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Twenty-nine Auctions Archived, 11 Sales this Week

For the week ended Saturday, July 22nd, 29 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 5 sales denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $15,177,824 as 9,300 lots were offered and 6,761 sold for a 73% success rate.  We are in the summer quiet.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 


ChristiesPrinted Books and Manuscripts on July 12th: $5,986,988 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collec on July 11th: $3,475,277 
SothebysSpace Exploration on July 20th: $1,612,188 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on July 10th: $1,045,528 

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

SothebysSpace Exploration on July 20th: 157.44% 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collec on July 11th: 134.61% 
Cowans AuctionsProperty from N. Flayderman & Co.: Online Timed Auction - Internet bidstart 7/6 on July 18th: 120.86% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on July 10th: 117.18% 


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

Forum Auctions in ItalyAntiquarian and Rare Books on July 13th: 100.00% 
SkinnerIrresistible. Unreserved. - Books, Prints - bidstart 6/21 on July 7th: 100.00% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsSummer Collections - Books, Prints - Internet Bidstart 6/19 on July 13th: 98.72% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 98.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/297/9 on July 16th: 96.25% 
Cowans AuctionsProperty from N. Flayderman & Co.: Online Timed Auction - Internet bidstart 7/6 on July 18th: 94.22% 
Dirk Soulis AuctionsOur 19th Annual Spring Art Auction - Prints on June 9th: 94.12% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints on July 15th: 90.73% 
Winter AssociatesPrints on July 10th: 86.96% 
SothebysSpace Exploration on July 20th: 86.71% 
Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersRare Books, Literature, & Sporting Collectibles on May 30th: 85.52% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsFine Books and Manuscripts on July 8th: 84.53% 
ChristiesPrinted Books and Manuscripts on July 12th: 82.69% 
Goldberg Coins and CollectiblesCollectibles and Space Memorabilia on July 9th: 81.33% 
Clars Auction GalleryAntiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on July 16th: 81.08% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT NOTES ON CLASSICAL CHINESE LITERATURE, on July 11th Actual price: USD $916,175.
  2. Christies Exercitia Spiritualia. on July 12th Actual price: USD $388,700.
  3. Christies Autograph letter signed ('Albert') to Michele Besso, n.p., n.d. on July 12th Actual price: USD $380,900.
  4. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on July 12th Actual price: USD $349,700.
  5. Christies With glosses according to Nicolaus de Lyra's postils. on July 12th Actual price: USD $310,700.
  6. Sothebys HOUSTON, WE'VE HAD A PROBLEM HERE. THE FLOWN APOLLO 13 FLIGHT PLANAPOLLO 13. FLIGHT PLAN. PART NO. SKB32100082-350. S/N: 1001. [HOUSTON: MANNED SPACECRAFT CENTER, MARCH 16, 1970] on July 20th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  7. Christies GILT BRASS TERRESTRIAL GLOBE -- on July 12th Actual price: USD $240,500.
  8. Christies The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated out of the Originall Tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by His Maiesties Speciall Commandment. on July 12th Actual price: USD $217,100.
  9. Sothebys ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION, OR THE PRESERVATION OF FAVOURED RACES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFE. on July 11th Actual price: USD $211,250.
  10. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH LETTER, WRITTEN IN THE THIRD PERSON, TO HER NIECE ANNA AUSTEN (LATER LEFROY) on July 11th Actual price: USD $211,250.
  11. Christies Kunyu Wanquo Quantu ‘A Map of the Myriad Countries of the World’ or ‘Complete Geographical Map of all the Kingdoms of the World’. on July 12th Actual price: USD $201,500.
  12. Christies Flore des Antilles, ou histoire générale botanique, rurale et economique des végétaux indigènes des Antilles. on July 12th Actual price: USD $178,100.
  13. Christies Historia destructionis Troiae, in German: Hystori wie Troya erstört ward. on July 12th Actual price: USD $178,100.
  14. Sothebys AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS. on July 11th Actual price: USD $154,375.
  15. Christies Autograph letter signed ('Albert') to Michele Besso, [Berlin], 31 October 1916. on July 12th Actual price: USD $138,125.
  16. Sothebys THE ZOOLOGY OF THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE, UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN FITZROY, R.N., DURING THE YEARS 1832 TO 1836. on July 11th Actual price: USD $138,125.
  17. Christies Autograph letter signed ('Albert') to Michele Besso, [Princeton], 29 July [1953]. on July 12th Actual price: USD $130,000.
  18. Sothebys STONE ARCHITECTURE ON MARS, DEMONSTRATING MARS' TWO-THIRDS LESS GRAVITY THAN EARTH'S. on July 20th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  19. Christies An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. on July 12th Actual price: USD $113,750.
  20. Forum Auctions Wuthering Heights; Agnes Grey, together 3 vol., … on July 10th Actual price: USD $106,438.
  21. Christies Medals and awards, comprising: on July 12th Actual price: USD $105,625.
  22. RR Auction Dr. John Warren's Revolutionary War Amputation Kits Amputation kits on July 12th Actual price: USD $104,147.
  23. Christies Discours de la methode pour bien conduire sa raison, & chercher la verité dans les sciences. on July 12th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  24. Christies DAVID IN PRAYER, initial ‘B’ cut from a Giant Psalter on vellum illuminated by Liberale da Verona (1441-1526) on July 12th Actual price: USD $97,500.
  25. Christies Areopagitica; a speech […] for the liberty of unlicenc’d printing, to the parliament of England. on July 12th Actual price: USD $89,375.



