November 2011 Archives

DALLAS, TX - Heritage Auctions has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2012, the structure of its Buyer’s Premium (BP) will be changing in several of its categories. While 13 of the company’s 33 categories will remain at 19.5% or 15%, the rest of the Heritage categories will implement the change.

“We make very careful and considered decisions at Heritage, and this was not one that we came to lightly,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “Heritage is a major player on the world auction stage, and our BP rates will now be competitive with the rest of the world’s key auctioneers.”

In the categories of American Indian Art, American Art, European Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts, Illustration Art, Jewelry, Lalique & Art Glass, Luxury Accessories, Modern & Contemporary Art, Music & Entertainment, Natural History, Photography, Pre-Columbian, Rare Books, Silver & Vertu, Texas Art, Timepieces, Vintage Guitars and Western Art, buyers will pay a BP of 25% of the hammer price on the first $50,000 of each lot purchased, 20% on the portion between $50,000 to $1,000,000 and 12% on any amount more than $1,000,000.
The minimum BP of $14 per lot will also continue to apply.

There will be no change in Buyer’s Premium for US Coins, World Coins, Currency, Wine and Arms & Armor, which remain at 15% or for Americana & Political, Civil War & Militaria, Comics & Comic Art, Historic Manuscripts, Movie Posters, Space Exploration, Vintage Sports Collectibles and Texana auctions, which remain at 19.5%. In Gallery Auctions, meaning those auctions with sealed bids, mostly bulk numismatic material at Heritage, the BP will also remain at 19.5%.

The Great Big American Auction Debut

LONG BEACH, CA - ABC has announced that it will air The Great Big American Auction, starring Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, one of America's leading reality TV personalities, and featuring exclusively Heritage Auctions’ experts, auction services and staff, in a very special television first made-for-TV auction event, at 10 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The special was produced by Cineflix (Auction) Inc. for ABC. Executive Producers are Lisa Levenson, Ty Pennington, Joe Houlihan and Simon Lloyd.

Ty Pennington has been transforming people’s homes and lives for several years now as the host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and has now found an exciting new way to change lives by turning their memorabilia and assorted hidden finds into treasures worth life-changing amounts of money.
After scouring flea markets, cellars, attics and yard sales to find one-of-a-kind items whose owners have no idea of their real value, Pennington, with a team of experts from Heritage Auctions, tags the best items and brings them to The Queen Mary oceanliner in Long Beach, CA for The Great Big American Auction. The exceptional collectibles range from first edition classic comic books to rare American currency to an early 20th century baseball icon’s checkbook, and much more in-between, all chosen for their rarity, value and the uniqueness of the consignor’s story.
“It’s a great thrill to be part of this major network, prime time show, to work with Cineflex and ABC and a star the magnitude and class of Ty Pennington,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “We went to great lengths with our staff and experts to make sure that all these unique items have great stories and that they live up to Heritage’s exacting consignment standards. We hope that everyone will enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed being a part of it.”
Objects originally bought for mere dollars, or literally plucked right out the trash will go for thousands of dollars as their lucky owners' lives are changed for the better.
The Great Big American Auction will air on THURSDAY, DEC. 8 AT 10 P.M. (ET) on The ABC Television Network.
Heritage Auctions is always seeking “consignments with a story” for possible future TV projects. If you think you might have a unique item and a unique story, email to
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WELLESLEY, Mass. - The Davis Museum at Wellesley College will open an exhibition that explores the French roots of American Lithography on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  With a French Accent: French and American Lithography Before 1860 will include about fifty French and American prints from the collection of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.  On view through June 3, 2012 in the Morelle Lasky Levine '56 Works on Paper Gallery, the exhibition is free and open to the public. 

The exhibition With a French Accent and an accompanying publication uncover several themes: the important of French technology, the circulation and reproduction of French imagery, stylistic contributions of French lithographic artists, and the reproduction of American genre paintings by French publishers for distribution in Europe and the United States.

Among the prints on display will be John Rubens Smith’s portrait of his wife printed by Barnet & Doolittle about 1821.  The two partners studied lithography in Paris before trying to establish a firm in New York.  A lithograph, Piercing the Ears, published in New York in 1825 by Anthony Imbert, reproduced a lithograph by Léopold Boilly from his series, Les Grimaces, published in Paris from 1823-1828.  The Philadelphia firm Cephas G. Childs and Henry Inman also reproduced French prints.

Several French print publishers, Bailly and Ward, Turgis, and Goupil distributed prints in the United States through their shops in New York.  A dozen of their prints will be on display.  Several French lithographic artists settled in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston bringing new styles of drawing on stone to the American public.  For example, Francis D’Avignon was particularly adept at drawing portraits after photographs and Charles Crehan’s portrait of Jenny Lind is freely drawn with carefully delineated facial features.  William Schaus, Goupil and Company, and Michael Knoedler all published prints lithographed in Paris after American genre and history paintings by artists such as William Sidney Mount, Lily Martin Spencer, Junius Brutus Stearns, F. O. C. Darley, George Caleb Bingham, and Richard Caton Woodville.

The exhibition was curated by Georgia Brady Barnhill, Director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture, and Lauren B. Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, both of the American Antiquarian Society, based on research supported by funds from The Florence Gould Foundation of New York.

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library’s collections document the life of America’s people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.


Opening Celebration

Wednesday, March 14 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Davis Lobby and Galleries


Join us in celebrating this groundbreaking collaboration between the Davis and the American Antiquarian Society, as With A French Accent opens to the public.

Symposium: French and American Lithography: History and Practice

March 31, 2012

Collins Cinema


Co-hosted by the Davis and the American Antiquarian Society, this symposium explores transnational interconnection, particularly the impact on American lithography of artistic exchange between France and the United States through the 19th and 20th centuries and into contemporary practice. This daylong event at Wellesley College features a range of talks by exhibition curators Georgia Brady Barnhill and Lauren B. Hewes, and visiting scholars Marie-Stephanie Delmaire and Catherine Wilcox-Titus, and lithography demonstrations by a visiting artist and a master printer. This event as been generously supported by Jay and Deborah Last, by Wellesley College Friends of Art, by Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art.  Registration information may be found on the Davis Museum’s website: or by calling 781.283-2373.


Location: Wellesley College, 106 Central St., in Wellesley, Mass. 

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, Wednesday until 8 pm, and Sunday, noon-4 pm.  Closed Mondays, holidays, and Wellesley College recesses.

Admission is free and open to the public.
Telephone: 781-283-2051


Parking: Free and available in the lot behind the museum. Additional parking is available in the Davis Parking Facility. 
Tours: Led by student tour guides and curators. Free. Call 781-283-3382

Accessible: The Davis, Collins Café and Collins Cinema are wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available for use in the Museum without charge. Special needs may be accommodated by contacting Director of Disability Services Jim Wice at 781-283-2434 or


One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the United States, the Davis Museum is a vital force in the intellectual, pedagogical and social life of Wellesley College.  It seeks to create an environment that encourages visual literacy, inspires new ideas, and fosters involvement with the arts both within the College and the larger community.


The Wellesley College arts curriculum and the highly acclaimed Davis Museum and Cultural Center are integral components of the College’s liberal arts education.  Departments and programs from across the campus enliven the community with world-class programming - classical and popular music, visual arts, theatre, dance, author readings, symposia and lectures by some of today’s leading artists and creative thinkers - most of which are free and open to the public. 

Located just 12 miles from Boston and accessible by public transit, Wellesley College’s idyllic surroundings provide a nearby retreat for the senses and inspiration that lasts well after a visit.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world.  Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,400 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries.

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Sofiya Cabalquinto

Results from NBA's November Auction

ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, November 20th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of artwork, maps, and ephemera. Highlights of this auction included several personal libraries of scholarly books relating to art, theology and a private collection of works by Anthony Burgess. This 422-lot auction also featured antique engravings with architectural content, Victorian chromo-lithographic items, and a collection of Asian art and artifacts.

A British first edition volume of Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange” fetched a hammer price of $2583.00 (including buyer’s premium). In 1998, the Modern Library ranked “A Clockwork Orange” 65th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. This 1962 dystopian novella contains an experiment in language: the characters often use an argot called "Nadsat", derived from Russian.

A lot containing two albums of antique Victorian chromolithographs reached an impressive hammer price of $3690.00 (including buyer’s premium). The albums contain a beautiful assortment of items, including vividly colored trade cards and advertisements.

Realizing a hammer price of $1291.50 (including buyer’s premium) was a first edition printing of “La Pirotechnia o Sia Trattato Dei Fouchi D'artificio” by Giuseppe Antonio Alberti Bolognese. This 1749 printing is the first Italian work on recreational fireworks. This volume is lavishly illustrated with fold-out plates showing a variety of fireworks.

An antique bronze Chinese Buddhist statue of Kwan Yin achieved a hammer price of $1140 (including buyer’s premium). Also known as the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. This statue depicts Kwan Yin sitting cross-legged on a lotus blossom, which is an iconic symbol of Buddhist purity.

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, December 4th 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

Kestenbaum's December Sale of Fine Judaica

Kestenbaum & Company will conduct an auction of Fine Judaica on Thursday, December 8 at 3:00 pm. The sale will be held at the company’s gallery at 242 West 30 Street in New York City. Buyers will be afforded an opportunity to select from an extensive selection of Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art. Featured in the sale will also be Rare Books from Jews’ College Library, London.

The Americana section of the sale boasts an item of great significance in the history of American Jewry: Speeches on the Jew Bill in the House of Delegates in Maryland, 1829.  This important text gave Jews residing in that state full civil rights that had up until that point been denied them. The pre-auction estimate is $15,000-20,000 (Lot 16). Further lots of interest include the very first publication of the American Union for Reform Judaism, Cincinnati, 1873, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 25); an Address on the Death of Abraham Lincoln given by prominent Philadelphia Rabbi Sabato Morais displaying the grief that Jews shared upon the president’s assassination, Philadelphia, 1865, estimate: $4,000-6,000 (Lot 26) and a printed invitation addressed to Rabbi Morais from then President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes to meet with him, Philadelphia, circa 1877, at an estimate of $2,000-2,500 (Lot 24). An important autograph letter, signed by Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler, portrays the Military Governor of New Orleans’ notorious anti-Semitism, dated October 23, 1862, estimate $6,000-9,000 (Lot 253).

Among the books of Hebraica being offered, the star lot is an excellent copy of Masecheth Bava Bathra, one of the most scarce and important tractates of Bomberg’s celebrated Talmud edition, Venice, 1521 at a pre-sale estimate of $100,000-120,000 (Lot 226). Further significant lots include a first edition, in very fine condition, of the Shela’h Siddur, Amsterdam, 1717, estimate $35,000-40,000 (Lot 175); an important Bible edition, Derech Ha’kodesh, prepared by Elias Hutter, Hamburg, 1587, estimate $5.000-7,000 (Lot 49) and a first edition of Tobias Cohn’s comprehensive illustrated Hebrew scientific encyclopedia, Ma’aseh Tuvia, Venice 1707-8 at an estimate of 3,000-5,000 (Lot 83). Other categories of Hebrew books include Kabbalistic texts and a number of important printed Chassidic books such as the first Tanya printed in America with manuscript corrections in the hand of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Brooklyn, 1953, at an estimate of $5,000-7,000 (Lot 77).

Notable selections among the Passover Hagadahs include the first Reform Hagadah, London, 1842, estimate $4,000-5,000 (Lot 113) and a Hagadah in Judeo-Tatar, Piotrkow, 1904, at an estimate of $1,500-2,000 (Lot 115). A mint copy of the celebrated David Moss Hagadah, Verona, 1987, one of 500 numbered copies, is also up for auction.  This beautifully designed book is truly a phenomenal bibliophilic achievement. The estimate is $12,000-15,000 (lot 126).

