June 2011 Archives

The Michigan State University Libraries, together with the Jewish Studies Program in MSU's College of Arts and Letters, are pleased to announce a major gift to the University: the Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman Collection of Israeli Literature.

Notable for both its breadth and depth, the collection covers Israeli literature from the earliest days of statehood in 1948 up to the present. Many of the volumes of fiction, poetry, and drama are inscribed by the author. Literary journals and literary criticism were also collected.

The published works are accompanied by a wealth of primary resources. These include manuscripts of poetry and drama; posters advertising literary events; political cartoons and other original artwork; and Irwin Holtzman's extensive correspondence with many important Israeli literary figures, including Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, Amalia Kahana-Carmon, and Yoram Kaniuk.
 
The Holtzman Collection represents many years of passionate work by Irwin Holtzman, a Detroit-area builder and business owner. Holtzman began collecting books seriously in 1950. Architecture was his first focus, and fiction followed soon after. At one point, he actively collected as many as 350 different authors.

Holtzman's collection of Israeli literature was inspired by a 1973 visit to Israel, and signaled a special focus on contemporary work, as he told Nicholas Basbanes in an interview for Basbanes' book, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. He was a dedicated supporter of Israeli authors, providing financial assistance for translations and literary efforts. When Holtzman died in 2010, he was mourned by fellow book collectors around the world.

Holtzman was as generous in bestowing his books as he was dedicated to gathering them. His various collections are now housed at institutions as diverse as the British Library, the University of Illinois, and the Hoover Institution. "The MSU Libraries are extremely pleased to receive this wonderful gift of Israeli literature," said Peter Berg, head of Special Collections, "and we look forward to making it available to the MSU community."

"The Holtzman Collection will be a tremendous asset to teaching and research at Michigan State," said Marc Bernstein, professor of Hebrew. "Many of the literary works were printed in small quantities, and are no longer available. And, the correspondence and manuscript materials are absolutely unique and will be an important resource for scholars."

Kenneth Waltzer, director of MSU's Jewish Studies Program, agrees. "The Holtzman Collection is a major contribution to the advanced study of Israeli culture at MSU. With the continuing interest and support of the Holtzman family, we hope to organize scholarly conferences on Israeli literature, at the same time highlighting the Holtzman Collection."

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For more information, please contact Seth Martin, Director of Development, MSU Libraries, Computing & Technology. Phone: 517-884-6446. Email: marti981@mail.lib.msu.edu.
Baltimore—In 1999, the Walters Art Museum and a team of researchers began a project to read the erased texts of The Archimedes Palimpsest—the oldest surviving copy of works by the greatest mathematical genius of antiquity. Over 12 years, many techniques were employed by over 80 scientists and scholars in the fields of conservation, imaging and classical studies. The exhibition Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes will tell the story of The Archimedes Palimpsest's journey and the discovery of new scientific, philosophical and political texts from the ancient world. This medieval manuscript demonstrates that Archimedes discovered the mathematics of infinity, mathematical physics and combinatorics—a branch of mathematics used in modern computing. This exhibition will be on view at the Walters from Oct. 16, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012.

Archimedes lived in the Greek city of Syracuse in the third century B.C. He was a brilliant mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer and astronomer. In 10th-century Constantinople (present day Istanbul), an anonymous scribe copied the Archimedes treatise in the original Greek onto parchment. In the 13th century, a monk erased the Archimedes text, cut the pages along the center fold, rotated the leaves 90 degrees and folded them in half. The parchment was then recycled, together with the parchment of other books, to create a Greek Orthodox prayer book. This process is called palimpsesting; the result of the process is a palimpsest.

On Oct. 28, 1998, The Archimedes Palimpsest was purchased at Christie's by an anonymous collector for two million dollars. It is considered by many to be the most important scientific manuscript ever sold at auction because it contains Archimedes' erased texts.

"The collector deposited the Palimpsest at the Walters for conservation, imaging, study and exhibition in 1999, but many thought that nothing more could be recovered from this book. It was in horrible condition, having suffered a thousand years of weather, travel and abuse," said Archimedes Project Director and Walters Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books Will Noel. "Detailed detective work and the serendipitous discovery of important documents and photographs allowed us to reconstruct what happened to the Palimpsest in the 20th century, when it was subject to appalling treatment and overpainted with forgeries. A team of devoted scholars using the latest imaging technology was able to reveal and decipher the original text."

Before imaging could begin, the manuscript had to be stabilized. Conserving the manuscript took 12 years, including four years just to take the book apart due to the fragile nature of parchment damaged by mold and a spine covered in modern synthetic glue.

"I documented everything and saved all of the tiny pieces from the book, including paint chips, parchment fragments and thread, and put them into sleeves so we knew what pages they came from," said Abigail Quandt, Walters senior conservator of manuscripts and rare books. "I stabilized the flaking ink on the parchment using a gelatin solution, made innumerable repairs with Japanese paper and reattached separated folios."

