June 2010 Archives

Cohasco Auction Rarities

Yonkers, NY - June 29, 2010 - Three rarities of the collecting
world will share the spotlight at an August 10th auction in New York
at Cohasco Inc.

A telltale stroke of a quill pen on an old document could make it one
of the earliest signals of the Declaration of Independence. The
unique document, written in Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776, had
disappeared since it was described in a Philadelphia newspaper in
1876. Headed for auction in Yonkers, N.Y., Cohasco V.P. Bob Snyder
says, "Its double date and nature of the calligraphy shows a "stroke of
liberty"ˇ- indicating that the officer writing it knew at that hour
that America had been born." The famous July 4th broadsides weren't
printed until evening; the last broadside sold for over $8
million. Bidding for the document will begin at $15,000.

"Robin Hood Rides Again," a manuscript from the thousand-year- old
castle of Robin Hood's arch-enemy is also heading for the auction
block. Dated 1332, the parchment relates to Adam of Orleton, the
portly Bishop who would venture into Sherwood Forest in search of the
outlaw Robin Hood, hoping to bring him to the gallows. Auction V.P.
Bob Snyder says, "artifacts of the Robin Hood legend are of the utmost
rarity on the market." (Presale estimate $11,500-$17,500).

Had history taken a different turn, America could have been
celebrating Zeno Day instead of Columbus Day. A map showing the route
purportedly used by the Zeno Brothers in their voyage to North America
in the 1300's, predating Columbus by a century, will also be
auctioned. The controversial map, with mythical islands and showing
the West Coast linked to China, is one of 64 in a complete book by
famed cartographer Ptolemy. The atlas is considered one of the books
that changed the course of modern civilization. The 1475 edition was
used by Columbus. This 1561 edition up for auction is estimated at

The auction includes over 500 other lots of original historical
documents, books, and collectibles. A few other items include:

The World Trade Center that was never built: an original brochure
illustrating its plan, circa 1962, including space for a ship to dock
beside the building ($150-$200).

The combat knife of a commander of the original Band of Brothers, Easy
Company, in World War II. His unit's exploits are the basis for the
modern "Band of Brothers" show. Captured on D-Day, Capt. John
McKnight went on to liberate a death camp, and served in Korea and Viet
Nam ($225-$350).

A 1960's collection of original photographs showing landmark events of
the civil rights movement in the Deep South. Including several photos
which have become part of the national consciousness, the group shows
blacks being pursued by a policeman on horseback, black marchers being
protected by white officers, and the charred car of the three civil
rights workers who were murdered in 1964 (20 photos, $2,000-$4,000).

The year of Custer: A full year of 1876 newspapers with complete
coverage of the prelude, lurid massacre, and aftermath of one of the
most enduring chapters in American history. It is not widely known
that the casualties at Little Big Horn included not only Custer, but
his two brothers, nephew, and brother-in-law (About 52 newspapers:

For more information on these items and others, please visit our website:


About Cohasco, Inc.: Established 64 years, Cohasco is a dealer in and
auctioneer of manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials and
collectibles. Over the years they have handled the sale of numerous
prominent collections, in a range of fields, from colonial to
Confederate, medieval to modern. Recent highlights included the
lamps that illuminated Lincoln's wedding, an archive of the Duryea,
America's first mass-produced automobile, and the Bible owned by
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother, setting a world record price
for a twentieth-century Bible.

Dateline: June 29, 2010 ... Yonkers, NY
Contact: Bob Snyder, COHASCO, INC.
Phone: (914) 476-8500
Fax: (914) 476-8573
Email: info@cohascodpc.com
Website: http://cohascodpc.com

Minsky Exhibition at Yale

Yale University’s Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, 180 York Street, will host the exhibition “Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky” from August 2 through November 29.

The exhibition covers 50 years of Minsky’s work — from a 1960 sample book, used when he started his first letterpress printing business at age 13, to “Self-Portrait 2010,” a book that documents the evolution of a canvas, from pencil sketch through many layers of oil paint.

Yale University Library acquired the Richard Minsky Archive in 2004. It includes maquettes, molds for castings, and correspondence, as well as holographic manuscripts and early versions of select works. It documents Minsky's exploration of printing technologies from the mimeograph and spirit duplicator to his early use of inkjet printing on handmade paper.

