November 2010 Archives

Morgan Shows Great Libraries Photographs

The Morgan Library & Museum Presents Month-Long Exhibition of Photographs by Massimo Listri of the Great Libraries of Europe

Show coincides with the reopening of the Morgan's original 1906 library and includes twenty-three large-format photographs of such magnificent rooms as Trinity College Library, Dublin

Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri Opens December 10

New York, NY, November 22, 2010—In 1902, when Pierpont Morgan commissioned Charles Follen McKim to design a library to house his growing collection of books and manuscripts, the architect conceived an Italianate marble villa that paid homage to the High Renaissance. On the occasion of the most extensive restoration of the McKim building's sumptuous interiors in over one hundred years, The Morgan Library & Museum presents an exhibition of photographs by Massimo Listri documenting iconic European libraries that similarly use fine wood, marble, and other precious materials to create an opulent setting for books. Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri is on view from December 10, 2010 through January 9, 2011. 

The large-format photographs, almost five feet in width and four feet in height, dramatically capture the beauty of the libraries, which were built from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. They represent an array of private, public, ecclesiastical, and academic institutions. Among them are the Malatestiana Library in Cesena, Italy, which was completed in 1454 and survives in its original building with its collection and furnishings intact; the St. Gall Monastery Library in Switzerland, which is a fine example of the Rococo style; the magnificent Long Room of Trinity College Library at the University of Dublin, where the Book of Kells is kept; the Laurentian Library in Florence, which was designed by Michelangelo; and the Vatican Library's sumptuous quarters, which were constructed between 1585 and 1590.

Massimo Listri is a Florence-based photographer whose work often presents interiors of great architectural and cultural importance. He has photographed ancient castles, villas and palaces, as well as hidden gardens, libraries, convents, monasteries, and universities. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous public and private institutions, including Palazzo Reale, Milan, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, and Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato. Over his career he has produced fifty-eight books on art and architecture. Among the titles are Il fascino delle biblioteche (in which most of the photographs in this exhibition appear), Il fascino dei musei, Italian Parks and Gardens, Where Muses Dwell: Homes of Great Artists and Writers, and Magnificent Italian Villas and Palaces.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Regione Toscana in collaboration with Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci-Prato. For more information, please visit

The Morgan exhibition program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Morgan Library & Museum
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 in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan's private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets. 

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November 17, 2010 -- Today, the Portland Area Used Booksellers Association (PAUBA) announces the launch of its new web service, allowing visitors to search the collected online inventories of PAUBA member bookstores.  “Portlanders embrace the idea of buying locally,” said Debbie Cross, the President of PAUBA, and co-owner of Wrigley-Cross Books, “and our new search engine will allow them to search the online inventories of over three dozen local and regional bookstores.”

Today, many small independent booksellers sell online only, and those that do maintain a brick-and-mortar store report that online sales represent a significant portion of their business. For consumers who want to shop locally while still enjoying the convenience of online purchasing it can be a challenge to avoid the national and multinational booksellers whose online stores often appear at the top of search results.  The new PAUBA search engine makes shopping locally online a whole lot easier.  “Portlanders can now shop online for books and know that they are buying from a neighborhood bookstore,” said Pamela Parnell owner of Pam’s Fine Books.

“We had been discussing this problem for a while,” comments John Storhm, owner of Burned Books Publishing and designer of the web page, “and then I realized that if each store already had an online inventory, all we needed was a unified search engine.”  Storhm began by collecting statistics on which inventory listing services were used most by PAUBA member bookstores.  This turned out to be and  Storhm then designed a web page that would take a search request and crawl the Biblio and Abe sites scanning the inventories of the PAUBA member stores.

PAUBA member bookstores are independent booksellers.  Each maintains their own stock, establishes their own store policies, and sets their own pricing.  “We work together on events like the annual Rose City Used Book Fair,” says Rachelle Markley, book fair organizer and owner of Second Glance Books, “the advantage this search engine provides is that stores retain their autonomy.  Search results contain links directly to books from each store’s online inventory.  When a customer clicks the link the sale goes directly to the store and PAUBA is no longer involved.”

“PAUBA member stores value their independence,” agrees Debbie Cross, “the role PAUBA plays is by helping customers to connect to a local bookseller.”

CONTACT:  Debbie Cross (503) 667-0807
SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of book lovers, buyers, browsers and sellers will come together when the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to San Francisco Friday, February 11, through Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.  