In 2000, a team began recovering the erased texts. They used imaging techniques that rely on the processing of different wavelengths of infrared, visible and ultraviolet light in a technique called multispectral imaging. By employing different processing techniques, including Principal Components Analysis, text was exposed that had not been seen in a thousand years.

By 2004, about 80% of the manuscript had been imaged. The most difficult pages left were covered with a layer of grime or 20th-century painted forgeries. These leaves were brought to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), one of the most advanced light laboratories in the world, where a tiny but powerful x-ray beam scanned the leaves. The x-rays detected and recorded where beams bounced off iron atoms, and since the ink of the Palimpsest's under text is written with iron, the writing on the page could be mapped. This enabled scholars to read large sections of previously hidden text.

This exhibition has been generously supported by an anonymous donor and by the Stockman Family Foundation.

Discoveries in The Archimedes Palimpsest
Archimedes, in his treatise The Method of Mechanical Theorems, works with the concept of absolute infinity, and this Palimpsest contains the only surviving copy of this important treatise. He claims that two different sets of lines are equal in multitude, even though it is clearly understood that they are infinite. This approach is remarkably similar to 16th- and 17th-century works leading to the invention of the calculus.

Also found only in the Palimpsest is Archimedes' Stomachion. It is the earliest existing western treatise concerning combinatorics. It is thought that Archimedes was trying to discover how many ways you could recombine 14 fixed pieces and still make a perfect square. The answer is high and counterintuitive at 17,152 combinations. Combinatorics is critical in modern computing.

In addition to Archimedes' works, six other erased books of history and philosophy were discovered. Twenty pages of the Palimpsest were created from the erased texts of ten pages from a manuscript containing speeches by Hyperides, an Athenian orator from the golden age of Greek democracy. Twenty-eight pages were from the erased text of 14 pages containing a Commentary on the Categories of the Athenian philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle's Categories is a fundamental text to western philosophy. This commentary survives nowhere else.

When the Palimpsest was imaged at SSRL, the name of the scribe that erased Archimedes' writings was discovered on the first page of the Palimpsest. His name was Johannes Myronas, and he finished transcribing the prayers on April 14, 1229, in Jerusalem.

Future Conservation Research
The exhibition Lost and Found: The Secret of Archimedes will demonstrate what we have discovered at the Walters. The last two galleries in the exhibition will look at what the museum hopes to discover in the future and how scientific discovery can enhance our understanding and appreciation of artworks. The interactive learning stations in these galleries will include five pieces from the museum's collection and will demonstrate how the staff at the Walters collaborates to learn about art and on how to best maintain and preserve this art for posterity. Conservation, interpretation and authenticity will be explored as well as new scientific techniques being used at the Walters.

Publications
The Archimedes Codex presents the story of the lost manuscript as part archaeological detective story, part science and part history. The 313-page book, specially priced at $13.50, is co-authored by Walters Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books Will Noel and Professor of Classics and Philosophy at Stanford University Reviel Netz.

To coincide with the exhibition's opening, two volumes, each priced at $125, of a projected scholarly five-part series documenting the findings of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project will be published for the Walters by Cambridge University Press. The first volume surveys the Palimpsest's history and the projects' scientific findings. The second volume provides transcriptions of the hitherto unknown texts contained in the Palimpsest, accompanied by facsimiles of the processed images from which these transcriptions were constructed.
 
Hours/Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes is a special ticketed exhibition. General admission to the permanent collection is free.

Special exhibition admission prices are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for students/young adults (18-25); free for 17 and under and members.

For additional information, call 410-547-9000 or go to the website at www.thewalters.org.

The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre streets and is one of only a few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Collection highlights include Egyptian mummies, Renaissance suits of armor, Fabergé eggs, Art Nouveau jewelry and old master paintings. Among its thousands of treasures, the Walters holds the finest collection of ivories, jewelry, enamels and bronzes in America and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. The Walters' Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and western medieval art collections are among the best in the nation, as are the museum's holdings of Renaissance and Asian art. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented by one or more works in the Walters' collection.

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[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY hosted early and late-June auctions featuring a wide assortment of Ireland-related material, incunabulum, children’s books and signed first editions. Among the featured items was an 1819 First Edition of “Constitutional Law: Comprising The Declaration of Independence; The Articles of Confederation; The Constitution of the United States; And the Constitutions of the Several States Composing the Union” (uncredited) which fetched a $1,500 hammer price (including buyer’s premium).


Also sold at the gallery in June was a 1493 printing of “Tragoediae” by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This Latin piece of incunabulum is a collection of tragedies from the acclaimed Roman philosopher and dramatist, Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This volume contains ten tragedies, including: Hercules Furens, Thyestes, Thebais, Hippolytus, Oedipus, Troas, Medea, Agamenon, Octavia and Hercules Oetheus and realized a hammer price of $1,620 (including buyer’s premium).
 
