October 2011 Archives

October 31, 2011 -- Jörn Günther is a modern treasure hunter in the footsteps of medieval illuminated manuscripts. His company, Jörn Günther Rare Books, based in Stalden, Switzerland, will be one of the highlights of the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show in New York from 21-27 October, 2011, and of the Dallas Art, Antique & Jewelry Show  from November 2-6, 2011, presenting the finest selection of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. He will have select pieces for the Texas public in his luggage and will amaze the visitors who love the exquisite lifestyle.
Jörn Günther is one of the most renown international experts in his field. Since its foundation in 1990 Jörn Günther Rare Books has established itself as an international authority and driving force in this market. Over the last several years, the firm has introduced three of the most outstanding collections of manuscript illuminations in private hands: The Bernard H. Breslauer Collection, the Longari Collection and the Robert Lehman Collection. The Getty Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are among the institutions that systematically develop major collections of manuscript illuminations and took advantage of the rare opportunity to enrich their holdings when these three significant private collections reached the market.
Günther Rare Books will show in Dallas from November 2-4 outstanding treasures which will invite the audience to dive into a different universe like in a time travel, taken into the world of Aristotle (Aristotle, Ethica Nicomachea, translated by Leonardo Bruni Aretino; Illuminated manuscript on vellum. Southern Europe (Italy, Naples, or perhaps Spain), c. 1458-59, US$975.000) or to the the great Cistercian Abbey of Aulne-sur-Sambre (Biblia Latina, Illuminated manuscript on vellum. Northern or North-Eastern France, or Flanders, c. 1240-50 with 60 large illuminated initials in elaborate designs of lush interlaced leafy and plant designs or formed of twisting biting dragons for US $6 Mio.). Suddenly you look at Columbus and the Conquista of Latin America in Christophorus Columbus, De insulis nuper in mari Indico inventis from 1494 with 6 extraodinary woodcuts (US $1,8 Mio). The Columbus letter is the first account of the discovery of the New World. On his return from the newly discovered "Indian" isles in March 1493, Columbus addressed several letters to the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, who had financed his expedition, and sent a report to the "escriuano deraciõ", his patron, Luis de Santàngel, in which he confirmed that the land he had discovered met all the hopes and expectations attached to this expensive and risky expedition, a journey which can be compared with the life journey of Jörn Günther.

--By Anne-Marie Melster

A new catalogue was published in October:
Pagina Sacra. Bibles and Biblical Texts 1050-1511
Catalogue 10
Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG, Stalden
ISBN: 978-3-033-03053-4

Christie's 500 Years of Decorative Arts

London - The first of the 500 Years Decorative Arts Europe sales of the season, The Opulent Eye, saw the top lot 'Paul et Virginie', a late 19th century life-size Italian marble sculpture, triple its original estimate and achieve £313,250 on Thursday 22 September 2011. The auction offered a selection of 238 elegant decorative objects, furniture, clocks and sculpture and witnessed the market’s taste for distinctive and collection-defining investment pieces and objets d’art. Christie’s is delighted to announce the rest of the 500 Years Decorative Arts Europe season in London with two anticipated sales in the coming months.

500 Years Decorative Arts Europe: The English Collector
Thursday, 3 November 2011 - Christie’s London King Street
The English Collector sale will offer a wide range of English works from the 17th century onwards, with notably traditional items from the Georgian to Victorian periods, and a large group of tapestries. Highlights include an English historical tapestry of the battle of Solebay Mortlake, circa 1688, by Thomas Poyntz, a design attributed to William Van De Velde (estimate: £70,000-100,000 - illustrated above). This is one of two magnificent Solebay tapestries offered in the sale, which represent the only two panels that remain in private hands from two sets of six royal tapestries each depicting the sea-battle at Solebay on 28 May 1672, where the English fleet collaborated with the French fleet against the Dutch. The series was originally commissioned by King James II from William Van de Velde (d. 1707) in 1672. Another important work is a pair of George III polychrome decorated and parcel-gilt satinwood secrétaire bookcases, circa 1790, attributed to London cabinet-maker George Brookshaw, and estimated at £200,000-300,000 (illustrated page 1). These cabinets, featuring landscapes and architectural vignettes painted on copper, were probably supplied in the early 1790’s to Colonel Sir Mark Wood for Piercefield Park, Monmouthshire.

500 Years Decorative Arts Europe: The European Connoisseur
Thursday, 8 December 2011 - Christie’s London King Street
A beautifully executed portrait of the Homeric hero Ulysses, in the form of a rectangular parcel-gilt polychrome enamel plaque of Ulysses by Léonard Limousin (1505-1577), produced circa 1540, will be offered for sale in December (estimate: £80,000-120,000). It is part of a series of fifteen known portraits which almost certainly once formed part of a single decorative scheme (illustrated below right). The series comprises portraits of pairs of ill-fated lovers from Homeric and Ovidian mythology; including Aeneas and Dido, Hippolytus and Phaedra, Paris and Helen. Ulysses was most likely paired either with his long suffering wife Penelope or his one-time captor and lover Calypso. The sale has a strong focus on works of art from the late 17th and 18th centuries and includes several private collections of French and Italian furniture, one of which is led by an impressive Louis XV ormolu-mounted amaranth & bois satine commode, by Jacques Dubois, circa 1750 and estimated at £80,000-120,000 (illustrated below left). 
ITHACA, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2011) - Photography changed the course of history, offering Americans an entirely new view of themselves and their own country. Now, through an exhibition at Cornell University Library, some of the country's rarest, earliest and most important photographs will be on display for the world to see.

"Dawn's Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography features photographs and related artifacts about the technological development of photography - from daguerreotypes to gelatin prints - in the 19th century, while also illuminating the turbulent historic currents that shaped the nation.

The exhibition opened Oct. 20 in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collection's Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in Cornell's Carl A. Kroch Library. The exhibited materials are highlights from a magnificent set of more than 16,000 19th-century American photographs from the Beth and Stephan Loewentheil Family Photographic Collection.

Highlights of the exhibition include:
*       Multiple photographs by preeminent Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, including a large 1861 portrait of Abraham Lincoln, warmly inscribed to the wife of Lincoln's oldest and closest friend;
*       Images documenting the Civil War, including a photograph of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton sitting with soldiers;
*       A personal photograph album compiled by Mark Twain; and
*       Photographs documenting African-American life, westward expansion and the rise of celebrity culture.

"Super-collectors like Stephan Loewentheil have enriched our Library in extraordinary ways," said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. "Without people who are dedicated to collecting and preserving historic artifacts, we would never be able to tell such a rich and complete story about our own history and the milieu from which Cornell was established."

Its opening celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Olin Library's Amit Bhatia Libe Café. Deborah Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will deliver a lecture entitled "Framing the 19th Century Photograph: Then and Now," followed by a reception in the Carl A. Kroch Library. The opening events are funded through the generosity of Gail '56 and Stephen Rudin.

"This collection from the Loewentheil family stands as one of Cornell Library's most significant acquisitions," said Katherine Reagan, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. "It provides rich visual documentation that will complement and extend the Library's major textual collections on 19th-century America. Moving forward, the images in this collection will vastly increase our ability to understand our history."

The exhibition will run through May 4, and it has been funded by generous support from the Loewentheil Family and the Stephen '58, MBA '59 and Evalyn Edwards '60 Milman Exhibition Fund.

The extensive online exhibition is available on the Library's website<http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/DawnsEarlyLight/>.

To learn more:
Explore Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections<http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/>.

National Book Auctions October Results

ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, October 23rd auction featuring a broad spectrum of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of artwork and ephemera. Highlights of this auction included several personal libraries of scholarly books relating to literature and philosophy, as well as a large estate collection of art and architecture-related reference books, many in large folio formats. This 428-lot auction also featured manuscript leaves dating back to the 15th century as well as early hand-colored botanical and ichthyological plates.

