July 2012 Archives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Southern Festival of Books announces a lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors set to headline the twenty-fourth Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Oct. 12-14. The roster includes Katherine Patterson, Junot Diaz, Gillian Flynn, R.L. Stine, AJ Jacobs, Judith Viorst and rising star Karen Thompson Walker.
 
The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that attracts about 30,000 attendees to meet their favorite authors, as well as to be introduced to up-and-coming talented new writers. The festival is a fixture of fall in the South and has become one of the most popular regional literary events in the country. Festival guests travel to Nashville to experience the weekend’s abundance of authors, books, food, entertainment and culture.
 
The Southern Festival of Books is held at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville at the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol. Each year, the Festival features a diverse collection of authors to discuss and sign their books.
 
Highlights of the 2012 Festival include:
 
●      Numerous New York Times bestsellers including Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and AJ Jacobs (Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection) who is famous for The Year of Living Biblically.
 
●      R.L. Stine, one of America’s best-loved writers, with his new horror novel for adults, Red Rain.
 
●      Pulitzer Prize-winners such as Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger (Father’s Day: A Journey into the Heart and Mind of My Extraordinary Son), Washington Post reporter David Maraniss (Barack Obama: The Story) and Junot Diaz (This is How you Lose Her).
 
●      Renowned young adult authors Katherine Patterson (Bridge to Terabithia) and Judith Viorst (Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). Both of these fan favorites have new releases - Patterson (The Flint Heart), Viorst (Lulu walks the Dog)
 
●      Southern foodies including Amy Lyles Wilson (Farm Fresh Southern Cooking), Southern Living editor Rebecca Lang (Southern Living Around a Southern Table), Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie (Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking), Nashville’s Chris Chamberlain (The Southern Foodie), and Tayst chef/owner Jeremy Barlow.
 
●      Literary notables Mark Helprin (In Sunlight and in Shadow) best known for his book The Winter’s Tale, Dan Chaon (Stay Awake: Stories), Margot Livesey (The Flight of Gemma Hardy), Ron Rash (The Cove), Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins), and bestselling author Gail Tsukiyama (A Hundred Flowers).
 
●      Local Alice Randall (Ada’s Rules: A Sexy, Skinny Novel), Adam Ross (Ladies and Gentleman), Ann Shayne with locally-set novel Bowling Avenue, and Jeanne Ray (Calling Invisible Women) - mother of Nashville-favorite Anne Patchett.
 
●      Major literary debuts include: Karen Thompson Walker, with The Age of Miracles, a summer blockbuster about coming of age at the end of the world, Ben Fountain with his debut novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel, and writer Attica Locke entering the mystery genre with The Cutting Season.
 
●      A special series of sessions on emancipation, with featured speakers such as Tony Horwitz (Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War), senior editor and blogger for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and the Unlikely Road to Manhood) and renowned Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer (Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory.)
 
The full Festival lineup and more information about each author can be found online at www.humanitiestennessee.org/sofestofbooks.
 
As book lovers gear up for the festival, they can participate in the back-by-popular-demand @SoFestofBooks “Speed Reader” Twitter contest. The contest kicked off July 16 and gives @SoFestofBooks followers the chance to earn front-of-the-line signing privileges for an author of their choosing.
 
Each week @SoFestofBooks gives daily Twitter clues about authors appearing at this year’s festival.  Twitter followers will then have the opportunity to guess which author fits the clues.  The first follower to guess the author correctly wins. Winners and the weeks’ featured author will be announced by 5 p.m. CDT each Friday throughout the contest. Weekly contest winners will receive a Speed Reader pass and a 2012 Festival poster.  Participants must be 18 or older to play.  All answer must be submitted as a @reply to @SoFestofBooks.  Direct messages will not be considered.
 
Also ongoing is a weekly Facebook contest, which awards to the winner each week the book of an author set to attend the Festival.
 
The Southern Festival of Books is presented by Humanities Tennessee, a non-profit organization that promotes humanities education across Tennessee. The Festival is proudly sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities, Ingram Content Group, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Nashville Scene, AWC Family Foundation, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Predators Foundation, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Memorial Foundation, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.
 
Humanities Tennessee and the Southern Festival of Books are on the Web at www.humanitiestennessee.org. Join the festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @SoFestBooks.

 
(Boston, Massachusetts, July 31, 2012): A gift of $150,000 from Trustee Emeritus Caleb Loring, Jr., will fund the second phase of the Boston Athenæum’s “Confederate Access Project.” The gift will allow the Athenæum to conserve and digitize nearly 4,000 books and archival documents printed in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War and make them available to the public through the internet.