Alongside the hundreds of other lots, was a 1913 Limited Edition printing of “Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky” by George Barbier. Bound in large cream thin-card wrappers with blue and black lettering and a pictorial design on the upper cover, this antique volume is a scarce limited edition of acclaimed artist George Barbier's collection of illustrations, translated into English by C. W. Beaumont and containing a foreword by Francis de Miomandre. This work is from a limited edition printing, number 99 of 400 and was the sole edition printed in English. The hand-colored volume sold for $2,280 (including buyer’s premium).
 
Accompanied by numerous other antique and vintage children’s books was a 1912 copy of “Grosses Betes & Petites Betes” by Andre Helle (Tolmer & Cie. Publisher). This large pictorial features paper-covered boards with gray cloth backing and is a very scarce first edition of this French children's book. This work features illustrations by the author of animals from Noah's Ark and is gorgeously illustrated with twenty tipped-in pochoir illustrations surrounded by text and black outline drawings. The plates are signed with the artist/author's monogram, lower case initials "ah" inside a circle. This fun book fetched a hammer price of $1,260 (including buyer’s premium).
 
National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. Preview for the Sunday, July 24th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.
New York, New York--The Morgan Library & Museum, which holds one of the world's premier collections of drawings dating from the era of Michelangelo and Raphael to the modern period, announced today the creation of a new institute to support research in the drawings field and to nurture new generations of scholars and curators. Eugene V. Thaw, a Life Trustee of the Morgan and noted drawings collector, has donated $5 million to launch the initiative, which will begin operation in November and will be housed at the Morgan.

The new institute, to be called the Drawing Institute at The Morgan Library & Museum, will sponsor annual fellowships and host seminars, symposia, and lectures. Plans also call for it to mount small, focused exhibitions and to support a scholarly publications program. In addition, the institute will undertake joint initiatives with the IMAF (International Music and Art Foundation) Centre for Drawings at The Courtauld Gallery, centering on old master drawings, and with the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center in Houston, with its emphasis on modern and contemporary drawings. Linda Wolk-Simon, who was recently appointed to head the Morgan's drawings department, will oversee the venture.



The Institute's approach will be innovative and broad, and will be devoted to the study of the history, collecting, function, interpretation, and theory of drawing with the goal of stimulating new lines of investigation and discourse. The fellowship program will include four fellows each year and will be open not only to scholars of art history but also to conservators and individuals from other disciplines among the humanities. Fellows will be required to spend part of the year at the Morgan carrying out research and lecturing on subjects related to their areas of investigation as well as participating in seminars and symposia. The seminars, open to professors, curators, artists, conservators, graduate students, and others in the field, will be organized in cooperation with other New York museums and university-based art history programs, and will emphasize the study of original works of art. Future Institute plans also call for awarding an annual prize for a groundbreaking publication or exhibition in the drawings field.



"The Morgan is deeply grateful to Gene Thaw for his extraordinary generosity in supporting this visionary project," said Morgan director William M. Griswold. "His gifts over the years have greatly enriched our collections and transformed the institution. With this latest pledge, Gene has given us the exciting opportunity to develop a dedicated research platform for the study of drawing, allowing the Morgan to capitalize on its acclaimed holdings in this field by taking an important leadership role in current and future scholarship."



The cooperative programming with the IMAF Centre for Drawings at The Courtauld Gallery and the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center will focus on the strength of the institutions' respective holdings, and will include co-sponsored fellowships and shared research projects as well as possible joint exhibitions. For example, work with the Menil will expressly focus on connections between the practice of drawing in the nineteenth century and earlier and that of the modern period. It is anticipated that the joint Morgan-Menil Fellow and Morgan-Courtauld Fellow will be in residence at the Drawing Institute in alternate years. 



An Institute advisory board of individuals noted for their interest in drawing and scholarly contributions to the field has been formed. It includes philanthropist and collector Karen B. Cohen, also a Morgan Trustee; Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery of Art, Washington; collector and museum patron Agnes Gund, Philippe de Montebello, former director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and now a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts; David Rosand, professor of Art History at Columbia University; Patricia Rubin, director of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University; former Andrew W. Mellon Foundation executive Angelica Rudenstine; Perrin Stein, curator of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art. Mr. Thaw will serve as an honorary member of the advisory board.



EUGENE THAW AND THE MORGAN

Eugene Thaw's formal association with The Morgan Library & Museum began in 1968, when he was elected to the Association of Fellows. Since 1988, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees. Over the years, he has given some 400 drawings to the Morgan. These include a recent gift of fourteen sheets by such artists as Rembrandt and Picasso and of a group of twenty letters written and illustrated by Vincent van Gogh. In 1991, Mr. Thaw made possible the dedication of the Morgan's Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery, in honor of his wife, and with a generous gift in 1999 he transformed the Morgan's conservation lab into the world-class Thaw Conservation Center. In 2009, the Morgan presented the fifth in a series of exhibitions based on Mr. Thaw's collection, and Mr. Thaw announced the gift of his collection of oil sketches on paper jointly to the Morgan and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



He has written numerous articles on aspects of art and art criticism that have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Times of London, The New Criterion, The New Republic, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. 