A complete ten-volume set of “The Works of Cicero” achieved a hammer price of $3120.00 (including buyer’s premium). This extremely rare set was printed during the years 1546 through 1567 by Sebastian Gryphius of Lyon. Gryphius was the most prolific printer in France during the most fertile period of French Renaissance humanism. This set is bound in 17th century French calf with gilt tooling, with labels and raised bands on the spines, and marbled page edges and endpapers. There were no auction records on file of this complete set coming to market previously.

Two original marble sculptures by Masayuki Nagare fetched hammer prices of $1020.00 and $900.00 (including buyer’s premium). Nagare is a celebrated Japanese sculptor whose pieces can be found in focal international settings including an impressive example that stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center buildings before they were destroyed.

Realizing a hammer price of $900.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a group of artwork by Hungarian painter, photographer and Bauhaus professor Laszlo Maholy-Nagy. This lot featured two exhibition posters, one of the 1923 painting "Sur Fond Blanc," held by the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, as well as a reproduction of the 1924 "Composition Axx" from the Musee Pompidou in Paris. Paired with the exhibition posters was a mixed media piece of artwork bearing the artist's stamped name over the signature of Hattula Maholy-Nagy, the artist's daughter and the executor of his estate.

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On November 29th and 30th at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada, Holabird and Kagin Americana will give collectors the opportunity to bid on a unique collection that shows the genesis of a career and man that has become a worldwide icon in the world of entertainment. Hitting the auction block is an original, autographed, very early illustration by Walt Disney, entitled “Fill Up My Can”. The pen and ink work was done in the early 1920s, most likely prior to Mickey Mouse, who didn’t make his screen debut until 1928. The collection also includes several stock certificates issued by the O-Zell Jelly Company of Chicago, including what may be the very first stock ever issued to Walt.

These items were formerly owned by Walt Disney, his parents Flora and Elias, and his sister Ruth. They may be the only surviving O-Zell items known to exist. In the spring of 1917 Elias Disney, had tired of the newspaper delivery business and decided to make a career change, which also included bringing his youngest son, Walter into the venture. There is a distinct possibility that family revenue gained from work at the O-Zell Company gave Walt his first needed grub stake that allowed him to venture into the world of animation.  While it’s unknown what happened to the O-Zell Jelly Company in later years, that 16-year old kid from Kansas went on to make quite a name for himself.

This once-in-a-lifetime offering of incredible collectibles from America’s rich animation history, and the man that built it, is free and open to the public. The collection is estimated to bring $70,000-$100,000. For more information on the auction or to request an auction catalog, call 775-852-8822 or visit www.HolabirdAmericana.com. The Ruth Disney archive is part of the “2011 Grand Finale Auction” of Holabird-Kagin Americana and is also available for viewing and bidding on the internet through the company’s website.  
Philadelphia, PA October 26, 2011. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, an associate professor of history at the University of Delaware, has been named the first Director of the Library Company's Program in African American History. Professor Dunbar specializes in African American life and culture from 1619 to1865. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and a doctoral degree from Columbia University in 2000. Professor Dunbar's book A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (Yale University Press) is based in part on research she conducted in the Library Company's collections as a fellow. Says Library Company Director John Van Horne, "We are genuinely excited to have a distinguished scholar with strong ties to this institution providing leadership for this important Program."

The Program in African American History, established in 2007 with a grant from The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, brings together scholars and interested members of the public to explore every aspect of the experience of people of African descent in the Americas from the beginnings of European colonization through 1900. Professor Dunbar will provide direction for the fellowships, conferences, exhibitions, publications, public programming, teacher training, and acquisitions through which the Library Company advances scholarship in African American History and shares this knowledge with the broader public. A new website for the Program that has detailed information about these initiatives is at http://www.librarycompany.org/paah/.

The Program's Director is supported by an Advisory Council whose distinguished members include the Rev. David M. Brown, Murray Dubin, Robert F. Engs, Oliver St. Clair Franklin, Annette Gordon-Reed, Autumn Adkins Graves, Tanya Hall, Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Louis Massiah, Randall M. Miller, Barbara Savage, Arthur Sudler, Diane D. Turner, Linn Washington, and William Earl Williams.

Afro-Americana Collection at the Library Company The Library Company houses one of the nation's most important collections of African American literature and history before 1900. Comprising more than 13,500 titles and 1,200 images from the mid-16th to the late-19th centuries, the Afro-Americana holdings include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, and graphics documenting slavery and abolitionism in the New World; the printed works of Black individuals and organizations; descriptions of African American life throughout the Americas; and the exploration and colonization of Africa.

For more than forty years, the Afro-Americana collections of the Library Company have helped nurture and sustain rich scholarship that has added dramatically to our knowledge and understanding of that experience. In the late 1960s as scholars and researchers, inspired by the civil rights movement, began to foreground the significant roles played by African Americans in the country's founding and development, they discovered a trea-sure trove of material in the stacks of the Library Company. Beginning as an organic response to the reading interests of the Library Company's earliest patrons-such as members of the Abolitionist Society who wanted to keep up with current anti-slavery discourse the Afro-Americana collections have become an institutional priority for acquisition, conservation, exhibition, and research support.

Curator of African American History Phil Lapsansky, who has served in that capacity since 1971, has made significant contributions to the development of the larger discipline over that time, as well as helping to shape the Library Company's acquisitions, exhibitions, and programming. Mr. Lapsansky will retire in 2012.

Library Company Partnership with the University of Georgia Press
In a significant enhancement to the Program in African American History, the Library Company has formed a partnership with the University of Georgia Press to support Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900, a series of books focused on racial aspects of transatlantic history. The first book under the new partnership will be Eva Sheppard Wolf's Almost Free: A Story about Family and Race in Antebellum Virginia, to be published in spring 2012. Professor Dunbar, who will serve on the editorial advisory board for the series, believes that "this partnership provides a critical platform for disseminating the research that will be conducted at the Library Company by our Fellows, and we are very pleased to be associated with such a distinguished press and well-established series."

The Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900 series was created by the University of Georgia Press in 2006 and is edited by Richard Newman, Patrick Rael, and Manisha Sinha. Nine books already have been published in the series, including work by established authors such as Philip Morgan, Marcus Wood, Afua Cooper, and Vincent Carretta. The series also has featured first books by an international cohort of emerging scholars including Gale Kenny, Jeannette Jones, and Mischa Honeck.

About the Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library concentrating on American history and culture from the 17th through 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera and works of art. The mission of the Library Company is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials within our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, an online public access catalog, and regular exhibitions and public programs. Located at 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, it is open to the public free of charge from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library Company can be found online at www.librarycompany.org.

Woojung Chun's "Library" Installation

 28 October-23 November 2011. This installation by the Korean artist Woojung Chun presents an imagined library furnished with bookcases, cabinets and globes, all recognizable as symbols of a place where knowledge resides. Chun reveals her library as ‘a place of persistent search for elusive questions: unsolved theories, unexplained narratives and unresolved philosophical debates’. She has been inspired in part by Borges’ text, ‘The Library of Babel’, which compares the library to the universe as a repository for all knowledge and every individual truth.

Library is an on-going, evolving project: this new installation at England & Co includes three recent works shown at the Cairo Biennale earlier this year, together with new works incorporating video projection exhibited for the first time. James Putnam, who curated an installation of Chun’s Library at the Venice Biennale in 2009, describes how the objects displayed on the bookcases ‘are both meaningful and meaningless’,  representing ‘a distillation of memories, accumulated information, ideas and interests - an ambiguous ever-growing and unbounded entity. Her library takes the form of enigmatic artefacts that… seem to possess a persistent force of memory that refuses to be forgotten, carrying histories, fictions, emotions and knowledge suspended in time.’

Displayed in a darkened space, the installation seems at first to be a library from a palatial house of a past era: although apparently furnished conventionally, further inspection reveals that there are no books in the bookcases and that the globes are not covered with maps of the world.

