April 2011 Archives

New York—The star item in Swann Galleries’ spring auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts on April 7, an association copy of The Four Gospels . . . , published in 1931 by The Golden Cockerel Press, and widely considered to be a masterpiece of modern book design, sold for an auction record $132,000*. Designed and illustrated by Eric Gill as a homage to the medieval tradition of illuminated text, and one of only 12 printed on Roman Vellum, this copy is the only one inscribed by Gill to appear at auction. The recipient of the inscription was his well-known colleague Leonard Woolf.

The sale comprised a wide range of books and manuscripts in beautiful condition that appealed to dealers and collectors who gathered for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair held over the following weekend.

Christine von der Linn, Swann book specialist said, “The spirit of New York Book Week could be felt at the heavily attended auction preview and continued with active bidding throughout the auction, especially for works that are rarely seen on the market.”

Another rarity that set a record was Francisco López de Gomara, Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi, [Description of the India of the West], Constantinople, 1730, the first edition of the first book on America printed in the Muslim world, limited to 500 copies, which brought $52,800.

Literary highlights included a first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, number 128 of 150 copies on vergé d’arches, Paris, 1922, called the “Giant Joyce” because its proportions are larger than those of the other limitations, $31,200; and a complete set in original boards of Lord Byron’s Don Juan, 16 Cantos (complete) in seven volumes, London, 1823-24, $16,800.

The sale also featured an assortment of illuminated manuscripts, both medieval, including a liturgical manuscript circa 1475 in Latin on vellum, with 12 miniatures, borders and initials by two artists, Tours(?), $26,400; and modern, such as a unique illuminated manuscript on vellum by Louis Fairfax Muckley, of James Russell Lowell’s The Vision of Sir Launfal, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1925, $14,400; as well as a large selection of illuminated vellum leaves.

Celebrating architecture and design were Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Architetture, e Prospettive, first edition, Augsburg, 1740, $9,600; and Seconda Parte delle Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano, one of three volumes of engravings after Raphael’s decorations in the private loggia of Pope Leo X in the Vatican, with exquisite contemporary hand-coloring, Rome, 1776, $16,800.

Early printed works on astronomy included Johannes Angelus, Astrolabium, with more than 400 handcolored woodcut illustrations, first edition, Augsburg, 6 October 1488, $22,800; and Giovanni Jacopo de Marinoni, De astronomica specula domestica et organico apparatu astronomico libri duo, first edition with 43 folding plates of astronomical and scientific instruments at the first Viennese observatory, Vienna, 1745, $19,200.

Rounding out the sale were an exceptionally well preserved volume of illustrated classical texts in translation, including the first editions in German of the histories of Justinus and Herodianus, Augsburg, 1531, $12,000; Niccolò Tartaglia’s military work, Three Bookes of Colloquies concerning the Art of Shooting…, first edition in English, London, 1588, bound with The Compleat Gunner, first edition, 1672, $12,000; Antoine-François Sergent-Marceau, Portraits des Grands Hommes, Femmes Illustres, et Sujets Mémorables de France, printed in color and hand finished, first edition, Paris, circa 1792, $7,680; and Sir Richard Francis Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah, first edition, London, 1855-56, $6,960.

An illustrated catalogue, with complete prices realized on request, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, and may be viewed online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to propose consignments of Fine Books to autumn 2011 auctions, please contact Tobias Abeloff (15th-18th century books) at 212-254-4710, extension 18, or tabeloff@swanngalleries.com; or Christine von der Linn (19th-20th century books) at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or cvonderlinn@swanngalleries.com.

*All prices include buyer’s premium.
Israeli papercut artist Archie Granot will present to the Library of Congress "The Ram Granot Bar Mitzvah Book." Granot created this book for his son Ram (Avraham) on the occasion of his bar mitzvah in November 1987. The gift will be housed in the collections of the Hebraic Section of the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.

Unique in scope and execution, "The Ram Granot Bar Mitzvah Book" is bound in leather and comprises seven sheets of hand-made Fabriano paper (made in Italy in the oldest continuously operating paper mill in Europe). The first page of the book is a colored, multi-layered papercut with the name "Avraham" at its center. The upper text reads: "This—the Vision of Obadiah—is the Haftarah that Ram, son of Rivka and Aaron Yosef Granot, recited on the Holy Sabbath on the 14th of the month of Kislev in the year 5748." The lower text reads: "You are the Lord G-d who chose Abram and changed his name to Abraham" (Nehemiah 9:7). The remaining pages contain the Haftarah, (the supplementary portion from the prophets) that Ram recited in the synagogue. This text has been en­hanced by a decorative border in­corporating excerpts from a piyyut, a lyrical composi­tion for the Shabbat eve, which was composed during the second half of the 16th century by the Italian philoso­pher and kabbalist, Rabbi Mordechai ben Judah Dato.

Granot’s creative papercuts both revive and expand an art form believed to have originated in ancient China in the second century at the time that paper was invented. Much of his work is inspired by the Holy City of Jerusalem. His imagery and texts are usually biblical, Talmudic or rabbinical. His use of Hebrew inscriptions—hand-cut in precise calligraphic letters—is an integral part of his papercuts.

Granot’s papercut works include ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts), blessings for the home, Jewish ceremonial art objects and books—including a privately commissioned papercut haggadah (Passover text), which took him nearly 10 years to complete.

Born in London in 1946, Archie Granot moved to Israel in 1967. He earned a bachelor of art degree in political science and Russian studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a master of philosophy degree in Russian studies from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. His works have been exhibited extensively including showings at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and presently at the Jewish Museum in New York. He is the owner of the Archie Granot Studio and Gallery in Jerusalem. More information about the artist and his work can be found at www.archiegranot.com.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

The African and Middle Eastern Division furthers this mission as the Library’s center for the study of some 78 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The division’s Hebraic Section is one of the world’s foremost centers for the study of Hebrew and Yiddish materials. For more information on the division and its holdings, visit www.loc.gov/rr/amed/.

New York—On Thursday, May 12 Swann Galleries will conduct a two-session auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, and 19th & 20th Century Literature. The sale begins at 10:30 a.m. with a selection of architecture and art journals, livres d’artiste, fine private press books, original illustrations and works on fashion and design. The afternoon session, starting at 1:30 p.m., features first editions, signed and inscribed copies, children’s literature, and a section devoted to science fiction, fantasy and thriller fiction.

