October 2010 Archives

I love a well-illustrated book.

Judging from the prices that well-illustrated books often fetch at auction, I am not alone.

0142302260.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg Is it not curious, then, that there are so few museums devoted to the art of illustration? Sure, lots of museums mount the occasional exhibition, but you can count on one hand the museums that are devoted specifically and exclusively to the art of illustration. There’s the National Museum of American Illustration (Newport, RI). There’s the Museum of American Illustration affiliated with the Society of Illustrators (New York City). There’s the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA). There’s The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, MA). And coming in 2012 ... finally! ... the House of Illustration in London.

Did I overlook any...?

The second round of Arcana sales was held yesterday at Christie’s London. The sale realized £2,281,225, with 54 of 65 lots selling. The first edition of Mark Catesby’s Natural History of the Carolinas &c. was the top seller, making £241,250; Theodor de Bry’s Florilegium renovatum et auctum (1641) with contemporary hand coloring sold for £181,250. Seven other lots made more than £100,000, including the very lovely uncut, unrestored copy of Johnson’s Dictionary (1755), which made £157,250 (well over estimates). The copy of Brant’s edition of Aesop (1501) with a great provenance also did better than expected, making £139,250.

Today Sotheby’s London hosted the The Library of an English Bibliophile, in 149 lots. Full results are here; the sale realized £3,160,275, with 120 of the lots selling. The presentation copy of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to his close friend W.C. Macready was, as expected, the top seller, at £181,250. A first edition of Wuthering Heights surpassed estimates, selling for £163,250. The Hogan-Doheny copy of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice fetched £139,250 (better than expected), and the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected poems (1640) made £133,250.

An inscribed copy in original wraps of Joyce’s Ulysses made £121,1250, while a first edition of Darwin’s Origin sold for £127,250, a first edition Frankenstein made £115,250, and a Kelmscott Chaucer made £97,250. Galileo’s Dialogo (1632) better than doubled its estimate at £91,250.

The set of all five editions of The Compleat Angler published during Walton’s lifetime did not find a buyer.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Dr. D. J. Canale donated his rare Civil War books to the University of Mississippi. The collection focuses on the medical treatments of soldiers. According to the press release, “Canale, who also has collected rare books on other subjects for decades, sold a large group of his books in the last few years at Christie’s and Swann Auction Galleries in New York but felt his Civil War-related books should be kept together.” If you have two minutes, take a look at this short video of Dr. Canale and his books:

PhoneBook.jpgEarlier this month, Ammon Shea published a new book in the books about books genre, The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads (Perigee paperback, $14.95). Shea is also the author of 2008’s Reading the OED, and he was recently featured in FB&C’s “How I Got Started” column. Shea is an avid collector of lexicons.
In this new book, Shea relates the history of the phone and the phone directory with wit and enthusiasm. Particularly interesting (and disheartening) is this data he offers: In the 1979 NYC yellow pages, booksellers took up 7 1/2 pages. Today booksellers fill about 2 pages. What other trends can examination of old phone books reveal? Well, that’s part of the point. These books are full of cultural information; discarded and discontinued, we lose something important.

Shea features collectors of phone books (some months back, we interviewed one of them on this blog), as well as artists (also see here) and politicians who have utilized phone books for their own odd purposes. Not to mention all those two year olds at the dinner table...

Unlike its subject, this Phone Book is slim and sometimes stretched, but full of interesting trivia and quite enjoyable to read. 
I had word this week that William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan was the top bidder for the Henry Strachey papers sold as part of the second round of the James S. Copley library auction at Sotheby’s on 15 October (my auction roundup is here).

This acquisition is well done: the first director of the Clements, Randolph Adams, sought the Strachey collection in the 1920s, and the library purchased half of the papers in 1982; now the archive is together once more, and will soon be available for scholarly research. The purchase (for $602,500) was made possible by what the library is calling a “remarkable collaborative effort” between donors willing to underwrite the library’s successful bid.

These papers could not have found a better home, and I’m delighted they’ll be at the Clements where many generations of scholars will be able to put them to good use.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary....

Is there anyone left who still ponders over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore?

