March 2012 Archives

New York—On Tuesday, April 17, Swann Galleries will conduct a sale of Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection, followed by Autographs. The Ford collection contains some of the most significant Revolutionary War letters ever to come to auction.

In 1927 Minnesota manufacturer Allyn Kellogg Ford acquired what would become the core of his collection, more than 100 letters to Brigadier General George Weedon, acting adjutant general to General Washington and later a major figure on the northern front in the Siege of Yorktown. The letters had been kept by Weedon as souvenirs of his service, and had been passed down by his family.

After acquiring the Weedon papers, Ford further developed his collection, mostly from the late 1920s through early 1950s—including at least two letters acquired from Swann in the 1940s. In 1948, Ford became a founder and director of the National Society of Autograph Collectors, now the Manuscript Society.

The year after Ford’s death, the collection was donated by his widow to the Minnesota Historical Society. For more than 40 years, the Ford collection has been referenced in numerous histories of the American Revolution. The Minnesota Historical Society microfilmed the collection to insure its continued availability to scholars. In a statement from the Minnesota Historical Society said, “The Minnesota Historical Society is deaccessioning portions of the Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection of Historical Manuscripts that are not connected to its mission of chronicling Minnesota's history through its holding of manuscripts, artifacts, and other materials. The funds generated from the sale of these items will be placed into an endowment dedicated to the care of items in the Minnesota Historical Society collections and new acquisitions, in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity.”

Highlights of the Weedon letters include seven from George Washington, among them a 15 March 1778 letter urging Weedon to “return to camp as soon as possible,” ($10,000 to $20,000); an unpublished letter from 15 September 1781 calling for an “immediate stop” to the stealing of cattle by Queens rangers ($20,000 to $30,000); and a 4 October 1781 letter congratulating Weedon the day after a skirmish with British General Banastre Tarleton ($20,000 to $30,000).

There are five letters from Thomas Jefferson, as Governor of Virginia, three of which relate to Benedict Arnold’s raid on Richmond, the first from 10 January 1781 contains a lengthy description of the raid ($30,000 to $40,000); the next, written a day later, warns, “they have had the winds at their command and . . . are at this moment either past Burwell’s ferry on in Williamsburg . . .” ($15,000 to $25,000); the third about rebuilding after the raid, 21 January 1781 ($15,000 to $25,000).

The sale also contains two letters from Arnold himself, one to Delaware Governor Caesar Rodney trying to save his reputation, claiming, “my character has been most cruelly and unjustly aspersed,” Philadelphia, 20 March 1780 ($10,000 to $20,000).

More Weedon material includes the document appointing him as Colonel, signed by John Hancock, as President of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia, 19 June 1776 ($3,000 to $4,000); Yorktown campaign letters from Lafayette, including an announcement of Cornwallis fortifying troops in Yorktown, 6 August 1781 ($4,000 to $6,000); 13 letters from Thomas Nelson, a Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence; and letters from Horatio Gates, Nathaniel Greene, Richard Henry Lee, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben and others.

Among other Revolutionary War material of note are David Hume’s Autograph Letter Signed recounting William Pitt’s speech before the House of Commons defending the American reaction to the Stamp Act, 27 February 1766 ($25,000 to $35,000); additional Documents Signed by John Hancock, one written on behalf of his uncle Thomas Hancock, concerning the transportation of a corpse, along with a shipment of rum, wine and beef, Boston, 11 February 1760 ($4,000 to $6,000), another, as President of the Continental Congress, informing Colonel Hugh Mercer of his appointment as Brigadier General, Philadelphia, 6 June 1776 ($10,000 to $15,000); and a 1794 Document Signed by Samuel Adams as Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief ($1,500 to $2,500).

All together, 26 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are represented, as well as soldiers, politicians, and ordinary citizens. Ford’s interest was not limited to the American Revolution, and some of his other prizes, such as presidential and literary letters, appear in the Autographs section of this sale, which will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

Americana highlights from the afternoon session include several Civil War items such as an Autograph Manuscript Signed by Pierre G.T. Beauregard, rallying his Bull Run troops, 30 January 1862 ($4,000 to $6,000); two post-war Autograph Letters Signed by Robert E. Lee, one suggesting that the South should attend to its own affairs and stay out of national politics ($3,500 to $5,000), as well as a signed carte-de-visite image of Lee’s last portrait ($3,500 to $5,000); an Autograph Letter Signed by General Sherman, regarding his opinion about arming black soldiers, 1 February 1865 ($4,000 to $6,000); and an Autograph Endorsement Signed by Abraham Lincoln, a draft of a Confederate pardon, 7 March 1864 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Other outstanding presidential autographs range from an Autograph Letter Signed by John Adams, as President, to Secretary of the War James McHenry, arguing that an Army and Navy are necessary to furthering the interests of the United States, 19 July 1799 ($10,000 to $20,000), to an ALS from Zachary Taylor giving an account of the recent battle of Buena Vista, 4 March 1847 ($10,000 to $15,000); to a Typed Letter Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt as First Lady on White House stationery, clarifying her position on civil rights, 13 May 1944 ($3,500 to $5,000).

Other significant  autograph material includes an Envelope Signed by Franz Kafka, which at one time contained a letter to his fiancé Felice Bauer explaining why he could not marry her, Prague, 23 June 1913 ($4,000 to $6,000); a Typed Letter Signed by Harry Houdini to the managers of his gravesite, written a year before his death, detailing whom he would like buried in his plots at Machpelah Cemetery in Flushing, NY, 1925 ($4,000 to $6,000); and a selection of Albert Einstein items such as a 1931 photograph with his wife Elsa, signed by both, and a Typed Letter Signed to author Sholem Asch, remarking on his book about Moses, Princeton, 1951 ($4,000 to $6,000 each).

The auction will take place Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. The items will be on public exhibition Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, April 9 through Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, April 12, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday April 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, April 16, 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 by telephone at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or email: Online bidding is available via
SAN MARINO, Calif.—Drawing on the unparalleled manuscripts collection on the topic held by The Hunt­ington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, a major exhibition will illuminate the remarkable changes wrought in the United States by the planning, construction, and completion of the transcontinental railroad. “Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840-1880,” on view April 21 through July 23 in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Pacific Railroad Act, which led to the rail connection between the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean. The exhibition features some 200 items, the vast majority from The Huntington—including maps, photographs, illustrations, newspapers, magazines, letters, and diaries, most of which have never before been on public display.
“‘Visions of Empire’ is our first large-scale effort to share with the public The Huntington’s trove of materials relating to the history of the American railroad,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library. “With his purchase of a few major collections early in the 20th century, Henry Huntington brought together hundreds upon hundreds of the most significant books and pamphlets on the trans-Mississippi West. Those materials, combined with the scores of invaluable manuscript, photographic, and ephemera collections on the West acquired over the succeeding decades, form a massive foundation for what we hope will be an extraordinary exhibition.”
Peter Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western Historical Manuscripts at The Huntington and curator of the exhibition, has chosen to tell a couple of stories. “As much as the exhibition will cover the technological marvels, engineering feats, and entrepreneurial audacity of the railroad age, it also tells the story of how the vision of American continental expansion evolved through a range of historical contexts—from the age of Andrew Jackson through the Gold Rush, Civil War, and Gilded Age of the late 19th century,” says Blodgett.
Beginning with the handful of passionate and obstinate dreamers before the Civil War who first imagined a railroad stretching to the Pacific Ocean, “Visions of Empire” portrays the drive to move westward in the face of unrelenting geographic obstacles. Published engravings and original drawings from the 1830s and ’40s depict romanticized landscapes navigable only by foot or on horseback, by wagon or by boat. One such example is the exquisite hand-illustrated diary of British army officer William Fairholme, which captures the landscape of the southern Great Plains in the 1840s; others include several of the hundreds of drawings by gold seeker J. Goldsborough Bruff as he takes part in the harrowing overland migration to Gold Rush California. Karl Bodmer’s hand-colored engravings of steamboats on western rivers from Maximilian of Wied’s Travels in the Interior of North America (ca. 1834) not only represent “one of the first great visual epics of Western American history,” according to Blodgett, but they portray the early appearance of the new technology of steam power beyond the Mississippi, a generation before the arrival of the train.
Such images, reflecting the increasing movement of people and goods west in the 1840s, helped to fuel widespread popular debate about railroad expansion across western plains and mountains to the Pacific Coast. In 1845, New York merchant Asa Whitney submitted a petition to the U. S. Congress proposing the construction of a railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean, igniting a debate that would unfold over the ensuing decades.
The exhibition features letters, newspaper articles, railroad convention proceedings, and speeches in Congress that depict the points of view in play. These many perspectives echo the multitude of hopes and dreams that different individuals held for their futures, from profit-hungry railroad entrepreneurs and financiers pursuing federal largesse to Chinese and Irish laborers attracted by the promise of work involved in laying nearly 1,700 miles of track.
“Throughout the exhibition,” says Blodgett, “visitors will encounter the voices of many Americans celebrating, critiquing, commending, and condemning the new world being stitched together in those decades with iron rails.”

Interpretive Scheme
Structured chronologically, the exhibition consists of six sections, beginning with a prologue called “Early Visions and Visionaries.” From there, visitors will follow the narrative through four major sections: “Charting the Course, 1840-62”; “Launching the Enterprise, 1862-65”; “Spanning the Continent, 1865-69”; and “Creating a New Country, 1869-80.” An epilogue will take visitors to the cusp of the 20th century: “Iron Horse America.”
Rare items from The Huntington’s collections will be supplemented with several loans for the installation, including artifacts such as hands tools used by railroad laborers, a payroll sheet for Chinese employees of the Central Pacific Railroad, and advertising cards for clipper ships carrying goods and passengers to Gold Rush California.
Part of the exhibition takes a deeper look at the Pacific Railroad and Telegraph Act. Here visitors can engage in exploring physical evidence in a more immersive and interactive mode. Hundreds of the Huntington's Alfred A. Hart photographs will be on view for the first time in a striking wall-sized installation. Some of these will also be able to be seen close-up through a stereographic viewer, a 19th-century apparatus that brings a dramatic three-dimensionality to images of landscapes, laborers, campsites, and supplies of the 19th-century West. Other  highlights of this area include a hands-on Morse code station, where  visitors can try their hand at the new communications system  sweeping the country at the time, and a "walkable" map of the United  States tracing the route of the transcontinental railroad.

A Widespread Impact
While the development of California and the West provided the allure for a transcontinental railroad, “Visions of Empire” tells an even broader, national story—one tied to the railroad’s place in American aspirations to dominate international trade and commerce with Asia, in the evolving role of the federal government in the life of the nation, and in the efforts to preserve the Union during the American Civil War.
A ballot from the presidential election of 1856, showing the last name of Republican John C. Frémont emblazoned across an image of a steaming locomotive, advertises the first national candidate to associate himself with the idea of a transcontinental railroad. Abraham Lincoln, the successful Republican candidate in 1860, signed the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, mindful of the importance of the West to the preservation of the Union. The launching of the first American transcontinental railroad during the 1860s represented a new and dynamic phase in the enduring struggle among Americans over what role they imagined government should play in building a nation and shaping a social order.
“Visions of Empire” depicts the monumental challenges faced by this great enterprise, as captured in survey reports, engineering sketches, treaties with Indians, photographs and engravings of toiling construction crews, and correspondence highlighting the triumphs and travails of the so-called Big Four—Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, and Collis P. Huntington (uncle to Henry E. Huntington, founder of The Huntington).
Elsewhere in the exhibition, maps, photographs, and political cartoons trace the progress of this great endeavor and evolving popular attitudes toward it. Early maps offer glimpses of the young American republic pushing its web of market places and depots westward, while later versions depict the routes and towns that proliferated from Missouri to California in the wake of the meeting of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific in 1869. Similarly, during the 1850s and early ’60s, publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Leslie’s Illustrated News, and the London Illustrated News portrayed these events in human terms through detailed engravings based on the burgeoning practice of photography.
By the late 1860s, as photographic technology advanced, book publishers began issuing volumes filled with massive plate photographs, such as Andrew J. Russell’s The Great West Illustrated (1869). While many of those photographs echoed images from the 1840s with their romanticized views of the open landscape, many also captured the human toll of the brutal labor required to span the continent. Cartoonists, such as the celebrated Thomas Nast, added yet another layer of interpretation for readers as they mocked wealthy businessmen, lampooned corrupt politicians, or demonized Chinese immigrants.

The Transformation of American Society
Long before the last spike was hammered in place, when the east- and westbound tracks finally met at Utah’s Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869, the first locomotives traveling west unleashed irrevocable social, political, and economic changes. Completion of this initial enterprise only accelerated the pace of such changes, including the inauguration of other transcontinental lines.
To illuminate the decade following completion of the transcontinental railroad, “Visions of Empire” incorporates the letters and diaries of engineers, travelers, and investors who experienced first-hand the triumphs and the failures that characterized this massive undertaking. Outlining the rise of new railroads, communities, and industries across the West, it emphasizes the rapid pace of change in the 1870s spurred by this crossing of the continent. The era of exploration and discovery had quickly given way to a new age of tourism, as travelers could now see captivating landscape from their railroad car windows rather than simply in books or newspapers. Transportation became associated with luxury, as railroad lines used gloriously colorful lithographic posters to advertise the comforts of traveling east to west—and west to east—in elegant compartments and dining cars.
John Gast’s famous painting American Progress (1872), as reproduced in the 1874 edition of Crofutt’s Trans-continental Tourist, demonstrates that notions of empire had become as expansive as the views captured by photographers such as Alfred A. Hart and as wondrous as the poetry of Walt Whitman, whose poem “A Passage to India,” in printed broadside form, is displayed. “Singing my days,” wrote the beloved poet, “Singing the great achievements of the present, Singing the strong, light works of engineers . . . . I see over my own continent the Pacific Railroad, surmounting every barrier; I see continual trains of cars winding along the Platte, carrying freight and passengers.”
Contrasting with Whitman’s exuberant and celebratory prose, however, are other texts that remind the viewer of the inextricable link between the expansive march of railroads across the West and the conquest of native peoples such as the Sioux and the Cheyenne, the corruption of politicians and corporate officials, and the havoc wrought by the unceasing exploitation of the land and its resources.

The Presenting Sponsor of this exhibition is the Union Pacific Railroad. Major support is provided by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation. Additional support is provided by Judi and Bry Danner, the Ahmanson Foundation Exhibition and Education Endowment, and  Robert London Moore Jr.

Related Events
Lectures and Tours
The Iron Horse in the Garden: Railroads and the Western Environment, the Southern Pacific Story
May 7 (Monday) 7:30 p.m.

Historian Richard Orsi, author of Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930, will discuss his continuing research into the ambiguous environmental legacy of western railroads. Although the source of great havoc in wilderness landscapes, farmlands and cities, these enterprises also encouraged more modern and balanced environmental practices and more “sustainable” human relationships with nature. A book signing follows the talk. Free; no reservations required. Friends’ Hall.

