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Weekly Auction Update: 23 Auctions Archived, 29 More This Week

 For the week that ended Saturday 24 March 2018 23 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 11 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,161,964 as 8,421 lots were offered and 6,447 sold for a 77% success rate.  The average lot brought $1,266.  The market is holding up even as uncertainty hovers over the United States and the world economy.

 

Twenty-nine new auctions are in the rooms this week.

 

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: $2,216,767 
SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: $1,005,991 

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

SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 134.04% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 121.01% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 116.27% 
John McInnis AuctioneersMarch Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 113.37% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 20th: 101.87% 


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

San Rafael Auction GallerySpring Auction on March 17th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 99.11% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/13 on March 20th: 98.87% 
John McInnis AuctioneersMarch Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 98.84% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 18th: 97.66% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 96.01% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 17th: 93.82% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on March 20th: 90.14% 
Nye & Company AuctioneersMarch Backyard Auction - Books, Prints on March 22nd: 88.10% 
SothebysMade in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 87.50% 
BonhamsFine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 86.91% 
Bruun RasmussenBooks on March 20th: 84.75% 
Swann GalleriesAutographs on March 22nd: 83.78% 
Heritage AuctionsTexana on March 17th: 83.56% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 83.39% 
Marc van de Wiele AuctionsSpring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2 on March 17th: 81.24% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Bonhams The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas on March 21st Actual price: USD $123,375.
  2. Bonhams The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas on March 21st Actual price: USD $105,750.
  3. Venator and Hanstein Darwin, Charles; Naturforscher (Shrewsbury 1809- 1882 Down House/Kent). on March 16th Actual price: USD $90,774.
  4. Bonhams Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus on March 21st Actual price: USD $79,313.
  5. Bonhams A collection of approximately 480 seventeenth and eighteenth century pamphlets (mostly in English) on March 21st Actual price: USD $74,025.
  6. Marc van de Wiele Auctions Hypnerotomachia Poliphili on March 17th Actual price: USD $67,650.
  7. Sothebys EX-POSITION (L. 46) on March 20th Actual price: USD $63,000.
  8. Bonhams Theatrum orbis terrarum on March 21st Actual price: USD $61,688.
  9. Bonhams Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses on March 21st Actual price: USD $56,400.
  10. Forum Auctions Choose Your Weapon (Cool Grey) on March 21st Actual price: USD $52,875.
  11. Bonhams The substantial collection of holiday travel journals on March 21st Actual price: USD $52,875.
  12. Sothebys GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN  on March 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  13. Sothebys LOVE RAT on March 20th Actual price: USD $52,500.
  14. Sothebys THE BLUE GUITAR (S.A.C. 199-218; MCA TOKYO 178-197) on March 20th Actual price: USD $49,000.
  15. Bonhams Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter on March 21st Actual price: USD $45,825.
  16. Venator and Hanstein COLOGNE CATHEDRAL 1985 on March 17th Actual price: USD $42,361.
  17. Venator and Hanstein Thesaurus rei herbarii hortensisque universalis ... on March 16th Actual price: USD $42,361.
  18. Sothebys (3D) BANKSY on March 20th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  19. Sothebys RUTH SMOKING. (C. 90-94) on March 20th Actual price: USD $42,000.
  20. Bonhams The Hawk in the Rain on March 21st Actual price: USD $40,538.
  21. Heritage Auctions [Civil War]. John Stayton Autograph Letter Signed on March 17th Actual price: USD $40,000.
  22. Bonhams Banks' Florilegium. A Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight Copperplate Engravings of Plants Collected on Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour on March 21st Actual price: USD $38,775.
  23. Forum Auctions Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on March 22nd Actual price: USD $38,775.
  24. Sothebys PULP FICTION on March 20th Actual price: USD $38,500.
  25. Heritage Auctions Rare J.H. Dance and Brothers Confederate Dragoon Single Action Revolver, Found at the Dance Factory in Columbia, Texas. on March 17th Actual price: USD $37,500.