The dark wooden bookcases are meticulously crafted cabinets containing arcane and intriguing objects and tableaux, often surrealist in spirit. One cabinet contains repeated photographs of faces with mouths swallowing an endless string of letters and numbers; another has a chest of drawers with roots growing from its base. Others contains a puzzling, complex construction of boxes, strings and pulleys, or are inscribed with diagrammatic, alchemical drawings. A naked figure, curled up seemingly asleep, inhabits one cabinet; while brass implements of quasi-scientific origin are displayed in another case. The two globes stand among the bookcases, one representing the life of nature with beings moving and floating across the earth’s surface, while the other represents a kind of labyrinth of life with raised markings suggesting routes across a dark universe.

Woojung Chun was born in Seoul in 1976, and currently lives and works in the UK. Library was first shown as a solo installation as part of The 53rd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in 2009; and she also took part in The 12th International Cairo Biennale in early 2011. Previous exhibitions include Good Morning Mr. Nam June Paik at the Korean Cultural Centre UK (2008); Lessons of Embodiment (part of Escrita na Paisagem) at the Biblioteca Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal (2009); and Biblioteket at Luftskipet, Fjell Gard, Norway (2010).

Few individuals are recognized by essays published in their honor while they are still fully engaged in their chosen profession. John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is one of those exceptions.

"The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays Honoring John Y. Cole," has been published by the Library of Congress and the University of Texas Press at Austin. Edited by Mary Niles Maack of the University of California at Los Angeles, the volume features nine essays marking Cole’s dual achievements as a scholar who is "known internationally as the foremost expert on the history of the Library of Congress" and as the founding director, in 1977, of the Center for the Book.

The essays were originally published as a special issue (2010, vol. 45, no. 1) of the University of Texas quarterly journal "Libraries & the Cultural Record: Exploring the History of Collections of Recorded Knowledge," also edited by Maack. This clothbound edition includes a new, illustrated essay by Cole ("A Life at the Library of Congress"), an updated bibliography of his writings 1970-2010 and a comprehensive index. The frontispiece is a poem, "Voyage," which was dedicated to John Cole in 2003 by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The volume’s dust jacket features a photograph of the Library’s Main Reading Room by Carol M. Highsmith and reproductions of Center for the Book posters and promotional items.

The invitational essays address topics representing different aspects of John Cole’s contributions and interests as a scholar and a librarian. The topics and their authors are:

    •    "Histories of the Library of Congress," by Jane Aikin, National Endowment for the Humanities
    •    "Properly Arranged and Properly Recorded: The Library of Congress Archives," by Josephus Nelson, Library of Congress
    •    "The National and International Roles of the Center for the Book," by Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress
    •    "The Center for the Book and the History of the Book," by Eleanor F. Shevlin, West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Eric N. Lindquist, University of Maryland
    •    "The Choice of Books: Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the Ideology of Reading, and Literary Collections at the Library of Congress in the 1870s," by Carl Ostrowski, Middle Tennessee State University
    •    "The Library of Congress in 1892: Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Houghton Mifflin and Company, and ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’" by Michael Winship, University of Texas
    •    "‘Wake Up and Read!’ Book Promotion and National Library Week, 1958," by Jean Preer, Indiana University
    •    "The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Global Exchange of International Documents, 1834-1889," by Nancy E. Gwinn, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    •    "International Trends in Library History," by Donald G. Davis Jr., University of Texas

The 223-page book, "The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays Honoring John Y. Cole," is available for $24.95 from the Library of Congress Sales Shop (888-682-3557) and online at www.loc.gov/shop/. It is also available from Oak Knoll Press (800) 996-2556 and online at www.oakknoll.com.

Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (www.Read.gov/cfb/) has become a major national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides leadership for 52 affiliated state centers for the book (including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library’s annual National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library’s www.Read.gov website and administers the Library’s Young Readers Center.
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AUSTIN, Texas — The personal archive of publisher, author and artist Fleur Cowles has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

In 1950, Cowles published Flair magazine, a work known for its provocative design, enlightened articles and sophisticated advertising layouts. Published from February 1950 to January 1951, the magazine’s one-year run left an indelible mark on publishing history.

Cowles (1908-2009) and her husband, Tom Meyer, had a longstanding relationship with the Ransom Center, which led to the creation of the Fleur Cowles Endowment in 1992. The endowment supports a graduate internship program, the biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium, research fellowships and a replica of Cowles’s study from her Albany residence in London.

The archive contains Cowles’s correspondence, manuscripts, galleys, research material, albums, books, press clippings and photographs.

With Flair, Cowles prescribed a rich mix of works from writers, artists, critics and other notables, including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Simone de Beauvoir, Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, Rufino Tamayo and Gypsy Rose Lee. The heart of Flair was its success in pulling together the new, the controversial, the innovative and the creative.

“Fleur was very interested in the Ransom Center and our aim to bring together literary and artistic achievements of the 20th century,” said Thomas F. Staley, director of the Center. “Fleur’s archive documents many of her efforts to merge literature and art through her wide-ranging relationships and creative endeavors.”

In addition to her work in publishing, Cowles was an author and artist. She wrote more than 15 books, including collections of autobiographical anecdotes such as “Friends & Memories” and “All Too True,” and an authorized biography of Dalí.

Cowles’s paintings, filled with animals and flowers, first received international recognition at the São Paulo Biennale in 1965. She exhibited her artwork more than 40 times in galleries and museums around the world. The Ransom Center already held some of Cowles’s artwork, which is on display in the Center’s Fleur Cowles Room.

The materials will be accessible once processed and cataloged. High-resolution press images are available.
New York—On Tuesday, November 8 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books / 19th & 20th Century Literature containing a rich and diverse selection of works by well-known authors and artists.

Three important literary anniversaries are celebrated with key material from the respective authors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 which is represented by an inscribed first edition, New York, 1961 (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000) and an advance proof that once belonged to W.H. Auden, also inscribed by Heller, New York, 1961 ($2,500 to $3,500). Allen Ginsberg’s epochal Howl and Other Poems first appeared in print 55 years ago and a scarce, signed review copy is being offered, San Francisco, 1956 ($5,000 to $7,500).

In addition, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, and in anticipation of that milestone the sale contains a first edition in the original parts of Bleak House, London, 1852-53 ($1,200 to $1,800) and, just in time for the winter holiday season, a complete set in fine bindings of the first editions of the Christmas Books, London, 1843-48 ($5,000 to $7,500).

There are more than 20 lots by the Pulitzer Prize-winning queen of Southern literature Eudora Welty collected from the library of her close friend and editor, and features both an inscribed first edition of her first book A Curtain of Green, Garden City, 1941 ($1,000 to $1,500) as well as an inscribed copy of the promotional pamphlet issued before that book’s publication; Eudora Welty: A Note on the Author and Her Work. Together with The Key, one of Seventeen Stories from Miss Welty’s Forthcoming A Curtain of Green, Garden City, 1941 ($2,000 to $3,000).

A run of first editions by William Faulkner features signed limited editions of Absalom! Absalom! ($3,000 to $4,000); The Hamlet ($2,500 to $3,000); and The Unvanquished ($1,200 to $1,800). A selection of signed Kurt Vonnegut works includes his first and second books, Player Piano ($1,000 to $1,500) and The Sirens of Titan ($2,000 to $3,000).

Increasingly scarce and beautiful are works containing intricate hand-painted scenes on the outer edges of their pages, known as “fore-edge paintings.” The sale contains a large, private collection of these treasures with uncommon scenes of golfing, cock-fighting, whaling, old London greenmarkets and architectural views.

A selection of cookbooks includes a first edition of the first Jewish cookbook published in America, The Jewish Cookery Book, Philadelphia, 1871 ($8,000 to $12,000).

Among the highlights of the Art, Press & Illustrated books is a section of the racy and clandestine area of book collecting called Curiosa, with an eye-raising sampling of Franz von Bayros’ erotic illustrations including the complete set of  Die Mappe I-III, Munich, 1911-1913 ($1,200 to $1,800).

