• <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.
  • <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.

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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>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. 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.