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Rare Book Hub: 28 Auctions Archived, another 26 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 23 February, 2019 28 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 in Australian dollars, 4 in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, 18 in US dollars, and 1 in South African rand.  Turnover was $11,288,771 as 7,510 lots were offered and 6,247 sold for a 83% success rate.  Auctions in the rare book and collectible paper fields have become an international field.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesBibliothèque Marc Litzler on February 20th: $4,973,554 
RR AuctionSports - Internet Bidstart 2/7 on February 21st: $2,371,345 
Swann GalleriesPhotographs - Art and Visual Culture on February 21st: $1,356,695 
 

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

TooveysAntique and Collectible Books on February 12th: 148.27% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: An Art Reference Library on February 21st: 135.34% 
TooveysPrints and Maps on February 20th: 121.79% 
ALDEAncient and 19th Century Books on February 15th: 116.38% 
Clars Auction GalleryFine Art - Prints on February 16th: 108.25% 
ChristiesBibliothèque Marc Litzler on February 20th: 106.81% 


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

Leland Little AuctionsPresidents' Weekend Sale - Books, Prints on February 16th: 100.00% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: An Art Reference Library on February 21st: 100.00% 
Over & Above Online Auction and Estate Sales, LLCEarly 20th Century Design, Decor & More on February 2nd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/10 on February 17th: 99.55% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.32% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.21% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/10 on February 17th: 99.11% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFriday Night Sale - prints, books on February 15th: 96.88% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/20 on February 17th: 93.94% 
TooveysAntique and Collectible Books on February 12th: 92.02% 
Aspire AuctionsFebruary Sale - Internet bidstart 2/8 on February 16th: 91.84% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on February 16th: 89.94% 
ChristiesBibliothèque Marc Litzler on February 20th: 85.48% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 19th: 83.33% 
Clars Auction GalleryFine Art - Prints on February 16th: 81.92%
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Apocalypsis cu[m] figuris, on February 20th Actual price: USD $390,980.
  2. Christies Jazz. on February 20th Actual price: USD $336,740.
  3. RR Auction Babe Ruth 1932 New York Yankees Signed Player Contract on February 21st Actual price: USD $295,531.
  4. Christies The Prose of the Transsiberian and the little Jehanne of France. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 268,375.
  5. RR Auction Lou Gehrig 1935 New York Yankees Signed Player Contract on February 21st Actual price: USD $183,500.
  6. Christies Small and large glasses, choice of the best cocktails collected by N. Toye and AH Adair and put in French by Ph. Le Huby. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 134,188.
  7. Christies Passion of our Lord, from St Padua, Mantua for Brother Dominic Mancino Sedulio and Battista Alberti Dureri Noricans Chelid together with the figures of the painter, on February 20th Actual price: $ 134,188.
  8. RR Auction 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie - PSA NM-MT 8 on February 21st Actual price: USD $127,904.
  9. Christies Maximilian 65 or the illegal exercise of astronomy. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 127,125.
  10. Christies human fabrica ... on February 20th Actual price: $ 98,875.
  11. Christies Hours in the use of Troyes. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 96,050.
  12. Christies CANTIQUE (Le) on February 20th Actual price: USD $93,225.
  13. Christie's The treasury or shrine of the goods were called riches of salvation and eternal bliss. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 91,813.
  14. Swann Galleries Installation of 38 exuberant photographs highlighting graphic elements of West African culture, on February 21st Actual price: USD $87,500.
  15. Christies Mirror of bullfighting. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 77,688.
  16. Christies Neuw Grotteßken Book inventirt gradirt and published by Christoph Jamnitzer ... on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 77,688.
  17. Christies Fables chosen, put in verse. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 76,275.
  18. RR Auction 1911 T206 White Border Near Complete Set with (32) PSA Graded - with Magie, Demmitt and O'Hara! on February 21st Actual price: USD $72,294.
  19. Christies Fugaku Hyakkei [The Hundred Mount Fuji Views], on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 70,625.
  20. RR Auction Christy Mathewson 1902 New York Giants Signed Player Contract on February 21st Actual price: USD $68,482.
  21. Christies Les Climats. on February 20th Actual price: USD $67,800.
  22. Christies The Horrible and Espovantables Faictz and prowess of the renowned Pantagruel, King of the Dipsodes ... on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 63,563.
  23. Christies The Book of the Jungle. - The Second Book of the jungle. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 63,563.
  24. Christies The Bestiary or procession of Orpheus. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 63,563.
  25. Christies Original etchings for Buffon's texts. on February 20th Actual price: USD $ 59,325.