29 total sales reported this week:

Cowans Auctions. Property from N. Flayderman & Co.: Online Timed Auction - Internet bidstart 7/6 on July 18th: 94.22%
Sothebys. Space Exploration on July 20th: 86.71%
Forum Auctions in Italy. Antiquarian and Rare Books on July 13th: 100.00%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Great American July Auction - Session three: prints, books, ephemera on July 10th: 63.14%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Great American July Auction - Session two: prints, books, ephemera on July 9th: 50.81%
Goldberg Coins and Collectibles. Collectibles and Space Memorabilia on July 9th: 81.33%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Fine Books and Manuscripts on July 8th: 84.53%
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Rare Books, Literature, & Sporting Collectibles on May 30th: 85.52%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Books - Internet Bidstart 10/87/6 on July 13th: 37.73%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on July 10th: 77.05%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Our 19th Annual Spring Art Auction - Prints on June 9th: 94.12%
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Summer Collections - Books, Prints - Internet Bidstart 6/19 on July 13th: 98.72%
Tooveys. Prints on July 12th: 75.76%
Bloomsbury Auctions. Caricatures on July 13th: 72.93%
Clars Auction Gallery. Antiques, Asian and Fine Arts: Prints on July 16th: 81.08%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints on July 15th: 90.73%
Jeschke van vliet Buch und Kunstauktionen GmbH. Rare Books, Prints and Historical Photographs on July 14th: 42.07%
PBA Galleries. Art and Illustration - Fine Children's Literature on July 13th: 69.23%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 6/26 on July 12th: 64.09%
Christies. Printed Books and Manuscripts on July 12th: 82.69%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collec on July 11th: 66.42%
Winter Associates. Prints on July 10th: 86.96%
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Photographs and Photobooks - Internet bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 46.00%
Michaans Auctions. Estate Sale - Books and Prints on July 8th: 50.88%
Skinner. Irresistible. Unreserved. - Books, Prints - bidstart 6/21 on July 7th: 100.00%
Vermot de Pas. Books, Posters, Photographs on July 11th: 47.98%
Vermot de Pas. Comics and Original Plates on July 1st: 63.65%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/297/9 on July 16th: 96.25%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/9 on July 16th: 98.66%


For the week ahead 11 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jul. 25th
Potomack Company. Alexandria. July 2017 Online Auction. 40 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . July Premier Auction - Books and Prints. 57 lots

Wed. Jul. 26th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Printed Books and Manuscripts. 281 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Prints, Ephemera. 34 lots

Thu. Jul. 27th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. The Sporting Sale - Books and Prints. 65 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Literature and Fine Books. 430 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. Rare Books and Works on Paper, including Photographs and Autographs. 277 lots

Sat. Jul. 29th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters. 918 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books.

Sun. Jul. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 7/23.

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>