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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: September 25, New York</b>
    <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, 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>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <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.
  • <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>