Lecture Series
May 10, 17, and 24 (Thursdays) 10-11:30 a.m.
Join curator Peter Blodgett for a three-part lecture series that will include topics such as the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, the influence of railroads on America’s visual culture, and the promotion by railroads of tourism in the 19th-century American West. Each illustrated talk will be followed by a discussion in the gallery. Members: $55. Non-Members: $65. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Curator Tour
June 7 (Thursday) 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Join curator Peter Blodgett for a private tour of the exhibition and gain insights into The Huntington’s unparalleled resources of letters, diaries, tourist guidebooks, travel narratives, railroad posters, and stereographic photographs. This exceptional collection of materials illuminates the remarkable changes wrought in the United States by the transcontinental railroad. Members: $15. Non-Members: $20. Registration: 626-405-2128.
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The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10 students (ages 12-18 or with fulltime student I.D.), $6 youth (ages 5-11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 6264052100 or
NEW YORK, March 28, 2010—The Museum of Modern Art draws from its collection to present the exhibition The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook on view from April 18, 2012, to April 29, 2013. Filling the third-floor Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, this installation presents more than 250 works by approximately 90 artists, with a focus on new acquisitions and groundbreaking projects by Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Germaine Krull, Dziga Vertov, Gerhard Rühm, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Daido Moriyama, Robert Heinecken, Edward Ruscha, Martha Rosler, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Paul Graham, and The Atlas Group/Walid Raad. The exhibition is organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

Punctuated by key photographic projects, experimental films, and photobooks, The Shaping of New Visions offers a critical reassessment of photography’s role in the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements, and in the development of contemporary artistic practices. The shaping of what came to be known as "new vision" photography in the 1920s bore the obvious influence of "lens-based" and "time-based" works. The first gallery begins with photographs capturing the birth of the 20th- century modern metropolis by Berenice Abbott, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz, presented next to the avant-garde film Manhatta (1921), a collaboration between Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler.

The 1920s were a period of landmark constructions and scientific discoveries all related to light—from Thomas Edison’s development of incandescent light to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and light speed. Man Ray began experimenting with photograms (pictures made by exposing objects placed on photosensitive paper to light)—which he renamed "rayographs" after himself—in which light was both the subject and medium of his work. This exhibition presents Man Ray’s most exquisite rayographs, alongside his first short experimental film, Le Retour à la raison (Return to Reason, 1923), in which he extended the technique to moving images.

In 1925, two years after he joined the faculty of the Bauhaus school in Weimar Germany, László Moholy-Nagy published his influential book Malerei, Fotografie, Film (Painting, Photography, Film)—part of a series that he coedited with Bauhaus director Walter Gropius—in which he asserted that photography and cinema are heralding a “culture of light” that has overtaken the most innovative aspects of painting. Moholy-Nagy extolled photography and, by extension, film as the quintessential medium of the future. Moholy-Nagy’s interest in the movement of objects and light through space led him to construct Light-Space Modulator, the subject of his only abstract film, Ein Lichtspiel: schwarz weiss grau (A Lightplay: Black White Gray, 1930), which is presented in the exhibition next to his own photographs and those of Florence Henri.

The rise of photographic avant-gardism from the 1920s to the 1940s is traced in the second gallery primarily through the work of European artists. A section on Constructivism and New Objectivity features works by Paul Citroën, Raoul Hausmann, Florence Henri, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, Albert Renger-Patzsch, and August Sander. A special focus on Aleksandr Rodchenko underscores his engagement with the illustrated press through collaborations with Vladimir Mayakovsky and Sergei Tretyakov on the covers and layouts of Novyi LEF, the Soviet avant-garde journal of the “Left Front of the Arts,” which popularized the idea of “factography,” or the manufacture of innovative aesthetic facts through photomechanical processes. Alongside Rodchenko, film director Dziga Vertov redefined the medium of still and motion-picture photography with the concept of kino-glaz (cine-eye), according to which the perfectible lens of the camera led to the creation of a novel perception of the world. The exhibition features the final clip of Vertov’s 1929 experimental film Chelovek s kinoapparatom (Man with a Movie Camera), in which the eye is superimposed on the camera lens to form an indivisible apparatus fit to view, process, and convey reality, all at once. This gallery also features a selection of Dada and Surrealist works, including rarely seen photographs, photocollages, and photomontages by Hans Bellmer, Claude Cahun, George Hugnet, André Kertész, Jan Lukas, and Grete Stern, alongside such avant-garde publications as Documents and Littérature.

The third gallery features artists exploring the social world of the postwar period. On view for the first time is a group of erotic and political typo-collages by Gerhard Rühm, a founder of the Wiener Gruppe (1959-60), an informal group of Vienna-based writers and artists who engaged in radical visual dialogues between pictures and texts. The rebels of street photography—Robert Frank, William Klein, Daido Moriyama, and Garry Winogrand—are represented with a selection of works that refute the then prevailing rules of photography, offering instead elliptical, off-kilter styles that are as personal and controversial as are their unsparing views of postwar society. A highlight of this section is the pioneering slide show Projects: Helen Levitt in Color (1971-74). Capturing the lively beat, humor, and drama of New York’s street theater, Levitt’s slide projection is shown for the first time at MoMA since its original presentation at the Museum in 1974.

Photography’s tradition in the postwar period continues in the fourth gallery, which is divided into two sections. One section features “new topographic” works by Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, along with a selection of Edward Ruscha’s self-published books, in which the use of photography as mapmaking signals a conceptual thrust.

This section introduces notable works from the 1970s by artists who embraced photography not just as a way of describing experience, but as a conceptual tool. Examples include Eleanor Antin’s 100 Boots (1971-73), Mel Bochner’s Misunderstandings (A theory of photography) (1970), VALIE EXPORT’s Einkreisung (Encirclement) (1976), On Kawara’s I Got Up… (1977), and Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting (1974), all works that reevaluate the material and contextual definitions of photography. The other section features two major and highly experimental recent acquisitions: Martha Rosler’s political magnum opus Bringing the War Home (1967-72), developed in the context of her anti-war and feminist activism, for which the artist spliced together images of domestic bliss clipped from the pages of House Beautiful with grim pictures of the war in Vietnam taken from Life magazine; and Sigmar Polke’s early 1970s experiments with multiple exposures, reversed tonal values, and under-and-over exposures, which underscore the artist’s idea that “a negative is never finished.” The unmistakably cinematic turn that photography takes in the 1980s and early 1990s is represented with a selection of innovative works ranging from Robert Heinecken’s Recto/Verso (1988) to Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s breakthrough Hustler series (1990-92).
The final gallery showcases major installations by a younger generation of artists whose works address photography’s role in the construction of contemporary history. Tapping into forms of archival reconstitution, The Atlas Group/Walid Raad is represented with My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair: Engines (1996-2004), an installation of 100 pictures of car-bomb blasts in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) that provokes questions about the factual nature of existing records, the traces of war, and the symptoms of trauma. A selection from Harrell Fletcher’s The American War (2005) brings together bootlegged photojournalistic pictures of the U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia, throwing into sharp focus photography's role as a documentary and propagandistic medium in the shaping of historical memory. Jules Spinatsch’s Panorama: World Economic Forum, Davos (2003), made of thousands of still images and three surveillance video works, chronicles the preparations for the 2003 World Economic Forum, when the entire Davos valley was temporarily transformed into a high security zone. A selection of Paul Graham’s photographs from his major photobook project a shimmer of possibility (2007), consisting of filmic haikus about everyday life in today’s America, concludes the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an online slideshow that features new acquisitions. The site,, will launch on April 18, 2012.

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DALLAS, TX: The Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters - a trove of 33 classic and incredibly rare posters dating back as far as 1930 - many examples of which were thought to be lost for all time, realized $503,035 total, more than double its pre-auction estimate of $250,000+ to lead Heritage Auctions’ $1.93+ million March 23-24 Vintage Movie Poster Auction. The auction realized a sell-through rate of 97% by value.
A rare 1931 Dracula Style F One Sheet, which sold to an anonymous overseas collector, led the auction with a price realized of $143,400. One of the biggest surprises of the collection was the $101,575 price realized for the stunning and scarce movie poster for 1931’s Cimarron, the first Western to win the Best Picture Academy Award. All prices include Buyer’s Premium.
The Berwick posters came out of an attic and were found in a small country auction in Berwick, PA, in several lots stuck together with wallpaper paste, which had preserved them for more than eight decades.
“We knew this was something special when they came in the door,” said Grey Smith, Heritage’s Director of Movie Posters, who spent two weeks carefully steaming the posters apart for restoration. “Many of these posters had never been seen before - this really is film history and collectors realized that.”

The 1931 Style F one sheet for the Universal horror classic Dracula, which realized $143,400, is only the fourth Style F poster from the film ever uncovered. Two previously unseen versions of movie posters from the 1931 film The Public Enemy were also the object of intense collector attention. The Style B Public Enemy poster brought $59,750, while the other Public Enemy movie poster, featuring James Cagney, realized $55,269, while the style B poster for 1931’s Little Caesar, featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., one of only two known, realized $41,825.
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
Stagecoach (United Artists, 1939): One Sheet, realized: $56,763.
Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942): One Sheet, realized: $28,680.
My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936): One Sheet, Style C, realized: $28,680.
Tarzan and His Mate (MGM, 1934): Lobby Streamer, realized: $26,290.
The Little Giant (First National, 1933): One Sheet, realized: $21,510.
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RR Auction Holds Titanic Auction

AMHERST, NH—As we near the 100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage, RR Auction is proud to offer the public the opportunity to bid on a vast array of recovered relics and signed memorabilia relating to one of the grandest—and most infamous—vessels to ever succumb to the sea.  These surviving items convey the astonishing legacy of not only the ship that epitomized the very meaning of opulence, luxury, and stability in the early 20th century, but her passengers as well; the individuals whose names would forever became synonymous with the most devastating peacetime maritime disaster in history.  

100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage

Last known letter from Titanic’s British bandleader up auction

Wallace Hartley and his orchestra— “the band played on,” courageously going down with the ship

On its maiden voyage, leaving on Wednesday, April 10, 1912, the Titanic was the largest passenger ship ever assembled. The height of luxury and class, the vessel began its journey from Southampton, England, to New York. Although in compliance with the safety standards of the time, the Titanic did not possess enough lifeboats to accommodate everyone on board. When the large vessel struck an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, one of the largest maritime disasters in history took place.

There are few accounts of selflessness in history more moving than that of Wallace Hartley and his Titanic band mates.  While the great liner slowly slipped beneath the waves in the dark hours of April 15, 1912, Hartley led his fellow musicians in what would become the last melodies many of the 1,517 casualties would hear and in so doing became one of the most famous heroes of that terrible tragedy.

A rare letter written by Hartley from the R. M. S. ‘Titanic’ will be featured in an upcoming The Titanic auction, from New Hampshire based RR Auction in April.

The two-page letter written on ‘Titanic’ letterhead, by Hartley is dated April 10, 1912.

In Hartley’s only letter home, the hopeful bandleader writes to his parents during his first day on the ill-fated ship. In part, he writes: “We have a fine band & the boys seem very nice— I shall probably arrive home on the Sunday morning.”

Just four days after penning this letter, Hartley and his crew would become heroes in their own right as “the band played on,” serenading the passengers as they assembled in the First Class Lounge, waiting to board lifeboats, and relocating when the passengers were ushered to the Boat Deck, assembling near the Grand Staircase. The men continued their orchestral vigil until the Titanic succumbed to the overwhelming force of the Atlantic, watching and playing as over 700 men, women, and children passed by them to safety.

Witnesses in lifeboats reported seeing Hartley and his band mates swept into the ocean and his last words to his band are reputed to have been “Gentlemen, I bid you farewell.”

“Hartley and his orchestra’s role during the Titanic’s final moments— is widely considered to be amongst the noblest acts of heroism at sea,” says Livingston.

“After the Titanic struck the iceberg the band began to play music to calm the passengers— a valiant effort to prevent the passengers from becoming panic-stricken,” says Livingston.

Hartley’s body was recovered several weeks later and more than 1,000 people attended his funeral with a further 40,000 lining the cortege route.

He is remembered with a statue in his hometown and has featured prominently in all of the film and television adaptations of the Titanic story, most recently portrayed by Jonathan Evans-Jones in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster movie.

The Titanic auction will offer the public the opportunity to bid on a vast array of recovered relics and signed memorabilia relating to one of the grandest—and most infamous—vessels to ever succumb to the sea. This historic assemblage will be available for bidding starting April 19-26.

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Among the other museum quality pieces to be featured:

·       The famed and beautifully detailed silk Kimono; worn by the UK fashion icon Lady Duff-Gordon as she was lowered to safety in a lifeboat has remained in tact over the last century.

·       An original fragment of the Titanic’s aft grand staircase; which was within frightening proximity of the exact location the ship broke in two.

·       An 18 karat gold collar stud: recovered from the body of first class passenger, Austin Partner, and returned to his family.

·       A nostalgic locket; recovered from the body of George Dunton Widener’s valet, Edward Herbert Keeping, within weeks of the tragedy, which has been displayed in Swedish museum for a number of years.

·       Rare pay slip from a surviving crewman; for his six days of service aboard the Titanic.
London--Independent publisher JJ Books is proud to announce the launch of ‘Tales for Great Grandchildren’, the app (for iPad), which they believe will set a new standard for children’s illustrated book applications.

Author John Jackson wrote this enchanting collection of 13 folk and fairy tales after trekking through northern India and Nepal. He has recreated a world of flying turtles, truculent tigers and talking lotus flowers. There’s even a man-eating giant who has his eye on a shepherd girl! The app is aimed at children 7-12 years.

The app builds on the success of the original hardback version published in October 2011 as a limited edition. Bound in buckram, block printed and hand-bound, the book was produced using the same methods and attention to detail used to create the earliest illustrated gift books by Rackham and Dulac in the glorious ‘Golden Age’. It is listed on Amazon at £29.99.

John, 82, who is the chairman of the high profile solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, is a polymath. He is not only an established author but a lawyer, a businessman, and a political and constitutional campaigner, who is probably still best known as a founder of the Countryside Alliance.

He set up JJ Books last year because he is passionate about publishing beautiful books using traditional methods, but he is also enthralled by the potential of digital delivery. ‘An illustrated hardback book is a luxury item, as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. With the emergence of the iPad, we found a format that would allow us to transform our books so that they can be enjoyed by everyone,’ Mr Jackson said.

‘Tales’ is JJ Books’ first app. Mr Jackson said the challenge was to communicate the beauty and quality of the book in digital form while making sure that ‘none of the magic’ was lost. ‘I didn’t want to do anything that was any less beautiful than a nineteenth century children’s book,’ he said.

‘We put the same effort into the app that we put into the book, and where possible, we wanted to enhance it. We have held the digital technology to the same superior standards that we have brought to print.’

The acclaimed illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, including 13 full watercolour plates, have been animated. Daniela worked closely with the app developers to make sure that the richness of the Indian jewel colours and the dazzling details were fully realised, down to the elephant’s eyelashes. She is ‘thrilled and delighted’ with the result.

The app will delight children and adults who will appreciate its artistic approach. There are no bells and whistles here; the stories and illustrations speak for themselves. There is the great thunder of hooves as elephants, rhinoceroses and all their friends from the forest run for their lives from ‘The End of the World’. In the ‘Hole in the Roof’ a hideous giant sleeps after a heavy ‘man’-made meal, his snores gently lifting his blood-spattered blanket. The sadness of a grieving elephant and the quiet beauty of a princess bride are captured in ‘Lovely One’.

The ‘Tales’ are narrated by John, himself a grandfather of five and a great grandfather of two, with great character, warmth and wit. There is also a Read Alone function so that children can read alone or with their parents.

The app format enables JJ Books to offer readers additional material on the background to the book. ‘Tales Behind the Tales’ is a chapter of extras which includes two short ‘making of’ films featuring John and Daniela titled ‘Inspiration Behind the Tales’ and ‘The Illustrative Journey.’

The app was developed by Digital Leaf ( Co-founder, Neil Jeffries, said it was ‘refreshing to create an app using the latest technologies but which still stays true to the original hardback book’.

‘It is important that children’s apps are educational as well as entertaining. This app is intelligent, interesting and beautifully simple. It’s the winning combination of Daniela’s stunning illustrations, John’s distinctive voice and the Tales’ exotic characters,’ Mr Jeffries said.

‘This is one app that adults and children will want to read together over and over again, just for the sheer pleasure of it.’

