• <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.

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All is well that ends well

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>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.