Among the desirable livres d’artiste are Picasso’s collaboration with Pierre Reverdy, Le Chant des Morts, one of 20 hors commerce copies signed by both, Paris, 1946-48 (estimate $5,000 to $7,500); a first edition of Andy Wahol’s Index Book, in the original packaging and signed and inscribed by famed pop-up designer Waldo Hunt, New York, 1967 ($1,200 to $1,800); a limited edition copy of Salvador Dalí’s Die Göttliche Komödie, with 100 color woodcut plates, Geneva, 1974 ($7,000 to $10,000); and the great Jasper Johns and Samuel Beckett collaboration, Foirades / Fizzles, one of  250 signed by both, Paris and New York, 1976 ($12,000 to $18,000).

There are also three of Susan Weil's artistic tributes to James Joyce published by Vincent FitzGerald & Company: The Epiphanies, with 64 etchings, watercolors, collages and handcuttings by Weil and Marjorie Van Dyke, one of 50 signed by Weil and Van Dyke, New York, 1987 ($8,000 to $12,000); Giacomo Joyce Interpreted by Susan Weil, one of 50 signed copies, 1989 ($2,500 to $3,500); and Bride-Ship and Gulls, Weil’s final livre d’artiste celebrating the life and work of Joyce, one of 25 signed, 1991 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Other private press highlights include one of only three special copies of Peter Pauper Press’s Champ Rosé: Wherein May Be Discovered the Roman Letters that were Made By Geofrey Tory, printed entirely in red, with 27 antique alphabet plates by Bruce Rogers after Tory, signed by Frederick Goudy, Rogers, and press owner Peter Beilenson, New Rochelle, 1933 ($1,500 to $2,500); and a section of Arion Press titles including the culinary classic, The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, translated from the French by M.F.K. Fisher, with illustrations by Wayne Thiebaud, San Francisco, 1994, one of 200 signed by Thiebaud ($3,000 to $5,000).

Modern art highlights include a pair of pamphlets with original watercolors by David Burliuk, New York, 1931 ($3,000 to $4,000); the portfolio 10 Origin, with plates by Jean Arp, Sonia Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky and others, most of them signed by the artists, Zurich, 1942 ($4,000 to $6,000); and Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger’s Du Cubisme, with 11 etchings and aquatints by or after Picasso, Braque and Léger and other artists, Paris, 1947 ($5,000 to $7,500).

Among the illustration highlights are original watercolors by designer George Barbier, including Makeda, Reine de Saba, Chronique Ethiopienne, 1912 ($5,000 to $7,500) and two Persian figures in traditional dress, likely created for one of fashion designer Paul Poiret’s famous costume fêtes, 1912 ($4,000 to $6,000); and a group of three fashion sketches in pencil and watercolor by graphic artist and designer Fritzi Löw, circa 1915 ($3,000 to $4,000).

There are also classic illustrated works by Leonard Baskin, Arthur Rackham, Maurice Sendak, Saul Steinberg, and a scarce first edition of the first work completely illustrated by Arthur Szyk, Julian Tuwim’s Rewolucja w Niemczech, a satirical commentary on post-World War I Germany, Warsaw and Lodz, 1919 ($4,000 to $6,000).

The afternoon session contains a private collection of early Science Fiction, Fantasy and Thriller literature including Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy, first edition of the Hugo Award-winner for all time best series, New York, 1951-53 ($2,500 to $3,500); first editions of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, 1962, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, 1965, and Ubik, 1969 ($2,000 to $3,000 each); Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, New York, 1961 ($2,000 to $3,000); and titles by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King and many others.

A wonderful rarity is the only known copy in a true first edition dust jacket of Carroll John Daly’s detective novel The Snarl of the Beast, New York, 1927 ($4,000 to $6,000). Also compelling is a scarce first edition of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, in Russian, Milan, 1958 ($1,200 to $1,800).

Highlights among the children’s books are a large-paper copy of Winnie-The-Pooh signed by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard, New York, 1926 ($5,000 to $7,500); Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s The Yearling, first limited edition with an ink drawing by illustrator N.C. Wyeth, and signed by Rawlings and Wyeth, New York, 1939 ($2,500 to $3,500); and a first edition of The Phantom Tollbooth, signed by author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer, New York, 1961 ($1,200 to $1,800).

Other signed classics include first editions of Émile Zola’s critical works, inscribed to French drama and music critic Edouard Noël, 1878-81 ($2,000 to $3,000); a signed first limited edition of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Florence, 1928 ($6,000 to $9,000); John Steinbeck’s Their Blood is Strong, first edition, San Francisco, 1938 ($2,000 to $3,000); and a signed and inscribed copy of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, London, 1956 ($3,000 to $4,000).

Nineteenth-century highlights include Emily Dickinson’s celebrated first three books of poetry, Boston, 1890-96 ($5,000 to $7,500); and The Nonesuch Dickens, from the limited edition of 877, with an original woodblock illustration, 1937-38 ($5,000 to $7,500).

Other desirable sets are Henry David Thoreau’s The Writings . . . Manuscript Edition, 20 volumes, one of 600 sets signed by the publisher and with an original manuscript sheet by Thoreau from his journal, Boston, 1906 ($6,000 to $9,000); and H.G. Wells, The Works, one of 1050 printed for America and signed by Wells, New York, 1924-27 ($2,000 to $3,000).

The auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, and continue in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The books will be on public exhibition Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, May 9 to Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 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 www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Christine von der Linn at (212) 254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at cvonderlinn@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is available via Artfact. Click on the Artfact link on the swanngalleries.com homepage.
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Kansas City, MO. April 14, 2011-A rare copy of the Barcelona Haggadah edition, which was printed in 1992 in London through a special project with the British Museum and is the only copy in a four-state region, has been acquired by the Spencer Art Reference Library of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The funding to acquire the work was given by longtime Museum supporters Sybil and Norman Kahn in memory of Thomas W. Levitt, a former two-term chairman of the Nelson-Atkins Society of Fellows.
 
“The gift of the Haggadah to the Nelson-Atkins library is very appropriate, because Passover was Tom’s favorite family holiday,” said Molly Levitt, widow of Tom Levitt, who died as a result of a rare neurological disease in 2009. “Our family is honored that Tom will be remembered at the Museum with this special gift through the generosity of the Kahns.”

The original Barcelona Haggadah manuscript dates from 14th century in Spain, and is named for one of the illustrations showing the coats of arms of Barcelona. The heavily decorated, original manuscript was acquired by the British Museum in 1844. The facsimile edition acquired by the Nelson-Atkins is rare; there are no other copies in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa or Nebraska. The closest location to see another copy is in the University of Chicago Libraries.
 