The app will be available on the App Store from 28 February 2012. The free download includes ‘Introducing the Tales’, ‘The Hole in the Roof’ and bonus material. Further tales are priced at 69p (99¢) each or £4.99 ($6.99) for a bundle containing all 12 tales and additional bonus material. ‘Tales for Great Grandchildren’ will also be available on iTunes as an iBook priced at £3.99 ($5.99).
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Dominic Winter is pleased to announce that the catalogue for Part One of the Birmingham Medical Institute rare book collection is now online in PDF format (or as an email attachment by request) - Other versions of the catalogue will be uploaded during the course of this week on our website and at, and The illustrated printed versions of the catalogue are now ready for purchase and first class/air mail posting - please contact Lynne Shipley with payment details, for travel and accommodation advice and for all aspects of auction procedure.

The Birmingham Medical Institute was founded as a Library in 1875, the collection including medical (and other scientific) books donated by notable local medical men, as well as Birmingham Library, the General Hospital Library and the Midland Medical Society. The 5,000 volumes date from 1502 to c.1920 and include many rare and notable medical classics. With an anticipated total of approximately 1,000 lots this is the most significant single-owner collection of medical books to be offered at auction in recent years. The sale is divided into two parts, Part One containing the printed books up to 1800.

Highlights of Part One include the Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius (1555), the second and best edition of the most famous illustrated anatomical work ever produced (£10,000-15,000); Hippocrates' Works, the first edition of 1525 (£7,000-£10,000); a first English edition of Geminus's Compendiosa totius anatomie delineatio [1553] (£3,000-5,000); John of Gaddesden's Rosa Anglica (1502), the first printed medical book written by an Englishman and the oldest book in the collection (£5,000-£7,000); and the first collected edition of Girolamo Fabrizzi's work on comparative embryology from 1525 (£2,000-3,000). In addition, as a local hero of world-renown we are thrilled to offer a good copy of the 1798 first edition of Edward Jenner's classic account of the cow pox (£7,000-£10,000).

Part Two will contain the remaining printed books, plus several hundred volumes of bound pamphlets and manuscripts, c. 1670-1920. Later in the year the Auctioneers plan to produce a post-sale booklet containing an afterword, indexes and prices realised, together with a special made-to-measure slipcase in which to house the two catalogues.

Wednesday 18 April 2012 (455 lots)

Part I : Printed Books: Hippocrates to Jenner

Thursday 26 July 2012

Part II : Printed Books, Pamphlets & Manuscripts, 1670-1920

plus Pictures, Medical Artefacts & Surgical Instruments

Viewing: week of sales 9am-6pm each day and at other times strictly by appointment

Illustrated catalogues for each part: £25 (UK/Europe) /  £30 (USA/Rest of the World). Please email or phone the auction offices with your payment details.
NEW YORK - A newly discovered 1823 printing of the Declaration of Independence, painstakingly engraved and printed by William Stone to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of The United States, is expected to bring $250,000+ when it comes across the auction block on April 11 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).
“As America neared its 45th year, and was only six years removed from the end of the War of 1812, patriotism surged,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historic Manuscripts at Heritage, “and with it, a growing interest in the Declaration of Independence. In 1820, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned English-born engraver William J. Stone of Washington, D.C. to produce an exact copy of the original Declaration of Independence onto a copperplate, a process which took him three years to complete.”
In all, 200 official parchment copies were struck from the Stone plate in 1823, with one extra struck for Stone himself. Each copy is identified as “ENGRAVED by W. I. STONE for the Dept of State, by order” in the upper left corner, followed by “of J. Q. ADAMS, Sect. of State July 4th 1824” in the upper right.
“A census done of the manuscripts in 1991 located 31 copies total, of which only 12 were in private hands,” said Palomino. “Although a few other copies have surfaced since then, three of the printings in private hands have been gifted to institutions, including one given to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2001.”
Of the original 201 printed, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Charles Carroll - the last three surviving signers of the Declaration - former President James Madison, the Marquis de Lafayette, President James Monroe and Vice President Daniel D. Thompkins each received two copies. The President's House and the Supreme Court chamber were also given two copies. The House and Senate received 20 copies each. The Departments of State, War, Treasury, Justice, Navy, and Postmaster all received 12 copies, while the governors and state and territorial legislatures were each given a copy. The remaining copies were sent to various Universities and colleges.
Stone kept one copy for himself. In 1888, Stone's widow, Elizabeth J. Stone, donated his copy to the Smithsonian Institute, where it resides today.

“The copies made from Stone’s copperplate established an exact rendering of the way the Declaration looked 230 years ago after it was signed by the 56 American Patriots,” said Palomino. “The copy we’re offering is particularly special, as it appears to be untrimmed, with evidence of the copper plate in the margins. That original copperplate is now housed in the records of the Department of State at the National Archives and Records Administration.”
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New York, NY, March 27, 2012—Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is considered by many historians to be among the finest orators and writers of the twentieth century. His speeches galvanized Great Britain at its darkest hour during World War II, and his letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt were instrumental in building support for the war effort from the United States, the country of Churchill's mother's birth. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his contribution to the written and spoken word, Churchill became an icon of the post-war age, an internationally recognized leader admired throughout the free world.

Churchill: The Power of Words, on view from June 8 through September 23, 2012 at The Morgan Library & Museum, brings to life the man behind the words through some sixty-five documents, artifacts, and recordings, ranging from edited typescripts of his speeches to his Nobel Medal and Citation to excerpts from his broadcasts made during the London blitz. Items in the exhibition are on loan from the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, as well as from Churchill's house at Chartwell in Kent, which is administered by Britain's National Trust. 

The exhibition is designed with a contemporary audience in mind, and includes a compelling audio-visual space where visitors may listen to Churchill's major speeches, as well as an interactive timeline with touch screens that explores the context of Churchill's broadcasts and writings with related images. 

"Few modern statesmen have approached Sir Winston Churchill's skill with the written and spoken word," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "He made his name as a writer, he funded his political career with his pen, and he carefully crafted his words to serve as tools for international diplomacy and as patriotic symbols for a nation at war. This exhibition shows why words matter, and how they can make a difference for the better, and it is therefore particularly appropriate that the Morgan, with its extraordinary literary collections, should host this exhibition."

Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, said: "The incredible collections of The Morgan Library & Museum represent the literary, artistic and cultural tradition that informed the writings of Winston Churchill, and the world he fought to preserve. There can be no better venue for this exhibition.

The Power of Words

"In the dark days and darker nights when Britain stood alone—and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life—he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." —John F. Kennedy, April 9, 1963

The physical and intellectual heart of the exhibition is Churchill's own voice, as recorded in some of the broadcasts that were received in the United States, and as set out on the page in his own annotated speaking notes. The exhibition highlights a number of the speeches that he made between October 1938, when Hitler began to dismember Czechoslovakia, and December 1941, when Pearl Harbor brought the United States fully into World War II. 

Churchill's broadcast to the United States on October 16, 1938 was made from the political wilderness, as he no longer held high political office in Britain, but is a powerful articulation of the need for the United States to become more engaged in Europe and to play a role in containing Hitler. It is also a clear statement of the power of words and ideas: "They [the dictators] are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home—all the more powerful because forbidden—terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."

Churchill became Prime Minister on May 10, 1940, the very day that Hitler launched his blitzkrieg offensive against France and the Low Countries. Within weeks, France had fallen, and Britain was facing the possibility of invasion. Churchill's speeches during the aerial Battle of Britain and the German bombing campaign known as the 'blitz,' were composed and delivered at a time of extreme national emergency. Yet Churchill's words were carefully chosen to deliver several messages simultaneously: maintaining British morale, while also sending a message of hope to occupied Europe, a message of defiance to the enemy, and an appeal for help to President Roosevelt and the people of the United States.

Churchill's speech of September 11, 1940, is a dramatic example, and reaches across the years to another, more recent September 11. His response to the blitz bombing of London, which had begun two days earlier, was to invoke British history in order to send a personal message of defiance to Hitler, stating, "It ranks with the days when the Spanish Armada was approaching the Channel" and, "He [Hitler] hopes by killing large numbers of civilians, and women and children, that he will terrorize and cow the people of this mighty Imperial city, and make them a burden and anxiety to the Government, and thus distract our attention unduly from the ferocious onslaught he is preparing. Little does he know the spirit of the British Nation." 

The documents on view provide a unique insight into the development of these great speeches, from the first heavily annotated typescripts to the final speaking notes, set out in a blank verse format that enabled Churchill to achieve the memorable rhythm, emphasis, and phrasing of his speeches and broadcasts. Churchill's typed speeches served as a prompt-copy for his performance, and in these documents one can see vividly his mind at work.

The Making of the Man

How did Churchill's power with words develop? His school records show that he was far from a model pupil. But the early death of his father, and the sudden need to make a name and an income, led him to pick up his pen while serving as an officer in the British army. 

The exhibition features some of Churchill's early letters and writings. In 1897 he managed to get himself attached to the Malakand Field Force fighting against the Pathan people in what is now Afghanistan. A letter to his mother, written after his return, reveals his yearning for a mention in military dispatches: "I am more ambitious for a reputation for personal courage than of anything else in the world. A young man should worship a young man's ideals." 

One of the few handwritten pages that survive from Churchill's draft of his first book, The Malakand Field Force, is on view. Written one hundred and fifteen years ago, and published in 1898, his remarks about the challenges of fighting in the hills of Afghanistan resonate to this day.

Progressing through the exhibition, the visitor is able to see Churchill's writing grow in breadth and confidence. Churchill not only made history, he wrote history, and in 1953 he was rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Medal and Citation, on loan from the National Trust, Chartwell, are a fitting centerpiece to the exhibition and serve as definitive recognition that this man of action was also always a man of words.

The Man behind the Myth

Churchill's public writings and speeches are powerfully juxtaposed with some of his personal and official correspondence. While resolute in public, his telegram to Roosevelt's key adviser Harry Hopkins, written in August 1941, sees him voicing his fears over lack of greater American involvement in the war: "...there has been a wave of depression through Cabinet and other informed circles here about President's many assurances about no commitments and no closer to war etc." Churchill's immediate response to Pearl Harbor was to fire off a telegram to Irish Prime Minister Eamon de Valera, offering, "Now is your chance. Now or Never. 'A Nation once again'." 

By opening up the Churchill dispatch box we gain some insights into the personalities behind the politics; Roosevelt's telegram to Churchill on D-Day, or King George VI's handwritten message to Churchill about Roosevelt's death, serve to remind us that these were real people wrestling with enormous, unprecedented challenges.

On a lighter note, Churchill's letter to the Duke of Devonshire upon receiving the gift of a living lion in 1943, reveals his mischievous side, showing that, even at times of great stress, words and wit could be used to enliven events.

A New York Homecoming

Half American by birth—his mother, Jennie Jerome, who became Lady Randolph Churchill, was born in Brooklyn, New York—Churchill became an Honorary United States Citizen just before his death. He was a lifelong observer of American affairs, and New York was both the first (1895) and last (1961) American city he visited. Churchill's first experience of Manhattan came in November 1895, just short of his twenty-first birthday, and en route to observe military action in Cuba. He was well looked after by his mother's friends and relatives and in a letter, featured in the exhibition, wrote: "What an extraordinary people the Americans are! Their hospitality is a revelation to me and they make you feel at home and at ease in a way that I have never before experienced. On the other hand their press and their currency impress me very unfavourably."

While New York was often a place to relax, there were incidents. In December 1931 he made the very British mistake of looking the wrong way while crossing Fifth Avenue and was hit by an automobile. The collision occurred at Fifth Avenue and 76th Street, at a time when traffic was still two-way on Fifth. For Churchill the accident meant a hospital stay, a lecture tour postponed, and a long recovery. Yet he turned it to his advantage, writing some newspaper articles on what it was like to be run down, and securing a doctor's prescription, on view in the exhibition, for alcohol—for medicinal purposes—at the height of prohibition!

In March 1946, Churchill came to New York fresh from having delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Fulton, Missouri. It is now largely forgotten just how controversial that speech was, criticizing the Soviet Union, with whom the United States and Britain were still allied, so soon after the end of the Second World War. Churchill was forced to defend his remarks in the address he gave at the Waldorf Astoria, and found himself on the receiving end of both a ticker tape parade and some protest demonstrations. 

Ultimately, however, Churchill was deeply revered in New York and in the United States, and remains so to this day. He was only the second person to be accorded Honorary US Citizenship (ironically, the first was Lafayette, for fighting the British). The exhibition features the grant of Citizenship, signed by President Kennedy in April 1963, and the accompanying passport, which Churchill was not able to use before his death in January 1965.


Churchill: The Power of Words includes the following primary components:
    •    A display of approximately sixty-five key documents and artifacts, with particular focus on his own writings and the ways in which he used the power of words in his political, literary, and personal life to underpin his career, to engage with the United States, and to mobilize international opinion against fascism in the 1930s and 1940s, and communism in the 1940s and 1950s.
    •    An audio-visual space at the center of the gallery, allowing visitors to listen to a number of Churchill's famous broadcasts, drawn from the important period of 1938-46, and to hear audio tie-ins to some of the original speech drafts and notes on display. The sound will be complemented by images from the period, and with the text of notable passages flashed onto the screens to reinforce the audio message.
    •    An interactive timeline, which will run on two touch screens, and feature all the documents appearing in the gallery reproduced in full, along with related images and extra contextual information. This element of the exhibition will allow visitors to explore the show's written content in a much deeper and more detailed manner.



We Shall Not Fail: The Inspiring Leadership of Winston Churchill

With Celia Sandys
Friday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.

Celia Sandys, internationally acclaimed author, television presenter, and granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, will provide insight into Churchill's extraordinary leadership skills and his fascinating political and personal life. This lecture, part of the The Tina Santi Flaherty - Winston Churchill Literary Series, is presented in partnership with Hunter College/The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute and The Writing Center, and The Churchill Archives Centre.

Free; Advanced reservations: 212.685.0008, ext 560, or


To coincide with the exhibition, the Morgan will screen two dramas and one documentary that explore both Churchill's public and private life.

The Gathering Storm

Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.

(2002, 96 minutes)

Director: Richard Loncraine

Based on Churchill's memoirs about his life leading up to World War II, this biographical drama won two Golden Globes and stars a stellar cast. Albert Finney plays Winston Churchill, who struggles to establish his political presence in the House of Commons. With Vanessa Redgrave as his wife Clementine, and also featuring Derek Jacobi, Jim Broadbent, and Ronnie Barker.


Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Friday, July 6, 7 p.m.

(2011, 101 min)

Director: Richard Tank

This compelling documentary film highlights Churchill's earlier political years, focusing on the period just prior to his ascent to prime minister, through the end of 1941 when America entered World War II. It examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the twenty-first Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats. Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and with commentary by historian John Lukacs, and Churchill's official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert, among others.


Young Winston 

Friday, July 27, 7 p.m.

(1972, 157 minutes)

Director: Richard Attenborough

This historical drama is an account of the early life of Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his election to Parliament at the age of twenty-six. Based on Churchill's book My Early Life: A Roving Commission, it also stars Robert Shaw (Lord Randolph Churchill), John Mills (Lord Kitchener), Anthony Hopkins (David Lloyd George), and Anne Bancroft (Churchill's mother).



Churchill: The Power of Words

Friday, June 22, 7 p.m.

Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor curator and head of the Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, will lead an informal tour of the exhibition. 


    • will make available a selection of important Churchill documents free of charge as part of its launch of the comprehensive online collection of Churchill Papers.
    •    Hunter College will sponsor a three-part Churchill Lecture Series, the first of which will be held at the Morgan on Friday, June 8, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. The Hon. Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Churchill, will discuss his leadership style in a talk entitled, "We shall not fail."
    •    The Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, New York, will host a one-day seminar/symposium on the topic of the close and complex relationship between Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    •    In conjunction with the exhibition opening, author Sir Martin Gilbert will publish an edition of Churchill's writings titled Churchill: The Power of Words (Da Capo Press).