    Featuring the collections and rare treasures of more than 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the world's largest rare book fair is a bibliophile's delight, featuring a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula, literature from all centuries and nationalities, fine bindings, children's and illustrated books, ephemera, and antiquarian books of all kinds, such as law, architecture, cookery, science, history and more subject areas than one can conceivably imagine.

   In addition to book-related lectures and seminars, the Fair will have a special focus on music this year, including a stunning exhibit of rare musical books and manuscripts dating back as far as the 1300’s from the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library of the University of California at Berkeley and a lecture on collecting early music and musical autographs entitled “The Abduction from the Scenario" by Donald W. Krummel, one of the world’s authorities on the subject and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.

   On Saturday, February 12 from 4pm to 6pm, the Book Fair will host a Benefit Reception for the San Francisco Early Music Society and the 2012 Berkeley Music Festival. The reception, hosted by SFEMS Board of Directors and John Shepard (Head Librarian of the Hargrove Music Library) will include a private viewing of the special exhibit of rare musical books and manuscripts from the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as early music provided by noted early musicians of SFEMS. Benefit Reception tickets are $50 and include admission to the fair throughout the weekend and reserved seating for the Donald W. Krummel lecture. Proceeds from the Reception will enable SFEMS to continue and strengthen programs in education, performance, and outreach and to continue to provide early music performances and education in the Bay Area.

   On Sunday, February 13 fairgoers can sit in on special lectures and seminars ranging from What is this Book Worth?, Book Collecting 101 and Discovery Day where exhibitors will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books.

   Whether browsing or buying, avid book lovers and collectors will find many treasures at the Book Fair. Rare books experts and avid collectors will give intriguing topical seminars. Bookbinders, calligraphers, printers and conservators will demonstrate their arts.  Additionally, representatives from San Francisco area book arts groups will be on-hand to meet like-minded rare books aficionados.

Tickets and Information

    The 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street in San Francisco) from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, February 11; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 12; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 13.

   Tickets for the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair are $15 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday and Sunday, valid for re-entry all weekend.  Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets to the SFEMS Benefit Reception on Saturday February 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. are $50 and include admission to the fair throughout the weekend and special seating at the 3pm lecture on Saturday. SFEMS Benefit tickets are available online at <> or by calling (415) 551-5190.

   For more information about the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, please visit the website at <> or the ABAA website at; <;> or call (415) 962-2500, (800) 454-6401.

Denise Lamott
(415) 381-8793

Friday, February 11, 2011, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 13, 2011, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Special Events and Discussions at the Fair

Saturday, February 12 at 1pm Topic to be determined. A discussion by Adrian Johns, professor in the Department of History and chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, the award-winning The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, and Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age.
Saturday, February 12 at 3pm
“The Abduction from the Scenario", a special lecture on collecting early music and musical autographs, by Donald W. Krummel,

Saturday, February 12 from 4pm to 6pm
Benefit Reception for the San Francisco Early Music Society and the 2012 Berkeley Music Festival.

Sunday, February 13 at 12pm          
Seminar: Book Collecting 101

Sunday, February 13 at 12:45 pm
Seminar: What’s This Book Worth?

Noted rare booksellers will provide a speed course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting. This seminar will provide the following overview on getting started in rare book collecting:
    • What makes a book rare? Edition, condition, availability/rarity, etc.
    • The different areas of collecting
    • Internet as a research tool for shopping
    • How to care for your books
Sunday, February 13 at 1:30 pm:           
Seminar: Discovery Day
Discovery Day is open to the public, free with paid admission. Exhibitors will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books.
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th Street, San Francisco (Entrances at 7th and 8th Streets)
Gala Benefit Reception located in the Special Exhibits area of the Fair
Sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
Featuring over 200 rare book dealers from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America <> and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers <> .

