September 2010 Archives

Morgan Library McKim Building Reopening

New York, NY, September 29, 2010—On October 30, The Morgan Library & Museum's landmark McKim building will reopen to the public following the completion of the most extensive restoration of its interior spaces since its construction more than one hundred years ago. The building, designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White, was once the private study and library of financier Pierpont Morgan. The Italianate marble villa, designed in the spirit of the High Renaissance, is considered one of New York's great architectural treasures, and its interiors are regarded as some of the most beautiful in America. The $4.5 million restoration revitalizes the historic center of the Morgan, in many ways completing the institution's dynamic transformation that began in 2006 with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano's successful expansion and renovation of the campus.

The project provides enhanced exhibition space for the institution and enables the Morgan to share with the public more treasures from its world-renowned permanent collection. The inaugural installation demonstrates the extraordinary quality and scope of Pierpont Morgan's interests as a collector and cultural steward. Nearly 300 objects dating from 3500 BC to the twentieth century will be displayed throughout the building's majestic rooms in a series of rotating exhibitions. Previously, only about thirty objects were regularly on view in the McKim.

The Morgan will celebrate the restoration project with a series of special activities, culminating with the October 30 public opening. Beginning with a media preview on October 21, the week-long festivities will include a special gala for Morgan patrons and a members' open house. The public opening will include performances by student musicians from the Mannes College The New School of Music, and the New-Trad Octet, as well as a special lecture by Morgan director William M. Griswold and docent-led tours of the McKim building throughout the day. Special screenings of the film, All the Beautiful Things in the World: An Introduction to the Morgan, also will be presented that day.

"The reopening of the McKim building is a special moment in the history of the institution," said Morgan Director William M. Griswold, who is guiding the first major capital project since he assumed his position in 2008. "The building is the heart and soul of The Morgan Library & Museum. Not only does it embody the taste and vision of the museum's founder and patron, Pierpont Morgan, but over the years its beautiful rooms have become synonymous with all that makes the Morgan special. No visit to the museum is complete without a tour of the McKim building, and now, with this ambitious project and the installation of some of the Morgan's outstanding treasures, that experience will be greatly enhanced."

Room-by-Room Summary
The restoration project encompasses all of the McKim's rooms and exhibition spaces. Key components include new lighting throughout the building to better illuminate its extraordinary murals and decor, the opening of the North Room to visitors for the first time, installation of new exhibition cases to house rotating displays of masterpieces from the Morgan's collections, restoration of period furniture and fixtures, and cleaning of the walls and applied ornamentation.

Library (East Room)
Pierpont Morgan's stunning library, also known as the East Room, is defined by its majestic thirty-foot walls, lined floor to ceiling with triple tiers of bookcases made of inlaid Circassian walnut and featuring volumes of European literature from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries. The library now will be equipped with a new state-of-the-art, yet subtle lighting system; a newly installed late-nineteenth-century Persian rug of the type originally in the room; and newly designed display cases that will be used to exhibit some of the Morgan's most valued objects.

The revamped lighting will allow visitors to fully appreciate the splendor of the lunettes and spandrels of the library's decorative ceiling, the work of noted muralist Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928), which features cultural luminaries of the past such as Socrates, Galileo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, as well as signs of the zodiac. The improved illumination also will significantly enhance the focal point of the room— the grand fireplace and sixteenth-century tapestry depicting the triumph of Avarice, from a series depicting the Seven Deadly Sins.

The inlaid walnut bookshelves that contain the Morgan's collection of rare books will be enhanced with nonreflective Plexiglas, allowing visitors to identify individual titles and to appreciate the beauty of the exquisite bindings more fully.

An original pendant chandelier, preserved since its removal about seventy years ago and designed by twentieth-century New York designer Edward F. Caldwell, will be restored and rehung at the library's entrance. Seating also will be installed to enable visitors to spend more time contemplating this extraordinary room.

Prior to the restoration, only a handful of objects were regularly on view in the library. Highlights of the approximately one hundred rotating works that will be on display each year in this room include examples of some of the Morgan's finest literary and historical manuscripts, medieval and Renaissance illuminated texts, music manuscripts, and printed books and bindings. Visitors will encounter a letter from fifteen-year-old Queen Elizabeth I purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1900; the manuscript for Balzac's Eugenie Grandet (1833) with a torturous mass of revisions, corrections, and additions demonstrating the writer's complex creative process; illustrated notes by Alexander Calder regarding the installation of his "stabiles" from 1941; the Reims Gospel Book, the Morgan's finest Carolingian manuscript, written in gold at the Abbey of St. Remi (ca. 860); the manuscript of Mozart's famed "Haffner" Symphony No. 35 (1732); a newly discovered manuscript for Robert Schumann's "Des Knaben Berglied" (1849) acquired by the Morgan in 2009 and displayed for the first time; one of the earliest editions of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1483); the first edition of Lewis Caroll's Through the Looking Glass (1872) with proofs of Tenniel's illustrations; Mary Shelley's annotated copy of her masterpiece Frankenstein (1818); and one of the Morgan's three original Gutenberg Bibles (ca. 1455), the first book printed with moveable type.

Study (West Room)
The Renaissance-inspired furnishings of the Study, or West Room, and the paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts displayed, reveal the breadth of Morgan's interests and activity as a collector, and reflect his reputation as a "modern day Medici." The room is defined by its sixteenth-century Florentine coffered wooden ceiling, red silk damask wall coverings patterned after the wall in the Roman palace of famed Renaissance banker Agostino Chigi, and fifteenth- to seventeenth-century stained glass fragments embedded into the windows.

The Study will be enriched by a more substantive display of works from the collection that surrounded Pierpont Morgan in the early 1900s, when he used the room for personal business, as well as with objects that have been acquired since. More than double the number of objects will be on view, including works never shown before, such as the 1530 Verrazano globe, one of the earliest known dated globes, and a bronze St. John the Baptist after Michelozzo. Other works include paintings by Hans Memling, Francesco Francia, Perugino, and Jacopo Tintoretto, among others.

The steel-lined vault in the southeast corner of the room, equipped with a bank vault door and combination lock, is where Pierpont Morgan housed his most valued acquisitions, particularly his collection of more than 600 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. The vault remained in use until 2003, housing by then the more than 1,300 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the institution's collection. As part of the McKim restoration project, another modification to the Study makes the vault more accessible to visitors. The curtain currently shrouding the vault's entrance will be removed, new lighting fixtures will be installed, and the vault shelves will be filled with sumptuous leather boxes that housed the Morgan's manuscripts and rare books. Several small bronze objects and tomes in which many of Pierpont Morgan's collections were published also will be on display. The vault's original runner was conserved and will be installed in its original location.

Additional works of sculpture such as such as the Bust of the Christ Child by Antonio Rossellino and Saint John the Baptist by Giovanni Francesco Rustici will be exhibited on the low bookshelves lining the perimeter of the room, and the lush, velvet-covered furnishings will be reupholstered to evoke the atmosphere of the study as it was in Pierpont Morgan's day.

