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|June 2, 2022||Swann Auction Galleries
Focus on Women
Swann’s second annual Focus on Women sale, as its name suggests, is an opportunity to emphasize women’s experiences and contributions to literature, science, art, politics, and thought. With published and manuscript material from the hand-press period, through the work of living artists, bidders will have a chance to bid on photographs, prints, books, and more material, while remembering women’s stories through time.
Celebrating Black Women:
This year’s Focus On Women sale contains the work of a number of significant Black women. Beginning with a rare Phillis Wheatley poem, and continuing into the nineteenth century, with Sojourner Truth’s autobiography. The sale also includes many literary prize winners and first editions from the twentieth century.
We are pleased to offer Georgia Johnson’s Bronze, Nella Larsen’s Passing, Gwendolyn Brooks’s A Street in Bronzeville, and a number of first editions by Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Black activists and artists are also represented, including material related to Angela Davis, Rosa Parks, and Josephine Baker.
Swann Auction Galleries
New York, NYMore info
|June 4, 2022||Heritage Auctions
Bidding Begins Approx. May 16th
Full Preview: Friday, June 3rd
Dallas, TXMore info
|June 5, 2022 - June 10, 2022||Book History Workshop
This five-day workshop, limited to 20 students, provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. The workshop is intended for librarians, archivists, students, teachers, collectors, and private individuals who have an interest in the first three and a half centuries of the printed book.
Daily lab sessions concentrate on printing in the hand press era and its allied technologies, including typecasting, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and ink-making. Among the activities included in these sessions are casting type in a hand mould, setting type and preparing it for the press, printing on a period-accurate common press, papermaking, creating marbled and paste papers, and experimenting with a number of book illustration techniques.
Throughout the week, seminar sessions provide a thematic survey of book and printing history, with the collections of Cushing Memorial Library providing examples of some of the most significant artifacts and books in the history of recorded culture. These objects include Mesopotamian clay tablets and medieval manuscripts before focusing on developments in the hand press era.
The workshop concludes with a celebratory wayzgoose, a reenactment of the annual party traditionally thrown by the master printer for his journeymen and apprentices.
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
College Station, TXMore info
|June 6, 2022 - July 15, 2022||London Now
A festival of art and literature in the heart of the capital
London has been a global hub of arts and culture for centuries — the setting and inspiration for celebrated works of literature, drama and art, and home to artists and writers from around the world. This June and July, Christie’s invites you to revisit the city with London Now, an innovative summer season of exhibitions, events and auctions celebrating the capital’s unique identity and vibrant diversity at our headquarters in the historic district of St. James’s.
Headlining the festival is The Art of Literature, our dedicated series of events exploring the relationship between art and literature. The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition (6–15 June), an immersive showcase of the top lots from our summer auction season, and The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition (6 June – 15 July), will unite works of art with the novels, poetry, drama and stories which have inspired them, and which they, in turn, have inspired. Curated by Christie’s next generation of specialists, the exhibitions will seek to forge new narratives and provoke discussion about the links between the literary and the visual arts.
Alongside The Art of Literature exhibitions, we’re delighted to partner with English PEN, one of the world’s first human rights organisations, for a landmark online philanthropic literary auction with bidding open from 28 June to 12 July. First Editions, Second Thoughts will bring together works by over 80 leading authors and artists of our time including Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo and Salman Rushdie, each an extraordinary testament to the power of writing.
The London Now festival will encompass our major auction series of 20th/21st Century Art and Classic Week. The full programme of auctions, exhibitions and events will be announced in the coming weeks. Don’t miss this exciting moment in the international arts and culture calendar — sign up to receive the latest updates on London Now.
June 6th – 15th: The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition
June 6th - July 15th: The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition
June 28th - July 12th: First Editions, Second Thoughts: An Auction in Support of English PEN
London, UKMore info
|June 7, 2022||Sotheby's - New York
The Unburnable Book
Sotheby’s is honored to present The Unburnable Book, an auction of a single fireproof edition of The Handmaid’s Tale benefitting PEN America.
This one-of-one limited-edition of the Margaret Atwood classic was created using entirely fireproof materials. It is intended to serve as a powerful symbol against censorship and a reminder of the necessity of protecting vital stories.
This unique work has been generously donated by Penguin Random House. Proceeds from The Unburnable Book will benefit PEN America.
Please note that while this auction is hosted on Sothebys.com, it is being administered by Penguin Random House and PEN America, and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property shipment) will be coordinated by PEN. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with PEN America, so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.
Lots close independently at one-minute intervals; closure times are subject to change
Sotheby's - New York
New York, NYMore info