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Rare Book Hub: 22 Auctions Archived, another 31 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 16 February 2019 22 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated i9n euros, 3 in British pounds, and 18 in US dollars.  Turnover was $1,644,775 as 4,797 lots were offered and 4,484 lots sold for a 93% success rate.  The lots were light, the percentage sold extremely high.

 

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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books: Unreserved Online Sale on February 13th: 131.81% 
Potomack CompanyLive Auction - Books, Prints on February 2nd: 109.51% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 105.67% 


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

National Book AuctionsEnglish Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations Online on February 10th: 100.00% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsAdvertising on February 9th: 99.82% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/3 on February 10th: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 99.57% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/3 on February 10th: 98.18% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/13 on February 10th: 94.90% 
Carlsen GalleryAnnual Winter Antiques Auction - Books, Prints on February 10th: 94.74% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsFebruary 12th Valentine Variety on February 12th: 93.65% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on February 9th: 93.45% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books: Unreserved Online Sale on February 13th: 90.24% 
Michaans AuctionsEphemera and Collectibles on February 11th: 88.17% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on February 14th: 87.24% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsPrints and Drawings on February 9th: 84.96% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 12th: 83.76% 
Doyle New YorkDogs in Art including the Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith - Prints on February 13th: 82.46% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Potomack Company THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED TO JOHN DICKINSON, JULY 23, 1801 on February 2nd Actual price: USD $53,125.
  2. Potomack Company THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED TO JAMES RONALDSON, OCTOBER 11, 1812 on February 2nd Actual price: USD $28,125.
  3. Sothebys RAQUEL WELCH ON THE CROSS, LOS ANGELES, 1966 on February 12th Actual price: USD $20,963.
  4. PBA Galleries Red Harvest - inscribed on February 7th Actual price: USD $18,000.
  5. Potomack Company MAJOR GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED TO MAJOR GENERAL BUELL IN PITTSBURG, APRIL 7TH, 1862 DURING THE BATTLE OF SHILOH on February 2nd Actual price: USD $16,250.
  6. PBA Galleries Archive relating to Nabokov’s research on the Lepidoptera Lycaenidae, including a lengthy handwritten letter to a noted lepidopterist; inscribed offprints of articles by Nabokov; original sketches; and more on February 7th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  7. Potomack Company PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ENDORSEMENT OF MAJOR ABNER DOUBLEDAY TO BRIGADIER GENERAL, NOVEMBER 27, 1861 on February 2nd Actual price: USD $15,000.
  8. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC GD+ 2.5 Off-white pages. on February 10th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  9. PBA Galleries Archive of manuscript writings of Jacob Mordecai, including sermons, discussion of religious topics etc. on February 7th Actual price: USD $12,000.
  10. PBA Galleries Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill on February 7th Actual price: USD $12,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions Detective Comics #29 Incomplete (DC, 1939) CGC Restored FR 1.0 Moderate to Extensive (A) Off-white pages. on February 10th Actual price: USD $10,800.
  12. PBA Galleries Voyage pittoresque de la Grece on February 7th Actual price: USD $10,800.
  13. Potomack Company THE BRITISH POETS. INCLUDING TRANSLATIONS. IN ONE HUNDRED VOLUMES. 1822 on February 5th Actual price: USD $10,625.
  14. PBA Galleries Kinder- und Haus-Märchen, Gesammelt Durch die Brüder Grimm on February 7th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  15. Sothebys AN EROTIC ETCHING (SCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL 172) on February 12th Actual price: USD $8,869.
  16. PBA Galleries Following Abraham Lincoln on February 7th Actual price: USD $8,400.
  17. Heritage Auctions The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG 4.0 Off-white to white pages. on February 10th Actual price: USD $8,100.
  18. Sothebys EROTICA #4 on February 12th Actual price: USD $7,256.
  19. PBA Galleries Lady Chatterley's Lover on February 7th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  20. PBA Galleries On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life on February 7th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  21. Heritage Auctions Frank R. Paul On the Attack Original Art Illustration (1943). on February 10th Actual price: USD $6,300.
  22. Sothebys MORE OF YOU on February 12th Actual price: USD $6,128.
  23. Potomack Company JOHN BINNS: DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 1819 on February 2nd Actual price: USD $5,625.
  24. PBA Galleries Creeps By Night on February 7th Actual price: USD $5,400.
  25. Rachel Davis Fine Arts 'Elapse'' on February 9th Actual price: USD $5,143.


