Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2024 Issue

Your Personal Top 500 is Nearby

Getting a personalized Top 500 off the ground is easy — dialing it in takes more experimentation

For many years we have prepared annual reports for the top 500 auction lots that have  included books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera for the past year.  And it’s always among the most widely read articles - leading us to wonder what the readership would be if we could provide the tool[s] to create your personal annual top 500. 

 

Certainly the 500 most expensive lots for the entire collectible paper field is interesting, but collectors and collecting institutions think about their subjects in very different ways. For them the number and value of lots within their scope is close to essential reading and it turns out we have some tools to create such lists.

 

Here is how you do it.

 

  1. Be logged in as a paid services member [anything from a 10 day Visitor to Folio]
  2. Click on Advanced Search [to the right of the Keyword Search]
  3. Type our search term, ephemera, in the Keyword field.
  4. Type in 2023 in the Source Year field
  5. Click Search and you find there were 4,056 lots that contained that term in 2023.
  6. To sequence the results by price click Three times on PRICE on the results header.
  7. Now you have a list in price order of the 4,056 lots.
  8. We suggest you then select the page size that suits your purpose.  The default size is 25 lots, but you can adjust to 50, 100 and 500 per screen

 

Here are some examples based on top 50 lots, while it is equally easy to create top 25s and 100s.

 

We have the data but initially these early versions will need to be straightforward.  Here are some examples.

  

Search Number of Records Price Range
     
     
Poughkeepsie 68 $89 - $25,400
     
Poetry 3,047 $15,120  - 355,600
     
Judaica 656 $2,500 - $38,126,000
     
Chicago Fire 102 $360 - $100,000
     
Music 5,949 $64,346 - $38,126,000
     
Australia 3,646 $11,400 - 254,500
     
Maps 15,867 $40,320 - $1,744,000

 

This initial process is imperfect.  We have to clean up the currencies.  COP 960,000 converts into $243.51.

 

As well, if/when we add the Boolean search you will be able to include/exclude terms to narrow searches.  The outcomes will really reflect your personal 25, 50, 100 or 500.

 

To try it, we’re providing some snapshots to help you get the hang of it.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Toronto Book Auctions
    ART-PHOTO-SIGNED-BOOKS-MILITARY(NON)FICTION
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [ART BOOK MONOGRAPH] DAVID BURLIUK WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING and Signed twice. David Burliuk Rare ACA Gallery exhibition catalogue, undated. CA$400 – 800
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [ART BOOK MONOGRAPH] KAWS: COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS. Text by Margaret Atwood. National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, 2019. $CA400 - 800
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: SIGNED. LAWRENCE WEINER: POSTERS. Nova Scotia College of Art, Canada,1987. CA$800 – 1,200
    Toronto Book Auctions
    ART-PHOTO-SIGNED-BOOKS-MILITARY(NON)FICTION
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: WILBUR SMITH: THE DARK OF THE SUN. Heinemann, UK, 1965. Signed First edition. CA$800 – 1,200
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: ROBERTSON DAVIES: LEAVEN OF MALICE. SIGNED Clark, Irwin, & Co., Canada. 1954. 1st edition. CA$400 – 600
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [THE NOTABLE TRAILS LIBRARY]. 8 VOLUMES SOLD TOGETHER. INCLUDING: THE TRIAL OF DR. X; ROE V. WADE; THE GALILEO AFFAIR; THE TRIAL OF BERNHARD GOETZ… CA$300 – 500
    Toronto Book Auctions
    ART-PHOTO-SIGNED-BOOKS-MILITARY(NON)FICTION
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [MILITARY FICTION]. 8 VOLUMES SOLD TOGETHER. INCLUDING: Canada's Royal Military College. REVIEW, THE STONE FRIGATE, A HISTORY OF THE RMC… CA$300 – 400
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [WW1] CANADIAN (C.S.E.F.) SIBERIA 1918-1919 PHOTO ALBUM. With approximately 303 original official war photographs, photo-postcards, and personal photographs. CA$8,000 – 10,000.
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: HANS BELLMER: THE DOLL. 1995, 1st Ed. CA$150 – 300.
    Toronto Book Auctions
    ART-PHOTO-SIGNED-BOOKS-MILITARY(NON)FICTION
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: FAN HO; HONG KONG YESTERDAY. ModernBooks edition, 2006. First edition. 4to. CA$300 – 600.
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: TARYN SIMON: AN AMERICAN INDEX OF THE HIDDEN AND UNFAMILIAR. Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2012. Third edition. CA$600 – 1,000.
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: BARBARA KRUGER PICTURE/READINGS. [Self-Published], 1978 First edition. CA$800 – 1,200.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Gonnelli:
    Auction 50
    Books, Autographs & Manuscripts
    March 6th-7th 2024
    Gonnelli: Cramer, [Picasso, Chagall , Miró], Trente ans d'activité. Starting price 4800€
    Gonnelli: Futurism
    Gonnelli: Avienus, Opera. 1488. Starting price 1200€
    Gonnelli: Vimont, Relation de ce qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France, en l'année 1642. Starting price 5000€
    Gonnelli: Goedart, Metamorphosis et historia naturalis insectorum. 1662.
    Gonnelli: Il Petrarcha con la spositione di M. Giovanni Andrea Gesualdo.
    Gonnelli: Poblacion, De usu astrolabi compendium.

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