• <b>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio!</b>
    <b>List your books simultaneously on Rare Book Hub and Biblio!</b>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…

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Thirty-two Auctions Archived this week, 20 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, February 18th, 32 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; one denominated in Danish krona, 15 in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $4,636,576 as 6,170 lots were offered and 4,716 sold for a 76% success rate.  This is February for goodness sake.  The spring looks promising.

 

For the week upcoming 20 Sales are scheduled.

 

One auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Swann GalleriesIcons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks on February 14th: $1,582,852 


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

Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 13 and 14: Interior Design - Prints on February 15th: 215.18% 
Kedem AuctionJudaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters on February 7th: 160.61% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersThree Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 2. on February 9th: 150.75% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Remaining books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching on February 15th: 145.67% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersThree Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale. - Day 3 on February 10th: 131.40% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 9 and 10: Interior Design and Books on February 13th: 128.92% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 14th: 120.73% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 5 and 6: Modern Art and Interior Design - Prints on February 9th: 108.55% 


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

Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Remaining books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching on February 15th: 100.00% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsPhotographs, Prints on February 10th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 99.88% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyFine Books and Works on Paper on February 7th: 98.92% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 98.19% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 9 and 10: Interior Design and Books on February 13th: 91.67% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 5 and 6: Modern Art and Interior Design - Prints on February 9th: 91.43% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 13 and 14: Interior Design - Prints on February 15th: 89.47% 
FreemansBooks, Maps and Manuscripts on February 17th: 89.12% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 14th: 83.16% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 15 and 16: Interior Design - Prints on February 16th: 82.61% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersThree Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 1. on February 8th: 81.66% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersThree Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 2. on February 9th: 81.50% 
Il PonteHome Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 7 and 8: Interior Design - Prints on February 10th: 81.25% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. James D Julia Auctioneers MAGNIFICENT ARCHIVE OF CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF NAVY STEPHEN R. MALLORY on February 10th Actual price: USD $84,700.
  2. Swann Galleries A selection of 50 plates from Animal Locomotion. on February 14th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  3. PBA Galleries Small group of original signed letters from Albert Einstein to author Max Fishler, an important correspondence about Immanuel Kant and Relativity on February 12th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  4. James D Julia Auctioneers IMPORTANT AND RARE PAIR OF CELESTIAL AND TERRESTRIAL GLOBES BY JOHN SENEX (1678 – 1740). on February 10th Actual price: USD $51,425.
  5. James D Julia Auctioneers 'HOT TODDY''. on February 10th Actual price: USD $45,980.
  6. Swann Galleries (SPACE EXPLORATION) Group of 22 large-format photographs from various NASA missions, including scenes of astronauts floating in space and multiple topographic views of the Earth. on February 14th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  7. Neal Auction Company The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories on February 12th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  8. Neal Auction Company An Accurate Map of the State of Alabama and West Florida Carefully compiled from the original surveys of the General Government; designed to exhibit at one view each Section and Fractional Section on February 12th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  9. Kedem Auction A Large Leaf Handwritten by the Chatam Sofer, on Chanuka and Torah Novellae - With a Hitherto Unprinted Section on February 7th Actual price: USD $41,820.
  10. Swann Galleries Dancers. on February 14th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  11. Swann Galleries Empire State Building. on February 14th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  12. Swann Galleries Sixth-plate tintype of the American poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe, which was taken a few weeks before Poe's death, after a daguerreotype by William A. on February 14th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  13. Swann Galleries Clearing Winter Storm. on February 14th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  14. Swann Galleries A striking set of 32 dramatic photographs relating to the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. on February 14th Actual price: USD $30,000.
  15. Freemans Gustav Klimt, Eine Nachlese. on February 17th Actual price: USD $26,250.
  16. Swann Galleries Chief of the Desert, Navajo. on February 14th Actual price: USD $23,750.
  17. Kedem Auction achzor for the High-Holidays and for the Three Festivals, Nusach Sefarad - Slavita, 1836 on February 7th Actual price: USD $23,370.
  18. Swann Galleries Yosemite and the Range of Light. on February 14th Actual price: USD $21,250.
  19. Swann Galleries Graduation. on February 14th Actual price: USD $21,250.
  20. Swann Galleries Trolley--New Orleans. on February 14th Actual price: USD $21,250.
  21. Swann Galleries Girls in the Windows, New York City. on February 14th Actual price: USD $20,800.
  22. Swann Galleries Hearse, London. on February 14th Actual price: USD $20,000.
  23. Swann Galleries Washington Square Park at Night. on February 14th Actual price: USD $20,000.
  24. Swann Galleries Portrait of Dorothy Norman. on February 14th Actual price: USD $20,000.
  25. Swann Galleries The Rush Gatherer. on February 14th Actual price: USD $20,000.