“Minsky’s work as an artist and as founder of The Center for Book Arts in New York changed the way people see and make books,” said Jae Jennifer Rossman, the Haas Family Arts Library’s Assistant Director for Special Collections.

Many of Minsky's editioned works (non-commissioned work made in multiple copies) will be on view in the exhibition, along with unique works that have become iconic in the field of book art. These include his 1975 binding of “The Birds of North America” and “The Crisis of Democracy,” bound in sheepskin, gold and barbed wire.

More information about Minsky and his work is available online at www.minsky.com. His new book, “The Art of American Book Covers, 1875-1930,” was published this year by George Braziller, Inc.

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library opened in August 2008 in the renovated Paul Rudolph Hall and the new Loria Center for the History of Art. The library brings together the collections, staff, and resources from the former Art + Architecture and Drama libraries and the Arts of the Book Collection, as well as staff and services for the Visual Resources Collection. It serves as the library for the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama, as well as the Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. The library is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during the summer. In September the library will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, visit http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/.

For information on the exhibition or the Richard Minsky Archive, contact Jae Rossman at (203) 432-4439 or jae.rossman@yale.edu. High quality images of the artist and items in the exhibition are also available.

PRESS CONTACT: Doris Baker, 203-432-1345

June 25, 2010

ILAB Launches Stolen Book Site

We, as an organization and as individual booksellers, do all we can to combat theft of books.

As the world’s leading Antiquarian Booksellers we find the theft of books abhorrent to our nature and we have always worked successfully with law enforcement organizations, librarians and other interested persons to combat theft and to reclaim stolen property and bring thieves to justice. As a community of booksellers we have for many years worked together in exchanging information on stolen books and the circumstances surrounding the theft of books and this month the launch of our new and much improved stolen book database is another step in our continued efforts to combat theft and to locate stolen books.

The database is open to all ILAB booksellers who may enter details of books stolen from themselves or their customers. Individuals, librarians and other booksellers may approach their local ILAB bookseller if they wish to enter any details of books stolen or if they wish to check if a book is listed. This data is frequently checked by numerous booksellers and in the past has lead to the recovery of stolen books as well as the conviction of thieves. For more information click on www.stolen-book.org

Paul Feain (ILAB Security Chair)

Borges and Steinbeck at Auction

Bloomsbury Auctions Presents Important Works from Borges and Steinbeck in its Travel, Literature, Autographs and Fine Books Sale, Wednesday, June, 23, 2010 at 10am and 2pm

New York, NY—Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to bring to market an important selection of works from two major 20th century authors featured in its June 23rd, Travel, Literature, Autographs and Fine Books sale. The two-part sale, which takes place at 10am and 2pm in Bloomsbury’s Manhattan salesroom, presents 580 lots split into six sections that cover a range of interests including Travel, Literature, Autographs, Law Books, Fine Books, and Private Press.

Among the highlights is a particularly rare and intriguing collection of works by protean Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. The standout of the collection is an extraordinary holograph manuscript of El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan or The Garden of Forking Paths, one of the outstanding imaginative and speculative works of the 20th century—the present stands as the most important Borges manuscript to ever appear at auction. One of the finest examples of the author’s work extant, and with no other manuscript examples in institutional collections, it is a singular and landmark work to world literature and the introduction of the idea of ‘hypertext’; a key concept of modern thought and an intellectual basis for the internet (estimate $200,000-$300,000).

Additionally included are several inscribed first editions including Borges’ own copy of Evaristo Carriego, heavily corrected with numerous changes in his own hand (estimate $25,000-$30,000), and a first edition of Cuaderno San Martin inscribed to his former fiancée with a 22-line holograph poem (estimate $8,000-$10,000). Also of special note is a draft for the obituary of Paul Valéry that appears as the essay “Valéry as Symbol” in Labyrinths; a writer of immense importance for Borges (estimate $10,000-$15,000). There are also several holograph manuscripts dating from the 1920s to the 1940s - among these are two book reviews that provide a fascinating glimpse into Borges’ esthetic concerns (estimate $8,000-$12,000 each). Another remarkable manuscript in Borges’ hand is the critical essay El Estilo y el Tiempo describing his thoughts on the act of writing and translation and represents an important precursor to his groundbreaking 1939 fiction Pierre Menard (estimate $30,000-$40,000).

