• <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Friend, Wife</i>, graphite & watercolor cover for Judge magazine, May 1920. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Après la Tempête</i>, watercolor, ink & graphite cover for <i>Vogue</i>, April 1919, inscribed to Madame Condé Nast. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Little Bear & His Parents </i>, pencil study & finished watercolor for <i>Bears of the World</i>, 1981. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b><br>Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), <i>A Great Gallumphing Galoot!</i>, original drawing & inscription, signed twice, in <i>Dr. Seuss's ABC</i>. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Scrapbook relating to the production of <i>Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs</i>, with 20 original drawings, circa 1937. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Charles M. Schulz, <i>Gentleman Biographer</i>, pen & ink, <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1972. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Jerry Pinkney, <i>[Brer Rabbit & Brer Bear]</i>, watercolor, pen & ink on paper, 1990. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> <i>Daffydils</i>, festschrift for Harry Hershfield, signed with cartoons & caricatures by George Herriman, Winsor McCay & others, 1911. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> W.W. Denslow, <i>Higglepy, Piggleby, My Black Hen</i>, ink & gouache, for <i>Denslow's Mother Goose </i>, 1901. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14: Illustration Art</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Pavel Tchelitchew, <i>Savonarola</i>, graphite & gouache, sketch for the production at Theater in der Königgrätzer Straße, 1923. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> John Philip Falter, <i>Strictly Off the Record</i>, oil on canvas, for Four Roses Whiskey, 1942. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Movie Scream</i>, pen, ink & watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker</i>, January 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <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>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000

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Sixteen Auctions Archived, 9 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, December 24th, 2016, 16 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 9 in US dollars.  Turnover was a svelte $3,089,517 as 4,659 lots were offered and 3,690 sold for a 79% success rate.  The high season now passes before our eyes and a few weeks of relative quiet descend upon us.

Now, as the market quiets for a well-deserved respite we extend our best wishes for a safe and successful holiday season to all in the field.

 

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

SkinnerJudaica Online - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 137.85% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesUnited States and Confederate States Postal History on December 15th: 125.20% 


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

Forum Auctions in ItalyAntiquarian and Rare Books on December 14th: 100.00% 
Forum AuctionsThe Library of the late David Harrison: 17th-19th Century Literature & the Arts on December 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsComics - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 99.24% 
Heritage AuctionsMovie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 97.90% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesUnited States and Confederate States Postal History on December 15th: 97.02% 
SkinnerJudaica Online - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 82.50% 
RR AuctionScience and Technology - Internet bidstart 12/8 on December 15th: 82.28% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Fleurs du Mal. Seconde édition augmentée de trente-cinq poëmes nouveaux et ornée d'un portrait de l'auteur dessiné et gravé par Bracquemond. on December 16th Actual price: USD $77,816.
  2. Forum Auctions Reflections on a Conversation (Corlett 240) on December 5th Actual price: USD $77,500.
  3. Forum Auctions Untitled (Based on Blaze) (Schubert 4) on December 5th Actual price: USD $66,650.
  4. Pierre Berge and Associes Celestine en laquelle est traicte des deceptions des serviteurs envers leurs maistres & des macquerelles envers les amoureux tra[n]slate dytalie[n] en fra[n]cois. on December 16th Actual price: USD $61,256.
  5. Pierre Berge and Associes Recueil des plus illustres proverbes, divises en trois livres, le premier contient les proverbes moraux, le second les proverbes joyeux et plaisans, le troisiesme represente la vie des gueux en proverbes mis en lumiere [...]. on December 16th Actual price: USD $39,100.
  6. Forum Auctions Stop and Search on December 5th Actual price: USD $34,100.
  7. Pierre Berge and Associes Fables choisies, mises en vers. on December 16th Actual price: USD $31,280.
  8. Forum Auctions Green Dominance, Blue Dominance, Red Dominance (Schubert 22, 23, 24) on December 5th Actual price: USD $29,450.
  9. Pierre Berge and Associes Mémoires de Saturnin, écrits par lui-même, Nouvelle édition, corrigée & augmentée, avec figures. on December 16th Actual price: USD $28,673.
  10. Forum Auctions Toucans (Coppel DB 37) on December 5th Actual price: USD $27,900.
  11. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Fleurs du Mal. on December 16th Actual price: USD $26,067.
  12. RR Auction Marilyn Monroe Signed Photograph on December 15th Actual price: USD $24,959.
  13. Forum Auctions Donuts on December 5th Actual price: USD $22,475.
  14. Forum Auctions Mao (Corlett 104) on December 5th Actual price: USD $20,925.
  15. Pierre Berge and Associes Stultifera navis. on December 16th Actual price: USD $19,550.
  16. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Ventiquattr'Hore dell'humana felicità. on December 16th Actual price: USD $18,084.
  17. RR Auction Greta Garbo Oversized Signed Photograph on December 15th Actual price: USD $17,908.
  18. Robert Siegel Galleries 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). on December 15th Actual price: USD $17,825.
  19. Pierre Berge and Associes Les Liaisons dangereuses, ou Lettres recueillies dans une Société, & publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres. on December 16th Actual price: USD $15,640.
  20. Pierre Berge and Associes Nova alphati [sic] effictio historiis ad singulas literas correspondentibus. [...] Nejw kunstliches Alphabet, gezirt mit schonen Figurn deren jede sich auff seinen Buschstaben accomodirt. on December 16th Actual price: USD $15,640.
  21. Forum Auctions Morons on December 5th Actual price: USD $15,500.
  22. Robert Siegel Galleries (Newburyport Mass. to Philadelphia via Cambridge and New York City, 1775) on December 15th Actual price: USD $14,950.
  23. Forum Auctions Le Juif priant; juif a la Thora, La Maison, L'Homme au sac; Chevre et violin; L'Ecuyere et le Coq (Kornfeld 31 III b, 35c, 32 IV, 33 II b, 34 II b and 84 III b) on December 5th Actual price: USD $14,415.
  24. Robert Siegel Galleries 3c Rose (65). on December 15th Actual price: USD $14,375.
  25. Pierre Berge and Associes Féminies. Huit chapitres inédits dévoués à la femme, à l'amour, à la beauté par Gyp, Abel Hermant, Henri Lavedan, Marcel Schwob & Octave Uzanne. on December 16th Actual price: USD $14,336.



