• <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>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> LÉOPOLD II of Belgium. Autograph letter signed to Ferdinand de Lesseps. (Brusselss, 30th of August 1881. € 500 / 600
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Unique collection of c. 280 satirical postcards on Léopold II of Belgium.<br>€ 3.000 / 3.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Horae, use of Rouen, c. 1475.<br>€ 22.000 / 30.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> <i>Sensuyt la tresplaisante hystoire du preux et vaillant Guerin de Montglaue</i> [...]. € 6.000 / 8.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> SCUTENAIRE, Louis. <i>Mes inscriptions.</i> 1945-1963. € 1.000 / 1.200
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Études Gèographiques [puzzle].<br>€ 70 / 100
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Works on Paper. December 14 & 15, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Unique series of fifty 19th-c. Persian miniatures. € 1.500 / 2.500
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> SIXTUS IV. <i>De sanguine Christi et De potentia Dei,</i> 1474. € 4.500 / 6.000
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> Joan Miró, lithographies. € 200 / 300
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, Dec 14-15:</b> MERIAN, Anna Maria Sibylla. [Metamorphosis of a brown butterfly]. € 4.000 / 5.000
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection: Part II<br>December 13, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Sibelius, Jean. Autograph manuscript of “Spagnuolo” for piano, boldly signed “Jean Sibelius.” $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Fourteen largely unpublished autograph letters signed to Alessandro Lanari, the “Napoleon of Impresarios.” $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Jefferson, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th: Jefferson") to William Lee, Monticello, 26 August 1816. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Whitman, Walt. Signed carte-de-visite photograph by Benjamin Gurney, 1875. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Dec 13:</b> Wilde, Oscar. Autograph letter signed ("Oscar Wilde"). 8 pages on 2 bifolia of different sizes, with ink sketch on the first page. $25,000 to $30,000

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Rare Book Hub: 20 Auctions Archived, another 32 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 22 September 20 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 4 denominated in euros, 4 in British pounds, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $14,197,782 as 4,910 lots were offered and 3,990 sold for an 81% success rate.  We are drifting into the high cotton.

 

4 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysThe Erwin Tomash Library of Computing on September 19th: $4,786,803 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on September 20th: $3,872,625 
Swann Galleries19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 20th: $2,402,257 
SothebysMade in Britain on September 18th: $1,132,659 
 

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

Bearnes Hampton and LittlewoodBooks, Maps and Prints Auction on September 12th: 148.94% 
Clars Auction GalleryAsian, Furniture, Jewelry, Fine Art Auction - Prints on September 16th: 124.88% 
SothebysMade in Britain on September 18th: 122.17% 
SothebysThe Erwin Tomash Library of Computing on September 19th: 109.78% 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on September 20th: 100.40% 
 
 
11 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell: 

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 99.25% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on September 15th: 98.80% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 98.76% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 8/19 on September 16th: 96.57% 
Bearnes Hampton and LittlewoodBooks, Maps and Prints Auction on September 12th: 90.91% 
ChristiesPrints and Multiples on September 20th: 86.70% 
Alaska AuctionOnline only - Books, Prints on September 19th: 85.71% 
SothebysMade in Britain on September 18th: 85.19% 
Clars Auction GalleryOnline Only Fine Art Sale on September 14th: 83.84% 
Brunk AuctionsPremier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books on September 14th: 82.56% 
Clars Auction GalleryAsian, Furniture, Jewelry, Fine Art Auction - Prints on September 16th: 81.97% 
 
