• <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.

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Rare Book Hub: 18 Auctions Archived, another 26 Upcoming this Week

For the week ending April 27, 2019, 18 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Transaction Database, 10 in U.S. dollars, 8 in euros. Sales totalled $13,437,220. There were 7,433 lots offered while 6,297 sold for a success rate of almost 85%. The average lot sold for a healthy $2,134. Another 26 auctions are scheduled for next week. May is a busy month, generally the second busiest of the year after November.

2 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Card Catalogue on April 19th: $8,864,348 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: $2,461,572 

3 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFortgranite Baltinglass Wicklow Country House Sale - Books and Prints on April 16th: 137.05% 
Galerie BassengeValuable Books (Varia) on April 16th: 106.62% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: 105.59% 


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

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFortgranite Baltinglass Wicklow Country House Sale - Books and Prints on April 16th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/24 on April 21st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Card Catalogue on April 19th: 99.61% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.22% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 97.60% 
North American Auction CompanyFebruary Premier Collector Auction on February 23rd: 97.00% 
North American Auction CompanyAmerican Frontier April Auction on April 13th: 94.23% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: 93.02% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 20th: 90.63% 


Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA Mint 9. on April 19th Actual price: USD $504,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth #32 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Two, None Higher! on April 19th Actual price: USD $432,000.
  3. Heritage Auctions 1902-11 W600 Sporting Life - Type 2 Honus Wagner (Street Clothes-John "Hans" Wagner) SGC 60 EX 5! on April 19th Actual price: USD $264,000.
  4. Heritage Auctions 1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio #71 PSA Mint 9. on April 19th Actual price: USD $216,000.
  5. Heritage Auctions Circa 1860 CDV Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card SGC VG 3. on April 19th Actual price: USD $180,000.
  6. Heritage Auctions 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autograph #144 PSA Gem Mint 10. on April 19th Actual price: USD $168,000.
  7. Heritage Auctions Untitled Acrylic on canvas 39 x 29 in. Not signed on April 23rd Actual price: USD $137,500.
  8. Heritage Auctions Untitled Acrylic on canvas 38 x 27 in. Not signed on April 23rd Actual price: USD $125,000.
  9. Heritage Auctions 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM 7. on April 19th Actual price: USD $120,000.
  10. Heritage Auctions 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank PSA VG-EX 4. on April 19th Actual price: USD $96,000.
  11. Heritage Auctions Carmen, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1929 Oil on canvas 60 x 80 in. Signed lower right on April 23rd Actual price: USD $93,750.
  12. Heritage Auctions Red Snow, Doc Savage magazine cover, February 1935 Oil on canvas 29.75 x 20.25 in. Signed lower left The IRI Collection on April 23rd Actual price: USD $84,375.
  13. Heritage Auctions 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig #37 SGC Mint 9 - Pop Three, One Higher. on April 19th Actual price: USD $84,000.
  14. Heritage Auctions 1912 Boston Garter Christy Mathewson SGC 10 Poor 1. on April 19th Actual price: USD $84,000.
  15. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Bobby Jones #3 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Three, None Higher! on April 19th Actual price: USD $78,000.
  16. Galerie Bassenge Over de voortteeling Surinaamsche Insecten [und... on April 16th Actual price: USD $76,445.
  17. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Ty Cobb #14 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Three, None Higher. on April 19th Actual price: USD $72,000.
  18. Heritage Auctions 1914 Boston Garter Tris Speaker SGC 40 VG 3 - Only Two Graded Examples on the SGC & PSA Census. on April 19th Actual price: USD $72,000.
  19. Heritage Auctions Tarzan and the Golden Lion, book frontispiece, 1922 Oil on board 35 x 22 in. (sight) on April 23rd Actual price: USD $68,750.
  20. Heritage Auctions Boy Trudging to School, The Saturday Evening Post cover, September 5, 1925 Oil on canvas 28 x 23 in. Signature added later by another hand The IRI Collection on April 23rd Actual price: USD $62,500.
  21. Heritage Auctions 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #160 PSA NM-MT 8. on April 19th Actual price: USD $60,000.
  22. Heritage Auctions 1911 D304 Brunners Bread Ty Cobb SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 - Pop One! The Highest Graded Example! on April 19th Actual price: USD $57,600.
  23. Heritage Auctions The Gamble, Life Magazine cover, August 11, 1927 Ink and watercolor on board 14 x 10.75 in. (sight) on April 23rd Actual price: USD $55,000.
  24. Heritage Auctions Smoke Screen, 1958 Oil on canvas 30 x 24 in. Signed lower right The IRI Collection on April 23rd Actual price: USD $55,000.
  25. Heritage Auctions 1932 U.S. Caramel Rogers Hornsby #11 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 - Pop One, None Higher! on April 19th Actual price: USD $52,800.

 

18 total sales reported this week: 

Fonsie Mealy AuctioneersFortgranite Baltinglass Wicklow Country House Sale - Books and Prints on April 16th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWeekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.60% 
Heritage AuctionsTuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/16 on April 23rd: 99.22% 
Heritage AuctionsIllustration Art on April 23rd: 93.02% 
North American Auction CompanyAmerican Frontier April Auction on April 13th: 94.23% 
North American Auction CompanyFebruary Premier Collector Auction on February 23rd: 97.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 3/24 on April 21st: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - Internet bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 97.60% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/14 on April 21st: 99.86% 
Heritage AuctionsSpring Sports Card Catalogue on April 19th: 99.61% 
Galerie BassengeModern Literature and Art Documentation on April 18th: 56.25% 
Galerie BassengeAutographs on April 17th: 53.05% 
Galerie BassengeBibliotecha Scholastica on April 17th: 50.35% 
Galerie BassengeLiterature and Book Illustrations on April 16th: 56.73% 
Galerie BassengeManuscripts and Old Prints on April 16th: 65.54% 
Galerie BassengeValuable Books (Varia) on April 16th: 52.77% 
Galerie BassengeHistory, Geography and Travel Books on April 16th: 47.95% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on April 20th: 90.63% 

 

For the week ahead 26 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Apr. 29th
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 63 lots
Sothebys. New York. Prints and Multiples. 58 lots
Stephan Welz & Co.. Constantia. JOHANNESBURG | FINE ART & DESIGN AUCTION - Prints. 41 lots

Tue. Apr. 30th
Doyle New York. New York. Prints and Multiples. 225 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Tuesday Internet Currency Auction - bidstart 4/23. 220 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Weekly World Currency Internet Auction - Online bidstart 4/23. 221 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Prints. 8 lots

Wed. May. 1st
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Books and Manuscripts. 436 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale. 26 lots
Keys Fine Arts Auctioneers. Norwich. Antiques and Interiors - Day 2 - Prints. 16 lots

Thu. May. 2nd
Swann Galleries. New York. Old Master Through Modern Prints. 447 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Americana - Including California and the West. 455 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper. 193 lots
Bonhams. London. Prints and Multiples. 325 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Spring Asian Art Auction - Prints. 131 lots

Fri. May. 3rd
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. 75172 Pforzheim. Rare Books. 4743 lots

Sat. May. 4th
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints. 191 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Americana and Political. 359 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. May Gallery Auction. 83 lots
Rago Arts and Auctions. Lambertville. American and European Fine Art - Prints. 52 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 165 lots

Sun. May. 5th
Grogan and Company. Dedham. Spring Auction - Books and Prints. 31 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 4/7. 198 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 4/28.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 4/28.
National Book Auctions. Ithaca. Aelian, Ohio, Americana, Atlases, Collecting, Antique, etc..

Michael Stillman

RBH and AE

  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.