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January 10 -
April 22, 2017
HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library
Harvard faculty celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary with a masterclass on its outstanding collections.

Nearly 50 academics in fields ranging from astronomy to government reveal Houghton treasures of personal and professional significance. From a wanted poster for Lincoln’s assassins to Charlotte Brontë’s childhood handmade miniature books, the assembled objects represent formative encounters from their student days and careers at Harvard, and the inspiration behind countless publications, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller.

Each year, Harvard faculty lead hundreds of class sessions at Houghton, introducing generations of students to the learning and research potential of the university’s rich and varied special collections. Their ever-evolving perspectives constantly invigorate collections in the library’s care.
Houghton Library invites you to take part in this masterclass with Harvard’s world-renowned teachers and scholars by choosing your own track through this exhibition. We hope they inspire you to have your own encounters with the collections in the reading room, seminar rooms and online.

Join us for the official opening party for the exhibition HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library, and launch of the podcast series Houghton75. Monday, February 13, 5.30- 7.30 p.m.

Houghton Library
Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Educational Programs New England
March 31 -
April 01, 2017
This symposium is co-organized by Aaron M. Hyman (University of California, Berkeley) and Juliet Sperling (University of Pennsylvania). It is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through a partnership of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and the Andrew W. Mellon Object-Based Learning Initiative between the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The goal of this symposium is to dissect the interpretive aims of “materiality studies” through a focused lens of works on paper. In recent years, “materiality” has become a buzzword across the humanities, and an impressive range of methods, investigative starting points, and analytic goals have come to rest under the term’s mantle. But in grouping this diverse array of approaches under a single heading, does each method’s unique potential risk becoming flattened and obscured? An illustrated book might just as easily inspire a reconsideration of workshop practices as it could a chemical investigation of ink formulae; are social history and chemistry, to name just these two examples, justifiably held together within the rubric of materiality?

The institutional landscape of object-based study has had a role to play in miscommunications about the goals of focusing on materiality. As art historians, we have noticed that materiality, as a concept, has often complicated communication between scholars of art objects in academic and museum settings. Conversations about process and the substance of things in the academy often veer quite far from the ways of engaging objects with which curators and conservators have long been deeply invested. In light of this muddled translation across institutions, we have chosen to focus this symposium on a single genre of objects that rely upon the materials of paper and ink. Books, prints, drawings, and documents, to name but a few examples, attract intense interest across not only museums and the academy but also libraries, archives, and antiquarian collections. By looking at the spectrum of approaches generated by these materials, this symposium works towards answering a pressing question: do the academy, museum, archive, and library define “materiality” differently? And, if so, what are future avenues towards intersection and collaboration?

The questions and objectives of this symposium have been shaped by the emerging field of “critical bibliography,” which unites scholars from a range of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds around the central axis of the book. We aim to map these connections onto art history by gathering academics, archivists, artists, conservators, and curators to think together about shared and divergent premises and, most importantly, goals for object-based study. The symposium will interweave hands-on workshops led by curators, conservators and artists with public talks by materially-focused scholars. In turn, discussions will not solely center on formal presentations, but will extend to alternative venues: the conservation lab, the studio, and the study room.

To begin addressing the symposium’s driving questions, we will ask participants to present “materialist” case studies of 20 minutes in length, and then to devote at least 5 additional minutes to explicitly addressing how “materiality” operates in their work. What are the analytic goals of a materially focused account? Where and how does such an inquiry begin? And, finally, how do those aims and methods relate to the field’s broader material turn? Talks may engage these questions in relationship to works on paper across time, and from any geographic origin.

Between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania's Kislak Center for Special Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Educational Programs Mid-Atlantic
March 31 -
April 01, 2017
2017 New York Photo Show
Photo Collectors and dealers from the US, Europe, Canada and as far away as Australia will be exhibiting their collections for your consideration. This affordable table top show will attract the top buyers, looking for bargains, and the top sellers looking to reach the top buyers when they re in the mood to buy.

There will be something for everyone interested in images, including some very rare and collectible pieces that seldom go on sale. It is the most entertainment you can get in a day in the city, for a VERY Affordable admission price.

