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Twelve Auctions Archived, 30 More Next Week

For the week ending September 9, twelve auction were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database, 9 in U.S. dollars, 2 in euros, and one in British pounds. Sales were light, just $1,214,911 as 3,839 lots were offered, 3,286 sold, for a sales rate of 85.6%. The average lot was a modest $370. This is the calm before the storm, the end of summer and the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. Look for larger numbers beginning next week.

 

No auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars:


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

Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 6th: 118.55%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 5th: 101.34%


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

National Book Auctions. Books & Ephemera - Signed, Modern, Colonial Ephmera, etc. on August 26th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Firsts, Exploration, Signed, Limited, etc. on August 12th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on August 31st: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 99.49%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 96.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 6th: 91.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 5th: 90.57%


12 total sales reported this week:

Eldreds. Collectibles Online on September 6th: 68.00%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on September 6th: 91.65%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on August 31st: 100.00%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts - Prints on August 30th: 27.59%
PBA Galleries. Rare Books and Manuscripts on September 7th: 55.73%
Cowans Auctions. Treasures of the Caren Archive - How History Unfolds on Paper: Live Salesroom Auction on September 8th: 79.91%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 5th: 90.57%
JellyFishTree. August Collectible Book Auction on August 9th: 22.46%
National Book Auctions. Books & Ephemera - Signed, Modern, Colonial Ephmera, etc. on August 26th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Firsts, Exploration, Signed, Limited, etc. on August 12th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 99.49%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/27 on September 3rd: 96.00%

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. PBA Galleries The English Bible, Containing the Old Testament & the New Translated Out of the Original Tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First... on September 7th Actual price: USD $16,800.
  2. Cowans Auctions “LEET ALL OUR HARTS UNITED BEE IN THE DEFENCE OF LIBERTY", Siege of Boston Powder Horn Identified to Barnabas Webb, April 1 on September 8th Actual price: USD $15,600.
  3. Cowans Auctions Abraham Lincoln and his Son Tad, Last Formal Photograph of the President, in Exceptional Folk Art Carved Emancipation Proclam on September 8th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  4. Cowans Auctions Mordecai M. Noah, Jewish American Editor & Journalist, Extraordinarily Lengthy ALS to James Monroe, May 1823 on September 8th Actual price: USD $14,400.
  5. Cowans Auctions Mathew Brady, Original Photograph Maquette, Union Cavalry Leaders & Raiders, Including George Armstrong Custer on September 8th Actual price: USD $13,800.
  6. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76, under the command of Captain George S. Nares and Captain Frank Tourle Thomson, 40 volumes bound in 50, on September 6th Actual price: USD $11,831.
  7. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Highgrove Florilegium. The Highgrove Florilegium, Watercolours depicting Plants grown in the Garden at Highgrove on September 6th Actual price: USD $11,042.
  8. Cowans Auctions Buffalo Bill's Wild West Poster Maquette on September 8th Actual price: USD $8,400.
  9. Cowans Auctions Western Legends, "Wild Bill" Hickok, "Texas Jack" Omohundro, and "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Imperial-Size Cabinet Photograph of the on September 8th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  10. Cowans Auctions Bound Volume of Confederate Newspapers, Many Titles Represented on September 8th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  11. PBA Galleries Moby Dick or the Whale on September 7th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  12. Dominic Winter Book Auctions The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, 60 volumes on September 6th Actual price: USD $7,572.
  13. Cowans Auctions Early Issue of the Extremely Rare, First Continuously Published American Newspaper, The Boston News-Letter, with Pirate's Con on September 8th Actual price: USD $7,200.
  14. Bruun Rasmussen The artist's self-portrait. on September 5th Actual price: USD $6,825.
  15. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Philipot Pedigree Roll - Capel Family of Cassiobury House. The Series, and Genealogie of the Auntient and Illustrious Family of the Capells; on September 6th Actual price: USD $6,625.
  16. Cowans Auctions Babe Ruth Sold to the Yankees, One of the Most Historic Sports Issues Ever Published. The Boston Post, January 6, 1920 on September 8th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  17. Cowans Auctions Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill, The "Two Bills", Perhaps the Finest Buffalo Bill Poster Extant on September 8th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  18. PBA Galleries Six early and seminal papers on DNA, in four issues of Nature on September 7th Actual price: USD $6,600.
  19. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Gutenberg Bible. Johannes Gutenberg’s Swei und Vierzigzeilige Bibel, 2 volumes, on September 6th Actual price: USD $6,310.
  20. PBA Galleries Two letters from Queen Liliuokalani to "Cousin William," writing about the publication of her autobiography on September 7th Actual price: USD $6,000.
  21. Heritage Auctions Basil Wolverton Popular Jokes October-1961 Gag Panel Illustration Original Art on September 3rd Actual price: USD $5,736.
  22. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Le Perroquet, Journal Politique Charivarique Illustré Colorié, 2 volumes on September 6th Actual price: USD $5,679.
  23. Heritage Auctions Basil Wolverton Popular Jokes May-1973 Gag Panel Illustration Original Art on September 3rd Actual price: USD $5,497.
  24. Cowans Auctions Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox 1919 "Black Sox" World Series, Completed Series Scorecard on September 8th Actual price: USD $5,100.
  25. PBA Galleries The Well at the World's End on September 7th Actual price: USD $5,100.

 


For the week ahead 30 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 11th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 50 lots

Tue. Sep. 12th
Rossini. Paris. Works of Art - Prints, and Books. 217 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Online bidstart 9/5. 365 lots

Wed. Sep. 13th
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 8/30. 816 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 344 lots
Sothebys. London. Made in Britain - Prints. 115 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs & Artifacts - Internet bidstart 8/18. 984 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Princess Diana Tribute - Online bidstart 8/18. 47 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Property from the Camilla and Earl McGrath Collection, Part II. 47 lots
Christies. New York. SOUTH ASIAN MODERN + CONTEMPORARY ART. 3 lots
Dallas Auction Gallery. Dallas. Fine and Decorative Art - Prints. 4 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Prints. 223 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Summer Militaria Auction - Autographs, Photographs, Documents, Posters, etc.. 1043 lots

Thu. Sep. 14th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Books. 706 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books. 391 lots
Bloomsbury Auctions. London. The Glory of Science: Photos, Maps, Prints and Autographs. 109 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Timeless Elegance. 2 lots
Waverly Auctions. Falls Church. Books. 431 lots

Fri. Sep. 15th
Sothebys. Paris. Timeless Elegance. 11 lots
Ferraton. Bruxelles. Books and Engravings. 1026 lots
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Clayton, Missouri. St. Louis Fall Auction - Books and Prints. 31 lots

Sat. Sep. 16th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . September 16 Catalogue Auction - Books, Prints. 66 lots
Treadway Toomey Auctions. Cincinnati, OH. 20th Century Art and Design - Prints. 80 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. The Fall Quarterly Auction featuring The Collection of Esther B. Ferguson, Secessionville Manor, SC. 63 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art and Antiques - Books, Prints. 165 lots

Sun. Sep. 17th
Henri Godts Books and Prints Auctions. Bruxelles . Silent Auction (Books) - Internet bidstart 9/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/10.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/10.
Carlsen Gallery. Greenville, NY. September Anniversary Antique Auction - Books, Prints. 13 lots
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Prints, Books. 42 lots

Now, the busy season begins, and it will continue until the middle of December.

Michael Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750