The Athenæum completed the first phase of the Confederate Access Project, also funded by Caleb Loring, Jr., in the summer of 2012. During the first year of the project, the Athenaeum cataloged, conserved, and digitized Confederate paper currency, financial documents, and postage stamps; improved existing cataloging for more than 1600 books and documents; and acquired a scanner custom-designed to safely scan bound books. All of those digitized documents are already available on the Athenæum’s website at www.bostonathenaeum.org.

The second phase of the project will create the largest and most accessible collection of Confederate materials available to the public anywhere in the world. James Reid-Cunningham, Associate Director for Preservation and Digitization, is directing the project.

“We are so pleased that Caleb Loring has agreed to fund a second year of our access project,” said Paula D. Matthews, Stanford Calderwood Director and Librarian. “The Confederate States of America Collection is one of the great treasures of the Boston Athenæum, an essential resource for scholars, students, and interested amateurs around the world. Two hundred items in our collection are not in any published bibliography, and may well be unique. Before this project, only a few hundred Confederate documents had ever been made available on line anywhere.”

The Athenæum began to assemble its Confederate Imprints Collection in 1865, immediately following the end of hostilities in the American Civil War.

Francis Parkman, the famous American historian and an Athenæum Trustee, traveled the war-ravaged southern states with funds to purchase Confederate printed material before it was lost to history. Librarian William F. Poole continued the search by actively advertising in the region and buying heavily. His goal was to acquire “everything printed in the South during the war that goes to illustrate the state and action of the Southern mind.”

The original collection was enlarged with the purchase of Confederate imprints from Judge Raymond S. Wilkins. In 1969, the Honorable George W. Ball, former U.S. Undersecretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, and his son, Douglas Ball, gave the Athenæum an extraordinary collection of Confederate currency, including about 6,200 examples of paper money and 500 CSA bonds and treasury certificates. The Ball gift contained many rarities and fine examples of the various types of engraved and lithographed designs used for bills issued by the individual states and the government.

The entire Confederate Imprints Collection numbers almost 12,000 items, including books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, stamps, paper currency, government bonds, and maps printed during the Civil War.

The Athenæum has set up a new webpage, “Digital Collections at the Boston Athenæum,” http://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/cdm, as a public access point for digital collections, including the Confederate Imprints Collection, via the internet. Developed over nine months, the project is part of the Athenæum’s “seamless method” approach to cataloguing and digitization.

BEVERLY HILLS - The multi-million dollar Doug Schmell/PedigreeComics.com Collection, featuring the single greatest grouping of Silver Age Marvel CGC #1 Registry sets ever assembled, realized more than $3.94 million on July 26 as the centerpiece of the vintage comic book offerings in Heritage Auctions’ July 26 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.
 
The top offering in Schmell’s incredible grouping was the Pacific Coast pedigree X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM/MT 9.8, which brought an incredible $492,938.
 
“I still can't believe the X-Men #1 9.8 went for nearly went for half a million dollars,” said Schmell. “I can't thank the professional team at Heritage enough, especially Steve Borock, who helped me and my family through the entire selling and auction process, who answered every question we had. It was not an easy decision to sell these prized books, but Steve made the transaction much easier, exceeding all my expectations. Thank you to Heritage for promoting my collection, my website PedigreeComics.com, and for making the sale of the collection a very successful one.”


Borock, for his part was sanguine about the amazing collection, the incredible price realized and the namesake of the grouping.
 
“This experience was especially satisfying, because Doug is a true gentlemen and a great friend,” said Borock. “He’s an expert’s expert whose Silver Age Marvel collection was the best of the best and the comics, and the final prices realized, spoke for themselves.”
 
Schmell  has been putting his high-grade collection together for more than 20 years. A successful comic collector and dealer, he carefully and deliberately selected each comic and carefully selected Heritage when it came time to let go of his personal collection.
 
“Doug’s company, PedigreeComics.com, is a respected and successful comic book venue in its own right,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Heritage. “In fact, I routinely bid on his web site for my own collection, so we all felt especially honored to have been chosen by such an esteemed colleague and competitor to auction his amazing personal collection.”
 
