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DALLAS, TX - Two superbly documented fragments of the original Star Spangled Banner, which inspired America’s national anthem in 1814 as it flew in defiance of the British over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, MD, and were later in the collection of a Philadelphia museum, are expected to bring $60,000+ when they come up for bid as part of Heritage Auctions’ June 21 Arms & Militaria auction.
 
It is the first time in modern auction history, to the knowledge of Heritage specialists, that any fragments of the flag have appeared in a public auction.
 
“There is no American symbol more potent than our flag,” said Dennis Lowe, Director of Arms & Militaria at Heritage, “and there is no version of our flag more important than the Star Spangled Banner. These fragments are a part of our collective history, and should be valued as such by serious collectors of Americana.”
 
The history of these amazing fragments, coming to auction from a high-end collector who has owned them for the last 30 years, is rock solid and indisputable. It’s common knowledge that the flag, which was commissioned in Baltimore by Brevet Lt. Col. George Armistead in 1814, went home with him after the battle, where it stayed for the remainder of his life, passing to his wife upon his death and subsequently to, first, Armistead’s daughter and then to his son, who loaned it to the Smithsonian in 1907. In 1910 the gift was made permanent.
 
“When the Smithsonian got the flag and compared it to the original specs, they found that a full eight feet of the flag was missing on the fly end,” said Lowe. “The family had, over the years, snipped off pieces of the flag as souvenirs to give friends, family and visitors. That accounts for these fragments and the diminished size of the flag.”
 
The current fragments were donated in 1914 to the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Museum in Philadelphia - a treasury of the holdings of that patriotic order organized just after Lincoln’s death in April 1865 by Union military officers who fought in the Civil War - by former Union officer, author and all-around Renaissance man John Heysinger, whose clean script details the fragments on the manuscript mount.
 
"These tattered and torn fragments are a part of the flag which flew on Fort McHenry on the night of September 12th 1812,” wrote Heysinger, in part, of the battle which actually occurred on Sept. 14, 1814. “The above pieces are positively a portion of that precious relic. The flag is now in the National Museum Washington D.C."
 
Also accompanying the pieces is a booklet, printed in 1914 in Philadelphia by John Wanamaker, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle, in which are pictured these exact flag fragments, with the caption stating "A portion of the very Star Spangled Banner that inspired that song. A photographic reproduction of portions of the original Fort McHenry flag now in the possession of the Ridgway Library, Philadelphia."
 
Further documentation on the provenance of the piece comes from an accompanying letter, dated April 4, 1969, from Smithsonian Institution representative Donald E. Kloster, to the Union League of Philadelphia, where many of the Loyal Legion artifacts were stored and displayed, concerning these fragments.
 
“We’ve had consultation from the most respected and well-known flag experts in the country,” said Lowe. “They all agree that this is unquestionably authentic.”
 
All of this does, however, beg the question: If the family gave away so many snips of the flag, shouldn’t there then be numerous other pieces of it to have surfaced from libraries, attics and bookshelves across the nation?
 
“I would certainly imagine that was the case at one point,” said Lowe, “but it’s likely that people have no idea what they have or had. For anyone that got fragments themselves, in person, from the Armistead family, there was no need to document it absolutely. They knew just what they had and probably threw it in a drawer or a book to take out occasionally to show friends. I would imagine many of the fragments simply got lost or thrown out by people who had no idea what it was they had.”
 
“That said, there must be some that survive somewhere,” said Lowe, “it’s just that no one knows where they are.”
 
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World-renowned authors David McCullough, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, Amy Chua and Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison will be among more than 80 writers speaking at the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

Other authors slated to appear at the festival include Edmund Morris, Louis Bayard, Isabel Wilkerson, pianist Leon Fleisher, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Hoda Kotb of the "Today" show, Gregory Maguire, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Katherine Paterson, television newsman Jim Lehrer, actress/children’s book author Julianne Moore and Esmeralda Santiago.

The 2011 National Book Festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two new genre pavilions: Urban Fiction and Graphic Novels. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. Some 150,000 book fans attended the 10th-anniversary festival in 2010.

Celebrating the joys of reading aloud will be the theme of this 11th National Book Festival. Details will come soon to the website at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The website offers a variety of features, and new material will be added to the website as authors continue to join this year’s lineup.

"We are delighted to expand this joyful event that celebrates the love of books and reading," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "More is more - more authors, more convenience in moving about the grounds and more emphasis on bringing a whole new generation of readers to the world through reading aloud."

Toni Morrison, who has won both the Nobel Prize for her body of work and the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Beloved," most recently has published "A Mercy" (Vintage). She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University.

David McCullough, dubbed the "citizen chronicler" for his meticulously researched and beautifully written history books, has won two Pulitzer prizes for his works "Truman" and "John Adams," as well as the National Book Award for "The Path Between the Seas" and "Mornings on Horseback." His latest book, "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Simon & Schuster) explores the travels of Americans of genius between 1830 and 1900.

Russell Banks, the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, most recently has published "The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco). His novel "The Darling" is to become a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Cate Blanchett.

Dave Eggers, whose latest book is "Zeitoun" (Random House), tells of the journey of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting firm in New Orleans who traveled the city in a second-hand canoe following Hurricane Katrina, rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets and distributing fresh water.

Terry McMillan’s latest book is "Getting to Happy" (Viking), the sequel to "Waiting to Exhale," a hit novel that was made into a movie.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, a cancer physician and researcher, was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" (Scribner). He tells the story of this dreaded disease, from its origins to the global battle to cure, control and conquer it.

Jennifer Egan won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction for "A Visit From the Goon Squad," a collection of linked stories in which she explores, through her characters, the passage of time and its effect on their lives.

Garrison Keillor is the creator of the fictional and beloved town of Lake Wobegon, from which sprang a national radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion," and a series of books. Keillor also hosts a daily radio show, "The Writer’s Almanac," and supports the cause of poetry, most recently through his latest book "Good Poems, American Places" (Viking).

Amy Chua created a sensation with her book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" (Penguin). In it she describes the strict, traditional child-rearing she chose for her two daughters, who were not allowed to watch television, play computer games, or bring home a report card with any grade lower than "A," among other restrictions. A law professor at Yale, Chua also has authored two other best-selling books including "World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethic Hatred and Global Instability" and "Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall."

Other authors and illustrators slated to participate in the National Book Festival include Joel Achenbach, Sherman Alexie, Mary Brigid Barrett, Steve Berry, Harry Bliss, Calef Brown, Cassandra Clare, Susan Cooper, Michael Cunningham, Tomi dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Joshua Foer, Eric Foner, Jack Gantos, Margaret George, Adam Goodheart, Mary Gordon, Jessica Harris, Joe Hayes, Terrance Hayes, Maya Jasanoff, William Joyce, Marc Kaufman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gordon Korman, Uma Krishnaswami, Sam McBratney, Patricia McKissack, John Bemelmans Marciano, Candice Millard, Kristie Miller, Shelia P. Moses, Sylvia Nasar, Kadir Nelson, Sara Paretsky, Linda Pastan, Carla L. Peterson, Allen Say, Gary Schmidt, Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, Brian Selznick, Neal Stephenson, James Swanson, Sarah Vowell, Douglas Waller, Chris Van Dusen, Rita Williams-Garcia and Jonathan Yardley.