Early Buyers 8am - 10am $40.00
Regular Admission 10am - 5pm $20.00

Regular Admission 10am - 5pm $10.00
Students & Teachers with valid ID $5.00

New York Sheraton
Times Square / Central Park
811 7th Avenue @ 53rd Street
New York, NY
Other Events Mid-Atlantic
April 02, 2017
The Inaugural Gillett G. Griffin Memorial Lecture
The London Circle: Early Explorations of Photography
delivered by
Sara Stevenson

Dr. Sara Stevenson was chief curator at the National Galleries of Scotland for thirty-six years and responsible for building and developing the Scottish National Photography Collection. She is the author of numerous books and catalogues, the most recent written together with Alison Morrison-Low is Scottish Photography: The First Thirty Years (2015).

The focus of Dr. Stevenson’s talk will be the Richard Willats album of early paper photography purchased by Gillett G. Griffin for the Graphic Arts Collection, Rare Books and Special Collection, Princeton University.


The Friends Center
Princeton University (corner of William & Olden Streets)
Princeton, NJ
Lecture Mid-Atlantic
April 05, 2017
Sotheby's - London
Scarfe at Sotheby's

Artist, political cartoonist and stage designer, Gerald Scarfe has enjoyed a career spanning over more than five decades. His style is immediately recognisable and work includes Pink Floyd (The Wall) to Walt Disney (Hercules), The Sunday Times to The New Yorker and Winston Churchill to the politicians of the present day. Asked at the beginning of his career whether he would sell his work, he famously declined to do so. Scarfe at Sotheby’s will present 134 examples of his work and provides a unique opportunity to buy across a wide range of his artistic genre.


Sat, Apr 1st 12pm - 5pm
Sun, Apr 2nd 12pm - 5pm
Mon, Apr 3rd 9am - 4:30pm
Tue, Apr 4th 9am - 4:30pm

Sotheby's - London
34-35 New Bond Street
Auctions International
April 06, 2017
Rachel Stein: Flemish Materiality and Iberian Globalization during the Union of the Spanish and Portuguese Crowns (1581-1640)
In the late sixteenth century, two Flemings left Antwerp and created important centers of printing on the so-called West and East Indies. The first, the engraver Theodor de Bry, produced a lush, curated series of illustrated books from Frankfurt. The second, the typographer Pieter van Craesbeeck, produced a heterogeneous corpus of histories, hagiographies, reports, treatises, and poetry from Lisbon. This talk argues that Flemish materiality was crucial to both enterprises’ success. It will explore the distinct repercussions of exporting Flemish training, materials, and trade and artisan contacts to Protestant Germany and Catholic Portugal in the age of competing European colonialisms and confessions.

Rachel Stein recently defended her dissertation, “Re-composing the Global Iberian Monarchy through the Lisbon Press of Pedro Craesbeeck (1597-1632),” in the Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. Her research explores the intersections of early modern globalization and the history of the book. She is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon-Rare Book School Fellowship in Critical Bibliography.


Free & open to the public*
*Please note that as of August 2016 registration is required

Butler Library, Room 523
Columbia University Morningside Campus
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY
Lecture Mid-Atlantic
April 06, 2017
Swann Auction Galleries
African-American Fine Art
Sale #2442

Featuring works by assemblage artists working in LA in the 1970s, highlights include a large double body print by David Hammons. Also available are Abstract Expressionist works and Alma Thomas watercolors.


Preview Dates
Sat, Apr 1st 12pm - 5pm
Mon, Apr 3rd 10am - 6pm
Tue, Apr 4th 10am - 6pm
Wed, Apr 5th 10am - 6pm
Thu, Apr 6th 10am - 12pm

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 06, 2017
Christie's - New York, Rockefeller Center
Portrait of a Collector: The John M. Bransten Collection of Photographs
Sale #15396


Apr 1st 10am - 5pm
Apr 2nd 1pm - 5pm
Apr 3rd 10am - 5pm
Apr 4th 10am - 5pm
Apr 5th 10am - 5pm

Christie's - New York, Rockefeller Center
20 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 06, 2017
PBA Galleries
Fine Books with Science & Medicine
Sale #611

