• <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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RBH: Twenty-five Auctions Archived; 17 Scheduled this Week

For the week ended Saturday, 27 January 2018, 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,584,031 as 5,734 lots were offered and 5,061 sold for a svelte 88% success rate. Consignors, auction houses and buyers all found something to like.

 

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

TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 167.05% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 144.91% 
FreemansEUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings on January 23rd: 138.96% 
SothebysImportant Americana - Prints on January 21st: 119.19% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsDesign - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 113.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 23rd: 108.41% 
TooveysDecorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 101.50% 


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

National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Frost, Signed, 16th Century, etc. on January 6th: 100.00% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books on January 22nd: 100.00% 
Leland Little AuctionsNew Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on January 6th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Signed, Childrens, Antique, etc. on January 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16 on January 23rd: 99.02% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 97.19% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/24 on January 21st: 96.55% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsJanuary Premier Auction - Books, Prints on January 23rd: 95.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsDesign - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 95.00% 
TooveysDecorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 91.67% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBooks on January 12th: 89.84% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 89.02% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 88.05% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 23rd: 87.50% 
SothebysImportant Americana - Prints on January 21st: 87.23% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 20th: 85.90% 
Clars Auction GalleryFine Art - Prints on January 20th: 80.85% 


Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Clars Auction Gallery Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian San Francisco: Sierra Club on January 21st Actual price: USD $51,425.
  2. Sothebys INTERIOR OF THE HEBREW SYNAGOGUE OF CHARLESTON S.C. on January 21st Actual price: USD $43,750.
  3. RR Auction Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,707.
  4. Sothebys PEINTURES DES VASES ANTIQUES DE LA COLLECTION DE SON EXCELLENCE M. LE CHEVALIER HAMILTON: SIX PRINTS on January 21st Actual price: USD $37,500.
  5. RR Auction Garmisch 1936 Winter Olympics Silver Winner's Medal on January 18th Actual price: USD $36,760.
  6. Sothebys MEADOW LARK (PLATE CXXXVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $30,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white pages. on January 21st Actual price: USD $27,485.
  8. RR Auction Sapporo 1972 Winter Olympics Group of (10) Badges on January 18th Actual price: USD $27,174.
  9. RR Auction Cortina 1956 Winter Olympics Torch on January 18th Actual price: USD $21,701.
  10. Sothebys COLLECTION OF ETRUSCAN, GREEK AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES FROM THE CABINET OF THE HON. WILLIAM HAMILTON: SIX PRINTS on January 21st Actual price: USD $21,250.
  11. Sothebys Album of Original Plains Indian Warrior-Artist Pencil Sketches, ca. 1880 on January 21st Actual price: USD $20,000.
  12. Sothebys PURPLE HERON (PLATE CCLVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $18,750.
  13. Forum Auctions Autograph Letter signed, 1782. on January 25th Actual price: USD $16,863.
  14. Forum Auctions Description of the Ruins of an Ancient City, … on January 25th Actual price: USD $16,863.
  15. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. on January 21st Actual price: USD $16,730.
  16. Freemans THE ANGEL APPEARING TO THE SHEPHERDS on January 23rd Actual price: USD $16,250.
  17. Forum Auctions Philosophical Transactions, vol.6 (No.69-80), containing: A Letter of Mr. … on January 25th Actual price: USD $15,975.
  18. Forum Auctions Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, 5 vol., first edition, … on January 25th Actual price: USD $15,975.
  19. RR Auction Chamonix 1924 Winter Olympics Third Place Bronze Winner’s / Participation Medal on January 18th Actual price: USD $15,313.
  20. Sothebys AMERICAN BISON OR BUFFALO (PLATE LVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $15,000.
  21. Forum Auctions English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  22. Forum Auctions Novels, 6 vol. in 5, given by Jane Austen's favourite neice Fanny to her own … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  23. Forum Auctions Australia Pamphlets, A Brief Account of the Colony of … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  24. RR Auction Paris 1924 Summer Olympics Sevres Vase on January 18th Actual price: USD $12,866.
  25. Sothebys Very Rare Group of Four Watercolor Frakturs, James Anson, New Jersey, 1804-1809 on January 21st Actual price: USD $12,500.



25 total sales reported this week:

PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography on January 25th: 73.80%
Morton Subastas. Old and Modern Photographs, Lithographs and Engravings on January 23rd: 36.49%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 88.05%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16 on January 23rd: 99.02%
Leland Little Auctions. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on January 6th: 100.00%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. January Premier Auction - Books, Prints on January 23rd: 95.00%
Freemans. EUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings on January 23rd: 75.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 23rd: 87.50%
Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 91.67%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 89.02%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Signed, Childrens, Antique, etc. on January 20th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Frost, Signed, 16th Century, etc. on January 6th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books on January 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/24 on January 21st: 96.55%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 12th: 89.84%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Photography, Furniture, Art, Jewelry, Asian on January 21st: 75.95%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art - Prints on January 20th: 80.85%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Design - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 95.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 20th: 70.37%
RR Auction. Olympics - Internet Bidstart 1/11 on January 18th: 58.39%
Sothebys. Important Americana - Prints on January 21st: 87.23%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art and Decorations - Prints on January 17th: 64.35%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 20th: 85.90%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 97.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 99.61%


For the week ahead 17 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 29th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Works on Paper: Drawings and Prints 1780-Present. 80 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots

Tue. Jan. 30th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Property from Aristocratic Estates and Important Provenance. 23 lots

Wed. Jan. 31st
Chiswick Auctions. London. Printed Books and Manuscripts. 129 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 565 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Modern Literature, Art and Illustrated Books. 174 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books (Gruaz Library) Part 1 (chez DeBaecque). 301 lots

Thu. Feb. 1st
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/25. 307 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books (Gruaz Library) Part 2 (chez DeBaecque). 290 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books. 70 lots

Fri. Feb. 2nd
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints, Ancient and Modern Books, Comic.

Sat. Feb. 3rd
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Early Western, Firearms, & Historic Auction. 89 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 151 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera – Easton, Signed, Antique, etc..

Sun. Feb. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/7. 249 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/28.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/28.

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.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.
  • <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.