52640f1592ba715bc4f612bb5a414d56e9ede187 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA  — A letter written by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow to Raymond Hamilton, an ex-Barrow Gang member will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The four-page letter written in the hand of Bonnie Parker and signed at the end by Clyde Barrow, in late April 1934, to Hamilton at the Dallas County Jail.  In part: “I’m very sorry to hear of your getting captured, but due to the fact that you offered no resistance sympathy is lacking. The most I can do is hope you miss the ‘chair.’

The purpose of this letter is to remind you of all the ‘dirty deals’ you have pulled. When I came to the farm after you I thought maybe the ‘joint’ had changed you from a boastful punk.

Maybe you can talk yourself out of the ‘chair.’ Or maybe you can write a few more letters (try one to the governor) at least it will gain you some publicity.

I hope this will serve the purpose of letting you know that you can never expect the least of sympathy or assistance from me. So long.” Signed at the conclusion, “Clyde Barrow.”

“Clyde Barrow wanted Raymond Hamilton dead and they wanted him to know it,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

“Brimming with remarkable content— this is a one-of-a-kind letter from the famed outlaw couple,” said Livingston.

Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree came to a bullet-riddled end in a shootout with Frank Hamer’s posse less than a month after the letter was written.

Raymond Hamilton had joined the “ruthless Barrow gang” in the early 1930s and found himself incarcerated at the Eastham Prison Farm after taking the rap for a jewelry store murder. Clyde orchestrated a machine gun raid on the prison farm on January 16, 1934, freeing five convicts including Hamilton and Joe Palmer, as he mentions in this letter.

A month later, the gang was seen stealing a car in Springfield, Missouri, and chased through the Ozarks, where they encountered a police blockade at Reeds Spring. Emptying their weapons on law enforcement, the outlaws successfully fled. Although Hamilton was reportedly involved in the gunplay, Bonnie and Clyde cite his alleged cowardice during the incident as a strike against him.

On February 27, 1934, Barrow and Hamilton robbed the R. P. Henry & Sons Bank, in Lancaster, Texas, taking over $4,000. Between a disagreement over how the “loot” should be split and infighting about Hamilton’s companion Mary O’Dare—the so-called “Prostitute Sweetheart”—Hamilton angrily left the Barrow gang.

Two pistols found on the bodies of famed Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed in 1934 sold at RR auction for a total of $504,000 in 2012.

Among other items to be featured: 

Lee Harvey Oswald’s ‘Fair Play for Cuba Committee’ card recovered by the Dallas Police.

Online bidding for The Remarkable Rarities auction from RR Auction begins September 15 - 25, followed by a live auction that will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1PM, at The Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA. a preview is available online. For more information, please visit the RR Auction web site (www.rrauction.com).

 

Amherst, MA (August 24, 2016) - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved story that launched Eric Carle’s picture-book career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr—with the exhibition Brown Bear Turns 50. The exhibition, on view from September 13, 2016 through March 19, 2017, kicks off a year of special events honoring the children’s classic, one of the best-selling picture books of all time. Support for the exhibition and programs has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Martin’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Carle’s bold graphics and colorful parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bear has been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold more than 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

In Brown Bear Turns 50 artwork from every page of the famous book will be on display. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time. The exhibition also includes a medley of Carle’s collages from the three additional “bear books” he worked on with Martin: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991), Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (2003), and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007). “We’re excited that Eric Carle’s original artwork from 1967 is on view,” says Chief Curator Ellen Keiter. “By displaying his collages from various editions of the book—for example, the goldfish from 1967, 1984, and 1992—visitors to the exhibition can trace the changes in Carle’s compositions and materials over the years.” Keiter adds, “We also have a large selection of foreign language books on display, signifying the world-wide impact Brown Bear has had.” In a separate endeavor, The Carle has also sent the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of its hometown in Amherst with a special outdoor public exhibition, Brown Bear Everywhere, on view through October 9, 2016. Fourteen high-quality reproductions of Carle’s original collage illustrations are currently on display at some of Amherst’s popular restaurants, schools, and recreational sites.

