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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>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Sir Isaac Newton, <i>Opticks,</i> first edition, first issue, London, 1704. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Johannes Jacobus Canis, <i>De modo studendi in utroque iure,</i> first edition, Padua, 1476. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Pope Clemens V, <i>Constitutiones,</i> Nuremberg, 1482. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Panormitanus de Tudeschis, <i>Lectura super V libris Decretalium,</i> Basel, 1480-81. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Michael Faraday, <i>Experimental Researches in Electricity,</i> complete set, first editions, London, 1832-56. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> William Gilbert, <i>Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete,</i> Sedini, 1628. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> John Bulwer, <i>Philocophus,</i> first edition of the first book in English on the deaf, London, 1648. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> James Cook, complete set, 9 volumes, London, 1773-84. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Bertrand, <i>Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita,</i> with the earliest known view of the city of Toulouse, 1515. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center> <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> RATZER, Bernard. <i>Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767.</i> London: Jefferys and Faden, “Jan.y” 12, 1776. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. COCKERELL, Sydney C. <i>Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 [issued 1898]. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. KEATS, John. <i>Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems.</i> Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center> <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [GRANT, Ulysses S.— GRANT, Julia, First Lady]. Carved Applewood and 18-karat Gold Jewelry Suite, Browne & Spaulding, Jewelers, New York City, 1865. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [LINCOLN ASSASSINATION]. GARDNER, Alexander. <i>Incidents of the War |Sic Semper Sicariis</i> [caption title]. Washington, D. C.: Philip & Solomons, 1865. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> A COMPLETE COLLECTION of 115 titles published in R. R. Donnelley's Lakeside Classics series. Chicago, 1903-2017. COMPLETE RUN OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING CONTINUOUS SERIES OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD. $5,000 to $7,000
    <center> <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> GLEIZES, Albert. METZINGER, Jean. <i>Du Cubisme.</i> Paris, 1947. LIMITED EDITION, number 19 of 20 copies on papier d'Auvergne. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [THE LITTLE REVIEW]. ANDERSON, Margaret, ed. POUND, Ezra, ed. HEAP, Jane, ed. <i>The Little Review.</i> Vol. I, No. 1 through Vol. XII, No. 2. 1914-1929. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [MOUNTENEY, Leonard, binder]. LOUŸS, Pierre. <i>Songs of Bilitis.</i> Chicago: Argus Books, 1931. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 6:</b> [HANCOCK, John]. Partly-printed U.S. Loan-Office Transfer Certificate issued on behalf of Hancock. Sgn’d on recto by William Imlay, as Commissioner of Loans of Connecticut. 28 February 1793. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DE CORDOBA, JACOB. <i>Map of the State of Texas.</i> New York, 1866. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ARNOLD, BENEDICT. Autograph bookseller's receipt for Dr. John Dickinson, Signed ("B. Arnold"), February 1767. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 4 Typed Letters Signed ("A Einstein") to Cleveland E. Dodge offering early reports on the meetings of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. Typed Letter Signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower") to General Henri Giraud written from a secret bunker in Gibraltar on the eve of Operation Torch, November 4 [but 6], 1942. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> Early Broadside Printing of the GADSDEN PURCHASE, Puebla, August 16, 1854. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ALLEN, ETHAN. Autograph Letter Signed to Crevecouer during the Constitutional Debates in Congress, 2 pp, August 29, 1787. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> London John Murray, 1859. FIRST EDITION. THE VERY FINE MELLON-GARDEN COPY. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> ECKERT, J. P, H. H. GOLDSTINE, and J. G. BRAINERD. <i>Description of the ENIAC and comments on electronic digital computing machines.</i> N.p., 1945. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY GOLDSTINE. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> EUCLID. <i>Elementa geometriae.</i> Translated from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <center><b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY]. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays…</i> New York: John and Andrew M'Lean, 1788. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> GALILEI, Galileo. <i>Dialogo...Dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernicano.</i> Florence, 1632. FIRST EDITION. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY JOYCE. $120,000 to $180,000
    <center><b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> KEYNES, John Maynard. <i>The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.</i> London: Macmillan, 1936. FIRST EDITION. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> NEWTON, Isaac, Sir. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> London: Joseph Streater for the Royal Society, 1687. FIRST EDITION. $150,000 to $250,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> ROWLING, J. K. <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.</i> London: Bloomsbury, 1997. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ROWLING. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> SMITH, Adam. <i>An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.</i> London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. FIRST EDITION. $70,000 to $90,000