Comic - Dale Evans.jpgMANCHESTER, NH - NOVEMBER, 2016 THROUGH APRIL, 2017: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce a new series of monthly Saturday Vintage Markets in Manchester New Hampshire!

Held in the new Falls Event Center adjacent to the new La Quinta Hotel in Manchester, NH, the Vintage Marketplace will run once-monthly on Saturdays from November, 2016 through April, 2017. The Falls Event Center is a modern, sophisticated function space paired with a full service hotel, conveniently located just off exit 6 on I-293 in the heart of downtown Manchester, NH.

The Vintage Marketplace will feature everything and anything Vintage: Antiques, Repurposed, Collectibles, Ephemera, Books, Photography, Furnishings, Textiles, Memorabilia, Unusuals, Decor, Jewelry, Housewares, Fashion, Electronics, Music, Political, Historical, and Much, Much More. The only items we do not permit are firearms, edged weapons, Nazi, fascist, extremist, and hate-related.

Space is available either by 8’-tables, or by 8’X8’ furniture areas. Pricing is extremely reasonable, and you may purchase as many tables or furniture areas as you wish. Setup is 7-9am, open to the public 9am-1pm. There’s plenty of free parking, and on-site food service will be provided for purchase.

Available only at Flamingo Shows, Appraisals will be available by John Bruno 11am-1pm at $5/item.

The Premier Vintage Marketplace at Manchester will be held November 12, 2016 - please visit our website for a full list of upcoming show dates. All interested parties: Sellers, Customers, and Groups, should contact Flamingo Eventz via phone at 603.509.2639 10am-7pm Monday through Friday, via e-mail at info@flamingoeventz.com, or visit their web-site at flamingoeventz.com.

Dates: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - following dates to be announced

Hours: Seller Set-up 7-9am, General Admission: 9am-1pm

Sales Space: Individual 8’ tables or 8’X8’ furniture areas

Admission: Over 16: $5, Under 16: Free; Plenty of Free Parking

Directions: The Falls Event Center is at 21 Front Street, Manchester, NH 03102. Conveniently located just off Exit 6 on I-293, adjacent to the La Quinta Hotel

Appraisals: By John Bruno 11am-1pm at $5/item

Miscellaneous: Food service available on-site

Information: For Seller or Customer information, please call 603.509.2639, 10am-7pm Monday through Friday / or info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Antique Shows and Book & Ephemera Fairs in the Northeast. The Bruno’s have over 35 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who currently appears on the PBS series Market Warriors.

38-Julia-Margaret-Cameron copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 25, Swann Galleries will offer Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, an auction featuring examples of the medium from its inception in the early nineteenth century through contemporary works.

Early masterpieces on offer include Julia Margaret Cameron’s luminous circular image of Kate Keown (No. 4 Series of 12 Life Sized Heads), 1866. This albumen print, estimated at $50,000 to $75,000, is one of the artist’s first in her series of life-sized portraits. From 1870 comes Vischer’s Pictorial of California, with 170 photographs, including 17 after works by Russell, Watkins, Muybridge and others; and compiled by Edward Vischer. This historic set, a deluxe presentation copy bound for a discerning client, is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

The top lot of the sale is Robert Frank’s emotive 1956 silver print, Political Rally, Chicago. The print, executed in the 1970s, is signed and dated by the artist and expected to bring $60,000 to $90,000. Frank, known for his captivating visual records of American life, is represented by a run of scarce works in this sale, including Bar, Gallup, New Mexico, silver print, 1956 ($30,000 to $40,000), as well as Detroit (Drugstore), 1955, and 1950’s Tulip, Paris, both estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. Also on offer is a signed first edition of arguably the most important photobook of the twentieth century: Robert Frank’s The Americans, published 1959 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Among further American photography is At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky, a silver print by Margaret Bourke-White first taken in 1936 and printed circa 1970 ($40,000 to $60,000). Dorothea Lange is well represented in the sale, led by her 1933 silver print White Angel Breadline, which shows destitute San Franciscans waiting for food, their faces obscured by their hats ($30,000 to $45,000).

