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Rare Book Hub: 20 Auctions Archived, another 32 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 22 September 20 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $14,197,782 as 4,910 lots were offered and 3,990 sold for an 81% success rate.  We are drifting into the high cotton.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysThe Erwin Tomash Library of Computing on September 19th: $4,786,803 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on September 20th: $3,872,625 
Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 20th: $2,402,257 
SothebysMade in Britain on September 18th: $1,132,659 
 

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

Bearnes Hampton and LittlewoodBooks, Maps and Prints Auction on September 12th: 148.94% 
Clars Auction GalleryAsian, Furniture, Jewelry, Fine Art Auction - Prints on September 16th: 124.88% 
SothebysMade in Britain on September 18th: 122.17% 
SothebysThe Erwin Tomash Library of Computing on September 19th: 109.78% 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on September 20th: 100.40% 
 
 
11 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell: 

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 99.25% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on September 15th: 98.80% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 98.76% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 8/19 on September 16th: 96.57% 
Bearnes Hampton and LittlewoodBooks, Maps and Prints Auction on September 12th: 90.91% 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on September 20th: 86.70% 
Alaska AuctionOnline only - Books, Prints on September 19th: 85.71% 
SothebysMade in Britain on September 18th: 85.19% 
Clars Auction GalleryOnline Only Fine Art Sale on September 14th: 83.84% 
Brunk AuctionsPremier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books on September 14th: 82.56% 
Clars Auction GalleryAsian, Furniture, Jewelry, Fine Art Auction - Prints on September 16th: 81.97% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys DIFESA... CONTRO ALLE CALUNNIE & IMPOSTURE DI BALDESSAR CAPRA MILANESE, USATEGLI SI NELLA CONSIDERAZIONE ASTRONOMICA SOPRA LA NUOVA STELLA DEL M DC IIII COME (& ASSAI PIU) NEL PUBLICARE NUOVAMENTE COME SUA INVENZIONE LA FABRICA, & GLI USI DEL COMPASSO GEO on September 19th Actual price: USD $610,460.
  2. Clars Auction Gallery “Study - Crestwood Commuter Station (for Cover Illustration, Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1946)” & Portrait of an Equestrian Gentleman (verso) on September 16th Actual price: USD $242,000.
  3. Christies Untitled on September 20th Actual price: USD $218,750.
  4. Sothebys LE OPERAZIONI DEL COMPASSO GEOMETRICO, ET MILITARE on September 19th Actual price: USD $212,875.
  5. Christies Retrospect on September 20th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  6. Sothebys LIGHTNESS OF BEING (PINK), 2015 on September 18th Actual price: USD $196,500.
  7. Christies Queen Elizabeth II, from: Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) on September 20th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  8. Christies Up on the Roof on September 20th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  9. Christies Nackte Tänzerinnen on September 20th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  10. Sothebys TABULAE ASTRONOMIAE ET CANONES, MANUSCRIPT, IN LATIN ITALY on September 19th Actual price: USD $122,813.
  11. Christies Reverie on September 20th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  12. Sothebys KITAB FIHI (?) SHARH MA AMLA’AHU AL-WAZIR ‘AWN AL-DIN ABU’L MUZAFFAR YAHYA IBN MUHAMMAD IBN HUBAYRA FI ‘ILM SINA’AT AL-H(ISAB) A COMMENTARY ON ARITHMETIC BY IBN HUBAYRA, COPIED BY ABD AL-AZIZ IBN DULAF IBN ABI TALIB. on September 19th Actual price: USD $114,625.
  13. Christies Twelve Maquettes of Stained Glass Windows for Jerusalem on September 20th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Brunk Auctions Nova Totius Americae Tabula, on September 14th Actual price: USD $108,000.
  15. Christies La femme au chapeau on September 20th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  16. Sothebys SKETCH OF THE ANALYTICAL ENGINE INVENTED BY CHARLES BABBAGE, ESQ… WITH NOTES BY THE TRANSLATOR.. on September 19th Actual price: USD $98,250.
  17. Sothebys MIRIFICI LOGARITHMORUM CANONIS DESCRIPTIO, EIUSQUE USUS, IN UTRAQUE TRIGONOMETRIA, UT ETIAM IN OMNI LOGISTICA MATHEMATICA, AMPLISSIMI, FACILLIMI & EXPEDITISSIMI EXPLICATIO. on September 19th Actual price: USD $98,250.
  18. Sothebys NOVA STEREOMETRIA DOLIORUM VINARIORUM on September 19th Actual price: USD $90,063.
  19. Sothebys GANGSTA RAT on September 18th Actual price: USD $90,063.
  20. Christies Bible on September 20th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Sothebys THE ARITHMETICALL JEWELL: OR THE USE OF A SMALL TABLE; WHEREBY IS SPEEDILY WROUGHT, AS WELL ALL ARITHMETICALL WORKS IN WHOLE NUMBERS, AS ALL FRACTIONALL OPERATIONS, WITHOUT FRACTION OR REDUCTION. on September 19th Actual price: USD $78,600.
  22. Swann Galleries Grand nu Dansant. on September 20th Actual price: USD $70,000.
  23. Sothebys TWEEDE DEEL VAN DE NIEUWE TEL-KONST OFTE WONDERLIICKE KONSTIGHE TAFEL, INHOUDENDE DE LOGARITHMI, VOOR DE GETALLEN VAN 1 AF TOT 100000 TOE ETC..  on September 19th Actual price: USD $68,775.
  24. Christies Mao on September 20th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  25. Christies View from the Window, from: Landscape Series on September 20th Actual price: USD $68,750.