The Printed Books section spans the globe with a diverse range of texts relating to the socio-economic status of Jews in England, Australia, India, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, France and Asia. Of special interest is a highly unusual volume printed from wood-blocks on rice paper entitled Facsimiles of the Hebrew Manuscripts Obtained at the Jewish Synagogue in K’ae-Fung Foo, Shanghai, 1851, estimated at $8,000-10,000 (Lot 80). Also of note is an exotic Judaic school textbook printed in 1915 in Beru, located in the Pacific Islands, and composed in the Gilbertese language, estimated at $1,000-1,500 (Lot 199). The section also includes notable books relating to the Jews in Syria, Libya, Persia and Baghdad.

An important highlight among other historic books is the second edition of Confusión de Confusiones, by Joseph Penso de la Vega, one of the foremost writers and thinkers among the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of Amsterdam, in which he theorizes, describes and defines the operations of the Stock Market, Breslau, 1919, estimate $1,500-2,000 (Lot 202). A singular Zionist item issued immediately following the Balfour Declaration is a Programme of a Jewish Demonstration to Thank His Majesty’s Government for Their Declaration in Favour of the Establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish People, London, 1917, at an estimate of $1.000-1,500 (Lot 237). Other Zionist books include the first American edition of Theodor Herzl’s Der Judenstaat-The Jewish State, New York, 1904, estimate $2,000-3,000 (Lot 235), as well as the first American Yiddish edition, Der Idenshtat, New York, 1917, estimate $1,200-1,800 (Lot 236). Holy Land related texts include Plate Books such as Willem & David Goeree’s Mosaize Historie der Hebreeuwse Kerke, an attractive four volume set of a study of Jewish antiquities, Amsterdam, 1700, estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 107); Dutch traveller and painter Cornelis de Bruyn’s Reizen… Delft, 1698, estimate 2,000-3,000 (Lot 152) and Views in Palestine from the Original Drawings of Luigi Mayer, London, 1804, at an estimate of $4,000-5,000 (Lot 153).

Within the Manuscripts section of the auction, a highly attractive festival Prayer-Book according to the custom of Avignon, 1689, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 268) is featured. Other noteworthy highlights include a group of medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscript fragments from the Workshop of the Lisbon Bible, late fifteenth century, estimate $12,000-18,000 (Lot 301); a manuscript dated 1750 listing those Jews privileged by King Frederick II of Prussia with the right to reside in Berlin, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 269) and a Judeo Persian manuscript of the Ethics of the Fathers, Persia, 1913-1924, estimate $3,000-4,000 (Lot 288).  The section also includes eye-catching illuminated Ketubot from Bulgaria and Italy.

Autograph Letters by illustrious Jewish spiritual leaders include missives by Maharam Schick, The Komarner, Reb Chaim Brisker, The Grand Rabbis of the Vishnitz Chassidic dynasty, The Yenukah of Stolin, Rabbis Aaron Kotler and Moshe Feinstein. One standout lot is an important letter from R. Moses Sofer, the “Chatham Sofer” which includes a response to a Halachic question concerning inheritance matters, Pressburg, 1834, at an estimate of $45,000-50,000 (Lot 311).

The catalogue cover lot is an extraordinary illuminated manuscript composed on a large vellum sheet, depicting King Nebuchadnezzar's dream from the Book of Daniel and explaining it in exhaustive detail in Hebrew. The King's vision is a revelation of the future history of the world and of events that must precede the dawn of the Messianic Age. No other Jewish depiction of this biblical key to world history is known. The pre-auction estimate is $20,000-30,000 (Lot 322).

A number of fine paintings round out the sale including an Austrian landscape by Isidor Kaufmann (Lot 334); a poignant painting of a Sabbath Eve scene by Marcin Gottlieb, younger brother of the celebrated Maurycy (Lot 333); a pen and ink drawing of Charlie Chaplin by Marc Chagall dated 1929 (Lot 331), and drawings by Issacher Ryback (Lots 337 & 338). Other art (including illustrated books) sure to garner interest include works by Ilya Schor, Saul Raskin, Mane-Katz, Herman Struck, Max Spilhaczek, Ze’ev Raban, Arthur Szyk, Imre Amos, Otto Eichinger and Abraham Rattner. The sale concludes with a fine photograph by Roman Vischniac.

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

New Jersey Antiquarian Book Fair

EAST HANOVER, NJ - DECEMBER 2 & 3, 2011: Garry Austin of Austin’s Antiquarian Books & Tina Bruno of Flamingo Eventz, LLC have reached an agreement for Flamingo to assume management and operation of this very popular and long-running show. Now in its 20th year, this has become one of the important Metro NY/NJ shows under Mr. Austin’s guidance.

Both parties emphasize that there will be no disruptions in operation of the show as a result of this arrangement - booth assignments will be retained and Mr. Austin will remain as an exhibitor and consultant at the show. Ms. Bruno emphasized that all the familiar and expected Flamingo features will be added, such as enhanced advertising, social media contacts, reduced youth admission fees, and Book, Paper & Antique Appraisals by John Bruno and guest appraisers on Sunday from 1-3pm at $5/item.

At the 20th Annual New Jersey Book & Ephemera Fair you'll find collectible books, autographs, maps, prints, photographs, postcards, magazines, advertising, and more! It’s all happening Friday, December 2 5-9pm and Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10am-4pm at The Ramada Hotel & Conference Center on Rt 10 in East Hanover, NJ Exhibitors from throughout the Northeast will be offering an exciting array of printed text, images, specialists displaying children's books, fine & decorative arts, modern literature, local history, Americana, technology, science, music, social reforms & labor history, religion, and so much more!

Exhibitors include: Austin's Antiquarian Books, Wilmington, VT; Bartleby's Books, Washington, DC; Better Book Getter, New York, NY; Bill Hutchison, Mendenhall, PA; Brian Cassidy, Bookseller, Takoma Park, MD; Brooklyn Books, Brooklyn, NY; Butternut Valley Books, Gilbertsville, NY; Charles Lloyd Rare Books, Howell, NJ; Colophon Books, Layton, NJ; Dubois Rare Books, New York, NY; Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Annandale, VA; First Place Books, Walkersville, MD; Gary White - Bookseller, Montrose, NY; James Arsenault & Company, Arrowsic, ME; Jeff Bergman Books, Fort Lee, NJ; Kings Arms Rare Books, Williamsburg, VA; Melrose Books & Art, Melrose, MA; Mori Books, Milford, NH; Mosher Books, Ephrata, PA; Nicholas Riccio Rare Books & Prints, Florham, NJ; Old Book Shop, Morristown, NJ; Peter Luke Old & Rare Books, New Baltimore, NY; Shelter Island Antiques & Art, Shelter Island, NY; Stan Gorski - Books, Doylestown, PA; The Archive, Lansdale, PA; The Card Shark, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, NJ; The John Bale Book Company, Waterbury, CT; The Zussman Collection, Brigantine, and NJ; Thomas R. Farley, West Orange, NJ. These and many other other fine Exhibitors will be found at this exceptional show.

Date: December 2 & 3, 2011.
Location: The Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 130 Rt. 10 W, East Hanover, NJ 07936.
Hours: Friday 5-9pm / Saturday: 10am-4pm.
Admission: Adults: $6, Youths 12-21: $3, under 12: free w/paid Adult.
Directions: Check our website,, for full details, merchandise samples, discount coupons and easily downloaded maps.
Miscellaneous: Appraisals Saturday 1-3pm, $5/Item. Restaurant on-site. Plenty of Free Parking.

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Formal Antiques Shows, and Antiques Appraisal Events in the Northeast. They have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 17 years experience as professional event promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who appears on numerous shows discussing and appraising antiques.

Editors: For further information, photographs, descriptions, or dealer biographies, please contact: TINA or JOHN BRUNO at FLAMINGO EVENTZ, LLC.
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Raymond Chandler Collection at Sotheby's

On 13th December 2011 Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in New York will include The Jean-Vounder Davis Collection of the Raymond Chandler Library -a unique group of books from the collection of one of America’s greatest detective fiction writers. Many of the titles are personalized by the author and offer a fascinating insight to his closest relationships. The writer rarely inscribed his works and this is by far the most important Chandler collection to have appeared on the market.

After Raymond Chandler’s death all of these books, manuscripts, and screenplays entered the library of his secretary and fiancé Jean Vounder-Davis, whose daughter has consigned the collection. Despite a 30 year age gap, Jean cared for the author keeping him healthy, sober, and focused on his writing. In turn he helped to care for her children, becoming their legal guardian.

The group is led by a remarkable double presentation copy of The Big Sleep - Chandler’s momentous first novel - that is inscribed to his beloved wife, Cissy (est.$80/120,000). Raymond Chandler met Cissy Pascal in 1919 after his return from the war. The dominant figure in his life, she would go on to become the crucial force that propelled him into writing. Twenty years his senior, Cissy was married when she met Chandler; however she divorced her husband and married the writer in 1924. In the 1930s Chandler lost his job as an oil company executive as a result of his heavy drinking and promiscuity. This led him to pursue a writing career which started with the publication of The Big Sleep in 1938. The landmark book introduced the character of Philip Marlowe, profoundly changing American detective fiction. This first edition is inscribed: “For my Cissy / Who wants something / much better, but was / pleased even with this / Raymond / La Jolla Jan 1939 / Riverside Feb 1939.”

Chandler’s personal copy of The Big Sleep is also included in the sale with the inscription: “For me / without my compliments / Raymond Chandler / Riverside Feb 1939” (est. $60/80,000). The novel was written over three months in the summer of 1939, with the absence of a clean ending in which justice was served, setting it apart from much detective fiction of the day.

A dedication copy of the first edition of Chandler’s novel Playback has been inscribed to Jean Fracasse, who would later revert to her maiden name of Jean Vounder-Davis. It references the support the author showed his friend during her divorce: “To / Jean / With Love and dedication, and having given me / the opportunity to be her / bulwark and defender / against and odious and /entirely unwarranted attack. / I still am. I always shall / be Ray / La Jolla August 1958” (est. $10/15,000). In addition, the novel is dedicated to Jean along with Chandler’s agent Helga Greene with whom the author would become romantically involved. Even when he was in a relationship with Helga, Chandler continued to provide for Jean Fracasse and her children, even signing over the Commonwealth rights of this book to her. The auction also offers a remarkable insight into two of Chandler’s literary friendships. He met Ian Fleming in 1955 during a dinner at Stephen Spender’s home in London where the James Bond author admired the depth which Chandler had written into his creation, Philip Marlowe. The meeting came at a time when Fleming was considering ending the Bond series, feeling he had reached an impasse with the character. Chandler seems to have reinvigorated his friend, with the subsequent Bond novels displaying the kind of rich character development he associated with Philip Marlowe.

A first edition of Goldfinger is a superb example of the friendship between the two authors and is inscribed: “To Ray / with much affection / from / Ian” (est. $60/80,000). In his first edition copy of From Russia With Love
Chandler has graded the previous Bond titles, ironically, From Russia With Love receives only a B unlike Moonraker and Live and Let Die which are both awarded an A (est. $10/15,000).

In a copy of Three of a Kind, the author James Cain thanks Chandler for his work on the Double Indemnity movie script (est. $15/20,000). Chandler did not enjoy the experience, but the film would go on to earn seven Oscar nominations. His personal copy of the Three of a Kind script is also included in the sale (est. $8/12,000). When he started working on the script Chandler had little idea how the screenwriting process worked, however after a difficult start the working relationship between Chandler and Cain would go on to produce one of the most important works of film noir.

The sale will also feature Chandler’s legendary script for The Blue Dahlia (est. $7/10,000). In 1944 the makers of The Blue Dahlia were thrown into a panic as their lead actor Alan Ladd faced the possibility of a second Army tour of duty. Chandler therefore was brought in quickly to begin adapting his unfinished Dahlia story. With this accelerated schedule, Chandler went to the film makers claiming that the only way he would be able to finish the script was if he were allowed to work from home and relapse into drinking. The studio agreed both to this and his request for two limousines to be available to him at all times along with six secretaries in three shifts of two.

