May 2012 Archives

A Gentle Madness is not only the name of the bestselling and most comprehensive book about the passion of book collecting, it has become a widely recognized term to describe the innocent addiction to, and allure of, acquiring books.  Anyone afflicted with this malady is certifiable and in good company.

No one knows this better than the author of A Gentle Madness, Nicholas Basbanes, to whom Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian David McCullough has referred as “our leading authority of books about books.”  

A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (Fine Books Press, paper, $15.95), originally written before the emergence of the internet, is now available in a new edition, updated for the twenty-first century reader, including a new preface by the author.  Appropriately, it will soon be available digitally for popular ebook readers.

The new edition of Basbanes’ modern classic recalls the end of the Golden Age of collecting—that last moment in time when collectors frequented dusty bookshops, street stalls, and high-stakes auctions, conducting themselves with the subterfuge befitting a true bibliomaniac.  A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched.  A sweeping and fascinating history of collecting on all levels, it begins with the 2,200-year-old Library of Alexandria, passes through the dawn of Western printing in the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, and carries through the marvels of twentieth-century collecting.  Basbanes’ new preface updates the reader on many of the personalities and key players in the world of book collecting—people like Haven O’More, Stephen C. Blumberg, William H. Scheide, Howard B. Gottlieb, Leonard Baskin, Peter B. Howard, Mary Hyde Eccles, Glen Dawson, Lou and Ben Weinstein, Michael Zinman, and Charles L. Blockson, among others.

Throughout, Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter’s heart and instincts to the task of chronicling collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania.  Now a classic of collecting, A Gentle Madness is a book lover’s delight.


A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books 
By Nicholas A. Basbanes 
(A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year)

The Definitive Edition, ISBN 978-0-9799491-5-9, Paper, $15.95

Published by Fine Books Press, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, #2, Durham, North Carolina 27707

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of a world class James Joyce collection, with material for sale individually and on view by appointment in our Manhattan offices and in our East Hampton gallery throughout the summer.

This collection, comprised of over 100 books, letters, photographs, and manuscripts by and about Joyce, was built over the course of thirty years by writer and editor Alexander Neubauer, who, drawn to Joyce’s prose, bought his first Joyce piece after high school, in the summer of 1977, on his first visit to Shakespeare & Company in Paris.

This important trove documents Joyce’s life and work. From a school photograph of him at the age of 7 with classmates who would become characters in A Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man, and books he owned in school, to a portrait taken of him by Man Ray the year Ulysses was published; from letters to Nora Barnacle - who would become, soon after, Nora Joyce - scheduling dates, to correspondence with his publisher; from early works through Finnegans Wake, to books he inscribed to friends, to books from his library. “Taken together,” writes Neubauer in his preface to the catalogue illustrated with color photographs by David Levinthal, available in limited and deluxe issues, “they suggest evidence of an overarching theme: that despite all efforts to appear a man guarded by ‘silence, exile, and cunning,’ Joyce throughout his life chose to be dependent on a world of connections, a circle of confederates.”

BOSTON - May 2012 - Historic New England awards its 2012 Prize for Collecting Works on Paper to M. Stephen Miller and DeWolfe & Wood, Antiquarian Book Dealers.

Miller spent more than thirty years assembling the finest and most comprehensive collection of Shaker ephemera documenting Shaker industries and craft. Selections from his collection of more than sixteen thousand items have been included in numerous books on Shaker material culture and history and been shared with researchers and the general public through publication, exhibitions, and loans. His publications on Shaker ephemera include A Century of Shaker Ephemera (1988), Handled with Care (2006), From Shaker Laands and Shaker Hands: A Survey of the Industries (2007), and Inspired Innovations (2010). These books amply illustrate, describe, and contextualize his collections. The entire collection is being transferred to Hamilton College over a ten-year period, where it will be accessible for viewing on its digital collections website.

Specializing in Shaker material and Maine and New England history and literature, Scott DeWolfe and Frank Wood have assisted many institutions and collectors in assembling major collections since 1993 and have done much to promote and preserve a broad range of historic America on paper. DeWolfe & Wood use their expertise to locate significant historical materials and place them with appropriate owners, including Historic New England, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and Hamilton College, as well as with many private collectors.

Historic New England hosts a reception to celebrate the third annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. To attend contact or call 617-994-5934.

This is the third annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper, which was established by Historic New England to be awarded to a collector or dealer who has assembled or helped save a significant collection of historical material related to New England or the broader world that might otherwise have been left unrecognized or lost. The award recognizes collections of works on paper that reveal patterns of human thought and activity, ranging from books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and drawings to all kinds of ephemera, such as trade cards, scrapbooks, or theater programs.
National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, June 3rd auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of posters and ephemera. Featured is a large collection of modern first editions, the majority of which retain their original dust jackets. We will also offer another session from the large nautical collection we are bringing to market over a series of auctions this year. Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres.

Featured among the rare and collectible books to be sold are many modern first editions, including a number of author-signed copies.  Featured is a copy of “A Set of Six,” inscribed by author Joseph Conrad to colleague John Charles Tarver. Additionally offered are dozens of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Ed McBain, Michael Connelly and Jesse Kellerman, to name a few.  Also featured is the 1862 first American edition of Victor Hugo’s classic, “Les Miserables,” published in five volumes. A number of desirable antique children’s books will be sold, including pleasing volumes filled with color chromo-lithographic plates.

This session of nautical history titles features a quantity of new, uncirculated reference books as well as select antique offerings.  Many of the lots including new stock offer multiple copies of titles relating to ship modeling.  Additional new books which are offered individually include landmark printings and folios such as David Steel’s “Elements et Pratique de l'Architecture Navale,” originally published in 1805 and here offered as the 2001 facsimile reprinting of the complete folio.  Antique items include an author-inscribed copy of William Bainbridge-Hoff’s “The Avoidance of Collisions at Sea,” printed in 1886, and lots featuring groups of decorative antique bindings.

Found throughout this auction are pleasing groups of ephemera along with vintage and antique posters and broadsides and a unique 1885 sketchbook which includes 12 original works of art.  The sketchbook was circulated by a prominent lady of Victorian society who presented the book to several artists, principally in Boston in 1885 and invited them to create an original drawing within.  Included are two drawings and a letter, executed by and belonging to celebrated White Mountains artist, Benjamin Champney. Many vintage and antique posters will be offered, ranging from an important 1876 broadside to various twentieth century examples featuring the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Jean Cocteau. Ephemera lots offer themes such as the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair in Chicago, advertising, and various others such as magazines including three
original issues of Alfred Stieglitz’s “Camera Work Photographic Quarterly.”  Also offered will be a personal collection of souvenirs, military-issued items and uniforms belonging to a U.S. Navy sailor who served in the Pacific theatre during World War II.

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, June 3rd 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
In its 55th year, the London International Antiquarian Book Fair achieved excellent sales figures - up by 22% to £3.85 million, which given the current economic climate, has surpassed expectations. For the first time, the Fair took place in the National Exhibition Hall of Olympia, West London, from Thursday, May 24 and ran until Saturday, May 26, 2012. Just under 500 visitors - many who had queued to come in - came through the doors in the first 40 minutes of the Fair which comprised of 185 exhibitors* from 17 countries.

One of the first things to sell was a set of 13 screenprints by Damien Hirst, the prints dating from 1999 were being offered for sale by Bernard Quaritch of London and sold for a five-figure sum, proving that the Antiquarian Book Fair is offering a much wider spectrum than in the past.

Chairman of the Fair, Brian Lake of Jarndyce, based by the British Museum in London reported “that the overall reaction to the ABA Book Fair has been positive from both the booksellers and visitors. The new location has attracted many favourable comments and many visitors told me that it is the best fair they have been to. It looked fantastic and extremely professional. We had the cream of the world's books and booksellers - a top notch, world class event. And despite the current economic climate and the amazing summer weather, sales were 22% up on 2011 - which I feel is a real achievement by the organising committee and the fair manager, Marianne Harwood.”

Among those exhibiting for the first time was Antikvariat Mats Rehnström from Stockholm. Mats Rehnström commented: “this is the first time we have done the Fair and it is well organised and the security is very good. We have met a wide range of people from all over the world including old acquaintances and even clients from Sweden!”

The team at Bernard Quaritch Ltd, London, who exhibit at all of the International Book Fairs were very enthusiastic and said “we have had a really good fair, it is a really nice location - rare to have natural daylight - it’s definitely the nicest fair I have been to for a long time.”

Past Fair Chairman, Adrian Harrington of Adrian Harrington Rare Books, Kensington Church Street, London - who was instrumental in the International Book Fair coming to Olympia 15 years ago, said: “We really like the new location and it has been great to see old friends and make new ones. Among the interesting items that we have sold was a ‘Gringott’s cheque’ film prop from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was sold to a dealer from the USA.” Specialists in Bond-related material, they also welcomed Ian Fleming's nephew Fergus Fleming on their stand to soft launch the Ian Fleming bibliography by their colleague Jon Gilbert and immediately had pre-orders.

Julien Comellas of Libreria Antiquària Comellas, Barcelona was also doing the Fair for the first time. He thought it was a good location and very well organized. He had sold items to the trade but also to a few private customers - several who he had lost contact with in the past, so was pleased to be re-acquainted with. A regular on the international fair circuit, he said he would definitely do the London International Antiquarian Book Fair again.

Janette Ray of Janette Ray Rare and Out of Print Books, based in York, commented how professional the fair looked. “it is nice to be in such wonderful surroundings. I have met several new private customers and new, younger faces who seem to be interested in my items.”

SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today plans to renovate and completely reinstall the Main Exhibition Hall of its historic Library building with a new, dynamic permanent exhibition designed to provoke visitors’ sense of connection to history and literature and to better highlight the value and uses of the Library’s incomparable collections of historical materials. The Main Exhibition Hall will be closed from June 5, 2012, to the fall of 2013 as the new installation, anchored by about 100 rare items from the collections, is constructed.
One of the most treasured pieces in the collection, the Gutenberg Bible, will be moved to the Huntington Art Gallery on June 5 so that it can remain on view uninterrupted. The other items, including the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and rare early editions of William Shakespeare’s works, will come back on view late this summer in a portion of the Erburu wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art that previously had been used for storage. This temporary installation will ensure that school programs, which serve about 3,600 children each year, can continue without interruption during the 2012-13 academic year.
“Scholars around the world are familiar with the depth and significance of the primary source materials at The Huntington, and now, with this thoughtful reimagining of the core Library exhibition, the public will be better able to explore one of our most crucial roles here—as a research center with glorious special collections,” Huntington president Steven Koblik said.
Designed principally by architect Myron Hunt (1868-1952) for Henry E. Huntington, and first opened in 1920, the Library’s Main Exhibition Hall served as a reading room for scholars until 1931, when a new reading room was constructed, and since has served exclusively as a gallery. The exhibition as currently installed was created in 1977 and has been only modestly updated since. The project announced today will include renovation of the heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems, but the most dramatic aspect of the $2.5 million undertaking will be the new exhibition.
“We’re seizing a historic opportunity with an ambitious plan,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library. “We intend to highlight a selection of works from our collection of some 9 million items, each with countless stories to tell, in a concise display that won’t overwhelm, but rather delight and profoundly inspire people again and again. We’re fortunate to be faced with such an exciting challenge—one that occurs maybe only once in a generation.”
The new Library exhibition will begin with an introduction in what is known as the Trustees’ Room—not previously part of the permanent exhibition space —presenting a behind-the-scenes look at the activities of the Huntington Library today.  The display will be rooted in the importance of original materials and cover the topics of collecting, acquisitions, conservation, and research through videos, images, and original materials. This section will include a selection of books written by researchers who have used Huntington Library materials in their scholarship.
The exhibition then will unfold through the foyer and into the 3,456-square-foot wood-paneled, balcony-rimmed Main Hall, which will spotlight 12 key works in vignettes organized chronologically. The key works will begin with the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and continue with landmark items, including the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s first folio, Audubon’s Birds of America, and Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden. The works will represent the strengths of the Library’s collection—English culture from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, American colonial history and the Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, English and American literature, and the exploration and development of the American West.
Each vignette will incorporate other rare works to help locate it in time and place, stimulating visitors to make connections and consider a wider context. For example, a first folio edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays, published in 1623, will be displayed alongside books that inspired him, works by his contemporaries, and rare items that reflect the world he lived in—from the British colonization of the New World to the writings of Galileo. Each vignette will offer unexpected juxtapositions and new insights into the collections, and into history itself.
Overall, the Main Exhibition Hall will be designed to be a comfortable, beautiful place that inspires people to read, reflect, and discuss, with benches and reading materials available throughout.
The exhibition is being designed by Karina White working with Gordon Chun Design, based in Berkeley, Calif., who worked together on The Huntington’s award-winning permanent exhibitions “Plants are Up to Something” in The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science and “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World” in Dibner Hall of the History of Science, which adjoins the Library’s Main Hall.    
CONTACTS:   Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, 
Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140,

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New York—Bonhams will be offering a rare autograph manuscript proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln as part of the June 19 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction. The manuscript is a draft version of the March 26, 1864 proclamation giving the President the right to grant amnesty to Confederate Prisoners (pre-sale est. $200,000-300,000). The existence of this important draft was unknown for well over a century, but as we approach the 150th anniversary of the Amnesty Proclamation its significance is ever more apparent.

This highlighted piece of American history underscores a crucial aspect of Lincoln’s attitude to Reconstruction. On December 8, 1863, although the final Confederate surrender was more than eighteen months away, Abraham Lincoln issued his historic Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, extending an olive branch to any rebels who would accept it. Lincoln would grant a full pardon and restoration of all rights of property to anyone who pledged to “faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of all the States there under.” The Government was so overwhelmed by requests for amnesty that in March of the following year the President had to issue a second Proclamation, clarifying exactly which “insurgent enemies” were entitled to the pardon.

In June, Bonhams will be offering an important draft of that statement, in which Lincoln explains that Confederate prisoners already in the custody of the United States are not automatically entitled to a pardon under the terms of the December Amnesty, but that instead he personally will review each plea on a case by case basis. History lovers and serious collectors of fine and rare manuscripts will be fascinated by this lot, which comes as one and a half pages on blue-lined legal folio paper, the same paper that he used for the first draft of the Gettysburg Address and his final speech.

Bonhams is also offering several highlights of Americana, such as a Revolutionary War journal written by Timothy Newell, a Boston Selectman, which covers the Siege of Boston and describes the Battle of Bunker Hill (pre-sale est. $50,000-80,000), and a collection of 33 original architectural drawings of the Union Pacific Railroad (pre-sale est. $10,000-15,000). Other important lots include an extremely rare folio containing the first edition of the 2nd United States Census (pre-sale est. $10,000-20,000), along with the first known plans drawn for the Mulberry Harbors, the mobile ports used during allied D-Day operations in World War II (pre-sale est. $40,000-80,000).

The work will be available to preview at the Bonhams New York headquarters at 580 Madison Avenue from June 15 - 19. 
New York—On Thursday, June 7, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, and Ephemera that offers part two of a private collection with specialization in maps of American interest, as well as a selection of atlases, and an impressive assortment of natural history books (with plates depicting animals, birds, botanicals and more). The sale concludes with nearly 30 lots of ephemera.

