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Thirty-four Auctions Archived, 24 Sales Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, June 17, 2017, 34 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 13 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, and 18 in US dollars.  Turnover was $17,505,351 as 8,573 lots were offered and 5,792 sold for a 68% success rate.  The average lot brought $3,022.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesBooks and Manuscripts on June 15th: $6,854,875 
SothebysFine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on June 13th: $1,724,188 
ChristiesMusical Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection on June 15th: $1,359,125 
ChristiesOrnithology Library of Gerald Dorros on June 15th: $1,332,625 
BonhamsFine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs on June 14th: $1,208,841 

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

Bruun RasmussenPrints on June 13th: 181.77% 
BonhamsFine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs on June 14th: 141.42% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Grossman/Nicholson Collection II on June 10th: 114.41% 
Keys Fine Arts AuctioneersThree Day Books and Ephemera Sale on June 9th: 110.08% 
Cowans AuctionsAmerican History on June 9th: 102.46% 


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

Forum Auctions in ItalyAntiquarian and Rare Books on June 8th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks, Maps, Ephemera, Photography, Prints, Natural History, Emblems, Audubon, Homann, Roscoe, etc. on June 10th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsWest, Everest, Exploration, 16th Century on June 3rd: 100.00% 
Potomack CompanyLive Auction - Books, Prints on June 10th: 100.00% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Grossman/Nicholson Collection II on June 10th: 93.38% 
Winter AssociatesArt - Prints on June 5th: 91.67% 
Cowans AuctionsAmerican History on June 9th: 89.73% 
ChristiesMusical Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection on June 15th: 88.46% 
BonhamsFine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs on June 14th: 86.02% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on June 13th: 84.62% 
Il PonteInterior Decorations - Day 7 on June 8th: 82.76% 
Il PonteInterior Decoration - Day 5 - Books on June 6th: 80.95% 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies Los Caprichos. on June 15th Actual price: USD $607,500.
  2. Christies A FOUR-ROTOR ("M4") ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE. Olympia Büromaschinenwerke AG in Erfurt, for Heimsoeth & Rinke, 1944. on June 15th Actual price: USD $547,500.
  3. Christies Autograph music manuscript signed (‘Frz Schubert’) for the Piano Sonata in A flat major, D.557, May 1817. on June 15th Actual price: USD $475,500.
  4. Sothebys VOYAGE DANS L'INTÉRIEUR DE L'AMÉRIQUE DU NORD EXECUTÉ PENDANT LES ANNÉES 1832, 1833 ET 1834. on June 13th Actual price: USD $420,500.
  5. Christies A WORKING APPLE-1 PERSONAL COMPUTER. on June 15th Actual price: USD $355,500.
  6. Christies De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. on June 15th Actual price: USD $343,500.
  7. Christies La Tauromaquia Treinta y tres Estampas que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros. on June 15th Actual price: USD $343,500.
  8. Bonhams The Order of Surrender, typed and signed ("P. H. Pearse") and dated ("29th April 1916/ 3.45 p.m.") 'THE MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT...HAVE AGREED TO AN UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER': PATRICK PEARSE SETS IN HAND HIS OWN MARTYRDOM, bringing with it the on June 14th Actual price: USD $336,640.
  9. Christies The Great West Illustrated in a series of Photographic Views across the Continent; taken along the Line of the Union Pacific Railroad. on June 15th Actual price: USD $319,500.
  10. Christies Signature ("Button Gwinnett"), n.p., n.d. on June 15th Actual price: USD $319,500.
  11. Christies Autograph letter Signed ('W: A: Mozart') to his father [Leopold: 'Mon trés chere Pére'], Vienna, 3 March 1784. on June 15th Actual price: USD $319,500.
  12. Christies The Birds of Australia. on June 15th Actual price: USD $295,500.
  13. Sothebys NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA; WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1781, … on June 13th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  14. Christies Itinerario Voyage ofte Schipvaert naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien. on June 15th Actual price: USD $247,500.
  15. Christies Nova Francia: Or the Description of that Part of New France, which is one continent with Virginia. Described in the three late Voyages and Plantation made by Monsieur de Monts, Monsieur du Pont-Grané, and Monsieur de Poutrincourt, into three countries cal on June 15th Actual price: USD $247,500.
  16. Christies The Vegetable System. Or, a series of experiments, and observations tending to explain the internal structure, and the life of plants; their growth, and propagation; the number, proportion, and disposition of their constituent parts; with the true course on June 15th Actual price: USD $199,500.
  17. Christies Great News from New-York … His Excellency General Washington … in Person at the Head of Three Thousand of our Troops, crossed the Delaware, attacked the Enemy at Trenton … and after a brisk Action of Thirty-five Minutes, entirely routed them. on June 15th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  18. Christies Daily Federal Republican. on June 15th Actual price: USD $168,750.
  19. Christies The Mammals of Australia. on June 15th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  20. Christies Autograph letter signed ("Go:Washington") to James Jay, Morristown, 12 May 1780. Separate address panel addressed in his hand and bearing his franking signature ("Go:Washington"). on June 15th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  21. Christies The Freeman’s Journal on June 15th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  22. Christies Manuscript Document, the deposition of Mary Daniel against Margaret Scott, Rowley, MA, 4 August 1692. on June 15th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  23. Christies Elementa geometriae. Translated from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath (c. 1080-c. 1152) Edited by Giovanni Campano da Novara (1220-96) on June 15th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  24. Christies The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands, including many new species recently discovered in Australia. on June 15th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  25. Christies The Birds of Asia. on June 15th Actual price: USD $125,000.