Chandler’s last film project was working on the script of Strangers on a Train for Alfred Hitchcock (est. $7/10,000). Chandler was soon replaced after Hitchcock overhead Chandler describe him as a “fat bastard” but enough of his material was used that he was credited as the lead writer.
London - Christie’s is pleased to announce the upcoming auction An Iberian Private Collection with Part I: Important Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu on 8 December 2011 and Part II: Furniture, Silver, Jewellery, Paintings, European, Chinese and Islamic Ceramics on 9 December 2011. This eclectic collection, which spans the 16th to the 21st century, reflects the exquisite taste of a passionate collector and includes exceptional golden splendors which will appeal to both serious collectors and individuals looking for luxurious gifts in the festive season.

This superb collection was formed over five decades by a visionary connoisseur, known for his refined taste and expertise and a prominent figure in the art world since the 1960s. The sale is led by precious materials, notably gold which is present in all forms, from raw nuggets, gold leaf and ingots to elegant jewellery, engraved gold boxes and chased ornaments. Nearly 250 gold boxes and objects of vertu form Part I of the sale, with opulent and sophisticated designs, outstanding provenance and craftsmanship by the most renowned goldsmiths. Fine silver pieces, Chinese and European porcelain, Islamic Iznik ceramic and luxurious French and Iberian furniture are amongst the many other highlights of this collection which is remarkable in its breadth, diversity and quality. The two-part sale is estimated to achieve in the region of £2.5 million and comprises over 600 lots, with estimates starting from under £1,000. Top highlights include:

Miniatures and Gold Boxes
A George II gold snuff-box by Francis Harrache (1738-1754) is an elegant example of guilloché or engine-turning engraving (estimate: £50,000-70,000). Very much in the French taste and unlike other gold boxes by Francis Harrache, this example was produced in 1757; it is a timeless classic.

A fine Louis XV enamelled gold snuff-box by Jean Fremin (1738-1786), Paris, epitomises the skill and craftsmanship of the Parisian goldsmiths that were working during the reign of Louis XV. Created in 1759/1760, it is enamelled with a parrot, an example of the popularity that exotic birds in decorative scenes enjoyed on gold boxes during the 1750’s and early 1760’s (estimate: £200,000-300,000).

Chinese and European Ceramics
A large Chinese export Monogrammed part-dinner service from the late Qianlong period, circa 1785-1795, reflects the quality of the porcelain on offer. It includes various tureens, sauce boats, and a large series of plates, decorated in blue enamel and gilt with the monogram JLF in a shield (estimate: £20,000-30,000).

A George III brass mounted satinwood amaranth and painted sideboard, with its mirrored back, rich shimmering satinwood surface and elegant lines would be a superb dining room piece set with decorative silver, porcelains or glassware. Of the late 18th century, possibly by George Simson, it is estimated at £20,000 to £30,000.

A Portuguese Silver Flagon is a rare and large example of Portuguese silver from the 17th century - amphora-shaped and with the front engraved with a coat of arms within foliage mantling (estimate: £50,000-80,000).

A Portuguese silver-gilt salver, circa 1530-40 (illustrated right) comes from the de Sousa family of Prado, descendants of an illegitimate son of King Alphonso III of Portugal (estimate: £70,000-100,000). The coat of arms and feet probably date from the 18th century.

Old Master Picutres
Peaches, grapes, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, corn, a pomegranate and other fruit hanging from a blue ribbon in a niche is an opulent still-life by important Antwerp artist Joris van Son (1623-1667). The poet Cornelis de Bie described its fruits as so naturalistic that they would tempt a pregnant woman - alluding to the symbolism of fecundity and prosperity evoked by the painting (estimate: £20,000-30,000.

Auction: An Iberian Private Collection: Part I: Important Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu & Part II: Furniture, Silver, Jewellery, Paintings, European, Chinese and Islamic Ceramics on 8 & 9 December 2011
Viewing days: Christie’s London, 8 King Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QT, 2-8 December 2011 
PARIS Nov 23 - When Medieval and Renaissance art dealer Sandra Hindman of Galerie Les Enluminures in Paris purchased the “Hours of King Francis I” at the widely publicized July 7, 2010 sale of illuminated manuscripts and printed books forming part of the Arcana Collection (Part I) at Christie’s in London she was convinced that the manuscript was much more important than the auction catalogue or previous articles acknowledged.  Her instincts were right and now the Paris and Chicago-based gallery has sold the manuscript for an undisclosed price to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

At the Christie’s auction, the Hours of King Francis I, previously on deposit at the British Library, fetched £337,250 (about $540,000), against a low estimate of £ 300,000.
Hindman says, “King Francis I, the patron of the royal manuscript, was the quintessential Renaissance monarch, the founder of the Louvre, and the patron of Leonardo da Vinci.   My colleague Ariane Bergeron-Foote (archiviste-paléographe) and I knew that by virtue of its art and patronage this lavishly illustrated Book of Hours ranked high among the great treasures of illumination.”

“Auction houses do their best to understand each piece of art they sell but no one had really applied the weeks and months of research needed to expand on the corpus of knowledge about this particular Book of Hours. We decided we would do that and we launched a full-scale investigation.”

In Latin, the Hours of Francis I (Book of Rome) is an illuminated manuscript on parchment that includes 18 large miniatures and one historical initial by the Master of Francois de Rohan (Paris, active c1525-1546).

“Early on we confirmed that this was the only extant Book of Hours with a contemporary illumination actually made for King Francis I - an element not stressed in the auction catalogue,” Hindman says.

Hindman and Bergeron-Foote next set out to explain more fully why the King’s portrait faces such a rare text, the prayers to an unusual saint, Saint Marcoulf.  Veneration before Saint Marcoulf enabled the King to cure a rare skin disease among his subjects.  Hindman and Bergeron-Foote found that the prayers were probably written specifically for the King and appear only for the second time in this manuscript.  They further uncovered records of the King exercising these miraculous powers in his public appearances just around the time that the manuscript was illuminated.

“Most extraordinary, however,” Hindman says, “Is that as we combed the published literature and the archives, we discovered a key document that records that the “escripvain du roy” (or “king’s scribe) Jean Mallard was paid for writing a Book of Hours for Francis I at the end of 1538, when he delivered it to the king to be illuminated.  Following a disagreement with King Francis I, Mallard left France shortly thereafter to join the employ of King Henry VIII of England.  Scrupulous comparison between Mallard’s signed Psalter of Henry VIII, dated 1540, and the Hours of Francis I reveals close similarities in script, decoration, and even layout. The Hours of Francis I thus turns out to be a sort of sister manuscript of the celebrated royal Psalter of Henry VIII, penned by the same hand.”

Hindman adds that, “For the twenty years I have been in business I have always sought to apply the best expertise I can to unearth new information about the prized artworks I acquire.  I’m trained as an art historian and worked all my life as a professor, after all, and that’s what we do:  thoroughgoing research.  Now I apply the same principles to my business.  My willingness to invest my staff’s time, and to retain outside experts when  needed, truly adds to the relationships I have built with major museums, libraries, universities and private clients.  We rarely sell a work of art before ‘getting to the bottom of the story’ as it were.”

Photographs from the Francis I Book of Hours are currently available using the technology of “Turning the Pages” on the website of Les Enluminures:

New York, NY, November 22, 2011—Each New Year's Eve, millions raise their voices in a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne," standing with friends and looking back with nostalgia on days past. But how did a traditional Scots folk song—with lyrics that many people scarcely understand—emerge as one of the world's most enduring popular songs? It was Robert Burns (1759-1796), the great eighteenth-century Scottish poet, who transformed the old verses into the version we know today. Robert Burns and "Auld Lang Syne" at The Morgan Library & Museum untangles the complex origins of the song that has become, over time, a globally shared expression of friendship and longing. On view from December 14, 2011 through February 5, 2012, the exhibition features rare printed editions, a manuscript of the song in the poet's own hand, and selections from the Morgan's important collection of Burns letters—the largest in the world.

The Scots words for "old," "long," and "since" combine to form a phrase that translates loosely as "time gone by," "old time's sake," or, in some contexts, "once upon a time." But the old Scots phrase so gracefully evokes a sense of nostalgia that it has been embraced throughout the English-speaking world. Burns, who reworked the song for publication, declared that "a sprinkling of the old Scotish has an inimitable effect." While the song has become indelibly associated with New Year's Eve, it remains an anthem of friendship and remembrance. 

"There are some works of art that have become so much a part of our collective consciousness that we forget that they did not emerge fully formed," said Christine Nelson, the Morgan's Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts and Head of Interpretive Strategy. "'Auld Lang Syne' is just such a work. We are pleased to be able to look back at the early history of this familiar song by presenting selections from two of the Morgan's great collections: the Robert Burns letters and manuscripts purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1906, and the recently acquired James Fuld Collection of printed music."

Exhibition highlights

Like many traditional songs, "Auld Lang Syne" has a tangled history. The words and melody we sing today have roots in an old Scottish ballad and dance tune, but went through various incarnations before finally coming together in 1799 in A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs for the Voice. This important edition, published by George Thomson with major contributions by Robert Burns, is on view along with earlier volumes that trace the evolution of what has become one of the world's most popular songs.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a celebrated letter that Burns wrote to Thomson in 1793, filling page after page with comments on some seventy-four traditional songs. "One song more," Burns told Thomson, "& I have done. Auld lang syne—the air is but mediocre; but the following song, the old song of the olden times, & which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, untill I took it down from an old man's singing; is enough to recommend any air." Burns then wrote the now-famous words in his own hand.

In another important letter on view, written in 1788 to his friend Frances Dunlop, Burns made his first documented reference to the song. Mrs. Dunlop had recently seen a dear friend after a long separation. "We met as we parted after an interval of forty-five years," she told Burns. He replied with these lines: "Apropos, is not the Scots phrase, 'Auld lang syne,' exceedingly expressive. There is an old song & tune which has often thrilled thro' my soul." Over two hundred years later, we still associate the song with old friends and bittersweet nostalgia.

Though Burns preferred to minimize his contribution and claim that he did nothing more than copy a traditional song, even George Thomson, who was the first to publish "Auld Lang Syne" as we know it, felt that "the Song affords evidence of our Bard himself being the author." Indeed, Burns devoted the last ten years of his short life to collecting old verses for publication in two major compilations of Scottish song, and he freely revised and "mended" as he saw fit, even composing new poetry to accompany traditional tunes.

The exhibition presents versions of "Auld Lang Syne" that predate the Burns version. On view, for example, is what is believed to be the earliest surviving manuscript rendering of a ballad beginning Should old acquaintance be forgot, written in a nobleman's commonplace book from the 1660s. The "old acquaintance" of this ballad is a faithless lover ("the most disloyall maid that ever my eye hath seen") rather than a beloved old friend. Though the first line is familiar, the rest of the text bears little resemblance to the enduring version that Burns gave us over a century later.

The tune we now call "Auld Lang Syne," too, has a complex history. On view is a mid-eighteenth-century compilation that includes "The Miller's Wedding," a strathspey (a type of Scottish dance) that includes a hint of the tune we now call "Auld Lang Syne." In 1792, James Johnson published the now-familiar tune in his collection The Scots Musical Museum—but it accompanied the words of a song called "O Can Ye Labor Lea, Young Man," not "Auld Lang Syne." In fact, when the Burns version of "Auld Lang Syne" was published for the first time in 1796, in a later volume of the Museum, the words were paired with an altogether different tune.

It was George Thomson who first brought the words and music together in his Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs in 1799, after Burns's death. It was not unusual to pair verses with whatever popular tune provided a good metrical fit, so it was simple for Thomson to make the switch. Burns was not Thomson's only prominent collaborator; Thomson also engaged such prominent composers as Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven to compose new musical settings of Scottish songs for voice, piano, violin, and cello. The exhibition features an important manuscript, in Beethoven's own hand, of three of the settings that Thomson commissioned from the great German composer over the course of about a decade. Beethoven would later supply Thomson with a new setting for "Auld Lang Syne."