8747s.jpg A few of us, perhaps ... though nowadays our numbers seem to be greatly diminished.

Of course, you could do something to rectify this sad state of affairs if you really wanted to. Wouldn’t take much effort, really. A little judicious gift-giving....

You know all those Halloween parties coming up next weekend? Well, being the cultivated person that you are, you are going to bring a small gift for the host or hostess, are you not?

So why not forego your usual gift of blood-red wine, or that bouquet of black roses, in favor of something likely to last just a little bit longer ... a book!

800px-Bird_Library,_Syracuse_University.JPG As promised, though a bit late, a brief overview of my day in Syracuse. First stop: Bird Library (seen here at left; the exterior is unaltered since my undergrad days there). I met some very lovely people, including the dean of the SU Libraries Suzanne Thorin, director of library communications Pamela McLaughlin, Sean Quimby, director of the special collections research center, and Peter Verheyen, head of preservation. As I had hoped, I had the chance to talk with Peter (who is, by the way, featured in our autumn issue) about what’s going on in the book conservation lab these days. One thing that surprised me is the use of Shrink-wrap as a preservation ‘enclosure’ for older books in the circulating collection. Neat!

The Guardian has a fascinating excerpt from Simon Garfield’s new book, Just My Type: A Book about Fonts.

800px-Metal_movable_type.jpg From the piece...

Fonts were once known as founts. Fonts and founts weren’t the same as typefaces, and typefaces weren’t the same as type. In Europe the transition from fount to font was essentially complete by the 1970s, a grudging acceptance of the Americanisation of the word. The two were used interchangeably as early as the 1920s, although some whiskered English traditionalists will still insist on “fount” in an elitist way, in the hope that it will stretch their authenticity all the way back to Caxton, the great British printer of Chaucer. But most people have stopped caring. There are more important things to worry about, such as what the word actually means.

In the FB&C autumn issue, Richard Minsky interviewed bookbinder and conservator Peter Verheyen on the current state of book arts. I thought it might be useful to provide links to some of the resources they discussed (since it’s both difficult and aesthetically unpleasant to insert long web addresses in the copy). The Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition was one Minsky called “perhaps the most important” exhibitions since the 1990s. They also discussed a “legendary” thread of discussion on the Book Arts Web listserv called “What is a Book?” And, here’s a link to Verheyen’s bookbinding e-journal, The Bonefolder.

p.s. “Part 2” of this post may appear late on Friday. I’m headed up to the old alma matter, Syracuse University, where Verheyen happens to be head of preservation and conservation at the SU Library.
DSCN3053.JPG The Little Rock Public Library—known since 1975 as the Central Library of Arkansas System, or CALS—is observing it’s hundredth birthday this year, an ongoing celebration that I was pleased to participate in last week with a talk at the main library, a bustling operation that last year accommodated close to 2 million customers, some 37,400 visitors a week, and on track now to exceed that number for 2010. The figures for book circulation, 2.3 million volumes, 44,300 a week, are also up 11 percent from 2008, yet another indicator of just how essential the public library remains as a cultural institution in our daily lives.

What really knocked me off my feet on this trip, though, was the fantastic second-hand bookstore owned by CALS in downtown Little Rock, the first such public library initiative of its kind to my experience, and operated since 2001 in support of the library. Called River Market Books & Gifts, the store occupies three floors in the Cox Building, a beautifully restored machinery warehouse that dates to 1906, and includes a chic cafe, art gallery and creative center for various library programs. The variety of used books is spectacular, I must say, and because all are donated, they are offered for sale at exceedingly fair prices (and in remarkably decent condition as well.)

In the current issue of Fine Books & Collections, Ellen F. Brown interviewed television writer Tom Heyes about his vintage Hollywood collection (“How I Got Started,” page 68). He has an amazing collection devoted to film producer David O. Selznick. We couldn’t fit all of the interview on the printed page (score one for the Internet), so here’s what you missed. More about Tom’s collection...

Number of items in your collection: Maybe two thousand.