The exhibition is organized by the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in conjunction with Chartwell, Churchill's house in Kent, which is administered by Britain's National Trust. 

The exhibition is curated by Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, and by Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor curator and head of the Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at The Morgan Library & Museum. 

The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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


Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station

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—Swann Galleries’ annual spring auction of Fine Books will take place this year on April 12, which is also opening day of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. The sale features the finest examples of incunabula and early printing, 19th & 20th century literature, press and illustrated books, decorative sets and bindings, travel books and more.

Early printed books account for several of the auction’s top lots, including the book with the highest pre-sale estimate, which contains the earliest map in a printed book to designate the new world as America, Joannis Camertis . . . In C. Julii Solini Polyistora enarrationes, 1520, which is bound with Pomponius Mela, Libri de situ orbis tres, 1518; bringing together two key early texts in the dispute over ancient and modern knowledge following the voyages of Columbus and others (estimate: $50,000 to $70,000).

Also among early printed treasures are Hans Holbein the Younger, Historiarum veteris testamenti icones, second edition of Holbein’s celebrated series of Bible illustrations, Lyon, 1539 ($12,000 to $18,000); a first complete edition of Michael Bernhard Valentini, Museum Museorum, a mammoth illustrated compendium of contemporary scientific knowledge based on the holdings of public and private cabinets of curiosities in Europe, Frankfurt, 1714 ($6,000 to $9,000); and a selection of incunabula, such as Werner Rolewinck, Fasciculus temporum, Venice, 1480 ($4,000 to $6,000); a first edition of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus, Expositio in Psalterium, Basel, 1491 ($4,000 to $6,000); and two volumes from the first collected edition of the sermons of St. Augustine, Basel, 1495 ($3,000 to $5,000).

Two works of Jewish interest that span the centuries are a 1764 equestrian manual by Baron Wolf Ehrenfried von Reizenstein, which contains a Yiddish linguistics appendix with a glossary of more than 1500 transliterated Yiddish and Hebrew terms, intended as an aid for understanding the horse-trade dialect used by Jews, Uffenheim, 1764 ($6,000 to $9,000), and a first edition of Theodor Herzl’s Der Judenstaat, the book that crystallized the idea of a national home for the Jews, Leipzig and Vienna, 1896 ($6,000 to $9,000).

There are literary gems to be found in the sale as well. Ninety years after its publication is a first edition of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, number 162 from the first edition of copies on vergé d’arches, and one of the “Giant Joyce” copies given to his patron Harriet Weaver, Paris, 1922, with a separate signed autograph inscription by Joyce ($25,000 to $35,000). Another literature highlight with the same estimate is a first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Brooklyn, 1855.

The sale is rich in visually compelling material, including modern art examples such as Das graphische Werk Emil Noldes bis 1910, with a signed etching and lithograph, Berlin, 1911 ($8,000 to $12,000); Sonia Delaunay and Jacques Damase’s L’Alphabet, signed by both, with 27 lithographed plates after original gouaches by Delaunay, Milan, 1969 ($3,000 to $4,000); and a signed limited edition of Salvador Dalí’s Memories of Surrealism, on Japan nacre, New York, 1971 ($12,000 to $18,000).

Dazzlingly illustrated travel books include first editions in book form of Luigi Mayer’s Views in Egypt, Views in Palestine, and Views in the Ottoman Empire, three volumes in one, London, 1804 ($6,000 to $9,000); Sir William Gell’s The Topography of Troy, and its Vicinity, with hand-colored plates and maps, London, 1804 ($3,000 to $4,000); Boydell’s Picturesque Scenery of Norway, with 80 hand-colored aquatint plates by John William Edy—considered the most important English color plate book on Norway, London, circa 1828 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Souvenirs de Constantinople, with 20 hand-colored lithographed views by or after Jean Brindesi, Paris, 1855-60 ($3,000 to $5,000).

There is also a group of five albums of Art Deco typography studies, with 259 leaves of hand-colored alphabets and numerals, which were likely sample books for a graphic design studio, advertising or sign company, Paris, circa 1930 ($10,000 to $15,000). And, from the same era is one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the 20th century, the Cranach Press’s Hamlet, one of 300 copies on handmade paper, Weimar, 1930 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Rounding out the sale are circa 1000 AD vellum Bible leaves, two Eugene Grasset calendars, ornate sets and bindings, examples of curiosa and more.

The auction will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12.

The books will be on public exhibition on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, April 9 to Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Illustrated catalogues, with information on bidding by mail or fax, are 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 Christine von der Linn (19th to 20th century books) at 212-254-4710, extension 20 or; or Tobias Abeloff (15th to 18th century books) at 212-254-4710, extension 18 or
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NEW YORK - A rare and well-kept 1776 first edition of Adam Smith’s groundbreaking work of economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, described by Printing and the Mind of Man as “the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought,” the centerpiece of the very special James and Deborah Boyd Collection, could bring $80,000+ when it is offered in Heritage Auctions’ April 11 Rare Books Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).
The James and Deborah Boyd Collection, a stunning collection featuring more than 200 fine books in economics, military history, literature and science, is being offered as a stand-alone catalog in the April 11 auction.
“James and Deborah Boyd embarked on their book collecting journey as a labor of love and with two thoughts in mind: amass first edition books of note in the field of economics - with an emphasis on the history of thought - and to create a library focusing on the art of war specifically in the modern era,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “James, a doctorate in economics, catalogued each volume in a comprehensive bibliography recording how he viewed it in the larger framework of the collection.”
Collectors of important works on science and sociology will find particular interest in a first edition of the most influential work of science of the 19th Century, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (Estimate: $60,000+), a first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s 1704 work, Opticks, or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures (Estimate: $50,000+) and Thomas Robert Malthus’ 1798 historic work on population growth, An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society (Estimate: $40,000+).
Charles H. Grosvenor’s 1902 first edition The Book of the American Presidents (Estimate: $40,000+) will thrill collectors of American history, as it is replete with an autographed letter or signed document from each U.S. president, Washington through Hoover, while World History aficionados will delight at the inclusion of a first edition of T. E. Lawrence’s 1926 opus Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph (Estimate: $40,000+), an extremely scarce privately printed edition, one of only 170 complete copies, initialed by Lawrence himself.
Further highlights of The James and Deborah Boyd Collection include, but are not limited to:
Sir Isaac Newton, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Translated into English by Andrew Motte. To which are added The Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity: London: Benjamin Motte, 1729. The rare first edition in English of Newton’s landmark, Principia. Estimate: $35,000+.
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments: London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand; and A. Kincaid and J. Bell, in Edinburgh, 1759. First edition of the author's first book. Estimate: $12,500+.
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an attempt to introduce the experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects. Vol. I. Of the Understanding [Vol. II. Of the Passions]: London: Printed for John Noon, 1739. First edition of one of the most important texts in western philosophy. Estimate: $8,500+.
Civil War Autograph Album, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, circa 1865: Original Civil War-era autograph album, containing approximately 50 original historic signatures, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, George Gordon Meade, Phillip Henry Sheridan, William Tecumseh Sherman, and many more. Estimate: $8,500+.
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace: New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886. First edition in English, first printing, with all title-pages dated 1886 and with the proper Gottsberger imprint on versos, in stunning condition. Estimate: $7,500+.
Charles Stedman, The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War: London: Printed for the Author and Sold by J. Murray, et al., 1794. First edition, described by Sabin as “the best contemporary account of the Revolution written from the British side.” Estimate: $6,500+.
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gould-owl.jpgNEW YORK - A stunning first edition of John Gould’s monumental 1832-1837 The Birds of Europe, with Edward Lear’s exquisitely rendered plates of raptors, is expected to bring $75,000+ as one of the top books in Heritage Auctions’ April 11 Rare Books Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 East 79 Street (at Fifth Ave.).
“This is simply a gorgeous set and a complete copy of Gould’s epic work,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “Couple that with Lear’s masterfully rendered plates and you have a wonderful confluence of artistry, technique and production that collectors are certain to appreciate.”
A significant amount of buzz is also being generated around a superb copy of Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War (Estimate: $90,000+), Washington, D.C.: Philp and Solomons, (1865-66). The two oblong folio volumes come complete with 100 albumen prints mounted on larger sheets with lithographed frames and captions.
“This is a wonderful example of the most celebrated, memorable and graphic collection of Civil War photographs,” said Gannon.
The Heritage event, on track to be Heritage’s best Rare Books auction in the category’s history, features 755 total lots of rare books, maps, prints and original art with a deep grouping of modern literary classics, many signed.
Foremost among these modern classics is expected to be an uncommonly nice copy of one of 750 numbered copies of the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, estimated at $15,000+. A special run of signed William Faulkner limited editions is sure to delight fans of the South’s greatest writer, namely Go Down, Moses (Estimate: $8,000+),Sanctuary (Estimate: $8,000+), As I Lay Dying (estimate: $5,000+), Soldier’s Pay (Estimate: $5,000+), Sartoris (Estimate: $2,000+), and Light in August (Estimate: $2,000+).
Fans of modern horror have already begun to take notice of an extraordinary special advance proof of King’s first novel, Carrie, inscribed by the author to his close friend, Phil “Flip” Thompson, who dared King to write a novel about a woman, thus resulting in the writing of this very book. Just as important, if not more important, is that this is the first book Stephen King ever signed, with his inscription reading: “For Flip and Karen - two of the best there are - and I mean that - by the way, this is the first book I've signed in my life - it's kind of fun. All the best, no matter what. Stephen King February 4, 1974.”
“Stephen King is the greatest horror writer who has ever lived,” said Joe Fay, Manager of Rare Books at Heritage. “His impact and influence on modern culture will be studied for generations. To say that his very first autograph in a book makes this an attractive rarity is an understatement. This is a stellar piece, and one destined to be the cornerstone book of any King collection.”
Also included in the auction, as a separate catalog, is the very special James and Deborah Boyd Collection, featuring more than 200 fine books in economics, military history, literature and science. Chief among the Boyd Collection is a 1776 first edition of Adam Smith’s groundbreaking work of economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, described by Printing and the Mind of Man as “the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought.” It is estimated at $80,000+.
Heritage Rare Books auctions have recently featured small groupings of important illustration and the April 11 auction continues this popular feature with a good number of original illustrations from the continuing sale of The Estate of Garth Williams, as well as a small but choice selection of original art from illustrator and portraitist John Tibbetts, including his original signed and inscribed portrait of Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen, estimated at $1,000+.
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
H. P. Lovecraft. The Outsider and Others: Sauk City: Arkham House, 1939. First edition of the first Arkham House book, from the collection of famous art hoaxer and journalist, Paul Jordan Smith.
Estimate: $1,500+.
Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451: New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition, number 36 of 200 copies, signed by Bradbury and bound in asbestos. Estimate: $5,000+.
Maps - Peter Apianus. Tipus Orbis Universalis Ivxta Ptolomei Cosmpgraphi Traditionem et Americi Vespucii... 1520: Vienna: 1520. First edition of the earliest obtainable map to name the New World “America.” Estimate: $30,000+.
Isaac Titsingh. Illustrations of Japan: Consisting of Private Memoirs and Anecdotes of the Reigning Dynasty of the Djogouns, or Sovereigns of Japan… London: Printed for R. Ackerman, 1822. With 13 beautiful hand-colored, line-engraved and aquatint plates, including a three-leaf fold-out panoramic scene of a Japanese funeral. Estimate: $5,000+
An Excellent Collection of Early American Political Tracts, including: Thomas Paine. Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America: Philadelphia and London: J. Almon, 1776. Bound with seven others published in 1775 or 1776. Estimate: $5,000+.
New York City - Certified Copies of Original Maps of Property in New York City… Hoboken: Spielmann & Brush, 1881. First edition, a scarce and complete set of beautiful hand-colored lithographs showing the late 19th-century street grid of Manhattan laid on top of the former property lines of farms and land owners. Estimate: $4,000+.
George Washington, A True and Authentic History of His Excellency George Washington…: Philadelphia: Printed by Peter Stewart, 1790. First edition. A rare and early work on Washington, printed during his first term as the first American president. Estimate: $5,000+.
Homer, George Chapman, translator. The Whole Workes of Homer; Prince of Poetts In his Iliads, and Odysses… London: (R. Field and W. Jaggard) for Nathaniel Butter, circa 1616. First collected edition in English. Estimate: $25,000+.
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New York, NY, March 23, 2012—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the appointment of Joel Smith as the first curator of photography in the institution's history. Currently curator of photography at Princeton University Art Museum, Mr. Smith will begin his work at the Morgan in September, and will focus his attention on building the collection and organizing related exhibitions and educational programs.
The Morgan since its earliest years has had a small collection of photographs, including a few works acquired by Pierpont Morgan in the early twentieth century. Since 1924, when the Morgan became a public institution, further examples have regularly entered the collection as gifts and, less often, by purchase. The Morgan's holdings currently number several thousand photographs, ranging from the work of amateur or unknown photographers to vintage prints by major masters.

Mr. Smith was named the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at Princeton in 2011. Since arriving there in 2005, he has curated over a dozen exhibitions, including Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, a traveling exhibition that opened in 2006 at the Morgan; Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh (2007); Pictures of Pictures (2010); and The Life and Death of Buildings (2011).

"We are delighted that Joel will join our curatorial team at the Morgan, and we are extraordinarily excited about taking a more significant role in the study and exhibition of photography," said William M. Griswold, director of the Morgan." As an institution, the Morgan is committed to identifying ways to enhance its holdings of art, literature, and music. In 2006, we named our first curator of modern and contemporary drawings. Joel's appointment is a further example of our efforts to build a collection that reflects the whole history of works on paper. I very much look forward to working with him in this important area." 

In 2007, the Morgan acquired sixty-seven photographs by Irving Penn portraying notable artists and writers, including Edward Albee, George Balanchine, Alberto Giacometti, and Barnett Newman. The following year, the Morgan purchased fourteen images by Diane Arbus, including portraits of Marcel Duchamp, Agnes Martin, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag, and Frank Stella. Morgan Trustee Richard L. Menschel, who through the Charina Endowment Fund has established the endowment that will support the new position, played a crucial role in securing these important works. 

Mr. Smith received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2001. From 1999 to 2005, he was Fisher Curator at the Frances Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Among his books are Edward Steichen: The Early Years, Steinberg at the New Yorker, and The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to begin shaping a greater role for photography at the Morgan and to make its collection better known to the public," Mr. Smith said. "The depth, intelligence, and singularity of the Morgan's holdings in many allied fields—visual art, drama, literature, science, music, the history of the page and of the book—present an opportunity, and even the need, to tell photography's life story differently here from anywhere else."

"Since 1839, the camera has played a part in redefining every facet of life. Emphasizing photography's deep involvement in the modern world, and in the life of the mind, is a logical expansion of the integrated view of human endeavor that one experiences at the Morgan. That will be a consistent keynote, whether the focus of a given show is on an artist, an idea, or a format, such as the photographic book. I look forward to working with my curatorial colleagues, whose work in their respective fields is of the highest quality."

Many, but not all, of the photographs already at the Morgan portray figures whose work is represented in the museum's core holdings of drawings, letters, manuscripts, books, and music. The Morgan's collection includes rare, early daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe (Samuel Masury and S.W. Hartshorn) and Washington Irving (studio of Mathew Brady). It owns a copy of William Henry Fox Talbot's Pencil of Nature and 342 lantern slides by Edward S. Curtis, which it acquired as a consequence of Pierpont Morgan's patronage of the artist. There are also albums of photographs that record the lives and travels of Morgan family members, and three albums by Fernand Lochard documenting the contents of Edouard Manet's studio at the time of his death. 