Internationally known artist Jon J. Muth, who has illustrated several children’s and fantasy books including "Zen Shorts," "Zen Ties" and his most recent book, "Zen Ghosts," has created the 2011 National Book Festival poster and will speak at the National Book Festival.

Representatives from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States. The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs. The Library’s "Gateway to Knowledge" truck-based traveling exhibition will return to the National Book Festival after a year of visiting scores of small towns.

The 2011 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Distinguished Corporate Benefactor Target; Charter Sponsors The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons AT&T, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble, Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive, Penguin Group (USA), ReadAloud.org and Scholastic Inc.; and—in the Friends category--the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction; The Hay-Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2’s Book TV and The Junior League of Washington.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. 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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Two New Collections at The Morgan

New York, NY, May 24, 2011—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that it has made two significant additions to its holdings of rare books and literary and historical manuscripts: a group of books illustrated by modern master Henri Matisse and a collection of material associated with Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction.



MATISSE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

A gift from Frances and Michael Baylson, the more than 400 items includes every significant work described in the catalogue raisonné of Matisse's work, including deluxe artist's books, publications to which Matisse contributed prints and original cover art, a small selection of artist-annotated proofs, reference books, and the promised gift of his masterpiece Jazz (1947).
 
Books illustrated by Henri Matisse have long been near the top of the Morgan's wish list. Of all the major artists of the twentieth century, Matisse had the most discerning and sustained interest in the principles and practice of book design. From 1914 until his death in 1954, he was engaged in more than thirty important illustration projects, many of which involved his direct participation in page layout, typography, lettering, ornament, and cover design. These books testify to the versatility and technical skill of the artist, whose work appeared as drypoints, etchings, lithographs, linocuts, and pochoirs.



"The Morgan is deeply grateful to Frances and Michael Baylson for this extraordinary gift of books illustrated by Henri Matisse," said William M. Griswold, Director of the Morgan. "Because our holdings are rooted in both art and literature, this collection is particularly apt. Most people know Matisse for his celebrated paintings and drawings, but he was also drawn to book design. The works in this collection attest to the great vitality and creativity he brought to the field."

The Baylson Collection contains all the canonical illustrated books, not just his first celebrated work, the Poésies of Stéphane Mallarmé (1932), but also his monumental Pasiphaé (1944), and Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal (1946), one of five recorded copies of an edition abandoned because of technical problems. Most of these publications appeared in limited editions, which were made even more exclusive by printing a few copies on fine paper. Those special copies are also well represented in the collection. 



The Baylsons' gift greatly enhances the Morgan's holdings of artists' books and complements related resources in the archives of the Pierre Matisse Gallery and the Gordon N. Ray Collection of French Illustration.



An exhibition and publication on the collection are currently scheduled for 2015.




MAN BOOKER PRIZE COLLECTION

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is considered to be the most prestigious literary award in the English-speaking world. The collection comprises first editions, proofs, manuscripts, letters, promotional material, and other ephemera related to the prize, which recognizes the best novel written in English by a citizen of England, Ireland, or the British Commonwealth.


Since 1969, the Man Booker Prize has celebrated the achievements of writers from England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, India, South Africa, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, and New Zealand. Past winners include V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, A. S. Byatt, Iris Murdoch, Kingsley Amis, and Michael Ondaatje. Four of the winners have also received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Rushdie's breakthrough novel, Midnight's Children, won the prize in 1981 and was later named the Booker of Bookers in 1993 [the prize is often referred to as the "Booker"] and the Best of the Booker in 2008. Australian novelist Peter Carey and South African author J. M. Coetzee are the only two writers to have won the prize twice. It carries with it a cash award of £50,000 and a subsequent worldwide marketing campaign, which invariably propels the winners and finalists onto international bestseller lists.



"The Morgan is delighted to add this important material to its collection of books and literary and historical manuscripts," Director William M. Griswold said. "The Man Booker Prize has been awarded to some of the greatest writers of fiction. The collection provides literary historians with an enormous amount of primary documentation and, as we develop exhibitions around it, visitors to the Morgan with an inside look at one of the most prestigious literary awards." 



The collection acquired by the Morgan has been termed a "museum of madness" by U.K. writer Iain Sinclair for its near-obsessive qualities, documenting multiple editions and proofs, variant dust jackets, and foreign translations of virtually every winning, shortlisted, and longlisted title. Many of the books are inscribed or annotated by the writers, critics, and the judges themselves. The collection also includes memoranda and correspondence by prominent authors and judges concerning their experience judging, winning, and sometimes losing the prize. Posters, a reference collection, marketing material, media coverage, and ephemera related to each year's selection of titles further enrich the collection. Totaling more than 2,300 books and hundreds of letters and additional items, it was assembled over nearly thirty years by British literary agent and publisher Peter Straus, whose career has been intimately involved with some of the prize's most renowned participants. The Morgan purchased the collection from Mr. Straus.



The acquisition significantly expands the Morgan's twentieth-century holdings. Together with the Carter Burden Collection of American Literature, the Man Booker Prize Collection provides researchers incomparable insight into the creation, consumption, and marketing of the contemporary novel in English in all its global manifestations. Documentation of the forty-two-year history of the prize also reveals changes in the world of publishing, new styles of book design and paperback formats, the cultural impact of literary prizes, and the development of post-colonial literature. 



General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405

212.685.0008

www.themorgan.org


Hours

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


Admission
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

PRESS CONTACTS
The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
212.590.0310
p.milliman@themorgan.org
Sandra Ho
212.590.0311
sho@themorgan.org

Independent book marketplace Biblio.com announced today that it has partnered with Literary Tourist to help support and promote independent brick-and-mortar bookstores.

Literary Tourist was launched last week by owner Nigel Beale, who acquired Book Hunter Press in late 2009 and re-created it as a literary destination website and bookstore directory for book lovers. The new site features a refined database of over 8,000 used bookstores including reviews and information about each store. It also contains expanded listings for literary landmarks, rare book libraries, book fairs, writing festivals and other book-related events.

“Our goal with Literary Tourist is to help book lovers find the kind of bookstores, literary locales and pastimes that will add some oomph and excitement to their travels,” says Beale. “We hope to make this site one of the best 'literary destinations' on the Web, and in so doing, in a small way, to help pump new blood and energy into literary culture throughout North America, and, if we’re successful, around the globe.”

Biblio augmented Literary Tourist's existing bookstore database, with its own extensive database of booksellers and bookstores.

The original database first went on-line in 2000. For almost a decade it was updated manually. Beale notes that bookselling and bookstores are changing so quickly that “it is a challenge to keep up with all the closings and start-ups.” Both companies have partnered to create an easy solution to this challenge. Literary Tourist uses BiblioDirect, powered by Biblio, for booksellers to maintain and update their directory listings. BiblioDirect also serves as a portal for booksellers to maintain their accounts on Biblio.com, Biblio.co.uk, IOBAbooks.com, ABAA.org.