Highlights continue with Yousuf Karsh’s elephant portfolio Karsh—Fifteen Portraits. The loose photographs, printed in 1983, are each marked by the artist with the edition number, 23/100. The set includes personal and luminous portraits of such notables as Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller and Pablo Picasso ($40,000 to $60,000).

A very special offering is the complete series of 291, the art and literary magazine edited by Alfred Stieglitz. The series of 12, published in nine issues, ran from 1915 to 1916. The extremely rare set includes the large-format edition of Stieglitz’s famous photogravure The Steerage, which Pablo Picasso once called “two photographs in one” and which Stieglitz himself described as his first Modernist photograph. Stieglitz destroyed most unsold copies of the magazine so complete sets are scarce; this set is in excellent condition with only minor wear, and is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.

Contemporary works featured include Barbara Kasten’s Site 16: Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, cibachrome print, 1987 ($6,000 to $9,000); Philip-Lorca DiCorcia’s Untitled (Strip Club), chromogenic print, 1980s ($5,000 to $7,500); Tracey Moffatt’s Beauty (In Wine), chromogenic print, 1994 ($5,000 to $7,500) and Adam Fuss’s Butterfly daguerreotype from the artist’s My Ghost series, 2000 ($10,000 to $15,000).

Vernacular examples from the sale include a remarkable suite of fifty unbound silver print photographs by Martin Chambi showing scenes of Peru in the 1920s. Subjects include pre-Columbian archaeological ruins and contemporary indigenous occupational scenes, and details of Machu Picchu. Each photograph is accompanied by a hand-written caption in Spanish ($20,000 to $30,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, October 25, beginning at 1 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 24 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Also available by appointment.

An illustrated auction catalogue will be available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Daile Kaplan at 212-254-4710, extension 21, or via e-mail at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 38 Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Kate Keown, circular albumen print, 1866. Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

New York - Christie’s announces two Photographs sales to be offered in October 2016, which include exciting works for new and seasoned collectors alike, featuring the Evening Sale on October 4, and a Day Sale following on October 5. Christie's will display over 180 photographs for public exhibition leading up to the auction.

Photographs: The Evening Sale showcases 27 works by artists such as Man Ray and his highly-published Rayograph, 1922 (estimate: $250,000-350,000), Edward Weston’s Shells, 6S, 1927, among the rarest of Weston’s iconic shells series (estimate: $400,000-600,000), Thomas Struth’s grand photograph of El Capitan (Yosemite National Park), 1999 (estimate: $150,000-200,000), Irving Penn’s glamorous Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950 (estimate: $150,000-250,000), Robert Frank’s masterful statement with Parade-Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955 (estimate: $100,000-150,000); and Constantin Brâncuși’s Golden Bird, c. 1920 (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

The Day Sale features Spotlight: Robert Mapplethorpe, a celebration of the artist’s aesthetic, political and social contributions to the medium of photography. The twenty lots included present a panoramic overview of Mapplethorpe’s career: from his experimentation with photographic assemblages to his formalist exploration of flowers and his groundbreaking portraiture in which sex and identity were questioned, subverted, and brought to the foreground of the collective consciousness. Nearly three decades since his untimely death in 1989, Mapplethorpe’s work remains a source of controversy and admiration.

Additional highlights from the Day Sale include works by Paul Strand, Harry Callahan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Naoya Hatakeyama.

Cataloguing and complete details of the sales are available on www.christies.com.

Related Sale Sale 12203

Photographs Day Sale

4 October 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Sale 12204

Photographs Evening Sale

5 October 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

BOSTON, MA - The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016. For the anniversary, organizers are offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday to encourage a broader audience to attend this rare literary event that happens in only two other U.S. cities annually. Attendees will experience a vast selection of rare and collectible books, modern first editions, fine and decorative prints, photographs, manuscripts and pop culture ephemera that has been delighting loyal audiences for years.

More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell all weekend. Whether just browsing or buying, patrons will find something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, gardening, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to bibliophiles and first-timers alike. 