Among the earliest American maps are Carnelis Wytfliet, Florida et Apalche, Louvain, 1597 (estimate: $2,500 to $3,500); Robert Dudley, Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia è parte della nuoua Anglia, first state of the first printed sea chart of New England, Florence, 1647 ($12,000 to $18,000); Joannes van Keulen, Pas Kaart van de Zee Kusten van Virginia TusschenC Henry, Amsterdam, circa 1685 ($4,000 to $6,000); and Pierre Mortier, Carte Particuliere de Virginie, Maryland, Pennsilvanie, Amsterdam, circa 1696 ($3,500 to $5,000).

From the 18th and 19th centuries are Visscher/Schenk, Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae nec non parties Virginiae Tabula, Amsterdam, circa 1729 ($4,000 to $6,000); Jeffrys/Mead, A Map of the most Inhabited Part of New England, London, 1774 ($6,000 to $9,000); William Brassier, A Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John, London, August 5, 1776 ($3,000 to $4,000); William Faden, A Plan of the Town of Boston with the Intrenchments &c. of His Majesty’s Forces in 1775, London, 1777 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Jacob Willetts, Map of the State of New York with Parts Adjacent, Poughkeepsie, 1815 ($2,500 to $3,500).

Fine 19th century miniature globes are featured in the sale, including one made of ivory that opens into a sundial ($3,500 to $5,000), and another that has a moon in orbit around it ($4,000 to $6,000); as well as a pair of George III period examples—one terrestrial, the other celestial—on matching wooden stands ($10,000 to $15,000 for the two).

Choice atlases are Heinrich Scherer, Geographia Naturalis, bound with Geographia Hierarchica, 34 maps in all, Munich, 1710 and 1703 ($6,000 to $9,000); Joseph Roux, Carte de la Mer Mediterranée, with 12 folding maps, Paris, 1764 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Anthony Finley, A New American Atlas, with 15 hand-colored maps, Philadelphia, 1826 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Among books with beautifully hand-colored plates are several ornithological works including John Latham, A General History of Birds, with 193 plates, Winchester, 1821-28 ($6,000 to $9,000); James Bolton, Harmonia Ruralis: or, an Essay towards a Natural History of British Song Birds, 81 plates, London, 1830 ($2,500 to $3,500); and Lemaire and Prévost, Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques, 80 plates, Paris, 1864 ($2,500 to $3,500).

Botanical highlights include Hieronymus Bock, Kreutterbuch, Strassburg, circa 1577 ($2,000 to $3,000); James Bateman, A Second Century of Orchidaceous Plants, 100 plates, London, 1867 ($4,000 to $6,000); and William Curtis and John Sims, The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, 28 volumes in 14, London, 1790-1808 ($7,000 to $10,000).

Other natural history titles of note are Ippolito Salviani, Aquatilium animalium historiae, liber primus, an important early illustrated ichthyological treatise, Rome, 1554 ($4,000 to $6,000) and August Johann Roesel von Rosenhof, Der monatlichherausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung, Nuremerg, 1746-61 ($1,500 to $2,500).

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

The sale concludes with approximately 30 lots of ephemera, which include Victorian trade cards, bookmarks, sheet music and a theater scrapbook.

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

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

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

Live online bidding is also available via
(Washington, DC)  In the two centuries between 1500 and 1700, London transformed from a medieval capital to an early modern metropolis. The city also underwent an unprecedented series of catastrophes and natural disasters: deadly plagues, religious disputes, civil wars, the Great Fire, the overthrow of Charles I, and economic upheaval. Yet rather than diminishing London, these events ushered in an era in which London wielded global influence as the seat of the emerging British Empire.  

Open City: London, 1500-1700 explores the dramatic political, religious, and economic changes that reshaped London, from the dissolution of the monasteries to the rebuilding of the city after the Great Fire. Through three important gatherings places—churches, theaters, and markets—Open City examines how Londoners formed communities, negotiated social hierarchies, and understood their places in the world.   

In addition to affecting life in the early modern period, many changes have ongoing impact. “All of these changes—to economic competition, to capital, to religion not being imposed by the state, to reigning in the power of monarchs—are changes that have defined our world today,” exhibition curator Kathleen Lynch said.

Lynch cites several examples of major changes that occurred during these two centuries that continue to affect life today, noting that by the end of the 17th century, the Church of England was no longer a state church, English rulers had agreed to a Bill of Rights limiting their powers, and increases in overseas colonization coupled with influxes of immigration carried economic and social impact.  

“So much of the way we operate in Western democracies is due to the rules of the game established in this period,” Lynch noted.

Even for those who have never been there, London is familiar.

“People are interested in London, especially now with events such as the recent royal wedding and the upcoming Olympics. We feel a kinship to the city because of our shared history,” curator Betsy Walsh said.  

In these two crucial centuries, London was home to figures who are now household names: famous monarchs like Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth I; extraordinary dramatists such as William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Ben Jonson; and architects Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren, whose works can still be seen today.   

“This was a defining period of change in London’s history, when London moved from the periphery of Europe more to the center of world trade and world networks,” Lynch said.

Maps offer a unique window into London’s metamorphosis, depicting changes inside the city as well as London’s deepening connections with the rest of the world.

“In the early maps we see most of the development clustered within the medieval city walls, with large green spaces outside of the city proper.  Later maps document the rapid expansion of the city beyond the walls,” explained Walsh.  

Using information from a variety of sources, Open City charts the wide-ranging changes wrought by new ideas, products, and people moving through its dynamic public spaces: churches, theaters, and markets.

Exhibition Highlights

Open City features maps, diaries, letters, drawings, and other documents relating to London in the years between 1500 and 1700. The exhibition includes nearly 100 items drawn entirely from the Folger collection.

Highlights include: 

•    Broadening horizons. A panoramic view of London by Wenceslaus Hollar shows a rapidly growing city; two decades later, many of the buildings depicted in the etching were destroyed by the Great Fire.  
•    Rank and file. A chart showing the pew assignments of members of a London church offers a fascinating glimpse into social hierarchies and organized religion.
•    Map quest. Maps from the period show London’s changing cityscape, as many former religious sites are repurposed and open spaces are gradually overtaken by urban development.
•    Casualty lists.  Records of plague victims, as well as those who died from other causes, are sobering reminders of the devastating effects of disease in an era before modern medicine.
•    Shakespeare’s townhouse. The deed to a London townhouse purchased by William Shakespeare in Blackfrairs, the site of a former monastery, shows how locations often transitioned between religious and secular uses.    

Open City brings the dynamic world of London on the cusp of the modern era to life. Through eyewitness accounts and other documentary sources, the exhibition offers on-the-ground testimony about what people experienced during the transformation of one of the world’s leading cities.

Kathleen Lynch is Executive Director of the Folger Institute, where she is responsible for organizing the seminars, workshops, and other formal programs for scholars at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her research interests include the intertwined histories of regulations of religion and the book trade. Her book, Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Walsh joined the Folger Library staff in 1974 and is currently Head of Reader Services. She has been a contributor to Shakespeare Magazine, and has served as a curator and consultant for a number of Folger exhibitions including The Reader Revealed (2001), Voices for Tolerance (2004) and Breaking News (2008).

Exhibition Viewing and Lecture Series
Join us for a series of informal lectures on life in London during the early modern period, as well as special after-hours opportunities for viewing the exhibition.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Christopher Wren
June 18
St. Paul’s Cathedral is the City of London’s most important monument and historic building. Dr. John Schofield, the Cathedral Archaeologist for St. Paul’s Cathedral, will discuss how recent archaeological and historical research is now reconstructing the pre-Wren medieval cathedral, which was likely the largest building in medieval Britain and one of the largest in Europe. A reception and exhibition viewing follow.
HOURS: Monday at 7pm
TICKETS: Free. Advance reservations preferred at

Blackfriars: “The Most Convenient Place”
Monday, July 9
Before it became synonymous with a theater, Blackfriars was a London precinct literally at the nexus of the city, the church, and the court. Its’ ideal location at the intersection of London’s two rivers and close proximity to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Inns of Court made it prime real estate for the rich, while its status as a “liberty” of the city and a sanctuary from authority made it a favorite haunt of London’s non-conformists. Ralph Alan Cohen of the American Shakespeare Center discusses Blackfriars as the place to be and the place to be seen.
HOURS: Monday at 7pm
TICKETS: Free. Advance reservations preferred at

Readings from The Roaring Girl
Monday, July 30
Actors from Washington, DC’s Taffety Punk Theatre Company present a staged dramatic reading of excerpts of The Roaring Girl, a bold, brilliant play by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker. The play was first produced in 1611 and was restaged famously in the 1980s by the Royal Shakespeare Company. David Schalkwyk, the Folger’s Director of Research, talks about why this “city comedy” reveals so much about Jacobean London.
HOURS: Monday at 7pm
TICKETS: Free. Advance reservations preferred at

September 27- 29
Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective
Complementing the Folger exhibition Open City: London, 1500-1700, this academic conference includes a case study of London and its scientific communities, as well as speakers on public ceremonies, intellectual communities, the book trade, and economics.  
Registration Fee: $75

September 28-30
London: Music from the City of Shakespeare
Hear the wealth of dances, consort lessons, and ayres that flourished as London transformed into a modern city.  
Hours: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Tickets: $37

Online Resources
Visit for an online version of Open City, including a mobile tour app, images, an audio tour, and related information.  

Monday - Friday at 11am & 3pm, Saturday at 11am & 1pm, and Sunday at 1pm
Folger Docents offer guided tours of the exhibition, as well as the Folger’s national landmark building, free of charge.  No advance reservations required.

Group Tours
Docent-led tours of the exhibition, as well as the Folger national landmark building, are offered for groups of 10 or more.  To arrange, please call (202) 675-0395.

Mobile App
Visitors may use their smartphones to access an enriched, multimedia tour of the exhibition, with images, video clips, and more.

Guide by Cell Audio Tours
Visitors, using their own cell phones, can call (202) 595-1844 and follow the prompts for 75# through 91# to hear curators and other scholars share personal comments on exhibition items.

Very Like a Whale
October 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Michael Witmore and Rosamond Purcell, Curators
Shakespeare thought in pictures. His language moves like ever-changing clouds across the sky. Just as a whale seen in a cloud may morph into a weasel, so a root may resemble a human figure, a stone, a fish. Featuring the photography of Rosamond Purcell, Very Like a Whale juxtaposes words, photographs, books, and natural objects to evoke the restless energy of Shakespeare's mind, and capture the real world that shaped his imagination — from mirrors to medicines, from whales to weasels, from wild weather to "dragon, mole or finless fish.”

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Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750). Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theater, music, poetry, exhibitions, lectures, and family programs. By promoting understanding of Shakespeare and his world, Folger Shakespeare Library reminds us of the enduring influence of his works, the formative effects of the Renaissance on our own time, and the power of the written and spoken word. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, the Folger Shakespeare Library—located one block east of the U.S. Capitol—opened in 1932. Learn more at

On the occasion of publication of their catalogue of incunables, Shapero Rare Books have highlights from the collection worth 10 million USD on display in their central London premises from 24 May.  

The catalogue features 75 incunables offered for sale from one of the most significant collections of books published in the first decades of the history of printing.

This is the first time for decades such assemblage of important works has appeared on the market.

The historical significance of these works is immense as they are the earliest and most important representations of the invention of printing in the 15th century which eventually changed the world.

The original collection was built up more than 20 years ago and is therefore fresh to the market. The owner Dr. Joost R. Ritman created in Amsterdam a library and research institute of international renown dedicated to the study of philosophy and Western religious beliefs called the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica.

A remarkable collection which includes many magnificent works of the utmost rarity and finest quality.

Examples include three books printed by the renowned printers Fust & Schoeffer, who originally collaborated with Gutenberg on his bible - the first book printed in the West. However they eventually became his nemesis and led him to bankruptcy. Fust and Schoeffer were the first to produce a book with the printer’s name and date.

•    The fourth earliest printed book (1459) by DURANDUS is the first edition ever published of a well known author and only the third to bear a date. This work is hugely significant in the history of early printing and very beautiful with colourful illuminations, some hand painted in gold and valued at one million dollars.

•    The fourth edition of the Latin Bible, printed seven years after the Gutenberg Bible, is also available and valued at approx 1.5 million US dollars.

•    Other highlights include first editions of important landmark writers, such as:

o    Aristophanes (printed in 1498 by Aldus Manutius in Venice, who invented the “italics”, in a beautifully illuminated example)

o    Petrarch, the “father of humanism” (first collected edition of the Latin works, published  1496)

o    Plato (first edition and first Latin translation of his complete works in any form, published 1484)

o    The first edition of the epic tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece (Argonautica) by Apollonius printed in 1496 on vellum (calf skin) with illuminations painted in gold valued over 600,000 US dollars.

The books are on display at shapero rare books, 32, saint george street, london w1s 2ea and copies of the catalogue are also available.

Further focused information is available; please contact Lucinda Boyle and Pierre-Yves Guillemet at, +44 207 493 0876

DALLAS - William Adolphe Bouguereau’s 1882 masterpiece Fishing For Frogs realized $1,762,500 (Including Buyer’s Premium) at Heritage Auctions on Tuesday, May 15, as part of the company’s $5+ million American & European Art event.
The price set an auction house record, becoming the highest price-realized for a painting in Heritage’s history.
“There were several bids above the pre-auction estimate before the bidding settled,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, “drawing a round of applause when it sold and showing that we’re capable of selling important works. We continue to make concerted efforts to broaden the reach of our Fine Arts department, such as bringing Brian Roughton on as Director of American & European Art, which has already proven a very good move.”
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The Library of Congress - the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information - will begin an ongoing "Celebration of the Book" with an exhibition this summer of "Books That Shaped America." It will be part of a larger series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives.

The "Books That Shaped America" exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Library is closed on Sundays and federal holidays.

The Library’s "Celebration of the Book" includes its 12th annual National Book Festival, which will be held Sept. 22-23 on the National Mall. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of book lovers each year.

The initial selection of "Books That Shaped America" will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Members of the public will be asked to nominate books for subsequent lists of "Books That Shaped America." In 2013, the Library will recognize "Books That Shaped the World."

"The ‘Celebration of the Book’ at the Library of Congress demonstrates our recognition of books as the cornerstones of American culture and democracy," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We want to involve all Americans in a conversation about books and how they have affected them."

The Library of Congress, with collections that are universal and comprise all media, has a long history of acknowledging the importance of books. It sponsors book symposia and author discussions, held year-round; exhibitions, such as the display of Thomas Jefferson’s Library, which formed the "seed" of today’s Library of Congress; and its annual National Book Festival.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

Amherst, N.H. -- RR Auction is pleased to announce its popular Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, scheduled to take place from May 17th to May 23rd, 2012. The sale includes an amazing selection of early aviation items, including a stunning and exceedingly rare, handwritten letter by Wilbur Wright from 1910 to a student pilot discussing their “new machines” which “are much steadier in strong winds and easier to control than the older ones.” Seldom seen and in-demand aviation artifacts from World War II are also represented, with one-of-a-kind vintage patches, autographs, and an amazing assemblage of original fighter pilot flight jackets, including jackets from such famed aviators as James W. Ayers, Robert Cardenas, and Frank K. “Pete” Everest.