Top individual title highlights besides the X-Men #1 9.8 Pacific Coast include Tales of Suspense #39 9.6 Pacific Coast (realized: $262,900), Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast (realized: $274,850), Fantastic Four #1 White Mountain pedigree (Marvel, 1961) CGC NM- 9.2 (realized: $203,150), Journey Into Mystery #83 9.2 ($83,6550), Fantastic Four #4 9.6 (realized: $34,655), Daredevil #1 9.6 Twin Cities (realized: $28,680), Strange Tales #135 9.8 Pacific Coast ($17,328).
                                                                                                                                                       
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The Bibliographical Society in conjunction with the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the publication of an important new online reference work for book history.  The British Armorial Bindings Database, begun by John Morris and continued by Philip Oldfield, is now available on the web at http://armorial.library.utoronto.ca/.
 
This catalogue which attempts to record all known British armorial bookbinding stamps used by personal owners to mark and decorate their books, reproduces over 3,300 stamps used between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, associated with nearly two thousand individual owners. 
 
Intended primarily as a tool to facilitate the identification of heraldic stamps, the database may be searched from many angles. Stamps may be searched by heraldic devices, such as arms, crest, mottoes etc. Owners can be found under their family name, their titular name, rank in the peerage, and by gender.  The 12,000 odd books which provide the sources for the stamps, from libraries around the world, may be sorted by author and title, and individual libraries can be searched for their holdings of armorial bindings. The database will be useful to rare book librarians, book historians, book dealers, students of heraldry, genealogists, and anyone with an interest in questions of provenance and the identification of coats of arms.
 
The database has been created and hosted at the University of Toronto and is made available as a free public resource through the sponsorship of the Bibliographical Society.
 
Links
The Bibliographical Society: http://www.bibsoc.org.uk/
University of Toronto Libraries: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/
British Armorial Bindings Database: http://armorial.library.utoronto.ca/
 
 
Margaret Ford
Hon. Secretary
The Bibliographical Society
From 15 September 2012, the Museum Plantin-Moretus presents The Master’s Soul: Antwerp drawings from Rubens to Panamarenko. Eleven guest curators, including Dries Van Noten, Adriaan Raemdonck, illustrator-cartoonist Benoît and illustrator Kaatje Vermeire, among others, made a selection of the most beautiful drawings from the Print Room. The exhibition brings together a mix of exceptional drawings and sketches by old masters and contemporary talent.
 
The Plantin-Moretus Museum’s Print Room preserves more than 20,000 drawings and with its rich collection belongs among the world’s best. The collection of drawings is constructed around Antwerp artists from 1500 until today. This fall, the Print Room is exhibiting the most beautiful drawings from the collection.
 
Drawing is intimate. By means of a drawing, an artist puts onto paper a first impression, a brief pose, a snapshot, an emotion. It is a quick way to capture a stream of thought and to organize ideas. More than in any other medium, the artist exposes his soul in a drawing.
 
The museum called upon eleven guest curators to put together a collection of drawings by old masters and contemporary work from the Print Room. They made surprising thematic connections or opted for affinities in style, composition or line across the centuries.
 
Fashion designer Dries Van Noten, illustrator Kaatje Vermeire and gallery owner Adriaan Raemdonck made selections using their drawing experience. Specialists Ger Luijten, Professor Katlijne Vander Stighelen and curator Stefaan Hautekeete made a choice using their professional eye. A few local residents and volunteers with a heart for the museum also selected their favourite works. Thus did the exhibition grow to become a fascinating journey along islands of personal tastes and preferences.
 
Drawings are very sensitive to light, which is why they are rarely exhibited. The Master’s Soul is therefore a unique opportunity to admire the hidden collection of the museum’s Print Room. The exhibition includes, among others, studies, sketches and drawings from Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Jan Brueghel, Eugeen Van Mieghem, the Linnig family, Floris Jespers, Panamarenko, Jan Fabre and Sam Dillemans.
 
The Museum Plantin-Moretus
The Museum Plantin-Moretus is unique. It is the residential house of the Plantin-Moretus family which contains the publishing house - printing press. After 440 years, the studio of the most important 16th century printing press still looks like the compositors, type founders, printers and proofreaders could commence their working day at any moment. The oldest printing press in the world is there. They bear witness to the first industrial distribution of knowledge and image. The rich art collection is located in the historical residence, including paintings from family friend Peter Paul Rubens.
 
UNESCO World Heritage
Not only the residence and the printing establishment are on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage list. The company and family archives are also considered by UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme Register as a unique piece of European history.
 