23 total sales reported this week:

Nye & Company Auctioneers. March Backyard Auction - Books, Prints on March 22nd: 88.10%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books and Works on Paper on March 22nd: 83.39%
Forum Auctions. Editions and Works on Paper on March 21st: 67.19%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 2 on March 17th: 81.24%
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Spring Auction - Books and Prints - Session 1 on March 16th: 77.84%
Ader. Judaica on March 21st: 54.39%
Swann Galleries. Autographs on March 22nd: 83.78%
Bonhams. Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 21st: 86.91%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on March 17th: 93.82%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 2/13 on March 20th: 98.87%
Sothebys. Made in Britain - Prints on March 20th: 87.50%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on March 20th: 84.75%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on March 20th: 90.14%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 99.11%
Vermot de Pas. Comic Strips and Original Plates, Japanese Animation on March 17th: 64.38%
John McInnis Auctioneers. March Estate Auction - Session 2 on March 17th: 98.84%
San Rafael Auction Gallery. Spring Auction on March 17th: 100.00%
Venator and Hanstein. Books - Prints and Drawings - Autographs on March 16th: 32.47%
Venator and Hanstein. Modern and Contemporary Prints - Contemporary Books on March 17th: 54.92%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 2/20 on March 18th: 97.66%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/11 on March 18th: 96.01%
Heritage Auctions. Texana on March 17th: 83.56%
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 3/8 on March 15th: 43.39%

 

 

For the week ahead 29 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Mar. 26th
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Antonio Lopez: The Art of Fashion. 64 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 72 lots
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. American History - Online bidstart 3/15. 261 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Books. 20 lots

Tue. Mar. 27th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Prints Before 1900. 130 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 219 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Editions and Works on Paper. 95 lots
Ader. PARIS. Envelopes of Artists: Pierre-Stéphane Proust Collection. 279 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 3/20. 565 lots

Wed. Mar. 28th
Chiswick Auctions. London. Autographs and Memorabilia. 214 lots
Christies. London -South Kensington. Prints and Multiples. 216 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 408 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 312 lots
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 3/1421.
Artcurial. Paris. Prints and Illustrated Books. 179 lots
ALDE. Paris. The Life of an Amateur. 167 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 110 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. The Warrens Library and a Fine Collection of Maps & Atlases.
Dirk Soulis Auctions. Lee's Summit . Live Ending Online Auction - Prints. 14 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 83 lots

Thu. Mar. 29th
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript African Americana. 384 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Books from the Library of Giancarlo Beltrame, Part II.
Forum Auctions. London. Forum Auctions @ Artsy: Select Urban Editions. 40 lots
Ader. PARIS. Illustrated Modern Books: Dr. Yves Gogue Collection.

Sat. Mar. 31st
Arader Galleries. New York City. Audubon Prints, and Rare Books.
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Engravings and Lithographs - Works on Paper. 150 lots

Sun. Apr. 1st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 3/25.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/4. 285 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 3/25.

Bruce McKinney

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
  • <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> LAUTRÉAMONT. <i>Les Chants de Maldoror.</i> 1869. First edition, unbound, one of the rare copies dated 1869. €100 000 to €150 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> PAUL VERLAINE. Poème saturnien. March 31st -June 1st, 1885. Autograph poem signed and illustrated. €12 000 to €15 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ. <i>L’Après-midi d’un faune.</i> 1876. Inscribed to Paul Gauguin. €30 000 to €40 000
    <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> CHARLES BAUDELAIRE. <i>[La Cloche fêlée,</i> 1851–1855.] Signed autograph manuscript of one of the poems of Les Fleurs du mal. €25 000 to<br>€35 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ. <i>Le Tombeau d’Edgar Poe.</i> Circa 1889. Signed autograph manuscript inscribed to Edmund Gosse. €40 000 to €60 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> GÉRARD DE NERVAL. Manuscrit autographe. 1855. Rare manuscript fragment of Aurelia with corrections. €20 000 to €30 000
    <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> PAUL VERLAINE. <i>La Bonne chanson.</i> 1870. First edition. One of 20 copies on Hollande paper in a mosaic binding by Noulhac. €15 000 to<br>€18 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> ARTHUR RIMBAUD. Autograph letter to his sister, July 10, 1891. One of the most beautiful letters by Rimbaud, about his last moments, illustrated with drawings of his leg. €80 000 to €100 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> GUSTAVE FLAUBERT. <i>Salammbô.</i> 1863. First edition. One of 25 copies on Hollande paper, this one inscribed to Théophile Gautier. €30 000 to<br>€40 000
    <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> CHARLES BAUDELAIRE. <i>Les Fleurs du mal</i>. 1857. First edition, unbound.<br>€15 000 to €20 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> CHARLES BAUDELAIRE. Barbey d’Aurevilly caricature. Original drawing (208 x 130 mm). 1865.<br>€20 000 to €30 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> OSCAR WILDE. <i>The Ballad of Reading Goal by C.3.3.</i> 1898 First edition, publisher’s binding, one of 30 on Japan paper. €10 000 to €12 000
  • <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.