Historically, photographs have been kept with the collections of several different Morgan departments: Printed Books and Bindings, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, Music Manuscripts and Printed Music, and Drawings and Prints. Although they are routinely incorporated in exhibitions of works in other media, over the years, the Morgan also has mounted a number of exhibitions solely on photography, including Edward S. Curtis and Other Observers of the North American Indian (1971), Fox Talbot and the Earliest Photographs, 1833-1845 (1979), The Golden Age of British Photography (1985-86), Edward Curtis and "The North American Indian" (1988), and Close Encounters: Irving Penn Portraits of Artists and Writers (2008).

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.

ILAB Launches Rare Book App

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has launched an ILAB Mobile App which is now available in the Apple Store and the Android Market. Search for "ILAB rare books" or "International League of Antiquarian Booksellers" to find the free App ready to install on your phone. A Blackberry version will follow soon.

ILAB represents 1,850 of the World's best booksellers dealing in fine, rare, old and collectable books in all fields. Search for them and their books. If you are away on business or pleasure with an hour or two to spare: use the locator to find the nearest dealer to wherever you are and get directions by foot, car or public transport. Use the ILAB App to access the ILAB website and find a veritable goldmine of information for the collector, librarian, dealer or anyone who just loves or is interested in fine and rare books, maps and manuscripts. Find out the dates and locations of upcoming antiquarian book fairs, lectures and exhibitions around the World.

All dealers affiliated with The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) abidae by a strict code of ethics and good business practice. Use this App to access them and their stock. Many have open shops. All of them are experienced and are experts who can help and guide you.

Many ILAB dealers also buy books from the public. You may sell your books to an ILAB bookseller with confidence and save up to 40 % in auction commissions. Many of our affiliates also undertake valuations. This App will help you identify the right one for your needs.

If you quickly need an unexpected gift, an old book makes an unusual and popular present. Ask your nearest ILAB dealer for help. If he doesn't have what you want he will help you to find someone who can.

Take your phone, browse the Apple Store or the Android Market and find the World's best booksellers: wherever they are and wherever you are!
New York—Timed to coincide with the release of his latest film, Mirror, Mirror, Hollywood actor Michael Lerner will be offering his book collection in the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction at Bonhams in New York on April 16.  Highlights from the library of Michael Lerner include an exquisite set of rare illustrated books with hand-colored plates, a selection of natural history volumes featuring works from the Duke of Gloucester’s personal collection and a comprehensive group of Aesop’s Fables from across the centuries.  This aspect of Lerner’s collection is driven by his appreciation of unique tales similar to his latest film project.  

Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Lerner began his acting career in 1963 at the London Academy of Music and Drama as a Fulbright Scholar, tutored by Christopher Fry.  His first film was shot during this period by roommate, Yoko Ono and also starred several members of The Beatles.  By the late 1960s, Lerner had moved back to the US and began working at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. During the 1970s, he was making guest appearances on such noted television shows such as The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H. A mainstream film debut in 1970 led to supporting roles in various Hollywood movies such as Robert Redford's The Candidate, Charles Bronson's St. Ives and Jack Nicholson's The Postman Always Rings Twice. He was nominated for an Academy Award® for his role in Barton Fink (1991), and continues to appear in major television and film productions.

Lerner’s collection is filled with the kind of books one would expect to find in an English country house library. A core of books date from the first quarter of the 19th century, when advances in printing technology and changing fashions produced a wave of books illustrated with exquisitely hand-colored plates. At the forefront of this trend was the publisher Rudolph Ackermann, along with popular artists like Rowlandson, Gillray, Alken and Cruikshank. Highlights in the collection include Ackermann’s Microcosm of London, 1808-1810, a 3-volume set in a period red morocco “cathedral-style” binding (est. $6,000-8,000),  and Jean Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan’s Picturesque Tour of the Seine with original wrappers bound in (est. $5,000-8,000).  Typifying the landscape views of this period is the Picturesque Tour of the River Thames, 1828, one of a few large paper copies with plates in both colored and uncolored states (est. $10,000-15,000).

The Michael Lerner Collection is not limited to British views, however. More exotic locations such as India (Forrest’s Tour along the River Ganges, 1824, estimate $6,000- 8,000) and Argentina (Vidal’s Buenos Ayres and Monte Video, 1820, est. $5,000-7,000) also feature. Every country house library included natural history books, and the Duke of Gloucester’s copy of Edwards’ Natural History of Uncommon Birds, 1743-1751, found its way into the Lerner Collection (est. $25,000-35,000) as well as copies of Audubon (est. $10,000-15,000) and Hogarth prints (est. $2,500-3,500).

A final, more unusual, niche to the collection is Aesop’s Fables. Lerner assembled a comprehensive group of different editions from across the centuries. Driven by Lerner’s appreciation of unique and unusual tales, such as his latest film, Mirror, Mirror, the collection includes not one but two 1665 editions, one illustrated by John Ogilby (est. $3,000-5,000) and another by Francis Barlow (est. $4,000-6,000). A 1565 edition from Antwerp also features (est. $1,500-2,000), and at the more modern end of the spectrum is an edition published in Wales by the Gregynog Press in 1931 (est. $2,000-3,000).

The illustrated auction catalog for this sale will be available online for review and purchase at in the weeks preceding the sale.

Preview: April 10-15, New York
Auction: April 16, New York
(March 20, 2012 - Amherst, MA)  The Carle is pleased to announce that the West Gallery will be home to an exhibition of art from Eric Carle’s beloved book, “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, published in 2002. The exhibition, called The Birth of a Book and A Museum will open in Amherst, Massachusetts on April 3, 2012, and continue until September 2, 2012. The exhibition will feature a selection of working draft “dummies,” as well as several preliminary dust jacket designs and early versions of the book’s pages. There will be accompanying activities in the Art Studio. The exhibition coincides with two very special anniversaries: both the book and the Museum are celebrating 10th anniversaries in 2012.
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth is especially meaningful to the Eric Carle Museum. Carle was working at a hectic pace in 2000-2001, with all of the meetings, planning, and decision- making necessary for the creation of the Museum. Eventually, he decided he needed to slow things down, and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his studio door. In this calm environment, Carle set to work on a new book about an animal that knew what it meant to slow down. He researched the habitat of the sloth and the animals that share its habitat, and made revision after revision. The finished book tells the story of a misunderstood animal: he is not lazy; he is simply living the way sloths live. It sends a powerful message to everyone that we need to slow down and take some time to think and reflect. With a preface by Jane Goodall, an emphasis on Amazon rain forest animals, and Carle's bright, trademark collages, the book has become a favorite for many children.
The Eric Carle Museum will officially begin its anniversary celebration in November of 2012 with many events and exhibitions planned. Details will be forthcoming.
The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading in young children through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. with special extended summer hours. 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

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
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Amherst, MA  01002
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Results from NBA's March Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, March 18th auction featuring broad range of rare antique books, as well as pleasing ephemera, coins and currency, and artwork.  Of particular note were rare first editions of early and modern titles, many of which were signed. This 357-lot auction also featured two impressive personal collections, one containing nautical history titles and the other anthropological and archaeological works.

Giovanni Boccaccio’s “Le Decameron de Jean Boccace” brought a hammer price of $1291.50 (including buyer’s premium). This complete five-volume set was published in the years 1757-1761. It is illustrated with five engraved title pages, portrait, and 126 engraved plates, some of which were illustrated by Hubert-François Bourguignon, commonly known as Gravelot. The “Boccace de Gravelot” is one of the landmarks of eighteenth-century French illustration, with its delightful engravings, printed on a luxurious thick paper. This handsome set is bound in full leather with raised bands and gilt decorative designs.

Realizing a hammer price of $1200.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a large antique framed map of the Holy Land. This map, titled "A New Map of the Land of Promise and the Holy City of Jerusalem. Describing the Most Important Events in the Old and New Testament” was published in 1823 by Tho. Duffield of Philadelphia. This grand panoramic map contains numerous illustrations, giving both an indication of the location of the various cities, towns, and landmarks, as well as populating the lands depicted with vignettes that illustrate passages from the Bible.

A group of antique ledgers and diaries dated as early as the 1860’s sold for $861.00 (including buyer’s premium). This group included a physician's memorandum for 1917 and assessment rolls from the town of Butternuts for the beginning of the twentieth century.

Bringing a hammer price of $799.50 (including buyer’s premium) was a rare first edition of President Barack Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” This memoir was written by Obama while he was law professor at the University of Chicago. The autobiographical narrative tells the story of the life of Obama up to his entry to Harvard Law School. It was first published as he was preparing to launch his political career.

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The ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association), who organise the London International Antiquarian Book Fair is delighted to announce that 161 exhibitors have now signed up for this year’s fair. Now in its 55th year, the biggest and oldest fair in the UK will take place for the first time in the larger National Hall at Olympia (London W14) in May (Thursday May 24, Friday May 25 & Saturday May 26, 2012).

This year’s fair will be truly international with exhibitors from 15 countries taking part. 41 new exhibitors will be attending for the first time and they will be travelling from all corners of the globe. These comprise: 7 from Germany; 8 from the USA, 1 from France and Belgium, 2 from Sweden, Italy and Denmark and 3 from Australia (including Tasmania), plus 7 London-based dealers, 8 from throughout England and 1 from Northern Ireland.

Among the new exhibitors is Neil Summersgill, who is based in Lancashire. He said: “This is my first ABA summer fair, a pinnacle to which I've aspired for much of my bookselling life, and one of the main reasons for recently joining the ABA. I was fortunate to be a last minute exhibitor at the ABA's Chelsea fair in November and it was vibrant, enjoyable, and for me successful. I've been exhibiting at various London fairs for nearly 20 years but at Chelsea met many buyers new to me, and at Olympia I hope for more of the same.”

The fair will also have more ‘Graphics’ exhibitors than in previous years. 2012 will see 10 exhibitors of visual materials such as maps and prints compared to previous years, where there have been two. New exhibitors include Classic Bindings and Daniel Crouch Rare Books LLP, who are both based in London.

Fair Chairman, Brian Lake of Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers commented: “Stepping up to the National Hall is a big leap for the ABA in these uncertain economic times and I am really delighted with the trade’s reaction - making this the third biggest book fair in the world. I am really pleased that the committee's policy for Olympia 2012 has encouraged a record number of exhibitors - we still have more than two months to go and there is space in our new venue to accept late applicants. Our aim was to bring in new exhibitors with the offer of very reasonably priced 'taster' stands and this seems to have worked with 17 exhibitors taking advantage of this opportunity. We have also kept stand rents overall close to the 2011 prices and the new venue means that we have provided more stand and circulation space.”

Full details of opening hours, location, and travel to Olympia can be found on

Tickets to the Fair are free if you register in advance, or may be purchased on the door for £10 each, £15 for two.
A selection of exciting highlights of the 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair has been announced. The Fair, which will be held for the first time in the bigger and more attractive National Hall at Olympia (London W14) from Thursday, 24th May to Saturday, 26th May, 2012 already has more exhibitors lined up than ever before in its 55-year history.

Among the highlights this year are of course some Charles Dickens' books and manuscripts. A first edition of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby with illustrations by Phiz (Chapman & Hall, 1839) and inscribed on the dedication leaf to the painter David Wilkie, will be on sale for £120,000 at Jarndyce. Another first edition - Great Expectations (Chapman & Hall, 1861) will be on sale by the same exhibitor for £50,000 and A Collection of the Five Christmas Books, all first editions (1843-1848), for sale at £20,000. In addition Jarndyce also offers a holograph manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit, written by Dickens in 1847 in order to raise money for Leigh Hunt's Benefit. The humorous series of caricatures is told in the first person by Mrs Gamp, the character from Martin Chuzzlewit (£80,000). For £15,000, collectors can also buy a letter from Dickens to fellow author Wilkie Collins from 1858 in which he proposes 'a house to let'.

Other English classics on sale at the Fair will be Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language from 1755 (£17,500/ Peter Harrington) and The Works of William Shakespeare in eight volumes collated and with explanatory notes by Mr Theobald (1757/ £1,400/ Bow Windows Book Shop) and of course a George Allen 1894 edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from 1894 (£1,000/ Bow Windows Book Shop).

There will be many first editions of classic novels available, but among the ones that are probably most sought-after are Virginia Woolf's The Waves published by her husband's Hogarth Press in 1931 and with a dust jacket designed by her sister Vanessa Bell (£1,850/ Bow Windows Book Shop). The first UK edition of Samuel Beckett's How it is is one of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. This one is inscribed by the author to his close friend actor Patrick Magee (1964/ £2,750/ Peter Harrington). In addition, an inscribed copy of The Soul of a Bishop by H.G. Wells from 1917 is inscribed to poet and novelist Sylvia Lynd, who was married to Robert Lynd, the Irish writer and Nationalist (£395/ Graham York Rare Books).

Among other first edition highlights are Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection...(1859/ £75,000/ Peter Harrington) and a set of the first editions of Captain Cook's three voyages (1773-84/ £37,500/ Daniel Crouch Rare Books LLP). Peter Harrington is selling The Heart of Antarctic by E.H. Shackleton, a first signed limited edition, number 193 of 330 (£27,500).

A rare 2nd edition of Nicolaus Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, one of the most influential works in astronomy, from 1566 will be on sale through Swiss Antiquariat De Paul Kainbacher for around £ 90,000 (€110,000).

Many collectors have started their collection by buying one of their favourite books from their childhood and there are lots to tempt at the fair. Whether it is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, or What Alice found there by Lewis Carroll, all first editions bound by Bayntun (1866-72/ £10,000/ Paul Foster) or J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - all three volumes are first editions (1954-55/£16,500/Paul Foster).

With the current interest in Sherlock Holmes, why not get a first edition of one of his best - The Hound of the Baskervilles from 1902 by Arthur Conan Doyle (£6,500/Paul Foster) or get the first edition of the book that inspired the musical Cats, T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats from 1939 (£750/ Jonkers Rare Books). Other children’s classics available at the Fair will be a first E.H Shepard illustrated edition of The Wind in the Willows (1931) by Kenneth Grahame (£1,300/ Bow Windows Book Shop); a beautiful first edition of J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy (£700/ Bow Windows Book Shop); a first edition in exceptional condition of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943/£3,250/ Peter Harrington); a signed copy of Michael Bond's Paddington helps out (1960/£725/ Paul Foster) or Walter de la Mare's Desert Islands and Robinson Crusoe, illustrated by Rex Whistler from 1930 (£90/ HM Fletcher).

For those who would like to go back to children's rag book days, there will also be an edition of Our Railway Book by Raphael Tuck & Sons from around 1906 (£195/ Nicholas Goodyer).

Visitors will also be able to purchase a wide selection of maps and travel books at the Fair including the Atlas Russicus, an extraillustrated example of this amazing atlas from around 1738-80 by Joseph Nicolas de L'Isle et al. (£78,500/ Altea Antique Maps & Old Charts) or the first printed map of Japan to appear in an atlas from around 1603 (£2,250/ Sanders of Oxford). German Antiquariat Buechl-Baur is selling an important Brasilianum. Three volumes of Jean-Baptiste Debret's Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil, ou Séjour d’un Artiste Français au Brésil (1834-1839/ £55,000).

For the best of British, there is a fantastic map of London for sale: England's Glory or The Glory of England, Being a New Mapp of the Citty of London, Printed and Sold by Robert Walton, at ye Globes Compasses, just at the west end of St. Paul's-Church from 1676 (£11,500/ Daniel Crouch Rare Books LLP) and very rare Britannia Illustrata or Views of All the Palaces, Several Seats and other Publick Buildings of England from 1724 of which Copac lists only three other copies, one of which belongs to the National Trust Libraries (£2,350/ Nicholas Goodyer). Another interesting London treasure is A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark.... which gives fantastic birds-eye views of London Squares, first written in 1698 and then enlarged, like this 1754-55 edition (£9,500/Nicholas Goodyer). For a nostalgic view of Britain and its traditional shops, the Country Life publication High Street by Eric Ravilious from 1938 will give you a fantastic glimpse of the olden days (£2,250/ Bow Windows Book Shop).

