• <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> BULLER, Walter Lawry. <i>A HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND.</i> London, Van Voorst, 1873. Special De-Luxe edition of this already rare work.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> GIBBS, May. <i>Gum-Nut Babies.</i> Sydney: Angus and Robertson, Ca. 1918.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> SWIFT, Jonathan. <i>TRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.</i> London: Printed for Benj.Motte. 1727.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> JUKES, Joseph Beete. <i>NARRATIVE OF THE SURVEYING VOYAGE OF H.M.S. FLY…</i> London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. First Edition.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> <i>SOMERVILLE, E OE. IN THE VINE COUNTRY.</i> London: W H Allen & Co Limited, 1893.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> MAWE, John. <i>The voyager’s companion, or shell collector’s pilot.</i> London : 1825. Rare.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> PARKINSON, John. <i>Theatrum Botanicum, The Theater of Plants…</i> London, Thomas Cotes, 1640.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> c. 1150 decorated MONASTIC MISSAL LEAF, Southern Germany/Austria.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> LEGGE, Captain W. Vincent. <i>A HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF CEYLON.</i> London, The Author, 1880.
    <b>ANZAAB Joint Catalogue:</b> AUNT HANNAH. <i>SOME ADVENTURES IN THE LIFE OF A COCKATOO.</i> Published in New York by R. Shugg and Co., 1872.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Joyce (James), <i>Ulysses,</i> 4to, Paris: (Shakespeare & Co.) 1922, First Edn. €7,000 to €9,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Of the Utmost Rarity with Swift Association. Harward (Michael). <i>Philomath. A New Almanack for the Year of Our Lord,</i> 1666. €6,000 to €9,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Full Complement of Hand Coloured & Other Plates. Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>Monumenti dell Egitto e della Nubia,</i> Vols. I, II, & III Plate Volumes only. €5,000 to €7,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Magnificent Hand Coloured Plates. [Bivort, Debabay, & others] <i>Annales de Pomologie,</i> 8 vols., folio, Brussels, 1853-1861. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> With Very Fine Coloured Plates & Illustrations. Barbier (George) Vogel (Lucien) & others, <i>Gazette du Bon Ton - Arts-modes et frivolities, </i> 1914 to 1922. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> “I have seen War... I hate War," Signed Presentation Copy to William C. Bullitt, Roosevelt (Franklin D.) August 14, 1936. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Victorian Hostess & Horticulturist. An Important Collection Relating to Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913). €2,500 to €3,200.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Fine Original Portrait Photos of The O'Brien Ladies by Margaret Cameron. Two black and white Photos, each 8" x 10". €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> James Hume Nesbitt Illustrations: A collection of twelve pen and ink Drawings and Etchings intended for publication as book of illustrations for his thriller novels. €800 to €1,200.
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>Christmas Rare Books<br>& Collectors’ Sale<br>9 & 10 December 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Attributed to Kitagawa Utamavo (1753-1806). A pair of attractive colourful woodblock prints, of Court Ladies in decorative robes with numerous stamps and script. €800 to €1,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Contemporaneous Notes from Captain Cook's Voyage Travel: [Anon] <i>Voyage to the South Sea by Mr. Banks, Mr. Parkinson and Dr. Solender, with Capt. Cooke,</i> a 7 page m/ss document. €700 to €1,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Dec. 9:</b> Very Rare First U.K. Edition with Yellow Paper Band. Herbert (Frank). <i>Dune,</i> 8vo London (Victor Gollancz Ltd.) 1966. €500 to €700.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>English Literature, History, Science,<br>Children’s Books and Illustrations<br>1 – 8 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> JAMES OF MILAN | <i>Pricking of love,</i> illuminated manuscript in Middle English [England, fifteenth century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> BEARDSLEY | <i>The Toilet of Helen,</i> original ink drawing for Savoy, 1895. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> DICKENS | <i>A Christmas Carol,</i> 1844, seventh edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>English Literature, History, Science,<br>Children’s Books and Illustrations<br>1 – 8 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> DARWIN | <i>For Private Distribution... Extracts from Letters addressed to Professor Henslow...,</i> 1835, original wrappers. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> DEFOE | Autograph manuscript poem, 'Resignation', 1708. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 1-8 Dec.:</b> GRAHAME | <i>The Wind in the Willows,</i> 1908, first edition, dust-jacket. £12,000 to £16,000.

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RBH: 23 Auctions archived, 31 fresh this week

For the week ended Saturday, 13 May, 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,299,644 as 13,439 lots were offered and 9,033 sold for a slim 67% success rate.  The average price was $1,251.