Special events at this year’s Fair includes Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, a curated exhibition of a select group of one-of-a-kind items from the vast David Bieber Archives of Boston music memorabilia; the popular Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters; a talk by Boston College English professor Paul Lewis on Edgar Allen Poe and the rediscovery of Boston’s citizen poets after the American Revolution; and The 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

Among the highlighted items for sale will be rare and first editions of works by James Baldwin, Jonathan Swift, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Lewis Carroll, and Sylvia Plath; a souvenir program and scorecard for the 1915 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, won by Boston in five games and Babe Ruth’s first as a rookie; a rare original watercolor drawing by British artist Arthur Rackham; one of the earliest printed works in the world, Hyakumanto Dharani, a 1250 year old relic of East Asian high culture; Albert Einstein’s childhood building blocks; signed photos from the horror films The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho; Elvis Presley’s first record; two sketchbooks by the renowned Ukrainian-born Jewish-American sculptor and graphic artist Chaim Gross; a very unusual autographed press book for the 1968 legendary film Night of the Living Dead; the original watercolor painting depicting Hogwarts, for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; a masterfully illustrated Japanese version of Don Quixote; and a signed & inscribed photo of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini.

For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items, including a selection of children's books and decorative cloth bindings, priced at $100 or less. On Saturday, an expert “Discovery” panel will give tips on the best ways to shop a book fair and start your own collection. And on Sunday from 1-3pm, attendees are invited to bring in their own books for free appraisal.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair. In celebration of the Book Fair’s 40th Anniversary, organizers have decided to offer free admission on Saturday and Sunday in order to attract a larger audience of book-loving attendees.

Friday, October 28                 5:00-9:00pm             Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night                      
Saturday, October 29              12:00-7:00pm         
Free Admission
Sunday, October 30                12:00-5:00pm          
Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit www.bostonbookfair.com or call 617-266-6540.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo, Inc. www.commpromo.com

EVENTS AT THE FAIR - CALENDAR LISTINGS

SPECIAL EXHIBITION!  Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016

On display all weekend - October 28-30

David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, displays highlighted selections from his extensive archive of rock posters, albums, and ephemera chronicling 40 years of Boston’s music scene. View items from Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, The Cars, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.

DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection

Saturday, October 29 1:00pm

Panel Discussion - A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items $100 and under to help you begin your collection. 

Typewriter Rodeo

Saturday, October 29, 2:00-5:00pm

The Typewriter Rodeo poets will be on hand to write an original poem for you on any topic you choose on their eclectic collection of vintage typewriters.

Librarians Who Collect: Ticknor Roundtable

Saturday, October 29, 3:00pm

The Ticknor Society collectors’ roundtable will feature Mindell Dubansky (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) on her collection of blooks (objects that look like books), Christian Dupont (Boston College), Silvia Dupont (Newton North High School) collection of 18th and 19th century Italian grammar books and Joshua Lupkin (Harvard University) on a collecting books about cats and dogs - discussing interesting collections outside of their institutional holdings.

Adventures in Literary Archaeology - Edgar Allen Poe & Boston

Sunday, October 30, 12:30pm

Paul Lewis, professor of English at Boston College and president of the Poe Studies Association, discusses his work on Edgar Allan Poe’s relation to Boston’s literati and on recovering a generation of poets who published in Boston during the early national period.

FREE Expert Appraisals!

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Bring your books & ephemera to get expert free appraisals. You might find you have a valuable treasure!

Red Planet copy.jpgDALLAS — Two iconic images of 20th century science fiction and pop culture  — Red Planet, 1974, by Frank Frazetta and John Alvin’s original painting used as the movie poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  — highlight Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 12 Illustration Art Auction in Dallas. The hand-curated selection touches every corner of the illustration world, from Robert Crumb to classic pin-up art and pulp fiction cover art.

“The amount of fresh-to-market artwork in this auction is simply staggering,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of at Heritage Auctions. “We are offering the finest examples from highly sought-after artists right now.”