"Our partnership with LiteraryTourist.com is a great fit with Biblio's mission of helping promote independent booksellers," says Biblio's vice president Allen Singleton. "Nigel's site does a great job of evoking the unique character of the bookshops he showcases. His enthusiasm for great bookstores and the virtues of the printed word make it really exciting to be a part of this project."

Through their partnership both companies seek to increase traffic in physical bookstores, keeping these vital cultural institutions and landmarks open while preserving the business of independent bookselling.

About Biblio, Inc: 
Biblio's flagship product, Biblio.com, is one of the largest used book marketplaces on the Internet, offering 60 million high quality used books from independent book stores around the world. It also powers similar niche-market sites such as Biblio.co.uk, IOBABooks.com (Independent Online Booksellers' Association) and abaa.org (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America).

About Literary Tourist: 
Literary Tourist's database represents one of the world's most comprehensive and continuously updated directories of used bookstores and literary destinations. It offers dealer and destination listings, event information, full access memberships and printed regional Book Lovers Guides.

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New York, NY, May 20, 2011—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that Chinese artist Xu Bing will create a new, larger version of his celebrated work The Living Word specifically for the Morgan's soaring glass-enclosed Gilbert Court. The Living Word 3 will be on view starting July 15. The project is the second in a series of annual summer installations of works by contemporary artists in the Renzo Piano-designed space. 


Xu Bing has described The Living Word as a "floating, iridescent cloud of calligraphy" that traces the Chinese character niao, meaning "bird," from its present-day usage in simplified Chinese to its ancient pictographic expression. The Morgan installation will comprise approximately 400 carved and painted acrylic characters, rising from the Gilbert Court's floor to its fifty-foot ceiling. It will be the largest of The Living Word series to date. A selection of the artist's original sketches for the project will also be on view.

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Xu Bing has long been attracted to the intersection of word and image," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum, "and The Living Word is an extraordinary example of this. Moreover, it is particularly appropriate for the Morgan as it speaks to the focus of our collections on both text and fine art. We are delighted that Xu Bing has specifically designed this work to take full advantage of the beauty of Renzo Piano's architecture."



Though the Morgan is noted for its holdings of American and European art and literature, its founder, Pierpont Morgan, was also interested in Chinese art. He collected art and artifacts from the Middle East as well as Asia, and the Morgan will hold an exhibition this fall of some its greatest Islamic manuscripts.



During installation of The Living Word 3, scheduled to begin on July 5, visitors to the Morgan will be able to watch the work take form. Most of the 400 individual characters will be suspended from the Gilbert Court ceiling. This will be the first time a work from The Living Word series has been publicly displayed in a New York City museum.

Xu Bing received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1999. In 2002 he was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize and in 2004 received the first Wales International Visual Art Prize, Artes Mundi. Columbia University presented him with a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2010.



The artist grew up in Beijing but during the final years of the Cultural Revolution he was sent to the countryside to perform farm labor. He entered China's Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1977 to study printmaking, receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees there.

Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at numerous museums, including the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, and the National Gallery of Prague. His work has also been featured in the 45th and 51st Venice Biennales as well as in the Sydney and Johannesburg biennales.



Since reopening in 2006, The Morgan Library & Museum has mounted a series of critically acclaimed exhibitions devoted to modern and contemporary art, including solo shows of work by Philip Guston, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jim Dine. In the summer of 2010 the Morgan held its first exhibition in Gilbert Court with three sculptures by Mark di Suvero.



This installation of The Living Word 3 is supported by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Livio Borghese in honor of S. Parker Gilbert, with additional assistance from the American Friends of the Shanghai Museum. 



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. 



General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405

212.685.0008

www.themorgan.org


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



Admission

$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

PRESS CONTACTS
The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
212.590.0310
pmilliman@themorgan.org

New York, NY, May 19, 2011—The Morgan Library & Museum—which houses one of the world's foremost collections of art, literature, and music—announced that Lawrence R. Ricciardi has been named President of its Board of Trustees.
 
A retired senior executive at IBM Corporation, Mr. Ricciardi has been a trustee of the Morgan since 2003. He succeeds S. Parker Gilbert as President, a post Mr. Gilbert held for twenty-three years. Mr. Ricciardi assumed his duties in April and will oversee his first board meeting May 19.



"I am pleased to welcome Larry Ricciardi as the new President of The Morgan Library & Museum," Mr. Gilbert said. "Larry has a broad knowledge of the institution and a deep commitment to fulfilling its mission. I am confident that he will lead the Morgan with dedication and distinction."



In the last five years, the Morgan has completed two acclaimed building projects: its 2006 expansion by architect Renzo Piano and the 2010 interior restoration of its original 1906 library. The institution has recently mounted a number of highly successful exhibitions, including shows on eighteenth-century French drawings, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, writers Jane Austen and Mark Twain, as well as contemporary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Saul Steinberg, and Irving Penn. 



During this time, Mr. Ricciardi has served on the Morgan's executive, development, and finance committees. He is also a member of the Director's Roundtable, a group of the Morgan's leading patrons.



"It is a special privilege to be named President of The Morgan Library & Museum," Mr. Ricciardi said. "The Morgan holds an unrivaled collection of books, drawings, music manuscripts, and literary and historical artifacts, and its buildings are notable architectural landmarks. It is truly a unique institution and one of New York's cultural crown jewels. I look forward to serving its board and superb curatorial and administrative staff."



"The Morgan is honored to have Larry as its new President" said William M. Griswold, the Morgan's Director. "Since he joined the board, he has been a dedicated and involved trustee, engaged in many Morgan projects and initiatives. We look forward to his guidance and leadership in the years ahead. We also extend our deep and heartfelt thanks to Parker Gilbert for his more than two decades of unmatched service to the institution."



In addition to his duties with the Morgan, Mr. Ricciardi is a trustee of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Humanities Center. He is a member of New York's Grolier Club, and formerly served as a member of the Committee on Research Libraries of the New York Public Library and as a trustee of the Greenwich Library in Connecticut.



Prior to his work with IBM, Mr. Ricciardi was president of RJR Nabisco Holdings Corporation. He also served for many years as vice-president and general counsel at American Express and was previously counsel for two U.S. government agencies, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the State Department's Agency for International Development.



A 1962 Fordham graduate with a J.D. from Columbia Law School, Mr. Ricciardi also participated in Stanford University's Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business and was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Law at La Sapienza University in Rome.



He is a director of Citigroup and Citibank N.A. He is also senior advisor to IBM Corporation, Lazard Frères & Co., and the law firm of Jones Day. He was formerly the lead independent director of The Reader's Digest Association, and a director of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Royal Dutch Petroleum, and RJR Nabisco Corporation.



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. 



General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405

212.685.0008

www.themorgan.org


Hours

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

Admission
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

PRESS CONTACTS
The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
212.590.0310
pmilliman@themorgan.org
Sandra Ho
212.590.0311
sho@themorgan.org

When Earth is viewed from space, cloud formations, coastlines, mountain ranges, islands, deltas, glaciers and rivers take on patterns resembling abstract art—with striking textures and brilliant colors.

