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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>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>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>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
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Princess Diana, group of 6 ALS to the editor of British Vogue, 1989-92. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing with news after pledging support to King George III against the American rebels, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Ulysses S. Grant, photograph dated & signed as President, portrait by Brady, 1875. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Alexander Graham Bell, ALS, accepting an invitation to tea during his only trip to Japan, 1898. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Nikola Tesla, signature & date on his monogrammed correspondence card, 1935. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Richard Wagner, ALS, concerning his opera Rienzi, 1869. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, autograph note signed, requesting the address of Yvette Guilbert, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Claude Monet, ALS, to painter Harry Lachman, complaining that his vision has not improved, 1920s. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Friedrich Hölderlin, autograph manuscript, unsigned, 7 lines quoting Michael Denis's <i>Ossians und Sineds Lieder.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Guestbook for Lüchow's restaurant, over 400 signatures, including W.H. Auden, Grace Kelly & drawings by Charles Addams, NYC, 1950-56. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> George Washington, lottery ticket, signed, 1768. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 21:</b> Vaslav Nijinsky, postcard dated & signed, showing a drawing of him in <i>Schéhérazade,</i> 1916. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <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