April 2010 Archives

Magnificent Maps at BL

Opening on 30 April 2010, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art offers a rare chance to see an unrivalled collection of cartographic masterpieces on paper, wood, vellum, silver, silk and marble, including atlases, maps, globes and tapestries that were intended for display side-by-side with the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures.
Drawn from the 4½ million maps held in the British Library’s cartographic collections - the greatest map collection in the world - this new exhibition will showcase 100 maps dating from 200AD to the present day, including 80 of the most impressive wall-maps ever created, most of which have never been seen before.
Recreating the settings in which they would have originally been seen - from the palace to the schoolroom, the exhibition reveals how maps express an enormous variety of differing world views, using size and beauty to convey messages of status and power.
Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library, said:
“Maps are pictorial encyclopaedias that are about far more than just geography. The artistry of maps is seductive and like the teaspoon of sugar that helps the medicine go down, tries to persuade us to swallow a particular political message.
“Unless you have a scale of one-to-one, in effect a map is a lie because you can’t fit everything in. All maps are subjective, what is more important: the Last Judgment or the correct placement of Birmingham?
“Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art is a visual extravaganza that will, I hope, intrigue, fascinate and entrance visitors while challenging their assumptions about the very nature and purpose of maps.”
The exhibition coincides with two BBC Four series about maps broadcast this April. Peter Barber was series consultant for Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession and The Beauty of Maps which featured maps held in the British Library. See: www.bbc.co.uk/beautyofmaps.
For more information please contact:
Julie Yau, Arts Press Officer, British Library
020 7412 7237 / julie.yau@bl.uk

Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art is open every day from 30 April - 19 September 2010 in the PACCAR Gallery at the British Library. Admission to the exhibition is FREE.
Exhibition opening hours
Monday 09.30-18.00, Tuesday 09.30-20.00, Wednesday-Friday 09.30-18.00, Saturday 09.30-17.00, Sunday and English public holidays 11.00-17.00. All galleries are accessible by wheelchair. Information can be requested from Visitor Services staff on:  020 7412 7332.
Supported by the British Library Patrons.
There is a full events programme featuring talks, discussions, film, performance and more. Speakers include Peter Barber, Jerry Brotton, Lisa Jardine, Terry Jones, Marcia Kupfer, Richard Talbert, Ed Parsons (Google Maps), Grayson Perry, Iain Sinclair and David Starkey. For further information see www.bl.uk/whatson.
Exhibition book
The accompanying book, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art  by Peter Barber and Tom Harper will be published by British Library Publishing in April 2010, available in hardback at £29.95 (ISBN 978 0 7123 5092 1) and paperback at £17.95 (ISBN 978 0 7123 5093 8) with 176 pages, 311 x 232 mm, 150 colour illustrations. Available from the British Library Shop (tel: 020 7412 7735 / email: bl-bookshop@bl.uk) and online at www.bl.uk/shop as well as other bookshops throughout the UK.

Summer Book Courses in ILL.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois has a limited number of seats available to non-degree/community credit students in the following on-campus rare book and special collections courses during the summer 2010 semester.

LIS590PM - Paper in the Scholarly World with Sid Berger
Instruction Dates: May 24 - June 4, 2010

LIS590SR - Reference Sources for Rare Books with Joel Silver
LIS590DB - Descriptive Bibliography with Joel Silver
Instruction Dates: June 7 - June 18, 2010

LIS490BA - Book Arts Seminar with Bea Nettles
Instruction Dates: July 31 - August 4

For additional information: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/mbms/summer2010
Marianne Steadley
Continuing Professional Development  Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of IL
501 E. Daniel St. Champaign IL 61820
Fax: 217/244-3302

CA Rare Book School

In August 2010, California Rare Book School will offer 8 week-long courses
(M-F, for a total of 40 hours of instruction) on topics of interest to
librarians, archivists, booksellers, collectors, and students.

