Mitchell-LeRouge 1756 copy.jpgGlen Allen, Virginia—May 24, 2017—Over 400 lots focused on the history, discovery, and evolution of the United States will be offered by Old World Auctions in a special single-owner sale, "Evolution of a Nation: The David J. Morgan Collection." The auction runs from June 7-14, 2017 and includes important works by Humboldt, Pike, Carey, Melish, Filson, Mackenzie, Darby, and Hennepin, as well as dozens of items that rarely come up for sale. 

A highlight of the sale is the 1756 Le Rouge French second edition of John Mitchell's monumental wall map of North America, focused on what would become the United States in two decades. Often described as "the most important map in American history," the map was used for boundary determinations at the Treaty of Paris in 1783, as well as other significant boundary disputes. Other notable items include Juan Corradi's 1802 rare map of the Southwest and its companion Gulf Coast map, the 1793 Filson/Stockdale embryonic map of Kentucky, the 1817 issue of Lewis & Clark's landmark map of the West, the complete first edition of David Burr's A New Universal Atlas, and Jean Frederic Bernard's 1720 volume with important accounts by Tonti and Hennepin.

David J. Morgan, a well-known collector of cartography, has curated his collection of the political evolution of the United States for nearly 50 years. A geologist by trade, Dave's interest in maps ignited as a result of his work with the Attorney General's office of Louisiana to prepare its case against the federal government in the tidelands controversy. Over the years he has created a comprehensive collection of the progression of knowledge of the United States. Barry Ruderman, of Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, commented, "Dave is one of the most astute collectors with whom I've worked. I've been most impressed with his ability to appreciate and integrate into his collection unusual material. His depth of knowledge and appreciation for integrating standard material with rarities, and for identifying maps that were often under-appreciated in the market, made his collection special." 

This extraordinary collection of American material will include historical books, maps, and other cartographic items. The auction catalog will be available online on June 7, 2017 and interested bidders can register for the sale at www.oldworldauctions.com.

Image: Mitchell/Le Rouge, Amerique Septentrionale avec les Routes, Distances en Miles, Limites et Etablissements Francois et Anglois..., 1756.

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 10.24.21 AM.pngNew York—Christie’s is pleased to present The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD, a superb selection of important works from the heyday of beautifully illustrated natural history books, taking place on Thursday, June 15 at 11:30am, Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza. The Gerald Dorros Collection encompasses the iconic volumes created in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, which transformed the world’s understanding of nature through the diligent research and artistry found in these tomes. This choice collection highlights works by the masters of ornithological art — John James Audubon, John Gould, and Saverio Manetti — and includes several fine presentation copies.

Featured in the sale are fine examples of first edition ornithological studies from masters of the field, including John Gould’s The Birds of Australia, London, [1840]-1869, Gould’s major ornithological achievement (estimate: $250,000-350,000); Saverio Manetti’s Storia degli Uccelli, Florence, 1767-1776, one of the greatest 18th century bird books (estimate: $150,000-250,000); and Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of the Pheasants, New York, 1870-1872 (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

Complementing the comprehensive ornithological library are a few of the great works on mammals by these masters, including a first edition in exquisite condition of John James Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, New York, 1845-54, featuring 150 broadsheets of hand-colored lithographic plates (estimate: $250,000-350,000); and Elliott’s Cats and Gould’s Mammals of Australia, illustrating the full power of natural history art, from the skies to the sylvan expanses across the globe.

On June 15, 2017, the Books & Manuscripts department will also be auctioning The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection at 10am and the various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana and the Eric C. Caren Collection at 2pm, at Christie’s New York.

Image: John James Audubon (1785-1851) and Rev. John BACHMAN (1790-1874).The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1845-54. Estimate: $250,000-350,000

 

crossing_the_delaware_and_the_battle_of_trenton_great_news_from_new-yo_d6082779g.jpgNew York—Christie’s announces the sale of the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper at 2pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017 as a single-owner selection beginning the Books & Manuscripts auction, at Rockefeller Plaza. The 109 lots of the Caren Collection comprise broadsides, manuscripts, newspapers and pamphlets from the 16th-20th centuries and are expected to realize in excess of $1,000,000.

Eric Caren is a well-known figure at the vanguard of collecting historical paper. He started at age 11, carrying home armfuls of old newspapers from a local abandoned house. Decades later he sold his first collection of rare newspapers to form the nucleus of The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Caren is the author of 12 books on media history, including co-author of The Civil War (Smithsonian Headliner Series, 2004). He has handled literally millions of examples of “how history unfolds on paper” and considers the examples being sold on June 15 some of the best of the best of what he has collected over many decades.

The Caren Collection is remarkable for the high degree of rarity from item to item. Like the broadside pictured above, many lots are either the only examples known, unique manuscript items, or the only examples known to have appeared at public sale. These leaflets, handbills and personal letters were made to convey the news of the moment; that they survive for posterity at all is extraordinary.