First important Selznick item you collected: A “loan out” agreement signed by Selznick and his father-in-law, Louis B. Mayer. It granted Selznick permission to hire MGM’s Freddie Bartholomew for the film Little Lord Fauntleroy. Selznick had just resigned from MGM to start his own business and had to go back to his father-in-law to borrow the star.

Most recent item you bought for your collection: A neat little letter from Selznick to Hollywood columnist Walter Winchell.

It is the hour before dawn.

Microbursts of Arctic air dance crazily at the edges of a campfire where a handful of raw men sip coffee. One of the men, taller than the rest, rises and clears his throat. His voice is cracked from years of dust and heat and whiskey, but in the silence of vast unpeopled miles, it carries like the voice of some ancient prophet:

...We’d come jogging
To town with jingle in our jeans,
And in the wild night we’d be bogging
Up to our hats in last month’s dreams.
It seemed the night could barely hold us
With all those spirits to embold’ us
While, horses waiting on three legs,
We’d drain the night down to the dregs.
And just before beyond redemption
We’d gather back to what we were.
We’d leave the money left us there
And head our horses for the wagon.
But in the ruckus, in the whirl,
We were the wolves of all the world....

Some highlights from the first two weeks’ worth of October auctions:

- The 7 October Christie’s New York sale: A Historic Photographic Grand Tour: Important Daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (74 lots) resulted in 58 lots sold, for a total of $2,873,875. The top lot was a signed 1841 daguerrotype of plants, which made $242,500.

- Bloomsbury London’s 7 October Maps, Atlases, Travel and Topographical Books, Prints & Photographs (610 lots) resulted in 435 lots sold. The top lot was Peter Simon Pallas’Sammlungen Historischer Nachrichten uber die Mongolischen Volkerschaften (1776-1801), which sold for £14,000 (over estimates of just £750-1,000).

- At Sotheby’s Paris’ Bibliothèque d’un érudit bibliophile: Rome et l’Italie sale on 12-13 October the total take was 3,587,994 EUR. The unexpected top seller was a 1546 edition of Rabelais, which made 348,750 EUR over estimates of just 18,000-23,000 EUR. Another surprise was Hancarville’s Antiquities Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines (1766-1776), which made 204,750 EUR. A first edition of the Hypernotomachia poliphili fetched 132,750 EUR.

- Bloomsbury New York’s sale of the first part of the Richard Harris Collection of Natural History and Colourplate Books on 13 October in New York resulted in 155 of 172 lots sold. Six lots did better than $100,000, with the first edition of Audubon’s Quadrupeds coming out on top, at $420,000 (but several other top-estimated lots failing to sell).

- The “second selection” from the James S. Copley library sold at Sotheby’s New York yesterday. The Henry Strachey archive made $602,500 (well below estimates), and the rest of the lots sold for $2,714,507. The manuscript list of California missions written by Junipero Serra did not sell; the top seller was Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, which made $254,500. Washington’s copy of The Beauties of Swift(1782), which was estimated at $30,000-50,000, made $104,500, as did a copy of Washington’s 1754 Journal covering the period at the start of the French & Indian War. The Tobias Lear letter on the death of Washington made $50,000.
Early writing developed independently at four spots around the ancient world: Mesopotamia, China, Egypt, and Mesoamerica.  For the first time in 25 years, examples of writing from all four civilizations are on display together at the Oriental Institute’s new exhibition Visible Language, viewable now through March, 2011 at the University of Chicago.  

The highlights of the exhibition are the earliest known cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, dated to 3200 B.C., which have never before been shown in America.  The Oriental Institute has the tablets on loan from the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin.  Other items on display include ancient labels from the tombs of the first Egyptian kings, inscribed oracle bones from China, and a miniature altar with Mayan hieroglyphics.  

Christopher Woods, the exhibit curator and Associate Professor at the Oriental Institute, said, “It appears likely that all other writing systems evolved from the four systems we have in our exhibition.”  As such, the exhibition provides a fascinating, and humbling, opportunity for comparative analysis.