High-end science fiction artwork is expected to take top lot honors as Frank Frazetta’s Red Planet, 1974 (est. $150,000+), crosses the block barely two months after Heritage set a seven-figure world auction record for the artist.

Another auction first, the Original Promotional Movie Poster Illustration for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is offered at auction for the first time after hanging on Hollywood writer and producer Bob Bendetson’s office wall for the last 13 years ($150,000+). “Every time my son’s or daughter’s friends would see the painting they’d stand in front of it with their fingers touching in the same way,” recalled Bendetson.

Universal Pictures outsourced the poster to a company called Intralink and its master movie poster artist John Alvin. Utilizing his daughter's hand as a model and taking inspiration from Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, Alvin’s painting became the most well-associated image for the 1982 film, which many critics call director Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made.

Heritage’s global reputation for offering the finest of Gil Elvgren’s pin-up art holds true as A Lot at Steak, a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration from 1955 (est. $50,000-$70,000) and Tasteful Design, circa 1960s, will be available to collectors for the first time in nearly a decade ($50,000-$70,000). Elvgren’s playful Hold Everything (Making Friends; Puppy Love), 1962 (est. $40,000-$60,000) and Worth a Gander, 1951, another Brown and Bigelow calendar illustration (est. $40,000-$60,000) were both created at the height of the artist’s career. The original art for Vargas Girl, February 1946, a classic Esquire calendar illustration by of Antonio Vargas, another king of the American pin-up genre, also appears in the auction ($30,000-$50,000).

Additional fresh-to-market artwork by America’s most revered and beloved illustrators include Robert Crumb’s Elvis Tilley, the original cover art for the February 21, 1994 The New Yorker magazine (est. $30,000-$50,000) makes its auction debut, as does a set of two works in one lot by Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Suess. The works titled Suess Navy, National Motorboat Show -- Standard Oil advertisements, 1934-41 (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A selection of artwork by LeRoy Neiman, including Haute Cuisine, 1964, which makes its auction debut at Heritage (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Artist Tom Lovell’s The Occupation of Paris, Cosmopolitan magazine interior illustration, 1943 (est. $15,000-$25,000). 

Murder's Madcap Mermaid, 15-Story Detective magazine cover, June 1950, by Norman Saunders (est. $8,000-$12,000) highlights a selection of pulp fiction cover art from artists such as Boris Vallejo, Peter Driben, and John Hilkert

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest. The contest is made possible with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

The winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The special guest speaker for the ceremony is Toni Tipton-Martin, a food and nutrition journalist and community activist. She is the author of "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks," a James Beard Award-winning annotated bibliography that tells the story behind her rare collection of African-American cookbooks and food culture.

The 2016 winners are:

  • First Place: Luke Kelly, Harvard University, "A Collection of Eugene Walter, King of the Monkeys"
  • Second Place: Megan Jones, University of Kansas, "The Life and Times of Sacco and Vanzetti"
  • Third Place: Micaela Beigel, Goucher College, "Once We Were Dreamers: A Collection of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust"
  • Essay Award: Samantha Flitter, Princeton University, "The Sand and the Sea: An Age of Sail Library in Rural New Mexico"

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book-collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition before turning over leadership in 2010 to the new institutional partners.

In 1815, the Library of Congress acquired the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, the basis of its future development. Later collectors such as Lessing J. Rosenwald, John Boyd Thacher and Otto H. Vollbehr, among many others, conveyed their book collections to the Library, where they are conserved and made available in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. More recently, the Library received the gift of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts and other early American materials. The reconstructed library of Thomas Jefferson and selections from the Kislak collection are on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (www.abaa.org) is a trade association of more than 450 professionals who specialize in fine and rare books and printed matter. Members are united in a passion for books and related material and are bound by a code of ethics.

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (www.fabsbooks.org) is an association of collecting organizations with a mission to communicate, share and support bibliocentric activities, experience and ideas among member clubs for mutual benefit and pleasure.