These images can be seen in a new exhibit at the Library of Congress, starting Tuesday, May 31. The U.S. Geological Survey’s "Earth as Art" will be on display in the exhibition hall outside the Geography and Map Reading Room, on the basement level of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, will remain on display at the Library for one year, until May 31, 2012.

The 40 award-winning Landsat satellite images will become a part of the permanent collection of the Library’s Geography and Map Division. In 2006, the division hosted an earlier "Earth as Art" exhibit and those images also became a part of the Library’s permanent collection.

Division chief John Hébert said "The Geography and Map Division is pleased, once again, to receive the exhibition for its permanent collection and to place it on display for an extended period of time. Our patrons and staff enjoyed previous renderings of "Earth as Art," and in my preliminary review, these new "Earth as Art" images will delight all. It is amazing to see how places on Earth from space do appear as art, and yet, at the same time, reflect the ever-presence of humankind in reshaping Earth’s appearance."

Landsat satellites for nearly 40 years have captured images of the Earth’s surface, providing data for applications in business, science, education, government and national security. The satellites monitor important natural processes and human land use such as vegetation growth, deforestation, agriculture, coastal and river erosion, snow accumulation, fresh-water reservoir replenishment and urbanization.

The U.S. Geological Survey selected images for the exhibit based on their aesthetic appeal rather than their scientific value.

The Library’s Geography and Map Division has the largest and most comprehensive collection of maps and atlases in the world, some 5.2 million cartographic items that date from the 14th century to the present. The Library's map collections contain coverage for every country and subject, and include the works of the most famous mapmakers throughout history—Ptolemy, Waldseemüller, Mercator, Ortelius and Blaeu. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds nearly 147 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.

Cowan, TN - May 16, 2011 -- Cowan is the only small town in America with a national book fair. There are a number of major antiquarian book fairs held in the United States every year. These annual fairs are typically weekend events held in large cities such as St. Petersburg, Washington D. C., Akron, Albuquerque, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco. The 2011 Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair will be held July 16 and 17 at Monterey Station in Cowan. Over fifty booksellers from more than 12 states are expected to participate in this year’s fair. Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Florida are just some of the states represented by participating booksellers. More than a thousand book collectors and bookworms from all over North America are expected to attend the event.

The fair will include lectures by authors and scholars on many different topics of interest to collectors and book lovers in general. The keynote speaker will be bestselling author Nicholas Basbanes. Mr. Basbanes is best known for his book A Gentle Madness in which he relates stories about book collectors from antiquity to the 1980’s. Children’s literacy, the War Between the States in Tennessee, and book collecting 101 are just some of the other scheduled lectures.

Cowan is located just an hour's drive northwest of Chattanooga. It was established in the early 1850's as a station for the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. The town is best known for its railroad depot museum and the nearby 2200-ft long, hand-drilled tunnel. It is the unique venue that makes this national event possible. The building now known as Monterey Station was built in the 1920’s and was originally used as a shoe factory and a yarn mill. With over 20,000 sq ft, it is one of the largest indoor event complexes in southeastern Middle Tennessee. The low operating costs and its location make it very attractive to booksellers and bookworms alike. Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Knoxville, and Nashville are all less than 3 hours by car.

The fair will include a variety of collectable and rare books, autographed documents, and other ephemera. Bibliophiles will discover modern first editions of mystery, science fiction, and literature. Collectable books and documents concerning the War Between the States, the American Revolution, and both World Wars will be available. Dealers specializing in children’s literature, art, religion, fine bindings, and books about books will also be exhibiting at the fair. Book prices will range from $10 to $20,000, so there are sure to be interesting books for the leisure reader as well as the most avid collector. For highlights of the 2010 fair see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jcznd5hxu8

The fair will be open 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free to those under 18. The price covers both days and includes attendance at all the lectures as well as admission to the fair. Seating in the lecture hall is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

www.tennaba.org

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

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(Philadelphia, PA) May 15 - "Today's auction was another success for Freeman's with an auction total of $2,165,500," Anne Henry, Vice President of Modern & Contemporary art at Freeman's said, "We exceeded our expectations with tremendous prices achieved for the Richard Scrushy Collection, and many Philadelphia artists, especially Bo Bartlett."
 
The day was marked by many achievements, the first of which was the Richard Scrushy Collection, being sold to benefit HealthSouth shareholders. John Sommerville, attorney for the HealthSouth shareholders commented, "First and foremost, we are delighted with the results. When we received the art, the provenance and history had been removed, and there was a great deal of work that was done to authenticate it. We could not have achieved a fraction of the prices had it not been for Freeman's authenticating the pieces and guiding us through the process." Highlights from the Scrushy collection included, Marc Chagall's "Lechelle au Ciel"which realized $181,000 (est. $50/70,000), Picasso's "Portrait de Femme de Profil" which sold for $97,000 (est. $50/80,000), and Dali's "Paradiso" which realized $73,000 (est. $40/60,000).
 
Following the success of the Scrushy collection auction records were set for a number of artists. "The room was packed with bidders clamoring for works of art,especially those by Philadelphia artists. It was terrific to help establish strong secondary market values for those who have traditionally been collected extensively through gallery representation," Henry said. 50 works by Bo Bartlett achieved $323,735, and lot 207, "Unity" realized $52,000 and exceeded his previous auction record (formerly achieved at Freeman's in 2007). In addition to Bo Bartlett, auction records were set for many artists, including Warren Rohrer, Jimmy Leuders, and Lynn Snyder from Philadelphia.
 
"This auction was a terrific success; we know that collectors, consignors, and the many living artists whose works were represented here today are happy. We were delighted to be the hub for such enthusiasm," Aimee Pflieger, Modern & Contemporary Art Associate Specialist said.
 
Upcoming: Freeman's hosts Fine English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts on May 25 & 26; and Oriental Rugs & Carpets on May 27; Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture on June 19; Fine Jewelry & Watches on June 20.
 
AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Lot 25
MARC CHAGALL, (FRENCH/RUSSIAN 1887-1985), LECHELLE AU CIEL
Sold for $181,000
 
Lot 7
PABLO PICASSO, (SPANISH 1881-1973), PORTRAIT DE FEMME DE PROFIL
Sold for $97,000
 
Lot 18
SALVADOR DALI, (SPANISH 1904-1989), PARADISO
Sold for $73,000
 
Lot 124
CARL ANDRE, (AMERICAN B. 1935), ONE GRAND PIECE
Sold for $79,000
 
Lot 131
HELEN FRANKENTHALER, (AMERICAN B.1928), UNTITLED
Sold for $55,000
 
Lot 207
BO BARTLETT, (AMERICAN B. 1955), UNITY
Sold for $52,000
 
Lot 201
BO BARTLETT, (AMERICAN B. 1955), STUDY FOR LIFEBOAT
Sold for $31,000
 
Lot 241
ELIZABETH OSBORNE, (AMERICAN B. 1936), SOUTHWIND
Sold for $22,500
 
Lot 141
ALEX KATZ, (AMERICAN B. 1927), ORANGE HAT FROM ALEX AND ADA, THE 1960S TO THE 1980S
Sold for $22,500
 
Lot 181
SCOTT PRIOR, (AMERICAN B. 1949), AN ARTISTS WINDOWSILL
Sold for $21,250
 
 
About Freeman's
Founded in 1805, Samuel T. Freeman & Co has upheld an exemplary role as America's oldest auction house. Located on Chestnut Street, Freeman's offers over 30 auctions a year in categories including: American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Arts, English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, Asian Arts, Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture, Modern and Contemporary Art, Rare Books, Fine Prints, Oriental Rugs, Fine Jewelry & Watches, Pop Culture and 20th / 21st Century Design. Freeman's offers a full range of appraisal services from insurance, probate, family division and charitable contribution to inventory and insurance loss. For more information, visit www.freemansauction.com or contact 267.414.1240.