With the Olympics this year, we expect quite a bit of Sports and Olympic interest and there is already an official report of The Games of the Xth Olympiad, Los Angeles 1932 among the highlights, which will no doubt find a keen collector sprinting to the fair (£600/ Nicholas Goodyer).

Animal lovers will be fascinated by the complete set of John Gould's magnificent The Birds of Great Britain from 1873 (£75,000/ Peter Harrington).

With our current economic climate there might also be a lot of interest in John Maynard Keynes' The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936/ £950/ Bow Windows Book Shop) or Josiah Wedgwood's advice to his workers not to work in America from 1783 - An Address to the Workmen in the Pottery, on the subject of entering into the service of foreign manufacturers (£3,800/ Ken Spelman Booksellers).

The Fair is not just about books though, you will also find some fantastic drawings, illustrations, posters and even photographs. A highlight is no doubt the charming Victorian watercolour drawing of Ada Byron, the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron and the world's first computer programmer (c.1850/ £9,500/ HM Fletcher); there are also some beautifully hand-coloured aquatints of St. Petersburg from 1815 mostly after Mornay (£7,500/ Nicholas Goodyer) and famous English animal painter Sawrey Gilpin's sketchbook from around 1800 is also for sale (£850/ Ken Spelman Books). A large paper copy of Edwin Landseer's brother Thomas's engraving Monkeyana or Men in Miniature (c. 1827/ £575/ Nicholas Goodyer) can be found at the Fair as well as coloured plates of golfers from c.1920 (£700/ Nicholas Goodyer) or the caricature by William Heath depicting a duel between Wellington and Winchilsea in Battersea (1829/£250/Sanders of Oxford). The complete yearly issue of an Italian fashion magazine with many illustrations might attract the interest of many ladies wanting to start their collection (1844/ £1,400/ Kunstantiquariat Monika Schmidt) as might the very attractive complete yearly volume of a rare Belgian botanical periodical about Camellia flowers (1851/ £2,100/ Kunstantiquariat Monika Schmidt) or indeed the beautiful Art Nouveau lithograph of a woman with a peacock from 1898 by Louis John Read for L'Estampe Moderne (£1,000/ Sanders of Oxford). For more modern taste there will also be a Salvador Dali designed French travel poster (1970/£125/ Graham York Rare Books) and a Dutch constructivism poster from 1930 (£600/ Librairie Pierre Coumans).

For anyone interested in original photographs, there will be several small collections on sale, including 6 photographs by Fritz Angerer, including some from his travels to Cameroon in 1886 (£1,000/ Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher).

Organised by the ABA (the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association), the world's premier Book Fair features over 160 booksellers from around the globe selling illustrated books, manuscripts, fine bindings, maps, prints, photography and associated ephemera, from the genesis of printing in the 15th Century to today.

Whether you are an expert collector or trying to find a first edition of your favourite book or simply want to add some style to your interiors with a properly stocked bookshelf of your all time favourites, this year's Fair won't disappoint you.

Details of all the highlights can be viewed beforehand on the website:

Full details of opening hours, location, and travel to Olympia can be found on

Tickets to the Fair may be purchased on the door for £10 each, £15 for two.

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, March 18th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as pleasing ephemera, coins, currency and artwork. Of particular note are rare first editions of early and modern titles, many of which are signed. Featured are two impressive personal collections, one containing nautical history titles and the other anthropological and archaeological works. Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres.

Important books in this auction include first editions, many of which are author-signed.  Noteworthy examples include first editions by Barack Obama, Herman Melville and Cormac McCarthy.  Early works dating back to the 1700’s will also be sold, including the 1761 printing of “He Tou Herodotus Helikarnasseos Historia Herodoti Halicarnassensis Historia,” in nine volumes and the five-volume work by Giovanni Boccacio, “Le Decameron De Jean Boccace,” printed over the years 1757 through 1761, with Gravelot plates.  Modern works include hundreds of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Sue Grafton, Ha Jin, Tess Gerritsen, Ed McBain, John Grisham, Robert B. Parker, Dean Koontz and Dick Francis, to name just a few.

The nautical library includes modern and antique books and magazines, with lots themed ship modeling, history, exploration, military, whaling, etc. Important works such as the 1841 first edition of B. J. Totten “Naval Text-Book” will be offered.  Many of the works in this collection are author-signed.

Works from the fields of anthropology and archaeology span several centuries and include original reports on numerous sites.  Important works include the first edition of Gisela Richter’s “Red-Figured Athenian Vases,” the Bollingen Series “Samothrace Excavations” published in fourteen volumes and the four-volume work, “The Palace Of Nestor At Pylos In Western Messenia.”  Additionally, ancient Greek coins will be sold.

Found throughout this catalog are pleasing groups of ephemera and artwork. Collectible American and international coins and currency dating back to the mid-1800’s will be offered along with autographs from historical figures such as Woodrow Wilson.  Art lots include original work as well as many vintage posters.  Other ephemera lots feature items from genres such as World's Fairs, military, advertising, and antique chromo-lithograph renderings, to name a few.  We will also offer vintage and antique collectible magazines.

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, March 18th 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


Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the University of Massachusetts Lowell announced today - which would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday - they will present the world premiere of the Lowell native and literary icon’s only full-length play, “Beat Generation,” in a staged reading for eight performances only.
The world premiere of the play is the centerpiece of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, which will be held Oct. 10 through Oct. 14 in Lowell, Kerouac’s hometown. The festival - held every two years by UMass Lowell, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! and numerous other community partners - features a variety of programs inspired by Kerouac’s works and life in Lowell, and showcases prominent contemporary authors. Anita Shreve, Russell Banks and Andre Dubus III were among the writers who participated in the last Kerouac Literary Festival. This year’s theme is “Writing and Music.”
“Beat Generation” is a story of friendship and karma set in the 1950s and its characters and dialogue capture the Beat mentality at the roots of American counter culture as only Kerouac could. The play’s premiere is being presented in Lowell with the support and collaboration of Kerouac Literary Estate representative John Sampas.
“At midcentury, Jack Kerouac and his fellow Beat writers posed a series of pertinent questions regarding the assumptions of the Cold War, the attractions of suburban family life, the costs of conspicuous consumption, and what they saw as American spiritual deprivation,” said Todd Tietchen, a UMass Lowell English professor and expert on Beat Generation writers. “Those questions take center stage in ‘Beat Generation,’ as the principal figures of this important literary movement reaffirm their friendship in a search for alternative approaches to life,” said Todd Tietchen, a UMass Lowell English professor and expert on Beat Generation writers.
The play’s premiere and the festival come during what many are calling “The Year of Kerouac,” which also includes the theatrical release of the feature film “On the Road,” based on the author’s most famous book and the U.S. publication of the recently discovered Kerouac novel, “The Sea is My Brother.”

“This is a moment of literary and theatrical history,” said MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers. “When the ‘Beat Generation’ manuscript was discovered in a warehouse in 2005, it made international news. Such is the remarkable influence of Kerouac on contemporary culture. Now, the entire script of ‘Beat Generation’ will be first spoken aloud on the stage in Lowell, his native city, and it is fitting that Lowell’s professional theater company - Merrimack Repertory Theatre - is producing its world premiere.”
MRT has a history of being the first to present Kerouac’s works to audiences. Its performance space, known as Liberty Hall, was the site in the 1980s of several sold-out screenings of the premiere of John Antonelli’s documentary, “Kerouac, the Movie” and in the 1990s, the stage adaptation of Kerouac’s Lowell-set romance, “Maggie Cassidy.”
UMass Lowell is home to the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for Public Humanities, which works to strengthen the study of American culture through academic and other programs, including serving as the home for the Kerouac Writer-in-Residence program, the New England Poetry Conference and the literary festival. The center was established with the support of the Kerouac Estate and Sampas, who has generously granted permission for the first presentation of “Beat Generation” in Lowell.
The university posthumously awarded Kerouac an honorary doctor of letters degree in 2007. That same year, the university and Lowell National Historical Park hosted an award-winning exhibit of the “On The Road” scroll - Kerouac’s 120-foot-long original version of the manuscript - in honor of the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The exhibit drew more than 25,000 people to Lowell.
“It is very exciting for UMass Lowell to be part of the world premiere of Jack Kerouac’s only full-length play,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “As Kerouac’s artistic influence on this city, his hometown, is still so great, it is important that this work be presented in Lowell first. UMass Lowell is proud to partner with Merrimack Repertory Theatre to bring this unique literary experience to our students and the community.”
Ticket and casting information for the premiere of “Beat Generation” will be announced at a later date. For more on the production and the Kerouac Literary Festival, visit The website will be updated regularly with details on both in the coming months.
Born Jean-Louis Kerouac in 1922, Kerouac is Lowell’s most famous native son. He was a football star at Lowell High School and was awarded a scholarship to Columbia University. However, Kerouac was unhappy in college and after his father lost his printing business, he dropped out of school. During World War II, he joined the Merchant Marine and became friends with Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Kerouac wrote his first novel, “The Town and the City,” about his struggle to balance the expectations of his family with his unconventional life, which was published in 1950 with Ginsberg’s help. Kerouac took several cross-country trips with Cassady during this time, which became the basis for his most famous work, “On The Road.” The manuscript - presented to his editor on a single, unbroken roll of paper, the scroll that was later exhibited in Lowell - was rejected and  six years would pass before it was published in 1957. In the years in between, Kerouac followed Ginsberg and Cassady to San Francisco and the term “Beat Generation,” which Kerouac coined, gained popularity. When Kerouac finally broke through with the release of “On The Road,” he was faced with challenges presented by the fame that followed, trying to live up to the image portrayed in his novels and facing criticism from the literary establishment for being part of what was considered a fad. He would go on to publish additional novels, many of which used settings based on Lowell - including “Doctor Sax,” “The Subterraneans,” “The Dharma Bums” and his final great work, “Big Sur.” He settled in Florida with his wife, Stella Sampas, and his mother, where he died in 1969 at age 47. He was buried in Lowell.
Even after his death, Kerouac’s popularity continues. “On The Road” has remained widely read and Kerouac was named one of the most important figures of the 20th century by LIFE Magazine and the Times of London. In recent years, interest in Kerouac has grown with the publication of his letters, poetry, spiritual writings, early novels and more from his remarkable literary archive. He has been cited as an influence by countless writers and musicians, including The Doors. A 2005 forum in New York featured a reading of a passage from “Beat Generation” by actor Ethan Hawke, but to date, the play has yet to be staged in its entirety.
Founded in 1979 by a group of committed civic leaders, Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s mission is “to advance the cause of human understanding by creating theatrical productions at the highest level of artistic excellence and making them affordable to the broadest possible community.” Merrimack Rep’s unique artistic vision is shaped by a passion for excellence and a profound commitment to its community. It strives to enhance the community’s quality of life while contributing to its economic strength, measuring success by the depth of the company’s artistic and social contribution to the region.
A member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), MRT has received hundreds of awards and accolades, including recognition in American Theatre Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and The New York Times for artistic excellence and its contribution to the community. MRT’s history comprises more than 210 productions including 16 world premieres and 34 regional premieres, contributing significantly to the canon of the American theater and bringing new plays to audiences throughout New England. Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2011-2012 season is sponsored by Lowell Bank. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For details on MRT’s season information, show times, tickets, directions or to request a brochure, visit or call 978-654-4MRT (4678).
UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.
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Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 2011-2012 Season

The Persian Quarter by Kathleen Cahill, September 15 - October 9, 2011
This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan, October 20 - November 13, 2011
The Reduced Shakespeare Company® in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) November 25 - December 18, 2011
The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten, January 5 - January 29, 2012
Daddy Long Legs Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon; Book by John Caird; Based on the novel by Jean Webster February 9 - March 4, 2012
Mrs Whitney by John Kolvenbach, March 15 - April 8, 2012
Ghost-Writer by Michael Hollinger, April 19 - May 13, 2012

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DALLAS, TX: The Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters - a trove of 33 classic and incredibly rare posters dating back as far as 1930 - many examples of which were thought to be lost for all time, ranging in value from $500+ to $200,000+, will debut at Heritage Auctions on March 23 as part of the company’s Vintage Movie Poster Auction.
The posters, which came out of an attic, were found in a small country auction in Berwick, PA, in several lots stuck together with wallpaper paste. When the consignor saw the posters, they immediately picked up the phone and called Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage.
"When he described what he was looking at, I knew this was a huge discovery and that poster collectors around the country would want to own these,” said Smith. “What's even more amazing is that the posters were found in the attic of a house.”

