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Rare Book Hub: 25 Auctions Archived, Another 26 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 16 March 2019 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 6 denominated in euros and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $5,553,139 as 13,605 lots were offered and 8,720 sold for a slim 64% success rate.  It was better to be a buyer than seller this past week.

  

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

BonhamsThe Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye on March 11th: $1,470,647 
Kiefer Buch und KunstauktionenBooks, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 14th: $1,193,704 
 

3 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersMilford House Sale - Books and Prints on November 20th: 172.66% 
Doyle New YorkTravel & Sport in India & Asia from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson - bidstart 2/28 on March 14th: 172.16% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 12th: 100.30% 


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

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersHouse Contents Sale - Books, Prints on March 5th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 99.70% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 9th: 99.37% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersModern, Modern, Modern! - Prints and Photographs on March 8th: 98.88% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersMilford House Sale - Books and Prints on November 20th: 98.44% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 98.13% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 98.05% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 98.03% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/10 on March 10th: 96.94% 
Doyle New YorkTravel & Sport in India & Asia from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson - bidstart 2/28 on March 14th: 96.13% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 12th: 90.91% 
Kedem AuctionJudaica, Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on March 12th: 85.22% 
Michaans AuctionsGallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on March 9th: 80.56% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. on March 11th Actual price: USD $325,075.
  2. Bonhams APPLE-1 MICROCOMPUTER. on March 12th Actual price: USD $112,575.
  3. Bonhams The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. on March 14th Actual price: USD $75,075.
  4. Bonhams The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New. on March 12th Actual price: USD $60,075.
  5. Bonhams The Theory of Moral Sentiments. on March 12th Actual price: USD $56,325.
  6. Bonhams De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. on March 11th Actual price: USD $52,575.
  7. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript of Rhodes C. Allen, being his diary of the Powell Expedition of 1868, on March 14th Actual price: USD $43,825.
  8. Bonhams Micrographia: or some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses. on March 11th Actual price: USD $43,825.
  9. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Dix recettes d'immortalité. on February 14th Actual price: USD $38,646.
  10. Kedem Auction Two Large Leaves Handwritten by the Chatam Sofer on March 12th Actual price: USD $34,440.
  11. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white to white pages. on March 10th Actual price: USD $32,400.
  12. Bonhams Vischer's Pictorial of California Landscape, Trees and Forest Scenes. Grand Features of California Scenery, Life, Traffic and Customs. on March 12th Actual price: USD $31,325.
  13. Bonhams Letter signed ("Will: Harvey") in English, 1 p, 4to (243 x 141 mm), on March 11th Actual price: USD $31,325.
  14. Bonhams Photographic Review of Medicine and Surgery: a bi-monthly Illustration of interesting Cases, accompanied by Notes. on March 11th Actual price: USD $30,075.
  15. Bonhams Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America ... to which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. on March 11th Actual price: USD $27,575.
  16. Bonhams BARTHOLOMAEUS FONTIUS, Editor. 1445-1513. on March 11th Actual price: USD $27,575.
  17. Bonhams Archive of drawings and letters from Harper Lee to Charles Weldon Carruth, with an inscribed first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird on March 12th Actual price: USD $25,075.
  18. Bonhams Exploration du territoire de L'Oregon, des Californies et de la Mer Vermeille executee pendant les annees 1840, 1841 et 1842. on March 12th Actual price: USD $23,825.
  19. Bonhams The Principles and Practice of Medicine. on March 11th Actual price: USD $23,825.
  20. Kedem Auction Midrash Rabba on March 12th Actual price: USD $22,140.
  21. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Raccolta di varie decorazioni sceniche inventate e dipinte. per L'I. R. Teatro alla Scala. on February 14th Actual price: USD $21,696.
  22. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Mittelalterliche Handschrift. Sermones dominicales fratris Anthony (Anthonij) Permensis ordine predicatorum. Item sermones quadragesimales per ferias. on February 14th Actual price: USD $21,696.
  23. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 Jack Kirby and Stan Lee Verified Signature (Marvel, 1962) CBCS VG- 3.5 Off-white to white pages. on March 10th Actual price: USD $21,600.
  24. Bonhams De motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus anatomica exercitatio, cui postremam hac editione accesserunt Johannis Walaei epistolae duae. on March 11th Actual price: USD $21,325.
  25. Bonhams Surgery of the Head. Extracted from Surgery: Its Principles and Practice. on March 11th Actual price: USD $21,325