 

For the week upcoming 31 auctions are scheduled.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Profiles in HistoryThe Big Book: The Original Working Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous on May 5th: $2,400,000 
Swann GalleriesOld Master Through Modern Prints on May 8th: $2,086,995 
ArtcurialComic Strips on May 5th: $1,212,052 
Doyle New YorkPrints and Multiples on May 1st: $1,042,723 


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

Burgersdijk and NiermansRare Books - Day 1 on May 8th: 181.14% 
Burgersdijk and NiermansRare Books - Day 2 on May 9th: 171.23% 
FreemansMODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART INCLUDING FLASH: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEFFREY M. KAP on May 8th: 121.80% 
Doyle New YorkPrints and Multiples on May 1st: 117.88% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 10th: 106.24% 


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

National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Mockingbird, Uncle Tom, Frost, Americana, etc. on May 5th: 100.00% 
Profiles in HistoryThe Big Book: The Original Working Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous on May 5th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/29 on May 6th: 99.83% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 98.86% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on May 5th: 97.70% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/29 on May 6th: 95.40% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/8 on May 6th: 95.32% 
Doyle New YorkPrints and Multiples on May 1st: 94.37% 
Burgersdijk and NiermansRare Books - Day 1 on May 8th: 93.13% 
Burgersdijk and NiermansRare Books - Day 2 on May 9th: 89.32% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on May 8th: 86.49% 
Kedem AuctionOnline Auction 13: Judaica – Books, Manuscripts, Letters, Objects on May 7th: 84.22% 
FreemansMODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART INCLUDING FLASH: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEFFREY M. KAP on May 8th: 83.61% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Profiles in History Bill Wilson's working draft manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book". on May 5th Actual price: USD $2,400,000.
  2. Artcurial Astro Boy - Tome 4 on May 5th Actual price: USD $320,586.
  3. Artcurial Astérix et Obélix - Tome 30. La Galère d'Obélix on May 5th Actual price: USD $146,965.
  4. Freemans PORTRAIT DE JACQUELINE AU CHAPEAU DE PAILLE (T?TE DE FEMME) on May 8th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  5. Artcurial La Gare de banlieue on May 5th Actual price: USD $100,555.
  6. Freemans SAN FRANCISCO SILVERSPOT on May 8th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  7. Swann Galleries Grand Masque. on May 8th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  8. RR Auction Frederic Chopin Sketch on May 9th Actual price: USD $85,751.
  9. Freemans THE STAR on May 8th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  10. Swann Galleries Tête de femme, de profil. on May 8th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  11. Swann Galleries Carmen. on May 8th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  12. Swann Galleries Jan Uytenbogaert, Preacher of the Remonstrants. on May 8th Actual price: USD $57,500.
  13. Doyle New York 18 COLORS (CINCINNATI) (AXSOM 193) on May 1st Actual price: USD $56,250.
  14. Swann Galleries Under the Horse Chestnut Tree. on May 8th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  15. Swann Galleries Le Antichità Romane. on May 8th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  16. Doyle New York CONSTELLATIONS (M. 261; CRAMER BOOKS 58) on May 1st Actual price: USD $46,875.
  17. Swann Galleries L'Âme du Cirque. on May 8th Actual price: USD $42,500.
  18. Artcurial Le courrier de Tintin on May 4th Actual price: USD $40,222.
  19. Swann Galleries St. Eustace. on May 8th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  20. Doyle New York LIZ (F./S. II.7) on May 1st Actual price: USD $37,500.
  21. Zisska and Lacher SAMMELBAND on May 4th Actual price: USD $36,557.
  22. Swann Galleries Self Portrait in a Fur Cap: Bust. on May 8th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  23. Artcurial Boule et Bill. La leçon de photographie on May 5th Actual price: USD $34,034.
  24. Swann Galleries Abrahams Sacrifice on May 8th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  25. Doyle New York DAY AND NIGHT (BOOL/KIST/LOCHER/WIERDA 303) on May 1st Actual price: USD $32,500.



23 total sales reported this week:

Burgersdijk and Niermans. Rare Books - Day 2 on May 9th: 89.32%
Burgersdijk and Niermans. Rare Books - Day 1 on May 8th: 93.13%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Mockingbird, Uncle Tom, Frost, Americana, etc. on May 5th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 10th: 78.72%
Zisska and Lacher. Books, Manuscripts, Prints on May 4th: 65.61%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 4/20 on May 9th: 57.97%
Kedem Auction. Online Auction 13: Judaica – Books, Manuscripts, Letters, Objects on May 7th: 84.22%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on May 5th: 97.70%
Artcurial. the Universe of the Creator of TinTin on May 4th: 53.64%
Artcurial. Comic Strips on May 5th: 54.32%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - parsed on May 5th: 44.69%
Freemans. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART INCLUDING FLASH: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEFFREY M. KAP on May 8th: 83.61%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/1 on May 8th: 98.86%
Swann Galleries. Old Master Through Modern Prints on May 8th: 66.79%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 8th: 86.49%
Profiles in History. The Big Book: The Original Working Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous on May 5th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/8 on May 6th: 95.32%
Ader. Posters May 68 on May 3rd: 54.37%
Eldreds. Spring Asian Arts - Prints on May 4th: 74.66%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Books and Manuscripts on May 1st: 75.20%
Doyle New York. Prints and Multiples on May 1st: 94.37%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/29 on May 6th: 95.40%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/29 on May 6th: 99.83%

 