Week 1: 2-6 August 2010

Course: Book Illustration Processes to 1900
Faculty: Terry Belanger, Director Emeritus, Rare Book School, University of

Course: Descriptive Bibliography
Faculty: Bruce Whiteman, The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA

Course: Rare Book Cataloging
Faculty: Randal Brandt, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Course: Special Collections Librarianship: Operations & Administration
Faculty: Lynda Claassen, University of California San Diego and David
Zeidberg, Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens

Week 2: 9-13 August 2010

Course: Artists' Books: Collection Development and Assessment
Faculty: Johanna Drucker, The Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of
Bibliography, UCLA

Course: Books of the Far West, with an Emphasis on California
Faculty: Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library

Course: Preservation Stewardship of Library Collections
Faculty: Mark S. Roosa, Pepperdine University

Course: History of the Book, 200-1820
Faculty: Susan Allen, The Getty Research Institute

For more information about courses please visit

Admission to CalRBS is conducted on a rolling basis until the course is
full. Admission is determined by the instructor(s) of the course, based upon
the information provided in your application. Early application is
encouraged. Applications are available on the CalRBS website
<http://www.calrbs.org/applications.html>. Note that starting in 2010,
CalRBS will no longer require a letter of recommendation to apply.

The tuition for each CalRBS 2010 course is $995. If a student takes a course
in week 1 and week 2, the tuition is $1,800 for both courses. For
information about travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles, please visit
our website <http://www.calrbs.org/travel.html>.

California Rare Book School
254 GSEIS Building Box 951520
300 Charles E. Young Drive N.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

Phone 310-794-4138
Fax 310-206-4460

New Maps at Martayan Lan

We have just installed one of the largest and most beautiful city plans ever published - the Nolli of Rome , dating from 1748 - with a framed size of 7 1/2 by nearly 6 1/2 feet. It is the largest framed object we've yet to display here at Martayan Lan. But in addition to its breathtaking scale, the Nolli features the delicately atmospheric, ornamental engravings of Roman ruins by Piranesi. This Nolli alone is worth a visit to the gallery. Incidentally, Eno and Ralph, two of our very able employees here, had quite an adventure in getting the Nolli into our gallery - up six flights of stairs.

50th NY Book Fair Successful

Last week’s 2010 New York Antiquarian Book Fair marked the 50th anniversary of what has grown to be the most important book fair in the world.  Sponsored by the ABAA, the event brought together two hundred book dealers from all over the world to set up shop for the weekend in the Park Avenue Armory. 

Magna Carta in NY

Magna Carta To Go On View Wednesday, April 21 at The Morgan Library & Museum

Exhibition is Unexpected Result of the Transportation Disruption in Europe

Great Symbol of Liberty Is Part of the Manuscripts Collection of England's Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, which Made Generous Offer to the Morgan

New York, NY, April 20, 2010—One of the earliest original manuscripts of Magna Carta dating to 1217 goes on view Wednesday, April 21, at The Morgan Library & Museum. This extremely rare and important document came to New York for a special event for Oxford University but could not be returned to Britain because of the disruption to air traffic caused by the recent volcanic ash cloud. The Bodleian Libraries generously offered the Morgan the opportunity to exhibit Magna Carta while new arrangements were being made to transport it back to England. The document is on view at the Morgan through May 30.

This particular manuscript is one of four original versions of Magna Carta held by the Bodleian Library, and it had never before left Britain since being issued almost eight hundred years ago. Magna Carta or "Great Charter of English Liberties" was signed by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215 and was reissued throughout the thirteenth century by England's rulers. It is considered one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy and includes such fundamental rights as habeas corpus.

"This is a great and unexpected opportunity to put one of the Bodleian Library's original Magna Carta manuscripts on public display in New York for the first time," said Richard Ovenden, Keeper of Special Collections for the Bodleian. "Once we realized that our travel plans had to change because of unforeseen circumstances, we immediately got in touch with our friends at The Morgan Library & Museum who were glad to make available their state-of-the-art, high security exhibition facilities. We extend our gratitude to the Morgan for agreeing to display Magna Carta on such short notice and to keep it securely for us until it can return safely to Oxford."

In total, there are seventeen surviving original manuscripts of Magna Carta dating from 1215 to 1297. They are "engrossments," not copies, meaning they bear the Royal seal. The influence of Magna Carta in America is great and can be seen in such fundamental documents as the Bill of Rights.

