Rare Book Monthly Articles - October - 2021 Issue


From Here to Eternity: Collecting in your old age

Collections start randomly, and some day end.  Most don’t start out to be epic, rather they often turn out to be simply episodes.  The collector’s experience shapes what happens next.
Money, time and intellectual acuity play roles.  Partner preferences matter as does luck.  The early sources you rely on are crucial.  Bill Reese influenced two of my collections; The New World to 1625, and the other, The American West to 1890.  He provided perspective on how to intelligently collect, providing reading lists and sources when/if the material was not wi...


What Is Going On With These Astronomical Prices for Collectibles?

What is going on here? We have been operating a collectibles site for 20 years, focus on books and traditional paper ephemera, such as broadsides and manuscripts. The books have been a bit soft the...


McBride Rare Books Welcomes Joe Fay!

McBride Rare Books recently announced that Joe Fay whose career in the old and rare book field, now in its 21st year , has joined the principals at McBride; Teri Osborn and James McBride to be thei...


The Luckiest Bookseller Alive: A Career Biography of Joe Fay

Joe Fay recently joined the partnership that is McBride Rare Books (see here) so we asked him if he could provide us with his biography in the book trade. He did, and it is a fascinating journey, o...


Matchmaker: Necessary in the New Era

The number of auctions for the rare book, manuscript, map and ephemera field has long been increasing, and finding and following lots relevant to your focus now needs more time to manage the ...


Sotheby’s to Auction Only Remaining First Printing of the Constitution in Private Hands Estimate $15/20 Million

NEW YORK, 17 September 2021 – This Constitution Day – exactly 234 years since America’s Founding Fathers signed the country’s most significant and ...


Birdman and Boinayel, The First Gods of Jamaica

As a long-time Jamaica fanatic, I was excited to come across an in-4° plate engraved by James Basire and entitled Antient Wooden Figures Found in Jamaica. It was, as the caption reads, “p...


Confirmed. The Vinland Map is a Fake

A previously unknown map emerged in 1957 and it was thought to be one of the most important geographic discoveries in history, one might say greater than Christopher Columbus' “discovery&rdqu...


The Final Stretch for 2021: Projections & Implications

This article serves to examine the 2021 rare book and print auction data in order to describe how and why, in itself, this year has been extraordinary. In addition, the article examines why and how...


Christie’s New York is pleased to announce our October online sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts

Christie’s New York is pleased to announce our October online sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana, open for bidding from Oct 1st to the 15th, with lots beginning to close a...


Auction Technology Group to complete acquisition of LiveAuctioneers

In July we wrote about Auction Technology Group’s proposed acquisition of Live Auctioneers and on 29 September ATG has further announced the transaction is to complete subject to final approv...


500 Comics and Other Items Stolen from Florida State University Library

Almost 500 comic books and related material have been stolen from the Florida State University Library. Although just reported in the past couple of weeks, the thefts took place between March 17, 2...


Is It Too Soon to Collect Covid-19 Material?

It is not unusual for people to collect items related to terrible events, like wars, but usually they are of past, historic events. Is this one a little early? The Oxford University History of Scie...


The Ricky Jay Collection is Reappearing!

On October 27 and 28, Sotheby’s will devote four live auction sessions to The Ricky Jay Collection, the auction house’s largest live sale since the dispersal of the Robert S Pirie Libra...


New Record Price for a Comic Book - $3.6 Million

Here we go again. Another record price in the sort-of books, paper ephemera category. Once more, a comic book has achieved a new record price - $3.6 million. If there is anything surprising here it...


Book Earrings

You don't often find original new products for book lovers, but here is one – book earrings. There is a seller on Etsy now selling earrings that look like books. From the pictures, they look ...


Four New Catalogues Reviewed This Month

This month we are reviewing four new bookseller catalogues. Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books has a catalogue of collecting culture, featuring manuscripts and early printed books, ...

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.

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