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Rare Book Hub: 18 Auctions Archived, another 26 Upcoming this Week

For the week ending April 27, 2019, 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction Database, 10 in U.S. dollars, 8 in euros. Sales totalled $13,437,220. There were 7,433 lots offered while 6,297 sold for a success rate of almost 85%. The average lot sold for a healthy $2,134. Another 26 auctions are scheduled for next week. May is a busy month, generally the second busiest of the year after November.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Card Catalogue on April 19th: $8,864,348 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: $2,461,572 

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

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFortgranite Baltinglass Wicklow Country House Sale - Books and Prints on April 16th: 137.05% 
Galerie BassengeValuable Books (Varia) on April 16th: 106.62% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: 105.59% 


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

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFortgranite Baltinglass Wicklow Country House Sale - Books and Prints on April 16th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/24 on April 21st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Card Catalogue on April 19th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.22% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 97.60% 
North American Auction CompanyFebruary Premier Collector Auction on February 23rd: 97.00% 
North American Auction CompanyAmerican Frontier April Auction on April 13th: 94.23% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: 93.02% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 20th: 90.63% 


Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA Mint 9. on April 19th Actual price: USD $504,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth #32 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Two, None Higher! on April 19th Actual price: USD $432,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions 1902-11 W600 Sporting Life - Type 2 Honus Wagner (Street Clothes-John "Hans" Wagner) SGC 60 EX 5! on April 19th Actual price: USD $264,000.
  4. Heritage Auctions 1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio #71 PSA Mint 9. on April 19th Actual price: USD $216,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions Circa 1860 CDV Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card SGC VG 3. on April 19th Actual price: USD $180,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autograph #144 PSA Gem Mint 10. on April 19th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Untitled Acrylic on canvas 39 x 29 in. Not signed on April 23rd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  8. Heritage Auctions Untitled Acrylic on canvas 38 x 27 in. Not signed on April 23rd Actual price: USD $125,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM 7. on April 19th Actual price: USD $120,000.
  10. Heritage Auctions 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank PSA VG-EX 4. on April 19th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions Carmen, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1929 Oil on canvas 60 x 80 in. Signed lower right on April 23rd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  12. Heritage Auctions Red Snow, Doc Savage magazine cover, February 1935 Oil on canvas 29.75 x 20.25 in. Signed lower left The IRI Collection on April 23rd Actual price: USD $84,375.
  13. Heritage Auctions 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig #37 SGC Mint 9 - Pop Three, One Higher. on April 19th Actual price: USD $84,000.
  14. Heritage Auctions 1912 Boston Garter Christy Mathewson SGC 10 Poor 1. on April 19th Actual price: USD $84,000.
  15. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Bobby Jones #3 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Three, None Higher! on April 19th Actual price: USD $78,000.
  16. Galerie Bassenge Over de voortteeling Surinaamsche Insecten [und... on April 16th Actual price: USD $76,445.
  17. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Ty Cobb #14 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Three, None Higher. on April 19th Actual price: USD $72,000.
  18. Heritage Auctions 1914 Boston Garter Tris Speaker SGC 40 VG 3 - Only Two Graded Examples on the SGC & PSA Census. on April 19th Actual price: USD $72,000.
  19. Heritage Auctions Tarzan and the Golden Lion, book frontispiece, 1922 Oil on board 35 x 22 in. (sight) on April 23rd Actual price: USD $68,750.
  20. Heritage Auctions Boy Trudging to School, The Saturday Evening Post cover, September 5, 1925 Oil on canvas 28 x 23 in. Signature added later by another hand The IRI Collection on April 23rd Actual price: USD $62,500.
  21. Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #160 PSA NM-MT 8. on April 19th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  22. Heritage Auctions 1911 D304 Brunners Bread Ty Cobb SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 - Pop One! The Highest Graded Example! on April 19th Actual price: USD $57,600.
  23. Heritage Auctions The Gamble, Life Magazine cover, August 11, 1927 Ink and watercolor on board 14 x 10.75 in. (sight) on April 23rd Actual price: USD $55,000.
  24. Heritage Auctions Smoke Screen, 1958 Oil on canvas 30 x 24 in. Signed lower right The IRI Collection on April 23rd Actual price: USD $55,000.
  25. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Rogers Hornsby #11 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 - Pop One, None Higher! on April 19th Actual price: USD $52,800.