The Grolier Club of New York City (www.grolierclub.org) is the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America. It fosters "the study, collecting and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production and commerce."

The Jay I. Kislak Foundation (www.kislakfoundation.org) is a nonprofit institution engaged in the collection, conservation, research and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps and indigenous art and cultural artifacts of the Americas and other parts of the world. It exists to advance knowledge and understanding of cultures and history through its collections and programs.

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.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit read.gov.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books, internationally renowned specialist dealer in maps, atlases and rare books, is to open a gallery in New York, enabling the business to expand its operation into the United States.

The gallery will be at 24 East 64th Street, in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side. The premises will include exhibition space and offices and will open on 25 January 2017. The launch is timed to coincide with the Winter Antiques Show (20 - 29 January) and Bibliography Week (23 - 28 January) - two leading events in New York’s cultural calendar.

Daniel Crouch and Nick Trimming, partners in Daniel Crouch Rare Books, have appointed Noah Goldrach to manage the New York gallery for them. Daniel Crouch said, “We are delighted to expand our business further into the US market. We have exhibited at fairs in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, San Francisco and Los Angeles for several years and believe that the time is now right to have a permanent space in the US. With premises in both London and New York we are better able to find wonderful items for collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. We prefer to think of ourselves less as “Brexiles”, and more as “Englishmen in New York”.”

Crouch added, “Noah Goldrach is knowledgeable, young, enthusiastic, and well known in New York. He has gained impressive experience in both the auction and dealing sectors before joining us this year”.

Daniel Crouch placed many great maps and atlases in both private and institutional collections, including both the first and second most expensive atlas ever sold: the 1477 “Bologna Ptolemy” for £2.14m in 2007, and the “Doria Atlas” for £1.5m in 2005, as well as the (then) second (now fourth) most expensive printed map ever sold: the 1602 “Ricci” map, which he sold for $1m in 2009. 

The company’s interest in the field isn’t just commercial: Daniel Crouch Rare Books gives a fixed proportion of its profit to charity, and recently paid for the digitization of the atlases in the King’s Topographical Collection at the British Library.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books is a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The carefully selected stock also includes a number of fine prints and globes, and a selection of cartographic reference books. The company is particularly celebrated for stocking unusual and quirky maps that are in fine condition.

(Victoria, BC, Canada - September 26, 2016) AbeBooks.com today launched a new method of shopping for collectibles - including art, ephemera and books - that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. 

Collections is a new highly visual section of the AbeBooks online marketplace that contains thousands of themed lists curated by independent professional sellers in more than 40 countries. A vast array of first edition and signed books are displayed alongside collectible art and photography, historic maps and atlases, and multiple types of ephemera.

The art and photography category offers drawings and sketches, original art, paintings, photographs and prints. The ephemera section displays broadsides, vintage magazines, pamphlets, postcards from numerous nations, and posters covering cinema, politics, travel, and other topics.

Customers can easily move from one collection to the next, going deeper into niche subjects. Virginia-based seller Lorne Bair offers a curated collection of obscure books about Eccentrics, Cranks & Difficult People. Hungarian seller Földvári Books offers intriguing Eastern Bloc propaganda ephemera. New York-based seller Donald A. Heald offers historic American pocket maps. Dutch seller Librarium of The Hague offers beautiful military prints from the 19th century. San Diego’s Charles Lewis Best offers detailed black and white engravings of invertebrates.

“Anyone who enjoys hunting through used bookstores, antique shops and art galleries for obscure treasures will relish Collections,” said Arkady Vitrouk, CEO of AbeBooks. “Collections allows sellers to define the topics and offer an innovative discovery experience. We think customers are going to love this new way of browsing.”

Collections are created when sellers upload items to AbeBooks and curate each one into a list.

Customers can browse lists curated by individual sellers or view ‘Master Collections’ that combine similar Collections into a single curated list that can extend into thousands of items. Related Collections are continually recommended, and AbeBooks’ editors highlight some of the most eye-catching lists.