Carle’s History with Brown Bear

Carle never planned on a career in children’s books. He graduated from art school and, for over a decade, worked in New York City as an art director and a freelance graphic designer. Everything changed in the late 1960s when Martin, a respected educator and author, noticed one of Carle’s collage advertisements featuring a red lobster. “The art was so striking,” said Martin, “that I knew instantly I had found the artist to illustrate my next book.” That book was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and it transformed Carle’s life—today he is one of the most acclaimed and beloved illustrators of our time.

 

As part of the 16th annual National Book Festival, the Library of Congress has added a free, robust smartphone app designed to help attendees get the most out of their all-day festival experience.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The app, available at no charge for iOS and Android users, contains the complete schedule of the dozens of author presentations, book-signings, special programs and activities. Users can plan and build their full day’s personalized schedule in advance, find their way around the center to their chosen activities, rate each presentation and more. The app also includes detailed information on updated security and safety procedures now in place for entry into the convention center.

While festivalgoers are encouraged to download the National Book Festival app in advance and set up their schedules prior to arrival, it is easy to make changes and rearrange their plans using the app on-site. Also, users will receive bulletin-style notifications on-site in the event of schedule or location changes on the day of the festival. The app also includes sponsor information, general festival guidelines and frequently asked questions.

In addition, the National Book Festival app lets attendees take photos and video directly from each presentation. They can then forward them to their own Twitter and/or Instagram accounts using the festival hashtag #NatBookFest. Book-lovers who are unable to attend the event can download the app and follow the course of the day via a custom activity feed, viewing impressions and images that other festivalgoers share through social media.

The National Book Festival App is now available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App Store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at loc.gov/apps/.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private and public sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors include AARP, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors, The James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are FedEx, The Junior League of Washington and Scholastic Inc.; and, in the Friends category, the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., GEICO, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Latvia, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay-Adams, Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners include C-SPAN2’s Book TV, PBS Book View Now and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Kesey-Cuckoos.jpgNORTHAMPTON, MA - OCTOBER 16, 2016: Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers have joined forces to present the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 18, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for a full Exhibitor List and complete details.

The Pioneer Valley is a primary foliage destination in the fall, with many scenic hikes and drives, and you can pick your own apples and stock up on cider, pumpkins and chrysanthemums while visiting. Northampton and nearby Pioneer Valley towns provide a great variety of restaurants and entertainment. The Five Colleges, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College offer library and museum exhibits and cultural events, but if it is Parents Weekend, hotels may fill quickly, so book early. Old Deerfield is nearby, Yankee Candle, too.

The school is on Route 9, near Cooley-Dickinson Hospital; there’s plenty of free parking. The event is catered by Black Sheep Deli from Amherst. Admission is $6, $1 off with a card or advertisement; $3 ages 12-21; under 12 free with paid Adult. Click flamingoeventz.com and pioneervalleybooks.com for more information as many local SNEAB members always exhibit. All are cordially invited.

Dates/Hours: Sunday October 16, 2016; 10am-4pm.

Location: The Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust Street (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA 01060.

Admission: Adults: $6, Students & Young Collectors 12-21: $3, under 12 free w/Paid Adult.

Directions: I-91 Exit 18, left on Pleasant Street, left on Rt. 9, Elm St, follow Rt. 9, it becomes Locust St.

Miscellaneous: Plenty of free parking and Refreshments will be available at an on-site café during show hours.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 9.02.18 AM.pngAntiquarianAuctions.com is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps& prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged.

Photography

Lot 1: Du Camp (Maxime), Egypt, Nubia, Palestine and Syria, Photographic Pictures collected During the Years 1849, 1850 and 1851

Published: E. Gambart & Co., Publishers, London, 1852

Each print is mounted and (with thirteen exception) has the original numbered, titled and captioned (in French) tissue guards (the guards are frayed around all the edges), some mounts stained and soiled but the prints are generally in good state. Each mount bears a short title in French. The mounts measure 444 x 314 mm and the prints 215 x 160 mm. The wrappers each comprising four folio pages are frayed and some are separated, part 18 is only the first page.