 

18 total sales reported this week: 

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFortgranite Baltinglass Wicklow Country House Sale - Books and Prints on April 16th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.22% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: 93.02% 
North American Auction CompanyAmerican Frontier April Auction on April 13th: 94.23% 
North American Auction CompanyFebruary Premier Collector Auction on February 23rd: 97.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/24 on April 21st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 97.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Card Catalogue on April 19th: 99.61% 
Galerie BassengeModern Literature and Art Documentation on April 18th: 56.25% 
Galerie BassengeAutographs on April 17th: 53.05% 
Galerie BassengeBibliotecha Scholastica on April 17th: 50.35% 
Galerie BassengeLiterature and Book Illustrations on April 16th: 56.73% 
Galerie BassengeManuscripts and Old Prints on April 16th: 65.54% 
Galerie BassengeValuable Books (Varia) on April 16th: 52.77% 
Galerie BassengeHistory, Geography and Travel Books on April 16th: 47.95% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 20th: 90.63% 

 

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 29th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 63 lots
Sothebys. New York. Prints and Multiples. 58 lots
Stephan Welz & Co.. Constantia. JOHANNESBURG | FINE ART & DESIGN AUCTION - Prints. 41 lots

Tue. Apr. 30th
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 225 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/23. 220 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 4/23. 221 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Prints. 8 lots

Wed. May. 1st
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 436 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 26 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Antiques and Interiors - Day 2 - Prints. 16 lots

Thu. May. 2nd
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 447 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana - Including California and the West. 455 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 193 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 325 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Asian Art Auction - Prints. 131 lots

Fri. May. 3rd
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Rare Books. 4743 lots

Sat. May. 4th
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 191 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana and Political. 359 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. May Gallery Auction. 83 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. American and European Fine Art - Prints. 52 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 165 lots

Sun. May. 5th
Grogan and Company. Dedham. Spring Auction - Books and Prints. 31 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/7. 198 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/28.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/28.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Aelian, Ohio, Americana, Atlases, Collecting, Antique, etc..

Michael Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia,</i> Plate Volumes 1, 11 & 111, 3 vols. Elephant folio. €50,000 to €80,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Curtis (William), 1746 - 179, & other Editors. <i>The Botanical Magazine: or, The Flower Garden Displayed.</i> London 1793 - 1982-83. Together 184 vols. [with] other botanical material. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Newman (Rev. Fr. John Henry, later Cardinal, now Saint) A very good collection of 24 A.L.S. to [Thomas] Gaisford of the Gaisford St. Lawrence family of Howth Castle. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Anon. <i>Herbolario Volgare: nel quale se dimostra conoscer le herbe et le sue vrtu…</i> Sm. 8vo Venice (Gio Maria Palamides) 1539. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Baron (Caesar). <i>Annales Ecclesiastici</i>. [With] <i>Annalium Ecclesiasticorum Caesaris Baronii... Apparatus.</i> [With] <i>Index Universalis Rerum Omnium</i> [and one other]. 38 vols total. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Log Books of Three British Warships. Three folio Volumes, containing meticulously arranged logs of the voyages of Royal Navy Ships from 1876 – 1881. €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Walpole (Robert). <i>Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey,</i> lg. 4to Lond. 1817. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Bosio (Antonio). <i>Roma Sotteranea,</i> Opera Postuma. Large thick folio Rome (Guglielmo Facciotti) 1632. €1,000 to €1,500.
  • <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> ZEILER, Martin - <i>Topographiae Italiae.</i> Francoforte: Mattheus Merian, 1688. €3,500 to €4,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> HAMILTON, William, Sir -- HANCARVILLE, Pierre-Francois HUGUES - Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton. Napoli: Francois Morelli, 1766-67. €38,000 to €48,000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> [ASTRONOMIA] - Manoscritto astronomico. Italia: 1650. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> DALI, Salvador - <i>Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis.</i> Edizione “Ad Personam” Milano: Rizzoli, 1967. €40,000 to €60,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.