September 2011 Archives

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America is delighted to announce the winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

First Prize: Mitch Fraas, Duke University, Anglo-American Legal Printing 1702 to the Present

Second Prize: Maggie Murray, Johns Hopkins, Literature of the Little Review: In Which Margaret Anderson Enters an Antiquarian Bookstore

Third Prize: Sarah McCormick, University of California-Riverside, Desert Dreams: The History of California’s Coachella Valley

Essay Prize: Emily Brodman, Stanford University, Sourcing the Sanctuary Movement

After a two year hiatus, the contest was reinstated last year under the joint leadership of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, the Center for the Book, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

Students who entered the contest were top prize winners of book collecting contests at their respective institutions.  Judges were once again impressed by the scope and genres represented among the collections.  Jean Kislak, a trustee of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation and lifelong collector, served as a member of the competition judging panel. “It was very exciting to see such a diverse array of book collections. These young collectors have shown such skill and creativity in assembling their outstanding collections.”

Mr. Fraas’ collection began when he was studying the legal history of the British Empire and became particularly interested in briefs from the King’s Privy Council.  After he serendipitously obtained a 1791 Privy Council brief from Bombay, he began actively pursuing Anglo-American appellate briefs and ephemeral legal printing.

Ms. Murray’s collection revolves around Margaret Anderson and the literature of The Little Review, but also includes works by “pioneering female literary figures” such as Aphra Behn and Gertrude Stein.  A highlight of her collection is a first edition copy of The Little Review Anthology signed by Anderson in 1953.

Ms. McCormick collects books, documents, and related items that focus on the history of the Coachella Valley and, more specifically, Indio, CA, where she was raised.  An area of concentration within Ms. McCormick’s collection is the date industry in the deserts of the Coachella Valley.

Ms. Brodman, essay prize winner, submitted a collection on the Sanctuary Movement.  In regard to assembling her collection, Ms. Brodman wrote:

I learned as much from the process of collecting as I did from the sources themselves, and now read archives and collections (their materials, their order and structure, and the materials or stories the lack) as closely and critically as I read the discrete sources that comprise them.

Prizes will be awarded to both the winning students and the libraries of the institutions from which they hail.  The awards ceremony will take place on October 21, 2011 at 5:30pm at the Library of Congress, West Dining Room, Madison Building, 6th floor and will include a lecture by Michael Dirda, a noted bibliophile and journalist. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies is an association of collecting organizations whose mission is to communicate, share, and support bibliocentric activities, experience, and ideas among member clubs for mutual benefit and pleasure.

In 1815, the Library of Congress acquired the personal library of Thomas Jefferson. Later collectors such as Lessing J. Rosenwald, John Boyd Thacher and Otto H. Vollbehr, among many others, conveyed their book collections to the Library, where they continue to be conserved by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. More recently, the Library received the gift of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts and other early American materials. Selections from the Kislak Collection are on view in the “Exploring the Early Americas” exhibition in the Thomas Jefferson Building, as well as online.

The Center for the Book was established by Congress in 1977 “to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries.” With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading. The center also oversees the website.

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) is a trade association of over 450 demonstrated professionals who specialize in fine and rare books, maps, documents, autographs, illuminated manuscripts, ephemera, and prints that span the economic spectrum.  Our members are united in a passion for books and related material, and are bound by a Code of Ethics.  We sponsor three antiquarian book fairs each year.

For further information, please contact Susan Benne at or 212.944.8291, or visit our contest website at

Treasures of the Bodleian Opens

Oxford, 27 September 2011. The Bodleian Libraries’ autumn exhibition Treasures of the Bodleian opens to the public this Friday, 30 September. It will feature a selection of the Bodleian’s rarest, most important and most evocative items, from ancient papyri through medieval oriental manuscripts to twentieth-century printed books and ephemera.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

    •             Jane Austen, The Watsons. This is part of Austen’s first draft, and is one of the earliest examples of an English novel to survive in its formative state. Acquired at auction earlier this year, it was the last major Jane Austen manuscript in private hands, and the most significant Austen item to come on the market in over twenty years.
    •             The Laxton Map, 1635, depicting England’s sole surviving open-field system.
    •             The Elements of Euclid, AD 888, the oldest surviving manuscript of what would become the standard version of Euclid’s Elements, as re-edited in the 4th century AD by Theon of Alexandria.
    •             Marco Polo’s Travels, manuscript, 14th century, ‘one of the great picture books of the Middle Ages’.
    •             Telegrams from the Titanic, 1912. The distress message from the Titanic to the Celtic. From the recently acquired the vast archive of Marconi  plc.
    •             Codex Mendoza, 16th century, an account of Aztec life with pictographs by an Aztec artist and annotated in Spanish.
    •             Wilfred Owen, ‘Anthem for Dead Youth’, 1917, handwritten draft.
    •             The Kennicott Bible, illuminated Hebrew Bible, 1476. Made at Corunna in north-west Spain, it is bound in a contemporary goatskin box-binding, of which only five other examples are extant. Its fine parchment pages contain exceptionally beautiful combinations of calligraphy by the scribe Moses Ibn Zabara, and illuminations and decorative penmanship by the artist Joseph Ibn Hayyim.
    •             Magna Carta, 1217. The Bodleian has four of the seventeen surviving pre-1300 ‘engrossments’ of Magna Carta, three of which date from 1217 and one from 1225.
    •             The Ashmole Bestiary, 13th century. Produced in England, this superbly illustrated manuscript is one of the finest of the early Gothic illuminated Bestiaries (Christianized versions of ancient animal lore) which were especially popular in this country in the first half of the thirteenth century.
    •             Letter from an Egyptian boy to his father, 2nd or 3rd century AD. Many of the 500,000 or so papyrus fragments discovered at the end of the nineteenth century contain passages of literary or philosophical works, but most are the stuff of everyday life: shopping lists, tax returns, legal documents, private letters and memoranda. Tattered and fragile, they are clearly of great age, but the concerns they express are immediately recognisable. Occasionally, amongst the mass of business papers, they reveal personal emotions: here, a petulant schoolboy called Theon complains to his father for leaving him behind.
    •             William Shakespeare, First Folio, 1623. This is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published seven years after his death by two of his fellow actors. The first collected edition of any English playwright, it prints a total of thirty-six plays, many of which would otherwise have been lost to future generations.
    •             Bakhshali manuscript - first evidence of the concept of zero, represented by a round dot. A leaf from a remarkable birch bark manuscript, that provides unique evidence for how the earliest Indian  mathematics was written. The text is a collection of algorithms and sample problems in verse, with a commentary explaining them in a combination of prose and numerical notation.

The exhibits are arranged into broad themes: the classical heritage; mapping the world; the sacred word; the animal and plant kingdoms; works of the imagination; the sciences of observation and calculation; historical moments in time.

The Treasures of the Bodleian exhibition looks towards the new permanent exhibitions gallery in the Weston Library which will open in 2015. Members of the public can give their thoughts on which of the library’s treasures should be put on permanent display in the new building. Visitors to the exhibitions are also invited to take part in the debate on what makes a particular book, manuscript or relic - out of a collection of nine million - a treasure? They can offer their own views when visiting the exhibition, or via our website:

Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to put on public display a selection of the Bodleian’s greatest treasures. This is just a preview of what the Weston Library will offer the public when it opens in 2015. We want our collections to be accessible to the public, for people to come and see them, admire, inspect and get close to them. We want our treasures to become part of the public vocabulary.’