$15 for a three-day ticket, including Opening Day
$10- for Saturday or Sunday
Available at the door, valid for re-entry all weekend

$50 for SFEMS Benefit (includes Book Fair admission and special seating at Donald Krummel lecture)

Hotline: (415) 962-2500
Toll Free: (800) 454-6401


National Book Auctions Host Lewis & Clark

National Book Auctions, a public auction service located in Ithaca, NY, is pleased to offer at their Sunday, December 5th auction, the 1814 first printing of "Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean."  This volume contains the report of Lewis and Clarke’s landmark exploration.
This first English printing of the report of Lewis and Clarke’s expedition includes the all-important six engraved maps on four plates, complete with the large folding map, in excellent condition.  Many credit this folding map with launching the modern era of map collecting and this first English edition is generally considered to be superior to the first American edition, published earlier in 1814 in Philadelphia.
"We are pleased to offer this book," stated David Hall, Business Manager and Owner of National Book Auctions. "Like the exploration reported within its pages, this book is an important discovery. We are excited to make it available to our global community of collectors."
The volume is the “definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent" (Wagner-Camp), led by Lewis and Clark across the unexplored Louisiana Territory, spanning the entire mid-section of North America from present-day Texas and Louisiana up to Montana and North Dakota.  Derived from journal entries of the members of the expedition, including both Lewis and Clark, this work details the journey, with descriptions of various Native American tribes, the expedition to what is now Yellowstone National Park, exploration of present-day Texas and more. The estimated auction price for this book is $20,000 to $30,000.
Also featured at the early December auction is a 1927 first printing of the second volume of "Mein Kampf," inscribed at Christmastime in 1926 by Adolf Hitler to his close friend and resident priest at the church he then frequented in Munich. Signed editions of Mein Kampf are very rare and even more scarce with a dedicated inscription.
Mein Kampf was the political manifesto written by Adolf Hitler. It was his only complete book and became the scripture of National Socialism (Nazism) in Germany’s Third Reich. It was published in two volumes in 1925 and 1927, and an abridged edition appeared in 1930.  This second volume, titled Die Nationalsozialistische Bewegung (“The National Socialist Movement”), was written after Hitler’s release from prison in December. The estimated auction price for this book is $15,000 to $25,000.
For more information, please contact National Book Auctions at 607-269-0101 or online at

New Bibliography from Old Stile

The Old Stile Press . . . the next ten years a Bibliography 2000-2010

We can safely assert that our first Bibliography (The Old Stile Press . . . in the twentieth century) was very well received when it was published ten years ago and is still highly regarded. Its aim to be entertaining and fun, as well as to contain all the information a librarian or bibliophile would need, was enthusiastically welcomed and it will not be surprising that, for this new volume, the same principles apply. This time, however, the whole book (as well as Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ fabulous cover painting!) is printed in full colour.

Each of our books that has appeared since the last Bibliography was completed in 1999 here has two double page spreads with its bibliographical details and images photographed and printed in colour so that the bindings are shown as well as the interiors. Nicolas writes about each, with anecdotes and dramas of their production or of how they came into being.

He also contributes a short look into the future of books which may become! Frances writes about what happens to all these books once they arrive in the house from the binders - finding and keeping customers, providing them with information and generally ‘delivering the goods’.

Nancy Campbell has written an Introductory essay on the work of these ten years, with a great appreciation of the ethos in which the books come into being, the commitment of the artists and writers (where the text is contemporary) with whom the Press has worked, and then the books themselves. As a poet and creator of her own artist’s books she has understood what goes into every stage of the making of such objects . She is a freelance reviewer whose writing has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines and has also worked at Bertram Rota, the Covent Garden Bookseller in London, where she was responsible for
contemporary artists’ books. That role also amply qualified her to achieve the detailed work of producing, for this record, the bibliographical account of each book.

136pp, 288 x 215mm. Joanna type, litho-printed on Leseebo
paper by J.W. Northend, Ltd. Designed, set, photographed and laid out by Nicolas McDowall. Sewn and bound with all-over printed card cover, the design being from a painting by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
ISBN: 978-0-907664-85-7
1000, numbered copies.

The first 250 copies come with a small ‘present’ loosely inserted. This takes the form of a printed jeu d’esprit being Welcome to Spring by Gavin Douglas (c.1510). The sheet also has one of the border decorations from Eric Gill’s Troilus and Criseyde (Golden Cockerel Press) printed directly from the block.


The new book (The Old Stile Press . . . the next ten years) is £45 (plus £4 p&p in UK).

A limited number of copies of the earlier book (The Old Stile Press . . . in the twentieth century) remains and these are £40 (plus £4 p&p in UK).

If you do not have a copy of the first book, you may like to have a copy of both books . . . at a special price of £75 (plus £6 p&p in UK).

There are 15 Special (or Archive) copies. These will include pages or spreads from almost all the books together with many other items. The selection is still being made and the box is still being designed but some copies have already been spoken for. The price of this Special Edition is £850.

