• <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>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.
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  • <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

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Twenty Auctions Archived, 16 Sales Upcoming

For the week ended Saturday, February 26th, 20 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; one denominated in Danish krona, 4 in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $3,398,721 as 6,722 lots were offered and 5,121 lots sold for a 76% success rate.


4 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

TooveysPostcards, Autographs and Ephemera on February 21st: 177.03% 
De Baecque and AssociesWeapons - War - Historical Memory on February 22nd: 169.63% 
Cowans AuctionsProperty of N. Flayderman & Co. on February 21st: 152.74% 
ALDECollection Gerard Vidalenche - Artist's Books on February 21st: 127.29% 


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

Heritage AuctionsManuscripts and Autographs on February 17th: 100.00% 
Aspire AuctionsPrints - Internet bidstart 2/10 on February 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsScott W. Dawson Weekly Internet Auction - Books on February 18th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.75% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Art and Ephemera - Civil War, Steinbeck, Frontier on February 18th: 99.71% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 97.94% 
TooveysPostcards, Autographs and Ephemera on February 21st: 92.26% 
Cowans AuctionsProperty of N. Flayderman & Co. on February 21st: 90.65% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 21st: 86.15% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Cowans Auctions Rare & Important Album Containing CDVs & Cabinet Cards of Wells Fargo Highway Men, Train Robbers, & Other Criminals on February 21st Actual price: USD $46,800.
  2. Cowans Auctions Men of Color, To Arms! To Arms! Now or Never</i>, Exceptionally Rare Civil War Recruitment Broadside on February 21st Actual price: USD $34,800.
  3. RR Auction Prince Signed Handwritten Brit Awards Acceptance Speech on February 16th Actual price: USD $26,228.
  4. Cowans Auctions Charleston Mercury Extra</i>, Rare Broadside Announcing South Carolina Secession, December 1860 on February 21st Actual price: USD $24,000.
  5. RR Auction Prince 'The Screams of Passion' Handwritten Lyrics on February 16th Actual price: USD $23,555.
  6. RR Auction Classic Rock Legends Signatures: Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Canned Heat on February 16th Actual price: USD $23,309.
  7. Cowans Auctions Rare Richmond, Virginia, CSA Broadsides Calling for the Defense of Richmond on February 21st Actual price: USD $22,800.
  8. De Baecque and Associes Henri VIII, roi d’Angleterre. Lettre signée on February 22nd Actual price: USD $22,730.
  9. RR Auction Beatles 1965 'Help!' Grammy Nomination on February 16th Actual price: USD $20,405.
  10. Cowans Auctions Come and Join Us Brothers</i> Very Rare Civil War Colored Troops Recruitment Broadside on February 21st Actual price: USD $18,600.
  11. Cowans Auctions Extraordinary Barbary Wars-Era, United States Naval Officer's POW Diary, Ca 1803-1805 on February 21st Actual price: USD $18,000.
  12. Cowans Auctions Civil War Surgeon and Libby Prison POW William S. Newton Manuscript Archive on February 21st Actual price: USD $16,800.
  13. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland Alternate Album Cover Proof on February 16th Actual price: USD $16,630.
  14. RR Auction Jimi Hendrix Autograph Letter Signed on February 16th Actual price: USD $16,500.
  15. De Baecque and Associes Journal personnel campagne de Chine. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $16,236.
  16. RR Auction Sex Pistols Signed Album on February 16th Actual price: USD $15,919.
  17. De Baecque and Associes Correspondance d’Afrique. on February 22nd Actual price: USD $15,586.
  18. RR Auction Beatles Signed Photograph on February 16th Actual price: USD $15,000.
  19. RR Auction Prince Autograph Letter Signed on February 16th Actual price: USD $14,854.
  20. ALDE L’Inclémence lointaine. on February 21st Actual price: USD $14,438.
  21. RR Auction Prince Autograph Letter Signed in Card on February 16th Actual price: USD $13,829.
  22. PBA Galleries The San Francisco Directory for the Year 1852-53: Embracing a general directory of citizens; a street directory; a new and complete map of the city; and an appendix of general information, an almanac, etc. First Publication on February 23rd Actual price: USD $13,200.
  23. Cowans Auctions Exceptional Confederate Broadsides Concerning Texas Troops, 1862-1864 on February 21st Actual price: USD $13,200.
  24. Cowans Auctions John Brown, Jr., 1861 ALS to Social Reformer Gerrit Smith, Plus Presentation Knife on February 21st Actual price: USD $12,600.
  25. RR Auction Prince Signed Document on February 16th Actual price: USD $12,396.



20 total sales reported this week:

RR Auction. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 2/9 on February 16th: 66.00%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography on February 23rd: 58.98%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Books and Works on Paper on February 23rd: 73.48%
De Baecque and Associes. Weapons - War - Historical Memory on February 22nd: 69.03%
Tooveys. Prints on February 22nd: 64.00%
Tooveys. Postcards, Autographs and Ephemera on February 21st: 92.26%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Rare Books and Prints on February 18th: 65.84%
ALDE. Collection Gerard Vidalenche - Artist's Books on February 21st: 78.70%
Ader. Photography Books: Araki to Ylla on February 16th: 43.45%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on February 21st: 38.29%
Cowans Auctions. Property of N. Flayderman & Co. on February 21st: 90.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on February 21st: 86.15%
Aspire Auctions. Prints - Internet bidstart 2/10 on February 18th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books, Art and Ephemera - Civil War, Steinbeck, Frontier on February 18th: 99.71%
Alexander Historical Auctions. Historical Militaria on February 18th: 72.66%
Eldreds. Winter Market Auction - Prints and Books on February 18th: 66.67%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 97.94%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/12 on February 19th: 99.75%
Heritage Auctions. Scott W. Dawson Weekly Internet Auction - Books on February 18th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Manuscripts and Autographs on February 17th: 100.00%


For the week ahead 16 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 27th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 75 lots

Tue. Feb. 28th
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Jucaica: Books, Manuscripts, Letters. 387 lots

Wed. Mar. 1st
Bonhams. London. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 209 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 520 lots
Christies. New York. Contemporary Editions. 203 lots
Ader. PARIS. Modern and Contemporary Prints. 167 lots
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints, Photographs, Ancient and Modern Books. 340 lots

Thu. Mar. 2nd
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Prints. 116 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 634 lots
PIASA. Paris. Interiors - Prints. 59 lots
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. ARTURO PERALTA-RAMOS ESTATE. 111 lots

Sat. Mar. 4th
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Oak Park. The Butch McGuire’s Collection - and - 20th Century Art and Design - Prints. 80 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Western Americana Postcards, Vintage Photographs, and Stocks. 918 lots

Sun. Mar. 5th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/26.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/26.
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. Early March Antique Auction - Books and Prints. 16 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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 €
  • <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>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