A website ( and a free mobile app (to be launched in the second half of October) will accompany the exhibition. They will feature all the items on display in the physical exhibition, some of them presented in digital format for the first time. Extra objects featured on the website include:

    •             John James Audubon’s Birds of America.
    •             John Donne’s only surviving poem in his handwriting.
    •             Handel’s conducting copy of Messiah.

Several items are accompanied by video presentations made by experts from University of Oxford. Podcasts of music and readings from a number of manuscripts in both the original language and English will bring the ancient items to life.

Twitter hashtag is #BODtreasures

30 September - 23 December 2011
Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, Old Schools Quad, Catte Street, Oxford
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4.30pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Admission free

For further information on The Bodleian Libraries contact:  Oana Romocea, Communications Officer, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277627, Email:
NEW YORK—Bonhams is thrilled to host the auction of The Robert H. and Donna L. Jackson Collection, Part I: 19th Century Literature on October 18. This is an exceptionally complete collection of 18th century and Victorian literature as published in original parts and serial publications. Obtaining books from auctions, collectors and book dealers all over the world, this 270-lot sale represents 35 years of avid collecting by Robert H. and Donna L. Jackson. The Jacksons were constantly searching, editing and upgrading the quality of their copies; rejecting and replacing lesser examples. In time, their passion and dedication built one of only two comprehensive collections of this niche book-collecting genre—the other being the collection now at the Huntington Library in California. Bonhams is honored to take part in this monumental sale which boasts new to market items and will likely attract lifelong literature admirers along with a new generation of collectors.

One of several stunning highlights of the sale is an item that offers great insight to a writer’s creative process—William Harrison Ainsworth’s (1805-1882) model of “The Tower of London” and draft paragraphs, pages and notes that document the creation of his serial publication. This unique handmade model, complete with a moat made of glass, aided Ainsworth during his writing process, giving him a topographic guide to his unfolding story (est. $4,000-6,000).

Another highlight comes from the hand of Charles Dickens. This handwritten leaf is from the working manuscript of the author’s first novel The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, also known as The Pickwick Papers. This leaf is a rarity since a vast majority of the holograph manuscript was discarded after the publication went to print. Fewer than 50 pages of the manuscript were salvaged by the foreman printer and 35 or more of them are in institutions, making this leaf a true market rarity (est. $70,000-100,000).

Also from Dickens is a first edition of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club in monthly parts. Prime copies of The Pickwick Papers are extremely uncommon, and a copy such as this—featuring numerous first issue points, and including 25 additional plates that account for many of the variant issues of illustrations—is seldom available (est. $30,000-50,000).

Noteworthy for collectors of American literature is the Second Boston Edition of Shakespeare’s Plays, one of the earliest known books to be published in parts in America. Still in its vibrant original orange wrappers, this 18-part series includes a complete representation of the famous playwright’s plays (est. $3,000-5,000). There is also a two-volume, leather-bound first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This best-selling American novel, of the 19th century, questioned the morality of slavery and is said to have laid the ground work for the Civil War (est. $5,000-8,000). A third Americana highlight to appear in the sale is the manuscript of Walt Whitman’s “Notes on the Meaning and Intention of Leaves of Grass.” Written in 1876, it served as a reminder of his aims, some two decades after the publication of the poem. (est. $8,000-12,000)

Another lot comes from the working autograph manuscript of William Makepeace Thackeray’s first novel Catherine. This manuscript page is the final lines of Chapter 10 and the beginning of Chapter 11. On the verso are red chalk sketches of a woman’s profile; a three-quarter torso sketch of a woman holding a child (est. $3,000-5,000). Among several Thackeray items that appear in the sale, another stand out highlight is the first edition in original monthly parts, complete with all advertisements, of the author’s masterpiece Vanity Fair, A Novel Without a Hero (est. $12,000-18,000).

A notorious rarity that is up for auction is Anthony Trollope’s Ralph the Heir. Trollope himself deemed this to be one of his worst novels, but it was his description of a Parliamentary campaign in the fictional borough of Percycross that made this work important. It was unabashedly based on Trollope’s first-hand knowledge of corruptible country politics. The present issue is, without question, the most desirable, being the first, the rarest and the most complete. With no sale records in the past 60 years, this is one of only two copies known in existence (est. $50,000-80,000).

The collection will be on preview at Bonhams in New York from October 15-18. The auction will take place in New York at 1 pm EDT on October 18 and will be simulcast at Bonhams in Los Angeles. The public is also invited to attend a highlights tour hosted by a Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts specialist, taking place Sunday, October 16 at 4 pm. All events will be held at Bonhams in New York, located at 580 Madison Avenue.
PASADENA, Calif. -- From February 10 - 12, 2012, Southern California will become the rare book capital of the world as thousands of book lovers, U.S. and international dealers and scholars converge for the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center. Recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, the Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, prints, maps, photographs and more.

Featuring the collections and rare treasures of more than 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Book Fair will feature volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts that predate Gutenberg. Books will cover every imaginable area of interest -- from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions, children's and illustrated books, and the arts. Items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

"It's impossible to walk through the aisles of the Book Fair without being wowed by the visual beauty and cultural significance of the volumes on display," said Michael R. Thompson, Book Fair Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA, which organizes the event. "First time visitors are amazed that they can browse, touch and even go home with items that they imagine could only be found in a museum or special collections library."

The Book Fair includes seminars on the basics of collecting as well as various themed topics. Sunday, February 12 is Discovery Day, which gives attendees the opportunity to present up to three items to experts for free examination.

Book Fair hours are Friday, February 10 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center, located at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA. Tickets on Friday, February 10 are $25 and provide three-day admission. Proceeds from Friday tickets will benefit the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Tickets purchased on Saturday or Sunday are $15 and include return entry throughout the remainder of the Book Fair.

For more information, visit or call 800-454-6401. Connect with the Book Fair at or
Arthur Conan Doyle’s first and until now unpublished novel, The Narrative of John Smith, is to be released by the British Library on 26 September 2011. The novel, written between 1883 and 1884, gives a fascinating insight into this early period of the author’s creative development, only a few years before his creation of Sherlock Holmes would earn him an enduring place in the history of English literature. The British Library has also produced an unabridged audiobook read by Robert Lindsay and is holding a display of the manuscript and other early works in the Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery.

The manuscript of The Narrative of John Smith was lost in the post on the way to the publishers and then rewritten by Conan Doyle from memory. Although he continued to revise the text and drew on various passages from it in subsequent writings, Conan Doyle never re-submitted the novel for publication, later claiming in jest: "my shock at its disappearance would be as nothing to my horror if it were suddenly to appear again - in print." Therefore, the text has been known only to a handful of scholars up to this point, but will now be published for the first time and serve as a rare insight into the author’s creative development and apprenticeship as a writer.
By the time Conan Doyle came to write the novel, he had had some success with publishing short stories in literary magazines. Increasingly frustrated, however, by the practice of many nineteenth century journals of publishing contributions anonymously, he decided that the only way to establish a literary reputation was, as he wrote to his mother, “get your name on the back of a volume”. The Narrative of John Smith represents Conan Doyle's first attempt to make the transition from short story writer to novelist and, as such, bridges the gap between his earlier work and the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, published just a few years later. Semi-autobiographical in nature, the story focuses on John Smith’s period of confinement in his room during an attack of gout, and the work is essentially a series of reflections and conversations with his doctor, friends and other visitors concerning a range of contemporary debates on literature, science, religion, war and politics, which occupies the young Conan Doyle. Several ideas and incidents in the novel anticipate the Sherlock Holmes stories; for example Smith’s garrulous landlady, Mrs Rundle, is a precursor of Martha Hudson, Sherlock Holmes’s housekeeper at Baker Street.

