New York, NY—On Wednesday, April 15, the Museum of American Finance will open “America in Circulation: A History of US Currency Featuring the Collection of Mark R. Shenkman.” Visitors will have the opportunity to view hundreds of beautiful and rare examples of American paper money and to explore them in more depth through large interactive touch screen displays.

From Colonial times, American money has told a fascinating and detailed story of the country’s struggles and successes. Pivotal moments in history have led to changes in the nation’s money, as crises have brought about innovation. Often local and national currencies competed and coexisted with each other, while economic depression, war and counterfeiting drove constant advances in design.


A rare first edition of Robert Boyle's The Sceptical Chymist, a milestone in the history of chemistry, sold at Bonhams, London yesterday (25 March) for £362,500. It had been estimated at £50,000-70,000.

The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, touching the Spagyrist's Principles commonly call'd Hypostatical, as they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists, was published in 1661.

It is the first book that combined chemistry with physics and paved the way for the work of Isaac Newton and, 200 years later, Antoine Lavoisier. In it, Boyle postulated the then revolutionary theory that matter was composed of atoms and clusters of atoms in motion and that every phenomenon was the result of the collision of particles in motion. He also explored the relationship between chemicals through the use of theory and experiments rather than largely through observation.


NEW YORK—From the dawn of printing to the edges of the universe, Heritage Auctions’ April 8-9 Rare Books Signature® Auction runs the gamut. The auction will take place at 301 Park Ave, Duke of Windsor Suite, 4th floor.

The bookends of the auction take the form of the amazing Charlotte Guillard Collection from the Krown & Spellman Collection (estimate $100,000+)—a grouping of 40 exceedingly rare titles printed and published by the legendary Frenchwoman between 1502 and her death in 1569—and the astounding, influential Jon Lomberg Cosmos artwork archive (estimate $25,000+)—an incredible, extensive grouping of artwork, concept art, sketches and assorted ephemera—relating to Lomberg’s longtime collaboration with astronomer Carl Sagan on the groundbreaking 1970s television show Cosmos.

NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2015)—The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 11-12, 2015. 

The main exhibitor hall for this year’s event is located at our new primary venue, Center 548 on West 22nd Street, and all programming will take place nearby at The High Line Hotel at 180 Tenth Avenue and 20th Street. Highlights of this year’s program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, and Raina Telgemeier, and panels on subjects including “Comics and Disability,” “Plagiarism as Practice,” and category-defying artist Saul Steinberg. In addition to Telgemeier’s appearance, this year’s programming features a special kid-friendly edition of R. Sikoryak’s long-running “Carousel” series of performative comics readings.

Almost 100 of the nation’s best writers, poets and illustrators have already committed to appear at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information is available on the National Book Festival website. Additional authors will be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001 and will also honor the Library’s spiritual founder, Thomas Jefferson, whose personal library covering all subjects guides the universal collecting policies of today’s Library of Congress. Jefferson sold his books to the Library of Congress in 1815, after a fire destroyed the original Library collections during the War of 1812. The theme of this year’s festival is "I cannot live without books," a famous statement by Jefferson.

Akhil Sharma is tonight, Monday 23 March, announced as the winner of The Folio Prize 2015 for Family Life published by Faber. The Folio Prize is sponsored by The Folio Society, the celebrated publisher of beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books.

The Folio Prize 2015, worth £40,000, aims to recognise and celebrate the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the UK during a given year, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. It is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world.

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America is pleased to announce the 2015 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections Magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the contest aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition program for three years before turning over leadership to a collaboration of institutional partners (The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.


BOSTON, MA—(March, 2015) Extensive archive of material owned by and related to Hollywood B-movie cult figure Ed Wood sold on Thursday for $13,750 according to Boston, MA based RR Auction.

Items include his personally-owned and -used briefcase (Rexbill split cowhide leather) and two trunks; four of his leatherbound notebooks containing original candids, Plan 9 material with Wood’s notations, and news clippings; two binders of photos including original candids, on-set photos, and movie stills; some scarce signed photos; a few items signed by Wood; his set of Jail Bait lobby cards; and various other items.


New York—Swann Galleries is pleased to offer a diverse selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books at auction on Thursday, April 9.

A rich assortment of early printed books includes a single leaf from a paper copy of the 42-line Bible, aka the Gutenberg Bible, with the text of 2 Kings 21:3-23:3, Mainz, circa 1450-55, contained within a copy of A. Edward Newton’s A Noble Fragment, New York, 1921 (estimate: $40,000 to $50,000). A related item is Eusebius of Caesarea, Chronicon, Venice, 1483, a second edition of a synoptic world history first published circa 1475-76 that contains the third published reference to Johann Gutenberg as the inventor of printing ($6,000 to $9,000).

What: A city-wide exploration of the book as a contemporary art form

Who: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Walker Art Center Library, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Form + Content Gallery

When: Friday, July 24; 6-9pm

Where: Four venues across Minneapolis

In celebration of Book Art Biennial 2015 (July 23-26) and MCBA's 30th Anniversary, four leading visual arts organizations present a coordinated "Book Arts Art Crawl" across Minneapolis, featuring six exhibitions all exploring the book as a contemporary artform. Receptions at all four venues are free and open to the public.

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