Section I: Fine Books in All Fields, Lots 1-184

Section II: Science & Medicine, Lots 185-341

Section III: Science & Medicine works sold without reserve, Lots 342-534

Section IV: Additional works sold without reserve, following Lot 534
More than 500 lots of fine books, ephemera, and other material including early printed books, color plate books, Fine Press books, and many scientific and medical works. Highlights of the sale include Gallessio’s Pomona Italiana and Knorr’s Conchology, both with many stunning colored plates; a large collection of finely printed works from Walter Hamady’s Perishable Press, including a complete set of all 8 Gabberjabb books and many other of the rarest books of the press; early editions or Erasmus, La Fontaine, La Rochefoucauld, Voltaire, and other classics; the remarkable DNA collection assembled by bookseller Samuel Hessel; and a large selection of scientific and medical writings from the inventory of Edwin V. Glaser. Following the cataloged lots will be more than 200 lots offered without reserve.


PBA Galleries
1233 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Auctions West
April 06 -
28, 2017
(led by Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman)

Books made in Paris are among the most important expressions of French medieval and Renaissance art. From c. 1200 into the sixteenth century, Paris was the greatest center for the production of illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books in Europe. The royal court, prestigious members of the church, and the learned men of the university of Paris together supported a thriving commercial book trade. Our exhibit brings together manuscripts, miniatures, and printed books copied and illuminated in the French capital from thirteenth-century Bibles, fifteenth-century illuminated Books of Hours, to precious examples of illustrated books by sixteenth-century French printers.

Saturday April 8, 2017 - Walk at 10am
Advanced registration essential

Les Enluminures
1, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Other Events International
April 07 -
09, 2017
International Rare Book, & Fine Art Fair
In 2017, the Paris International Rare Book Fair will be held in collaboration with the National Chamber of Experts (C.N.E.S.).
The public will be invited to two fairs in one : the International Rare Book Fair, and the Fine Art Fair, presented by the C.N.E.S. on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Fri & Sat 11am - 8pm
Sun: 11am - 7pm

Grand Palais – Paris
Avenue Winston Churchill
Book Fairs International
April 13, 2017
PBA Galleries
Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia

Section I: Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia, Lots 1-414

Section II: Lots sold without reserve

More than 500 lots of fine golf books and memorabilia, including many cornerstone works in the literature of golf. Of special interest are four of C.B. Clapcott’s important historical papers, rarely seen at auction. Also included are a complete copy of John Smart’s collection of 20 etchings of Scottish golf courses, an 1868 edition of the Royal Blackheath Rules, several important early USGA Open programs, and many other rarely seen works. Works by Bernard Darwin, Bobby Jones, A.W. Tillinghast, Harold Hilton, John Behrend and other mainstays of any golf library appear in profusion, a number of the fine limited edition publications of Grant Books, in the special limitations, are also well represented. Following the cataloged lots will be nearly 100 lots offered without reserve.


PBA Galleries
1233 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Auctions West
April 13 -
20, 2017
The online rare book auction site

Rare & out of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography

Sale #58

Clarke's Africana and Rare Books ABA-ILAB, SABDA
P.O.Box 186
Constantia (Cape Town)
Capetown, S-AFRICA
Auctions International
April 18 -
29, 2017
Sotheby's - Hong Kong
A Sentimental Journey: Tung Chiao and his Study

Sotheby’s Hong Kong is pleased to present A Sentimental Journey: Tung Chiao and his Study in the coming April at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, 5/F, One Pacific Place. Presented to the public for the first time, the exhibition showcases the collection of the celebrated writer Tung Chiao, ranging from Chinese paintings, letters, scholarly objects, to Western antiquarian books and bookplates. Also presented are his manuscripts and recent calligraphy works, as well as special editions of his books, some of which are available for sale. His study will be recreated for the exhibition, and the desk which he writes on everyday will also be on view, offering visitors a glimpse into the scholarly world of the author.

Mon - Friday 10am – 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm

Sotheby's - Hong Kong
5/F One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Other Events International
April 18, 2017
Phillips - New York
Editions and Works on Paper Including Works from the Piero Crommelynck Collection

10am EDT (Lots 92-237 including the Crommelynck Collection)

2pm EDT (Lots 238-393)

6:30pm EDT (Lots 1-91)

Public Viewing April 10th - 18th
Mon – Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun 12pm - 6pm

Phillips - New York
450 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 20, 2017
PBA Galleries
Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography
Sale #613


PBA Galleries
1233 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Auctions West
April 21 -
23, 2017
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the United States.

Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic. Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles. Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars.

Fri 5pm - 9pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun 11am - 4pm

Friday evening’s admission, which includes a live music performance, is $10; the ticket is good for the entire weekend. Saturday’s admission is $10 for the weekend or $6 for the day. Sunday’s admission is $6 for the day and includes a free appraisal by members of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Children 12 and under, and students with valid identification, are free. Parking is free.

St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum
535 Fourth Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, FL
Book Fairs South
April 24, 2017
Sotheby's - New York
The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III)

Thirteen years after a two-part sale of the Maurice F. Neville Collection of Modern Literature set numerous author and genre records comes Part III, smaller than its predecessors but no less interesting. This part includes many significant twentieth-century authors, of course: Hart Crane, Dylan Thomas, Hammett and Chandler, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and even Charles Bukowski. But the sale also features a fine group of attractively bound and frequently extra-illustrated sets of standard authors, as well as a section of "Miscellany" — including sports, history, travel, and popular music — that will give an idea of the range of Neville’s many interests beyond modern literature.


Wed, Apr 19th 10am - 5pm
Thu, Apr 20th 10am - 5pm
Fri, Apr 21st 10am - 5pm
Sat, Apr 22nd 10am - 5pm
Sun, Apt 23rd 1pm - 5pm

Sotheby's - New York
1334 York Avenue
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 25, 2017
Bonhams - New York



07 Apr 2017 12:00 - 17:00 PDT
08 Apr 2017 12:00 - 17:00 PDT
09 Apr 2017 12:00 - 17:00 PDT

22 Apr 2017 12 :00 - 17:00 EDT
23 Apr 2017 12 :00 - 17:00 EDT
24 Apr 2017 10 :00 - 17:00 EDT
25 Apr 2017 10 :00 - 12:00 EDT

Bonhams - New York
580 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 26, 2017
Doyle Auctions


Exhibition Dates

Sat, Apr 22 10am – 5pm
Sun, Apr 23 12pm – 5pm
Mon, Apr 24 10am – 5pm

Doyle - New York
175 East 87th Street
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 26, 2017
Sotheby's - Paris


Mon, Apr 24th 11am - 6pm
Tue, Apr 25th 11am - 6pm

Tue, Mar 28th 9am - 4:30pm
Wed, Mar 29th 9am - 4:30pm
Thu, Mar 30th 9am - 4:30pm

On April 26 2017, Pierre Bergé and Associés, in association with Sotheby’s, will have the pleasure of selling a selection of 300 books and manuscripts from the celebrated library of Jean A. Bonna.

This selection, from the 15th to the 20th century, reflects the wide and fine taste of the collector. The collection includes many illustrated books, starting with the French Boccaccio printed by Antoine Vérard (1493) and illustrated with 80 woodcuts, and moving onto modern illustrated works by Bellmer, Derain, Manet, Miro ou Fautrier.

Travel is also represented, and literature, including a collection of 13 works in first edition by Restif de la Bretonne. First editions of many famous authors such as Balzac, Baudelaire, Beckett, Borgesare are for up for auction.

Science is also covered, with the magnificent dedication copy of Galileo’s Discorsi et Dimostrazioni matematiche (Leyden,1638) bound by Le Gascon in a breathtaking contemporary red morocco “a la fanfare” binding for the Comte de Noailles, the dedicatee of this famous work.

A selection of the collection will be on view at Sotheby’s in London on:
28 March from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
29 March from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
30 March from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Room 5
Drouot Richelieu
Auctions International
April 26, 2017
Christie's - London, King Street
The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part III
Sale #14298

10:30am & 2:00pm

21 Apr, 9am - 4:30pm
22 Apr, 12pm - 5pm
23 Apr, 12pm - 5pm
24 Apr, 9am - 4:30pm
25 Apr, 9am - 8pm

Christie's - London, King Street
8 King Street
St. James's
London, King Street, ENGLAND
Auctions International
April 27, 2017
Swann Auction Galleries
Printed & Manuscript Americana
Sale #2444

Early arrivals for our spring Americana sale include a 1538 letter by the conquistador Hernan Cortes; the lavishly illustrated early nineteenth-century Brazilian travel book Malerische Reise in Brasilien by Johann Moritz Rugendas; and La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte, a 1792 Mexican work by Joaquin Bolanos with striking Day of the Dead iconography.