Important contemporary artist’s books include a scarce signed, limited edition of Lettrist provocateur Isidore Isou’s Les véritables créatures et les Falsificateurs de Dada, Du Surréalisme et du Lettrisme, Paris, 1973 ($3,000 to $5,000); David Hockney’s Paper Pools, containing an original signed and numbered lithograph created for this work, London, 1980 ($4,000 to $6,000); and an inscribed, limited edition copy of Andy Warhol’s 25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy, New York/Berlin, 1954 ($15,000 to $25,000).

Fans of Edward Gorey eagerly awaiting more offerings after last year’s highly successful auction will find a selection of collectible first editions including a copy of his collaboration with Samuel Beckett, All Strange Away, one of 26 lettered copies signed by both, New York, 1976 ($3,500 to $5,000). Fine press books by Kelmscott and Doves and a selection of gorgeously produced editions of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám enrich the illustrated book selections. This portion of the sale also contains prime examples of rare architecture books, and a fun and dynamic array of material from the Fluxus, Czech Avant-Garde and Surrealist movements.

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8. The works will be on public exhibition Wednesday, November 2 and Friday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

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

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.

Paris, 19 October 2011--Sotheby’s Paris will be devoting a whole day to Books and Manuscripts on 9 November 2011, staging two sales: the first devoted to Books & Manuscripts, Including the Library of a Connoisseur: History of Ideas, Science & Letters (2:30pm); the second  (6:30pm) to a Collection of Precious Books from a Connoisseur’s Library.

The first sale begins with a collection of 70 emblematic books about the history of science and ideas. All embody a discovery in, or new contribution to, the field of knowledge, ranging from Descartes to Pavlov via Napoleon’s Civil Code, printed on vellum, and a handwritten manuscript signed Niépce that constitutes the ‘birth certificate’ of photography.

The sale’s star lot is an ensemble of 126 French revolutionary decrees (3 November 1789 - 12 September 1790) printed on vellum, and formerly owned by the Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt. Each Lettre Patente ratifies a decree of the French Revolution, then in full swing, beginning with the Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen. This counts as one of the most precious documentary ensembles on the history of France (est. €350,000-500,000).

Another exceptional book is a superb, complete copy of the first illustrated Bible in German by Günther Zainer (1475), with a remarkable stamped pigskin binding on wooden boards (est. €200,000-300,000). The name of Günther Zainer carries an extraordinary luster in the history of Western Europe printing, and is associated with the development of pre-1500 printing, and especially the invention of illustrated books.

The first, and only official, edition of the Napoleonic Codes, printed on vellum and bound with the cipher of Third Consul Charles-François Lebrun, will doubtless attract keen attention. The Code Civil des Français (1804) and Code de Procédure Civile (1806) established a veritable compromise between ancient custom, Roman law and Revolutionary Law, thereby officializing the ‘bourgeois revolution’ under Napoleon (est. €100,000 -150,000).

Another important item from the collection is a handwritten document from 1829, signed Niépce, titled Notice sur l’Héliographie (est. €35,000-50,000). The eight highly legible pages, written in an elegant yet precise style, are of major interest for the history of photography and, in fact, are said to constitute the ‘birth certificate’ of photography.

Works of various owners also include seven important books from the Art Deco period, four of them illustrated by Schmied, including L’Histoire de l’Adolescente Sucre d’Amour in a magnifcent Schmied binding adorned with Dunand lacquer-work (est. €90,000-140,000); and L’Histoire de la Princesse
Boudour from the Abdy Collection, one of the few copies on papier Japon and hand-coloured throughout (est. €50,000-80,000).

Among the sale’s outstanding works of literature is a first edition of Du Côté de Chez Swann,inscribed to Marcel Proust to his publisher Bernard Grasset (est. €80,000-120,000); a fine ensemble of letters of love and despair from Marie Dorval to her Pygmalion, Alfred de Vigny (est. €30,000 -40,000); a group of moving letters from Verlaine to Edmond Lepelletier about his personal distress and literary activity (est. €15,000-20,000); and a collection of handwritten letters from Chateaubriand to Madame de Custine and Joseph Joubert (est. €40,000-60,000).

An exceptional copy of Cendrars’ La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France, with stencilled illustrations, one of the 20th century’s legendary books, will ravish admirers of Sonia Delaunay: this very rare copy on papier Japon is dedicated to the movie-director Abel Gance (est.€150,000-200,000).

Closing the sale, a rare Serge Gainsbourg ensemble of handwritten songs, autograph notes, photographs and memorabilia.


Friday 4 November 10am-6pm

Saturday 5 November 10am-6pm

Monday 7 November 10am-6pm

Tuesday 8 November 10am-6pm

*estimates do not include buyer’s premium

Reykjavik new UNESCO City of Literature

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - (19.10.2011) - Last week, the City of Reykjavik was introduced as UNESCO City of Literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 where Iceland was the Guest of Honour. The program took place in the Icelandic pavilion, where Icelandic readers were featured on large video screens accompanied by images of Icelandic nature.

Jon Gnarr, The Mayor of Reykjavik, spoke about his own belief in the importance of literature, explaining that it is the mirror in which we can see our souls. After his speech, writer Petur Gunnarsson talked about his newly published book Mein Reykjavik, where he guides the reader through his literary Reykjavik, giving examples from poems and other texts by Icelandic authors.

In addition, both Gnarr and Gunnarsson joined Einar Orn Benediktsson, Chair of Reykjavik City Committee of Culture and Tourism, in reciting German translations of famous Icelandic poems, to which they received great feedback from the audience.  

Furthermore, Gnarr and Peter Ripken of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network) signed an agreement making Reykjavik a City of Refuge for persecuted writers; the first writer is expected to arrive in Reykjavik in November.

Helge Lunde, the Director of ICORN, said, “This is a great achievement and a major breakthrough for our organisation. The acclaimed writer and President of Icelandic PEN Sjon took the initiative, and the municipality actively embraced the idea of becoming an ICORN city of refuge. We believe that Reykjavik will play an important role in the future development of ICORN.”

More information about Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature can be found at www.cityofliterature.is.
New York—Bonhams was thrilled to host the October 18 auction of The Robert H. and Donna L. Jackson Collection, one of the world’s finest collections of Victorian Literature as published in original parts and serial publications. The 250 lot sale saw an active room of bidders raise their paddles in hopes of obtaining works by a great selection of the most sought after authors of the 19th and late 18th centuries.

Christina Geiger, the Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts New York, enthusiastically states about the sale, “Bonhams is thrilled to have set a new world record at auction for Anthony Trollope. There was steady bidding on Dickens, Eliot and Thackeray throughout the sale. We are happy to see that 19th century literature still captures interest among international book collectors.”

Leading the sale was Anthony Trollope’s notorious rarity “Ralph the Heir” which claimed a hammer price of $88,900, setting a new world record for the author (pre-sale est. $50,000-80,000). Deemed by the author to be one of his worst literary endeavors, this novel won appreciation because of his accurate and honest description of a Parliamentary campaign in the fictional borough of Percycross. The winning bidder is now the owner of one of only a handful of copies in existence.

Literary works by Charles Dickens claimed a strong bidding audience throughout the sale. Leading the charge of the Dickens lots was the first edition The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club in monthly parts published from 1836-1837. Featuring numerous first issue points and including 25 additional plates that account for many of the varying issues of illustrations, this collection sold for $31,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-50,000. Other strong Dickens performers include: A Tale of Two Cities selling for $23,750 (pre-sale est. $20,000-30,000); The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby with a hammer price of $18,750 (pre-sale est. $15,000-20,000); and The Adventures of Oliver Twist claiming $10,000 (pre-sale est. $3,000-5,000).

The second highest hammer price was George Eliot’s Middlemarch at $56,750. This first edition in original parts was unique because it was something of an experiment in the serial form, appearing as it did in eight irregularly published ‘books,’ offering all aspects of a regular book but at the price of a serial. This printing experiment was repeated and successful with Daniel Deronda another top lot from the author in the auction selling for $9,375 (pre-sale est. $4,000-6,000).