The display in the Treasures Gallery showcases one of the four notebooks that comprise the manuscript of The Narrative of John Smith. Other items on display include letters to his mother describing his financial struggles and losing the novel in the post, and his ‘scientific and monthly magazine’ created in his final year at school at the age of 16.

Rachel Foss, Lead Curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts and co-editor of The Narrative of John Smith, comments: “Even almost a hundred years after Conan Doyle's death and with all of the fascination that surrounds his life and work, this publication and exhibition show that there are still new things to discover about this iconic literary figure. It's a testament to the richness of the Conan Doyle’s life and the archive he left behind him, of which this manuscript is a part, that we can still unearth such little known gems. We are indebted to the generous support and enthusiasm of the Conan Doyle Estate and I'm delighted that, through the British Library's publication and exhibition, we have been able to make this intriguing early work available to a wider audience.”

Jon Lellenberg, representative of the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd and co-editor of The Narrative of John Smith, says: “Dr. Conan Doyle, the struggling physician and writer, was fortunate his first attempt at a novel was unpublished in the 1880s. Today's readers are fortunate that he kept the manuscript, and provided us with a unique window into the mind, thinking, and often emphatic opinions of a young man who in just another year or so would create literature's best known character, Sherlock Holmes.”

Stephen Fry comments: “The breadth, depth and scope of Conan Doyle's knowledge and curiosity is often overlooked. He was the first popular writer to tell the wider reading public about narcotics, the Ku Klux Klan, the mafia, the Mormons, American crime gangs, corrupt union bosses and much else besides. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and wide-ranging mind, not to mention the pitch-perfect, muscular and memorable prose is all on display here in a work whose publication is very, very welcome indeed.”

Items drawn from the British Library’s extensive Conan Doyle collection, acquired in 2004, are on display in the Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery from 9 September 2011 until 5 January 2012.

As part of the activities surrounding the publication of The Narrative of John Smith, the British Library will also present a public event with best selling author, Anthony Horowitz, who has been commissioned to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. The House of Silk will be published in November. At this event Horowitz will talk about the book, the characters of Holmes and Watson, and Conan Doyle’s achievement, with Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal. The event will take place Sunday 27 November, 14.30-16.00, in The British Library Conference Centre, £7.50 (£5 concessions).
British Library Publishing
Book £9.95 (ISBN 978-0-7123-5841-5) / CD £20 inc. VAT
British Library Publishing’s publication of The Narrative of John Smith and audio CD, recorded with Robert Lindsay, will be 26 September 2011. Both will be available from (T +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / email

Arthur Conan Doyle: The Unknown Novel is open from 9 September 2011 until 5 January 2012 in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery at the British Library. Admission is free.

Exhibition opening hours
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10.00 - 18.00, Tuesday 10.00 - 20.00, Saturday 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00 - 17.00. For further information about the British Library and its exhibitions please see:
With thanks to Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
For more information contact:
Evie Jeffreys
British Library
t:+ 44 (0) 20 7412 7105
m:+44 (0) 79 0803 4175

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, October 2nd auction featuring a variety of important antique and vintage books which includes a hand-illumined vellum manuscript, several important signed volumes from noted authors, early American history works, and an extensive collection from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Also offered at this auction are an assortment of antique and vintage ephemera, vintage Chinese currency, and artwork, including a large collection of vivid, colorful posters.

Featured books include a number of antique printings, including several Latin and German titles from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries alongside an original manuscript dating from around the 14th century. The manuscript appears on vellum leaves and is likely of French origin. This auction includes important works from the twentieth century, featuring a signed copy of “The Complete Poems of Robert Frost,” one of only fifteen presentation copies of the limited edition two-volume set, printed in 1950.  Also offered are volumes signed by literary greats such as Aldous Huxley and Edgar Lee Masters.

This auction will offer several important writings on the history of America, including early works on individual states, travel and exploration throughout the nation and several volumes relating to Native Americans.  Featured is a presentation proof copy of the 1825 work on the completion of the New York Canals, a turning point in the commercial prominence of New York City.  Other important works detail the history of the Northeast United States and parts of Canada, including Nova Scotia, New France, Pennsylvania, Maine and Massachusetts. Additionally, the two-volume 1903 printing of “The North American Indians” by George Catlin will be up for auction. This work is handsomely bound and profusely illustrated.

This early October auction will offer Charles Rand Penney’s extensive collection of material relating to the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair, held in Chicago, Illinois.  This group features Hubert Howe Bancroft’s detailed five-volume set on the Fair and many original souvenir booklets, photographic volumes and guides from the Exposition.

Among the highlighted artwork being offered at this auction is a collection of vivid vintage posters from noted artists and designers. Featured works include examples from Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, and Chermayeff & Geismar.  Also represented are the artists of Push Pin Studios, including signed works from Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast.

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 upcoming Sunday, October 2nd 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
New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books on Monday, October 17 offers Bibles, classics, law books, works on anesthesia and health maintenance, and a selection of books of Iberian interest from the library of the late Portuguese historian Alvaro Cassuto.

Among the nearly 20 Bibles offered are one of four known copies of the 1555 Salamanca Biblia Sacra, the first attempt to publish the Vatable Bible in Spain, which was suppressed by the Inquisition (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000), and a second edition of the first complete Bible in Spanish, Amsterdam, 1602 ($6,000 to $9,000), both of which are from the Cassuto collection; in addition to Bibles in English, German, Arabic and Greek.

Catholic liturgical highlights include Officium beatissime virginis Marie con li officij ordinati de ciaschun tempo, Venice, circa 1525, a volume of prayers to the Virgin in a contemporary Venetian binding ($4,000 to $6,000); and the 1546 Lyon Missarum liber primus of Cristóbal de Morales, a volume of polyphonic masses by the foremost Spanish composer of the period ($8,000 to $12,000).

There are several beautiful manuscript leaves on vellum dating back as far as the 13th century, as well as a late 19th/early 20th century painting by the Spanish Forger on a portion of a 15th century choirbook leaf, depicting a juggler, bagpiper, and courtly couple ($1,000 to $2,000).

Other early printed books of note are classics such as Juvenal’s Satyrae, Venice, 1482 ($4,000 to $6,000), and the only Aldine edition of Plautus’s Ex Plauti comedies XXI, Venice, 1522 ($1,500 to $2,500); Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo’s popular world chronicle, Supplementum chronicarum, Venice, 1490 ($10,000 to $15,000); a first edition of John Milton’s Paradise Regain’d, two volumes in one, London, 1671 ($3,000 to $4,000); and illustrated travel books, including Vincenzo Coronelli, Memorie Istoriografiche de' Regni della Morea, Venice, 1686, and a first edition in English of Peter Simon Pallas’s Travels though the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire, in the Years 1793 and 1794, London, 1802-03 ($2,000 to $3,000 each).