For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 14th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . May Premier Auction - Books, Prints. 36 lots
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. 70 years of COBRA. The Gert Jan Hemmink collection. 208 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 76 lots

Tue. May. 15th
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Literature. 310 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 347 lots
Sothebys. London. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History Including the Library of Colin and Joan Deacon. 420 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Autographs and Documents. 254 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/8. 662 lots

Wed. May. 16th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 578 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 183 lots
ALDE. Paris. A Collection on Savoie and the Mountain - Part 1. 306 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Photographs. 260 lots

Thu. May. 17th
Christies. London -South Kensington. Photographs. 121 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Motoring, Cycling, Maritime and Railway History. 272 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Spring Miscellany. 455 lots
ALDE. Paris. A Collection on Savoie and the Mountain - Part 2. 283 lots
Sothebys. London. Photographs. 72 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. John Brennan Rock and Roll Collection - Internet Bidstart 5/10. 503 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sports Memorabilia. 1424 lots

Fri. May. 18th
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Military, Aviation and Naval History. 201 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Forum Auctions @ Artsy: More Than Words.
Skinner. Boston. Walker Evans Photographs online - Internet bidstart 5/8. 160 lots
Dorotheum . Salzburg. Modern Prints. 126 lots

Sat. May. 19th
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Late Spring Estates Auction. 57 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Gambling Memorabilia. 351 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints. 37 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Antique Prints and Rare Books. 171 lots

Sun. May. 20th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/22. 221 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/13.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/13.
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Late Spring Estates Auction - Day 2. 42 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> SHERBURNE, BRANTZ, and WIRGMAN. The Original Drawings of the First Modern Scientific Survey of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. $350,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> LAFON, Barthelemy. The Earliest Comprehensive Survey of Louisiana and its Adjacent Regions. $350,000 to $450,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Giacomo GASTALDI. The Most Important Renaissance Wall Map of Asia Published in the 16th Century – with all four sheets having full margins. $300,000 to $400,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> CAO, Junyi. The Most Important Map of China to Come to Market in 50 Years. One of only three known copies of the last Ming Dynasty world map. $325,000 to $375,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> ORTELIUS, Abraham. Ortelius Atlas Spanish 1588 Magnificently Rich Original Hand Color in Full. $225,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> An Exceptionally Fine and Historically Important Manuscript Map Showing the Origins of Texas in the 19th Century. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> PRICE, William and BONNER, John. Map of Boston 1769. $225,000 to $325,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> John James AUDUBON. Audubon’s Brilliant Icon, That Has Never Been Equaled for Drama. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Pierre-Joseph REDOUTE. Original Watercolor, Red Lily. $175,000 to $250,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>December Sale<br>December 5, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> John James AUDUBON. The Most Famous Image of a Bird in All of History. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> Martin WALDSEEMULLER. The Finest Example in Existence of Martin Waldseemuller’s Map of the New World, with Spectacular Full Original Color. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Dec. 5:</b> GORDON, Peter. The First State of the First View of Savannah: The Template for American Urban Planning. $100,000 to $150,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Bernardus Sylvanus, one of the earliest printed maps of the New World, woodcut, Venice, 1511. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johannes Blaeu, <i>Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula,</i> Amsterdam, 1662. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Emanuel Bowen & John Gibson, <i>Atlas Minimus,</i> miniature atlas, London, 1758. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Henry Andrews, <i>The Botanist's Repository for New & Rare Plants,</i> London, 1797-1815. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Night Heron or Qua Bird, Plate CCXXXVI,</i> hand-colored aquatint, 1835. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Basilius Besler, group of 30 folio engravings, <i>Hortus Eystettensis,</i> Eichstatt, 1613. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Henri Chatelain, <i>Carte Tres Curieuse de la Mer du Sud...,</i> Amsterdam, 1719. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Arnoldus Montanus, <i>Die Unbekante Neue Welt...,</i> German text edition, Amsterdam, 1673. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits<br>7 – 15 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> [RELIURE BRODÉE]. <i>Horae beatissimae...</i> Anvers, 1570. Reliure brodée de la Renaissance aux armes du duc d'Anjou. €50,000 to €70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> ARTOIS, comte d', futur Charles X. 75 lettres autographes au comte de Vaudreuil entre 1792 et 1804. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> [Pascal, Blaise]. <i>Lettres de A. Dettonville ...</i> Paris, 1658-1659. Rarissime édition originale en reliure de l'époque. €30,000 to €50,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Livres et Manuscrits<br>7 – 15 December, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> Aragon, Louis. Ens. de 8 ouvrages avec envois à Jacques Lacan, dont "Blanche et l'oubli", 1967, sur grand papier. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> Fermat, Pierre de. <i>Varia opera mathematica.</i> Toulouse,1679. Petit in-folio. Edition originale. De la bibliothèque de Jacques Lacan. €6,000 to €8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 7 – 15 Dec.:</b> Leduc, Violette. <i>La Bâtarde.</i> 1958-1963. Important manuscrit autographe, premier jet. 20 cahiers, env 2048 p. ms. €40,000 to €60,000.