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2019: We are off to the races

For the week ended Saturday 5 January 6 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; one in Swedish krona, and 5 in US dollars.  The sell-through rate was as rare as a Gutenberg Bible:  95% while turnover was slim:  $627,597.30.  Even bibliophiles have to take some time away. 

 

Personally, I found the thin market attractive as I brought about 25 lots of mid-Hudson ephemera as well as a 20th century impressionist painting of Rondout. 

 

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


Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 99.16% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/2 on December 30th: 98.33% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 98.17% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 29th: 97.42% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.07% 


6 total sales reported this week: 

Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 12/25 on January 1st: 97.07% 
Stockholms AuktionsverkRare Books, Maps and Manuscripts on December 7th: 68.72% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/2 on December 30th: 98.33% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 98.17% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 12/23 on December 30th: 99.16% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on December 29th: 97.42% 
 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Stockholms Auktionsverk First edition of Kepler's Tabulae Rudolphinae 1627 on December 7th Actual price: USD $47,163.
  2. Stockholms Auktionsverk Första upplagan av Wrights berömda fågelverk 1828 on December 7th Actual price: USD $20,213.
  3. Stockholms Auktionsverk 18th century composite atlas with 54 maps on December 7th Actual price: USD $10,780.
  4. Stockholms Auktionsverk Printed by Zainer in Augsburg 1471 on December 7th Actual price: USD $9,433.
  5. Heritage Auctions Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC Apparent VG 4.0 Extensive (B-5) Off-white pages. on December 30th Actual price: USD $9,000.
  6. Stockholms Auktionsverk Plinius Secundus Historia naturalis 1473 on December 7th Actual price: USD $8,759.
  7. Heritage Auctions Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. on December 30th Actual price: USD $7,800.
  8. Stockholms Auktionsverk Sparrman's Museum Carlsonianum with 80 plates 1786 on December 7th Actual price: USD $7,411.
  9. Stockholms Auktionsverk Noël's translations of Confucius and more on December 7th Actual price: USD $6,199.
  10. Heritage Auctions Showcase #4 The Flash (DC, 1956) CGC GD- 1.8 Cream to off-white pages. on December 30th Actual price: USD $6,000.
  11. Stockholms Auktionsverk First ed. Kepler's Astronomiae pars optica... 1604 on December 7th Actual price: USD $5,390.
  12. Stockholms Auktionsverk Hyllningsplansch till Erik Dahlberg sent 1600-tal on December 7th Actual price: USD $5,121.
  13. Stockholms Auktionsverk Jordglob av Anders Åkerman diameter 30 cm on December 7th Actual price: USD $4,851.
  14. Heritage Auctions Frank Godwin Connie Sunday Comic Strip Original Art (Ledger Syndicate, c. 1935-40). on December 30th Actual price: USD $4,560.
  15. Stockholms Auktionsverk Bromelius tidiga flora från 1694 on December 7th Actual price: USD $4,043.
  16. Stockholms Auktionsverk Renieris tabulae Mediceae 1639 on December 7th Actual price: USD $4,043.
  17. Stockholms Auktionsverk Lochmaier's Sermones de sanctis perutiles 1490-91 on December 7th Actual price: USD $3,369.
  18. Heritage Auctions Bill Rechin and Richard Thompson Smithsonian Museum "Chalk Talk" Sketches Original Art Group of 10 (undated). on December 30th Actual price: USD $3,360.
  19. Stockholms Auktionsverk Darwin's On the Origin of Species 3rd ed. 1861 on December 7th Actual price: USD $3,234.
  20. Heritage Auctions 1989 Perez-Steele "Celebration" Complete Set (45) - Includes 40 Signed Cards! on December 30th Actual price: USD $3,000.
  21. Stockholms Auktionsverk Manuscript leaf 14th c. Saint-Jacques' bible on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,965.
  22. Stockholms Auktionsverk Dagbok från Vegaexpeditionen 1878 on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,965.
  23. Stockholms Auktionsverk Henri Matisse Verve 1958 on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,965.
  24. Stockholms Auktionsverk Russian school atlas 1790 part I on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,830.
  25. Stockholms Auktionsverk Northcote mezzotinta engraving A Tyger 1790 on December 7th Actual price: USD $2,695.