Each part contained 5 plates with the numbers written in ink (part 12 bears only 4 numbers) and lists the complete 125 titles.

‘The earliest and one of the most famous French publications illustrated with original photographs is Maxine du Camp’s Égyptie, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. The author made an archaeological expedition to the Middle East under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Instruction, leaving France at the beginning of Nomember 1849 accompanied by Gustave Flaubert. Throughout the tour Du Camp used the calotype process as modified by Blanquart-Evrard, an after his return in 1851 published a selection of 125 photographs, with short descriptions.

A narrative of the tour was published separately but without the illustrations in 1853. The prints, which were made in Lille, bear out Blanquart-Evrard’s claim for permanence. They have preserved their cold dark grey colour to this day but most of the prints are too dark and lacking in contrast. This is due to the sel’dor toning which weakened the strength of the prints, necessitating ac onsiderable over-exposure which was difficult to judge.’ From: Gernsheim (Helmut) The History of Photography, (1955), page 145.

Estimate: $15,000/20,000

Modern First Editions

Lot 10: Hemingway (Ernest), Across the River and into the Trees

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1950

First edition, advance issue. Dark blue cloth with gilt stamping, one of 25 copies bound for presentation. Signed and inscribed by Hemingway three weeks prior to publication:"For Ben Meyer/from his friend/ Ernest Hemingway. / Havana 21/8/50". With original letter and envelope, from Mary Hemingway to Ben Meyer, on Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula Cuba stationery.

Ben Meyer was a journalist who traveled to Cuba to interview Hemingway about his latest novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. In the article, Meyer quotes Hemingway as being very pleased with his new work, and describes Hemingway’s house (Finca Vigia, Lookout Farm) and his daily activities.Published first in the Kansas City Star on 10 September, 1950,Meyer’s article celebrates the publication of Across the River, a book Hemingway himself stated "is about love and death, happiness an d sorrow and the town of Venice. I really fired all the barrels on this one." Meyer stayed in contact with the Hemingways, as evidenced in the letter to him from Mary Hemingway, dated 1958, thanking him for photos he sent to her of her hometown, Bemidji, MN. Conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Bruccoli, 1986.

Estimate: $20,000/30,000

Lot 15: Hemingway (Ernest), Three Stories and Ten Poems

Published: Contact Publishing, Paris, 1923

First edition, limited to only 300 copies. Original publisher's printed blue wrappers. An attractive, unrestored copy with some toning to the spine, afew minor spots to wrappers,spines lightly chipped,else a very good to near fine copy. Housed in a custom quarter leather case.

Estimate: $30,000/40,000

Antique Maps & Atlases

Lot 123: Blaeu (Willem) Africae nova descriptio

Published: Willem Blaeu, Amsterdam, c.1647

This carte-a-figure is one of most sought after decorative maps of Africa from the 17th century. It was produced in 1617 by Willem Blaeu, the Dutch master cartographer. This example of the map was printed from the 3rd and most commonly available state of the copperplate; this map was published in a Dutch edition (see image of the verso) of Atlas appendix, published in one of the following years 1647, 1650, 1661, 1664.

Blaeu’s cartographical model is after Ptolemy and this folio map is derived from his his 1608 wall map. The nine vignettes above the map are scenes from the European classical history of Africa. The side panels depict European visualisation of the some of the indigenous peoples of Africa.

Estimate: $2,550/3,500

Lot 123: Linschoten (J.H.) & Langren (A. van)
Typus Orarum Maritimarum and Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum
Published: Van Langren, Amsterdam, 1596

These two maps are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The best description of this, one of the most attractive pair of maps available,comes from Richard and Penelope Betz , authors of Mapping of Africa but described in their Rare and Scarce Maps of Africa, A cartographic sequence 151 - 1640.

