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Philadelphia, PA—Freeman's October 22 Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction is an invitation to a world of adventure for armchair travelers, political scholars, and bibliophiles of all creeds. Whether following Alice on her adventures in Wonderland through the pages of an inscribed first edition of Through the Looking Glass, or celebrating the rediscovery of noted statesman Pierre Samuel duPont de Nemours's long-lost manuscript, bold navigators of history and literature will find no trouble "believing at least six impossible things before breakfast."

No figure speaks more directly to the lost world of our childhood than the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Charles Dodgson, the mathematician and precisian, turned himself inside out in the Alice stories to reveal the emotive and alchemical musings of unfettered madness that was Lewis Carroll. Above all, Carroll tethered us to the realm of childhood and the mercurial nature of self and experience, of what is real and possible. Freeman's October 22 sale Books, Maps & Manuscripts includes no less than a dozen variations of the beloved classic Alice in Wonderland—from the first editions to be published in French and German, to a suite from a musical adaptation belonging to, and signed by, members of the Roosevelt family.

Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

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NORTHAMPTON, MA—OCTOBER 18, 2015—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (an expanded incarnation of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers) have joined forces to present the 11th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 18, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera. 

Many local SNEAB members always exhibit: from Northampton, Barbara Smith features children’s books, postcards, paper; Joslin Hall offers material on decorative arts; Lin & Tucker Respess, fine Americana and manuscripts; Rich West of Periodyssey old magazines; from Conway, Southpaw Books sells pamphlets on social reforms; from Amherst, Michael Muilenberg select natural history; from Huntington, Barbara Paulson brings Victorian paper and postcards; Peter Masi from Montague displays local history pamphlets; John Kuenzig of Topsfield offers scientific and technical books and instruments; from Greenfield, Steve Finer Rare Books, antique catalogs, technology, and history.


New York—On September 17, Swann Galleries’ book department will offer Printed & Manuscript Americana, with Mormon materials, Civil War Diaries, Revolutionary War items and pieces from the private collection of Milton R. Slater headlining the auction, along with items that evoke the thrill of American adventures and the intrigue of conspiracy.

Among many notable items is a first edition of The Book of Mormon, Palmyra, NY, 1830, (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000). This was the only edition to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than as the translator, as well as the only edition with his two-page preface.

In 1962, in a small room above the legendary Gaslight Folk Club in Greenwich Village, New York, the 21-year-old Bob Dylan, hunched at a typewriter, wrote what is widely considered one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music. 53 years later, the original type-written manuscript for the revolutionary, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, has emerged for sale at Sotheby’s in London, where it is estimated to sell for £150,000-200,000. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the greatest protest song by the greatest protest song writer of his time”, the song marks a key artistic breakthrough by the most influential songwriter alive today. The lyrics will be auctioned as part Sotheby’s “Rock & Pop” sale in London on the 29th September 2015.

'A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall'

The key works of Dylan’s canon have invited debate for decades, but there is a consensus that A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall represents the first full blossom of Dylan as poet. It was the Greenwich Village folk scene that provided the environment which enabled Dylan to stretch his imagination in new and startling ways, and this draft comes from the heart of that scene.

Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the 1804-1806 expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was intended to map the nation’s newly acquired Louisiana territory. "Mapping the West with Lewis and Clark," a new book published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress, sheds new light on their cartographic discoveries.

Drawing from period maps in the Library’s Geography and Map Division and other repositories, "Mapping the West" examines the critical role that maps played in Jefferson’s vision of a formidable republic that would no longer be eclipsed by European empires.

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Lot 15
CARROLL. LEWIS. (The Rev Charles Dodgson):


Tenniel. John. Illustrates.
Published: Macmillan & Co., London. 1866 & 1872.
First Edition

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, is acquiring the archive of novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. 

Translated into more than 40 languages, Ishiguro’s fiction has received numerous awards, from the Booker Prize for Fiction for “The Remains of the Day” (1989) to the Whitbread Book of the Year award for “An Artist of the Floating World” (1986). On two occasions, Granta magazine included Ishiguro as one of the 20 “Best of Young British Novelists.”

Chicago, IL (August 2015)—It's never been more convenient for those interested in a career in personal property appraising to begin their journey. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is now offering their Core Course in Appraisal Studies the gold standard of appraiser training courses through their online self-paced, on-demand, Learning Center platform.

Widely regarded as the most comprehensive methodology course for personal property appraising, the ISA Core Course is ideal for those with significant relevant experience who wish to apply their background to a prestigious new career. Candidates are typically art scholars, curators, collectors, museum staff, antique dealers, auctioneers, estate liquidators, and others involved in the professional valuation of personal property.

London—The Folio Society and House of Illustration continue the search for the next big illustration talent with the announcement of the 2016 Book Illustration Competition. Open for entries from 1 September, this year’s competition will invite participants to illustrate the popular modern classic War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, OBE.  

Returning for a sixth consecutive year, the competition is recognised for identifying and cultivating the best illustration talent both in the UK and overseas. The longlisted entries will be exhibited at House of Illustration from 29 January - 6 March 2016. The winner will be revealed at an exclusive ceremony at House of Illustration in February 2016 and will receive a prestigious commission worth £5,000 to illustrate The Folio Society edition of War Horse to be published Christmas 2016. In addition, five runners up will each receive £500.

In 1512, Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner) opened an Armenian press in Venice, Italy, and published an Armenian religious book, "Urbatagirk" (the Book of Fridays). The era of Armenian printing had begun.

In 2012, the Library of Congress marked the quincentenary of this milestone with an exhibition titled "To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress" with a companion volume compiled by the Library’s Armenian Area Specialist Levon Avdoyan. This volume is now available as an interactive ebook (through the Armenian eBook Initiative from the iBookstore).

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