Since his death in 1796, Burns has remained wildly popular, and countless literary pilgrims have made their way to southwestern Scotland to pay him tribute. The exhibition includes, for example, a handful of pressed wildflowers gathered by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne during an 1857 visit, as well as a charming letter that John Keats wrote to his teenage sister during the 1818 trip that inspired his sonnet "On Visiting the Tomb of Burns." The original handwritten journal of the great Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott is shown open to this heartfelt tribute: "Long life to thy fame and peace to thy soul, Rob Burns. When I want to express a sentiment which I feel strongly, I find the phrase in Shakespeare or thee." And a copy of the 1787 edition of Burns's poems, lavishly rebound during the twentieth century and incorporating a bejeweled portrait of the author, is shown as a more recent example of "bardolotry." 


The exhibition includes an audio guide (accessible on complimentary listening devices available at the Morgan's information desk) that allows visitors to listen along as they look at rare printed musical scores that trace the evolution of the tune of "Auld Lang Syne." An online multimedia exhibition features a dozen printed editions and manuscripts, allowing web visitors to follow the early history of both the words and music of the song.

"Auld Lang Syne" in popular culture

During the 1920s and 1930s, the great bandleader Guy Lombardo adopted "Auld Lang Syne" as his signature song. Since then, many popular films that have featured the song at key moments in the action. In Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946), George Bailey's brother memorably leads friends, family, and neighbors in the song to mark the moment when George (Jimmy Stewart) reclaims his appreciation for life. In Waterloo Bridge (1940), the glamorous Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor dance by candlelight to a wordless version of the song. In Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally (1989), two good friends admit their love for each other as strains of the song play at the culmination of a New Year's Eve party. When Harry (Billy Crystal) wonders what the song means, Sally (Meg Ryan) declares, simply, "It's about old friends," echoing Robert Burns's famous letter to Frances Dunlop, which is on view in the exhibition. And in the 2008 film Sex and the City, Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis of The Cast perform the song as it was first published in 1796—with Burns's words set to a now unfamiliar tune.

The Morgan's Scottish holdings

The Morgan Library & Museum is the most important repository of Scottish literary manuscripts and letters outside of Scotland. Holdings include a manuscript of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the hand of Robert Louis Stevenson; half the surviving manuscripts of the novels of Sir Walter Scott (including Ivanhoe and Guy Mannering) as well as the whole of his personal journal; and over 120 letters of Robert Burns which incorporate manuscripts of at least one hundred poems. The Morgan's Burns collection includes the two principle series of his surviving letters: those to the music seller and editor George Thomson, and those to Frances Anna Dunlop, a widow with whom Burns enjoyed a long correspondence.

The James Fuld Music Collection

In 2008 the Morgan purchased the James Fuld Collection, considered to be the finest private collection of printed music in the world. It includes thousands of first editions of classical and popular music from the eighteenth century to the present by American and European composers, in addition to legendary rarities such as the first issue of "The Star Spangled Banner." Mr. Fuld had a particular fondness for "Auld Lang Syne" and collected important early editions of the work as well as precursors to the song as we know it today.

Organization and Sponsorship

This exhibition was made possible by a generous gift in honor of Mr. Thomas Burns Reid and Mrs. Mary Theresa Reid. 

Robert Burns and "Auld Lang Syne" is organized by Christine Nelson, the Morgan's Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts and Head of Interpretive Strategy.

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.

"Auld Lang Syne"

The Burns version,
from the Morgan manuscript

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my Dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu't the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidlet i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine:
But seas between us braid hae roar'd,
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty feire,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
The Burns version,
with Scots words translated

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my Dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We two have run about the hills,
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we've wander'd many a weary foot,
Since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the brook,
From mornin' sun till dinnertime:
But seas between us broad have roar'd,
Since auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand o' thine;
And we'll take a right goodwill draft,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll buy your pint-cup,
And surely I'll buy mine;
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Public Programs

Gallery Talk

Friday, December 16, 7 p.m.

Robert Burns and "Auld Lang Syne"

With Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts



Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
Days of Auld Lang Syne: Euan Morton Sings Songs of Scotland
On the eve of Burns Day (the poet's birthday), noted singer and actor Euan Morton (Taboo, Measure for Pleasure, Sondheim on Sondheim) presents a wide-ranging program of classical and contemporary songs in celebration of Scotland, including works by the beloved songwriter and poet Robert Burns. Pianist and composer Bryan Reeder accompanies Morton in a performance not to be missed.

Tickets: $25 for Non-Members; $20 for Members; (Tickets go on sale December 1,

*The exhibition Robert Burns and "Auld Lang Syne" will be open at 6:30 pm especially for concert attendees. 

The Morgan Library & Museum

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

General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

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

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


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

New York—On Thursday, December 8, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, and Ephemera, which features maps of American interest from a private collection, a fine assortment of atlases and other maps, books with plates and individual decorative graphics, and a selection of ephemera ranging from bookmarks to playing cards to table games.

Highlights among the American map collection include some significant 18th-century examples, such as Robert Morden, A New Map of the English Empire in America, London, circa 1700 (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000); Herman Moll, A new and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of great Britain on ye Continent of North America, London, circa 1735 ($10,000 to $15,000); Fry-Jefferson, A Map of the most inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole Province of Maryland, London, 1775 ($12,000 to $18,000); and William Faden, The Province of New Jersey, Divided into East and West, based on the Ratzer survey and considered one of the most important general maps of New Jersey during the revolutionary period, London, 1777 ($15,000 to $25,000).

From the 17th century are the very rare first issue of Giovanni Battista Nicolosi, Mexicum In hac forma in lucem edebat, Rome, 1660, with the Rio Grande called Rio Escondido and without Lake Ontario named or shaded; and Willem Blaeu, Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica, Amsterdam, 1635 ($10,000 to $15,000).
Among the map highlights in the rest of the sale are an early manuscript plat map of Rhode Island’s Conanicut Island, circa 1723 ($5,000 to $7,500); Philip Lea, A new Map of New England - New York - New Jarsay - Pensilvania - Maryland and Virginia, London, circa 1715-20 ($6,000 to $9,000); John Melish, Map of Pennsylvania . . . Corrected and Improved to 1826, a large engraved wall map, Philadelphia, 1826 ($12,000 to $18,000); and S. Augustus Mitchell, Map of Mexico, including Yucatan & Upper California . . . 1847, Philadelphia, 1846 ($3,000 to $4,000).

A choice selection of atlases includes Heinrich Scherer, Geographia Naturalis sive Fabrica Mundi sublunaris ab Artifice bound with Geographia Hierarchica sive Status Ecclesiastici Romano-Catholici per Orben Universum, Munich, 1710 and 1703, with many maps of significant American interest ($10,000 to $15,000); the first American atlas published in America, Mathew Carey’s American Atlas: Containing Twenty Maps and One Chart, Philadelphia, 1795 ($15,000 to $25,000); and H.S. Tanner, A New Universal Atlas, first edition, Philadelphia, 1836 ($6,000 to $9,000).

A diverse selection of book with plates offers Audubon’s The Quadrupeds of North America, three volumes containing 155 lovely hand-colored plates, New York, 1854 ($4,000 to $6,000); Robert Furber’s The Flower-Garden Displayed, with 12 hand-colored plates representing the months of the year, London, 1732 ($5,000 to $7,500); and David Roberts’s The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia and Egypt and Nubia, two titles in sixe volumes, lacking six plates from the latter, London, 1842-49 ($15,000 to $25,000); and several volumes on costume and natural history.

The decorative graphics section contains individual Audubon plates, botanicals, and Currier & Ives lithographs.

The sale concludes with approximately 30 lots of ephemera, which include playing cards, table games, trade catalogues and wine labels.

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8. The works will be on public exhibition Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 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

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

Live online bidding is also available via

Civil War Letter Basis For Novel

Treasure Hunting through Attic Trash? Historian Says Pan the Paperwork for Gold

From PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” to A&E’s “Storage Wars,” reality TV has capitalized on our fascination with discovering treasure in household junk.

It happened to historian Michael Mendoza, whose patient culling through boxes of old papers was rewarded when he found a Civil War veteran’s personal account of his experiences. The 17-page letter was so rich in detail, Mendoza ( used it as the basis of his first novel, "Glorious Reality of War."

Mendoza owned an antiques store in 1997 when 95-year-old Alice Bowersock died in San Diego, Calif., he says. He acquired her estate: furniture, knickknacks, and stacks of boxes full of photographs, insurance policies and letters.

Most people, Mendoza notes, might trash the papers right off the bat.

“Don’t,” he says. “Toss or sell the knickknacks, and keep the paper. It can be invaluable.”

Collectors value ephemera because such paper records are unique and irreplaceable, he says, so he pored through the boxes page by page, finding birth and death records, paintings and prints, old books.

“And then I saw the letter - a documented firsthand experience of the Civil War. It was written in 1925, typed on 8½-by-14-inch paper,” Mendoza says. “Reading it, I got a real good sense of who (the writer) was.”

Charles Wesley Rickard was 64 when he wrote the letter to his daughter, Alice, who had asked him to write about his war experience.

He was a 15-year-old Iowa farm boy, he wrote, when “a great desire came over me to go to the war. My parents were loathe to give their consent, and so I made life miserable for them until they finally gave in.”

In 1862, he enlisted as a Union fifer because he was too young to serve as a private. “I had never seen a fife before,” Rickard wrote. “But I could use a rifle, and I was bound to go as something.” When the fighting began, he was in the thick of it.

Three years later and all of 18 years old, he remembers noting how very young the new replacement troops looked.

Mendoza kept Rickard’s letter and sold off some of the memorabilia.

“I knew the value was more in presenting it as a historical fiction novel,” he says.

Finding inspiration for a novel may not equate to striking it rich for everyone, but people willing to invest time in sorting through old family papers stand to profit, Mendoza says.

“Many things are valuable on their own, like first editions of classic books,” he says. “But don’t forget the family records. Even if you’re not into genealogy, you should save those, because once you throw them away, they’re lost to the next generation.”

Mendoza offers these tips for dealing with old paperwork:

Don’t throw it away simply because it’s damaged. Mendoza found a first-edition copy of “Gone with the Wind” that was so waterlogged, it was destroyed. “I sold it for $80,” he says, “and that was cheap.”

Put together items on the same topic to improve chances of selling to collectors. Collectors like to buy in lots, Mendoza notes. They’d rather have a whole bunch of things than just one. Among Alice Bowersock’s belongings, Mendoza found photographs and documents from her father’s time helping to build the Panama Canal. Mendoza pulled all the canal material together and sold it to a collector.

Store papers in an open zipper bag in a dry place. If the paper is very valuable, invest in bags designed for that purpose. Otherwise, zipper baggies from the grocery store do fine. Don’t seal them, though, because if there’s no air circulation, the paper might stick to the plastic.

Digitize everything. Scanning your documents and photographs allows you to study them without damaging them.

For the record - Mendoza is still going through Alice Bowersock’s boxes.

About Michael Mendoza

Michael Mendoza holds a master’s degree in American history and is an adjunct instructor for Central Texas College. He lives in Santee, Calif., and plans a sequel to “Glorious Reality of War.”

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Ty Pennington finds a new way to change lives as he brings people's hidden treasures to "The Great Big American Auction," Thursday, December 8, on the ABC Television Network.

Ty Pennington has spent years making dreams come true by transforming people's homes. Now the host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has found an exciting new way to change people's lives -- by helping them turn their collectibles and hidden finds into treasures.

