Top prices were achieved across a number of specialist disciplines in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts auction on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July, including manuscripts, art and mathematics.

Bidding soared for the opening lot of the sale with an almost complete collection of the books issued by Bird & Bull Press from the property of the late Mel Kavin of Kater-Craft Bookbinders which sold for £12,400 [Lot 1]

Doubling its pre-sale estimate and selling for £9,920 was Gino Severini’s Fleurs et Masques, featuring 17 superb pochoir colour plates highlighted with gold that depict Cubist still lives, harlequins musicians, and the masks and theatrics of the Commedia dell’Arte. [Lot 144a]

Also attracting attention under the art topic was a fine series of classic racing prints from John Frederick Herring’s two series of St Leger and derby winners that sold for £8,060. [Lot 569]

Exceptional Prices

The first edition of the 'Geneva version' English Bible, the earliest printed in roman type and with verse divisions, led the English Literature and history section selling for £9,920. [Lot 317]

Another bible in the sale to achieve an exceptional price was Jenson’s second edition of the Vulgate Bible, initialled in red and with decorations in blue and white, it sold for £6,200 [Lot 283]

English and Continental manuscripts attracted attention with a detailed and elaborately decorated collection of notes and pedigrees on Lincolnshire selling for £7,440 [Lot 210] 

An unusual collection of mathematical books were in high demand with many achieving prices on or above top estimate. Bernoulli’s foundation work on the science of probability, Ars Conjectandi, Opus Posthumum sold for £9,300 [Lot 430] and a collection of 12 mathematical papers by Carl Fridrich Gauss achieved £8,680 [Lot 458]. An excellent copy of Lagrange’s masterpiece, Mechanique Analitique, one of the most important mechanical treatise ever published, also sold over estimate for £7,440 [Lot 467].

The sale was held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London saleroom on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July 2014. The catalogue and results are available to view online at www.bloomsburyauctions.com  

(CHICAGO, IL—July 22, 2014) Technology industry veteran, business leader and philanthropist Jerre L. Stead is the new chairman of the American Writers Museum (AWM) Foundation. 

The AWM board of directors approved Stead by unanimous and enthusiastic vote, according to Werner J. Hein, board vice chair.

Kansas City, MO. July 22, 2014—Two series of extremely rare photographs documenting a last look at a rapidly disappearing frontier are on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City beginning July 25. Across the Indian Country: Photographs by Alexander Gardner, 1867-68 opens July 25 and was curated by Jane L. Aspinwall, Associate Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins. The exhibition includes photographs from two extraordinary bodies of work created by Gardner, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, 1867-68 and Scenes in the Indian County, 1868 which depict the transformation of the American West by the railroad and the subsequent effect it had on the American Indians in the region. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue written by Aspinwall, Alexander Gardner: The Western Photographs 1867-1868, available at the museum store.

“These photographs are groundbreaking,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Gardner captured images of Indian life that had rarely, if ever, been photographed. Wrapped in blankets, carrying peace pipes, many of the Indian chiefs were truly interested in peace only to be met with empty promises. These images are poignant and wistful—documenting the rich culture of a rapidly marginalized Indian population.”

New York, NY, July 21, 2014—According to a June 2014 review in The New York Times, “Nearly every Morgan exhibition, whether of prints, drawings, rare books or musical scores, enlarges the understanding of paper as a means of expression, both personal and cultural.” The variety and depth of the Fall and Winter 2014-15 exhibition season underscores this statement.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

September 26, 2014 through January 25, 2015

This exhibition showcases Cy Twombly's monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), executed in Rome in 1970, and twelve related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston. Not shown in New York City for nearly thirty years, and rarely on display at the Menil due to its size (nearly 33 feet in length), the painting marks a pivotal moment in the career of one of the most important artists to emerge in the wake of Abstract Expressionism. Inspired by a musical piece by Pierre Henry, a composition known as The Veil of Orpheus, Twombly’s Treatise on the Veil is a meditation on time and space. The drawings, which combine pencil, crayon, collage, tape, measurements, and other inscriptions offer a fascinating window into the artist's creative process.

Omaha, Neb.—July 21, 2014—Proxibid (www.proxibid.com), the most trusted online Marketplace for buying and selling highly valued items, will provide online bidding for Philip Weiss Auctions’ Books, Military, Ocean Liner, Historical & More auction on Wed., July 23 at 1 p.m Eastern. This live auction boasts more than 700 lots including a chessboard made from wreck wood from the Titanic and a pen drawing by Andy Warhol. Bidders will have the opportunity to bid onsite at the auction in Lynbrook, N.Y., or online via Proxibid. Online bidding in this auction is already available by visiting www.proxibid.com/weissauctions.  

This historical sale features a diverse assortment of art, memorabilia, books and more.

New York, NY, July 2014—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that it has received a major gift from the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), including twenty-one sketchbooks by the renowned artist, two of his early drawings, and several original drawings by artists who were part of his circle. The works were given to the Morgan by Lichtenstein’s wife, Dorothy, in memory of her husband.

The Morgan held a critically acclaimed exhibition of Lichtenstein’s drawings in 2010, and this gift positions the institution to become a significant center for the study of the artist’s work. The sketchbooks include numerous studies and are important source material on Lichtenstein’s working method and the subject matter that attracted him during the various phases of his career. The drawings, which include sheets by Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, and Robert Rauschenberg, add significantly to the Morgan’s growing collection of modern works on paper, while highlighting Lichtenstein’s close involvement with some of the great practitioners of his day. In addition to the gift of the twenty-one sketchbooks, the Morgan will also receive on long-term loan eleven of the artist’s remaining sketchbooks, which are now held by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is the first art museum in the United States to establish an extensive collaborative project with the Palace Museum in Beijing. The two museums are in the midst of a series of projects between 2010 and 2016 that include exhibition exchanges and staff site visits in the areas of administration, curatorial, conservation, education, and security.

Key to this historic collaboration will be the exchange of treasures exhibitions in 2014 and 2016. Exclusive to VMFA, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing will be on view October 18, 2014-January 11, 2015. In May 2016, VMFA will be the first museum in the United States to exhibit works from its permanent collection at the Palace Museum when its world-renowned Fabergé collection will travel to Beijing and be exhibited in the historic Meridian Gate.

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BOSTON, MA. — July 16, 2014—RR Auction is proud to present the Eight Faces of Moses collection created by renowned artist Arnold Friberg for Cecil B. DeMille’s masterful 1956 remaking of The Ten Commandments in a live auction event that will take place this Saturday at RR Auction’s Boston Gallery.

“For 60 years the paintings were unrecognized as Friberg's work—in fact they were misattributed, believed to the work of the films makeup artists,” says Lawrence Jeppson, a distinguished historian and art consultant, who made the discovery earlier this year after viewing the paintings.

DAYTON, Ohio—Some of the rarest books in the world will be on display at the University of Dayton this fall, from authors like Austen, Chaucer, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Shakespeare and Mark Twain.

"Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress" will feature first editions, manuscripts, galley proofs, papyri and illustrations spanning the scholarly spectrum from philosophy to physics. The free, public exhibit runs Sept. 29 through Nov. 9 in the Roesch Library first-floor gallery on the University of Dayton campus.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, together with The Auction Room, sold a selection of works from The Royal Agricultural Society of England in a ground-breaking bidding initiative that saw the auctioneering duo offer pre-auction timed bidding via www.theauctionroom.com, followed by a live auction held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ busy saleroom in London’s Mayfair on Friday 11th July where there was standing room only.

Total Lots: 328

Estimate total: £153,200-218,150

Hammer total: £400,400

Total including buyer’s premium: £496,496

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