December 2011 Archives

National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, January 8th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine collection of deluxe, limited bindings and an array of ephemera lots. Of particular note are substantial collections of printings by The Limited Editions Club, Easton Press and The Franklin Library including hundreds of signed first editions and signed limited editions, most of which are housed in handsome, deluxe leather bindings. The books in these collections are impressive both for their quality and condition.

Important antique books in this auction include atlases and other early works. Featured is Vincenzo Corrado’s landmark cookbook entitled “Il Cuoco Galante,” printed in 1778 and Paulinus Bartholomaeo’s Orientalist compilation printed from 1790 through 1793, offering seminal works on Sanskrit Indian culture.  Atlases include Jeremiah Greenleaf’s 1842 “New Universal Atlas” and Mitchell’s 1853 printing by the same title.  A number of these early titles feature important illustrations and plates such as those found in our offering of Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s 1821 “Monumenti Antichi Inediti.”

Modern works offered during this auction include first editions and a great quantity of author-signed titles by prominent writers.  Offered are first editions of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” and “The Old Man and the Sea,” along with a first American printing of Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange.”  Signed books include landmark titles such as H. L. Mencken’s “Treatise on Right and Wrong” and “Newspaper Days.”  Other signed titles featuring major writers include those of Mario Puzo, Anne Rice, John le Carre, Michael Crichton, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury and Umberto Eco, to name just a few.

Found throughout this auction are pleasing groups of ephemera.  Offered are single items and groups of material such as decorative antique and vintage magazines, artwork, antique ephemera, advertising-related items and photographs.

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, January 8th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.
Philadelphia, PA December 28, 2011--Drawing on books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, prints, photographs, and ephemera in the Library Company's collection, guest curator Wendy Woloson explores underground urban commerce in early America in our upcoming exhibition "Capitalism by Gaslight: The Shadow Economies of 19th-Century America." The exhibition focuses on the ways many Americans earned their livings outside the spheres of wholesale and retail commerce, conducting economic transactions in illicit and semi-legal ways.

Crime was certainly nothing new to Americans, and reports of highway robberies and stolen goods appeared in newspapers from their first issues on colonial soil. Yet the profound and relatively rapid shifts in the country's economic structure and demographic patterns after the Revolution contributed to the flourishing of both legal and illegal commerce. Woloson explores these changes using the Library Company's rich collections of Americana.

An interactive portion of the exhibition features electronically displayed pamphlets that visitors can page through, as well as a recipe book containing instructions for making one's own whiskey at home,. Visitors will leave the Library Company with a small reminder of the show, a trade card with a biography of someone who operated in the commercial underworld.

From pick-pocketing to gambling, counterfeiting to prostitution, "Capitalism by Gaslight" describes the myriad ways people participated in an earlier, shadowy realm of commerce that required a surprising degree of creativity, cunning, and financial acumen. This exhibition will be on display from Monday, January 17, through Friday, August 24, 2012.

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

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Announcing the Seventh Edition of A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions, 2012

Compiled since 1999 when the Sixth Edition went to press, the revised content of the Seventh Edition will include 2342 items of new information: previously-unlisted publishers from 1850 to 2011, changes and revisions to already-listed publishers from the Sixth Edition, as well as newly discovered publishers since 1999.

As a point of comparison, the Seventh Edition will list 5835 publishers. The Sixth Edition listed in 3642.

With the demise of Zempel & Verkler’s Guide, last updated in 2001 and now out of print, our Seventh Edition becomes the only available guide to this scholarship and the most up-to-date.

For practicality and field utility, we have used a lighter, stronger paper to keep the bulk of the book approximately the same as the Sixth Edition.

Prepaid orders will be accepted beginning at once, for shipping in mid-January 2012.

To place an order, go to www.firsteditionguide.com

This is an all-new web site so if you are a returning customer, you will need to set up a new account with a new password. The new site is safe & secure, fully tested and ready to accept your orders. It is currently in Beta mode, but fully functional for ordering. Look for improvements as we go along.

Resellers will be asked for pertinent tax resale certificate numbers where they are issued in their states. If your state does not issue a tax resale certificate, enter this number: FR135798642G.

Payment is through PayPal using any major credit card or bank account. This makes our site doubly safe as we do not require you to enter credit card information with us. And your purchase is backed by both PayPal and your credit card issuer. If you prefer to pay by check, please complete the order, print the invoice and send it with your check.

Individual copies are $18.95 plus $2.50 S&H worldwide. Discount structure has been revised to reflect small publisher short discounts: resale begins at 5 copies [5-9 - less 30%], 10-25 [less 35%], 26-49 [less 40%], and 50 or more [less 45%].

With all good wishes for better books at better prices for dealers & collectors alike,

Bill McBride
Publisher

Historical Note: The Seventh Edition was compiled with the research assistance of my son, Ross McBride, a now-fourth generation bookseller. His grandfather Everett Whitlock, great uncle Gilbert Whitlock, great uncle Reverdy Whitlock and great grandfather C. E. H. Whitlock, all on his Mother’s side, were booksellers. C. E. H. founded Whitlock’s, Inc, New Haven, in 1900 and was succeeded by Reverdy through 1990, ; Everett & Gilbert operated The Whitlock Farm Booksellers, Bethany, since ca 1940.  There are also reports that another ancestor operated a used book business in New York City in the 1820s. And I’m his Dad, founder of The Jumping Frog, Hartford, in 1983 and still at it.

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Winter Exhibitions at the Morgan Library

New York, NY, December 21, 2011—This winter The Morgan Library & Museum will present a wide-ranging group of exhibitions, including sketches, studies, and pastels by Dan Flavin in the first-ever retrospective of his works on paper; drawings by Rembrandt and artists of the Dutch Golden Age; and an innovative look at the ways artists, writers, and composers have used animal imagery in their work. For further information or images, please contact Patrick Milliman or Alanna Schindewolf. 



