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RBH: 29 Auctions Archived, 26 upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 14 July 29 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 12 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars. Sales totaled $25,118,729 as 11,667 lots were offered and 7,988 sold for a 68% success rate.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesValuable Books and Manuscripts on July 11th: $8,166,675 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 9th: $5,488,097 
SothebysFine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online on June 28th: $2,648,100 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: $1,815,660 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: $1,085,040 

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

Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: 220.08% 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: 208.71% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on July 10th: 192.13% 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 9th: 154.21% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples Online - bistart 3/17 on March 31st: 108.93% 
Chiswick AuctionsThe Library of Giancarlo Beltrame Part III and other Fine & Antiquarian Books on July 12th: 104.44% 


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

Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: 100.00% 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: 100.00% 
SothebysIn Motion: Photos by Eadweard Muybridge - Online bidstart 3/24 on April 10th: 100.00% 
SothebysCharity Sale - Prints on April 17th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 97.90% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 97.56% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 7th: 95.00% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples Online - bistart 3/17 on March 31st: 92.31% 
Chiswick AuctionsThe Library of Giancarlo Beltrame Part III and other Fine & Antiquarian Books on July 12th: 89.78% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/10 on July 8th: 89.54% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on July 10th: 89.13% 
AguttesPOSTAL HISTORY • WAR OF 1870-1871 on July 6th: 80.54% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES on July 9th Actual price: USD $651,700.
  2. Christies The Plantin Polyglot Bible on July 11th Actual price: USD $645,150.
  3. Sothebys THE ORIGINAL MAP OF THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD on July 9th Actual price: USD $571,900.
  4. Christies The Fall of Princes, in Middle English, from Laurent de Premierfait’s French version of Giovanni Boccaccio’s De casibus virorum illustrium, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 11th Actual price: USD $518,430.
  5. Sothebys CARTE NOUVELLE DE LA PARTIE DE L'OUEST DE LA LOUISIANNE'. on June 28th Actual price: USD $480,000.
  6. Christies Elementa geometriae. on July 11th Actual price: USD $375,870.
  7. Christies Opera, in Greek. on July 11th Actual price: USD $367,950.
  8. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, on July 9th Actual price: USD $364,420.
  9. Christies Documents from the library of the pre-eminent Reformation theologian, scholar, and peer of Martin Luther, representing his most significant concerns and teachings. on July 11th Actual price: USD $328,350.
  10. Sothebys ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION. on July 9th Actual price: USD $282,625.
  11. Sothebys ...BY-AND-BY THEY CAME TO AN ENCHANTED PLACE ON THE VERY TOP OF THE FOREST… on July 9th Actual price: USD $266,000.
  12. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS OF MAN AND ANIMALS, on July 9th Actual price: USD $266,000.
  13. Christies GENEALOGICAL CHRONICLE OF THE KINGS OF ENGLAND TO EDWARD IV, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum on July 11th Actual price: USD $255,750.
  14. Sothebys FOR A LONG TIME THEY LOOKED AT THE RIVER BENEATH THEM... on July 9th Actual price: USD $232,750.
  15. Sothebys BORN TO RUN WORKING MANUSCRIPT, [LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY, 1974] on June 28th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  16. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS on July 9th Actual price: USD $182,875.
  17. Sothebys LE CAPITAL'. on June 28th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  18. Sothebys HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI, … on June 28th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  19. Sothebys PAIR OF ILLUSTRATIONS, COMPRISING: on July 9th Actual price: USD $149,625.
  20. Sothebys THE FAERIE QUEEN: THE SHEPHEARDS CALENDAR: TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER WORKS OF ENGLAND'S ARCH-POET. on July 9th Actual price: USD $141,313.
  21. Christies London. on July 11th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  22. Christies Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. on July 11th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  23. Christies BREVIARY, in Glagolitic – Breviarium Romanum Glagoiticum. on July 11th Actual price: USD $128,700.
  24. Sothebys COLLECTION OF C.119 LETTERS BY HERSCHEL, BABBAGE, LYELL, AND OTHER PHILOSOPHERS, ASTRONOMERS, MATHEMATICIANS, AND GEOLOGISTS on July 9th Actual price: USD $124,688.
  25. Christies THE LANDAU HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum on July 11th Actual price: USD $123,750.



29 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. The Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. The Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: 100.00%
Chiswick Auctions. Autographs & Memorabilia on July 12th: 60.43%
Chiswick Auctions. The Library of Giancarlo Beltrame Part III and other Fine & Antiquarian Books on July 12th: 89.78%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature and Fine Books on July 12th: 61.31%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on July 10th: 89.13%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Posters, Signs on July 11th: 55.32%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts featuring The Founding Fathers - Internet Bidstart 6/29 on July 11th: 52.01%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on July 11th: 75.00%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on July 12th: 72.00%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art Prints, Movie Posters on July 11th: 16.28%
Trafford Books. Books on July 11th: 78.89%
Freemans. Collector's Sale: Ocean Liner Memorabilia on July 10th: 68.63%
Sothebys. The Library of an English Bibliophile on July 10th: 78.54%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 9th: 67.40%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 97.90%
Sothebys. In Motion: Photos by Eadweard Muybridge - Online bidstart 3/24 on April 10th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples Online - bistart 3/17 on March 31st: 92.31%
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online on June 28th: 67.90%
Sothebys. Charity Sale - Prints on April 17th: 100.00%
Mayfair Book Auctions. The first Mayfair Book Auctions sale, comprising architecture, natural history, travel, religion, hi on June 25th: 40.00%
OSENAT. 19th Century Spirit on July 8th: 66.67%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on July 7th: 71.43%
Aguttes. POSTAL HISTORY • WAR OF 1870-1871 on July 6th: 80.54%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/10 on July 8th: 89.54%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Autographs and Prints on June 30th: 49.40%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 7th: 95.00%

 


For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jul. 17th
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Sporting Art - Prints. 15 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/10. 491 lots

Wed. Jul. 18th
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 299 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Prints. 207 lots

Thu. Jul. 19th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Sporting Sale - Fine Art Prints. 43 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. The Marine Sale - Books and Prints. 67 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. 2018 July 19-20 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction. 1409 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 7/12. 816 lots

Fri. Jul. 20th
Skinner. Boston. Early English Books: A Single Owner Sale. 198 lots

Sat. Jul. 21st
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Mid-Summer Gallery Auction. 52 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia. 553 lots

Sun. Jul. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/24. 277 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Athanasius. <i>Illustrium Virorum Opuscula,</i> Paris, 1500. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated Faithfully into English,</i> Rheims, John Fogny, 1582. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stith, William. <i>The First History of Virginia printed in America,</i> [Williamsburg, 1747]. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b><br>S. Bonaventure. <i>Commentarius in Secundum Librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi,</i> Venice, 1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Juvenalis, Junii. <i>Satyrae,</i> with the commentary of Domitius Calderinus, Venice, 1475. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. <i>Opera.</i> Ed. with commentary of Christophorus Landinus, Florence, 1482. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Scotus, Duns. <i>Quaestiones in Quattuor Libros Sententiarum,</i> 1476-1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Polidori, John. <i>The Vampyre, A Tale,</i> Paris, 1819. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom's Cabin,</i> Vol. I and II, 1852, and a Later Edition, 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Book of Hours, Illuminated Vellum, Calendar of Months, 15th century. $600 to $900.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>Picturesque,</i> America, Europe, Palestine, and Russia, 1872-1885. $400 to $600.