22 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on February 14th: 87.24%
Freemans. Prints and Photographs on February 13th: 76.80%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books: Unreserved Online Sale on February 13th: 90.24%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. February 12th Valentine Variety on February 12th: 93.65%
Doyle New York. Dogs in Art including the Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith - Prints on February 13th: 82.46%
Sothebys. Erotic: Passion and Desire - Online bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 60.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 12th: 83.76%
Michaans Auctions. Ephemera and Collectibles on February 11th: 88.17%
Potomack Company. Live Auction - Books, Prints on February 2nd: 58.33%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 99.57%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 99.66%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Advertising on February 9th: 99.82%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/3 on February 10th: 99.60%
Carlsen Gallery. Annual Winter Antiques Auction - Books, Prints on February 10th: 94.74%
National Book Auctions. English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations Online on February 10th: 100.00%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Prints and Drawings on February 9th: 84.96%
PBA Galleries. Books Sold to Benefit the ABAA Benevolent Fund (at Oakland) on February 7th: 67.24%
Potomack Company. Fine Art - Prints, Books - online on February 5th: 66.13%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on February 9th: 72.22%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/13 on February 10th: 94.90%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/3 on February 10th: 98.18%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on February 9th: 93.45%

 


For the week ahead 31 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 18th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 78 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Winter Auction. 905 lots
Couton Veyrac Jamault. Nantes. Daumier Prints. 47 lots

Tue. Feb. 19th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antique and Collectible Books. 213 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/12. 507 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Old and Modern Books. 129 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Auction of Ancient and Contemporary Books and Documents. 253 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/12. 296 lots

Wed. Feb. 20th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 165 lots
Christies. Paris. Bibliothèque Marc Litzler. 248 lots
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Judaica. 172 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Online Photographs - Bidstart 1/30. 61 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. Collector's Odyssey - Day 1. 434 lots
Trafford Books. Manchester. Books. 70 lots
Central Mass Auctions. Boston,. Durgin Park restaurant memorabilia & advertising. 219 lots

Thu. Feb. 21st
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: An Art Reference Library. 108 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Photographs - Art and Visual Culture. 323 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography. 430 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1486 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Sports - Internet Bidstart 2/7. 600 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. Collector's Odyssey - Day 2. 392 lots

Fri. Feb. 22nd
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . ANCIENT AND MODERN BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, ILLUSTRATED BOOKS. 314 lots
Ader. PARIS. Russian Art - Prints, Books. 70 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books. 786 lots

Sat. Feb. 23rd
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 168 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Platinum Sports Auction. 867 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. The Rawlins Magic Collection. 168 lots
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. February Premier Collector Auction. 100 lots

