London - Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to present their sale of Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books & Manuscripts on Thursday 19th March in London at their saleroom in Mayfair. The sale charts the development of printing on the continent and in England, with works dating from the 1470s up until the 18th century.

Particularly in vogue after the release of Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, is a 17th century work on codes and secret writing;  Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae libri IX, first edition (1624), by Augustus II, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, written under the pseudonym, Gustav Selenus. The engraved title page of the work is believed to provide the first clue of Sir Francis Bacon’s supposed authorship of William Shakespeare’s plays. In one vignette it depicts Bacon handing a manuscript text to Shakespeare (a man holding a spear) and in another depicts Bacon writing on a folio-sized piece of paper, which hints at the first folio edition of the plays, published a year earlier in 1623 [estimate £2,000-3,000 Lot 129]. The fourth folio edition of the plays of 1685 is also offered here. It is the last edition to be printed in the 17th century [estimate £10,000-15,000 Lot 157].

Regardless of Shakespeare’s true identity it is well documented that his works were inspired by the comedies of the Roman playwright, Titus Maccius Plautus. Leading an impressive opening group of 45 incunables from a private collection is Comoediae (1472) by Plautus.

This fine collection of incunabula charts the development of printing in Europe from 1471-1500. Collections of this size rarely appear at auction, and it is particularly unusual to see an editio princeps of Plautus’ Comoediae at auction. The last copy the auctioneer can trace was in 1961. This rare survivor is estimated to achieve £10,000-15,000 [Lot 4].

Elsewhere in the sale is the first printing of the works of the mathematician Euclid, with an introduction by John Dee, alchemist, occult philosopher and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I; The Elements of Geometrie, (1570). John Dee’s preface is considered by many to be his most important published work. It outlines the practical applications of Euclid’s work, lays the foundations for later experimental science and hints at the use of magic and the supernatural in conjunction with the natural [estimate £20,000-30,000 Lot 115].

The sale will also feature a selection of books and manuscripts from the growing Middle-Eastern department at Bloomsbury Auctions including the first book printed in Arabic in the Lebanon, Nieremberg's Kitab Mizan Al-Zaman… (1734) [estimate £2,000-3,000 Lot 63] and a collection of 126 leaves from a 15th century illuminated Mamluk Qur’an [estimate £12,000-18,000 Lot 66].

Other important Middle-Eastern works include an Indian Qu’ran in Bihari script that bears the inscription; “Looted from valley of Barkilli, Boner, 16.1.98” [estimate £750-1,000 Lot 75] and a rare early copy of Molla' Khosro's Kitab Durar Al-Hukkam… (988AH) [1580AD], an important legal treatise on the principles of legal practice. This work is thought to have been copied directly from the author’s original by celebrated writer and Hanafi jurist, Muhammad B. Faramurz b. Ali, d.1480 [estimate £800-1,200 Lot 71].

The Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books and Manuscripts sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in London’s Mayfair on Thursday 19th March 2015. The catalogue is available to view and download online at

Los Angeles, California - (March 1, 2015) -  Van Eaton Galleries,  one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries held the highly-anticipated “The Story of Disneyland” auction this weekend in Sherman Oaks, California. Bidders gathered each day under a tent, constructed specifically to hold the hundreds of anxious bidders who showed up for the two sessions, in hopes that they would take home a piece of Disneyland magic. Bidders from around the globe bid online and by phone in a fast and furious pace all day.

The collection which represented close to 1,000 pieces is said to be the largest and most historical collection ever to be offered. Many of the items up for bid exceeded pre-sale estimates including a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Animatronic® Tiki Bird which sold for $153,400. Opening in 1963, the Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to use Audio-Animatronic® characters in the park.  The Pirates of the Caribbean remained a hit throughout the auction event with the Original Skeleton prop selling for $129,800 and the Pirates of the Caribbean E-Ticket Sign selling for $47,200. A Marc Davis Signed Original Pirates Concept Art piece sold for $70,800. Other highlights of this weekend’s historical and unprecedented auction included the Original Cigar Store Indian from Frontierland which sold for $44,250,  a Construction Used Disneyland Brownline Plot Plan sold for $29,500, a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Flower Boat sold for $22,420, a Mark Twain Riverboat Life Preserver Prop that hung on the Mark Twain Riverboat in the 1960s sold for $11,800, a Sam McKim Kodak Camera Shop Presentation Artwork sold for $20,060 and the Main Street Entrance Flag used in the Main Street entrance station sold for $7,670.

