Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2013 Issue

Monday in San Francisco: An opportunity to discuss the future of rare books

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An 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa

 

Based on following AE over the years, you might know that a rapidly growing auction market where prices are determined by competitive bidding is competing with the dealer-centric fixed-price market for books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera in place for some 500 years. These two markets have long coexisted, the auction market for three centuries a wholesale redistribution mechanism for dealers that since 1980, beginning with Sotheby’s declaration to pursue the retail trade, increasingly become an alternative market.  Thirty-three years later auctions, in number, by lots and realizations are rapidly increasing while the traditional dealer market declines.

 

In my view, we are at a turning point, on the rim of a volcano. Join me at the Book Club of California on Monday, November 4th at 5pm for a reception and a talk at 6pm followed by questions and answers.

 

Book Club of California

312 Sutter St, Suite 500

San Francisco, CA 94108

 

Nearby BART Stations: Powell, Montgomery

Nearby Muni lines: 2, 3, 10, 30, 45

Nearest Parking Garage: The Stockton Street Garage

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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