• <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Greco (Gioachino). <i>Primo modo del gioco de Partito…</i> Manuscript, France, 1624 or 1625. A collection of partiti, or 'chess problems' by one of the most important figures in the history of chess. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Herodotus. <i>Historiae,</i> translated into Latin by Lorenzo Valla and edited by Antonio Mancinelli. Venice, 1494. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Darwin (Charles). Autograph Letter signed to his cousin Reginald Darwin, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 27th March 1879. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Nicolay (Nicolas de). <i>The Navigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie,</i> first edition in English, Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, 1585. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Saint-Exupéry (Antoine de). <i>The Little Prince,</i> number 66 of 525 copies signed by the author, 1943. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Catlin (George, 1796-1872). Tuch-ee, A Celebrated War Chief of the Cherokees, watercolour, [circa 1834]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Genetics.- A collection of c.300 pamphlets on genetics comprising many of the major contributions from the first half of the 20th century. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> India.- Rajasthan.- Kota School (probably late 18th c.). Elephant in a landscape with chains around his feet, brush and black ink with opaque pigments. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Commelin (Caspar). <i>Horti medici Amstelaedamensis plantae rariores et exoticae,</i> first edition, 48 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, Leiden, F.Haringh, 1706. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Plague-water and cookery & medical recipes.- Jackson (Mrs Sarah). Medical and cookery recipes, manuscript in several hands, title and 134pp., 1688-1755. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Vernet (<i>After</i> Joseph, 1714-1789). <i>[Vues des ports de France],</i> sixteen plates (of 18), etchings and engravings by Charles Nicolas Cochin fils and Jacques Philippe Le Bas, [c.1760-1780]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Detmold (Edward Julius, 1883-1957). Parrots and Butterflies, watercolour. £2,500 to £3,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Walt Whitman. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> First edition, first issue, SIGNED in block letters by Whitman. 1855. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Isaac Newton's copy of John Greave's <i>Pyramidographia,</i> London, 1646. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Colonel John Mosby. Robert E. Lee's autograph letter to Samuel Cooper reporting on Mosby's exploits, with Cooper's autograph note ordering his appointment to Major.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Gyula Halasz Brassai. Large archive of autograph and typed letters, over 260, to his family including his wife Gilberte, 1947-1978. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Archive of drawings and letters from Harper Lee to Charles Carruth, including an inscribed first edition of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> VESALIUS, ANDREAS. 1514-1564. <i>De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.</i> Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. 1578-1657. <i>De motu cordis & sanguinis in animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Leiden: Joannis Maire, 1639. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> BERENGARIO DA CARPI, GIACOMO. 1460-1530. <i>Isagogae breves perlucide ac uberrimae in Anatomiam humani corporis.</i> Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 15 July 1523. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790. <i>Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America…</i> London, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> BENIVIENI, ANTONIO. 1443-1502. <i>De abditis nonnullis ac mirandis morborum et sanationum causis.</i>Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Books & Illustrated Art including Cartoons. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Silver Binding.- [Torah], German 13 Loth silver binding, hinged clasp, 12mo, Sulzbach, 1805. £2,500 to £3,500.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Picasso (Pablo). Minotaure vaincu, plate 89 from La Suite Vollard, etching, dated 29 May 1933, pencil, plate 190 x 265 mm, Paris, A. Vollard, 1939. £5,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Dali (Salvador) & Alighieri (Dante). <i>La Divina Commedia,</i> 6 vols, NUMBER 478 of 2,900 copies, 100 numbered colour lithograph plates by Salvador Dalì, folio, Verona, 1963-1964. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Books & Illustrated Art including Cartoons. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Miniature Sepher Torah Nevi'im U'Kethuvim, prepared by Menachem M. Scholz, original cloth, housed within original gilt tooled metal case, with magnifying glass inset, 33x25 mm, Warsaw, c. 1880. £1,200 to £1,800.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Scarfe (Gerald). ‘Men of Snow’ [Tony Blair, William Hague & 'Robin' Cook], original ink, watercolour & gouache drawing, signed, 600 x 435 mm, n.d. with 2 others (3). £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Francklyn (Gilbert), Paine (Thomas). <i>Rights of Man…</i>, FIRST EDITION [and] <i>Rights of Man. Part the Second…,</i> Printed for J. S. Jordan, 1791-92, [and 1 other]. £700 to £1,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Books & Illustrated Art including Cartoons. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Chagall (Marc). Le Jeu des Acrobates (Acrobats at Play), HORS COMMERCE PROOF, lithograph, from The Lithographs of Chagall, 320 x 240 mm, André Sauret, 1963. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> [Harris (John)]. <i>The History of The Old Woman who had Three Sons Jerry, James, and John…,</i> 12mo, J. Harris, 1815. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Royal Binding.- Staël-Holstein (Germaine de). <i>De la littèrature considerée dans ses rapports avec les institutions sociales…,</i> 2 vols, second edition, Crapelet, Paris, [1801]. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Books & Illustrated Art including Cartoons. March 28, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Ancient History.- La Baune (Jacques de). <i> Panegyrici Veteres,</i> Paris, 1676. [with] Wesseling (Petrus, ed.). <i> Vetera Romanorum itineraria…</i> £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Edward (Gibbon). <i> History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire…</i> Multiple editions and languages [English and French]. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar 28:</b> Curtis (William). <i> Flora Londinensis,</i> FIRST EDITION, 2 vols in 3. 119 hand-coloured plates of 454. £500 to £700
  • <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. March 29 & 30, 2019</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> QUAST, Pieter Jansz. - [A Quack doctor on a market square.] €3.500 to €4.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b><br>"Il Callotto resuscitato. Oder Ne¸ eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet." €6.000 to €7.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> MELLISS, Mrs. John Charles - 135 compositions of which 66 used to illustrate John Melliss' work on Saint Helena. €9.000 to €10.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. March 29 & 30, 2019</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> LUCA, Ghérasim. - <i>Apostroph' apocalypse. Eaux-fortes de Wifredo Lam.</i> €3.000 to €4.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> REDOUTÉ, Pierre-Joseph - <i>Les Roses. Décrites par C.A. Thory.</i> €3.000 to €4.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> CORONELLI, Vincenzo - A magnificent pair of globes, terrestrial and celestial. €175.000 to €250.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. March 29 & 30, 2019</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> BLAEU, Joan - <i>Le Grand Atlas, ou Cosmographie Blaviaene, en laquelle est exactement descritte la Terre, la Mer, et le Ciel.</i> €170.000 to €250.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> GOULD, John - A century of birds from the Himalaya mountains. €10.000 to €12.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> LEVAILLANT, François - Histoire naturelle des perroquets. €50.000 to €70.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. March 29 & 30, 2019</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> MAXIMILIAN III JOSEPH - Patent of nobility. €800 to €1.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> Manuale parochiale sacerdotum. €800 to €1.200
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Mar 29 & 30:</b> LONGUS - Les amours pastorales de Daphnis et Chloé. €1.250 to €1.500