The two photographs below are designed to give some feel of what the portfolios within the Special Edition copies will contain. The box that will hold all this, together with a copy of the book, cannot be photographed yet as it has not been made. Please note, however, that there are only 15 copies of this edition, some are already reserved and we shall allot the remaining copies on a ‘first come, first served’ basis!

If you would like to reserve a copy of the Special Edition or to purchase a copy (or copies) of the Main Edition, simply contact us using any means below and we will do the rest.

Frances & Nicolas McDowall at The Old Stile Press,
Catchmays Court, Monmouthshire NP25 4TN, UK
01291 689 226

Dominick Dunne Estate Auction, Nov. 20

On November 20th, Stair Galleries will offer the estate of the late Dominick Dunne. Legendary reporter, novelist, producer, and television personality, Mr. Dunne was one of America’s most respected and recognized media figures, “whose celebrity,” according to the New York Times, “often outshone that of his subjects.”

From an early age, Mr. Dunne longed for the glamour and intrigue of Hollywood, a world quite removed from his upbringing in West Hartford, Connecticut. Drafted into the Army at age eighteen, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.

Following World War II, Mr. Dunne attended Williams College, founding a theater company with classmate, Stephen Sondheim. His early work in live television eventually led him to Los Angeles, where he transitioned from television executive to movie producer of such ground breaking films as The Boys in the Band and The Panic in Needle Park. Personal and professional failures, however, led to a precipitous fall from grace in Hollywood, followed by the murder of his daughter.

But, out of this tragedy, Mr. Dunne found his voice and achieved his greatest success as a writer. He chronicled the worlds, criminal and otherwise, of the rich and famous, both as a novelist, publishing such best sellers as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, An Inconvenient Woman and People Like Us, and concurrently as a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, for which he is credited with setting the tone and style of magazine. His fame reached an even wider audience as the host of Court TV’s Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice. In August of 2009, Mr. Dunne died after a long battle against cancer, but his work lives on, including a posthumously published novel, Too Much Money.

Mr. Dunne was known for his impeccable taste in clothes and décor. His homes, a terraced penthouse with sweeping views in midtown Manhattan and a colonial style saltbox overlooking a tidal cove in Hadlyme, Connecticut, perfectly represented his evolved sensibilities. Both were laden with books and an unusual array of objects, including a group of fine Chinese Export porcelain, purchased over his lifetime from such noted dealers as Colefax and Fowler in London. Many pieces in the collection were originally purchased by Mr. Dunne and his late wife for their Beverly Hills house, the scene of legendary parties, where the powerful and beautiful of the Hollywood set mingled with the cream of old Los Angeles society. Each treasured object held personal meaning and with it always an intricate and often hilarious story.

This sale will include furniture and decorations from both homes, as well as many books written by his contemporaries, most signed or inscribed by the authors, a selection of Hollywood memorabilia and photographs, and his beloved green Jaguar convertible, “Audrey.” Mr. Dunne’s very personal collection is a true reflection of his colorful life and career.

Previews begin on Friday, November 12th, and run through the morning of the sale on the 20th. A fully illustrated catalog will be made available online 10 days preceding the sale. For additional information about the sale please contact Natalie Brown through email or by phone.

(Chicago) Just in time for the long-anticipated re-release of Mark Twain’s edited autobiography, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to announce the sale of a fine collection of literary manuscripts by esteemed American authors, including Twain (Samuel L. Clemmens) and Ernest Hemingway, which will undoubtedly arouse interest from collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The highlight of the sale is an original manuscript chapter from Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad ($30-50,000).  Bound by Bradstreet in crushed blue morocco with a custom title page for the composer, Leo Kern, this rare offering comprises the complete 38-page chapter 42, pertaining to Twain’s travels in Switzerland, with corresponding pages from the printed edition bound at the rear. Twain made no attempts to reclaim the manuscript draft after publication, and it was subsequently broken up by the publishing company and dispersed. A number of the individual chapters were bound by Bradstreet and presented as gifts following the author’s death in 1910 to friends and family. The majority of the chapters are now housed in institutional collections, such as the University of California at Berkeley, with only a handful remaining in private hands. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is thus proud to provide this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece of revered literary history.

