Event Calendar

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April 16, 2020 Books Ripped Away: Secularization and the Removal of Monastic Books to State Libraries

You can’t judge a book by its cover, unless the cover is 300 years old, worm-devoured, or from a remote archive in the Mediterranean Sea. Then, an archival expert can conclude a lot—not just about the individual book, but about the culture and society that produced it. 

The public will have the opportunity to learn about this and more from HMML archival experts at three lectures taking place this spring. 


In the third lecture, Dr. Matthew Heintzelman, Curator of Western Collections and Rare Books at HMML, will look at the history of monastic collections that were built over centuries and their removal to the Bavarian State Library, state libraries and archives in Austria.

7pm - 9pm

Wine receptions to follow

Free and open to the public

Target Performance Hall at Open Book
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Avenue S., First Floor
Minneapolis, MN

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Lecture Midwest
April 18, 2020 Potter and Potter Auctions

Fine Books and Manuscripts

Our first book auction of 2020 is set to highlight several strong sections that will include an array of Sherlockiana, fine bindings, modern first editions, and illustrated works. High spots will also include fine art prints of the present day signed by artists Joan Miró and Keith Haring, a limited-edition elephant folio of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Elihu Vedder, and a signed Apollo 11 crew photograph. Rounding out the sale will be a strong selection of James Bond and Ian Fleming books, including first editions, signed books, and associated ephemera.


Preview Dates: 
April 16th 10am - 5pm
April 17th 10am - 5pm

Potter and Potter Auctions
3759 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 121

Chicago, IL

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Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 24, 2020 Heritage Auctions - Dallas

Illustration Art
Sale #8000

Bidding Begins Approx. April 3rd

Full Preview:
April 21st - 24th

Heritage Auctions - Dallas
Design District Showroom
1518 Slocum Street

Dallas, TX

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Auctions Southwest
June 2, 2020 Swann Auction Galleries

Illustration Art
Sale 2541


Preview Dates
Thu, May 28th 10am - 6pm
Fri, May 29th 10am - 6pm
Sat, May 30th 12pm - 5pm
Mon, Jun 1st 10am - 6pm
Tue, Jun 2nd 10am - 12pm

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street

New York, NY

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Auctions Mid-Atlantic
June 5, 2020 - June 7, 2020 Firsts London Rare Book Fair

The 2020 edition of Firsts London will honour the life and work of one of the country’s most eminent writers, Charles Dickens, in the year which marks 150 years since his death.

More than 150 exhibitors from around the world will gather to offer rare and beautiful works including books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera covering a vast array of subjects.

2020 also sees the introduction of Prints at Firsts London – a dedicated fair-within-a-fair offering original prints from leading dealers and galleries.

Fri, June 5th 12pm - 9pm
Sat, June 6th 11am - 7pm
Sun, June 7th 11am - 5pm

Evolution London
Battersea Park
Queenstown Road

London, UK

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Book Fairs International