Inquiries: Zoe Hillenmeyer | ZHillenmeyer@freemansauction.com | 215.385.1243
 
The British Library’s major new exhibition Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it reveals the imaginary worlds of the Brontë children.
 
In their childhood, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë created imaginary countries collectively called the Glass Town Federation. Branwell and Charlotte invented the kingdom of Angria, while Emily and Anne created the world of Gondal. They became obsessive about their imaginary worlds, drawing maps and creating lives for their characters and featured themselves as the ‘gods’ (‘genii’) of their world. Their stories are in tiny micro-script, as if written by their miniature toy soldiers.

The Brontës wrote about their imaginary countries in the form of long sagas which were ‘published’ as hand-written books and magazines, reminiscent of the early fanzines created by science fiction fans from the 1930s, as well as the imaginary worlds made up by many writers such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis in their childhood and adolescence. Just like today’s writers of ‘fan-fiction’ who use characters and settings from their favourite television shows and books (from Star Trek to Harry Potter), the Brontës used both fictional and real-life characters, such as the Duke of Wellington.

The Young Men’s magazine (the history of which is told by Branwell in 'The History Of The Young Men From Their First Settlement To The Present Time'), contains an introduction where Branwell gives an account of the toy soldiers which gave rise to the game that resulted in creating imaginary worlds. Originally a place of fantasy, Glass Town, the capital of the Federation, assumed the characteristics of the 19th century city. The map of Glass Town drawn by Branwell has a prototype - a map of real explorations in northern and central Africa in 1822-1824, while the hero of the saga was the real Duke of Wellington - a foreshadowing of what would later become the established genre of alternative histories.

At some point Emily and Anne stopped contributing to the Glass Town and Angria stories in order to create their own imaginary world of Gondal, probably as a rebellion against their older siblings who usually gave them inferior roles to play in the games. Unfortunately, the chronicles of this imaginary place written in prose were lost and only poems are now known. As with the Glass Town writings, these poems are concerned with love and war and explore various modes of identity. Emily Brontë’s Gondal poems relate to characters in the stories, who came from either side of two warring factions.

Early biographers of Emily assumed that the events described in the poems related to her own life, but instead they were figments of her extremely active imagination, and, like Wuthering Heights, not directly written from personal experience. Charlotte Brontë’s poem ‘The Foundling’ tells the story of a young man who emigrates to Glass Town. There he gets involved in politics, falls in love and discovers that he is of a noble background.

Guest curator Andy Sawyer, Director of Science Fiction Studies MA at the University of Liverpool, said:

“The Brontës are well known authors with no apparent association with science fiction but their tiny manuscript books, held at the British Library, are one of the first examples of fan fiction, using favourite characters and settings in the same way as science fiction and fantasy fans now play in the detailed imaginary ‘universes’ of Star Trek or Harry Potter. While the sense of fantasy is strong, there are teasing examples of what might be called the beginnings of science fiction.

“I hope the exhibition at the British Library will challenge what people think of as science fiction and show that it is not a narrow genre, but something that appears in many times, cultures, and literary forms. It embraces works of utopian and speculative fiction that many people may not consider as 'Science Fiction', such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, George Orwell’s 1984 and Audrey Niffeneger’s The Time-Traveler’s Wife.”

Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it is open from 20 May 2011 - 25 September 2011 in the PACCAR Gallery at the British Library. Admission to the exhibition is FREE. www.bl.uk/sciencefiction

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages. 
 
New York—On Thursday, June 2, Swann Galleries will conduct their semi-annual auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, and Ephemera, which, as always, offers a variety of cartographic items and desirable decorative graphics. This sale also features a large selection of Japanese material rarely seen in the U.S.

The top Japanese lot is a magnificent pen and ink and watercolor map of Suruga Province, measuring 5 by 7 feet, and made circa 1716-35. The map served as an economic report to the Shogun, providing details of agricultural and natural resource production to aid in determining taxation of the daimyo, the warlords of feudal Japan. There is enormous detail of villages and other landmarks, calligraphic notations on the local economy, and an inspiring depiction of Mt. Fuji in the background. The pre-sale estimate is $100,000 to $150,000.

Also from Japan is as a set of 15 color-finished pen and ink double page maps of the world, China, Korea and other subjects, likely from the seventeenth century ($5,000 to $7,500), illustrated books with textile designs and kimono patterns, and picture books such as a volume of kyoka poems illustrated by Kitagawa Utamaro, circa 1794 ($1,000 to $1,500).

Western material related to Japan includes Robert Dudley’s Carta particolare della Grande Isola del Giapone e di Jeso, engraved double page map, Florence, 1646 ($10,000 to $15,000).

Also among the most desirable maps in the sale are those that depict the Americas. These include two engraved maritime charts by Norman, Chart of the Coast of America from Cape Hateras [sic] to Cape Roman [sic], third state, with the addition of  “New Inlet” just north of Cape Fear, Boston, 1794 ($20,000 to $30,000), and A Chart of South Carolina and Georgia, 1803 ($5,000 to $7,500); as well as Herman Moll, A New and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of Great Britain on ye Continent of North America, known as the “Beaver Map” due to its inset illustration of the furry creatures, London, 1715 ($7,000 to $10,000); Matthaeus Seutter, Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii in America Septentrionale, Augsburg, 1730 $3,000 to $4,000); Henry Popple’s A Map of the British Empire in America with the French, Spanish and the Dutch Settlements adjacent thereto, Amsterdam, 1741 or later ($4,000 to $6,000); and a lovely copy of the Fry-Jefferson Map of the most Inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole Province of Maryland, London, 1775 ($12,000 to $18,000).

Rounding out the map highlights are double hemispheric world maps, such as Frederick de Wit, Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita, Amsterdam, circa 1670 ($3,000 to $4,000); atlases, including Anthony Finley, A New General Atlas, Philadelphia. 1833 ($3,500 to $5,000); maps of Europe and the Holy Land, and three globes dating from the nineteenth century.

Among the featured books with plates are John James Audubon’s The Quadrupeds of North America, with 155 very clean hand-colored lithographed plates, three volumes, New York, 1849 ($4,000 to $6,000); W.T. Greene’s Parrots in Captivity, with 81 color plates, three volumes, London, 1884-87 ($3,000 to $4,000); Col. T.H. Hendley’s Asian Carpets XVI and XVII Century Designs from the Jaipur Palaces, with 150 color plates, London, 1905 ($1,500 to $2,500); Vyacheslav Polonskii’s work on Russian Revolutionary Posters, illustrating poster art by Ivanov, Lebedev and others, first edition, Moscow, 1925 ($2,000 to $3,000); and works on architecture, caricature and costume.

