• <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Ernest Hemingway, Autograph Letter Signed "Love / Mr. Papa," to Marlene Dietrich, Cuba, 1952. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Alexis de Tocqueville, Autograph Letter Signed, on the publication of <i> Democracy in America </i>, 1837. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Hart Benton, Autograph Manuscript, draft of <i>The Mechanics of Form Organization in Painting</i>, with sketches, 1926. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Elliot Erwitt, photograph of Kennedy & Eisenhower, signed by both,<br>c. 1960. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> John Adams, Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1798. $4,000 to $6,000. 
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Graphite drawing of Albert Einstein, signed by him & the artist, S.N. Swamy, 1950. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, London, 1888. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1809. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts for numerous novels, Baghdad, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed to Desmond Fitzgerald, in French, 1889. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Photograph of Fidel Castro, Signed & Inscribed, in Spanish, 1955. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 4:</b> Frederick Stuart Church, archive of 17 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed to Evander Schley, 1905-11. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <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>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

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Twenty-four Auctions Archived, 21 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, February 4th, 24 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 9 auctions denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Sales were $4,357,845 as 5,967 lots were offered and 4,678 sold for a 78% success rate.  The pace is picking up.



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

De Baecque and AssociesChina and Asian Art - Letters and Prints on January 25th: 258.30% 
Kedem AuctionOnline Auction – Jewish Art and Artists on January 17th: 147.64% 
BonhamsTravel and Exploration on February 1st: 140.82% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteBooks, Manuscripts and Autographs on January 31st: 128.56% 
Brunk AuctionsJanuary Sale on January 27th: 106.11% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 99.33% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 97.53% 
Brunk AuctionsJanuary Sale on January 27th: 94.67% 
Kedem AuctionOnline Auction – Jewish Art and Artists on January 17th: 92.86% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyRare, Out of Print and Used Books on January 13th: 90.59% 
BonhamsTravel and Exploration on February 1st: 88.24% 
Potomack CompanySpecial Collections and Estates - Prints on January 28th: 85.29% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 31st: 83.33% 
Cowans AuctionsHistorical Autographs and Maps - Internet bidstart 1/19 on January 30th: 80.82% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 80.44% 
 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Fish Hawk or Osprey on January 28th Actual price: USD $109,800.
  2. Bonhams Aurora Australis on February 1st Actual price: USD $87,313.
  3. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Summer, or Wood Duck on January 28th Actual price: USD $79,300.
  4. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Long-Billed Curlew on January 28th Actual price: USD $73,200.
  5. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Great Horned Owl on January 28th Actual price: USD $51,850.
  6. Bonhams Album containing 37 large photographs by White taken in 1905 on February 1st Actual price: USD $50,800.
  7. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Virginia Partridge on January 28th Actual price: USD $48,800.
  8. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Canvas-Backed Duck on January 28th Actual price: USD $48,800.
  9. Skinner Le joueur de diole on January 27th Actual price: USD $43,050.
  10. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Wild Turkey (Female) on January 28th Actual price: USD $39,650.
  11. Arader Galleries John Webber, Winter Scene in Kamchatka Oil Painting on January 28th Actual price: USD $36,600.
  12. Forum Auctions Greek medical manuscript.- Iatrosophion on January 25th Actual price: USD $34,650.
  13. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Great White Heron on January 28th Actual price: USD $33,550.
  14. Forum Auctions Practica musicae on January 25th Actual price: USD $31,500.
  15. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, White-Headed Eagle on January 28th Actual price: USD $30,500.
  16. Skinner Art Critic on January 27th Actual price: USD $27,060.
  17. Bonhams African Scenery and Animals at the Cape of Good Hope on February 1st Actual price: USD $26,988.
  18. Arader Galleries Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Great Cinereous Owl on January 28th Actual price: USD $24,400.
  19. Bonhams Log of midshipman A. N. ["Neville"] Pepper on February 1st Actual price: USD $23,813.
  20. Forum Auctions Epitome proverbiorum Tarrhaei et Didymi [graece], on January 25th Actual price: USD $23,625.
  21. Skinner Signs on January 27th Actual price: USD $23,370.
  22. Gonnelli Casa DAste Horae BMV secundum usum Romanae Curiae. on January 31st Actual price: USD $22,950.
  23. Skinner Marcel Duchamp, New York on January 27th Actual price: USD $22,140.
  24. Skinner Portrait on January 27th Actual price: USD $22,140.
  25. Forum Auctions Commedia. Paradiso on January 25th Actual price: USD $22,050.



