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Rare Book Hub: 23 Auctions archived, 26 more this Week

For the week ended Saturday 20 January 2018 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 in Australian dollars, 10 in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,725,259 as 7,645 lots were offered and 5,484 sold for a 72% success rate.  The holiday respite is now in the rearview window.

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysImportant Printed and Manuscript Americana, including Cartography on January 17th: $4,289,502 

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

Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on January 9th: 142.18% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteOld Master Prints and Modern Prints on October 9th: 106.07% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 16th: 104.24% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 98.83% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/9 on January 16th: 98.45% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Movie Poster- Internet bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 97.87% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/17 on January 14th: 94.95% 
FreemansRare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on January 17th: 90.26% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 16th: 89.22% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 1st: 87.43% 
SothebysOf Royal and Noble Descent on January 17th: 84.62% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature and Fine Books on January 11th: 81.14% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GENERAL CONGRESS ASSEMBLED. on January 17th Actual price: USD $1,185,000.
  2. Sothebys A MAP OF MEXICO, LOUISIANA AND THE MISSOURI TERRITORY, on January 17th Actual price: USD $350,000.
  3. Sothebys THE NORTH AMERICAN ATLAS, SELECTED FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC MAPS, CHARTS, PLANS, &C. HITHERTO PUBLISHED. on January 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  4. Sothebys THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO PREPARE A PLAN FOR THE TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT OF THE WESTERN TERRITORY, HAVE AGREED TO THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS. on January 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  5. Sothebys THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, AND THE MOUNTAIN RANGES OF PORTIONS OF IDAHO, NEVADA, COLORADO AND UTAH. on January 17th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  6. Sothebys THE FEDERALIST. A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, WRITTEN IN FAVOUR OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION, AS AGREED UPON BY THE FEDERAL CONVENTION, SEPTEMBER 17, 1787. on January 17th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  7. Sothebys [HARIOT'S VIRGINIA].  WUNDERBARLICHE, DOCH WARHAFFTIGE ERKLÄRUNG, VON DER GELEGENHEIT UND SITTEN DER WILDEN IN VIRGINIA ... on January 17th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  8. Gonnelli Casa DAste Fleurs et statuette. on October 10th Actual price: USD $183,000.
  9. Gonnelli Casa DAste Maurice, or the Fisher's Cot. on October 11th Actual price: USD $152,500.
  10. Sothebys A MAP OF THE BRITISH AND FRENCH DOMINIONS IN NORTH AMERICA  WITH THE ROADS, DISTANCES, LIMITS AND EXTENT OF THE SETTLEMENTS.  on January 17th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Sothebys CARTE DE LA MER DU SUD, ET DES COSTES D'AMERIQUE ET D'ASIE, SITUÉES SUR CETTE MER ... on January 17th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  12. Sothebys MAP OF TEXAS WITH PARTS OF THE ADJOINING STATES COMPILED BY STEPHEN F. AUSTIN. on January 17th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  13. Sothebys COLLECTION OF FOURTEEN AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED, AND MANUSCRIPT LETTERS OR CIRCULARS IN A SECRETARIAL HAND, FROM COMMODORE EDWARD PREBLE TO TOBIAS LEAR, on January 17th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  14. Sothebys A NEW MAP OF THE WESTERN PARTS OF VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA, MARYLAND AND NORTH CAROLINA; on January 17th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  15. Sothebys MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, EXHIBITING THE POST-ROADS, THE SITUATIONS, CONNEXIONS & DISTANCES OF THE POST-OFFICES, STAGE ROADS, COUNTIES & PRINCIPAL RIVERS. on January 17th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  16. Sothebys MAP OF KANSAS, TEXAS, COLORADO, NEW MEXICO AND THE INDIAN TERRITORY. on January 17th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  17. Michael Treloar An extraordinary album of 50 cartes de visite, extensively annotated in an engaging anecdotal style, forming essentially an unpublished illustrated vernacular history of the inhabitants of South Australia - the battlers, the new chums, and especially the on December 10th Actual price: USD $41,940.
  18. Sothebys CHARLESTON HARBOUR AND THE ADJACENT COAST AND COUNTRY, SOUTH CAROLINA. SURVEYED AT INTERVALS IN 1823, 1824, AND 1825... on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  19. Sothebys CONNECTICUT, AND PARTS ADJACENT. on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  20. Sothebys MAP OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  21. Sothebys THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, FROM DRAWINGS MADE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR TERRITORIES. NEW YORK: J. J. on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  22. Sothebys THE PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE OR AMERICAN MONTHLY MUSEUM. MDCCLXXV. VOLUME 1. on January 17th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  23. Michaans Auctions Burning Elegy 1991 on January 13th Actual price: USD $33,000.
  24. Sothebys [BIBLE]. THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, TRANSLATED OUT OF GREEK...  on January 17th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  25. Sothebys MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG OF THE BOSTON CLIPPER SHIP TRITON ON A CIRCUMNAVIGATION TRADING VOYAGE TO THE NORTHWEST COAST OF AMERICA, BY WAY OF THE SANDWICH ISLANDS AND CANTON, CHINA. on January 17th Actual price: USD $30,000.



