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Rare Book Hub: 23 Auctions archived, 26 more this Week

For the week ended Saturday 20 January 2018 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 in Australian dollars, 10 in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $7,725,259 as 7,645 lots were offered and 5,484 sold for a 72% success rate.  The holiday respite is now in the rearview window.

 

1 auction saw its total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysImportant Printed and Manuscript Americana, including Cartography on January 17th: $4,289,502 

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

Kedem AuctionJewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on January 9th: 142.18% 
Gonnelli Casa DAsteOld Master Prints and Modern Prints on October 9th: 106.07% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 16th: 104.24% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 98.83% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/9 on January 16th: 98.45% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Movie Poster- Internet bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 97.87% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/17 on January 14th: 94.95% 
FreemansRare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on January 17th: 90.26% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 16th: 89.22% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 1st: 87.43% 
SothebysOf Royal and Noble Descent on January 17th: 84.62% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature and Fine Books on January 11th: 81.14% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GENERAL CONGRESS ASSEMBLED. on January 17th Actual price: USD $1,185,000.
  2. Sothebys A MAP OF MEXICO, LOUISIANA AND THE MISSOURI TERRITORY, on January 17th Actual price: USD $350,000.
  3. Sothebys THE NORTH AMERICAN ATLAS, SELECTED FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC MAPS, CHARTS, PLANS, &C. HITHERTO PUBLISHED. on January 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  4. Sothebys THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO PREPARE A PLAN FOR THE TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT OF THE WESTERN TERRITORY, HAVE AGREED TO THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS. on January 17th Actual price: USD $300,000.
  5. Sothebys THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, AND THE MOUNTAIN RANGES OF PORTIONS OF IDAHO, NEVADA, COLORADO AND UTAH. on January 17th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  6. Sothebys THE FEDERALIST. A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, WRITTEN IN FAVOUR OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION, AS AGREED UPON BY THE FEDERAL CONVENTION, SEPTEMBER 17, 1787. on January 17th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  7. Sothebys [HARIOT'S VIRGINIA].  WUNDERBARLICHE, DOCH WARHAFFTIGE ERKLÄRUNG, VON DER GELEGENHEIT UND SITTEN DER WILDEN IN VIRGINIA ... on January 17th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  8. Gonnelli Casa DAste Fleurs et statuette. on October 10th Actual price: USD $183,000.
  9. Gonnelli Casa DAste Maurice, or the Fisher's Cot. on October 11th Actual price: USD $152,500.
  10. Sothebys A MAP OF THE BRITISH AND FRENCH DOMINIONS IN NORTH AMERICA  WITH THE ROADS, DISTANCES, LIMITS AND EXTENT OF THE SETTLEMENTS.  on January 17th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Sothebys CARTE DE LA MER DU SUD, ET DES COSTES D'AMERIQUE ET D'ASIE, SITUÉES SUR CETTE MER ... on January 17th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  12. Sothebys MAP OF TEXAS WITH PARTS OF THE ADJOINING STATES COMPILED BY STEPHEN F. AUSTIN. on January 17th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  13. Sothebys COLLECTION OF FOURTEEN AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED, AND MANUSCRIPT LETTERS OR CIRCULARS IN A SECRETARIAL HAND, FROM COMMODORE EDWARD PREBLE TO TOBIAS LEAR, on January 17th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  14. Sothebys A NEW MAP OF THE WESTERN PARTS OF VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA, MARYLAND AND NORTH CAROLINA; on January 17th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  15. Sothebys MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, EXHIBITING THE POST-ROADS, THE SITUATIONS, CONNEXIONS & DISTANCES OF THE POST-OFFICES, STAGE ROADS, COUNTIES & PRINCIPAL RIVERS. on January 17th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  16. Sothebys MAP OF KANSAS, TEXAS, COLORADO, NEW MEXICO AND THE INDIAN TERRITORY. on January 17th Actual price: USD $43,750.
  17. Michael Treloar An extraordinary album of 50 cartes de visite, extensively annotated in an engaging anecdotal style, forming essentially an unpublished illustrated vernacular history of the inhabitants of South Australia - the battlers, the new chums, and especially the on December 10th Actual price: USD $41,940.
  18. Sothebys CHARLESTON HARBOUR AND THE ADJACENT COAST AND COUNTRY, SOUTH CAROLINA. SURVEYED AT INTERVALS IN 1823, 1824, AND 1825... on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  19. Sothebys CONNECTICUT, AND PARTS ADJACENT. on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  20. Sothebys MAP OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  21. Sothebys THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, FROM DRAWINGS MADE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR TERRITORIES. NEW YORK: J. J. on January 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  22. Sothebys THE PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE OR AMERICAN MONTHLY MUSEUM. MDCCLXXV. VOLUME 1. on January 17th Actual price: USD $35,000.
  23. Michaans Auctions Burning Elegy 1991 on January 13th Actual price: USD $33,000.
  24. Sothebys [BIBLE]. THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, TRANSLATED OUT OF GREEK...  on January 17th Actual price: USD $32,500.
  25. Sothebys MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG OF THE BOSTON CLIPPER SHIP TRITON ON A CIRCUMNAVIGATION TRADING VOYAGE TO THE NORTHWEST COAST OF AMERICA, BY WAY OF THE SANDWICH ISLANDS AND CANTON, CHINA. on January 17th Actual price: USD $30,000.