Other early aviation items include a remarkable and historically significant autographed note by Charles Lindbergh pleading with reporters the morning after his son’s kidnapping: “Due to the fact that our roads are blocked and communication made extremely difficult under present circumstances, I am asking that everyone leave our farm;” a huge, flown 32”x19.5” piece of glazed aircraft fabric, replete with a large Balkankreuz from one of the fighter aircraft of Manfred von Richthofen, the famous Red Baron himself; and a historic, 12”x8” American flag flown with the legendary Howard Hughes on his world-record breaking “Around the World Flight” in July of 1938.

While the selection of early aviation items is, indeed, impressive, some of the major highlights of this historic sale can be found within the hundreds of generously illustrated and accurately described and authenticated lots of rare space artifacts, autographs, and manuscripts.  Said Livingston: “With the U.S. no longer capable of sending a human being into space, there is a huge, global interest in acquiring vintage flown and training material from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs - arguable the golden age of U.S. manned space flight.”

Of particular note and interest are U.S. Naval Academy items directly from the Alan Shepard estate. Original items from Shepard, the first American into space, and a moonwalker and Commander on Apollo 14, are extremely rare and hard to come-by, especially with such impeccable provenance and from so early in his career. Items from the estate include Shepard’s United States Naval Academy Battalion Pass Book, signed a total of 38 times by Shepard; a large assortment of personal gear and clothing issued to and worn by Shepard while at the Naval Academy; a massive collection of approximately 52 letters and a telegrams sent to Shepard by female “love interests;” and Shepard’s personally-owned and worn Navy hat and jacket.

“Of course, space flown artifacts - whether actually used during the mission or part of an astronauts Personal Preference Kit, or PPK -- are the rarest and mostly highly prized of vintage-era artifacts,” said Livingston. This auction presents a generous number of moon flown flags, patches, and Robbins medallions across multiple missions - including a Robbins medallion from each of the fabled manned Apollo missions.

Some representative highlights from the hundreds of vintage space artifact lots include:

    •    A flown, 100+ page complete pilot’s log book from the Gemini 5 mission, with extensive in-flight writing and mission commentary from Gemini 5 pilot Pete Conrad.
    •    American flag flown on the historic Apollo 11 mission, and attached to an official NASA certificate with an authentic Neil Armstrong signature.
    •    A flown Apollo 11 Robbins medallion from the former collection of Apollo 12 moonwalker Alan Bean, as well as an extremely rare Apollo 12 “Wives-pin” Robbins medallion with diamond stud and pin-back.
    •    A lunar surface flown Apollo 15 Lunar Rover commemorative license plate that was carried by mission commander Dave Scott for over 17 miles across the lunar surface.
    •    An incredible, large flown lunar module stowage bag from the Apollo 15 mission stained with lunar dust from the Hadley-Apennine region of the moon.
    •    A rare and complete Apollo 17 flown tool kit, believed to be the last complete tool set in existence and available for private collectors!

There are also a host of rare and vintage training used hardware and documentation, including a scarce Block II Command Module Rotational Hand Controller; an absolutely one-of-a-kind Apollo Lunar Module water loop designed to go from space suit to the console in the Lunar Module; and an amazing, 46 page complete Apollo 13 Command Service Module Data Systems training manual, signed and certified by Fred Haise, the Apollo 13 lunar module pilot.

Additionally, this auction features a shop-tested “modular servicing tool” (aka - “screwdriver”) used during training for the STS-41C Solar Max repair mission. The importance of this device and shuttle mission cannot be understated, as no one in human history had retrieved an orbiting satellite, repaired it, and redeployed it in the same mission. This training tool was integral in making that mission possible.

Collectors of original contractor models will not be disappointed, either. Among many of the contractor rocket and satellite models, this auction will present an original, museum built ¼ scale precision model of a 1961 Mercury Redstone capsule. The massive and detailed model, measuring 38” long with a 23” diameter base, includes a highly detailed Mercury astronaut  in full spacesuit, with hands on the controls and a large instrument panel.  

And an RR Auction would not be complete without hundreds of originally signed photos, letters, and manuscripts. Of particular note, is a fascinating and vast personal archive from Apollo 15 Astronaut Jim Irwin, including 80 handwritten pages and notes for his book which describe in detail his moonwalk, the space craft design, the Apollo 15 cover scandal, and multiple other interesting topics.

“This auction truly is an aviation and space enthusiast’s dream-come-true, with some of the most amazing lots of authentic and vintage material we’ve ever offered,” said Livingston. “Obviously, there are too many lots to list in a single press release. It will be exciting to watch the market’s reaction to this incredible material when the auction goes online!”

For more information on additional lots, including how to order a catalog and bid online, please go to the RR Auction website at
Bonhams is pleased to announce the sale of the Stuart B Schimmel Forgery Collection in London on 23 May.

This important and renowned collection of material relating to literary counterfeits was assembled over many decades by Stuart and Dorothy Schimmel. They were fascinated by the stories behind the forgeries and what the false documents revealed about the history of the times in which they were concocted.   Indeed, the study of literary forgeries and their significance is now a recognised academic discipline, taught in universities and colleges.

Few literary forgers were motivated by money. Rather, they were attracted by the reflected glory in ‘discovering’, say, an unknown work by a famous figure. The Schimmel collection is particularly strong in the works of William Ireland who fabricated an entire new Shakespeare play, Vortigern; letters between Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton; letters by Queen Elizabeth I and a host of other material.  Part of his motive was to feed his father Samuel’s obsession with the Bard.  Samuel continued to believe in the authenticity of Vortigern even after his son confessed that he had made it all up.  Ireland’s, The Shakespearian Productions, is the highest estimated item in the auction at £15,000-30,000 (US$24,000-48,000)          

One of most celebrated of all hoaxes involved the entirely fictitious Scottish Bard, ‘Ossian’, whose works were wildly popular and admired by Goethe and other European literary figures in the 18th century (although Dr Johnson immediately denounced them as the work of a mountebank).  They were ‘translated’ into English by the poet James Macpherson who seems to have been driven by a desire to add lustre to the family name.  

The auction contains a number of pieces relating to Macpherson including a rendition into verse of one his most successful inventions, The Fingal of Ossian, (£4,000-6,000 - US$6,500-10,000)

The sale also features the work of the artist known as ‘The Spanish Forger’ who has been described as “one of the most skilful, successful and prolific forgers of all time”. Active between 1900-1920 in France, The Spanish Forger produced beautifully detailed and coloured illuminated manuscript leaves, purporting to be from the fifteenth century, which are now sought after in their own right.  Four of his works are included in the sale, with Pawnbroker attracting the highest estimate of £6,000 - £8,000 (US$10,000 - 13,000). Although there are now scholarly books devoted to his work, the identity of The Spanish Forger has never been discovered.

For more information on the sale, go to www.bonhams/books.
New York—Swann Galleries’ Autograph and Revolutionary Americana auction on April 17 featured the collection of Allyn Kellogg Ford, sold to benefit the Minnesota Historical Society. The sale shattered numerous records and totaled more than $2 million with buyer’s premium, making it the most successful auction in the long history of the Swann book department. The 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. The letter was won by a private collector for a final price of $90,000*.

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.

At least 14 items in the morning session broke records: The previous record for a Thomas Nelson letter was $18,750. Three Nelson letters in the sale passed that record, with the new record being $26,400 for Nelson’s 22 January 1778 letter discussing General Washington’s crude hut at Valley Forge.

Similarly, the previous record for a James McHenry letter was $5,100. Four McHenry letters in the Ford sale topped that price, with the highest fetching $9,600. The prior record for a Jonathan Trumbull Jr. letter was $2,640, now passed by two important letters that brought $90,000 and $8,400.

The sale also set records for letters by David Hume at $48,000, William Alexander at $3,600, “Light-Horse Harry” Lee at $15,600, and John P.G. Muhlenberg at $6,240.

While the $57,600 paid for Thomas Jefferson’s letter describing Arnold’s raid on Richmond was not a record for a Jefferson letter, it was easily the most ever paid for a letter written during his eventful term as Governor of Virginia.

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, $26,400; a 1781 letter by Declaration Signer Richard Henry Lee at $11,400; and two James McHenry letters, $8,400 and $5,520. The South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina acquired a dramatic 1781 letter by Governor John Rutledge for $2,160.

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

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

*All prices include buyer’s premium.
New York — Bonhams is pleased to be hosting the Fine Writing Instruments: The Mel Wilmore Collection of Extraordinary Montblancs auction on June 11. This will be the greatest single collection of fine Montblanc pens ever offered at auction. These spectacular pieces belong to Mel Wilmore, who is described as one of the top Montblanc collectors worldwide. A highlights preview of pens from the sale will be shown in Hong Kong on May 23-27. A full preview will follow in New York on June 9 & 10.

A top highlight of this collection is the 75th Anniversary Solid Gold Skeleton Fountain Pen and Watch set (pre-sale est. $60,000-75,000), a truly spectacular example of Montblanc's famed craftsmanship and design. Several other highlights celebrate great figures in American entertainment, such as the Charlie Chaplin Limited Edition 88 Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000) and a John Lennon Limited Edition 70 Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000).

A patriotic American spirit is also displayed in the Stars and Stripes Limited Edition 50 Skeleton Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $15,000-25,000), the White House Limited Edition 43 Skeleton Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $20,000-30,000), and the 4th of July Limited Edition 56 Skeleton Fountain Pen.

Mr. Wilmore's collection is so rare and valuable that he had a hidden pen room constructed in his estate, and his showroom was designed and arranged by several important Montblanc employees. Other highlights from this collection contain beautiful precious gems, including a Princess-Cut Diamond Creation Limited Edition 8 Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $15,000-20,000) and a Ruby Creation Limited Edition 8 Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $12,000-20,000).

The collection contains two artisan flag pens of legendary scarcity, decorated with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies: the Flag of Mexico Skeleton Ateliers Privés Limited Edition 15 Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $18,000-24,000) and the Flag of Mexico Skeleton Ateliers Privés Limited Edition 15 Fountain Pen (pre-sale est. $18,000-25,000).

Collectors and enthusiasts of rare Montblanc writing instruments should not miss this auction, which represents the finest single collection in America. The preview begins at the Bonhams New York headquarters, located at 580 Madison Avenue, on June 9-11. To view the entire auction and to purchase an auction catalog, please visit
NEW YORK — Bonhams is pleased to announce the June 4 auction The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. Popular during the Renaissance, cabinets of curiosity, also known as Kunstkammer ("art-room") or Wunderkammer ("wonder-room"), were the personal and often idiosyncratic collections of individual with the main function being to provoke a sense of curiosity and wonder in the viewer.

Tom Lindgren, Bonhams Natural History Co-Consulting Director, states about the sale, ""This is the first time Bonhams has presented an auction of this kind. Natural curiosities such as fossils, meteorites, petrified wood and mineral specimens are now collected not only for their scientific interest but also for their stunning decorative qualities. They represent contemporary equivalents to the contents of the Victorian library, providing prestige to the contemporary home or office."

Fossil highlights include an historic marine reptile (Ichthyosaurus communis) of the Jurassic discovered in the 1930's, from an English public school collection (pre sale est. $50,000 - 60,000.) Complete and without restoration, its dolphin-like bodyline and beautiful articulation were enhanced by re-preparation by a former chief preparator from the British Natural History Museum. The specimen is 195 million years old.

A petrified wood slab, suitable for use as a tabletop, is estimated to sell for $50,000-60,000. Measuring 90 x 64 inches, it displays the brilliant swirling red colors for which the finest specimens from the Chinle Formation of Arizona is known. A separate lot in the sale offers a table base which may be used with this petrified wood lot.

A magnificent 51-milion-year-old fossil palm frond, found embedded in limestone matrix of unusual rust-apricot coloration, is estimated at $40,000 - 50,000. Framed in exotic wenge wood and fitted with a cleat, it can easily be displayed on a wall of standard construction. From the famed Green River Formation in Wyoming, palm fronds are considered rare finds. A rare predatory fish (Amia) from the same geologic formation, accompanied by several other fish species, is offered as a wall mural framed in wenge wood and fitted for wall display. Superb in its quality and preparation, its estimate is $15,000 - 20,000.

Particularly novel items include a crescent knife blade with a fossil fish inclusion (pre sale est. $30,000 - 40,000), an historic piece of glass from an observation window in the facility that produced the atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki (pre sale est. $10,000 - 12,500) and an agate specimen shaped like a child's foot (pre sale est. $1,000 - 1,250.)

A dramatic fossilized "sea lily," a marine Jurassic animal which looks like a plant with a long stem and large flower, from the famous shales of Holzmaden, Germany, is offered for $18,000 - 24,000. It is naturally embedded in richly colored gray-black shale; the fossil glimmers with the subtle mineral replacement of pyrite. Also, an exceptional fossilized wooly mammoth tusk, displaying covetable blue-green coloration, is offered at $8,000 - 10,000. Displaying a graceful curve, its rich colors were produced by burial in the permafrost in which it lay entombed since the last Ice Age.

Dinosauria lots include a spectacular Triceratops brow horn (estimate: $15,000-20,000) which represents a feature most definitive of the famous dinosaur genus. Other lots include a mounted Psittacosaurus skeleton (a ceratopsian related to Triceratops), estimated at $12,000-15000 and a Triceratops horn (pre-sale est. $2,500-3,500).

A highly varied selection of over 25 meteorites will also be offered with estimates ranging from under $1,000 to $13,000.

More than ten lots of amber and copal - fossilized tree resin from prehistoric rainforests - will be offered; estimates range from $500 - 2,500. Many of these specimens feature fascinating insect inclusions such as an assassin bug, mammal hair, a tadpole and an ant wrapped in spider web.
DALLAS - The first-ever full artwork of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird - the illustration that launched one of the most successful character franchises in history - sold for $71,700 on Friday, May 11, at Heritage Auctions in Dallas as part of a Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction. It sold to an anonymous buyer.
The drawing was consigned by Turtles Co-Creator Kevin Eastman, who drew it with Laird one night in late November, 1983. Eastman has designated an undisclosed percentage of profits from the auction proceeds to benefit The Hero Initiative, a non-profit he is active with that provides a financial safety net for comic artists and writers (
“What an incredibly exciting week this has been! The Turtles have been blessed with the best fans on the planet, so I chose this event to make available personal historical TMNT items for those really hardcore supporters - but WHOA - what a response!” wrote Eastman in a statement to the auction house. “My many, many, thanks to all the fans that have given me the best job in the world, and for their love for a great, goofy, bunch of green guys that just wanted to be normal teenagers - Mutant Ninja ones anyway!”
“There was widespread international interest from collectors and fans of the Turtles alike,” Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for the Comics Department at Heritage, “and the impressive price realized for this artwork is tribute to that. For 30 years the Turtles have been a worldwide phenomenon, entertaining hundreds of millions of children and that influence shows no sign of slowing with the upcoming TV and film projects featuring the team. This is a piece of pop culture that will only increase in value and influence over the coming decades.”
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ArtHamptons Fine Art Fair

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - May 11, 2012 -- The 5th annual edition of ArtHamptons, the summer's premiere international fine art fair, will premiere at its new location at Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark at 60 Millstone Rd. in Bridgehampton, NY, from July 12th to 15th, 2012.  The grand exhibition will showcase more than 4,000 post-war and contemporary works, 400 respected artists, 70 renowned galleries, and dealers from 10 different countries.