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For the week ended Saturday 29 December 21 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated euros, 1 in British pounds, and 14 in US dollars.  Turnover was $6,593,158 as 4,813 lots were offered and 3,940 sold for a 82% success rate.  It’s been a busy year with many outstanding results.

On January 1st a review of the top lots sold in 2018 will be published in Rare Book Monthly.  Look for it!

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysFine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: $2,289,125 
AderAutographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: $2,102,310
 

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

AderAutographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: 327.09% 
SkinnerThe Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 155.59% 
Il PontePhotographs on December 19th: 117.32% 
SothebysFine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: 112.70% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 99.62% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 98.65% 
Winter AssociatesPrints; French Travel Posters on December 10th: 96.43% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 22nd: 96.20% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 95.55% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25 on December 23rd: 93.94% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsDecember 18th Eclectic Variety Auction on December 18th: 91.18% 
Il PontePhotographs on December 19th: 88.89% 
SkinnerThe Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 88.24% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsFine Art Prints on December 8th: 85.56% 
Doyle New YorkAngling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on December 18th: 84.92% 
Neret Minet and TessierComics on December 3rd: 84.42% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discreto, y un Accionista erudito descriviendo el negocio de las Acciones, su origen, su ethimologia, su realidad, su juego, y su enredo. on December 17th Actual price: USD $375,000.
  2. Sothebys A remarkable letter, in German, from Mendel to his parents, in which he mentions Friedrich Franz on December 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  3. Sothebys Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression on December 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  4. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 11 février 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $182,400.
  5. Ader Karl MARX. 4 L.A.S., [Londres] 5-28 novembre 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $175,104.
  6. Arader Galleries Map of Texas with Parts of Adjoining States Compiled by Stephen F. Austin. on January 27th Actual price: USD $164,700.
  7. Ader Karl MARX. P.S. « Karl Marx », écrite et signée par Maurice La Châtre, 13 février 1872  on December 11th Actual price: USD $138,624.
  8. Sothebys 'LE ROSE' on October 3rd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  9. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., 1 Maitland Park Road, Haverstock Hill, Londres 7 mars 1872, [à Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $134,246.
  10. Sothebys APPLE CORPS LIMITED DISSOLUTION OF CONTRACT, SIGNED BY ALL FOUR BEATLES on December 17th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  11. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 19 octobre 1872, à « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $105,062.
  12. Ader Karl MARX (1818-1883). L.A.S., [Londres] 9 janvier 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre à San Sebastian]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $103,603.
  13. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 4 août 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  14. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 29 mars 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  15. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 17 mars 1873, [à Paulin Franques (collaborateur parisien de Lachâtre) ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  16. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 1er mai 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $87,552.
  17. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 1er novembre 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $80,256.
  18. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Karlsbad 18 septembre 1874, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  19. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 20 mars 1872, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  20. Ader Friedrich ENGELS. L.A.S. « F. Engels », Londres 31 mars 1873, au « Citoyen » Maurice Lachâtre  on December 11th Actual price: USD $75,878.
  21. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S. « K. M. », [Londres] 13 octobre 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $72,960.
  22. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 28 avril 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Maurice Lachâtre ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $70,042.
  23. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., [Londres] 28 octobre 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Juste Vernouillet ?]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $65,664.
  24. Ader Karl MARX. L.A.S., Londres 29 mars 1873, au « Cher citoyen » [Juste Vernouillet]  on December 11th Actual price: USD $65,664.
  25. Artcurial Paris, P. Le Noir, 1527 on December 11th Actual price: USD $60,509.