North Room
The North Room, the intimate office of the Morgan's first director, Belle da Costa Greene, will open to the public for the first time, and will be transformed to feature the earliest works in the Morgan's collection, including objects from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as artifacts from the early medieval period. More than 200 objects will be on permanent view in this new exhibition space. The two-tiered room, lined with walnut bookshelves, features a ceiling of Renaissance-inspired paintings and a bronze bust of Giovanni Boccaccio on the mantle of the fireplace.

Bookshelves along the perimeter of the room will be converted to exquisitely lit cases to display these items, notably a selection of Ancient Near Eastern cylinder seals collected by Pierpont Morgan. Dating from around 3500 BC, these miniature engraved stones were in use for about 3,000 years in the region referred to as Mesopotamia. These seals were the earliest known objects to use pictorial symbols to communicate ideas. Also on view is a selection of clay tablets, including a seventeenth-century BC fragment inscribed with the Babylonian flood epic predating the story of Noah's Ark in the Old Testament.

The room will accommodate freestanding cases for Near Eastern as well as ancient Greek and Roman objects, including a pair of intricately decorated first-century Roman silver cups and a rare thirteenth-century BC stone tablet featuring cuneiform inscriptions.

The installation also will include jeweled and metalwork objects such as buckles, brooches, and other personal ornaments dating from the second to the tenth centuries, from the collection of Morgan trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare, as well as an eleventh-century jeweled book binding. The Migration-era objects from the Thaw collection document the medieval period in Europe.

The original chandeliers, removed two generations ago, will be refinished and reinstalled, allowing for optimal appreciation of the recently cleaned ceiling and upper-tier bookcases. In addition, two Egyptian basalt votive figures will flank the room's fireplace on new pedestals.

The Rotunda, originally entered through the grand doors facing 36th Street, is the dramatic center of the McKim building. Its intricate and elaborately decorated ceiling, also painted by Mowbray, refers thematically to the great treasures contained within this remarkable structure, depicting figures from classical antiquity and the great literary epochs of the past, including Homer, Dante, and Petrarch. The splendor of color and texture is supplied by variegated marble surfaces and columns, mosaic panels and columns of lapis lazuli.

The marble surfaces and mosaic panels that are signature features of the McKim Rotunda have been cleaned and restored to their original grandeur for the first time in a century. New lighting will simulate the natural light that originally came through the oculus and will enhance the richly illustrated apse, ceiling, and lunettes.

Prior to the restoration, the Rotunda was not used as an exhibition space. Now, new display cases will be installed, housing the first substantive display of the Morgan's outstanding collection of Americana, including such great works as autograph letters by Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, the Morgan's life mask of George Washington, copies of the first Bible printed in America, and the Declaration of Independence.

McKim Reopening Public Programs
Saturday, October 30, 2010
All events are included with admission to The Morgan Library & Museum. Tickets to the lecture and concert will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. Advance reservations for Morgan members only: 212.685.0008 x560 or

12-3 p.m.    Performance by Mannes College The New School for Music students in the Morgan's Gilbert Court, including repertoire from the Italian baroque to the American Gilded Age.
1-1:45 p.m.    Lecture by William Griswold in Gilder Lehrman Hall, including details of the McKim restoration project and an introduction to the Morgan's history and collections.
4-5:30 p.m.    Concert by New-Trad Octet in Gilder Lehrman Hall
Combining instruments and elements of a traditional New Orleans brass band with those of a modern jazz group, Jeff Newell and the New-Trad Octet explore the early sources of America's musical heritage. To celebrate the period of American history covered in the Morgan's exhibition Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress, the program will feature works by Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa, and others.
All Day    Film Screening—All the Beautiful Things in the World: An Introduction to the Morgan. A feature documentary on the history of The Morgan Library & Museum, its collections, and founder Pierpont Morgan.
All Day    Guided Tours of the McKim. Docents will be on hand throughout the day to provide visitors with historical insight into the Morgan's architecture.
About the Project Team
Jennifer Tonkovich, curator of Drawings and Prints at The Morgan Library & Museum, is coordinating the reinstallation of collection objects in the McKim building.

Exhibition Design: Stephen Saitas, Stephen Saitas Designs
Stephen Saitas Designs, New York has designed more than 175 installations and exhibitions in museums, galleries, historic houses, and libraries since the firm's establishment in 1982. Recent projects include the reinstallations of the European and American collections for The Huntington, San Marino, CA; and the reinstallation of the American Wing period rooms for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lighting Design: Richard Renfro, Renfro Design Group, Inc.
Renfro Design Group, Inc., established in 1998, is an architectural lighting design firm. Recent projects include the Bloch Building addition to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Craig Thomas Discovery Visitor Center at Grand Teton National Park; and The American Wing Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Architect of Record: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, which worked with the Morgan on its 2006 expansion, has been responsible for the restoration and revitalization of many significant buildings and sites, including Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, and the Rubin Museum of Art.

The Morgan Library & Museum
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, more than a century after its founding, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, with a world-renowned collection that ranges from Rembrandt to Picasso, Mozart to Bob Dylan, Dickens to Hemingway, and Gutenberg Bibles to Babar the elephant, The Morgan Library & Museum maintains a unique position among cultural institutions in New York, the nation, and the world.

General Information
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.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Anne Morgan's War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917-1924    September 3-November 21, 2010
Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress    September 17, 2010-January 3, 2011
Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961-1968    September 24, 2010-January 2, 2011
Degas: Drawings and Sketchbooks    September 24, 2010-January 23, 2011


Swann Galleries October Sale

New York—On Thursday, October 14 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature and Art, Press & Illustrated Books containing a rich and diverse selection of works by well-known authors and artists.

The sale begins with 19th & 20th century literature, which includes first editions, signed and inscribed copies, children’s literature and sets and bindings.

Among celebrated 19th-century works are Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, first state of the Scribner deluxe edition—described as the most beautiful of the early American editions of this title, New York, 1874 (estimate: $1,500 to $2,500); and a beautiful set of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There in original cloth, London, 1866 and 1872 ($15,000 to $20,000).

Featured modern first editions include Ernest Hemingway’s first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems, one of only 300 copies, Paris, 1923 ($15,000 to $20,000); a large private collection of books by William Faulkner including his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, New York, 1926; and his most celebrated book, The Sound and the Fury, New York, 1929 ($6,000 to $9,000 each). There are signed copies of Thomas Wolfe’s Of Time and the River, New York, 1935 ($2,000 to $3,000), Jack Kerouac’s Excerpts from Visions of Cody, New York, 1959 ($1,500 to $2,500), and several Cormac McCarthy titles, among them the signed limited edition of No Country for Old Men, New Orleans, 2005 ($600 to $900).

Poetry highlights include William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads, first edition, second issue, containing the first appearance of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, London, 1798 ($3,000 to $5,000); a fine first edition of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s first book, Renascence and Other Poems, inscribed and signed to a friend, New York, 1917 ($1,500 to $2,500); and Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Poems, first edition of his first book, London, 1918 ($2,500 to $3,500).