28 total sales reported this week:

PBA Galleries. Rare Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography on February 21st: 73.09%
RR Auction. Sports - Internet Bidstart 2/7 on February 21st: 79.67%
Morton Subastas. Auction of Ancient and Contemporary Books and Documents on February 19th: 47.04%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art - Prints on February 16th: 81.92%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art - Prints on February 17th: 75.00%
Swann Galleries. Photographs - Art and Visual Culture on February 21st: 70.90%
Stephan Welz & Co.. Cape Town | Fine Art & Design Auction - The Library of the Late Frikkie Botha. on February 5th: 67.92%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: An Art Reference Library on February 21st: 100.00%
Tooveys. Prints and Maps on February 20th: 78.79%
Christies. Bibliothèque Marc Litzler on February 20th: 85.48%
Michael Treloar. Signed Modern Firsts, and Australia - Online bidstart 1/25 on February 3rd: 67.04%
Over & Above Online Auction and Estate Sales, LLC. Early 20th Century Design, Decor & More on February 2nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Online Photographs - Bidstart 1/30 on February 20th: 78.69%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Old and Modern Books on February 19th: 56.59%
Tooveys. Antique and Collectible Books on February 12th: 92.02%
Aspire Auctions. February Sale - Internet bidstart 2/8 on February 16th: 91.84%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Winter Auction on February 18th: 73.92%
Leland Little Auctions. Presidents' Weekend Sale - Books, Prints on February 16th: 100.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 19th: 83.33%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.32%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.21%
Eldreds. Winter Market Auction on February 16th: 73.77%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Friday Night Sale - prints, books on February 15th: 96.88%
ALDE. Ancient and 19th Century Books on February 15th: 64.84%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/20 on February 17th: 93.94%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/10 on February 17th: 99.55%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/10 on February 17th: 99.11%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on February 16th: 89.94%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 25th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books, Prints. 47 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 95 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Select Modern and Contemporary Editions and Artists' Books. 184 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Treasures of the Civil War - Timed auction bidstart 2/14. 228 lots

Tue. Feb. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/19. 515 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books. 22 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 2/19. 252 lots

Wed. Feb. 27th
Christies. New York. Contemporary Editions. 177 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Rare Books and Works on Paper. 138 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Railwayana - signs, posters - books, prints. 85 lots
University Archives. Westport. Rare Autographs, Books. 266 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Banksy X Editions. 10 lots

Thu. Feb. 28th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Autographs and Memorabilia. 288 lots
Aste Bolaffi. Turin. Mountain Memorabilia. 100 lots
Central Mass Auctions. Boston,. Antiques Estates Auction - books, prints.
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Waverly Rare Books Presidential & Americana Auction. 211 lots

Fri. Mar. 1st
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Thomaston. Rare Books, Documents, Graphic Arts and Photographs. 226 lots
Christies. New York. Matisse on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Estate of Jacquelyn Miller Matisse - Online bidstart. 28 lots

Sat. Mar. 2nd
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Important Spring Auction - Books, Prints. 47 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Multiple Estates Art and Antiques. 36 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Sporting Books and Art and Art Books. 288 lots
Skinner. Boston. American Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints. 40 lots

Sun. Mar. 3rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/3. 209 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/24.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/24.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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
  • <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.