Another significant literary manuscript is a rare handwritten essay by Ernest Hemingway presumably written while he was a student a Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Illinois, between 1913 and 1917 ($5,000-7,000). In the essay, written in black ink and graded “A” in red ink, Hemingway discusses the Cataline Conspiracy, a subject he would make frequent allusions to in later works. “The Catalinian Conspiracy,” Hemingway writes, “was a plot by Cataline, a brave but unscrupulous Roman, to overthrow the government of Rome and kill all his enemies . . . Cataline was driven from the city and was killed in battle.” At the bottom, Hemingway has additionally listed a number of discussion points, pertaining to the life of Caesar. The essay may provide insight into Hemingway’s preoccupation with the themes of competition and combat in his writing later in life.

In addition to the strong literature session, the sale will also features highlights from a broad range of categories including Natural History, Travel and Exploration, Fine Bindings, Art and Americana. The highlight of the Fine Binding session is an elaborate Sangorski and Sutcliffe bound Lalla Rookh, by Thomas Moore, embellished with a total of 118 jewels ($15,000-20,000). Additional fine bindings of note, the majority coming from two private Chicago-area collections, include a fine set of The Shakespeare Gallery, presented to King Edward VII by the Royal Shakespearian Society with inset hand-painted vellum scenes from the Royal Academy Series to the front doublures of all 10 volumes ($6,000-8,000); Robert de Flers Ilsee, Princesses de Tripoli, illustrated by Alphonse Mucha and bound by Raparlier in brown morocco with elaborate polychrome floral onlaid designs ($3,000-5,000); and two Cosway bindings by Bayntun Riviere, comprising Tennyson’s Works ($1,000-2,000) and Masson’s Napoleon and the Fair Sex ($3,000-5,000), both with signed painted ivory miniatures on the front covers.

The Natural History session will, for the first time, offer a fine selection of botanical prints, with a strong focus on extracted hand-colored plates from Basilius Besler’s Deluxe First Edition of Hortus Eystettensis, and a fine set of William Lewin Birds of Great Britain, complete with over 300 hand-colored plates ($4,000-6,000). Highlights of the Travel and Exploration session include works from the University of Hartford, including David Roberts The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia, first quarto edition with 250 tinted lithographic plates ($4,000-6,000) and Sir Paul Rycaut History of the Turkish Empire, first collected edition with 27 engraved plates of the Ottoman Emperors ($2,000-4,000).   

The Americana session opens with a document signed by George Washington, as President of the Potomac Company, and his partners George Gilpin and John Fitzgerald ($6,000-8,000). Another item of interest is a significant early run of 21 volumes of the Millenial Harbinger, Alexander Campbell’s monthly Restorationist newspaper, which includes the first printed article on Mormonism ($3,000-5,000). The highly anticipated James Conway collection of Chicago memorabilia will round out the sale featuring a fine selection of views by Varin, Jevne and Almini, and Whitefield, a number of rare pocket maps and pre-fire residential maps of Chicago, pre-fire manuscript archives, and true crime memorabilia, including an original death mask of John Dillinger created illegally the night he was gunned down by the FBI and Chicago police.

The auction will be held at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Chicago gallery at 12pm on Thursday, November 18th. The books, manuscripts and prints will be on public exhibition Sunday, November 14, through Wednesday, November 17th. A fully-illustrated catalogue is available online at auctioneers as well as

For further information, please contact Mary Williams at 312.334.4236 or  

BOSTON, Mass. - Oct. 29, 2010 - Skinner, Inc. will host its annual auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts on November 14th in its Boston gallery, located at 63 Park Plaza at 11 a.m.  The sale boasts 685 lots of correspondences, first edition books, maps, Audubon prints and more.

Skinner is thrilled to offer a rare and historically important contemporary broadside printings of the Declaration of Independence. Likely printed in Exeter, New Hampshire by the printer John Luist Fowle, this broadside is one of only six known copies of its type in existence. The document, descended from a New Hampshire family, whose relative, a judge, likely received it in his official capacity, is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.

According to Sara Wishart, Director Pro Tem at Skinner, “The last Declaration of Independence broadside Skinner sold was in 2008 for $625,000.”  Wishart continued, “The broadside being offered on November 14th has descended through one family, and is an amazing historical survival.  The rarity of this broadside is astounding, and we’re anticipating great interest from a number of bidders.”

A complimentary work also up for bid is an original broadside printed by the Second Continental Congress, declaring the necessity to take up arms against the British government.  The document acts as a warning to the English Crown, and encapsulates the frustrations that were building in the Colonies.  This prescient document was printed in New York on July 6, 1775, almost exactly one year earlier than the Declaration of Independence.  This historic broadside is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 and comes from a private New York collector.

