 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 113 lots

Tue. Mar. 14th
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs (letters, manuscripts, documents, photographs): Music, History - Day 1Autographs (letters. 534 lots

Wed. Mar. 15th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps, Prints. 607 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs (letters, manuscripts, documents, photographs): Music, History. 430 lots

Thu. Mar. 16th
Swann Galleries. New York. Vintage Posters. 507 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 126 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Holy Land Maps and Art. 239 lots

Fri. Mar. 17th
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Great Estates Auction - Books and Prints. 33 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Cleveland Springs Live Auction - Prints. 17 lots

Sat. Mar. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment. 672 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comics and Original Plates. 995 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art - Prints and Photography. 95 lots
Sothebys. New York. Saturdays at Sotheby's: Asian Art - Prints, Books. 10 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Photographs, Prints. 379 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books, Art and Ephemera - Civil War, Life, Emblems, Derriere.

Sun. Mar. 19th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints. 61 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/12.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/12.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>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.