Watch a video of Professor Theo van den Hout discuss early Mesopotamian scribes:

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show begins next Friday in New York. Dr. Jorn Gunther, who has been in business for twenty years and recently relocated from Hamburg to Switzerland, will exhibit an exclusive selection of manuscripts and early prints as well as miniatures during the week-long event. Among his offerings, “The Hours of Eleonore of Hapsburg,” a manuscript on vellum, from France, c. 1460-70, with a well-detailed provenance; a miniature historiated initial B on a psalter leaf from Florence, c. 1410; and a first edition of Robertus Valturius’ De re militari (Verona, 1472) with contemporary rubrication in a contemporary sheepskin binding. A woodcut illustration from this last piece seen here, courtesy of Gunther
I’m using today’s post to congratulate The Private Library on its 500th post. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Private Library is an amazing resource! Readers of the FB&C blog will know the Private Librarian--L. D. Mitchell--as the writer who has so graciously posted here every Sunday since May. When we recently tallied our top 5 most popular blog posts in the past few months, 2 of them were his. Thank you -- and congratulations!
Those famous doorstops are now the basis of some striking collections.  Check out some great images of vintage phone books at the blog of book designer John Gall:

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For those of you who read and enjoyed Anne Trubek’s essay on Paul Laurence Dunbar from our summer quarterly, I’m happy to report that Anne’s book, A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses (University of Pennsylvania Press), is being published this month and is available to order from the bookseller of your choice. She’ll also be doing readings/signings in Oberlin, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Lenox, NYC, and Washington DC, so check out her website if you might be able to attend one.

I was lucky enough to receive a galley of the book, and I so thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Anne takes us to Whitman’s house in dilapidated Camden, NJ; to the slick shrine to Hemingway in Key West, FL; to the ‘boyhood home’ of Mark Twain in Hannibal, MO. At each stop, she takes a good look around and tries to separate fact from fiction, writer from building. It’s a travelogue combined with literary history, written with humor and humanity.

If you’ve been reading along with me for the past year, you may remember that I’m a big fan of Thoreau. I’ve made the “literary pilgrimage” to Walden Pond maybe eight or ten times, even brought my then one year old on a tour of the Emerson House on one of the trips. Bad idea. In one of the chapters in A Skeptic’s Guide, Anne goes to Concord--former home to so many literary luminaries--and finds herself “preternaturally anti-Concordian.” I laughed at this, as I can completely understand how odd our strange devotions to these writers’ haunts can be, and yet I can’t help but associate that feeling with the desire to buy first editions. I suppose I’m hoping to see or experience something the way that author saw it, something very personal, like the view from her library window, his hat hanging on the hook by the door, or the first edition of his first book, if only for a moment.

Washington D.C. lost a literary monument today when Politics and Prose bookstore co-founder Carla Cohen died of bile duct cancer. Family members are asking for people to express their condolences by donating to her favorite charities -- Jews United for Justice, Washington Literary Council and Community Hospice. You can also read about her passing in The Washington Post’s obituary

Every book lover who lives here has great memories born at her store and we all mourn her passing.

May her passion for the written word and the joy of books live forever.

This is all your fault, you know!

You know perfectly well what finifugal means, yet you refuse to use the word to describe your passion for reading and collecting books.  

And you certainly have enough Ollendorffian books weighing down your bookshelves to throw that word around occasionally, but you don’t.

And what about scriptitation?  You know you want your favorite authors to engage in this practice, but do you ever use the word in normal conversation? Nooooooooooooo...!

Small wonder that the English language limps along on a mere 7000 or so words for everyday communication.  No one uses the good stuff!

When was the last time you used geoponic to describe the books you’ve collected about agriculture?  Or scriniary to describe your bookish employment?  And what about that protreptic book you’ve been trying to write for the last I’ve-forgotten-how-many years? Seems to me that such a book would be the perfect vehicle within which to unleash words like prodrome and nomenclator.

Fortunately, the good folks over at the Oxford English Dictionary have come up with a plan to combat your apathy.  It’s called Save the Words.  A click a day will save [w]ords that once led meaningful lives, but now lie unused, unloved and unwanted.

Just do it!
There is was. A first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It was in its original dust jacket. Pristine, it was. I read the description, looked at the book, back to the description, back to the book. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this book - the first state of this famous novel, arguably the greatest ever written. With a price tag a little out of my price range I continued on to the next booth at the annual Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, going on throughout the weekend, ending today, and soon my face hurt from all the smiling.