'A beautifully engraved two-sheet map of Western & Eastern Africa. The maps are literally filled with cartographic detail - sailing ships and sea battles, sea monsters, animals within Africa, numerous compass roses, and strap-work cartouches. These maps represent two of the more beautiful maps of Africa! Tooley calls the eastern Africa map "the earliest and most decorative special map of the East Coast of Africa embracing the eastern Cape, Natal, the Portuguese East, and Kenya".

Estimate: $8,000/9,000

Travel & Exploration

Lot 20: Valle (Pietro Della): The Travels of Sig. Pietro Della Valle, A Noble Roman, into East India and Arabia Deserta
Published: Printed by J. Macock, for John Place, London, 1665

First English edition, a complete copy with the double-page engraved map (which has recently, circa 1980's, been hand coloured), 3 engraved plates on 2 leaves, and 5 woodcut plans within text. A little browning to the page edges but overall this is a very good, bright,wide margined copy in a late twentieth century full panelled calf binding. Spine with raised bands. Gilt decorative bands. Red title label, gilt. An attractive copy of this scarce title,complete with the map and plates still present.

The text consists of 54 letters written by della Valle to the Neapolitan Physician Schipano during the course of his travels through the Holy Land, Syria, Persia and India. The greatest number of letters are from Persia and Constantinople. --- Wing. V 48A.
Estimate: $6,000/7,500

Lot 190: Baines (T.) & Lord (W. B.) Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life

Published: Horace Cox, London, 1871

First edition: 831 pages, frontispiece - Swinging the packs of the North Australian expedition over a branch on Jasper Creek, Victoria River, 1856,engraved titlepage,14 plates,numerous illustrations in the text, half calf with marbled board and end papers, reinforced at the front and back hinges, marbled edges, decorative spine gilt, avery good copy. 

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, Volume 1 page 925: This was published in seventeen parts, and is a guide to travellers, explorers, and settlers, founded on the experiences of the authors, and referring incidentally to South Africa.

Estimate: $700/800

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e68a537e-2ea7-48b5-a906-94d16de59cdd.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Reminder that we are now conducting all our auctions at our spacious new gallery which is located at 2085 Dryden Road (Route 13) in Dryden, NY, just east of Ithaca. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of art and ephemera. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints along with a substantial private collection of rare children's books and prized modern firsts by William Faulkner. Also of note is a sizable personal library of antique books relating to London and a group of original exhibit photographs by Margaret Bourke-White.       

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the Italian portfolio by Barriere, Falda and de Rossi, "Villa Pamphilia Eiusque Palatium," produced c1650 and embellished with engravings, the 1754 printing of Hanway's "The Revolutions of Persia," featuring a folding map and plates, and de Clarac's "Musee de Sculpture Antique et Moderne," published in 1853 in six folios with engravings. Other scarce titles include Banti and Simonetti's "Corpus Nummorum Romanorum," produced in eighteen volumes, and the 1834 landmark American legal treatise, "An Introduction to the Defence of Abner Kneeland."                

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Included is another session from the holdings of Archaeologia, concentrated in Egyptology, which is led by specimens such as Vyse's "Operations Carried on at the Pyramids of Gizeh in 1837," published in three volumes over the years 1840-1842 and featuring engraved folding plates. The private library of important Faulkner includes signed, limited editions and first printings in dust jackets of "The Sound and the Fury", "Light in August" and others. The expansive London collection is highlighted by examples such as the three-volume 1790 edition of Pennant's "Of London" with original engravings and additions, and the 1766 first edition of Gwynn's "London and Westminster - Improved and Illustrated by Plans," featuring folding color maps. Also offered is a private collection of books, ephemera and collectibles written and illustrated by Edward Gorey, including signed examples. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Highlighted are original exhibit photographs by Margaret Bourke-White and original artwork, engravings and prints by notable artists such as John Caspar Wild and Edward Savage. Ephemera lots present material from categories such as antique Americana, maps, lithographs, plates, magazines and other genres.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming 2014 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