 
Practical info
The Master’s Soul: Antwerp drawings from Rubens to Panamarenko
·       From 15 September to 16 December 2012
·       From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
·       Entry fee: €8 / €6 / €1 / €0
Groups (+12 people) pay €6 per person
Guide €65 + €5 reservation fee
·       Museum Plantin-Moretus
Vrijdagmarkt 22 - 2000 Antwerp
Tel.: +32 (0)3 221 14 50
museum.plantin.moretus@stad.antwerpen.be
www.museumplantinmoretus.be
·       Accessibility: The ground floor is wheelchair accessible.
·       How to reach us: Tram: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 / Bus: 22, 25, 26
The museum is within walking distance of the Grote Markt and the Groenplaats and the bus parking lot on the Ernest Van Dijckkaai.
·       Museum Plantin-Moretus on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/museum.plantin.moretus.prentenkabinet
 

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns today presented more than 130 items from 32 unique collections housed in more than 20 Library divisions. The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched, processed and—in some cases—unearthed during their 10-week internship.

Topping their list of finds was an unknown and unreleased recording session of the great blues duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, which was found in the Universal Music Group Collection of some 200,000 historic master recordings that the Library acquired last year. Made in 1946 when the blues greats were still unknown, the recording was an audition tape for Decca Records. The duo would become nationally and internationally known in the 1950s and 1960s, during which time they recorded numerous albums, including backup on a 1959 album featuring Andy Griffith.

Also on view were rarely displayed items from the Library’s collections such as:


  • A miniature replica (1.5 x 1.5 x 1 inches) of "Manual (Psalterium) of St. Ruperti," a Medieval manuscript
  • The Venice Haggadah, 1716
  • General John G. Barnard’s "A Report on the Defenses of Washington," including maps drawn during the Civil War, 1871
  • A copyright application for Animate Toy Company’s "Bugville Games," 1916
  • Transcripts from the trial of gangster Al Capone, 1931
  • "Stories About Animals," by Leo Tolstoy, 1932
  • Newport Folk Festival posters and memorabilia from the collection of musician and writer John Cohen, 1959-1964

Now in its eighth year, the Junior Fellows Summer Internship program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory group. This year, a panel of Library curators and specialists selected 38 college students from among more than 600 applicants to participate in the program.

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 www.loc.gov.

DALLAS - As of today, July 25, collectors can officially download Heritage Auctions’ brand new Heritage Mobile Catalog (HMC) for iPad, completely free, at the Apple iTunes store.
 
“This is a fully interactive, completely immersive app that collectors will find completely in line with the first class Heritage experience they’ve come to know and appreciate,” said Paul Minshull, COO of Heritage Auctions. “We’re a company that not only embraces technological innovation, but also holds it to a very high standard. For many collectors this will provide significant change in their collecting experience.”
 
The Heritage Mobile Catalog, easily downloadable when “Heritage Auctions” is typed online at the Apple iTunes Store, the HMC allows collectors to download all the items in Heritage’s current and past auctions - viewable at your convenience, even while offline - and also browse the entire catalog, filter results based on keywords or a specific search, view a slide show of items, dig into full descriptions and large images, Bid and Track and update to current bid information any time a user connects to the Internet.
 
“This is the next step in collecting,” said Minshull “You can be in your pajamas, you can be on a boat in Caribbean or you could be hiking the Himalayas. If you have Internet service and an iPad, then you can now keep up with your auction.”
 
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New York, NY - England's Bodleian Library at Oxford University, established by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1602 and now the largest of the University's group of 'Bodleian Libraries', is renowned for its great treasures. Among them is one of the most important collections of medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts in the world. The Jewish Museum will present Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries from September 14, 2012 through February 3, 2013. This exhibition will feature over 60 works - Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts - the majority of which have never been seen in the United States.
   
Included will be the splendid Kennicott Bible as well as  two works in the hand of Maimonides, one of the most prominent Jewish philosophers and rabbinic authorities. This presentation showcases a selection from the Bodleian's superb holdings within the larger context of the history of medieval Christian Hebraism - the study by Christian scholars of the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic sources, which first received full expression in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. As Protestantism took hold in the sixteenth century, Hebraist trends resurged, sparking interest in the collecting of Hebrew books, and propelling the formation of the Bodleian's outstanding Hebraica collection.
 
This exhibition is based on Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures co-curated by Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt for The Bodleian Library . The New York City presentation has been organized by The Jewish Museum's Curator Claudia Nahson.
 
Scholar and diplomat Sir Thomas Bodley began establishing the Bodleian Library in 1598 after retiring as ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I and devoted the rest of his life to building its collection. Bodley in fact reopened the library room at Oxford that had been completed in 1488 to house a collection of manuscripts given by Duke Humfrey of Gloucester (1390-1447). But in 1550 during the Reformation, it was stripped and left abandoned. A staunch Protestant, whose family had fled England during Queen Mary's Catholic reign, Bodley was also a humanist and Christian Hebraist who viewed the creation of a Hebraica collection as integral to his vision for the new library. It would be housed in a masterpiece of English Gothic and Jacobean architecture, and is today one of the oldest libraries in Europe.
 