In "The Great Big American Auction," Pennington travels the country scouring flea markets, cellars & attics, yard sales and back alleys to find one-of-a-kind items whose owners have no idea of their real value. With exceptional collectibles ranging from a first edition classic comic book to a pristine and extremely rare Abraham Lincoln $500 bill from the late 19th century, Ty and his team of experts from Heritage Auctions unearth an amazing array of extraordinary finds. The best items from around the country are tagged and brought to "The Great Big American Auction," where a room full of potential buyers outbid each other in a suspenseful standoff. Random objects originally bought for mere dollars will go for hundreds of thousands, as their lucky owners' lives are forever changed. Let the bidding begin, on "The Great Big American Auction," THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.

"The Great Big American Auction" is produced by Cineflix (Auction) Inc. for ABC. Executive producers are Lisa Levenson, Ty Pennington, Joe Houlihan and Simon Lloyd.

Cineflix is a leading international media company that brings together global broadcast and production partners, major talent, and key executives to create top quality original content produced and distributed for television and other platforms. Currently producing more than 400 hours per year of multi-genre television for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of 2500 hours, Cineflix is a recognized leader with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Dublin.

A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

NBA Vintage Books, Atlases & Ephemera

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, December 4th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of atlases and ephemera. This auction will also contain a large, handsome personal library of scholarly books relating to ocean liner history, interior design, art history and gardening. The books in this collection are impressive both for their
quality and condition.

Many of the atlases being offered are important titles from the arena of nineteenth century cartography. Leading the list is H. S. Tanner’s “A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World,” printed in 1844.  Additional notable atlases include William M. Bradley and Company’s 1896 “Atlas of the World for Commercial and Library Reference” and several Mitchell publishings.

Featured books include a number of antique titles dating back to the 1600’s and other important early printings, many of which are housed in fancy leather bindings.  Highlights include William Bosworth’s “Chast and Lost Lovers,” printed in 1651 and the 1760 printing of Plautus’ “Comoediae.”  Additionally offered is an interesting atlas volume including original antique photographic plates of the lunar surface, taken from Paris as part of a scientific study.

Offered over a number of lots will be a personal collection of vintage and antique literary and historical titles from the state of New Hampshire. Antique titles include local histories, while many of the literary and other titles are author-signed. Landmark literary works include a handsomely bound first edition of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and many lots which offer original works by noted nineteenth and twentieth century poets.  Several of these lots also include titles which are author-signed.

Found throughout this auction will be pleasing groups of ephemera, including many lots of antique postcards. The postcard collection is highlighted by a quantity of examples from Cuba, which are offered over several lots.

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, December 4th 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

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show

(Palm Beach, FL) - One of the most anticipated events of the season, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will make its annual return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Presidents’ Day weekend, February 17-21, 2012. With the collections of more than 180 international exhibitors to choose from, the 2012 show will boast an enviable selection of art, antiques and jewelry and will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.
Items at the show will span every genre, including fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century. Guests will have access to aisle after aisle of extraordinary collections offered by returning exhibitors such as Arader Galleries, Betteridge Jewelers, Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Danish Silver, Drucker Antiques, Erik Thomsen Asian Art, Fred Leighton, French Country UK, Gavin Spanierman, Hancocks, Hyland Granby Antiques, Lillian Nassau, M.S. Rau Antiques, Macklowe Gallery, Mark J. West, Michael Pashby Antiques, T.K. Asian Antiquities and Vallejo Gallery.
 “What makes this year’s Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show so unique is the amount of high-caliber exhibiting dealers and the diversity of the art, antiques and jewelry that they bring,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group.
An exclusive Opening Night Preview Evening benefiting Hope for Depression Research Foundation will kick off the show on Friday, February 17. Hope for Depression Research Foundation was founded in April 2006 by Audrey Gruss in memory of her mother, Hope, who suffered from clinical depression. The organization’s mission is to fund innovative, international research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Further enhancing the show, a daily educational lecture series will feature industry experts offering their extensive knowledge on a variety of captivating topics. Free and open to the public, the lectures will be headlined by industry experts such as Edward Faber of Aaron Faber Gallery New York and John Atzbach of John Atzbach Imperial Russian Antiques & Art.
The 9th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will take place February 17-21, 2012 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center located at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard. Hours are Saturday, February 18, Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, February 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 daily and $25 for a 4-day pass. For more information, please visit or contact the Palm Beach Show Group’s director of public relations, Chrissy Lambert, at (561) 822-5440.

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
One of the most anticipated events of the season, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will make its annual return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Presidents’ Day weekend, February 17-21, 2012. With the works of more than 180 international exhibitors to choose from, the 2012 show will boast an enviable selection of art, antiques and jewelry and will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.

February 17-21, 2012
Friday, February 17---------------Opening Night Private Preview Party benefiting Hope for Depression Research Foundation
Saturday, February 18----------11am-7pm
Sunday, February 19----------- 11am-7pm
Monday, February 20-----------11am-7pm
Tuesday, February 21-----------11am-6pm

Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401

$15 daily, $25 for a 4-day pass

Call 561.822.5440 or visit

The Folger's Emily Dickinson Celebration

(WASHINGTON, DC) The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series presents the annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute at Folger Shakespeare Library on Monday, December 5 at 7:30pm. This year’s guest poet is Aracelis Girmay, who will read from her own work and from selections of Dickinson’s poetry. In language rich with detail, blinding with imagery, and worldly in breadth, Girmay, who shares a birthday with Emily Dickinson, brings her keen focus to this celebrated Folger tradition. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students and may be purchased at the Folger box office, 202.544.7077, or online at

The Poetry Center at Smith College describes Aracelis Girmay as “a powerful, inventive poet, writer, and educator who is not afraid to take on any subject, … and who brings to her poems not only high seriousness and passion but a sustaining voice of hope.” Girmay’s multicultural heritage—she is of Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African American descent—gives her a unique perspective which transcends ethnic boundaries.

Aracelis Girmay is the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. Her first book of poems, Teeth, was nominated for a Connecticut Book Award. Most recently, her poetry collection Kingdom Animalia was awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. She has served as the visiting writer in the MFA program at Queens College, and she is on the faculty of Drew University’s low-residency MFA program in Poetry. She is also an assistant professor of poetry at Hampshire College, where her office is in the Emily Dickinson Hall.

The reading is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America and includes the reading, a moderated conversation with Poetry Society of America Executive Director Alice Quinn, and a wine reception featuring black cake made from Dickinson’s own recipe.

DATE & TIME: Monday, December 5 at 7:30pm

LOCATION: Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC

TICKETS: $15 adults / $7.50 students; purchase at the Folger box office, 202.544.7077, or
METRO: Capitol South (blue/orange lines), 4 blocks; Union Station (red line), 7 blocks

PARKING: Street parking in neighborhood.
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California Antiquarian Book Fair 2012

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 will feature a special exhibit entitled "A Love Affair with Books: Personal Stories of Noted Collectors."  This colorful, wide-ranging exhibit examines the avid pursuits of rare book collectors past and present-- from legendary library builders to Southern California book lovers like actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. The Book Fair also 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

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New York—Swann Galleries auction of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books on October 17 featured religious texts, classics, law books, works on anesthesia & general medicine, as well as a selection of books of Iberian interest.

The top lot, a volume of polyphonic masses by Cristóbal de Morales entitled Missarum liber primus, brought $33,600*. It was the first time this book, a second edition of the first of two volumes, printed in Lyon in 1546, had been offered at auction.

Another auction first was an edition of the Biblia sacra, a Latin bible printed in Salmanca, 1555. This first attempt to publish the Vatable Bible in Spain was suppressed by the Inquisition, and the book, which sold for $28,800, is one of only four known copies.

Other early printed highlights included Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo’s world chronicle, Supplementum chronicarum, Venice, 1490, $10,800; The Byble, edited by John Rogers under the pseudonym Thomas Matthew, London, 1549, $8,400; 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, $10,800; John Milton, Paradise Lost…Second Edition, London, 1674, $5,520; and Engelbert Kaempfer, The History of Japan, second edition, two volumes, London, 1728, $8,400.

A run of illuminated manuscript leaves offered 14th-century vellum leaves from an illuminated Latin antiphonary with historiated initials, which brought up to $5,520 each; and a painting by the so-called Spanish Forger on a portion of 15th-century vellum choir-book leaf, late 19th-early 20th century, $6,000.

There was a large offering of medical & scientific books in the sale as well, including works by Sigmund Freud, Marie Curie, and Benjamin Franklin. Franklin’s Some Account of the Success of Inoculation for the Small-Pox in England and America, with contributions by William Heberden, set an auction record, bringing $15,600.

Also noteworthy were The Grete Herball, a fragment of the first edition of the first illustrated English herbal, Southwarke, 1526, $4,560; Claudius Galenus, Omnia opera, 9 (of 10) volumes in 5, the first edition to include contributions by Andreas Vesalius, Venice, 1541-42, $5,040; as well as Vesalius’s Opera omnia anatomica & chirurgica, two volumes, the only collected edition, Leiden, 1725, $5,520.

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

For further information, and to consign to upcoming auctions of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books, please contact Tobias Abeloff at 212-254-4710, extension 18, or

*All prices include buyer’s premium.

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Christie's Victorian & British Art Sale

London - Christie’s Victorian & British Impressionist Art sale will offer 90 paintings and works on paper at auction on 15 December 2011, by a variety of artists ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to the British Impressionists, including Millais, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Cowper, Munnings, Clausen and de Glehn, for an overall estimate in excess of £4.5 million.

The sale is led by the masterly panorama Derby Day (illustrated above) by William Powell Frith, RA (1819-1909), which is the first original working of the famous Derby Day painting, the masterpiece of the artist at Tate Britain. Fresh to the market, this significant picture has been recently rediscovered in New England, North America where it hung on the walls of an unlocked beach house for the past 50 years - it is estimated at £300,000 to £500,000. Based on photographic studies by Robert Howlett, the Tate picture was so popular that it had to be protected by a specially installed rail and a police officer when it was initially shown at the Royal Academy of Arts. Frith rejected constrained academic high art in favour of genre painting and specialised in narrative subjects and panoramic depictions of the Victorian life. This richly detailed composition shows the crowds attracted to the Derby races at Epsom Downs and includes a complex series of vignettes representing a cross-section of British society: from the aristocratic family in the carriage with its footman laying down the picnic to the card sharps and tricksters besides the tents. The Royal Academician had the idea for the picture following a visit at the Derby in May 1856 where the picturesque crowd of race-goers gave him a taste of the diversity of his contemporaries and the desire to portray everyday life. The final subject took him several years of research, exhaustive preparatory studies and three completed sketches to achieve what is now known as the artist’s undisputed masterpiece.

Another important highlight of the sale is Frank Cadogan Cowper’s (1877-1958) Our Lady of the Fruits of the Earth, 1917 (illustrated right), the artist’s classic representation of the Madonna and Child, blending Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite imagery into a memorable English icon in the national colours of red, white and blue, and sold in the original Italianate altarpiece frame. Painted at the height of the Great War, the religious and universal theme made it a symbol of life and hope at the time and has been popular as a Christmas card reproduction ever since. Estimated at £150,000 to £250,000, it comes directly from the Estate of Countess Margareta Douglas.