Rembrandt's World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection

January 20-April 29, 2012


Bolstered by its recent political independence, economic prosperity, and maritime supremacy, the Dutch Republic witnessed an artistic flourishing during the seventeenth century. Popularly known as the Golden Age of Dutch art, the period produced some of the world's greatest artists—among them Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn and his followers Ferdinand Bol and Gerbrand van den Eeckhout; Abraham Bloemaert; Aelbert Cuyp; and Jan van Goyen. Beginning on January 20, The Morgan Library & Museum presents over ninety drawings by these artists and others from this celebrated time in an exhibition titled Rembrandt's World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection. On view through April 29, 2012, works in the exhibition will be shown as a group publicly for the first time.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions.

The catalogue is underwritten by The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Research and Publications.

Public programs are generously supported by The Netherland-America Foundation, Inc.


Dan Flavin: Drawing 

February 17-July 1, 2012


Best known for his fluorescent light installations, Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. This first retrospective of his drawings will include over one hundred sheets representing every phase of his career: early abstract expressionist watercolors of the 1950s, studies for light installations, portraits and landscape sketches, and pastels of sailboats from the 1980s. In addition, the exhibition will feature nearly fifty works from Flavin's personal collection of drawings, including nineteenth-century American landscapes by Hudson River School artists, Japanese drawings, and twentieth-century works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Dedalus Foundation, Inc.


Major support for the catalogue is provided by Lannan Foundation.


In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan

March 2-May 20, 2012

Drawing from the breadth of the Morgan's collection, this exhibition will explore the ways in which animals have served as inspiration for artists, writers, and composers throughout history.



Ancient seals, drawings, prints, books, and medieval, music, and literary manuscripts will illustrate the use of animals as symbols, teachers of moral lessons, talking characters, and subjects of scientific study and artistic inspiration. 

Included in the exhibition are works by John James Audubon, William Blake, Albrecht Dürer, T. S. Eliot, David Hockney, Ted Hughes, George Orwell, Sergei Prokofiev, Peter Paul Rubens, E. B. White, and Virginia Woolf, among many others.





Ongoing

Robert Burns and "Auld Lang Syne"

Through February 5, 2012



Every December 31, tens of millions of people raise their voices with friends and family in a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne," bidding farewell to the past year and looking forward to a promising new one. 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? With manuscripts, rare printed editions, and audio selections, this focused exhibition explores the origins of a song that began as an old Scots poem and air and evolved into a globally shared expression of friendship and longing.

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


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

The Morgan Library & Museum

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



General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405
212.685.0008

www.themorgan.org


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

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

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LOS ANGELES—The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today two complementary acquisitions concerning the artist and photographer Man Ray (b. Emmanuel Radnitzky, American, 1890-1976). 



“These archival materials, photographs, and published works are important additions to the collections at the Getty Research Institute,” said Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “Taken together with the substantial holdings of the artist’s work in the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs, they make the Getty the premier North American repository for collections on Man Ray.”



Adding to the GRI’s already significant Man Ray holdings, these two acquisitions, from different private sources, unearth unique and rarely studied material on the artist. One comprises an archive of manuscripts, correspondence, publications, photographs, ephemera, and art works concerning the artist and his wife, Juliet Man Ray, which were assembled by their longtime friends Michael and Elsa Combe-Martin. The agendas from 27 years of the artist’s career, covering 1923-40, 1951-58, and 1971, are the highlight of this collection. The illustrated agendas or calendar books that were kept by the expatriate artist during the 1920s and 1930s in Paris, when he was associated with the Dada and Surrealist groups, document his near-daily encounters and appointments with friends and colleagues such as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, André Breton, and Lee Miller. Including professional appointments, tasks, details of shoots, and circumstances of printing, they offer a fascinating view of Man Ray’s prolific activities as a photographer as well as intriguing glimpses of his personal life.



“Nearly every day Man Ray met with interesting people, made observations about the world around him and created art,” said Marcia Reed, chief curator at the Getty Research Institute. “The personal diaries, ephemera, and photographs in these collections span four decades of his artistic life, creating an unrivaled opportunity to learn more about Man Ray and his circle.

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The agendas are joined by 51 vintage and modern photographic prints by Man Ray, dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, of prominent people including T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Elsa Schiaparelli, Virginia Woolf, Paul Eluard, and Marcel Duchamp on his death bed, as well as photographs of Man Ray alone or with Juliet, and with artists such as Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso. The collection also includes objects made by Man Ray, such as a wooden cigar box with a drawing of a bird, given to the Combe-Martins on New Year’s 1969; a miniature portrait of a lady with a moustache added by Man Ray; and a brass seal of embossed lips. Disembodied lips appear as a motif in Man Ray’s paintings, and the agendas also include drawings of lips.



The second acquisition is a special-edition portfolio of photographs, La Traversée du Grand Verre, by the Italian photographer Gianfranco Baruchello (b. Rome, 1924). Created by Baruchello in 1995, the faux-bois and embossed leather portfolio designed by Jean-Luc Mercié holds eight black and white photographs of Man Ray’s close friend, artist Marcel Duchamp, inspecting his monumental work, The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1966. This portfolio is accompanied by a unique illustrated Pepys Westminster diary that Man Ray purchased in London in 1953 and used until 1959.



The diary includes handwritten comments in which the artist speculates on various aspects of the art world, with highly pertinent and revealing remarks about his great friend Duchamp. Baruchello’s portfolio holds an additional photograph of Duchamp dedicated to the collector Daniel Filipacchi.



Man Ray used the diary to jot down notes and thoughts, including many aphoristic texts that showcase his wit and his musings on life and art. For example, Man Ray wrote, “there are two reasons for disliking a work—first because it is not understood, second because it is understood.” He also once mused, “I shall always oppose the cauliflower with the artichoke. The cauliflower is like a brain. The artichoke is a green rose—with a heart.

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These acquisitions join a significant number of Man Ray’s letters, manuscripts, and other materials already in the GRI’s collection as well as more than 300 photographs, including rayographs and solarized prints, from the 1910s through the 1960s by Man Ray in the Getty Museum’s collection—one of the most significant collections of Man Ray’s photography outside France and a core element of the Getty’s first photography acquisitions.




