The Grolier Club’s exhibition “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe” is devoted to one of the most influential authors of the nineteenth century, Edgar Allan Poe. On view from September 17 through November 22, “Evermore” showcases a wide array of materials drawn from Grolier member Susan Jaffe Tane’s personal collection, widely recognized as the finest Poe collection in private hands.

Co-curated by Ms. Tane and bibliographer and scholar Gabriel Mckee, “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe” presents an in-depth look at Poe’s life, his world, and his influence into the present day, with original manuscripts and letters by Poe, daguerreotypes, artifacts, first edition books, and unique material related to Poe’s family and friends. Also on display are a number of items that show Poe’s influence on American and world culture after his death, including artwork, comic books, movie posters, sound recordings, and toys.

Highlights of the exhibit include several recently discovered items never before shown in a public exhibition. Most notable is the only known manuscript copy of “The Conqueror Worm,” generally regarded as one of Poe’s best and bleakest poems. This copy was thought lost until its rediscovery in 2013.

An autograph letter written by Poe to author and editor James Russell Lowell is another newly discovered piece. In this letter, Poe writes to Lowell, editor of the Boston periodical The Pioneer, to offer him his short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Lowell accepted the piece, which made its first appearance a few weeks later in the first issue of The Pioneer (also included).

Recently unearthed artifacts of Poe’s life are shown here as well, most notably an engraved engagement ring given by Poe to his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Elmira Royster. Poe and Royster’s relationship ended shortly after he entered the University of Virginia in 1826. More than two decades later, the two reconnected, and in August 1849 they became engaged. But they never married: Poe died only two months later in Baltimore. The ring was kept by Poe’s sister Rosalie, and remained within the family and unknown to scholars until 2012.

A previously unknown portrait of Poe made from life is also on public view for the first time: a cut-paper silhouette of the author, made in Richmond by master silhouette artist William James Hubard. This portrait was owned by Nathaniel P. Willis, an associate of Poe, and was kept in private collections until its rediscovery in 2013.

Other highlights of the exhibition include the only complete manuscript of a tale (“Epimanes”) in private hands; first editions of Poe’s major works, and, most significantly, one of only two privately-held copies of Tamerlane and Other Poems; Poe’s annotated personal copies of two books, and other important association copies; two daguerreotypes of Poe; and a fragment of his coffin. There is also substantial primary material illustrating Poe’s life and influence, including autograph letters by his mother, Maria Clemm, and his sister, Rosalie Poe. Illustrated editions in the exhibition include an unparalleled copy of Mallarmé and Manet’s edition of Le Corbeau, widely considered the greatest 19th-century livre d’artiste; and important editions illustrated by such artists as Gustave Doré, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Aubrey Beardsley. There are also notable examples of later adaptations of Poe’s material in popular culture, such as original comic book art, movie posters, toys, sheet music, and ephemera.

ACCOMPANYING PUBLICATION:

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of a new catalogue of the Tane collection: Evermore: The Persistence of Poe: The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane. The 208-page, color illustrated volume, co-authored by Tane and Mckee, presents Poe’s life and literary afterlife as illuminated by objects in the Tane collection. 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS

December 9, 2014 - February 7, 2015. “One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature.” Curated by Chris Loker.

February 25-April 25, 2015. "Five Hundred Years Since Aldus." Curated by G. Scott Clemons and H. George Fletcher.


NEW YORK—On Tuesday, October 14, Swann Galleries will offer one of the most diverse and visually stimulating Travel Posters sales the auction house has ever held. Highlights from a private Australian collection form the core of the sale, with many images that have never before come up for auction in the United States.

Naturally, there is a fine selection of Australian tourism posters including nine by the incomparable Gert Sellheim, such as the Cubist-inspired Sunshine And Surf / Australia, circa 1936 (estimate: $6,000 to $9,000) and By Train For Seaside Holidays! 1936 ($4,000 to $6,000); 12 by Percy Trompf, among them The Seaside Calls, circa 1935 and an image showing construction of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Still Building / Australia, 1930 ($5,000 to $7,500 each); and nine of James Northfield’s classic images, including fishermen reeling in a big catch in Australia / Great Barrier Coral Reef, circa 1935 ($6,000 to $9,000) and the cute and cuddly Australia /Koala (Native Bear), 1931 ($2,500 to $3,500).

British Rail posters are also well represented, including several masterful quad royal (40 by 50 inch horizontal format) images such as two seasonal Fortunino Matania posters for the seaside resort town of Southport from 1925, one featuring fashionable swimsuit-clad bathers, the other elegant patrons outside a theater wrapped in gowns and furs ($7,000 to $10,000 each); H.G. Gawthorn’s Art Deco image for scenic Clacton-On-Sea, 1926 ($3,000 to $4,000); Laura Knight’s playful The Yorkshire Coast, 1929 ($4,000 to $6,000); two rare posters by John Littlejohns: Felixstowe, circa 1933 and Whitley Bay, 1929 ($3,000 to $4,000 each); Jean Droit’s An East Coast Tonic, circa 1930 ($4,000 to $6,000) and images by Austin Cooper, Septimus Scott and others.

Among designs by celebrated French travel poster artist Roger Broders are his only poster for the Chemin de Fer du Nord, with a couple on their yacht pulling into the busy port of Dunkerque, circa 1930 ($15,000 to $20,000); his stylized Marseille Porte De L'afrique Du Nord, 1929 and one of his scarcest skiing posters, Winter Sports in the Vosges, circa 1930 (both $6,000 to $9,000).