"Drawing as an expressive medium has always been thought of as bringing us closer to the artist's mind and the meaning of his work," Thaw remarked. "Since the Renaissance, it has been a subject of continual discussion among philosophers, artists, and art historians. I am grateful to be part of this effort to revive the conversation about the essence of drawing at a great institution like The Morgan Library & Museum and to help contribute to keeping the field vital in the years ahead." 



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 CONTACT
The Morgan Library & Museum
Patrick Milliman
212.590.0310
pmilliman@themorgan.org
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NEW YORK, NY--MULTIPLE, LIMITED, UNIQUE: Since 2008, the Center for Book Arts has been involved in a Collections Initiative, which includes the in-depth cataloguing and preservation of our extensive collection of artist books, prints, catalogues, and ephemera. These works are now available to the public through our free and accessible online collections database (centerforbookarts.dreamhosters.com). Multiple, Limited, Unique, the culmination of the three-year effort of the Collections Initiative, offers an overview of the history and development of book arts in the 20th century, and examines the role of the institution in both nurturing and promoting innovative artists and preserving traditional artistic practices.
 
This exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue with essays by noted curators and collectors, including by Johanna Drucker, author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic; Erin Riley-Lopez, Independent Curator and former Associate Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Nina M. Schneider, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA; Amanda Stevenson, Curator, Museum of Printing History; and Tony White, Director, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition, the catalogue includes an essay by Executive Director Alexander Campos and an introduction by Jen Larson. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a public discussion with Ms. Larson and selected participating artists on Wednesday, July 20, and will travel to the Savannah College of Arts and Design (Fall 2011), Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Winter 2012), Museum of Printing History (Spring/Summer 2012), Lafayette College (Fall 2012), and the Book Club of California (Winter 2013).
 
Multiple, Limited, Unique is organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, with assistance from Jen Larson, Collections Specialist.The artists featured in this exhibition are Shana Agid, Rosaire Appel, Tomie Arai, Eileen Arnow-Levine, Dennis Ashbaugh/ Kevin Begos/ William Gibson/ Karl Foulkes/ Peter Pettingill, Lynne Avadenka, Bryan Baker, Delphi Basilicato, Barton Lidice Benes, Doug Beube, Karl Beveridge, Michael and Winifred Bixler, Helen M. Brunner, Julie Chen and Clifton Meador, Deborah Chodoff, Carole Condé, Ana Cordeiro, Beatrice Coron, Maureen Cummins, Guy Davenport and Barry Magid, Donna Maria de Creeft, Sylvia de Swaan, Sue Donym and Marie Guise, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Dikko Faust, Ann Fessler, Ellie Ga, Chitra Ganesh, Anne Gilman, Kathe Gregory, Roni Gross, Joshua Harris, Pablo Helguera, Barbara Henry, Candace Hicks, Ellen Hotzblatt, Wennie Huang, Gautam Kansara, Matt Knannlein, Kumi Korf, Carole P. Kunstadt, Hedi Kyle, Suzanne Lacy, Guy Laramée, Edna Lazaron, Warren Lehrer, Catarina Leitão, Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, Nancy Loeber, Hilary Lorenz, Margot Lovejoy, Isabelle Lumpkin, Mikhail Magaril, Russell Maret, Franco Marinai, Barbara Mauriello, Scott McCarney, Jean McGarry, Amber McMillan, Susan Mills, Richard Minsky, Tadashi Mitsui, Roni Mocán, Ivan Monforte, Carlos Motta, Mark Murray/Caliban Press, Rick Myers, Bruce Nauman, Shervone Neckles, Jánis Rudolfs Nedéla, Heidi Neilson and Chris Petrone, Sarah Nicholls, Sarah Paul Ocampo/ Rachel LaRue Kessler/ Sierra Nelson, Alfonso Ossorio, Shani Peters, Michalis Pichler, Catya Plate, Sarah Plimpton, Fa Poonvoralak, Lilliana Porter, James Prez, Robin Price, John Randle, Gary Richman, Benjamin D. Rinehart, John L. Risseeuw, Martha Rosler, John Ross, A.S.C. Rower, Ed Ruscha, Marian St. Laurent, Peter Schell, Norman Shapiro, Zoe Sheehan-Saldaña, Masumi Shibata, George K. Shortess, Robbin Ami Silverberg, SKART, Skutá, Karina Skvirsky, Kiki Smith, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tattfoo Tan, Barbara Tetenbaum, Danny Tisdale, Juana Valdes, Claire van Vliet, John Frederick Walker, James Walsh, Marshall Weber, Cory Wheelock, Michael Winkler, Sam Winston, Simon Woolham, Paul Woodbine, Shanna Yarbrough, Ewa Monika Zebrowski, Paul Zelevansky, and Marilyn Zornado.

