• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. Sold for $15,600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. Sold for $3,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. Sold for $26,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. Sold for $2,210.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. Sold for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. Sold for $1,188.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. Sold for $1,500.
  • <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>All-Negro Comics</i> Issue #1, 1947. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Early Memoir of a Black Hairdresser, 1859. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> First Edition <i>Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African,</i> 1782. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Bessie Coleman Aero News Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1930, Signed by William J. Powell. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Book of Poetry and Music by Formerly Illiterate Author Thomas Young, 1897. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Cabinet Card of 24th Infantryman, Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1882. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> James Baldwin Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1955. $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> <i>The Pacific Appeal</i> Newspaper, San Francisco, 1877. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> Only Known Copy <i>Spreading Joy,</i> Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Steve Turner Collection<br>of African Americana, Part II<br>December 3, 2020</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1940 Los Angeles <i>The Official Central Avenue District Directory.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> GRÉGOIRE, Henri (French, 1750-1831). <i>An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,</i> First American Edition, 1810. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec 3:</b> 1893 Indian Territory Album with Images of Tacky Grayson. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> STEVE JOBS / WOZNIAK. Signed Lid for Apple II computer & related materials. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [TESLA, NIKOLA] MARTIN, THOMAS COMMERFORD. Inscribed. <i>The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla...</i> $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE. <i>Democracy in America.</i> First American editions of both volumes. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Two typed letters signed to Professor Julian Hugo Bonfante, with associated materials. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Attr. to BENING, ALEXANDER (SANDER). Pair of arch-topped miniatures (of the Adoration and the Deposition respectively), likely extracted from a Book of Hours. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LEESER, ISAAC. <i>The Law of God.</i> First edition of the first Jewish translation of the Pentateuch into English. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>November 24</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> [RACKHAM, ARTHUR] WALTON, IZAAK. <i>The Compleat Angler; or the Contemplative Man's Recreation...</i> $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> LICHTENSTEIN, ROY. Drawings and Prints. First printing with a small drawing in color depicting three lemons initialed by Lichtenstein. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> Rare set of 12-inch Bardin globes on stands. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books:</b> MONTAIGNE, MICHEL EYQUEM DE [JOHN FLORIO, trans.]. <i>The Essayes Or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo:...</i> $25,000 to $35,000.
  • <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 1st<br>Antique and modern prints,<br>drawings and paintings</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 2nd<br>Photographs, autographs, musical works and manuscripts</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Books from XV to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Mathematics books</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli<br>December 3rd<br>Art books from Salvador Dalí<br>& others</b>

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Twelve Auctions Archived, 30 More Next Week

For the week ending September 9, twelve auction were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 9 in U.S. dollars, 2 in euros, and one in British pounds. Sales were light, just $1,214,911 as 3,839 lots were offered, 3,286 sold, for a sales rate of 85.6%. The average lot was a modest $370. This is the calm before the storm, the end of summer and the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. Look for larger numbers beginning next week.

 

No auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:


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

Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 6th: 118.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 5th: 101.34%


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

National Book Auctions. Books & Ephemera - Signed, Modern, Colonial Ephmera, etc. on August 26th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Firsts, Exploration, Signed, Limited, etc. on August 12th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on August 31st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 99.49%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 96.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 6th: 91.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 5th: 90.57%


12 total sales reported this week:

Eldreds. Collectibles Online on September 6th: 68.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 6th: 91.65%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on August 31st: 100.00%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts - Prints on August 30th: 27.59%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on September 7th: 55.73%
Cowans Auctions. Treasures of the Caren Archive - How History Unfolds on Paper: Live Salesroom Auction on September 8th: 79.91%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 5th: 90.57%
JellyFishTree. August Collectible Book Auction on August 9th: 22.46%
National Book Auctions. Books & Ephemera - Signed, Modern, Colonial Ephmera, etc. on August 26th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Firsts, Exploration, Signed, Limited, etc. on August 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 99.49%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 96.00%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. PBA Galleries The English Bible, Containing the Old Testament & the New Translated Out of the Original Tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First... on September 7th Actual price: USD $16,800.
  2. Cowans Auctions “LEET ALL OUR HARTS UNITED BEE IN THE DEFENCE OF LIBERTY", Siege of Boston Powder Horn Identified to Barnabas Webb, April 1 on September 8th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  3. Cowans Auctions Abraham Lincoln and his Son Tad, Last Formal Photograph of the President, in Exceptional Folk Art Carved Emancipation Proclam on September 8th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  4. Cowans Auctions Mordecai M. Noah, Jewish American Editor & Journalist, Extraordinarily Lengthy ALS to James Monroe, May 1823 on September 8th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  5. Cowans Auctions Mathew Brady, Original Photograph Maquette, Union Cavalry Leaders & Raiders, Including George Armstrong Custer on September 8th Actual price: USD $13,800.
  6. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76, under the command of Captain George S. Nares and Captain Frank Tourle Thomson, 40 volumes bound in 50, on September 6th Actual price: USD $11,831.
  7. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Highgrove Florilegium. The Highgrove Florilegium, Watercolours depicting Plants grown in the Garden at Highgrove on September 6th Actual price: USD $11,042.
  8. Cowans Auctions Buffalo Bill's Wild West Poster Maquette on September 8th Actual price: USD $8,400.
  9. Cowans Auctions Western Legends, "Wild Bill" Hickok, "Texas Jack" Omohundro, and "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Imperial-Size Cabinet Photograph of the on September 8th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  10. Cowans Auctions Bound Volume of Confederate Newspapers, Many Titles Represented on September 8th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  11. PBA Galleries Moby Dick or the Whale on September 7th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  12. Dominic Winter Book Auctions The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, 60 volumes on September 6th Actual price: USD $7,572.
  13. Cowans Auctions Early Issue of the Extremely Rare, First Continuously Published American Newspaper, The Boston News-Letter, with Pirate's Con on September 8th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  14. Bruun Rasmussen The artist's self-portrait. on September 5th Actual price: USD $6,825.
  15. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Philipot Pedigree Roll - Capel Family of Cassiobury House. The Series, and Genealogie of the Auntient and Illustrious Family of the Capells; on September 6th Actual price: USD $6,625.
  16. Cowans Auctions Babe Ruth Sold to the Yankees, One of the Most Historic Sports Issues Ever Published. The Boston Post, January 6, 1920 on September 8th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  17. Cowans Auctions Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill, The "Two Bills", Perhaps the Finest Buffalo Bill Poster Extant on September 8th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  18. PBA Galleries Six early and seminal papers on DNA, in four issues of Nature on September 7th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  19. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Gutenberg Bible. Johannes Gutenberg’s Swei und Vierzigzeilige Bibel, 2 volumes, on September 6th Actual price: USD $6,310.
  20. PBA Galleries Two letters from Queen Liliuokalani to "Cousin William," writing about the publication of her autobiography on September 7th Actual price: USD $6,000.
  21. Heritage Auctions Basil Wolverton Popular Jokes October-1961 Gag Panel Illustration Original Art on September 3rd Actual price: USD $5,736.
  22. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Le Perroquet, Journal Politique Charivarique Illustré Colorié, 2 volumes on September 6th Actual price: USD $5,679.
  23. Heritage Auctions Basil Wolverton Popular Jokes May-1973 Gag Panel Illustration Original Art on September 3rd Actual price: USD $5,497.
  24. Cowans Auctions Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox 1919 "Black Sox" World Series, Completed Series Scorecard on September 8th Actual price: USD $5,100.
  25. PBA Galleries The Well at the World's End on September 7th Actual price: USD $5,100.

 


For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 11th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 50 lots

Tue. Sep. 12th
Rossini. Paris. Works of Art - Prints, and Books. 217 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 9/5. 365 lots

Wed. Sep. 13th
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 8/30. 816 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 344 lots
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain - Prints. 115 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 8/18. 984 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Princess Diana Tribute - Online bidstart 8/18. 47 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Property from the Camilla and Earl McGrath Collection, Part II. 47 lots
Christies. New York. SOUTH ASIAN MODERN + CONTEMPORARY ART. 3 lots
Dallas Auction Gallery. Dallas. Fine and Decorative Art - Prints. 4 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Prints. 223 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Summer Militaria Auction - Autographs, Photographs, Documents, Posters, etc.. 1043 lots

Thu. Sep. 14th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Books. 706 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books. 391 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. The Glory of Science: Photos, Maps, Prints and Autographs. 109 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Timeless Elegance. 2 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Books. 431 lots

Fri. Sep. 15th
Sothebys. Paris. Timeless Elegance. 11 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Engravings. 1026 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Clayton, Missouri. St. Louis Fall Auction - Books and Prints. 31 lots

Sat. Sep. 16th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . September 16 Catalogue Auction - Books, Prints. 66 lots
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Cincinnati, OH. 20th Century Art and Design - Prints. 80 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. The Fall Quarterly Auction featuring The Collection of Esther B. Ferguson, Secessionville Manor, SC. 63 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints. 165 lots

Sun. Sep. 17th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Silent Auction (Books) - Internet bidstart 9/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/10.
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. September Anniversary Antique Auction - Books, Prints. 13 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints, Books. 42 lots

Now, the busy season begins, and it will continue until the middle of December.