Christina Geiger, Senior Specialist in Books and Manuscripts, states, “To hold them in your hands gives a true thrill. One feels a visceral connection to the important news stories of the past and to the men and women who lived through them.”

Further highlights include: a manuscript deposition which led to the execution of a Salem witch, 1692 (estimate $50,000-80,000); a letter written from Little Big Horn by a participant describing how he discovered Custer’s body and blaming the massacre on Custer (estimate $40,000-60,000); a front-page newspaper printing of Thomas Paine’s “These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls” American Crisis #1 (estimate $25,000-35,000); the earliest newspaper announcing the surrender of Cornwallis and end of the Revolutionary War under a huge banner headline “Laus Deo!” (estimate $15,000-25,000); and the breakthrough 1974 article with the invention of the internet, signed and inscribed by both inventors (estimate $12,000-18,000).

Image: The only known copy of this “Great News” broadside announcing Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware and signal victory at Trenton. Salem, MA: E. Russell, January 7, 1777. Estimate: $40,000-60,000

 

Hess Nobel medal.jpgThe Nobel Prize Medal for Physics awarded in 1936 to the Austrian scientist who discovered cosmic radiation, Victor Hess, will be offered at Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in New York on Wednesday June 7th. The medal, accompanied by its elaborate award document in its blue leather portfolio, is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.

Before Hess’s ground-breaking discovery, scientists had assumed that radiation was emanating from the earth. A series of hot air balloon flights made between 1911 and 1913, in which Hess ascended into the atmosphere and measured the ionization, enabled him to prove the opposite. He demonstrated that the effect was stronger at higher altitudes than at ground level, indicating that the radiation being measured was not coming from naturally occurring radioactive elements on earth. Further experiments conducted during a solar eclipse, in which his measurements did not vary, ruled out the sun as a source of the phenomenon, and confirmed that these “rays” were coming from the vast expanse of space. This radiation would later come to be referred to as “cosmic rays,” and Hess’s discovery would open the door to vistas of space that are still being explored today, as scientists probe the outer reaches of the known universe.

In 1938, Hess fled Austria with his Jewish wife after the Anschluss with Nazi Germany incorporated the country into the Third Reich. He settled in the United States where he joined the faculty of Fordham University in New York, and enjoyed an illustrious career as a professor of Physics. 

Bonhams specialist Darren Sutherland said, “The solid gold Nobel medal and decorative document belonging to Victor Hess represent a high point in a long and distinguished career. They serve as a symbol of the selfless pursuit of knowledge by a devoted scientist whose discovery opened the door to the exploration of the outer universe.”

9279cb7f-11ca-415e-a66c-c2cab69036e6.pngLOS ANGELES—On June 9th in Los Angeles, Profiles in History will auction off 50 rare Disney theme park cast member attraction costumes. It is the largest collection to ever be offered at auction. Highlights include, a five piece Haunted Mansion gothic style costume and a four piece, Haunted Mansion, gothic style maid costume, each is estimated to sell for $900 - $1,500. Costumes from almost every Disney attraction are included like, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hall of Presidents, Tomorrowland, Animal Kingdom and they are each estimated to sell in the range of $100-$800.

Next up is Walt Disney's original hand-annotated working script for Cinderella. It is a 147 page draft from 5 years before the animated film was released. A total of 20 pages contain Walt Disney's handwritten notes. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000.

Also going up for auction is a Beauty and the Beast Main Street animated window display purchased at the Disneyana Convention at Walt Disney World in 2000. This is the actual window display with moving parts that all still work. It contains an iconic scene from the film. Only a handful of these animated window displays have ever been offered for sale by Disney. It is estimated to sell for $10,000-$20,000.

Finally, 120 gorgeously detailed Pinocchio paintings created by the top Disney animators stationed in England. The paintings were produced for the De Beukelaer Company, located in Belgium. When people bought a tin of cookies, they would receive collectible Pinocchio stickers. The goal was to collect all 120. These were the paintings for the stickers and included with the art are all 120 stickers. The lot is estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000. 

Other treasures include a handmade stove, made by Walt Disney! In the late 1940's Disney built a small-scale railroad, the "Carolwood Pacific," in the backyard of his home on Carolwood Drive. He crafted a miniature pot-bellied stove for the caboose as a training project to acquaint himself with the tooling equipment. He enjoyed crafting the stove so much, he made several more. It is estimated to sell for $2,500-$3,500.

Image: Walt Disney's original hand-annotated working script for Cinderella.

ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com

 

DALLAS, Texas (May 23, 2017) - Robert Crumb’s 1969 Fritz The Cat Cover Art set a world record May 18 for the most valuable piece of American comic art when it crossed the block for $717,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction in New York. The headlining lot in the firm’s inaugural Platinum Night session, the classic Underground Comix art was also the most valuable lot in the $8.3 million auction May 18-20.

