• <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>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000

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June 2018

For the week ended Saturday 2 June 2018 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 14 denominated in euros, 3 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, and 7 in US dollars.  Turnover was $14,481,682 as 7,581 lots were offered and 5,571 sold for a 73% success rate.  The average lot brought $2,599.

 

For the week just starting 24 auctions are scheduled.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: $3,347,801 
BonhamsWASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: $2,292,251 
ChristiesBooks and Manuscripts on May 29th: $1,759,575 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: $1,049,437 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: $1,042,136 


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

ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: 510.44% 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 145.18% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 25th: 134.10% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 24th: 115.36% 
Forum AuctionsFine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: 102.33% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/23 on May 29th: 99.46% 
BonhamsWASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: 97.02% 
ArtcurialJapanese Prints on May 23rd: 95.92% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29 on May 27th: 95.77% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 95.63% 
Forum Auctions in ItalyNo Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 29th: 91.67% 
Lancaster Mennonite Historical SocietyBooks on May 11th: 90.77% 

Ketterer Kunst DoerlingValuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 83.50% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Artcurial Actor Morita Kan'ya VIII as the Palanquin-bearer Uguisu no Jirôsaku on May 23rd Actual price: USD $715,256.
  2. Artcurial Actor Onoe Matsusuke I as Matsushita Mikinoshin on May 23rd Actual price: USD $600,184.
  3. Artcurial Obvious Love (Arawaruru koi), from the series Anthology of Poems: The Love Section (Kasen koi no bu) on May 23rd Actual price: USD $441,960.
  4. Artcurial Actor Ôtani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke on May 23rd Actual price: USD $384,424.
  5. Artcurial Actor Sakata Hangorô III as Fujikawa Mizuemon on May 23rd Actual price: USD $326,888.
  6. Christies Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie : dessins photographiques recueillis pendant les années 1849, 1850 et 1851, accompagnés d’un texte explicatif et précédés d’une introduction par Maxime Du Camp, chargé d’une mission archéologique en Orient par le minist on May 29th Actual price: USD $294,060.
  7. Bonhams The Birds of Australia on May 30th Actual price: USD $249,375.
  8. PBA Galleries The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787 on May 31st Actual price: USD $223,500.
  9. Christies The Portrait of Picasso. on May 29th Actual price: USD $217,500.
  10. Forum Auctions Doktor Zhivago original typescript on May 31st Actual price: USD $182,875.
  11. Christies Les Fleurs du mal. on May 29th Actual price: USD $166,750.
  12. Christies La Célestine. on May 29th Actual price: USD $152,250.
  13. Christies La Chèvre-Feuille. on May 29th Actual price: USD $145,000.
  14. Bonhams The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, Including Many New Species Recently Discovered in Australia… on May 30th Actual price: USD $136,325.
  15. Christies Manuscrit musical autographe signé "A.Cl. Debussy", pour Hymnis. Comédie lyrique de Théodore de Banville, musique de Achille-Claude Debussy, partition pour piano et chant, adressé à "Mme. [Marie] Vasnier". on May 29th Actual price: USD $130,500.
  16. ALDE La Rivière enchantée. on May 30th Actual price: USD $127,600.
  17. Ketterer Kunst Doerling Brügger Stundenbuch auf Pergament Lateinisches Stundenbuch für den Gebrauch von Rom. on May 28th Actual price: USD $119,851.
  18. Bonhams Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots: the greater part of them species hitherto unfigured… on May 30th Actual price: USD $119,700.
  19. ALDE Maquette originale du Florilège des Amours. on May 30th Actual price: USD $116,000.
  20. ALDE Jazz. on May 30th Actual price: USD $116,000.
  21. Artcurial Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister on May 23rd Actual price: USD $113,100.
  22. Artcurial Tatsumi Rokô (name in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen) on May 23rd Actual price: USD $105,560.
  23. Artcurial The Widow of Asahiya (Asahiya goke, in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen). on May 23rd Actual price: USD $105,560.
  24. Bonhams The Mammals of Australia on May 30th Actual price: USD $96,425.
  25. Bonhams The Birds of Asia on May 30th Actual price: USD $91,438.



