A fine medical recipe book dating from 1680 sold for £3,968 in Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Printed Books & Manuscripts on Thursday 17th April 2014.

The work entitled A Booke of Phizicke Sirgery & Walters & Cordialles, 1680, was mostly written in an extremely attractive italic hand, with symbols for various ailments and recipes including "A water that cures all kinds of ffeavers"; "Antomonie to Vomitt & Purge"; "ffor the fflux of the Belly & Bloud". Competitive bidding worldwide sent the rare manuscript book soaring over its pre-sale estimate of £1,000-1,500, eventually reaching £3,968. [Lot 29]

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—JUNE 13 & 14, 2014—Flamingo Eventz, LLC is pleased to announce the return of the Philadelphia Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. It will be held on Friday & Saturday June 13 & 14, and presents some of the finest vintage Book & Ephemera Dealers in America. Philly is a cool town, early summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy her, and this show is the perfect way to combine it all!

Held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, this is an important show for Pennsylvania and all mid-Atlantic & Northeast area book lovers. This is the only major Vintage Book & Ephemera event held in the greater Philadelphia region and offers an unparalleled opportunity for all Book & Ephemera lovers. Members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, MARIAB, MABA, and other prominent exhibitors will gather here to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, along with postcards, poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, ephemera, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators will flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here.

ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of art, ephemera and collectibles. Highlighted is a fine selection of signed books and an impressive collection of antique bound magazine compilations, dating back to the late 18th century.

On Sunday, May 18th, the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Bookdealers Association and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan will host the 36th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Since 1976* the fair attracts book collectors,  book dealers, and others that treasure the book from throughout the Midwest to Ann  Arbor. 

The fair will be held in the ballroom of the Michigan Student Union, 530 S. States St. in Ann Arbor.  The hours are 11am to 5pm and there is a $5.00 donation requested that  benefits the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan.

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LOS ANGELES—The Getty Research Institute announced today the acquisition of a rare book that, through personal entries by the owner’s friends and associates, chronicles political, cultural, and personal encounters along the edge of the Christian and Muslim worlds. The book is fully digitized and viewable online here

This liber amicorum (“book of friends”) was compiled by Johann Joachim Prack von Asch, a military attaché of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II’s embassy to the Ottoman court at Constantinople. It is an album containing entries s by Prack’s friends and contacts spanning 1587 to 1612. Most were penned in Istanbul and neighboring Bohemian regions traversed by Prack during his diplomatic travels. The liber amicorum include allegorical scenes, emblems, coats of arms, poetry and mottoes written with calligraphic flourish, as well as figural scenes in watercolor based on Ottoman miniature paintings, which were ubiquitous in the bazaars of Istanbul in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

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Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the London sale of the only surviving autograph manuscript for Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E Minor, OP.27 on 20th May 2014 (est. £1,000,000-1,500,000). Presumed lost since soon after the symphony’s premiere in St Petersburg in 1908, it was rediscovered nearly a century later in 2004 in the estate of a European private collector.

It is one of the few autograph manuscripts of a symphony, central to the international orchestral repertory, remaining in private hands. In its 320 pages, it contains a wealth of new information, revealing Rachmaninov’s compositional processes when he was at the height of his powers, in one of his greatest works. There is even new unpublished material, unknown to Rachmaninov scholars and absent in any edition of the symphony. It is the only surviving manuscript providing any insight into the genesis and evolution of this celebrated work. No early sources, whether sketches, short-score drafts, or copyists’ manuscripts have survived: this seems to be the sole primary source.

New York, NY, April 18, 2014—The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford holds one of the greatest collections of books and manuscripts in the world. Marks of Genius: Treasures from the Bodleian Library, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from June 6 to September 14, celebrates more than two thousand years of the creative genius of authors, composers, artists, scientists, and philosophers preserved in the library’s rich holdings. The exhibition includes items from cultures the world over and ranges from a papyrus fragment of a seventh-century B.C. Sappho poem to a copy of Magna Carta dating to 1217 to key works by novelist Jane Austen. 

The idea of genius has always been difficult to define and its usefulness has at times been challenged. Nevertheless, the belief in its existence—as a kind of yardstick with which to measure the historical value of human achievement—has informed the building of the collections of the Bodleian and the Morgan Library & Museum. Marks of Genius speaks to the many forms the idea can take, highlighting not only the creativity of the conventional “solitary genius,” but also important innovations undertaken as collaborative efforts. At the heart of the exhibition of almost sixty objects is the notion of genius as being broadly infused across all human endeavor.

NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2014)—This summer, the New-York Historical Society will present a special exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of the iconic children's classic Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, on view from July 4 through October 13, 2014, will honor the plucky Parisian schoolgirl and her creator in the first exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 50 years. Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, the exhibition will premiere at the New-York Historical Society before returning to The Carle. 

A natural storyteller who drew and wrote with fluency, Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) artfully blended childhood memories with his experiences as an adult to create Madeline, published in 1939. His story about a precocious young girl’s adventures at boarding school was hugely successful and Bemelmans went on to publish five more Madeline stories, as well as develop the idea for Madeline in the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy; the book was written by his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that E. L. Doctorow, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Ragtime," "World’s Fair," "Billy Bathgate," "The March" and his current novel, "Andrew’s Brain," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Aug. 30.

"E. L. Doctorow is our very own Charles Dickens, summoning a distinctly American place and time, channeling our myriad voices," said Billington. "Each book is a vivid canvas, filled with color and drama. In each, he chronicles an entirely different world."

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New York—On Thursday, May 1, Swann Galleries will auction a fine selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books that offers scarce examples of incunabula, books on anatomy by Vesalius and others, dentistry books, Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species and more.

Among the earliest items in the sale is Quintus Curtius Rufus, Historiae Alexandri Magni, a first edition of a 1st-century A.D. account of the life and exploits of Alexander the Great, Venice, 1471 (pre-sale estimate: $15,000 to $20,000). Other examples of incunabula include Iyov, i.e. the book of Job, from a Bible in Hebrew, the third production of the first Hebrew press in Naples, 26 September 1487 ($8,000 to $12,000); and a collage of nine miniatures, mostly scenes from the life of Christ, within a frame of 21 cuttings from illuminated borders, all excised from a vellum liturgical manuscript from later 15th century northern France, the whole mounted on stiff card, probably in the 19th century ($8,000 to $12,000).

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