A total of 16 sales were reported this week:

RR Auction. Science and Technology - Internet bidstart 12/8 on December 15th: 82.28%
Robert Siegel Galleries. United States and Confederate States Postal History on December 15th: 97.02%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 20th: 73.49%
De Baecque and Associes. Post Cards on December 16th: 44.10%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Icons and Photographs from the 1960s-2000s on December 12th: 29.31%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana - Day 4 on December 12th: 59.02%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana - Day 2 on December 10th: 63.13%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana - Day 1 on December 9th: 79.85%
Skinner. Judaica Online - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 82.50%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Library of an Amateur on December 16th: 70.50%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Antiquarian and Rare Books on December 14th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. The Library of the late David Harrison: 17th-19th Century Literature & the Arts on December 8th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. Editions and Works on Paper on December 5th: 56.43%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel - Cartography on December 15th: 71.91%
Heritage Auctions. Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 97.90%
Heritage Auctions. Comics - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 99.24%


For the week ahead 9 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 26th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 96 lots

Wed. Dec. 28th
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . An Orderly Hoard of Pop Culture and Americana.

Thu. Dec. 29th
Auctionata. Berlin. From Joseph Beuys to Henry Moore: Prints and Editions. 135 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Abstractionism: Post War Art - Prints. 12 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Art of Nature: Animals, Flowers and Still Life from four Centuries. 20 lots
Auctionata. Berlin. Naked: Nudes from the 20th and 21st Centuries. 31 lots

Fri. Dec. 30th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 25 lots

Sun. Jan. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/26.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowling (J.K.). Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, original fine black pen and ink manuscript book by the author J.K.Rowling, with 31pp of text and illustrations. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt</i>, i.e. <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>. vol 4, England & Wales. £10,500 to £12,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Miró (Joan). L'Homme au Balencier, etching, aquatint and carborundum, printed in colours on Japan paper, signed in pencil lower right. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Steve McCurry (b.1950). Afghan Girl, 1984, pigment inkjet print, signed and numbered 48/250 in pencil on lower margin. £2,500 to £3,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Keough (Pat and Rosemarie). <i>Antarctica</i>, no 228 of 950 copies, signed by the authors, many colour illustrations, original dark grey morocco. £2,800 to £3,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Rowlandson (Thomas). Darby & Joan, the idyllically contended couple sit either side of a stove in a cosy domestic interior, ink and watercolour on wove paper. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Procktor (Patrick). Tiny blue-eyed goldfish, watercolour, 310 x 460mm., signed in blue crayon, lower right, titled and inscribed Muscat Jan 19. £1,000 to £1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Iouri Abramochkin (b.1936). Horsemen, Dagestan, 1968, Lambda print, printed later, signed, dated, editioned 1/8 and annotated in black ink verso. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Ravilious (Eric).- Shakespeare (William). Twelfth NIght, or, What You Will, number 79 of 275 copies , wood-engraved title. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Bloomsbury Auctions: Books and Works on Paper, including Fine Photographs. December 14, 2017</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Michelangelo.- Chastel (André). <i>The Vatican Frescoes of Michelangelo</i>, Photography by Takashi Okamura, 2 vol., one of 600 sets, colour plates. £500 to £700
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Wyndham (John). <i>The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; The Chrysalids;</i> together with 8 other volumes. All first editions. £400 to £600
    <b>Bloomsbury, Dec. 14:</b> Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). Goats Along The Seine, 1894. Photogravure, printed 1990s by Dorothy Norman, one from an edition of 40 published by Aperture. £400 to £600
  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
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  • <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>John the Baptist</i>. initial 'H' cut from a choirbook [Lombardy or Siena, c. 1470s]. US$6,000–9,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Dec. 5 – Dec. 12:</b> <i>Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839) seated on a terrace with Sikh noblemen</i>. [Punjab, North India, circa 1830-40]. Estimate: US$10,000–15,000