23 total sales reported this week:

Michael Treloar. Rare Books on December 10th: 43.75%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 17th: 73.72%
Sothebys. Of Royal and Noble Descent on January 17th: 84.62%
Sothebys. Important Printed and Manuscript Americana, including Cartography on January 17th: 53.41%
Freemans. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on January 17th: 90.26%
Vermot de Pas. NASA Photographs on September 7th: 4.76%
Vermot de Pas. France: History and Regions on January 16th: 33.83%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/1 on October 15th: 23.28%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs - Internet Bidstart 9/15 on September 30th: 35.43%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books and Manuscripts on October 11th: 63.67%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Prints, Autographs, Photographs, Music on October 10th: 57.38%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Old Master Prints and Modern Prints on October 9th: 56.94%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Antiquarian Book Auction from the Collection of Luigi Gonnelli + Figli - Day 2 on January 16th: 78.44%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Antiquarian Book Auction from the Collection of Luigi Gonnelli + Figli - Day 1 on January 15th: 76.32%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 16th: 89.22%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/9 on January 16th: 98.45%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/17 on January 14th: 94.95%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 1st: 87.43%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on January 13th: 72.92%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature and Fine Books on January 11th: 81.14%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 98.83%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Movie Poster- Internet bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 97.87%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on January 9th: 73.39%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 22nd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 96 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . January Premier Auction. 60 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. No Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books. 113 lots

Tue. Jan. 23rd
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera. 164 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Old and Modern Photographs, Lithographs and Engravings. 296 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. EUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings. 8 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16. 715 lots

Wed. Jan. 24th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Decorative Pictures - Prints. 12 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. January Collectibles. 105 lots

Thu. Jan. 25th
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 385 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 1. 1204 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography. 500 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books. 426 lots
Ader. PARIS. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 199 lots

Fri. Jan. 26th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Premier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books. 108 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints, Fine Photographs. 142 lots

Sat. Jan. 27th
Arader Galleries. New York City. Prints, Rare Maps. 199 lots
Case Antiques, Inc.. Knoxville. Art, Antiques - Prints, Books. 109 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 564 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Winter Estates Auction. 80 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Winter Gallery Auction. 22 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Live Auction - Manuscripts. 16 lots

Sun. Jan. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/31. 330 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/21.
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Winter Estates Auction - Day 2.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter Used to Write "A Moveable Feast", Impeccable Provenance From His Biographer A. E. Hotchner. $50,000 to $100,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Samuel Colt, "The Gun that Won the West": 3 Signed Patent Items for "Revolving Cylinder Guns". $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Jack Kerouac's Own Typewriter From His Estate Used to Write His Very Last Book. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Rare Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence Printed in 1848. $15,000 to $18,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Superb Tchaikovsky ALS to Napravnik, 4pp on "Mazeppa". $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Wounded Knee Massacre Same Day Eyewitness Account by Participant, "the 7th needn't be ashamed of today's record". $10,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald Signed Gordon Bryant Portrait -- Finest Known. $8,000 to $9,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Neil Armstrong ALS on NASA Letterhead Regarding His X-15 Flights. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> M. Gandhi Letter: "the life span of human beings is preordained..." -- Fantastic Spiritual Content. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> "Damn the torpedoes!" Riveting 24pp ALS of Admiral Farragut's Steward Describing the "Battle of Mobile Bay”. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Order to Suspend Execution. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Napoleon DS Featuring Imperial Eagle and Enormous Great Seal Appointing Norman Politician Baron of the Empire. $4,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.