The Art, Press & Illustrated Books portion of the sale includes architecture, modern and private press books, livres d’artiste, art journals, and works on decorative and applied art. Of special note are Francisco José de Goya’s Los Caprichos, 80 etchings with aquatint, Madrid, circa 1899 ($8,000 to $10,000); a signed copy of Fernand Léger’s Cirque, with 63 fanciful lithographs on vélin d’Arches, Paris, 1950 ($15,000 to $25,000); a signed copy of Six Fairy Tales, David Hockney’s take on the Grimm Brothers, Petersburg Press, London, 1970 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Mark Beard’s Nineteen Famous People, Twenty-Two Friends and Six Nudes, with images of his hand-colored photographs of subjects such as Andy Warhol and Tennessee Williams, one of only ten signed copies, New York, 1992 ($5,000 to $7,500).

There are two sumptuously illustrated works by Arthur Szyk, a copy of his best known book, The Haggadah, one of 125 on vellum, signed by Szyk and editor Cecil Roth, London, 1939 ($30,000 to $40,000), and one of 500 copies of the extremely rare limited edition facsimile of the Statutes of Kalisz, Paris, 1932 ($40,000 to $60,000). Szyk created the illuminated manuscript, his interpretation of the medieval charter of rights granted to the Jews of Poland in 1264.

The sale also offers nearly 50 lots of works by the merrily macabre illustrator Edward Gorey—most widely known for his animated introduction to the PBS television series Mystery! There is a first limited edition copy of his celebrated book Amphigorey, signed and with an original drawing, New York, 1972, a rare copy of his collaboration with Samuel Beckett, All Strange Away, one of 26 lettered copies, signed by both, New York, 1976 ($2,000 to $3,000 each); and lots containing ephemera, such as a group of beanbag animals, rubber stamps and buttons depicting different characters ($500 to $750).

Rounding out the diverse auction are lovely Art Nouveau works including Les Péchés Capitaux, with color etchings of the seven deadly sins by Henry Detouche, from a limited edition on vélin du Marais, Paris, 1900 (800 to $1,200); the first Dutch edition of avant-garde artist El Lissitzky’s Of Two Squares, a children’s book about a black square and a red square who work together to establish a new order out of absolute chaos, The Hague, 1922 ($1,500 to $2,500); and a scarce sample book for Schumacher’s Taliesin line of wallpapers designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago, circa 1955 ($2,500 to $3,500).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14. The items will be on public exhibition Saturday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, October 11 through Wednesday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated catalogue with information on bidding by mail or fax is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at

For further information, and to arrange in advance to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Christine von der Linn at (212) 254-4710, extension 20, or via email at

Live online bidding is also available via
Baltimore, Md. (September 20, 2010) — The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show attracted tens of thousands of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world who traveled from as far as Dubai, Brussels and Beijing to purchase from the extensive array of merchandise offered by more than 500 prominent exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields. Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antiques show in the country and includes a 70-dealer antiquarian book fair.

“This year’s show was absolutely phenomenal - a blockbuster,” said Joseph Belperio of Shimazu. “We saw educated clientele, a tremendous gate and heard a lot of positive feedback. This is a great show for dealers.”

“The Baltimore show was well organized, and despite the economy, well attended,” said Matt Kendall of The Kendall Collection. “I have come to expect an upscale setting, ready assistance and qualified leads from the Palm Beach Show Group - and they did not disappoint.”

Martin Chasin of Martin Chasin Fine Arts also commented, “There was a really wonderful mix of dealers at the show and the best clients that I’ve ever had came through this year.”

Not only was retail business booming at the 30th Annual Show, but trade business was thriving as well. Jim Alterman of Jim’s of Lambertville purchased an entire booth of important sculpture, including two Auguste Rodin pieces, “Suzon” and “Tete de Muse Tragique,” an Emile Gauguin sculpture, “Marquisian Man,” and an extremely rare Leo Laporte-Blairsy Art Nouveau lamp, “Les Paons,” that was first exhibited at the 1901 Societe des Artistes Francais.

“I will absolutely be returning next year,” adds Michael Pashby of Michael Pashby Antiques. “The show exceeded my expectations by far and I made some very good sales.”

Significant sales were reported throughout the show’s four-day run, September 2 - 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center, including an extremely rare ancient Chinese gold vessel with turquoise and garnet inlay from around the 3rd century AD sold by TK Asian Antiquities. The vessel is from the Royal workshop and had an asking price of $1.3 million.

“The selection, quality and attendance gets better every year,” said Michael Teller of TK Asian Antiquities. “The average buying point was higher than last year and I met new clients from London. The Palm Beach Show Group provides dealers with a little extra care that you don’t see at many other shows.”

Camilla Dietz Bergeron Ltd. had a successful show, selling a pair of Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and platinum earrings circa 1965, an Art Deco Raymond Yard platinum and diamond bracelet, and a pair of David Webb enamel earrings from the 70s, amongst other sales.

John Orban Antiques and Fine Art sold a very rare and important pair of George III terrestrial and celestial globes by John and William Cary of London circa 1839 and 1818, each measuring 15” in diameter, with an asking price of $85,000.
Sales made by M.S. Rau Antiques include a piece of Paul Revere silver, three paintings, an 8.9 carat emerald cut diamond ring, a 19th century French surgeons kit, several Russian pieces and a giant carriage clock.

“Best crowds ever,” said Bill Rau of M.S. Rau Antiques.

In addition to exploring the more than 200,000 items on display on the show floor, guests also enjoyed the show’s free, public lecture series. The well-attended lectures featured engaging talks by industry experts such as Grant Walker, education specialist at the United States Naval Academy Museum and Robert Mintz, associate curator of Asian art at The Walters Art Museum. Also presenting lectures were exhibiting dealers, including Janet Drucker of Drucker Antiques; Robert Lloyd of Robert Lloyd, Inc.; Timothy Stevenson of Carlson & Stevenson Antiques and Art; Jacqueline Smelkinson and Marcia Moylan of Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room; and John Forster of Barometer Fair.

Additional sales highlights from the 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show include:

·       Drucker Antiques sold the first sugar muffineer ever made by Georg Jensen (no. 1).  The unique, hand-hammered sterling silver muffineer has a beautiful poppy motif raised from the inside.
·       David Brooker Fine Art sold 14 paintings all to new clients, a majority of which were marine paintings.

·       TK Asian Antiquities sold an extremely rare 10th century imperial yellow robe decorated with colorful birds.
·       Asiantiques sold a six-panel screen, gold leaf, ink on paper, Hogen Tan'Yu seal, Kano School, from the late 18th to early 19th century.

·       Robert Lloyd sold a large pair of sterling silver candlesticks made in London in 1764 with the maker’s mark, ‘NH.’
·       TOJ Gallery sold a bulbous, hand-painted Boch Freres Keramis vase painted by Leon Delfant, circa 1930, and a lidded floor vessel, measuring 22" high with an approximate circumference of 70”, which is a stunning example of the large-scale work done by Donna Craven. The vessel is coiled, hand-excised with applied decorations and strap handles, and then wood fired and salt glazed.