Funding for this exhibition, and for the Collections Initiative as a whole, has been generously provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation. Funding for the Center for Book Arts Exhibition Season is provided by the Delmas Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Where: The Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
When: July 6 - September 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 6, 7 -9 pm
Admission: Free
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New York—A three-sheet map of Connecticut and parts adjacent, New Haven, 1777, far exceeded its pre-sale estimate to become the top lot at Swann Galleries’ Maps & Atlases auction on June 2. The map, which was estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, saw a great deal of preview interest, was fought over by buyers in the auction room and on the phone, and ultimately sold to a round of applause for a record $168,000* in what was likely its first appearance at auction.

Also reaching six figures was an enormous manuscript map of Suruga Province, Japan, which was created as an economic report to the shogun, circa 1716-35. It brought $120,000.

Other record-setting maps in the auction included double-page maritime charts by Arnold Colom, Pascaarte van Nieu Nederlandt, $33,600, and De Carybsche Eylanden van de Barbados tot de bocht van Mexico, $9,000, both Amsterdam, circa 1658; and Norman and Dunbibin’s Coast of America from Cape Hateras to Cape Roman, from The American Pilot, Boston, 1794, $22,800. A copy of the four-sheet Fry-Jefferson Map of the most Inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole Province of Maryland, London, 1775, fetched $20,400—a record for a later edition.

Among the notable atlases was a composite atlas with maps by Janssonius, Blaeu, Wit and Visscher, Atlas Minor…Orbis Terrarum Tabulas Geographicas Complectens, Amsterdam, 1680, $20,400.

Rounding out the cartographic highlights were 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,” two joined sheets hand-colored in outline, London, 1715, $11,400; John and William Norman, A Chart of South Carolina and Georgia, meant to be bound into the American Pilot, Boston, 1803, $7,800; and a nine-and-a-half-inch table globe of the world by James Wilson, Bradford, VT, 1819, $5,280.

Among the books desired for their plates were a group of 39 volumes from Rudolph Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics, London, 1809-28, $5,520; Victor Adam, Collection des Costumes Militaires, Armée Française, 1832, with 42 hand-colored lithographed plates, Paris, circa 1840, a record $4,800; and W.T. Greene, Parrots in Captivity, 81 color plates in three volumes, London, 1884-87, $5,040.

An attractive selection of individual decorative graphics featured many Audubon prints, including a group of four hand-colored lithographed plates of animals from the folio edition of Viviparous Quadrupeds, Philadelphia, 1842-44, $5,760; as well as Robert Dodd’s hand-colored aquatint of the Bounty mutiny, London, 1790, $2,640.

A small selection of ephemera included group lots of luggage labels, $900; Disney cartoon lobby cards, $510; and Art Nouveau postcards, $600.

For complete results, an illustrated color catalogue, with 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 to upcoming auctions of Maps & Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints, please contact Gary Garland at (212) 254-4710, ext. 17, or via email at ggarland@swanngalleries.com.
 
*All prices include buyer’s premium.

NBA June Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, a live auction gallery located in Ithaca, NY, is hosting a Sunday June 26 auction, which is open to the public. This auction features an assortment of scarce books containing important illustrations among a variety of landmark literary titles.  Included is a fine collection of antique children’s books, genealogical and historical printings, and ephemera from noted illustrator James Bingham.
 
Featured among the French items in this auction is George Barbier’s 1913 limited edition printing of “Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky.”  This gorgeously illustrated item features twelve original full-page hand-colored pochoir plates by acclaimed French artist George Barbier.  This scarce volume is one of 400 limited edition printings.  Also highlighted is “Grosses Betes & Petites Betes,” a very scarce children’s book featuring French text and illustrations by Andre Helle.  This large volume, printed in 1912, features twenty hand-colored pochoir illustrations of animals from Noah’s Ark.  Also watch for an important original X-Gosé French poster offered.
 
An important art-related volume in this auction is photographer Larry Clark’s 1971 printing of “Tulsa,” signed by the artist.  This vivid photographic book exposed drug use among suburban teenagers in the 60’s and 70’s.  The artist was later known for directing the movie “Kids.”
 
Found throughout this auction is an assortment of antique children’s books.  Featured are first editions of Charlotte Steiner’s “Lulu,” and “Bumble Bugs and Elephants,” the first work by the author/illustrator duo M. W. Brown and Clement Hurd who later produced such children’s classics as “The Runaway Bunny” and “Goodnight Moon.”  Also included is a gorgeous copy of “Aunt Louisa’s Fairy Legends” featuring handsome Victorian chromolithographs throughout.  

Included in this auction is a collection of genealogical and historical material.  Featured among these titles is a limited edition printing of the “Pioneers & Prominent Men of Utah” from 1913 and a 1914 author-signed work on the “Chronicles of the Cape Fear River” in North Carolina by James Sprunt.
 
Also offered is a collection of ephemera from noted illustrator James Bingham, featuring mounted magazine illustrations from classics like “Time” and “The Saturday Evening Post.”  Bingham (1917-1971) provided artwork for a host of magazines, and worked on many advertising accounts including The Airlines of the United States, Association of Railroads, Maxwell House, Gulf Oil, Caterpillar Tractor, Alcoa Steamship Company and U S Steel.
 