34 total sales reported this week:

PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on June 15th: 66.25%
Christies. Ornithology Library of Gerald Dorros on June 15th: 79.49%
Christies. Musical Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection on June 15th: 88.46%
Christies. Books and Manuscripts on June 15th: 71.95%
Michaans Auctions. June Estates Auction on June 10th: 42.62%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Vintage Posters on June 15th: 50.70%
Bonhams. Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs on June 14th: 86.02%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 5/25 on June 1st: 33.80%
Swann Galleries. Art, Press & Illustrated Books on June 13th: 74.13%
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana on June 13th: 57.14%
Dorotheum . Autographs on June 12th: 32.14%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on June 13th: 84.62%
Aguttes. Automobilia on June 10th: 75.61%
Potter and Potter Auctions. The Grossman/Nicholson Collection II on June 10th: 93.38%
Potomack Company. Live Auction - Books, Prints on June 10th: 100.00%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Old and Modern Art, Modern Photography, Antiques on June 9th: 40.49%
Ader. Photographs on June 8th: 40.48%
Moreshet Auctions. Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Letters on June 7th: 64.06%
Il Ponte. Interior Decorations - Day 8 on June 9th: 75.00%
Il Ponte. Interior Decorations - Day 7 on June 8th: 82.76%
Il Ponte. Interior Decorations - Day 6 on June 7th: 70.83%
Il Ponte. Interior Decoration - Day 5 - Books on June 6th: 80.95%
Il Ponte. Interior Decoration - Day 4 - Prints on June 5th: 47.83%
Profiles in History. Animation and Disneyana on June 9th: 57.23%
Profiles in History. Historical and Pop Culture on June 8th: 49.62%
Winter Associates. Art - Prints on June 5th: 91.67%
National Book Auctions. Books, Maps, Ephemera, Photography, Prints, Natural History, Emblems, Audubon, Homann, Roscoe, etc. on June 10th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. West, Everest, Exploration, 16th Century on June 3rd: 100.00%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Three Day Books and Ephemera Sale on June 9th: 77.51%
Cowans Auctions. American History on June 9th: 89.73%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Antiquarian and Rare Books on June 8th: 100.00%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Rare Books and Prints - Day 2 on June 3rd: 57.48%
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Rare Books and Prints - Day 1 on June 2nd: 55.90%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Remix: Effortless Style - Prints and Photographs on June 10th: 60.00%


For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 19th
Adams Amsterdam Auctions. Amsterdam. Books, Prints. 248 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 83 lots

Tue. Jun. 20th
Pandolfini. Florence . Books, Manuscripts and Autographs. 122 lots
Pandolfini. Florence . Prints and Drawings from the 16th to the 20th Century. 186 lots
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Books. 575 lots
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Stockholm. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 327 lots
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Books and Manuscripts. 98 lots
Ader. PARIS. Letters and Autographs. 333 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Books and Manuscripts. 111 lots

Thu. Jun. 22nd
Bolaffi Ambassador Auctions. Milan. Rare Books and Autographs. 782 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 475 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 416 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Bonnie and Clyde - Online bidstart 6/15. 131 lots
PIASA. Paris. Masters : prints, books, and multiples XXe Including Andy Warhol : L’intégrale. 35 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints, Books, etc.. 111 lots
Kestenbaum and Company. New York. Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art. 343 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Art - Prints and Photography. 102 lots

Fri. Jun. 23rd
PIASA. Paris. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 88 lots
Ader. PARIS. Ancient and Modern Books.
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books, Prints, Photographs.

Sat. Jun. 24th
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Fine Auction - Prints. 24 lots

Sun. Jun. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/18.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 



  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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>