 
Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys DIFESA... CONTRO ALLE CALUNNIE & IMPOSTURE DI BALDESSAR CAPRA MILANESE, USATEGLI SI NELLA CONSIDERAZIONE ASTRONOMICA SOPRA LA NUOVA STELLA DEL M DC IIII COME (& ASSAI PIU) NEL PUBLICARE NUOVAMENTE COME SUA INVENZIONE LA FABRICA, & GLI USI DEL COMPASSO GEO on September 19th Actual price: USD $610,460.
  2. Clars Auction Gallery “Study - Crestwood Commuter Station (for Cover Illustration, Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1946)” & Portrait of an Equestrian Gentleman (verso) on September 16th Actual price: USD $242,000.
  3. Christies Untitled on September 20th Actual price: USD $218,750.
  4. Sothebys LE OPERAZIONI DEL COMPASSO GEOMETRICO, ET MILITARE on September 19th Actual price: USD $212,875.
  5. Christies Retrospect on September 20th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  6. Sothebys LIGHTNESS OF BEING (PINK), 2015 on September 18th Actual price: USD $196,500.
  7. Christies Queen Elizabeth II, from: Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) on September 20th Actual price: USD $175,000.
  8. Christies Up on the Roof on September 20th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  9. Christies Nackte Tänzerinnen on September 20th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  10. Sothebys TABULAE ASTRONOMIAE ET CANONES, MANUSCRIPT, IN LATIN ITALY on September 19th Actual price: USD $122,813.
  11. Christies Reverie on September 20th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  12. Sothebys KITAB FIHI (?) SHARH MA AMLA’AHU AL-WAZIR ‘AWN AL-DIN ABU’L MUZAFFAR YAHYA IBN MUHAMMAD IBN HUBAYRA FI ‘ILM SINA’AT AL-H(ISAB) A COMMENTARY ON ARITHMETIC BY IBN HUBAYRA, COPIED BY ABD AL-AZIZ IBN DULAF IBN ABI TALIB. on September 19th Actual price: USD $114,625.
  13. Christies Twelve Maquettes of Stained Glass Windows for Jerusalem on September 20th Actual price: USD $112,500.
  14. Brunk Auctions Nova Totius Americae Tabula, on September 14th Actual price: USD $108,000.
  15. Christies La femme au chapeau on September 20th Actual price: USD $106,250.
  16. Sothebys SKETCH OF THE ANALYTICAL ENGINE INVENTED BY CHARLES BABBAGE, ESQ… WITH NOTES BY THE TRANSLATOR.. on September 19th Actual price: USD $98,250.
  17. Sothebys MIRIFICI LOGARITHMORUM CANONIS DESCRIPTIO, EIUSQUE USUS, IN UTRAQUE TRIGONOMETRIA, UT ETIAM IN OMNI LOGISTICA MATHEMATICA, AMPLISSIMI, FACILLIMI & EXPEDITISSIMI EXPLICATIO. on September 19th Actual price: USD $98,250.
  18. Sothebys NOVA STEREOMETRIA DOLIORUM VINARIORUM on September 19th Actual price: USD $90,063.
  19. Sothebys GANGSTA RAT on September 18th Actual price: USD $90,063.
  20. Christies Bible on September 20th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Sothebys THE ARITHMETICALL JEWELL: OR THE USE OF A SMALL TABLE; WHEREBY IS SPEEDILY WROUGHT, AS WELL ALL ARITHMETICALL WORKS IN WHOLE NUMBERS, AS ALL FRACTIONALL OPERATIONS, WITHOUT FRACTION OR REDUCTION. on September 19th Actual price: USD $78,600.
  22. Swann Galleries Grand nu Dansant. on September 20th Actual price: USD $70,000.
  23. Sothebys TWEEDE DEEL VAN DE NIEUWE TEL-KONST OFTE WONDERLIICKE KONSTIGHE TAFEL, INHOUDENDE DE LOGARITHMI, VOOR DE GETALLEN VAN 1 AF TOT 100000 TOE ETC..  on September 19th Actual price: USD $68,775.
  24. Christies Mao on September 20th Actual price: USD $68,750.
  25. Christies View from the Window, from: Landscape Series on September 20th Actual price: USD $68,750.



20 total sales reported this week:

PIASA. Photographs by Casimir Zagourski Heart of Africa Pierre Loos Collection on September 18th: 28.28%
Alaska Auction. Online only - Books, Prints on September 19th: 85.71%
PBA Galleries. Ted Watkins Collection of Books and Manuscripts on September 20th: 67.96%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings on September 20th: 71.88%
Audap and Mirabaud. Historical Souvenirs - Prints and Manuscripts on September 19th: 75.61%
Christies. Prints and Multiples on September 20th: 86.70%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. Books, Maps and Prints Auction on September 12th: 90.91%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on September 20th: 76.35%
De Baecque and Associes. Prints on September 19th: 34.38%
Sothebys. The Erwin Tomash Library of Computing on September 19th: 66.53%
Sothebys. Made in Britain on September 18th: 85.19%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 8/19 on September 16th: 96.57%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on September 18th: 68.06%
Neal Auction Company. Important Estates Auction on September 16th: 71.83%
Clars Auction Gallery. Asian, Furniture, Jewelry, Fine Art Auction - Prints on September 16th: 81.97%
Clars Auction Gallery. Online Only Fine Art Sale on September 14th: 83.84%
Brunk Auctions. Premier Catalogue Auction - Prints, Books on September 14th: 82.56%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on September 15th: 98.80%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 99.25%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/9 on September 16th: 98.76%