The jewel of the collection is a 1931 Style F one sheet for the Universal horror classic Dracula (estimate: $200,000+), only the fourth Style F poster from the film ever uncovered. A Style F Dracula poster sold at Heritage for $310,000+ in 2009. Also included are the only known copies of movie posters for the 1931 films The Public Enemy, 1931 (estimate: $25,000+) and Little Caesar, 1931 (estimate: $20,000+). The entire Berwick Discovery is estimated at $250,000+.
“These posters, including some of the most important titles in Hollywood history, were pasted to boards and used to promote original releases in late 1930 and early 1931,” said Grey Smith, Director of Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Auctions. “When a new release came to town the exhibitor simply plastered the new poster over the previous one.”
Smith and his staff personally and painstakingly separated the movie posters over the course of several weeks, marveling at the continued emergence of cinematic history.
“It was, literally, like removing wallpaper,” Smith said, “only the wallpaper in this case was extremely valuable. After carefully moistening the top layer, we used steam to melt the glue and very gently remove one poster from another. Each new layer revealed treasures beyond our wildest expectations.”
The rare B-style one sheet for Warner Brothers’ 1931 seminal gangster film, Little Caesar  the Style A and Style B one sheets for The Public Enemy, both from 1931, were the ones that really caught Smith’s eye.
“These posters are among the rarest, most sought after ‘Holy Grail’ pieces,” said Smith. “The Public Enemy one sheet picturing James Cagney and Jean Harlow is particularly stunning and has never been offered at auction and the Little Caesar one sheet is one of only two known copies, making this a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right collector.”
Also in the discovery is the only known copy of a one sheet for Warner Brothers’ 1931 adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s classic mystery, The Maltese Falcon (estimate: $10,000+), with Ricardo Cortez portraying private eye Sam Spade, along with the one sheet for RKO’s 1931 Cimarron (estimate: $12,000+), the first Western to garner a Best Picture Academy Award and the very definition of scarce.
“This marks, to the best of our knowledge, the first and only time collectors have had a chance to add this stunning beauty to their collection,” Smith said of the Maltese Falcon.
Other finds include one sheets for The Front Page (1931), The Bat Whispers (1930),  Ten Cents a Dance (1931), one of Barbara Stanwyck’s earliest roles, and two different style one sheets each for Seed (1931), an early Bette Davis picture, The Criminal Code (1931), and  Dishonored (1931), featuring Marlene Dietrich.
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Kestenbaum & Company’s spring auction of Fine Judaica is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 21st at 3:00 pm. The sale will be held at the company’s gallery at 242 West 30th Street in New York City. Viewing will be held from Sunday, March 18th through Tuesday, March 20th.  The 351-lot sale will feature a fine representation of Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic and Ceremonial Art.
The catalogue cover lot is the very earliest recorded autograph letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Written by the Rebbe from his hometown of Yekatrinaslov in the Soviet Union in 1925, this lengthy letter was penned to the great Rogatchover Gaon, the foremost Talmudic scholar of his time, and displays the extraordinary erudition and fluency in Rabbinic learning that the Rebbe had master over even as a young man of 23. The pre-sale estimate is $30,000-50,000 (Lot 284). A number of letters written by other members of the renowned Schneerson family are also on offer in the auction (Lots 285-288).
Within the Manuscripts section is a selection of rare Medieval Hebrew Fragments sure to generate interest among discerning collectors. Most singular is a fragment from a lost text of Maimonides’ commentary to the Mishnah written by Saadiah al-Adani in 1222, less than twenty years after Maimonides had passed away. This fragment is from the oldest dated Hebrew codex produced in Yemen. The pre-auction estimate is $18,000-22,000 (Lot 282). Further rare fragments being offered include two virtually complete manuscript folios of the Babylonian Talmud Tractate Eruvin, Germany 12th-13th century, estimate $18,000-22,000 (Lot 291); a fragment from an eleventh century Hebrew Psalms, written in the Near East (possibly Syria), estimate $6,000-8,000 (Lot 257) and Hebrew fragments from Asher Ben Jechiel’s Hilchoth HaRosh, Spain, 14th century, at an estimate of $4,000-6,000 (Lot 255). Another noteworthy lot is the signed, personal Siddur of renowned Kabbalist, Haham Yitzhak Kadourie, with his autographed prayer-notes inserted. The estimate is $10,000-15,000 (Lot 281).
The Book Section features a fine selection of early texts such as an excellent copy of the second Mikraoth Gedoloth (Biblia Rabbinica), printed in Venice, 1524-5, here bound in 17th century full vellum, at an estimate of $50,000-70,000 (Lot 71). Also of note is a Latin Psalter, the first book published by Daniel Bomberg, Venice 1515, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 76). Further early texts include Joseph Karo’s Shulchan Aruch, Venice, 1567, estimate $10,000-12,000 (Lot 185); a rare Constantinople imprint of Nachmanides’ Dina DeGarmei, 1515-20, estimate $10,000-12,000 (Lot 204) and David Ibn Yachya’s Hilchoth Treifoth, Constantinople, 1515-18, estimate $8,000-10,000 (Lot 152).
The most prominent Chassidic text in the sale is the eminently scarce first edition of the Ma’aneh Lashon issued according to the custom of Chabad Chassidim, Shklov, c. 1813. The pre-auction estimate is $15,000-20,000 (Lot 95). Two books written by Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, the “Chofetz Chaim” are also of interest: the first editions of Chofetz Chaim, Vilna, 1873, estimate $2,000-3,000 (Lot 181) and Shmirath Halashon, Vilna, 1876, estimate $1,000-1,500 (Lot 182).
Highlights in the American Judaica section include the very first complete set of Festival Prayer-Books printed in America, prepared by Isaac Leeser, Philadelphia, 1837-38, beautifully bound in uniform tan calf, estimate $30,000-40,000 (Lot 26); an exceptionally rare Hebrew-English broadside by Moses Aaron Schreiber, issued to commemorate America’s Centennial July 4, 1876, New York, estimate $12,000-18,000 (Lot 36) and Seder Shevach VeHoda’ah, a scarce pamphlet of prayers recited by the surviving Jews of Barbados on the first anniversary after a catastrophic hurricane decimated the island, 1832, estimate $6,000-8,000 (Lot 22).
Anglo-Judaica is well represented in the auction with a fine copy of a particularly rare Spanish language Prayer-Book, Orden de las Oraciones Cotidianas, London 1772, estimate $6,000-7,000 (Lot 189); David Nieto’s Binah La’Itim, the first Hebrew calendar printed in London, 1718, estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 42) and a Hebrew Peddlers’ Almanac, London, 1795, at an estimate of $3,000-4,000 (Lot 47). Books relating to Australia include Chief Rabbi Dr. N. M. Adler’s personal copy of Laws and Rules of the Sydney Synagogue “Beth Yisrael”, 1845, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 60) and an Essay on the History and Theory of Music by Isaac Nathan, music adviser to Sydney’s Great Synagogue, 1836, estimate $1,200-1,800 (Lot 206). Also of interest is an exceptionally rare Confirmation Service pamphlet from the remote Jewish community of Dunedin in New Zealand, 1886, estimated at $3,000-4,000 (Lot 209). The Book Section continues to span the globe with a variety of texts from Jewish communities including Syria, Algeria, India, Rhodes, Surinam, Sweden, Uzbekistan, etc.
Other books of note is Arthur Szyk’s beautiful and richly illustrated Passover Hagadah printed on vellum, London 1939-40, estimate $30,000-40,000 (Lot 146) and the first Yiddish editions of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital (Lot 196), Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species (Lot 106) and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom's Cabin (Lot 35).
The Graphic Art section features visually impacting works by noted artists such as Ze’ev Raban, Hermann Struck, Ilya Schor, Jacob Eisenberg, Tully Filmus, Ernst Koerner, Zvi Milshtein, Anna Rychter-May, S. Seeberger, Anton Perko and M. Vorobeichic. Particularly worth mentioning is Charles Spencelayh’s detailed preparatory study in pencil on paper for his famous oil painting entitled The Promised Land, England, circa 1920, at an estimate of $10,000-15,000 (Lot 321). Also included among the Graphic Art is a selection of photography by Roman Vishniac (Lots 311-312), Bernice Abbot and Neil Folberg.
Within a small section of Ceremonial Art that rounds out the sale is an early 20th century tall Silver Chanukah Menorah by Tiffany & Co., estimate $8,000-10,000 (Lot 327); Ludwig Wolpert’s original maquette of his Bauhaus-style Kiddush goblet (signed and dated 2/5/73), estimate $1,000-1,500 (Lot 342) and a pair of bronze plaques portraying a religious married couple, Hungarian, early-20th century, at an estimate of $2,500-3,500 (Lot 350).
For  further  information  relating  to  bidding  or  any  other  queries,  please  contact Jackie  Insel at  212-366-1197.
New York—On February 23, Swann Galleries conducted an auction of select Private Press & Illustrated Books, mostly from two stellar private collections, and 98 percent of the lots offered found buyers.

Christine von der Linn, Swann’s 19th & 20th Century Books specialist, said, “I was blown away by the strong response and results of this sale. We knew the material was excellent, but to see so much activity and such a high sell-through rate backing that up was truly thrilling. There was absolutely no evidence of the market weakness that affected press books in 2009 and 2010. They’re back with a force.”

The auction’s top lot was the Kelmscott Press masterpiece, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted, one of 425 copies, Hammersmith, 1896. William Morris’s most celebrated work employed red and black Chaucer and Troy types, and featured 87 large woodcut illustrations as well as woodcut title page, borders, and initial words and letters. It brought $52,800.

Three Kelmscott titles achieved record prices: Syr Ysambrace, one of only eight copies on vellum, 1897,  $18,000; William Morris’s Story of Sigurd the Volsung, one of 160 copies, Hammersmith, 1898, $9,000; and Sydney Cockerel and William Morris’s Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, 1897, which was limited to 225 unnumbered copies on paper, $4,560.

Other record-setting lots in the auction included Eragny Press’s Songs by Ben Jonson, one of 10 copies on vellum, inscribed by Lucien Pissarro—the press’s founder and son of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro—and Esther Pissaro, London, 1906, $9,000; Merrymount Press’s The Book of Common Prayer, ex-collection of J.P. Morgan & C.H. St. John Hornby, founder of the Ashendene Press, one of 500 copies, Boston, 1928, $6,720; Arion Press’s The Great Gatsby, one of 50 deluxe copies signed by Michael Graves with two original drawings, 1984, $5,280; and one of only seven copies on vellum of Shakespeare Head Press’s Odes of Victory; The Nemean and Isthmian Odes, by Pindar, Oxford, 1930, $4,320.

Also featured were Cranach Press’s first English language edition of Shakespeare’s The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmark, one of 300 copies in the deluxe red morocco binding on handmade paper, 1930, $14,400; Golden Cockerel Press’s Four Gospels, one of 500 copies, Waltham St. Lawrence, 1931, $13,200 and The Canterbury Tales, four volumes, one of 485 sets, 1928-31, $7,800; Arion Press’s Moby-Dick, or, The Whale, illustrated by Barry Moser, one of 250 copies, San Francisco, 1979, $10,200 and Pennyroyal Press’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, illustrated and with an original drawing by Barry Moser, one of 50 copies, 1982, $4,560.

Rounding out the sale were titles from the Limited Editions Club, an Eric Gill design for a bookplate, Ex-Libris for Jacob Weiss, original wood block, signed printed bookplate, sketch and typed letter signed, 1935, $6,240; an archive of more than 30 pieces published by and about Walter Hamady and the Perishable Press, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, $4,560; and Dante Alighieri, The Inferno, number eight of 50 deluxe copies, illustrated and signed by Michael Mazur, 2002, $6,240
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

For further information, and to consign items to Swann’s upcoming auctions of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, please contact Christine von der Linn at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at
*All prices include buyer’s premium.
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CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners for the 2012 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of “American Book Prices Current,” recognize outstanding exhibition catalogs issued by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions, as well as electronic exhibition catalogs of outstanding merit issued within the digital/Web environment. Certificates will be presented to each winner at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, during the RBMS Membership Meeting and Information Exchange at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

The Division One (expensive) winner is “Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life,” submitted by the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.

“This elegant catalog reconstructs the diverse uses printed text and images in Renaissance life—from early popup books and tarot cards to printed textiles, astrolabes and collaged reliquaries,” states Molly Schwartzburg, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards committee and Cline Curator of Literature at the University of Texas-Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. “The result is a visually stunning volume that is also a valuable resource for scholars, librarians and curators who encounter these materials in their work. A truly interdisciplinary study, the volume cogently describes a vast range of materials in a manner that is clear and engaging.”

The Division Two (moderately expensive) winner is the University of Chicago Library for “Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children's Books and Graphic Art.”

“This striking catalog is result of collaboration between students, faculty and librarians at the University of Chicago,” said Schwartzburg. “Despite its brevity, it presents its complex, wide-ranging subject thoroughly and clearly, bringing together the voices of its many authors into a fluid, engaging volume. Its accessible style, balanced page layouts, high-quality reproductions and well-organized checklist are just some of the features that make this an exceptional catalog.”

The Division Three (inexpensive) winner is “One Book, Many Interpretations: Second Edition,” submitted by the Chicago Public Library, Special Collections and Preservation Division.

“This small volume marks the first decade of an annual competition for the design of artists' bindings for books in the One Book, One Chicago city-wide reading project,” Schwartzburg remarked. “Documenting an exhibition of the best of these bindings, this diminutive volume is surprisingly rich in images and information, serving at once as an introduction to contemporary trends in artists' bindings and a survey of the city reading project. The committee was particularly impressed by the way in which the catalog reveals a dialog between the coterie field of fine binding and a citywide initiative.”

The Division Four (brochures) winner is the University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book and Manuscript Library for their brochure entitled “Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern.”

“This is a beautifully executed guide to this large, multi-venue exhibition,” noted Schwartzburg.  “Perfectly sized to fit in a pocket or bag, it provides a clear, concise overview of the exhibition galleries and schedule of events.  Its high production quality—striking cover design, lovely paper, clear printing and high-quality images—leads to the ideal result for a brochure: it makes the reader want to make her way to every venue and event listed.”

The Division Five (electronic exhibition) winner is the Folger Shakespeare Library for “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” available online at

“With contributions from several scholars and the staff of three major libraries—the Folger, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas—this project achieves an appropriate scale for its epic subject matter,” stated Schwartzburg.  “It provides a great deal of information, but succeeds in doing so without overwhelming its potential audiences. The committee was impressed with the rich content and with the sheer range of access points for audiences to begin thinking about the King James Bible: along with a great deal of traditional ‘exhibition catalog’ content, the site includes a blog, videos, childrens' activities center, timeline and more.”

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AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of novelist and short-story writer Tom Coraghessan "T.C." Boyle, author of such acclaimed works as "The Tortilla Curtain" (1995) and "World's End" (1987). Spanning more than 30 years from the 1970s through the present, the archive covers the breadth of Boyle's prolific career.

"I am very pleased and honored to have my papers safely ensconced at the Ransom Center so that they may be preserved and made available to scholars," said Boyle. "With such an archive, there is always the danger of damage or even destruction, especially when the papers are stored in filing cabinets and cardboard boxes in the basement of a very old house. I am vastly relieved to know that they are now safe."

Boyle is the author of 22 books of fiction, and his short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Harper's, McSweeney's and The New Yorker. He was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year in 1988 for "World's End" and the PEN/Malamud Prize in 1999 for "T.C. Boyle Stories" (1998). Boyle is currently a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

"T.C. Boyle is one of the most significant and respected authors writing today, and his archive will be a tremendous resource for the scholars who will study his work and career for generations to come," said Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley. "Boyle saved and organized all of his papers. Few archives so clearly capture the working life and imagination of an author."

The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, professional files and teaching material. Nearly every published title is represented by a binder of manuscript notes, research material, drafts and proofs. Also included are about 140 short-story files.

Extensive editorial correspondence and letters to and from such contemporaries as Woody Allen, Russell Banks, Joyce Carol Oates, David Foster Wallace and Tobias Wolff reflect Boyle's meticulous research and generosity in the literary and teaching communities.

Boyle's materials at the Ransom Center will reside alongside the papers of such contemporary writers as Banks, Wallace, Don DeLillo, Denis Johnson, Norman Mailer, Jayne Anne Phillips and Bruce Sterling.

Boyle will appear in Austin at BookPeople on March 19 as part of a book tour for his novel "When the Killing's Done" (2011), recently released in paperback.

The Boyle papers will be accessible once processed and cataloged.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Collector enthusiasm for the works Gil Elvgren remains undiminished as the great illustrators’ work dominated the top 10 lots of Heritage Auctions’ $3,000,000+ March 3 Illustration Art Signature® Auction, led by Vision of Beauty (Unveiling), 1947 (Realized: $140,500) and Let's Eat Out, 1967 (Realized: $104,500), both of which come from the continually prolific Estate of Charles Martignette. All prices include Buyer’s Premium.
The auction, featuring 872 lots overall, finished with a final sell-through rate of 98% quantity.
“Fully seven of the top 10 lots in the auction were from Elvgren,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage. “His inexhaustible well of talent continues to be the benchmark by which most every other illustrator is measured. It’s as clear as it’s ever been that collector’s consider him the Gold Standard, with every painting bearing his name well-exceeding pre-auction estimates.”
The other Elvgren highlights of the auction include “I Hope the Boys Don't Draw the Straws Tonight,” Brown and Bigelow calendar illustration, 1946 (realized: $68,500); The Winner (A Fair Catch), Brown and Bigelow calendar illustration, 1957 (Realized: $59,375); On the Fence, 1959 (Realized: $59,375); “Everything Seems Awfully High Around Here!” 1946 (Realized: $54,688) and Pin-up in Front of the Fireplace (Realized: $43,750).

A world record price was established for an original Charles Addams New Yorker Magazine cartoon as his Sad Movie, New Yorker magazine cartoon illustration, March 23, 1946 - one of the most famous of all Addams Family cartoons, soared amongst spirited bidding to the final price realized of $40,625, demolishing its pre-auction estimate of $12,000+ as well as the previous record of $16,100 for his art at auction.

“This beautiful watercolor is one of the most memorable Addams Family originals to ever come onto the market,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “The uncaptioned image of Uncle Fester gleefully taking in a sad movie as the audience around him is reduced to tears is truly the definitive example of the master's mordant wit has been reprinted numerous times.”
The work of pulp master Hugh Joseph Ward continues to draw broad attention from serious collectors and his Spicy Adventure Stories cover, April 1937 was no exception. The evocative oil painting doubled its pre-auction estimate to finish the day at $62,500. Enoch Bolles also showed his continued star power as his “The Goal Rush is On!”, Film Fun magazine cover, November 1934 obliterated its pre-auction estimate more than eight times over to realize $56,250.

