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, artwork and collectibles.  This catalog also includes our next session from a large and impressive private collection of early engravings.  Dispersed among the many book lots is our second session of Hollywood collectibles.

DALLAS—A rare and important jugate pinback button featuring Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge as they were in 1920 sold for $25,000 against a $10,000 estimate in Heritage Auctions’ presentation of Part III of the Merrill C. Berman Collection of Americana & Political Memorabilia. Offering more than 350 examples of the hobby’s most familiar and coveted pieces of campaign paraphernalia, the latest offering from the collection brought a combined $561,694 Sept. 26 in Dallas. 

“We watched bidders surpass estimates all day long,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage Auctions. “It truly is a career highlight to help this collection find appreciative homes with a new generation of collectors.”

(Amherst, MA—October 1, 2015)  On September 24, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announced its largest ever gift to endowment at its annual Carle Honors fundraiser in New York City. Chairman Christopher B. Milne told the crowd of 300 guests that the new Patricia Morrison McDonald Arts Endowment will underwrite educational programming at the Museum. Richard McDonald of Vero Beach, Florida, gave a gift of one million dollars in memory of his late wife, Patricia, and secured an additional million-dollar match in funds from other donors. The two-million dollar Patricia Morrison McDonald Arts Endowment will serve as a lasting tribute to Pat, who was inspired by art throughout her life and especially moved by the work of The Carle.

Pat’s younger sister is the late Barbara Morrison Carle, wife of artist Eric Carle, and co-founder of the Museum. Barbara Carle passed away in early September. She was so proud when she learned of this gift, and shared these thoughts with the Museum in July: “Pat was a minimalist in her design aesthetic and in her own spare art creations, but just the opposite in her passionate spirit and her lifelong love of art and books. Richard’s generous gift is an acknowledgement of Pat’s devotion to The Carle, to picture book art, and to the enduring power of art education.”

Chicago, IL (September 2015)—Antique dealers, art gallerists, estate sale professionals, and scholars considering adding appraising to their professional skillset should look no further than the International Society of Appraisers’ (ISA) intensive, week-long, specialized foundation survey courses held in suburban Chicago in October.  These on-site courses, held in an interactive classroom setting, promote peer collaboration while learning critical identification, evaluation, and market research skills. Taught by ISA's most experienced instructors and respected certified appraisers, ISA's coursework has earned high-praise as the "gold-standard" in training personal property appraisers.   

ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art Course
October 19 - 25, 2015
Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
Naperville, Illinois
$1,300 ISA members / $1,585 nonmembers
Registration closes October 9


Paris, September 2015—After the success of its comic strip sale in the spring*, Sotheby’s is delighted to be selling one of the world's largest collection of strip cartoons, belonging to the Belgian lover of this genre, Jean-Arnold Schoofs, on 24th October.

From his first purchase in the early Eighties, the collector constantly sought out the masters of strip cartoon, picking up numerous treasures at their source. Sotheby's is now unveiling 132 lots with some 60 original plates by the greatest authors in the genre from both Europe and America, including Hergé, Foster, Franquin, Gottfredson, McCay, Jacobs and Peyo, retracing in this way the saga of the "Ninth Art".


Jay Bolotin: The Book of Only Enoch is on view in the Harnett Museum of Art, October 14, 2015, through January 24, 2016. The art of Jay Bolotin (American, born 1949) crosses many disciplines, including visual art, theatre, film, literature, and music, but his true métier is storytelling. The University Museums presented a one-person exhibition Jay Bolotin: The Jackleg Testament Continues two years ago in the Harnett Museum of Art. One gallery of the exhibition was devoted to a work in progress, a preview of The Book of Only Enoch. Included were working proofs from the portfolio, process drawings for the animation, Kharmen, his prologue operatic animation, and the artist drew directly on the walls of the gallery, covering the walls by drawing images and writing lengthy passages of text.  The installation was a preamble, and now the series of twenty prints is finished and this exhibition presents the complete portfolio The Book of Only Enoch.  This is the latest episode in the artist’s ongoing Jackleg Testament, a multi-volume saga that is as all-encompassing for the viewer and reader as for the artist. In his new portfolio, Bolotin draws us into Only Enoch’s universe through text and imagery that engulfs our senses and imagination.

Raised on a farm in rural Kentucky, Bolotin’s childhood was filled with storytelling and music, both of which influenced his artwork. He studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and served as an apprentice to sculptor Robert Lamb.  In the early 1970s, he pursued his interest in music, working as a songwriter with Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Dan Fogleberg.


To mark the anniversary of Britain’s legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, The Ultimate Travel Company will set sail for the Antarctic in January 2016, with a private collection of diary extracts and photography.  

Roddie Wordie—grandson of Shackleton expedition member, Sir James Wordie—will be on board with his grandfather’s diary extracts—many of which have never been seen before.

Retracing the steps of the historic Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, the tour will make its way from Ushuaia via the Falklands and South Georgia, Argentina to the white continent itself, Antarctica.

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Ernest Hemingway

Green Hills of Africa

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1935

Edition: First Edition

Original publisher's green cloth, dust jacket. Presentation copy signed and inscribed by Hemingway to close friend, Guy Hickock: "For Guy (look what/ I got out of your scrapbook/ now) with much/ affection, respect and the/ wish to be drunk with soon/ again/ Ernest".

Estimate: $20,000-25,000


From 2-5 December 2015 Sotheby’s New York will present the single-owner sale of Property from the Collection of Robert S Pirie, one of the world’s leading book collectors. Over 60 years, Mr. Pirie built the finest collection of 16th and 17th-century English literature in private hands with significant copies of works by Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Marlowe, and John Donne among others. Mr. Pirie was a knowledgeable and dedicated collector whose library is made all the more extraordinary by the particular emphasis he placed on the hardest to find works with distinguished provenance. In addition to his prominence in the world of rare books, Mr. Pirie was a leading financier and widely admired New York Renaissance Man. Overall the collection is estimated to fetch in excess of $15 million with highlights on view at Sotheby’s London from 3-6 October before the exhibition in New York in late November.

David Redden, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman commented: “Those lucky enough to have known Bob Pirie remember an utterly charming man of forceful, but thoughtful, convictions, of supreme good taste, and of great generosity as a master host. He had the widest circle of friends—his interest was interesting people, and they flocked to him in droves. His astonishing book collection reflected yet an other side of his complex personality—his passionate engagement with early English literature, his fascination with provenance and his love of the sheer beauty of the English language.”


New York—On Thursday, October 15, Swann Galleries’ Photographs & Photobooks department will offer Icons & Images: Fine & Vernacular Photographs, featuring portraits by Sally Mann and Irving Penn, geometric and architectural images from Vera Lutter and Barbara Kasten, serene images of nature from Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz as well as vernacular imagery including works from the collection of noted Folk Art dealer Gerald Kornblau.

The top lots of the sale are intimate works of portraiture from Sally Mann and Irving Penn. Mann’s iconic 1989 silver print Candy Cigarette depicts her daughter Jessie, while Penn’s 1957 silver print Pablo Picasso, Cannes, shows the artist gazing at the viewer over the embroidered collar of his coat (estimate for each: $100,000 to $150,000).  Other portraits in the auction include Penn’s 1951 silver print Colette, Paris (printed later) ($8,000 to $12,000) and Henry Van der Weyde’s printing-out paper print of prominent Irish-American Labor leader Mary Harris Jones a.k.a “Mother Jones” ($2,500 to $3,500).

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