“The gift of the Barcelona Haggadah facsimile is an important addition to the Museum because it is a prime example of an illuminated Hebrew Medieval manuscript documenting an important cultural, artistic and historical tradition,” said Marilyn Carbonell, head of the Museum’s Library Services. “This facsimile fills a gap in the library’s research collection and strengthens our capacity to serve the entire regional community. We are most grateful to the donors, Sybil and Norman Kahn, for this gift in memory of Tom Levitt.”
 
The Haggadah, traditionally used at home for the Jewish celebration of the Passover holiday, is one of the most frequently illustrated texts of Jewish literature and tells the story of Exodus. The story of the “four sons” and the ceremonies of the Passover Seder are shown in the illustrations. The Haggadah is a narration or telling of the story and is used during the special Seder meal.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson-Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion and renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.
 
The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free to everyone. For Museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit nelson-atkins.org.

For media interested in receiving further information, please contact:

Kathleen Leighton,
Communications and Media Relations Officer
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
816.751.1321
kleighton@nelson-atkins.org 
Beverly Hills, California - April 14, 2011…  Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity memorabilia auction house, has announced their 2011 Summer Hollywood entertainment auction that will be held on Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8, 2011 at their Beverly Hills Gallery.  Memorabilia from Hollywood’s most legendary leading ladies including Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Angelina Jolie, Marion Davies and Lucille Ball will be offered at the two day event.  An object of curiosity that evokes stories only made in Hollywood, Dietrich was known as much for her style as for her husband and lovers. For the first time, Julien’s Auctions will offer for sale personal photographs by Dietrich’s favorite photographers, family photographs, correspondence to her husband regarding:  his mistress, their financial situation and the FBI, along with cables from Dietrich’s many lovers.  The items come from the home of Dietrich’s husband.
 
For more than thirty years Lucille Ball was one of the most universally recognized and loved entertainers in the world. Known simply as Lucy, she was an unparalleled force in television and won the hearts of every American as the scatterbrain comedian who turned wacky schemes into pure enjoyment for her audiences. Items offered in the sale include the Queen of Comedy’s personal items spanning from her early career through her films. The auction includes costumes, personal correspondence, photographs, film ephemera and her very own Chrysler Town & Country station wagon.
 
The auction also offers an opportunity to own Marilyn Monroe’s cocktail dress seen on the cover of the limited edition Summer Julien’s Auctions collectible catalog.  This black dress, along with other items of clothing, household items, books and personal items are offered for sale.

American actress and fashion icon Gloria Swanson was most prominent during the silent film era and was a protégée of famed director Cecil B. DeMille.  As a leading lady that transitioned from silent film work to what was referred to as talkies, Swanson is legendary for her provocative styles and famous remarks.  Her career spanned 65 years.  Her role in the masterpiece Sunset Boulevard remains legendary.  An array of personal clothing and accessories will be auctioned at the May auction.
 
The auction also includes science fiction property from NBC’s hit television series Heroes and the sci-fi thriller, The Cape.  Rounding out the science fiction section of the auction are costumes worn by the cast of Serenity, props and costumes from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, production materials from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Empire Strikes Back. One of the most popular pieces in the auction includes the original Batgirl costume worn by actress Alicia Silverstone in the Batman & Robin feature film.

Norman Rockwell and his process for making his illustrations are revealed in behind the scenes newly discovered staging photograph negatives being sold with copyright.  The photographs feature his subjects: Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, Bing Crosby and the everyday people in his life which became immortalized in his artwork. His scenes of everyday life have become a symbol for Americana at its best, but his connection to Hollywood depicted in many of his portrait subjects often seen on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

Other highlights from Hollywood include Audrey Hepburn’s Funny Face hat (Lot # 341, estimate $2,000-$3,000), Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Club Signed Album (Lot # 358, estimate $800-$1,000), Zorro signed mask (Lot #367, estimate $800-$1,000), Cleopatra (1963 film) Head of Hather prop (Lot # 447, estimate $500-$700), Cleopatra (1963 Film) Griffin Throne as used by Elizabeth Taylor (Lot #450, estimate $1,000-$1,500), Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton signed guestbook (Lot #451, estimate $600-$800), Schindler’s List Ring from film (Lot #519, estimate $8,000-$10,000), and Angelina Jolie Worn Diamond Necklace (Lot #528, estimate $20,000-$30,000).

There’s Hollywood royalty and then there is Royalty of the family kind …..Two gowns belonging to Princess Diana of Wales will be among the highlights of Julien’s Summer Auction offered in conjunction with Wedding Central, the first and only 24/7 television destination for all things wedding related and celebrating the Royal Wedding in high style on May 7, 2011 with special programming. Princess Diana is undoubtedly one of the most adored members of the British royal family.

The two dresses offered for sale were worn for two very different purposes.  The first was worn on a 1992 state visit to India.  The embroidered details on this dress, designed by Catherine Walker, were inspired by the art of India.  The second dress is a flowing blue chiffon gown, also designed by Walker that Diana wore to the Cannes film festival, a production of Miss Saigon and in 1987 for a portrait sitting with photographer Terance Donovan.  Other royal items are represented in the auction including chairs from the 1937 coronation of King George VI, and documents from the Royal family including an order from King George II in 1757.

Free Public Exhibition:
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Monday, April 18th through Saturday, May 7th
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Closed Sunday’s
 
Live Auction:
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Beverly Hills, California 90210
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Registering to Bid
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Placing Bids
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    •    Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions (310)836-1818 or online at www.juliensauctions.com
 
About Julien's Auctions

With expertise specializing in entertainment memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established themselves as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company.  Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, U2, Barbara Streisand, Debbie Reynolds, the estate of Marilyn Monroe and many more. Official website is www.juliensauctions.com
 
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Turn off your cell phone, forget texting and put down your I-pad. Spend the day leafing through pages, savoring original illustrations and reuniting with old printed friends when the Boston Book & Paper Exposition and Sale debuts May 7 at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers and produced by Marvin Getman, this special event puts a new spin on the delights of book and paper collecting.  Seminars, talks, exhibits and show content is all designed to appeal to an inquisitive audience that is fast turning to the comfort of ink and paper in the age of the Kindle.

Here is an opportunity to embark on a literary adventure through the world of old books, prints, photographs, historical documents, autographs, maps and postcards which will provide enjoyment not only for a few short hours, but for years to come.  With over seventy top sellers from throughout the Northeast and as far away as Tasmania participating, the shopping will be seductive.  Show goers will be drawn to booths that are like mini bookstores and antique shops, to browse and enjoy.  Plus, it’s an opportunity to buy these historical works and bestsellers of the past in their original state, before they become electronic memories.