The theme this year is Pollock at 100: a Centennial Celebration and will pay tribute to the iconic local artist Jackson Pollock and his immense contributions to the art world.  In addition, renowned actor, comedian, director, and author Cheech Marin, best known as half of the hilarious duo Cheech & Chong, will be presented with the Arts Patron of the Year Award.

Mr. Marin, who is currently starring in the new CBS comedy Rob!, owns the largest private collection of Chicano works in the United States.  He will be at the Thomas Paul Fine Art booth each day to discuss the genre that captures the social, political and religious life of Mexican-Americans, his own critically acclaimed traveling exhibitions, and his unerring passion and support for what he calls "Art of the New Americas." Mr. Marin will introduce works by some of his favorite new artists, including Carlos Donjuan and Ricardo Ruiz, with prices for works at the booth ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.

Since its inception, ArtHamptons has garnered a reputation for excellence and continues to grow in scale and prestige.  Housed within the impressive 40,000 square foot modular building, fairgoers will enjoy an enormous selection of artworks as well as special attractions.  Prominently on display will be the painting by actor Ed Harris that appeared in his movie Pollock, a replica of the artist's paint splattered studio floor, and rare historical photography and memorabilia.   Visitors at the agriculture reserve are also invited to explore the 95 areas of sculpture gardens, which include a polo field where the Southampton Polo Club will play a match on Saturday.

"The Hamptons has always had a rich and vibrant tradition as a Mecca for the creation and collection of art, dating back to the turn of the century," explains Rick Friedman, President and CEO of Hamptons Expo Group.  "There are currently 3,000 artists on the East End of Long Island, 2 major museums, and hundreds of top collectors and art patrons. ArtHamptons is a celebration of that great tradition."
Vicky David Gallery and Babcock Gallery, two of the oldest art houses in America, ACA Gallery, Alicia David Contemporary Art, Woolff  Gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Quantum Contemporary Art, Galerie Roccia,  Eli Klein Fine Art and Mark Borghi Fine Art are just a few of the names hosting booths this year.  Works will be available for purchase and prices will run from $1,000 to $1 million.
Tickets: $25 one day pass; $40 three day pass; $100 three day pass and ticket to opening night benefit gala. For further info or tickets, call (631) 283-5055 or log on to
Schedule, Special Events & Benefits

Thursday, July 12 2012, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Opening Preview Patron Party to benefit LongHouse Reserve

Thursday, July 12 2012, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
VIP Opening Night Reception to benefit LongHouse Reserve.

Friday, July 13, 11 AM - 6 PM - Benefiting Guild Hall.
Friday, July 13, 6 PM -8 PM
Pollock at 100 - A Centennial Celebration to benefit the Pollock-Kranser House and Study Center.
Saturday, July 14, 11 AM - 6 PM - Benefiting the East End Hospice

Saturday, July 14, 4 PM - 8 PM - Benefiting Empire State Pride Agenda.

Sunday, July 15, 11am - 6pm, To Be Announced
Paris, April 2012 - The 184-lot sale of Books & Manuscripts to be held at Sotheby’s Paris on 15 May 2012 includes an ensemble of historic documents, books, letters and poems concerning two great names of French poetry: Paul Verlaine and Guillaume Apollinaire. Other giants of French literature present in the auction include Montesquieu, Voltaire, Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert and Victor Hugo, alongside drawings (by Victor Hugo), photographs (a unicum of Verlaine by Carjat), or one the masters of world cinema (91 coloured drawings by Orson Welles).

Guillaume Apollinaire:
Books, Letters & Manuscripts from World War I

46 signed letters to André Level, his parrain de guerre and a celebrated collector and patron, help chart the course of Apollinaire’s military career, and his changes of rank, prior to the moment when he was famously wounded in March 1916 (est. €150,000-250,000 / $195,000-325,000).

Another Apollinaire highlight is one of the 25 printed copies of Case d’Armons, an album of 21 poems he conceived and printed in aid of the gunners in his battery in May 1915. The 25 copies were printed to order on behalf of his friends, and only 20 are known today (est. €100,000-150,000 / $130,000-195,000).

There will also be offered two signed, autograph letters from Apollinaire to Lou (est. €10,000-15,000 / $13,000-19,500 each); and the autograph manuscript for La Ceinture, a poem written the day after his break-up with Lou - an event that precipitated his departure for the front (est. €3,000-4,000 / $4,000-6,000).
Other works by Apollinaire includes a first edition of Le Bestiaire ou Le Cortège d’Orphée illustrated by Raoul Dufy, inscribed to André Level (est. €25,000-35,000 / $35,000-45,000).

Paul Verlaine:
Historic Documents, Letters & Poems

The sale also includes the only known original print of the photographic portrait of Verlaine taken by Carjat around 1870, and offered by Verlaine to his violinist friend Ernest Boutier. The portrait dates from just after Verlaine’s meeting with Rimbaud, and was formerly in the Henri Matarasso Collection (est. €20,000-30,000 /$25,000-40,000).

The dossier containing documents pertaining to Verlaine’s divorce from Mathilde Mauté reveals details about the tumultuous relationship between the poet and his wife. Verlaine, ravaged by drink, separated from Mathilde two years after their wedding, following Rimbaud’s arrival (est. €10,000-15,000 / $13,000-19,500).

Another fascinating document is the letter Verlaine received in December 1866 from Stéphane Mallarmé - then just as little-known as Verlaine himself - extolling his first printed collection of poems, Les Poèmes Saturniens (est. €12,000-18,000 / $15,000-24,000).

Manuscripts & Antiquarian Books

The sale contains a superb ensemble of manuscripts and magnificently bound antiquarian dating from the Ancien Régime and French Revolution - among them Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1584) by Abraham Ortelius, a monumental work in terms of its scope and precision, and one of the most extraordinary documents in the history of map-making (est. €50,000-70,000 / 65,000-90,000).

The royal collection of prints was enriched between 1664 and 1689 with commissioned engravings, charting the reign of Louis XIV as it unfolded. Examples available here include a rare suite of engraved Poussin landscapes from Louis XIV’s sumptuous Cabinet du Roi (est. €12,000-18,000 / $15,000-24,000); and two volumes, with their original red morocco bindings, describing the festivities staged in Paris for the weddings of Louis XV’s children (est. €3,000-5,000 / $4,000-6,500 and €8,000-10,000 / $10,000-13,000).

Manuscripts include an annotated and corrected draft for La Description de l’Arabie au temps de Mahomet by Henri de Boulainvilliers (before 1730), a rare study text about Arabia in the time of Mohammed that would prove a valuable source of information for Enlightenment philosophers, notably inspiring Voltaire’s controversial Mahomet (est. €18,000-25,000 / $23,000-32,000). Linked to the same Turkish theme is one of the few known letters by Tournefort, written from Constantinople (est. €6,000-8,000 / $8,000-10,000).

A 1748 first edition of Montesquieu’s revolutionary work De l’Esprit des Lois comes with its original binding (est. €18,000-22,000 / $23,000-28,000); and a copy of Voltaire’s Complete Works (1785-89) has a superb green long-grain morocco binding (est. €18,000-25,000 / $23,000-32,000). Of great archival significance is a series of charts, maps and handwritten documents by Naval Inspector Duhamel du Monceau (c.1743-50), evoking the enlarging of the port of Le Havre and the building of new military ports along France’s Channel coast during the reign of Louis XV (est. €25,000-35,000 / $35,000-45,000).

Manuscripts dating from the French Revolution include a watercolour engraving of the ground-plan of the Bastille by Pierre-François Palloy, dedicated to Gilbert Romme (est. €3,000-5,000 / $4,000-6,500); an autograph letter from Manon Roland to Albert Gosse on the subject of English democracy (est. €5,000-7,000 / $6,500-9,000); and letters from La Fayette, Robespierre, Drouet, Abbé Grégoire and Rouget de Lisle.

19th & 20th Century Books & Manuscripts

A number of leading French 19th century authors will be represented, with highlights including: a copy of Balzac’s Etudes de Moeurs au XIXe Siècle, enriched with nine pages of proofs corrected in Balzac’s own hand (est. €15,000-20,000 / $20,000-26,000); an 1847 autograph letter from Charles Baudelaire to his mother (est. €8,000-12,000 / $10,000-15,000); a letter from Barbey d’Aurevilly, expressing his support for Baudelaire at the time of his Fleurs du Mal trial (est. €4,000-6,000 / $5,000-8,000); an autograph letter from Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet about the publication of La Paysanne in 1853 (est. €12,000-18,000 / $15,000-24,000); and an original brown ink wash drawing of pyramids (c.1864-69) by Victor Hugo (est. €15,000-20,000 / $20,000-26,000).

Illustrated modern books include two autograph letters including 8 original drawings by Salvador and Gala Dali about the project of a ballet with the dancer Léonid Massine, c. 1941-1942 (est. €30,000-40,000 / $40,000-52,000) and the first catalogue of the works of Gustave Klimt published by the Imperial Printing House in 1918 (est. €20,000-30,000 / $26,000-40,000).

The sale concludes with an extraordinary folder containing notes and 91 coloured sketches by Orson Welles for his film The Trial - initial thoughts and ideas for the futuristic, innovative and at times nightmarish sets to serveas backcloths to scenes involving K. (Anthony Perkins), Leni (Romy Schneider) and the lawyer (Orson Welles himself). Welles presented the folder to his “good friend” Jean Mandaroux, “the very best of all cinema architects” (est. €30,000-50,000 / $40,000-65,000).

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* estimates do not include buyer’s premium
New York - On May 18, Christie’s is privileged to offer the sale of Important Printed Books and Americana from The Albert H. Small Collection. This wide-ranging collection features original historical and presidential letters and documents including a hand-drawn survey by the 18-year-old George Washington. In another letter, written in 1789, Washington congratulates James Madison on his election to serve in the first Congress. An early edition of Thomas Paine’s revolutionary Common Sense is part of the collection, as are letters and documents of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, with several large-format editions of the Declaration. The Small collection contains an excellent copy of a striking print by Paul Revere, depicting the Boston massacre in 1770, an incident which contributed to the rift between the American colonies and Great Britain. Revere’s graphic, hand colored print constitutes early political propaganda. London cartographer Thomas Jeffery published The American Atlas in 1776, and its 22 engraved maps constitute the most important 18th century atlas of America, depicting the early battles of the Revolution.

Among presidential items is a letter dated 1804 in which President Thomas Jefferson explains why he has been forced to limit his charitable contributions while serving as president. The collection also contains a very rare ships passport, issued in April 1841, signed by President William Henry Harrison. Harrison served only 30 days in the White House before succumbing to influenza, which makes any item signed by him an exceptional rarity. From the Civil War era is a rare edition of Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War (1865-1866), containing some of the most famous and harrowing images of the American Civil War.

In the printed book section, the earliest item is a full-page from Johann Gutenberg's Latin Bible, 1455, the first substantial book printed with movable type. Small’s collection contains an elephant folio copy of John James Audubon's The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-1854), with superb hand colored depictions of American mammals, several finally bound sets of the smaller size editions of Audubon's Birds and Quadrupeds, and an original painting by John Woodhouse Audubon, for a print in the Quadrupeds. The artist George Catlin is represented by a fine copy of his North American Indian Portfolio, with detailed depictions of the buffalo hunt and other aspects of Indian life. Another fine color plate volume is Maximilian zu Weid-Neuwied, Travels in the Interior of North America, with many finely executed plates after Carl Bodmer.

Some 400 years later, another printer, William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, printed a celebrated edition of Geoffrey Chaucer, illustrated with striking woodcuts by Edward Burne-Jones, in its original white pigskin binding. Finished in 1896, it is a unique achievement. Albert Small was especially interested in the works of Humphry Repton, a British designer of the early 19th century specializing in landscape architecture. He prepared detailed renderings of proposed gardens, and used movable over-slips to highlight the proposed renovations. These beautifully prepared “red books,” bound in red leather, are now rare. The Small collection features a remarkable series of manuscripts and imprints of Repton. The artist David Roberts traveled in the near East and published an extensive collection of hand-colored lithographs of The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia, (London 1842-1849), comprising six large folio volumes. The collection also contains excellent copies of the second, third and fourth editions of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies (1623, 1664, 1685), containing all of Shakespeare's dramatic works.

Albert Small, a native Washingtonian, studied engineering at the University of Virginia, and launched a highly successful engineering and architectural firm, Southern Engineering. Over the last half-century, Albert Small has given many impressive collections to public institutions. In 2004, he gave to the University of Virginia his many editions of the Declaration of Independence, highlighted by his copy of the 1776 John Dunlop broadside (and six other early printings). In addition to his extensive gifts, Small has served on many civic and cultural boards, including the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the National Symphony, and others. In 2009, the nation recognized his many years of generous public service when President Barack Obama, at the White House, awarded Small the Presidential Humanities Medal. Christie's is honored to have been chosen to handle the dispersal of this final portion from Albert Small’s extensive collection.

Auction: Important Printed Books and Americana from The Albert H. Small Collection May 18 at 2pm

Viewing: Christie's Rockefeller Galleries May 11- 17

About Christie’s
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2011 that totaled £3.6 billion/$5.7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £502 million / $808.6m in 2011, an increase of 44% on the previous year.

Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

Oscar Wilde Conference & Exhibit

"Who Owns the Legacy of Oscar Wilde?"
An Interdisciplinary Conference
Drew University, Madison, NJ
1-2 June 2012

Who was Oscar Wilde? An aesthete who subverted philistine values, or pandered to bourgeois taste?  The first modern dramatist, or the last of the Victorian playwrights? An Irish nationalist, or an Anglophile? A socialist, or a shrewd literary entrepreneur? An immoralist, or a new kind of moralist? A philosopher, or a court jester?  A misogynist, or a feminist? A pioneer of  "queer theory," or someone who never quite came to terms with his sexuality?

Join us for a two day conference where we attempt to answer these questions and others.

Presenters include: Susan Bernardo, Felicia J. Ruff, Fred Roden, Shelley Salamensky, Philip Smith, Patrick W. Bixby, Loretta Clayton, Margaret D. Stetz, Anne Margaret Daniel, Marylu Hill, Jonathan Rose, and Christine Kinealy.

To register & get more information, visit

"Oscar Wilde's Legacy: A Selection from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection"
Exhibition at Drew University Library
2 May-2 June 2012

Oscar Wilde died in exile in France in 1900. But his writings, his plays, his wit, and his fame lived on. This display, drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan from the University of Delaware Library, focuses on how Wilde's friends and associates dealt with his legacy in the early twentieth century. Among the figures represented  by books and other items are Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's lover; the artist Aubrey Beardsley; the caricaturist  Max Beerbohm; and the novelist Ada Leverson.

DALLAS - Pablo Picasso’s Déjeuner sur l'herbe, 1962, and Amedeo Modigliani’s Femme nue assise, 1916, are both expected to bring more than $80,000 to lead a pack of art world giants in Heritage Auctions’ May 22 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature® Auction, taking place at the company’s Dallas Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.
“This is a very exciting auction to be a part of,” said Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director of the Department of Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. “Our specialists have searched far and wide to cull the best available examples, at a variety of price points, and tailored it to appeal to buyers across the spectrum.”
Andy Warhol, arguably America’s most revered Modern artist, is amply represented in the auction, with a variety of iconic color screenprints, led by the superb trio of Superman (from Myths), 1981 (estimate: $80,000+), Moonwalk, 1987 (estimate: $60,000+) and Marilyn, 1967 (estimate: $50,000+).

