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RBH: 24 Auctions Archived, 34 Sales Scheduled this Week

For the week ending Saturday, 10 March 2018, 24 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 denominated in euros, 2 in British pounds, and 20 in US dollars.  Turnover was $9,253,085 as 8,079 lots were offered and 6,700 sold for an 83% success rate. The average sale price was $1,381. The average sale price was healthy, but the sell-through rate was unusually strong.

 

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: $2,117,466 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: $1,328,375 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on March 8th: $1,207,188 

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

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 164.58% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 155.24% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 145.89% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 142.71% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 140.74% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 114.75% 


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

Robert Siegel GalleriesThe James P. Myerson Collection of Pioneer Flight Mail 1910-1916 on March 8th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: 98.12% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/4 on March 4th: 97.71% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/27 on March 6th: 97.45% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 97.44% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 96.95% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 96.80% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 94.74% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 3rd: 93.41% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 90.11% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 88.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 88.89% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 6th: 88.04% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 87.86% 
Cowans AuctionsWPA Era Prints and Works on Paper on March 2nd: 85.25% 


24 total sales reported this week: 

Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPhotography: The First 100 Years on March 9th: 70.73% 
Leslie Hindman AuctioneersSt. Louis Spring Auction - Prints on March 9th: 88.89% 
Leland Little AuctionsImportant Spring Auction - Prints on March 3rd: 94.74% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 9th: 39.39% 
Robert Siegel GalleriesThe James P. Myerson Collection of Pioneer Flight Mail 1910-1916 on March 8th: 100.00% 
PBA GalleriesFine Literature & Fine Books on March 8th: 66.39% 
Kestenbaum and CompanyFine Judaica on March 8th: 50.14% 
Swann GalleriesEarly Printed, Medical, Scientific and Travel Books on March 8th: 90.11% 
RR AuctionMarch Auction featuring Military - Internet bidstart 2/17 on March 7th: 56.91% 
Winner's Auctions LtdLetters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Judaic art, etc. on March 6th: 71.84% 
Winner's Auctions LtdEretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books on February 21st: 63.21% 
Heritage AuctionsBooks - Internet Bidstart 2/16 on March 7th: 98.12% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on March 7th: 87.86% 
Bruun RasmussenPhotographs, Prints on March 7th: 88.89% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/27 on March 6th: 97.45% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 3rd: 93.41% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 6th: 88.04% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsThe Magic Collection of John Daniel on March 3rd: 96.95% 
Cowans AuctionsWPA Era Prints and Works on Paper on March 2nd: 85.25% 
Stair Auctioneers and AppraisersExposition Auction - Books and Prints on March 2nd: 97.44% 
PosterConnection Inc.Affordable Posters on February 13th: 72.24% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 99.30% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 2/25 on March 4th: 96.80% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/4 on March 4th: 97.71% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams Violin with spruce top, maple sides, back and neck, carved scroll headstock, 1933, on March 9th Actual price: USD $516,500.
  2. Bonhams Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone, titled on the upper wrapper "Opus Galli Anonymi," on March 9th Actual price: USD $275,000.
  3. Kestenbaum and Company The Proposal of the Jews to Ferdinand and Isabella (in order to secure their residence in Spain). on March 8th Actual price: USD $237,500.
  4. Kestenbaum and Company (“The Tosfos Yom-Tov.”) Mishnayoth. Complete set with commentaries of R. Ovadiah of Bartinura and Tosfoth Yom Tov. on March 8th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions The Great Gatsby. on March 7th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  6. Swann Galleries The Defence of Poesie [i. e., An Apologie for Poetrie]. on March 8th Actual price: USD $149,000.
  7. Bonhams Autograph Musical Manuscript, sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2, 2 pp, on March 9th Actual price: USD $131,250.
  8. Bonhams The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. on March 9th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  9. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to (280 x 215 mm), on March 9th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  10. Winner's Auctions Ltd Letter from Prof. Albert Einstein Regarding the Formalization of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity." Signed Autograph. 1928 on March 6th Actual price: USD $103,700.
  11. Winner's Auctions Ltd Manuscript by Rabbi Chaim Efraim of Sudylkow, Author of "Degel Machane Efraim" Only Copy in the World? on March 6th Actual price: USD $97,600.
  12. Swann Galleries Repetición de amores, y Arte de ajedres. on March 8th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  13. Bonhams Glass prism, 152 mm overall, cut in three polished facets, 33 mm per side, molded knobs on both ends. on March 9th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  14. Dominic Winter Book Auctions A Brief Description of England and Wales, containing a particular account of each county..., embellished with Copper-plate maps of each county, very useful for Travellers and others and very proper for Schools to give on March 7th Actual price: USD $56,712.
  15. Bonhams Autograph Letter Signed ("Go: Washington") on March 9th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  16. RR Auction Karl Marx ALS on March 7th Actual price: USD $53,509.
  17. Kestenbaum and Company Josef Edward August von Gillern. Half-length portrait of The Chasam Sofer (R. Moshe Schreiber / Sofer). on March 8th Actual price: USD $46,875.
  18. Bruun Rasmussen Untitled # 312. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,725.
  19. Heritage Auctions Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  20. Heritage Auctions The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. on March 7th Actual price: USD $45,000.
  21. Dominic Winter Book Auctions Sir John Frederick William Herschel, April 1867, on March 9th Actual price: USD $44,712.
  22. Winner's Auctions Ltd Alois Heinrich Priechenfried (1867-1953). The Merchant on March 6th Actual price: USD $43,920.
  23. RR Auction Mohandas Gandhi Signed Photo on March 7th Actual price: USD $41,807.
  24. Winner's Auctions Ltd Historic Letter from the "Chafetz Chaim" Regarding His Immigration to the Land of Israel and Building his House in Petach Tikvah on March 6th Actual price: USD $41,480.
  25. Winner's Auctions Ltd Leaf of "Segulot and Refuot" in the Holy Handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Vital on March 6th Actual price: USD $34,160.