JWilliams1 copy.jpg(Minneapolis, MN) - Form+Content Gallery presents Shadows and Dust, a solo exhibition of recent work by gallery member Jody Williams. Featuring mixed media prints, drawings, artist's books, and not-empty boxes, the show will focus on the ephemeral aspects of dust and shadows as material, cosmic and metaphorical presences. Poetic references to shadows and dust date back to Horace's "We are dust and shadow," from Ode IV.7, and continue through T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland to the present. Inspired by these, and informed by other reading and research, many of the pieces in Shadows and Dust will include Williams' own writing.

Most of the works address either dust or shadows, rather than a combination of the two themes. Drawings of intensely lit natural objects depict intriguing shadows. Two digitally-produced artists' books include Williams' photographs of shadows taken over the past 30 years. A series of etchings combine thousands of dusty specks printed over layers of digital dots, atmospheric photographs and written phrases. Mixed media boxes, resembling miniature cabinets of curiosity, include containers of dust samples from near and far.

"For the past twelve years, I have been including actual specimens and artifacts in my work as a means to document with physical evidence the process of collecting and ordering specific moments in specific places. Containers of dust and other small particles will be included in this exhibition. Shadows, lacking substance (but not essence) are more difficult to collect, and have been captured with photographs and drawings. The fugitive qualities of both shadows and dust evoke the present, past, and future, and offer me many directions to take this body of work in both form  and content."

Artist Biography

Jody Williams lives in Minneapolis, where she publishes artist’s books under the name Flying Paper Press and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an MFA in printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Historical Society, and many other museums and libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has exhibited widely in the US and abroad.

Honors include fellowships, grants and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota Craft Council, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has held residencies at the Frans Masereel Printmaking Center (Kasterlee, Belgium), ArtPark (Lewiston, New York), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, New York), and the Carleton College Library (Northfield, Minnesota). In 2008 she was the inaugural recipient of the Minnesota Book Artist Award, and she received Artist's Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2013 and 2016.

Williams' website: www.flyingpaperpress.com

Jody Williams is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.27.12 PM.pngAUGUST 2016 [San Francisco, CA] - John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller announces the grand opening of The William Blake Gallery, a new exhibition space in San Francisco dedicated to works created by the massively influential 19th century poet, artist, and engraver. The gallery is the largest of its kind devoted solely to the artist, as well as the largest collection in the world of pieces by Blake available for purchase.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest contributors to the Western world of literature and art, William Blake’s lifetime of otherworldly work was motivated by mystic visions and spiritual revelations. Creating hundreds of artworks ­­ from engraved illustrations and illuminated books to original writings and watercolors ­­ his deeply unique style remains endlessly enigmatic and highly sought after. Favored by an eclectic groups of fans and collectors, Blake remains one of the only seminal Romantic artists whose work is still occasionally available to collect.

After 50 years in the booktrade and 43 years operating John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, longtime rare book dealer, John Windle, will launch his retrospective of the artist in October, 2016, within San Francisco’s historic 49 Geary building. The first physical space exclusively dedicated to Blake's work in over two hundred years, The William Blake Gallery will display over 1,000 original Blake pieces alongside thousands of reproductions of the artist’s own writings and artwork, most notably:

Illustrations to Dante’s Inferno, Earliest known proof set, Seven plates and oblong folio, printed on laid paper

The Complaint of Job, 1785, Monochrome wash drawing

Songs of Innocence: “Holy Thursday”, 1789, Single sheet, printed in black, matted

● Plates from the final lifetime printing of The Gates of Paradise

The Virgin Hushing, 1799, Tempera on paper

Of the decision to open a gallery of William Blake’s works, John Windle remarks: “I must be stark raving mad. Like Blake.”