·       Reichner Antiques sold a Wedgwood Victoria Wear bowl gilded in bronze circa 1900.

·       Spencer Marks sold a very important sterling silver Art Nouveau coffee and tea set by Orivit, a significant German metalware firm that only made silver for a few years between 1901 and 1904. There is an identical example of the service in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.

·       Russack & Loto Books, LLC sold an unusual early 20th century design book for French hotel interiors that had great photographic images.

·       Carlson & Stevenson Antiques and Art sold an album done in 1877 in Rome showing illuminated manuscript skills and forms, and a set of five late 19th/early 20th century carved wooden puppets. In addition, they received interest from an academic institution in some of their 19th century hand-done copy books.

·       Robert Milberg Antiques sold an Art Deco Austrian painting circa 1920 and a very good antique Turkish Oriental rug circa 1870.

·       Kevin T. Ransom Bookseller sold a signed first edition Robert Frost book, entitled “In the Clearing.”
·       Steve Newman sold a total of 30 sculptures, including works by Emile Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, Leo Laporte-Blairsy, Jose de Creeft, Max Kalish, Joseph Konzal, Vincent Glinsky and Cleo Hartwig.
·       Berry & Co. sold a multitude of silver pieces, including a Turkish-style Gorham sterling silver coffee pot.

·       Larry Dalton sold a mini sterling silver carriage clock circa 1890 in its original leather traveling case.
·       Zane Moss Antiques sold many pieces, including a burled walnut pedestal desk circa 1860, a mahogany canterbury circa 1860, a leather-topped tufted walnut stool circa 1880, a Staffordshire pair of sheep circa 1860, a black forest coat rack with antler hooks and a dog head carving circa 1900, a pair of brass lamps circa 1880 and an Edwardian inkwell circa 1890.
·       Jay Chatellier Fine Art sold a Robert Edge Pine painting, titled “Portrait of Mary Nevett,” circa 1785.

·       Stevens Antiques sold two good sets of bronze andiron.

·       Martin Chasin Fine Arts sold a sterling silver hand-engraved teapot, London, circa 1799, by Solomon Hougham. It is ovoid in shape with a carved finial and ebony handle. Also sold, was a beautiful pair of sterling silver serving dishes made in Sheffield, England in 1838. They are oval in shape with a cast and applied border in a swirling foliateb design. The hand-engraved dishes are lobed and clearly hallmarked.
“This show has energy,” said New York City dealer Leah YM, who attended the show throughout the weekend. “There are certain shows that you can’t rock and roll in, but you can here - you can rock and roll from a hundred dollars to a million dollars.”

The 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show will return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 25 - 28, 2011, and will feature more than 500 top dealers of antiques, jewelry and fine art. Tickets are $12 each and are good for all four show days. For more information about the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, please contact Chrissy Lambert, director of public relations, at 561.822.5440 or, or visit
NEW YORK - More than 40 original illustrations from the classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web - including the iconic cover art - from the estate of legendary illustrator Garth Williams, will be part of Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 15 Illustration Art Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th Street.
The auction marks the first major event for Heritage in the city since the September opening of Heritage Auctions New York City at 445 Park Avenue, where the cover art is currently on public display for passersby in the “Heritage Window on Park Avenue.”
Published in 1952, Charlotte’s Web was named the best-selling children’s paperback of all time by Publisher’s Weekly in 2000. The original cover art and 44 of the book’s 46 interior illustrations will be offered in the auction, and sold without reserve.
Few children’s books have had as much of an impact on pop culture as much as E.B. White’s 1952 book Charlotte’s Web, featuring Williams’ sublime drawings of Wilbur the pig, Fern, the young girl who loves him and one very clever spider named Charlotte who saves him from slaughter.
“There are few people born after 1950, maybe even 1940, who are not intimately familiar with E.B. White’s timeless story,” said Barry Sandoval of Heritage Auctions, “or with these amazing illustrations. The same cover image has been used for 58 years, and this may be the most-printed cover illustration of any book by an American author.”
Now the Williams estate is making the art available to collectors for the first time. It was carefully preserved by the family in a bank vault since the artist's death.
“When Garth started doing books in the 1940s, once he completed an illustration, those illustrations were forwarded to the publisher, used, and then returned to Garth,” says Williams’ friend and attorney Richard M. Ticktin, a spokesperson for the family.
Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, who occupies the position once held by Ursula Nordstrom, the Harper & Row publisher who first brought White and Williams together for Stuart Little, added some historical perspective to the upcoming auction, and the place Williams’ artworks occupy in the realm of children’s illustrations.
“Garth Williams was one of the leading artists over the course of his 45-year career as children’s book illustrator,” said Katz. “His art graced the pages of more than 50 picture books and novels, bringing to life quintessential characters of children’s literature. Amongst his most cherished and memorable works is his depiction of Fern, Wilbur, and Charlotte on the iconic cover of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.  These classic images, depicting true friendship and loyalty, have captured the imaginations of generations of young readers, and this auction will be an important moment for art collectors and those who treasure the memories Williams’ drawings have created.”
In addition to Charlotte’s Web, Williams illustrated dozens of books by a wide variety of A-list authors, including White’s Stuart Little, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series of books, George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square and his own highly controversial The Rabbits’ Wedding. His work has been compared to the illustrations of Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) for Alice in Wonderland and Ernest Shepard (1879-1976) for Winnie-the- Pooh.
“Garth Williams was a brilliant, versatile and sensitive collaborator, having produced illustrations for the works of so many outstanding authors for children - Margaret Wise Brown, Russell Hoban, Randall Jarrell and Margery Sharp, to mention a few,” says Andrea Immel, Curator of the Cotsen Children’s Library in the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University.
Williams was born in New York to a family of artists; his father was a cartoonist and his mother a painter. He studied at Westminster School of Art in London before landing an assignment to illustrate White’s first children’s story, Stuart Little. The 1945 tale about a shy mouse born to human parents touches on themes of leaving home for the first time, growing up and discovering oneself.
Seven years later, White and Williams teamed up again for Charlotte’s Web, which has become a staple of elementary school reading lists.
“What the book is about,” wrote Eudora Welty in the original New York Times Book Review, “is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasure and pain, and the passing of time. As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done.”
“We continue to get letters addressed to Garth from fourth graders, wondering how it is he was able to draw these animals and people so perfectly that he instilled in these kids a love of nature,” Ticktin says. “His work, not only on Charlotte’s Web but on The Cricket in Times Square, Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride, Baby Farm Animals, The Gingerbread Rabbit, and The Rabbits’ Wedding, is exquisite.”
“Without a doubt,” said Sandoval, “Williams is one of the most important and influential 20th-century children’s book illustrators. When young and old readers today think about their favorite fictional characters, the images are essentially those created by Williams. His work will live forever in American literature.”
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39th Annual ILAB Conference

Bologna, Italy - World Capital of the Book - 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair from 20th to 26th September, 2010, in Bologna (Italy)

There are thousands of booksellers in the internet - fewer than 2000 are of a high enough standard to be ILAB dealers. Knowledge, expertise, many years of experience, and a high quality stock of rare books are essential to be an ILAB bookseller. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers unites the world’s leading experts from 33 countries and 23 national associations under one roof - a global network of the rare book trade in the 21st century.