For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Sep. 24th
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Books. 260 lots
Australian Book Auctions. Armadale, . Books, Documents, and maps including Voyages, Exploration and Travels, Ephemera, Australiana, Prin. 187 lots
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Autographs. 62 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 104 lots

Tue. Sep. 25th
Bonhams. New York. Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana. 304 lots
Dorotheum . Vienna. Books and Decorative Prints. 367 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Remarkable Rarities - bidstart 9/13. 54 lots
Tajan. Paris. Parisian Library. 520 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . September Quarterly Sale. 25 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 9/18. 743 lots
Morton Subastas. México DF CP 11000. Books and Documents on the History of Mexico. 449 lots

Wed. Sep. 26th
Forum Auctions. London. Editions and Works on Paper. 317 lots
Sothebys. London. Prints and Multiples. 194 lots
James D Julia Auctioneers. Fairfield. O'Connor's Americana Collection. 65 lots
University Archives. Westport. Outstanding Selection of Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics. 288 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints, Photographs. 45 lots

Thu. Sep. 27th
Swann Galleries. New York. Printed and Manuscript Americana. 516 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books and Works on Paper. 363 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Books, Maps and Manuscripts. 479 lots
ALDE. Paris. Antiquarian Books from the 15th to the 19th Century. 441 lots
Rossini. Paris. Online Sale: Posters - bidstart 9/13.
Sothebys. Paris. Alias Daniel Cordier. 5 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old and Modern Books.

Fri. Sep. 28th
Koller Auctions. Zurich. Old Master Prints. 76 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. The Poster Sale. 174 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Old and Modern Books.

Sat. Sep. 29th
Potter and Potter Auctions. Chicago. Coin-Op and Advertising - Posters and Lithographs. 176 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. September 2018 Live Auction. 23 lots

Sun. Sep. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 9/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 9/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 9/2. 228 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. The Feeling Good Collection, Part I Currency Auction Monthly Auction - Internet bidstart 9/1. 284 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> WETZEL, CHARLES M. American Fishing Books. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> BISSELL, ALFRED E., <i>In Pursuit of Salar.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> <i>The Settler and Sportsman in Anticosti.</i> $400 to $600
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> CARLETON, HENRY GUY, <i>Advice to Young Anglers.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> ROBINSON, ROLAND EVANS, <i>Forest and Stream Fables. By Awahsoose the Bear.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SAWADA, KEN, <i>The Art of the Classic Salmon Fly.</i> $300 to $500
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>Trout Fly-Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Adrian Reland, <i>Imperium Japonicum,</i> first European map to use Sino-Japanese characters, Amsterdam, circa 1740. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> John Overton, <i>A New & Most Exact Map of America,</i> hand colored, London, 1671. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America & Quadrupeds of North America,</i> together in 10 matching octavo bindings. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Hemispheriu ab Aequinoctiali Linea,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>Across the Continent,</i> New York, 1868, formerly in the collection of Thomas Winthrop Streeter. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Frederick Sander, <i>Reichenbachia, Orchids Illustrated & Described,</i> in four volumes, St. Albans, 1888-94. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Color woodblock map of Uraga and Edo Bay showing the course of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron, Japan, circa 1854. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Manuscript report on the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry, with 2 portraits of Perry & Commander H. A. Adams, Japan. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Edward Lear, <i>Castello di Melfi in Basilicata,</i> ink, graphite & watercolor, 1847. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Abraham Ortelius, <i>Islandia,</i> Antwerp, 1603. $3,500 to $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Philippe Vandermaelen, North American volume of the first atlas to use lithography, Brussels, 1827. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 13:</b> Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, <i>A Chart of the Coast,</i> from the <i>Atlantic Neptune,</i> London, 1780. $18,000 to $22,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts Online<br>Ending December 17</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies…</i> The Second Impression. 1632. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> GEORGE CURZON, 1ST MARQUESS CURZON OF KEDLESTON. “Curzon Tiger Hunt.” [India: circa 1901]. 120 albumen photographs. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> (CASSADY, NEAL). Kerouac, Jack. <i>On the Road.</i> New York: Viking Press, 1957. Inscribed. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> VEGA, JOSEPH PENSO DE LA. <i>Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discrete...</i> Amsterdam, 1688. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> RACKHAM, ARTHUR — [WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE]. "The Moon Like to a Silver Bow New-Bent in Heaven," original illustration for <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream.</i> $12,000 to $18,000