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Rare Book Hub: 26 Auctions Archived, another 32 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday 13 July 2019 26 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 2 in Swiss francs, 2 in euros, 7 in British pounds, 1 in Mexican pesos, 1 in New Zealand dollars, 1 in Swedish krona, and 12 in US dollars.  Turnover was $16,331,401 as 6,499 lots were offered and 5,171 sold for an 80% success rate.  When the number of lots offered declines the success rate usually rises because the audience following the auctions remains committed to bidding week in and week out.

 

5 auctions saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

ChristiesImportant Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune on July 9th: $3,241,719 
ChristiesValuable Books and Manuscripts on July 10th: $2,977,344 
ChristiesThe Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection on July 9th: $2,839,063 
SothebysEnglish Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations - Online bidstart 6/30 on July 9th: $1,711,094 
ChristiesThe History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection on July 10th: $1,609,219 

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

Art + ObjectRare Books on June 26th: 129.48% 
ChristiesThe Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection on July 9th: 123.39% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on June 29th: 123.28% 
Stockholms AuktionsverkBooks, Maps and Manuscripts on June 14th: 104.10% 
ChristiesImportant Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune on July 9th: 100.60% 


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

Leland Little AuctionsJune Gallery Auction - Books,Prints on June 29th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/9 on July 7th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 99.66% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 99.59% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 96.47% 
William H. Bunch Auctions and AppraisalsEclectic Variety - Books, Prints on July 9th: 96.43% 
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & ValuersAntiquarian and Collectible Books Auction on June 26th: 94.30% 
Art + ObjectRare Books on June 26th: 89.05% 
ChristiesThe History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection on July 10th: 85.25% 
Waverly AuctionsScience-fiction and Fantasy on June 6th: 83.92% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 6th: 80.43% 
Koller AuctionsPrints and Multiples on June 29th: 80.00% 
  

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Christies De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri V. on July 10th Actual price: USD $734,063.
  2. Christies Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. on July 9th Actual price: USD $614,063.
  3. Christies Evgenii Onegin. Roman v stikhakh. Gl. 1 [Eugene Onegin. A novel in verse. Chapter 1]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $584,063.
  4. Christies Sidereus Nuncius. on July 9th Actual price: USD $434,063.
  5. Christies ‘Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden’. Offprint from: Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn. Vol. pp. [3]-47. on July 9th Actual price: USD $359,063.
  6. Sothebys Typescript management contract between Brian Epstein "(hereinafter called 'the Manager')" on the one part, and John Winston Lennon, George Harrison, James Paul McCartney, and Peter Randolph Best "(hereinafter called 'the Artists')" on the other part, SIGN on July 9th Actual price: USD $343,750.
  7. Christies THE SCHØYEN COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL SEAL MATRICES on July 10th Actual price: USD $281,250.
  8. Christies On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. on July 9th Actual price: USD $281,250.
  9. Christies BIBLE, Ezechiel, in Latin, manuscript on vellum on July 10th Actual price: USD $265,625.
  10. Christies Tychonis Brahe, Dani De nova et nullius aevi memoria prius visa stella, iam pridem anno a' nato Christo 1572, mense Novembri primum conspecta, contemplatio mathematica: cui, praeter exactam Eclipsis lunaris, huius anni, pragmatian, et elegantem In Vraniam on July 9th Actual price: USD $218,750.
  11. Christies Vechera na khutore bliz dikan'ki. Kn. 1-2 [Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. Books 1-2]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $218,750.
  12. Christies Ruslan i Liudmila. Poema v shesti pesniakh. [Ruslan and Liudmila. A Poem in Six Cantos]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $179,688.
  13. Christies Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. Edited by Caspar Grosch and Stephan Römer. on July 9th Actual price: USD $132,813.
  14. Christies Harmonices mundi libri V. on July 9th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  15. Christies Liricheskij panteon. [The Lyrical Pantheon]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  16. Christies BEDE, De tabernaculo, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 10th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  17. Christies Tsygany (Pisano v 1824 godu). [Gypsies (Written in 1824)]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  18. Christies [PUSHKIN et al.]. Mnemozina. Chast’ I-IV. [Mnemozina. Parts I-IV]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $117,188.
  19. Koller Auctions Apple. 1985. on June 29th Actual price: USD $111,201.
  20. Christies THE PALAEOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF PIERRE-CAMILLE LE MOINE, a compilation of fragments from medieval codices on vellum and paper, some decorated and illuminated, in French and Latin on July 10th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  21. Christies Lettera a Filaleti di Timauro Antiate della vera storia della cicloide, e della famosissima esperienza dell'argento vivo. on July 9th Actual price: USD $109,375.
  22. Sothebys Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury, 1997 on July 9th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  23. Christies SERMONS, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum on July 10th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  24. Christies Bakhchisaraiskii fontan. [The Fountain of Bakhchisarai]. on July 9th Actual price: USD $101,563.
  25. Christies Autograph letter signed ('Adam Smith') to [William Eden, later 1st Baron Auckland], on July 10th Actual price: USD $96,875.