About Man Ray


Man Ray was an American photographer, painter and filmmaker who lived and worked in France for much of his life. He was born Emmanuel Radnitsky in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1890 and grew up in New Jersey, becoming a commercial artist in New York in the 1910s. He began to sign his name Man Ray in 1912, although his family did not change its surname to Ray until the 1920s. He initially taught himself photography in order to reproduce his own works of art, which included paintings and mixed media. In 1921 he moved to Paris and set up a photography studio to support himself. There he began to make photograms, which he called "Rayographs." In the 1920s, he also began making moving pictures. Man Ray's four completed films—Return to Reason, Emak Bakia, Starfish, and Mystery of the Chateau of Dice—were all highly creative, non-narrative explorations of the possibilities of the medium.



After the onset of World War II, Man Ray returned to the United States and lived in Los Angeles from 1940 until 1951. He was disappointed that he was recognized only for his photography in America and not for the filmmaking, painting, sculpture, and other media in which he worked. In 1951 Man Ray returned to Paris, where he concentrated primarily on painting until his death in 1976.

Amy Hood
Getty Communications
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Asheville, NC--December 14, 2011. Biblio.com, one of the world's leading marketplaces for new, used and rare books, announced today that it has launched a new tool to help booksellers and customers negotiate prices on select fine and collectible books.

The new program is called Make-an-Offer. With hundreds of booksellers already participating in the launch of this new tool, customers can browse several thousand books listed on Biblio.com and engage in a direct negotiation without the pressure or crowd of an online auction.

“Biblio was inspired to create this new tool by the way the negotiations occur between customers and booksellers in brick and mortar shops and antiquarian book shows," says Stephen Bakes, Director of Biblio's Bookseller Relations. "The ability for a bookseller to offer special pricing on a book for that particular customer is often the difference between a potential customer silently walking away from a book and a bookseller earning the trust of a new customer."

The process is designed with customer usability in mind. Customers click on the "Make An Offer" button where applicable, and can name their price and a time-frame in which the bookseller can then accept, reject or counter the offer. Both the customer and the bookseller are notified by email throughout the transaction. Biblio.com can offer support and assistance when necessary, but, Bakes notes, this is rarely an issue. The bookseller and customer can quickly come to an agreement or walk away.

"Biblio's Make-an-Offer brings internet book sales one step closer to face-to-face transactions," says Stephen Bakes, Director of Biblio's Bookseller Relations.

Biblio.com

Biblio.com is one of the world's leading sources for used, new and rare books. Established in 2003, Biblio.com has grown to become one of the largest global book marketplaces, with over 60 million books for sale from 6000 bookstores and booksellers in countries around the world. Biblio.com is wholly owned and operated by Biblio, Inc., a privately held company with a commitment to a triple bottom line. For more information, please visit http://www.biblio.com.
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Syracuse University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of the personal papers of the flamboyant and trend-setting architect Morris Lapidus. Lapidus, who died in 2001, is perhaps best known for hotels like the Fontainebleau, Americana, and Eden Roc in Miami Beach, buildings which embodied the growth of leisure in American life during the 1950s and 1960s. The Fontainebleau has served as a backdrop for variety of iconic scenes in American film, including the James Bond thriller "Goldfinger" (1964). Most of Lapidus’ buildings exhibited a mélange of historical styles—French provincial, Italian, and Baroque—and anticipated the post-modernism of later architects.

Lapidus was born in Odessa, Russia in 1902, but his family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. As a wide-eyed youth, he marveled at the splendor of Coney Island and he would later impart a similar spirit of excess to his work as an architect. That spirit would place him at odds with his function-minded modernist peers. However, contrary to the editor’s choice of title for his 1996 autobiography, Too Much is Never Enough, Lapidus was interested less in hedonism than he was in a “quest for emotion and motion in architecture.”

Frustrated by his sometimes antagonistic relationship with the architectural establishment, Lapidus destroyed many of his firm’s records when he retired in 1984. However, he retained a core collection of especially valuable papers that he entrusted with his last collaborator and confidant, architect Deborah Desilets.  The archive includes a large collection of photographs dating to the 1920s, conceptual drawings, manuscript drafts of his written works, and correspondence with his long-time friend, mystery writer Ellery Queen.

Desilets approached Syracuse, which has held a small Lapidus collection since 1967, and a gift of the material was finalized in December. Speaking of her decision to place the archive with Syracuse, Desilets says, "The archive is an extremely important missing link in the discourse on Lapidus’ influence on twentieth century architecture. I am thrilled to place it in such a distinguished research institution, where it will be available for use by generations of students and scholars."

In Syracuse’s Special Collections Research Center, the Lapidus archive will reside in one of the most important mid-century modern collections in the country. Among the other architects represented are Marcel Breuer, William Lescaze, and Richard Neutra, as well as designers like Russel Wright and Walter Dorwin Teague.

The university is also home to a top-ranked School of Architecture. Faculty member Jon Yoder offered this assessment of the Lapidus archive’s value for teaching and research: “The recent proliferation of architect-designed boutique hotels, coupled with the pervasive disciplinary focus on architectural effects, suggests that Lapidus was indeed one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.  This acquisition of his personal archive comes as welcome news to designers and scholars who are finally beginning to reassess the lavish contributions of this much-maligned architect across a surprisingly broad spectrum of design disciplines.”

For more information, please contact Sean Quimby, Senior Director of Special Collections at 315.443.9759 or smquimby@syr.edu.

Results from NBA's December Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted 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. Another highlight of this auction was a large, handsome personal library of scholarly books relating to ocean liner history, interior design, art history and gardening, impressive for both its quality and condition. This 465-lot auction also featured a number of antique titles dating back to the 1600’s and other important early printings, many of which were housed in fancy leather bindings.

An 1844 printing of H. S. Tanner’s “A New Universal Atlas” fetched a hammer price of $3198.00 (including buyer’s premium). This scarce edition of this landmark atlas is beautifully illustrated with a hand-colored frontispiece showing comparative lengths and heights of rivers and mountains as well as numerous hand-colored lithographed maps.