25 total sales reported this week:

Bonhams. Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection - Online bidstart 3/6 on March 14th: 59.55%
Doyle New York. Travel & Sport in India & Asia from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson - bidstart 2/28 on March 14th: 96.13%
Vermot de Pas. Library about Gastronomy - Part 1 on March 13th: 48.77%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Wigwam Auction - session 5 on March 11th: 73.13%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Wigwam Auction - session 4 on March 10th: 67.15%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Wigwam Auction - session 3 on March 9th: 23.81%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Wigwam Auction - session 2 on March 8th: 50.35%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Wigwam Auction - session 1 on March 7th: 53.97%
Binoche et Giquello. BIBLIOTHÈQUE JEAN-PAUL LAURENCHET GASTRONOMY WINE TASTING on March 12th: 65.25%
Heritage Auctions. Vintage Photographs of Norman Seeff - Online bidstart 2/26 on March 13th: 34.00%
Bonhams. Extraordinary Books and Manuscripts on March 12th: 38.60%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 98.05%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 3/5 on March 12th: 98.03%
Kedem Auction. Judaica, Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters on March 12th: 85.22%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 99.70%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/10 on March 10th: 96.94%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 12th: 90.91%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on February 14th: 47.60%
Bonhams. The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye on March 11th: 70.79%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on March 9th: 80.56%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Modern, Modern, Modern! - Prints and Photographs on March 8th: 98.88%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Milford House Sale - Books and Prints on November 20th: 98.44%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. House Contents Sale - Books, Prints on March 5th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/3 on March 10th: 98.13%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 9th: 99.37%

 

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 18th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History: Timed Online Auction - Internet bidstart 3/7. 332 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 93 lots

Tue. Mar. 19th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Photographica. 180 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 3/12. 489 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 3/12. 161 lots

Wed. Mar. 20th
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain - Prints, Photographs. 109 lots
ALDE. Paris. Modern Bindings and Modern Illustrated Books. 298 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Monthly Photographs Online - bidstart 2/27. 62 lots
Bonhams. New York. FINE JAPANESE PRINTS, INCLUDING PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE BERTRAM AND RUTH MALENKA. 184 lots

Thu. Mar. 21st
Christies. London - King Street. Prints and Multiples. 197 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Maps and Atlases. 155 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. Autographs. 259 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Emporium and Premium Auctions. 47 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 366 lots
Sothebys. London. Original Film Posters - Online bidstart 3/11. 175 lots
Bonhams. New York. The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye - Online, bistart 3/12. 340 lots

Fri. Mar. 22nd
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Before Guards Surrealism Books. 56 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Premium Auction. 9 lots

Sat. Mar. 23rd
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine Art at Auction - Prints. 191 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters. 766 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 168 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. March Gallery Auction - Prints, Books. 93 lots

Sun. Mar. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/24. 178 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 14. [CRIMEAN WAR] HAMLEY. <i>The Story of the Campaign of Sebastopol.</i> 1855. £150 to £200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 17. JONGH & D'ALMEIDA. <i>L’armee Russe...</i> c.1898. Colour plates and many illustrations. £500 to £600
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 18. [RUSSIA] LE PRINCE. <i>Oeuvres. 1782.</i> Rare folio format with 80 etchings and 74 aquatints. £4000 to £6000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 21. [RUSSIA] MORNAY. Set of 8 hand-coloured aquatints of carriages, sleighs and occupants. c.1825. £1200 to £1800
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 33. BOWDICH. <i>Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo.</i> 1825. A fine copy. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 37. QUIN. <i>An Historical Atlas.</i> 1836. 2nd edn, 21 hand-coloured maps revealing civilisation. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 39. LE BRUN. <i>Voyages [...] par la Moscovie, en Perse...</i> 1718. 300+ engravings, panorama. £4500 to £5500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 48. BRIERLY. <i>The English and French fleets in the Baltic.</i> 1855. Colour lithographs. £7000 to £9000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 60. DELLA VALLE. <i>Reise Beschreibung... in Turckey, Egypten, Palestina[...].</i> 1674. £1500 to £2000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 77. MURRAY, Mrs. Watercolour Album of Heaths. c.1860. 55 original watercolours. £750 to £1000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 91. ADDISON. <i>Works...</i> 1721. 4 vols, large paper copy, English red morocco. £2500 to £3500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 96. HOLBEIN. Imitations of original drawings. 1792-1800. Exceptional copy. £4000 to £6000
  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.