From 20th to 26th September more than 200 ILAB affiliates from all over Europe, the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan and China meet in Bologna (Italy) for their 39th Congress; more than 125 expert dealers show the best of the trade at the 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair held at the beautiful Palazzo di Re Enzo (Bologna), among them Alberto Govi, L’Arengario and Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco (Italy), Librairie Chamonal, Librairie Monsieur Le Prince and Librairie Thomas-Scheler (France), Peter Harrington, Bernard Shapero and Sims Reed(Great Britain), Librería Anticuaria Comellas (Spain), Buddenbrooks and Martayan Lan (USA), Antiquariaat Junk and A. Gerits & Son (Netherlands), August Laube (Switzerland), Norbert Donhofer (Austria), and F. Neidhardt (Germany).

A heaven for bibliophiles - the exquisite offers of the ILAB dealers represent the widest range of collectors’ interests: Rare incunabula like Dante’s "La Commedia“ (Venice 1491) or Colonna’s “Hypnerotomachia polihili” (Venice 1499) can be found in the showcases next to a spectacular autograph collection that depicts the history of the Italian Famiglia Farneses in letters, manuscripts and historical documents dated 1539 to 1729. Precious bindings attract the collectors together with beautifully illustrated books like Gallesio’s “Pomona Italiana” (Pisa 1817) or Fossati’s “Raccolta di varie Favole” (Venice 1744), modern art and illustrated books or a magnificent Buddhist painted manuscript from Burma.

The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) and its President Umberto Pregliasco are proud to unite the most important rare book dealers, collectors and experts from all over the world to a week full of cultural highlights. For one week Bologna - home of the world’s oldest university - becomes the world’s capital of the book with its magnificent historic sites and bibliophile treasures, with visits to all the important libraries and collections of the Emilia Romagna region (Bologna, Ravenna, Cesena, Modena, Parma, Ferrara), with concerts and lectures, with a Rare Book Film Festival at the prestigious Cineteca di Bologna, a football match “Italy vs Rest of the (ILAB) World” and an International Antiquarian Book Fair integrated in the Artelibro Festival - Italy’s famous Art Book Festival which takes place for the 7th time and at the same time as the ILAB Congress and Fair.

Special highlight, Umberto Eco: The ILAB Congress and the opening of the International Antiquarian Book Fair will be celebrated with a Lectio magistralis “The Vertigo of the List” by Umberto Eco on Friday evening at the Aula Magna di Santa Lucia (Bologna).

ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography: At the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening the 15th ILAB Breslauer Prize will be officially awarded to Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen for their outstanding works on bibliophily. It is one of the most prestigious prizes worldwide.

Rare Book Film Festival: “When booksellers and libraries play a leading role on the screen”: 84 Charing Cross Road, The Ninth Gate and others. On the occasion of the ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Artelibro Festival the Bologna Bibliofilm Library presents a “bibliofilm” with famous scenes in which rare books, booksellers and libraries are the protagonists.

23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair - Palazzo di Re Enzo, Bologna, September, 24th to 26th, 2010, open Friday: 10.30 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm. The Book Fair Catalogue is available online together with an exhibitors’ list and a floor plan:

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ITHACA, NY--National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted an auction on September 19, 2010 at their Finger Lakes Region gallery. The 400+ lot auction featured an assortment of collectible books, multiple celebrity signatures, limited edition artwork and two books featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leading figure in women’s rights; “The Woman’s Bible” (1898) by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, author-signed & inscribed alongside “Woman and Her Relation to the Church or Canon Law for Women” (1902) by Harriet M. Closz also signed by Cady Stanton.

“The Woman’s Bible” is bound in original paper wrappers, and is a scarce women's rights work inscribed and signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 - October 26, 1902) was an American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early woman's movement. The small book fetched a $4,500 (plus buyer’s premium) hammer price.

The second important volume sold, “Woman and Her Relation to the Church or Canon Law for Women” is an antique volume on women's relations to the church and is an extremely rare volume inscribed and signed by Cady Stanton. The inscription is handwritten on the page opposite of the title page and continued onto the opposite side of the title page. The book realized a $1,500 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium).

Also noteworthy was a 1933 limited, first edition copy of “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” by Ernest Hemingway (House of Books, Ltd). Bound in crimson cloth with gilt embossing along the spine and black embossing on the front board and in a tissue-paper dust jacket, this antique volume is a scarce limited, numbered, first edition volume of this short work by acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway. The small book fetched a $550 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium).

A copy of “Done in the Open” (1902) featuring drawings by Frederic Remington, with an introduction by Owen Wister had a realized price of $800 (plus buyers premium). Bound in large, suede-covered boards, this antique volume is a scarce limited, artist-signed collection of Western-themed drawings by Frederic Remington, with an introduction and verses by Owen Wister. This volume is number 119 of 250 signed copies. The drawings depict Native Americans, cowboys, hunters, and more.

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. The auction gallery has two planned auctions in October, with the first of two scheduled for October 3rd. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email

Jewish Picture Books Exhibit

Amherst, MA—The first-ever museum consideration of the Jewish picture book, Monsters and Miracles: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books, will travel from Los Angeles to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Yiddish Book Center from October 15th through January 23rd.  This exhibit is co-organized by the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA) and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, featuring more than 100 original works of art, texts, and related objects from time-honored classics and popular favorites.
Featured authors and artists include Eric Carle, Daniel Pinkwater, Maurice Sendak, Margot Zemach, Mark Podwal, Francine Prose, Lemony Snicket, Art Spiegelman, and William Steig. With historical examples dating as early as the twelfth century, Monsters and Miracles also encompasses the work of luminaries Isaac Bashevis Singer, Marc Chagall, and El Lissitzky.
Monsters and Miracles investigates the significant contributions that Jewish art and storytelling have made to children’s literature, tracing the development of the Jewish picture book from its early cultural roots to its contemporary innovations. The works represent an array of artistic media, including paintings, drawings, computer-generated images, paper cuts, collages, as well as lavishly illustrated Hebrew manuscripts. While texts are mainly in English, there are also works in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Portuguese.
Children and adults alike will delight as they revisit their favorite stories and encounter new authors and illustrators. In addition to the artworks on display, the exhibition programming includes a presentation by co-curators Neal Sokol and Ilan Stavans, a presentation by Mark Podwal, and a latke breakfast with Lisa Brown.   See both the Carle website ( and the Yiddish Book Center website ( for a complete list of programming.
As with all exhibitions, the books featured in the exhibition will be available for families to read and enjoy. Additionally, from December 8 through January 18, The Eric Carle Museum’s Art Studio will offer Monster Mock-Up, where guests can create their own monsters inspired by what they see in the galleries, including William Steig’s Shrek! and Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. These complimentary hands-on activities will further expand the visitor experience.
“The evolution of the picture book in Jewish history is a fascinating story,” said Carle Museum Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy.  “The art of storytelling is deeply embedded in Jewish tradition and we are pleased to work with the Skirball Cultural Center and Yiddish Book Center to bring this important exhibition to both coasts.”
Exhibition Overview
Organized into six sections, Monsters and Miracles addresses several storytelling motifs.

