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Rare Book Hub: 30 Auctions Archived, Another 34 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 9 March 2019 30 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Sales totaled $13,191,191 as 9,035 lots were offered and 7,659 sold for a 85% success rate.  The auction market for collectible paper continues to be very strong.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesMasterpieces of Design and Photography - Photographs on March 6th: $4,617,690 
Swann Galleries19th Century Prints and Drawings on March 5th: $2,741,636 
Heritage AuctionsBooks on March 6th: $1,684,038 
 

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

SkinnerAmerican Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints on March 2nd: 153.59% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks on March 6th: 140.89% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 7th: 124.32% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Books, Prints on March 2nd: 121.78% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 6th: 120.14% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsFine Art - Prints on March 7th: 109.67% 
Waverly AuctionsWaverly Rare Books Presidential & Americana Auction on February 28th: 104.60% 


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

Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/29 on March 5th: 100.00% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Books, Prints on March 2nd: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsCartography, Books-on-Books, Antique, etc. on March 3rd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/24 on March 3rd: 99.47% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/3 on March 3rd: 99.04% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 2nd: 98.82% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/24 on March 3rd: 97.84% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 97.84% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsMultiple Estates Art and Antiques on March 2nd: 97.22% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks on March 6th: 96.90% 
Waverly AuctionsWaverly Rare Books Presidential & Americana Auction on February 28th: 95.26% 
SkinnerAmerican Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints on March 2nd: 92.50% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 7th: 91.27% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 6th: 89.68% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsSporting Books and Art and Art Books on March 2nd: 89.58% 
ChristiesMasterpieces of Design and Photography - Photographs on March 6th: 85.71% 
PBA GalleriesMystery and Detective Fiction on March 7th: 81.36% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on March 7th: 80.20% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Self-Portrait ('The Constructor') on March 6th Actual price: USD $1,250,370.
  2. Christies Shell (Nautilus) on March 6th Actual price: USD $680,130.
  3. Christies Mailänder Dom (innen), Mailand on March 6th Actual price: USD $553,410.
  4. Christies Fördertürme (Winding Towers) on March 6th Actual price: USD $442,530.
  5. Christies Yellow Sea on March 6th Actual price: USD $313,500.
  6. Christies Teenage couple on Hudson Street N.Y.C, 1963 on March 6th Actual price: USD $272,250.
  7. Christies Cigarette No. 37, New York on March 6th Actual price: USD $231,000.
  8. Christies Avedon Paris on March 6th Actual price: USD $231,000.
  9. Christies May Day I on March 6th Actual price: USD $198,000.
  10. RR Auction Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and World Leaders on March 6th Actual price: USD $192,659.
  11. Heritage Auctions The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. on March 6th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  12. Christies Lutz & Alex, Schwanzgriff on March 6th Actual price: USD $165,000.
  13. Christies Paradise 03, Daintree, Australien on March 6th Actual price: USD $156,750.
  14. Christies Lutz & Alex sitting in the trees on March 6th Actual price: USD $123,750.
  15. Swann Galleries Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet. on March 5th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  16. Swann Galleries Don Quichotte e Sancio Panza. on March 5th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  17. Heritage Auctions Moo-Reese Tabletop Cow. on March 6th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  18. Swann Galleries La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France by Blaise Cendrars. on March 5th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  19. Swann Galleries Illustrations of the Book of Job. on March 5th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  20. Swann Galleries Sommer I. on March 5th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Heritage Auctions Red Harvest. on March 6th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. RR Auction Sun Yat-sen on March 6th Actual price: USD $67,759.
  23. Heritage Auctions The Big Sleep. on March 6th Actual price: USD $57,500.
  24. Swann Galleries Natura Morta con Cinque Oggetti. on March 5th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  25. Swann Galleries Le Permissionaire. on March 5th Actual price: USD $47,500.



30 total sales reported this week:

Guernseys. Collector's Odyssey - Day 2 on February 21st: 66.33%
Guernseys. Collector's Odyssey - Day 1 on February 20th: 70.05%
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Rare Books, Documents, Graphic Arts and Photographs on March 1st: 68.58%
PBA Galleries. Mystery and Detective Fiction on March 7th: 81.36%
Swann Galleries. Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on March 7th: 91.27%
RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 3/7 on March 6th: 65.51%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Fine Art - Prints on March 7th: 70.30%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on March 6th: 89.68%
Rossini. DISPERSION OF M. GAULARD'S COLLECTION, FIRST PART, on March 5th: 60.43%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Sporting Books and Art and Art Books on March 2nd: 89.58%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Multiple Estates Art and Antiques on March 2nd: 97.22%
Christies. Masterpieces of Design and Photography - Photographs on March 6th: 85.71%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on March 7th: 80.20%
Waverly Auctions. Waverly Rare Books Presidential & Americana Auction on February 28th: 95.26%
Heritage Auctions. Books on March 6th: 96.90%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 6th: 72.97%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 5th: 79.52%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Select Modern and Contemporary Editions and Artists' Books on March 5th: 79.89%
Swann Galleries. 19th Century Prints and Drawings on March 5th: 68.79%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/29 on March 5th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 2/26 on March 5th: 97.84%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/24 on March 3rd: 99.47%
National Book Auctions. Cartography, Books-on-Books, Antique, etc. on March 3rd: 100.00%
Leland Little Auctions. Important Spring Auction - Books, Prints on March 2nd: 100.00%
Skinner. American Furniture & Decorative Arts - Prints on March 2nd: 92.50%
Purcell Auctioneers. Railwayana - signs, posters - books, prints on February 27th: 63.53%
Aste Bolaffi. Mountain Memorabilia on February 28th: 60.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/24 on March 3rd: 97.84%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/3 on March 3rd: 99.04%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 2nd: 98.82%


For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 11th
Bonhams. New York. The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye. 404 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Wigwam Auction - session 5. 521 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. United States Postal History. 998 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 66 lots

Tue. Mar. 12th
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. Autographs. 733 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. BIBLIOTHÈQUE JEAN-PAUL LAURENCHET GASTRONOMY WINE TASTING. 400 lots
Bonhams. New York. Extraordinary Books and Manuscripts. 57 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 3/5. 609 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/5. 205 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Judaica, Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters. 379 lots

Wed. Mar. 13th
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Irish Interest Books - Railwayana Books and Ephemera. 602 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Library about Gastronomy - Part 1. 447 lots
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Bloomfield. Timed Auction, Session 2: Fine Art Prints. 7 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Vintage Photographs of Norman Seeff - Online bidstart 2/26. 50 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 131 lots

Thu. Mar. 14th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Books - PREVIEW - Internet Bidstart 3/7. 506 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 242 lots
Bonhams. New York. Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection - Online bidstart 3/6. 267 lots
Doyle New York. New York. Travel & Sport in India & Asia from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson - bidstart 2/28. 335 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bid start 2/22. 761 lots
Soler Y Llach. Barcelona. Books, Manuscripts and Collecting. 851 lots
Nye & Company Auctioneers. Bloomfield. Timed Backyard Auction - Books and Prints. 72 lots
FRAYSSE & Associés. Paris. Collection of Mr. X - Portulan map. 1 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Animation Art - Online Only. 104 lots

Fri. Mar. 15th
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints. 1093 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett, Part II. 292 lots

Sat. Mar. 16th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art - Prints. 137 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips, Original Boards, Japanese Animation. 615 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction. 908 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.

Sun. Mar. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/17. 176 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/10.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art - Prints. 54 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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.
  • <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