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Rare Book Hub: 18 Auctions Archived, another 12 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 15 December 2018 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in Swiss francs, 1 in euros, 5 in British pounds, 1 in Hong Kong dollars, and 10 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,425,422 as 8,498 lots were offered and 7,027 sold for a 83% success rate.  Brexit, American political unrest, and worldwide economic uncertainty continue to undermine consignor and bidder resolve.  The material in the rooms has been exceptional and will continue to be so into 2019.

  

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesFine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: $5,425,625 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 9th: $1,956,296 
Arader GalleriesDecember Auction on December 8th: $1,541,007 

 


2 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Winter Auction on December 1st: 170.59% 
ALDEItalian Impressions on December 12th: 112.06% 


8 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell: 

Leland Little AuctionsImportant Winter Auction on December 1st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsAnimation Art on December 9th: 98.67% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 98.32% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/11 on December 9th: 97.35% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 96.72% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 95.02% 
Heritage AuctionsHKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 6th: 91.19% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 8th: 88.32% 

 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE – In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $852,500.
  2. Christies Liber Chronicarum. on December 4th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  3. Christies Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae Regiae [– Foederate.] on December 4th Actual price: USD $287,500.
  4. Christies De lateribus et angulis triangulorum, tum planorum rectilineorum tum Sphaericorum, libellus eruditissimus & utilissimus... Additus est Canon semissium subtensarum rectarum linearum in Circulo. on December 4th Actual price: USD $200,000.
  5. Christies World War II Scrapbook, including 22 autograph letters signed ("Kurt III" and "Kay") to his family; together with telegrams, period photographs, printed matter, ephemera, and related material; on December 4th Actual price: USD $187,500.
  6. Christies Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  7. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on December 4th Actual price: USD $162,500.
  8. Arader Galleries Hooping Crane, Plate 266. on December 8th Actual price: USD $150,000.
  9. Arader Galleries Louisiana Heron, Plate 217. on December 8th Actual price: USD $137,500.
  10. Christies Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  11. Christies The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. on December 4th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  12. Arader Galleries Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. on December 8th Actual price: USD $118,750.
  13. Christies Les Singularitez de la France Antarctique. on December 4th Actual price: USD $100,000.
  14. Arader Galleries History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits from the Indian Gallery ... at Washington. on December 8th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  15. Christies Ulysses. on December 4th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  16. Christies Wild Flowers of New England. on December 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  17. Christies Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean; des paysages, des vues maritimes, et plusieurs objets d'histoire naturelle. on December 4th Actual price: USD $87,500.
  18. Arader Galleries A Bill in the Chancery of New-Jersey, at the Suit of John Earl of Stair, and others, Proprietors of the Eastern-Division of New-Jersey; against Benjamin Bond, and some other Persons of Elizabeth-Town. on December 8th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  19. Christies Autograph manuscript, headed "The Lord of the Rings III," being late revisions to Return of the King, book six, chapter two, on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  20. Christies A correspondence, including 13 letters from Gandhi, five of which are autograph letters signed ("M.K.Gandhi"), to Earl Stanley Jones, Sabarmati and Sevagram, 1922-1940. on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  21. Christies A superb collection of original printing plates for Tenniel’s celebrated illustrations to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  22. Christies The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte. on December 4th Actual price: USD $81,250.
  23. Christies Itinerario. on December 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  24. Christies Elementa geometria, in Arabic. Recension of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi. on December 4th Actual price: USD $75,000.
  25. Christies Miss Lonelyhearts. on December 4th Actual price: USD $72,500.



18 total sales reported this week:

Christies. Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: 74.32%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on December 11th: 72.52%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Select Modern & Contemporary Editions and Artist's Books on December 7th: 16.26%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, day 2 on December 7th: 52.83%
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Books, Maps, Prints and Ephemera on December 6th: 68.74%
RR Auction. Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction featuring Pop Culture - Online bidstart: 11/16 on December 5th: 63.43%
ALDE. Italian Impressions on December 12th: 57.93%
Leland Little Auctions. Important Winter Auction on December 1st: 100.00%
Arader Galleries. December Auction on December 8th: 71.29%
Koller Auctions. Photography on December 4th: 57.23%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 98.32%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 11/11 on December 9th: 97.35%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/4 on December 11th: 96.72%
Chiswick Auctions. Printed Books & Manuscripts; Photographica on November 28th: 72.79%
Heritage Auctions. HKINF World Currency Signature Auction on December 6th: 91.19%
Heritage Auctions. Animation Art on December 9th: 98.67%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/2 on December 9th: 95.02%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 8th: 88.32%

 


For the week ahead 12 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Dec. 17th
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 62 lots
Tajan. Paris. Books - Internet bidstart 12/10. 164 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 100 lots

Tue. Dec. 18th
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 168 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . December 18th Eclectic Variety Auction. 34 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/11. 639 lots

Wed. Dec. 19th
Il Ponte. Milan. Photographs. 18 lots
Sothebys. New York. Important Judaica, Including a Distinquished Private Collection. 81 lots

Sat. Dec. 22nd
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.