National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. Preview is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign material please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com. 

Hemingway Days 2011

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The flourishing Key West literary community that dates back to Ernest Hemingway’s 10-year residence is to be celebrated July 19-24 during Hemingway Days 2011. Literary highlights include the culmination of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, and other events honoring Ernest’s creative legacy and the talents of contemporary writers.

The literary schedule begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, with the U.S. book debut party for “The Key West Bucket List” at The Porch, 429 Caroline St. Penned by David Sloan, the volume offers entertaining suggestions for “must-do” activities in Key West and the Keys. Sloan’s other writing credits include co-authoring “Quit Your Job and Move to Key West.”

At 8 p.m. Wednesday Lorian Hemingway, whose critically acclaimed books include the powerful “A World Turned Over” and “Walk on Water,” is to lead other renowned writers in an evening of readings. Hosted by Wyland Galleries of Key West, “Voices, Places, Inspirations” takes place at 623 Duval St.

Scheduled participants are Mark Childress, author of the bestselling novel “Crazy in Alabama” and recent sensation “Georgia Bottoms,” among others; Tom Corcoran, noted for his Key West-based Alex Rutledge mysteries and compelling photography book “Key West in Black and White,” and Michael Haskins, whose Mad Mick Murphy mysteries include “Chasin’ the Wind” and “Free Range Institution.”

Hemingway Days’ literary highlight is Lorian Hemingway’s announcement of the winners of her internationally recognized contest for emerging writers of short fiction. The awards reception is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., Ernest Hemingway’s first Key West address.

A reading of the winning story and a Casa Antigua history presentation by owner Tom Oosterhoudt round out the evening.

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Holabird-Kagin Americana is gearing up for another massive sale of rare and collectible Western Americana, Numismatica and Historical Ephemera. The Reno, Nevada based business realized approximately $1 million for their March “Golden West” Auction held in Sacramento, where the world-famous “Washington Gold Nugget” brought $400,000 on the auction floor, and garnered international press coverage.

Now Holabird-Kagin Americana is proud to present “Mining, Minerals and Mayhem” a three day auction scheduled for June 28, 29, 30 at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno.  Over 2,300 lots will hit the auction block and the sale will feature several rare and collectible precious metal ingots, an unparalleled mineral specimen collection, an original George Hearst signed stock certificate, and one of the most comprehensive Bodie Collections ever compiled (over 140 lots, including an original constable badge). In addition to an impressive numismatic section, there are hundreds of western mining stock certificates, including a large Bullfrog and Death Valley section and a expansive Colorado section of Clear Creek, Cripple Creek, and Leadville, plus many more, along with an eclectic mix of mining ephemera, to name just a few highlights.
 
Also included in the sale will be an original circa 1870s bullion punch from the Carson City Mint and a Bryan money collection featuring political and money ephemera from 1896, one of the most contested periods in American monetary history. Some of the highly sought after ingots up for grabs are the Tri-Bullion Mining Co .5 oz Gold Pendant, the William Sharon 1876 Silver Dinner Ingot, the Ophir and Savage Silver Ingots, the Riehn Hemme Silver Watch Fob Ingot and the Harvey Harris Silver & Gold Presentation Assay Ingot, all spectacular examples of the resplendence of the great Western mining booms, the resultant explosion of the banking and financial industry, and the millionaires and tycoons that made history.
 
Offered for sale for the first time is the Gottschalk Western Ore Specimen Collection, consisting of approximately 275 lots, more than 2,500 pieces of some of the rarest and most spectacular ore specimens, ore minerals and rare ore mineral species from around the world, with an emphasis on the Comstock Lode (with over 700 Bonanza grade ore specimens) and also a vast selection from Bodie, Goldfield, Tonopah, Colorado and Montana. Collectors will also find a plethora of rare bottles such as the cobalt blue Owl poison bottle collection and soda bottles from Nevada and Arizona.

The auction is expected to gross well over $1 million and promises the same excitement that has become a hallmark of the company’s recent sales.  The auction is free and open to the public, so it’s a great chance to catch up on your mining history and maybe even own some. For more information or to obtain a catalog, call Holabird-Kagin Americana at 877-852-8822.
June 6--Philadelphia, PA. Here and Now: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists presents a selection of works on paper by ten Philadelphia artists who reflect the remarkable strength and diversity of talent that exists in this city’s cultural community. The artists represented in the exhibition—Astrid Bowlby, Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala (who operate in collaboration), Vincent Feldman, Daniel Heyman, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Virgil Marti, Joshua Mosley, Serena Perrone, Hannah Price, and Mia Rosenthal—range in age from 25 to 50 and utilize a broad range of pictorial strategies. Several also share an interest in addressing contemporary social and political problems in their work, from the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib to the challenges of everyday life in this city’s neighborhoods. In some cases, such issues are confronted in a direct and unflinching way, while others are addressed with edgy humor or ironically masked by great beauty.

