• <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
  • <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 €
  • <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>

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Rare Book Hub: 20 Auctions Archived, another 23 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 18th August 2018 20 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 18 in US dollars.  Turnover was $2,791,709 as 6,321 lots were offered and 5,122 sold for an 81% success rate.  In what are traditionally the doldrums of summer there continue to be flashes of lightning.  The auction houses slow for well-earned vacations while the auction addicted paw through the summer’s traditionally thin offerings to find reasons to collect, I among them, for tomorrow an interesting lot arrives and another prepares to enter the rooms.  For those who love the material they collect there are no days off any more.

 

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

Profiles in HistoryLove, Liza - The Auction - Day 3 on August 1st: 357.92% 
SkinnerAugust Americana - Online on August 14th: 263.22% 
Profiles in HistoryLove, Liza - The Auction - Day 1 on July 30th: 190.20% 
Profiles in HistoryLove, Liza - The Auction - Day 2 on July 31st: 141.03% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books Online on August 15th: 139.78% 
Doyle New YorkHunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on August 14th: 125.37% 


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

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/5 on August 12th: 99.46% 
Profiles in HistoryLove, Liza - The Auction - Day 3 on August 1st: 98.46% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 8/7 on August 14th: 97.14% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/5 on August 12th: 96.71% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/15 on August 12th: 96.08% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 11th: 95.81% 
Doyle New YorkHunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on August 14th: 94.42% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books Online on August 15th: 93.73% 
Clars Auction GalleryPrints, Books, Photographs on August 12th: 89.66% 
Michaans AuctionsGallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on August 11th: 86.67% 
Profiles in HistoryLove, Liza - The Auction - Day 1 on July 30th: 86.56% 
Bruun RasmussenPrints on August 14th: 81.08% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. RR Auction Charles de Gaulle ALS on August 8th Actual price: USD $33,690.
  2. RR Auction Charles de Gaulle Handwritten Manuscript on August 8th Actual price: USD $22,234.
  3. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Off-white to white pages. on August 12th Actual price: USD $21,600.
  4. Profiles in History Liza Minnelli (350+) oversize doubleweight custom production photographs from New York, New York. on July 31st Actual price: USD $17,000.
  5. Profiles in History Liza Minnelli personal 1971 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow sedan. on July 31st Actual price: USD $16,000.
  6. RR Auction Mary Blair concept painting from Alice in Wonderland on August 8th Actual price: USD $14,700.
  7. RR Auction Mary Blair concept painting from Cinderella on August 8th Actual price: USD $14,700.
  8. Profiles in History Judy Garland 'Dorothy Gale' wig from the first week of shooting on The Wizard of Oz. on July 30th Actual price: USD $14,000.
  9. RR Auction The Doors: Jim Morrison Signed Photo on August 8th Actual price: USD $13,632.
  10. Clars Auction Gallery Prints, Benny Andrews on August 11th Actual price: USD $13,530.
  11. Profiles in History Peanuts original daily comic strip art inscribed and signed by Charles M. Schulz to Liza Minnelli. on July 31st Actual price: USD $13,000.
  12. Cowans Auctions [Illustrated - Audubon - Color Plate Ornithology] 8 Volume Royal Octavo Audubon "Birds," in Publisher's 1/2 Morocco Binding Complete with 500 Color Plates on August 13th Actual price: USD $12,000.
  13. Profiles in History Liza Minnelli personal hand-annotated book bound shooting script for Cabaret. on July 31st Actual price: USD $12,000.
  14. Profiles in History Vincente Minnelli 1-sheet Style C poster for his first film, Cabin in the Sky. on July 30th Actual price: USD $12,000.
  15. RR Auction Mary Blair concept painting of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland on August 8th Actual price: USD $11,639.
  16. RR Auction Japanese Sword and Pistol Surrendered by Col. Hitoshi Masaki Archive on August 8th Actual price: USD $11,542.
  17. RR Auction U. S. Grant Signed Photo on August 8th Actual price: USD $11,127.
  18. RR Auction Albert Einstein ALS on August 8th Actual price: USD $11,026.
  19. Skinner A Four-oared Shell Race on August 14th Actual price: USD $10,455.
  20. Cowans Auctions [Photography - Original Photographs - Botanical] Rare 3 Volume Work by Edwin Hale Lincoln: "Orchids of New England and New York," 1930 with 81 Original Platinum Prints, Published in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1930 on August 13th Actual price: USD $10,200.
  21. RR Auction George Washington on August 8th Actual price: USD $10,003.
  22. Profiles in History Vincente Minnelli archive of (20+) internal MGM studio documentation regarding his films. on July 30th Actual price: USD $10,000.
  23. RR Auction Chinese-Made Field Jacket Belonging to George L. Paxton of the A.V.G. 'Flying Tigers' Jacket with Patch on August 8th Actual price: USD $9,897.
  24. RR Auction George S. Patton Group Lot on August 8th Actual price: USD $9,764.
  25. Profiles in History Vincente Minnelli (225+) original and vintage reprint photographs and negatives spanning his career. on July 30th Actual price: USD $9,500.



20 total sales reported this week:

Doyle New York. Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson on August 14th: 94.42%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books Online on August 15th: 93.73%
Quagga Rare Books and Art. Quagga Auction- Internet bidstart 8/9 on August 14th: 29.27%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on August 14th: 81.08%
Skinner. August Americana - Online on August 14th: 77.27%
Profiles in History. Love, Liza - The Auction - Day 3 on August 1st: 98.46%
Profiles in History. Love, Liza - The Auction - Day 2 on July 31st: 76.83%
Profiles in History. Love, Liza - The Auction - Day 1 on July 30th: 86.56%
Cowans Auctions. Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts - online bidstart 8/2 on August 13th: 61.31%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/5 on August 12th: 99.46%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 8/7 on August 14th: 97.14%
Kedem Auction. Online Auction 16: Jewish & Israeli History, Art & Culture on August 14th: 66.00%
Clars Auction Gallery. Prints, Books, Photographs on August 12th: 89.66%
Clars Auction Gallery. Art - Prints on August 11th: 76.59%
Grays Auctioneers. Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Art - Prints on August 8th: 52.27%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on August 11th: 86.67%
RR Auction. August Auction Featuring WWII and Animation bidstart 7/20 on August 8th: 56.38%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/15 on August 12th: 96.08%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/5 on August 12th: 96.71%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on August 11th: 95.81%

 

For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Aug. 20th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 64 lots

Tue. Aug. 21st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 8/14. 524 lots
Winner's Auctions Ltd. Jerusalem. Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books. 466 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Japanese Art - Prints. 258 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Cartography, Geography, Science and Religion.. 338 lots

Wed. Aug. 22nd
Forum Auctions. London. Artsy: Color Theory. 42 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Printed Books and Manuscripts. 192 lots
University Archives. Westport. Incredible Selection of Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics - Internet bidstart 8/2. 298 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Online - Prints. 27 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. The Prints of Paul Jacoulet. 96 lots
Purcell Auctioneers. Birr. August Antiques and Collectibles. 145 lots

Thu. Aug. 23rd
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 126 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Travel and Exploration - Cartography. 739 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Asian Art - Books and Prints. 21 lots

Fri. Aug. 24th
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana and Collectibles - Day 1. 120 lots
John McInnis Auctioneers. Amesbury. Three Day Single Owner Auction. 90 lots

Sat. Aug. 25th
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Summer Magic Auction.
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Early Frontier, Western & Firearms Auction.
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana and Collectibles - Day 2. 435 lots

Sun. Aug. 26th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 8/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 8/19.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 7/29. 274 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Americana and Collectibles - Day 3. 500 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <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