Betty Taylor, who performed at the park for 30 years as the popular “Slue Foot Sue” at the Golden Horseshoe Revue, still drew applause for a series of costumes that were available at the auction. Her “Slue Foot Sue” original costume dress, complete with black Egret feather headpiece, sold for $15,340. The Walt Disney signed Opening Day “Story of Disneyland” Guidebook (1955) which was signed by Walt in the inside cover sold for $13,275. Even a Disneyland Record Album Display Rack from the 1960s went high with a final bid of $5,900.

Other highlights from the two-days included a Mickey Mouse Character Costume Head which sold for $29,500, An “It’s A Small World” doll figure which sold for $41,300, the Bruce Bushman Original Tomorrowland Concept Art which sold for $55,460, the Adventure Through Inner Space Atomobile Prop which sold for $41,300, a Disneyland TWA Travel Poster which sold for $12,980 and Original Captain EO Poster Painting which sold for $47,200.

“The Story of Disneyland” Auction raised over $1.7 million. “The Story of Disneyland”  Collection Exclusive Catalogs may be purchased at


Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world’s premier original animation and art and collectibles galleries. The Gallery is located in Sherman Oaks, California and specializes in unique original animation artwork. Established in 1994, the gallery offers distinct collections from the world of animation and special exhibits and events for collectors, fans and guests, from around the globe.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.  Van Eaton Galleries has offered such collections as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, The Art of Gris Grimly, The Art of Ragnar and animation artwork from Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Hanna-Barbera, Don Bluth and many others. For more information, go to is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. At the upcoming sale, booksellers from the UK, US, Canada, South Africa and even Slovenia will be selling a diverse range of stock on auction. All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged.

Two titles by the iconic Golden Cockerel Press, founded in 1920 at Whaltham St. Lawrence in Berkshire, publishing works of literary and artistic importance. 

Lot 254  
King James I. THE FOUR GOSPELS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. According to the Authorized Version of King James I with Decorations by Eric Gill; Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham St. Lawrence, 1931.

From the prestigious library of C.S (Punch) Barlow

One of the supreme achievements of this Press and also undoubtedly Eric Gill's masterpiece of book illustration. 
With 64 wood engraved illustrations and initial letters by Gill. Printed by Robert and Moira Gibbings in Golden Cockerel type (designed for the Press by Eric Gill) on Batchelor handmade paper with special watermark of a dove and the initials G.C.P.  Original publisher's half white pigskin gilt over maize buckram boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.  Number 295 of an entire edition of 500 copies. Estimate: $15,000

Lot 1

Original proofs of  RUBAYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM, Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham St. Lawrence, 1938. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Twelve Engravings by John Buckland-Wright.

The original publisher’s mock-up with the title page design in pencil and with Christopher Sandford’s notes and type size instructions to the printer in the margin.  

With a complete set of Original Proofs of John Buckland-Wrights’s 14 engravings with proofs of the text of the 75 quatrains each mounted in special window folders, each print numbered and signed in pencil by Buckland-Wright. Estimate: $4000/5000

Lot 2

Shahn (Ben) THE HAGGADAH FOR PASSOVER - Collotype production by Trianon Press. Trianon Press, Paris & London, 1966. With a Translation, Introduction and Notes by Cecil Roth. Produced and Published by the Trianon Press, Paris & London.

This edition first edition of the Haggadah for Passover, copied and illustrated by Ben Shahn consists of 292 copies each bearing the artist’s signature and cypher on the frontispiece.