For the week ahead 15 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jan. 7th
Cowans Auctions. Cincinnati. Historic Photography: Timed Auction - Internet bidstart 12/20. 237 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 83 lots

Tue. Jan. 8th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 1/1. 204 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - Internet bidstart 1/1. 280 lots

Wed. Jan. 9th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. FUN Currency Signature Auction - Orlando and Dallas. 2924 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. FUN Currency Signature Auction - Orlando and Dallas. 1391 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. January Auction - Featuring Art and Animation - Online bidstart 12/14. 987 lots
Trafford Books. Manchester. Stamps & postal history, Photographs, Books, Postcards, and Ephemera.. 252 lots

Thu. Jan. 10th
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries, with the Glenn Todd Collection of Arion Press. 433 lots

Sat. Jan. 12th
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper.
North American Auction Company. Bozeman. Old West and Firearms Sale: Prints, Books. 90 lots

Sun. Jan. 13th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction - online bidstart 12/16/18. 235 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 1/6.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 1/6.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE




  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>New York | June 11, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Faulkner, William. <i>The Sound and the Fury.</i> New York: Jonathan Cape, [1929]. First edition in dust jacket. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Trautz-Bauzonnet bindery. Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Thompson, Kay. <i>Eloise at Christmastime.</i> New York: Random House, [1958]. First edition. In custom binding by Asprey. $2,000 to $3,000
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>New York | June 11, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Taylor, Deems. <i>Walt Disney’s Fantasia.</i> New York: 1940. In custom binding by Asprey. $2,500 to $3,500
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Shakespeare’s Sonnets, In Two Parts,</i> limited Saint Dunstan edition, Oxford University Press, 1901. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b><br>Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b><br>Ian Fleming, <i>The Man with the Golden Gun,</i> first edition, first state with the dust jacket, London, 1965. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>The Voyage Out,</i> first American edition of the author’s first book, in rare dust jacket, NY, 1920. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Gabriel García Márquez, <i>Cien años de soledad,</i> Buenos Aires, 1967. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Mary Mapes Dodge, <i>Along the Way,</i> first edition, author’s copy, annotated in her hand, NY, 1879. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> <i>The Dial: A Monthly Magazine for Literature, Philosophy and Religion,</i> first edition, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s copy, Cincinnati, 1860. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Gaston Leroux, <i>The Phantom of the Opera,</i> first American edition, first printing, New York, 1911. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Walt Whitman, <i>Leaves of Grass,</i> signed, Camden, 1876. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts. May 1, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> WRIGHT, Wilbur -- WRIGHT, Orville. Photograph signed. 128 x 177 mm, black and white. Taken for Collier's Weekly by James H. ("Jimmy") Hare. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> WRIGHT, Wilbur -- WRIGHT, Orville. Typed document signed, New York, NY, 18 November 1909. A founding document in the history of aviation: the certificate of incorporation for the Wright Company. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> LINCOLN, Mary Todd. Personal monogrammed handkerchief. Square linen handkerchief, silk border, "ML" monogram to one corner, 11 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts. May 1, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> TRUMAN, Harry S. Broadside signed, as President, 8 May 1945. Truman's V-E Day proclamation. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> WASHINGTON, Martha Dandridge Custis, First Lady. Autograph free frank signed on integral cover sheet. One of four surviving free franks by Martha Washington. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> DALI, Salvador, illustrator. -- DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge. <i>Alice in Wonderland.</i> New York: W.U.C.U.A. and Maecenas Press - Random House, 1969. Limited edition, signed by Dali. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts. May 1, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer. <i>Lord Randolph Churchill.</i> London: Macmillan and Co., 1906. First edition, presentation copy to his valet, inscribed. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> DICKENS, Charles. <i>Great Expectations.</i> London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. First edition, 3 vols. Vol. I second issue, vol. II first issue, vol. III third issue. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ("Lewis Carroll"). <i>Sylvie and Bruno. -Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.</i> London: Macmillan, 1889, 1893. First editions, inscribed presentation copies. 2 works in 2 vols. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Fine Books and Manuscripts. May 1, 2019</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> KEULEN, Gerard van. <i>Nieuwe Wassende Graaden Paskaart Vertoonende alle de Bekende Zeekusten en…</i> [Amsterdam, ca 1720]. Important 18th century world map depicting California as an island. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> ALHAZEN [Abu 'Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham]. <i>Opticae thesaurus.</i> Translated from Arabic into Latin. First edition of Alhazen’s classic work on optics and vision. $18,000 to $25,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, May 1:</b> GALILEI, Galileo. <i>Systema cosmicum... in quo quatuor dialogis…</i> Translated from Italian by Matthias Bernegger. Strasbourg: D. Hauttius for the Elzevirs [at Leiden], 1635. First Latin edition. $6,000 to $8,000