The decorative graphics section contains plates from the double elephant folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, beautiful botanicals by Robert John Thornton, Currier & Ives lithographs including equestrian subjects, New York City views, and more.

The sale concludes with nearly 30 lots of ephemera, which include Disney cartoon lobby cards, menus, postcards and sheet music.

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. The works will be on public exhibition Friday, May 27 by appointment only; Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information, and to arrange in advance to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Gary Garland at (212) 254-4710, extension 17, or via email at ggarland@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.
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Beverly Hills, California-May 8, 2011…Julien’s Auctions,the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity memorabilia auction house, announced record sales in day two of their Summer Hollywood Legends auction event.  
 
Highlights included a black crepe cocktail dress worn by Marilyn Monroe to a 1958 party at the Beverly Hills Hotel which sold for $348,000, a collection of original negatives and transparencies taken by Harold Davidson sold for $72,000, a Marilyn Monroe swimsuit with MGM label sold for $84,000 and the umbrella from the 1949 photo shoot with Andre de Dienes on Tobey/Jones Beach sold for $18,000. Other Marilyn Monroe related items including photographs, clothing, correspondence and a script were among the other highlights.  
 
“Today further solidifies the fact that Marilyn Monroe continues to be the most collectible celebrity in the world even after her passing almost five decades ago,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director, Julien’s Auctions.  
 
Other highlights included a straw hat with green, orange and yellow sheer fabric worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1957 film Funny Face sold for $16,250, a Zorro signed Rapier also sold for $16,250, a Griffin throne used by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film Cleopatra sold for $6,875,  a Frank Sinatra original painting depicting a poker table and signed by the legendary actor sold for $37,500, a Marlon Brando Golden Globe statuette awarded to Marlon Brando in 1972 for his role in “The Godfather” sold for $23,750, a Bruce Lee signed selective service card and photograph  sold for $20,000, a gold tone ring seen in the final scene of Academy Award winning film,  Schindler’s List as Ben Kingsley’s character, Itzhak Stern, gives the ring to Liam Neeson’s character, Oskar Schindler sold for $13,750.

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
 
CONTACT:
Caroline Galloway
cngalloway@aol.com or cgalloway@juliensauctions.com
(440) 591-3807
New York, NY, May 5, 2011—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that more than thirty rare works from its collections will be displayed beginning June 14 in the recently restored McKim building. The selection includes examples of art, literature, music, and American history and ranges from Mozart's earliest compositions at age five to a recently acquired letter from the reclusive author J. D. Salinger sent to the dust jacket designer of his groundbreaking novel The Catcher in the Rye. The works will remain on view through October 2, 2011. 


The Mozart compositions were originally part of a music notebook belonging to his sister, Nannerl. On view are two pages; along a margin, Leopold, their father, teacher, and the transcriber, wrote "compositions by Wolfgangerl in the first 3 months of his 5th year of life." These are the earliest documented works by Mozart anywhere and an indication of the genius that would soon change music history.



The J. D. Salinger letter is dated July 7, 1994 after the author took a three-week vacation in Europe. It was the last letter written to Michael Mitchell, the close friend Salinger commissioned to create the dust jacket for the legendary The Catcher in the Rye (1951). In it Salinger complains about his deteriorating eyesight, reports on his travels and the impossibility of finding "a decent, huge green salad" in any European city, and concludes by telling Mitchell that he maintains his customary writing routine.



The selection of Americana includes the original folio edition of the Stamp Act of 1765, which played an important part in the run-up to the Revolution. Seeking a more efficient and lucrative method of taxation, the British government imposed a series of duties on legal documents, newspapers, almanacs, and pamphlets for the American colonies. Lacking representation in Parliament, the colonists rallied around the complaint of "no taxation without representation," and the Stamp Act was repealed the following year.



The landmark thirteenth amendment, dated April 8, 1864, declared that "Neither Slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States." This was the first change made to the Constitution since 1804, and represents the first substantial expansion of civil liberties since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Morgan's copy is written on vellum and countersigned by Abraham Lincoln.
 

In the spring of 1816, in the midst of intensifying public scandal, Lord Byron left England forever. To dispel the tedium of his life as a promiscuous, dissipated expatriate, he began Don Juan in the summer of 1818. The manuscript on display is part of the first Canto of his mock-epic poem, completed in September 1818. It is written in eight-line stanzas, which Byron found well suited to convey the worldly elegance of his conversational style. 



Also featured will be the original manuscript of Guy de Maupassant's Bel-Ami, a novel primarily concerned with money, sex, power, war, and dueling. Begun in the summer of 1884 and completed in only nine months, Bel-Ami represents Maupassant's greatest achievement as a novelist. 



On view from the Morgan's collection of early rare books will be a copy of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), which established the foundations of classical mechanics when he revealed his laws of motion for the first time in print. Also featured will be one of the most important artist's books of the twentieth century: Oskar Kokoschka's The Dreaming Youth (1908). Originally commissioned as a children's book, this collection of color lithographs and poetic fragments document Kokoschka's spiritual state upon entering adulthood, and proved to be the Viennese artist's first major graphic work.



A rare fifteenth-century experiment with printing in color will also be on view in the Morgan's copy of a 1491 missal for the city of Langres. The elaborate metal engraving used to illustrate the first Sunday of Advent has been credited to the same artist responsible for the famed Unicorn Hunt tapestries. Together the artist and the printer, Jean Du Pré, produced an early liturgical masterpiece that rivals the beauty of illuminated manuscripts.



The museum's rich holdings of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts will be represented in the display, including the most celebrated Italian Renaissance manuscript, the Farnese Hours (1546), illuminated by Giulio Clovio for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. Prefacing the Seven Penitential Psalms, the page on view depicts scenes connected with David, who supposedly wrote the psalms as penance for having committed the seven deadly sins. He committed ire when he angrily ordered Uriah to the frontline of battle, ensuring his death. Flanking the battle are two representations of David, one in a cuirass, holding Goliath's head, the other, almost nude, holding his sling. On the right, he does penitence for lust, symbolized by the naked women in the border, probably referring to Bathsheba.



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. 



General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405

212.685.0008

www.themorgan.org


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

Admission
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

PRESS CONTACTS
The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
212.590.0310
pmilliman@themorgan.org
Sandra Ho
212.590.0311
sho@themorgan.org

New York, NY, May 4, 2011— The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that the 2010 restoration of its original library, popularly known as the McKim building, has been honored with an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Preservation League of New York State. The building was constructed in 1906 as the private library and study of the museum's founder, Pierpont Morgan, and is considered a masterpiece of celebrated architect Charles McKim.



The Preservation League's statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State's irreplaceable architectural heritage. The Morgan's award will be presented at the Preservation League's Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in New York City on Thursday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic New York Yacht Club.