Realizing a hammer price of $1920.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a printing of Pariser’s “Mondphotografien”. This publication is a folio volume of eleven mounted original photographic plates of the lunar surface, dated from 1894 to 1902.  Each mounting sheet bears a caption in French, indicated the time and date that the photo was captured.

A first edition of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” achieved a hammer price of $720.00 (including buyer’s premium). This printing of Twain's classic work was re-cased in a beautiful, deluxe full dark navy morocco binding with raised bands and gilt tooling.

Bringing a hammer price of $522.75 was a first edition of “Relations of the Most Famous Kingdomes and Common-wealths Throughout the World”, translated from the work of Giovanni Botero in 1630. Botero’s work marks the beginning of international demographic studies, and was also highly influential over the next generation of political and economic thinkers.

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, January 8th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

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NEW YORK—The Autographs auction at Swann Galleries on November 3 saw active bidding for scarce and fascinating items from writers and artists, as well as material related to world leaders, scientists and performers.

Marco Tomaschett, Autographs Specialist, said, “There was much interest and strong bidding for this sale’s most extraordinary material, as well as smaller items, resulting in a 92 percent sell-through rate. Many of the top European autographs went to buyers in Europe, suggesting that some are taking advantage of the favorable exchange rate.”

The top lot was a bound volume containing over 120 illustrated letters by Frederick Stuart Church, many containing his charming depictions of polar bears, lions and other animals, written to financier Grant B. Schley, Carnegie Hall, 1913-17. It sold for $31,200*.

Also containing numerous illustrations was a guestbook for the Isola Bella Restaurant in London, 1919-33, containing hundreds of items signed or signed and inscribed, including entries by Theodore Dreiser, T.S. Eliot, Mary Pickford, and W.B. Yeats, $15,600.

The highest selling literary lot was a group of four typed letters signed and an initialed postcard by Ezra Pound, concerning private publication of his translations of Provençal poet Arnaut Daniel, London, 1917-18, $28,800.

Also from the writers portion of the sale were an autograph letter signed by Samuel Johnson to Hester Lynch Thrale, concerned for the health of his friend Henry Thrale, Ashbourne, 17 June 1779 $19,200, and a related item, an 1815 autograph letter unsigned by the now Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, to physician James Fellowes, on behalf of Mrs. Lutwyche, $6,000; as well as an Immanuel Kant autograph inscription, unsigned, a dedication to his one-time student Carl Gottlieb Fischer, in Latin, circa December 1793, $6,480; a Mark Twain autograph manuscript, unsigned, a draft of a brief article for Harper’s Weekly, December 1908, $5,040; and an autograph manuscript, unsigned by Jean-Paul Sartre, consisting of fragmentary notes, likely from his unpublished 1965 Cornell lecture, in French, circa 1964, $4,800.

Science-related items were a Charles Darwin autograph letter signed to an unnamed recipient, in which he offers to send a copy of his Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Beckenham, December 1872, $4,080; an autograph note signed by Sigmund Freud, a bill for 23 hours of services to one of his last patients, Vienna, 31 October 1933, $3,840; and a photo of Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa, signed by both and dated by Albert, 1931, $5,280.

Other notable signed photographs included a photograph of Leon Trotsky’s son Sergei Sedov, signed and inscribed by Trotsky to American writer and activist Waldo Frank, in French, 1 March 1937, $6,000; a standing portrait of Winston Churchill, $6,000; and a stunning full-length photo of Maria Callas, dated and signed, 1966, $4,800.

The auction also featured a signed program from the ceremony of the Oslo Accords, with signatures by William J. Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Washington, 1993-94, $5,520. A related item was a typed letter signed by Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow concerning the formation of the London Zionist Political Committee, July 1917, $6,000.

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

For further information, and to propose consignments to upcoming Autographs auctions, please contact Marco Tomaschett at (212) 254-4710, extension 12, or via email at mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

*All prices include buyer’s premium.

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an unprecedented exhibition of original artworks by poet Elizabeth Bishop and works from her personal collection. This marks the gallery’s second exhibition of the poet’s work; the first was presented in 1996. The show will also include Bishop’s desk from Brazil, where one imagines she wrote some of her important late poems, along with vitrines containing books, photographs, and smaller objects that she collected over the years on her travels.

One hundred years since her birth, and just over thirty years since her death, Bishop is now considered among the most important American poets of the Twentieth Century. Until now, the one facet of her life that has not been explored fully is the transformative role that the visual arts played in her creative output over her lifetime. Bishop made her own art, mostly in the form of intimate watercolors, gouaches, and drawings. She collected art during her years in Brazil, and was also given (and acquired) pieces by her family and closest artist friends. Like her poems, her own artworks possess an unpretentious earthiness combined with an acute eye for detail of everyday life. She made her art quietly, privately, and gave many of them away to friends over the years. The works in this exhibition were all in her collection at the time of her death.

The exhibition will evoke the poet’s private, domestic world. It will comprise rarely exhibited original works by the artist, including enchanting watercolors and gouaches, as well as two enigmatic box assemblages that are indebted to Joseph Cornell. In addition, the exhibition will include a selection of works by other artists: two paintings by the primitive painter Gregorio Valdes, an early Calder print, a relief painting by John Ferren, among others. There will also be two family portraits and a landscape that she inherited, which she writes about in her poems and prose pieces.

The gallery is publishing a 48 page hardbound book with texts by noted writers Dan Chiasson, Joelle Biele and the Pulitzer prize winning writer Lloyd Schwartz.

The exhibition is presented in association with James S. Jaffe Rare Books, LLC.

For further information and visuals please contact the gallery at 212.262.5050 or info@tibordenagy.com.
New York—Scarce items made their auction debut, while original illustrations and signed first editions of notable titles drew interest at Swann Galleries’ auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books; and 19th & 20th Century Literature on November 8.

Christine von der Linn, Swann’s art book and modern literature specialist, said, “I was happy to see activity in all sections of the sale; for every successfully sold item, there were numerous under bidders. The exhibition was jam-packed with collectors and also dealers en route to the Boston Book fair.”