Other top lots of the sale include: William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, A Novel Without a Hero selling for $27,500 (pre-sale est. $12,000-18,000); Walt Whitman’s autograph manuscript headed “July, by the Pond” selling for $17,500 (pre-sale est. $8,000-12,000); and Isabella Beeton’s Beeton’s Book of Household Management selling for $17,500 (pre-sale est. $12,000-18,000).
Washington, DC—Following a two-year renovation, the galleries devoted to impressionism and post-impressionism in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art will reopen to the public on January 29, 2012. Among the greatest collections in the world of paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin, the Gallery's later 19th-century French paintings will return to public view in a freshly conceived installation design.

"The Gallery's French impressionist and post-impressionist holdings, comprising nearly 400 paintings, are among the most prized in the Gallery, and rightly so," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "A world-class collection of this caliber results from the generosity of many donors, from the 1942 Widener bequest that brought the Gallery its first impressionist paintings to other treasured works of art, received primarily through gifts large and small."

The installation is organized into thematic, monographic, and art historical themes, including the "new" Paris of the Second Empire and the Third Republic; "high impressionism" of the 1870s marked by sun-dappled landscapes and scenes of suburban leisure; the fantastic, sophisticated color experiments of late Monet; Cézanne's genius in landscape, still-life, and figure painting; the bold innovations of Van Gogh and Gauguin; and the Parisian avant-garde circa 1900: Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Modigliani, and Rousseau. Text panels in many of the galleries will suggest the ideas behind these groupings, and new audio-tour stops will further help orient the visitor.

Opened in 1941, the National Gallery of Art is significantly younger than its competitors in this collecting area (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris). The Gallery boasts major masterpieces from the Chester Dale Collection, which in accordance with the deed of gift in 1962 may never be loaned. These include Manet's Old Musician, Cézanne's The Peppermint Bottle, Gauguin's Self-Portrait, Van Gogh's La Mousmé, Degas's Four Dancers, two of Monet's celebrated views of Rouen Cathedral, and Picasso's Family of Saltimbanques. They join other great works of French art, given to the Gallery by the Mellon family and other donors, including Manet's The Railway and Plum Brandy, Renoir's Dancer, Cézanne's Boy in a Red Waistcoat and Harlequin, and Van Gogh's Self-Portrait and Roses.

Thirteen works have been newly restored, including Renoir's sparkling Parisian view of the Pont Neuf, his ever-popular Girl with a Watering Can, Monet's classic Bridge at Argenteuil, and a portrait of Monet's newborn son Jean in his cradle.
During the two-year period of repair, restoration, and renovation, works normally on view in these galleries were either in storage, on loan, or featured in a special installation—From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection—in the West Building Ground Floor galleries. Some fifty of the greatest works from this collection were included in major exhibitions shown in Houston, Tokyo, and Kyoto.

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Sporting Art Museum Opens

MIDDLEBURG, VA - Over 400 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the National Sporting Library and Museum’s new Sporting Art Museum on Saturday, October 8th. The Gala was held on the grounds of the NSLM campus in Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of Hunt Country. Beauty, glamour and brilliance were found everywhere - from the dynamic drama of the gala tent filled with radiant guests to the quiet power of art gracing the walls of the elegant museum building.

Guests enjoyed a preview of the inaugural exhibit Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal and Sporting Art,a which features over 150 paintings and sculptures on loan from museums and private collectors across the country. Curator and board member F. Turner Reuter, Jr. met with guests and spoke about several of the fabulous pieces that grace the rooms of the renovated and expanded 1804 mansion. The works of Bierstadt, Audubon, Remington, Homer and Troye join that of lesser-known artists to illustrate how American animal and sporting artists have developed a unique national style, an idea explored in greater depth in a handsome illustrated catalog with scholarly essays. Welcomed by volunteers in equestrian and related field sports garb, guests were thrilled by the magnitude of what the National Sporting Library and Museum has accomplished.

Moving down a path past the boxwood gardens to a three-story high tent on the crest of the grounds, guests entered a stunning environment created by Virginia Fout of VProductions, Los Angeles. A native of Middleburg, Fout is a prominent event planner well-known for producing Elton Johns’ Oscar parties. Glorious bouquets were composed of two thousand roses, gifts from Ambassador Ivonne Baki, Ecuador, and Ambassador Luis Moreno, Columbia, facilitated by NSLM board member Hector Alcalde. Gigantic reproductions of illustrations from rare books in the Library’s collections hung from the ceiling to the ground in the reception area and draped over the dance floor. Large screens showed time lapse video of Museum construction as well as key images from the NSLM collections and history.

Jacqueline B. Mars, vice chairman of the board, and Anjela Guarriello served as the gala co-chairs. Their attention to detail was evident from the selection of the black, white and silver décor enhanced with glorious bouquets and exquisite images, to the orchestration of a multi-course meal with brilliantly paired wines. Dinner was followed with the auction of an African Temptations Safari conducted by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s. Gala guests danced to the music of the Gene Donati Orchestra.

The NSLM also celebrated the Museum opening with a three day Coach Event which included a Presentation of the Coaches at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show grounds where over 20 historic coaches were on view for a large appreciative crowd. The coaches then headed for luncheon on the grounds of beautiful Llangollen.

Executive Director Rick Stoutamyer has overseen the construction of the new Museum which was designed by Virginia architect Hardee Johnston. Stoutamyer is enthusiastic about the Museum and sees it as a logical extension of the National Sporting Library which was founded in 1954 by George L. Ohrstrom, Sr. and Alexander Mackay-Smith. The mission of the National Sporting Library and Museum is to preserve, share and promote the literature, art and culture of equestrian and field sports.

Manuel H. Johnson, chairman of the board, welcomed guests with the observation that, “It is quite an accomplishment to create an environment that preserves historic works of art and reflects the character it seeks to protect.” October 8, 2011, over 400 people from around the country and Canada gathered to celebrate the unique role that the National Sporting Library and Museum has created for itself in beautiful, historic Middleburg, Virginia.

The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the literature, art, and culture of horse and field sports. Founded in 1954, the institution has over 17,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The newly renovated and expanded historic building on the camps, which opened in October 2011, houses exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications, and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Admission is free. Museum Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Library Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.nsl.org.
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New York, NY, October 17, 2011—Beginning tomorrow, The Morgan Library & Museum will exhibit over thirty extraordinary works from its extensive collections of printed books, illuminated manuscripts, Americana, music, and literary and historical manuscripts. The items will be shown in the recently-restored McKim building and will remain on view through February 12, 2012.

Of particular note is a first edition of the King James Bible—now in its 400th anniversary year. From the time of its publication in 1611 until the nineteenth century, the King James Bible was the dominant translation of scripture for the English-speaking world. Along with the works of Shakespeare, it remains one of the few seventeenth-century texts in wide circulation today. This copy (one of two first editions of the King James Bible owned by the Morgan) displays the royal arms on its bindings and has manuscript notes by Laurence Chaderton (1536?-1640), one of the forty-seven Anglican and Puritan divines entrusted by King James to produce the revised translation. At one point it belonged to Jane Fisher (c. 1626-1689), whose legendary role in Charles II's escape from England during the Civil War turned her into a cultural hero for the royalists. The Bible's ornate title page was engraved by Antwerp artist Cornelius Boel. It depicts symbols of the Trinity, images of the apostles, the four evangelists, Moses and Aaron, and—in reference to Christ's self-sacrifice—a pelican piercing its breast to feed its young.


The exhibition features a number of literary treasures, including Jane Austen's Lady Susan, the only surviving complete manuscript of an Austen novel. Written when the author was just nineteen, the manuscript remained untitled at her death and was not published until more than fifty years later in 1871. Austen also appears in Virginia Woolf's notebook from 1931 that includes a heavily revised draft of "A Letter to a Young Poet," first published in the Yale Review in 1932. Among the unpublished passages is Woolf's assertion that the two most perfect novels in the English language are Austen's Emma and Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington. 