32 total sales reported this week:

Freemans. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on February 17th: 89.12%
Kedem Auction. Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters on February 7th: 71.37%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 15 and 16: Interior Design - Prints on February 16th: 82.61%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 13 and 14: Interior Design - Prints on February 15th: 89.47%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 11 and 12: Interior Design - Prints on February 14th: 60.00%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 9 and 10: Interior Design and Books on February 13th: 91.67%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 7 and 8: Interior Design - Prints on February 10th: 81.25%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 5 and 6: Modern Art and Interior Design - Prints on February 9th: 91.43%
Il Ponte. Home Decor Modern Art, Modernism, Books - Session 1 and 2: Interior Design - Prints on February 7th: 79.55%
RR Auction. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 1/20 on February 8th: 62.58%
Auctionata. From Chagall to Hockney: Prints and Editions on February 16th: 11.90%
Auctionata. The Spectrum of Artistic Expression on February 16th: 4.76%
Auctionata. The Spectrum of Artistic Expression: Art of the 20th & 21st Century on February 16th: 15.15%
Auctionata. Portraits - People as Seen by Artists on February 14th: 5.66%
Auctionata. Discover Nature on February 14th: 1.85%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Fine Books and Works on Paper on February 7th: 98.92%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 14th: 83.16%
Neal Auction Company. Winter Estate Auction on February 12th: 71.43%
Winter Associates. February Auction - Continental on February 13th: 61.11%
Swann Galleries. Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks on February 14th: 73.91%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Remaining books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching on February 15th: 100.00%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Three Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale. - Day 3 on February 10th: 67.37%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Three Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 2. on February 9th: 81.50%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Three Day Books, Maps, Ephemera, Pictures & Prints Sale - Day 1. on February 8th: 81.66%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Books and Manuscripts on February 3rd: 38.24%
Artcurial. AUTOMOBILIA RÉTROMOBILE 2017 on February 11th: 79.31%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Photographs, Prints on February 10th: 100.00%
Michaans Auctions. February Estate Auction on February 11th: 66.67%
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fine Art, Asian and Antiques on February 10th: 72.34%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on February 12th: 63.64%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 99.88%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/5 on February 12th: 98.19%


For the week ahead 20 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 20th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 65 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. NASA Photographs. 150 lots

Tue. Feb. 21st
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards, Autographs and Ephemera. 168 lots
ALDE. Paris. Collection Gerard Vidalenche - Artist's Books. 216 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Property of N. Flayderman & Co.. 107 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents. 269 lots
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Print Pictures, Books. 17 lots

Wed. Feb. 22nd
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints. 25 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Weapons - War - Historical Memory. 155 lots
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Passover Haggadot - Online Auction. 528 lots

Thu. Feb. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 1066 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography. 551 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 362 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Photography. 274 lots
Tajan. Paris. Interiors and Design - Prints, Photos. 14 lots

Fri. Feb. 24th
ALDE. Paris. XVth to XIXth Century Books. 304 lots

Sat. Feb. 25th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Objects and Curiosities from Around the World - Manuscripts. 27 lots

Sun. Feb. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/19.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000