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Rare Book Hub: 26 Auctions Archived, another 32 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 13 July 2019 26 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 in Swiss francs, 2 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, 1 in New Zealand dollars, 1 in Swedish krona, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,331,401 as 6,499 lots were offered and 5,171 sold for an 80% success rate.  When the number of lots offered declines the success rate usually rises because the audience following the auctions remains committed to bidding week in and week out.

 

5 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesImportant Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune on July 9th: $3,241,719 
ChristiesValuable Books and Manuscripts on July 10th: $2,977,344 
ChristiesThe Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection on July 9th: $2,839,063 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations - Online bidstart 6/30 on July 9th: $1,711,094 
ChristiesThe History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection on July 10th: $1,609,219 

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

Art + ObjectRare Books on June 26th: 129.48% 
ChristiesThe Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection on July 9th: 123.39% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on June 29th: 123.28% 
Stockholms AuktionsverkBooks, Maps and Manuscripts on June 14th: 104.10% 
ChristiesImportant Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune on July 9th: 100.60% 


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

Leland Little AuctionsJune Gallery Auction - Books,Prints on June 29th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/9 on July 7th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 99.59% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 96.47% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsEclectic Variety - Books, Prints on July 9th: 96.43% 
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & ValuersAntiquarian and Collectible Books Auction on June 26th: 94.30% 
Art + ObjectRare Books on June 26th: 89.05% 
ChristiesThe History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection on July 10th: 85.25% 
Waverly AuctionsScience-fiction and Fantasy on June 6th: 83.92% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 6th: 80.43% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on June 29th: 80.00% 
  

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri V. on July 10th Actual price: USD $734,063.
  2. Christies Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. on July 9th Actual price: USD $614,063.
  3. Christies Evgenii Onegin. Roman v stikhakh. Gl. 1 [Eugene Onegin. A novel in verse. Chapter 1]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $584,063.
  4. Christies Sidereus Nuncius. on July 9th Actual price: USD $434,063.
  5. Christies ‘Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden’. Offprint from: Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn. Vol. pp. [3]-47. on July 9th Actual price: USD $359,063.
  6. Sothebys Typescript management contract between Brian Epstein "(hereinafter called 'the Manager')" on the one part, and John Winston Lennon, George Harrison, James Paul McCartney, and Peter Randolph Best "(hereinafter called 'the Artists')" on the other part, SIGN on July 9th Actual price: USD $343,750.
  7. Christies THE SCHØYEN COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL SEAL MATRICES on July 10th Actual price: USD $281,250.
  8. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on July 9th Actual price: USD $281,250.
  9. Christies BIBLE, Ezechiel, in Latin, manuscript on vellum on July 10th Actual price: USD $265,625.
  10. Christies Tychonis Brahe, Dani De nova et nullius aevi memoria prius visa stella, iam pridem anno a' nato Christo 1572, mense Novembri primum conspecta, contemplatio mathematica: cui, praeter exactam Eclipsis lunaris, huius anni, pragmatian, et elegantem In Vraniam on July 9th Actual price: USD $218,750.
  11. Christies Vechera na khutore bliz dikan'ki. Kn. 1-2 [Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. Books 1-2]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $218,750.
  12. Christies Ruslan i Liudmila. Poema v shesti pesniakh. [Ruslan and Liudmila. A Poem in Six Cantos]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $179,688.
  13. Christies Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. Edited by Caspar Grosch and Stephan Römer. on July 9th Actual price: USD $132,813.
  14. Christies Harmonices mundi libri V. on July 9th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  15. Christies Liricheskij panteon. [The Lyrical Pantheon]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  16. Christies BEDE, De tabernaculo, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 10th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  17. Christies Tsygany (Pisano v 1824 godu). [Gypsies (Written in 1824)]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  18. Christies [PUSHKIN et al.]. Mnemozina. Chast’ I-IV. [Mnemozina. Parts I-IV]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  19. Koller Auctions Apple. 1985. on June 29th Actual price: USD $111,201.
  20. Christies THE PALAEOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF PIERRE-CAMILLE LE MOINE, a compilation of fragments from medieval codices on vellum and paper, some decorated and illuminated, in French and Latin on July 10th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  21. Christies Lettera a Filaleti di Timauro Antiate della vera storia della cicloide, e della famosissima esperienza dell'argento vivo. on July 9th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  22. Sothebys Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury, 1997 on July 9th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  23. Christies SERMONS, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 10th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  24. Christies Bakhchisaraiskii fontan. [The Fountain of Bakhchisarai]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  25. Christies Autograph letter signed ('Adam Smith') to [William Eden, later 1st Baron Auckland], on July 10th Actual price: USD $96,875.



