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Rare Book Hub: 53 Auctions Archived, another 26 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 22 December 2018 53 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 1 denominated in Australian dollars, 1 in Swiss francs, 20 in euros, 7 in British pounds, and 24 in US dollars.  Turnover was a robust $37,697,860 as 17,619 lots were offered and 12,383 sold for a 70% success rate.  Political turmoil continues to weigh on the market.


7 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Pierre Berge and AssociesThe Library of Pierre Berge on December 14th: $9,270,353 
ChristiesFine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: $5,425,625 
ChristiesValuable Books and Manuscripts on December 12th: $4,926,648 
SothebysImportant Judaica, Including a Distinquished Private Collection on December 19th: $1,988,375 
Ketterer Kunst DoerlingRare Books on November 26th: $1,792,363 
BonhamsPrints and Multiples on December 18th: $1,508,282 
Arenberg AuctionsBooks on December 15th: $1,238,924 

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

AderOld and Modern Prints on December 5th: 151.87% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on December 8th: 144.43% 
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood20th Century and Contemporary Sale - Prints, Books on December 4th: 143.58% 
AderOld and Modern Prints on December 6th: 139.17% 
Arenberg AuctionsBooks on December 15th: 136.26% 
BonhamsEntertainment Memorabilia on December 11th: 133.21% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsModern Literature and First Editions on December 13th: 126.00% 
Pierre Berge and AssociesThe Library of Pierre Berge on December 14th: 125.61% 
Dominic Winter Book AuctionsPrinted Books, Maps and Documents on December 12th: 118.72% 
Swann GalleriesMaps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 13th: 111.03% 
De Baecque and AssociesOld and Modern Books on December 13th: 106.91% 
Potter and Potter AuctionsWinter Magic Auction - Online only on December 15th: 102.13% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Pierre Berge and Associes Du côté de chez Swann. on December 14th Actual price: USD $1,722,969.
  2. Christies . An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations on December 12th Actual price: USD $1,154,113.
  3. 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.
  4. Pierre Berge and Associes Essais de Messire Michel Seigneur de Montaigne, Chevalier de l'Ordre du Roy, & Gentil-homme ordinaire de sa Chambre. Livre premier & second. on December 14th Actual price: USD $786,993.
  5. Pierre Berge and Associes La Tresillustre Vie de Romulus faicte premierement et composee par Plutarche cheronense en langaige grec et depuys traduite en langue rommaine qui est latine par lapp' florentin et finablement translatee en nostre maternel usaige.Suivi de:La Tresillustre on December 14th Actual price: USD $765,829.
  6. Pierre Berge and Associes De historia stirpium commentarii insignes, maximis impensis et vigiliis elaborati, adjectis earundem vivis plusquam quingentis imaginibus, nunquam antea ad naturae imitationem artificiosius effictis & expressis. on December 14th Actual price: USD $481,831.
  7. Christies . Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie. Volume 1 on December 12th Actual price: USD $437,833.
  8. Christies Liber Chronicarum. on December 4th Actual price: USD $372,500.
  9. Pierre Berge and Associes Le Premier [- Second, - Tiers] Volume de Enguerran de Monstrellet ensuyvantFroissart na gueres imprime a Paris des cronicques de France, dangleterre, descoce, despaigne, de Bretaigne, de gascongne, de flandres. Et lieux circonvoisins. on December 14th Actual price: USD $355,959.
  10. Sothebys Sefer Ets ha-Hayyim (Book of the Tree of Life), Rabbi Hayyim Vital, with Autograph Notes of Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz, [Ashkenaz]: 1741 on December 19th Actual price: USD $325,000.
  11. Pierre Berge and Associes Cy commence ung tres excellent livre nomme le proprietaire des choses translate de latin en francoys a la requeste de treschrestien et trespuissant roy charles quint. on December 14th Actual price: USD $307,009.
  12. Christies Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae Regiae [– Foederate.] on December 4th Actual price: USD $287,500.
  13. Sothebys An Extremely Rare Medieval Torah Scroll from Spain on December 19th Actual price: USD $250,000.
  14. Pierre Berge and Associes Pompes funèbres. on December 14th Actual price: USD $208,962.
  15. Christies Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, in Italian. Venice: Aldus Manutius for Leonardus Crassus, December 1499. [COLONNA, Francesco 1433-1527 ] . Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, in Italian on December 12th Actual price: USD $206,375.
  16. Pierre Berge and Associes À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs. on December 14th Actual price: USD $200,254.
  17. 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.
  18. Bonhams Ken (K.K.) Downing/Judas Priest: A Gibson Flying V guitar, on December 11th Actual price: USD $190,500.
  19. Christies . Two autograph manuscript sledging journals of the 1910-1913 British Antarctic Expedition, comprising: ‘We have built a carn – a 12 foot carn and put a cross made of a pair of skis on it’ on December 12th Actual price: USD $190,500.
  20. 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.
  21. Pierre Berge and Associes Le Capital. Traduction de M. J. Roy, entièrement révisée par l'auteur. on December 14th Actual price: USD $187,288.
  22. Christies . Autograph letter signed ‘Adam Smith’ to on December 12th Actual price: USD $174,625.
  23. Christies . Da Qing wan nian yi tong di li quantu. on December 12th Actual price: USD $174,625.
  24. Koller Auctions Les Petites Baigneuses. 1893. on December 8th Actual price: USD $170,185.
  25. Ketterer Kunst Doerling Buch der Chroniken, 1493. on November 26th Actual price: USD $168,264.