Unsewn as issued in lettered parchment wrappers with a glassine cover. The extra suites of colour plates, uncoloured plates and guide-sheets and stencils and the proofs of the frontispiece are contained in brown paper folios and housed in an oatmeal cloth portfolio with ties. Together in a gilt-lettered parchment-covered fall-down-back box with silver-gilt clasps.

A very good copy.

The reproduction in facsimile of the Artist’s original was done in Paris under his supervision. The illuminated pages were reproduced by collotype and hand-stencil in the workshop of MM. Hourdebaigt and Crampe under the direction of Trianon Press (France). Collotye was also used to reproduce the illustrations of ‘An Only Kid’. The frontispiece and title-page were drawn by the Artist and printed in original lithography from stones by the Imprimerie Mourlot, with additional colours applied by hand through stencils.

The book was designed by the Artist with Arnold Fawcus, and produced and published in France by the Trianon Press, Château de Boissia, Clairvaux, Jura, and 125 avenue du Maine, Paris. Estimate: $4000/5000

Lot 141
Stephen King : CARRIE; Scarce 1st. UK Edition in Fine Condition, New English Library, London, 1974. King's desirable first book. This UK edition - one of only 600 copies printed is far scarcer that the US edition and is arguably King's scarcest trade edition. Estimate: $1500

Lot 161

J.D. SALINGER: THE CATCHER IN THE RYE; Hamish Hamilton, London, 1951, 1st UK edition, 8vo. The first UK edition of this landmark American novel and one of the most important novels of the 20th century, published in the same year as the US edition. Estimate: $1500 

Lot 167
Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart; Heinemann, London, 1958. ; Rare Proof of 1st edition in dw. The rare uncorrected proof copy of the 1st. edition of this landmark novel, arguably the most important work of fiction to come out of Africa.  Estimate: $3000/4000

Lot 166
Georg Biermann (Editor): JAHRBUCH DER JUNGEN KUNST
Complete Set 5 Vols. with ORIGINAL EXPRESSIONIST GRAPHICS, published by Klinkhardt & Biermann, Leipzig 1920-1924, 1st edition, very good condition, size 4to. 

A complete set of the 5 Volumes of this very scarce and highly important Expressionist work which contains 32 original graphics, mainly in the form of lithographs, woodcuts and linocuts. Uncommon as a complete set.
Original graphics by: VOLUME 1: Pechstein, Nitsche-Nitsche, Cuchartz, Weber, Morgner, Eberz, Feininger and Waske. VOLUME 2: Campendonk, Heckendorf, Matare, Grosz, Achmann and Viegener. VOLUME 3: Beckmann, Teutsch, Kohl, Kretschmar, Jansen, Kohlhoff and Mathey.  VOLUME 4: Coubine, Archipenko, Wagner, Mense, Gotsch, Schrimpf and
Felixmuller.  VOLUME 5: Dix, Marchand, Masareel, Crodel and Laboreur. Estimate: $3000 -  $3200  

6 Lots from Lot 176 - Lot 181
Jack O’ Connor: Autograph Letters on hunting. In 1937 Jack O’Connor wrote his first article for Outdoor Life. In 1941 he became their Gun Editor and that career would last almost 50 years. During that time he became known as the “Dean of Outdoor Writers.” Later in life he worked at Peterson’s Hunting magazine. Early in his career he became close friends with John Jobson (another outdoor writer) and a correspondence started which lasted for about 1/3 of Jack’s active writing period (this includes both the magazine articles and books). Jack wrote to Jobson about things he would never put into print and many of them are indeed as colorful as his life. Almost 300 letters have been catalogued in Jack O’Connor Catalogue of Letters. Estimates from $95 - $125 is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.  Dealers and collectors worldwide have been selling and bidding on the site since 2010.  Only established booksellers who are members of major national trade associations such as  ABA, ABAA, PBFA or SABDA or are of good standing in the trade are permitted to sell on the site.  Auctions are held every five weeks and run on the model of a timed auction for one week. All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged. 

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Washington, DC—The Folger Shakespeare Library is pleased to announce the tour sites for its 2016 national traveling exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, one of the world’s most treasured books. In partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, the Folger will tour the original 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The locations include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies, and a theater.

