• <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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RBH: 29 Auctions Archived, 26 upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 14 July 29 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 12 in British pounds, and 13 in US dollars. Sales totaled $25,118,729 as 11,667 lots were offered and 7,988 sold for a 68% success rate.

 

5 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesValuable Books and Manuscripts on July 11th: $8,166,675 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 9th: $5,488,097 
SothebysFine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online on June 28th: $2,648,100 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: $1,815,660 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: $1,085,040 

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

Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: 220.08% 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: 208.71% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on July 10th: 192.13% 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 9th: 154.21% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples Online - bistart 3/17 on March 31st: 108.93% 
Chiswick AuctionsThe Library of Giancarlo Beltrame Part III and other Fine & Antiquarian Books on July 12th: 104.44% 


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

Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: 100.00% 
Forum AuctionsThe Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: 100.00% 
SothebysIn Motion: Photos by Eadweard Muybridge - Online bidstart 3/24 on April 10th: 100.00% 
SothebysCharity Sale - Prints on April 17th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 99.64% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 97.90% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 97.56% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 7th: 95.00% 
SothebysPrints and Multiples Online - bistart 3/17 on March 31st: 92.31% 
Chiswick AuctionsThe Library of Giancarlo Beltrame Part III and other Fine & Antiquarian Books on July 12th: 89.78% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/10 on July 8th: 89.54% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on July 10th: 89.13% 
AguttesPOSTAL HISTORY • WAR OF 1870-1871 on July 6th: 80.54% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES on July 9th Actual price: USD $651,700.
  2. Christies The Plantin Polyglot Bible on July 11th Actual price: USD $645,150.
  3. Sothebys THE ORIGINAL MAP OF THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD on July 9th Actual price: USD $571,900.
  4. Christies The Fall of Princes, in Middle English, from Laurent de Premierfait’s French version of Giovanni Boccaccio’s De casibus virorum illustrium, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 11th Actual price: USD $518,430.
  5. Sothebys CARTE NOUVELLE DE LA PARTIE DE L'OUEST DE LA LOUISIANNE'. on June 28th Actual price: USD $480,000.
  6. Christies Elementa geometriae. on July 11th Actual price: USD $375,870.
  7. Christies Opera, in Greek. on July 11th Actual price: USD $367,950.
  8. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, on July 9th Actual price: USD $364,420.
  9. Christies Documents from the library of the pre-eminent Reformation theologian, scholar, and peer of Martin Luther, representing his most significant concerns and teachings. on July 11th Actual price: USD $328,350.
  10. Sothebys ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION. on July 9th Actual price: USD $282,625.
  11. Sothebys ...BY-AND-BY THEY CAME TO AN ENCHANTED PLACE ON THE VERY TOP OF THE FOREST… on July 9th Actual price: USD $266,000.
  12. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS OF MAN AND ANIMALS, on July 9th Actual price: USD $266,000.
  13. Christies GENEALOGICAL CHRONICLE OF THE KINGS OF ENGLAND TO EDWARD IV, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum on July 11th Actual price: USD $255,750.
  14. Sothebys FOR A LONG TIME THEY LOOKED AT THE RIVER BENEATH THEM... on July 9th Actual price: USD $232,750.
  15. Sothebys BORN TO RUN WORKING MANUSCRIPT, [LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY, 1974] on June 28th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  16. Sothebys AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS on July 9th Actual price: USD $182,875.
  17. Sothebys LE CAPITAL'. on June 28th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  18. Sothebys HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI, … on June 28th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  19. Sothebys PAIR OF ILLUSTRATIONS, COMPRISING: on July 9th Actual price: USD $149,625.
  20. Sothebys THE FAERIE QUEEN: THE SHEPHEARDS CALENDAR: TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER WORKS OF ENGLAND'S ARCH-POET. on July 9th Actual price: USD $141,313.
  21. Christies London. on July 11th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  22. Christies Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. on July 11th Actual price: USD $140,250.
  23. Christies BREVIARY, in Glagolitic – Breviarium Romanum Glagoiticum. on July 11th Actual price: USD $128,700.
  24. Sothebys COLLECTION OF C.119 LETTERS BY HERSCHEL, BABBAGE, LYELL, AND OTHER PHILOSOPHERS, ASTRONOMERS, MATHEMATICIANS, AND GEOLOGISTS on July 9th Actual price: USD $124,688.
  25. Christies THE LANDAU HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum on July 11th Actual price: USD $123,750.



29 total sales reported this week:

Forum Auctions. The Rothamsted Collection, Day 2: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 11th: 100.00%
Forum Auctions. The Rothamsted Collection, Day 1: Rarities from the Lawes Agricultural Library on July 10th: 100.00%
Chiswick Auctions. Autographs & Memorabilia on July 12th: 60.43%
Chiswick Auctions. The Library of Giancarlo Beltrame Part III and other Fine & Antiquarian Books on July 12th: 89.78%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature and Fine Books on July 12th: 61.31%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on July 10th: 89.13%
Alaska Auction. Prints, Posters, Signs on July 11th: 55.32%
RR Auction. Fine Autographs & Artifacts featuring The Founding Fathers - Internet Bidstart 6/29 on July 11th: 52.01%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on July 11th: 75.00%
Forum Auctions. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper on July 12th: 72.00%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art Prints, Movie Posters on July 11th: 16.28%
Trafford Books. Books on July 11th: 78.89%
Freemans. Collector's Sale: Ocean Liner Memorabilia on July 10th: 68.63%
Sothebys. The Library of an English Bibliophile on July 10th: 78.54%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations on July 9th: 67.40%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/3 on July 10th: 97.90%
Sothebys. In Motion: Photos by Eadweard Muybridge - Online bidstart 3/24 on April 10th: 100.00%
Sothebys. Prints and Multiples Online - bistart 3/17 on March 31st: 92.31%
Sothebys. Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Online on June 28th: 67.90%
Sothebys. Charity Sale - Prints on April 17th: 100.00%
Mayfair Book Auctions. The first Mayfair Book Auctions sale, comprising architecture, natural history, travel, religion, hi on June 25th: 40.00%
OSENAT. 19th Century Spirit on July 8th: 66.67%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on July 7th: 71.43%
Aguttes. POSTAL HISTORY • WAR OF 1870-1871 on July 6th: 80.54%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 97.56%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/1 on July 8th: 99.64%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/10 on July 8th: 89.54%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Autographs and Prints on June 30th: 49.40%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 7th: 95.00%

 


For the week ahead 14 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Jul. 17th
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Sporting Art - Prints. 15 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/10. 491 lots

Wed. Jul. 18th
Bonhams. London. Entertainment Memorabilia. 299 lots
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Gloucestershire. Prints. 207 lots

Thu. Jul. 19th
Copley Fine Art Auctions. Boston. Sporting Sale - Fine Art Prints. 43 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. The Marine Sale - Books and Prints. 67 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. 2018 July 19-20 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction. 1409 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Marvels of Modern Music - Internet bidstart 7/12. 816 lots

Fri. Jul. 20th
Skinner. Boston. Early English Books: A Single Owner Sale. 198 lots

Sat. Jul. 21st
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Mid-Summer Gallery Auction. 52 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia. 553 lots

Sun. Jul. 22nd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/15.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/24. 277 lots

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 €