Another highlight is a complete run of the Cherokee Messenger, Oklahoma's first periodical, from 1845-46. Only one other complete set has appeared at auction since 1913.


Preview Dates
Sat, Apr 22nd 12pm - 5pm
Mon, Apr 24th 10am - 6pm
Tue, Apr 25th 10am - 6pm
Wed, Apr 26th 10am - 6pm
Thu, Apr 27th 10am - 12pm

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York, NY
Auctions Mid-Atlantic
April 27, 2017
Bloomsbury London
The Library of the Late Hubert Dingwall


Bloomsbury London
16/17 Pall Mall
Auctions International
April 27, 2017
Christie's - London, South Kensington
Science & Natural History
Sale #14420


21 Apr, 9am - 5pm
22 Apr, 11am - 5pm
23 Apr, 11am - 5pm
24 Apr, 9am - 7:30pm
25 Apr, 9am - 5pm
26 Apr, 9am - 5pm

Christie's - London, South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London, South Kensington, ENGLAND
Auctions International
April 28 -
29, 2017
42nd Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
Dive into a treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, drawings and other fine ephemera (think authentic White House letters from Jackie Kennedy or 1st editions of Sylvia Plath poetry) at the 42nd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Featuring art, science, medicine, geography, travel, sports, music, classics, children’s books and more, WABF offers something for every interest and every price point.

Plus with the purchase of a ticket: check out an exciting night of fast-paced literary games hosted by Labryinth Games & Puzzles on Friday, and on Saturday, get your own personalized, off-the-cuff poem, typed on a vintage machine by Typewriter Rodeo.

Fri 4pm – 8pm
Sat 10am – 4pm

$15 - Fri & Sat
$10 - Sat only
$5 - students & librarians with valid ID
Free - Children 12 & under

The Sphinx Club
1315 K Street NW
Washington, DC
Book Fairs Mid-Atlantic
April 28, 2017
Tennants Auctioneers
Books, Maps, Prints & Manuscripts

To include a private album of autographs of illustrious Edwardian personalities - politicians, musicians, actors/actresses and sportsmen, including a young Winston Churchill, a selection of Ian Fleming first editions of Bond’s adventures, The Cottage in the Wood by the Rev. Patrick Bronte, a continuous run of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack from 1864 to 2000, and some 1940s original Rupert Bear annuals.

The first six issues of the French art journal XXe Siècle, 1938-39, are offered complete with prints by Matisse, Kandinsky, Miró, Dali, Pascin and many others, usually broken up.

The Maps section features a very rare first edition of Peter Perez Burdett's 1767 survey of Derbyshire and Humphrey Lluyd’s England and Wales, in fine early colour.

Historical prints are represented by William Salter’s huge ‘The Waterloo Banquet’, Nathaniel Whittock‘s incredibly scarce bird’s-eye view of York c.1857, and a group of four exquisitely-coloured hummingbirds from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidae.

Also included is a Part 1 of a large and important collection of original Ladybird book illustrations by the late John Berry (1920-2009), one of their foremost and longest serving artists.

His career began in the army, during WWII, when he was talent spotted and assigned as an official war artist. Later, he pursued a successful life in the commercial world of advertising before his first Ladybird commission in 1961. Over the following 17 years he produced the illustrations for 35 publications, including the famous ‘People at Work’ series, numerous images from which will are included in this 150 strong collection.

These iconic works, that became an unforgettable part of so many childhoods, are not one to miss and a great opportunity to adorn your walls with something different and truly unique. Part 2 will follow as part of the Summer Book sale.


Viewing: Thursday 27 April 9am-5pm and morning of sale
Online catalogue will be available 19 April

Tennants Auctioneers
The Auction Centre
Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM
Auctions International
April 29 -
30, 2017
Hal Lutsky's Vintage Paper Fair
Northern California's Finest Selection of Postcards, Trade Cards, Stereoviews, Photography, Labels, Brochures, Victorian, Transportation & Sports Memorabilia, and All Manner of Curious, Beautiful and Interesting Old Paper!

Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun 11am - 5pm

Free Admission

Golden Gate Park
County Fair Building
9th Avenue & Lincoln
San Francisco, CA
Other Events West