Also of note is an important group of first edition works by Edward S. Curtis, from his series The North American Indian. Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing The Indians of the United States, The Dominion of Canada, and Alaska.  The stirring and hauntingly beautiful photographic images within this series have become truly iconic.  Curtis’ important work chronicled the myths, languages, and cultural nuances of various tribes, and are an important historic record.  Sold to benefit a New York state library, the group comprises eight lots of folio and quarto volumes, with estimates totaling $160,000 to $250,000.  This is one of the largest offering of Curtis’ work ever brought to auction.

Other works to be highlighted include important world and North American maps dating back to the late 1500s, a rare first edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita, fine decorative bindings, and works by John James Audubon.

Previews, Catalogs and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held by appointment only on Thursday, November 11th from 12 to 5 p.m., Friday, November 12th from 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 13th from 12 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 14th from 9 to 11 a.m.  Illustrated catalog #2526B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 508-970-3240.  It is also available at the gallery for $32.  Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale.  Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through Skinner-Live.  Register here for real-time bidding or call 508-970-3000.

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art.  With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices.  Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business.   Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass.  For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site

Sara Wishart, Director Pro Tem     Darlene Hollywood          
Fine Books & Manuscripts             Darlene Hollywood Public Relations
508-970-3282                                781-837-2572   

New York—On Tuesday, November 9, Swann Galleries will offer a wide range of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific, & Occult Books at auction.

The first part of the sale features an illuminated manuscript Book of Hours in Latin and French, on vellum, with 13 large and two small miniatures in colors and gold, Paris, late 15th century with 16th- century additions (estimate $15,000 to $20,000); an attractive set of the second Estienne Hebrew “pocket” Bible, which is considered one of the most impressive examples of Hebrew printing of the French Renaissance, 17 parts in eight volumes, bound in 16th-century calf with gilt arabesque centers, Paris, 1544-46 ($10,000 to $15,000); and a first edition of the Hildesheim Missal, with 140 of 354 leaves, Nuremberg, 1499 ($2,500 to $3,500). 

Other Early Printed highlights are a copy of the second Sansovino edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Venice, 1578, in a lavish modern gilt-tooled morocco binding with painted decoration on the top, fore and bottom edges ($3,000 to $5,000); Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, first edition, six volumes, London, 1776-88 ($8,000 to $12,000); and a first complete edition in English of Thomas Taylor’s translation of Aristotle’s Works, 11 volumes, one of only 50 sets, London, 1806-12, with the 1801 first edition of The Metaphysics ($10,000 to $15,000).

The Medical and Scientific Books section opens with Abraham bar Hiyya and Elijah Mizrahi, Sefer Tsurat ha-Arets, Basel, 1546, first edition of the first complete textbook of astronomy in Hebrew ($8,000 to $12,000). Another Hebrew first is Mordekhai Gumpel Schnaber Levison, Ma'amar ha-Torah ve-ha-Hokhma, London, 1771, containing the first full elaboration of Newtonian physics in Hebrew ($600 to $900).

Medical works of note include William Cheselden, Osteographia; or, The Anatomy of the Bones, from the first limited edition of 400, London, 1733 ($3,000 to $4,000); a first edition of Samuel Thomas von Soemmerring’s thesis, the first accurate enumeration of the 12 cranial nerves, Gottingen, 1778 ($2,000 to $3,000); Samuel Stearns, The American Herbal, or Materia Medica, first edition of the first herbal produced and printed in the United States, Walpole, New Hampshire, 1801 ($1,500 to $2,500); and Andreas Vesalius, Icones Anatomicae, one of 615 numbered copies, with 277 plates, Munich, 1935 ($3,000 to $4,000). Also of interest is Hua Shou, Jushikei hakki, a Chinese text on acupuncture, first published in 1341 and also influential in Japan, where it went through a number of editions, this volume Japan, 1693? ($500 to $750).

Among the occult highlights are Johannes Trithemius, Polygraphie et Uniuerselle escriture Cabalistique, first edition in French of the earliest treatise on cryptography, Paris, 1561 ($3,000 to $4,000); Jean Bodin, La Demonomanie des Sorciers, one of the most celebrated books on the theory and practice of witch hunting, Paris, 1598 ($800 to $1,200); and Francis Potter, An Interpretation of the Number 666, first edition, Oxford, 1642 ($1,000 to $2,000).
The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9. The books will be on public exhibition Friday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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