Also on view will be the manuscripts of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved Le Petit Prince, John Steinbeck's final novel, The Winter of Our Discontent (donated to the Morgan by Steinbeck after he studied original medieval manuscripts at the Library in 1957 for his translation of Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur), and J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country.


Two classic American melodies, "New Yankee Doodle" (1798) and "The One Horse Open Sleigh" (1857)—later, "Jingle Bells"—will be on view. "Jingle Bells" was written by Pierpont Morgan's uncle, James Pierpont, and is his only song to have achieved lasting fame. 

Some of the greatest composers of the nineteenth century are also represented in this exhibition. Franz Liszt, whose bicentennial is celebrated this year, intended for more than a decade to compose music inspired by Hans Holbein's Todtentanz woodcut series and Andrea Orcagna's fresco Trionfo della Morte—both reflections on death. He eventually composed Totentanz in 1849, the manuscript of which will be displayed, bearing the hand of his copyist August Conradi with later revisions by Liszt. Other music manuscripts include Strauss's popular "Morgen" (1897), Mendelssohn's Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (1833/1834), and Henri Duparc's L'Invitation au voyage (1870).


Among the Morgan's more sobering pieces of Americana is Rebecka Eames's petition from Salem prison to the governer of Massachusetts, Sir William Phips. Written on December 5, 1692 after four months of imprisonment for witchcraft, Eames repudiates her previous confession, claiming she had been "hurried out of my senses by ye afflicted person Abigall Hobs and Mary Lacye who both of them cryed out against me. . .spitting in my face saying they knew me to be an old witch." Eames was subsequently pardoned.


When the Catholic Church granted Galileo permission to publish his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, it did so with the proviso that he draw no conclusions in favor of one system or the other. Galileo's obvious endorsement of Copernicus's sun-centered cosmology did not go unnoticed by the Church, however, and the aged astronomer was pressured to recant his beliefs and remain under house arrest for the remainder of his life. It took more than 350 years before the Vatican officially acknowledged its wrongful condemnation. On display will be Stefano della Bella's engraved frontispiece, which depicts Copernicus conversing with Aristotle and Ptolemy.


The Morgan's rich holdings of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts will be represented in this display by several important Italian, French, and Austrian works. Among them is a thirteenth-century wedding gift: a richly illustrated Psalter and Book of Hours made for Ghuiluys de Boisleux on the occasion of her marriage to Jean de Neuville-Vitasse.

The book eventually descended to Catherine de Courtenay, Empress of Constantinople. On view will also be the Farnese Hours (1546), considered one of the most important Italian Renaissance manuscripts. The pages on view depict the Office of the Dead, with the Great Equalizer presiding over an array of clothes while his feet rest on a papal tiara and a crown, reminding us that social rank dies when we do. The following page depicts the raising of Lazarus by Christ, an image frequently used to illustrate the Office and one that offers hope that Christ will grant rest and pardon to the deceased.

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

The Morgan Library & Museum

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

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Swann Galleries Autographs Auction

New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs on Thursday, November 3 contains several fascinating items related to key figures in history. There are autographs by scientists, politicians, writers and artists, as well as a selection of Napoleonic autographs.

The sale contains a run of items related to Albert Einstein, among them a photograph of the physicist and his wife Elsa, signed by both, 1931 ($3,000 to $4,000); a Signed Photograph of Einstein at a formal affair—wearing a tuxedo—from the same year ($2,000 to $3,000); and a Typed Letter Signed, in German, offering to recommend a Jewish physicist for a university position, Huntington, NY, 1937 ($2,000 to $3,000).

There is a brief Autograph Note Signed by Sigmund Freud, a bill for 23 hours of analysis to one of his last patients on his Prof. Dr. Freud stationery, Vienna, October 1933 ($4,000 to $6,000).

An Autograph Letter Signed by Charles Darwin from December 1872 thanks an unnamed recipient for sending a book, and offers to return the favor by sending a copy of his Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals ($2,000 to $3,000).

The Napoleonic section offers a Letter Signed “Bonaparte,” as First Consul, to Councillor of State Jean-Étienne-Marie Portalis, in French, requesting a report on why certain Bishops had recently made unapproved appointments, Paris, 25 July 1802 ($1,000 to $1,500); and an Autograph Letter Signed, “Letizia good Mama,” by Napoleon’s mother to her other son, Lucien, Paris, 8 January 1804 ($600 to $900).

There are also two items related to English Napoleonic Wars hero Lord Nelson: an Autograph Letter Signed, written upon his return to London after the Battle of Copenhagen, July 1801 ($3,500 to $5,000), and an ALS to later Admiral John T. Duckworth, written two months before the Battle of Trafalgar, Merton, August 1805 ($8,000 to $12,000).

Other British items that span the centuries include a Vellum Document Signed by Oliver Cromwell, as Lord Protector, in the wake of England’s civil wars, nominating Richard Mayhew “to the Commissioners authorized by a late Ordinance for Approbation of Public Preachers . . .,” Whitehall, 19 May 1657 ($5,000 to $7,500); and a Signed Photograph of Winston Churchill in a standing pose, which is also signed by the photographer, Walter Stoneman ($1,500 to $2,500).

The American Presidents section features two clipped signatures by Abraham Lincoln, as President; two 1908 Typed Letters Signed by Theodore Roosevelt; a Signed Photograph of Herbert Hoover and his Cabinet, Washington, circa 1931 ($1,500 to $2,500); a Typed Letter Signed marked “Personal” from Franklin D. Roosevelt, as Governor, to editor of the Portland Oregonian, challenging a recent editorial claiming he is a candidate for President, Albany, 18 December 1930 ($1,500 to $2,500); and a program from the ceremony of the signing of the Oslo Accords, signed by Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, as well as Shimon Peres and Al Gore, Washington, 1993-94 ($3,000 to $4,000).

A related item is a Typed Letter Signed by Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, to Vice-President of the Zionist Organization Moses Gaster, inviting him to join the London Zionist Political Committee shortly before submitting to British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour what became the Balfour Declaration, July 1917 ($3,500 to $5,000).

The most visually appealing item in the sale is a collection of more than 120 illustrated Autograph Letters Signed by Frederick Stuart Church, bound in a single volume. Each letter is written to financier Grant B. Schley, on a variety of topics, many concerning art, and each with an illustration, mostly pen-and-ink, and mostly of animals—predominantly polar bears and lions—and women, 1913-17 ($15,000 to $25,000).

From the writers section of the sale is an Autograph Letter Signed by Samuel Johnson, showing concern for his friend Henry Thale, Ashbourne, 17 June 1779 ($7,000 to $10,000); an Autograph Inscription by Immanuel Kant, an unsigned dedication written on a blank leaf excised from a copy of his Die Religion innerhalb der Grenzen der bloßen Vernunft, circa 1793 ($3,000 to $4,000); a group of four early Typed Letters Signed by Ezra Pound, written to Rowfant Club member Rev. Charles Clinch Bubb, Jr., regarding private publication of his translations of Provençal poet Arnaut Daniel ($8,000 to $12,000); and an Autograph Manuscript by Jean -Paul Sartre, unsigned, 7 pages of fragmentary notes, probably from his unpublished 1964 Rome lecture ($2,000 to $3,000).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3.