“Artworks from Underground Comix - especially from masters such as Robert Crumb - are becoming recognized in the fine art world as cultural cornerstones,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comic Operations at Heritage Auctions. “Three of the top four lots in the auction were by Crumb.”

Original Comic Art Scores Big

Crumb’s original art for a complete, four-page story from The People’s Comics (Golden Gate Publishing, 1972) and his ironic “Keep On Truckin’” sequel page from 1972 realized $191,200 each. These two pieces are now tied for the second highest price ever realized at auction for Robert Crumb artwork.

Frank Frazetta’s In Pharaoh’s Tomb Battlestar Galactica Painting Original Art from 1978 also ended at $191,200. Steve Ditko’s original art for Page 17 from Amazing Spider-Man #23, featuring an epic battle scene between Spidey and the Green Goblin, brought $104,562.

Original cover art by Jack “King” Kirby and Vince Colletta for Thor #136, which has resided in a private collection for the past 25 years, more than doubled its $40,000 estimate to end at $101,575.

A Platinum Age gem, the original Sunday Comic Strip Art from Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, dated 1908 - one of just five full Nemo Sunday strips ever offered at Heritage - sold for $89,625.

Joshua Middleton’s NYX #3 Cover and Concept Art, featuring the first appearance of X-23 (Marvel, 2004) realized $71,700 - setting a record for a piece of 21st century comic art since none has sold for more.

Additional comic art highlights include:

Neal Adam’s Original Cover Art for Batman #222 featuring a riff on The Beatles (DC, 1970): $77,675

Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen #2 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986): $65,725

Dave Gibbons’ and John Higgins’ Watchmen Les Gardiens (French Edition) #1 Cover Painting Comedian Original Art (DC/Zenda, 1987): $65,725

Record-setting Comic Books

Suspense Comics #3 Mile High Pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1944), a Golden Age treasure with a NM- 9.2 grade from CBCS, was sold for $262,900 - setting a world record for the issue. This pulp-style comic book won top lot among the auction’s comic books. This issue triumphs over the Pennsylvania Pedigree VF/NM 9.0 CBCS copy that realized at $173,275 in 2015 at Heritage, which at the time was the highest price ever realized at auction for a non-superhero comic book.

The Avengers #4 (Marvel, 1964) rose above and beyond its pre-auction estimate of $120,000 to be auctioned for $143,400. This copy is one out of four copies with a CGC grade of NM/MT 9.8 - the highest reported grade of this issue.

Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963), NM 9.4 CGC, famous for the first appearance of Iron Man, sold for $95,600.

Anticipating her own movie releasing in June, Wonder Woman #1 (DC, 1942) captivated the auction floor when this VF- 7.5 CGC-grade comic realized $95,600.

With only five copies known to receive a higher CGC grade, The Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4, collected 14 bids to be sold for $89,625. In this edition, the Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp) make their first appearance as a team, and thanks to the current blockbuster movies, these comics remain in the spotlight.

Additional highlights include:

The Amazing Spider-Man #1, CGC NM- 9.2 Massachusetts Pedigree (Marvel, 1963): $95,600

The Incredible Hulk #1 CGC VF 8.0 (Marvel, 1962): $89,625

Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC FR 1.0: $83,650

All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CGC VGF 5.0: $54,970

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

Books and Works on Paper copy.jpegBloomsbury Auctions will be hosting the auction of Books & Works on Paper at 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP, at 12noon. The sale comprises 416 lots, ranging from in estimate from £100 - £6,000, with works from a wide range of collecting categories, notably English Literature & History, Autographs and Memorabilia, Art & Architecture, Travel and Sport, amongst others.

Of particular interest is an autograph letter signed by renowned English naturalist, Charles Darwin. The letter (lot 140, est. £4,000-£6,000) is written on mourning stationary to an unknown recipient, and reads: "Four editions of the Origin have appeared; that published last month is considerably added to and can be purchased through any bookseller. I am glad to hear that you are interested in the subject”, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 17 December [1866]. Darwin received a request from his publisher John Murray for a fourth edition of 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ in February 1866. This edition was released in November and it featured several corrections and additions to the previous ones, including a discussion on whether one or many forms of life first appeared.

Other sale highlights include a first paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from 1997 (lot 214, est. £2,500-£3,500), as well as a first edition of Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever from 1956 (lot 193, est. £700-£900).

A beautiful engraved double-hemisphere world map with original hand-colouring is estimated to reach £700-£900. The 1746 map by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg, (lot 344) shows inset northern, southern and oblique hemispheres, diagrams of the earth's position at the solstices, and includes Latin and French title cartouches of allegorical figures in the upper corners.