Featured in the medical and scientific section of the sale is a copy of Benjamin Franklin and William Heberden's Some Account of the Success of Inoculation for the Small-Pox in England and America, which includes Franklin’s statistical account of smallpox inoculation in Boston during the epidemic of 1753-54, first edition, London, 1759 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Among other highlights are the first Vesalian edition of Galen’s Omnia opera, Venice, 1541-42 ($2,500 to $3,500); Sir Kenelm Digby's Discours . . . Touchant la Guerison des Playes par la Poudre de Sympathie, Paris, 1658, on a form of healing magic; and Metallotheca, a posthumously published catalogue of the collection of rocks, fossils and minerals assembled by Michele Mercati, superintendent of the Vatican botanical garden, Rome, 1717 ($4,000 to $6,000).

A run of works on anesthesia includes two inscribed and signed copies of Walter Channing’s Two Cases of Inhalation of Ether in Instrumental Labor, in its first separate edition, Boston 1847 ($1,000 to $2,000 each). Two additional autograph items are a copy of Charles Babbage’s On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures, inscribed by the author to his brother-in-law, London, 1832 ($1,500 to $2,500); and an Autograph Note Signed from Sir William Osler, thanking the addressee for condolences on the death of Osler's son in the First World War, Oxford, 16 September 1917 ($1,500 to $2,500).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17. The books will be on public exhibition Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Tobias Abeloff at (212) 254-4710, extension 18, or via e-mail at

Live online bidding is also available via

Doyle New York auctioned the personal collection of famed New York City restaurateur Elaine Kaufman to a standing-room-only crowd of bidders in the salesroom and hundreds of others on the telephones and the Internet. The September 20, 2011 auction comprised 242 lots of artwork, books, memorabilia, furniture, decorations, fashion and accessories that Elaine collected or was given during her lifetime. These personal treasures were displayed at her restaurant, Elaine’s, or her elegant Upper East Side penthouse.

Competitive bidding resulted in a successful sale total of $385,734 -- far surpassing the presale estimate of $187,495-287,415 -- with a remarkable 98% sold by lot and 97% by value. Only 7 lots failed to sell.


Memorabilia from Elaine’s eponymous restaurant attracted a strong interest at the sale. The top lot from the restaurant was Elaine’s Table #1 with a set of four chairs. The first table in "The Line," it was the most desirable table in the house. Patrons sat at this table to see and be seen. Estimated at $400-600, it sold for a staggering $8,750 to a buyer in Massachusetts.

Other Elaine's restaurant memorabilia fared equally well at the sale. The colorfully painted papier mache figure of a Christmas carousel horse that hung prominently in the restaurant's front window soared past its estimate of $200-300, selling to a buyer from Connecticut for a stunning $4,063. The familiar vintage black painted metal cash register that sat behind the bar also sold for $4,063, many times its estimate of $400-600, to a buyer from Connecticut. A set of four oak bar stools estimated at $150-250 achieved $1,250 from a New York buyer. A butcher block table from the restaurant’s kitchen sold for $2,813, many times its estimate of $200-300, to a New York buyer.

Elaine Kaufman’s Upper East Side penthouse was her personal sanctuary. She filled it with her extensive collection of fine art and her beloved books, many of which were gifts from the authors - friends and patrons of Elaine’s restaurant.  
Highlighting her collection of art was a photographic collage by West Coast artist Wallace Berman estimated at $30,000-50,000 that achieved $41,250 from a California buyer. A small 1979 abstract executed in acrylic on canvas by Helen Frankenthaler soared past its estimate of $4,000-6,000 to fetch a stunning $25,000 from a Midwestern buyer.

Elaine’s collection of fine prints featured a colorful screenprint of flowers by Andy Warhol that surpassed its estimate of $10,000-15,000, selling for $18,750 to a New York buyer. An etching and aquatint of a Panama Hat by David Hockney achieved $11,875 from a Texas buyer, almost doubling its estimate of $5,000-7,000.


Elaine Kaufman’s collection of French Art Nouveau posters was highlighted by Alphonse Mucha’s 1986 Salon des Cent estimated at $8,000-12,000 that sold to a New York buyer for $25,000. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1895 Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender, en Buste estimated at $7,000-10,000 sold for $13,750 to a buyer in Germany.

“I am pleased to be working with Doyle New York on this auction,” said Diane Becker, Elaine’s longtime restaurant manager who inherited her estate. “Elaine lived a long, happy and prosperous life. She lined the walls of her restaurant and home with artwork, books, photographs and memorabilia, some of which was given to her by the wonderful people she met night after night at her restaurant. I feel that this is the best - and frankly only - way I know to share Elaine with those she cared about most - her Elaine’s family.”

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[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, September 11th auction featuring a broad assortment of collectible books and ephemera, highlighted by the works of notable authors such as Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton. The 404-lot auction also featured a collection of rare antique atlases, antique Victorian lithographs, and items relating to the Civil War.
A scarce memorial edition of “The Writings of Mark Twain” (1929) fetched a hammer price of $8700 (including buyer’s premium). This 36-volume set features a unique, original handwritten manuscript page from the Estate of Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in Volume One. This handsome set is decoratively bound in three-quarter crimson leather over light red cloth with five raised spine bands and gilt tooling in the compartments. The set is hand-numbered 56 of 90 sets containing the manuscript material and signed by the publisher.
Realizing a hammer price of $1080 (including buyer’s premium) was the first edition of “The Private Life of Benjamin Franklin” (1793). This antique volume is a scarce autobiographical work, considered to be the greatest autobiography produced in Colonial America.
Another noteworthy item was an original period or early engraving by (or after) Rembrandt, which fetched a hammer price of $1020 (including buyer’s premium). This piece, which features a woman holding a flower, shows a magnificent level of detail.
A vintage first edition of Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat In The Hat” (1957) brought a hammer price of $960.00 (including buyer’s premium). This copy of the landmark children’s book included the first issue dust jacket.

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 upcoming Sunday, October 2nd 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
Washington, DC - Through materials from the year 1000 to 2011, Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible offers a "biography" of one of the world's most famous books, the King James Bible of 1611, which marks its 400th anniversary this year. 

Given the interest in the King James Bible this anniversary year, the Folger is adding Sunday viewing hours from noon to 5pm. Manifold Greatness can also be seen Monday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm and one hour before performances and readings.
A blockbuster, NEH-funded exhibition, Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible tells the story of this landmark book through a remarkable assemblage of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art, including the Folger's own first edition of the 1611 King James Bible. Through these materials, curators Hannibal Hamlin of The Ohio State University and Folger curator of rare books Steven Galbraith trace the centuries-long narrative of the King James Bible and the English Bibles that came before it. The exhibition also shows how its words have played out over the centuries since 1611, from Handel's Messiah and countless works of literature to the Apollo 8 astronauts' reading of Genesis as they orbited the Moon.

“The legacy of the King James Bible is actually too huge to articulate in a brief sentence or two, because its influence is sort of astronomical," notes exhibition curator Steven Galbraith. Fellow curator Hannibal Hamlin adds, "It influenced English-speaking writers, not just in Britain and America, but all over the world, everybody from John Milton in Paradise Lost to Charles Schultz in A Charlie Brown Christmas."
First printed in 1611, the King James Bible remains a towering landmark—a shared point of reference across the cultural landscape, from The Simpsons to William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell to the most traditional Anglican hymn.
Its familiar words and cadences have influenced writers from Milton to Melville, T.S. Eliot to Toni Morrison. The words of the King James Bible ring out in Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech and, every holiday season, in performances of Handel’s Messiah.
The story behind this influential book, however, is less well known. It includes earlier Bible translators who worked at the risk of their lives; meticulous seventeenth-century scholars; and generations of King James Bible owners—among them, families who recorded births, marriages, and deaths in treasured copies.
The Folger’s Manifold Greatness exhibition is part of a major collaboration between the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford, which recently produced a related exhibition, Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible. The project also includes a website and blog, a Bodleian Library publication, Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible, and a traveling panel exhibition, inspired by the Folger exhibition and produced by the Folger in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), which will tour to 40 libraries around the country over the next two years. After the Folger exhibition closes in January 2012, a version of it will be on exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Beginning with tenth-century Anglo-Saxon biblical poems, the exhibition moves swiftly to the dramatic story of the early English Bibles, for which translators sometimes risked and even lost their lives. Rare books, manuscripts, and portraits then tell the stories of the tense conference at which James I agreed to a new Bible, and the four dozen or more top English scholars who created it over several years. A look at the centuries-long "afterlife" of their famous text in public life, literature, entertainment, and the arts takes up the second half of the display. 