Taking place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, the fair is held every year, headed up by Louis Collins of Louis Collins Books and David Gregor, of Gregor Rare Books. The fair is a bibliophile wonderland with booth upon booth of treasured book upon treasured book, sprinkled liberally with wondrous ephemera, maps, posters, and more.

At the far end of the hall there was a booth that had on display autographed letters by Langston Hughes and U.S. Grant. A fine edition of Captain James Cook’s voyages was selling for a sharp $75,000. Nearby that tome, was another booth with a coop of poultry books. The cover of The Cock Crows read, “If you are interested in poultry, you will like this book.” I’m not, but I’m interested in this book anyway.

Other highlights, big and small, in random order to show you the random wonders one can stumble upon at this year’s festival (if they haven’t sold already)...

The program for Ian Fleming’s memorial service.
Florence Nightingale’s Notes in Nursing.
A collection of a morgue’s post-mortem photographs
The Dwindling Party, an Edward Gorey pop-up book
Stephen Crane’s A Red Badge of Courage
Oodles of Steinbeck firsts
Oodles of Hemingway firsts
Oodles of Dickens firsts
A museum poster from the 19th century touting a GREAT AMERICAN MASTODON
James Earl Ray’s wanted poster
A book entitled Toilet of Flora
Treatise of Algebra
Leaves of Grass
, autographed
Moby-Dick, autographed by artist Rockwell Kent
A beautifully designed bibliography of Lieutenant Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1912
Naked Lunch
15th century atlases
Little Black Sambo
Blueberries for Sal
A Handmaid’s Tale, autographed

I could go on. And on. I won’t. If you’re in the Seattle area today, stop by and go on and on yourself. It’s more than worth it. Bring your wallet. You’ll, at the very least, be tempted to buy something. You might have to mortgage your house for that Gatsby book, though.

Photo by Tom Woodward.
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal posted an article on the five best books about book collecting. I think FB&C readers can easily guess who’s at the top? Nick Basbanes, for A Gentle Madness! The article was written by Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. She also chose titles by Larry McMurtry and Rick Gekoski. Check it out!

Nick has written several amazing books since then -- see them here, and here.
The incredibly cool pencil bookcase (my thanks to FB&C contributor Jonathan Shipley for finding it). German publisher Mitteldeutscher Verlag shows us what creative book display is.

Some of you may remember my post from last year announcing the debut of a new literary journal, The Folio Club. Since then, a second great issue was published, and now that autumn has arrived, a third. All of the covers--with their biblio-inspired design--were done by indie artist Onsmith. Contributors include Romy Ashby, Lilli Carre, Mark Saba, Robert Pranzatelli, and Onsmith. It’s available at Amazon, or through Ingram for booksellers.  

You can read more about the journal and its founder/publisher Robert Pranzatelli, who did a Q&A with us back in April.  

Anthony Marx, the president of Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has confirmed to Bloomberg News that he will become the new president of the New York Public Library next year, succeeding Paul LeClerc, who has been at the helm since 1993. LeClerc announced his retirement last November, prompting a nationwide search to find a replacement.

The appointment of Marx follows a long-standing precedent at the NYPL of turning to academe for its top leadership. LeClerc, a noted scholar of 18th-century French literature--and an enthusiastic collector of Voltaire in his own right--came to the job from the presidency of Hunter College, the largest institution of public learning in New York City. He succeeded the Reverend Timothy S. Healy, a native New Yorker who had previously been president of Georgetown University in Washington; Healy, in turn, had succeeded the historian Vartan Gregorian, former provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and later the president of Brown University.

Given the increasing reliance on electronic resources, along with the evolving role of libraries as institutions in American cultural life, the selection of Marx to this premier position is particularly interesting, especially for the NYPL, which has assumed such an important role in public education in New York, not only through its 87 neighborhood branches, but at the extraordinary research centers it maintains in Manhattan. In an email to Bloomberg News confirming his appointment--which must still be approved by the library’s board--Marx wrote that the NYPL is “New York City’s preeminent education institution that is free and open to all.”