The Pad Groom (estimate: £120,000-180,000 - illustrated left) is a fine example of the signature equine portraiture mastered by Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959). It depicts the “little dapper second horseman” Mr. Dale, who was a groom to the oldest Master of Hounds in England at the time. Coincidentally, the romantic and summery A Girl Reading by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) painted at a time when the artist described her pictures as “an expression of joie de vivre”, portrays the artist’s friend Florence Carter Wood, who married Munnings in 1912, only to tragically commit suicide two years later (estimate: £100,000-150,000 - illustrated below center). One of the most impressionistic works in the sale and ever painted by the artist, Jane Emmet de Glehn by a stream, Val d’Aosta (estimate: £80,000-120,000 - illustrated below left), is a romantic vision of the wife and muse of the artist Wilfred Gabriel de Glehn, R.A. (1870-1951), in the Italian meadow where the family was holidaying in August 1907 with fellow artist John Singer Sargent. Other significant sale highlights include two delicate portraits by Sir John Everett Millais, Bt., P.R.A. (1829-1896). The first is Mrs Sebastian Schlesinger, 1876 (estimate: £80,000-120,000), a very beautiful American and reputedly a muse to the couturier Charles Frederick Worth, and the other Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1888, (estimate: £200,000-300,000 - illustrated below right), the thirteen-year old Vanderbilt heiress commissioned by her family from the artist. Gertrude would later become a serious artist and sculptor and found the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Pre-Raphaelite works in this sale are led by the Portrait of Annie Miller, 1866 (illustrated left) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) which quietly displays the great beauty of the artist’s mistress. The drawing - which once belonged to Audrey Withers, the editor of Vogue UK from 1940 to 1960, who gifted it to the present owner - is estimated at £80,000 to £120,000. A Prelude by Bach, 1868 (estimate: £150,000-200,000 - illustrated right) by Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), is one of the artist’s most important works to have remained in private hands and a work of exquisite harmony which embodies the ideals of beauty of the Victorian era. The Aesthetic Movement is a recurrent theme throughout the sale, reflecting the recent Cult of Beauty exhibition at the V&A - now at the Paris Musée d’Orsay - and pioneered by artists such as Morris, Millais, Leighton, Rossetti and Solomon.

Auction: Victorian & British Impressionist Art, Thursday, 15 December, 2011
Viewing: Christie’s London King Street, 11-14 December, 2011

About Christie’s
Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled £2.0 billion/$3.2 billion. In 2010 it achieved global auction and private sales of £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits. 
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) and Syracuse University announce The King Center Audio and Visual Digitization Project, a collaboration that will ensure that the slain civil rights leader’s legacy will be preserved for generations to come. Working with the Atlanta-based King Center, SU will preserve and digitize some 3,500 hours of audio and video footage of King.

“I am pleased to announce that The King Center has joined with Syracuse University for The King Center Audio and Visual Digitization Project,” says Martin Luther King III, president and CEO of the center. “This endeavor will enable people to see and hear my father deliver his message as he did more than 50 years ago, and preserve it for generations to come. With the generous support and encouragement of my dear friends Sam and Carol Nappi, and the technical expertise of the University, we are continuing to fulfill the mission of The King Center as the official living memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and ensuring that his work toward freedom, justice and equality is as relevant today as ever.”

The King Center archive is the largest repository of primary source material on King and America’s civil rights movement in the world. Its collections include footage that few, including some members of the King family, have ever seen or heard. The center houses a number of unique holdings, like raw footage from various productions over the years. A 16 mm film of King speaking in Syracuse in July 1961 was also discovered. The speech explores many of the themes that would emerge in his landmark 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. The film at The King Center appears to be the only extant copy. There are also a large number of unlabeled reels and canisters that may contain undiscovered footage.

To execute the project with the technical expertise of the Syracuse University Library, SU trustee Sam Nappi and his wife, Carol, have given their financial support to realize this venture.  “This project is very special to me and Carol. It is a humbling experience to help preserve the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and empower The King Center to extend its mission to a new generation. It is also gratifying to join with my friend, Martin Luther King III, and Syracuse University to exclusively digitize and preserve historic audio and film of Dr. and Mrs. King,” says Sam Nappi, who is also a King Center trustee.

Challenges always present themselves in the preservation of historical media of the kind housed at The King Center, established by King's widow, Coretta Scott King, in 1968. At almost 50 years old, even under the best care, excessive exposure to light, humidity and inconsistent temperature levels can be factors that contribute to the degradation of original media materials. The SU campus is home to the Belfer Audio Archive, now the fourth largest sound archive in the United States. The specially designed, climate-controlled facility makes SU a leader in the preservation of historical recorded sound.

The partnership was set in motion during an April meeting when Martin Luther King III and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young visited the SU campus. It was then that Suzanne Thorin, dean of libraries and University librarian, and Sean Quimby, senior director of the Special Collections Research Center, introduced the guests to some of the library’s most valued possessions, including letters written by
Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Malcolm X. They also played an audio file of veteran journalist Mike Wallace interviewing King. The conversation shifted very quickly to the world of media preservation.

The Nappis’ gift will be used to construct and staff a moving-image preservation laboratory in SU Library. Quimby will lead the three-year project and supervise a team that includes a media archivist, digitization technicians and student interns. According to Quimby, “We intend to build upon our existing expertise in preserving and digitizing historical sound recordings.” The library’s Belfer Audio
Archive is among the nation’s pre-eminent sound archives and pioneered the preservation and digitization of Edison wax cylinders. The library team will catalog, repair and digitize a wide array of media, including reel-to-reel audiotape, 16 and 35 mm film, and a variety of obsolete video formats, for listening and viewing at The King Center.

"There is a proud tradition of inclusiveness and social justice at Syracuse University," says Thorin. "Our partnership with The King Center honors that tradition. I am excited that our library has been selected for such an important task."

The Special Collections Research Center of Syracuse University Library collects primary source material in a variety of media, including manuscript, print, illustration, photography, recorded sound and moving image, which support and enhance research and scholarship. Collections range in date from cuneiform tablets dating to 2000 BC to the “born-digital.”

The King Center envisions a world where the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., are embraced by men and women of all colors and creeds, and regardless of culture or political philosophy. It is devoted to ensuring that his work toward freedom, justice and equality continues in the 21st century. Realizing that dream will require a new generation of change makers devoted to principles of nonviolence and personal empowerment, as well leaders from across sectors who believe, as King did, that poverty, injustice and war must be rendered

Sean M. Quimby
Senior Director of Special Collections
Special Collections Research Center │ Belfer Audio Archive
Syracuse University Library
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Amherst, MA - (November 7, 2011) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce “Phantom Tollbooth Day,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the classic children’s book, and the recent release of Carle trustee Leonard S. Marcus’ The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, an insightful addition to the uproarious classic.  Both Norton Juster and Leonard Marcus will be here to discuss and sign their books The Carle will also have related activities in the art studio and a special storytime in the reading library featuring picture books by Juster, including The Odious Ogre (2010), his most recent collaboration Jules Feiffer, the illustrator of The Phantom Tollbooth.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend this all-day event on November 20th, 2011.
This pun-filled day coincides with Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer, The Carle’s newest exhibition featuring the artwork of The Phantom Tollbooth’s multi-talented illustrator.  Leonard S. Marcus, the guest curator for the exhibition, said in an article he wrote for the fall edition of Fine Books and Collections Magazine, “Tracing the arc of Feiffer’s latest creative adventure has for me, as the Carle exhibition’s curator, been an exciting chance not only to share with museum-goers some of contemporary children’s literature’s most keenly irreverent graphics, but also to show that ‘kids’ book illustration can be just as poignant--and pert--as the many and varied other forms of narrative art that Feiffer has practiced so brilliantly over the years.”  The exhibition features artwork from Feiffer’s collaborations with Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth (1961), and the more recent picture book, The Odious Ogre (2010),  along with Feiffer’s own picture books, including Bark, George (1999), among many others.
Program Schedule

12:00 - 5:00 pm Playing with Words and Pictures in the Art Studio

12:15 Film

1:00 - 2:00 pm Conversation with Norton Juster and Leonard S. Marcus including a screening of the trailer for the upcoming Phantom Tollbooth documentary. Book signing to follow

2:00 pm Storytime in the Reading Library featuring books written by Norton Juster

3:00 pm Film

About the Museum:
Together with his wife Barbara, Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is The Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.

The Museum—which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a Café, and a Museum Shop—is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit The Museum’s website at
DALLAS, TX - Five architectural drawing tools once belonging to President Thomas Jefferson - framer of America’s Constitution and its third President - are expected to bring $45,000+ altogether on Dec. 1, as the top lots in Heritage Auctions’800+ lot Americana & Political Memorabilia Signature® Auction.

The Jefferson items are just the tip of the iceberg in an auction brimming with important Presidential and Presidential-related memorabilia, including the last rocking chair John F. Kennedy was known to have sat in, the day before his tragic assassination (estimate: $25,000+); a pair of glass decanters owned by George Washington (Estimate: $8,000+) as well as a portrait cameo brooch of President Zachary Taylor, owned by Taylor and consigned by a direct descendant (Estimate: $4,000+)

This is the first time the Jefferson items have been offered to the public - they descended through Jefferson’s family, then through the family of America’s fifth President, James Monroe, before coming to Heritage Auctions for the Dec. 1 event.

“Jefferson was a true Renaissance man besides being a brilliant writer and political mind,” said Tom Slater, Director of Historical Auctions at Heritage. “Among his myriad talents he was a skilled self-taught architect, best known for designing his famous Virginia home, Monticello, along with an unaccepted, anonymously submitted design of what would become the White House. It’s entirely conceivable that he used these very instruments on those, and his many other great designs.”

The pieces - a Parallel Rule Drafting Instrument (Estimate: $10,000+), a Steel and Brass Compass (Estimate: $10,000+), a Brass Diameter Measure Drafting Tool (Estimate: $10,000+), a Turn-down Joint Compass (Estimate: $10,000+) and a Plain Divider Technical Drawing Instrument (Estimate: $5,000+) - have been consigned by descendants of America’s fifth President, James Monroe.

“The Monroe and Jefferson families were closely intertwined in Virginia society and politics, and the Monroes became the custodians of various items originally owned by Thomas Jefferson,” said Slater. “A number went to Monticello and other Virginia museums, but this choice grouping remained in private hands, which has afforded us this amazing opportunity to bring it to auction. The provenance is rock-solid and unimpeachable.”

The John F. Kennedy grouping in this auction is also particularly strong, with the last rocking chair JFK ever sat in - as mentioned above - in a Houston hotel a mere 24 hours before his death, topping the grouping. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $25,000+.

“The Kennedy party stopped the day before the assassination at the Rice Hotel in Houston,” said Slater. “In anticipation, and knowing Kennedy’s preference for a stiff-backed rocking chair, the manager had one installed in the President’s room.”

In his classic book, Death of a President, author William Manchester describes Kennedy reading over papers while seated in this very rocker a day before he fell victim to his assassin’s bullet.”

The Kennedy grouping also includes some 20 lots consigned by the heirs of JFK’s aunt and godmother, Loretta Kennedy Connelly, perhaps most significantly the actual shoulder patch from JFK’s World War II PT 109 uniform, estimated at $35,000+. JFK, out of affection and concern, personally sent this to Loretta’s daughter, Marylou, during a difficult period of her life while the war raged on, telling her to wear it on her school uniform.

He reminded her of his current location and advised her: "Mary, be brave kiddo. I'm not so thrilled about where I am either."

Marylou did as he advised and found the patch helpful during the uncertain days when JFK was reported missing in action, until news came of his rescue. She cherished the patch for the next 50 years, as a poignant souvenir of her beloved cousin.

Other JFK items include a signed copy of Profiles in Courage (Estimate: $2,500+), intimate Kennedy family photos by famed photographer Mark Shaw (Estimate: $4,000+) and a silver cigarette box given to select guests by Frank Sinatra, who served as Entertainment Chairman for Kennedy’s Inaugural gala (Estimate: $2,000+).

A pair of glass decanters owned by George Washington, also as mentioned above, are expected to bring $8,000+, while an early 19th century pendant containing interwoven locks of hair from both George and Martha Washington, a rare and interesting artifact, is estimated at $12,000+.

Also found in the auction are items such as James Monroe’s own ceramic meat platter in the “Landing of Lafayette” pattern, estimated at $3,000+. The last living Revolutionary War hero, Lafayette made a triumphant visit to America in 1824, while Monroe was president. This platter was preserved by his family for generations as a remembrance of that momentous event. Several china pieces belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln, which she sold to pay off debt after Lincoln’s death, are estimated at $2,000+.

New York, NY, November 10, 2011—The Morgan Library & Museum has announced the launch of an extensive online exhibition in conjunction with its exhibition, Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, on view through January 29, 2011.