Some of the not-to-be-missed items on exhibition include:
    •    The ‘Caedmon manuscript,’ an Anglo-Saxon manuscript (c. 1000 CE), that retells biblical stories in epic verse; the manuscript's drawing of Noah's Ark looks like a Viking ship
    •    A rare Wycliffite Bible from the 1380s; such manuscripts, linked to the reformer John Wyclif, were the first full English Bible
    •    Two leaves from William Tyndale's contraband translation, 1520s to early 1530s: Tyndale was executed in 1536 for his attempts at translating the Bible into English
    •    Queen Elizabeth's copy of the Bishops' Bible, 1568
    •    The Bodleian copy of the Bishops' Bible annotated by translators at Oxford with their changes
    •    The Folger’s copy of the first edition of the King James Bible
    •    Prince Henry Bible, an elaborately-bound copy of the King James Bible owned by James I's son
    •    A copy of the "Wicked" Bible (1631) in which the printer omits a key word from the Seventh Commandment on adultery
    •    The John Alden Bible, a copy of the King James Bible which came to America on the Mayflower
    •    Copies of the King James Bible owned by Frederick Douglass and Elvis Presley

Steve Galbraith, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Rare Books (2007-2011) and now Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology, is an expert on the history of the book. Before coming to the Folger, he was Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts as well as a Visiting Professor of English at The Ohio State University. His publications include The Undergraduate's Companion to English Renaissance Writers and Their Web Sites (Libraries Unlimited, 2004) and articles in Reformation and Spenser Studies. He is currently working on a critical edition of Thomas Drue’s Duchess of Suffolk, a book on Edmund Spenser’s printing history, and a textbook on rare book librarianship. He earned his MLS from the University of Buffalo and his PhD in English Renaissance Literature from the Ohio State University.

Hannibal Hamlin, Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University, studied English at the University of Toronto and completed his doctorate in Renaissance Studies at Yale University. Renaissance literature and culture, especially Shakespeare, Donne, the Sidneys, and Milton, the Bible as/and/in literature, metrical psalms, and lyric poetry are among his scholarly interests. His publications include Psalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge, 2004), The Sidney Psalter: Psalms of Philip and Mary Sidney, co-editor (Oxford World Classics, 2009), The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic and Cultural Influences, co-editor (Cambridge, 2011), along with numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews. A book on the Bible in Shakespeare is Hamlin’s major current project, in support of which he has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies (a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship), and the National Humanities Center, among other grants. He is editor of the journal Reformation and guest editor of a forthcoming forum on Poetry and Devotion for Religion and Literature.
Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, Noon-5pm
Closed all Federal Holidays


Monday-Friday at 11am & 3pm and Saturday at 11am & 1pm
Folger Docents offer guided tours of the exhibition, as well as the Folger’s national landmark building, free of charge. No advance reservations required.
Group Tours
Docent-led tours of the exhibition, as well as the Folger national landmark building, are offered for groups of 10 or more. To arrange, please call (202) 675-0395.
Audio Tours
Visitors, using their own cell phones, can call (202) 595-1844 and follow the prompts for 200# through 213# to hear the exhibition staff share personal comments on exhibition items.

Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible
Edited by Helen Moore and Julian Reid. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Paperback, 2011.  ISBN: 978-1-8512-4349-5.  224 pages, 65 color plates.
Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible is a richly illustrated, accessible, and meticulous account of the creation and afterlife of the 1611 King James Bible. Through chapters written by leading scholars, including the curators of the Bodleian and Folger Manifold Greatness exhibitions, the narrative explores the cultural, religious, and material contexts for the translation, its impact in England, and the reception and cultural influence of the King James Bible in America, from the 1600s to the present day. The book also features a chapter on the King James Bible and related rare materials at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Scores of colorful images closely integrated with the text include rare printed books, manuscripts, and artifacts, from the notes of the translating committees and pages from the Wycliffite and Tyndale translations of the Bible to the Bishops’ Bible owned by Elizabeth I, the Algonquin Bible of 1663, and Harper’s Illuminated Bible of 1846.
Available in the Folger Gift Shop and online at, $35.
A comprehensive companion to the exhibitions as well as a stand-alone resource, the website includes photo galleries, eleven original videos, timelines, audio, and activities and educational resources for children. 

Curators and project staff share their discoveries, highlight areas of particular interest, update on programs and activities around the exhibitions, and share the ongoing influence of the King James Bible today.

Social Media
Connect with Manifold Greatness on Twitter (@manifoldgr8tness), Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.



Shake Up Your Saturdays!

Saturday, September 24, 10-11am

Through crafts and a scavenger hunt learn about the translation of the most famous book in the world, and how it still influences us today! Age 6-12.

Jill Lepore
KJV in the USA: The King’s Bible in a Country without a King
Thursday, September 29, 6pm; $15
Noted scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discusses the influence of the King James Bible in the United States.

An Anglo-American History of the KJV
Thursday, September 29-Saturday, October 1
This scholarly conference, chaired by Lori Anne Ferrell (Claremont Graduate University) and Kathleen Lynch (Folger Institute), with plenary lectures, panels, and round tables, explores the Bible’s role in provoking, defining, and then, in a sense, outlasting the English Reformation as an essential template for life, letters, art, politics, and culture.

Friday, September 30-October 2
Musical settings of biblical verse and other sacred works from the reigns of James I and II are complemented by instrumental fantasies and lively dances by Coperario, Locke, and Purcell. With period strings, organ, and Washington National Cathedral's chamber vocal ensemble Cathedra, under the direction of Michael McCarthy.

Robert Pinsky
Tuesday, October 4, 7:30pm, $15
Pinsky, who served an unprecedented three terms as U.S. Poet Laureate, reads from his collections of poems and from his non-fiction prose book, The Life of David, a biographical account of the biblical warrior, poet, and king.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
Featuring Owiso Odera & Ian Merrill Peakes
October 18-Novement 27
This gripping tale of jealousy and betrayal, in which Iago turns Othello against Desdemona, stands apart among Shakespeare’s tragedies. Othello was first performed as King James I came to the throne.

Poetics and the Bible
Friday, December 16, 7pm, Free
Poet and professor Jacqueline Osherow discusses what makes the King James Bible “one of the best poetic translations.” Her sister, Folger dramaturg Michele Osherow, moderates the conversation.

Shakespeare’s Sisters
February 3-May 19
Georgianna Ziegler, Curator
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ITHACA, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2011) - Cornell University Library's rich Human Sexuality Collection just got even richer, with the addition of more than 10,000 gay-themed photographs dating back to the 1860s.