As evidenced by the high sell-through and strong total, the market for all genres of Illustration art is excellent across the board. Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
Dean Cornwell, On Target - Let's Finish the Job, Body by Fisher/General Motors advertisement, 1945: From the Estate of Charles Martignette. Realized: $37,500.
J.C. Leyendecker, Kuppenheimer Good Clothes (Banjo Player), House of Kuppenheimer advertisement, circa 1920: Realized: $33,750.
Norman Rockwell, The Roadblock, preliminary drawing for the Saturday Evening Post cover, July 9, 1949: This Post cover image represents one of the most fondly remembered of Rockwell's famed run and comes from the peak period of the 1940s. Realized: $32,500.
Earl Moran, Her Reflection: From the Estate of Charles Martignette. Realized: $30,000.
Amos Sewell: Backyard Campers, Saturday Evening Post cover, Sept. 5, 1953: Realized: $27,500.
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MIDDLEBURG, VA - Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection, takes its title from Henry Alken’s series of drawings and prints that depict varied and often-humorous episodes of sporting and country life. The drawings on view in these galleries feature artists’ attempts to capture these transitory experiences—those that might not seem momentous enough for grand works of sporting art but are, for many, the very essence of sport and country life.

Those who commissioned paintings such as the works on display in the Paul Mellon Collection in the adjacent galleries often valued a formal vision of sport that conformed to established traditions and motifs. This exhibition, however, celebrates drawings and the greater freedom they allowed artists with which to indulge a personal vision of the animals, sport, and country pursuits they encountered and observed directly.

The works in this exhibition are drawn entirely from the Paul Mellon Collection at the VMFA. As noted in his autobiography, Mr. Mellon was a great admirer of works of art that showcase an artist’s direct experience of his or her subject: “Preliminary drawings or sketches in oil or pastel often have an immediacy and emotional appeal far greater than the final canvas.” Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Curatorial Department

This exhibition was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.

Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection
April 6 - June 30, 2012

The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian and field sports. Founded in 1954, the institution has over 24,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The Museum, a newly renovated and expanded historic building on the Library campus, houses exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Admission is free. Library Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit NSLM 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117 
"The Angel Leaves the House: Women Bookmakers & the Aesthetic Page"

March 28-May 11, 2012
Exhibition at Mills College
F.W. Olin Library, Oakland, CA

During the Aesthetic Movement women not only inspired art, they also made it. That women were active participants in the Cult of Beauty is sometimes overlooked, but women wrote, drew, painted, photographed, engraved, sculpted, printed, bound and sewed, often toiling unnoticed in the background. This exhibition highlights a few of the many contributions British women made to the art of the book between 1860 and 1920.

Exhibition curated by Mills College Book Art students Rob Borges, Chloe Brubaker, Kat Howard, Mirabelle Jones, Margaret Seelie, and Alexandra Shepperd under the direction of Kathleen Walkup.


Wednesday, March 28
"The Aesthetic Woman"
Talk by Margaret D. Stetz
Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware
3 pm
F.W. Olin Library, Mills College

Thursday, March 29
"Aubrey Beardsley and His Publishers"
Talk by Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library
5-7 pm
Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was, without question, the most provocative, famous, and influential British illustrator at the fin de siecle. Indeed the time of his brief career--from 1892 to his death in 1898--is often referred to as "the Beardsley period." This illustrated talk explores the artist's often overlooked relations with the three publishers who brought his work before the public--J. M. Dent, who virtually discovered Beardsley and commissioned the great edition of Malory's Le Morte Darthur; John Lane, of the Bodley Head, who hired (and then fired) Beardsley as editor of the Yellow Book, the quintessential magazine of the 1890s; and Leonard Smithers, seller of pornography and maker of beautiful books, for whom Beardsley was the key to his efforts to publish the decadents. Many of the illustrations will be drawn from Mr. Samuels Lasner's own collection.
WASHINGTON (March 2012)—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a broad range of signature exhibitions, events and programs. On April 7, 1987, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) opened its doors to the public to honor women artists of the past, promote the accomplishments of women artists of the present, and assure the place of women artists in the future. Twenty-five years later, the museum remains the only museum in the world solely dedicated to this mission.

Throughout its silver anniversary year, 2012, NMWA celebrates women artists by presenting milestone exhibitions. With Revolution-era French art, ad-inspired 1960s art by Sister Mary Corita (later Corita Kent), contemporary outdoor sculpture by Chakaia Booker, and an exhibition honoring women rockers, the museum demonstrates its commitment to women artists across disciplines and centuries.

In addition, NMWA has developed cultural programming and special events in partnership with local museums (Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists), the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (5 x 5), and Cultural Tourism DC (Passport DC).

This spring the museum will launch a redesigned website. will have a sleek new look and allow for instant social media sharing. In addition to updated content, the improved navigation will make the user experience more enjoyable and efficient. Educators will benefit from the relaunch of Art, Books, and Creativity! website ( The ABC initiative promotes visual literacy by developing students’ skills in observations, reflection and arts creation.

February 24, 2012-July 29, 2012
Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections
Featuring 77 paintings, prints, and sculpture from 1750 to 1850—a tumultuous revolutionary era—Royalists to Romantics celebrates these rare works, many of which have never been seen outside of France. The exhibition explores France’s shifting social, political and artistic environment. The exhibition includes work by 35 artists, including Antoine Cécile Haudebourt-Lescot, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.

March 8, 2012-March 9, 2014
New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Chakaia Booker
Renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker has been selected as the second artist for the New York Avenue Sculpture
Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists. Based in New York, Booker works almost exclusively with recycled tires that she cut, folded, and weaves into dynamic, highly textured sculptures. The installation comprises four sculptures, including a new work that Booker is creating specifically for the project.

March 9, 2012-July 15, 2012
R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita
Featuring eye-popping prints created between 1963 and 1967, R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita showcases the bold graphic language that the artist developed to communicate her vision of peace and love in the 1960s. Sister Mary Corita (later Corita Kent, 1918-1986) was a professor of art at Immaculate Heart College in L.A. She adapted designs from billboards, print ads, and product packaging and combined them with texts; her work has influenced contemporary artists such as Mike Kelley and Pae White.

March 16, 2012-June 24, 2012
25 x 25: Artists’ Books from the NMWA Collection
25 x 25: Artists’ Books from the NMWA Collection celebrates the generosity of donors who helped the museum to build a foremost collection of artists’ books. The collection formally started in 1986 when NMWA founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay purchased Caroline, by Swiss surrealist Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985). From rare volume of poetry and etchings—one of 69 copies—the collection has grown to more than 1,000 unique books and limited editions in a variety of formats, from scrolls and accordions to codices and sculptures.

March 23, 2012-September 23, 2012
Women Silversmiths from the NMWA Collection
In honor of its silver anniversary, the museum is featuring more than 30 pieces from its extraordinary collection of silver by British and Irish women silversmiths from the late 17th to early 19th centuries. Many visitors are still surprised to learn that women were active participants in the silver industry in that era—although women were sometimes apprenticed as silversmiths, many learned the trade within their families and built successful careers as designers, craftswomen, and businesswomen.

May 1, 2012-July 31, 2012
Mamacita Linda: Letters between Frida Kahlo and her Mother
Thanks to the recent donation of The Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers, NMWA’s Library and Research Center houses more than 360 unpublished letters related to the artist’s life and work. This exhibition showcases a selection of heartfelt letters sent between Frida and her mother in the years just before her mother’s death.
September 7, 2012-January 6, 2013

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power
Women Who Rock illustrates the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. The exhibition, organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated and sometimes lesser-known women who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward. The exhibition spotlights more than 70 artists including Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick, Joan Jett, and Lady Gaga, and features artifacts and videos of their performances.
November 2, 2012-January 6, 2013

Women to Watch 2012
Women to Watch 2012 is the third installment in NMWA’s biennial exhibition series that features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. This exhibition highlights inventive textile-based works. Many artists today stitch, weave, knit, crochet, knot, or wind fabric, thread, or textile-like materials such as wire or hair to build expressive images or forms that go beyond traditional fine arts.


March 8, 2012
11:30 a.m.
New York Avenue Sculpture Project Dedication
Art by Chakaia Booker
National Museum of Women in the Arts
This is the second installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project. It will feature four works by Chakaia Booker, one of which is being created specifically for this installation.

April 27, 2012
6:30 p.m.
25th Anniversary Gala: Les Jardins de Bagatelle
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The gala is the museum’s signature philanthropic event. More than 450 luminaries will gather to celebrate the museum’s accomplishments. The black-tie affair featuring cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing, is chaired by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Isabel Ernst. Silent auction chairs are Karen and Craig Fuller.

May 13 and 14, 2012
12-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Global Marketplace
Passport DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts
In conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC program, a month-long celebration of international culture, NMWA will host an international marketplace and sale of goods featuring goods by approximately 10 women artisans in its Great Hall. The Global Marketplace is an outgrowth of the museum’s ongoing initiative Empowering Women through Art. Through sales of products made by women in the developing world, NMWA and its Museum Shop actively promote art and entrepreneurship as vehicles of sustainable economic independence.

February-December 2012
Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists
Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists in institutions throughout the nation’s capital. The program highlights historical and contemporary women artists working across a range of mediums. Participating institutions include the Anacostia Community Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, Corcoran Gallery of Art, DAR Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, Folger Shakespeare Library, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Hillwood Estate, Museums & Gardens, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Katzen Arts Center at American University, Kreeger Museum, Library of Congress, National Museum of the American Indian, National Building Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of African Art, National Portrait Gallery, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American History Museum, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Textile Museum and the U.S. Capitol.

March 20, 2012-May 28, 2012
5 x 5
Art by Clare Rojas
National Museum of Women in the Arts
5 x 5 the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s new temporary public art project, will result in 25 groundbreaking temporary public art installations that will be on view concurrently throughout the District of Columbia. The installations will be unveiled and showcased during the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Celebration, March 20-April 27, 2012. 5x5 will activate and enliven publicly accessible spaces in all eight wards of D.C. and add an ephemeral layer of creativity and artistic expression to neighborhoods across the District. Artist Clare Rojas has been selected to create art for NMWA’s exterior. Using vivid geometric shapes and patterns reminiscent of American folk Art and quilt work, Rojas creates narrative paintings focused on the relationships between men, women, society, and nature.

National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum’s permanent collection features 4,000 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1000 artists; including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin and Chakaia Booker along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun, noon-5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youth 18 and under.
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Tokyo: World Antiquarian Book Plaza

Is there a place in the world apart from the international book fairs where book lovers find rare and beautiful books, manuscripts, autographs, atlases and prints from all parts of the world and offered by some of the world’s best booksellers? Is there an antiquarian bookshop somewhere in the world where you can browse the shelves filled with modern firsts from the United States, incunabula from Europe, woodcut books from Asia, and children’s books, first editions, illustrated books, precious bindings, colour-plates and rare travel accounts from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Americas, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Austria and the Netherlands? Yes, there is such a place - in Tokyo.

The World Antiquarian Book Plaza is located in Tokyo’s city centre, only five minutes away from the central station and from the famous Ginza. The elegant rooms of this very special book shop on the third floor of Maruzen is open to visitors 364 days a year from 10 am to 8 pm. The Plaza is a joint venture of Mitsuo Nitta (Yushodo Ltd.) and Michael Steinbach, both ILAB Members of Honour. Two years ago Mitsuo Nitta had the idea of establishing a place in Tokyo where antiquarian book dealers from all over the world could offer highlights from their stock. He laid the organization into the hands of Michael Steinbach, who is well-known as a rare book dealer on all continents.

22 dealers from 11 countries now participate in this project which crosses all borders, among them colleagues from the US, Australia and Europe. The items for sale cover all subjects and all periods of book and art history, including, for example, a rare Mercator atlas with over 140 woodcuts, an early edition of the Gart der Gesundheit with beautifully coloured woodcut illustrations, autograph manuscripts by Franz Schubert and an early edition of Andreas Vesalius’ groundbreaking work on anatomy. These are only some of the highlights in the Plaza’s showcases at the moment. “You can be sure”, says managing director Michael Steinbach, “that we will be presenting other gems of book printing within the upcoming months. The items for sale change every three or four months so that visitors always see something different in our shop.”

In November 2011 the World Antiquarian Book Plaza celebrated its grand opening with over 300 guests. The response was overwhelming from the beginning. “Visitors drop in every day”, says Michael Steinbach. “They appreciate our efforts to establish this World Antiquarian Book Plaza, which combines Western and Asian arts, culture and history through the cooperation of antiquarian booksellers from all parts of the world. It’s a kind of paradise for book lovers, right in the centre of one of the world’s most fascinating cities.”

World Antiquarian Book Plaza
Nihonbashi 2-3-10, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8245
Opening hours: 10 am - 8 pm (open 364 days per year, closed on 1st January)

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For more information please contact:
Michael Steinbach
Freyung 6/4/6
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New York—On Thursday, March 15, Swann Galleries will conduct a second auction of material from the Eric C. Caren Collection in a sale titled How History Unfolds on Paper. Caren’s collection aims to document every important event in modern history through books, manuscripts, autographs, photographs, posters and ephemera that span the 16th century through the 1970s. Swann held a sale on September 15, 2011 of Part I of Caren’s collection, which totaled close to $660,000. The top lot was King Charles II’s manuscript letter authorizing Edmund Andros to take possession of New York from the Dutch, signed Windsor Castle, 30 July 1674, which brought $120,000.

While most of the material in the current sale could be classified as Americana, dozens of lots are in the realm of English history, with a few from Africa and continental Europe. The formats go well beyond Swann’s usual books and manuscripts, including newspapers, posters, broadsides, photographs, and maps. Chronologically, the material ranges from a 1567 illustrated news sheet to a 1988 autographed poster from Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign, and covers almost every decade in between.

Two of the top lots in the sale are rare books: Admiranda Narratio Fida Tamen, de Commodis et Incolarum Ritibus Virginiae, is the 1590 first Latin edition of Theodor de Bry’s work on Virginia, promoting the bright prospects of the doomed Roanoke colony (estimate: $60,000 to $90,000); and a first edition of A Briefe Relation of the Discovery and Plantation of New England, published in London in 1622—before the Massachusetts Bay Colony ($40,000 to $60,000).

Among manuscript highlights is an original indictment of Margaret Scott for “certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries,” from 1692, which is the first manuscript from the Salem Witch Trials to come to auction in almost 30 years ($25,000 to $35,000); the Civil War diary of Lieutenant William Dixon, who served as an escort at Lincoln’s funeral ($3,000 to $4,000); and autograph items by diverse figures such as Thomas Edison, the Beatles, Henry Knox, and P.T. Barnum.

There are several cabinet cards and other early photographs, including American Indian portraits by some of the giants of the genre—Edward Curtis, Frank Rinehart, David Barry, and William Soule—and also a remarkably well-preserved campaign carte-de-visite of Abraham Lincoln without a beard, October 1859 ($3,000 to $4,000); and a signed Robert E. Lee carte-de-visite, with a letter describing the signing, Richmond, 13 January 1866 ($4,000 to $6,000).

The quality of newspapers and periodicals in this sale is particularly impressive. “Charleston Mercury Extra . . . The Union is Dissolved!” is the first printing of the first act of secession, from 20 December 1860 ($215,000 to $25,000). An issue of the Gazette of the United States dated 13 June 1789 includes the first printing of the Bill of Rights in any form ($12,000 to $18,000). An impressive run of The Gentleman's Magazine from 1731 to 1800 includes countless early American maps and reporting ($8,000 to $12,000); and a very early issue of the Boston News-Letter from 1719 includes important news of the Louisiana territory coming under control of the Company of the West ($5,000 to $7,500).

Files of press photographs dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, with captions on the backs, cover baseball and film stars as well as major news events. Posters from the late 1960s and early 1970s illustrate psychedelia and Vietnam War protests, while Flagg’s famous “I Want You” poster from 1917 represents an earlier era.

The auction will take place Thursday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. The items will be on public exhibition Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, March 12 through Wednesday,

March 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Rick Stattler by telephone at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or email: Online bidding is available via
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