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Rare Book Hub: 41 Auctions Archived, another 43 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 15 June 2019 41 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 31 in US dollars.  Turnover was $15,419,497 as 9,973 lots were offered and 7,405 lots sold for a 74% success rate.  This is June for goodness sake and the turnover is extraordinary.

 

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Americana on June 12th: $3,478,750 
Heritage AuctionsComic Art on June 8th: $2,401,007 
SothebysImportant Manuscripts, Continental Books and Music on June 11th: $1,954,370 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on June 13th: $1,249,947 
ChristiesSumma de Arithmetica: The Birth of Modern Business on June 12th: $1,215,000 

 


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

ChristiesWrite Me and Tell Me Your Heart: Leonard Cohen's Letters to Marianne - online bidstart 6/5 on June 13th: 203.43% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on June 13th: 105.17% 


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

National Book AuctionsAtlases, Americana, Signatures, Morley, Firsts, etc. on June 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 6/4 on June 11th: 100.00% 
Aspire AuctionsMay Online - Prints, Books - Bidstart 5/31 on June 8th: 100.00% 
ChristiesWrite Me and Tell Me Your Heart: Leonard Cohen's Letters to Marianne - online bidstart 6/5 on June 13th: 100.00% 
ChristiesSumma de Arithmetica: The Birth of Modern Business on June 12th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionPrints, Books on June 5th: 100.00% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersJoseph Beuys: Prints and Multiples on June 7th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionPosters and Advertisements, Prints on May 22nd: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/12 on June 9th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/2 on June 9th: 99.53% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 6/4 on June 11th: 98.74% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/2 on June 9th: 95.40% 
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers20th Century Contemporary and Modern Art - Prints on June 8th: 93.66% 
Heritage AuctionsComic Art on June 8th: 93.59% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 6th: 91.63% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on June 8th: 91.06% 
SkinnerGentleman's Sale - Prints on June 7th: 90.91% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsPrints on June 8th: 89.80% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on June 13th: 84.54% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on June 11th: 84.06%

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Somma di arithmetica, geometria, proporzioni e proporzionalità. . on June 12th Actual price: USD $1,215,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions HERGÉ (1907-1983) Les Aventures de Tintin, Tome 1 Tintin au Pays de Soviets on June 8th Actual price: USD $1,125,000.
  3. Sothebys MAO ZEDONG Calligraphic autograph letter signed, to the journalist Yang Yi, 17 August [c.1947-1949] on June 11th Actual price: USD $659,130.
  4. Bonhams On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, on June 13th Actual price: USD $500,075.
  5. Christies Galley proof signed ("Francis Crick" and "James D. Watson") with two annotations. "Molecular structure of nucleic acids: A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid." Nature 171 (1953): 737-738. One galley page, 570 x 153mm (repaired at fold, old pin holes on June 12th Actual price: USD $350,000.
  6. Christies An 18k gold key-wound quarter repeating open-face pocket watch with metal guilloche dial Roman hour markers and spade hands. on June 12th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  7. Arader Galleries A New Map of the Western Parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina. on June 8th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  8. Sothebys Opera, in Latin on June 11th Actual price: USD $190,500.
  9. Christies Voyage dans l’intérieur de l’Amérique du Nord executé pendant les années 1832, 1833, et 1834. on June 12th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  10. Sothebys DAVID JOSEF BACH (1874-1947) Important collection of autograph manuscript quotations and artistic tributes to David Bach by Bartók, Berg, Schoenberg, Strauss, Webern, Hoffmann, Kokoschka, Moll, Hofmansthal, Schnitzler, Zweig and others, Vienna, 13 August on June 11th Actual price: USD $127,000.
  11. Christies Letter signed ("B. Franklin") to Henry Home, Lord Kames ("My Dear Lord"), London 11 April 1767. Seven pages, 325 x 203mm, with the date additionally in Franklin's hand (fold separations neatly repaired, lightly toned in spots). on June 12th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  12. Christies Autograph letter signed ("Go: Washington") as President to Major General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802), Carlisle, [Pennsylvania] 8 October 1794. on June 12th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  13. Christies Ichthyologie, ou Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere des poissons. on June 12th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  14. Christies Autograph letter signed ("A. Einstein") to Paul Epstein, Princeton, n.d., but before November 1945. on June 12th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  15. Heritage Auctions Moebius Le Garage Hermétique de Jerry Cornelius Planche 125 (Métal Hurlant, 1976-1978). on June 8th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  16. Christies Autograph letter to John Page, Philadelphia, 30 July 1776. on June 12th Actual price: USD $85,000.
  17. Sothebys Discours de la methode pour bien conduire sa raison, & chercher la verité dans les sciences. on June 11th Actual price: USD $82,550.
  18. Arader Galleries Wild Turkey, Female, Plate 6. on June 8th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  19. Christies Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln") as President, to Major General John Charles Frémont, Washington, 21 December 1861. on June 12th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  20. Christies Autograph letter signed ("A. Einstein") to Paul Epstein, Princeton, 8 November 1945. on June 12th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Christies REVOLUTIONARY WAR – The Uniform of the Several Regiments of Foot in his Majesty’s Service on June 12th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  22. Christies Autograph letter signed twice ("Samuel L. Clemens" and "S.L.C."), including an autograph post-script signed from Livy L. Clemens ("Livy L. Clemens"), to Dr John Brown, Quarry Farm, near Elmira, New York, 4 September 1874. on June 12th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  23. Christies Autograph letter signed ("J. Adams") to Benjamin Rush, Quincy, 23 June 1807. on June 12th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Arader Galleries John James Audubon (1785 - 1851). on June 8th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  25. Arader Galleries Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico... on June 8th Actual price: USD $60,000.