More than 120 religious and secular works from the Morgan's outstanding collection of Islamic manuscripts are presented, including thirty not in the museum exhibition. Magnifying capabilities bring rich details—often nearly hidden even from a short distance—into view, while accompanying commentary from exhibition curator William Voelkle provides context and insights.

The online presentation is divided into five sections: 

Dating from the tenth through the nineteenth centuries, eighteen Qur'ans and Qur'an leaves reveal a wide range of decorative motifs and calligraphic styles. 

Five illustrations from a thirteenth-century treatise on the benefits of animals—ranked among the ten most important Persian manuscripts in existence—mark the beginning of the Natural History and Astrology section. Also included are several works based on astronomy, cosmology, demonology, poetry, and mysticism.

Over thirty illustrated manuscript pages depict a variety of scenes from the life of Persian mystic and poet Rumi, including a water monster begging Rumi's wife to intercede on his behalf, Rumi restoring his favorite flute player back to life, and the Prophet Muhammad reading Rumi's poetry. 

The Read Persian Album, one of two disassembled albums that once belonged to Sir Hercules Read, a curator at the British Museum in the early twentieth century, contains exceptional depictions of secular subjects. Of special note are images of an Uzbek prisoner, a young lady reclining after her bath, and a fern whose surrounding ink drawings of plants and animals is visible only upon closer viewing.

The second album, known as the Read Mughal Album, is particularly notable for its life-like portraits of Mughal rulers, and several composite drawings, such as an elephant, horse, and lion made of entwined animal and human figures.

The importance of Persian poetry and poets is evident in their rich representation in the online exhibition. Thirty-six manuscripts illustrate some of the most beloved Persian poems, like Nizami's Khamsa, which includes the story of Laila and Majnun, the Persian Romeo and Juliet.

Organization and Sponsorship

The online exhibition was organized by William Voelkle, curator and head of the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, and Dan Friedman, Web site Manager and Designer. It will remain a permanent resource on the Morgan's Web site at

The exhibition is supported in part by a generous grant from the Hagop Kevorkian Fund and by the Janine Luke and Melvin R. Seiden Fund for Exhibitions and Publications.

Related exhibition

The online exhibition is presented in conjunction with Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, an exhibition at the Morgan of more than ninety manuscripts, single illuminated pages, and Qur'ans. It marks the first time the Morgan has gathered its collection of Islamic manuscripts together in a single exhibition. On view through January 29, 2012.

Related programs

Reading the Qur'an: The Contemporary Relevance of the Sacred Text of Islam 
With Ziauddin Sardar

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.* 

In his new book Reading the Qur'an, Ziauddin Sardar, one of Britain's leading cultural critics, provides an illuminating and highly personal look at the Qur'an and its role in Islam today. Sardar speaks out for a more open, less doctrinaire approach to reading the Qur'an, arguing that it is not fixed in stone for all time, but rather a dynamic text which every generation must encounter anew. Presented in cooperation with Asia Society & Museum.

Tickets: $15 for Non-Members, $10 for Morgan and Asia Society Members

*The exhibition Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan will be open at 5:30 p.m. especially for program attendees.

Gallery Talk: Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan

Friday, November 18, 7 p.m.

William M. Voelkle, Curator and Department Head, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, with Zahra Partovi, Rumi translator.

Free with museum admission

Adult Art Workshop: An Art of Measure and Harmony: The Arabic Letterform

Friday, December 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

After a brief tour of the exhibition Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland will demonstrate the method of preparing paper, cutting a qalam (pen), and writing Arabic letters. Participants will then be invited to carefully observe the twenty-eight independent Arabic letter forms in the style called Thuluth. Using traditional tools and materials, they will experiment with and draw the letters themselves. In keeping with tradition, they will learn the ancient system of proportional measurement governing Arabic letterform to create harmonious and meaningful lines.

Tickets: $20 for Non-Members; $15 for Members

The Morgan Library & Museum

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

General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street

New York, NY 10016-3405


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


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

American Art Fair Nov. 28-Dec. 1

NEW YORK, November 9, 2011— The American Art Fair moves to a new venue as it celebrates its fourth year and will be held November 28-December 1, 2011 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City. The gala preview on Sunday, November 27 marks the beginning of American Paintings week in New York. Inaugurated in 2008, the fair focuses on the grand tradition of American art established early in the nineteenth century and gathers more than 300 works including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, studies, and sculpture.

The Fair assembles the premier specialists in nineteenth and early twentieth century American art. Returning exhibitors include Adelson Galleries, Alexander Gallery, Avery Galleries, Debra Force Fine Art, Gerald Peters Gallery, Godel & Co. Fine Art, Hammer Galleries, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Menconi & Schoelkopf, Questroyal Fine Art, and Thomas Colville Fine Art.  New exhibitors include Babcock Galleries, Conner  Rosenkranz, Gavin Spanierman, Jonathan Boos, John H. Surovek Gallery, and Meredith Ward Fine Art.

Fair hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.  On Monday, November 28 at 4:30 pm, Dr. Linda S. Ferber, Vice President & Senior Art Historian at the New-York Historical Society will present Making American Taste: 200 Years of Collecting at the New-York Historical Society. Admission to the preview is by invitation;  admission to the lecture and from November 28-December 1 is complimentary. For details, please visit

PARIS Nov 8 - At the end of the thirteenth century, Bologna was the largest city in Italy and the fifth largest city in Europe, outranking Paris.  The oldest university in Europe was located there, and for the next two centuries Bologna enjoyed a period of great prosperity - in culture and the arts, in its religious foundations, and in commerce and civic activities.

At The Winter Antiques Show in New York January 20 - 29 Les Enluminures  ( gallery of Paris and Chicago (Stand #6) will host a special exhibition of about a dozen illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and text manuscripts that brings together a group of works that gallery owner Sandra Hindman says, “Animate Bolognese culture and life in the late medieval era.”

According to Hindman, a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance Art, “Although the Black Death wiped out as many as 30,000 people in 1348, and Bologna suffered from considerable political turmoil in the last half of the fourteenth century, the city flourished again under the enlightened rule of the prominent Bentivoglio family who took over in 1401 and governed throughout the fifteenth century.”

“Founded on an art that was profoundly influenced by Byzantium, Bolognese painting in the early thirteenth century increasingly demonstrated the impact of the great Giotto (c. 1267-1337), who spent some years in Bologna in the early 1330s. The illuminator Nerio, who signed his name in a manuscript in Paris, was responsible for an unusually large miniature that illustrates the opening of Psalm 25 with two kneeling figures looking up toward Christ (fig.1).

Nerio clearly makes reference to Giotto, who appears to have been a significant influence on his work.  Following Nerio, one of the major Bolognese illuminators at mid-century, the Master of 1346, takes his name from his illuminations in the Bolognese Draper’s Guild of 1346.  We have the only surviving witness from the lost manuscript, where the head of the Guild poses at the opening of the text, revealing the expressive three-dimensionality of Giotto’s style; the guild’s symbol, a pair of scissors, appears in the margin.

“What’s more, Bologna’s active craft and merchant guilds protected the rights of workers, such as the Guild of the Tailors and the Guild of the Wine Merchants, the statutes of which are included here written in a lively Bolognese dialect (fig. 5).  Did you know that, then as now, it was illegal to sell wine that had been diluted with water? And that, whereas only those over 14-years-old were entitled to drink wine, records fix consumption at an average of five liters daily!”

Hindman adds that “Other works protected the rights of the numerous students, who gathered in Bologna from all over Europe to attend its famous law school.  Dedicated in 1492 to Giovanni II Bentivoglio and still preserved in its original binding, we have a legal commentary that harks back to a famous charter composed for the university in the twelfth century under Frederick I Barbarossa that ensured juridical privileges of both students and teachers of Bologna (figs. 6).

 “Another especially noteworthy artist is the Master of 1446, named after a 1446 book of statutes and representative of a late Gothic tendency in Bolognese manuscript illumination.  His work was still rooted in the vocabulary of Niccolò but he was receptive to the examples of contemporary painters.”

At Les Enluminures stand at The Winter Antiques Show is a stunning Dominican Hymnal, formerly in the Robert Lehman Collection in New York, that Hindman says “Is a fine example of this painter’s art (fig. 4).  With its seventeen illuminations, this Choir Book is a rare survivor of an intact Italian music manuscript commissioned by an important (still-unidentified) individual. (fig. 2).”

“The Master of 1346 may have been the teacher of Niccolò di Giacomo da Bologna (active 1349-1403), whose expressive style characterized by action-packed narratives dominated Bolognese painting until the end of the century.  The delightful initial of Monks Singing is by Niccolò (fig. 3).  Eight music-making monks dressed in Olivetan robes play musical instruments - a psaltery, a viola, bells, and an organ - while others listen to the sounds, heads tilted, mouths partly open.  Niccolò was appointed illuminator to the city of Bologna in the 1380s, and he was an active participant in city government.”

Now beginning its third decade in business, LES ENLUMINURES, with a gallery in Paris opposite the Louvre and offices in Chicago, is well known to collectors, curators and librarians from its participation in the most important international art fairs.  The year begins in January at New York’s Winter Antiques Show, then in March to the Netherlands for TEFAF in Maastricht, in June to Great Britain for Masterpiece London, in October to the Firenze Biennale as well as several other fairs including the Salon du Dessin and New York’s Antiquarian Book Fair.

Les Enluminures maintains an extremely active year round schedule of publishing comprehensive catalogues and staging special exhibitions at its own galleries and others in cities where it chooses to exhibit.  Its web site is a portal to four separate subject areas focusing on the artworks it sells with innovative ‘turn the page’ and video techniques employed to make it as easy as possible for visitors to learn about the subjects featured.  Dr. Hindman and her academically-grounded colleagues as well as guest scholars provide significant background knowledge on each subject contributing what she says “Is important additional information to the understanding of each work of art and subject in which we specialize.”

Dr. Sandra Hindman is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, where she twice headed the Art History Department.  A specialist in Gothic and Northern Renaissance Art, it was her years spent studying Medieval manuscripts that sparked her interest in acquiring key pieces, which led to her opening her Paris gallery.  In the early years she maintained her academic career, shuttling back and forth between Paris and Chicago.

Within Europe the Musée du Louvre, the Musée Nationale du Moyen Age, the British Library, the Bibliothèques municipales at Metz and Rennes, among others, are all clients.
“The Winter Antiques Show in New York always presents a unique opportunity to show newly acquired examples of important and rare medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, miniatures, works of art, and rings to museums, library officials and private clients who attend this esteemed exhibition.”

Nerio (Bologna, active first quarter of the 14th century)
David Offering his Soul to God in an Initial “A”
tempera and gold leaf on parchment, cut to shape (275 x 185 mm.)
Bologna, c. 1310-1315
Maestro del 1346 (Bologna, active c. 1330-1348)
Leaf from the “Statuto della Società dei Sarti” (Tailors’ Guild) illustrated with the Captain of the Guild, the symbols of the Guild, and the arms of the Angevin king and the city of Bologna
tempera and goldleaf on parchment (297 x 217 mm.)
Italy, Bologna, c. 1340 (after 1334)
Nicolò di Giacomo (Bologna, active 1349- c .1403)
Monks Singing in an initial “E”
Tempera and goldleaf, cut to shape (124 x 111 mm.)
Italy, Bologna, c. 1365-1380
Maestro del 1446 (Bologna, active second quarter of the 15th century)
Dominican Hymnal
In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Italy, Bologna, c. 1430-40
With 17 miniatures
Statutes regulating the Wine Trade and Transportation of Wine in Bologna
In Italian, manuscript on parchment
Italy, Bologna, after 1416, c. 1450
Bartolomeus Bologninus, Commentary on the Imperial Constitution “Authenca Constitutione Habita”
In Latin, decorated manuscript on paper 
Italy, Bologna, dated 12 January 1492

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New York—On Thursday, December 1, Swann Galleries will offer a two-part auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana and Ocean Liner Memorabilia. The Americana portion of the sale offers many scarce and one-of-a-kind items with regional or national interest, while the Ocean Liner material features items related to the Titanic.