Composed of three thematic sections, the exhibition opens with three exquisitely illuminated Hebrew manuscripts representing the main European centers of medieval production-Ashkenaz (Franco-German origin), Sepharad (Spanish or Portuguese origin) and Italian. The first section covers the early dissociation between Christianity and Judaism to later medieval Christian attempts at finding common ground with Judaism. Reinforcing the early separation between the two faiths, Christians began using the codex or book while Jews held fast to the roll format. Leaves of the codex could be used on both sides and be made more portable, unlike scrolls, and thereby accelerated the propagation of Christianity. On view is one of the two earliest Latin Gospel Books extant from the British Isles, dating to the late 6th or 7th century, and one of the earliest known Hebrew codices. By the middle of the 12th century, Christian scholars began seeking out learned Jews to explain readings of the Hebrew Bible and, by the 13th century, actively studied the language, consulting original Hebrew texts in an effort to better understand the Scriptures.
 
A great cross-fertilization between Christians, Muslims and Jews occurred during the late Middle Ages in arts, sciences and the culture at large, which is the focus of the second section. Significant works by Greek, Muslim and Jewish authors were translated from Arabic to Latin, often with the help of Jewish scholars. Writings of famous ancient Greek thinkers like Aristotle, Hippocrates, Euclid and Ptolemy were suddenly available, making a world of ideas accessible to many in Europe for the first time. The most famous work in the show, the magnificent Kennicott Bible, is displayed in this section with its Islamic, Christian and popular motifs merging in one single work. A Jewish scribe and a Jewish artist created this beautifully illuminated manuscript in Corunna, Spain in 1476, almost two decades before the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula.
 
The final section is devoted to understanding the Bodleian's Hebraica collection as an important sign of Christian Hebraism's resurgence in the 16th century. Some of the most exceptional examples of Hebrew manuscripts anywhere, all with stellar provenances, demonstrate the library's more than four-century-long commitment to Hebraica. Nicholas Hilliard's exquisite miniature portrait of Sir Thomas Bodley is paired with George Gower's stunning 1579 portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (reigned, 1558-1603) during whose rule the library was established. A great treasure is Queen Elizabeth's Book of Oxford presented to the Queen in 1566 upon her visit to Oxford. This book opens with a poem on the importance of Hebrew learning encouraging the Queen to continue the work of her father, Henry VIII, in supporting the study of the language at the university. And so it has been for over 450 years through a royally endowed position that ensures the study of Hebrew and Jewish culture and religion to this day.
 
The cross-cultural approach presented in Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries is very much in the spirit of Thomas Bodley's founding vision for his library. In his time as today, it transcends ideological and religious boundaries to create a broader framework within which the rich legacy of Christians, Muslims, and Jews can be better understood.

This exhibition is based on Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, co-curated by Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt for The Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2009. The Jewish Museum presentation has been organized by Claudia Nahson, Curator.
 
Leadership support for Crossing Borders: Medieval Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries is provided by the David Berg Foundation. Generous support is provided by The Achelis Foundation and the Joseph Alexander Foundation, with additional in-kind support from George S. Blumenthal. This presentation is made possible with endowment support from The Jewish Museum Centennial Exhibition Fund and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Exhibition Fund.

About The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford
The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library-the Bodleian Library-which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University. The combined library collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 30,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in other formats. The Old Bodleian is also a major visitor attraction, drawing over 300,000 visitors a year. More information about the Bodleian Libraries and their activities can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

About The Jewish Museum
Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, a collection of 26,000 objects is maintained - paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media. The collection is among the three largest of its kind in the world and is distinguished by its breadth and quality. It is showcased in the vibrant, two-floor permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, examining the Jewish experience as it has evolved from antiquity to the present.
 
General Information
The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for children under 12 and Jewish Museum members. Admission is free on Saturdays. For information on The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at TheJewishMuseum.org.
 
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - July 2012 - This summer’s Hamptons economy appears to have made a significant rebound, that is if attendance, enthusiasm and sales at ArtHamptons are any indicator.  Droves of art lovers poured through the lavish 45,000 square foot modular museum-like building that housed ArtHamptons for it's 5th installation, held for the first time at Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark in Bridghehampton, NY.  The Opening Night Preview Party, which benefited East Hamptons’s LongHouse Reserve, even surpassed show organizer’s expectations and an ebullient 3,100 art cognoscenti attended, sipping wine and as they surveyed the art work on the dramatic 12 foot high walls.  
 
