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Rare Book Hub: 18 Auctions Archived, another 12 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 15 December 2018 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in Swiss francs, 1 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Hong Kong dollars, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,425,422 as 8,498 lots were offered and 7,027 sold for a 83% success rate.  Brexit, American political unrest, and worldwide economic uncertainty continue to undermine consignor and bidder resolve.  The material in the rooms has been exceptional and will continue to be so into 2019.

  

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: $5,425,625 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 9th: $1,956,296 
Arader GalleriesDecember Auction on December 8th: $1,541,007 

 


2 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Winter Auction on December 1st: 170.59% 
ALDEItalian Impressions on December 12th: 112.06% 


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

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Winter Auction on December 1st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 9th: 98.67% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 98.32% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/11 on December 9th: 97.35% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 96.72% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 95.02% 
Heritage AuctionsHKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 6th: 91.19% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 8th: 88.32% 

 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE – In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $852,500.
  2. Christies Liber Chronicarum. on December 4th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  3. Christies Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae Regiae [– Foederate.] on December 4th Actual price: USD $287,500.
  4. Christies De lateribus et angulis triangulorum, tum planorum rectilineorum tum Sphaericorum, libellus eruditissimus & utilissimus... Additus est Canon semissium subtensarum rectarum linearum in Circulo. on December 4th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  5. Christies World War II Scrapbook, including 22 autograph letters signed ("Kurt III" and "Kay") to his family; together with telegrams, period photographs, printed matter, ephemera, and related material; on December 4th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  6. Christies Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  7. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  8. Arader Galleries Hooping Crane, Plate 266. on December 8th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  9. Arader Galleries Louisiana Heron, Plate 217. on December 8th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  10. Christies Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Christies The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  12. Arader Galleries Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. on December 8th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  13. Christies Les Singularitez de la France Antarctique. on December 4th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  14. Arader Galleries History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits from the Indian Gallery ... at Washington. on December 8th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  15. Christies Ulysses. on December 4th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  16. Christies Wild Flowers of New England. on December 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  17. Christies Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean; des paysages, des vues maritimes, et plusieurs objets d'histoire naturelle. on December 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  18. Arader Galleries A Bill in the Chancery of New-Jersey, at the Suit of John Earl of Stair, and others, Proprietors of the Eastern-Division of New-Jersey; against Benjamin Bond, and some other Persons of Elizabeth-Town. on December 8th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  19. Christies Autograph manuscript, headed "The Lord of the Rings III," being late revisions to Return of the King, book six, chapter two, on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  20. Christies A correspondence, including 13 letters from Gandhi, five of which are autograph letters signed ("M.K.Gandhi"), to Earl Stanley Jones, Sabarmati and Sevagram, 1922-1940. on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Christies A superb collection of original printing plates for Tenniel’s celebrated illustrations to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  22. Christies The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte. on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  23. Christies Itinerario. on December 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Christies Elementa geometria, in Arabic. Recension of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi. on December 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  25. Christies Miss Lonelyhearts. on December 4th Actual price: USD $72,500.



18 total sales reported this week:

Christies. Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: 74.32%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 11th: 72.52%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Select Modern & Contemporary Editions and Artist's Books on December 7th: 16.26%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, day 2 on December 7th: 52.83%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, Maps, Prints and Ephemera on December 6th: 68.74%
RR Auction. Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction featuring Pop Culture - Online bidstart: 11/16 on December 5th: 63.43%
ALDE. Italian Impressions on December 12th: 57.93%
Leland Little Auctions. Important Winter Auction on December 1st: 100.00%
Arader Galleries. December Auction on December 8th: 71.29%
Koller Auctions. Photography on December 4th: 57.23%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 98.32%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/11 on December 9th: 97.35%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 96.72%
Chiswick Auctions. Printed Books & Manuscripts; Photographica on November 28th: 72.79%
Heritage Auctions. HKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 6th: 91.19%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on December 9th: 98.67%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 95.02%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 8th: 88.32%

 


For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 17th
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 62 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books - Internet bidstart 12/10. 164 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 100 lots

Tue. Dec. 18th
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 168 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . December 18th Eclectic Variety Auction. 34 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/11. 639 lots

Wed. Dec. 19th
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 18 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica, Including a Distinquished Private Collection. 81 lots

Sat. Dec. 22nd
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.

Sun. Dec. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25. 132 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Most Remarkable Autograph Album Ever Offered: Wilde Poem, Melville Quotes Shakespeare, 8 presidents, Mary Lincoln & 400 More. $30,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Unique Napoleon Autograph Manuscript Detailing his Military Campaign in Italy, plus Doodles. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Remarkable Pasteur Manuscript on Rabies Research 8 Months before 1st Successful Human Vaccination. $12,500 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Freud 1933 ALS Supporting First Lay Analyst Theodor Reik with Reik’s Handwritten Definition of Psychology. $15,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Begin & Sadat Unique Signed Photo from Camp David Summit. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Scriabin ALS Written the Year He Completed “The Poem of Ecstasy.” $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Rare & Remarkable Autographs<br>and Manuscripts<br>Now until October 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Columbus’ Patron Pays for a Gift to a Lady in Waiting. $2,000 to $2,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Rare Signed Photo of Nansen, Nobel Prize Winner & Norway’s First Great Arctic Explorer. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Stravinsky Pens 5 Bars from "Petrouschka.” $1,200 to $1,500.
    <b>Lion Heart Autographs<br>Now thru Oct. 21:</b> Zapata Letter Written 4 Days Following Collapse of Negotiations between Villa and Carranza. $2,000 to $2,200.