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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>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Albert Einstein, typed letter signed, explaining the nature of his personal atheism and belief in God. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> George Washington. Autograph letter signed to Bryan Fairfax, looking forward to the Treaty of Paris, 5 February 1783. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Alfred Swaine Taylor. Early “photogenic drawing,” photograph of a fern, dated 2 December 1839. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> "Departure of Mr. Lincoln—Parting Address" in the <i>Weekly Illinois State Journal,</i> Vol. XXX, No. 1541, Springfield, February 13, 1861. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Benjamin Harrison document signed certifying the service of Daniel Cumbo, a black Revolutionary soldier. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Front page printing of the Articles of Confederation in the <i>New-Jersey Gazette,</i> Vol. 1, No. 22. Trenton, April 29, 1778. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> George Washington Funeral Procession Broadside. Boston, January 6, 1800. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Philippe Laroque, printed score for “The Heroe of New Orleans Battle.” Philadelphia, 1815. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Report of the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle in the War of 1812, in <i>Supplement to the Quebec Gazette,</i> 24th October 1812. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> His Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, On Tuesday the Eighteenth Day of November, 1760. London, 1760. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Elegy on the Death of James Lawrence, Esq. late Commander of the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake. [Boston]: A. Bowen, 1813. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Benjamin Lincoln's Commission as Major General, signed by John Hancock, 19 February 1777. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>Latin Book of Hours, around 1480.<br>Est: € 30,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>Northern journeys - Collection of around 120 works, 17th-19th century.
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>J. Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> 1922. Est: € 8,000
    <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>Florilegium, <i>Fleurs du Printemps et de l‘Este,</i> around 1630. Est: € 35,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>T. R. Malthus, <i>An essay on the principle of population,</i> 1798. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>E. Cerillo, <i>Dipinti murali di Pompei,</i> 1886. Est: € 2,000
    <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br><i>Bulla aurea,</i> 1485. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>A. Verschaffelt, <i>Iconographie des Camellias,</i> 1848-60. Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>M. Duchamp & A. Breton, <i>Le surréalisme en 1947,</i> 1947.<br>Est: € 16,000
    <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>H. Schedel, <i>Liber chronicarum,</i> 1493.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>M. E. Chevreul, <i>De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs,</i> 1839.<br>Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>F. Léger & P. Éluard, <i>Liberté j‘écris ton nom,</i> 1953. Est: € 15,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>Great Blue Heron,</i> hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate, 1834. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson, <i>A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia,</i> Dalrymple edition, 1755. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America,</i> sign & inscribed to Brantz Mayer, 1840-44. $18,000 to $22,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Vincenzo Maria Coronelli & Jean Baptiste Nolin, Paris, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Henri Abraham Chatelain, <i>Atlas Historique,</i> 7 volumes, Amsterdam, 1705-1720. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Johann Baptist Homann, <i>Atlas Mapparum Geographicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, circa 1750s. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Lowell Mason, <i>Musical Exercises for Singing Schools,</i> Boston, 1838. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Alexander Wilson, <i>American Ornithology,</i> 9 volumes, Philadelphia, 1808-14. $6,000 to $9,000.
  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> BRUNUS ARETINUS, LEONARDUS. <i>De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto.</i> Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1471. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> HILL, JOHN. <i>Compleat Body of Gardening.</i> London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> GASPAR DE PORTOLA. Document Signed Twice ("Gaspar de Portola," & "M. Portola"), 29 pp, Puebla, Mexico, December 10, 1780. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> VINGTIEME SIECLE. A complete set of the second series of <i>Vingtieme Siecle (XXe Siecle),</i> together with all fourteen special numbers. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. Autograph Letter Signed ("F.D.R.") as President, Washington, [1941], to Norman Davis, on White House stationery. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> HAYEK, FRIEDRICH AUGUST. Autograph Manuscript, "Discipline of Civilisation." $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ADAMS, HANNAH; ADAMS, THOMAS "BOOK". Daubuz, Charles. <i>A Perpetual Commentary On The Revelation Of St. John.</i> London: Printed for Benj. Tooke, 1720. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> EMPEROR NORTON. Photograph signed ("Norton I"), albumen print carte-de-visite. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ROBERTS, DAVID. <i>Egypt and Nubia from Drawings Made on the Spot ... with Historical Descriptions by William Brockendon.</i> London: F.G. Moon, 1846-9. $4,000 to $6,000.