Attendance remained strong with a steady flow of enthusiastic fairgoers throughout the weekend. Typically, the Opening Preview Party draws some of the Hamptons’ most beautiful people, and this year was no different and the “pretty people” had a chance to drip paint Pollock-style, as they entered the affair. Once in the lobby entrance, fairgoers walked over a replica of the now famous Jackson Pollock drip paint stained art studio floor.

By July 15, a record 11,650 enthusiastic art lovers had visited ArtHamptons over the 3 and half days, up 20% from last year with actual, and projected, art sales generated from the 80 participating dealers in the millions.
 
Attendees were amazed as they drove up the winding driveway to reach the spectacular 95 acre Sculpture Fields at Nova’s Ark, featuring stables, polo matches, grass pastures as far as the eye can see and a dramatic sculpture park. The art fair showcased $200 million in important post-war and contemporary for acquisition,  all in a soaring glass-lobbied Pavilion - a block long. ‘“Many fairgoers were buzzing that they thought they were entering some private magical art kingdom as they drove up to the field," says Rick Friedman, Executive Director of ArtHamptons. "I cannot imagine a more relaxed yet luxurious setting for an international fair anywhere in America; the sunsets were breathtaking and were only outdone by the spectacular art offerings featured within."
 
Participating art galleries reported selling a wide range of blue chip masters, mid-career, and up and comers. Paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures sold.  A vibrant surge of last minute art collectors on late Sunday afternoon added to the weekend’s frenetic art selling pace. 

A portion of the reported sales at ArtHamptons were:
 
ACA Galleries: Marlene Tseng Yu and others;
Big Eye Gallery: 5 Bartur and Wade, Blasie Chatelain;
Center Space Gallery: Alex Cao;
Cynthia Corbet Gallery: Luis Barba, Klari Reis;
Danziger Projects: Karen Knorr, Chris Levine, Andy Warhol snapshots;
element 6 arts:  Juginder Lamba;
Eli Klein Fine Art: Several Lui Bolin photographs and Zhang Gong, totaling over $200,000 in sales;
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery: 2 Thomas Barbery, Drew Tal;
Evan Lurie Gallery: Alexi Torres;
Madison Gallery: Luc Leestemaker;
Mark Borghi Fine Art: 6 Ed Moses paintings, 10 Lisa Jack photos of President Obama;  
McNeill Art Group: Jeff Muhs;
Modernbook Gallery: 2 Tom Chambers, Ryan Bush and David Imlay;
Peter Marcelle Gallery/Gerald Peters Gallery: Several Eric Fischl art works, Peter Christian Vincent;
Portico New York: Rolph Scarlett, John Anderson;
Retrospect Galleries: Sold 36 paintings - Rob Tucker, Alberto Sanchez and Ross Tamlin;
Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery: Zachary Thorn and a Andrea Kowch;
Thomas Paul Fine Art curated by Cheech Marin: Ricardo Ruiz, Carlos Donjuan. Margaret Garcia;
Throckmorton Fine Art: Lucian Clergue, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo photos;
Universal Limited Arts Edition: Robert Rauschenberg;
Vicky David Gallery: 3 Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures, Arne Quinze;
Villa del Arte Galleries: 6 Fernando Alday, 8 Marc Harrold;
Woolff Gallery: 5 Valeria Nascimento, 4 Joanne Tinker; 
Yares Art Projects: Milton Avery.
 
Other significant events throughout the weekend included:
 
The much anticipated Pollock at 100: A Centennial Celebration with a tribute to Pollock performance of My Verono, created and performed by Kristian Verono.
The packed Russell Simmons kick-off of his Art For Life party, hosted by the Hamptons Social Network.
The 1,500 guests that attended the Empire State Pride Agenda Hamptons Tea Dance at ArtHamptons.
Three hundred guests at Cheech’s Birthday Bash, hosted by Hamptons.com.
The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary painter Ed Moses.
The Arts Patron of the Year to performer/Chicano art collector Cheech Marin.
The Guest Photographer of the Year to MichaelChilders.
 
ArtHamptons is produced by the Hamptons Expo Group. Other events include SF Fine Art Fair, ArtAspen, Houston Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
SEATTLE — Vintage Memorabilia, a global dealer in authentic original autographs, letters, photographs, manuscripts, and historic memorabilia, will auction the first extensive archive of investigative evidence ever released in connection with the gruesome 1959 murders of the Herbert Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas—the compelling subject of Truman Capote’s 1965 bestselling book, In Cold Blood.
   