The exhibition opens with a number of lavishly illuminated Haggadoth dating back to the eighteenth century. Throughout Jewish history, these illustrated liturgical volumes have been used to recount the Exodus story at the Passover Seder, serving as a lively medium of instruction, much like today’s picture books. Also on display is a selection of historical volumes that are set alongside modern versions of the same themes, such as an alphabet primer from medieval Cairo, together with early-twentieth-century and contemporary aleph-bet Hebrew alphabet books.
Next, the exhibition presents biblical stories as reconsidered by modern-day authors. Timeless tales provide moral direction to readers and portray ancient heroes in examples such as Why Noah Chose the Dove (1974), written by Isaac Bashevis Singer and illustrated by Eric Carle; Jonah and the Two Great Fish (1997), by Mordicai Gerstein; and King Solomon and His Magic Ring (1999) written by Elie Wiesel and illustrated by Mark Podwal.
The third section features illustrations of monsters, giants, goblins, and other mythical beings. Drawing inspiration from biblical angels and demons, the Jewish storybook tradition has created a thriving bestiary of creatures, including golemsand dybbuks, the subjects of tales by David Wisniewski, Mark Podwal, Francine Prose and Barbara Rogasky. In many of these modern tales, imaginary figures take on human traits and frailties, such as: the lovable monsters that populate the realm of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are (1963), which were modeled after the author/illustrator’s own frightening relatives; a misanthropic ogre becomes the hero in William Steig’sSHREK! (1990), whose name means fear in Yiddish; and an angst-ridden latke looks for signs of Hanukkah in Lemony Snicket’s The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story (2007), illustrated by Lisa Brown.
In the fourth section, the exhibition highlights traditional Jewish village life in shtetls (a Yiddish term for rural villages once inhabited by the Jews of Eastern Europe), which remain central to the cultural foundation of Ashkenazi Jewish traditions.Here, stories and illustrations capture the folklore and charm of these communities. Several works represent the early illustration and graphic design efforts by well-known artists Marc Chagall and El Lissitzky, both of whom grew up in a shtetl. Contemporary stories harkening back to shtetltraditions include Art Spiegelman’s “Prince Rooster,” from Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies (2000) and Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me (2005) by Simms Taback, who uses collage and watercolor to portray the colorful residents of shtetls. Here, visitors are also introduced to one of the most popular Arabic folktale characters, Nasreddin Hodja, in Eric A. Kimmel’s forthcoming Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale (2010), illustrated by Omar Raayan.
Next, Monsters and Miracles examines transitions from the Old World to the New. Several tales use migration as their main theme, includingThe Travels of Benjamin Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century (2005) by Uri Shulevitz and The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey (2005) written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond. Other stories use their narrative and illustrations to transporting viewers to different destinations around the world, including Israel, Spain, and frequently the United States. Books such as Haym Salomon: American Patriot (2007), written by Susan Goldman Rubin and illustrated by David Slonim; When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street(1997), written by Elsa Okon Rael and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; and The Castle on Hester Street (2007), written by Linda Heller and illustrated by Boris Kulikov, demonstrate how Jews embraced the American experience and made it their own.
In the final section, the exhibition looks at new trends in Jewish picture books. The influence of the graphic novel is notable in illustrations from The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West (2006) by Steve Sheinkin and Houdini: The Handcuff King (2007), written by Jason Lutes and illustrated by Nick Bertozzi. Feature film and television adaptations of some of the most beloved picture books—Curious George (the original manuscript for which was smuggled out of Nazi-dominated Europe along with its creators), and Where the Wild Things Are—are documented by movie stills, video clips, and other memorabilia. Another trend is seen in picture books offering alternative narratives of American Jewish life. Among these are Laurel Snyder’s forthcoming Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (2010), illustrated by David Goldin; Daniel Pinkwater’s forthcoming story in Yiddish and English, Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken (2010), illustrated by Jill Pinkwater; and Lemony Snicket’s unconventional holiday tale, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story (2007), illustrated by Lisa Brown.
About The Carle:
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. 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
About the Yiddish Book Center:
The Yiddish Book Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and distributing Yiddish and other Jewish books and opening their contents to the world.  Its beautiful 37,000-square-foot headquarters in Amherst, MA, is a lebedike velt - a lively world featuring an open Yiddish book repository, exhibitions about Jewish literature, art, film, and music and other resources for visitors.  The Yiddish Book Center, located at 1021 West Street, is open Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays in the spring to late fall season from 11 am to 4 pm.  Admission is free. For more information about the Yiddish Book Center, call 413-256-4900 or visit
About the Skirball Cultural Center:
The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity.  Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual, and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community.


David Foster Wallace Archive Opens

September 14, 2010. AUSTIN, Texas—The archive of David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), author of "Infinite Jest" (1996), "The Broom of the System" (1987), "Girl with Curious Hair" (1989) and numerous collections of stories and essays, is now open at the Harry Ransom Center. A finding aid for the collection can be accessed online.

The Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, acquired Wallace's archive last year. The collection is made up of 34 boxes and is divided into three main sections: works, personal and career-related materials and copies of works by Don DeLillo. The works section covers the period between 1984 and 2006 and includes material related to Wallace's novels, short stories, essays and magazine articles. The personal and career materials section covers 1971 through 2008 and includes juvenilia, teaching materials and business correspondence. Most of the correspondence in the collection is between Wallace and his editors and is related to his work. The third, and smallest, section includes photocopy typescripts of three works by Don DeLillo, one of which, "Underworld," contains extensive handwritten annotations by Wallace. DeLillo's archive also resides at the Ransom Center.

"We have been contacted by many scholars eager to study both the manuscripts and books," said Molly Schwartzburg, curator of British and American literature at the Ransom Center. "Notably, we've had particular interest from younger scholars, including students working on dissertations—and even undergraduate theses—who hope to visit the archive soon enough to incorporate their findings before impending deadlines. It is quickly becoming apparent that this is an opportunity for the Ransom Center to welcome a new generation of scholars into our reading room, just as the Wallace papers themselves mark a new generation of writers to be acquired by the Center."

The archive also contains more than 300 books from Wallace's library, many of them heavily annotated.

"We expect that researchers will be particularly struck by the rich materials to be found in Wallace's library," said Schwartzburg. "The Ransom Center holds the personal libraries of several writers, such as James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Anne Sexton and many others. But I can't think of another author's library here that contains as much—or as consistently substantive—marginalia as Wallace's. And in many of the books, the marginalia can be linked to specific projects Wallace was working on at the time, whether a novel, story, essay or even an undergraduate class he was teaching."

