• <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> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <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: 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>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Skinner: Early English Books<br>A Single Owner Sale. July 20, 2018</b>
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Cranmer, Thomas (1489-1556). <i>Catechismus, That is to Say, a Shorte Instruction into Christian Religion...</i> London, 1548. First edition. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Donne, John (1572-1631). <i>Pseudo-Martyr.</i> London: Printed by W[illiam] Stansby for Walter Burre, 1610. First edition. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Fletcher, Giles (1549?-1611). <i>The Russe Common Wealth, or Maner of Gouernement by the Russe Emperour…</i> London, 1591. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Gabelkover, Oswald (1539-1616). <i>The Boock of Physicke.</i> Dordrecht: Isaack Caen, 1599. First edition. $12,000 to $15,000
    <b>Skinner: Early English Books<br>A Single Owner Sale. July 20, 2018</b>
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Galileo, Galilei (1564-1642) trans. Thomas Salusbury (d. 1666). <i>Mathematical Collections and Translations the First Tome.</i> London, 1661. First edition of Galileo's works in English. $35,000 to $50,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Higden, Ranulphus (d. 1364). <i>Polycronicon.</i> Translated by John Trevisa, with the 1357-1460 <i>Continuation</i> by William Caxton. Southwark, 1527. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> Randolph, Bernard (b. 1643). <i>The Present State of the Morea, Called Anciently Peloponnesus…</i> London, 1689. [Bound with] <i>The Present State of the Islands of the Archipelago…</i> $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Skinner, July 20:</b> <i>The Great Herball Newly Corrected.</i> London, 1539. Folio, ESTC lists three U.S. copies; the last copy offered at auction was incomplete and sold in 1949. $25,000 to $35,000

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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>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <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.