The sealed bid auction, comprising the extensive personal investigative archives of Special Agent Harold Nye—the youngest of four Kansas Bureau of Investigation detectives assigned to the case—features never-before-seen letters sent from Capote to Agent Nye discussing intimate details of the case years before the book was published. In one letter Capote laments, “…I assume the Kansas Supreme Court will have set a new execution date for Perry and Dick. And now I suppose they will go into the federal courts, and the whole thing will drag on into eternity! No, I'm not bloodthirsty either, but I do wish the damn thing would end. So that I can finish the book before I'm too old and feeble to hold a pen.”

Also highlighted in the auction are hundreds of pages of investigative notebooks and documents, transcripts of interviews with and confessions of the murderers, original crime scene photographs long shielded from the public (and which have been obscured in the online catalog out of respect to the surviving family), fingerprint sheets, mug shots, and rare first editions of Capote’s books, including In Cold Blood signed by the principal KBI detectives as well as the cast and crew of the 1967 film of the same name starring Robert Blake. Even Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, inscribed a page in Agent Nye’s steno notebooks—six months before Mockingbird was published, making it her earliest known autograph ever to come on the market.

Ronald Nye of Oklahoma City, the son of KBI Agent Harold Nye, felt it was time to let go of his father’s case material. “My dad seldom spoke about the crimes he worked on during 33 years in law enforcement, but the Clutter case was the one exception,” Nye said. “He grew up on a western Kansas wheat farm himself, making it kind of personal. Dad threw himself into the hunt for facts, and he didn't stop until he had gathered the evidence he needed to get a confession.”

On Harold Nye’s relationship with Truman Capote, Nye remarked, “Dad had conflicting feelings about Truman, but over the years they found common ground on which they could respect each other. They spoke on the phone frequently and wrote to each other over the years. Then, when the execution day came, dad stood next to Truman as they watched the boys hang for their crimes.”

“My dad and Truman both sought closure that day, but the experience haunted them for the rest of their lives,” Nye said. “It’s all here in his archives. You can feel the whole experience through dad’s notes.”

Vintage Memorabilia has published a special online presentation featuring the Nye Archive highlighting many of the more important documents and photographs, available at www.VintageMemorabilia.com/InColdBlood/. The sealed bid auction is ongoing through August 31 with a minimum bid of $20,000.

“We fully expect this auction, and the online catalog itself, to draw the interest of thousands of people around the world,” said Gary McAvoy, president of Vintage Memorabilia. “Given the huge popularity of recent award-winning films based on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the Clutter case still resonates deeply in the minds of the millions who read the book or saw the movies.”

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Canterbury Cathedral and the University have joined forces in a bid to prevent a unique historic collection of several thousand manuscripts, early books, and pamphlets being broken up.

The Mendham Collection, which is owned by the Law Society of England and Wales, contains about 5,000 invaluable items including medieval manuscripts, rare books and unique copies of some of the earliest books to have ever been printed. It has been held under the custodianship of the University and Cathedral for nearly thirty years.

Despite an agreement that Cathedral and the University will retain the custodianship of the Collection until the 31 December 2013, the Law Society has given notice of its instruction to Sotheby's to remove the most valuable items on 18 July 2012 as part of a fundraising drive.

The collection was formed in the nineteenth century by Joseph Mendham, an Anglican clergyman with a keen interest in the history of theology. Since 1984 this collection has been accessible through the Cathedral to students and researchers from around the world. A full scholarly catalogue was published with public funds from the British Library in 1994; a condition of the funding was that the collection should not be dispersed.

The collection was donated by the Mendham family to the Law Society at the end of the nineteenth century on the understanding that it would be kept intact, and both the Cathedral and the University are deeply saddened by the Society's disregard for the family's wishes as well as its determination to break up a collection of such national significance.

Dr Alixe Bovey, Director of the University's Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, said: 'The collection is a valuable witness to the development of Protestantism and Catholicism, and the tensions between them, from the time of the Reformation up to Mendham's lifetime.

‘The imminent removal of the most valuable items will cause irreparable damage to the coherence and richness of this historic collection. While we appreciate the need for the Law Society to raise funds, we ask that the Society works with us to find a way to preserve this invaluable collection.'

The University has a world-wide reputation for its work in medieval and early modern research and offers a number of postgraduate programmes including an international doctoral programme in early modern studies which is funded by the European Union under the Erasmus Mundus scheme.