"It is an honor and a privilege to receive this award from the Preservation League," said William M. Griswold, Director of the Morgan, who guided the project from its inception. "The McKim building is, in many ways, the heart and soul of the Morgan. The goal was to incorporate new lighting and exhibition elements within this historic building in as sensitive a manner as possible. The restoration facilitated the exhibition of more than 300 items from the Morgan's permanent collection of rare books and art—a tenfold increase over what was previously displayed.

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The Italianate marble villa, designed in the spirit of the High Renaissance, is considered one of New York's great architectural treasures, and its rooms are regarded as some of the most beautiful in America.



In addition to new lighting to better illuminate the building's extraordinary murals and decor, the project also included the opening of the North Room to visitors for the first time, installation of new exhibition cases to house rotating displays of masterpieces from the Morgan's collections, restoration of period furniture and fixtures, and cleaning of the walls and applied ornamentation.



In announcing the award, Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League, said, "As one of the Awards Jurors noted, 'this project is impressive because it is subtle.' Others remarked that this was a great project of highest quality, with new systems to make the historic spaces in this significant museum and library complex more accessible. We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor the magnificent work undertaken at this National Historic Landmark, New York City Landmark and Interior Landmark."



As leader of the project, Mr. Griswold was assisted by Jennifer Tonkovich, curator of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan, who coordinated the reinstallation of collection objects; Stephen Saitas, of Stephen Saitas Designs, who consulted on exhibition design; and Richard Renfro, of Renfro Design Group, Inc., who provided lighting design expertise. The architect of record was Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP.



The project was made possible through the generous support of Gail and Parker Gilbert, Louise and Lewis Lehrman, Katharine and William Rayner, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Beatrice Stern, Suzanne and Jeffrey Walker, and an anonymous donor.



The Morgan also gratefully acknowledges a grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation, which supported earlier structural work on the McKim Building.



The Preservation League's Excellence in Historic Preservation awards program is funded by a generous grant from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation of Miami, Florida.



By leading a statewide preservation movement, sharing information and expertise and raising a unified voice, the Preservation League of New York State promotes historic preservation as a tool to revitalize our neighborhoods and communities, honor our heritage and enrich our lives.



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 with 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. 



General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405

212.685.0008

www.themorgan.org


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

Admission
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

PRESS CONTACTS
The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
212.590.0310
pmilliman@themorgan.org
Sandra Ho
212.590.0311
sho@themorgan.org

AMHERST, MA-Join author and artist Tomie dePaola and illustrators from Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild (WMIG) at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on June 4 from 10am to 5pm for its sixth annual Children’s Book Festival with Tomie dePaola and artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild Artist to Artist:  Celebrating the Creative Process.  This event for art and book-lovers of all ages will feature art activities, artists’ presentations and demonstrations, an art sale, and book signings. Enjoy a picnic in our orchard, face painting and a musical performance by Putumayo World Music artists Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla. All FREE with museum admission. The event is sponsored in part by MEFA’s U.PLAN Prepaid Tuition Program.
 
WMIG is delighted to be partnering with The Carle for this exciting event, showcasing the renowned talents of so many illustrators who call western Massachusetts home. In addition to face-to-face experiences with the artists, visitors will have a peek at each artist’s creative process through an exhibition in the Museum’s Great Hall.  Each artist will contribute a panel describing themselves, their work, and some process pieces leading to a final image.

Featured artists are: Diane deGroat, Linda Graves, Roc Goudreau, John Steven Gurney, Bob Marstall, Ralph Masiello, Gregg Ruth, Ruth Sanderson, Astrid Sheckels and David White.

Special guest Tomie dePaola exhibited at The Carle in 2010 and has been published for over 40 years, writing and/or illustrating nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. He was recently awarded the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

ABOUT THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS ILLUSTRATORS GUILD
The Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild is a select group of professional freelance illustrators who have been meeting for 25 years. Their work covers such genres as children's books, fantasy, editorial, advertising and nature illustration. Individual members of WMIG are available for private commissions and school visits. For more information about the artists, please visit the WMIG Web site at www.wmig.org.
 
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Founded in part by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and his wife Barbara, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.
 
The Museum—which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a popular Café, and a Museum Shop—is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. The Carle is a non-profit 501c3 institution. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.
 
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For further information or images please contact:
 
Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild
Diane deGroat
dianedegroat@comcast.net
www.wmig.org
 
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Rd
Amherst, MA 01002
Sandy Soderberg, Marketing Manager
(413) 658-1105
Sandys@carlemuseum.org
www.carlemuseum.org
 
NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs on April 21 offered a rich selection of presidential autographs, although it was a 17th-century document signed by John Milton that was the sale’s top lot. An endorsement signed by the then blind author of Paradise Lost—ironically serving as a witness to the signing of a land deed in 1657—sold for $45,600*, a record price for Milton's autograph, which is very rarely found on the market.

Other noteworthy writers’ autographs included a document signed by poet Heinrich Heine, as “Henri Heine,” in French, written from Paris where he settled after a series of anti-semitic attacks in his German homeland, 16 Sept 1848; and a July 1902 photograph signed and inscribed by Mark Twain, which he apparently found unflattering, as the inscription reads, “Age reconciles us to all things: / even to the most fiendish of / portrait-libels,” each of which brought $9,600.

The featured presidential items were a George Washington autograph letter signed “Go:Washington,” to J. Hector St. John Crèvecoeur, sending letters to be forwarded to recipients in France, Mount Vernon, 18 August 1788, $13,200; a circular letter signed by Thomas Jefferson, as President, sending the 12th amendment to the Constitution to an unnamed Governor for ratification, Washington, 13 December 1803, $25,200; and a partly-printed document signed by James A. Garfield, as President, ordering the Secretary of State to affix the U.S. seal to an envelope containing documents announcing Romania as a Kingdom, Washington, 5 May 1881, $7,800.

A stand-out scientific autograph was a Charles Darwin autograph letter signed, to an unnamed recipient, about the evidence for the theory of plant cross-fertilization, Down Bromley Kent, 24 December 1856, $26,400. Also related to science and medicine were an etched portrait of Sigmund Freud by Hermann Struck signed, “freud,” in pencil, circa 1914, $7,800; and a photograph of Albert Einstein signed and inscribed “Herrn Dr. Max Heimann dem Gütigen / December 1935,” $7,200.

A scrapbook kept by a fan of movie idol James Dean was valued for a signed portrait photograph that it contained as well as original photographs of Dean and his grandparents, 1950s-60s, $10,200.

Autographs by noted artists included an illustrated autograph letter from Lyonel Feininger, signed “Leo,” to Theodore Spicer-Simson, with three small hand-colored prints, New York, 30 March 1950, $7,200; and a group of 25 autograph and typed letters signed from John Berryman to teacher and critic Ralph C. Ross, 1957-71, $9,600.

Featured in the music section were a group of three items, each signed by Ralph Vaughn Williams, London, 1921, $7,800; and a Camille Saint-Saëns autograph musical manuscript for one of his last compositions, a song entitled  “Aux Aviateurs,” dated and signed, “C. Saint-Saëns 1921,” $6,240.