“It is becoming increasingly important to reach out to a younger, electronically savvy audience that doesn’t want to lose its cultural foundation,” says Getman, founder of the highly regarded series of New England Antiques Shows.  “Collectors today are just as likely to be the young family, the twenty-something business professionals and pop culture stars as they are college professors, librarians and teachers who are trying to reinvigorate the classics for a generation raised on the internet.”

The upcoming Book & Paper Exposition & Sale makes history come alive for this new collector, leaping off the page with images and words which endure and inspire.  A highlight of the show is the unique collection of Civil War cartes-de-visite compiled by Greg French of Jamaica Plain, Ma.   His exhibit, “Women of the Civil War:  Female Soldiers, Vivandieres, a Doctor, A Nurse and a Spy,” consisting of 14 of these early photographic “visiting cards,” challenges conventional thinking about the roles of women in war-time.

Five special talks also contribute to the fascinating historical content of the show.  John Hench of Shrewsbury, a former curator from the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, throws new light on the role American books, magazines and newspapers played during World War II.  He began collecting World War II Armed Services editions some time ago,  which eventually led to his writing of a book on the subject “Books As Weapons:  Propaganda, Publishing and the Battle for Global Markets.”  John will display his collection, present a talk and sign copies of his book at the show.

Deborah Child brings the dangerous and illicit world of the counterfeiter to life in her special talk, “Bad Counterfeit versus Good Counterfeit:  Lyman Parks and his Funny Money.    Parks, one of the most accomplished counterfeiters of all time, produced “funny” banknotes in the nineteenth century, which fooled the experts, but led to his serving prison time.  Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press tells how fifteen top designers have elevated the seemingly modest postage stamp to a work of graphic art.  His talk “Postage Stamps by Top Designers,” looks at the design of over 200 stamps - perfect for stamp lovers and collectors.

A fan of Ancestry.com?   Show goers won’t want to miss meeting and enjoying a talk by Maureen Taylor, the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.  Ms. Taylor can date a family photograph by studying the details -everything from hairstyles and fashion to the size and shape of a car’s headlamps—and can solve photographic mysteries for her clients.  Come here what Ms. Taylor has to say about your own photographs by signing up for a private consultation. A regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine, Ms. Taylor will address a recent project - her search for images from the American Revolution—in her talk, “The Last Muster:  Images of the Revolutionary War Generation consultation.

Elaine Koretsky, the director of the International Paper Museum & Research Institute of Paper History and Technology in Brookline has made 38 field expeditions, spanning a quarter of a century, exploring hand paper-making in 43 countries.  Enjoy an exhibit from her collection of decorated handmade papers and a talk on the early origins of paper in China.

The experience of leafing through the pages of a vintage book brings back memories in a way that cannot be duplicated by the Internet.  Look for modern first editions of beloved novels such as Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, Ann Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and such childhood favorites as Huckleberry Finn, Dr. Seuss’ Cat In the Hat and National Velvet at this event.

The Boston Book & Paper Exposition & Sale will also carry wonderful old cookbooks that bring back the pleasures of hearth and home as surely as a home-cooked meal.  Rabelais Books understands the pull of nostalgia as well as the pleasure of the senses.  Their collection of rare and out-of-print cookbooks appeals not only to those who long for the joys of home cooking, but those who relish haute cuisine.  

Scientific books, old postcards, valentines, snapshots, arcade photos, broadsides, and pop-up books such as those that Boston book artist Laura Davidson creates from wood, paper, metals and old photographs, are among the special finds at this event.  Laura’s Fenway Park pop-up book brings to life that beloved stadium as surely as a Yankees Red Socks blow out.

Want to know how much your favorite old book or paper item is worth?  Between the hours of 2-4pm, show goers are invited to bring up to three items to the show.  Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop and other experts will be on hand to offer an estimate of value.   Want to know more about your own old family photographs?  Sign up for a private consultation with Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective.”  

Show hours are Saturday May 7, 10-5pm, admission is $7 for adults.  Free admission for students with a college ID or anyone 17 and under.  The Shriner’s auditorium is located at 99 Fordham Road in Wilmington, MA. Just fifteen minutes outside of Boston.  Visit www.bookandpaperexpo.com or contact Marvin Getman at 781-862-4039 or info@bookandpaperexpo.com, for more information.    Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
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Civil War Photo Exhibit Opens At LOC

Portrait photographs of the young men who fought and died in the American Civil War will be on display, starting today, April 12, at the Library of Congress.

Nearly 400 ambrotype and tintype photographs of both Union and Confederate soldiers are featured in the exhibition "The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photos from the Liljenquist Family Collection," which is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, from April 12 to Aug. 13, 2011.

The exhibition, which is made possible through the generous support of HISTORY, the Tom Liljenquist family and Union Pacific Corp., is located in the second-floor South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington D.C.

"The Last Full Measure" commemorates the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, which started on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter, S.C., and will serve as a memorial to those who gave their lives during the devastating conflict by displaying the faces of 360 Union soldiers—one for every 1,000 who died—and 52 Confederate soldiers—one for every 5,000. Fewer portraits exist of Confederate soldiers, as fewer such photographs were taken in the South during the war.

The faces in the photographs, poignant and unforgettable, invite quiet contemplation of the human costs of the war and the courage and determination that characterized the people on both sides. The names of many of those pictured have been lost during the passage of time.

The Civil War portraits depict ordinary enlisted men, with some rare images of African American soldiers. A number of portraits include loved ones—wives, sisters and children. Details in the photographs often show firearms, hats, canteens and musical instruments.

"The Last Full Measure" also tells the story of the Liljenquist family of McLean, Va., that built the powerful collection of Civil War portraits, now numbering more than 700 images, from which this exhibition is drawn. In spring 2010, Tom Liljenquist and his sons—Jason, 19; Brandon, 17; and Christian, 13—generously donated the collection to the Library as a gift to the nation, in order to ensure broad public access to the images and their long-term preservation.

The Liljenquists became interested in Civil War history after finding bullets and other signs of an encampment near their home in Virginia. As they began to investigate other artifacts from the war, they were especially attracted to the images captured in the photographic formats called ambrotypes (on glass) and tintypes (on metal). On the Library’s website, Brandon Liljenquist describes further his family’s reasons for collecting the photographs and donating them to the Library. Visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/633_lilj_measure.html.

To view the entire Liljenquist Family Collection, visit the Prints and Photographs Division online at www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/lilj/.

Photographs in the exhibition include a girl in mourning; an African American Union soldier; and a Confederate soldier with canteen and cup.