Manuel Neri’s Rosa Negra #1, 1984 (estimate: $80,000+) provides an intriguing and sure to be popular sculptural element to the auction while Cuban-American painter Julio Larraz’s elegiac The Spider, 1980 (estimate: $60,000+) evokes his Caribbean homeland with grace and beauty. Columbian legend Fernando Botero, one of the world’s most popular artists, provides a prominent highlight in the form of his mixed media masterpiece Estudio Sobre un Tema del Mantegña, 1958 (estimate: $50,000+).

The focus on great Contemporary American artists is lead by David Bates’ Still Life with Face Jug , 1984 (estimate: $50,000+), Justin Faunce’s stunning Go Team, 2004 (estimate: $50,000+) and Dale Chihuly’s intriguing Water Reed Installation, 1997 (estimate: $40,000+).
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New York—Lively bidding led to strong results at Swann Galleries’ spring auction of Fine Books on April 12, which coincided—as it does every year—with the New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

Tobias Abeloff, Swann’s Early Printed Books specialist, said, “An intriguing selection of material ranging from 11th-century Greek Bible leaves to a portfolio of surrealistic etchings by Salvador Dalí drew an enthusiastic response from a packed salesroom as well as from phone and Internet bidders.”

Among the top lots were two vellum leaves from an Eastern Mediterranean Bible in Greek from circa 1000 AD, one with text from Philippians 2:9-12 and 2:8-24 that brought $33,600*, and the other, with text of Ephesians 4:9-25 and Philippians 1:14-2:2, $26,400.

Books containing information, mappings and illustrations related to foreign lands were among the sale highlights. These included Jean-Baptiste S.J. Du Halde, Description Géographique, Historique, Chronologique, Politique, et Physique de l'Empire de la Chine, Paris, 1735, a first edition of the most comprehensive European work on China up until that time, compiled from published and unpublished writings by French Jesuit missionaries, $31,200; Luigi Mayer, Views in Egypt, Views in Palestine and Views in the Ottoman Empire, first editions in book form, three volumes in one, London, 1801-04-03, $9,000; William Tooke, Boydell’s Picturesque Scenery of Norway, with 80 hand-colored aquatint plates after John William Edy, London, circa 1828, $21,600; and Souvenirs de Constantinople, with 20 hand-colored lithographed views after Jean Brindesi, Paris, circa 1855-60, $11,400.

The top literary item was a scarce first edition of Walt Whitman’s masterpiece Leaves of Grass, first edition, Brooklyn, 1855, which achieved $28,800.

Art books of note included Das graphische Werk Emil Nolde bis 1910, one of 35 deluxe first edition copies with a signed print, one of 10 copies on Japan, Berlin, 1911, $15,000; Sonia Delaunay and Jacques Damase, L’Alphabet, with 27 lithographed plates, one of 30 hors de commerce copies signed by Delaunay and Damase, Milan, 1969, $6,240; and Salvador Dalí’s Memories of Surrealism, one of 40 signed copies on Japan nacre, New York, 1971, $17,400.

Collectors were drawn to a set of five albums containing stunning Art Deco typography studies, all hand colored, likely Paris, circa 1930, $12,000.

Among fine private press examples were the Cranach Press’s The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, Weimar, 1930, $9,000 and the Golden Cockerel Press printing of The Canterbury Tales, four volumes, Waltham St. Lawrence, 1928-30, $7,800.

Of Jewish interest were Baron Wolf Ehrenfried von Reizenstein, Der vollkommene Pferde-Kenner, first edition of a comprehensive equestrian manual, significant for an index containing Yiddish historical linguistics, Uffenheim, 1764, $9,600 and Theodor Herzl, Der Judenstaat, 1896, with Proceedings of the Zionist Congress held at Basle, Switzerland, 1897, $7,800.

Other sale highlights included fine incunabula and early printed works such as Werner Rolewinck, Fasciculus temporum, Venice, 1480, $7,200; Psalterium beati Brunonis episcopi herbipolensis, second edition of the commentary on the Psalter by St. Bruno of Würzburg, Nuremberg, 1497, $5,520; Pope Julius II, Plenaria indulgencia . . . , a crusade indulgence in Catalan, Toledo, circa 1509-10, $18,000; and Historiarum veteris testamenti icones, with 94 woodcut illustrations of Old Testament subjects after Hans Holbein, the Younger, Lyon, 1539, $10,200.

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

For further information, and to propose consignments for upcoming book auctions, please contact Tobias Abeloff (15th-18th century books) at 212-254-4710, extension 18, or; or Christine von der Linn (19th-20th century books) at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or
*All prices include buyer’s premium.

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY hosted a Sunday, May 6th auction that featured a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of ephemera and artwork.  An impressive collection of World’s Fair ephemera and other material was sold from the estate of Charles Rand Penney. Another estate included a quantity of signed artwork and prints, along with numerous original engravings including an original piece signed by celebrated artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Ephemera lots sold included magazines, advertising and various other genres, along with an original letter signed by Albert Einstein.

Bringing a hammer price of $12,600.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a rare original engraving signed by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and known as “Price’s Candle Works.” This etching, which is dated circa 1876, offers a view of a small vessel with a sail on a river, with a cityscape in the background, with chimneystacks on the left side. Another vessel with four figures appears in the foreground. Whistler’s iconic butterfly signature is present in lower right corner, in pencil.

Five original engravings by French artist Felix Buhot brought a collective hammer price of $9,060.00 (including buyer’s premium). These pieces originate from the late 19th century, and include works on vellum and laid paper. Some titles include “Westminster Palace,” “Clocktower London,” “Debarquement en Angleterre,” and “Taverne du Bagne.”

Bringing a hammer price of $1560.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a rare 1688 first edition printing of Pierre de Marca’s “Marca Hispanica.” This seminal historical work on Catalonia is bound in full leather with raised bands and gilt lettering and ruling to spine.

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A magnificent copy of the first edition of what has been described as the most beautiful book on fish ever published leads Bonhams sale of the Angling Library of Alan Jarvis at Knightsbridge on Tuesday 22 May.

Markus-Eliezer Bloch's, Ichtyologie, ou histoire naturelle, générale et particulière des poissons. Avec des figures enluminées, dessinées d'après nature, which was published in six monumental volumes between 1785 and 1797, is estimated at £30,000-50,000. The drawings were taken from Bloch's collection of some 1500 fish, the largest collection of its time, which he put together from purchases made at home and from returning travelers and missionaries from all over the world. Sir William Hamilton, husband of Emma the redoubtable mistress of Admiral Nelson, was one such contributor, bringing specimens back with him from Naples.

Some of the finely colored plates, executed by a variety of artists and engravers, are heightened with silver to reflect the metallic sheen of fish scales.

The sale also features a fine first edition of Izaack Walton's 1653 The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. First editions of this, by far the most famous book on angling, rarely come to auction and in the words of Westwood and Satchell in their 1883 Catalog of Books on Angling, "A first Walton confers distinction upon its owner". It is estimated at £40,000-50,000.
Sandra Hindman, the owner of Les Enluminures, known for its museum quality Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts and art, has opened a new gallery in New York.  This is in addition to its Paris gallery of more than twenty years, located opposite the Louvre at Les Louvre de Antiquairs.

Les Enluminures ( now occupies the entire seventh floor Penthouse of a landmark townhouse on 23 East 73rd Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

Dr. Hindman says, “Our beautiful new gallery in New York is composed of three rooms, one of which is lit by an extraordinary skylight that spans the width of the south facing room.  The New York gallery was designed by Peter J. Vitakis, Architect, who modeled it after the C.G. Boerner space in the same building that was designed by the KSA Architects P.C. of New York.  The space was formerly occupied by Trinity Fine Art, which is based in London and Milan.”

“New York is a wonderful place to exhibit and sell works of art” says Sandra Hindman. “We have been coming here since the early 1990s to participate in antique shows such as the Winter Antiques Show in January, book fairs like the New York Antiquarian Book Fair in April, and special exhibitions. For three years in a row we did themed exhibitions hosted by the C.G. Boerner Gallery on the third floor of the same building, and they were extremely successful.  New York has always been our best market.  So, when this magnificent space came available and was offered to me, I didn’t even think for one minute - I just said yes.”

The opening show for the new gallery “An Intimate Art - Books of Hours” will be on view through May 25.  The installation of the exhibition for Les Enluminures was undertaken by William Stender of 10-31, Inc.

The Les Enluminures gallery in New York also features an innovative and award-winning technology called TURNING THE PAGES that allows visitors to actually “read” Medieval manuscripts on display. The app is installed on three different user friendly I-Pads that are mounted on smart contemporary stands manufactured by Absolute in the UK.  

Hindman says, "21st century technology such as TURNING THE PAGES and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are introducing whole new generations of people to these wonderful old books and historic works of art.  The sense of these being inaccessible and out of reach of ordinary art lovers is gone. No more hushed libraries!"

When asked why she chose the subject of Books of Hours for the opening exhibition, Sandra Hindman remarked:  “Everybody knows something about Books of Hours and there are extraordinary collections in New York, especially at the Morgan Library and Museum.  There are a number of important private collectors, specialist curators, and professors in this field in the city.  And, indeed, for most people the Middle Ages seems so remote and inaccessible.  It conjures up images of knights in armor, castles, and cathedrals.  But, Books of Hours represent a way in which everyone can have access to the Middle Ages, because they bring alive the private lives of ordinary people from so long ago.  In imitation of monks in nearby monasteries, ordinary people ordered books from which they could pray at home eight times a day, like armchair monks.  They carried them about with them.  For example, one book in the show was owned by a Catalan textile merchant who wrote in his book a list of his inventory and the dates of the trade shows he had to attend.  Patrons asked artists to paint their pictures in their books, such as a mother and daughter in a Norman book in the show or a husband and wife shown kneeling before the Virgin and angels in a Bruges book.  They ordered pictures of their preferred saints:  in an age before dentistry Saint Appolonia, patron saint of teeth, was especially popular.  So was Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth, because Books of Hours were often wedding presents to a newly married couple.  As Dr. Christopher de Hamel states in the introduction to the exhibition catalogue:  “No one can claim an understanding of the Middle Ages who has not read a book of hours in bed.”
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Beverly Hills, California - May 2012 - Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity estate auction house and the Les Paul Foundation have partnered for an auction of extraordinary property and collection of guitars, equipment, musical artifacts and personal effects from the legendary musician, engineer and inventor Les Paul. The auction event will take place on June 8-10, 2012 in honor of what would have been Paul’s 97th birthday.

Additional highlights have been added to the extraordinary auction event and can be viewed online at beginning today.  Added to the already remarkable collection of guitars, amps, inventions and professional equipment from the Les Paul estate are personal items such Les Paul research notes all in his own handwriting (Lot #125, Est: $300-$500), A Mickey Mantle signed baseball to Les (Lot #200 Est:$500-$700), Les Paul guitar schematics (Lot#205 Est:$300-$500), A Les Paul handcrafted harmonica rack and vintage Hohner harmonica along with photos of a young Les Paul as a young musician Rhubard Red and notations of his own explanations (Lot#463 Est:$1,000-$1,500), A Les Paul signed passport (Lot #333, Est: $300-$500), A hat from guitar legend Slash gifted to Les Paul (Lot #363 Est: $4,000-$6,000), Several lots of letters written between Mary Ford and Les Paul, (various estimates), Three Gold Les Paul Record awards (Lot $286, Est: $600-$800) and vintage furniture pieces from his New Jersey home, photographs, correspondence, jewelry, clothing and many other items.

In addition to the hundreds of guitars in the auction other highlights include a pair grey Altec playback monitors used in Les Paul’s main studio in his Mahwah home (Lot #99 Est: $1,000-$1,500), a Gibson 3GI Violin Bass with handwritten history and notes by Les (Lot#116, Est: $1,000-$1,500), A sixteen by one mixing console built by Les’ brother-in-law Wally Kamin onto a support desk with casters. This was the mixing table in Paul’s main studio (Lot# 728 Est: $6,000-$8,000), Late 1930s, early 1940s Kalamazoo KM11 Mandolin (Lot#629, Est: $400-$600), Les Paul acoustic wall panel which was created, hand-cut, stained, lacquered and mounted by Les Paul in his Mahwah home. Paul created these innovative panels for his Mahwah home main studio (Lot#217-281, Est: $300-$500 and several microphones used by Les Paul or Mary Ford personally on stage or in studio, some with photos of the artists.

Les Paul, born Lester Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1915, was on his way to making his mark on the history of 20th Century music at an early age.  He was born with an inquisitive streak that he described as, “…curiosity and I got a double dose of it.  I’ve never stopped trying to figure out what makes things work or how to make things work better.”  It was this curiosity that spurred his lifelong quest to find the perfect sound in his instruments, recordings and performances.

