Rare Book Monthly

Articles - January - 2022 Issue

Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow


Wishing you the best!!!

For Rare Book Hub, 2021 was a complex year by every measure.  The volume of auctions and number of lots posted substantially increased.  As well, the percentage of lots sold rose as the median dollar value also took a jump.  Net-net, collectible paper was a very strong category as consignors lined up, auction houses adjusted, and bidders and buyers stepped in.


As to the first major report encapsulating the full year, this month’s lead story, the annual top 500 lots, tells us who the big winners were.


In February Mike Stillman will provide detailed analysis for the full year.  From what I can tell, 2021 may well appear to have been a once-in-a-century experience.  But given the positive trends the field has been experiencing over the past five years there’s no conclusive reason to suggest collectible paper will slow down any time soon.


To all who have shared the experience we offer congratulations and our thanks.


Bruce McKinney

Managing Partner

Rare Book Hub

Posted On: 2022-01-31 02:07
User Name: bukowski

The RBG auction strikes me as odd. Commonplace books asking way too much. I deeply admire RBG, but methinks a relative is trying way too hard to make a buck.

Posted On: 2022-01-31 02:29
User Name: bukowski

I didn’t know the auction had ended when I posted my first comment. Weirdly high prices, almost as if the buyers were trying to boost RBG’s and their own liberal-democratic credentials by putting a price on her. I’m a lib-dem myself, but this auction smacks of a set-up. Reprints of obscure law articles going for hundreds of dollars? Dry legal tomes selling for thousands? Is RBG’s signature that valuable? I collect association copies of books myself, but come on, something’s fishy here.

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.

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