The Harry H. Weintraub Collection of Gay-Related Photography and Historical Documentation includes 150 years of photographs, books, magazines, pornography, ephemera and more. The photographs range from formal 19th-century portraits to Hollywood stars' studio portraits and from 1950s physique photos to candid snapshots.

Weintraub, a New York City labor lawyer who has been amassing the collection for three decades, visited the Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections to make the donation in early August.

"I began this collection in earnest because of the AIDS crisis," he said. "Men were dying all around me, and their things were being thrown away because their families were embarrassed. So I was intent on trying to preserve not only their histories but that of those who came before."

As Weintraub amassed more and more photographs, he and his collection became well known, and families would sometimes contact him to donate their gay relatives' materials. Many of the photographs are deeply personal. He also added steadily to the collection through purchases from dealers all over the country.

"This is an amazing gift to Cornell, with a tremendous historical value, and it enhances our sexuality, visual, and photographic collections in exciting ways," said Katherine Reagan, Ernest L. Stern curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The collection even contains a few Cornell-specific items, including a 1940s photo of a young man posed in the arms of the A.D. White statue on the Arts Quad, and it will assist the teaching and research of many scholars.

"The new collection being donated by Harry Weintraub is a trove of rich and provocative images and related materials. It will provide an invaluable resource to many scholars, especially those of queer life and performance in the 20th century," said Nicholas Salvato, assistant professor of theater, film and dance at Cornell. "I'm looking forward to bringing my students to see a number of intriguing photographs when I teach 'Introduction to LGBT Studies' in the spring."

Brenda Marston, curator of Cornell's Human Sexuality Collection, said she is "delighted to have such a big boost to the collection's visual documentation" and looks forward to welcoming the researchers to use it. Noting the role of personal collectors in preserving our cultural heritage, she added, "Mr. Weintraub has made a significant contribution by looking high and low for pictures that show traces of gay history."

Weintraub noted that the collection "deals with the history of a substantial U.S. population" and belongs in Cornell's Human Sexuality Collection.

"I knew the collection would have a good home here, that it would be well taken care of," Weintraub said. "We're a country of diversity, and the documentary record of the different parts of that diversity deserves to be collected and understood."

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An unprecedented 112 authors, poets and illustrators will speak and meet with their readers at the 2011 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 on the National Mall - rain or shine - also will offer more authors and activities for young readers than ever before.

The event is free and open to the public. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Authors’ speaking and book-signing schedules are available on the festival website,

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the first lady, are the honorary chairs of the event. The distinguished benefactor of the event is David M. Rubenstein, who co-chairs the National Book Festival Board with Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress.

"Following on the great success of the 2010 National Book Festival, our 10th anniversary, the National Book Festival Board decided last January to make this a two-day event," Billington said. "We expect book-lovers to be delighted with the number of poets, authors and illustrators we’ve assembled this year, including several winners of major literary awards.

"The authors’ talks will be a bit longer, and we believe festival-goers’ access to authors in the book-signing area will be made a bit easier."

Festival fans will find the usual array of author pavilions this year - History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Poetry & Prose and Contemporary Life, along with a pavilion aimed at Teens and another for Children.

Target -- the distinguished corporate benefactor of the National Book Festival -- will sponsor the "Family Storytelling Stage," a pavilion offering briefer presentations by more than 20 authors and musicians whose books and performances are devoted to very young readers. The sponsorship is part of Target’s commitment to helping more children read proficiently by the end of grade 3.

"We are delighted that Target has helped us take our already very family-friendly event to a whole new, very young audience of book-lovers," said Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress and executive director of the National Book Festival. "The Family Storytelling Stage will carry the banner for this year’s National Book Festival theme, ‘Celebrate the Joy of Reading Aloud.’"

On Sunday, the National Book Festival will convert its spacious "Pavilion of the States" into three new genre pavilions: State Poets Laureate, "The Cutting Edge," and Graphic Novels.

Author lineups in all pavilions include:

  • Children: Mary Brigid Barrett, Harry Bliss, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Carmen Agra Deedy and John McCutcheon, Tomie dePaola, Jack Gantos, Joe Hayes, William Joyce, John Bemelmans Marciano, Patricia McKissack, Dorie McCullough Lawson, Sam McBratney, Julianne Moore, Jon J Muth and Chris Van Dusen
  • Family Storytelling Stage: Wally Amos, Tom Angleberger, Mac Barnett, Michael Buckley, Angela Farris, Daniel Kirk, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Josh Lewis, Tom Lichtenheld, Loren Long, Cedelia Marley, Julianne Moore, Lauren Myracle, Jane O’Connor, Matthew Reinhart, John Rocco, Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein, Ellen Sabin, Bob Shea and Lisa Yee
  • Teens: Cassandra Clare, Susan Cooper, Sarah Dessen, Jack Gantos, Gordon Korman, Uma Krishaswami, Patricia McKissack, Shelia P. Moses, Kadir Nelson, Katherine Paterson, Gary D. Schmidt, Brian Selznick and Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Fiction & Mystery: Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Louis Bayard, Steve Berry, Jennifer Egan, Margaret George, Laura Lippman, Gregory Maguire, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Sara Paretsky, Esmeralda Santiago and Neal Stephenson
  • Poetry & Prose: Michael Cunningham, Rita Dove, Dave Eggers, Claudia Emerson, Mary Gordon, Kimiko Hahn, Terrance Hayes, Garrison Keillor, Yusef Komunyakaa, Linda Pastan, John Milliken Thompson, Poetry Out Loud and Jonathan Yardley
  • History & Biography: Eric Foner, Adam Goodheart, Maya Jasanoff, David McCullough, Justin Martin, Candice Millard, Kristie Miller, Edmund Morris, Carla L. Peterson, Eugene Robinson, James Swanson, Douglas Waller and Isabel Wilkerson
  • Contemporary Life: Joel Achenbach, Amy Chua, Bob Edwards, Leon Fleisher (with Anne Midgette), Joshua Foer, Jessica Harris, Marc Kaufman, Hoda Kotb, Jim Lehrer, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sylvia Nasar and Sarah Vowell
  • State Poets Laureate (Sunday only): Dolores Kendrick (District of Columbia), Kelly Cherry (Virginia), Stanley Plumly (Maryland), Wes McNair (Maine) and Carol Muske-Dukes (California)
  • Graphic Novels: Kazu Kibuishi, Rachel Renee Russell, Richard Thompson, Allen Say and Eric Wight
  • "The Cutting Edge": Eric Dezenhall, Eric Jerome Dickey, Kia DuPree, Amanda Houck and Kimberla Lawson Roby

Barnes & Noble is the official bookseller for the 2011 National Book Festival. Festival-goers can visit the book sales pavilion conveniently located on the festival grounds to purchase selected books by 2011 National Book Festival authors, 52 great reads chosen by State Centers for the Book, and selections from the Library of Congress. Festival attendees can pick up books by featured authors before going to the book-signing areas.

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), and Scholastic Inc.; and--in the Friends category--the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc; 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 and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at

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Contact: Jennifer Gavin (202) 707-1940
Complete National Book Festival website

In December 2011 the Grolier Club of New York will host an exhibition on the history of the French national printing establishment, the Imprimerie Nationale, arguably the most important printing house in Europe.  Drawn from the vast and comprehensive archives of the Imprimerie Nationale, Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic will document the significant influence of the press, not only on printing and the book arts, but on French — and therefore European — literary culture from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day.  The exhibition is being organized by the Grolier Club and the Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine (IMEC), which recently added the historical collections of the Imprimerie Nationale to France’s largest archive of authorial and publishing materials, in cooperation with the Groupe Imprimerie Nationale, S.A.

Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic, curated by H. George Fletcher (the retired Brooke Russell Astor Director at The New York Public Library, and the organizer in New York of IMEC’s 2009 exhibition “Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life under Nazi Occupation”), will tell the story of the Imprimerie Nationale, from a group of royal printers established by François I in 1538, to the Imprimerie Royale created by Cardinal Richelieu in 1640, through many generations of development, marked often by artistic innovation and wide cultural influence, but sometimes by distress and neglect, to triumphant survival in the present day. Over 200 objects will be on view at the Grolier Club from early December 2011 through early February of 2012, encompassing artifacts of various printing processes, such as punches, matrices, and typefonts from the days of François I to the present, as well as engraved plates and lithographic stones used to produce illustrations (including at least one plate from the famous Description de l’Egypt commissioned by Napoleon, with its proofs and published state).  It will also show archival copies of the books produced at the Imprimerie Nationale, from the scholarly products of the Renaissance in France through the royal folios of the Sun King to the culture-changing works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and thus to the work of postwar and present-day generations of French book artists.  In many cases, original manuscripts, documents, and artwork will allow the visitor to follow the art, craft, and business of book-making from conception to realization. Video installations are planned to provide visitors with an overview of the history of the Imprimerie Nationale, as well as demonstrations of all aspects of book production.

LOCATION AND TIME: Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic will be on view in both the ground floor and 2nd floor galleries of the Grolier Club, 47 East 60 Street, New York, from Dec. 7, 2011-Feb. 4, 2012, with the exception of Dec. 24, Dec. 31, and Jan. 16, when the Club is closed. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information and directions are available at  

CATALOGUE: A fully-illustrated publication featuring scholarly essays on the Imprimerie Nationale and a complete checklist of the exhibition will be created and produced by the Imprimerie Nationale’s Atelier du Livre d’Art et l’Estampe (ALAE). It will be available at the Club, and through Oak Knoll Press.  

RELATED EVENTS: Tuesday, January 24, 2012—A day-long colloquium on “The French Imprimerie Nationale and Printing History” will be held at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise (22 East 60th Street, across the street from the Grolier Club). A reception will follow at the Grolier Club. Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 2-3 pm—Lecture by H. George Fletcher in connection with the exhibition.  

The Exhibition

Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic: 
Treasures from the Archives of the Imprimerie Nationale
 has been made possible by a generous grant from
The Florence Gould Foundation


September 14-November 4, 2011: Silver Screen / Silver Prints: Hollywood Glamour Portraits from the Robert Dance Collection.

December 7, 2011-February 4, 2012: Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic: Treasures from the Archives of the Imprimerie Nationale.   

February 22-April 28, 2012: Torn in Two, the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
May 16-July 28, 2012: Aaron Burr Returns to New York: an Exhibit of Burr and His Contemporaries.

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Getty Museum Acquires Abbey Bible

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum today announced the acquisition of the Abbey Bible, an Italian illuminated manuscript that exemplifies the highest achievements of the Gothic era. The Bible is named for a previous owner, who was a celebrated collector of Italian manuscripts.

Produced for the use of a Dominican monastery, the Abbey Bible is one of the earliest and finest in a distinguished group of north Italian Bibles from the second half of the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, most of which have come to be associated with Bologna, one of the major centers for the production of Gothic illuminated Bibles. Its illumination is a superb example of the Byzantine style of the eastern Mediterranean that played such a dominant role in Italian painting and manuscript illumination in the second half of the thirteenth century.


It is extremely rare for a complete Italian volume of this splendid quality to come onto the market. The Abbey Bible is set apart by its unusually lavish illumination that spills into the margins, often activating the entire page with whimsical figures, Biblical narratives, and images of Dominicans and Franciscans in prayer," said Thomas Kren, acting associate director for collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The marginal vignettes of the Abbey Bible are remarkable for their liveliness and delicacy. Sensitively depicted facial expressions, rare among thirteenth-century Bibles, reveal the artist to be a skilled storyteller, and the pages brim with incident and event.

"There is a restrained elegance and emotional tension within the enclosed initials that works together with the physical exuberance in the margins," adds Elizabeth Morrison, acting senior curator of manuscripts. "There's a vitality in these finely painted tiny figures that gloriously flow across the page but are also exceptionally refined."

Filled with drolleries, grotesques and dynamic pen flourishes, the Bible was nevertheless intended for serious use and study, as evidenced by the many edits, corrections, and amendments to the text, which suggest a university origin for the manuscript. The book appears to be made for a Dominican monastery and devout Dominicans and Franciscans appear prominently in its imagery.

The Bible adds to the growing strength of the Getty Museum's Italian manuscript holdings, which include important illuminated works by Niccolò da Bologna, Taddeo Crivelli, and Giovanni di Paolo. It also complements the Museum's Italian paintings collection, specifically Madonna and Child by the Master of Saint Cecilia, ca. 1290-95 and splendid works by fourteenth-century masters including Bernardo Daddi, Simone Martini, and Pacino di Bonaguida.

The Bible will go on view on December 13, 2011, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, as part of the exhibition Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1350.

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The Book as Memorial: Book Artists Respond to and Remember 9/11
September 6 - December 16, 2011

Ten years have passed since the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, in several locations on the East Coast of the United States. People in all parts of the country were affected and many of them looked for ways to respond. This exhibition shows art work created by book artists in response to the events of that fateful day. Specifically, this exhibition focuses on works that memorialize the people lost and the indescribable sense that we, as a people, also lost something more intangible. Some might call it a sense of innocence, others might call it a sense of safety, but few Americans would deny that the world felt changed after that day. Using the book format, these artists have given form to these difficult thoughts and emotions to share with a wider audience and to help us remember.

The exhibition includes work by: Art of the Book program (Art School, Pratt Institute), Maureen Cummins, Mimi Gross & Charles Bernstein (Granary Books), Kate Ferrucci (People to People Press), Emily Martin (Naughty Dog Press), Mac McGill (Booklyn Artists Alliance), Sara Parkel (Filter Press), Werner Pfeiffer (Pear Whistle Press), Maria G. Pisano (Memory Press), Otis Rubottom, Sibyl Rubottom & Jim Machacek (Bay Park Press), Rocco Scary, Gaylord Schanilec & Richard Goodman (Midnight Paper Sales), Robbin Ami Silverberg (Dobbin Books), Patricia M. Smith (P.S. Press), Gail Watson (Zuni Press), Marshall Weber (Booklyn Artists Alliance), Pamela S. Wood (Rarehare Creations), J. Meejin Yoon (Printed Matter & Whitney Museum of American Art).

This exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. Non-Yale community members must check in with the security guard in the lobby of the Loria Center, 190 York Street, to gain access to the Haas Family Arts Library. Photo ID required to enter library.

Artists panel discussion
In conjunction with the Yale University Art Gallery's installation "Remembering 9/11", there will be a panel discussion "Ten Years Later: Artists Remember 9/11" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street), New Haven, Connecticut. Artists Nathan Lyons, Leo Rubinfien, Judith Shea, and Robbin Ami Silverberg will join Josh Chuang of the Yale Art Gallery and Jae Rossman of the Haas Family Arts Library for a conversation on the impact of Sept. 11 on their lives and work. The event is free and open to the public.

