• <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Elizabeth I. Early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North 1560. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Catherine II. Empress of Russia Letter signed to Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich [Potemkin] 1784. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Nelson. Autograph letter signed, to Captains of Egyptian Club, 3 August 1798. £12,000 to £18,000,
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Charles Darwin. Photograph signed, c.1871 by Oscar Gustave Rejlander. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> T.E. Lawrence. Autograph letter signed, to Major Littleton, 14 October 1918. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Napoleon. Letter signed, ordering General Desaix to sail to Malta, prior to the Egyptian Expedition, 1798. £2,000 to £3,000.
  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 1. Albertus Magnus, De Natura Locorum, 2nd edn, 1515. £3000 to £4000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 22. George Cooke, Scenery of the East India Islands, 1811-13. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 23. J.M. Crozet, Nouveau vouage a la Mer du Sud, 1st edn, 1783. £4000 to £6000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 27. J.P.J.Du Bois, Vies des Gouverneurs Generaux, 1st edn, 1763. £1200 to £1800.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 28. Wm Ellis, Authentic Narrative...Captain Cook, 1st edn, 1782. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 31. Thomas Forrest, Voyage to New Guinea, 1st edn, 1779. £1500 to £2000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 32. Forster & Forster, Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1777-78. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 38. Gianetti, Elogy of Captain James Cook, 1st edn, 1785. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 46. Otto von Kotzebue, Entdeckungs Reise, 1st edn, 1821. £3500 to £4500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 52. Alejandro Malaspina, Viaje politico-scientifico, 1st edn, 1885. £2000 to £3000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 60. Sydney Parkinson, Journal of Voyage to the South Seas, large paper, 1773. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 64. Nathaniel Portlock, A Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1789. £4000 to £6000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ptolomaeus (Claudius). <i>Cosmographia,</i> first edition, Vicenza, Hermann Liechtenstein, 13 September 1475. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Schoener (Johann). <i>Opera mathematica,</i> 3 parts in 1, first edition,The Honeyman copy in contemporary binding, Nuremberg, J. Montanus and U. Neuber, 1551. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Lucian of Samosata. <i>Dialogoi, editio princeps,</i> with fine illuminated title-page, Florence, Lorenzo de Alopa, 1496. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Pian (Jean Baptiste de). [Architectural Alphabet], 26 chromolithographs by Leopold Muller after Pian, Vienna, 1842-44. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Rogers (Bruce).- Holy Bible (The)..., one of 200 copies on handmade paper, designed by Bruce Rogers, bound in modern crimson morocco, gilt, Oxford, 1935. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Jenner (Edward). <i>An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae…,</i> first edition, Printed for the Author, by Sampson Low, 1798. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Voyages.- Cook (Capt. James).- Parkinson (Sydney). <i>A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's Ship the Endeavour,</i> second edition, Charles Dilly...& James Phillips, 1784. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Clemens (Samuel Langhorne)] "Mark Twain". <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> first edition, first state, New York, Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Voight (Hans Henning)], "Alastair". Herod, for 'Salome: Drame en un Acte', original drawing in red & black ink over pencil, [c.1922]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> James (M.R.) <i>Ghost Stories of an Antiquary,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to A.C. Benson, 1904. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Remarque (Erich Maria). <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1929. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ashendene Press.- More (Sir Thomas). <i>A Fruteful and Pleasaunt Worke...Utopia,</i> one of 100 copies, bound in black goatskin by J.Franklin Mowery, Ashendene Press, 1906. £3,000 to £4,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books and Medieval Manuscripts<br>Online Auction 7-14 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> £280,000 to £350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Johann Sebastian Bach. Two early editions: Fantaisie pour le Clavecin. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Mozart. Early edition, in parts, of the Concerto in A for piano and orchestra. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books and Medieval Manuscripts<br>Online Auction 7-14 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Beethoven. First edition, second issue of the Ninth Symphony op.125. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Cervantes. <i>Don Quixote,</i> Barcelona, 1617. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Johann Sebastian Bach. Three first and early editions of music for organ. £1,200 to £1,500.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2016 Issue

The Fall Auction Season Begins: Here is How to Follow It and Find Items of Interest

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Recent matches from a search for "Twain."

The fall auction season, the busiest time of the year, is about to begin. The number of sales in the book and paper field will rapidly rise, and continue to build all the way to its crescendo in mid-December. Then, it will come to its quick conclusion, ended by the holiday season that draws our attention elsewhere. Based on the past couple of years, we can expect something in the area of 170,000 lots to be offered over the next four months, with slightly under 75% of those being sold.