26 total sales reported this week:

William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Eclectic Variety - Books, Prints on July 9th: 96.43%
PBA Galleries. Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography on July 11th: 69.14%
Morton Subastas. Books and Documents on the History of Mexico on July 9th: 35.45%
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & Valuers. Antiquarian and Collectible Books Auction on June 26th: 94.30%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Urban Living - Art Prints, Illustrations on June 26th: 65.15%
Aguttes. Manuscripts on June 28th: 50.82%
Koller Auctions. Prints and Multiples on June 29th: 80.00%
Koller Auctions. Photography on June 27th: 68.15%
Christies. From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints - internet bidstart 7/4 on July 11th: 73.17%
Heritage Auctions. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/2 on July 9th: 99.59%
Christies. Valuable Books and Manuscripts on July 10th: 54.73%
Christies. The History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection on July 10th: 85.25%
Sothebys. English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations - Online bidstart 6/30 on July 9th: 66.78%
Christies. Important Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune on July 9th: 73.10%
Christies. The Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection on July 9th: 62.81%
Waverly Auctions. Science-fiction and Fantasy on June 6th: 83.92%
Trafford Books. Books, Autographs, Ephemera, Postal History on July 3rd: 64.06%
Leland Little Auctions. June Gallery Auction - Books,Prints on June 29th: 100.00%
Art + Object. Rare Books on June 26th: 89.05%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - internet bidstart 6/14 on June 21st: 79.05%
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Books, Maps and Manuscripts on June 14th: 78.54%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 6/9 on July 7th: 100.00%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on July 6th: 80.43%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 96.47%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 6/30 on July 7th: 99.66%


For the week ahead 32 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Jul. 15th
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Estate Items from Old Lyme and Massachusetts - Prints, Books. 32 lots
Holabird Kagin Americana. Reno. Summer Americana Auction - Session 5: Bargains and Dealer Specials. 1420 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 7/5. 55 lots

Tue. Jul. 16th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 7/9. 286 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 7/9. 153 lots
Tooveys. West Sussex. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera. 193 lots
Christies. New York. Contemporary Editions - online bidstart 7/9. 146 lots

Wed. Jul. 17th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Photographs - Online bidstart 6/26. 77 lots
Freemans. Philadelphia. Collector's Sale.

Thu. Jul. 18th
Christies. New York. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11. 147 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper.
RR Auction. Amherst. Olympics - online bidstart 7/11. 39 lots
AntiquarianAuctions.com. Cape Town. Rare Books - Internet bidstart 7/11. 509 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Summer Sports Card Catalogue Auction. 2248 lots
OSENAT. FONTAINEBLEAU. Automobilia Online Sale - bidstart 7/11. 38 lots
Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers. Hudson. Selections from the Collection of Elaine G. Weitzen.

Fri. Jul. 19th
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Emporium and Premium Auctions. 33 lots
Bonhams. New York. Stonewall@50 - Online bidstart 6/27. 127 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. A Century at Sea - A Comprehensive Maritime Auction. 100 lots
Sothebys. New York. Contemporary Prints and Multiples - online bidstart 7/11. 63 lots

Sat. Jul. 20th
Skinner. Boston. The Mystic Collection: Early Books. 230 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 190 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Entertainment & Music Memorabilia. 835 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs. 100 lots
Guernseys. New York, NY. A Century at Sea - A Comprehensive Maritime Auction - Day 2. 123 lots
Sothebys. New York. Space Exploration.
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Art and Photography - Online bidstart 7/12. 20 lots

Sun. Jul. 21st
Vermot de Pas. Paris. 50th Anniversary Sale of the First Man on the Moon.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 7/14.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 7/14.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 1/23. 330 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 7/12. 34 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.