"We are deeply grateful to our colleagues at the Bodleian Library for permitting the Morgan to display Magna Carta while new arrangements are made to return it to Oxford," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "This is an extraordinary and fortuitous event for the people of New York, who will now have the opportunity to see an original version of what is without a doubt one of the most important legal documents in history."

The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library—the Bodleian Library—which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University. The combined library collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 30,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in other formats. The Old Bodleian is also a major visitor attraction, drawing over 300,000 visitors a year. More information about the Bodleian Libraries and their activities can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today it is a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. More than a century after its founding, the Morgan maintains a unique position in the cultural life of New York City and is considered one of its greatest treasures. With the 2006 reopening of its newly renovated campus, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan reaffirmed its role as an important repository for the history, art, and literature of Western civilization from 4000 B.C. to the twenty-first century.

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405

Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended Friday hours, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Morgan closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

$12 for adults; $8 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
(212) 590-0310

Sandra Ho
(212) 590-0311

Bodleian Libraries
Sarah Henderson

Oana Romocea


Tennessee Antiquarian Fair

Cowan, Tennessee - In the United States there are about 10 major antiquarian book fairs held every year. They include St. Petersburg, Washington D. C., Akron, Albuquerque, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco. Now you can add Cowan, Tennessee to the calendar. The 2010 Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair will be held July 17 and 18 at Monterey Station in Cowan. Nearly 50 booksellers from over 12 different states are expected to participate in the fair. Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida are just some of the states from which booksellers will travel. Hundreds of book collectors and bookworms from all over the country will be in attendance. The fair will also include a program of lectures by authors and scholars on many different topics of interest to collectors and book lovers in general.

It is the unique venue that makes such a national event even possible. Built in the 1920’s the building now known as Monterey Station was once used as a shoe factory and a yarn mill. With nearly 30,000 sq ft it is one of the largest indoor event complexes in southern Middle Tennessee. Cowan not only boasts lower costs for event operations; it is also centrally located for the 10 million people living within a 3-hour drive. Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Knoxville, and Nashville are all less than 3 hours by car.

Cowan now has a population of about 1700, but at its peak there were more than 3,000 residents. Manufacturing jobs in the town once numbered in the hundreds, but like many small towns, Cowan has been forced to reinvent itself. It is gradually building a reputation as a tourist destination and as a haven for young retiree’s desiring a warmer climate, educational opportunities, and a lower cost of living. The University of the South is only 6 miles from Cowan, and it provides a wealth of educational and cultural activities.

The book fair promises to be an annual boost to the local economy not unlike the annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The small-town book fair is not without precedent. The small village of Hay-on-Wye in Wales hosts an annual ten-day book event that draws over 80,000 people. The Hay Festival is sponsored by The Guardian newspaper and has been an annual event since 1988. In fact it is now the largest annual literary event in Great Britain.

For more information contact:

Tom McGee
TN Antiquarian Booksellers’ Assn.
Tel. 931/636-5752
Cell Phone: 615/330-3812
Email: tom@tennaba.org

IOBA and Marelibri.com

Booklovers and collectors across Europe and throughout the world will have a greater choice of high quality used and antiquarian books than ever before after a historic link-up between the world’s only dedicated online booksellers’ association and the European-based Marelibri.com association.

The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) has joined forces with Marelibri.com to promote the importance of high quality, professional independent online bookselling.

Most importantly, the link-up means that all the books listed by IOBA members on IOBAbooks.com will now be available through the Marelibri.com portal. This will be facilitated by IOBAbooks.com’s website host, Biblio.com.

The IOBA, founded in 1999, is the only booksellers’ trade association focused solely on independent online sellers of modern, used and antiquarian books. The organisation, which now has over 250 professional bookseller members from North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, is dedicated to promoting the highest ethical standards of online bookselling among its members.

Marelibri.com was born in 2007 and has quickly become one of the largest European sites for used, antiquarian and modern books with more than 80 million books available from thousands of international independent booksellers.