20 total sales reported this week:

PIASA. Photographs by Casimir Zagourski Heart of Africa Pierre Loos Collection on September 18th: 28.28%
Alaska Auction. Online only - Books, Prints on September 19th: 85.71%
PBA Galleries. Ted Watkins Collection of Books and Manuscripts on September 20th: 67.96%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 20th: 71.88%
Audap and Mirabaud. Historical Souvenirs - Prints and Manuscripts on September 19th: 75.61%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on September 20th: 86.70%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Books, Maps and Prints Auction on September 12th: 90.91%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on September 20th: 76.35%
De Baecque and Associes. Prints on September 19th: 34.38%
Sothebys. The Erwin Tomash Library of Computing on September 19th: 66.53%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on September 18th: 85.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 8/19 on September 16th: 96.57%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 18th: 68.06%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates Auction on September 16th: 71.83%
Clars Auction Gallery. Asian, Furniture, Jewelry, Fine Art Auction - Prints on September 16th: 81.97%
Clars Auction Gallery. Online Only Fine Art Sale on September 14th: 83.84%
Brunk Auctions. Premier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books on September 14th: 82.56%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on September 15th: 98.80%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 99.25%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 98.76%


For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 24th
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Books. 260 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Books, Documents, and maps including Voyages, Exploration and Travels, Ephemera, Australiana, Prin. 187 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Autographs. 62 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 104 lots

Tue. Sep. 25th
Bonhams. New York. Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana. 304 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints. 367 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Remarkable Rarities - bidstart 9/13. 54 lots
Tajan. Paris. Parisian Library. 520 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . September Quarterly Sale. 25 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 9/18. 743 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents on the History of Mexico. 449 lots

Wed. Sep. 26th
Forum Auctions. London. Editions and Works on Paper. 317 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 194 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. O'Connor's Americana Collection. 65 lots
University Archives. Westport. Outstanding Selection of Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics. 288 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints, Photographs. 45 lots

Thu. Sep. 27th
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript Americana. 516 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 363 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 479 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian Books from the 15th to the 19th Century. 441 lots
Rossini. Paris. Online Sale: Posters - bidstart 9/13.
Sothebys. Paris. Alias Daniel Cordier. 5 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old and Modern Books.

Fri. Sep. 28th
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Old Master Prints. 76 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. The Poster Sale. 174 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old and Modern Books.

Sat. Sep. 29th
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Coin-Op and Advertising - Posters and Lithographs. 176 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. September 2018 Live Auction. 23 lots

Sun. Sep. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 9/2. 228 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Feeling Good Collection, Part I Currency Auction Monthly Auction - Internet bidstart 9/1. 284 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rackham (Arthur). The Old Hag Standing Outside a Cottage, original drawing, signed by the artist, [c.1909]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing, signed by the author, original pictorial wrappers, 1997. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Castiglione (Giuseppe, after). Twelve plates from <i>Twenty views of the European Palaces of the Yuanming yuan,</i> 1783-1786. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Antiphonal.- Antiphonal manuscript, [Spain], ca. 1650. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Almanach de Gotha.- Almost complete run 1769 to 1945, 12mo & 8vo, Gotha, C.W. Ettinger [- Justus Perthes]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Bible, Greek.- New Testament [Greek], Novum Iesu Christi D.N. testamentum, ex bibliotheca regia, 2 parts in one, Robert Estienne, Paris, 1550. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Lithgow (William). <i>The Total Discourse of the rare Adventures… from Scotland, to the most famous kingdoms in Europe, Asia, and Affrica…,</i> woodcut illustrations, 4to, I. Oakes, 1640. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Interest.-16th -18th Century. Large collection of letters related to prominent members of the Spanish court and clergymen,; v.s., late 16th-mid 18th century. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex,</i> 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, first issue8vo, John Murray, 1871. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Loewy (Raymond) ARR. Mickey Mouse, original gouache and air brush illustration of Mickey Mouse, signed by artist., n.p. [1946]. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Potter (Beatrix) & Sendak (Maurice). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> NUMBER 2 OF 250 SIGNED COPIES, WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY SENDAK, New York, 1995. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Wolstenholm (Jonathan) ARR. Books on Books, original watercolor, signed and dated by the artist, 2005.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> MITCHELL, John (1711-1768). A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. Copperplate engraving with original hand color. London, 1755. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $175,000 to $225,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: 1827-1838. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> GONZALES DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545 - 1618). <i>The Historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China…</i> London, 1588. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> VERBIEST, Ferdinand (1623-1688). [World Map] Kun-Yu Ch'uan-Tu. Engraved twelve sheet map with vertical sections joined to form six sheets. Korea, Seoul, c. 1860. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> SANGGI, Chong (1678-1752). Korean Atlas. Manuscript map on mulberry bark paper. C. 1750-1790. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Plate 66. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AKERMAN, Anders (1721-1778). & AKREL, Frederik (1779-1868). Pair of Celestial and Terrestrial Globes. Stockholm, c. 1800. 23 inch diameter, each. $60,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> BENNETT, Lieut. William Pyt (d. in action, 1916). AN IMPORTANT AND APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED SERIES OF GELATIN SILVER PHOTOGRAPHS OF LHASA AND TIBET TAKEN DURING THE CELEBRATED YOUNGHUSBAND MISSION OF 1904. $60,000 to $80,000