Among the sellers offering Collections are New York’s Strand Book Store, Powell’s Books in Portland, Royal Books from Baltimore, Hennessey + Ingalls from Los Angeles, and Powell’s Bookstores of Chicago.

Visit https://www.abebooks.com/collections/

About AbeBooks Inc

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as art, ephemera and other collectibles. Millions of items are listed for sale by thousands of sellers around the world. Visit http://www.abebooks.com/

LOS ANGELES, September 26, 2016—A set of over 50 rarely available first edition books featuring works by Sir Isaac Newton, William Faulkner, John Hancock, J.R.R. Tolkien and James Fenimore Cooper will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 29. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

The books being auctioned include well-recognized fiction and non-fiction works from the troves of notable collectors. Among the books being auctioned are the following: 

● Nobel laureate William Faulkner's breakthrough novel The Sound and the Fury includes a first printing color dust jacket with a price of $3.00 on the rear cover. The 1929 first edition copy comes from the collection of noted Faulkner collector Clifton Barrett.
http://natedsanders.com/Very_Rare_First_Edition_of_William_Faulkner_s___Th-LOT45142.aspx

● British author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy first edition set was printed in 1954 and 1955. Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King are first printings while Second Towers is a first edition, second printing.
http://natedsanders.com/First_Edition_Set_of_Tolkien_s___Lord_of_the_Rings-LOT45198.aspx

● The first edition, first printing of 19th Century American novelist James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans dates back to 1826. Two volumes are bound into one leather book.
http://natedsanders.com/James_Fenimore_Cooper_s___Last_of_the_Mohicans___F-LOT45135.aspx

● A personal edition from Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock’s private library.  The 1747 book is titled Universal History, From the Earliest Account of Time, Vol. VII features John Hancock’s signature on the inside front cover.
http://natedsanders.com/Extremely_Rare_John_Hancock_Signed_Book__From_His_-LOT45110.aspx

● A rare first edition by British scientist Sir Isaac Newton's The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy is going under the hammer. The 1729 book is considered one of Newton’s most important books.
http://natedsanders.com/Rare_First_Edition_of_Sir_Isaac_Newton_s___The_Mat-LOT45127.aspx

Additional information on the books can be found at http://natedsanders.com/Category/Authors_and_Literature-3.html

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

An industry leader in documents and autographs, Nate D. Sanders Auctions has conducted auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now holds major auctions on a monthly basis. Owner Nate Sanders is recognized for his knowledge of sports, historical and Hollywood memorabilia. To learn more visit natedsanders.com.

Another fun-filled, action-packed Library of Congress National Book Festival is underway at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This, the 16th annual event, was notable for several debuts - the first major public appearance of newly-sworn-in Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and the festival debut of best-selling author Stephen King, who was recognized for his contributions to literacy.

Hayden introduced King on the festival’s first ever Main Stage. The 2,500-seat auditorium, the largest in festival history, featured authors across genres ranging from fiction to contemporary life to graphic novels.

"Stephen has continuously brought us spellbinding fiction that makes us read, keeps us reading, and fixes us to the edges of our seats," Hayden said. "What you might not know is how devoted Stephen has been all these years to promoting the indispensable tools of reading and literacy. We are proud to single him out now. An individual who not only gives back to his readers, but ensures that the number of readers grows."

In another festival first, the presentation was streamed live on Facebook to more than 150,000 viewers.

The Main Stage also featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shonda Rhimes.

Hayden also presented the Library’s Prize for American Fiction to author Marilynne Robinson to open the day’s activities.

Nodding to the festival poster art, depicting a small boat filled with books floating in a sea of blue by painter Yuko Shimizu, Hayden noted the year’s them of journeys. "Books are journeys, and a story is a voyage unto itself, taking us places we otherwise might never go," she said.

The 2016 event continues into the night, but news about next year’s festival was broken early. The date for the 2017 event was revealed to be September 2, 2017. While thanking festival benefactor and co-chairman David M. Rubenstein, Hayden announced next year’s date.

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 are 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, Centro Primo Levi, 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, Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners are 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.

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