“The First Folio is the book that gave us Shakespeare. Between its covers we discover his most famous characters—Hamlet, Desdemona, Cordelia, Macbeth, Romeo, Juliet, and hundreds of others—speaking words that continue to move and inspire us,” said Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. “Shakespeare tells the human story like no one else. He connects us to each other, to our history, and to themes and ideas that touch us every day. We are delighted that we can share this precious resource with people everywhere, from San Diego, California, to Gurabo, Puerto Rico, from Eugene, Oregon, to Duluth, Minnesota.”

17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

Submit books to the most prestigious prize!

A prize with prestige and tradition, a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, is one of the most important prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books. Famous scholars like Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman and Anthony Hobson belong to the prize winners alongside Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen who were honoured with the 15th Prize in September 2010 and Jon Gilbert who received the 16th Prize in 2014 for his superb study "Ian Fleming. The Bibliography". These are shining examples for the enormous amount of knowledge—and work—which stands behind such brilliant studies in a scientific field that is essential for every kind of academic research, and for the rare book trade.


New York—Swann Galleries’ third Illustration Art on January 22 saw a well-attended preview and more than 500 registered bidders. The eclectic offering of original works truly had something for everyone—from vintage advertisements to book and magazine illustrations. The result was strong prices in all categories, with several records set.

The top lot of the day was a pen and ink drawing with collage by Saul Steinberg, Equivalent of 8, which appeared in the November 17, 1962 issue of The New Yorker Magazine. Estimated at $3,500 to $5,000, the illustration brought $20,000*.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (LAPRS)—Imagine the grandeur of an auction held onsite at Palazzo Borghese, home to the noble and Vatican-connected Borghese clan. Take it a step further and pretend the auction offerings include actual artworks and other family treasures from the stately Roman palace and library. Just such a thing happened in 1892, after the Bank of Italy crashed and a turn in their fortunes compelled the Borghese family to liquidate many of their elegant holdings. 

Myers Fine Art will revisit the fabled 19th-century event when it presents three paintings and 11 vellum books and manuscripts from the celebrated Borghese sale as the highlight of their Sunday, March 8 auction. All 14 items can be traced directly to their American purchaser of 123 years ago, Bradford DeWolf, an ancestor of the prominent DeWolf family of Rhode Island. The consignment comes from the Estate of Dorothy DeWolf (1930-2006) of Washington, D.C.


NEW YORK—The Dark Knight took top lots honors in Heritage Auctions’ $3.22+ million Comics  & Comic Art Auction as a copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939), the first appearance of Batman, graded 7.5 CGC restored, sold for $98,587 and a copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), CGC 4.5, sold for $77,675 Feb. 19-21 in New York. The three-day event's selection of classic high-grade comics and original art of notable characters was 97% sold by lot and 99% sold by value. 

“Fresh material always gets attention, and the likes of never-before-offered Bernie Wrightson stories and Bill Everett art made for a lot of interest on lot-viewing day and strong bidding,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Operations at Heritage.

WARREN, NJ, February 23, 2015—An overwhelming majority of 445 respondents (83%) to a survey at the recent Winter Antiques Show in New York plan to increase (39%) or keep their spending on arts and antiques the same (44%) in 2015. The survey, which was conducted by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, also found that only 7% plan to decrease their spend, and 10% do not intend to make an art or antique purchase this year.

“Buyers’ appetites are clearly not satiated—even after 2014, when 42% of survey respondents increased their spending on art and antiques,” said Melissa Lalka, vice president and worldwide fine art manager for Chubb Personal Insurance. “Increased buyer activity, coupled with record-setting sales reported by the leading auction houses, can significantly impact art values—and collectors should keep in mind that their art and antiques can become alarmingly underinsured.”

Oxford Literary Festival 2015 Schedule

The world renowned literary event in historic Oxford buildings runs from Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th March 2015.

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has confirmed a stellar line up of more than 500 speakers from 20 countries for its 2015 programme. Acclaimed speakers and authors at the festival include the following names.

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