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BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist exhibition, September 27, 2014 - January 5, 2015, on view within the museum’s Colonial to Early 19th-century  Art Gallery.

In his famous publication The Birds of America (1827-1838), American naturalist and artist John James Audubon depicts over 400 species of North American birds with his life-size prints. The exhibition will feature Crystal Bridges’ double elephant folio copy of The Birds of America, re-issued by Audubon’s son in 1861, and will highlight several artworks related to the renowned publication.

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NEW YORK— Coming on the heels of tremendous media coverage, including write ups in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Luxury Travel Magazine, Robb Report and Slate, Swann Galleries’ August 6 auction of Vintage Posters grossed more than any previous August posters sale, bringing in more than $800,000.

Among the top lots were highlights from a collection of tennis posters, which was larger and more important than any tennis poster collection to appear at auction before, World War I & II images, scarce Buffalo Bill posters, Geo Ham’s Grand Prix advertisements and summer and beach resort promos by celebrated artists.

Berkeley, CA—Digital is dead, at least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most distinguished book artists and artisans, private presses, and fine art publishers will be exhibiting their work at the upcoming biennial CODEX International Book Fair, February 8 through 11 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. THIS IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD TODAY!

There is no better place to find and collect the world’s greatest contemporary artist books, fine press books, and fine art editions than at CODEX. Now in it’s 10th year, CODEX has been acknowledged as the leading International Fine Press and Artist book fair. Exhibitors are coming from Germany, UK, Italy, France, South America, The Netherlands, Mexico, Israel, China, Austria, Poland, Australia, Russia, and Japan. The event also attracts special collections librarians, curators, and private collectors from all over the world. “This is THE place to see the latest work from ‘the best of the best’ “ states Peter Rutledge Koch, Founder of the CODEX Foundation.

(Boston, MA)— The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board voted unanimously today to approve the designation of the Boston Literary Cultural District. This is Boston’s second state-designated cultural district—the Fenway Cultural District was designated in 2012—and the first Massachusetts Cultural District to focus specifically on one art form.

The effort to establish the district was led by GrubStreet Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg. GrubStreet’s headquarters are located in the district which runs from Copley Square to Downtown Boston and is also home to the Boston Athenaeum, Boston Public Library, and the annual Boston Book Festival.

NEW YORK, August 19, 2014—In an unprecedented move, six renowned auction houses have joined forces to launch Bidsquare, a new online bidding platform. Bidsquare will provide access to a huge variety of top property from the country’s leading auctions on an intuitive, easy-to-use website and—for the first time ever—allow collectors and auction houses to do business directly in an online forum. 

The site, created by Brunk Auctions, Cowan’s Auctions, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Pook & Pook, Inc., Rago and Skinner, Inc., is a bidding platform where like-minded competitors are coming together for the good of buyers, sellers and auction houses alike. It is backed by the reputations of these prominent establishments and their well-respected specialists. What’s more, Bidsquare delivers a vast array of exceptional property, from fine art to estate jewelry and from high design to historical artifacts, all vetted by America’s foremost auction houses, much of it unavailable elsewhere. The easy-to-use site also boasts a free, searchable database of over 600,000 auction records—and counting.

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Boston, MA, August 19, 2014—“Over Here: World War I Posters from Around the World,” on view at the Boston Athenæum September 10, 2014 through January 31, 2015, is timed to coincide with centennial observances of World War I in Europe and the United States. The exhibition features 44 framed posters from Great Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Canada, Ireland, and other nations as well as cases with leaflets, maps, magazines, postcards, and a recently acquired, printed French handkerchief given to American soldiers serving in France. The selection presents striking but rarely seen images from one of the most critical moments in world history.

The works are drawn from several important World War I collections now in the Athenæum, started during the war by Boston collectors who were as young as ten.

Bloomsbury Auctions’ London two day Summer Book Sale will appeal to all collecting interests. Day one features a rare first collected edition of Hans Christian Andersen's 'Fairy Tales' and an impressive collection of important Incunabula, including work by Aristotle. Day two has a different appeal as all lots will be offered without reserve.

Hans Christian Andersen - Eventyr fortalte for børn

[Lot 164]

Est. £10,000 - 15,000

Hans Christian Andersen's Eventyr foralte for børn, or ‘Fairy Tales told for children’, was originally issued in Danish as three small, separate pamphlets between 1835 & 1837 before in 1837 being combined as a collected edition. Unlike most copies to have appeared on the market, this copy comprises the first printing of each part.

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.  The artwork is led by an original painting credited to Rufino Tamayo and a group of Picasso items, including original signatures by the artist.  Highlighted is a fine private collection of early and first printings of Nancy Drew titles in the original dustjackets and an assortment of vintage and antique magazines, including Civil War year issues.

The earliest manuscript reference to the New World is the centerpiece of a facsimile edition published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress.

"Christopher Columbus Book of Privileges: The Claiming of a New World" contains the first authorized facsimile of the Library’s copy of the royal charters, writs, grants and papal letters that comprise Columbus’s "Book of Privileges." An assemblage of legal documents between King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and Christopher Columbus, the "Book of Privileges" laid the foundation for the exploration and conquest of the New World, irrevocably changing the course of the Americas’ history.

The Stanley Gibbons Group plc announces the appointment of George Bailey as Chairman of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, the art and antiques auctions subsidiary of The Stanley Gibbons Group plc with effect from 1 September 2014.

With over 35 years’ experience in the fine art and auction industry, George is best known for his career at Sotheby’s as a key member of the firm’s European management team and as an exceptional auctioneer.

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