New York, NY, April 24— From May 5 to May 17 the Morgan Library & Museum will hold a special pop-up exhibition celebrating the acquisition of several unique books by authors connected to Britain’s Man Booker Prize. The show, titled In the Margins, will feature Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the 2009 prize winner, Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam, winner in 1998, and Julian Barnes’s Metroland (1980). Mr. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending. Each book has been enhanced by the author with annotations, personal letters, and other miscellaneous material. In a nod to the acclaimed Broadway production of Mantel’s novel, the Morgan’s annotated Wolf Hall will be displayed alongside a 16th-century letter and medieval Book of Hours relating to the novel’s hero, Thomas Cromwell. 

In 2010 the Morgan acquired a large archive of Man Booker Prize material that forms the foundation of the museum’s Man Booker Prize collection. The holdings comprise more than four thousand items and include manuscripts, letters, proofs, first editions, judges’ copies, reprints, foreign translations, prize ephemera, and artworks. In the fall of 2013 the Morgan held a special exhibition, Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize, commemorating the acquisition. 

On the evening of Monday, May 4, representatives of the prize will hold an evening reception at the Morgan in honor of the exhibition and the debut of the Wolf Hall Broadway show. Guests will include a number of authors and judges associated with the prize as well as producers of the show. Michael Poulton, who adapted the book for the stage, will deliver the keynote address. 

(Washington, DC)—The Folger Shakespeare Library is pleased to announce the tour dates for all 52 stops on next year’s national tour of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.

From Shakespeare aficionados to students studying the Bard’s plays for the first time, this exhibit is a rare opportunity for people in the United States to experience one of the most influential and treasured books in history.

In partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will tour all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, beginning in January 2016 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, The Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Oklahoma, and the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The locations include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies, and a theater. A full list of host sites and tour dates is available at www.folger.edu.

“At the Folger Shakespeare Library, we’re looking forward to taking the books out of our vaults in 2016 and on the road,” said Michael Witmore, Director. “We’re excited to see the many different ways that communities across the country will be celebrating Shakespeare—in performances, poetry slams, lectures, family celebrations, and more.”

Each site will host the exhibition for three to four weeks, and the final Shakespeare First Folio will return to the Folger in January 2017. A total of 18 First Folios will be on display during the tour; six will travel at any one time.

The First Folio at each host site will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be.” A multi-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now, will be accompanied by digital content and interactive activities. Host sites will also offer educational programs and related events for the public and families.

The Folger, with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center, reviewed hundreds of potential applicant sites to host the First Folio before making the final selection. All were required to meet specific environmental and security requirements.

The Cincinnati Museum Center exhibits department is providing tour management and design expertise in building and preparing for travel the panels that will accompany the First Folios at each stop, as well as designing and constructing traveling cases for the 18 First Folios. Staff from Cincinnati Museum Center will also accompany the First Folios on each step of their national journey to coordinate and facilitate the transportation, installation, and de-installation of the exhibition at each stop of the tour.

The national tour of the Shakespeare First Folio is part of the Folger’s Wonder of Will initiative in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The Wonder of Will includes performances, lectures and readings, family programs, teacher workshops, scholarly programs, a new website, Shakespeare Documented, and exhibitions—at the Folger and on tour—including Shakespeare, Life of an Icon; America’s Shakespeare (Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles); Will & Jane:  Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity; The Henry Plays: a special exhibition for the RSC residency at BAM (New York City); and First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare (all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico).

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. Opportunities are available to sponsor this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs. Learn more at www.folger.edu.

About Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750). The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. Learn more at www.folger.edu  

About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities and traveling exhibitions. School, public, academic and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives. Additional information can be found at www.ala.org/programming.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.


New York—Swann Galleries’ April 14 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana saw vigorous and unusually broad-based bidding, with the top 12 lots going to 12 different bidders, many of them new to Swann.

Rick Stattler, Swann’s Americana Specialist, said, “Manuscripts, archives, ephemera and broadsides continue to grow in importance; only two of the top 12 lots were printed books.”

The two strongest portions of the sale were the American Revolution and Mormon sections, both consisting mostly of rare and unusual items collected by Milton Slater in the 1960s and 1970s. These included the top lot, a first edition of the Book of Mormon, which brought $55,000*. Other Slater highlights included a dramatic autograph letter signed about Shays’ Rebellion, Officer Epaphras Hoyt’s eyewitness account of the principal battle, January 1787, $35,000; and an 1818 Benjamin Owen Tyler printing of the Declaration of Independence on silk, $25,000. 

 Key lots that soared above their pre-sale estimates included a Revolution-era volume of the Connecticut Journal newspaper featuring the Tea Party and Bunker Hill, $35,000; and the cover lot, an attractive oil painting of Theodore Roosevelt seated at his desk, by Adriaan M. de Groot, 1925, $15,000.

Latin Americana was, as usual, well represented, with an archive from Hiram Bingham’s important archaeological expedition to Macchu Pichu in Peru bringing $13,750.

Collectors ruled the day, winning 12 of the top 20 lots. The biggest institutional purchase was by the University of Texas’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, which picked up an important Mexican naval blockade log from the Texan Revolution for $27,500. They also acquired an 1860s guest register from Houston’s Capitol Hotel for $813. 