The lot with the highest pre-sale estimate is one of the most valuable newspapers ever to come to auction. It is the October 3, 1789 edition of the bi-weekly Gazette of the United States, which includes the first newspaper printing of the Bill of Rights. This was the American public’s first opportunity to see its new proposed rights, even before they were ratified by the states (estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).

A section of American Revolution material features a colored aquatint portrait of Lafayette, as leader of the National Guard of France, Paris, 1790 ($4,000 to $6,000); as well as an April 1776 Connecticut edition of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, the later of two Connecticut editions ($8,000 to $12,000).

Another significant pamphlet in the sale is a first edition William Penn’s The Sandy Foundation Shaken, written as a 23-year-old recent convert to the Quaker faith, for which Penn was sentenced for blasphemy and sent to the Tower of London, where he famously refused to recant his faith, 1668 ($8,000 to $12,000).

From the Civil War is a group of 15 drawings and watercolors by a Yankee regimental physician, which serve as a visual diary of his service in the war, 1862-64 ($4,000 to $6,000); and an autograph album, featuring signatures of some of the leading figures of the Confederacy, including Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, General James Longstreet, Colonel John S. Mosby and Pierre Beauregard, originally collected by confederate soldier Austin E. Smith of Virginia, and then continued after his death by his family ($6,000 to $9,000).

World War II is represented by an archive of General MacArthur’s official cables relating to the Japanese surrender, which were retained by a Women’s Army Corps (WAC) stenographer, and passed down through her family ($3,000 to $4,000). There is also an album of official photographs and reports on the internment of Japanese Americans in California containing 52 unsettling images, each carefully selected to present a positive view of the evacuation process ($2,000 to $3,000).

Presidential material of note includes a dance card from Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural ball, issued to guests, with a list of 23 planned dances, 4 March, 1861, which is the only item of its kind to come to auction ($4,000 to $6,000); a limited edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s The Winning of the West, in four volumes, with a leaf inserted from his manuscript, New York, 1900 ($4,000 to $6,000); and several items related to George Washington, among them Washington Irving’s Life of George Washington, extra-illustrated, with an original Document Signed by Washington dated 25 January 1774 ($8,000 to $12,000).

Among the regional highlights are a manuscript list of 113 convicts who were to be delivered to Maryland from Great Britain, which may have been the first shipment of prisoners under the Transportation Act that became law in May 1719 ($4,000 to $6,000); a first edition of Moore and Jones’s The Traveller’s Dictionary, or a Pocket Companion: Shewing the Course of the Main Road from Philadelphia to New York, and from Philadelphia to Washington, 1802 ($7,000 to $10,000); an album of 24 small-format chromolithographs from the series Views in Central Park, New York, 1863 or 69 ($1,500 to $2,500); and an archive of family letters from the Wilsons of WaKeeney, Kansas, filled with details of life on the newly tamed plains, one describing the 1878 Cheyenne breakout, 1873-79 ($1,500 to $2,500).

Of particular interest in light of the Occupy Wall Street protests of today, is an archive of letters written by Eugene Debs, union organizer and Socialist Party leader. Written over a span of 30 years, the letters are all to his nephew Robert Debs Heinl, a newspaper columnist and editor, and feature a mix of personal and political views, written as Debs attended rallies and meetings for a variety of causes, 1893-25 ($2,000 to $3,000).

Rounding out the Americana section is a run of lots containing classic baseball images—portraits, team photos and newsworthy moments—by photographers Nat Fein and James Kavallines; Lewis and Clark material; theater memorabilia; and a section of Latin Americana and Caribbean items.

Part II of the sale, devoted to Ocean Liner and Transportation Memorabilia, commences at 3:00 p.m., with more than 360 lots of posters, photographs, shipboard ephemera, service ware, and collectibles from the great ships that graced the seas.

Among the rarest and most sought after items are those from the Titanic, and this sale offers a first-class deck plan, detailing the fine accommodations, December 1911 ($12,000 to $18,000); various postcards and china pieces; and survivor-related items such as a landing or custom card issued to Mrs. Cassebeer onboard the Carpathia after her rescue from the Titanic, 10 April, 1912 ($2,000 to $3,000); and a fragment from a musical toy pig carried by Edith Russell as she left the sinking ship ($1,500 to $2,500).

From the French Line’s Normandie, one of the fastest and most lavish ships of her day, are silver serving pieces; maiden voyage medallions; a 1935 photo album with 24 views of the ship from the library of the line’s head engineer at the time of the maiden voyage, and later company president ($2,500 to $3,500); and a magnificent reverse painted glass, pressed aluminum and photographic portrait of the ship used in the French Line offices, circa 1935 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Other desirable items are a letterpress timetable in the form of a broadside for Mitsu Bishi Mail Steam Ship Company service between Yokohama and Shanghai, 1877 ($2,000 to $3,000); a captain’s logbook for the maiden voyage of the World War II Liberty ship S.S. George Dewey, with highly detailed descriptions of day-to-day operations 1943 ($1,200 to $1,800); a company-issued travel agency photo album of the ill-fated Andrea Doria, containing 58 photos, in extremely fine condition, 1950s ($1,000 to $1,500); and various ephemeral items related to zeppelins including the Hindenburg.

The auction will take place Thursday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The items will be on public exhibition Monday, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Rick Stattler (Americana) by telephone at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or email:; or Gary Garland (Ocean Liners) at (212) 254-4710, extension 17, or email:
Online bidding is available via
[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, November 20th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of maps and ephemera. Also included are several personal libraries of scholarly books relating to art, theology and a private collection of works by Anthony Burgess.

Featured books include a number of first editions and special edition printings from houses such as Marchbanks Press, Limited Editions Club and others. The private collection of Anthony Burgess writings includes dozensof first editions, highlighted by British and American first printings of “A Clockwork Orange.”  From the same estate which included the Burgess books, we will offer fine, limited edition works by Norman Douglas. Several lots will present selections from a private collection of fancy leather antique bindings, including decorative sets.  There are a number of lots which bear important signatures such as Richard Nixon, Cal Ripken and others.  Antique titles dating back to the 1600’s can be found in the collection of theology while atlases dating from the early 1800’s will also be sold.  Additional important antique works will be offered form the fields of astronomy and American history.

Found throughout this auction will be pleasing groups of ephemera, dating back to the 1600’s. Early items include engravings with architectural content and maps, while other lots offer antique groups of postcards, Victorian chromo-lithographic items, trade cards and valentines.  More recent ephemera groups include items from World War One and World War Two, graphically impressive art deco travel-related material, railroad-related items, magazines and sheet music.  In addition to ephemera lots are a number of pieces of artwork and prints, alongside a collection of Asian art and artifacts.

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, November 20th 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

Codex Mexico Underway

CODEX Mexico is a pioneering initiative aimed at promoting the arts of the book in Mexico and Latin America and to foster the development of international collaborations and cross-border outreach and exchange of skills and ideas.

The first initiative is a collaboration with the Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla and Tonaltepec Global S.C. in response to an invitation from The CODEX Foundation to co-ordinate CODEX MEXICO events at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in late November 2011 and an Exhibition / with events (to be announced) at Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla in February 2012. These two events will establish the CODEX Mexico Chapter as part of The CODEX International Network.

The CODEX Mexico inaugural events will include the opening of the exhibition Libros de Artista at 1:00 p.m. on November 25th, 2011 at the Centro Cultural Mundo Cuervo, in Tequila, Jalisco. CODEX Mexico will offer an inaugural presentation and event at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) during a conference to be held at 8:00 p.m. on November 27, 2011, at the Agustin Yañez Hall (upper level). On this occasion, the CODEX Mexico Manifesto (en español) will be issued as a starting point for the promotion and establishment of a Center for the Study of the Book, a library, and a regional center for the safeguarding and preservation of significant books on the art and history of printing and a laboratory preserving and teaching the multiple skilled crafts of handmade book production aimed at national, regional and global markets.

On February 16, 2012, this same exhibit will move to the Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla in Mexico City. The exhibition is comprised of a collection of original hand-made volumes printed in California and drawn from the collections of Stanford University Library and an equal number of artist's books made by Mexican artists and printers will be included to make this a ground-breaking cross-border collaboration.

A catalogue will be issued in conjunction with the joint Stanford University Library / CODEX Mexico Exhibition titled Libros de Artista, with texts by Peter Rutlredge Koch, printer and president of The CODEX Foundation; Robert Bringhurst, poet and erudite historian of printing, and the renowned Mexican writer Pedro Angel Palou. Copies may be obtained from the CODEX Foundation.

CODEX Mexico opening events are generously supported by the Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the Centro Cultural Mundo Cuervo, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Mexico City, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, California, the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico, Stanford University Libraries, and The CODEX Foundation.

Antique Woodworking Tools

Antique Woodworking Tools Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century is not only a celebration of a collection lovingly put together over a period of 35 years, but it is also possibly the biggest private collection of western woodworking tools in the world. 

Assembled by David Russell, himself an expert joiner whose keen eye has been endorsed by scholarship, this is not simply the book of an unusual collection, but it is the most serious work of reference of its kind to date and has become a ‘bible’ in its field.  As David Linley, Chairman of Christie’s and well-known cabinet maker, writes in the Foreword, ‘Russell is to be congratulated on amassing with unerring eye such a fascinating array of tools, many of which are of the highest quality or deepest historical significance.’

Tools are man’s earliest surviving artefacts and David Russell’s scholarly book, is probably the first time the tools of a trade have been given a systematic and scientific analysis on such a scale. The book  has an important place in the twenty-first century because tools represent time-honoured values associated with pride in workmanship and skilled training, which together with the demise of apprenticeship, have all but lost their rightful position in society today.  It is also appropriate that the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum is opening a new furniture gallery in 2012, where the focus will not be on the finished product, but on the tools, their artistry and inventive craftsmanship.

David Russell’s collection starts with pre historic implements, gradually progressing through the centuries.  Many are unique and many were specially commissioned.  The first item Russell bought which set his heart racing and which triggered his passion for collecting, was a Norris smoother.  The name Norris is still music to the ears of anybody who knows and understands woodwork.  Norris-made planes from the mid 19th century were considered the pinnacle of practical design and gracefulness; as Russell himself says, ‘Some thirty odd years later planes are still the mainspring of my collection.  Yet on leafing through my book readers will soon come to see how broad, strong and lasting my acquisitive instincts have been, so much so that I have ended up with a vast array of tools that together tell something of the story of tools.’  The collection also embraces a handsome group of continental wooden planes dating from about 200AD to the 19thcentury.  Many are intricately carved with geometric or floral motifs while others are sculpted with snakes, monsters, cherubs or even naked ladies.

The sheer beauty and unexpected span of the collection is remarkable even to the untrained eye. Amongst the most unusual highlights must be the tools of Francis Nicholson, the first named US plane maker working in Massachusetts in the18th century, who bequeathed his tool making equipment to his slave Cesar Chelor, who was granted freedom and was able to set up in business as a plane-maker. Plumb bobs used since Roman times to find the true vertical, are a particularly attractive facet of the Russell collection.  Made of ivory, brass, bone, steel or lead these beautiful and often intricately carved pieces have a strong visual appeal.  Particularly unexpected is the group of three unpublished, delicate and detailed pencil drawings of garden tools by a ten year old Beatrix Potter, drawn in her garden shed.
David Russell’s Antique Woodworking Tools Their Craftsmanship from Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century brings together an extraordinary array of edge and boring tools from Britain, continental Europe and North America.  This beautifully produced book is already regarded internationally as a bible in its field; Part I of the collection recently sold at auction and Part II is eagerly awaited in early March 2012.
Antique Woodworking Tools Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century
David R Russell
Published by John Adamson
Price: £90.00
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