The auction’s second headlining collection consists of the contents of the John Steinbeck archive gathered from the apartment in New York City that he and his third wife, Elaine, shared for thirteen years. The items include many important autograph manuscripts, voluminous correspondence, several inscribed illustrated works including original drawings and photographs. Steinbeck’s personal library comprising some 500 books, including first editions, presentation copies, many with his rubber stamp as well as later presentation copies to Elaine Steinbeck, is offered as a stand-alone group. Also offered are documents relating to stage, screen and film productions including interesting material on Viva Zapata, original typescripts and manuscripts, an unproduced film treatment of Ibsen titled The Vikings and an abandoned reworking of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, both in original typescript.

The ephemera encountered here is as fascinating as it is comprehensive: newsprint clippings from around the world, publicity and contractual matter, property deeds, solicitations for public appearances, political commentary, even a group of audio and visual recordings, all spanning forty years. Of a more intimate nature are the personal effects gathered, such as Steinbeck’s standing globe and chair, even a collection of his tobacco pipes and reading spectacles. Also found is a poignant and extraordinary memento: Edward Ricketts’ briefcase and the telegram received by Steinbeck upon his friend and collaborator’s fatal car wreck.

For interested Steinbeck collectors and institutional bidders, Bloomsbury Auctions is pleased to offer this entire archive en bloc (estimate $200,000-$250,000). If the reserve for the lots as a collection is not met, the lots will be sold individually.

In addition, there are large groups of material from Jules Verne and Thornton Wilder obtained from two private collections that include first editions, unpublished typescripts, inscribed copies, and an uncorrected galley proof of The Bridge of San Luis Rey (estimate $2,500-$3,500). The travel material also boasts many highly desirable items including Schoener’s Luculentissima quaeda[m] terrae totius description… (estimate $40,000-$60,000), and a profusely extra illustrated set of The South Polar Times (estimate $25,000-$35,000). Additionally a fine private collection of mainly 16th century law books, a large autographs section, signed theater memorabilia and a sampling of private press and fine books are offered.

Friday, June 18th, from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, June 19th, from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, June 21st, from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 22nd, from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Or by private appointment
(Please note the gallery is closed on Sunday, June 20th)


Film, Photography, and Art Auction

National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will hold a special film, photography and art-related auction on June 27th that features the first session of the auction gallery’s art, film and photography-themed collections along with many select book and ephemera lots. Antique cameras and projection equipment will be offered along with artwork such as original paintings by Thomas Moran and William Merritt Chase.  Rare books include a 1649 copy of Mathew Merian’s “Todten-Tanz” or “Dance of Death”, “Espiritual Que Trata De Los Malos” printed in 1574 (a book of Spanish mysticism banned during the Inquisition), and a 1677 printing of Hobbes’ translation of “The Illiads and Odysses of Homer” and antique Arabic texts and manuscript leaves.
The antique cameras include brands such as Seneca, Zeninger, Graflex, Seroco and Tektronix, several antique folding bed models and many assorted lenses, film holders, plate holders and more. From the same collection, there will be offered an extensive library of photographic history and reference books.  In addition, a selection of Kliegl studio lights and several antique original commercial Simplex film projectors that came to us from a New York theatre will be featured.
Also auctioned will be a sizeable collection of cinematic books and ephemera including antique and vintage movie stills, lobby cards and sheet music.  There are items promoting great stars, films and characters such as Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, King Kong, Tarzan, The Marx Brothers, and others.  Complementary to these items, we have a copy of “A Lesson in Love” signed twice each by Groucho and Chico Marx and very scarce first editions George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” (1914) and “The English Governess at the Siamese Court” (1870) by Anna Harriett Leonowens, the books that inspired “My Fair Lady” and “The King And I.”
Rare editions and first printings will be offered from literary greats including signed limited editions of “Nocturnes” by Thomas Mann, “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad, “Dynamo” by Eugene O’Neil, “The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck and a unique, elaborately hand-written and signed copy of “Armenian Folk Song - The Partridge” by Eugene Field.  Other signed editions include “Naked Lunch” by William S Burroughs, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller and titles by Aldous Huxley, Larry McMurtry, Douglas Macarthur and others.
Art offerings include two Russian peasant watercolors by Boris Krilov, a group of pristine WWI German propaganda posters, and other choice pieces.
National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. In July, National Book Auctions will conduct an auction that will include a second session of art, film and photography-related material. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.
Eric C Lindstrom
Director of Sales and Marketing

National Book Auctions

Eric Carle Prints and Papers

Eric Carle, internationally known for his beautiful and highly original tissue paper collages, employs bright colors and bold shapes to create images that are appealing and direct. The Carle’s new exhibition in the West Gallery, Eric Carle Prints and Papers, provides a rare opportunity to view some of his lesser known work in printmaking. It is on exhibit through September 5, 2010.

