• <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> ALVIN LANGDON COBURN. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500

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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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.
  • <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000