 


For the week ahead 34 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 12th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 86 lots

Tue. Mar. 13th
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. I. Literature II. Science. 343 lots
Swann Galleries. New York. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings. 575 lots
Artcurial. Paris. May '68 in 500 Posters. 448 lots
Forum Auctions in Italy. Roma. Online Sale: Ancient and Rare Books, including volumes from the private library of Giorgio Petrocchi. 90 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. III. Fine Arts IV. Music. 282 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 3/6. 569 lots

Wed. Mar. 14th
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Exeter. Books, Maps and Prints. 489 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Noble House and Private Collections. 2 lots
Pierre Berge and Associes. Paris. Photographs. 314 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 132 lots
Sothebys. London. The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer. 225 lots
JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung. Berlin. V. History. 220 lots

Thu. Mar. 15th
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/8. 181 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Sale. 422 lots
Soler Y Llach. Barcelona. Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts. 964 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Pop Culture - Internet Bidstart 3/8. 561 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Collection of Russian photographs, vintage Soviet posters & works by Alexander Rodchen. 62 lots

Fri. Mar. 16th
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 1. 555 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Books - Prints and Drawings - Autographs. 770 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Asian Arts - Woodblock Prints. 20 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 107 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 2. 513 lots

Sat. Mar. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Texana. 298 lots
Venator and Hanstein. Köln . Modern and Contemporary Prints - Contemporary Books. 386 lots
Vermot de Pas. Paris. Comic Strips and Original Plates, Japanese Animation.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Books and Ephemera.
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2. 645 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 152 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 3. 708 lots

Sun. Mar. 18th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20. 256 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Gold Rush Auction - Day 4. 511 lots

Mike Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Cartwright (George). <i>A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador...,</i> first edition, with A.L.s. from the author, 1792. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Swift (Jonathan). <i>Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World,</i> 2 vol., first edition, Teerink's "A" edition, Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Fourier (Jean Baptiste Joseph). <i>Theorie Analytique de la Chaleur,</i> first edition, Paris, chez Firmin Didot, 1822. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Boccaccio (Giovanni). <i>Genealogiae Deorum,</i> additions by Dominicus Silvester and Raphael Zovenzonius, Venice, Vindelinus de Spira, 1472. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Mary I. Letter signed at the head "Marye the Quene" to Lord Paget, 1 page, 7th June 1556. The recall from exile of nine persons opposed to the Marian regime. £10,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Nelson (Horatio). Autograph Letter signed "Horatio Nelson" and written to Francis Drake, British Minister at Genoa, discussing the disposition of his "Cruizers" near Genoa. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Darwin (Charles). Unpublished Autograph Letter signed to Walter Raleigh Browne, playing down his scientific knowledge of comparative anatomy, 1881. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Murphew (J.). <i>The fair in an uproar, or, the dancing-doggs.</i> As they perform in Mr. Pinkeman's New Opera in Bartholomew Fair, 1707. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Chaucer (Geoffrey). <i>The Workes,</i> by [Nicholas Hill for] Thomas Petit, dwellyng in Paules churche yarde at the sygne of the Maydens heed, 1550. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Austen (Jane). <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> 3 vol., first edition, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>Stamboul Train,</i> first edition, first issue, 1932. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Churchill.- Fearon (Percy Hutton) "Poy". “Eat More Beef,” pen and ink cartoon with shading in blue pencil, [July 1928]. £400 to £600
  • <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: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.