Sun. Feb. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/17.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 1. Albertus Magnus, De Natura Locorum, 2nd edn, 1515. £3000 to £4000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 22. George Cooke, Scenery of the East India Islands, 1811-13. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 23. J.M. Crozet, Nouveau vouage a la Mer du Sud, 1st edn, 1783. £4000 to £6000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 27. J.P.J.Du Bois, Vies des Gouverneurs Generaux, 1st edn, 1763. £1200 to £1800.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 28. Wm Ellis, Authentic Narrative...Captain Cook, 1st edn, 1782. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 31. Thomas Forrest, Voyage to New Guinea, 1st edn, 1779. £1500 to £2000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 32. Forster & Forster, Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1777-78. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 38. Gianetti, Elogy of Captain James Cook, 1st edn, 1785. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 46. Otto von Kotzebue, Entdeckungs Reise, 1st edn, 1821. £3500 to £4500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 52. Alejandro Malaspina, Viaje politico-scientifico, 1st edn, 1885. £2000 to £3000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 60. Sydney Parkinson, Journal of Voyage to the South Seas, large paper, 1773. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 64. Nathaniel Portlock, A Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1789. £4000 to £6000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Elizabeth I. Early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North 1560. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Catherine II. Empress of Russia Letter signed to Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich [Potemkin] 1784. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Nelson. Autograph letter signed, to Captains of Egyptian Club, 3 August 1798. £12,000 to £18,000,
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Charles Darwin. Photograph signed, c.1871 by Oscar Gustave Rejlander. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> T.E. Lawrence. Autograph letter signed, to Major Littleton, 14 October 1918. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Napoleon. Letter signed, ordering General Desaix to sail to Malta, prior to the Egyptian Expedition, 1798. £2,000 to £3,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ptolomaeus (Claudius). <i>Cosmographia,</i> first edition, Vicenza, Hermann Liechtenstein, 13 September 1475. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Schoener (Johann). <i>Opera mathematica,</i> 3 parts in 1, first edition,The Honeyman copy in contemporary binding, Nuremberg, J. Montanus and U. Neuber, 1551. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Lucian of Samosata. <i>Dialogoi, editio princeps,</i> with fine illuminated title-page, Florence, Lorenzo de Alopa, 1496. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Pian (Jean Baptiste de). [Architectural Alphabet], 26 chromolithographs by Leopold Muller after Pian, Vienna, 1842-44. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Rogers (Bruce).- Holy Bible (The)..., one of 200 copies on handmade paper, designed by Bruce Rogers, bound in modern crimson morocco, gilt, Oxford, 1935. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Jenner (Edward). <i>An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae…,</i> first edition, Printed for the Author, by Sampson Low, 1798. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Voyages.- Cook (Capt. James).- Parkinson (Sydney). <i>A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's Ship the Endeavour,</i> second edition, Charles Dilly...& James Phillips, 1784. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Clemens (Samuel Langhorne)] "Mark Twain". <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> first edition, first state, New York, Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Voight (Hans Henning)], "Alastair". Herod, for 'Salome: Drame en un Acte', original drawing in red & black ink over pencil, [c.1922]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> James (M.R.) <i>Ghost Stories of an Antiquary,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to A.C. Benson, 1904. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Remarque (Erich Maria). <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1929. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ashendene Press.- More (Sir Thomas). <i>A Fruteful and Pleasaunt Worke...Utopia,</i> one of 100 copies, bound in black goatskin by J.Franklin Mowery, Ashendene Press, 1906. £3,000 to £4,000.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> O'Fihely, Maurice Abp. <i>Questiones subtilissme Scoti in metaphysicam Aristotelis</i>, Venice (Octavianus Scoti) 20th November 1497. 8,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Pococke (Richard). <i>A Description of the East and some other Countries,</i> 3 vols. in 2, L. (W. Bowyer) 1743. 2,250 to 3,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Keogh (John). <i>Botanalogia Universalis Hibernica, or A General Irish Herbal Calculated for this Kingdom, giving an account of the Herbs, Scrubs…</i>, Corke (George Harrison) 1735. 1,000 to 1,500 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Perry (Charles). <i>A View of the Levant particularly of Constantinople, Syria, Egypt and Greece,</i> L. (T. Woodward) 1743. 800 to 1,200 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Shaw (Thomas). <i>Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant,</i>, Oxford (The Theatre) 1738. 600 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (Nicholas) Bishop of Ferns] Attributed, <i>Recit Exact et Fidele de la Vente et Partage du Roiaume d'Irlande Fait Sous Charles II…,</i> Milan (Chez Charles Joseph Quinto) 1724. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (V. Rev.Dr. Nicholas, Bp of Ferns.)] <i>The Unkinde Desertor of Loyall Men and True Frinds,</i> 12mo, n.p. 1676. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>Plays and Controversies,</i>, N.Y. (The MacMillan Company) 1924, Signed Limited Edn. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Barrie (J.M.) & Thomson (Hugh) illus. <i>Quality Street, a Comedy in Four Acts,</i> L. (Hodder and Stoughton) 1901, Limited Edition, signed by the artist. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Molyneaux (William). <i>The Case of Ireland's being bound by Acts of Parliament in England Stated,</i> [London 1719]. 200 to 300 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Johnston's (W. & A.) Map of South Africa, to illustrate the Military Operations 1900. 100 to 150 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>N.C. Wyeth, <i>The Black Arrow,</i> oil on canvas, for the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1916. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Laurent de Brunhoff, mixed media color study for <i>Babar’s World Tour,</i> 2005. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Hilary Knight, <i>Eloise with Valentine,</i> watercolor, ink & pencil, 2015. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Howard Pyle, <i>It was a Comrade from His Own Regiment,</i> oil on canvas, for <i>Harper’s Monthly Magazine,</i> 1909. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Coby Whitmore, <i>‘Poor baby! You want me so much,’ she said,</i> acrylic, for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1968. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Al Hirschfeld, <i>Charley’s Aunt,</i> pen & ink, for the Broadway revival, <i>The New York Times,</i> 1940. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Erté, <i>Décor de Laideronnette,</i> gouache set design for third movement of <i>Mother Goose,</i> 1949. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Vince McIndoe, <i>Villainous Last Supper, DC Comics,</i> oil on canvas, 2016. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Arthur Getz, <i>Rooftop Party,</i> casein tempera, cover illustration for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1970. $2,000 to $3,000.