Images in the collection can be seen through Flickr Commons, where viewers can assist in identifying individuals and photographers based on such clues as painted backdrops and regimental insignia. To view the photos at Flickr Commons, visit www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157625520211184/  .

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
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San Francisco, April 2011—The Magna Carta (or Great Charter of English Liberties), one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy, is on display at the Legion of Honor May 7-June 5 as part of BritWeek 2011, an annual celebration of cultural crosscurrents between Great Britain and California. The manuscript is presented with an English translation in Gallery 3 under the Legion’s prized Spanish ceiling dating from approximately 1500. This is an extremely rare public appearance for this particular Magna Carta, one of the earliest surviving manuscripts, in the United States. Its declaration that no free man should be imprisoned without due process underlies the development of common law in England as well as the concepts of individual liberty and constitutional government that created the United States.

The Magna Carta on loan to the Legion of Honor belongs to the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, England, and is one of four surviving manuscripts from the revised 1217 issue. The document displayed here is an original Magna Carta, not a copy. It is an official engrossment, or exemplification, of the Latin text sent out by the royal record office to Gloucestershire in 1217, and most likely housed at St. Peter’s Abbey (now Gloucester Cathedral). Seventeen originals survive from the thirteenth century, including the manuscript that will be shown in San Francisco.

Dr. James Ganz, Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, is coordinating the installation of the Magna Carta at the Legion of Honor. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Ganz said. “This historic document is not normally on view even where it resides at the Bodleian Library. It has traveled to the United States only twice before, both times for private events. This is its first public display on this continent in its nearly 800-year history.”

The Gloucestershire Magna Carta Issue of November 1217

The Great Charter agreed on June 15, 1215, between King John of England and his barons at Runnymede, near Windsor, remains to this day one of the world’s great symbols of freedom and the rule of law.
 
A sheet of parchment roughly twenty-one inches high and seventeen inches wide contains fifty-six lines of hand-inscribed Latin text. While the handwriting is parallel to the more formal Gothic style found in early thirteenth-century books, it is specifically a “chancery script,” written relatively quickly and cursively but with a tendency toward extension and flourish. The ink is dark brown in color, so it is probably an iron-gall pigment rather than the blacker carbon-based variety. The text is written on the flesh side of a single parchment made from sheep or goatskin.

This Bodleian original was sent out by the royal chancery in November 1217 to the county of Gloucestershire in the southwest of England. No master-prototype has survived from King John’s ceremony at Runnymede. But the chancery distributed engrossments to county courts across England in 1215 and another five times before 1300, during the succeeding reigns of John’s son, Henry III, and grandson, Edward I. Seventeen such originals survive from the thirteenth century: four from the first issue of 1215, one from 1216, four from 1217, four from 1225 and four from 1297.

The Gloucestershire Magna Carta is among the best preserved.  It was received in 1755 by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, in the bequest of Richard Furney (1694-1753), archdeacon of Surrey and a native of Gloucester.

The Text of the Magna Carta

The Bodleian charter on view at the Legion of Honor is one of the library’s three originals of the solemn reissue of November 1217. The opening line of the charter names the boy king Henry III, then just ten years old, who had succeeded John in October 1216. Power was held by his guardians, the papal legate Cardinal Guala Bicchieri and the Earl of Pembroke, William Marshal the elder. Although King Henry addresses his subjects at the start, the document carries his guardians’ seals at its foot, (Henry was still too young to have a device of his own). The cardinal's mark survives only as a defaced oval lump of white wax at left, but Marshal's small round seal in green wax, showing the earl on horseback, survives at right to authenticate the document. The decision to issue a new version of the Magna Carta with his guardians’ seals was vital to securing the young king's own position as well as the rights of his subjects.

Many clauses of the Magna Carta pertain to mundane matters specific to their place and time: fishing rights on the rivers Thames and Medway, knights' duties on castle guard and gifts of lands to abbeys. The first clause addresses the rights of the church; subsequent language protects widows, though women are denied the right to accuse murderers except at the deaths of their own husbands. Over nearly eight hundred years, almost all of the Magna Carta’s clauses have been abandoned or superseded, yet it has continued to serve as a model and an inspiration, embodying the highest ideals in the governance of a state: the rule of law is higher than a king; rights and liberties belong to all and forever.

Ticketing

Viewing the Magna Carta is included in the general admission ticket for the Legion of Honor. There is a $5 surcharge for Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, on view in the lower level galleries of the Legion of Honor through June 5.     
PARIS - For more than half a century the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair has attracted thousands of book collectors and connoisseurs to see important acquisitions presented by as many as 200 of the world’s most renowned dealers in rare and collectible books and manuscripts.
 
This year is no exception as LES ENLUMINURES (www.lesenluminures.com) gallery of Paris and Chicago is bringing a richly illuminated Book of Hours by Guillaume II Le Roy of Lyon that owner Sandra Hindman says is “one of the most unusual works of the genre.”
 
“Visitors to the fair, which takes place April 8 - 10 at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York, will be impressed with this handsome and brightly colored Book of Hours created by a celebrated miniaturist of the Royal circle who was either the son or nephew of the first printer established in Lyons.”
 
In Latin, this important Book of Hours (Use of Rome) was made in Lyons, France between 1495 and 1510. The richly illuminated manuscript on parchment features 11 full page, 28 small and 1 half page miniature is bound in old red velvet.
 
“This Book of Hours was created by Guillaume II Le Roy, who was also known as Guillaume the Younger and was one of the most sought-after Lyonnais artists, with numerous commissions from the courts of King Louis XII and Francis I,” Dr. Hindman says.
 
“I always look forward to bringing interesting new acquisitions to this perennial New York book event, where I see many long time clients,” Hindman adds.
 
The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is sanctioned by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and exhibitors must be members of the League of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.
 
Les Enluminures is well known for offering exceptional examples of Medieval and Renaissance miniatures, manuscripts, stained glass and finger rings at both its Paris gallery and at fairs in New York, Paris, Maastricht, San Francisco and London.
 
Sandra Hindman founded Les Enluminures gallery in Paris 20 years ago at Le Louvre des Antiquaires, opposite The Louvre, and has seen it become among the top ranked sources for the most significant manuscripts and art entering the market. Dr. Hindman is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, where she twice headed the Art History Department.
 
Hindman divides her time between her Paris gallery and her offices in Chicago and has written many books and catalogues on the subject.
 