The top lot was a wonderful association copy of Andy Warhol’s 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, with 18 lithographs, New York, 1954, which sold for $45,600*. This copy—one of fewer than 150 produced—was signed and inscribed “Merry Christmas” by Warhol to Bob Cato, the award-winning graphic designer who worked with Warhol at Harper’s Bazaar, where Cato was Alexey Brodovitch’s assistant.

Other modern art highlights included a signed copy of David Hockney’s Paper Pools, with a lithograph, London, 1980, $10,800; Lysistrata with six etched plates by Picasso, and signed by the artist, New York, 1934, $6,480; and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with an etched frontispiece and 12 colored plates by Salvador Dalí, one of 2500 numbered and signed copies, New York, 1969, $5,280.

An original ink and watercolor drawing by Beatrix Potter also sold well, bringing a record $14,400. The image, Mrs. Rabbit with basket and umbrella in the forest, was a redrawing of the illustration published in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, signed and dated August 1927.

Appearing for the first time at auction were The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, hand-illuminated and calligraphed manuscript by Alberto Sangorski, London, 1905, $6,480; and an original pen-and-ink drawing of a nude by Austrian illustrator Frans von Bayros, circa 1915, $6,000, which was one of approximately 20 items in a section of curiosa.

Selling on the 55th anniversary of the year it was published was a review copy of the first edition of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems, signed by Ginsberg on the title-page and again on the publisher’s review slip, San Francisco, 1956, $5,760—a record for a signed copy. Also marking a milestone anniversary was a signed and inscribed first edition of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, New York, 1961, $5,280.

Other 20th century literary classics included number 349 of 750 copies of James Joyce’s Ulysses, on handmade paper, Paris, 1922, which, despite condition issues, brought $14,400; a first edition of William Faulkner’s first novel, Soldier’s Pay, New York, 1926, $7,200, and his better known The Sound and the Fury, first edition, New York, 1929, $5,040.

From the 19th century were a complete set of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Books, five volumes including A Christmas Carol, first editions, London, 1843-48, $6,480; as well as a set of Emily Dickinson first editions: Poems, Poems Second Series, and Poems Third Series, Boston, 1890-96, $10,200.

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

For further information, and to consign items to Swann’s upcoming auctions of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, and 19th & 20th Century Literature, please contact Christine von der Linn at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at cvonderlinn@swanngalleries.com.

NEW YORK—Nearly 300 items will be offered in the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction,  December 15 at Bonhams in New York. Being one of the last auctions of this year, and adding to holiday anticipation, the sale boasts several Christmas-related items among its offerings, including: early printed books and illuminated manuscripts, travel literature and maps, science and natural history, art, children’s books, literature, history, Americana, music and theater.

Christina Geiger, the Fine Books and Manuscripts Director, and Matthew Haley, the department specialist, state about the sale, “We in the Book Department are excited about rounding out our best year ever with some Christmas cheer. With the auction on December 15, collectors don't have to wait till the night before Christmas to get in the holiday spirit!"

The holiday theme can be seen in our Arts and Literature section with two delightful original illustrations for different editions of Clement Moore’s 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, one of which is by Arthur Rackham (pre-sale estimates $600-800, $8,000-12,000); a set of the five Christmas books by Charles Dickens, bound in full crimson morocco (pre-sale est. $2,000-3,000); as well as songwriter Jerome Kern’s copy of the first edition of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol (pre-sale est. $4,000-6,000).

The highlights of the travel section of the sale are the maps and atlases: a fine and rare set of five woodcut maps by Heinrich Bünting, including the so-called “cloverleaf” world map (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000); a Spanish edition of Abraham Ortelius’s Theatrum orbis terrarium, dating from 1602 and containing 118 double-page engraved mapsheets (pre-sale est. $100,000-150,000); and a 1535 atlas by Ptolemy, with 50 maps of the ancient and modern world (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000).

In the Science and Natural History section of the auction, on offer is the royal octavo edition of John Audubon’s Birds, the most extensive American color plate work of the time, bound with Audubon’s Quadrupeds (pre-sale est. $80,000-120,000). Other highlights in the section include rare letters and manuscripts by Hermann Oberth and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, men considered to be among the founding fathers of rocketry and space flight.

An exciting highlight for comic books collectors is the first edition of the first American comic book (1842), virtually unknown and in original wrappers (pre-sale est. $10,000-15,000); Joseph Heller’s writing desk and lamp (pre-sale est. $1,500-2,000); the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses (pre-sale est. $20,000-30,000); an autographed letter by Thomas Jefferson to James Dinsmore, the craftsman responsible for the woodwork for Monticello’s famous dome (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000); and a rare collection of working musical manuscripts by Miles Davis (pre-sale est. $2,500-3,500).

The Fine Books & Manuscripts items will be on public display in New York beginning Saturday, December 10 through Thursday, December 15. The auction will begin at 1 pm on December 15 in the New York location of Bonhams at 580 Madison Avenue.

New York—On Thursday, December 15 Swann Galleries will offer an unprecedented single-owner sale of The Complete Poster Works of Roger Broders, the celebrated travel poster artist whose name is synonymous with French Art Deco. Not only is this the first time that a collection of Broders’s work, including previously unknown variants and non-travel images, has come to auction, it is the first time the complete works of any poster artist have been offered at one time.
 
“Being surrounded by all of these stunning posters was glorious and uplifting,” said Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann President and Director of the Poster Department, “It is like seeing France as it hasn’t been seen since the 1920s. To see them in person, all in once place, is an exceptional opportunity for anyone who appreciates vintage posters.”

Best known for the 65 images he created for the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée Railway (PLM), Broders also designed posters for car companies, lotteries and other railway lines. The 100 lots in this sale are presented chronologically by printing date, and offer a view into how Broders’s work evolved from 1920 to 1935, when he stopped designing posters.