IOBAbooks.com Committee Chairman Phil Keener said: “This link-up between the IOBA and Marelibri.com gives bookbuyers and collectors, particularly those in Europe, access to a greater choice of high quality used and antiquarian books than ever before.

“Both organisations are totally dedicated to ensuring that the online bookbuying experience is as safe and fulfilling as possible for customers throughout Europe and the rest of the world by promoting trust between customers and booksellers by providing a safe online environment for the sale and purchase of books.”

Marelibri.com President Dr. Sergio Malavasi said: “We are proud to announce that another web site, IOBAbooks.com, has joined the Marelibri platform. IOBA is an independent association that, like our other partners, only offers books from professional booksellers. It is now possible to browse through more than 80 million books from 10 web sites on Marelibri.”

Further information about IOBA, IOBAbooks.com or Marelibri.com can be found at www.ioba.org, www.iobabooks.com or www.marelibri.com.


Washington Collecting Contest

The Book Club of Washington and the University of Puget Sound announce the winners of the Collins Memorial Library Book Collecting Contest.  

From Jane Carlin, Director of Collins Memorial Library:

"The aim of this competition is to encourage undergraduate students
at University of Puget Sound to read for enjoyment and to develop personal
libraries throughout their lives, to appreciate the special qualities of
printed or illustrated works, and to read, research, and preserve the
collected works for pleasure and scholarship."

The 2010 winners and their collections are:

    1st Place:  Andrew Fink - An Interdisciplinary Survey of 20th
Century Propaganda
    2nd Place:  Dylan Poulson - Knowing Nature

The Book Club of Washington was very pleased to sponsor this contest. The
winning collection will be submitted to the National Book Collecting Contest
this spring.

Claudia Skelton
Hm: 206-547-3506
Fax: 206-547-9575
Cell: 206-818-9622

ILAB Bibliography Prizes

*15th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography*

The 15th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography has been awarded to three outstanding bibliographies. The jury considered and discussed 52 works on the history of books, book production and libraries. The new endowment of the ILAB Bibliography Prize, mostly realized from a grant by the B.H. Breslauer Foundation of New York, has enabled the jury to award *two first prizes of $10,000 *each to Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen and *a second prize of $5,000 *to Friedrich C. Heller.

1st Prize - Lotte Hellinga

/Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC Part XI, England (Hes & De Graaf 2007)/

It is no exaggeration to say that the bibliographical world has been looking forward to the publication of this volume since 1908 when Part I - Germany came out, at that time printed by order of the Trustees of the British Museum. One hundred years is a long time, but for the present generation of bibliographers, literary students, historians and bibliophiles, it has been worth the wait, because the descriptive and historical detail and bibliographical analysis that have gone into its compilation far exceed the original model. The title hardly does justice to the contents of the volume, which apart from describing in admirable detail 323 copies of 221 editions in the British Library (out of a total of 395 known editions) takes account of the entire extant production of the incunable presses in England and constitutes a veritable history of English publishing in the last quarter of the 15th century. The work not only contains much analysis and observation of great learning, but in many places and by example points the user to methodology that is absent in most other incunable studies and catalogues. It will be clear that many distinguished hands contributed to the making of this monumental "catalogue", but the principal and general editor, as well as the largest contributor, is Dr. Lotte Hellinga, whose scholarship, experience and stamina developed the project, bringing it to a highly successful conclusion after thirty years of frequently interrupted work.

2nd Prize - Friedrich C. Heller

/Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938 (Christian Brandstätter 2008)/

The study of historical children's books has traditionally been strong in the German-speaking countries. Bibliographers and literary historians have contributed much in this field, while book collectors have played a crucial role in the appreciation and preservation of illustrated children's books, which have a notoriously poor survival rate. Professor Heller combines the passionate search of the collector and the meticulous research of the scholar. His comprehensive monograph on the flowering of illustrated children's book production in fin-de-siècle Vienna until the suffocating impact of the Anschluss is a masterpiece of bibliographical, historical and art-historical description and itself a fine piece of modern book design.

