January 2010 Archives

The Bard of Avon

Certainly the most widely read, most often published, and most influential writer in the annals of English literature is William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon. His 36 plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Though a number of his plays were published during his lifetime - he died in 1616 at age 52 - it was not until 1623 that a collected edition of his plays was published, known as the First Folio. Nine years later, another edition was called for, and in 1632 there was published the Second Folio of Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. It was essentially a page-for-page reprint of the First Folio, but with a very significant addition, John Milton’s “An Epitaph on the admirable Dramaticke Poet, W. Shakespeare” - the first appearance in print of any work of Milton’s. There were to be two more folio editions of Shakespeare’s Works published during the 17th century - the third folio of 1664 and the fourth folio of 1685.

John Ralph Willis Collection

When selections from The John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana come up for public auction on Feb. 11 & 12, as part of Heritage Auctions Galleries Beverly Hills Signature┬« Rare Book Auction, it will be the first time that serious book collectors will have a chance to acquire some of the world class rarities in the respected educator’s collection.

James S. Copley Library

Beginning in April 2010, Sotheby’s New York will have the privilege of offering the James S. Copley Library, an astonishing survey in original manuscripts of American history and worldwide literary, artistic and scientific achievement. The core of the collection is its remarkable range of handwritten letters, documents, and other manuscripts which trace this history of America from the earliest incursions of Jesuit missionaries into California through the archive of letters sent by General Eisenhower to his wife from the battlefields of Europe. The depth and breadth of the library is astounding, reflecting the interest and passions of an inspired collector and newspaper publisher along with a dedicated curator who together sought the finest works available.


Book History Workshop

Registration has opened for the ninth annual Book History Workshop at Texas
A&M, scheduled for May 23-28, 2010.

The Marble Heart

Poster for the show president Lincoln saw Booth perform at will be offered during Bonhmas & Butterfields February auction.

Student Essay Competition

The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LH&RB) of the American Association of Law Libraries, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the second annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen's scholarly work is in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography. The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship.


Newton, Darwin & Galileo

A core of exceedingly rare and valuable math and natural science tomes - taken together they create much of the basis for modern study of the subjects - anchor the deep and highly diverse lineup at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills' Feb. 11 Signature Rare Books event.

AAS Summer Seminar

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture, whose topic will be "The Global American South and Early American Print Culture."

The Atlas Catalogue

Martayan Lan offers new online catalogue with nearly every atlas in their inventory.  On offer in this online catalogue is nearly every atlas in our inventory, a number of which have been newly added to our web site. There are sterling examples of two of the great Dutch atlases - a late edition Ortelius and Jansson's very rare 8-volume city atlas. There is an exceptionally strong representation of American atlases - both American-printed (the S. A. Mitchell, Finley, Colton, White/ Willard, Garcia y Cubas, and Morse) - and non-American-printed with America as the focus: Wytlfliet; Sayer & Bennett's "Holster Atlas" for Revolutionary War officers; Vandermaelen; Buchon; and the set of maps from Diderot’s encyclopedia.

News from MARIAB

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers had a busy & productive finish to 2009:

In September, we held our quarterly meeting at the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum. Ann C. Pingree Director Sidney E. Berger offered a lively show & tell of some library treasures. After lunch, members toured the museum.

The Grey Ghost

LOS ANGELES - An emotional and pointed farewell given by controversial Civil War Colonel John S. Mosby, believed to be one of only two contemporary copies known to be written by him, will be auctioned off as part of Heritage Auctions Los Angeles Signature® Historical Manuscripts & Autographs Auction, Feb. 12. It is estimated at $70,000-$90,000.

Library Architecture at Yale

Yale University Library is pleased to announce the publication of the first volume of Yale Library Studies, a new annual series that succeeds the Yale University Library Gazette, which was published from 1926 to 2008. Taking Library Architecture at Yale as its theme and subtitle, the first volume features drawings, designs, and photographs of Yale libraries by James Gamble Rogers, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Paul Rudolph, Gordon Bunshaft, and many other distinguished architects.

African-American Fine Art

Museum-quality works from notable collections to be offered at Swann Galleries’ February 23 auction of African-American Fine Art.


New York—On February 23, Swann Galleries will offer an exceptional auction of African-American Fine Art that ranges from rare early 20th century paintings and sculptures through desirable contemporary works. The sale contains approximately 160 lots from many notable collections and estates, and includes many museum-quality works.


The Wright Stuff

Exceptional Frank Lloyd Wright archive to highlight Valentine's Day auction. Included within the 400-lot Bonhams & Butterfields Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on February 14, 2010 is a massive archive of photographs, correspondence and select building plans related to groundbreaking architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. Assembled by Professor Henry Russell Hitchcock for the landmark 1942 treatise In the Nature of Materials, which he co-authored with Wright, the archive offers an exceptionally rich documentation of the architect's work including notes for images of many buildings that no longer survive (est. $20,000-30,000).

African-American Fine Art

On February 23, Swann Galleries will offer an exceptional auction of African-American Fine Art that ranges from rare early 20th century paintings and sculptures through desirable contemporary works. The sale contains approximately 160 lots from many notable collections and estates, and includes many museum-quality works.

Facing the Late Victorians

When the Tampa Bay Hotel opened in 1891, Hotel guests were reading Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, and George Eliot and talking about the latest paintings by James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. They congregated on the veranda and in the Grand Salon to recite the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson and chuckled with amusement at Oscar Wilde’s witticisms. These celebrities and their works were part of their lives. Today, Museum guests will laugh and gossip as they explore the world made relevant by these famous artists and writers.

Einstein Trove at Heritage

A trio of intriguing lots related to the father of modern physics, Albert Einstein, from three distinct and important periods of his life, will provide a fascinating survey of one of the great geniuses of all-time when they come up for public auction as part of Heritage Galleries Beverly Hills' Feb. 11-12 Rare Books and Historical Manuscripts & Autographs Auctions.

FDR Birthday Celebration

The National Park Service, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Roosevelt Institute will host a series of afternoon events to commemorate Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday on Saturday, January 30, 2010. The programs begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home with a book talk and signing by Richard D. Heffner and Alexander Heffner about their book, A Documentary History of the United States. Following the talk, the National Park Service will hold a 3:00 p.m. ceremony at President Roosevelt's grave in the Rose Garden. Refreshments will be served in the Wallace Center after the ceremony. These events are free of charge and open to the public.

Underwater Treasure

“New technologies have made deep water wrecks easily accessible” reports the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization. This includes 90 Spanish Galleons and 40 Portuguese Indiamen off the Azores.

New Englad Antiques

The Winter Antiques Show announces that Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation, will display fine, decorative and applied arts from its 36 historically and architecturally significant properties in the featured loan exhibition at this year’s Show from January 22 -31, 2010 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England, which celebrates Historic New England’s centennial, showcases some of the finest items from its collection of more than 110,000 objects. The exhibition is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance, which has sponsored the loan exhibition for 14 consecutive years.

"Useful and Beautiful"

"Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites" will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7-9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society, "Useful and Beautiful" will highlight the strengths of the University of Delaware's rare books, art, and manuscripts collections; Winterthur's important holdings in American decorative arts; and the Delaware Art Museum's superlative Pre-Raphaelite collection (the largest outside Britain). All events will focus on the multitude of transatlantic exchanges that involved Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements of the late nineteenth century.
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