“Philadelphia has a remarkable—and remarkably vibrant—artistic community,” says Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “and this is something that the Museum should not simply acknowledge, but also celebrate. It makes our city a lively and very special place. What I find especially exciting about this exhibition is the exceptional quality and creativity that shines through in the work of each of these artists.”

The work of sculptor, installation artist, draftsman, and printmaker, Astrid Bowlby (born 1961) refers to accumulation: of pieces of paper, of shapes and patterns, of lines with varying densities. Here and Now will include Round Robin (2004), a suite of six etchings, consisting of whimsical gatherings of flowers. Philadelphia native Vincent David Feldman (born 1966) is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art’s program in Tokyo, Japan, which is the source of the photographs shown in the exhibition, including the gigantic Reiyukai Shakaden Temple (Tokyo, 1975). The painted photographs of Isaac Tin Wei Lin (born 1976) featured in Here and Now are animated by wild accumulations of calligraphic patterns, musical notations, and cartoon-like elements, creating charged areas in otherwise negative spaces. The youngest of the artists in the exhibition, photographer Hannah Price (born 1986) will show a group of inkjet prints from her ongoing series City of Brotherly Love which documents a particular aspect of her life in Philadelphia, the first large city in which she has ever lived.

Innis Shoemaker, the Museums’s Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, notes: “Some of the artists in this exhibition are also known for their work in other media, such as installation, video, sculpture, or painting. It has been a privilege, though sometimes a challenge, to make a relatively small selection from the remarkable variety of work being produced today by so many talented artists in our city and to give some sense of what’s going on right now.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. An exciting addition is the newly renovated and expanded Perelman Building, which opened its doors in September 2007 with five new exhibition spaces, a soaring skylit galleria, and a café overlooking a landscaped terrace. The Museum offers a wide variety of enriching activities, including programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100 or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

Kestenbaum & Company’s spring auction of Fine Judaica will be held on Thursday, June 23 at3:00 pm. The sale will take place at the company’s gallery at 242 West 30th Street in New York City with viewing beforehand from June 19  through June 22.
 
Highlighting this auction will be Part II of the historic Cassuto Collection of Iberian-related Books and Manuscripts. This extensive sale also features many fine early printed books from the Delmonico Collection, a celebrated library of fine Hebrew books formed by the late New York-based collector, William Roth. The sale also includes books recently de-accessioned from a European institutional library.
 
The Cassuto Collection was formed by several generations of the Cassuto family, and so became one of the most outstanding libraries of works by and about the Jews who originated from Spain and Portugal. The first part of the collection, which was auctioned by Kestenbaum & Company this past February, garnered world-wide attention as buyers, including many libraries, bid to acquire singular pieces of Iberian-Jewish history rarely seen at auction.

The foundation of the Alfonso Cassuto Collection was laid by Mr. Cassuto’s great-grandfather Jehuda de Mordehai Cassuto who in 1835 acquired a sizeable library assembled in the seventeenth century by the Namias Family of Hamburg. Subsequent generations of the Cassuto family greatly expanded the library and Alfonso in particular immersed himself enthusiastically in the books and the library’s further development. The present collection was consigned to Kestenbaum & Company by Alfonso’s son, the distinguished composer and conductor Álvaro Leon Cassuto, Artistic Director of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.
 
The collection of Iberian and related texts in the auction feature theological, historical and liturgical subjects as well as books and manuscripts relating to the Inquisition, literature, science and medicine. Important lots include Joseph Penso de la Vega’s Retrato de la prudencia y simulacro del valor que en obsequioso Panegirico consagra al augusto Monarcha Guillermo Tercero Rey de la Gran Bretaña, Amsterdam, 1690, estimate $8,000-10,000 (Lot 30); a volume of architectural plates and sermons from the dedication service of the newly built Spanish-Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam in 1675, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 33), and the first edition of Benedictus de Spinoza’s highly influential philosophical work Opera Posthuma, Amsterdam, 1677, at a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-5,000 (Lot 37). Sure to attract interest is a seventeenth century unpublished polemical manuscript opposed to the discriminatory treatment of "New Christians" by the office of the Inquisition in Portugal, estimate $6,000-9,000 (Lot 47) and an immensely scarce large manuscript written on vellum in 1506, an important official record of Jewish properties vacated following the expulsion of Jews from Portugal in 1497, at an estimate of $15,000-20,000 (Lot 52). Also featured are texts by Isaac Cardoso (Lot 2), Manuel de Leao (Lots 10-11), Amatus Lusitanus (Lots 14-15), Jacob de Castro Sarmento (Lots 17-19), Antonio Nunes Riberio Sanches (Lots 20-21, 55-56) and Duarte Lopes Rosa (Lot 57).