1st Prize - Jan Storm van Leeuwen

/Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century (Hes & De Graaf 2006)/

When Dr. Storm van Leeuwen's monograph, De achttiende-eeuwse Haagse boekband in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek en het Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum, appeared in 1976, its reception was eagerly welcomed. Here was a new work on historical bookbindings by a young, accomplished scholar. It was natural to hope for more. Now thirty years later we truly have the work of a life-time, four monumental volumes on 18th-century decorated bookbindings from all cities and towns in the Netherlands where the art was practised. Following an extensive general introduction on the organization of Dutch 18th-century publishing, book selling and binding, discussions of luxury bookbinding and reproductions of rubbings of finishing tools, rolls and armorial blocks, are arranged by province, city, binder, and date. The study of bookbinding must be inextricably linked with the analysis of markets, the identification of patrons and dedicatees, sponsors and beneficiaries of gifts, givers and recipients of school prizes, as well as contemporary and later collectors. None escapes the attention of the author. 3200 surviving bindings are catalogued or listed in varying detail. Dr. Storm van Leeuwen's comprehensive work on the 18th century in essentially two publications, three decades apart, is a huge accomplishment.

Hes & De Graaf - Oak Knoll Press

The jury is pleased to make special mention of two publishers, Hes & De Graaf and Oak Knoll Press; over decades now, they have published and distributed numerous important works of bibliography that require considerable investment without certain return.

The Jury

It is encouraging that, at a time when works of reference are increasingly posted online instead of printed on paper, not only the three prize winners, but the great majority of the submitted entries as well, have been published in book form and prove the enduring efficiency and appeal of the codex. The average standard of the entries was remarkably high and for several works it was painful to have to deprive them of the recognition that goes with a prize, and that they richly deserve. At the same time, the jury was quite unanimous in its opinions and there can be little doubt that the books to which the prizes were awarded are exceptional, perhaps even in a class of their own. Only after the winners were selected - three very different works on widely differing subjects - was it found that they share the merit of not only contributing to bibliography, but also to "the history of the book" and that of book reception. This may sound like following fashion, but rather demonstrates that rigorous bibliography inevitably leads to the practice of history.

Mitsuo Nitta (Chair)

Arnoud Gerits (Secretary)

Poul Jan Poulsen (ILAB Treasurer)

Jean-Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)

David Adams (Manchester University)

Felix de Marez Oyens (B.H. Breslauer Foundation)

More information on www.ILAB.org

Dr. Barbara Werner van Benthem

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Bookshop in Old New Castle

Four Prominent Book Sellers Join Forces to Open The Bookshop in Old New Castle

On May 1 2010, Between the Covers Rare Books, Oak Knoll Books, The Kelmscott Bookshop, and the Old Bookshop of Bordentown will open The Bookshop of Old New Castle. Located on the second floor of the historic Opera House at 308 Delaware Street, the shop will sell books on all subjects from each individual store’s inventory. For the May 1st grand opening, which is open to the public, the store will open at 9 am, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 pm. Accompanied by food and beverages, the bookshop celebration will allow visitors to browse books, visit with the owners, and view the new transformation of the Opera House. The new shop will be open from 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Saturday

With the individual stores’ locations in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, this cooperative bookshop will provide a central location for collectors to purchase books from each store. Each bookseller is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America), and offers unique selections of books characteristic to its specific specialties.

Yale Receives Bookbindings

Yale Arts Library Receives Hand Bookbinding Collection

New Haven, Conn.—Yale University’s Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library has received a significant and generous gift of hand bookbindings from Sarah Valentine Nerber, daughter of bookbinder Mary Ellet Kendall Valentine and James A. Valentine.  Ms. Nerber donated the collection in honor of her father, a member of the Yale Class of 1902.