The Autographs will be on public exhibition Saturday October 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

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

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.
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A new book by Antony Gormley and Thomas Keneally poses challenging questions on what it is to be human. Retailing from a startling £250, this hand bound limited edition volume is signed by the author, and presented together with a signed Antony Gormley print. Incorporating text from the Booker Prize winning Schindler’s Ark, it is the latest in a series of fundraiser publications from Oak Tree Fine Press, which raises money for HIV and AIDS victims. Other contributors to the series include Gilbert & George, Yoko Ono, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.
Oak Tree Fine Press was established through the support of Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee to raise money to help care for some of the more than 17 million children around the world made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. It produces signed editions by world leading authors and artists, with all profits going to selected charities.  Authors and artists published by the Press include:

·  J. M. Coetzee         
·  Doris Lessing            
·  John le Carré             
·   Salman Rushdie
·   Yoko Ono              
·   Gunter Grass              
·   Thomas Kenneally     
·   Toni Morrison

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Los Angeles/New York - On October 10, collectors focused their attention on Bonhams highly anticipated Fine Books & Manuscripts auction.  Simulcast to New York, the Los Angeles-based sale was comprised of fine and rare first edition books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and illustration art. Bonhams is proud to be the only auction house to offer bi-coastal previews to Books & Manuscripts clients.
Dr. Catherine Williamson, Department Director, Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams, said of the auction: "It was a very good day for a sale, with bidders in the room, on the phone, and via the internet.  The large collection of early printed material offered in this sale attracted buyers from around the globe, pushing prices well above expectations."
The marquee lot of the fall sale was a fresh-to-market first edition of the Oudry-illustrated edition of La Fontaine's Fables (est. $15,000-20,000, sold for $122,500) 1755-59.   This copy is particularly rare and interesting as it was finely colored in the 18th century and heightened with gum arabic.
Williamson said of the book: "Colored copies of this title are exceedingly rare, especially in the present copy's condition.  The market responded accordingly."
Another finely hand-colored book in the sale was McKenney and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America (est. $40,000-60,000, sold for $92,500), which is one of the most famous American color-plate books.  The idea of assembling the portraits of Native Americans, painted in Washington by Charles Bird King, into a publication was that of Thomas L. McKenney, who enlisted the Ohio writer James Hall to assist with the project. Various setbacks occurred during the process, but the pair produced what is considered by many to be one of the most distinctive and important books in Americana.
Strength in American depictions of the West continued throughout the sale with a fascinating album of watercolors and sketches by J. Bridgham, done on his travels through the West in 1887 and during his visit to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1886. The most interesting group is certainly the eight portraits of Apache Indians being held prisoner at Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) in St. Augustine. These were the Apaches that surrendered along with Geronimo in Arizona that same year. Other illustrations contained within the album included depictions of Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1887 during the Centennial Celebration; the Humboldt Sink in Nevada and the plains nearby; Green River, Wyo.; scenes in the Arizona desert; a portrait of "an old squaw" in Arizona; and other unidentified views. Bridgham was a skilled amateur and his renderings include much of interest (est. $8,000-12,000, sold for $22,500).
A fascinating assortment of photographs of Iran and Iraq from late 19th-early 20th centuries that seem to have been collected by an American missionary family who lived in Tabriz, highlighted the photographs section of the sale. Rarely seen early subject matter includes the Shah of Iran's grounds and palace (interior and exterior), numerous rulers and chiefs, bastinado scenes, scenes of the bazaar in Tabriz, various types of Iranian residents including dervishes, musicians, a dentist, Armenians and Kurds. The album also includes views along the Tigris River, ruins of Persepolis, landmarks in Mosul, Tehran and Baghdad, group photographs of the missionary family, their church in Tabriz, the Armenian school, the "girl's school" and Shaw Memorial Boy's School in Tabriz, and much else of interest (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $22,500).
Highlighting the early printed books section of the auction was a first edition of the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel, one of the most lavishly illustrated books of the 15th century (est. $20,000-30,000, sold for $56,250). The highly sought after volume contains approximately 1,809 woodcut illustrations printed from 645 blocks.
The artists Wohlgemut and Pleydenwurff are mentioned in the colophon; at the time they were producing the cuts, Albrecht Dürer was apprenticed to Wohlgemut's studio.  The illustrations were, in fact, the catalyst for the project. The two artists approached Anton Koberger with the idea for the "Chronicle," and, by securing sponsors, persuaded him to undertake the printing. Some 2,000 copies were printed in Latin, followed five months later by a German language edition of the same size.
Additional early printed works included an original leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (est. $30,000-50,000, sold for $56,250) and Albrecht Dürer's masterpiece on proportion, titled Hierinn sind begriffen vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion (est. $25,000-30,000, sold for $47,500).
Later items of note included a large and striking original illustration by Arthur Rackham from The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie published in 1910 depicting Brunhilde before she is awakened by the hero Siegfried (est. $20,000-30,000, sold for $31,250).

Talking Rare Books (Tampa, Florida)

For our Florida colleagues on the Sarasota-Tampa-St Petersburg network:

The Florida Bibliophile Society hosts a guest lecture by one of our longstanding associates:

"The Mulvihill Collection of Rare & Special Books and Prints:
The Evolution & Education of a Collector"
With a display table of selected rarities.

Venue: University of Tampa, Macdonald-Kelce Library
16 October 2011. 1:30PM

Guest Speaker: Maureen E. Mulvihill
Princeton Research Forum, Princeton, NJ.

The strengths of this collection are books by early-modern English & Irish women writers, such as Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips, Lucy Hutchinson, 'Ephelia', Ann (Finch) Countess of Winchilsea, Delarivier[e] Manley, Ann Lady Fanshawe, Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale), Maria Edgeworth, Mary Tighe, Mary Shackleton Leadbeater, as well as later offerings by Anna Jameson, Sarah Hale, Vita Sackville-West, and Virginia Woolf (Hogarth Press imprint, with original jacket by Vanessa Bell). Also of interest, the collected writings of Anna Maria Van Schurman and a copy of the popular 19thC classic: Godey's Lady's Book. Shakespeareans and devotees of the American theatre will enjoy seeing several original playbills from Joseph Papp's 'Shakespeare in the Park' series, New York City.

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NBA October Book, Art & Ephemera Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, October 23rd auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of artwork and ephemera.  This auction will feature several personal libraries of scholarly books relating to literature and philosophy as well as a large estate collection of art and architecture related reference books, many in large, folio formats. In addition, several lots of coins and currency will be offered.

Featured books include a number of landmark printings, as well as manuscript leaves dating back to the 15th century.  The manuscript leaves originate from several areas of the world and feature both engraved and hand-illumined vellum examples. Among the important book offerings is the complete ten-volume works of Cicero printed during the years 1546 through 1567 by Sebastian Gryphius of Lyon.  This complete set is extremely rare, with no auction records on file of this complete set coming to market.  Also being offered at this auction is a volume from the seminal work by Nicholas Rowe in 1709 to release the works of Shakespeare in its first non-folio format, with illustrations and modern punctuation.  More recent books that will be sold feature modern first editions of mystery writings, Civil War histories, and a quantity of decorative antique titles.

Found throughout this auction will be important and pleasing pieces of art, both modern and antique.  Highlighted are two original marble sculptures by Masayuki Nagare, the celebrated Japanese sculptor whose pieces can be found in focal international settings including an impressive example that stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center buildings before they were destroyed.  Other Asian artwork will also be sold, alongside antique engravings, early hand-colored botanical and ichthyological plates and other fine specimens.

This auction includes many lots of ephemera.  Featured are several scrapbooks and other lots which contain original photographs and other material from Nazi Germany.  Of note is a series of collectible color trade cards showing athletes from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.   Along with German and other international currency, there are also a number of lots offering original Civil War currency, primarily Confederate examples. Earlier ephemera items include vintage and antique postcards and an impressive collection of antique maps highlighted by original engraved examples on laid paper with hand-coloring, dating back to the 1600’s.

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 23rd 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.