IF YOU GO
 
Galerie LES ENLUMINURES
Booth B12
NEW YORK INTERNATONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
April 8 - 10
Park Avenue Armory at 67 Street
 
Preview April 7 from 5 - 9
Friday April 8 Noon - 8
Saturday April 9 Noon - 7
Sunday April 10 Noon - 5
 
and at Le Louvre des Antiquaires,
2 Place du Palais-Royal,
75001 Paris (France)
Tel: +33 1 42 60 15 58
info@lesenluminures.com
www.lesenluminures.com
 
 
New York—On Thursday, April 21 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Autographs featuring Americana, world leaders, scientists, explorers, royalty, writers, artists, musicians, entertainers, and more.

A large section devoted to presidents includes outstanding nineteenth-century material, such as a letter signed by Thomas Jefferson, as President, sending an unnamed governor a copy of the proposed Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution concerning the election of President and Vice President, Washington, 13 December 1803 (estimate $15,000 to $20,000); a signed carte-de-visite portrait of Abraham Lincoln not dated, but known to have been photographed by Alexander Gardner on August 9, 1863 ($40,000 to $60,000); a partly printed document signed by James A. Garfield, ordering the Secretary of State to affix the seal of the U.S. to “an envelope containing my reply to the letter of King Charles of Romania, announcing the erection of Romania into a Kingdom… ,” Washington, May 5, 1881 ($8,000 to $12,000); and an unusually large signed and inscribed photograph of Chester A. Arthur ($7,000 to $10,000).

Of note among twentieth-century presidential letters are two handwritten retained drafts signed by Ronald Reagan, one to his daughter Patti Davis, the other to physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott, with related correspondence from Caldicott and Davis, Washington, 18 January 1983 ($6,000 to $9,000). The notes are penned on memo paper decorated with a cartoon character and the words “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” With the intention of swaying her father’s opinion on nuclear weapons, Davis arranged a meeting between the president and Caldicott. News of the meeting caused a sensation when a journalist published the information although she had said she would keep their discussion off the record. In the letter to Caldicott, Reagan treats the indiscretion graciously, saying he has “been a victim of the same kind of unethical behavior.”

A photograph of aviator Charles Lindbergh, dated June 12, 1927, just after he returned from his historic non-stop flight to Paris, is signed and inscribed to John Coolidge, son of the President ($1,000 to $2.000). Pioneering astronauts are represented by a brochure announcing Project Mercury, the first American program to send spacecraft piloted by human beings into orbit around the earth, signed by the seven newly appointed Mercury astronauts and the director, Langley Research Center, April 1959 ($3,000 to $4,000).

Autograph letters with good content from scientists and inventors include an ALS from Charles Darwin to an unnamed recipient, regarding his theory of plant cross-fertilization ($7,000 to $10,000); a three-page Autograph Letter Signed by Samuel F.B. Morse to a member of the Western Union Board of Directors, written from Paris in 1867, asking for the names of “dishonorable” company representatives who are seeking investments in the Western Union Russian Extension Company, which states at one point, “if wealth can be obtained only by such swindle, I prefer poverty” ($4,000 to $6,000).

A strong selection of writers’ autographs includes one of the earliest items in the sale, an Endorsement Signed by John Milton, as a witness to a mortgage transaction, although Milton was blind by that time, Reigate, 23 January 1657 ($7,000 to $10,000); a dated and signed Autograph Quotation by Harriet Beecher Stowe, with five lines from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1894 ($3,000 to $4,000); a photographic portrait of Mark Twain, signed and inscribed “Age reconciles us to all things: / even to the most fiendish of / portrait-libels,” July 1902 ($4,000 to $6,000). In addition, there are more than 60 letters written to teacher and critic Ralph G. Ross from six writers he befriended and mentored, including many from Saul Bellow being offered in three lots; a small archive of correspondence from John Berryman and a group of poems by Berryman; and three lots of material related to William Carlos Williams, among them a Typed Letter Signed expressing his outrage that T.S. Eliot is given credit for improving English poetry by incorporating elements from an earlier generation of American poets, Rutherford, NJ, 1 May 1948 ($1,500 to $2,500).

The musicians section features an Autograph Letter Signed by Franz Liszt to Polish diplomat and amateur tenor and opera composer Prince Józef Michal Poniatowski, in French, inviting him to a dinner party, with a hand-addressed envelope ($2,500 to $3,500); two Autograph Musical Manuscripts of songs by Camille Saint-Saëns from 1921 ($4,000 to $6,000 each); and an Autograph Musical Quotation Inscribed and Signed by Igor Stravinsky, to his friend and translator Lucia Davidova, 1952 ($2,000 to $3,000).

Hollywood fans will appreciate a scrapbook of items from James Dean’s grandparents, kept by a fan who was a neighbor of theirs, which includes a signed portrait photograph and 30 pages of press clippings, baby pictures, and a letter to his grandparents from a sympathetic MGM employee following Dean’s death ($4,000 to $6,000).

Rounding out the sale are an Autograph Letter Signed by John Jay to his ailing wife, conveying his frustration at being unable to visit her, Bedford ($3,000 to $4,000); and a signed cabinet card photograph of Rain-in-the-Face, Chief of the Lakota, Chicago, 1893 ($2,000 to $3,000); an animation cell from Pinocchio, signed and inscribed by Walt Disney, circa 1940s ($5,000 to $7,500); and a full sheet of U.S. postage stamps commemorating the battle of Iwo Jima, signed by photographer Joe Rosenthal and the three surviving flag-raisers, Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes, and John H. Bradley, with additional autograph  material from each survivor and Rosenthal, 1945-46 ($5,000 to $7,000).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

The Autographs will be on public exhibition Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, April 21, 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 www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Marco Tomaschett at (212) 254-4710, extension 12, or via e-mail at mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.
 
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Unique Lincoln Documents For Sale

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Seth Kaller, Inc. and University Archives, two leading dealers in American historic documents, are pleased to announce The Unique Abraham Lincoln. This collection of iconic Lincoln documents is being shown for the first time and offered for sale at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 7-10, 2011. The collection includes:

    •    A unique leaf from Lincoln's homemade Sum Book—the frontier boy's earliest surviving manuscript. Here, Lincoln teaches himself the rules of compound interest;
    •    Two unique pages from Lincoln's final draft of his last State of the Union message, written less than five months before his assassination;
    •    The Lincoln Family copy of his inaugural addresses, messages to Congress, Emancipation Proclamation, and other key Lincoln documents.

These historic documents, along with several additional Lincoln items, are being offered for $1,650,000.

Seth Kaller has handled the manuscript of Lincoln's House Divided speech, signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, and many other exceptional documents. "Lincoln's writing has long been the most sought after of any president," Kaller states, "and iconic Lincoln items are especially coveted." Despite the financial crisis, new auction records were set for Lincoln documents in each of the last three years. Kaller says that his current collection "is the most important Lincoln group I have ever had the privilege of offering at one time."