Mary Ellet Kendall Valentine and her sister, Sarah Ellet Kendall, traveled to England in the early years of the twentieth century to study bookbinding with T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, proprietor of the Doves Press and Doves Bindery.  Cobden-Sanderson founded the Doves Bindery in 1893 and it produced over one thousand bindings before closing in 1922.  The bindings were mainly designed by Cobden-Sanderson and executed by professional binders.  An early supporter of women’s rights, Cobden-Sanderson took a young American woman as his first pupil in 1895 at a time when it was unusual to find a woman working in the bookbinding trade.  His political sympathies led him to train a series of female students and his only requirement was that they dedicate a year to learning the art and skill of bookbinding.  The Kendall sisters trained with Cobden-Sanderson from 1907 to 1909 and on returning to America they opened the Golden Bindery in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago.  Sadly, Sarah Kendall died a few years later.  Her sister Mary Ellet Kendall married James A. Valentine in 1910 and continued to produce bindings into the 1920s.

The Valentine Collection consists of full leather bindings with gold stamped decorations that showcase both the technical and design skills of Mary Valentine and Sarah Kendall. The intricate patterns are influenced by their Arts and Crafts training, yet also show a tendency toward Art Deco and other modern influences. The collection includes bindings executed jointly by the sisters, as well as solo work by Mary Valentine. Many of the bound books were gifts to the sisters from Cobden-Sanderson and are inscribed.   The 23 bindings in the collection are in exquisite condition and are the best examples of fine binding by a single artist in the Arts of the Book Collection, part of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections.

For more information on the Valentine Collection or the Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections, contact Jae Rossman (jae.rossman@yale.edu or (203) 432-4439) or visit www.library.yale.edu/arts/specialcollections/index.php.


Contact: Geoffrey Little (geoffrey.little@yale.edu)



Gunter Grass Limited Edition

Gunter Grass Joins List of Nobel Authors Published by Oak Tree Fine Press
German author Günter Grass’ strident and powerful 1999 Nobel Lecture, ‘To be Continued…’ is to be published in a signed limited edition to raise money for children made vulnerable by poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The book follows on from the Press’ publication last year of Doris Lessing’s 2007 Lecture, On Not Winning the Nobel Prize.  Grass is the latest in a long list of prize winning authors to be published by the press, which was founded with the assistance of J. M. Coetzee in 2005.
The publication is a timely one. ‘To be Continued…’ is a formidable attack on greed and the political elite. Personal recollections and literary references pepper the text, underscoring the perpetual relevance of its message. Among the most vivid images is the suggestion that Jonathan Swift’s “modest culinary proposal for relieving hunger in Ireland could be brought up to date if at the next economic summit the board set for the heads of state were groaning with lusciously prepared street children from Brazil or southern Sudan”. Grass’ compelling, colourful mix of nostalgia, satire and defiance delivers a battle cry against censorship and injustice which will echo down the generations.
The book is published in a fine press edition limited to 176 copies, of which 26 are hand bound in leather, with endpapers illustrated by the author. Each copy is signed by Günter Grass and includes a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by Abigail Rorer.

Oak Tree Fine Press was established through the support of Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee to raise money to help care for the many thousands of children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.  It produces one-off signed editions by world leading authors, accompanied by sensitive artistic interpretations. All profits go to selected charities.  Authors published by the Press include:
·                     J. M. Coetzee          ·   Doris Lessing                ·   John le Carré
·                     Nadine Gordimer     ·   Barry Unsworth              ·   Philip Pullman
·                     Margaret Atwood
Authors to be published by the Press in 2010:
·         Thomas Keneally       ·    A. S. Byatt           ·   Toni Morrison

Beyond The Text

Artists’ books, part of a radical avant garde movement, take a leap beyond the kind of text and illustrations normally associated with the book to carry the viewer to new vistas of aesthetic, emotional and intellectual awareness.  Some artists’ books arrive on our visual doorstep bearing humor while others­all in mixed degrees­convey intellectual challenge, or emotions such as awe or joy.  Some are embassies from the dark side of human experience.

Major Dick Cooper Pistols

A pair of 40-Bore pistols owned by accomplished big game hunter Major Dick Cooper, best friend of Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke and friend of Ernest Hemingway, are to be offered at Bonhams, Knightsbridge as part of the Fine Antique Arms and Armour sale on 29th April 2010. The pistols, by John Manton & Son, are expected to sell for £6,000 - 9,000.

Auction Guide