Among the most sought-after examples of his work are images depicting glamorous men and women enjoying the beaches and nightlife of the Cote d’Azur. These include views of languid sunbathers in La Plage de Calvi Corse, 1928 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000); Antibes, circa 1928, with a variation advertising a local casino in Juan-les-Pins (each $10,000 to $15,000); and Agay, 1928 ($5,000 to $7,500), and smartly dressed visitors enjoying the views in Vichy / Comité des Fêtes, circa 1928 ($15,000 to $20,000) and Dunkerque, circa 1930 ($20,000 to $30,000).

Sports-themed images include hikers in Le Mont-Blanc / Chamonix, circa 1924 ($5,000 to $7,500); a female golfer in Vichy, 1928 ($8,000 to $12,000); Golf de la Soukra Tunis, 1932 ($4,000 to $6,000); and tennis enthusiasts in St. Honoré les Bains, circa 1928 ($5,000 to $7,500); Lys-Chantilly, circa 1928 ($3,000 to $4,000); and Monte-Carlo, circa 1930 ($15,000 to $30,000).

Broders also created several iconic ski posters, such as Winter Sports in the French Alps, circa 1929, promoting the Mont-Blanc railway, the highest altitude railway in France ($8,000 to $12,000); Les Sports d’Hiver dans les Vosges, circa 1930, in which a skier goes so fast his clothing becomes a blur ($7,000 to $10,000); Les Sports d’Hiver / St. Pierre de Chartreuse, 1930, depicting a crowd watching a bobsled team whoosh downhill ($8,000 to $12,000); a blonde woman—based on Broders’s wife—on the slopes in Le Hohwald, circa 1930 ($3,000 to $4,000); and Chamonix Mt. Blanc, 1930, depicting an ice hockey game at the site of the first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 ($6,000 to $9,000).

There are stunning landscape posters, employing Broders’s signature ability to capture depths-of-field, including sunlit views of the ships docking in Marseille, circa 1922 ($3,000 to $4,000), and 1929 ($7,000 to $10,000); the snow-covered peaks of La Chaine du Mont-Blanc, 1924 ($4,000 to $6,000); the palm trees and sailboats of Sainte-Maxime, 1928 ($5,000 to $7,500); and an incredible find, a group of 17 printer’s proofs of his poster for Jura. Environs de Pontarlier, which offer insight into the complex nature of lithographic printing, 1930 ($3,000 to $4,000).

Broders also designed posters for Baghdad, Florence, India and Rome, as well as non-travel specific advertisements for Peugeot, with Gatsby-esque couples riding with the top down, 1923 ($2,000 to $3,000); and Loterie des Régions Libéréres, 1934 ($1,000 to $1,500).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15. The items will be on public exhibition Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.
 
    A fully illustrated color catalogue with information on bidding by mail or fax is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25 Street, New York, NY 10010, and may be viewed online at www.swanngalleries.com.

    For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid during the auction, please contact Nicholas Lowry at (212) 254-4710 ext. 53, or via e-mail at posters@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.

New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Important Photobooks & Photographs on Tuesday, December 13 features beautiful and poignant images and books ranging from the earliest photographs to works by artists living and working today.

The sale opens with a fine assortment of cased images and prints from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which includes Andrew J. Russell’s magnificent United States Military Rail Road Photographic Album, with 107 albumen prints depicting the railroads, battlefields and landscapes of the Civil War, 1863-64 (estimate: $50,000 to $75,000); a group of 10 plates of birds from Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion, collotypes, 1887 ($5,000 to $7,500 for the set); and a first edition of Edwin Hale Lincoln’s lavishly illustrated Wild Flowers of New England Photographed from Nature, a complete set with 400 platinum prints, and one of about 50 copies of the self-published work, 1910-14 ($40,000 to $60,000).

Scarce early examples of photographic literature include Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Notes, Volumes III-V, the official organ of the Camera Club of New York, 1899-1900 ($6,000 to $9,000); individual copies of Stieglitz’s Camera Work, including the Steichen Supplement, 1906 ($7,000 to $10,000); and a deluxe edition of Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s Fotografias, signed by the artist, and with two (of three) silver prints, Mexico, 1945 ($18,000 to $22,000).

Among the compelling celebrity portraits are Berenice Abbott’s Portrait of James Joyce, silver print, circa 1926, printed 1950s ($12,000 to $18,000); Bravo’s André Breton, silver print, 1938, printed 1970s ($5,000 to $7,500); Edward Steichen’s Carl Sandburg posing with a cigar, silver print, circa 1936, printed 1950s ($3,000 to $4,500); Arnold Newman’s Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France, silver print, 1956, printed 1960s ($3,000 to $4,500); Bert Stern’s Marilyn Monroe (Crucifix), mural-size chromogenic print, 1962, printed 1992 ($15,000 to $25,000); and Dennis Hopper’s Irving Blum and Andy Warhol Filming, New York City, 1964, printed 1970s ($4,000 to $6,000).

An extraordinary item related to Warhol’s films is Jack Smith’s The Beautiful Book, with 19 erotic photographs of subjects including Warhol superstars Mario Montez and Francine Francine, one of a planned edition of 200, of which 60 were actually produced, 1959 ($30,000 to $45,000).

A section devoted to the work of legendary New York press photographer Weegee offers a self portrait of the photographer resting on a bed in the back of Police Headquarters, titled My studio, circa 1939 ($2,500 to $3,500); Human cannonball (woman being fired from a cannon), 1943 ($3,000 to $4,500); and a signed first edition of Naked City, 1945 ($500 to $750).

Other notable New York City views are Helen Levitt’s New York (Boys playing over doorway), circa 1942, printed circa 1980 ($6,000 to $9,000); Margaret Bourke-White’s Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, 1952, printed 1997 ($4,500 to $6,500); Walker Evans’s New York City Demolition, Upper Third Avenue, 1962 ($5,000 to $7,000); André Kertész’s Untitled (puddle, New York), 1967 ($4,000 to $6,000); Harry Callahan’s Untitled (World Trade Center), 1974 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Sheila Metzner’s New York, illustrated with 10 hand-coated platinum prints, one of 35 copies by Twenty-First Editions, numbered, signed and issued with a platinum print of The Brooklyn Bridge, 2001 ($12,000 to $18,000).