Rounding out the sale was a Mohandas K. Gandhi signature in Hindi and English, on a 5 Rupees note, 1938-48, $5,760; a full sheet of U.S. postage stamps commemorating the battle of Iwo Jima signed by photographer Joe Rosenthal and the three flag-raisers who survived the battle, 1945-46, $6,480; and an eloquently written typed letter signed from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Arthur Leonard Ross, thanking him for a contribution and outlining the ambitions and challenges for the civil rights movement, Atlanta, 30 July 1964, $6,480.
          
For complete results, an illustrated catalogue, with prices realized on request, 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 propose consignments to upcoming Autographs auctions, please contact Marco Tomaschett at (212) 254-4710, extension 12, or via email at mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

 *All prices include buyer’s premium.
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On June 2, 2011, PBA Galleries of San Francisco will offer at auction one of the finest private collections in existence of the literary and artistic work of the poet Charles Bukowski. Featuring a large selection of original typed, signed poems, a rare group of original paintings, and scarce broadsides and ephemera in additional to books, the collection presents a vivid picture of the earthy realism that was Charles Bukowski.
 
Dr. Ross Runfola, Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Buffalo, was introduced to Charles Bukowski when his brother sent him a copy of Love is a Dog from Hell, and discovered a rare kinship with the alcohol-fueled poet and his work. Inspired to write poetry in the Bukowski mode, Runfola was also spurred to collect the creations of the German-American writer. After years of ferreting out rarities, haunting rare book shops, searching the internet, he has assembled a superb gathering, which he is now making available for sale at public auction.
 
Probably the most remarkable part of the collection is the nearly 175 original typed manuscripts, mostly poems, by Bukowski, many in the signed carbon or photocopy format that he would send to his publisher John Martin. Among the poems are “the copulative blues” from 1973, a signed and dated poem that was a gift to Runfola from Martin; “time off” written in 1978, a carbon signed and dated by Bukowski, a long poem (4 pages), with, suitably, a ring stain from a wine glass on the first page; and “Hawley’s leaving town” from 1975, again a signed and dated carbon typescript, 1½ pages, this time with a coffee stain, and, notably, nearly 20 ink manuscript corrections by Bukowski.
 
These rare manuscript poems by Bukowski are partnered with 35 or so original letters from Bukowski to various publishers, his agent and German translator Carl Weissner, assorted girlfriends and others, many offering rare insights into life and relationships.
 
Another high point of the auction is the superb selection of original art by Charles Bukowski, the finest private collection extant. Included are several self-portraits, abstract mixed media creations, expressionistic watercolors, still lifes, and more, fifteen pieces in all. A number of these were used in a show curated in 2007 by Donald Friedman on the theme of “The Writer’s Brush,” about the paintings and drawings of famous writers.
 
But these manuscripts and paintings would not be the sought-after rarities they are if Bukowski’s raw poetry and short stories had not been published, and published they were after many years of rejection, and in large number. The printed books and broadsides are fittingly the core of the collection, and Ross Runfola has acquired the most difficult to obtain. Paramount among these is The Genius of the Crowd, perhaps the rarest of the “Top Twenty Bukowski Rarities” listed by Al Fogel. The 11-leaf poem in chapbook form,  illustrated with prints by Paula Maria Savarino, was printed at the 7 Flowers Press in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966, in an edition of 103 copies, but all but 40 of these were confiscated and destroyed by the Cleveland police department, deeming it obscene. Charles Bukowski’s first book, Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail, 1960, limited to 200 copies is also on the block, a fine, fresh copy in the original wrappers, very rare thus, with only the slightest rusting to the staples, a seemingly inevitable occurrence. Another rarity on offer is the printed broadside True Story, 1966, one of 30 copies, signed by Bukowski, the first publication of John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press, which was to become Bukowski’s primary, almost exclusive, publisher. Also from the Black Sparrow Press is a copy of their first hardcover book, At Terror Street and Agony Way, 1968, one of 75 copies with an original signed painting by Bukowski, their first book issued with an original painting. Finally, there is Bukowski’s most popular book, Post Office, a novel based on his long tenure with the United States Postal Service. It is number 2 of 50 copies, from the collection of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, hand-bound in boards by Earle Gray, with a cloth U.S. flag-motif spine, and an original painting by Bukowski. The book is in remarkably fine condition, with spine completely unfaded, rarely found thus.
 
The auction will be conducted at the San Francisco premises of PBA Galleries at 133 Kearny Street, starting at 1:00 p.m. on June 2, 2011. Printed catalogues will be available two to three weeks before the auction, and will also be posted on their website, www.pbagalleries.com. To order catalogues or make other inquiries, they can be emailed at pba@pbagalleries.com, or by phone at 415-989-2665 or 866-999-7224.
 
PBA Galleries

Auctioneers & Appraisers

133 Kearny Street

San Francisco, CA 94108
1.415.989.2665 phone

1.415.989.1664 fax

shannon@pbagalleries.com
www.pbagalleries.com
NEW CASTLE, Delaware (May 1, 2011) The Kelmscott Bookshop is presenting a month‐long exhibition of original art work by two noted illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Louis Rhead (1857‐1926) was a British‐born American artist. His talent was evident early, and he studied art in Paris before being named at the age of twenty-four as the Art Director for D. Appleton, a U.S. publishing firm. In the early 1890s Rhead became a prominent poster artist. As the interest in posters waned in the late 1890s he turned to book illustration. He illustrated numerous children’s books, including Heidi, Robinson Crusoe, Hans Brinker, and Swiss Family Robinson.

This is a collection of 15 finished drawings and 46 preliminary studies done for several of his books. These accomplished and charming works are done in both pen and ink and pencil. They vary in size and paper used. There are drawings for Hans Brinker, Heidi, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Arabian Nights, as well as many others.

Also on exhibit are the illustrations done by Harry Furniss (1854‐1925). This is a collection of 31 original pen and ink drawings that Furniss did as illustrations for his last book, Paradise in Piccadilly, a History of Albany, and the many celebrities who lived there over time, including Lord Byron, Gladstone, Bulwer‐Lytton, Disraeli, and many other notables. Furniss, who died in 1925, was a noted illustrator and caricaturist. He wrote and illustrated twenty‐nine books of his own, and illustrated over thirty books by other authors. The drawings for this book vary in size and in the type of paper used. Each drawing is signed, and many have the titles of the subject and notes to the printer. This is a delightful trove of original illustrations by a popular artist of his time.

This exhibit will be on display at The Bookshop in Old New Castle from May 1‐31, 2011. The shop is located on the second floor of the historic opera house at 308 Delaware Street in New Castle, Delaware. It is part of a rotating series of monthly exhibits offered by the four booksellers who comprise the bookshop, which opened May 1, 2010. They are Oak Knoll Books, Between the Covers Rare Books, The Kelmscott Bookshop and the Old Bookshop of Bordentown, all members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Each exhibit will highlight fine materials that represent each bookseller’s specialties.

About The Kelmscott Bookshop
The Kelmscott Bookshop was founded in the 1970s. Its current owner acquired the store in 2003. The shop specializes in fine and private press, artists’ books, William Morris and the Pre‐Raphaelites, literature, book arts, and children’s books. Fine books are offered in other subject areas as well.

Contact: Susannah Horrom
info@kelmscottbookshop.com
410‐235‐6810
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