Also a New York native, Marx, 51, initiated a no-loan financial aid policy at Amherst that allows graduates to pursue careers without worrying about debt. Before assuming the presidency of the college eight years ago, he was a professor of political science at Columbia University, where he helped found Khanya College, a prep school in South Africa, and started the Columbia Urban Educators Program, which recruits and trains teachers.

The New York Public Library budget exceeds $500 million a year, and last year had more than 18 million visitors. We wish Marx success in his new position, and LeClerc well in his retirement.

Einstein, Newton, Austen, Dickens, Melville, Beethoven -- what do these folks have in common? They’re some of the stars of Heritage Auction Galleries’ October 14 sale in Beverly Hills. Of course, there’s also the Hemingway, which Heritage rare books manager Joe Fay wrote about last month. One of the top lots is sure to be Edward S. Curtis’ portfolio, The North American Indian (one image seen here at left, courtesy of Heritage). Opening bid is $50,000. The first collected edition of the Federalist Papers is also sure to garner attention when it opens at $70,000.

We at FB&C are excited to see our very own Nick Basbanes featured as an ‘Athenaeum Author’ on the homepage of the Boston Athenaeum! They have a great bio and bibliography of Nick, who has been a member of the Athenaeum for twenty years.
Ah, libraries!

All those books! All those really, really smart librarians! All those nooks and crannies! Just the thing for a higher-class romance ... a little discrete necking ... a nice little venue in which to hide a body....

Libraries and librarians have long been protagonists and foils in everything from romances to mysteries to science fiction.  Like bookstores, libraries frequently are stocked with attractively intelligent and/or eccentric characters. Many of the books found in libraries are extremely valuable.  And many libraries contain plenty of well-hidden places within which to develop a good plot. Perhaps that is why so many writers pen bibliomysteries, and why so many book collectors--even if they do not generally collect such books--often are drawn to bibliomysteries that feature libraries and librarians.

October’s book auction schedule is packed with interesting sales:
October has arrived and with it, Edward Gorey. As an artist and illustrator, Gorey (1925-2000) is best known for his dark subjects, as seen in his many New Yorker cartoons and on PBS’s series Mystery! (Some FB&C readers may also recall that he had a unique relationship with the famous Manhattan bookshop, Gotham Book Mart.) Whether you want to see some of his stunning work on exhibit or purchase something at auction, now is the time. Here are the gory details...

On October 7, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will auction off the Henry Toledano Collection of Edward Gorey as part of its Fine Literature sale. In fact, what caught my eye when I saw this auction announcement was not Gorey, but Toledano, previously known to me as a fanatical collector of the Modern Library series (I have his ML price guide on my reference shelf.) There are approximately 110 lots in this section, one of which is seen here at left: a signed, hand-pulled collograph titled “Cat in Window, Observing a Night Moon,” courtesy of PBA Galleries. This is one of only 40 prints, and its estimate is $1,200-1,800.

On October 14, Swann Galleries in New York has a section with about 50 lots devoted to Gorey in its 19th & 20th Century Literature, Art, Press & Illustrated sale. Lot #241 is perfect as Halloween nears. Edward Gorey’s Dracula Poster Puzzle was created during a theater production of Dracula. A fun piece of Gorey ephemera, estimated at $200-300 (seen here at right, courtesy of Swann’s.)

I, for one, am in love with Gorey’s tyrannical infant. The Beastly Baby by Ogdred Weary (seen here at left, courtesy of Swann Galleries) is the first book by Gorey’s Fantod Press, 1962. One of 500 unnumbered copies, it is also signed by Gorey. The estimate is $400-600.

But even if you’re not on the market, two current exhibits are highlighting Gorey’s art. The Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Work of Edward Gorey runs through December 10 at the University of Hawaii’s art gallery. The exhibit showcases selections from the collection of John A. Carollo, a dedicated Goreyphile for more than 35 years.

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey at the Orlando Museum of Art runs, appropriately, through Halloween. It features 170 objects, including ink illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings, and ephemera drawn from the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Happy October!

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