Other highly sought after books include deluxe 21st Editions works by Tom Baril, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Sally Mann, and others; the Aaron Siskind portfolio Viterbo Broom, with 18 abstract photographs and a handwritten title page with an inscription to a friend, 1967 ($25,000 to $35,000); Lee Friedlander’s Self Portrait, with an original photograph, signed and inscribed to Marvin Israel, 1970 ($5,000 to $7,500); Duane Michals’s Homage to Cavafy, with 10 silver prints, 1978 ($10,000 to $15,000); and a deluxe edition of Paul Graham’s A-1, The Great North Road, signed and with an original photograph, 1983 ($15,000 to $20,000).

Individual contemporary images of note include Peter Beard’s Fayel Tall / El Molo Bay, Lake Rudolf, mixed media silver print with applied blood and a feather, 1987, printed 1998 ($20,000 to $30,000); Herb Ritz’s Brigitte Nielson, Malibu, 1987 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Sally Mann’s Emmet, Jessie and Virginia, 1989 ($10,000 to $15,000).

The auction will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13.

The photographs and books will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, December 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated catalogue with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25 Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.
 
For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Daile Kaplan at (212) 254-4710, extension 21, or via e-mail at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.

Digital Metro Grants Awarded

NEW YORK, NY--Nine institutions in New York City and Westchester have been awarded grant funding to support a range of digitization projects designed to expand access to important collections of historical and rare materials. Recipients of the 2011 Digital METRO New York (DMNY) grants, totaling over $78,000, were announced today by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).
 
Libraries, archives, and other research organizations selected to receive METRO digitization grants this year include the American Jewish Historical Society, the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Center for Jewish History, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, Brooklyn Museum, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the New York Botanical Garden. Awardees were chosen based on a rigorous application and review process designed to identify initiatives that would have the strongest impact on research and access to vital materials from important collections in the New York area.
 
“This year’s digitization grant recipients truly represent the diversity of METRO’s membership, and I am confident that their collaborative projects will enhance the growing collection of online resources in our area,” said Jason Kucsma, METRO’s Executive Director.
 
DMNY funding is available to eligible members of METRO through a competitive application and project review process. The projects selected for the 2011/2012 grant cycle reflect the breadth and depth of special collections in the metropolitan New York region. Following are the libraries and projects selected for 2011 METRO collaborative digitization grants:
 
    •    Early New York Synagogue Archives; the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History
    •    Art Resources from the Mid-20th Century: Digitized Highlights from the Libraries of Hilla Rebay and Juliana Force; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art
    •    Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century (Phase 2); Frick Art Reference Library, Brooklyn Museum
    •    Views of Bronx Park: Collaborative Project to Digitize the Postcards of the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden; Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden
 
“With METRO’s support, the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums will be able to make unique historical resources held by both of our institutions widely available for the first time,” said Francine Snyder, Project Manager for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art.
 
“Providing online access to these historically significant materials will allow scholars, theologians, sociologists, urban demographers, genealogists and historians to study synagogue life and the life of the Jewish community in New York City before and during a key time period of great Jewish immigration to the United States and in modern American history,” said Naomi Steinberger, Project Manager for the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s collaboration with the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History.
 
Since 2005, METRO’s DMNY program has distributed over $530,000 to help fund 37 projects at more than 49 METRO member institutions. Managed by METRO, Digital Metro New York supports the implementation of digitization projects among METRO member libraries and archives. METRO lends vital additional support for digitization projects through specialized education and training programs and opportunities for “digitally ready” libraries to share expertise and best-practice digitization strategies.
 
METRO’s digitization program is supported by funds from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Database Program. For more information about METRO’s involvement in digitization projects, visit http://bit.ly/dkbS1k.
 
About METRO
 
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization working to develop and maintain essential library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. METRO's service is developed and delivered with broad input and support from an experienced staff of library professionals, the organization's member libraries, an active board of trustees, government representatives and other experts in research and library operations.
 
As the largest reference and research resources (3Rs) library council in New York State, METRO members reflect a wide range of special, academic, archival and public library organizations. In addition to training programs and support services, METRO also works to bring members of the New York City and Westchester County library communities together to promote ongoing exchanges of information and ideas.
SOTHEBY'S LONDON is delighted to announce the sale of a selection of exceptional works in its English Literature, History Private Press, Children’s Books & Illustrations auction on Thursday, 15 December 2011. The sale, which comprises 163 lots, is expected to raise in excess of £1.5 million. The headline lot is an autograph manuscript of the previously unknown The Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2, written by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë, in miniature format. Estimated at £200,000-300,000, it is one of only a handful of such manuscripts remaining in private hands. Also featured is a first deluxe edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone which includes 10 full-colour, specially commissioned illustrations by Thomas Taylor, the first artist to give shape to the boy wizard. The sale has several works of international significance, including an archive of literary manuscripts by Naguib Mahfouz, probably the most significant Egyptian novelist of the 20th Century.

Peter Selley, Sotheby‟s Senior Director and Senior Specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department said: “This is a wonderfully diverse sale, which offers historic collecting opportunities, including the most important Brontë manuscript to be offered at auction for a generation. Previously unknown to scholars and of huge literary significance, it sheds new light on Charlotte Brontë’s inspirations and the fantasy worlds inhabited by the Brontë siblings. Another imaginary realm which has captivated millions of readers is that of J.K. Rowling, and the sale features perhaps the ultimate bespoke Harry Potter novel. The unique copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher‟s Stone includes 10 wonderfully fresh illustrations, offered with the original watercolours, by Thomas Taylor, who created the first ever depiction of the young wizard.”

The unpublished manuscript by Charlotte Brontë, The Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2 (illustrated right), reveals a plot line which is a precursor to one of the most famous scenes in Jane Eyre. Estimated at £200,000-300,000, it is the most important Brontë manuscript to have appeared at auction in more than thirty years and has never before been seen by scholars. Set in „Glass Town‟, the earliest fictional world that the four Brontë siblings created, and written by a fourteen-year-old Charlotte in miniature magazine format, the manuscript is dated August 1830 - 17 years before the celebrated author wrote Jane Eyre.

