On November 24, 2014, Doyle New York held a highly-successful sale of the New York City Bar Association Rare Book Collection. The sale comprised important material of national and regional interest relating to New York, Colonial America, the American Revolution, the federal government, territorial expansion, legal incunabula and English law.

With competitive bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones, and on the Internet, the auction totaled an exceptional $2,369,231, far surpassing its estimate of $665,780-1,010,420, with 100% of the 325 lots offered sold.

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BOSTON, MA—(November 21, 14) An Apollo 11 manual used by Flight Director Gene Kranz during first moon landing sold for $91,909 on Thursday according to Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

While at his console in Mission Control throughout the landmark mission, it was a primary resource for coordinating that mission and associated activities both during the flight—and while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the lunar surface, according to Kranz in a letter that accompanied the sale.

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014).


The news is available in Spanish.

The archive documents the life and work of García Márquez, an author who obtained nearly unanimous critical acclaim and a worldwide readership.

Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair

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Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair At The Old Stone House

December 6, 2014, 11 AM TO 5 PM 

Featuring rare, vintage, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers all over Brooklyn. 

For the third holiday season, independent Brooklyn bookshops and antiquarian booksellers will fill Park Slope's historic Old Stone House with rare, vintage, and out-of-print books in a celebration of the borough's rich history of printing, reading, and writing. Faenwyl Bindery will be there as well, offering handmade journals and custom boxes for your favorite books.

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New York—The Fine Books and Manuscripts auction on December 10 at Bonhams New York will be anchored by a fine selection of color-plate books that cross several genres. These books are large, luxury volumes illustrated with original engravings and lithographs, sometimes printed in color, but more often painstakingly colored by hand.

Leading the way is a magnificent copy of a justly famous Renaissance festival book recording the entrance of Pope Clement VI and Emperor Charles V after the Emperor’s coronation at Bologna in 1530, which is expected to fetch between $120,000 and $180,000. This hand-colored suite of 30 engravings is an early issue and, with its detailed early manuscript captions, is possibly the exemplar from which later issues were created. Charles V was the last monarch to receive a papal coronation and this occasion was the first time the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor was held outside of Rome in over 500 years. The Bolognese outdid themselves in celebrating both their Pope and their Emperor: both the procession and its depiction were magnificent.

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NEW YORK—The Little Peach, 1902, Maxfield Parrish’s touching oil painted to accompany a children’s poem by the same name, sold for $515,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $6.5 million American Art Signature Auction in New York. The Nov. 17 auction featured nearly 300 masterpieces, including an extraordinary selection of Modernism from the King Collection of American Art.

“As a result of the excitement surrounding The King Collection, bidders set artist records all day long," said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage. “We were particularly excited to see many pieces sold to the floor.”

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Four Proposals for Reading: An Exhibition at the Seager/Gray Gallery opens Saturday, February 7, 2015. 

Four Proposals For Reading is an exhibition that challenges and highlights the experience of reading as it is experienced through a range of methodologies, processes, materials and formats. The four artists in this exhibition: Julie Chen, Clifton Meador, Barbara Tetenbaum, and Philip Zimmermann, all have long-standing commitments to the book as a central part of their artistic practice. In this exhibition they each make compelling arguments that the book, in its many forms, still has enormous power and validity in the hands of the reader.

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe.   The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

New York—Bonhams is pleased to offer a variety of exceptional Russian books, manuscripts, art and photographs at auction on December 10. This is Bonhams’ third Russian book sale since 2012, incorporating for the first time a collection of 160 lots of classic Russian photographs from the 1920s to 1950s.

Manuscripts include important poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, “Voina obyavlena” [War Is Declared!] (est. $40,000 - 60,000); and Sergei Esenin, “Glupoe serdtse, ne beisya" [Silly heart, don’t beat] (est. $60,000 - 80,000); as well as a revealing letter from revolutionary artist and critic, Kazimir Malevich, to the Commissar of Enlightenment Lunacharskii, in which he reflects on his life-long struggle with his critics and the state that is estimated to realize between $70,000 and $100,000.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—More than 100 issues of the colonial magazine Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790, a 1684 volume containing two plays by William Shakespeare, and 10 cases of original manuscripts from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials are just a few of the highlights in Waverly’s Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 Catalog Auction #262. Hundreds of lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books and autographed items will cross the auction block.

The auction will be held at Waverly’s northern Virginia gallery located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

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