Dallas Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Recognized as one of the finest antique shows in the world, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will be held November 2-6, 2011 at the new, state-of-the-art Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and will feature more than 80 of the world's most acclaimed exhibitors, including TEFAF Maastricht exhibitors Antiquariaat FORUM BV, Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Dr. Joern Guenther Rare Books AG and Inlibris, who will each showcase their impressive collections of rare books, manuscripts and autographs. Also highlighted at the show will be fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian antiquities, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, contemporary art and more.
Notable guests at last year’s show included Laura Bush, who charmed exhibitors with a surprise visit  during the last day of the show. The former First Lady was accompanied by Debbie Francis and interior designer Ken Blasingame who helped the Bushes with the décor in the White House residence. Also seen shopping the show were Margot Perot, Catherine Perot, Betty Blake, Alan May, Joanne Stroud, Lynn and Alan McBee, Steve and Anne Stoghill, Phil Lacerte, Larry and Joyce Lacerte, Frank Bonilla and Minnie Carruth.
Adding to the show’s cultural experience, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will present an educational lecture series that is free to the public as well as show attendees.  The lecture series will include presentations on a wide array of captivating topics by respected dealers and industry experts, including Alan C. Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library; Dr. Joern Guenther of Dr. Joern Guenther Rare Books; and Miller Gaffney of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory.
“What makes this show so unique is that it brings together more than 80 world-renowned galleries in a location that couldn’t be more fitting for an event of this nature,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “With its iconic design and high-end finishes, the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is the perfect setting for the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show.”

The Palm Beach Show Group is pleased to announce that TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), Dallas' premier umbrella arts organization, has once again been selected as the charity partner for the prestigious opening night preview party of the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show.  Since 1966, TACA has promoted a diverse and vibrant North Texas arts scene by providing financial support, building public awareness and increasing participation for performing arts organizations.  TACA began as an auction to benefit the Dallas Theater Center, and has grown into a year-round organization that has donated millions of dollars to approximately 75 arts organizations.

The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is located at 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving, Texas. Las Colinas, a 12,000-acre master planned community known worldwide for its quality as a major business center, is home to 2,000-plus corporations and the global headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies, with a taxable base of more than $7 billion. The community's central location between Dallas and Fort Worth as well as the DFW International Airport makes it an attractive location for business and commerce.
This area of Irving boasts several luxury resorts, including the only 5 Diamond resort in Texas, The Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort. In addition, the area is home to the world's largest equestrian sculpture, the bronze Mustangs of Las Colinas, which gallop across the granite stream in Williams Square. Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canal wind through the urban center while the Las Colinas APT rides high overhead connecting the various office towers. Las Colinas also features three private country clubs and four championship golf courses surrounded by gated communities.

For more information, please call (561) 822-5440 or visit www.dallasfallshow.com.

Swann's Eric C. Caren Results and Sum

New York—Swann Galleries’ Thursday, September 15 auction of the Eric C. Caren Collection containing printed, manuscript and photographic documentation of great events from American history and beyond, including posters, pamphlets, books, maps, newspapers, and broadsides from the 16th through 20th centuries. There was much interest from collectors, dealers and institutions, and as a result, the sale grossed $657,888, comfortably within the estimate range.

Rick Stattler, Swann’s Americana specialist said, “Swann kicked off its fall season in grand style with the first installment of Caren Collection. Many of our regular customers commented on the unusual breadth of the lots in this sale.”

The top lot was King Charles II’s 1674 authorization for Edmund Andros to take possession of New York from the Dutch, sometimes called “The Birth Certificate of New York.” It sold to Seth Kaller, Inc. of White Plains, NY, a leading Americana dealer, for $120,000. He also won several other important lots, including a Thomas Edison archive ($14,400) and a rare official printing of James Madison’s Virginia Resolution ($11,400).

At least two significant auction records were set. An illustrated Philadelphia broadside titled “Remarks on the Slave Trade,” brought $14,400—a record for any of the many engravings of the famous slave ship Brooks; and a well-preserved copy of The Arraignment, Tryal, and Condemnation of Captain William Kidd, for Murther and Piracy, 1701, which brought a record $7,200.

Among the books in the auction, a 1677 Boston first edition of Hubbard’s Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians brought $24,000, and a first English edition of Exquemelin’s Bucaniers of America brought $11,400—both going to collectors.

The first printed baseball scorecard—from a game played in Philadelphia in 1866—sold to a collector for $36,000, against an estimate of $5,000 to $7,500. It was helped by an article in the sports section of the Philadelphia Inquirer that ran the day before the auction.

The University of Virginia purchased a runaway slave poster by John W. Tyler offering a $200 Reward for the apprehension of Ludwell, Warrenton, VA, 1854, for $7,800.

Newspapers were another strength of the sale, which will not be a surprise to anyone who has followed Eric Caren’s career. Nine single issues of newspapers brought at least $3,000 each, led by a 1765 issue of the Boston Post-Boy regarding protests against the Stamp Act, which sold to a dealer for $19,200.

Other ephemera highlights included an original mechanical plan of the Lusitania’s steam piping by its builders, which may shed some light on the ship’s rapid sinking, ink drawing on tracing vellum, Clydebank, 25 Nov 1907, $15,600.

Among the many photographs in the sale, the top lot was a group of five cabinet card photographs of the Dalton Gang (four of them in their coffins), which sold to a dealer for $8,400. A collector took the top poster in the sale, an early Buffalo Bill piece that brought $6,720.

For complete results, an illustrated catalogue (with prices realized on request) is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010. Catalogue and prices are also available online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to propose consignments to upcoming Americana auctions, please contact Rick Stattler by telephone at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or email: rstattler@swanngalleries.com.

*All prices include buyer’s premium.

U Penn Launches "Penn in Hand"

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the conclusion of a two-year project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to digitize and make available on the World Wide Web its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. *Penn in Hand: Selected Manuscripts* (http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren/) currently offers over 950 entries for facsimiles of manuscripts produced in Europe before 1601 and now held by Penn.  Over the next year another 260+ facsimiles will appear on the site for collections in which some of the materials date prior to 1601.  In addition, the Web site presents approximately one hundred facsimiles for the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection, an important group of early manuscripts, comprising mostly secular texts related to mathematics, science, and technology.  In April 2011 the Schoenbergs announced a formal agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to donate their collection over the next several years.  By the end of 2012 facsimiles for the entire Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection will appear on *Penn in Hand*, yielding over 1,400 entries for European manuscripts dated before 1601.  The site allows several levels of magnification, single-page as well as opening views, and both keyword and faceted searching; it includes tables of contents when appropriate, as well as direct links to illustrations.

For inquiries, please contact: Nancy Shawcross, Curator of Manuscripts  (shawcros@upenn.edu)

NBA Columbian Exposition Results

ITHACA, NY National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, October 2nd auction featuring a broad assortment of collectible books and ephemera, highlighted by several important signed volumes from noted authors, early American history works, and an extensive collection from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. This 450-lot auction also featured an assortment of vivid, colorful posters, some featuring the work of notable artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

An original hand-illumined vellum Christian manuscript in Latin fetched a hammer price of $7637.50 (including buyer’s premium). Bound in an early-tooled calf binding with vellum endpapers and raised bands, this French-produced manuscript dated from the late 14th century.  The elaborately bordered opening page featured a seven-line cameo of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus.

Realizing a hammer price of $1175.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a scarce, presentation proof copy of Cadwallader D. Colden’s memoir “Celebration of the Completion of the New York Canals.” This noteworthy work was published to celebrate the completion of the Erie Canals, which cut transportation costs from the Great Lakes to New York City, making New York the world’s greatest commercial city.  This book contains many lithograph plates, facsimiles, and fold-outs.

Another notable item was a 1950 limited edition author-signed set of “The Complete Works of Robert Frost,” which brought a hammer price of $780.00 (including buyer’s premium). This two-volume set is one of fifteen out of series presentation copies. Fifteen hundred copies of this set had been printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club under the direction of Bruce Rogers at The Marchbanks Press, the decorations having been engraved in wood by Thomas W. Nason.

A 35-volume set of “The Jesuit Relations & Allied Documents” dated 1898-1900 brought a hammer price of $780.00 (including buyer’s premium). This antique set provides a history of the travels, explorations, and documents of Jesuit missionaries, and is a limited edition number 535 of 750.

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 23rd 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
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