Sun. Dec. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/16.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/25. 132 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

 

  • <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> BELON. <i>L’Histoire de la nature des oyseaux.</i> Paris : Corrozet, 1555. $17,000 to $23,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> MIOMANDRE – BARBIER. <i>Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.</i> Paris. 1913. $23,000 to $34,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> HOKUSAI. <i>Fugaku Hyakkei, Edo : Nishimura Yûzô.</i> 1834-1875. $58,000 to $80,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> EDWARDS. <i> <br>A Natural History of Uncommon Birds…</i> London : Printed for the Author. 1743-1764. $35,000 to $46,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, 20 Feb:</b> VESALIUS. <i><br> De Humane Corporis Fabrica libri septem...</i> Basle : J. Oporinus. 1555. $58,000 to $80,000
  • <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b><br>Die Französische Expedition gegen Mexico /Beilagen zum Beiheft des Militair - Wochenblattes
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b><br>The Architecture Of M. Vitruvius Pollio. London, 1791.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Estatuto Provisional del Imperio Mexicano. México: Imprenta de Andrade y Escalante, 1865.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Historia de Méjico... México, 1849 - 1852.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Juárez, Benito - Ogazón, Pedro. Legajos de Bandos del Estado de Guadalajara, 1860-1863.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos. Mapa de las Aguas que por el Círculo de 90 Leguas Vienen a la Laguna de Tescuco... Méx, 1748.
    <b>Morton Subastas on Bidsquare:</b> Cruces y Campa / Aubert / Valleto. Pareja Imperial, Fusilamiento de Maximiliano, Tipos Mexicanos... ca,1875.
  • <b>Bonhams: Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part VII (Online). March 6-14, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Albert Einstein A remarkable letter on God in English, one of his most eloquent and quoted, 1 p, July 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Benjamin Lincoln's commission as Major General in the Continental Army, February 19th, 1777. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Broadside. A Poem Upon the Bloody Engagement That Was Fought on Bunker's-Hill. 1775. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Early, full printing of the Star-Spangled Banner in The Yankee, October 7, 1814. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Paul Revere. Engraving, “The Boston Massacre Perpetrated on March 5, 1770," in <i>Massachusett's Calendar 1772.</i> $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams: Treasures from the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper, Part VII (Online). March 6-14, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Earliest known newspaper coverage of Babe Ruth, "a St Mary's schoolboy," Baltimore, April 4, 1914. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Franklin, Benjamin. <i>The Independent Whig.</i> First Magazine Published in America, Philadelphia: Keimer, 1723-4. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Smith, Joseph. <i>The Book of Mormon.</i> Palmyra: Printed by E.B. Grandin for the Author, 1830. First printing. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Last Words of Joseph Smith. Autograph Letter Signed from a Mormon disciple, conveying a contemporary account of the Prophet's final words, Nauvoo, July 27, 1844. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> John Brown's Body. Autograph Letter Signed from the daughter of John Brown attempting to arrange the return of her father's body, North Elba, Essex Co, NY, November 29, 1859. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 6-14:</b> Powell Expedition. Autograph diary of Rhodes C. Allen kept during the Powell Expedition of 1868, June 29, 1868 - November 16, 1868. $20,000 to $40,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> NASA archive with 351 photographs, silver & chromogenic prints, 1960-2002. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Edward S. Curtis, suite of 18 cyanotypes, 1910-14. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Edward S. Curtis, <i>Horse Capture, Atsina,</i> unique copper plate for <i>The North American Indian,</i> 1908. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> John Whipple, <i>Harriet Beecher Stowe,</i> salted print from a calotype negative, 1853. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Lewis Carroll, <i>Xie Kitchen,</i> albumen print, circa 1872. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Ansel Adams, <i>Taos Pueblo,</i> limited, signed first edition of the artist's first book, 12 silver bromide prints, 1930. $30,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b><br>JFK in his motorcade about 2 mins before his assassination, chromogenic print, 1963. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Anton Guilio Bragaglia, 6 photomechanical postcards with facsimile signatures, 1911-13, printed 1932. $30,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, Feb 21:</b> Société Anonyme, Inc, group of 9 postcards, including 8 real photo postcards, 1920-30. $25,000 to $35,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Walt Whitman. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> First edition, first issue, SIGNED in block letters by Whitman. 1855. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Isaac Newton's copy of John Greave's <i>Pyramidographia,</i> London, 1646. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Colonel John Mosby. Robert E. Lee's autograph letter to Samuel Cooper reporting on Mosby's exploits, with Cooper's autograph note ordering his appointment to Major.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Gyula Halasz Brassai. Large archive of autograph and typed letters, over 260, to his family including his wife Gilberte, 1947-1978. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 12:</b> Archive of drawings and letters from Harper Lee to Charles Carruth, including an inscribed first edition of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> VESALIUS, ANDREAS. 1514-1564. <i>De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.</i> Basel: Johannes Oporinus, June 1543. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. 1578-1657. <i>De motu cordis & sanguinis in animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Leiden: Joannis Maire, 1639. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar 11:</b> BERENGARIO DA CARPI, GIACOMO. 1460-1530. <i>Isagogae breves perlucide ac uberrimae in Anatomiam humani corporis.</i> Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 15 July 1523. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790. <i>Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America…</i> London, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams NY, Mar 11:</b> BENIVIENI, ANTONIO. 1443-1502. <i>De abditis nonnullis ac mirandis morborum et sanationum causis.</i>Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000