25 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. Photographs and Photobooks on June 1st: 37.50%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on May 31st: 78.49%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - Manuscript Material - Cartography on May 31st: 67.65%
PIASA. Photographs, including a Large French Collection on May 30th: 23.61%
Vermot de Pas. France History and Regions on May 29th: 16.18%
Pierre Berge and Associes. Old and Modern Books on May 30th: 52.47%
ALDE. Modern Illustrated Books on May 30th: 72.58%
Bonhams. WASSENAAR ZOO A Dutch Private Library on May 30th: 97.02%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 29th: 73.44%
Artcurial. Japanese Prints on May 23rd: 95.92%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Valuable books Manuscripts · Autographs · Decorative Graphics on May 28th: 83.50%
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Wertvolle Bücher Manuskripte · Autographen · Dekorative Graphik - Part 2 on May 28th: 59.96%
Morton Subastas. Books and Historical Documents on May 29th: 36.52%
Christies. Books and Manuscripts on May 29th: 77.89%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 29th: 77.50%
Forum Auctions in Italy. No Reserve Online Sale: Antiquarian and Rare Books on May 29th: 91.67%
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books on May 8th: 74.23%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/23 on May 29th: 99.46%
Binoche et Giquello. Ancient and Modern Books on May 25th: 47.64%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 25th: 76.14%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 24th: 74.47%
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books on May 11th: 90.77%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/20 on May 27th: 95.63%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/29 on May 27th: 95.77%

 


For the week ahead 24 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jun. 4th
Dorotheum . Vienna. Autographs, Manuscripts and Certificates. 401 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 53 lots

Tue. Jun. 5th
Swann Galleries. New York. Illustration Art. 255 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 1. 126 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Art Photography. 200 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Graphic Prints. 234 lots
Heritage Auctions. New York. Photographs. 423 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 5/29. 584 lots

Wed. Jun. 6th
Old World Auctions. Glen Allen. Antique Maps, Globes, Charts, Atlases & Vintage Graphics - online bidstart 5/23. 751 lots
PIASA. Paris. Editions: Prints, Illustrated Books, Multiples. 153 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 2. 45 lots
Grays Auctioneers. Cleveland, . Fine Art - Prints. 108 lots

Thu. Jun. 7th
Swann Galleries. New York. Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. 397 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.

Fri. Jun. 8th
Skinner. Marlborough. Fine Books and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 5/31. 747 lots
Profiles in History. Calabasas Hills. Icons and Legends of Hollywood - Day 4. 143 lots

Sat. Jun. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Legends of the West. 129 lots
Rachel Davis Fine Arts. Cleveland. Prints and Drawings. 463 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Collectibles. 70 lots
Michaans Auctions. Alameda, CA . Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 42 lots

Sun. Jun. 10th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Civil War and Militaria.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 5/13. 179 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/3.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/3.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</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. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b> The Library of Pierre Bergé<br>Auction Pierre Bergé & Associés<br>in association with Sotheby’s<br>Paris-Hôtel Drout<br>December 14, 2018<br><br>New York Exhibition<br>Oct. 16 to Oct. 20</b>
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> BARTHOLOMEUS ANGLICUS. <i>Le Proprietaire des choses.</i> Lyon, [circa 1484]. 150 000 / 200 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONTAIGNE, Michel de. <i>Essais.</i> Bordeaux, 1580. 400 000 / 500 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> PROUST, Marcel. <i>Du côté de chez Swann.</i> Paris, 1914 [1913]. 600 000 / 800 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. <i>Le Premier [-Tiers] Volume des Cronicques.</i> Paris, circa 1503.<br>300 000 / 400 000 €