41 total sales reported this week:

National Book Auctions. Atlases, Americana, Signatures, Morley, Firsts, etc. on June 9th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Important Manuscripts, Continental Books and Music on June 11th: 69.40%
PBA Galleries. Lenny Bruce and the Post-War Counterculture on June 13th: 64.85%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on June 13th: 84.54%
Skinner. Americana Online - Bidstart 6/4 on June 13th: 75.00%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Featuring Science and Technology-Online bidstart 5/24 on June 12th: 57.22%
Aspire Auctions. May Online - Prints, Books - Bidstart 5/31 on June 8th: 100.00%
Doyle New York. Photographs on June 13th: 73.68%
PosterConnection Inc.. Posters on June 8th: 47.95%
Christies. Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Americana on June 12th: 66.81%
Christies. Write Me and Tell Me Your Heart: Leonard Cohen's Letters to Marianne - online bidstart 6/5 on June 13th: 100.00%
Christies. Summa de Arithmetica: The Birth of Modern Business on June 12th: 100.00%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on June 12th: 53.21%
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Prints on June 8th: 89.80%
PosterConnection Inc.. Spring Sale - Affordable Posters on April 16th: 42.48%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on June 11th: 84.06%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 5/30 on June 6th: 35.91%
Winter Associates. 18th-20th Century Prints on June 10th: 75.00%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. 20th Century Contemporary and Modern Art - Prints on June 8th: 93.66%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Joseph Beuys: Prints and Multiples on June 7th: 100.00%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on June 8th: 48.21%
ALDE. Autograph Letters and Manuscripts on June 7th: 51.17%
Brunk Auctions. Photography Online on June 6th: 49.02%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Books on June 6th: 71.11%
Alaska Auction. Posters and Advertisements, Prints on May 22nd: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Books on June 5th: 100.00%
Skinner. Gentleman's Sale - Prints on June 7th: 90.91%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on June 6th: 91.63%
De Baecque and Associes. Library of Monsieur L. and others - Illustrated books of the twentieth century - Regionalism - Old b on June 5th: 73.39%
De Baecque and Associes. Library of Monsieur L. and others - Illustrated books of the twentieth century - Regionalism - Old b on June 6th: 68.67%
Pandolfini. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs on May 30th: 69.92%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 6/4 on June 11th: 100.00%
Chiswick Auctions. Autographs and Memorabilia on May 30th: 61.65%
Chiswick Auctions. Books and Works on Paper on May 29th: 61.56%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 6/4 on June 11th: 98.74%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on June 8th: 91.06%
Arader Galleries. June Auction - Audubon Prints, etc. on June 8th: 48.17%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/12 on June 9th: 99.61%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/2 on June 9th: 95.40%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/2 on June 9th: 99.53%
Heritage Auctions. Comic Art on June 8th: 93.59%

 

For the week ahead 43 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 17th
ALDE. Paris. Ancient and 19th Century Books. 441 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 71 lots

Tue. Jun. 18th
Doyle New York. New York. Travel and Sports in Africa: The Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. 400 lots
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Kilkenny. Rare Book and Literature Sale. 648 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 194 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 6/11. 425 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 6/11. 187 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. BOOKS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, ART AND MOTORSPORTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF ING. DON LORENZO ZAMBRANO. 396 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Japanese Print Collection. 53 lots
Robert Siegel Galleries. New York. Worldwide Postal History. 1155 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 159 lots

Wed. Jun. 19th
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs. 474 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 214 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 477 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. Antiques and Collectables -Books and Prints. 93 lots
Christies. Paris. Icons of Glamour and Style : The Constantiner Collection. 92 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer. 54 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Monthly Photographs Online - bidstart 5/29. 83 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Andre Malraux's Intimate Collection - books, manuscripts, prints. 29 lots

Thu. Jun. 20th
Swann Galleries. New York. The Pride Sale. 275 lots
Minerva Auctions Roma. Roma. Finarte Sale - Books, Autographs and Prints. 507 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 269 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Modern Literature & First Editions, Children's, Private Press & Illustrated Books. 294 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Posters. 885 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 516 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary - Online bidstart 6/13. 555 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Graphic Art - Prints. 259 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Fine Judaica. 178 lots

Fri. Jun. 21st
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History: Premier Auction. 354 lots
Jeschke van Vliet Auctions Berlin GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs. 429 lots
Sothebys. New York. Books and Manuscripts Online - bidstart 6/7. 263 lots
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . 21st Annual Spring Fine Art Auction With Historical American Prints. 95 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Artsy - Color Theory. 72 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Posters - Day 2. 791 lots

Sat. Jun. 22nd
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Summer Estates Auction. 13 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 176 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips and Original Boards. 259 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part V. 542 lots

Sun. Jun. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/26. 287 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Civil War, Americana, Signatures, Firsts. 152 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Summer Estates Auction. 37 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €