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Rare Book Hub: 23 Auctions Archived, 22 New Sales this Week

For the week ended Saturday 17 February 2018, 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 3 denominated in euros, 5 in British pounds, and 15 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,565,565 as 6,596 lots were offered and 5,456 sold for an 83% success rate.  Any percentage north of eighty is quite strong.

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Binoche et GiquelloCOLLECTION OF A BIBLIOPHILE - PRECIOUS BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS 1478-1977 on February 14th: $1,664,628 
Swann GalleriesIcons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks on February 15th: $1,640,288 


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

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books Online on February 14th: 171.60% 
ALDEOld Books and 19th Century on February 15th: 126.91% 
SkinnerCollection of Eugene and Avis Robinson on February 9th: 118.23% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on February 14th: 112.74% 
SothebysErotic: Passion and Desire on February 15th: 103.50% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/14 on February 11th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/4 on February 11th: 98.91% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/6 on February 13th: 97.69% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/4 on February 11th: 96.62% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books Online on February 14th: 95.58% 
Forum AuctionsOnline Sale: Books and Works on Paper on February 14th: 88.28% 
Winter AssociatesPrints on February 12th: 87.27% 
James D Julia AuctioneersFine Art, Asian and Antiques on February 9th: 86.59% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on February 13th: 83.61% 
SkinnerCollection of Eugene and Avis Robinson on February 9th: 82.83% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs on February 14th: 81.90% 
Rachel Davis Fine ArtsWorks on Paper - Online only - Prints on February 10th: 81.68% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Binoche et Giquello [MER DES HISTOIRES]. on February 14th Actual price: USD $273,762.
  2. Binoche et Giquello Il Decamerone di nuovo emendato secondo gli antichi essemplari, per giudicio et diligenza di piu autori [...]. on February 14th Actual price: USD $175,730.
  3. Sothebys EROTIC FANTASIES on February 15th Actual price: USD $121,625.
  4. Sothebys SHE'S LIGHT (LASER 3), 2013 on February 15th Actual price: USD $104,250.
  5. Swann Galleries Photographic Views of Red River Raft on February 15th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  6. Bonhams Enigma I machine. on February 11th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  7. Sothebys NASTASSJA KINSKI AND THE SERPENT, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1981 on February 15th Actual price: USD $86,875.
  8. Swann Galleries Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House. on February 15th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  9. Binoche et Giquello L'Intitulation & recueil de toutes les oeuvres que Bernard de Bluet Darberes, comte de permission chevalier des ligues des trez quantons de Suisse, … on February 14th Actual price: USD $76,145.
  10. Sothebys BRITISHTHE SLUGGARD on February 15th Actual price: USD $66,025.
  11. James D Julia Auctioneers RARE MANUSCRIPT RULES AND REGULATIONS OF USS CONGRESS AND USS CONSTITUTION, 1817-1821. on February 9th Actual price: USD $62,920.
  12. Binoche et Giquello [WIENER WERKSTÄTTE]. on February 14th Actual price: USD $55,943.
  13. Sothebys ASCOT, 1995 on February 15th Actual price: USD $55,600.
  14. Lyon and Turnbull Early Photography of India[Photographs of Western India. c.1855-1862] on February 14th Actual price: USD $55,600.
  15. Sothebys MR & MRS WOODMAN, C. 1928 on February 15th Actual price: USD $52,125.
  16. Swann Galleries Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox. on February 15th Actual price: USD $48,600.
  17. Binoche et Giquello Projet nouveau sur la manière de faire utilement en France le commerce des grains. on February 14th Actual price: USD $46,619.
  18. James D Julia Auctioneers JOURNAL OF A CRUISE ON THE USS CONGRESS, 1817-1818; USS CONSTITUTION, 1821-1822. on February 9th Actual price: USD $45,980.
  19. Sothebys FRENCHTHESÉE ET LE MINOTAURE (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR) on February 15th Actual price: USD $45,175.
  20. Sothebys NUDES GO21 on February 15th Actual price: USD $43,438.
  21. Swann Galleries Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. on February 15th Actual price: USD $43,200.
  22. Swann Galleries The North American Indian, Portfolio V. on February 15th Actual price: USD $43,200.
  23. RR Auction Prince The Black Album on February 15th Actual price: USD $42,298.
  24. Sothebys UNTITLED (FROM THE PROPO SERIES) (DIRTY DOTTY), 1999-2000 on February 15th Actual price: USD $41,700.
  25. Bonhams The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts R.A. with historical descriptions by the Revd. George Croly LL.D on February 11th Actual price: USD $41,250.

 

For the week ahead 22 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Feb. 19th
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . February Premier Auction. 48 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Interior Decoration - Prints - Sessions 9 and 10. 38 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 82 lots

Tue. Feb. 20th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Antiquarian and Collectors Books. 265 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Modern Art - Prints/Photographs - Session 11. 143 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/14. 613 lots

Wed. Feb. 21st
Tooveys. West Sussex. Prints and Maps. 249 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. February Antiques and Collectibles. 170 lots
University Archives. Westport. Fabulous Autographs, Books & Relics. 249 lots
Il Ponte. Milan. Interior Decoration - Prints - Sessions 13, 14 and 15. 47 lots
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions. Jerusalem. Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books. 492 lots

Thu. Feb. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics & Comic Art. 1418 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Fine Books with Art - Illustrated and Children's Books. 492 lots
Charlton Hall. West Columbia, SC. Turtle Walk | Millicent Rogers Collection. 175 lots

Fri. Feb. 23rd
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Unreserved Auctions. 71 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts - Day 1. 434 lots

Sat. Feb. 24th
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art - Prints. 116 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The David and Janice Frent Collection of Political & Presidential Americana, Part 2. 549 lots
Nosbüsch & Stucke. Berlin. Books, Ephemera, and Artworks, including items from Stefan George and His Circle. 932 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Platinum Night Sports Collectibles. 617 lots

Sun. Feb. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/18.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/18.
Clars Auction Gallery. Oakland. Fine Art - Prints. 60 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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
  • <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.