• <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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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>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.