• <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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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

  • <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 €