His efforts produced one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on to become one of the most widely played and recognized guitars in the world, the Gibson Les Paul.  Paul not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but also the technology behind modern day sound recording.  Les Paul pioneered innovative techniques with sound-on-sound recording and commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multi-track recording still used today. Although many, some of the guitar highlights include:
    •    1968 Prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model (Est. $60,000 - $80,000).  White flat top with Bigsby tail piece and note in Paul’s hand reading, “Reward this is the property of Les Paul A.K.A. Lester William Polfuss…Mahwah, New Jersey USA…”  The guitar is featured on page 350 of his autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words.
    •    1951 Fender Nocaster serial number 1751(Est. $40,000 - $60,000). Butterscotch with black pickguard, neck date “5-10-51 T.G.”, no body date, with original thermometer case.  Guitar has replaced volume and one tone pot but originals are present.  This guitar was personally gifted to Les Paul by Leo Fender who signed the back of the headstock “Leo Fender.”  The guitar is uncharacteristically light weighing only 7.4 pounds.
    •    Early 1940s Epiphone Zephyr serial number 7133- Klunker #3 (Est. $14,000 - $16,000) Blonde, electric trap door model arch top with two chicken head knobs, one volume and one a toggle switch, with bard door opening in the back and Paul’s aluminum support system which led him to use solid body construction.  This is one of three early experimental models called the “Klunkers” by Paul, featured on pages 120 and 121 in his autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words.
    •    1927 Gibson L-5 Sunburst Cremona serial number 87230 (Est. $10,000 - $15,000) Hole drilled through the original pickguard, back re-finished, no original case.  This is one of the two L-5s purchased by Les Paul, then going by the name Rhubarb Red, at Gibson in Kalamazoo Michigan with his friend and band mate Sunny Joe Wolverton in 1933.  Paul discusses the trip and purchasing this guitar extensively in his autobiography.  He later gave this guitar to a friend Dave Moran requested the guitar be returned to Paul upon his death.
    •    1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop(Est. $14,000 - $16,000) No serial number, Trapeze tailpiece, tuners have been changed to Grover’s, pat. Pending with original case.  This is one of the very first Les Paul guitars produced.   The back of the headstock is hand signed, “Les Paul.”  The guitar is pictured on page 238 of Paul’s autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words.
    •    Boss BCB-6 Pedal Effects In Case (Est. $3,000 - $5,000).  Six Boss pedals including: chromatic tuner TU-2 white, super chorus ch-1 blue, digital delay DD3 silver, digital reverb/delay RV3 grey.  The case also contains tools including a pair of Les Paul’s sunglasses and has all of his settings recorded on masking tape.  This is the gigging case used by Les Paul during his weekly shows at both Fat Tuesdays and the Iridium Jazz Club for decades. 3 ½ by 25 by 11 inches
    •    1955 Steinway B Grand Piano In Ebony (Est. $20,000 - $30,000) Steinway & Sons New York original piano, serial number 348128-B (NA-K1304  3035), from Les Paul’s legendary main recording studio in his home in Mahwah, New Jersey, this is the only piano used for recordings made in the house and was a personal gift from Henry Z. Steinway, great grandson of the company’s founder and the last Steinway president of the company from 1955 to 1977.
    •    Early 1970s Ampex MM1000 (Est. $3,000 - $5,000) Sixteen track recording machine using two inch tape, with custom VSO, serial number 260, with AC cable and side block.  Has been re-built in good condition.  This was the first Ampex sixteen track machine and is one of the most sought after sixteen track machines to this day.  This machine was used in the downstairs recording studio at Les Paul’s Mahwah, New Jersey home. 65 by 41 by 27 ½ inches
    •    Late 1960s API Recording Mixing Console (Est. $40,000 - $60,000)  Twenty eight by sixteen console believed to be one of the first few made with the desireable configuration of twenty eight mic line input channels and sixteen buss.  Originally a twenty-channel mixer with an eight-channel side car added later, three 12 point patch bay main console and 144 patch bay on side car. Modules include: five - 558 EQs, one - 550 EQ, four - 553 EQs, 9 - Aengus 8 band EQs, one - old school audio mic pre 580 series size, two - 525 compressors, one - 575 oscillators, one - talk back module, four - 553 EQs, sixteen buss BU meters, and an elaborate master section with buss and cue system.  The board is made by Automated Processes Inc. of Farmingdale New York, one of the most notable American made mixing consoles.  Original masking tape label with channel identifications in Les Paul’s hand including, “channel 1 Les Guitar.”  45 by 99 1/8 by 35 ½ inches
    •    Les Paul’s Touring Rig (Est. $5,000 - $7,000) Gibson LP1 guitar amplifier pre-amp controller serial number 1038.  A prototype designed by Les Paul featuring Plexiglass panel on front with “Les Paul” two channel amplifier with a normal and box switch, crossover switch, vibrola switch.  Les Paul’s markings in red nail polish indicated his settings on the knobs and Plexiglass panel.  Single fifteen Altec Lansing speaker with high frequency horn and a power amp both built into the cabinet.  This was Paul’s long-time tour rig and is features on page 291 of his autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words. Head 5 ½ by 21 by 15 Cabinet 24 by 24 by 15 inches

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Amherst, MA - The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, the first major United States exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie (1964), Peter’s Chair (1967), and The Snowy Day (1962), opens at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on June 26, 2012 and remains on view through October 24, 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. The Snowy Day went on to inspire generations of readers, and paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature. Also pioneering were the dilapidated urban settings of Keats’s stories. Picture books had rarely featured such gritty landscapes before.
“The Carle is pleased to show this important groundbreaking work,” said Chief Curator Nick Clark. “The opportunity to exhibit the work of Ezra Jack Keats enables us to continue our commitment to present the titans of the 20th century and focus on those artists who have turned corners. In Keats’s instance his pioneering efforts to depict the African American in their urban environment with the utmost dignity. Keats himself had been victimized by discrimination, so he was acutely sensitive to this issue,” he said.
The exhibition features over 80 original works from preliminary sketches and dummy books, to final paintings and collages for the artist’s most popular books. Also on view are examples of Keats’s most introspective but less-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs. Organized by The Jewish Museum in New York City, the exhibition is part of a wide-scale celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Snowy Day.
To coincide with this exhibit, Penguin Young Readers Group has published The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Special Edition, an oversized edition of the beloved classic featuring eight pages of bonus material that include photographs of Ezra Jack Keats and some of Keats’s early sketches for the book.
Keats’s Life
Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz in Brooklyn in 1916. His parents were Eastern European Jewish immigrants and very poor. Although he briefly studied painting in Paris on the GI Bill after serving in World War II, Keats was primarily self-taught. He drew upon memories of growing up in East New York, one of the most deprived neighborhoods of New York City. Keats’s experience of anti-Semitism and poverty in his youth gave him a lifelong sympathy for others who suffered prejudice and want. His work transcends the personal and reflects the universal concerns of children.
Keats used lush color in his paintings and collages and strove for simplicity in his texts. He was often more intent on capturing a mood than developing a plot. His preferred format was the horizontal double-page spread, which freed him to alternate close-up scenes with panoramic views. By the end of his life in 1983, he had illustrated over eighty books, most of them for children, twenty-two of which he also authored.
The Exhibition
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats explores Keats’s multifaceted oeuvre in six sections preceded by an introduction and followed by an epilogue.
The introductory gallery presents a selection of works that can be construed as self-portraits of the artist. Throughout his career Keats often cast himself in his work posing as different characters, from the immigrant violinist János in Penny Tunes and Princesses (1972) to the exuberant junkman Barney in Louie’s Search (1980).
“Coming of Age in Brooklyn” features seminal works inspired by memories of Keats’s tenement childhood, including a selection of illustrations for Apt. 3 (1971) showcasing some of his most painterly spreads. Also on view are final drawings for Dreams (1974), where color travels out of the Brooklyn windows and into the night as the tenement’s inhabitants begin to dream and darkness turns into incandescence. Keats’s combination of paint and marbled paper reaches a pinnacle in these illustrations. The artist’s lengthy preoccupation with Louie, protagonist of some of Keats’s most autobiographic stories, is examined in this section through a series of illustrations for Louie (1975), The Trip (1978), Louie’s Search (1980), and Regards to the Man in the Moon (1981).
In “Bringing the Background to the Foreground,” the artist’s early identification with the downtrodden is reflected in his 1934 award-winning painting, Shantytown. Created by young Keats during the Depression, it is being shown along with other socially committed works. In order to express the significance of The Snowy Day within the history of American children’s literature, an exhibition case is devoted to a brief survey of African-American representation in children’s books throughout the 20th century. Illustrations for My Dog is Lost! (1960), coauthored by Keats and Pat Cherr, about a Puerto Rican boy named Juanito, are also on display. This is Keats’s first attempt to correct the problems of representation in children’s literature at the time and cast a minority child as protagonist. This pioneering move likely paved the way for his creation of Peter of The Snowy Day fame.
“The Snowy Day” section presents a wide selection of illustrations for the 1962 landmark book as well as for Whistle for Willie (1964) and Peter’s Chair (1967) featuring Peter as he grows up. The Snowy Day’s critical reception and debate sparked by its publication is also examined.
“Peter’s Neighborhood” includes a rich selection of images for three of Keats’s greatly loved books: A Letter to Amy (1968), Hi Cat! (1970) and Pet Show! (1972), featuring Peter on his way to becoming a teenage boy, as well as his friend Archie, who takes on more of a central role as Peter grows older. The selected illustrations are filled with Keats’s signature elements - abandoned old doors, overflowing garbage cans, trashed umbrellas, and graffitied walls; the background elements the artist was committed to bringing to the foreground in his books.
Keats’s most introspective work is the focus of the “Spirituality, Nature, and Asian Art” section. On display are illustrations for In a Spring Garden (1965), an anthology of haiku poems, with silhouetted animals set against skies of marbled paper; and his sumptuous art for Over the Meadow (1971), combining watercolor and collage. A preparatory drawing for The Giant Turnip, a Russian folktale that Keats chose to illustrate as a Japanese story, is also on view. The book was nearing completion at the time of the artist’s death in 1983.
In “Keats at Work,” Keats’s actual palette, brushes, materials used in his collages, and samples of marbled paper he created for his illustrations are displayed. In addition, visitors can view a film in which the artist demonstrates the technique of creating marbled paper, and other illustrators and authors who knew Keats comment on his wide-ranging influence.
The exhibition ends with concluding illustrations for four Louie books first examined at the beginning of the show. These books, done by Keats late in life, bring him back full circle to where it all began: his old Brooklyn neighborhood. The four spreads provide a moving epilogue to the show, including the last illustration from Regards to the Man in the Moon (1981), published two years before Keats’s death, the first and only known instance in which he cast himself as an artist, brush in hand.
The exhibition has been organized by Claudia Nahson, Curator at The Jewish Museum. Following its showing at The Eric Carle Museum, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (November 15, 2012-February 24, 2013); and the Akron Art Museum (March 16 -June 30, 2013).
Exhibition Catalogue
In conjunction with the exhibition The Jewish Museum and Yale University Press have published The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats. The 104-page catalogue includes 80 color and 3 black-and-white illustrations, essays by Claudia Nahson and Maurice Berger, and an illustrated timeline by Emily Casden and Ms. Nahson. The hardcover book will be available worldwide and at The Museum’s Shop for $27.50.
The Snowy Day and The Art of Ezra Jack Keats is organized by The Jewish Museum, New York, from the collection of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, The University of South Mississippi.  The exhibition was funded at The Jewish Museum through a generous grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.  Additional support was provided by the Joseph Alexander Foundation, the Alfred J. Grunebaum Memorial Fund, and the Winnick Family Foundation.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s presentation of the exhibition is supported by Penguin Young Readers Group and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
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. 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. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. . 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
WORCESTER, MA— To celebrate its bicentennial, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) commissioned Philip F. Gura to write The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History.
            Gura traces the history of AAS by concentrating on the intellectual development of the institution as a cultural repository and center for scholarly study on American writing and publishing. He charts the development of the Society’s collections from the founding gift of 8,000 volumes to its current holdings of over four million items - including two-thirds of all American imprints created before 1821 - described by historian Gordon Wood as “the greatest collection of early Americana in the world.”
            The book also explores the uniquely democratic nature of the AAS collections. The Society’s founder, Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War-era printer who became the most influential publisher of the New Republic, sought both exceptional and commonplace items. He acquired some of the new nation’s rarest books and manuscripts including the bulk of the Mather family library and a rare edition of the first book published in America, The Whole Booke of Psalms (Bay Psalm Book, 1640). But Thomas also collected inexpensive and ephemeral materials such  as broadside ballads - single sheets with popular songs sold cheaply on the streets and sung in taverns - that, according to Thomas, “shew what articles of this kind are in vogue with the Vulgar at this time (1813-14).” The range of material that Thomas collected established the policy that his successors have continued throughout the history of the institution. Today, the Society’s collections provide readers with unparalleled information on all aspects of American culture from 1640 through 1876.
            The bicentennial history also explores how the Society played major roles in the rise of library professionalism and the growth of American bibliography.  The library was at the forefront of designing reading rooms and housing collections that would prove influential to other libraries throughout the country. Samuel Foster Haven who was AAS librarian for 43 years in the nineteenth century was a founding member of the American Library Association. The Society was actively involved in many bibliographical projects including the multivolume works of Joseph Sabin (Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America) and Charles Evans (American Bibliography). The Society’s support of bibliographical scholarship culminated in the 1980s when the institution became a leading center in the field of book history with the founding of the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture. A signature outcome of this program was the publication of the five-volume A History of the Book in America.
            Providing access to its collections is a major component of the Society’s activities and this new history traces the evolution of this work starting with the efforts of Christopher Columbus Baldwin, second AAS librarian, to create the first catalog, a task that was completed after his tragic death in a stagecoach accident on the Cumberland Road, the nation’s first super highway. The book also describes the advent of the card catalog and of microprint technology that led AAS to become a pioneer in filming the earliest literature of the nation for distribution to colleges and universities through its partnership with Readex Microprint Corporation. This initiative was started by AAS librarian Clifford K. (Ted) Shipton in 1954 and did much to expand and transform the scholarship of early American studies in the second half of the twentieth century.  The Society now has a robust online catalog accessible through the Society’s website ( It continues to work with Readex and other commercial partners to digitize the collections and make them available to libraries and universities through subscription-based products.
            The American Antiquarian Society has played a vital role in historical scholarship for the last two hundred years. Over the course of its history many distinguished scholars and writers have visited and used the collections, including: George Bancroft, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Samuel Eliot Morison, Esther Forbes, Ken Burns, Robert Gross, Jill Lepore, David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick, Laurel Ulrich, Alan Taylor, and Gordon Wood. Edmund Mills Barton, AAS librarian from 1883 to 1908, summed up the Society’s mission then and now when he declared the American Antiquarian Society was “a private library for the public good.”
            Philip F. Gura the author of The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is the author of many books on a wide variety of subjects, including: The Crossroads of American History and Literature (1996); America’s Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century (1999); C.F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (2003);  Jonathan Edwards: America’s Evangelical  (2005); American Transcendentalism: A History (2007),which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award; and Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel, which will be published in 2013.
            The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History was edited by Caroline Sloat, AAS director of book publications. She also selected and researched the 120 images that appear in the 454 page volume. The book is published by the Society and distributed by Oak Knoll Press.
American Antiquarian Society
            Celebrating its bicentennial as the country’s first national historical organization, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century.
            The Society sponsors a broad range of programs-visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts-for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public.
            The AAS library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. It is closed on all legal holidays. The library is open to serious researchers, free of charge. Complimentary public tours are held Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.  The Society can be found on the worldwide web at The American Antiquarian Society is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
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“Beaten & Bound” is a look at a unique group of contemporary book and paper artists at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN.

Much like glassblowing, paper-making and book binding are ancient craft forms that had a major re-birth and resurgence in the twentieth century and continue unabated in the twenty-first. This exhibition will highlight the work of a dozen different American artists whose work ranges from the sublime to the humorous to the jaw-dropping. Here are but 3 of them:

New York artist, Lesley Dill has long been fascinated by the visual qualities and symbolic power of language, often via an exploration of the nature of the body and its clothing. Her work uses metaphoric imagery to explore the role of language in cloaking or revealing the human soul.

Sculptor, book artist and art theorist, Buzz Spector is one of the nation’s premier contemporary artists making use of books as an expressive medium. A pioneer of the 20th century “book arts” movement, Spector has acquired international stature for his inquiry into the relationships between the physical and conceptual identities of books. He often builds room - sized installations of book sculptures.

Chicagoan, Brian Dettmer is called the “book surgeon” as he actually carves into books revealing the artwork inside, creating complex, layered 3D sculptures. Dettmer takes outdated books, dictionaries and encyclopedias and gives them new meaning and the chance at a second life, by carving them into intricate artworks.

Richard Minsky from Hudson, New York founded the Center for Book Arts in 1974 and has worked for 35years to bring attention to book art and is one of the most influential book artists today. His new work titled Pop Delusions: A House of Cards, the artist’s uses credit cards, Chinese paper money, 23K gold leaf, binder’s board, bookcloth,felt, linen tape wood, two copies of Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The copy bound in the artist’s credit cards is a 1963 printing of the 1932 L. C. Page reprint of the 1852 edition. The other copy is the 1852 edition, in the original binding by Burn of Hatton Garden.  

Exhibit Dates:
May 26 through August 26, 2012
Reception June 1, 5-8pm

The Grolier Club is pleased to present a major exhibition that explores the legacy of Aaron Burr.  Opening to the public on May 16, Aaron Burr Returns to New York: An Exhibition on Burr and His Contemporaries marks the 200th anniversary of Burr's return to New York, ending a self-imposed exile to Europe following his trial for treason and tragic duel with Alexander Hamilton.  This exhibit of rare items of “Burriana” ranks as the first such comprehensive portrayal and illuminates not only his political disputes, but also his less publicized career as a daring soldier of the Revolution and of his brilliant rise as a lawyer and politician of the Early Republic.  
Included in the exhibition are rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts, documents, autograph letters, art and relics related to Burr and his contemporaries including Benedict Arnold, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.  On display will be previously unpublished autograph Burr letters concerning George Washington’s revolutionary war intelligence; the 1800 report of the first recorded murder trial in the United States; an 1804 share in the trust fund established for Hamilton following the most famous duel in U.S. history; an 1807 subpoena from Burr’s trial for treason and Burr’s watch with the only known portrait of his first wife and the earliest known portrait of his daughter Theodosia. 

Aaron Burr, Jr., (1756-1836), soldier, lawyer, statesman and the third Vice President of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson, was an enormously influential public figure whose impact on our legislative life continues to the present. Burr achieved early success as a Manhattan lawyer and politician and, although he traveled widely through the territories of the early Republic, his career in New York was significant. Twice elected to the New York State Assembly, Burr was appointed New York State Attorney General, and was chosen as a United States Senator from the state of New York, before reaching the apex of his career as Vice President of the United States (1801-1805). 

Despite this record of achievement and a legacy of progressive, even radical, political advocacy, Burr’s popular image largely devolved from the negative accounts of his political opponents and enemies, augmented by sensationalized versions of his infamous duel with Alexander Hamilton. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Burr made little effort to author a written account of his life. This autobiographical lack has left Aaron Burr as one of the most maligned figures of the founding era--- accused of attempting to steal the Presidential election of 1800 from Thomas Jefferson, of murdering Alexander Hamilton in 1804 and of treason in 1807.  Yet a careful examination of contemporary documents reveals a far more complex persona, one whose support for women's rights, the arts and the nascent anti-slavery movement were among the most progressive of his time. 
At the dawn of the 21st century, whether Aaron Burr continues among the most misunderstood individuals in American history or assumes the more celebrated stature that he once enjoyed will remain for visitors to this exhibition to decide.
LOCATION AND TIME: Aaron Burr Returns to New York will be on view at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, from May 16 - July 28, 2012. The exhibition 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
CATALOGUE: A fully-illustrated catalog of Aaron Burr Returns to New York will be available at the Grolier Club.


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

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Fred Torres Collaborations is pleased to announce the exhibition Courtney Love And She’s Not Even Pretty on view from May 3 through June 15, 2012. This is the first exhibition of Courtney Love’s drawings, which will feature over 45 works by the artist. A limited edition catalogue has been published on occasion of the exhibition. Fred Torres Collaborations is located at 527 West 29th Street, New York. 

Love’s drawings evince romantic hysteria, featuring doll-like women surrounded by Love’s emotionally fraught writing, excerpts of poetry, or compelling music lyrics. The women in works like Room 9 are often tormented, lamenting romances shattered and the devastation of rejection. In other works like March 2010 #2 Dublin sexual desire and the insecurity of new love are pushed to the forefront. The subjects of Love’s drawings are based on the artist’s personal experiences, friends, and her interest in fin de siècle paintings in which women are portrayed as powerful femme fatales, virtuous heroines, or as non-individual beings whose purpose is purely sexual. Through these drawings all of Love’s soul is bared for the viewer - the desire for love and the fear of loss. Working primarily with colored pencil, pastel and watercolor, Love creates highly charged dreamscapes, often containing a vibrant palette filled with gestural forms, and marks that are at times fluid, or compulsive and frenetic, which imbue a deeply moving psychological quality to the works.

"With pure line, color and raw emotion, Courtney Love makes drawings of turmoil and contradictions. Sometimes whimsical and carefree, they too express dark psychological states. Sometimes coy and sexually alluring, they ultimately speak of her vulnerability and longing for fairytale romance. Above all, they show it all, as Courtney always does."

- Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director, Creative Time

About Courtney Love

Courtney Love is a musician, actress and artist born in San Francisco, California in 1964. Courtney Love studied fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1980’s and has drawn throughout her life, but only recently decided to exhibit her work. She considers the artists David LaChapelle and Julian Schnabel her mentors in her first professional foray into visual art. In 1986 her role in the film Sid and Nancy caught the attention of Andy Warhol and the editors of Interview magazine and they featured her in a two-page spread as a rising star. Debbie Harry introduced Love on the talk show Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes on MTV (1987) as a “flamboyant rising new star.” She formed the alternative-rock band Hole in 1989. In the 1990s, Love went on to release several successful albums with Hole, including Hole’s breakthrough classic recording Live Through This was hailed as the “Best Album of 1994” by Rolling Stone magazine. She also starred in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress, Drama and was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the New York, Boston and Chicago Film Critics Circles, and Man on the Moon (1999). Love played the embodiment of Caligula in Francesco Vezzoli’s Trailer For A Remake Of Gore Vidal’s Caligula (2005), which premiered at the 51st Venice Biennial in 2005 and went on to be exhibited in the Whitney Biennial the following year. Named “the Queen of Rock” by Rolling Stone, Love has more recently branched out from music and film to complete projects in fashion and writing. She currently lives and works in New York City.

New York—On March 15 Swann Galleries offered Part II of the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper. Caren’s collection aimed to document every important event in modern history through books, manuscripts, autographs, photographs, posters and ephemera that span the 16th century through the 1970s.

The highlights of the second sale were a scarce 1622 pamphlet titled A Briefe Relation of the Discovery and Plantation of New England, published in London before the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which sold for $55,200*; and a 1789 issue of the Gazette of the United States featuring the first printing in any form of the Bill of Rights, $31,200. A first printing of the English Bill of Rights, The Declaration of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, London, 1689 brought $7,800.

An original indictment from the Salem Witch Trials was sold to a Massachusetts collector for $31,200. The lot was discussed in a Salem News article that was picked up nationally. Collectors also competed for a broadside issue of the Charleston Mercury announcing South Carolina’s secession, $26,400; and a draft letter written by James Monroe about the burning of Washington in 1814, $5,760.  In all, seven of the top 20 lots went to collectors, a strong showing.

Institutions also did well, acquiring a nice copy of James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic I Want You for U.S. Army poster for $10,800, and numerous other lots. The College of William & Mary acquired a 40-foot-long scroll of Admiral Russell’s British naval accounts from 1692, during the reign of the original William and Mary, $2,400.

Among the surprises were the act to establish the United States Post Office, estimated at $2,500 to $3,500, and sold for $10,800; and a group of press photos of the first aerial circumnavigation in 1924, estimated at $200 to $300, and sold after heated bidding for $2,160.

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

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

*All prices include buyer’s premium.
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - May 3, 2012 - Skinner, Inc. will host a Discovery auction on May 16 and 17 in its Marlborough gallery. The sale presents a varied assortment of antique dolls, vintage toys, collectibles, ephemera, and books, as well as furniture and decorative objects with more than 1200 lots on offer.

Antique Dolls
Over 200 lots of antique, vintage & collectible dolls will be featured at the sale, highlighted by a French Bru Jne 5 bisque head doll (lot 184, estimated between $15,000 and $18,000). Outfitted in its original cotton dress and shoes, this doll has deep blue paperweight eyes and wears a quizzical expression. Other dolls up for bid include a blonde Depose E 6 J Bebe Jumeau decked out in the original cotton two-piece dress and wool cape, complete with an additional white cotton dress and hat (lot 81, $5,000 to $6,000); a papier mache Milliner model with apollo knot (lot 33, $1,500 to $2,000); and a French fashion lady doll (lot 22, $3,500 to $4,500) in a burgundy taffeta dress and extra two-piece dark green wool challis dress with black trim.

Vintage Toys
A diverse selection of toys by firms such as Hubley, Lionel, and Marx includes painted cast iron toy vehicles & accessories (lot 207, $300 to $500), lithographed tin toys, Britain’s painted metal soldiers, Steiff animals, and vintage PAR lithographed wood jigsaw puzzles (lot 224, $800 to $1,200).

Collectibles and Ephemera
For the collector, the May Discovery sale offers everything from baseball memorabilia to vintage comic books including a 1962 New York Yankees World Series 10kt gold and diamond ring (lot 354, $2,000 to $3,000); a Babe Ruth autographed baseball (lot 386, $3,000 to $5,000); a Mills Novelty Co. Champions Play Baseball candy mints five-cent slot machine (lot 356, $3,000 to $5,000); a complete box of 1966 Topps Batman Television gum cards (lot 260, $1,000 to $1,500); and a 1961 Silver Age Fantastic Four Marvel Comics No. 1 (lot 248, $800 to $1,200).

Books and Historical Manuscripts
Notable book lots include a scrapbook dated 1828 filled with pencil sketches, gouache paintings, engravings, drawings, manuscript poems, and short stories (lot 516, $600 to $900); a collection of 18th century British & American newspapers (lot 526, $200 to $250); and a substantial fragment of the 1569 edition of Vesalius’s Anatomes Totius, with forty full-page engraved plates depicting human dissection (lot 587, $2,000 to $3,000).

Antique Furniture and Decorative Arts
This sale presents an assortment of both antique and contemporary furnishings and decorative objects. Highlights include a Victorian Renaissance revival damask upholstered carved walnut hound's head arm chair (lot 855, $400 to $600); a Victorian Renaissance revival carved walnut Davenport writing desk (lot 613, $400 to $600); a classical-style upholstered carved mahogany loveseat (lot 720, $400 to $600); a set of four Chippendale-style carved walnut side chairs (lot 665, $400 to $600); a polychrome painted and gilt gesso and carved wood figure of a saint (lot 967, $1,500 to $2,500); and a pair of white-painted cast iron garden chairs (lot 785, $200 to $300).

Previews, Catalogue, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday, May 17, 2012, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

A text catalogue for #2597M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!

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

DENVER (May 3, 2012) - The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) today announces the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Frohawk Two Feathers, the pseudonym for Los Angeles-based artist Umar Rashid. The exhibition, entitled Frohawk Two Feathers: We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, will be on view from June 21, 2012 through September 9, 2012, and feature more than 20 paintings, works on paper and sculpture.

Over the course of his career, Frohawk Two Feathers has created works that provide a magnificent re-imagining of history, narrating the story of Frengland, his fictionalized empire of a combined France and England. His drawings are detailed accounts of the traditions and rituals associated with the Frenglish leaders and culture, confronting issues of racism, power, greed, and ideological opposition within an invented period during the eighteenth century. By re-imagining colonial history, his work shows the subjective nature of historical recollection.

Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Tricia Robson, the presentation at MCA Denver focuses on key characters and battles from the initial formation and early expansion of Frengland, as well as subsequent imperial conquests and campaigns against the crown. Rooted in this early history, the artist produced new works for this exhibition that further develop the complex narrative of the Frenglish empire, expanding the scope of his earlier work to North America and linking the narrative of Frengland to Colorado.
The exhibition’s opening celebration kicks off Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 6PM for members and 8PM for non-members. The museum’s hours will be extended until midnight (12AM, Friday, June 22), with special events surrounding the summer solstice, including a rap performance with Superdeluxe featuring Umar Rashid and Micah James.  

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Tina Walls, MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society members, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. We would also like to further thank the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

Currently on View

More American Photographs, on view through June 3, 2012.

Type A: Guarded, on view through June 24, 2012.

Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock, on view through June 24, 2012.

About MCA Denver  
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) is a non-collecting institution acting as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue. In 2007, eleven years after its founding, the museum opened a new David Adjaye-designed building in Lower Downtown Denver. MCA Denver presents exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, as well as offering ongoing public programs that explore the relationship between art and contemporary life. MCA Denver has a robust youth program, with a focus on teens. In 2009, The Lab at Belmar merged with MCA Denver.

Museum Location, Hours and Ticket Prices
MCA Denver is located at 1485 Delgany on the corner of 15th Street and Delgany, in Denver, CO.  The telephone number is 303 298 7554.  As of May 29, MCA Denver’s summer hours are Tuesday through Friday Noon to 9PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 7PM. The museum is closed on Monday.  General admission to the museum is $10, senior and student tickets are $5. MCA Denver offers $1 off admission to visitors who come to the museum via public transportation. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free.

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DALLAS - The lifetime collection of prominent Washington, DC lawyer and art connoisseur Sam Stern will be offered immediately following the spring auction of Modern & Contemporary art on the afternoon of May 22, 2012.
“It is rare to find a collection of such variety and depth with consistency in quality and appeal,” said Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections at Heritage. “You need a great eye to put a collection of this quality together, and you’ll find evidence not only of his fantastic eye across this collection, but a piece of Sam’s soul in each lot.”
“Boss Star” is the nom d’art of Sam Stern, a Washington DC lawyer who has spent much of his life and career well outside the Beltway. Sam’s legal credentials are almost as impressive as his art collection, including degrees from Penn and Harvard Law, clerking for U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren and 30 years working closely with preeminent Washington lawyer Lloyd Cutler, White House counsel during the Carter and Clinton administrations.
While international law has been the focus of Sam’s career for more than five decades, art has proved his passion.
“Sam’s travels provided him with constant travel to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Iran, Asia and South America,” said Dawes. “Wherever he went Sam immersed himself in local history, art and culture, and carefully acquired extraordinary objects from artists, dealers, archaeologists and collectors he befriended.”
At home, in Virginia, he developed an equally serious interest in contemporary art and photography, acquiring choice works by artists like Brassai, Bill Brandt and Frederic Evans. For several years he maintained an apartment in Beijing and became friendly with young Chinese photographers like Luo Yang, Xie Wenyue and Liu Ren. It was here he was given the name "Boss Star", a translation of his adopted Chinese name “Xing Loban.” At the same time he was equally drawn to American and European prints of the highest order. He meticulously researched each work, assembling all the treatises, catalogue raisonnés and exhibition publications he could find for each.
Sam focused his eye on American prints and photographs of the inter-war years and was able to find outstanding examples by leading printmasters including Martin Lewis, Howard Norton Cook, Louis Lozowick, John Taylor Arms, Joseph Pennel, John French Sloan, George Wesley Bellows and Peter Milton. Nor has he neglected Europeans, like Felix Buhof, Gerald Brockhurst, Stanley William Hayter and William Walcot.
A fascinating variety of Decorative Arts ranges from a rare Amlash pottery bull vessel to Chinese archaic pottery, Qing Dynasty furniture and Maoist propaganda.
Stern himself is pragmatic on the subject of collecting.
“I’m ready to move on,” he said. “Selling what I’ve retained over 60 years is, in many respects, a pleasure. It’ll avoid belaboring my heirs with having to deal with these objects and allow me to participate in a continuing stream that nourishes and preserves part of our cultural heritage. Besides, buying this has had the added benefit of diverting me from stock market blunders.”
Highlight of the collection include:
Pair of Korean Calligraphic screens
Martin Lewis’s drypoint etching (American, 1881-1962) Glow of the City, 1929
Hung Liu (Chinese, b. 1948), Chinese Portrait, 1966
Howard Norton Cook’s lithograph (American, 1901-1980) George Washington Bridge with B, 1932

Bill Brandt (British, 1904-1983), Young Girl, Eaton Place, 1955
James Edward Allen, Brazilian Builders, 1933
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), Young Gin, 1948
Louis Lozowick (American, 1892-1973), Queensboro Bridge, 1930

Brassaï (French, 1899-1984), Salvador Dali et Gala, printed circa 1960-1969
Chuck Close (American, b. 1940), Marta/Fingerprint, 1986
Monumental Amlash Pottery Bull from 1st Century Iran
Valentina Savelieva (Russian, b. 1938), Railroad Workers, 1968
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Washington, D.C.—One of the most celebrated artists of the modern era, Jasper Johns (b. 1930) transformed the field of printmaking. For over 50 years, he has tested the medium’s boundaries, reinventing subjects like targets, American flags, and images from art history in endless variation. The first exhibition of his work at The Phillips Collection features prints from each decade, with groundbreaking examples of lithography, intaglio, silkscreen, and lead relief. Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme is on view June 2 through Sept. 9, 2012.

    The exhibition spans Johns’s entire printmaking career, beginning with his first experiments and culminating in 2011. In 1960, Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) founding director Tatyana Grosman encouraged Johns to work on lithographic stones, and he completed five prints and began his celebrated 0-9 series. Inspired, Johns saw printmaking as a way to transform ideas he had already developed in painting, drawings, and sculpture.

     Johns mines art history, including his own work, to repeat and vary motifs. Fragments-According to What (1971), for example, excavates six details from his 1964 painting, According to What. The exhibition brings together all six prints from this important series. In 1976, Johns partnered with writer Samuel Beckett to create Foirades/Fizzles on view in the exhibition. The book includes 33 etchings, which revisit an earlier work by Johns and five text fragments by Beckett.

      “Jasper Johns’s persistent experimentation not only transformed printmaking but set the standard for contemporary art,” says Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski. “A champion of visionary American artists since 1921, the Phillips is proud to present over five decades of Johns’s graphic achievements, including our own The Critic Sees (1967). We are deeply grateful to the John and Maxine Belger Foundation whose collaboration makes a project on this scale possible.”

     Opening with early prints like Target (1960), the exhibition unfolds to reveal the artist’s evolving interests. At the end of the 1960s, he experiments with etching in 1st Etchings Portfolio (1968). In the 1970s, an abstract aesthetic emerges with a crosshatch motif in works like Corpse and Mirror (1976). In the 1980s, autobiographical elements enter Johns's work such as a tracing of the artist’s shadow in The Seasons (1987). In the 1990s, images from art history appear in After Holbein (1993-94) and Green Angel (1991). Johns’s latest prints, Fragments of a Letter (2010) and Shrinky Dinks 1-4 (2011), layer text, cubist forms, and hand gestures from American Sign Language.

     Johns’s collaborations with master printers, including those at ULAE in New York and Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, are essential to his work. They empowered him to test methods unprecedented in the history of the medium. He said: “It’s the printmaking techniques that interest me . . . the technical innovation possible.” Six ingenious lead reliefs realized at Gemini G.E.L. from 1969 to 1970 are featured in the exhibition, as are several important collaborations with  ULAE including Decoy (1971), considered Johns’s first offset print, Voice 2 (1982), as well as the artist’s newest prints.   

     Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme is organized by The Phillips Collection in collaboration with the John and Maxine Belger Foundation. Exhibition curator is Phillips Assistant Curator Renée Maurer.

     Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, Jasper Johns is a central figure in modern and contemporary art. His work is represented in nearly every major museum collection and has been the subject of one-person exhibitions throughout the world. Born in Georgia in 1930 and raised in South Carolina, Johns grew up wanting to be an artist. He moved to New York City in his 20s and emerged as a force in the American art scene in 1958 with a solo show at Leo Castelli Gallery from which the Museum of Modern Art purchased three pieces. For 50 years Johns has challenged the possibilities of printmaking, painting, and sculpture, laying the groundwork for a wide range of experimental artists. He represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1988 and was awarded the Grand Prix. Johns currently lives and works in Sharon, Conn., and the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.


     For visitors curious about printmaking processes, the exhibition includes a room with lithography and etching presses, lithographic stones, and metal plates. Nearby, the film Jasper Johns: Take an Object (1990, dir. Hans Namuth and Judith Wechsler, 25 min.) narrated by John Cage, shows the artist at work. Public programs exploring printmaking include:

    •    Thurs., June 14 (6:30 p.m.): National Gallery of Art consulting curator Ruth Fine leads a gallery talk on Johns’s diverse approaches to printmaking.
    •    Thurs., June 21 (6:30 p.m.): Master printer Scip Barnhart leads an all-levels interactive printmaking demonstration in the exhibition print room.
    •    Thurs., July 5 (5-8:30 p.m.): During Phillips after 5, master printer Scip Barnhart is available in the exhibition print room for informal conversations with visitors about printmaking techniques.
    •    Thurs., July 12 (6:30 p.m.): Bill Goldston, ULAE Director since 1982, provides an insider look at Johns’s work with this fine art publisher.
    •    Thurs., July 19 (6:30 and 7:30 p.m.): Screening of short film Decoy (1972, dir. Michael Blackwood, 18 min), which examines Johns’s methods as a printmaker and painter.
    •    Thurs., Aug. 23 (7 p.m.): Assistant Curator Renée Maurer leads a gallery talk on Jasper Johns’s printmaking legacy, from his iconic targets, flags, and numbers, to his new work.

Program details and ticket information:


John Cage Centennial Festival

This year marks the centennial of avant-garde composer John Cage’s birth. Cage was a close friend and collaborator of Jasper Johns. International celebrations are underway, including D.C.’s citywide John Cage Centennial Festival. Concurrently with Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme, The Phillips Collection presents John Cage at the Phillips, an installation of three watercolors by Cage with other works from the collection by contemporaries Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. Related public programs include:

    •    Thurs., Aug. 9 (6 p.m.): At “Creative Voices DC: John Cage,” a panel of artists and collectors share their experiences of working with the composer and reflect on his friendship with Johns.
    •    Thurs., Sept. 6 (6 p.m.): Violinist Irvine Arditti performs Cage’s complete Freeman Etudes for the first time in the U.S. with real-time computer sound spatialization by Jaime Oliver.

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Modern American Genius
Celebrate modern American genius on and off the National Mall this summer with exhibitions at The Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art. Encounter the work of three trailblazers—Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, and Barnett Newman—whose cutting-edge paintings and works on paper helped make American art a significant global force.

Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme

The Phillips Collection

June 2-Sept. 9, 2012

In the Tower: Barnett Newman

National Gallery of Art

June 10-Nov. 25, 2012

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

Corcoran Gallery of Art

June 30-Sept. 23, 2012

Join the conversation with all three museums
on Twitter at #ModAmericanGenius.

    •    Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Thurs. extended hours, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    •    Closed: Mondays and Independence Day (Wed., July 4)
    •    Location: 1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
    •    Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit) and via several bus lines
    •    Admission: $12
    •    Discounted Admission: $10 for seniors (62 and over) and students (with valid ID)
    •    FREE Admission:
    ◦    During Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days on Sat., June 2 and Sun., June 3
    ◦    For active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program Memorial Day (May 28) through Labor Day (Sept. 3)
    ◦    Kids (18 and under) and Phillips members
    •    Tickets: Available at the museum and

     The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of impressionist and modern American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers a strikingly original and experimental approach to modern art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. The setting is similarly unconventional, featuring small rooms, a domestic scale, and a personal atmosphere. Artists represented in the collection include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel internationally. The Intersections series features projects by contemporary artists, responding to art and spaces in the museum. The Phillips also produces award-winning education programs for K-12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits and lectures, and provides a forum for scholars through courses, postdoctoral fellowships, and internships. Since 1941, the museum has hosted Sunday Concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.
A new specialization in Rare Books, and Print and Visual Culture has been approved by the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. The specialization, which will be added to the department’s existing specializations in Archival Studies, Informatics, and Library Studies, is open to students earning their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. Nationwide, there are only 13 accredited master’s level programs that offer specialized studies in rare books, special collections, or print history.

This specialization will be enriched by courses taught by the California Rare Book School, which is based in the Department, and UCLA’s Digital Humanities program.  It will also draw upon renowned special collections in the Southern California area, including those of UCLA Library.

Johanna Drucker, Professor of Information Studies and the inaugural Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliography, says that the new specialization will “strengthen the commitment to the full continuum from manuscript, analogue, print, to digital that is one of the hallmarks of the Information Studies Department.”

GSE&IS graduate students who choose the new specialization for their course of study will have the potential to find employment with private and public institutions that focus on the preservation of print artifacts, books, written manuscripts, visual materials, and digital special collections.

Gregory Leazer, chair of the Department of Information Studies, says the new specialization in Rare Books and Print and Visual Culture complements the department’s other degree programs and MLIS specializations.

“The new program of study takes advantage of our MLIS specializations in Library Studies and Archival Studies and our MA in Moving Image Archival Studies,” he says.  “Our professional degree programs emphasize diversity in the types of collections and information environments. Our students benefit from the full variety of cultural resources in Los Angeles, from world class art and history collections, movie and music studio collections, and the special collections of major research universities, as well as unique community-based and local history collections.”

For information on the Department of Information Studies, visit the Website at

MIDDLEBURG, VA - A highly successful Book Fair held by the NSLM for the first time last year will become an annual event. The Book Fair is a part of the 53rd Hunt Country Stable Tour on Memorial Day weekend. The Book Fair is held on Saturday, May 26th from 10 - 5 p.m. The Book Fair is free and open to the public. Five authors will speak and sign books.

The schedule is as follows:

NSLM Book Fair, Saturday, May 26, 2012, Library Founders’ Room, 10-5 p.m. Open to the public.

The Book Fair will offer book signings and scheduled brief lectures by five authors in the Library’s lecture hall, the Founders’ Room, and a duplicate book sale on the upper level to benefit the NSLM’s Book Acquisition Fund. The authors are as follows:

11:00 Kathryn Masson - Hunt Country Style; Stables: Beautiful Paddocks, Horse Barns, and Tack Rooms; Historic Houses of Virginia: Great Plantation Houses, Mansions, and Country Places.

12:00 Patrick Smithwick - Flying Change: A Return to Steeplechasing; Racing My Father: Growing up with a Riding Legend

1:00 Elizabeth Letts with guest Harry de Leyer - The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation, debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-fiction Bestseller list

2:00 Anne Hambleton - Raja: Story of a Racehorse, a book for young readers 11 & older

3:00 F. Turner Reuter, Jr. - Animal & Sporting Artists in America.

The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian and field sports. Founded in 1954, the institution has over 24,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The Museum, a newly renovated and expanded historic building on the Library campus, houses exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Admission is free. Library Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 540-687-6542. NSLM 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117 
[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, May 6th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of ephemera and artwork.  We will offer another session of World’s Fairs material from the estate of Charles Rand Penney.  Another estate includes a quantity of signed artwork and prints, along with numerous original engravings including an original piece signed by celebrated artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.  Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres, along with an original letter signed by Albert Einstein.

Featured among the books is a collection of 18th and 19th century European titles, primarily French, many of which are leather-bound.  A highlight in this collection is the 1688 first edition of Pierre de Marca’s “Marca Hispanica,” the important early history of Catalonia.  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 Sue Grafton, to name a few.  Also featured is the 1902 author-signed, limited edition of Woodrow Wilson’s “A History Of The American People,” published in five volumes.  A number of desirable antique children’s books will be sold, including titles illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

Artwork offered includes original works, limited, signed prints, posters and original engravings.  Highlighted is an early state of Whistler’s piece entitled, “Price's Candle Works,” bearing his original, stylized signature in pencil.   Other important engravings include works by Felix Buhot, Francisco Goya, James McBey and other notable etchers.

Found throughout this auction will be pleasing groups of ephemera with themes such as World's Fairs, military, advertising, postage, stamps, postcards, and stereoviews, to name a few.  Additional lots will offer early magazines including 19th century periodicals, pulp and science fiction titles and a first issue of “Life” magazine.  The World’s Fairs and Expositions-related material includes books and ephemera.  A large portion of the collection focuses on the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair in Chicago, along with items from the 1933 Century of Progress in Chicago and the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.  Additional collectible paper items include an 18th-Century Papal Bull on vellum with a metal seal bearing the mark of Pope Clement XIII and an original letter signed by Albert Einstein on letterhead from the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists.

This auction will also offer a number of furniture lots including antiques.  Featured are stacking barrister bookcases from manufacturers such as Globe-Wernicke, oak map file cabinets, other bookcases and items.

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 6th 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
DALLAS, TX - Dorothea Sharp’s lyrical, sun-dappled oil painting At the Fountain (estimate: $50,000+) and Martha Walter’s Beach Scene (estimate: $50,000+) headline a very strong selection of works by important women painters of the 19th and 20th Centuries featured in Heritage Auctions; May 15 Signature® American & European Art Auction, to be held at the company’s Dallas Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.
“Since antiquity, women have created vital and imperative art while not receiving recognition for it,” said Brian Roughton, Director of American & European Art at Heritage Auctions, “and we felt, as a company, that it’s important to spotlight these important members of American and European art history and encourage that they receive well-deserved attention from collectors and the public.”
The history of fine art is littered with examples of bias - except on very rare occasions - shown toward women painters that kept them from attaining the level of success their male peers achieved, a bias that to a significant extent continues to this day.
“Obtaining a proper history of women in art has often proved difficult as many records have been manipulated,” said Roughton, “and a great number of works by women have been wrongly credited to their male teachers or relatives as it was believed that no truly great art could be created by a woman. While that perception has shifted somewhat, we feel that it’s not enough and want to do our part, as an auction house with access to so much fine work, to right that awareness.”
Noted Expressionist Myrtle Jean Maclane’s exuberant oil Against the Red Cliffs of Devon, circa 1926-1927, is the top American offering in the grouping, with an estimate of $30,000+, while Harriet Cany Peale’s - best known as the wife of portraitist Rembrandt Peale - classically inspired Agatharkhis, 1848, is expected to bring $18,000+.

British painter Elizabeth Violet Blackadder’s Aveiro Beach, Portugal, 1966, is already proving to be one of the grouping’s most popular offerings, with a $16,000+ estimate. Blackadder, known for her minimalist Japanese print-inspired landscapes and floral still lifes, received numerous accolades during her lifetime and continues to be one of the more collectable British painters of the 20th Century.
Louise Catherine Breslau’s ethereal La Toilette, 1898 (estimate: $16,000+), is another principle European highlight while Helen Sheldon Jacobs Smillie’s oil When the Dew is in the Grass, 1884 (estimate: $8,000+) and Harriette Bowdoin’s Morning Shadow and Sunlight (estimate: $8,000+) add more American heft to the event while Rita Hoffman Shulak’s oil Apple Maiden of the Spanish Steps (estimate: $9,000+), presents a more contemporary perspective as this California-based artist shows her skill by adeptly with pointillism.
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
Clara Hoffman (American, 1862-1897) Fragrant Flower, 1895: Oil on canvas. Estimate: $6,000+.
Gladys Rockmore Davis (American, 1901-1967), The Reading Lesson (Two Girls): Oil on canvas. Estimate: $4,000+.
Anna Elisabeth Klumpke (American, 1856-1942), Solitude: Oil on canvas. Estimate: $4,000+.
Mildred Bunting Miller (American, 1892-1964), In My Iris Garden, 1925: Oil on canvas. Estimate: $3,000+.
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