American works of note include John Held, Jr.’s charming It’s Vacation Time in the Berkshires, 1926 ($3,000 to $4,000) and Eastern Canada and Newfoundland Are Calling, 1926 ($2,000 to $3,000); Bern Hill’s powerful locomotive images from the 1950s, such as Fast Freight Service in the Great Midwest, ($2,000 to $3,000) and St. Louis to Chicago on the “Blue Bird,” ($1,500 to $2,000); Sam Hyde Harris’s Southern Pacific’s New Daylight, 1937 ($3,000 to $4,000) and two of his maquettes for other Southern Pacific posters; Dorothy Waugh’s posters for the National Parks, and images by David Klein and Sascha Maurer.

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14.

The posters will be on public exhibition Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 11, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A full-color illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, and may be viewed online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Nicholas Lowry at (212) 254-4710 ext. 53, or via e-mail at posters@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is also available via invaluable.com.

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NEW YORK—On Thursday, October 9, Swann Galleries will conduct a 171-lot auction of African-American Fine Art that features more than 60 artworks from the estate of Professor Richard A. Long, presented in a separate catalogue. Long was known as one of the great pillars of African-American arts and culture, and taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of Paris, University of Poitiers, Atlanta University, Emory University, Morgan State College and West Virginia State College.

The works in his collection include many by Long’s artist friends, in particular Beauford Delaney and Romare Bearden. Among the highlights are a 1965 color pastel portrait of Long by Delaney (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000); two bold and colorful collages by Bearden, Brazil, circa 1978, which may have been a maquette for a poster ($35,000 to $50,000) and the small and intimate Untitled (The Trojan Horse), circa 1977 ($15,000 to $25,000); and two abstract watercolors by Alma Thomas, Untitled (Stripe Composition), circa 1971, and Untitled (from the Space Series), circa 1969-1972, inspired by the televised images of the NASA Apollo missions ($15,000 to $25,000 each).

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New York—On Wednesday, October 1, Swann Galleries will offer a visually rich selection of works from the late 19th- and early 20th-century European art movements that pioneered new illustration methods, including chromolithography and pochoir, in an auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books.

There is an enviable selection of works by the Surrealists, specifically a large group of books by Salvador Dalí, including one of only 10 copies of Poèmes de Mao Tse-Toung, with eight heliogravures reworked in drypoint, each hand-colored and signed by Dalí, Paris, 1967 (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000); and a first edition (one of 25 roman numbered copies) of Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Manche. 12 original lithographs, Paris, 1957 ($25,000 to $35,000).

Paris, 15 September 2014—Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that their next Comic Strip sale in Paris, on 7 March 2015, will feature selected works by leading comic strip artists from around the world.

The sale, with its 300 lots comprising illustrations, paintings and original plates blending historical and contemporary European and American authors, is sure to appeal to international connoisseurs and collectors.

London—A fascinating collection of sledging notes written by members of Captain Scott's National Antarctic Expedition on their journeys across the snows of the southern continent. The collection will go under the hammer in London during Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts on Thursday 2nd October 

These eight sledging notes were written by members of the expedition during the "Heroic Age" of polar exploration and give a vivid insight into the challenges and obstacles of their work in the Antarctic.

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September, 2014—A £1.1m campaign by Cambridge University Library to secure one of the most important New Testament manuscripts—the seventh-century Codex Zacynthius—has been a success.

Cambridge University Library reached their appeal target after the National Heritage Memorial Fund recognised the importance of the Codex Zacynthius and stepped in with a grant of £500,000.

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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 ephemera and artwork.  Highlighted are fine private collections including author-signed modern literature, antique architecture and furnishings, and antique New York State county histories and cartography. The artwork is led by original paintings by, or in the style of, Lyubov Popova and Natalia Goncharova.

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On the 4th November 2014, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale T.E. Lawrence’s hand-drawn map of northern Arabia, which records a pivotal moment in the history of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Charting his journey across the hostile desert in Saudi Arabia in May 1917, it is the only map in Lawrence’s hand detailing the route he followed in the days preceding the capture of the Red Sea port of Aqaba later that year, a victory which would prove decisive in the Arab uprising.

Recently shown in major exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum in London and at the Australian War Memorial Canberra*, the map is estimated to reach £70,000-100,000 at Sotheby’s London auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History.

Edvard Munch's graphic works are among the artist's most powerful images, revered for their haunting summation of the human condition. On 16 September 2014, Sotheby's will present an important group in a London auction of Prints & Multiples. The 11 prints comprise a selection of woodcuts, lithographs and etchings, and demonstrate Munch's experimentation with a variety of graphic media. Each work embodies a different emotional and psychological tone, the result of Munch's use of various techniques and combinations of colours to express mood and elicit emotional responses in the viewer. The 10 lots are estimated to bring a combined total in excess of £1,000,000.

Séverine Nackers, Sotheby’s Head of Prints, Europe, comments: “The demand from collectors worldwide for prints by Edvard Munch continues unabated. For our September sale, we have secured a superb group, including two works from a private Scandinavian collection. *Munch laid bare raw human emotion in his imagery, and as an innovative printmaker, he produced works that still resonate with us more than a century later. Although many of Munch's prints were based on paintings, he did not rework the same themes with an aim of reproducing his painted images. Instead, he worked on his painting and printmaking in tandem, the technical features of one media informing his explorations in the other."

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