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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>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Sir Isaac Newton, <i>Opticks,</i> first edition, first issue, London, 1704. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Johannes Jacobus Canis, <i>De modo studendi in utroque iure,</i> first edition, Padua, 1476. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Pope Clemens V, <i>Constitutiones,</i> Nuremberg, 1482. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Panormitanus de Tudeschis, <i>Lectura super V libris Decretalium,</i> Basel, 1480-81. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Michael Faraday, <i>Experimental Researches in Electricity,</i> complete set, first editions, London, 1832-56. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> William Gilbert, <i>Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete,</i> Sedini, 1628. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> John Bulwer, <i>Philocophus,</i> first edition of the first book in English on the deaf, London, 1648. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> James Cook, complete set, 9 volumes, London, 1773-84. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Bertrand, <i>Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita,</i> with the earliest known view of the city of Toulouse, 1515. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> RATZER, Bernard. <i>Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767.</i> London: Jefferys and Faden, “Jan.y” 12, 1776. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. COCKERELL, Sydney C. <i>Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 [issued 1898]. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. KEATS, John. <i>Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems.</i> Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center> <b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [GRANT, Ulysses S.— GRANT, Julia, First Lady]. Carved Applewood and 18-karat Gold Jewelry Suite, Browne & Spaulding, Jewelers, New York City, 1865. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [LINCOLN ASSASSINATION]. GARDNER, Alexander. <i>Incidents of the War |Sic Semper Sicariis</i> [caption title]. Washington, D. C.: Philip & Solomons, 1865. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> A COMPLETE COLLECTION of 115 titles published in R. R. Donnelley's Lakeside Classics series. Chicago, 1903-2017. COMPLETE RUN OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING CONTINUOUS SERIES OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD. $5,000 to $7,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> GLEIZES, Albert. METZINGER, Jean. <i>Du Cubisme.</i> Paris, 1947. LIMITED EDITION, number 19 of 20 copies on papier d'Auvergne. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [THE LITTLE REVIEW]. ANDERSON, Margaret, ed. POUND, Ezra, ed. HEAP, Jane, ed. <i>The Little Review.</i> Vol. I, No. 1 through Vol. XII, No. 2. 1914-1929. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [MOUNTENEY, Leonard, binder]. LOUŸS, Pierre. <i>Songs of Bilitis.</i> Chicago: Argus Books, 1931. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [HANCOCK, John]. Partly-printed U.S. Loan-Office Transfer Certificate issued on behalf of Hancock. Sgn’d on recto by William Imlay, as Commissioner of Loans of Connecticut. 28 February 1793. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DE CORDOBA, JACOB. <i>Map of the State of Texas.</i> New York, 1866. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ARNOLD, BENEDICT. Autograph bookseller's receipt for Dr. John Dickinson, Signed ("B. Arnold"), February 1767. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 4 Typed Letters Signed ("A Einstein") to Cleveland E. Dodge offering early reports on the meetings of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. Typed Letter Signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower") to General Henri Giraud written from a secret bunker in Gibraltar on the eve of Operation Torch, November 4 [but 6], 1942. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> Early Broadside Printing of the GADSDEN PURCHASE, Puebla, August 16, 1854. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ALLEN, ETHAN. Autograph Letter Signed to Crevecouer during the Constitutional Debates in Congress, 2 pp, August 29, 1787. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> London John Murray, 1859. FIRST EDITION. THE VERY FINE MELLON-GARDEN COPY. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> ECKERT, J. P, H. H. GOLDSTINE, and J. G. BRAINERD. <i>Description of the ENIAC and comments on electronic digital computing machines.</i> N.p., 1945. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY GOLDSTINE. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> EUCLID. <i>Elementa geometriae.</i> Translated from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY]. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays…</i> New York: John and Andrew M'Lean, 1788. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> GALILEI, Galileo. <i>Dialogo...Dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernicano.</i> Florence, 1632. FIRST EDITION. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY JOYCE. $120,000 to $180,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> KEYNES, John Maynard. <i>The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.</i> London: Macmillan, 1936. FIRST EDITION. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> NEWTON, Isaac, Sir. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> London: Joseph Streater for the Royal Society, 1687. FIRST EDITION. $150,000 to $250,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> ROWLING, J. K. <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.</i> London: Bloomsbury, 1997. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ROWLING. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> SMITH, Adam. <i>An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.</i> London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. FIRST EDITION. $70,000 to $90,000