26 total sales reported this week:

William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Eclectic Variety - Books, Prints on July 9th: 96.43%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography on July 11th: 69.14%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on the History of Mexico on July 9th: 35.45%
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & Valuers. Antiquarian and Collectible Books Auction on June 26th: 94.30%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Urban Living - Art Prints, Illustrations on June 26th: 65.15%
Aguttes. Manuscripts on June 28th: 50.82%
Koller Auctions. Prints and Multiples on June 29th: 80.00%
Koller Auctions. Photography on June 27th: 68.15%
Christies. From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints - internet bidstart 7/4 on July 11th: 73.17%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 99.59%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on July 10th: 54.73%
Christies. The History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection on July 10th: 85.25%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations - Online bidstart 6/30 on July 9th: 66.78%
Christies. Important Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune on July 9th: 73.10%
Christies. The Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection on July 9th: 62.81%
Waverly Auctions. Science-fiction and Fantasy on June 6th: 83.92%
Trafford Books. Books, Autographs, Ephemera, Postal History on July 3rd: 64.06%
Leland Little Auctions. June Gallery Auction - Books,Prints on June 29th: 100.00%
Art + Object. Rare Books on June 26th: 89.05%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - internet bidstart 6/14 on June 21st: 79.05%
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on June 14th: 78.54%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/9 on July 7th: 100.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 6th: 80.43%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 96.47%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 99.66%


For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 15th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Estate Items from Old Lyme and Massachusetts - Prints, Books. 32 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Summer Americana Auction - Session 5: Bargains and Dealer Specials. 1420 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 7/5. 55 lots

Tue. Jul. 16th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/9. 286 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 7/9. 153 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera. 193 lots
Christies. New York. Contemporary Editions - online bidstart 7/9. 146 lots

Wed. Jul. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Photographs - Online bidstart 6/26. 77 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Collector's Sale.

Thu. Jul. 18th
Christies. New York. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11. 147 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
RR Auction. Amherst. Olympics - online bidstart 7/11. 39 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/11. 509 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Summer Sports Card Catalogue Auction. 2248 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobilia Online Sale - bidstart 7/11. 38 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Selections from the Collection of Elaine G. Weitzen.

Fri. Jul. 19th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Emporium and Premium Auctions. 33 lots
Bonhams. New York. Stonewall@50 - Online bidstart 6/27. 127 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. A Century at Sea - A Comprehensive Maritime Auction. 100 lots
Sothebys. New York. Contemporary Prints and Multiples - online bidstart 7/11. 63 lots

Sat. Jul. 20th
Skinner. Boston. The Mystic Collection: Early Books. 230 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 190 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia. 835 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 100 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. A Century at Sea - A Comprehensive Maritime Auction - Day 2. 123 lots
Sothebys. New York. Space Exploration.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Art and Photography - Online bidstart 7/12. 20 lots

