April 2012 Archives

Brandywine Museum Opens Wyeth Studio

CHADDS FORD, PA April 2012 -- The Chadds Ford studio where Andrew Wyeth, one of the most beloved and significant artists in American history, painted many of his most important works of art, will open for tours in the summer of 2012. Given to the Brandywine River Museum by the artist's wife, Betsy James Wyeth, the studio has undergone careful restoration to preserve its appearance when it was used by the late artist.

Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008. Thousands of works of art are associated with this studio, including those inspired by the farms and open space of the Brandywine Valley, and the Brandywine River that runs through Chadds Ford and the surrounding countryside.

The Brandywine River Museum has worked with a team of specialized architects, trained in historic preservation, to maintain the historic integrity of the building and its legacy as the artist's retreat. Visitors will see where America's beloved artist created some of his most iconic works of art and learn about his creative process on guided tours. His library, photos, film collection, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, costumes and props are among the many fascinating objects that add to this glimpse into the private world of Andrew Wyeth.



Built as a schoolhouse in 1875, the building also served as Wyeth's home for two decades. He and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. Life and art were entwined as Andrew's career soared. They had two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. The building also served as Jamie's first studio where he painted many of his early works, including  Draft Age and his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy. 



Andrew Newell Wyeth (1917-2009) was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of the internationally renowned painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth and his wife Carolyn Bockius Wyeth. Theirs was a creative family: sisters Henriette Wyeth Hurd and Carolyn were also painters; sister Ann Wyeth McCoy was a composer; and brother Nathaniel was an engineer and inventor with many patents to his credit.



To purchase tickets 
Tours will be available to the public beginning on July 3rd. Advanced, timed tickets will be required. Tickets will be available for purchase on June 1, and will cost $8 per person in addition to Museum admission. Tours will be offered at scheduled times from Tuesday through Sunday, through November 18. Brandywine Conservancy members will be able to purchase tickets for tours at a discounted price beginning on May 1st. For complete details, please visit www.brandywinemuseum.org or call 610-388-2700.



"The Andrew Wyeth Experience" tours begin April 20 
A few lucky visitors can be among the first to enter the Andrew Wyeth Studio on special tours offered by the Brandywine River Museum on April 20, 24 and 28, and May 1, 5 and 10. Visitors will gain insights into Wyeth's life, his working methods and sources of inspiration in the private space where he created many of his masterworks. With only 14 spaces available for each tour, people are encouraged to book early to be part of this exclusive preview.  The tour lasts from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and costs $100 (Brandywine Conservancy members, $70) and includes transportation from the Museum to the offsite locations, lunch, Museum tour, admission fees, and a tax deductible donation of $40 to support operations at the Andrew Wyeth Studio. Tickets may be purchased online at www.brandywinemuseumshop.org or by calling the admissions desk at 610-388-2700.  



A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio exhibition 
In celebration of the opening of the Andrew Wyeth studio, the Brandywine River Museum presents A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio, on view through October 28, 2012. This exhibition features the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. These works, created between 1943 and 2005, reflect the artist's interest in the building's spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with individuals who often posed there. The gallery also features many of the major works painted by Wyeth in the studio over his 70-year career.



Tours of Kuerner Farm and N.C. Wyeth House and Studio 
The Conservancy also owns and offers tours of the Kuerner Farm, which inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, as well as the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, where this summer the tours will focus on Andrew Wyeth's use of the studio, home and property in his art. His close ties with his family, recollections of his boyhood, and his deep emotional attachment to the land itself drew him again and again to the Wyeth homestead. He availed himself of the privacy the property offered, and he found creative stimulation in the memories and meanings of places and people he knew all of his life.



The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The Museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Tickets for the Kuerner Farm and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio tours cost an additional $8 each (free for members). For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org

The Brandywine River Museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy. Founded in 1967, the Brandywine Conservancy preserves art and the environment, including the open space and countryside painted by many artists in the Museum collection. It holds more than 440 conservation easements and has protected over 45,000 acres in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Through its nationally recognized Environmental Management Center, the Conservancy provides services to landowners, farmers, municipalities and developers tailored to the character and function of the land, goals of the landowner, and interests of the community. In 2008, the Brandywine Conservancy was among the first land trusts in the country to be awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Scientific, Medical & Travel Books on Tuesday, May 15 offers Aldine imprints, Bibles, classics, post-medieval manuscripts and works on law, music, astronomy and Italian travel.

The sale opens with a selection of Aldine imprints, including Musaeus, Opusculum de Herone & Leandro . . . de lapidibus, containing the editio princeps of the poem attributed to Orpheus on gems and their properties, Venice, 1517 (estimate: $2,000 to $3,000) and Caius Julius Caesar, Opera, Venice, January 1518 to November 1519 ($1,500 to $2,500).

Bibles of note include a pentateuch with the signature of Massachusetts puritan minister Increase Mather, Leiden, 1610-15 ($1,000 to $2,000) and a New Testament in church Slavonic, Moscow, 1701 ($2,000 to $3,000). Among Catholic liturgy highlights is a near-miniature illuminated manuscript in Latin, Belgium, circa 1500 ($5,000 to $10,000).

Featured law books are Emperor Justinianus I’s Institutiones, with the Glossa ordinaria of Franciscus Accursius, Rome, 14 July 1475 ($4,000 to $6,000); Tractatus de legibus et consuetudinibus regni Anglie attributed to Ranulf de Glanville, the earliest extant treatise on English law, London, 1554 ($2,000 to $3,000); and a first edition of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, Oxford, 1765-69 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Rounding out the Early Printed highlights are Gregor Reisch, Margarita philosophica, an encyclopedic compendium of natural and moral philosophy in dialogue form, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1503 ($2,000 to $3,000); Meder, Parabola filij glutonis profusi atque p[ro]digi, Paris, 1511 ($1,500 to $2,500); John Donne’s LXXX Sermons in its first collected edition, London, 1640 ($3,000 to $5,000); and Antonio da Silva Leite, Estudo de Guitarra, Porto, 1796, the first manual of the Portuguese guitar ($1,500 to $2,500).

The scientific and medical books section of the sale offers desirable works on astronomy such as Great Astronomical Discoveries lately made by Sir John Herschel, LL, D.F.R.S. &c. at the Cape of Good Hope, an account of flora and fauna on the surface of the moon, 1835 ($500 to $750) and James Nasmyth and James Carpenter, The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, with 25 plates depicting lunar models, London, 1874 ($600 to $900). Other scientific titles include a second edition in Latin of Oppian’s Halieutica, containing writings on fish by Lorenzo Lippi and others, Strassburg, 1534 ($2,000 to $3,000) and Conrad Gesner’s Historiae animaliu Liber II and Liber III, 1585 and 1586 ($2,000 to $3,000 for the pair).

The sale concludes with more than 100 travel books, which include a run of books on Italy, among them William Thomas, The Historye of Italye, London, 1561, the first book in English devoted exclusively to Italy, it was condemned and publicly burnt after Thomas’s death ($4,000 to $6,000); Thomas de Fougasse, The Generall Historie of the Magnificent State of Venice, London, 1612 ($1,500 to $2,500); and Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, London, 1846 ($3,000 to $5,000).

Other travel highlights are Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Voyages from Montreal . . . to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans, London, 1801, the first narrative of a North American transcontinental crossing ($3,000 to $5,000) and Sir Richard Francis Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah, London, 1855-56 ($5,000 to $7,000).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. The books will be on public exhibition Friday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

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

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.

An exhibition on Books of Hours titled AN INTIMATE ART - 12 BOOKS OF HOURS FOR 2012 will celebrate the opening of Les Enluminures' new gallery in New York, from May 2 - 25.

Owned then by kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, and ordinary people, such as doctors, lawyers, and merchants, the Book of Hours has long been known as the medieval “best seller.”  Used by owners to say their daily devotions, employed to teach children to read, and often passed down from mother to daughter, the Book of Hours originated in the latter half of the thirteenth century, probably in northern France/ Flanders, and the earliest examples are Psalter-Hours, including the text of the Psalter with that of the Book of Hours.  

Founder and owner of Les Enluminures, Dr. Sandra Hindman says, “Highlights of the “12 Books of Hours in 2012” show included in the exhibition include two exceptionally early thirteenth-century examples:  an early northern French Book of Hours with historiated initials from the thirteenth century that was used as the “vade mecum” by a Spanish merchant who kept notes on European markets he attended, and an entirely unknown and unpublished Psalter-Hours from St.-Omer with a suite of full page miniatures along with exceptional historiated initials and lively marginal illustration. At the other end of the spectrum is a Book of Hours from the early sixteenth century from the circle of the Master of Claude de France and with the unusual feature of the Gods of Antiquity illustrating the calendar.”  

Other beautiful examples include a Dutch Book of Hours with fine miniatures by the Master of Zweder of Culembourg, a representative of the Dutch “international style” and rare on the art market.  There will be a fully illustrated catalogue that features these 12 special Books of Hours, and other Books of Hours and related miniatures will be included in the exhibition.

Les Enluminures presents “AN INTIMATE ART: 12 Books of Hours in 2012”

May 2 - 25 2012

New LES ENLUMINURES gallery in New York
23 East 73 Street
Seventh floor
New York NY 10021
10am - 6pm Mondays through Saturdays
 212 717 7273
info@lesenluminures.com   www.lesenluminures.com

New York, NY, April 26, 2012—The Morgan Library & Museum and the Churchill Archives Centre announced today the launch of DiscoverChurchill.org, a website developed in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Churchill: The Power of Words, on view at the Morgan beginning June 8.
 
“We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow-worm”
 
The site, designed by MetaLake, LLC, was created to specifically generate interest in Churchill among a younger audience and educators. Featuring a modern design and media-rich content, DiscoverChurchill.org emphasizes Churchill’s contemporary relevance through the power of his words.
 
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result”
 
Those words—powerful, humorous, clever—are at the heart of the site, delivered in video footage and quotes. Nearly fifty years after his death, Churchill’s words still resonate in politics (he has been quoted by Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton, among many others), and pop culture (his words have even inspired some of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos).
 
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
 
Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s great grandson said, “It’s absolutely stunning—I’m really, really impressed.”
 
Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, said: “I hope and believe that this website will be a great vehicle for taking Churchill's words and deeds to a wider and younger audience.”
 
“Give us the tools, and we will finish the job”
 
DiscoverChurchill.org invites visitors to explore Churchill’s life and words through four main concepts:
 
-Leadership: Churchill was a tireless, hands-on leader—he watched as bombs fell on London during the blitz, visited the front line, and risked his personal safety to meet with Roosevelt and Stalin. This section also explores the ways in which Churchill masterfully crafted his words to rally the British, defy the Nazis, and appeal to the United States for help.
 
-Action: A man of seemingly endless energy, Churchill applied his motto, “Action this day,” to his own life. He served in the military from 1895-1900, became a member of the British Parliament at just twenty-five, learned to fly when aviation was in its infancy, changed his political allegiance twice, wrote some forty books in sixty volumes, produced over 500 paintings, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
 
-Impact: Churchill’s impact upon the twentieth century is difficult to overestimate. He was one of the most powerful voices to speak out against the dangers posed by Hitler and Nazi Germany, kept his country in the war in 1940, and forged what he referred to as the “special relationship” between theUnited States and Great Britain. Churchill coined or popularized such lasting phrases as “finest hour, “never give in,” and “Iron Curtain,” and consistently demonstrated the enormous effect words could have on mobilizing public opinion.
 
-New York: Churchill’s mother, the beautiful Jennie Jerome, was born in Brooklyn. New York was the first American city he visited, just before his twenty-first birthday and en route to military action in Cuba. His New York City adventures included being run down by a taxi on Fifth Avenue in December 1931—which secured him a prescription for medicinal alcohol at the height of prohibition; defending his controversial criticisms of the Soviet Union at the Waldorf Astoria in March 1946; and being awarded the city’s Medal of Honor in January 1952. New York was also the last city he visited, in April 1961.
 
“The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope”
 
More to explore
DiscoverChurchill.org includes a variety of links that allow visitors to delve deeper, featuring Websites to Visit; Things to Do, See, and Read; and Places to Visit. The site also serves as a gateway to learn more about Churchill-related events that coincide with the Power of Words exhibition, such as the Morgan’s Churchill-related film series; the Tina Santi Flaherty - Winston Churchill Literary Series; and a one-day seminar/symposium at the Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, New York, exploring the relationship between Churchill and President Roosevelt.
 
About the exhibition
Churchill: The Power of Words is organized by The Morgan Library & Museum and the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. The exhibition brings to life the man behind the words through some sixty-five documents, artifacts, and recordings, ranging from edited typescripts of Churchill’s speeches to his Nobel Medal and Citation to excerpts from his broadcasts made during the London blitz. It will be on view at the Morgan from June 8-September 23, 2012.
 
The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan’s private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets.
 
General Information
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405
212.685.0008
www.themorgan.org
Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station
 
Hours
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended Friday hours, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Morgan closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
 
Admission
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.


 
A hand-written account of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens and the original illustrations for Roald Dahl’s Danny, Champion of the World are among the ‘written’ wonders that will be on sale at the 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair. The Fair, which will be held for the first time in the bigger National Hall at Olympia (London W14) from Thursday, 24th May to Saturday, 26th May, 2012 has more exhibitors than ever before, who are travelling from all corners of the globe to take part in the oldest Fair in the UK.

Works relating to Icons of the 20th Century include the original illustrations for Roald Dahl’s Danny, Champion of the World by Jill Bennett. The Jill Bennett archive includes extensive correspondence between the author, artist and the publishers Jonathan Cape, Alfred A. Knopf and Penguin (Puffin) Books. The illustrations begin with the three fine pencil character studies Jill Bennett sent to Dahl (who forwarded them to his publisher) and includes the full colour dustjacket artwork and the 71 original pen and ink drawings (on 66 sheets) used to illustrate the story. Also present is the original photograph (believed to be Roald Dahl as a baby) used at the beginning of chapter one, and the ‘Sparky’ lettering used at the conclusion of the final page (£85,000/ Lucius Books).

Also celebrating an anniversary this year is James Bond, Adrian Harrington Rare Books has a First Edition, Signed Limited Issue of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service. London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. This copy is sold with the exceptionally rare gilt-edge printed card invitation, marking both the publication of this book and the first day of filming at Pinewood Studios for 'From Russia, with Love'; the launch party was jointly held by Jonathan Cape and Eon Productions, 1st April 1963 (£12,500).

Another film-related item is an important archive of signed documents from the files of Alfred Hitchcock’s agent, Herman Citron, with 9 letters and 6 documents signed by Hitchcock, including: 7 Typed Letters Signed relating to the films, I Confess, Mischief, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry and The Man Who Knew Too Much. c.1930 - 1970 plus original and retained letters, notes and agreements regarding film direction services, television and record company contracts, publishing and serial rights, and securing film rights including those for The Lodger, Mischief, Strangers On a Train, plus initial interest over Ice Station Zebra (which Hitchcock did not direct). (£17,500/Adrian Harrington Rare Books)

Also relating to films, but more recent is a rare Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone's ‘Hero’ envelope (Hogwart’s Acceptance Letter). USA: Warner Bros, 2001. These envelopes were used in the memorable scene when Harry receives dozens of invitations through the owl-post. This is one of the fully finished envelopes containing the actual Hogwarts invitation, addressed to Harry Potter and secured with a real wax seal - the majority of the envelopes used were a lot lighter, so they could fly! (£3,750/ Adrian Harrington Rare Books).

A signed Expense Account for The Sex Pistols, for their last-ever gig at the Winterland, San Fransisco, Jan. 14th 1978 - considered as one of the legendary events in rock ‘n’ roll history - when Rotten closed the gig with a quip to the audience “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Each sheet is signed by the respective musician; Johnny Rotten signing his real name John Lydon, Sid Vicious signing a fictitious (indecipherable) name ‘Earl Baloney?’. Jones and Cook autographed in full, Steve signing ‘Stephen Jones’. This set of riders therefore represents the last official signatures of the Sex Pistols (£5,500/ Adrian Harrington Rare Books). While another set of ‘riders’ for the same tour show that the band weren’t as rebellious as you would expect - requesting towels for the stage, cold beer and a platter of meat, cheese and fruit. Dated 10 days earlier, in this instance Sid Vicious has signed using his real name, John Beverly (£3,750/ Paul Foster).

A First Edition of The Wolverhampton Wanderer: An Epic of Britannia In Twelve Books With a Resurrection and a Life London: Latimer 1971 by Michael Horovitz and signed by all 31 contributors including David Hockney, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton is being offered for £675 (Lucius Books).

Of Irish Interest is an original corrected typescript of Brendan Behan’s Christmas Eve in The Graveyard: A Short Story by Mick the Miller. c.1952. This was given by the author to the artist Tom Nisbet RHA in 1952, presumably on completion of his portrait of Behan, in which Behan sits, pint in hand with this typescript in front of him. The story was published for the first time in 1997 when it was included in The Dubbalin Man. (£2,500/ Lucius Books).

Several important items relating to Charles Dickens, who was born 200 years ago this year, will be offered by Jarndyce. A holograph manuscript of Mrs Gamp with the Strolling Players, written by Dickens in 1847 in order to raise money for English essayist Leigh Hunt is one of two manuscripts relating to Martin Chuzzlewit that will be offered for sale at the Fair. This humorous series of caricatures is told in the first person by Mrs Gamp, the character from Martin Chuzzlewit and gives an account of an amateur theatrical expedition to Manchester and Liverpool - based on that undertaken by Dickens's company in July & August (£80,000). Dicken’s own copy of Mrs Gamp - which he annotated and used during his Reading Tour of the USA is on offer for £85,000.

A signed copy of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, inscribed to the painter David Wilkie: 'Sir David Wilkie from his faithfully Charles Dickens' has an asking price of £120,000. In addition, loosely inserted is a long letter from Wilkie to Mrs Ricketts describing the party held by Dickens upon the publication of Nickleby (14th October, 1839).

Among many German items that will be at the fair is the draft manuscript relating to the most expensive diamond in the world, which will be brought to the fair by Thomas Heneage Art Books. The Draft Manuscript for the valuation of the Dowry of Archduchess Maria Amalia (1702-1756) on her marriage to the Bavarian Crown Prince, Charles Albert (1697-1745). Included in the inventory is a valuation of the Wittelsbach Blue Diamond and marks the point in its history when it entered the House of Wittelsbach, Der Blaue Wittelsbacher. Maria Amalia inherited the diamond from her grandmother Empress Eleonore Magdalena, the third wife of Leopold I. Frans van Stampart, in his official bridal portrait of the Archduchess, shows the bride with the blue diamond adorning her hair. The 35.56 ct diamond is one of the largest historic blue diamonds ever fashioned and can be traced back to 1664 forming part of a collection of jewels composed by King Philip IV of Spain as a dowry for his daughter, Infanta Margherita Teresa. The diamond is valued at 240,000 gilders in the inventory translating to approximately £18,000,000 today. Interestingly the diamond was purchased for £18,000,000 at auction in 2008 (£15,000).

An interesting group of handwritten items relating to exploration - is one of many examples at the fair - includes a Letter Signed by English Geographer Clements R. Markham, dated March 2, 1871, addressed to Miss Mary A. Egerton of Robertsbridge, Sussex. Markham was secretary of the Royal Geographic Society (RGS) between 1863 and 1888, and later served as the Society's president for a further 12 years. He was mainly responsible for organising the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04, and for launching the polar career of Captain Scott (£375/Voyager Press Rare Books, Canada).

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

Details of all the highlights can be viewed beforehand on the website:
http://www.olympiabookfair.com/p/exhibitor-highlights/

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

Creating the artwork for this year’s festival poster will be artist Rafael López, whose work summons imagery of Mexican street life, surrealism and myths.

His illustrations for "Book Fiesta!" written by Pat Mora won the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, which is conferred by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. López also has won two Americas Awards, and in 2011 he created stamps for the U.S. Postal Service celebrating Latin music legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Selena.
Additional festival-related events will take place in the days and weeks preceding the much-anticipated yearly festival, which celebrates the joys of books and reading. More information will be posted as planning for the festival continues at the festival’s website, www.loc.gov/bookfest/.

"Last year’s Festival, our first offering two days of authors and reading-related festivities, was very well-received by the authors and the festival-goers," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

"There’s a great sense of excitement about putting hundreds of thousands of readers, young and old, in touch with more than 100 authors once again."

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.

The Pavilion of the States will represent reading- and library-promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.

The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family.

The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs.

There are also plans to bring back two popular features premiered at the 2011 Festival: the Family Storytelling Stage sponsored by Target, a pavilion offering fare for younger children including popular authors and musical acts, and two mini-pavilions on Sunday. This year the mini-pavilions will feature the genres Graphic Novels and Science Fiction & Fantasy.

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is made possible through the support of David Rubenstein, co-chairman of the National Book Festival Board; Target, The Washington Post and many other generous supporters.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov.

The 52nd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, sponsored by the prestigious Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, closed on April 15th with a record number of dealers, strong attendance, great sales, and a number of celebrity visits. Two hundred and thirteen expert dealers from 15 different countries filled the historic Park Avenue Armory with rare books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, and finely bound volumes. Declared by the late Andy Rooney as "the best book fair in the world," this year’s show did not disappoint.
 
"The New York Antiquarian Book Fair opened with a buzzing Preview Thursday evening April 12th, and ran through Sunday April 15th this year at the Park Avenue Armory.  The NY Book Fair, which connoisseurs deem the greatest book fair in the world, was a huge success, with a record 213 exhibitors- all members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.  The attendance numbers were up from last year, and sales were strong.  Guests lined up Sunday with their own books to be appraised by the experts, and many interesting discoveries were made.  The New York Book Fair is a yearly highlight for book lovers of all kinds, from new to experienced collectors, museums, and dealers.  We are already looking forward to next year!"
          - Emily Christensen, Fair Director
 
"It seems like a new generation has discovered that rare books still represent the vital pulse of world culture. I've exhibited at the New York Book Fair for over twenty years, and this year's Fair, the biggest ever, puts the lie to all the whining about the impending death of the physical book. The fair was jammed with smart, sophisticated, and to a remarkable degree, young collectors."
         - Tom Congalton, Between the Covers Rare Books


"This year's NY Book Fair was officially the largest in the twenty-plus years we've served as manager--also the most successful in the past five years. Even though we expanded the show floor, we still weren't able to accommodate all the dealers off the waiting list. We will look forward to being able to accommodate the show's growth next year. Dealers and clients consider the New York Antiquarian Book Fair the finest show of its type. They are the ones who have helped establish the reputation of the New York Book Fair as truly the finest book fair in the world."
           - Sanford L. Smith
 
If you missed out this year, you can join us in 2013. Dates to be announced soon on nybookfair.com.
New York - On June 22, Christie’s New York will offer one of the most evocative and revealing American historical artifacts: George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress, including the Constitution and draft Bill of Rights, a volume specially printed and bound for him in 1789, his first year in office as first President of the United States (estimate: $2-3 million). It is in near-pristine condition, after 223 years. On the cover, “President of the United States” is embossed in gold. On the marbled endpaper is Washington’s personal bookplate, engraved with his motto, Exitus acta probat. Washington added to the title-page a bold signature “G˚: Washington.” Remarkably, in the margins of the Constitution, Washington has added careful brackets and marginal notes. These notations highlight key passages concerning the President’s responsibilities, testifying to Washington’s careful, conscientious approach to his powers and responsibilities in his ground-breaking first term. This elegant, slim volume epitomizes Washington's multiple, indispensable roles in the creation of the nation. As he affirmed at his first inaugural, in April 1789, “I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.”

It was printed and bound especially for the president by a New York bookbinder, Thomas Allen, who created two similar volumes for the first Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, and Attorney General John Jay. Jefferson’s copy is in the Lilly Library in Indiana, and Jay’s is in a private collection.

Washington’s copy of the Acts of Congress remained in the library at Mount Vernon for many years after Washington’s death in 1799, but in 1876, many of his books, including this volume, was sold at auction. Later, it was acquired by the Heritage Foundation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and sold it at auction in 1964. It was acquired by the noted Americana collector Richard Dietrich. It is being offered for sale by the Dietrich American Foundation, which he established in 1963 to collect and document historically important examples of American decorative and fine arts as well as documents, manuscripts and paintings.

Rare books and manuscripts relating to the most revered and respected American presidents have inspired record prices at Christie’s in recent years. An autograph manuscript of Lincoln’s 1864 election victory speech sold for $3,442,500 in February 2009, the highest price for any American manuscript. An autograph letter written in 1787 by George Washington to his nephew Bushrod Washington, on the subject of the ratification of the Constitution, set a record for a Washington document of $3,218,500 in December 2009.

Auction: Books and Manuscripts June 22 at 10am
Viewing: Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries May 11-17 and June 16 - 22 
London - Christie's is proud to announce that they will offer Charles Dickens's personal copy of David Copperfield in the sale of Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts on 13 June 2012. Charles Dickens (1812-1870), widely known as one of the greatest authors of the English language, penned this novel in 1850. A signed first edition of Dickens's eighth novel which is known to have been his “favourite child”, this book is expected to realise between £30,000 and £50,000. Inscribed to “Brookes of Sheffield”, Dickens sent this personal copy to the knife and tool manufacturer in May 1851. Dickens had included a character in David Copperfield with the similar name of "Brooks of Sheffield‟; in a letter dated 25 April 1851 Dickens wrote to the manufacturer telling them that the introduction of the name into the book was pure coincidence. Having received a gift of a case of cutlery from Brooks of Sheffield, Dickens presented them with his own copy of the book to counteract the common superstition that if a knife is given as a gift, the relationship of the giver and recipient will be severed.

Margaret Ford, Director and Head of the Books and Manuscripts Department, Christie‟s London: “It is always exciting to be able to handle an author’s copy, knowing that the very book has been held in the author’s own hands. It is therefore especially exciting to be able to offer in this important anniversary year a first edition copy of Dickens’s favourite book, David Copperfield, not only inscribed by Dickens but from his personal library.”

The book is accompanied by an autographed letter from Dickens presenting the copy to Messrs Brookes in which Dickens also apologises for the delay in their receiving the gift.

Over the past 35 years only two presentation copies of David Copperfield have been seen at auction; in comparison with a copy of the book which has simply been signed by the author, presentation copies are more valuable as the author has gone to the trouble and expense of giving the book to someone - indicating a more meaningful degree of relationship.

The most autobiographical of all of Dickens's novels, David Copperfield had enormous personal importance to its author. Many of the most painful episodes of his life were only thinly veiled in the book, leading Dickens to speak of the difficulty of "dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world.‟ In his preface to the 1869 edition, Dickens writes: "Of all my books, I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.‟ Christie's holds the record price for a copy of David Copperfield at auction.

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DALLAS - R. Brownell McGrew’s evocative Children of the Sun, 1989 (estimate: $100,000+), Julian Onderdonk’s romantic Field of Bluebonnets with Trees (estimate: $60,000+) and a Mono Lake Paiute Polychrome Coiled Basket, c. 1930 (estimate: $50,000+) are some of the respective top lots in Heritage Auctions’ May 5 Western Art Signature® Auction, Texas Art Signature® Auction and Signature® American Indian Art Auction, all taking place on Saturday, May 5, at the company’s Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.
 
“Heritage is presenting all three of these auctions on a single day because they share so much thematically,” said Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director of the Department of Fine Art at Heritage, “and because collectors will find something that will appeal to them in each of these respective events.”
 
Further highlights of the Western Art Auction include Joseph Henry Sharp’s Bawling Deer by Firelight, circa 1930 (estimate: $100,000+), John Ford Clymer’s Caribou Country (estimate: $30,000+), Birger Sandzén’s Sunset Over the Trees, 1910 (estimate: $25,000+) and E. A. Couse’s Indian Scout, circa 1932-1933 (estimate: $25,000+).

The Texas Art Auction features a stunning array of fine Texas art, highlighted by Florence Elliott McClung’s stunning Dallas, 1930 (estimate: $30,000+), Robert William Wood’s Country Road with Bluebonnets and Cacti, circa pre-1940 (estimate: $20,000+), Porfirio Salinas’ Autumn Hillside, 1957 (estimate: $20,000+) and Crab Line, from extremely popular contemporary Texas painter David Bates (estimate: $12,000+).

American Indian Art aficionados will find plenty to be enthused by as Heritage presents a wide array of offerings, led by a Cheyenne Beaded Hide Baby Carrier, c. 1890 (estimate: $15,000+), a Navajo Germantown Weaving, c. 1890 (estimate: $12,000+) and a beautiful Eastern Sioux Council Pipe, c. 1865 (estimate: $12,000+).
 
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THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY announces the opening of a new exhibition which uses the history of Hans Sloane’s voyage to Jamaica in 1687 to 1689 to raise new questions about the intersection of science and slavery in the early modern Atlantic world. The exhibition is guest-curated by former JCB Fellow, James Delbourgo.

Sloane (1660-1753) is best known as the Enlightenment naturalist whose enormous collections of specimens, objects, books and manuscripts formed the basis for the British Museum, which opened in London in 1759. His voyage to Jamaica was a crucial early step in his scientific career, allowing him to bring back a stunning collection of hundreds of plants, animals and ethnographic artifacts. James Delbourgo is Associate Professor of History of Science and Atlantic World at Rutgers University and consulting advisor to “Reconstructing Sloane,” an ongoing collaborative research project between the British Museum, British Library, and Natural History Museum in London.

The display of books, book illustrations, prints, and maps will be on view in the MacMillan Reading Room at the John Carter Brown Library from May 1 through August 31, 2012, and can be seen online from early May 2012 at www.jcbl.org/sloane.html.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, James Delbourgo will give a public lecture on “Animal Magic in Sloane’s Jamaica,” May 3, 5:30 p.m., in the MacMillan Reading Room. There will be a scholarly colloquium on “Early Modern Knowledge and Cross-Cultural Encounter,” Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to noon, co-chaired by James Delbourgo and Jeremy Mumford, Dept. of History, Brown Univer-sity, and co-sponsored by the JCB, and the Depts. of History and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. Limited access — for information contact Margot Nishimura (margot_nishimura@brown.edu).

The John Carter Brown Library is a private, non-profit,  independently funded and administered institution for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded  in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901.

The John Carter Brown Library
Box 1894
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
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JCBL_information@Brown.edu
www.jcbl.org 
PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF SALE 2276, APRIL 17, 2012:
REVOLUTIONARY AMERICANA FROM THE ALLYN KELLOGG FORD COLLECTION / AUTOGRAPHS
Sale total: $2,084,031 with Buyer’s Premium
Hammer total: $1,733,965
Estimates for sale as a whole: $826,530 - $1,261,070
We offered 436 lots; 418 sold  (96% sell-through rate by lot)

Top lots, Prices with buyer’s premium

121* Jonathan Trumbull Jr., Autograph Letter Signed as Washington's aide-de-camp to Brigadier General George Weedon, bringing news of British plans to negotiate surrender at Yorktown, 17 October 1781. $90,000 C
35 Thomas Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed as Governor of Virginia to Weedon, describing Benedict Arnold's raid on Richmond, 10 January 1781.$57,600 C
33* David Hume, Autograph Letter Signed to the Ambassador of Great Britain to France, the Earl of Hertford, discussing the repeal of the stamp act, 27 February 1766. $48,000 D
38 Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed to Weedon, describing provisioning efforts, 31 January 1781. $40,800 C
125 George Washington, Letter Signed to Weedon, requesting his speedy return to Valley Forge, 15 March 1778. $40,800 C
305 John Adams, Autograph Letter Signed as President to Secretary of War James McHenry, 19 July 1799. $36,000 D
37 Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed to Weedon, promising ammunition in the wake of Benedict Arnold’s raid on Richmond, 21 January 1781. $33,600 C
3 Benedict Arnold, Letter Signed as Major General in the Continental Army to Delaware Governor Caesar Rodney, hoping for help in clearing his good name, 20 March 1780. $31,200 D
24 John Hancock, partly-printed Document Signed as President of the Continental Congress, appointing Weedon as Colonel, Philadelphia, 19 June 1776. $31,200 D
127 Washington, Letter Signed to Weedon, imploring him to stop British provisioning raids on the countryside,15 September 1781. $31,200 C
36 Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed, asking Weedon to halt for a day until Benedict Arnold’s intentions become more clear, 11 January 1781. $28,800 D
126 Washington, Letter Signed to Weedon, ordering troops to report for smallpox inoculations, 20 Mar 1778 $28,800 D
131 Washington, Letter Signed, commending Weedon after a skirmish with Banastre Tarelton, 4 Oct 1781. $28,800 D
276* Samuel F.B. Morse, Autograph Letter Signed, describing the circumstances of the first completed telegraph in America, New York, 10 march 1864. $28,800 C
79* Thomas Nelson, Autograph Letter Signed as Brigadier General to Weedon, discussing Washington’s living quarters and smallpox among the troops, 22 January 1778. $26,400 C
129 Washington, Letter Signed, asking Weedon to greet the Duc de Lauzun with respect, 23 September 1781. $26,400 D
275 Morse, Autograph Letter Signed to Representative Francis Ormand Jonathan Smith, announcing that the Senate had passed his bill, 3 March 1843. $26,400 C
372 Washington, Letter Signed as Commander-in-Chief to Governor George Clinton, discussing provisioning, 22 December 1780. $26,400 I
57 Henry Laurens, Autograph Letter Signed as President of the Continental Congress, welcoming Baron von Steuben, 14 January 1778. $24,000 C
90 Nelson, Letter Signed as Governor of Virginia, congratulating Weedon on the British Surrender, 20 Oct 1781. $24,000 C

KEY:    * = Auction Record; C = Collector; D = Dealer; I = Institution

Rick Stattler, Swann’s Americana specialist, wrote, “This sale featuring the collection of Allyn Kellogg Ford, sold to benefit the Minnesota Historical Society, was the most successful auction in the long history of the Swann book department, and shattered numerous records. The total hammer price was more than double the low estimate, and the sale total was over $2 million with the buyer’s premium. Phone bidding was so heavy that the morning session went an hour longer than expected, extending past the scheduled start of the afternoon session.

The top lot in the sale was a 1781 letter written by General Washington’s aide-de-camp Jonathan Trumbull, describing the British surrender at Yorktown. Estimated at $4,000 to $6,000, it was hotly contested between two bidders seated adjacently in the room. The two stared each other down with arms raised as the bidding rose rapidly.

Multiple letters by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were highlights of the sale. On this day, at least, Jefferson proved slightly more popular, with the six Jeffersons averaging $34,200 each, and the seven Washingtons bringing an average of $25,714.

Ford acquired much of his collection at auction in the 1930s and 1940s, and his investments have done well over the years. At least two of his letters were acquired at Swann Galleries, and were thus passing through our hands a second time. A John Sullivan letter was purchased at Swann in 1944 for $5, and sold in 2012 for $1,080. A 1781 letter by George Weedon was purchased at Swann in 1948 for $16, and sold for $1,800. Both items appreciated at more than ten times the rate of inflation.

While private collectors and dealers dominated the sale, a few significant lots were acquired by institutions, most notably a 1780 George Washington letter, a 1781 letter by Declaration Signer Richard Henry Lee, and two James McHenry letters. The South Carolina Library at the University of South Carolina acquired a dramatic 1781 letter by Governor John Rutledge.”

Marco Tomaschett, Swann’s Autographs specialist, added “part of the buyers’ tremendous interest in the sale is due to the fact that much of the material was collected and stowed away more than 60 years ago by Allyn Kellogg Ford. We are pleased to see that the collecting and preservation of history is alive and well and sharing in the recent success enjoyed by the collection of art.”
It was designed for the most famous dolls’ house in the world, with pages no bigger than postage stamps.  But next month, 90 years after it was written, this tiny book, specially created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle, will be reproduced on human scale.  Thanks to a collaboration between Royal Collection Publications and Walker Books, the fairy story and illustrations contained within J. Smith, by Fougasse, will be revealed in full for the first time.

The handwritten book measures just 4cm x 3.5cm and is one of 200 volumes in the miniature library of the Dolls’ House, created for Queen Mary, consort of King George V, in 1922.  The house, designed by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, is the perfect replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence, complete with fully furnished rooms, electricity, running water and lifts.  It can be seen by visitors to Windsor Castle all year round.  The library in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House contains tiny works by 171 authors, including Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir James Barrie and Edith Wharton.  The story of Joe Smith is one of the most enchanting volumes - and its tale is among the few to be written exclusively for the Dolls’ House.  The book was the contribution of one of the foremost cartoonists of the day, ‘Fougasse’, whose real name was Cyril Kenneth Bird.  Bird, editor of Punch magazine from 1949 to 1953, is best known for his ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ posters, drawn for the government during the Second World War.

Fougasse’s book, written in verse and charmingly illustrated, tells the story of a fairy, Joe Smith, who falls out of Fairyland one stormy night and lands in London.  Not everyone believes his claim to be a fairy, as he finds when he is arrested:

‘“But they do exist,” said the fairy.

And the proof of it is me -

For if I’m not a fairy - Whatever can I be?

If you won’t believe a simple fact, very well then, you shall see.”

He stood up on his little toes -

And out his arms he spread -

Then gently floated through the air -

And round the policeman’s head -
Then he…
lay down on the ceiling, and

“Well, p’raps you’re right,” they said -’

After a series of misadventures, including a turn on the London stage and an attempt to become an artist, Joe decides that fairyland is a far safer place to be and returns again to his ‘fairy brotherhood’.

Royal Collection Publisher, Jacky Colliss Harvey, said, ‘This book is a miniature work of genius, full of sly wit and with Fougasse’s unmistakable and charming illustrations.  We are delighted to bring it to a wider audience as one of our new titles for children, although we are convinced it will appeal just as irresistibly to adults.’

Denise Johnstone-Burt, Publisher of J. Smith at Walker Books, said, ‘We were both honoured and thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring this miniature masterpiece from the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House to the wider world.  This rare and exquisite book with its enchanting history was irresistible to us when we first saw it.  We have lovingly reproduced Fougasse’s magical story and brilliant illustrations in this special edition so their true wit and beauty can be enjoyed by everyone.”

The gift edition of J. Smith by Fougasse is published by Walker Books from the original book in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.  Publication date 3 May 2012, price £10 (clothbound hardback), 152 pages, ISBN 978-1-4063-3793-8.

www.royalcollection.org.uk

NEW YORK—Bonhams is pleased to announce the results of its Fine Books and Manuscripts auction that took place April 16, during the weekend of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. This 419 lot auction brought in just under $950,000.

The top lot of the auction was a copy of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. This rare mimeographed edition was printed in May of 1956 for merely 25 close friends, peers and literary heroes of the famous Beat poet, including Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Lionel Trilling and William Faulkner. This particular copy of the now legendary collection was sent to Alan Ansen, and is inscribed by Ginsberg: “To be published July 30th, 1956—City Lights Bookstore Pocket Poets series Broadway & Columbus Ave. S.F. Cal. U.S.A With introduction by W.C. Williams.” This top lot sold for $74,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-60,000.

An autographed letter by Jonathan Swift performed admirably, selling for $56,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-25,000. This letter, signed J: Swift, addresses his “very good and old friend,” who was the government printer and former Lord mayor of London John Barber. A Swift letter of this length and insightful content is very rare to come to auction.

Siegfried Sassoon’s own heavily annotated and signed copy of The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon was another highlight to the sale, claiming $27,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000. To note a few annotations in Sassoon’s hand: two pages listing poems for four versions of his reading poem; a list of 29 venues for his readings on the title page; and two pages of notes used by Sassoon to guide his commentary on his poems.

Other highlights in the auction include In our time by Ernest Hemingway, selling for $47,500 (pre-sale est. $30,000-50,000); The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon the Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi by Joseph Smith, selling for $46,250 (pre-sale est. $30,000-50,000); and A Natural History of Uncommon Birds and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals, selling for $32,500 (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000).

Paris, April 2012 - The forthcoming Photographs sale at Sotheby’s Paris, to be held in the Galerie Charpentier on 15 May will feature and exceptional album with 9 salt prints from waxed paper negatives produced by Gustave Le Gray during the Paris Salon in 1852. Estimated between € 240,000 and 280,000* ($315,000-368,000) , this album surely is one of the sale’s most eagerly awaited lots.

Following the photographer’s success of the Mission Héliographique the previous year, Philippe de Chennevières, inspecteur des musées de province and in charge of the exhibition of living artists commissioned Gustave Le Gray to photographically document the principal works of the 1852 Salon.

In 1852 the Paris Salon is held for the second and last time in the Palais Royal, opening on Thursday 1 April. In addition to the provisional buildings already constructed for the Salon 1850-51 the exhibition took place on the first floor of the Palais itself, where a new gallery with skylights was established just above the glazed passage known as the “galerie d’Orléans”.

One of the very rare surviving copies of this album is known to be in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the second is the one sold at Sotheby’s Paris. Both copies equally contain nine salt paper prints each bearing the photographer’s blind-stamp “Gustave Legray”.

In both cases, the ninth plate represents not a view of the 1852 exhibition but a view of the 1850/51 Salon beautifully accentuating a group of sculptures, amongst which the Toilette d’Atalante by Pradier now in the Louvre.

On two of the views dating from 1852 Gustave Courbet’s Les Demoiselles de village, today in New York’s MET, is noticed to have changed place completely. In fact, the regulations of the Salon allowed for five days of closure in order to rearrange the hanging of the exhibits. It is likely that the painting which belonged to a notorious collector, the Comte de Morny, was initially exhibited in the main room and moved to a less prominent place following unfavorable reviews.

The two known copies of this album have the same dark-green shagreen binding, the one here only differing in its more elaborate embellishment, such as the additional gilded frame lines, the imperial eagle above the gilded title letters on the front and the gilded crowned monogram M on the back cover. The monogram may potentially be attributed to Mathilde LaeticiaWilhelmine, cousin of Napoléon III. At the time of Le Gray’s commission the director general of the French national museums and authority over the institution in charge of organising the Salon was Comte Emilien de Nieuwerkerke who, between 1846 and 1869, was officially the companion of Princess Mathilde.

Princess Mathilde was very much involved in Paris’ cultural scene, presiding over her own salon, a patron of the arts and well acquainted with Nadar who portrayed her. Of her companion, the comte de Nieuwerkerke who headed the Louvre and the Salon, exists a portrait by Gustave Le Gray in the Société française de Photographie.

Four years after the 1852 Salon Le Gray, today the most coveted 19th century photographer at auction, showed his grand maritime views in public for the first time at the Photographic Society in London. It would be the starting point for his international success that remains undiminished to this day.
[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, April 15th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of ephemera, a Civil War musket and Native American artifacts. Of particular note were rare first editions of early and modern titles, a number of which were signed. This 469-lot auction also featured a fine array of antique furniture, comprised chiefly of numerous stacking, oak barrister bookcases, china closets, a desk, and other choice pieces.

Realizing a hammer price of $1200.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a group of original letters written principally by members of the Walling family, including a father and son-in-law who struggled to capitalize on the Oregon gold rush during the early 1860’s. The letters portray the gritty, arduous and frustrating existence carved out by these fortune seekers who were among thousands of men all desperately scouring the landscape in search of elusive gold.

An original Civil War musket brought a hammer price of $799.50 (including buyer’s premium). This firearm was produced in the U. S. by E. Whitney, and is stamped "New Haven 1833." This muzzleloader has the original mahogany stock and is in fine, working order.

“Plates Illustrating the Geology and Scenery of Massachusetts” sold for $738.00 (including buyer’s premium). This publication, dated circa 1833, contains 19 illustrated plates, which depict views of Amherst, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Turner Falls, and the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers, among other local scenes.

Bringing a hammer price of $522.75 (including buyer’s premium) was a scarce stated first edition of Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God.” This is the third novel from the critically acclaimed and highly regarded author. This volume retains the original dust jacket.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. Preview for the upcoming Sunday, May 13th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

New York, NY, April 2012— Beginning May 18, The Morgan Library & Museum will unveil an extraordinary exhibition of drawings and related material that brings to life the dynamic artistic and cultural milieu of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice. The first exhibition to focus on the Morgan's outstanding collection of drawings created during this important era in the history of the great port city, Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan features work by masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Carpaccio, as well as many other less known but highly gifted artists. On view through September 23, 2012, the show also includes books and maps that reveal Venice's role at the forefront of luxury book production and innovative printing. 



In the early sixteenth century Venice established itself as a powerful maritime republic and center of international trade. The wealth created by this activity fueled the city's ascent as a cultural capital, and artists were supported by government commissions, churches and lay religious communities, and, notably, by a powerful and enlightened aristocracy who sought to decorate their impressive private dwellings in Venice and on the mainland. 



All the works in Renaissance Venice are drawn from the Morgan's celebrated holdings, and the show will explore specific themes, such as portraiture and the landscape tradition in Venetian drawing, the depiction of religious and civic life, the role of the foreign artist, and innovations in printmaking, book publishing, and cartography. Letters by Titian and Veronese offer fascinating glimpses into artists' relationships with patrons and the transactional nature of the art "business."



"Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice saw the coming together of economic and social trends that created an amazingly fertile ground for artistic creation," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "The list of artists working in Venice at the time is a 'who's who' of great Renaissance masters...Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and numerous others. The Morgan is delighted to offer the museum-going public a wide-ranging overview of the role of drawing and related media in this exceptional period in the history of art." 



THE VENETIAN LANDSCAPE
Beginning in the late fifteenth century, landscape played a central role in Venetian painting and drawing. This trend paralleled the strong interest in the natural world during the Renaissance, when artists turned to direct observation rather than inherited models. By the sixteenth century, many Venetian artists depicted mountainous alpine vistas or fantastic landscapes, as seen in the background of Vittore Carpaccio's pen and ink drawing, Sacra Conversazione. One of the rare landscapes attributed to Titian, St. Theodore Overcoming the Dragon, is representative of the dominant role landscape often played even in narrative subjects. 



Inspired by Virgil, Venetian humanists extolled the simplicity of pastoral life, a topic taken up repeatedly by poets, musicians, and artists in the city. Several drawings on view reflect the popularity of the arcadian themes of love, poetry, and music in sixteenth-century Venetian art, including Paris Bordone's famous Standing Man Playing a Viola da Gamba and Girolamo Romanino's Pastoral Concert with Two Women, a Faun, and a Soldier. 


Giulio Campagnola and his adopted son Domenico introduced a new specialty into Venetian art: the pure landscape. Giulio's drawing Buildings in a Rocky Landscape is characteristic of the large, panoramic landscapes that made the Campagnolas' work much sought after by cultivated collectors in the early sixteenth century. These artists' flowing, rhythmic strokes informed succeeding generations, from Peter Paul Rubens to Jean-Antoine Watteau, who copied Domenico's drawings in the eighteenth century.



THE VENETIAN PORTRAIT
The Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina's arrival in Venice heralded the introduction of the oil painting technique in Italy. This in turn helped inspire the late-fifteenth-century vogue for portraiture characterized by a new naturalism. Venice's aristocracy and wealthy classes commissioned portraits to record physical likeness as well as social status, often displayed through opulent clothing and lavish settings.



Initially, most sitters were shown in strict profile, according to antique precedents. Later, increasingly evocative three-quarter or frontal views dominated, allowing a more direct and intimate relationship with the viewer. In Venice and northern Italy, family group portraits became fashionable, and Palma Giovane was known for quick sketches of his wide circle of friends and large family—indeed, one family portrait on view shows eleven children. 



Works of particular note in this section of the exhibition include an accomplished Portrait of a Woman with a Hairnet, executed by an artist in the circle of Giovanni Bellini or one of his contemporaries, and Carpaccio's Head of a Bearded Man Wearing a Cap. 



PATRONAGE IN VENICE
In the seventh century Venice had become a republic, governed by a hereditary ruling class headed by a doge, who was elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy. The position was usually entrusted to members of the inner circle of powerful Venetian families—such as the Mocenigos, Cornaros, Grimanis, and Trevisans. Venice's aristocracy financed many of the city's most celebrated works of civic and religious art. 



The walls of the Doge's Palace were lined with large paintings by Titian, Veronese, and Federico Zuccaro, celebrating Venice and extolling its civic ideals. The scuole, wealthy lay confraternities, promoted a distinctively Venetian style of large narrative compositions. In addition to altarpieces and religious images for personal devotion, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Battista Franco also created works with secular subject matter for a new and expanding clientele of patrician collectors, such as Franco's Ceiling Design with the Story of the Slave Girls of Smyrna.


The inextricable relationship between Venetian artists and patrons is reflected in several works on view. Zuccaro completed his accomplished copy of Veronese's Frederick Barbarossa Kisses the Hand of Pope Victor IV, in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in the Doge's Palace, some twenty years before he himself received a commission for a painting in the palace, The Submission of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa before Pope Alexander III in Venice. In a preparatory drawing for the later painting, the emperor kneels before the pope in St. Mark's Place, symbolizing reconciliation between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperor, mediated by the Venetian republic. Similarly, a letter by Veronese to his patron Marcantonio Gandino indicates that a painting by Veronese was to be shipped from Venice to Treviso on a ship owned by Gandino. 



PRINTING IN VENICE

Not long after the invention of printing using movable type arrived in Venice in 1469, the city rapidly became the preeminent center for publishing in Italy. By 1500 Venice boasted over one hundred printers, making it the most important printing center in Europe. In the last decades of the fifteenth century the new, hand-illuminated printed book appeared, signaling a marriage of traditional and contemporary techniques. Printed on precious parchment, these luxury items were created for a wealthy and prominent clientele. Trained scribes and artists embellished the printed texts by adding chapter headings, initials, borders, and lavish frontispieces. 


Exemplifying the hand-illuminated printed book tradition is a two-volume Bible produced by Vindelinus de Spira in Venice in 1471. Though both volumes' miniatures are likely attributable to the same artist, the Master of the Putti, the two books may not have originally belonged together. The first volume shows evidence of having belonged to the Cornaro family; the second to the Macigni family. Unlike most bibles, which were written or published in Latin, this copy is in Italian, making it one of the earliest to appear in the vernacular. The second volume's frontispiece represents one of the most ambitious pictorial illusions painted in a Venetian book during the Renaissance, the text seemingly printed on a frayed piece of parchment suspended from an architectural monument.



The impossibility of decorating by hand ever-increasing numbers of books led Venetian printers to mechanical means of embellishing their printed texts. By the 1500s woodcuts became the standard means by which to illustrate books. On display is an important early printed book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream), opened to a woodcut illustration of a nymph discovered by a satyr. The illustration, believed to have been designed by Benedetto Bordone, was likely the inspiration for Giorgione's painting Venus Reclining of around 1510, perhaps the first large-scale painting of a female nude since antiquity.



Artists, including Titian and Battista Franco, produced masterful woodcuts and engravings for a new kind of market and to enhance their reputation. In a letter on view to one of the most powerful patrons of the time, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, Titian presents an impression of an engraving after his own The Trinity in Glory. Print technology allowed Titian to send another impression, accompanied by a similar letter, to the Duchess of Parma. 


Later in the sixteenth century costume books emerged as a popular new genre, reflecting a greater curiosity about foreign cultures inspired by travels and new discoveries. Venice and the Veneto played a leading role in the costume book's early development. Cesare Vecellio's Degli habiti, antichi et moderni di diversi parti del mondo (Of Costumes, Ancient and Modern, of Different Parts of the World), printed in Venice in 1590, became a model of the costume book genre. Featuring woodcut illustrations of exotic and domestic fashions, the book includes examples ranging from European dress to the costumes of Persians, Moors, and Arabs.



INNOVATIONS IN DRAWING

Venetian Renaissance drawings reveal both a respect for tradition and a taste for innovation. Whereas in the late fifteenth century the favored media were pen, ink, and wash, mostly used for relatively finished drawings of figures and compositions, the generation of Titian and Bordone, later followed by Tintoretto, preferred soft, scumbled black chalk, which was ideally suited to recording tonal subtleties and creating impressions of movement. Other artists, such as Vittore Carpaccio, perfected the technique of applying ink with the brush onto the famous Venetian blue paper, so prized by Albrecht Dürer. Jacopo Bassano's innovative use of colored chalks made him a precursor of the pastel tradition. 


A prolific draftsman, Tintoretto's drawings embody the Venetian Renaissance artist's melding of old and new. He studied with Titian for a brief period in the 1530s, and was deeply influenced by Veronese, Schiavone, and Michelangelo. Tintoretto's masterful drawing Samson Slaying the Philistines was inspired by a wax or clay model he owned after Michelangelo's design for a never-executed sculpture of the same theme. Although stylistically indebted to works by his predecessors, the dynamic tension of Tintoretto's figures, the unusual perspectives of his compositions, and his dramatic use of light anticipate the art of the next century.




THE TERRAFERMA: VENICE'S MAINLAND POSSESSIONS

At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Venice's possessions on the mainland, the terraferma, stretched westward from Udine, in the east, almost to Milan, and included Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Brescia, and Bergamo. These Venetian strongholds ensured the city's food supply and also safeguarded trade routes to the north.


Venice's political independence and unified territories allowed artists considerable mobility. Some preferred to return to their native cities in Lombardy, Friuli, or the Veneto, where they established flourishing workshops, although distinctive local traditions, such as the realism of the Lombard painters of Bergamo and Brescia, also prevailed. 



Artists such as Veronese and Battista Franco were frequently employed by the Venetian aristocracy, called upon to create works for public buildings and private residences in the terraferma and around Venice. Veronese's Studies of Jupiter Astride the Eagle, for example, is preparatory for frescoed decoration in Palazzo Trevisan, on the island of Murano. 



Although he never received a commission to build a palace in Venice, the architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) was much employed on the Venetian mainland. His literary masterwork, the treatise I quattro libri dell'architettura (Four Books on Architecture), begun in 1555, profoundly affected Western architecture. A page from the treatise on display shows Palladio's design for a symmetrical building with a square plan and a circular central circular, complete with a dome and four projecting porticos.

TRAVEL AND THE VENETIAN EMPIRE
By 1500, Venice was the foremost maritime power in Europe. Its empire included a dense web of fortified harbors in the eastern Mediterranean stretching along the Dalmatian coast to Crete and Cyprus to protect its trading interests. Accordingly, Venice became an important center for cartography, catering to the needs of Venetian merchants and naval commanders. 



An important milestone in cartography, Benedetto Bordone's 1528 Isolario (Book of Islands) was originally intended as a guide for sailors. The ambitious book describes important islands and ports throughout the Mediterranean and in other parts of the world, also touching on their culture and history. Some of the regions depicted in the illustrations are among the earliest printed maps of these areas, and the book also included new discoveries such as the connection between North and South America.


Bordone introduced an oval depiction of the earth, a convention adopted by later cartographers, including Battista Agnese. Agnese created his Portolan Atlas between 1536 and 1564, during the heyday of Italian mapmaking. Rather than a practical navigation tool like Bordone's work, Agnese's atlas was a luxury item most likely reserved for high ranking official and rich merchants.



Venice's wealth and stability allowed artistic creativity to flourish and also attracted a host of foreign artists from the north, such as Albrecht Dürer, and from its eastern territories, including El Greco, who arrived in Venice from Crete in about 1565. The impact of this exchange on the artistic life of Venice is hard to underestimate. It also served to spread the Venetian style well beyond the confines of the city-state.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Lecture

Paolo Veronese: "Marvels in Drawing and Then in Coloring"

With Xavier F. Salomon

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.


Veronese was one of the most extraordinary and prolific draftsmen in sixteenth-century Venetian art. In this lecture Xavier F. Salomon, Curator of Southern Baroque Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will examine Veronese's compositional drawings and how they relate to his finished paintings. The analysis of the drawings will allow for a better and deeper understanding of the artist's creative process. Renaissance Venice will be open at 5:30 pm especially for program attendees.

Tickets: $15; $10 for Members; free to students with valid ID.



Film

Death in Venice

Friday, June 29, 7 p.m.

(1971, 130 minutes)

Director: Luchino Visconti


Adapted from Thomas Mann's novella of the same name, this haunting film tells the story of avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler, played by Dirk Bogarde) who travels to Venice where he develops a troubling infatuation with a beautiful adolescent boy, Tadzio (Björn Andrésen). 

Free.
Tickets are available at the Morgan's Admission Desk on the day of the screening.



Gallery Talk

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan

Friday, June 1, 7 p.m.

Eveline Baseggio Omiccioli, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, will lead this informal exhibition tour.




ORGANIZATION AND SPONSORSHIP


Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan is organized by guest curator Rhoda Eitel-Porter. It is conceived as a sequel to Rome after Raphael: Drawings from the Morgan, shown in 2010, which was dedicated to another rich facet of the Morgan's collection of early Italian drawings.

Major funding for this exhibition is provided by the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions. 

Generous support is provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and by Robert B. Loper, with additional assistance from members of the Visiting Committee to the Department of Drawings and Prints.

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

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www.themorgan.org
Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station



Hours

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Admission

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San Francisco—Bonhams is pleased to announce a sales total of $504,332 from its Period Art & Design sale, April 15-16 in San Francisco. The auction featured Property from Serendipity Books Part II: Literature and Poetry, and a strong selection of European paintings and 20th century designs, which attracted a broad audience of bidders.

Highlighting the Property from Serendipity Books Part II was a collection of 24 works by Ross Macdonald, aka Kenneth Millar (American-Canadian, 1915-1983) that brought $1,375, against a pre-sale estimate of $400-600. The lot included first editions of Trouble Follows Me, The Doomsters, The Ferguson Affair and Self-Portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past, which is also a signed, limited edition.

Also of great success was the $1,063 sale of 18 volumes of works by Henry James (American, 1843-1916), including first English editions of The Tragic Muse, Embarrassments and The Private Life (est. $300-500). Following this was the $1,000 sale of approximately 50 items by Hugh MacDiarmid, aka Christopher Murray Grieve (Scottish, 1892-1978), including a signed, limited edition of MacDiarmid, An Illustrated Biography, Gordon Wright Publishing; a first edition of Collected Poems; and a first edition of A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (est. $300-500).

Further notable highlights included a lot of five limited edited volumes by Robinson Jeffers (American, 1887-1962), including The Women at Point Sur (signed), Descent to the Dead (signed) and Themes in My Poems, which brought $750 (est. $300-500), as well as a lot of 15 volumes primarily by Joseph Conrad (Polish, 1857-1924), with two by Jessie Conrad and a critical work by Richard Curle, that took in $750 (est. $300-500). Included within the lot were first editions of Romance: A Novel (with Ford Madox Hueffer); Chance: A Tale in Two Parts; and The Inheritors: An Extravagant Story (with Ford Madox Heuffer).

Also of note were the sales of a first edition copy of Setting Free the Bears by John Irving (American, 1942-), which brought $688 (est. $250-400); a later edition of Ulysses by James Joyce (Irish, 1882-1941), which took in $688 (est. $300-500); 20 items by Robert Frost (American, 1874-1963), including a first edition of A Boy's Will, a first edition of New Hampshire and a signed, limited edition of Robert Frost, Original "Ordinary Man” by Sidney Cox that sold for $625 (est. $100-200); and 32 volumes of works, in whole or part, by William Stanley Merwin (American, 1927-), including a first edition of The Dancing Bears; unrevised proofs of Houses and Travellers; and a signed and inscribed first edition of Selected Translations, 1948-1968 that brought $600 (est. $200-400).

The late owner of Serendipity Books, Peter Howard (1939-2011), has been eulogized as “one of the most imaginative booksellers of his generation.” Howard stocked not only individual titles, but entire collections.  He wanted people to search for their books, looking carefully and hopefully finding not only what they were looking for, but far more.

From other sections of the spring Period Art & Design sale came top lots of decorative arts. Leading the highlights were two lots that brought $10,625: a Chinese famille verte porcelain jardinière (est. $800-1,200) and Portrait of a young woman, a watercolor, pastel and charcoal on paper by Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970) that was inspired by Knight’s visit to a Baltimore children’s hospital in 1927. Also inspired by the visit was a second Knight piece, Portrait of a young man, in watercolor and charcoal on paper, which did well, bringing $8,750 (est. $700-900).

More paintings highlighted in the sale included The Cosmic Rays Resuscitating the Soft Watches, a color lithograph on wove paper, signed in pencil and numbered 25/150, by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), which brought $6,000 (est. $1,200-1,800). This piece was Property from the Estate of Moses and Ruth Helen Lasky, San Francisco, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, for the benefit of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

Also of note, with strong provenance from the estate of the Honorable Isabella Horton Grant (1923-2011), San Francisco, was an English School, oil on canvas set of four paintings: Going to the meet, The chase, The find and The death, which sold for $5,625 (est. $1,000-1,500).

Two other successful painting sales included: Fruta, an oil on canvas by Valetta Swan (British/Mexican, 1904-1973) that brought $5,250 (est. $2,000-3,000) from the Collection of the artist, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; and a pair of 17th Century Dutch School works in oil on canvas laid down on panel of A portrait of a gentleman with a ruff and A portrait of a lady, which sold for $5,000 (est. $4,000-6,000).

Rounding out the sale were highlights of a Louis XVI style brass mounted mahogany bedroom suite from the first quarter of the 20th century that took in $5,625 (est. $3,000-5,000); two 13th/14th century celadon glazed twin-fish dishes that brought $6,000 (est. $800-1,200); and a group of three porcelain vases, two with the Kangxi mark and one with the Qianlong mark, that brought $5,250 (est. $600-800).

About the Auction Category: This monthly event includes paintings, prints, rugs, lighting, mirrors, antique furniture, modern designer furniture, decorative accents, silver and much more, with many in the $500-$5,000 price range. The property is hand selected to include items that would appeal to collectors of all levels, interior designers and those who may want to find a unique piece for their home. Sourced primarily from the West Coast, the majority of the property comes from exclusive sources - from high-profile Napa Valley estates filled with contemporary designer furnishings to Pacific Heights homes, embellished with antiques and unique decor. Many of these homes have been styled by high-profile Bay Area interior designers. Each auction catalog features an interview with a prominent interior designer with their take on current design trends.

The British Library has announced that it has successfully acquired the St Cuthbert Gospel, a miraculously well-preserved seventh-century manuscript that is the oldest European book to survive fully intact and therefore one of the world’s most important books. 



The £9 million purchase price for the Gospel has been secured following the largest and most successful fundraising campaign in the British Library’s history.

The single largest contribution to the campaign was a £4.5 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) together with major gifts from the Art Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Foyle Foundation. In addition, the campaign received a number of significant donations from charitable trusts, foundations and major individual donors, along with gifts from members of the public.

A manuscript copy of the Gospel of St John, the St Cuthbert Gospel was produced in the North East of England in the late secenth century and was placed in St Cuthbert’s coffin on Lindisfarne, apparently in 698. The Gospel was found in the saint’s coffin at Durham Cathedral in 1104. It has a beautifully worked original red leather binding in excellent condition, and it is the only surviving high-status manuscript from this crucial period in British history to retain its original appearance, both inside and out. As such, it represents a major addition to the Library’s world-class collections relating to the early history and culture of Britain, and its unrivalled collection of texts associated with the world’s great faiths.

Now in public ownership, the St Cuthbert Gospel is on display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery in the British Library’s flagship building at St Pancras. Following a conservation review led by the British Library and involving leading international conservation and curatorial experts, the Gospel will be displayed open for the first time in this building.

To celebrate the successful acquisition, the Library has opened a special display exploring the creation, travels and near-miraculous survival of the Gospel across 13 centuries. Access is free to both the display and the Treasures Gallery where the Gospel is on show.

In addition, the manuscript has been digitised in full, allowing it to be made freely available online for the first time via the Library’s Digitised Manuscripts webpage.

Announcing the acquisition, the Chief Executive of the British Library, Dame Lynne Brindley, said: “To look at this small and intensely beautiful treasure from the Anglo-Saxon period is to see it exactly as those who created it in the seventh century would have seen it. The exquisite binding, the pages, even the sewing structure survive intact, offering us a direct connection with our forebears 1300 years ago. Its importance in the history of the book and its association with one of Britain’s foremost saints make it unique, so I am delighted to announce the successful acquisition of the St Cuthbert Gospel by the British Library. This precious item will remain in public hands so that present and future generations can learn from it.

“I would like to pay tribute to the donors who have made this acquisition possible - and particularly the NHMF, who recognised the crucial importance of the St Cuthbert Gospel to our nation’s heritage, and who granted a remarkable £4.5 million - the largest single grant for an acquisition that the Library has ever received,” Dame Lynne added. “We are similarly grateful to the other major donors, and the many hundreds of people who made individual donations. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure the Gospel for the nation and we were both grateful and touched that so many people felt moved to support our campaign.”

Having acquired the Gospel, the British Library is now able to invest in its long-term preservation, as well as transforming the possibilities for improved access to the item through digitisation and display.

The acquisition of the St Cuthbert Gospel by the British Library involved a formal partnership between the Library, Durham University and Durham Cathedral and an agreement that the book will be displayed to the public equally in London and the North East. The first display in Durham is anticipated to be in July 2013 in Durham University’s Palace Green Library on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham, said: "It is the best possible news to know that the Cuthbert Gospel has been saved for the nation. For the people of Durham and North East England, this is a most treasured book. Buried with Cuthbert and retrieved from his coffin, it held a place of great honour in Durham Cathedral Priory. The place in the Cathedral where it was kept in the middle ages is still the home of our unique manuscript collection.

“I want to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of the British Library in achieving this wonderful outcome. It has been a privilege to be associated with this fundraising campaign. I am pleased that the Friends of Durham Cathedral have supported it with a generous gift, and that one of the fund's donors has chosen to channel a major gift through the Cathedral.

“As part of the plan agreed between the World Heritage Site and the British Library for its display, we look forward from time to time to welcoming this precious book back to the peninsula where Cuthbert's remains are honoured. It will be always be loved and cherished here. I am sure Cuthbert shares our delight."

Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: “This is a rare gem and an extraordinarily precious piece of heritage for the nation. I am delighted that the fund-raising campaign has been so successful. Durham University is proud to partner with the British Library and Durham Cathedral in the conservation, display and interpretation of the St Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest and one of the most important of all western manuscripts, and we look forward to it being displayed on our UNESCO World Heritage Site for the public and for scholarly study and interpretation.

"The University and Cathedral house some of the most important collections of early books and manuscripts, visited by researchers and scholars from around the world. Partnerships such as the one we have with the British Library will enable us to enhance scholarship and the wider appreciation of the important role that Durham and the region have in the development of England’s remarkable written heritage.”

A public event to celebrate the acquisition will take place at the British Library on May 15 - for details, see: www.bl.uk/whatson/events/may12/index.html

On 20 April 2012 Sotheby’s will offer A First Edition Japanese Vellum copy of Oscar Wilde’s greatest work, The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People in the sale of The Library of Jacques Levy. Mr. Levy acquired the piece in 1946 and it has remained in his collection since. The book carries an estimate of $80/120,000. This copy of The Importance Of Being Earnest was given to Robert Ross, a profoundly important figure in Wilde’s personal and professional life first as a lover, then as a close friend, ardent supporter and finally literary executor. On the half-title page the author dedicated this copy to his companion: “To the Mirror of Perfect Friendship: Robbie: whose name I have written on the portal of this little play. Oscar. Feb '99" (pictured left). The piece goes on view at Sotheby’s New York on Saturday 14 April.

Wilde and Ross, a Canadian from a wealthy family, met in Oxford in 1886, they soon developed a close bond with Ross moving into Wilde’s Tite Street home the following year. Both men later acknowledged that their first gay sexual experience was with each other. While Wilde and Ross were not lovers for long, they formed a lasting and intense friendship that saw the Canadian act as an emotional and financial bulwark throughout Wilde’s life.

Ross demonstrated his devotion to Wilde throughout his various difficulties and troubles. It was Ross that broke into Wilde’s flat upon hearing of the authors arrest for ‘indecent acts’ to rescue potentially incriminating papers before the police arrived. At the trial, it was Ross who managed to get a space on Wilde’s route to the witness stand so his friend could see he was not alone in court. And it was Ross who Wilde’s increasingly stunned and bewildered wife Constance would contact when her husband disappeared.

In addition to his friendship Robbie Ross also helped to raise funds and manage financial affairs for Wilde. He organized an auction of the author’s house and contents so he could avoid bankruptcy and later ensured Wilde received what funds he was due while exiled in France. After Wilde died Ross became his literary executor securing the rights of the plays for his sons and editing the first collected works in 1908.

In addition to the distinguished provenance this copy of The Importance Of Being Earnest is a true rarity. Only 12 Japanese Vellum copies were made of which only six are known and only one of which has appeared at auction in the past 30 years.
NEW YORK - A 1982 gelatin silver print of Nastassia Kinski and the Serpent, 1981 by famed photographer Richard Avedon is expected to bring $50,000+ when it comes to auction on May 1 in New York as part of Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Signature® Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 E. 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).
 
The print, #4 out of an edition of 200, is one of the most famous photographs from Avedon’s epic oeuvre.
 
“Kinski was captured in this iconic image after a two hour photo shoot,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “The Burmese python came up to touch her face and Avedon snapped the shot at the perfect moment. This is one of the greatest modern American photos ever taken by one of America’s greatest masters.”    
 
The May 1 auction will also feature two private two private collections: The Dr. Steven Smith Collection and the California Collection, both certain to capture the attention of erudite collectors.
 
The Dr. Steven Smith Collection, with more than 60 pieces, focuses on color prints including two important Ruth Bernhard photographs: her significant 1952 Classic Torso (estimate: $5,000+) and Billie Harden, 1965 (estimate: $4,000+), a classic vintage Chromogenic.
 
The California Collection focuses on fine classic photography and includes choice has vintage Eve Arnold prints given directly to the collector by the photographer, including gelatin silver prints of Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, 1960 (estimate: $4,000+) a gorgeous and iconic image of the Marilyn Monroe and the spectacular Untitled (McCarthy Trial), 1954 (estimated: $4,000+) with Arnold’s own notes on the back.
 
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
 
Robert Mapplethorpe, Roy Cohen, 1981: Gelatin silver, 1981. Cohn, a controversial lawyer, who in the 1950s worked on the McCarthy hearings, is depicted in this portrait. Cohn consistently denied his homosexuality until his death from AIDS in 1986. Estimate: $10,000+.
 
Alex Prager, June, 2010: Digital Chromogenic. Estimate: $8,000+.
 
Herb Ritts, Lara, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 1984: Vintage gelatin silver . From the Dr. Stephen Smith Collection. Estimate: $7,000+.
 
Helmut Newton, T.V. Murder, Cannes, 1975: Gelatin silver, 1985. Estimate: $6,000+.

Mona Kuhn, Roxane by Red Towel, 2004: Chromogenic, 2005. From The Dr. Stephen Smith Collection. Estimate: $6,000+.
 
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $800 million, and 700,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.
 
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NEW YORK—Bonhams is pleased to announce the April 16 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction featuring the Michael Lerner Collection. While this auction prominently features modern literature greats, such as Ernest Hemingway and Allen Ginsburg, this sale's diversity will surely appeal to a wide variety of collectors. With books and maps that document the age of exploration, decorative costume design journals, religious texts, and personal letters from Jonathan Swift, Napoleon and Gandhi, the Bonhams Spring book auction showcases items of incredible quality, rarity, and range.

One auction highlight sure to attract many collectors interested in modern literature, is an advance copy of Allen Ginsberg's Howl (est. $40,000-60,000). This particular copy of the now legendary collection was sent to Alan Ansen, and is inscribed by Ginsberg: "To be published July 30th, 1956—City Lights Bookstore Pocket Poets series Broadway & Columbus Ave. S.F. Cal. U.S.A With introduction by W.C. Williams." This rare mimeographed edition was printed in May of 1956 for merely twenty-five close friends, peers and literary heroes of the famous Beat poet, including Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Lionel Trilling and William Faulkner.
A first limited edition association copy of Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time (est. $30,000-50,000), is another auction highlight of remarkable rarity and literary significance. This particular copy was given to Kate Buss, a fellow American expatriate in Paris, and is inscribed by Hemingway: "For Kate Buss with the best wishes of the Author/ March 1924." Published in March of 1924, Hemingway's first short story collection introduced readers to the author's spare yet powerful language and oblique psychological characterization.

Heralded English poet Siegfried Sassoon's personal copy of his own collection of War Poems (est. $4,000-6,000), is another lot sure to entice collectors of modern literature. This phenomenal association copy was presented to Sassoon's best friend in America, playwright Samuel Behrman, and is heavily annotated by the gifted poet. Sassoon used this copy during his 1920 American lecture tour and his thorough notes include: indications of where and when each poem was written, stress marks that indicate tempo during oration, word transpositions and substitutions and two pages of notes used by Sassoon to guide his commentary on his own work. With hand-inscribed lecture notes like, "waste and brutality are known to all, (but no one thinks of them when a new war is being started)..." his words highlight both his undeniable literary talent and the tragedy of war.

Bonhams is particularly thrilled to offer a lot composed of Mohandas Gandhi's affects (est. $40,000-60,000), including a pair of wooden chappals with rounded toe pegs, a thread fragment from an ashram Gandhi wore, a framed photograph of Gandhi taken on his 60th birthday and a typed letter signed by Indira Gandhi. All these artifacts come from the collection of Franziska Standenath, a scholar of Indian politics and history, who acted as Gandhi's personal assistant. A man of very few possessions, Gandhi's chappals (simple wooden sandals) along with his glasses and walking staff have come to typify his inspirational asceticism and vast historical legacy.

Other highlights include: an eighteen volume costume journal collection featuring over 3,500 hand-colored engravings (est. $30,000-50,000); an autographed letter by Jonathan Swift in which he writes about his Scriblerian peers, his fear of death, and his love of French wine (est. $15,000-25,000); and Oscar Wilde's personal and autographed copy of Charles Stuart Calverley's Fly Leaves (est. $5,000-7,000).

It’s a literary adventure like none other!  The upcoming Boston Book, Paper & Photo Expo, returning May 5th to the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts is a one-day feast for those who are rediscovering the delights of book and paper collecting.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers and produced by Marvin Getman, founder of  New England Antique Shows, the Boston Book, Paper & Photo Expo & Sale takes us deep into the world  of old prints, photographs, historical documents, autographs, maps and postcards, providing hours of enjoyment for years to come.

Eighty top sellers present show goers with an opportunity to leaf through old pages, savor original illustrations and purchase works of art and bestsellers. (These are original so will never become electronic memories.)  Plus unusual discoveries and surprising finds are just waiting to be uncovered.

Remember the pin-up poster?  No longer just the stuff of GI dreams, those voluptuous ‘babes’ in skimpy bathing suits are making news all over again. A recent discovery of over 200 images from the personal collection of Bunny Yaeger, a former pin-up model who built a racy career snapping photographs of shapely young women, is coming into this season’s show.

Adam Forgash, a photographer and aficionado of American midcentury pinups, made the discovery and will be bringing a selection of Yeager images that includes photographs, posters, and contact prints with the photographer’s scribbles in the margins.  Ms. Yaeger’s 50-s and 60s  pin-up and boudoir shots, especially those of Bettie Page, known as the pin-up Queen, are influencing fashion to this day.

Here is an opportunity to purchase some of the shots that are sought out by collectors worldwide - out-takes from Ms. Yaeger’s first photo session with Bettie, the famous Jungle series with Bettie turned out in cat-spotted swimsuits, as well as those of Ms. Yeager herself stripped down to her lacies.  Prices range from several hundreds of dollars for smaller prints, to as much as $3000 for large-format, hand-tinted images

It is hard to imagine, in a world of instant images shared with billions on Facebook and Twitter, that there was once a time when the only photograph a poor family might have of  their loved one was after their death.  So expensive was photography in the first half of the 19th century, only the wealthy could afford to indulge repeatedly in such a luxury. Today, these beloved family keepsakes have found a new audience of collectors who prize them for their glimpse into a way of life and its rituals, long past.  

At the upcoming Boston Book, Paper and Photo Expo, the world of memorial photography will be seen through the eyes of a collector who has now amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of post mortem photography in the world.  Dr. Stanley Burns bought his first memorial photographs in 1976, adding to his already extensive collection, some 700,000 strong, of historical images that include medical photography.  

Today, interest in the genre is such that he has curated several exhibits, most notably at the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and published three books on the subject - the Sleeping Beauty series.  His latest in the series will be available at the show.

At the upcoming event, Dr. Burns will speak on the practice of post-mortem photography and share examples from his extensive collection.  “Infant mortality was very high at the end of the 19th century and many children were lost before a photograph could be made,” notes Dr. Burns.  “Childbirth took many young women and epidemics could decimate entire families.  It wasn’t unusual for the photographer to make a house call when a family member was near death. The memorial photograph was an important part of the mourning process.”

Want to know how much your favorite old book or paper item is worth?  Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop and other experts will be on hand to offer an estimate of value.  Show hours are Saturday May 5th 10am-4pm.  Admission is $7 for adults, (under 18 and college I.D.free).  Shriner's Auditorium is located at 399 Fordham Rd, Wilmington, MA at exit 39 off I-93. For more information call 781-862-4039 or go to the website at www.bookandpaperexpo.com.

NEW YORK - With a price worthy of its historic stature, a recently 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, sold for $597,500, more than doubling its’ pre-auction estimate, at auction in New York on April 11, 2012. It was purchased by an anonymous East Coast buyer and was considered the centerpiece of the Heritage Auctions Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction.
 
“In 1820, English-born engraver William J. Stone of Washington, D.C. was commissioned to produce an exact copy of the original Declaration of Independence onto a copperplate, a process which took him three years to complete,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historic Manuscripts at Heritage. “It was almost 45 years after the Revolution, only six years after the War of 1812 and smack dab in the middle of President James Monroe’s ‘Era of Good Feelings,’ the most significant period of growth in the young nation’s history up to that point. Interest in the Declaration surged.”
 
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.
 
“We know from a 1991 census of the manuscripts that there 31 total known to survive, with only 12 copies in private hands,” said Palomino. “This auction represented a singular chance for someone to acquire a prime piece of American history and collectors jumped at the chance.””
 
Choice pieces of Early American history were greatly in demand at the auction, as a Thomas Jefferson presentation copy of A Manual of Parliamentary Practice, with a Jefferson autographed letter transmitting the book to Virginia Revolutionary War soldier, politician and judge Francis T. Brooke realized $113,525 - against an estimate of $30,000+ - and George Washington’s signed copy from his own library of A View of the History of Great-Britain during the Administration of Lord North, to the Second Session of the Fifteenth Parliament, bearing the first president’s bookplate, brought $101,575, also against an estimate of $30,000+.
 
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $800 million, and 700,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com. 
Los Angeles - Bonhams is pleased offer several artworks from the Serendipity Bookstore in Berkeley, CA on May 21 during its 'Made in California: Post-War & Contemporary Art' auction. Highlights from the collection will include "Untitled (Magic Mountain)," 1955 (est. $10,000-15,000) by noted San Francisco artist, Jess (Collins).

Peter Howard [1939-2011] of the landmark Bay Area Serendipity Books has been eulogized as "one of the most imaginative booksellers of his generation." Howard stocked not only individual titles but entire collections. The bookstore on University, for those who never crossed its threshold, was a warren of rooms filled to the roof with titles from the mundane and popular to the erudite and obscure. Howard wanted people to search for their books, looking carefully and hopefully finding not only what they were looking for, but far more. The noted store was also filled with works of art, memorabilia and pop culture from legendary artists and prominent figures of the 20th century.

Known simply as Jess, the artist is known for his heavily laid-on paint in a paint-by-number style, use of illustrations and comic strips as well as themes that include alchemy, chemistry, the occult and male beauty.

Born in Long Beach, CA, in 1923, Jess was drafted into the military during WWII. He worked on the Manhattan Project until his discharge in 1946. Following this, Jess continued his career at the Hanford Atomic Energy Project, Richland, WA. In his spare time he painted and eventually left the field of atomic energy to pursue the arts.

Beginning in 1949, Jess began to study at what is now the San Francisco Art Institute. Shortly following this, he met poet Robert Duncan and began a lifelong relationship. Over the course of his career, Jess opened a venue for alternative art in San Francisco called the King Ubu Gallery.

Leading the Serendipity offering in the 'Made in California: Post-War & Contemporary Art' auction are four works by Jess including "Untitled (Magic Mountain)," 1955, a paper collage in the original artist's frame (est. $10,000-15,000); "Aurora," c. 1955, a gui crayon on paperboard on metallic paper in the artist's frame (est. $3,000-5,000); "On Corbett's Dismissal," an oil on canvas in the original artist's frame (est. $5,000-7,000) and "Arising at Dawn," 1955, an oil on canvas work (est. $15,000-20,000). This painting features a handwritten note by Jess affixed to the reverse which reads: "You are not forgot, O plunder of lilies, honey is not more sweet then the salt stretch of your beach." "The Shrine," Sea Garden, H.D. [Hilda Doolittle].

Additional property from Serendipity Books will be offered by Bonhams throughout 2012 in the following auctions: Fine Photography in New York on May 8, Period Art & Design in San Francisco on April 15 and May 20, Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York on June 19 and Entertainment Memorabilia in Los Angeles on June 24.

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

San Francisco Preview: May 11-13
Los Angeles Preview: May 18-20
Auction: May 21, Los Angeles, simulcast to San Francisco

(Amherst, MA) The Eric Carle Museum is pleased to announce it will host a selection of Lucy Cousins’ work called: Our British Cousins: The Magical Art of Maisy and Friends beginning May 22nd and running through November 25th.

Cousins, one of today´s most beloved author-illustrators of children´s books, is best known as the creator of the Maisy series—books that portray Maisy and her friends in adventures that reflect the experiences young children have every day. She is also the author and illustrator of numerous other picture books, including I’m the Best, Hooray for Fish and the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book. The exhibition will feature Maisy as well as some of these other wonderful protagonists.
 
“As the exhibition happily demonstrates, Cousins has applied her wit and wisdom to all of her characters,” says The Carle’s Chief Curator Nick Clark. “Goldilocks is a nice example — or the exuberant Dog in I’m the Best who learns that friendship is more enduring than winning. When you see her work all together, you get a clear sense of the brio in Cousins’ energetic style.”
 
Her titles fascinate babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with their child-like simplicity, bold outlines, and vivid colors. Maisy does things that children all over the world do, Lucy Cousins says of her superstar mouse. The way she dresses, the way she acts, is typical of children all over the world.
 
"I draw by heart," says Cousins. "I think of what children would like by going back to my own child-like instincts."
 
Cousins, who lives in Hampshire, England, will make a special visit to the Museum on September 15, 2012 for “Maisy Day.” Visit www.carlemuseum.org for more information. The generous support of Candlewick Press and Walker Books UK has made this exhibition and Cousins’ visit possible.
 
ABOUT CANDLEWICK PRESS

Candlewick Press, which celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2012, is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as M. T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Laura Amy Schlitz, and David Ezra Stein; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and 'Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where's Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick's parent company is Walker Books Ltd., of London, with additional offices in Sydney and Auckland. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.
 
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
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 www.carlemuseum.org.
 
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Lloyd Library and Museum (LLM) is pleased to announce: "View: Ways of Seeing"
May 5-August 3, 2012

Opening reception-Saturday, May 5, 2012, 4-7 p.m.

Remarks on John Uri Lloyd, Japan, and Cincinnati begin at 4:30 p.m.

Catered Reception follows

           The Lloyd Library and Museum (LLM) celebrates the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. with an exquisite art exhibit, curated by Diane Fishbein, of contemporary artists Alysia Fischer, Setsuko H. LeCroix, and Charles Woodman who explore nature through sculpture, painting, and video; as well as an LLM exhibit curated in-house, of books, artifacts, memorabilia, and archival items from the library's collections featuring both western and traditional Japanese bindings, explorations of early
encounters between the West and Japan, cherry trees, and other beautifully illustrated scientific works of Japan, and Japanese nature landscape and art.  Highlights include the complete published (1856) report of Commodore Matthew Perry's expedition to Japan in the mid-19th century, an illustrated Japanese materia medica originally written by a samurai in the 18th century, and many Japanese hand-colored illustrated books on cherries and other flowering plants.  Image shown here is from The Flowers and Gardens of Japan, painted by Ella Du Cane and described by her sister Florence Du Cane, published in 1908 by A. and C. Black of London.

           Japan and cherry trees have several strong local connections. There is the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati; and, nearly 25 years ago, through Cincinnati USA's Sister City Association, Gifu, Japan became our Sister City on May 11, 1988.  LLM has a significant connection to Japan and cherry trees as well. The library's founder, John Uri Lloyd (JUL), visited Japan in 1935, where the Japanese people warmly greeted and honored him with several gifts of appreciation, which now reside in LLM.  Many of the books on display were gifts to JUL, as was the bust of JUL by sculptor Ryuko Kawamura of Tokyo as a memory of his visit to Japan.

           Even before JUL travelled to Japan, he and his brothers had earlier connections to several Japanese scientists.  For instance, the visitor's book for 1920, on display, was signed by a Japanese botanist who was a friend and colleague of the youngest brother, Curtis Gates Lloyd.  In addition, a Japanese pharmacist and botanist, Shiro Tashiro, presented JUL with a handwritten manuscript by Tashiro, circa 1930.  The book, titled Defense of Fancy, contained personal remembrances of Tashiro's life in the Japanese village of Kamitogo with attention given to medicine and the materia medica of Tashiro's school headmaster; as well as folk tales, religious observations, and expressions of the Japanese village culture.

           In a scrapbook kept in the Library's archives, there are newspaper clippings and other information concerning JUL and his trip to Japan and the Japanese response to his death.  From these, we learn that after his death in 1936, memorial services were conducted in Tokyo, which were attended by even the Japanese Emperor's personal physician. Other scrapbook items report that Japan sent cherry trees to Cincinnati as a memorial of JUL.  By 1941, about 3,500 trees had been delivered and planted in Eden Park.

           We invite you to enjoy the "View" of rich Japanese culture, art, and science; its connections to Cincinnati; and, the treasure trove of Japanese materials and information held in LLM.

           The Lloyd Library and Museum, located at 917 Plum Street, downtown Cincinnati, is a local and regional cultural treasure.  The library was developed in the nineteenth century by the Lloyd brothers-John Uri, Curtis Gates, and Nelson Ashley to provide reference sources for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period.  Today the library is recognized worldwide by the scientific community as a vital research center. The library holds, acquires, and provides access to both historic and current materials on the subjects of pharmacy, botany, horticulture, herbal and alternative medicine, pharmacognosy, and related topics. Although our collections have a scientific focus, they also have relevance to humanities topics, such as visual arts and foreign languages through resources that feature botanical and natural history illustrations, original artworks, and travel literature, thereby revealing the convergence of science and art. The Lloyd is open to anyone with an interest in these topics.  Free parking is available for patrons and visitors behind the library building.  For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

Lloyd Library and Museum
917 Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-721-3707
www.lloydlibrary.org

Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Open the third Saturday of the month, September through May, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

National Book Auctions April Sale

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, April 15th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of ephemera, a Civil War musket and Native American artifacts. Books offered include rare first editions of early and modern titles, a number of which are signed. We will also offer our second session from a very large nautical history collection. We will continue to offer individual books and groups from this collection over the coming months. Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres.

Important books in this auction include first editions, many of which are antique. In addition to individual volumes, this auction offers a number of decorative antique sets, including fancy and leather bindings. A small collection of Kate Greenaway books will be sold across multiple lots. Modern works include landmark writings from fields including art and archaeology, such as Siren’s “A History of Early Chinese Art,” published in four volumes, and Gordon’s “Examples of Maya Pottery.” Additionally offered are dozens of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Sue Grafton, Ed McBain, John Grisham, Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly and Dick Francis, to name a few.

The nautical collection includes modern, antique and signed books, with lots themed as ship modeling, history, exploration, military, whaling, etc.. Important works such as the 1861 two-volume printing of Schokker’s “Handboek Voor de Kennis Van Den Scheepsbow” and Boudriot’s four-volume “Le Vaisseau de 74 Canons,” will be offered.

An impressive collection of original Native American artifacts will be sold. These include arrowheads, drill heads, an axe or tomahawk stone head and various other implements hewn from quartz and other stones.  The items come from digs in Connecticut including the important Rye Hill site near Woodbury.

Found throughout this auction are pleasing groups of ephemera, artwork, antique furniture and other items. Of particular note is an original Civil War musket stamped “E. Whitney” of New Haven, in working order.  Ephemera lots feature genres such as World's Fairs, military, advertising, magazines and antique chromo-lithograph renderings, to name a few. The antique furniture to be sold is comprised chiefly of numerous stacking, oak barrister bookcases from celebrated manufacturers such as Globe-Wernicke. Additional offerings include china closets, a desk and other choice pieces.

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, April 15th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

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PARIS--For more than half a century the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair has attracted thousands of book collectors and connoisseurs to see important acquisitions presented by as many as 200 of the world’s most renowned dealers in rare and collectible books and manuscripts.

This year is no exception as LES ENLUMINURES (www.lesenluminures.com) gallery of Paris and Chicago is bringing what owner Sandra calls, “A wonderful Rare First Edition of a geographical, historical and linguistic account of Helvetia or the Swiss Confederacy composed in hexameters by Henricus Glareanus.  He was a nationalist who was one of the foremost humanists of the period.  Finely rubricated and hand-colored, this 1514 copy includes extensive annotations and a contemporary manuscript section by an unknown author, likely a student in the close circle of Glareanus and Osvaldus Myconius which, with modifications, was used for the commentary published under the name of Myconius in the second Basel 1519 edition.”

“This Glareanus is in Latin with German translation and with a few words in Greek and German.  It is an imprint on paper, hand-colored. The manuscript is on paper.  The imprint is Basel, Adam Petri, 1514 and Basel c1515.”

“I always look forward to bringing interesting new acquisitions to this popular New York book event, where I see many long time clients,” Hindman adds.  “The strength of the market here is one reason I am expanding and opening a New York gallery on May 1st at a period townhouse at 23 East 73 Street.  Now I will be more accessible to New York clients and can host special shows several times a year.  I am very pleased to be expanding beyond my Paris gallery of twenty years and my long time Chicago office.”

Other highlights at the Les Enluminures stand at the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR April 12 - 15 include a decorated manuscript in Latin, copied in the circle of the eminent humanists Marcus Tullius Cicero and Pietro Marso and likely created between 1481-91 and certainly after 1471-72.

Hindman says, “It is based on two editions of Cicero’s De Officiis, one printed in Paris in 1471-72 by the Sorbonne Press, and the other printed first in Venice in 1481, of the first edition of Pietro Marso’s influential commentary.  The humanist scribe (Heynlin?) of the present manuscript was clearly a careful reader of both imprints, and it seems likely that this codex was a preparatory manuscript for another edition of Cicero by the Sorbonne Press.”

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is sanctioned by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and exhibitors must be members of the League of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.

Les Enluminures is well known for offering exceptional examples of Medieval and Renaissance miniatures, manuscripts, stained glass and finger rings at both its Paris gallery and at fairs in New York, Paris, TEFAF Maastricht, Florence, San Francisco and London.

Sandra Hindman founded Les Enluminures gallery in Paris 20 years ago at Le Louvre des Antiquaires, opposite The Louvre, and has seen it become among the top ranked sources for the most significant manuscripts and art entering the market. Dr. Hindman is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, where she twice headed the Art History Department.

Hindman divides her time between her Paris gallery, her offices in Chicago and her soon to open New York gallery.  She has written many books and catalogues on the subject.

IF YOU GO

Galerie LES ENLUMINURES
 
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
 
April  12 - 15 PARK AVENUE ARMORY AT 67TH STREET
 
Preview Thursday April 12 from 5 - 9pm
Friday 12-8   Sat 12 - 7    Sunday 12 - 5
 
and at Le Louvre des Antiquaires,
2 Place du Palais-Royal,
75001 Paris (France)
Tel: +33 1 42 60 15 58
 
And opening May 2-
Les Enluminures in New York
23 East 73 Street
info@lesenluminures.com
www.lesenluminures.com

 
Through a Papermaker’s Eye: Artists’ Books from the Dieu Donné Collection of Susan Gosin, opening at the Grolier Club’s second floor gallery on April 26, showcases thirty-five years of collecting and creating limited edition books featuring the unique aspects of hand papermaking, such as watermarking and pulp painting as well as exquisite, custom designed, sheets of paper. The books and art displayed reveal the distinct partnership between print and paper and include unique work by artists such as Chuck Close and William Kentridge, poets such as Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Symborska, papermakers such as Timothy Barrett and Elaine and Donna Koretsky and printer/publishers such as Walter Hamady and Claire Van Vliet.  
 
Susan Gosin is the co-founder of Dieu Donné,  a non-profit artist’s workshop dedicated to the creation, promotion, and preservation of contemporary art utilizing hand papermaking, a process that has its roots in the long tradition of American handicrafts. The medium emerged from the International Arts & Crafts movement through its American representative, Roycroft Studios, in the first half of the twentieth century. American artists such as Dard Hunter, Elbert Hubbard, Stanley William Hayter, and Douglas Howell are legendary for bridging the craft and fine art of papermaking so that the medium and its message became indistinguishable.

From these early efforts, workshops spread throughout the U.S., creating opportunities for artists. By the early 1960s paper was established as a material of choice for artists. Because paper, unlike other materials, lends itself to a broad cultural milieu, it was particularly ripe for the diversity inherent in American culture. This renewed desire for experimentation in papermaking prompted co-founders Sue Gosin and Bruce Weinberg to open Dieu Donné in 1976, one of a few pioneer papermills in New York City and the U.S.
 
Today, Dieu Donné is among the hundreds of hand papermills and print shops across the country dedicated to the creation handmade paper. By adapting existing techniques from other media and inventing new methods, Dieu Donné has collaborated with artists of every political, cultural and stylistic persuasion to explore uncharted territory according to their own working strategies in painting, sculpture, installation, unique and editioned paper works, and artist books. Significantly, this collaborative approach has become a reciprocal process enabling the artists to benefit from each other’s knowledge and working methods while blurring the boundaries of previously discreet artistic categories such as painting and sculpture.

For thirty-five years Gosin has collaborated with artists on two and three-dimensional art in hand-made paper and has published numerous limited editions of fine artists’ books. Through a Papermaker’s Eye: Artists’ Books from the Dieu Donné Collection of Susan Gosin, offers a rare glimpse into some of the most significant artworks created during her unique and legendary career.

LOCATION AND TIME: Through a Papermaker’s Eye, will be on view at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, from April 26 through June 8, 2012, with the exception of May 31, when the Club is closed. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information and directions are available at www.grolierclub.org
 
CATALOGUE: A checklist of the exhibition will be available at the Grolier Club.
 
FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS AT THE GROLIER CLUB

May 15 - July 28, 2012. Aaron Burr Returns to New York: An Exhibition on Burr and His Contemporaries.

Sept. 11 -Nov. 17, 2012.In Pursuit of a Vision: Two Centuries of Collecting Americana at the American Antiquarian Society.

Dec. 4, 2012 - Feb. 2, 2013. From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599 - 1850
 
Visit the Grolier Club website: www.grolierclub.org


 
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - April 5, 2012 - Skinner, Inc., a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art, announces Devon Gray as the Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts. Gray brings more than 20 years experience as an expert in early books to her new role at Skinner, and has established herself as a premiere appraiser and cataloguer in the genre.

Gray will be responsible for continuing the growth of the Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts department. She is also charged with expanding the number of auctions presented by the department, and with developing a program to hold Fine Books & Manuscripts sales in Skinner’s Marlborough gallery.

Gray joins Skinner after more than 20 years as the co-owner and founder of James & Devon Gray Booksellers in Harvard Square. She is a renowned expert in books printed prior to 1700, including those from the Pre-medieval, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration periods. She has served as an advisor to both individual and institutional collectors including Harvard University, The Shepard Historical Society, Boston College, and the Cleveland Public Library’s Department of Special Collections.

Gray is also a bookbinder and owner of the Larksfoot Bindery in Princeton, Massachusetts, where in addition to restoring and conserving fine books, she occasionally receives commissions to create “old books” for use as movie props. She has also taught bookbinding to undergraduates at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the Harvard University Extension School, where she was enrolled in the Special Students Program. In addition, she has attended workshops in a variety of disciplines related to bookbinding, including Gilt Tooling with Gavin Dovey at the Center for Book Arts in New York, European Bookbinding from 1500 - 1800 with Nicholas Pickwood at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Restoration of Leather Bindings with Bernard Middleton at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

When asked about her role at Skinner, Gray said, “due to the area’s rich history of academia there are many beautiful old books in New England.” She continued, “in addition to retaining the interest of current consignors and buyers, I hope to generate even more excitement around the book department at Skinner and involve new collectors.” Gray also noted, “as someone with an affinity for early books, I certainly hope to revitalize the appeal of these works in my new role.”
 
About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.
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(Boston, Massachusetts) “George Deem: The Art of Art History” opens to the public at the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery of the Boston Athenæum on April 11, 2012. Deem, best known for his breathtakingly vivid re-workings of classic images from art history, died in 2008 at age 75, after a fifty-year career as a painter, spent almost entirely in New York City. The exhibition continues through September 1, 2012.

Organized by David B. Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum, with the cooperation of Deem’s estate, “George Deem: The Art of Art History” includes some 30 paintings in oil on canvas, wood panel, wood pallet, linen, and paper. It is the first important museum exhibition of Deem’s work since the artist’s death. The show focuses on the paintings Deem produced with inspiration from two of his favorite sources: the paintings of the seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer and those of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American artists, including Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, and Winslow Homer.

All artists rework the art of the past, at times imitating, at times extending, and at times rejecting the work of artists they admire. Deem moved the process of homage and change into uncharted territory. Art historian Robert Rosenblum has called Deem’s unconventional thematic choices “free-flowing [fantasy] about the facts and fictions of art history.” Writing in ARTnews, Robert Ayers praises Deem’s “unusual intelligence” and his acute awareness “of the artistic possibilities of his own and postmodern times.” Critic Holland Cotter notes the artist’s “uncannily faithful versions” of Old Master works which “establish an ongoing creative reciprocity between past and present, and render distinctions of send-up and homage inseparable.”

“Deems’ towering technique,” writes Steve Starger in Art New England, “allows him to pull off what seems like an audacious act of ego: Imagine having the chutzpah to think you can ‘redo’ Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Thomas Cole, or Vermeer. Then imagine having the technique and imagination to pull it off. Deem has copious quantities of both.”

Midwestern origins
George Clayton Deem Jr. was born in 1932 in Decker, Indiana, where he grew up and often worked alongside his cantaloupe-farmer father. He attended Catholic parochial schools and the local high school before matriculating at nearby Vincennes University.

According to his New York Times obituary, Deem always knew he wanted to be an artist but found he mostly encountered art in churches. As a teenager, he spent time at a Benedictine abbey in Meinrad, Indiana, where a cousin was a monk. The cousin recognized Deem’s talents and urged his family to send him to Chicago for formal art training. In 1952, Deem enrolled in the widely-respected School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located within the leading midwestern art museum, whose galleries he visited every day.

Drafted into the army in 1953, Deem was stationed in the historic German university town of Heidelberg with its elegant Baroque and Rococo architecture. During his two years in service, he was able to visit many of Europe’s leading art centers, including Florence, Venice, Paris, and London. He returned to Chicago in 1955 to complete his studies at the Art Institute, where he studied with Paul Wieghardt, teacher of such leading post-war American artists as Leon Golub, Robert Indiana, and Claes Oldenburg. He also took numerous art history courses with the artist and art historian Kathleen Blackshear and adopted Helen Gardner’s classic survey text, Art Through the Ages, as a personal reference he would use for the rest of his career.

New York Career
Following his graduation in 1958, Deem moved to New York City where he remained for most of the rest of his life and career. He took a job in the display department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and began to paint in earnest. Deem’s early New York paintings were, as he described it, “calligraphic images of cursive script”-- abstractions that resembled lines of old, illegible handwriting. They have been compared to the semi-calligraphic work of the American abstract artist Cy Twombly and to the lettering on ancient manuscripts.

Images began to appear with the “texts” in these works and gradually Deem returned to figural painting with what he called “Compositions with Illustrations.” Deem wanted the images he used to be easily recognizable so he chose famous paintings by such European masters as Chardin, Millet, and Goya, or borrowed images of George Washington from iconic works by Emanuel Leutze or Gilbert Stuart.

In the early 1960s, when he began exhibiting in New York with artists like Larry Rivers, critics tend to class Deem with Rivers and other young New York painters as a “Pop” artist. “[W]hat soup cans were to Andy Warhol...” Dearinger writes of these early critical assumptions in his catalogue essay, “famous paintings from the past were to George Deem.”

Vermeer and “School of”
Fascinated by the two great artistic discoveries of the Renaissance, oil paint and one-point perspective, Deem lovingly re-imagined and re-organized masterworks he admired into entirely new paintings while, as his New York Times obituary put it, “uncannily recreating the style, the light, the brushstrokes, as well as the details of artists he loved.”

In “Sargent Vermeer” (2007-08), included in the exhibition, one of many variations Deem painted on famous works by Vermeer, he removes the Dutch master’s original models and replaces them with one of the young girls from John Singer Sargent’s “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit,” Sargent’s famous canvas of 1882, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Deem also places a version of Sargent’s painting in the background. In other variations, like “The Art of Painting” (2002), Deem eliminates human figures altogether. In still others (“The Red Chair” (2002)), he focuses on a single piece of furniture from Vermeer’s original.

For many works playing on themes from American art, Deem sets the scene in a classic American schoolroom with rows of wood and cast-iron desks and blackboards. The “School of” in the title of many of these works is a play on the art historical term for a work that plays homage to an important master.

“This is me, in my schoolroom,” Deem wrote about one of his schoolroom paintings. “I can even tell you where I sat, it’s so close to historic reality… It was in this schoolroom that poetry, magic, sex--- everything--- developed in this quiet and inexpressive way.” In works in the exhibition like “Hudson River School” (1995), “School of Sargent” (1986), and “School of Winslow Homer” (1986), Deem blends visual elements associated with leading 19th-century American artists with this autobiographical schoolroom image.

A reputation that has defied classification
Deem’s work has proved difficult to pin down. He has been classified as a Pop artist, a Figurative Realist, a Deconstructionist, a Proto-Post Modernist, a Post-Modernist, and even as a Post-Post-Modernist. His fragmentation and re-blending of art history has been called quotation, paraphrase, collage, montage, and appropriation. Although he began his New York career during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, his paintings seem to have affinities with work by “appropriation” artists a generation or so younger, including Sherrie Levine, Yasumasa Morimura, and Cindy Sherman.

The thirty paintings in the Boston Athenæum exhibition, dating from 1970 to 2008, span a broad range of Deem’s most important themes and explorations of art history. They will offer one of the best opportunities ever for viewers to judge Deem’s place for themselves.

A fully-illustrated, 77-page catalogue with an essay by Dr. Dearinger accompanies the show.

About the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery:
Located on the first floor of the Boston Athenæum’s National Historic Landmark building at 10 1/2 Beacon Street in the heart of Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, the Norman Jean Calderwood Gallery is the Athenæum’s main public exhibition space. It is within walking distance of the Government Center and Park Street MBTA stations. Parking is available in a commercial lot across from the building and in the Boston Common Parking Garage, under the Boston Common and accessible from Charles Street.

The Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery is open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday; and from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday. Admission to special exhibitions in the Calderwood Gallery is free to members; $5.00 for non-members. The Calderwood Gallery and the rest of the Boston Athenæum building are closed on major holidays.

About the Boston Athenæum:
Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is Boston’s first cultural institution. It combines an art museum, with a public exhibition gallery and collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts; a leading research and membership library; and a civic forum including lectures, readings, panel discussions, and other events. A cultural innovator and catalyst for more than two centuries, the Athenæum was one of the three founders of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and served as the inspiration for the Boston Public Library, the first municipally-supported library in North America.

The Athenæum’s overseers and members have included some of America’s greatest literary figures, among them Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Amy Lowell, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and such leading politicians as Presidents John Quincy Adams and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the legendary statesman Daniel Webster, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The Athenæum’s National Historic Landmark building at 10 1/2 Beacon Street on Boston’s Beacon Hill houses collections of international importance, among them the largest surviving portion of the library of President George Washington. It holds exhibitions in its Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery and public events, lectures, panel discussions, concerts, and readings around the year. Information about membership, programs, and hours can be found at www.bostonathenaeum.org.
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AUSTIN, Texas—Thomas Smith (b. 1938), visual effect producer for such films as "Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" (1982), has donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Smith was hired by George Lucas as the first head of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and worked on the special effects for such films as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984), "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"(1983), "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989).

"Tom Smith's collection will be of tremendous interest to students and scholars studying special effects in film and its impact on our culture," said Steve Wilson, curator of film at the Ransom Center. "His work and the films he helped create will be studied for generations to come, and we're grateful for this generous and important gift."

The Smith collection comprises 22 boxes and documents Smith's professional work through the 1980s and 1990s. Spanning from 1979 to 2003, the collection contains special effects storyboards, screenplay drafts, scripts, pre-production research, production materials, newspaper clippings, photographs and published materials such as fan magazines and cinematography periodicals. The papers also contain material relating to Smith's time at ILM and Lucasfilm.

After graduating from Northwestern University in 1960, Smith studied film in Paris at the Institute of Higher Studies in Film with the help of a Fulbright Scholarship. Following three years in the U.S. Air Force, Smith began his career in film as a writer and producer-director for Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation (EB), where he directed more than 50 educational films. One of Smith's last projects for EB changed the trajectory of his career to special effects. "Solar System" (1977) not only allowed Smith to experiment with special effects, it also caught the eye of George Lucas, American filmmaker and founder of Lucasfilm.

Smith began working for Lucas's ILM in 1980 and oversaw the visual effects facility through 1986. After that, Smith worked in freelance special effects and produced films for Lucasfilm, Disney, Jim Henson and Turner Broadcasting System. He won a British Academy Award for outstanding visual effects on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989) and produced several theme park attractions for Disney. Smith went on to work for Disney until 1992. Since then he has worked on several other projects, including his own feature film "The Arrival" (1996).

Highlights of the Smith collection include storyboards from "Return of the Jedi," a copy of the "Dick Tracy" (1990) script with annotations by Warren Beatty and sequential storyboards for "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

"There are few artistic endeavors that call upon so many disciplines as the production of feature films," said Smith. "While the average filmgoer is aware of the actors and some of the crew behind the camera, hundreds of craftsmen and artists put their work into the planning and producing of every large film. Most of the work is either never seen by the audience or remains in the background. Fortunately I saved some of my documents, and that is what makes up the collection I have donated to the Harry Ransom Center."

Smith will visit The University of Texas at Austin to speak publicly on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in KLRU's Studio 6A in the Communications Center Building B. As part of the Harry Ransom Lecture series, Smith will discuss his life and career. While on campus, Smith will also meet with students in the College of Communication's Department of Radio-Television-Film.

The Thomas G. Smith Endowment has been established at the Ransom Center to support research in the collection. Information about the Ransom Center's fellowships is available online.

Other film collections at the Ransom Center include those of producer David O. Selznick; actor, producer and director Robert De Niro; screenwriters Paul Schrader, Ernest Lehman and Jay Presson Allen; actress Gloria Swanson; and early special effects creator Norman Dawn.

The collection will be made accessible once it is processed and cataloged. 
April 2, 2012--The Library of Congress has acquired the initial portion of the personal papers of the American director, producer, actor and acting teacher Lee Strasberg (1901-1982), internationally known for his development of method acting in the Stanislavsky tradition, which deeply influenced performance in American theater and film. The collection has come to the Library as a generous donation by Strasberg’s widow, Anna Strasberg of New York City, who noted that she joins son Adam Strasberg in making this gift to the Library of Congress.

"I am absolutely delighted that Lee’s collection is coming to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved, made accessible, and join other great collections related to American theater," said Anna Strasberg. "Our family is unanimous in the opinion that the Library of Congress is the ideal place," she added.

Method acting, a technique which became popular in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, is characterized by actors’ attempts to give their roles greater realism by making connections between those roles and their own emotions from the past.

Lee Strasberg co-founded the legendary Group Theatre, was artistic director of the Actors’ Studio in New York City, and founded the Lee Strasberg Institutes in New York City and Los Angeles.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said, "The Lee Strasberg Collection is of major significance because it documents a crucial chapter of the nation’s theatrical history. Often referred to as the father of method acting in America, Strasberg trained several generations of our most illustrious talents, including Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Julie Harris, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and the director Elia Kazan."

The Library of Congress has received approximately 240 archival boxes containing a wide array of material amassed by Strasberg during his long career, including correspondence, rehearsal notes, drafts of publications and lectures, project files, photographs, theatrical drawings and posters, sketches of stage designs, appointment books, address books, press clippings, acting-class rosters, play scripts and playbills. The papers will be housed in the Library’s Manuscript Division.

The Lee Strasberg Collection is a rich addition to other outstanding theatrical holdings of the Library of Congress, such as the papers of Eva LeGallienne, Lillian Gish, Sid Caesar, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Rouben Mamoulian and Joshua Logan (all in the Manuscript Division), and the papers of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, Richard Rodgers, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, George and Ira Gershwin, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine (in the Music Division).
Researchers, scholars, aspiring actors and other artists will be able to use the Strasberg Collection once it has been fully processed.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 151 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.

MIDDLEBURG, VA - “Shooting Flying” in Literature and Art introduces visitors to the range of literature on shooting wildfowl that exists in the Library’s collection. Books on display date from the 18th century through the 21st. Works of art from the NSLM collection and from private lenders enrich the exhibit. Of special interest is an emphasis on the 20th century American sporting print.

Nineteenth century ephemera provide an opportunity to view early shotguns and decoys.

The exhibition takes its name from PTERYPLEGIA: Or, The Art of SHOOTING- FLYING, A POEM, by Mr. Markland, A.B., fellow of St. John’s College in Oxford, and published in 1717. The book, of which the National Sporting Library and Museum has a third edition (1767), is one of the earliest works in English to give instructions on how to shoot flying birds with a gun. In his prose introduction and in his rhymed poetic text, Mr. Markland gives practical advice on game birds, shooting, and safety.

“Shooting Flying” runs through June 30, 2012 and is in the Library’s Forrest
E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall.

The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving, sharing and promoting 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. Closed on federal holidays. For more information, visit www.nsl.org. or call 540-687-6542. NSLM, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117.
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