Michael Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>F. Schubert. Autograph letter to his brother Ferdinand, 4 pages, Zseliz, 1818. £80,000 to £120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>L. v. Beethoven. Fine autograph letter to his librettist Friedrich Treitschke, about their planned opera, 1815. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Hermann Hesse, Highly important series of 62 letters and postcards to Stefan Zweig, 1903-1938. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books<br>and Medieval Manuscripts<br>24 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2020<br>Online</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Reims, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, late 15th century]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b> Armenian gospel book, illuminated manuscript on vellum, seventeenth century, tooled calf binding. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 24 Nov. – 1 Dec.:</b><br>C. Goldoni. Ten autograph letters signed to the Genoese nobleman Cristoforo Spinola, Venice 1742-1743. £7,000 to £9,000.
  • <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> HOMER. <i>Batrachomyiomachia,</i> Paris, 1507. [EARLY & RARE EDITION!]. €3,600 to €5,400.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Nordic] JACOB RIETER & JOHANNES SENN. <i>Danske Nationale Klædedragter.</i> [Danish National Costumes, very rare plate book]. €3,600 to €4,500.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [History / Maps] JACQUES BONGARS. <i>Gesta dei per Francos</i> [Crusader history & rare maps]. Exceptional provenance! €2,700 to €3,600.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Travel – China ] - NIEUHOF & MONTANUS. <i>An embassy from the East-India Company,</i> 1673 /1671. €2,700 to €3,600.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Art & Plate Books] MATISSE, Signed, 1947. Repli. [Linocuts, woodcuts & lithograps]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> JONATHAN SWIFT. <i>Gulliver’s Travels,</i> 1726 1st edition [Teerink “B”]. PROVENANCE: Sir Francis Burdett. €2,700 to €3,600.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> RUDYARD KIPLING. <i>The Jungle Book</i> [and] <i>The Second Jungle Book,</i> 1st editions, 1894-1895. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Prophecies / Predictions]. <i>Mirabilis Liber,</i> app. 1533. [PELLICAN-edition]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Nordic] DAHLBERG. <i>Suecia Antiqva et Hodierna,</i> app. 1667-1716, [Sweden - 352 plates]. €1,800 to €2,700.
    <center><b>Antikvariat Bryggen<br>Collectible Books:<br>Spanning 500 Years<br>Online until 23 November</b>
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Theology] GISBERTUS VOETIUS. <i>Selectarum Disputationum Theologicarum I-V,</i> 1648- 1669. [With the plates]. €1,350 to €2,250.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [Theology] GISBERTUS VOETIUS. <i>Politicae Ecclesiasticae,</i> 1663- 1676. [complete 3 parts in 4 vols.]. €1,350 to €2,250.
    <b>Antikvariat Bryggen, now to 23 Nov:</b> [History] FROBEN, Basel, 1545-1559. [Colombus’ discovery of America, Alexander the Great, Roman Empire with numerous full page wood cuts]. €1,350 to €1,800.
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1490. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br> P. Goos, <i>Le Grand Miroir de la Mer,</i> 1669. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. Feininger, Letter with woodcuts, 1920. Est: € 25,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>Latin Bible manuscript, 12th century. Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. E. Bloch, <i>Naturgeschichte der Fische,</i> 1782-95. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 90,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>L. J. Waghenaer, <i>Speculum nauticum,</i> 1586. Est: € 180,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>P. J. de Pannemaeker, Collection of orig. watercolors, 1878-1887.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> 1918.<br>Est: € 15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 30th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br><i>Livro dos prestimonios,</i> Manuscript, 1665. Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, Nov. 30:</b><br>J. Miró in J. Cassou, <i>Vingt-deux poémes,</i> 1978. Est: € 8,000