Sun. Jul. 21st
Vermot de Pas. Paris. 50th Anniversary Sale of the First Man on the Moon.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/14.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 7/14.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/23. 330 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 7/12. 34 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ptolomaeus (Claudius). <i>Cosmographia,</i> first edition, Vicenza, Hermann Liechtenstein, 13 September 1475. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Schoener (Johann). <i>Opera mathematica,</i> 3 parts in 1, first edition,The Honeyman copy in contemporary binding, Nuremberg, J. Montanus and U. Neuber, 1551. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Lucian of Samosata. <i>Dialogoi, editio princeps,</i> with fine illuminated title-page, Florence, Lorenzo de Alopa, 1496. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Pian (Jean Baptiste de). [Architectural Alphabet], 26 chromolithographs by Leopold Muller after Pian, Vienna, 1842-44. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Rogers (Bruce).- Holy Bible (The)..., one of 200 copies on handmade paper, designed by Bruce Rogers, bound in modern crimson morocco, gilt, Oxford, 1935. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Jenner (Edward). <i>An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae…,</i> first edition, Printed for the Author, by Sampson Low, 1798. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Voyages.- Cook (Capt. James).- Parkinson (Sydney). <i>A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's Ship the Endeavour,</i> second edition, Charles Dilly...& James Phillips, 1784. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Clemens (Samuel Langhorne)] "Mark Twain". <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> first edition, first state, New York, Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Voight (Hans Henning)], "Alastair". Herod, for 'Salome: Drame en un Acte', original drawing in red & black ink over pencil, [c.1922]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> James (M.R.) <i>Ghost Stories of an Antiquary,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to A.C. Benson, 1904. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Remarque (Erich Maria). <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1929. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ashendene Press.- More (Sir Thomas). <i>A Fruteful and Pleasaunt Worke...Utopia,</i> one of 100 copies, bound in black goatskin by J.Franklin Mowery, Ashendene Press, 1906. £3,000 to £4,000.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> O'Fihely, Maurice Abp. <i>Questiones subtilissme Scoti in metaphysicam Aristotelis</i>, Venice (Octavianus Scoti) 20th November 1497. 8,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Pococke (Richard). <i>A Description of the East and some other Countries,</i> 3 vols. in 2, L. (W. Bowyer) 1743. 2,250 to 3,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Keogh (John). <i>Botanalogia Universalis Hibernica, or A General Irish Herbal Calculated for this Kingdom, giving an account of the Herbs, Scrubs…</i>, Corke (George Harrison) 1735. 1,000 to 1,500 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Perry (Charles). <i>A View of the Levant particularly of Constantinople, Syria, Egypt and Greece,</i> L. (T. Woodward) 1743. 800 to 1,200 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Shaw (Thomas). <i>Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant,</i>, Oxford (The Theatre) 1738. 600 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (Nicholas) Bishop of Ferns] Attributed, <i>Recit Exact et Fidele de la Vente et Partage du Roiaume d'Irlande Fait Sous Charles II…,</i> Milan (Chez Charles Joseph Quinto) 1724. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (V. Rev.Dr. Nicholas, Bp of Ferns.)] <i>The Unkinde Desertor of Loyall Men and True Frinds,</i> 12mo, n.p. 1676. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>Plays and Controversies,</i>, N.Y. (The MacMillan Company) 1924, Signed Limited Edn. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Barrie (J.M.) & Thomson (Hugh) illus. <i>Quality Street, a Comedy in Four Acts,</i> L. (Hodder and Stoughton) 1901, Limited Edition, signed by the artist. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Molyneaux (William). <i>The Case of Ireland's being bound by Acts of Parliament in England Stated,</i> [London 1719]. 200 to 300 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Johnston's (W. & A.) Map of South Africa, to illustrate the Military Operations 1900. 100 to 150 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>N.C. Wyeth, <i>The Black Arrow,</i> oil on canvas, for the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1916. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Laurent de Brunhoff, mixed media color study for <i>Babar’s World Tour,</i> 2005. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Hilary Knight, <i>Eloise with Valentine,</i> watercolor, ink & pencil, 2015. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Howard Pyle, <i>It was a Comrade from His Own Regiment,</i> oil on canvas, for <i>Harper’s Monthly Magazine,</i> 1909. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Coby Whitmore, <i>‘Poor baby! You want me so much,’ she said,</i> acrylic, for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1968. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Al Hirschfeld, <i>Charley’s Aunt,</i> pen & ink, for the Broadway revival, <i>The New York Times,</i> 1940. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Erté, <i>Décor de Laideronnette,</i> gouache set design for third movement of <i>Mother Goose,</i> 1949. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Vince McIndoe, <i>Villainous Last Supper, DC Comics,</i> oil on canvas, 2016. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Arthur Getz, <i>Rooftop Party,</i> casein tempera, cover illustration for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1970. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 1. Albertus Magnus, De Natura Locorum, 2nd edn, 1515. £3000 to £4000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 22. George Cooke, Scenery of the East India Islands, 1811-13. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 23. J.M. Crozet, Nouveau vouage a la Mer du Sud, 1st edn, 1783. £4000 to £6000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 27. J.P.J.Du Bois, Vies des Gouverneurs Generaux, 1st edn, 1763. £1200 to £1800.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 28. Wm Ellis, Authentic Narrative...Captain Cook, 1st edn, 1782. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 31. Thomas Forrest, Voyage to New Guinea, 1st edn, 1779. £1500 to £2000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 32. Forster & Forster, Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1777-78. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 38. Gianetti, Elogy of Captain James Cook, 1st edn, 1785. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 46. Otto von Kotzebue, Entdeckungs Reise, 1st edn, 1821. £3500 to £4500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 52. Alejandro Malaspina, Viaje politico-scientifico, 1st edn, 1885. £2000 to £3000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 60. Sydney Parkinson, Journal of Voyage to the South Seas, large paper, 1773. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 64. Nathaniel Portlock, A Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1789. £4000 to £6000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Elizabeth I. Early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North 1560. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Catherine II. Empress of Russia Letter signed to Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich [Potemkin] 1784. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Nelson. Autograph letter signed, to Captains of Egyptian Club, 3 August 1798. £12,000 to £18,000,
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Charles Darwin. Photograph signed, c.1871 by Oscar Gustave Rejlander. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> T.E. Lawrence. Autograph letter signed, to Major Littleton, 14 October 1918. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Napoleon. Letter signed, ordering General Desaix to sail to Malta, prior to the Egyptian Expedition, 1798. £2,000 to £3,000.