From the Science & Natural History section, lot 369 is a first edition of The Historie of Foure-footed Beastes by Edward Topsell, from 1607 (est. £1,000-£1,500). Topsell’s fantastical works are remembered for their detailed illustrations, such as the rhinoceros based on Albrecht Dürer’s 1515 woodcut.

Six botanical engravings from Nuremberg, [c.1613 and later] by Basilius Besler also feature (lot 370, est. £2,500- £3,500). The engravings include irises, hyacinths, sweet peas, caryophyllus and campanula.

From the Sporting group, a set of first editions of Chinese Kung-Fu Karato by Leong Fu (lot 416, est. £250-£350) is offered. The set is in 21 original parts, with illustrations by the author, original illustrated wrappers and within its original postal box. The editions were self-published in Ipoh, Perak, Malasia, in 1958.

Auction time/date: 12pm, Thursday 22nd June 2017 Auction location: 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP 

Image: Lot 140: Autograph letter signed by Charles Darwin, 1866, (est. £4,000-£6,000)

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin announces its appointment of Aaron T. Pratt as Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts. Pratt, who begins May 30, will provide curatorial support for the Ransom Center’s early book and manuscript holdings and participate in a variety of activities that promote their teaching and research use.

The Center’s early book and manuscript holdings include the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library of English Literature, which is internationally known for first and important editions of plays, poems, novels, essays, polemical writings and translations of the most significant English writers from 1475 to 1700, including William Caxton, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Andrew Marvell, John Donne, John Dryden, William Congreve, Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon, among many others. The Pforzheimer books are supplemented by 2,000 manuscript items. 

Pratt will also provide curatorial support for other early book and manuscript holdings, including the Gutenberg Bible, the Wrenn library, the Recusant collection, the Uzielli Aldine Press collection and incunabula. 

"From the Gutenberg Bible, to Shakespeare Folios, a manuscript of ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and editions of Galileo, the early print and manuscript holdings form one of the Ransom Center’s cornerstones, and they remain rich with untapped research potential,” says Pratt. “There's no hyperbole when I say that I am thrilled at the opportunity to develop the collection and support innovative research, teaching and outreach.”

Pratt will support researchers working with the Center’s early book and manuscripts collections and collaborate with colleagues to promote enhanced access to collections, including digital initiatives and exhibitions. He’ll also expand and strengthen the early book and manuscript holdings and will work closely with the Center’s conservation department on setting treatment priorities for collection materials.

“All of us are excited about the curatorial vision Aaron brings to this post,” says Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center, “and we look forward to seeing the university’s most valuable cultural collections fully utilized in service to our teaching and research mission.”   

Pratt is a specialist in early modern literature and culture, bibliography and the history of the book. He was previously an assistant professor of English at Trinity University in San Antonio. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from The Ohio State University.

At Yale, Pratt worked closely with David Scott Kastan, the celebrated expert in Shakespeare and the history of the book. He also served as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and co-founded and organized the Yale Program in the History of the Book.

“Aaron seems to me the best young book historian in the country,” says Kastan. “He knows seemingly everything about early modern books and book production, but in addition to how much he knows and how smart he is, he is generous, kind, curious and flat-out fun.”

Pratt is a recipient of the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography from Rare Book School. 

 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Wachtel as Senior Consultant for Rare Books at Kestenbaum & Company.

After fifteen years with Sotheby's, David looks forward to working alongside our longstanding chief scholar, Rabbi Eliezer Katzman, in researching and preparing our highly well-regarded auction catalogues of Fine Judaica. 

We trust David will be a tremendous asset as we continue to seek to provide our clients with an exceptional level of service and expertise.

David may be reached directly via his e-mail address: David@Kestenbaum.net

David will be hosting a gallery tour in advance of our forthcoming June 22nd Judaica auction (details to follow). 

Kestenbaum & Company

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Tel: (212) 366-1197 •  Info@Kestenbaum.net •  www.Kestenbaum.net

One of America’s oldest bookseller trade associations, the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), will hold its annual fair featuring fine antiquarian, rare and collectible First Editions and a universe of books on topics such as: Americana, Art & Photography, Literature, Poetry, Children's Books, Cookbooks, Science & Technology, Transportation, Railroadiana, Civil War, Illustrated Books, Chicago History & Authors.

This year’s fair will be held at Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Admission is $6 and parking is free. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

“Our fairs give you the rare chance to view and purchase books as they were first introduced to the world,” said MWABA President Hank Zuchowski. “Holding an historically significant book is a unique experience that can’t be duplicated in this digital age.”

Besides collectible and general interest books, the fair features maps, leather bindings, autographs, broadsides, vintage paperbacks and pulps, prints, posters, photos & ephemera.

For more information, visit http://mwaba.com or contact Book Fair Manager Chris Rohe at (847) 722-8949 or chicagobookfair2014@gmail.com

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