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

National Book Auctions. Books – Americana, NYS, 1600’s, Sendak, Sets on December 16th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/9 on December 16th: 99.57%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/9 on December 16th: 98.76%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 97.97%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/18 on December 16th: 94.48%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Winter Magic Auction - Online only on December 15th: 91.77%
Pierre Berge and Associes. The Library of Pierre Berge on December 14th: 91.54%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 15th: 91.30%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Contemporary and Fine Art - Prints on December 8th: 91.25%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. 20th Century and Contemporary Sale - Prints, Books on December 4th: 88.46%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 12th: 88.43%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 13th: 88.31%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Modern Literature and First Editions on December 13th: 86.22%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on December 18th: 85.12%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints on December 5th: 85.07%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 18th: 85.00%
Aspire Auctions. December Sale - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 83.33%


53 total sales reported this week:

Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Rare Books on November 26th: 48.44%
University Archives. Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos, Books & Relics on December 5th: 64.44%
Tajan. Books - Internet bidstart 12/10 on December 17th: 9.15%
PBA Galleries. Mid-Winter Miscellany on December 20th: 68.85%
Bonhams. Prints and Multiples on December 18th: 85.12%
Sothebys. Important Judaica, Including a Distinquished Private Collection on December 19th: 70.37%
National Book Auctions. Books – Americana, NYS, 1600’s, Sendak, Sets on December 16th: 100.00%
Peter Arnold. Rare books, maps, prints & photographs on December 5th: 74.68%
Aspire Auctions. December Sale - Internet bidstart 12/7 on December 15th: 83.33%
Pierre Berge and Associes. The Library of Pierre Berge on December 14th: 91.54%
Bruun Rasmussen. Books on December 11th: 71.13%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Winter Magic Auction - Online only on December 15th: 91.77%
Arenberg Auctions. Books on December 15th: 69.61%
De Baecque and Associes. Old and Modern Books on December 13th: 68.30%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana on December 8th: 72.61%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana on December 7th: 57.90%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Western Americana on December 5th: 30.39%
Aste Bolaffi. Rare Books and Autographs on December 12th: 65.28%
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Contemporary and Fine Art - Prints on December 8th: 91.25%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 18th: 85.00%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on December 11th: 77.88%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques on December 8th: 57.46%
Moreshet Auctions. Judaica - Books, Manuscripts on November 26th: 55.77%
OSENAT. Historical Memorabilia on December 9th: 62.50%
RR Auction. Science and Technology - Online bidstart 12/6 on December 13th: 50.47%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on December 8th: 66.67%
Swann Galleries. Maps and Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books on December 13th: 88.31%
PBA Galleries. Fine Americana - Travel & Exploration - Cartography on December 13th: 72.43%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/11 on December 18th: 97.97%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Modern Literature and First Editions on December 13th: 86.22%
Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books, Maps and Documents on December 12th: 88.43%
Sothebys. Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection: Part II | Music, Ame on December 13th: 57.24%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on December 12th: 68.10%
Bonhams. Entertainment Memorabilia on December 11th: 65.22%
Koller Auctions. Prints and Multiples on December 8th: 79.59%
Binoche et Giquello. Ancient and Modern Books on December 7th: 61.29%
Vermot de Pas. Comics, Albums, Original Boards and Animation on December 8th: 61.47%
Vermot de Pas. Comics Strips and Original Plates, Animation on December 7th: 43.70%
Tajan. Editions #2 on December 6th: 32.86%
PIASA. Modern and Contemporary Art, Editions on December 6th: 63.33%
Brunk Auctions. Emporium Auction on December 6th: 70.10%
Jeschke van Vliet Auctions Berlin GmbH. Rare Books, Decorative Prints, Historical Photography on December 7th: 48.55%
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood. 20th Century and Contemporary Sale - Prints, Books on December 4th: 88.46%
Ader. Letters and Autograph Manuscripts on December 10th: 60.35%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints on December 6th: 79.43%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints on December 5th: 85.07%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/9 on December 16th: 98.76%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 11/18 on December 16th: 94.48%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/9 on December 16th: 99.57%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 15th: 91.30%
Christies. Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana on December 4th: 74.32%


For the week ahead 8 sales are scheduled:

Tue. Dec. 25th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/18. 370 lots

Wed. Dec. 26th
Neret Minet and Tessier. Paris. Sale Posters of Exhibitions and Cabarets. 415 lots
Kedem Auction. Jerusalem . Online: Books, Manuscripts and Rabbinic Letters. 395 lots

Fri. Dec. 28th
Tooveys. West Sussex. Decorative Pictures - Prints. 45 lots

Sat. Dec. 29th
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 155 lots

Sun. Dec. 30th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/23.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/2. 180 lots

Best wishes for the holidays!

 

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