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RBH: Twenty-five Auctions Archived; 17 Scheduled this Week

For the week ended Saturday, 27 January 2018, 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 19 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,584,031 as 5,734 lots were offered and 5,061 sold for a svelte 88% success rate. Consignors, auction houses and buyers all found something to like.

 

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

TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 167.05% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 144.91% 
FreemansEUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings on January 23rd: 138.96% 
SothebysImportant Americana - Prints on January 21st: 119.19% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsDesign - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 113.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 23rd: 108.41% 
TooveysDecorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 101.50% 


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

National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Frost, Signed, 16th Century, etc. on January 6th: 100.00% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books on January 22nd: 100.00% 
Leland Little AuctionsNew Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on January 6th: 100.00% 
National Book AuctionsBooks and Ephemera – Signed, Childrens, Antique, etc. on January 20th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16 on January 23rd: 99.02% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 97.19% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/24 on January 21st: 96.55% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsJanuary Premier Auction - Books, Prints on January 23rd: 95.00% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsDesign - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 95.00% 
TooveysDecorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 91.67% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBooks on January 12th: 89.84% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 89.02% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 88.05% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on January 23rd: 87.50% 
SothebysImportant Americana - Prints on January 21st: 87.23% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 20th: 85.90% 
Clars Auction GalleryFine Art - Prints on January 20th: 80.85% 


Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Clars Auction Gallery Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian San Francisco: Sierra Club on January 21st Actual price: USD $51,425.
  2. Sothebys INTERIOR OF THE HEBREW SYNAGOGUE OF CHARLESTON S.C. on January 21st Actual price: USD $43,750.
  3. RR Auction Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch on January 18th Actual price: USD $40,707.
  4. Sothebys PEINTURES DES VASES ANTIQUES DE LA COLLECTION DE SON EXCELLENCE M. LE CHEVALIER HAMILTON: SIX PRINTS on January 21st Actual price: USD $37,500.
  5. RR Auction Garmisch 1936 Winter Olympics Silver Winner's Medal on January 18th Actual price: USD $36,760.
  6. Sothebys MEADOW LARK (PLATE CXXXVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $30,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white pages. on January 21st Actual price: USD $27,485.
  8. RR Auction Sapporo 1972 Winter Olympics Group of (10) Badges on January 18th Actual price: USD $27,174.
  9. RR Auction Cortina 1956 Winter Olympics Torch on January 18th Actual price: USD $21,701.
  10. Sothebys COLLECTION OF ETRUSCAN, GREEK AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES FROM THE CABINET OF THE HON. WILLIAM HAMILTON: SIX PRINTS on January 21st Actual price: USD $21,250.
  11. Sothebys Album of Original Plains Indian Warrior-Artist Pencil Sketches, ca. 1880 on January 21st Actual price: USD $20,000.
  12. Sothebys PURPLE HERON (PLATE CCLVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $18,750.
  13. Forum Auctions Autograph Letter signed, 1782. on January 25th Actual price: USD $16,863.
  14. Forum Auctions Description of the Ruins of an Ancient City, … on January 25th Actual price: USD $16,863.
  15. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. on January 21st Actual price: USD $16,730.
  16. Freemans THE ANGEL APPEARING TO THE SHEPHERDS on January 23rd Actual price: USD $16,250.
  17. Forum Auctions Philosophical Transactions, vol.6 (No.69-80), containing: A Letter of Mr. … on January 25th Actual price: USD $15,975.
  18. Forum Auctions Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, 5 vol., first edition, … on January 25th Actual price: USD $15,975.
  19. RR Auction Chamonix 1924 Winter Olympics Third Place Bronze Winner’s / Participation Medal on January 18th Actual price: USD $15,313.
  20. Sothebys AMERICAN BISON OR BUFFALO (PLATE LVI) on January 21st Actual price: USD $15,000.
  21. Forum Auctions English Bible (The), 5 vol., one of 500 copies, signed and inscribed by Laurence … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  22. Forum Auctions Novels, 6 vol. in 5, given by Jane Austen's favourite neice Fanny to her own … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  23. Forum Auctions Australia Pamphlets, A Brief Account of the Colony of … on January 25th Actual price: USD $14,200.
  24. RR Auction Paris 1924 Summer Olympics Sevres Vase on January 18th Actual price: USD $12,866.
  25. Sothebys Very Rare Group of Four Watercolor Frakturs, James Anson, New Jersey, 1804-1809 on January 21st Actual price: USD $12,500.



25 total sales reported this week:

PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography on January 25th: 73.80%
Morton Subastas. Old and Modern Photographs, Lithographs and Engravings on January 23rd: 36.49%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on January 25th: 88.05%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/16 on January 23rd: 99.02%
Leland Little Auctions. New Year's Gallery Auction - Prints, Books on January 6th: 100.00%
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. January Premier Auction - Books, Prints on January 23rd: 95.00%
Freemans. EUROPEAN ART & OLD MASTERS - Rembrandt etchings on January 23rd: 75.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on January 23rd: 87.50%
Tooveys. Decorative Pictures - Prints on January 24th: 91.67%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on January 23rd: 89.02%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Signed, Childrens, Antique, etc. on January 20th: 100.00%
National Book Auctions. Books and Ephemera – Frost, Signed, 16th Century, etc. on January 6th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale - Antiquarian and Rare Books on January 22nd: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 12/24 on January 21st: 96.55%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on January 12th: 89.84%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Photography, Furniture, Art, Jewelry, Asian on January 21st: 75.95%
Clars Auction Gallery. Fine Art - Prints on January 20th: 80.85%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Design - Prints, Photographs on January 20th: 95.00%
Eldreds. Antiques and Accessories - Books and Prints on January 20th: 70.37%
RR Auction. Olympics - Internet Bidstart 1/11 on January 18th: 58.39%
Sothebys. Important Americana - Prints on January 21st: 87.23%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art and Decorations - Prints on January 17th: 64.35%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on January 20th: 85.90%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 97.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/14 on January 21st: 99.61%


For the week ahead 17 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 29th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Works on Paper: Drawings and Prints 1780-Present. 80 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 81 lots

Tue. Jan. 30th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Property from Aristocratic Estates and Important Provenance. 23 lots

Wed. Jan. 31st
Chiswick Auctions. London. Printed Books and Manuscripts. 129 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Printed Books, Maps and Documents. 565 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Modern Literature, Art and Illustrated Books. 174 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books (Gruaz Library) Part 1 (chez DeBaecque). 301 lots

Thu. Feb. 1st
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 1/25. 307 lots
Binoche et Giquello. rue La Boetie, Paris. Ancient and Modern Books (Gruaz Library) Part 2 (chez DeBaecque). 290 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books. 70 lots

Fri. Feb. 2nd
Audap and Mirabaud. PARIS. Old and Modern Prints, Ancient and Modern Books, Comic.

Sat. Feb. 3rd
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Early Western, Firearms, & Historic Auction. 89 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 151 lots
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera – Easton, Signed, Antique, etc..

Sun. Feb. 4th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/7. 249 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/28.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/28.

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.