Elsewhere in the 395-lot auction is a large section of American-Judaica featuring most notably a Letter of Recommendation for Haham Isaac Carigal, Emissary of Hebron Jewish Community, Amsterdam, 1758. Carigal later became a prominent figure in Colonial American history. The pre-auction estimate is $5,000-7,000 (Lot 68). Also of interest is The New Jamaica Almanack and Register for the year 1797 which includes a Jewish calendar, estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 75) and an issue of The Congressional Globe, containing the debates and proceedings of the First Session of the Thirty-Sixth Congress, including the first Jewish prayer intoned at the opening of the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1860 at an estimate of $2,000-3,000 (Lot 84).

A strong section of Chassidic texts affords rich insight into a fundamental aspect of Jewish heritage. The most important lot is an exceptionally rare, complete, first edition of Jacob Joseph of Polonoye’s Toldoth Ya’akov Yoseph, the book that gave rise to the Chassidic movement, Koretz, 1780, $100,000-150,000 (Lot 136). Also noteworthy are the first editions of three fundamental Kabbalistic Prayer-Books: The Siddur of R. Asher, Lemberg, 1788, estimate $12,000-15,000 (Lot 137); the Siddur of R. Yaakov Kopel, Slavuta, 1804, estimate $12,000-15,000 (lot 138) and the Alter Rebbe’s Siddur, Koypst, 1816, at an estimate of $10,000-15,000 (Lot 139).
 
Outstanding among a selection of important Hebrew books in the sale is a complete set of Shimon ben Yochai’s seminal Kabbalistic text Sepher HaZohar Mantua, 1558-6, beautifully bound and in exceptionally fine condition, at an estimate of $50,000-70,000 (Lot 280). Also included is a notable edition of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah from Venice, 1574-75, estimate $7,000-10,000 (lot 261) and a rare first edition of Isaiah Ben Abraham Halevi Horowitz’s Shnei Luchoth Habrith, Amsterdam, 1648-49  at an estimate of  $10,000-15,000 (Lot 201). A highly unusual and formidable text is Jacob Emden’s Sepher Shimush, Amsterdam, c.1758. This book has not been seen at auction for a great many years and is estimated at $12,000-15,000 (Lot 159).
 
Highlighting the Passover Hagadah section is a war-time version issued in 1945 by The 1st Camouflage Company comprised of Palestinian Jews serving in the British Army. It features a unique pastiche of elements of the traditional Hagadah text together with elements of Zionist idealism concerning rebuilding the Land of Israel, estimate   $7,000-9,000 (Lot 179). The lavish Hagadah designed by Albert Rutherston, London, 1930, is also offered.This particular copy is the publisher’s own, printed entirely on vellum and in a custom binding, estimate $30,000-40,000 (Lot 180).

General books of significance include a Proclamation by Emperor Joseph I to extend "help and good will" to the Jews after a fire destroyed the entire Jewish quarter of Frankfurt a/Main, 1711, estimate $1,200-1,800 (Lot 163); a copy of the infamous White Paper of May 1939, London, estimate $700-1,000 (Lot 190) and the original official printed announcement by David Ben-Gurion's Provisional Government declaring the establishment of the State of Israel, Tel-Aviv, 14th May, 1948, estimate $1,500-2,500 (Lot 219), Two other interesting lots include a German text by an anonymous writer titled “Frank Thoughts of a Swiss Citizen Concerning the Question: Should we Recognize Jews who have Resided in Switzerland for 20 Years as Citizens, or should we Exclude Them?”, 1798, estimate $3,000-4,000 (Lot 283) and a negative counter-response to the previous Lot, 1799, at an estimate of $3,000-4,000 (Lot 284). Both booklets are bibliographically unrecorded.

An exceptional item in the Manuscripts section of the auction is a highly original Scroll of Esther from the Cassuto Collection that was boldly illuminated in vivid colors in the 1930’s by a member of the Marrano community of Porto, Portugal. The pre-sale estimate is $10,000-15,000 (Lot 325).
 
Prominent within the Autograph Letters section is one of the very last letters signed by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, on 4th Kislev, 1985, estimate $2,000-2,500 (Lot 310); two letters by Tzvi Pesach Frank, the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, (1873-1960) addressed to the San Francisco Conference in 1945 concerning the future of Jews in the Land of Israel, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 311) and a letter signed by Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam, the "Shinaver Rav", one of the foremost Chassidic leaders of his generation, 1896, at an estimate of $30,000-40,000 (Lot 317). Further autograph letters of note are those written by Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Yehudah Yechiel Safrin of Komarno, Rabbi Shlomo Kluger of Brody, and Rabbi Israel Lipschuetz (the Tiphereth Yisrael).
 
The sale concludes with a fine selection of Ceremonial Art. An historic highlight is an exceptional pair of American silver Torah Finials from Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1825, at an estimate of $60,000-70,000 (Lot 380). Also featured is a variety of styles of antique Chanukah Lamps, Kiddush Cups, Torah ornaments and other fine objects.

For  further  information  relating  to  bidding  or  any  other  queries,  please  contact Jackie  Insel at  212-366-1197. 
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