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41 Auctions Archived, 44 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, December 3rd, 41 sales were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 14 denominated in euros, 9 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 17 in US dollars. Turnover was $21,104,678 as 11,093 lots were offered and 7,470 sold for a 67% success rate.

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysMusic and Continental Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: $7,392,896 
ChristiesValuable Printed Books and Manuscripts on December 1st: $3,276,094 
ChristiesGiancarlo Bettrame Library of Science Books, Part 2 on November 30th: $1,182,350 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingRare Books Day 2 on November 22nd: $1,038,995 

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

Neret Minet and TessierComic Strips on November 26th: 170.54% 
Christian Hesse AuktionenRare Books - Day 1 on November 18th: 143.89% 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingRare Books - Evening Sale on November 21st: 128.41% 
OSENATEmpire at Fontainebleau on November 19th: 113.40% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsAdriana Williams Collection - Fine Art Prints on November 5th: 104.78% 


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

Dirk Soulis AuctionsThanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints on November 25th: 100.00% 
Alaska AuctionPrints on November 19th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 27th: 99.77% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 27th: 95.23% 
Forum AuctionsImportant Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper - Day 2 on November 16th: 91.77% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersFine Prints and Photographs on November 18th: 90.91% 
Rago Arts and Auctions19th and 20th Century Art - Prints on November 5th: 88.89% 
Christian Hesse AuktionenRare Books - Day 1 on November 18th: 86.29% 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingRare Books - Evening Sale on November 21st: 84.25% 
Swann GalleriesArt, Press & Illustrated Books on December 1st: 83.20% 
Neret Minet and TessierComic Strips on November 26th: 82.30% 
Grays AuctioneersThe Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition 1893 - Prints, Books on November 21st: 82.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on November 29th: 80.36% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys THE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE SECOND SYMPHONY ("THE RESURRECTION"), THE COMPLETE WORK IN FIVE MOVEMENTS on November 29th Actual price: USD $5,682,813.
  2. Christies LITERATURE OF THE HEROIC AGE on December 1st Actual price: USD $846,250.
  3. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF THE OPENING OF THE FIRST BALLADE IN G MINOR OP.23 on November 29th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  4. Sothebys THE ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH COMPOSITION DRAFT OF THE CHORUS "AUFERSTEH’N!" [RESURRECTION CHORALE], FROM THE FINALE OF THE SECOND SYMPHONY IN C MINOR on November 29th Actual price: USD $234,375.
  5. Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions Graduale on November 26th Actual price: USD $212,000.
  6. Christies [Lunar Planispheres. on December 1st Actual price: USD $156,250.
  7. Christies Etymologiae on December 1st Actual price: USD $140,625.
  8. Forum Auctions Viaggio in Oriente, Florence, autograph manuscript, 1385-92. on November 15th Actual price: USD $132,813.
  9. Christies [MEMORIAL:] Señor. Capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros. V[uestra] Magestad me mandó despachar dos vezes, la segunda a mi satisfacion … on December 1st Actual price: USD $125,000.
  10. Christies MADONNA AND CHILD, initial ‘S’ on a cutting from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum on December 1st Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Christies ALEXANDER MAGNUS -- Historia Alexandri Magni, in German: Hienach volget die histori von dem grossen Alexander wie die Eusebius beschriben hat. on December 1st Actual price: USD $121,875.
  12. Forum Auctions Book of Hours, use of Rome Illuminated manuscript on vellum, on November 15th Actual price: USD $104,688.
  13. Christies The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. on December 1st Actual price: USD $85,938.
  14. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT SIGNED ("RICHARD STRAUSS") OF THE ERSTE WALZERFOLGE AUS DER ROSENKAVALIER, A CONCERT SUITE OF WALTZES FROM STRAUSS'S MOST FAMOUS OPERA, on November 29th Actual price: USD $85,938.
  15. Christies De Ludo Scachorum, in German: Schachzabelbuch. on December 1st Actual price: USD $78,125.
  16. Ketterer Kunst Doerling Erster (und zweyter) Beytrag zur Naturgeschichte der vierfüßigen Thiere. on November 21st Actual price: USD $76,320.
  17. Neret Minet and Tessier "Un Numéro de Tapis". on November 26th Actual price: USD $72,875.
  18. Ketterer Kunst Doerling Eaux-fortes originales. on November 21st Actual price: USD $64,872.
  19. Christies Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis. on December 1st Actual price: USD $62,500.
  20. Swann Galleries Das Werk von Gustav Klimt. on December 1st Actual price: USD $60,000.
  21. Christies MOSES PREACHING TO THE ISRAELITES, historiated initial ‘D’ from a choirbook, illuminated manuscript on vellum on December 1st Actual price: USD $59,375.
  22. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF ["...EXPLOSANTE-FIXE..."], FOR SOLO FLUTE, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO CAROL AND BOB FRANKEL on November 29th Actual price: USD $59,375.
  23. Christies Supplementum Summae Pisanellae.- ASTESANUS DE AST (fl. 1st half of 14th century) on December 1st Actual price: USD $53,125.
  24. Sothebys GEOGRAPHIA [TRANSLATED BY GUARINUS VERONENSIS AND GREGORIUS TIPHERNAS; EDITED BY JOANNES ANDREAE, BISHOP OF ALERIA]. [VENICE]: VINDELINUS DE SPIRA, 1472 on November 29th Actual price: USD $53,125.
  25. Christies Speculum aureum decem praeceptorum. on December 1st Actual price: USD $46,875.