An 1860 first edition, first issue of the Lincoln-Douglas debates brought $5,500, a record for an unsigned copy; while an 1849 Steele’s Western Guide Book brought a record $3,250—it was the 17th and final edition, but only the second to include California. An inscribed copy of Coretta Scott King’s My Life with Martin Luther King brought $812.50, tying a previous auction record. 

For complete results, an illustrated catalogue (with prices realized on request) is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010. Catalogue and prices are also available online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to propose consignments to upcoming Americana auctions, please contact Rick Stattler by telephone at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or email: rstattler@swanngalleries.com.

*All prices include buyer’s premium.

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BEVERLY HILLS—A veritable Who’s Who straight from the top shelf of the Illustration Art Pantheon sits atop the May 14-15 Heritage Auctions Signature® event in Beverly Hills, starting with The King, Gil Elvgren and his 1950 Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, High and Shy (estimate: $60,000+), a painting notably reproduced as figure 400 in Martignette and Meisel’s seminal Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups, Taschen, 1999.

Two of the greatest modern illustrators are represented by vintage, peak period work: Patrick Nagel’s acrylic on canvas Mirage, 1982 (estimate $50,000+), embodies everything that made Nagel a signature artist of the 1980s and Leroy Neiman, perhaps the most influential sports artist of the 1960s and 1970s, is present in the form of his masterful 1967 acrylic on masonite Racing (estimate: $50,000+), a must for any lover of horse racing.

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New York—Swann Galleries’ April 9 auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books saw strong results for illuminated manuscripts and early printed volumes. Tobias Abeloff, Swann’s early printed books specialist, said, “This was a successful sale. While early printed volumes performed quite well, we also saw lots in the scientific and medical sections of the sale far surpass expectations.”

A single leaf from a paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible brought $55,000*, while a 1463 manuscript of Petrus Lombardus's Sentences sold for $45,000.

April 23 - June 6, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 23rd, 6-8pm

535 West 24th Street, New York

Throughout his career, Keith Smith (b.1938) has taken a non-purist approach to photography, printmaking, and bookmaking.  The current exhibition, Smith’s third solo show with the gallery, features his earliest works on fabric. 

When Smith moved to Rochester in 1974 to teach at the Visual Studies Workshop, he arrived with only a sewing machine and a mattress. The son of a seamstress (Smith’s mother helped make some of the quilts in this exhibition), thread, stitching, and fabric became an important component and binding material in his work.  Additionally, the quilt format offered another dimension to explore his fascination with time and movement as elements in his image-making process. Smith contact-printed entire strips of film on light-sensitized fabric, preferring the experience of multiple frames of time to the traditional photographic approach of isolating and enlarging single images.

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London—This summer, Christie’s London presents a stellar collection of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian drawings and paintings—one of the very best collections in private hands with museum-quality works, some of which have not been seen for decades. Offered as part of the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 16 June 2015, this beautiful collection features 45 works and is expected to realise in the region of £2 million. Leading the collection is one of eight works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Beatrice: A Portrait of Jane Morris (estimate: £700,000-£1 million, illustrated above left). The collection presents the opportunity for both established and new collectors alike to acquire works at a wide range of price points with estimates ranging from £1,000 to £700,000.

Harriet Drummond, International Head of British Drawings & Watercolours, Christie’s: “Christie's is delighted to be handling this important and breath-takingly beautiful collection of paintings and drawings brought together by a couple of anglophile art lovers, who combined their passion for the aesthetic of the Victorian Period with the discerning eye of the connoisseur collector. It is the art of this Victorian era celebrating beauty through its depiction of largely female figures, from the monumentality of ‘Desdemona’ to the intimacy of ‘Fanny Cornforth, asleep on a chaise-longue’ that so strongly influenced our idea of beauty today.”

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The THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS (ILAB) has recently started a campaign amongst its international members, to support the UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day on the 23rd April 2015. ILAB is the umbrella organization of the professional rare book trade uniting 22 national associations and around 2000 rare book dealers in 34 countries worldwide. 

“This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.” says Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—The iconic outfit worn by Vivian Leigh in her Academy Award-winning role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind sold for $137,000 April 18, 2015 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auctionheld by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The dress took top lot honors in an auction of highlights of the James Tumblin Collection of Gone With the Wind costumes, props, and behind-the-scene rarities collected over the past 40 years. The winning bidder of the outfit, which is comprised of a jacket and a matching full skirt with a black zig-zag appliqué, wished to remain anonymous. 

“The costumes from Gone With the Wind are much more than icons of Hollywood history—they are icons of American history,” said Kathleen Guzman, managing director at Heritage Auctions, who auctioned the dress. “We are confident this collection is going to a wonderful home.”

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NEW YORK—The two top lots in Swann Galleries’ March 26 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana demonstrate the diversity of material in the sale. A nearly complete manuscript copy of the Qur’an, circa 1600 to 1700, from the Yattara family, one of Timbuktu’s founding families, brought $50,000*, as did a small but exceptional archive of ragtime-related material, including manuscripts related to Scott Joplin, 1900-10s.

An autograph letter signed by Frederick Douglass, attesting to the character of Harriet Tubman, addressed to the treasurer of the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society, October 1864, brought $40,000; while a long and heartbreaking 1862 letter describing items needed by contrabands in Kansas, addressed to the Ladies’ Contraband Aid Association of Rochester, sold for $8,125.

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