 

Naturally, keeping track of all of this, and finding the lots of interest to you, is next to impossible on your own. That's where we can help. We provide the tools to enable you to locate specific items of interest, as well as follow the sales on a macro basis. There is no charge for using these tools.

 

If you look near the top of this and most pages on this site, you will see a search box. Most likely, it is already set to search "Upcoming Auctions." If not, just click the little triangle to the left of the search box and select "Upcoming Auctions" from the choices.

 

Next, place your search terms in the search box. Use the fewest number of terms possible to create a match. For example, if you collect Mark Twain, enter "Twain" and nothing else. Some auction houses may list a book under "M. Twain" or "Twain/Clemens." You will miss these if you require it match the name "Mark" too. If you get too many matches, you can always go back and add additional limiting terms. Then click "Search." You are done. In a fraction of a second, you will have your matches. Click the title of the lot on the list of matches for a detailed description.

 

We gather information from over 150 auction houses, though not all have auctions running at any one time (some only hold one auction a year). Early in the season, there may be around 10,000 lots posted, while in the heart of the season, it could reach 40,000.

 

You shouldn't go more than a few days without checking your terms if you want to stay on top of what is being offered. Some auction's lots are available only a few days before the sale, so if you wait too long, they will slip by without your ever seeing them.

 

You can also see a complete listing of all lots in the books and paper field at each auction through the auction calendar. You will find this on the home page. You can use the small calendar you see there, but better yet, click the month and year at the top (September 2016). That will reveal a larger calendar, with the name of each auction on it. Those in green have the lots listed. Those in brown do not yet have the lots available. If they are in green with a check mark, it means the results have been posted. You can find the sales prices for these auctions by clicking the name. The arrows in the top right corner of the calendar allow you to switch to future or past months.

 

If you wish to bid on a lot, and virtually all auctions now permit online bidding, you should go to that auction house's website for instructions. We are not involved in the bidding and accept no commissions on sales. Our job is simply to objectively provide the information you need to make your own choices.

 

To check on the results of a sale, you can use the calendar as described above. However, we also have a shortcut for following individual lots. You will need to be an RBH member to do this, since we have to inform you individually of your results, but any level of membership will do, including a free one. If you are not a member, you can sign up by clicking the Become a Member link at the top right corner of each page. You will also have to be signed in to use this service.

 

When you go to the detailed description of a lot, you will see a tab to "Track this Record" on the top toolbar. Click it. Then, to check on this record (you will need to be signed in), click on the "My Home" link at the upper right of each page. At the bottom of the middle column on the page it opens, you will see a box for "Records Tracking." It shows how many lots you are tracking. Click "View now" to see them. Clicking on the title of each tracked record will provide details of that lot, including, once results are posted, the price for which it sold (or a notice that it did not sell if bids were not received).

 

Here is one more feature of your auction search. When you search for auction lots, you are actually searching three databases at once. At the top of the search results page, you will see the number of records found for your search terms in the "Rare Book Transaction History" and "Books for Sale." Each of these numbers is a link. Books for Sale are listings by participating dealers, and worth checking out, as a dealer may have a more suitable item for your collection. You can buy it directly from the dealer through a link on the listing (again, we do not participate in the sale and receive no commissions). The Rare Book Transaction History is a compilation of over 6.5 million records, mostly auctions (some catalogues and bibliographies), both recent and historic. New priced auction results are added practically everyday. This is the one service that requires a paid membership, which can be purchased on the "Become a Member" page.

 

Finally, here is how to follow macro results. Every week, we provide an email update of auctions whose results were posted during the past week and of those auctions scheduled for the coming week. You only receive one a week; it is unobtrusive, undemanding, and can be ignored if you are too busy to read it. It comes late Sunday night (early Monday morning in Europe and Asia). If you don't see it, check your spam filter and set it to allow emails from RBH.

 

To receive it, sign up for a membership (any level, including free is sufficient). You will receive it automatically when you sign up unless you decline it. If later on you decide you don't want to receive it any more, you can turn it off via the "My Mailings" box on your "My Home" page.