Jae Jennifer Rossman
Assistant Director for Special Collections
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Yale University
180 York Street
New Haven, CT 06520
203.432.0549 (fax)

SF Fall Antiques Show - Treasure Tales

San Francisco, CA - September 1, 2011 - From October 27 - 30, The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, presents TREASURE TALES - a six-part lecture series.  The theme of this year’s show, Hidden Treasures, is inspired by the pearl, the treasure hidden within an oyster shell that is the traditional 30th anniversary gift.  The lecture series will explore a range of treasures with renowned experts in their fields, including: Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg, who will discuss princely treasures from Kunstkammern, and former FBI Agent Robert Wittman, who will share tales of art heists and masterpieces that remain hidden.  Designer Saturday will focus on ‘30s movie set design and contemporary interior design.  All lectures take place at the Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason Center.

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show 2011 Lecture Series
Presenting Sponsor: Sotheby’s
Thursday, October 27, 11:00 a.m.
Born to be Beautiful: Pearls and the Celebrated Women Who Wore Them
Ruth Peltason, Author, Editor, and Lecturer, New York
Like the finest strand of pearls, celebrated women are innately connected by the excellence of their jewelry.  Diamonds may sparkle, and the jeweler’s trinity of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds may add color, but pearls are unique in gifting every woman with classic style.  Society swans Grace Kelly, Babe Paley, Florence Gould, the Duchess of Windsor, Doris Duke, Chanel, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Barbara Hutton, Diana Vreeland, the Maharani of Baroda, and Elizabeth Taylor and their signature pearl necklaces, tiaras, rings, bracelets, and earrings made by the great jewelry houses will be showcased by Peltason, author of Living Jewels: Masterpieces from Nature: Coral, Pearls, Horn, Shell, Wood & Other Exotica (Vendome Press, 2010).
Book-signing to follow.
Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

Thursday, October 27, 2:30 p.m.   
Collecting Opportunities: The Rise of the Asian Art Markets
Henry Howard-SneydRebecca,, Vice Chairman of Asian Art, Sotheby’s, New York
In recent years, Asia has become a leading center of the international art market, with many newsworthy auctions of historic treasures and contemporary finds, such as the sales of the Meiyintang collection of Chinese ceramics and the Ullens collection of Chinese contemporary art.  Howard-Sneyd, who has been the Sotheby’s auctioneer for many record prices in Asian art, will compare and contrast Chinese and Indian collecting and collectors. He also will analyze the boom and opportunities in the contemporary Asian paintings market.
Friday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.
Princely Treasures
Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé Guest Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lecturer, and Author, New York
Beginning in the late 16th century, Kunstkammern (literally “art chambers,” also referred to as “cabinets of curiosities”) were formed by princes for their own personal pleasure to share but with a select few. These predecessors of museums also served didactic purposes. They often contained some of the most valuable unalienable heirlooms of a family. Illuminating the hidden collections of the Ambras Castle of Archduke Ferdinand II; the Hradshin in Prague of Emperor Rudolf II; and the Munich Residenz of the Wittelsbach dukes, von Habsburg will acquaint us with the passion with which royalty obtained and vied with each other over their treasures.
Book-signing to follow.
Presented in collaboration with the French Heritage Society, The Royal Oak Foundation, and Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.

Friday, October 28, 2:30 p.m. 
U.S. vs. Art Thieves: Tales From the FBI's Real Indiana Jones
Robert Wittman, Former Special Agent and Founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Art Crime Team, and Author, Pennsylvania
Dubbed as “the FBI’s real Indiana Jones” and "the most famous art detective in the world," Wittman spent 20 years recovering more than $300 million of stolen art and cultural property.  Sharing some of the tales in his bestseller, Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures (Crown, June, 2010), he will recount notorious heists and daring recoveries of priceless antiquities; paintings by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso; and artifacts such as a rare Civil War battle flag.  He also will report on attempts to find masterpieces that are still at large, such as the $500-million theft in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Book-signing reception to follow.
Supporting Sponsor: Waterworks
Presented in collaboration with The Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the San Francisco Design Center.
Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m.
Designing Hollywood’s Golden Age: Art Direction from Films of the 1920’s and 30’s
Cathy Whitlock, Interior Designer and Author, Nashville
From the stylish, white-on-white, glossy interiors in Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger’s musical classic “Top Hat,” to the dramatic Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture featured in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,” Art Deco and Modernism reigned supreme during Hollywood’s Golden Age of cinema.  Using archival photographs and original renderings, Whitlock, author of Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (Harper Collins, 2010), will illustrate memorable sets of the twenties and thirties and discuss the role of design in creating the transportive world of the “silver screen.”   
Book-signing to follow.
Presented in collaboration with the Art Deco Society of California.
Saturday, October 29, 2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
The Curated Home: Designing Today with Art and Antiques
Thomas Jayne, David Kleinberg, and Suzanne Lovell, Interior Designers and Authors;
Suzanne Tucker, Moderator
In honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, celebrated interior designers will offer their trade secrets and professional advice on integrating fine and decorative arts with diverse architecture, textiles, finishes, and client sensibilities.  These experts from across the country will share images and ideas from their new publications: Thomas Jayne on The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present (The Monacelli Press, 2010), ranging from historic Monticello to contemporary Manhattan; Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg(The Monacelli Press, 2011), whose work updates the influence of his early career at the New York City firm of Parish-Hadley; Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011), showcasing Chicagoan Suzanne Lovell’s unique approach to designing custom environments; and insights from San Francisco’s own tastemaker, Suzanne Tucker.
Book-signing reception to follow. 
Supporting Sponsor: California Homes
Preview Party: Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Show: Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Sunday, October 30, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA
Supporter (7 p.m. admission for 1)                                        $250
Enthusiasts (6 p.m. admission for 2)                                      $600
Aficionados (5 p.m. admission for 2)                                     $1000
Collectors Circle (4 p.m. admission for 2)                               $2750
Connoisseurs Circle (4 p.m. admission for 2)                         $5000
General Admission - includes catalogue                                  $15     
In advance - not including General Admission                       $15
Onsite - not including General Admission                             $18
Lecture Series                                                                       $115
(6 lectures, includes General Admission)
Lunch and Lecture Package                                                   $50
The SFFAS features 65 leading decorative and fine arts galleries from across the United States and Europe, including new dealers Antoine Cheneviére Fine Arts from London, Galerie Lefebvre from Paris, and Spencer Marks from Massachusetts, along with returning exhibitors Beauvais Carpets and Kentshire from New York, Susan Ollemans Oriental Art from London, Steinitz from Paris, American Garage and Therien from Los Angeles, epoca and Hackett/Mill from San Francisco, and many others.
Corporate sponsorship for the show is provided by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management as Premier Sponsor, along with generous support from The ACE Group, P. A. Bet Architectural Casework and Millwork, Blackbird Vineyards, Bonhams & Butterfields, 1stdibs, Fort Point Insurance Services, Gump’s, Korbel California Champagne,Lawrence Fine Art Services, Mandarin Oriental, Neiman Marcus, One Kings Lane, Paige Glass Company, Peninsula Custom Homes, Willem Racké Studio, Rose Tarlow Melrose House, Andrew Skurman Architects, Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty, andTuron Travel.  Media sponsors include artnet, Apollo, California Home + Design, California Homes, Luxe Interiors + Design, The Magazine Antiques, Nob Hill Gazette, Veranda, and 7x7.
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students is the oldest and most prestigious international antiques fair on the West Coast. Each year, the fair features an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs.  The 30th annual Show will be held Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 30, noon to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit
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