The Unique Abraham Lincoln will be on display at the Seth Kaller, Inc. booth (E-8) at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair starts with a preview party on Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and then runs from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. For ticket prices and more details visit http://www.sanfordsmith.com/.

Details on the collection:

Lincoln's Earliest Surviving Manuscript

Written by Lincoln as a teenager, his Sum Book is a powerful testament to the roots of the future president's greatness: tenacious drive, unremitting enterprise, and a limitless thirst for knowledge. Lincoln's handwritten "Compound Interest" calculations cover both sides of the tattered leaf offered here.

"We don't usually think about Lincoln's financial side," Kaller points out. "But these compound interest exercises taught him a fundamental principal of investment. This was critical to Lincoln's later success in confronting the economic complexities of the Civil War."

Life in frontier Indiana was primitive and public education virtually nonexistent when young Abe created the Sum Book to teach himself math and finance in 1824-1826. His stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, later recalled that when paper was unavailable, Lincoln would write his calculations on a board. When that became too black, "he would shave it off with a drawing knife and go on again." Lincoln eventually put together his Sum Book from paper obtained by cousin Dennis Hanks. It was preserved by Sarah and discovered after the war by William Herndon, his biographer and former law partner. The Library of Congress considers its leaf a rare and significant "American Treasure."

Of the eleven known Lincoln Sum Book leaves (paper with writing on both sides), nine are now in museum and library collections. A tenth, in private hands, is not expected to ever return to the market. Our leaf, which hasn't been offered since 1953, is likely to be the last opportunity for a collector to acquire any document from Lincoln's youth.
 
Lincoln's Last State of the Union Address

These two pages capture the heart of Lincoln's December 6, 1864 Annual Message to Congress—that the Union will win the war and America will emerge a stronger nation. Lincoln was assassinated less than five months later, just short of seeing his vision realized.
Only a portion of Lincoln's autograph manuscript is believed to have been saved by the printer. Just one other complete page (at Brown University) and five fragmented pages (most in institutions) are known to survive. The two pages offered here descended in the family of William Dole, Lincoln's commissioner of Indian Affairs, before being separated in the 1940s - 1950s. They are now reunited after more than half a century.

"The text of Lincoln's message is readily available," Kaller notes, "but these original manuscripts do more than just convey the text. In Lincoln's cutting and pasting a paragraph he had written earlier, we see him taking an idea and using it where it would have the greatest effect. This captures Lincoln holding these pages, in the act of creation."

Lincoln's Presidential Addresses and Proclamations—Passed Down in His Family

This unique book contains the preliminary and final Emancipation Proclamations, and Lincoln's inaugural addresses and annual messages to Congress, including his 1864 State of the Union address, as well as other key presidential documents.

These messages were gathered together and specially bound after Lincoln's second inauguration. Did the president give them directly to his son? It's certainly plausible. The book is signed by Robert Todd Lincoln, who identifies the contents as "All Messages & Inaug. Addresses 'Letters & Proclamations.'" It was handed down through the Lincoln family, until the 1980s, to the last direct descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith.

Several of the printings contained in this book are rare first editions; bound together they are unique. Only one similar book has been identified: a copy owned by Lincoln secretary John Hay, now in the John Hay Library at Brown University. But the Lincoln family copy contains four titles the Hay copy lacks: the 1863 and 1864 annual messages, the "Arrangements" for the second inauguration, and the second inaugural address ("With malice toward none; with charity for all…"), one of the most valuable and sought-after Lincoln imprints.

See additional information about Seth Kaller and John Reznikoff of University Archives.

SOURCE Seth Kaller, Inc.
April 4, 2011--The Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s Collectors’ Circle named Richmond-raised Frank Raysor “Collector of the Year” at a gala last weekend.

During the evening’s celebration, VMFA Director Alex Nyerges announced Raysor’s plans to bequeath more than $3 million to the museum.

Raysor already has promised VMFA a gift of 10,000 prints that he has amassed throughout the past 35 years. In recognition of this unprecedented gift, the museum’s previous library is being named the “Frank Raysor Center for the Study of Works on Paper.” The center will house more than 15,000 works on paper and will provide the space and resources needed for the study of the history of western print-making, among other subjects. The study center will open after a complete renovation and refurbishment of the existing space.

The gifted prints cover the history of print-making, spanning the 15th century to present day, and are by both European and American artists. The works will increase the museum’s total number of objects by one-third.

“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ relationship with Frank Raysor dates back to his childhood visits,” Nyerges said. “ In the past we have benefitted from a number of antiquities, which he donated in the early 1990’s. His rich and fascinating collection of prints is a gift for all Virginians.”

As Collector of the Year, Raysor joins a group of distinguished donors and museum supporters. Past recipients include: Linda H. Kaufman, Jane Joel Knox, Mrs. Nelson L. St. Clair, Jr., Robert and Nancy Nooter, Paul Mellon, Jerome and Rita Gans, Arnold L. Lehman and Nelson A. Rockefeller.

As a representation of Raysor’s collection, more than 100 works are on display currently at VMFA. A Celebration of Print: 500 Years of Graphic Art from the Frank Raysor Collection will be on view until May 22, 2011.  

About the Collection
Collection highlights include 17th century European prints, particularly by the Czech-born English émigré Wenceslaus Hollar, and 19th-century etching-revival artists, such as James McNeill Whistler and Seymour Hayden.  Raysor’s holdings encompass the entire oeuvres of artists such as Charles Meryon, Félix Bracquemond, Alphonse Legros and others. Raysor continues to add to his and VMFA’s collection by recently gifting works by Hollar, Cassatt, Rembrandt and Géricault.

About the Exhibition

• TITLE:  A Celebration of Print:  500 Years of Graphic Art from the Frank Raysor Collection 

• LOCATION:  VMFA, Mellon Focus Gallery

• DATES:  Jan. 29 - May 22, 2011

• VMFA CURATOR:  Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

• NUMBER OF WORKS:  105

• ADMISSION: Free

• SLIDESHOW:  Richmond Times-Dispatch photo gallery

About Frank Raysor

Raysor grew up in Richmond, attending Thomas Jefferson High School, before going on to Duke University and Harvard Business School. He has loaned works from his collection to special exhibitions at the Albuquerque Museum, the Yale Center for British Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1982, Raysor guest-curated a small exhibition at VMFA of 18thcentury prints with classical subjects drawn from his collection in conjunction with the museum's internationally important exhibition, Vases from Magna Graecia. In addition to his collecting, Raysor has made important contributions to print scholarship, including his collaboration on the catalogue raisonné of the works of Charles Meryon.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.


