• <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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9 Sales Archived, 13 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 1,548 lots were offered and 1,373 sold for an 89% success rate.  Auction bidders, lacking the typical thirty auctions to bid on each week focused their attention on the 9 auctions available and bought almost 90% of the lots.  It suggests there are fewer and fewer off weeks anymore.  Turnover was a thin $1,036,240, but I doubt many consignors were complaining.

 

The RBH Database reached 7,049,000 full text records this week.


1 auction saw its total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered:   

Kestenbaum and CompanyBooks, Manuscripts and Fine Art on December 14th: 127.28% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.60% 
TooveysPrints on December 30th: 88.00% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 3rd: 85.71% 


9 total sales reported this week: 

Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 3rd: 85.71% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyBooks, Manuscripts and Fine Art on December 14th: 65.63% 
TooveysPrints on December 30th: 88.00% 
AuctionataNaked: Nudes from the 20th and 21st Centuries on December 29th: 25.81% 
AuctionataArt of Nature: Animals, Flowers and Still Life from four Centuries on December 29th: 10.00% 
AuctionataAbstractionism: Post War Art - Prints on December 29th: 0.00% 
AuctionataFrom Joseph Beuys to Henry Moore: Prints and Editions on December 29th: 44.44% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.60% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Moreshet Auctions AMULET ON PARCHMENT FROM THE HOLY HANDS OF THE TSADDIK, THE ADMOR RABBI YESHAYLE KRESTIRER—RARE. on December 21st Actual price: USD $192,000.
  2. Gonnelli Casa DAste A map exhibiting all the new discoveries in the interior parts of North America... additions to 1802. on December 13th Actual price: USD $44,400.
  3. Minerva Auctions Roma Carmina on December 16th Actual price: USD $34,688.
  4. Minerva Auctions Roma Il porto sepolto on December 16th Actual price: USD $27,750.
  5. Stockholms Auktionsverk Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibus scilicet: Bibliotheca ichthyologica. on December 20th Actual price: USD $21,560.
  6. Minerva Auctions Roma Libro da imparare giochare a scachi, et de belissimi partiti, reuisti & recoretti, & con summa diligentia da molti famosissimi giocatori emendati on December 16th Actual price: USD $20,813.
  7. Stockholms Auktionsverk An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of his present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and on December 20th Actual price: USD $19,539.
  8. Auctionata Flowers on December 5th Actual price: USD $19,425.
  9. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Fortunato Depero. Depero futurista. on December 14th Actual price: USD $17,550.
  10. Moreshet Auctions THE MACHZOR SHALOSH REGALIM WITH PESACH HAGGADAH, OF THE SIDNA “BABA SALI” on December 21st Actual price: USD $16,800.
  11. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Arte del blasone che incomincia dal primo doge di Venezia con la descrizione di tutte le famiglie nobili e come ebbero il loro prencipio. on December 14th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  12. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions [Armi di diverse Famiglie, Arti e Compagnie della città di Bologna]. on December 14th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  13. Minerva Auctions Roma L'Alleluiah. Catéchisme de Dianus on December 16th Actual price: USD $13,875.
  14. Stockholms Auktionsverk KORAN. Arabisk handskrift, daterad 1829 on December 20th Actual price: USD $13,475.
  15. Rachel Davis Fine Arts Hawaiian Fisherman'' (Miles 48) on December 10th Actual price: USD $12,980.
  16. Minerva Auctions Roma De sculptura. Ubi agitur de symetriis. De lineamentis. De physiognomonia [...] on December 16th Actual price: USD $12,488.
  17. Minerva Auctions Roma Voyage pittoresque ou description des Royames de Naples et de Sicilie on December 16th Actual price: USD $12,488.
  18. Stockholms Auktionsverk KUNGLIGA VETENSKAPS AKADEMIENS HANDLINGAR OCH TAL M.M. I 120 VOLYMER.Kungliga Vetenskaps Akademiens handlingar 1739-1837 + registervolymerna 1739-55 resp. 1755-69. on December 20th Actual price: USD $12,128.
  19. Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions Bellissimo insieme di documenti e autografi dell’avventura fiumana di Gabriele D’Annunzio. on December 14th Actual price: USD $11,700.
  20. Minerva Auctions Roma Apocalissi e sedici traduzioni on December 16th Actual price: USD $11,100.
  21. Stockholms Auktionsverk 63 brev och dokument författade av Axel Oxenstierna varav 32 egenhändigt skrivna och 31 av kanslist. 46 av dessa egenhändigt undertecknade. on December 20th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  22. Stockholms Auktionsverk Globus caelestis cufico-arabicus veliterni Musei Borgiani... illustratus praemissa ejusdem De Arabum astronomia dissertatione et adjectis duabus epistolis Cl. Josephi Toaldi. on December 20th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  23. Rachel Davis Fine Arts St. George and The Dragon'' (Fields 47-1)(Michler and Lopsinger 59) on December 10th Actual price: USD $10,620.
  24. William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals (2) handcolored engravings of Emperor Qianlong''s Conquest on December 13th Actual price: USD $10,350.
  25. Kestenbaum and Company “Citizens, to the Ballot Box! Vote for Ticket Number 7 - the United Jewish Socialist Workers’ Party. on December 14th Actual price: USD $9,840.


For the week ahead 13 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 9th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Mid-Century Modern - Prints. 29 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 44 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Edwin S. Curtis "The North American Indian" - Online. 90 lots

Wed. Jan. 11th
Lyon and Turnbull. Edinburgh. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography. 465 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 12/16. 862 lots

Thu. Jan. 12th
Forum Auctions. London. Collectors' Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Medicine & Science: Inventory of Edwin V. Glaser Rare Books. 518 lots

Fri. Jan. 13th
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Lancaster. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books. 457 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Happy New Year Exposition Auction.

Sat. Jan. 14th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints.
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. Gahanna. 2017 New York Book Auction.

Sun. Jan. 15th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/8.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/8.

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