Offered for sale for the first time, a unique copy of the first 1999 deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, is estimated at £30,000-50,000 (pictured, page one). The bespoke, extra-illustrated edition is not only signed by the author but also includes 10 specially commissioned full-colour plates by the original Harry Potter illustrator, Thomas Taylor. The consignor asked Taylor to create the images in 2002 for his own library. The scenes were chosen for their significance and to provide an even spread of illustrations throughout the narrative. They were originally intended to be bound into a copy of the book, but proving too thick, were instead reproduced on fine wove paper and sumptuously bound by Asprey. Thomas Taylor provided the first-ever depiction of Harry Potter for the cover of Rowling‟s debut novel in 1997. After it was published the image achieved world-wide fame and Taylor‟s original watercolour was sold at Sotheby‟s London in July 2001 for £85,750.
 
A highly significant archive of literary manuscripts by Naguib Mahfouz, probably the most significant Egyptian novelist of the 20th Century, is estimated at £50,000-70,000. Best known for his 1950s works the Cairo Trilogy and the Children of Gebelawi, in 1988, Mahfouz became the only Arab writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mahfouz‟s style developed throughout his career and those changes are reflected in this rich and diverse group of literary manuscripts which includes material from both the beginning of his career in the 1930s, to his death in 2006. To Sotheby‟s best knowledge this is the first manuscript material by Mahfouz to appear at auction.
 
A unique edition of Queen Victoria’s biography by Agnes Strickland, Queen Victoria from Her Birth to Her Bridal (Henry Colburn, 1840), inscribed with notes in the Queen‟s hand, is estimated at £10,000-£15,000. Queen Victoria was deeply unimpressed with the biography by the well-known Victorian author of Lives of the Queens of England. When a copy of the overtly effusive and sentimental work was presented to her, the Queen made her true feelings known. She made caustic marginal comments on 120 pages of the book, then had it returned to the author. In many cases Queen Victoria marked specific paragraphs with a vertical line and added a terse “not true”, “quite false”, and even “not one word of truth” in the margin. In others she made specific factual corrections to names, dates and places. Strickland, appalled at the royal response, made every effort to halt further distribution of the book, and to buy any remaining copies in bookstores and destroy them. This book is offered for sale for the first time, by Agnes Strickland‟s direct descendants. In 1932 the family (then living in Canada) received a request from King George V to see the book. It was duly despatched to England and is offered for sale in the brown paper wrapping in which it was posted back to the family from Windsor Castle.
 
A collection of books and effects, formerly the property of Yvonne Cloetta, the long-time companion of Graham Greene, is estimated to reach a total in excess of £40,000. Mme Cloetta was Greene‟s last great love and the centre of his emotional life for his last three decades. The author moved to Antibes in the early 1960s to be near her home in Juan Les Pins. He never formally divorced his wife Vivien, and Yvonne never left her husband, but the extent of the collection and the tenderness of its inscriptions, reveals the depth of their relationship: “If I were to live my life again, there is only one thing I would want unchanged: meeting you, knowing you, and loving you,”
 
Graham Greene wrote to Yvonne in 1978. The collection, comprising correspondence, inscribed first editions of Greene‟s novels, a portrait of the author and his camera, will be sold in 16 separate lots.

The very rare first separate English edition of one of the best-loved poems in the English language, Rudyard Kipling’s IF, is estimated at £8,000-£12,000. The work, which is consistently voted as “The Nation‟s Favourite Poem”, was first published in 1910, but it was the appearance of this first edition in the month of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, which brought it to the attention of a wider public. There is believed to be only one copy recorded in any institution worldwide: that in the collection of one of Kipling‟s early biographers the Canadian barrister and industrialist James McG. Stewart, who bequeathed it to Dalhousie University Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A charming original ink drawing of Piglet, stranded in a tree during a flood, by E.H. Shepard is estimated at £30,000-50,000. The work, which here has Shepard‟s minor gouache corrections, was reproduced as a full-page illustration in Chapter IX of A.A. Milne‟s Winnie the Pooh, published in 1926. Shepard entitled the drawing “Rescue of Piglet” before quoting Milne‟s text: “It is a little anxious… to be a very small animal entirely surrounded by water.”

Another famous literary pig to feature in the sale is the beloved Wilbur. Maggie Kneen’s complete set of 21 fine pencil and watercolour drawings for Some Pig! by Charlotte’s Web author E. B. White (pictured left), is estimated to fetch £4,000-£6,000.

A unique leather-bound boxed set of Stieg Larsson’s internationally bestselling and award-winning Millennium Trilogy (pictured right) comprises The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, along with the original letter of rejection sent to a young Larsson in 1972 by the Joint Committee of Colleges of Journalism. Larsson kept this letter among his personal possessions until his death, and it reveals an original pencil portrait by the author himself. Stieg Larsson‟s drawing skills are well documented, but his drawings have not previously been published. The document has been donated by the author's family specifically to be included with the boxed set estimated at £10,000-12,000. The sale will benefit Expo, the anti-discrimination foundation set up in 1995 by Larsson and his peers. Larsson served as president of the foundation as well as editor-in-chief of Expo magazine until his death in 2004. 
30 November 2011 - Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that it will hold an auction of property from the estate of celebrated New York philanthropist and patron of the arts, Brooke Astor. The sale, which will take place on 19 April 2012, will comprise jewelry and fine & decorative art from Mrs. Astor’s Park Avenue apartment as well as her Westchester estate, Holly Hill, and is estimated in excess of $5 million*.

In keeping with her unwavering commitment to numerous New York institutions and causes, Mrs. Astor selected a number of charitable organizations to benefit from her estate including: The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Animal Medical Center of New York and New York City Schools, in addition to various charities in Maine. Further information about the contents of the auction will be distributed by Sotheby’s in early 2012.
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