21 total sales reported this week:

Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on December 28th: 48.89%
Il Ponte. Photographs on December 17th: 61.83%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Sale Posters of Exhibitions and Cabarets on December 26th: 58.07%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comics on December 3rd: 84.42%
Skinner. The Gentleman's Auction online on December 20th: 88.24%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. December 18th Eclectic Variety Auction on December 18th: 91.18%
Doyle New York. Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on December 18th: 84.92%
Il Ponte. Photographs on December 19th: 88.89%
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Fine Prints Timed Online Only - bidstart 12/7 on December 14th: 62.73%
Doyle New York. Photographs on December 13th: 77.70%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Fine Art Prints on December 8th: 85.56%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 22nd: 96.20%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18 on December 25th: 98.65%
Skinner. Discovery - Interiors online on December 12th: 61.90%
Artcurial. Books and Manuscripts on December 11th: 45.55%
Ader. Autographed Letters & Manuscripts on December 11th: 60.58%
Winter Associates. Prints; French Travel Posters on December 10th: 96.43%
Sothebys. Fine Books & Manuscripts Online - Online bidstart 12/3 on December 17th: 68.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25 on December 23rd: 93.94%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 95.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16 on December 23rd: 99.62%

 


For the week ahead 7 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jan. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25. 205 lots

Sat. Jan. 5th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . New Year's Classic Sale - Prints, Books.
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books. 34 lots

Sun. Jan. 6th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/9/18. 229 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/30.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/30.

 

Best wishes for the holidays!

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> <i>The Negro Travelers' Green Book,</i> edited by Victor H. Green, New York, 1958. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Phillis Wheatley, <i>Poems on Various Subjects, Religious & Moral,</i> London, 1773. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> David Ruggles, <i>The Mirror of Liberty,</i> first issue of the first magazine edited by an African American, New York, 1838. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Lorraine Hansberry, <i>A Raisin in the Sun,</i> draft typescript, inscribed by the playwright, circa 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Pair of letterpress broadsides for Ira Aldridge’s historic first 2 performances at London’s Theatre Royal, 1833. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Archive of letters to John Augustine Washington III at Mount Vernon, many of which discuss the lives of enslaved persons, 1837-61. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Important archive of letters and photographs of Charles White and his spouse, Frances B. White, 1956-60. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Papers of educator Sister Makinya Sibeko-Kouate, one of the leading popularizers of Kwanzaa, 1940-1975. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Stock certificate of the Negro Factories Corporation, signed by Marcus Garvey, 1920. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Benjamin Banneker, <i>Bannaker’s Maryland . . . Almanack and Ephemeris, for the Year of our Lord 1796,</i> Baltimore, 1795. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> Frederick Douglass, previously unknown carte-de-visite by Samuel M. Fassett, Washington DC, 1878. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Mar 28:</b> <i>First Annual Report of the New York Committee of Vigilance,</i> New York, 1837. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Koller Auctions: Books & Autographs. March 26, 2019</b>
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Jacques Gamelin. <i>Nouveau recueil d'osteologie et de myologie, dessine d'apres nature...</i> 2 parts in 1 vol., large folio, 82 copper plates. CHF 12,000 to 18,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Melchior Pfintzing. <i>Die geverlicheiten und einsteils geschichten des loblichen streytparen...</i> 118 woodcut engravings, first edition. CHF 30,000 to 50,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Book of hours. Handwritten Latin text on vellum. With 17 large miniatures, Flanders, c.1460. CHF 70,000 to 90,000
    <b>Koller Auctions, Mar 26:</b> Maria Sibylla Merian. <i> Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium,</i> 72 copper plates, Den Haag, 1726. CHF 60,000 to 90,000