Image: William Blake. Blake’s Illustrations of Dante. Plate 1: “The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca” US: 1954 Large folio, fine, clear uniform impression on hand­made paper with no watermark, inscribed in pencil by Lessing Rosenwald

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.18.47 PM.pngBERNARD QUARITCH LIMITED is about to publish a new catalogue dedicated to 250 years of Women Travellers, from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s only surviving letter written from Turkey (1717) to one of 400 copies of Margaret Mee’s magnificent Flowers of the Brazilian Forest (1968), which identifies three flowers previously unknown to science.

Presentation and association copies of well-known titles by Lady Isabel Burton, Queen Victoria, and Freya Stark, represent the intervening years, together with similarly remarkable books, photograph albums, and manuscripts by lesser known figures. The authors whose writings are collected in this catalogue are very diverse: they range from dwellers in the tropics to polar explorers; from travellers on foot and horseback to those soaring through the skies and speeding along roads; and from linguists assimilating their host cultures and religions to ‘accidental adventurers’ - those women widowed, unmarried, or otherwise marginalised, who carved lives and careers out of travel writings.

Many of these women contributed significantly to botanical and scientific exploration, and their achievements were recognised by honours such as the first honorary LLD awarded to a woman by Smith College (Amelia Edwards), the Royal Geographical Society's Founder’s Medal (Freya Stark), and the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Gold Medal (Anne Lindbergh). Some found themselves at the nexus of historical political events, which they documented in their journalism (for example, Clare Sheridan and Freya Stark); while yet others followed their calling as missionaries or nurses, and brought essential health care to India, Africa, and Siberia.

Whether exploring, visiting, or residing in places only known to many of their contemporaries (of both sexes) through literature or iconography, these women have inspired admiration and envy, dismissal and discussion, but rarely indifference in those who followed their travels on maps and through their writings. As Isabella Bird famously said: ‘Travellers are privileged to do the most improper things’ — and to show their readers the world through new eyes.

FOUNDED IN LONDON IN 1847, Bernard Quaritch Ltd is one of the world’s leading antiquarian booksellers. Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899) counted Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte, the Prime Ministers William Ewart Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and William Morris amongst his clients, and was characterised by The Times’ obituarist as, ‘the greatest bookseller who ever lived. His ideals were so high, his eye so keen, his transactions were so colossal, his courage so dauntless, that he stands out among men who have dealt in old literature as a Napoleon or a Wellington stands out among generals’. 

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.21.20 PM.pngLes Enluminures is pleased to present Visions of Jerusalem: Medieval Christendom Imagines the City on a Hill. The exhibition explores the representation of the Holy City in the images and imaginations of the Latin West and the rich diversity of its representation in both word and picture. It is conceived to coincide with the major international exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jerusalem 1000-1400, Every People Under Heaven, which scrutinizes through a much broader lens the impact Jerusalem had on the many cultural traditions that hold it dear: Eastern, Western, African, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, each with multiple identities and denominations.

Far from inspiring a consistent Christian conception of the Holy City, we show how Jerusalem prompted a vast range of depictions by Western authors and artists. In a time before cameras, images of Jerusalem were less concerned with veracity than with the power of their associations. The versatility of the Holy Land allowed it to act not only as the mise en scène for the Church’s rich biblical-mystical tradition, but also as a virtual destination for spiritual pilgrims and a touchstone in medieval apocalyptic traditions, among others. These varying visions of Jerusalem exemplify the fascinating complexity of the city. In the medieval mind, Jerusalem was both heavenly and earthly. It was a physical location and a mental construction that offered a link to the past and a harbinger of the future.

Highlights of the exhibition include a miniature depicting the Agony in the Garden from the Holy Land Choir Book, the long lost first volume of the Bible of Louis de Harcourt, Patriarch of Jerusalem and Bishop of Bayeux, a beautifully illustrated early gothic copy of Peter of Poitiers’ geneaological scroll, and a deluxe book of hours with miniatures attributed to the Workshop of the Master François.

Place:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LES ENLUMINURES
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Dates:
September16th through November 12th, 2016
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Contact information:
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