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."


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).

A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, (1953) thrilled bidders, selling for £24,180 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Modern Literature on Friday 11th April, held at their saleroom in London’s Mayfair.

The first book in the 007 series, Casino Royale (1953) introduced Fleming’s renowned James Bond franchise to the world. Since it was first published on 13th April 1953 the book had been adapted for film three times, and in 2006 it became the 21st film in the Eon Productions film series of the Bond novels, and the film that introduced Daniel Craig as the eighth actor to play the fictional MI6 agent.

Lyon & Turnbull reveal a letter from Bonnie Prince Charlie to his friend, and cousin, the King of France, pleading him to send forces to help him capture the British crown, has come to light. Valued at £8,000-12,000 it will be sold by Lyon & Turnbull on the 7th May 2014 in Edinburgh.

Simon Vickers, Book Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said, “The allure of Charles Edward Stuart, the 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' of legend, and his romantic but ill-starred campaign in 1745-46 to win back the Stuart throne still holds sway 269 years after the crushing defeat of the the Jacobites at Culloden on 16th April 1746. No more so than in 2014, the year of the Scottish Independence Referendum, which represents, arguably, the first time since 1745 that Scotland has got to chose its own political destiny.”

NEW YORK—A piece of the set from The Ed Sullivan Show, signed by The Beatles minutes before their first live television performance Feb. 9, 1964, may sell for $800,000+ in Heritage’s April 26-27 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction in New York. The sale headlines an all-star list of memorabilia from the world’s finest performers and musicians, ranging from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix.

Mere minutes before The Beatles’ history-making debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, a stage hand asked the quartet to sign the back of the fiberglass wall just as the lads were about to be seen by 73 million television viewers. Adorned with individual drawings from each member of the band and accompanied by big, bold signatures, the section may bring more than $800,000.

Norbert Donhofer, New ILAB President

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 13th April 2014 in Paris the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Norbert Donhofer (Austria) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Tom Congalton (United States) who served as President from 2012 to 2014; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes (Spain).

Norbert Donhofer is well prepared for the duties he will be facing in the upcoming two years of his presidency. Donhofer joined the ILAB Committee in 2008 where he took over a large number of responsibilities. Under his guidance the ILAB Internship Program has been set up which enables young booksellers to study the trade in different countries and from different perspectives. Meanwhile ILAB interns spent several months in Spain, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, where they were taught and hosted by internationally reknown ILAB booksellers. The ILAB Internship Program has become a central part of ILAB’s activities to support young booksellers and to help building up the future of the international trade. Norbert Donhofer also played an important part when the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Associations of Russia and Hungary became ILAB members in the years 2009 and 2010.

An adaptation of the French play by Charles Nodier, The Bride of the Isles, A Tale of the Vampire (1820) sold well above its estimate of £180-220 for £2,928 in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Bibliophile Sale, held yesterday Thursday 11th April.

The book is itself an adaptation of the extremely popular 1819 short story by Dr Polidori, Lord Byron's travelling doctor. It is said that the character of the protagonist vampire, Lord Ruthven, was based on the wild lifestyle of Lord Byron and the character from the original book was used in adaptations by a number of authors at the time. This English reworking for the stage was undertaken by James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), playwright and herald.  At least four other stage adaptations of the book were written during 1820.

Doyle New York held a successful auction of Rare Books & Autographs on April 9, 2014. The sale offered over 250 lots, including Americana, early manuscripts, first editions, literature, plate books, atlases, travel, maps, science, illustration art and autographs.

Also selling for a record price was an 1891 first trade edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, London: Ward, Lock & Co., consigned by a Titled English Lady. Complete with its excessively rare paper dust jacket, the book sold for $40,625—a world auction record for an uninscribed copy.

A wealth of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang—will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The festival for the first time in its history will hold evening hours, with special events between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. including a poetry slam, a session featuring "Great Books to Great Movies," and a "super-session" for graphic-novel enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s festival is "Stay Up With a Good Book."

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