Materials for Wallace's posthumous novel "The Pale King" are included in the archive, but the bulk of those materials will remain with Little, Brown and Company until the book's publication, which is scheduled for April 2011.

Since the Center announced its acquisition of the archive, a few small collections have arrived that complement the materials acquired from Wallace's estate, including copies of surveys that Wallace completed as a member of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel. Though most of the survey questions were designed to be answered with a mere check mark, the surveys Wallace completed are covered with his comments and questions.

Also, Jay Jennings, the former editor of "Tennis Magazine," who in 1996 commissioned Wallace to write an article about the U.S. Open (published as "Democracy and Commerce at the U.S. Open"), donated a file of corrected proofs and correspondence related to the article.

Because of anticipated high demand for study of this collection, the Center requests that researchers inform curatorial staff of their research plans in advance. To enable staff to best serve researchers' needs, the Center asks that researchers include the dates of their planned visit and a brief description of the sections of the collection they expect to study.

A small selection of materials from the archive will be displayed in the Ransom Center's lobby through Oct. 17.

The Ransom Center commemorates the opening of the archive with public readings of Wallace's work by writers and actors on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. (C.S.T.) in the university's Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall. The event, which is co-sponsored by "American Short Fiction" and Salvage Vanguard Theater, will be webcast live at

Select materials from the Wallace archive will be included in the upcoming spring exhibition "Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century," which opens Feb. 1, 2011.

Swann's Printed and Manuscript Americana

New York--On Thursday, September 30, Swann Galleries will offer a wide-ranging array of Printed & Manuscript Americana at auction, including many unique and unusual items.

A strong selection of American Indian material includes George Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, first edition, first issue, London, 1844 (estimate $25,000 to $35,000); a manuscript deed of a Martha’s Vineyard meadow from a Wampanoag man named Puttuspaquin to his sister’s half-English daughters, 25 March 1685 ($6,000 to $9,000); and an original 1836 manuscript petition from more than 2000 Cherokees protesting their imminent removal along the Trail of Tears ($30,000 to $40,000).

Of note in the Civil War section are several Confederate items: an original broadside printing of the South Carolina Order of Secession, Charleston, late March or April 1861 ($10,000 to $15,000); a wartime oil portrait of Robert E. Lee signed “Robertson, 1863,” ($4,000 to $6,000); and two newspapers printed on wallpaper, The Daily Citizen, Vicksburg, MS 2 and 4 July, 1863 ($2,500 to $3,500) and Natchitoches Union Daily, 4 April 1864 ($1,000 to $1,500).

A collection of labor, working-class, and radical books and artifacts assembled by Scott Molloy, a professor of labor history at the University of Rhode Island, ranges from gorgeous hand-made banners from early trade unions to anti-Vietnam War protest posters.

Other highlights include two early aviation archives relating to the dueling Wright and Curtiss camps (each $1,500 to $2,500); an archive of yacht designer Carl Alberg ($10,000 to $15,000); and two fascinating mid-19th century diaries kept by students of Yale and Harvard. James B. Brinsmade’s two-volume diary, 1843-53, begins with his arrival at Yale as a junior, and contains the first known reference to baseball at Yale ($3,000 to $4,000). Henry Van Brunt went on to become a successful architect in Boston and Kansas City, and his six volumes, 1851-55, with some charming sketches, describe his growing interest in architecture while at Harvard ($4,000 to $6,000).

Among items of regional focus are the manuscript ledger from the birth of the New York & Harlem Railroad, 1831-37, a horse-drawn streetcar line that ran along Fourth Avenue, Manhattan and evolved into part of the path of the current Metro-North commuter railroad ($1,500 to $2,500); a an alternate proposal for the design of Central Park, by Graham, Bagley and Leigh, New York, 1858,  ($5,000 to $7,500); and a complete set of The Rivers of America series, 1937-74 ($2,500 to $3,500).

Beyond the borders of North America, the sale includes a 1655 letter from a disgruntled soldier in Cromwell's occupying army in Jamaica ($2,000 to $3,000); a possibly unique Quechua imprint of a Quechua-Spanish book of prayers and devotions, Lima, 1640? ($2,000 to $3.000); and important Gran Colombia decrees by Simón Bolívar, Caracas, February 1827 ($5,000 to $7,500) and Bogotá, August 1828 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Additional items of note include whaling journals; the diary of a War of 1812 prisoner; important John F. Kennedy memorabilia including a brochure from his first political campaign in 1946; silhouette portraits of early Hawaiian missionaries, and more. Says specialist Rick Stattler, without hyperbole, “The variety of collectible material in this sale defies description.”

The auction will take place Thursday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m. The items will be on public exhibition Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, September 27 through Wednesday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated catalogue, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Rick Stattler by telephone at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or email:

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Sotheby's December Hesketh Auction

Sotheby's London 9 September 2010 --- On 7th December Sotheby’s London will hold a sale of ‘Magnificent Books, Manuscripts and Drawings from the Collection of Frederick, 2nd Lord Hesketh, The Property of the Trustees of the 2nd Baron Hesketh’s Will Trust’. The selection of books, manuscripts and drawings from this distinguished collection was built up by successive generations of the family, and shows the best of every aspect of the bibliophile’s endeavour: typography, illustration, illumination, literary and historical importance, and fine binding. The majority of the works in the sale were acquired by Frederick, 2nd Baron Hesketh (1916-1955), who bought them in a golden age of book collecting, when, paradoxically, great rarities seemed almost commonplace. Few collections can boast of both Audubon’s Birds of America and Shakespeare’s First Folio, yet Lord Hesketh acquired a magnificent subscriber’s copy of the Birds, and a crisp, textually complete Folio in an early binding within a space of a few years. The sale takes one on a journey of printed books from a rare example by England’s first printer, William Caxton, through indisputably the most important book in English Literature, Shakespeare’s First Folio, to a great landmark of natural history Audubon’s Birds of America; manuscripts range from a fine illuminated early gospel commentary from the eleventh century in Old Frankish, the language of Charlemagne, to an exceptional historical series of letters by Queen Elizabeth I, the Earl of Leicester and the spy Francis Walsingham relating to the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, and there is as well a group of ravishingly beautiful original drawings from Redoute’s Les Roses, once owned by the Duchesse de Berry. The sale has an estimate of £8-10 million.

David Goldthorpe, Director and Senior Specialist in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department, said: “Unlike other libraries which specifically focus on, for instance, literature, history or science, the fifty lots coming from this magnificent collection are an example of what is known as “high spot collecting” - when a collector seeks out the very best across a range of fields. For example, the sale offers the twin peaks of book collecting - the most expensive book in the world, Audubon’s Birds of America and the most important book in all of English Literature, Shakespeare’s First Folio. We are thrilled to be offering such a diverse and remarkable collection.”