24 total sales reported this week:

Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs on January 31st: 67.15%
De Baecque and Associes. China and Asian Art - Letters and Prints on January 25th: 44.30%
Bonhams. Travel and Exploration on February 1st: 88.24%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Photo Opportunities on January 31st: 17.43%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 31st: 83.33%
Cowans Auctions. Historical Autographs and Maps - Internet bidstart 1/19 on January 30th: 80.82%
Rossini. Photojournalism on January 28th: 24.49%
Brunk Auctions. January Sale on January 27th: 94.67%
OSENAT. Automobilia on January 28th: 76.14%
Potomack Company. Special Collections and Estates - Prints on January 28th: 85.29%
Auctionata. Space History Sale on January 27th: 57.14%
Tajan. A Doctor's Library on January 27th: 65.02%
Tajan. Modern and Contemporary Works of Art - Prints on January 26th: 33.33%
Audap and Mirabaud. Prints on January 24th: 60.87%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts - Prints on January 18th: 75.93%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Rare, Out of Print and Used Books on January 13th: 90.59%
Eldreds. Prints in Art and Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 24th: 60.71%
Arader Galleries. Winter 2017 Auction on January 28th: 72.18%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature and Modern First Editions on January 26th: 79.37%
Skinner. Fine Prints, Photographs on January 27th: 77.89%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 97.53%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/22 on January 29th: 99.33%
Kedem Auction. Online Auction – Jewish Art and Artists on January 17th: 92.86%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 80.44%


For the week ahead 21 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 6th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 74 lots

Tue. Feb. 7th
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 93 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters. 475 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 1 and 2: Interior Design - Prints. 44 lots

Wed. Feb. 8th
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Autographs and Manuscripts. 229 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Three Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 1.. 747 lots
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics. 825 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Books and Manuscripts. 148 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 1/20. 767 lots

Thu. Feb. 9th
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques. 94 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Three Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 2.. 227 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 5 and 6: Modern Art and Interior Design - Prints. 105 lots

Fri. Feb. 10th
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Photographs, Prints. 18 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Three Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale. - Day 3. 95 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 7 and 8: Interior Design - Prints. 48 lots

Sat. Feb. 11th
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . February Estate Auction. 36 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Winter Estate Auction. 70 lots
Artcurial. Paris. AUTOMOBILIA RÉTROMOBILE 2017. 29 lots

Sun. Feb. 12th
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts. 220 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/5.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/5.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>  Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, From a Negative taken at the Observatory of Mr. L. M. Rutherfurd...May 19, 1874. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 3)
    <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 (Lot 32)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Lee Friedlander, Newark, New Jersey, 1962 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1972.<br>Est: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 50)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> The  papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Est: $75,000-100,000 (Lot 160)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> James Joyce, Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, 1914. First edition. Est: $5,000-8,000 (Lot 362)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> George Sand, Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse. Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 405)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Thomas More, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus… Basel: Froben, March 1518. First Basel edition. Est: $15,000-25,000 (Lot 308)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Johannes Brahms, Autograph letter in German signed "Joh. Brahms.” Est: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 285)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Kelmscott Press, [Guilelmus, of Tyre, Archbishop]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles Didier, Atlas universel...Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Est: $10,000 - $15,000  (Lot 222)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition. Est: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 399)
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinge, between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards.. Est: $2,000-3,000 (Lot 195)
  • <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 37. Anonymous, <i>[Untitled - Ancient World]</i>, 1553. Est. $20,000 - $23,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 45. Cellarius, <i>Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe</i>, 1708. Est. $2,400 - $3,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 51. Kircher, <i>Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur</i>, 1665. Est. $1,600 - $1,900
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 152. David H. Vance, <i>Map of the United States of North America</i>, 1825. Est. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 309. Mark Storm, <i>Official Texas Brags Map of North America</i>, 1948. Est. $350 - $425
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 426. B. Crété, <i>Carte Symbolique de l'Europe / Europe en 1914</i>, 1915. Est. $2,000 - $2,300
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 636. Hartmann Schedel, <i>Folio LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime</i>, 1493. Est. $1,100 - $1,400
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 649. Heinrich Bunting, <i>Asia Secunda pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi</i>, 1581. Est. $3,000 - $3,750
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 747. Theodore de Bry, <i> [Lot of 22 - Complete Set of De Bry's Virginia Natives]</i>, 1590. Est. $6,000 - $7,000
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 769. Lotter/Lobeck, <i>Atlas Geographicus Portatilis</i>, 1760. Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 772. Henry Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Old World Auctions, Apr. 26:</b> Lot 777. Marco Coltellini, <i>[3 Volumes] Il Gazzettiere Americano</i>, 1763. Est. $5,500 - $7,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Clemens, Samuel L. <i>The Writings Of Mark Twain.</i> New York And London: Harper & Brothers, 1904to1906. $80,000 to 120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Biggers, Earl Derr. <i>The House Without a Key</i>. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Bukowski, Charles. Extensively revised typescript of his novel <i>Factotum</i>. [Los Angeles, c. 1973 to 75]. $50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Dickens, Charles. Autograph quotation from <i>A Christmas Carol</i> signed ("Charles Dickens" With Paraph). $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Fitzgerald, Zelda. A group of paper dolls with costumes, circa 1927. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. <i>Men Without Women</i>. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. $25,000 to 35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III). April 24, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Lawrence, T. E. Autograph letter signed ("TE Shaw") completing the order for George VII — The Brough Superior motorcycle on which he was killed. $5,000 to 7,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Steadman, Ralph. "Somewhere Around Barstow". $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Jones, Robert Tyre ("Bobby"), and O. B. Keeler. <i>Down The Fairway: The Golf Life And Play Of Robert T. Jones, Jr.</i> New York: Minton, Balch, 1927. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY Apr. 24:</b> Ruth, George Herman ("Babe"). <i>Babe Ruth's Own Book Of Baseball</i>. New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. $8,000 to 12,000