 

The email will list all of the million dollar auctions, those which sold over 80% of their lots, and then a listing of all auctions posted for the week. Then, it will list all auctions for the upcoming week. Each listing is a link, either to the lots offered in the upcoming auction, or the results for past ones. A further link once you reach the sales results page to "Auction Report" (upper right corner), provides overall information for that auction, such as total number of lots offered and sold, the total sales volume for that sale, and the highest priced items in that sale.

 

Lastly, the email you receive will include a listing of the Top 25 prices at all auctions reported during the past week.


Posted On: 2016-09-03 01:33
User Name: ARTUS

Can I enter a whole list of search terms for the various books I am looking for in coming auctions, save it and then check what become available every few days? If I have to search separately for each book every few days, this is not a useful tool. It goes faster to check directly the auctions of the relatively few auction houses covering my specific field of interest. The best system would be to have a system like Abe book where you enter a list of "wants" and they send you an e-mail whenever a relevant item becomes available. For you, the cost of such a program would probably be very low and it would make your HUB even more useful than it is currently.
Jacques R. Artus


Posted On: 2016-09-03 04:17
User Name: AE244155

Jacques.

We already have such a system. It's called "Matchmaker." You will see a link for it on the top tool bar. All you need to be to use it is a logged in member at any level - including a free membership. That's so we can connect to your account when delivering matches. It's very easy to use and self-explanatory. Click "Add Keywords" to add your terms. Come back whenever you like to check for matches (they are added once a day, at some crazy hour in the middle of the night in the U.S.). And you can get daily email notifications whenever there are matches too. Click "Matchmaker Preferences" and click "Yes" after "Receive Alert E-mail."


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  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> O'Fihely, Maurice Abp. <i>Questiones subtilissme Scoti in metaphysicam Aristotelis</i>, Venice (Octavianus Scoti) 20th November 1497. 8,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Pococke (Richard). <i>A Description of the East and some other Countries,</i> 3 vols. in 2, L. (W. Bowyer) 1743. 2,250 to 3,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Keogh (John). <i>Botanalogia Universalis Hibernica, or A General Irish Herbal Calculated for this Kingdom, giving an account of the Herbs, Scrubs…</i>, Corke (George Harrison) 1735. 1,000 to 1,500 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Perry (Charles). <i>A View of the Levant particularly of Constantinople, Syria, Egypt and Greece,</i> L. (T. Woodward) 1743. 800 to 1,200 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Shaw (Thomas). <i>Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant,</i>, Oxford (The Theatre) 1738. 600 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (Nicholas) Bishop of Ferns] Attributed, <i>Recit Exact et Fidele de la Vente et Partage du Roiaume d'Irlande Fait Sous Charles II…,</i> Milan (Chez Charles Joseph Quinto) 1724. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (V. Rev.Dr. Nicholas, Bp of Ferns.)] <i>The Unkinde Desertor of Loyall Men and True Frinds,</i> 12mo, n.p. 1676. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>Plays and Controversies,</i>, N.Y. (The MacMillan Company) 1924, Signed Limited Edn. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Barrie (J.M.) & Thomson (Hugh) illus. <i>Quality Street, a Comedy in Four Acts,</i> L. (Hodder and Stoughton) 1901, Limited Edition, signed by the artist. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Molyneaux (William). <i>The Case of Ireland's being bound by Acts of Parliament in England Stated,</i> [London 1719]. 200 to 300 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Johnston's (W. & A.) Map of South Africa, to illustrate the Military Operations 1900. 100 to 150 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>N.C. Wyeth, <i>The Black Arrow,</i> oil on canvas, for the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1916. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Laurent de Brunhoff, mixed media color study for <i>Babar’s World Tour,</i> 2005. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Hilary Knight, <i>Eloise with Valentine,</i> watercolor, ink & pencil, 2015. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Howard Pyle, <i>It was a Comrade from His Own Regiment,</i> oil on canvas, for <i>Harper’s Monthly Magazine,</i> 1909. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Coby Whitmore, <i>‘Poor baby! You want me so much,’ she said,</i> acrylic, for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1968. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Al Hirschfeld, <i>Charley’s Aunt,</i> pen & ink, for the Broadway revival, <i>The New York Times,</i> 1940. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Erté, <i>Décor de Laideronnette,</i> gouache set design for third movement of <i>Mother Goose,</i> 1949. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Vince McIndoe, <i>Villainous Last Supper, DC Comics,</i> oil on canvas, 2016. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Arthur Getz, <i>Rooftop Party,</i> casein tempera, cover illustration for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1970. $2,000 to $3,000.

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