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ABILENE, Kan. -  The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum announces an original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display April 26 and 27. To maximize the short window of opportunity, museum hours will be extended in an effort to allow as many visitors as possible to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view our Nation's birth certificate.
 
The Museum will be open on April 26 and 27 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offer reduced admission. Ages 18 and under will be free and others will be $5. Active duty military always receive free admission.
 
The Dunlap broadside is one of 25 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence. After adopting the Declaration on the morning of July 4, 1776, the original was sent to a printer named John Dunlap. He typeset and printed about 200 copies that were carried by horseback out to the colonies' political and military leaders. The calligraphy version signed by the members was not penned until August 2, 1776.

The document was discovered hidden behind a framed painting purchased for $4 at a flea market. Hollywood producer Norman Lear and his wife, Lyn, purchased this original copy in a Sotheby's online auction for $8.14 million. Their goal was to bring "the people's document" directly to the American people. This document has been shown in nearly every state.

"We are pleased to partner with Norman Lear's foundation, Declare Yourself. We are honored to be the site selected in Kansas to display this historical broadside," states Karl Weissenbach, Director. "This will perhaps be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all Kansans to see an original copy of one of the nation's most cherished documents without having to travel to Washington, D.C. We encourage all K-12 and higher education students to come to Abilene for this exhibit and learn more about the founding of this great nation."
 
"When I first looked at the Declaration of Independence, my eyes welled up. I thought - this is our nation's birth certificate, the people's document, and it should visit Americans, rather than sit somewhere on a wall waiting for Americans to come to it, as a reminder of the freedoms we all cherish," said Norman Lear.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.

Samantha Kenner, Communications Director
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New York, NY, April 4, 2011—From the weekly shopping list to the Ten Commandments, our lives are full of lists—some dashed off quickly, others beautifully illustrated, all providing insight into the personalities and habits of their makers. Beginning June 3, a new exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates this most common form of documentation by presenting an array of lists made by a broad range of artists, from Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder to H. L. Mencken, Eero Saarinen, Elaine de Kooning, and Lee Krasner. Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art is on view through October 2. With examples such as Picasso's picks for the great artists of his age (Gris, Léger, etc.), H. L. Mencken's autobiographical facts ("I never have a head-ache from drink"), and Robert Smithson's collection of quotations about spirals, the items on view are intriguing, revealing, humorous, and poignant.



The exhibition, which is organized by the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, presents some eighty lists, including "to-dos," paintings sold, appointments made and met, supplies to get and places to see, and people who are "in." Some documents are historically important, throwing light on a moment, movement, or event; others are private, providing an intimate view of an artist's personal life. Eero Saarinen, for example, enumerated the good qualities of New York Times art editor and critic Aline Bernstein, his soon-to-be second wife. Oscar Bluemner crafted lists of color combinations for a single painting. Picasso itemized his recommendations for the ground-breaking 1913 Armory show, and Grant Wood listed previous economic depressions, perhaps with the hope that the Great Depression would soon end. 


"This exhibition provides a revealing glimpse into the everyday world of great artists by presenting items of the most common type," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "Lists are both practical and personal. They record momentary working concerns, while also offering insight into an artist's private observations and recollections. They provide biographical context and reveal details about personal taste and opinion."



Sculptor Alexander Calder lived in Paris from 1926 to 1933. He kept an address list of his French connections in his handmade address book. On view in the exhibition are multiple pages, which include contact information for Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, German photographer Ilse Bing, and American composer George Antheil, among others. 



Perhaps the most famous list is Pablo Picasso's recommendations for the 1913 Armory Show, the first international exhibition of Modern art in the United States. He names Marcel Duchamp, whose Nude Descending a Staircase (1912) would cause an uproar in the American press, Fernand Léger, and the Spaniard Juan Gris as candidates to be included in the exhibition. All would later become Modern masters.



On a different level, lists can be task oriented. Jeweler Margaret De Patta kept a list of orders for her Modernist creations—rings, earrings, pins, pendants, bracelets—with the name of the piece and purchaser. She obviously derived great satisfaction from finishing projects: when she completed an order, she crossed off the name of the buyer and the item, transforming her to-do list into a done list. Artist N. C. Wyeth made a list of the titles of the watercolors created by his son, Andrew, for the latter's first one-person gallery show in New York.



Lists also tell us what we have done or what we hope to do. Artist Janice Lowry's elaborate illustrated journals are peppered with to-do lists. The recurrent tasks (pay bills, make doctor's appointment) are interspersed with her dream recollections and random thoughts, each page thick with collaged images, stamps, and stickers—a vivid backdrop for her daily tours.

In some cases, lists are less about itemizing facts and more about identifying emotions. Abstract Expressionist artist Lee Krasner responded to a list of questions from an art student by enumerating her reactions to finishing, selling, and exhibiting her work.



Before the age of computers and easily updated electronic lists, artists like Philip Evergood kept current by manually adding information to their lists. Evergood made a list of photographers and framers by gluing their business cards and other contact information together in one long strip. Each new attachment expanded his network.

Lists can be ordinary but telling, as in Franz Kline's receipt from John Heller's Liquor Store in Greenwich Village, dated December 31, 1960. Presumably purchasing booze for a blowout New Year's Eve Party, Kline spent $274.51—an extravagant sum in 1960. He had the liquor—red wines, Scotch, whisky, cognac, vermouth, and champagne—delivered to his loft at 242 West Fourteenth Street in New York City. 



It comes as no surprise that artists would illustrate their lists. In 1932 painter and color theorist Oscar Bluemner made an illustrated list of his recently completed landscape paintings, including thumbnail sketches with the dimension, date, media, and sometimes the subject of the work. His list was a graphic catalog, a snapshot of his current production. 



It is often the casual record that reveals the rhythms of an age. Lists, whether dashed off as a quick reminder or carefully constructed as a comprehensive inventory, give insight into the list maker's personal habits and enrich the understanding of individual biographies. In the hands of their creators, these artifacts sometimes become works of art in and of themselves.



A companion book to the exhibition, published by Princeton Architectural Press, includes an introduction by John W. Smith, director of the Archives, and an essay by Liza Kirwin, the Archives' curator of manuscripts. 



Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art is organized by Liza Kirwin, the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art's curator of manuscripts. The Archives of American Art is the world's pre-eminent resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.



This exhibition is made possible in part by the Charles E. Pierce, Jr. Fund for Exhibitions.

The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Gallery Talk: 
Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Liza Kirwin, Curator of Manuscripts, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

June 3, 2011, 7 pm 



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