41 total sales reported this week:

Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on December 1st: 83.20%
PBA Galleries. Fine Books with Children's Literature, Art and Illustrated on December 1st: 72.91%
Christies. Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts on December 1st: 71.52%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters on December 1st: 67.51%
Grays Auctioneers. The Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition 1893 - Prints, Books on November 21st: 82.00%
Tooveys. Prints on November 30th: 63.64%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on November 30th: 28.16%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Comic Strips on November 26th: 82.30%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Thanksgiving Weekend Sale - Prints on November 25th: 100.00%
Auctionata. Selected Works by Dieter Blum on November 26th: 4.55%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on November 30th: 63.31%
Sothebys. Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts on November 29th: 66.22%
Christies. Giancarlo Bettrame Library of Science Books, Part 2 on November 30th: 61.68%
Dorotheum . Autographs on November 28th: 62.80%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on November 29th: 80.36%
Galerie Bassenge. Art - Prints on November 24th: 57.60%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints on November 5th: 74.77%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Adriana Williams Collection - Fine Art Prints on November 5th: 72.73%
Rago Arts and Auctions. 19th and 20th Century Art - Prints on November 5th: 88.89%
Pandolfini. OLD MASTER AND MODERN PRINTS AND DRAWINGS - OLD AND RARE BOOKS on November 22nd: 55.38%
RJM Autographs and Antiques. Distinguished Historical Documents, Letters on November 3rd: 11.88%
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Rare Books - Day 2 on November 19th: 64.25%
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Rare Books - Day 1 on November 18th: 86.29%
OSENAT. Empire at Fontainebleau on November 19th: 71.24%
Rossini. Prints, etc. on November 24th: 30.23%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Prints and Photographs on November 25th: 37.56%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Fine Sale - Books on November 24th: 75.96%
Romantic Agony Book and Print Auctions. Antiquarian Books on November 26th: 66.43%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books Day 2 on November 22nd: 59.65%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books - Evening Sale on November 21st: 84.25%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fine Prints and Photographs on November 18th: 90.91%
Alaska Auction. Prints on November 19th: 100.00%
Alaska Auction. Prints on November 18th: 50.00%
Potomack Company. Alexander Calder Works, From a Friend's Collection on November 17th: 50.00%
Forum Auctions. Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper - Day 2 on November 16th: 91.77%
Forum Auctions. Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper - Day 1 on November 15th: 73.68%
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Weekend Auction Day 3 - Fine Art & Antiques on November 20th: 73.33%
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Auction Weekend Day 2 - Fine Art & Antiques on November 19th: 47.62%
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Auction Weekend Day 1 - Collector's Choice on November 18th: 58.62%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 27th: 99.77%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 11/20 on November 27th: 95.23%


For the week ahead 44 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 5th
Forum Auctions. London. Editions and Works on Paper. 140 lots
Christies. Paris. LIVRES RARES ET MANUSCRITS DU XVE AU XXE SIÈCLES. 107 lots
Pandolfini. Florence . Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints. 22 lots
Sothebys. New York. The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie. 195 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Editions. 65 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . December Auction - Americana. 20 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 90 lots

Tue. Dec. 6th
Sothebys. London. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. 71 lots
Bonhams. New York. Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples. 123 lots
Sothebys. New York. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana. 162 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Antiques, Interiors, Collectibles - Books, Prints. 17 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. December 6 Holiday Online Auction. 15 lots

Wed. Dec. 7th
Bonhams. London. December Sale - Automobilia. 24 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian and 19th Century Books. 207 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures. 123 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. ANCIENT AND MODERN BOOKS RARE AND PRECIOUS. 118 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Collectibles and Rarities. 30 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 11/18. 813 lots
Bonhams. New York. History of Science and Technology. 97 lots
Bonhams. New York. Voices of the 20th Century. 307 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Prints. 292 lots

Thu. Dec. 8th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books. 401 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Collectors Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Miniature Books: Rico Onuma Memorial Auction from Lilliput Oval Saloon, Owned by Kazushige Onuma, To. 454 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. NASA Photographs. 156 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian Books of the XIXth Century. 154 lots

Fri. Dec. 9th
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Philippe Zoummeroff. 344 lots
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Berlin-Schoneberg. Books, Prints. 475 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Animation and Disneyana.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana - Day 1. 397 lots

Sat. Dec. 10th
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Revolutionary War. 311 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Fine Art - Prints - Internet Bidstart 12/2. 32 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Animation Art. 878 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . December Estate Sale - Books and Prints. 37 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips and Original Boards, 3D, Japanese Animation. 813 lots
Gibson Auction Inc.. Orange County. IMPORTANT JOSEPH “ABE” LEISCH CIVIL WAR AUCTION. 157 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Works on Paper - Prints.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana - Day 2. 217 lots
Mid Hudson Auction Galleries. Cornwall-on-Hudson, . Contemporary Art, Antiques and Fine Art. 71 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Deck the Halls: December Exposition Auction. 32 lots

Sun. Dec. 11th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/4.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/4.
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints. 87 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.