Renowned ornithologist, naturalist and painter, John James Audubon (1785-1851) is one of the key influential figures in natural history. Quoted three times by Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species, Audubon’s work inspired generations of ornithologists to come, in particular his famed Birds of America, a copy of which is included in the sale with an estimate of £4,000,000-6,000,000 (illustrated above and page below). This fine copy, in excellent condition, was bought by notable early paleobotanist Henry Witham, subscriber number eleven as noted in Audubon’s ledger. Audubon’s journal entry for 3rd December, 1826 tells of how the naturalist dined with Witham at Edinburgh, noting that “I determined in an instant that this gentleman was a gentleman indeed…We all talked much, for I believe the good wine of Mr. Witham had a most direct effect…And at half past one, after been [sic] dubbed a great philosopher and an extraordinary man, my health drank, etc., etc., I retired with Dr. Know, but left Mr. B[ridges] and Mr. W[itham] at their whiskey toddy”.

Other masterpieces of natural history include celebrated botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s original drawings on vellum of his most famous work, Les Roses (1817-1824, illustrated right), acquired by his patron and pupil the Duchesse de Berry (total estimate £1.5 million: drawings to offered individually). This will be the largest group of rose drawings by legendary painter and botanist to come on the market since de Berry’s sale in 1837. Works by Mark Catesby and John Gould round out a comprehensive group of eighteenth- and nineteenth century natural history books.

A supreme highlight of the sale is what is widely recognised as the most important book in English Literature - the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, the ‘First Folio’ (illustrated right). This extremely rare, “virtually unmarred”, copy dates from 1623, and has 451 out of the original 454 leaves, but contains the complete text to all the plays. It is one of only two other textually complete copies to exist in private hands in a comparably early binding (c. 1690-1730). Containing thirty-six plays, the First Folio is the cardinal point of all Shakespeare’s dramatic output, around which all Shakespearean scholarship has revolved since publication in the early seventeenth century. Shakespeare died in 1616 having made no apparent effort in his lifetime to get an edition of his plays published. Eighteen of the thirty-six included in the Folio, among them Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, were printed for the first time, which means that without the Folio they might well have been lost forever. Shakespeare’s First Folio was authorised after the author’s death by his friends and closest colleagues - those who knew his plays best because they were the people who performed them - and as such the Folio is the closest we are ever likely to get to any final published text authorised by Shakespeare himself. Printing was halted on more than a hundred occasions to make small corrections to the text and consequently copies of the Folio almost always vary in their make up of uncorrected and corrected sheets. Indeed, no two copies of the Folio have been found to be exactly identical, and this present copy will be offered with an estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000.

Among the fine examples of early printing in the sale are William Caxton’s Polychronicon, a rare English incunable by the man who brought the printing press to England, and Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia, printed on vellum, further distinguished by gold initials and marginal flourishes. These books from the dawn of printing are complemented by manuscripts from the eleventh to the sixteenth century, including Plutarch’s Lives of Romulus and Cato the Younger, a lavishly illuminated late-medieval manuscript with over fifty full-page miniatures. This present copy is the hitherto unsuspected missing half of a manuscript in the Austrian National Library which was made for the Duke of Lorraine. A further highlight is an exceedingly fine eleventh-century manuscript of Christianus of Stavelot’s Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, with one of the first few witnesses to Old Frankish - the language spoken by Charlemagne and the direct ancestor of Modern Flemish and Dutch. Lord Hesketh’s wife Christian, Lady Hesketh (1929-2006) was a noted scholar of Scottish history, and this interest is reflected in an exceptional and relatively unknown series of over 40 letters relating to the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots, including four letters signed by Queen Elizabeth I as well as many letters by her chief minister Lord Burghley and spy-master Francis Walsingham. These letters were written to Sir Ralph Sadler when he was entrusted with the custody of Mary in 1584-85 and provide a unique insight into the Scottish Queen’s life and the hardening attitude of Elizabeth and her ministers to their illustrious prisoner (est. £150,000- 200,000, illustrated right).

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Mary Engleheart |
Sept. 7, 2010----The University of Delaware Library announces the availability of a new digital collection, the William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection. An enlarged version of each bookplate, as well as the Rev. Brewer's handwritten notes and catalog numbers, can be viewed by clicking on “Detailed View” below the image for each bookplate.

The Brewer Bookplate is widely known and there have been many requests from scholars and collectors to have it digitized. The collection is available online.

Brewer was an avid bookplate collector. His wife, Augusta LaMotte Brewer, bequeathed his collection to the University of Delaware Library after her husband's death. The William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection comprises 12,680 printed bookplates dating mainly from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

The collection includes bookplates from the libraries of John Carter Brown, Lewis Carroll, Samuel L. Clemens, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Dickens, Walt Disney, Edward Gibbon, Alexander Hamilton, Harry Houdini, Samuel Pepys, Howard Pyle, Paul Revere, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Alfred Stieglitz and William Butler Yeats, as well as many others. The designers of the bookplates include, such well-known artists as Thomas Bewick, Edward Burne-Jones, Kate Greenaway, William Hogarth, Howard Pyle, Rudolf Ruzicka and James A. M. Whistler.

Subjects illustrated in the bookplates are varied, including acrostics, birds, death's heads, medicine, music, rebuses, science and portraits of historical and literary figures.

The William Augustus Brewer Digital Bookplate Collection currently includes about 3,000 bookplates, with the remaining bookplates to be added in 2011.

The William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection is housed in Special Collections at the Morris Library. The finding aid for the collection is available online.

Mary Durio, head of the Center for Digital Collections of the University of Delaware Library, coordinated the digitization project working with Craig Wilson, assistant director for library collections, and Gregg Silvis, assistant director for library computing systems. Mark Grabowski, CITA IV, library data and server support, library computing systems, provided technical support for the project.

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Huck Finn Manuscript on Exhibit

New York, NY, September 7, 2010—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that original manuscript pages from Mark Twain's most important work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), will go on view as part of a major exhibition, Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress, opening on September 17 at the Morgan.

This important, late addition to the show is the first time pages from the first half of Huckleberry Finn have been exhibited in New York City. It is being loaned by the Buffalo and Erie County Library in upstate New York.

In total, four pages of the manuscripts will be on display. They depict episodes involving Huck and Jim on their raft in the Mississippi as well as a ribald song sung by a boatman, and which Twain is believed to have sung at his own wedding. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be one of the greatest of all American novels. Ernest Hemingway wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.'"

Coinciding with the 175th anniversary of Twain's birth in 1835, Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress includes more than 120 manuscripts, letters, notebooks, journals, rare books, photographs, and drawings from the renowned collections of the Morgan and The New York Public Library. The exhibition features extensive portions of autograph manuscripts of two key nonfiction works, Life on the Mississippi (1883) and Following the Equator (1897), and explores a central, recurring theme throughout the Twain's body of work: his uneasy, often critical, attitude towards a rapidly modernizing America. The exhibition runs through January 2, 2010.

The Morgan Library & Museum
 is 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, more than a century after its founding, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, with a world-renowned collection that ranges from Rembrandt to Picasso, Mozart to Bob Dylan, Dickens to Hemingway, and Gutenberg Bibles to Babar the elephant, The Morgan Library & Museum maintains a unique position among cultural institutions in New York, the nation, and the world.

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