23 total sales reported this week:

Michael Treloar. Rare Books on December 10th: 43.75%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on January 17th: 73.72%
Sothebys. Of Royal and Noble Descent on January 17th: 84.62%
Sothebys. Important Printed and Manuscript Americana, including Cartography on January 17th: 53.41%
Freemans. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on January 17th: 90.26%
Vermot de Pas. NASA Photographs on September 7th: 4.76%
Vermot de Pas. France: History and Regions on January 16th: 33.83%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Prints - Internet bidstart 10/1 on October 15th: 23.28%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books, Manuscripts and Autographs - Internet Bidstart 9/15 on September 30th: 35.43%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Books and Manuscripts on October 11th: 63.67%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Prints, Autographs, Photographs, Music on October 10th: 57.38%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Old Master Prints and Modern Prints on October 9th: 56.94%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Antiquarian Book Auction from the Collection of Luigi Gonnelli + Figli - Day 2 on January 16th: 78.44%
Gonnelli Casa DAste. Antiquarian Book Auction from the Collection of Luigi Gonnelli + Figli - Day 1 on January 15th: 76.32%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 16th: 89.22%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/9 on January 16th: 98.45%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/17 on January 14th: 94.95%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 1st: 87.43%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on January 13th: 72.92%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature and Fine Books on January 11th: 81.14%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 98.83%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Movie Poster- Internet bidstart 1/7 on January 14th: 97.87%
Kedem Auction. Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture on January 9th: 73.39%


For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 22nd
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 96 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . January Premier Auction. 60 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. No Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books. 113 lots

Tue. Jan. 23rd
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera. 164 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Old and Modern Photographs, Lithographs and Engravings. 296 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. EUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings. 8 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16. 715 lots

Wed. Jan. 24th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Decorative Pictures - Prints. 12 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. January Collectibles. 105 lots

Thu. Jan. 25th
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 385 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Books and Ephemera - Day 1. 1204 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography. 500 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books. 426 lots
Ader. PARIS. Antiquarian and Modern Books. 199 lots

Fri. Jan. 26th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Premier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books. 108 lots
Skinner. Boston. Fine Prints, Fine Photographs. 142 lots

Sat. Jan. 27th
Arader Galleries. New York City. Prints, Rare Maps. 199 lots
Case Antiques, Inc.. Knoxville. Art, Antiques - Prints, Books. 109 lots
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 564 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Winter Estates Auction. 80 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Winter Gallery Auction. 22 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Live Auction - Manuscripts. 16 lots

Sun. Jan. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/31. 330 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/21.
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Winter Estates Auction - Day 2.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.