While working as a freelance graphic designer in advertising during the 1950s and 1960s, Carle created artwork in a variety of mediums including watercolor, linocuts, and collage.  His first major publishing project, illustrating Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with Bill Martin Jr. led to other projects, including a cookbook, which used the linoleum-cut printing technique. This approach enabled Carle to accommodate the extensive text while maintaining a bold graphic presence. Eric Carle: Prints and Papers compares Carle’s early and later works in differing artistic techniques.

Prints and Papers is a complement to the woodcuts of Antonio Frasconi on exhibition in the East Gallery which closes on June 13th. The Art Studio, open every day, also further extends the experience by inviting visitors to create their own stamps.

About The Museum:
Together with his wife Barbara, Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.

The Museum-which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a Café, and a Museum Shop-is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. The Museum is open Mondays in July and August (except July 5 and August 9). Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.
Sandy Soderberg
Marketing Manager
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
t (413) 658-1105
f (413) 658-1139

Roosevelt Reading Festival

HYDE PARK, NY. On Saturday, June 19, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host its seventh annual Roosevelt Reading Festival. New Deal scholar and Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University Alan Brinkley will deliver the keynote address about his newly released FDR biography, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Oxford University Press, 2009). This year's authors include Hannah Pakula, author of The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and Andrew Roberts, author of Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (HarperCollins, 2010).The Reading Festival will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. All Reading Festival activities are open to the public free of charge.

In six concurrent sessions taking place throughout the day, eighteen authors of recently published works that draw upon the Roosevelt Library archives, or focus on the Roosevelt era, will present author talks followed by question-and-answer sessions and book signings. Copies of all of the authors' books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store located in the Wallace Center. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks, coffee and doughnuts in the lobby of the Wallace Center.

This year's Roosevelt Reading Festival authors include:

Keynote Address:
Alan Brinkley
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Oxford University Press, 2009

Glenn Altschuler and Stuart Blumin
The GI Bill: The New Deal for Veterans
Oxford University Press, 2009

Raymond Arsenault
The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America
Bloomsbury Press, 2009

Tonya Bolden
FDR's Alphabet Soup: New Deal America 1932-1939
Alfred A. Knopf, 2010

Richard Breitman
Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945
Indiana University Press, 2009

Michael G. Carew
Becoming the Arsenal: The American Industrial Mobilization for World War II, 1938-1942
University Press of America, 2009

Debórah Dwork
Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946
W.W. Norton, 2009

Julie M. Fenster
FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

Terry Golway
Together We Cannot Fail: FDR and the American Presidency in the Years of Crisis
Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2009

Steven Lomazow, M.D. and Eric Fettmann
FDR's Deadly Secret
PublicAffairs, 2009

Neil M. Maher
Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement
Oxford University Press, 2007

Kristie Miller and Robert H. McGinnis
A Volume of Friendship: The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953
Arizona Historical Society, 2009

Stephen R. Ortiz
Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era
New York University Press, 2010

Hannah Pakula
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China
Simon & Schuster, 2009

Thomas Parrish
To Keep the British Isles Afloat: FDR's Men in Churchill's London, 1941
Smithsonian Books, 2009

Andrew Roberts
Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945
HarperCollins, 2010

Lauren R. Sklaroff
Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era
University of North Carolina Press, 2009

John Wukovits
American Commando: Evans Carlson, His World War II Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission
New American Library, 2009

The event is free and open to the public. Author book signings will be conducted throughout the day and books will be available for purchase in the New Deal Store. The full schedule for the day is posted online at www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu. Regular admission will be charged for the Presidential Library and National Park Service sites. If you need additional information about this event please call Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving historical material and providing innovative educational programs, community events, and public outreach. It is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. For information about the FDR Presidential Library call (800) 337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

Historic Hyde Park is a group of government and private non-profit organizations based in Hyde Park, New York. Each has a unique mission, but all are united in their dedication to extending the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to new generations. HHP includes the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.  For more information about HHP visit www.HistoricHydePark.org.  

# # # 
Auction Guide