Rare Book Monthly Articles - February - 2022 Issue

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Sales of Books and Paper at Auction Surpass $1 Billion for the First Time

The good news kept getting better in 2021 in the rare book trade. 2020 had been a surprisingly good year, with prices of books and collectible paper at auction rising by 3.6%. 2021 was much better. This time prices rose 8.8%. This was based on the median, or midpoint of all lots sold during the year. While based on anecdotal comments booksellers did not participate in 2020's party, they did in 2021. Dealers' sales, unlike auctions, aren't public knowledge, but based on the upbeat comments we have heard, it sounds like the wealth has now been spread around. Covid may have lingered around ano...

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The William S. Reese Sales Begin this Spring; Highlights Coming to California

Slipping into the daily news flow in January, The New York Times recently published an homage to William Reese, the exceptional rare book dealer who dominated collectible printed Americana over his...

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Happy 100th Birthday, Ulysses! 1922-2022

Join us on February 2nd as Rare Book Hub and the international book community celebrate the joyful centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, published in 1922 by a brave American...

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Was the Book that Sold at Auction for $3 Million 100 Times Overpriced?

When the Rare Book Hub compiled a list of the Top 500 prices paid at auction for books and paper collectibles in 2021, there was a bit of a surprise in the Top 10. It was a book of artwork and the ...

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Shirley Anson: in love with history and preservation

Shirley Anson, 82, historian for the Town of Plattekill in Ulster County, New York passed away December 14, 2021 and I write to remember and celebrate her commitment and interest in history and pre...

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Sherlock Holmes In 221 Objects Exhibited from the Collection of Glen Miranker/Miranker Interview

Exhibit is free at the Grolier Club in NYC through April 16 and also online
 
Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects draws upon selected items from the impressive collection assembled by Glen Mirank...

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AFTER 2021: Structural Change in the Auction Industry?

What’s Happening?
The dust has settled on 2021, the sale of 521,461 lots from 636,853 resulting in a sell thru rate of 81.8%, about 1,000 over the estimate projected in my article from Octob...

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Father Huet, or A Map to a Fool’s Paradise

There was a time not that far away when learned people could spend their lives trying to determine the exact location of the terrestrial Paradise described in the first book of the Bible. Father Da...

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The ABAA’s West Coast Fair at Oakland Begins on Friday February 11th

It’s been two years since the ABAA has held a sanctioned in-person event and 2022 opens with the ABAA’s biannual fair in the Bay Area on Friday 11 February.  One hundred and two ex...

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Rare Books LA – Pasadena February 4-6

For those interested in old and rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera here’s a fair in southern California, in Pasadena to February 4-6.  During the Covid-19 period, in-person book ...

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Fair Thee Well: the SF Antiquarian Book, Print and Paper Fair 2/4-2/5

Nancy Johnson’s San Francisco book fair has been held for many years but during Covid-19 was suspended.  Here is some good news.   It’s back!!!!  Forty-two exhibitor...

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Rare Book Fair Stuttgart open virtually February 18 to 22

 

The virtual fair runs from February 18th to the 22nd, with the electronic version of the printed catalog available for download starting February 3rd.

 
Every year, German and in...

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Publishing Company Employee Charged in Massive Manuscript Theft

A publishing company employee has been arrested in a new twist on an old crime - manuscript theft. It is a scheme that fits with the reality of how manuscripts of books are written today. They are ...

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Two Museums Are Dedicated to One Book

Some authors are so popular they have museums dedicated to their work. Several have achieved that status. There is one for John Steinbeck in Salinas, California. Theodore Geisel, whom we all know a...

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Five New Catalogues Reviewed This Month

This month we review five new bookseller catalogues. Librairie Clavreuil of Paris and Stephan Clavreuil Rare Books of London have combined to publish a catalogue of 81 precious books. The William R...

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books<br>June 23, 2022
    <b>Swann June 23:</b> James Hamilton Young, <i>A New Map of Texas, with the Contiguous American & Mexican States,</i> Philadelphia, 1836. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann June 23:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Common American Skunk. Plate XLII,</i> Philadelphia, 1844. $700 to $1,000.
    <b>Swann June 23:</b> Nicolaas & Jacob Cruquius, <i>T Hooge Heemraadschap van Delflant,</i> Delft, 1712. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann June 23:</b> William Birch & Samuel Seymour, <i>The City of New York in the State of New York, North America,</i> Bristol, 1803. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann June 23:</b> Karl Bodmer, <i>Sih-Chida & Mahchsi-Karehde. Mandan Indians. Tableau 20,</i> Paris, Coblenz & London, 1839-42. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> JESSE JAMES. Autograph Letter Signed on the attack at his home which maimed his mother and killed his nephew Archie, 6 pp, March 23, 1875. THE MOST IMPORTANT JESSE JAMES LETTER EXTANT. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> THE LETTER THAT ARRIVED TOO LATE: An important letter from Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant across the battlefield at Cold Harbor, June 6, 1864. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> DAVY CROCKETT. Autograph Letter Signed on his political philosophy and his dispute with Andrew Jackson, "at home Weakley County," August 18, 1831. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> GEORGE WASHINGTON. Letter Signed to Colonel Richard Gridley, the first engineer of the American Army, Morris Town, January 9, 1777. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> SCOTT FITZGERALD. <i>Tender is the Night.</i> FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED to H.A. Swanseid. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS. <i>Tarzan of the Apes.</i> FIRST EDITION. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> J.R.R. TOLKIEN. <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.</i> FIRST EDITION. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> NATHANAEL WEST. <i>The Day of the Locust.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed to director Richard Wallace in the year of publication. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> FRANCIS PICABIA. Archive of 17 Autograph Letters signed to Jennie Thiersch on art and life, 1948-1951. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> JOHN HANCOCK. Autograph Letter Signed to his wife Dolly from the Continental Congress, 4 pp, Philadelphia, March 10-11, 1777. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> NIGHTGOWN WORN BY CHARLOTTE CARDEZA DURING THE TITANIC DISASTER AND RESCUE. $40,000 to $60,000
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>June 24
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 2065. George Gershwin. Autograph musical manuscript “Opening Scene III” from Porgy and Bess. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 2079. Katharine Hepburn. Fine archive of letters and materials sent to her Song of Love piano tutor. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 2095. Bert Lahr. Inscribed Photograph of The Cowardly Lion. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>June 24
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 2077. Edith Head. Original costume design for Judy Garland in <i>I Could Go On Singing,</i> 1963. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 2080. Al Hirschfeld. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in “Private Lives.” $6,000 to $8,000 https://doyle.com/auctions/22th01-stage-screen/catalogue/2080-al-hirschfeld-1903-2003-elizabeth-taylor-and-richard https://do
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 2098. John Lennon. <i>Power to the People: the Political Thoughts of John Lennon.</i> $3,000 to $5,000

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