This August 17th and 18th, Holabird-Kagin Americana will hold the 2012 Hot August Auction, another world-class sale of Western Americana numismatics and collectibles at the Atlantis Casino Resort. The sale is expected to gross approximately $2.3 million in sales of museum quality artifacts mostly from Nevada and the Great American West. This important sale contains a wide array of fabulous and unique artifacts, including the only known Earp family portrait, featuring Nicholas Porter Earp and all six of his sons during Morgan’s wedding in 1875. This is perhaps the most important photograph available for public sale since the Billy The Kid photo went up for auction in 2011.

Nevada Items Include: The original Palace Club Charles Russell suite paintings by Trevors, rare Comstock Silver Ingots, Western Brothel Collectibles and the Dr. Jim Jacobitz collection, featuring early Nevada brewing signs, early Tahoe and Virginia City broadsides, rare Nevada railroad and mining hardgoods, photographs, Nevada & Bodie bottles, gold specimens, and much more!

The numismatic section of the event will feature an impressive, 470.5 troy ounce Knights Templar Silver Ingot from Colorado. This is the largest American nineteenth century silver ingot extant. This section also includes an uncut sheet of California Gold Rush Argenti Bank notes for $50, $100, $500, and $1000. In 2007, a single unused $1000 note sold at auction for almost $22,000. Collectors also won’t want to miss the incredible St. John D’el Rey Mining Company gold ingots, each about 18 troy ounces of rich British and Brazilian history. Other lots include: original, uncirculated Morgan Dollar Rolls, an Augustus Humbert Gold Slug, a rare Alaska “dog-eaters” Yukon Pacific Expo Token, and dozens more exciting items!

Many Nineteenth Century western saloon items are throughout the sale, perhaps highlighted by a major discovery of saloon seltzer bottles from Nevada & California. The cobalt blue Nevada seltzers represent one of the most significant discoveries of the new millennium. This collection is supplemented by the Duane Feisel collection of embossed saloon bottles and tokens, a collection put away for 40 years!

Another important collection in the sale is the remarkable Ken and Rosemary Roberts collection, the prize of which are the one-of-a-kind miner’s candlesticks, a unique American invention for underground mine lighting. The highlight of this collection is a miner’s candlestick made for Colorado mining magnate Horace Tabor. We’re also offering the Robert Mayer World’s Fairs and Expositions collection, and a collection of rare Nevada milk bottles from Bob Ferraro, Boulder City’s retired Mayor.

This two day, nearly 1700 lot auction is expected to draw a crowd of both bidders and spectators, who ordinarily only have the opportunity to see such remarkable, historic items in museums and institutions. The event is free and open to the public and the items will be available for viewing on Thursday, August 16th. Locals are encouraged to stop by the event for a glimpse of Nevada history and to witness the excitement of a multi-million dollar auction. The auction will be streamed live on our internet auction site with both national and international participation. For more information, to order a full color auction catalog, or to view the items, read the incredible historical stories and place bids online, call 877-852-8822 or visit www.HolabirdAmericana.com.
Dallas, TX--The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, the largest and most important fine art show in the Southwest, will feature an exciting roster of more than 80 international exhibitors when it makes its return to Dallas November 8-12, 2012. The highly anticipated show has evolved as the Fall event of the season, attracting notable guests, respected dealers, and some of the most prestigious fine art, antique and jewelry collectors in the world.
 
Providing an ideal setting for an event of this caliber, the city of Dallas is home to the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation boasting top museums, performance halls, award winning architectural designs, and an extensive array of fine arts. In Dallas, cultural arts contribute more than $57.6 billion to the local economy, which is 30.3% of the state total. With its art inspired restaurants, admirable collection of public arts, and flourishing Design District which hosts antiques shops, design studios and prominent galleries, Dallas is a proven destination for everyone from novice to serious collectors.
 
Adding to its cultural appeal, Dallas boasts more shopping per capita than any other place in the United States. The Dallas Market Center, host of the 2012 Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, is celebrated as the world's most complete marketplace, where buyers come from around the world to shop the collections of retailers. Only a short walk to Highland Park Village, the cities' premier venue for upscale international shopping, the Dallas Market Hall is ideally located for a premier jewelry, fine art and antiques show.
 
"With our new and vastly improved location combined with the strength of the Dallas market and collector base, I am super excited to once again bring a world class international fine art, antique & jewelry show to one of the greatest cultural cities in the United States," stated Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. "The Show Group will endeavor to market, advertise and promote the Dallas Show to all collectors within the State of Texas and beyond."
 
Owned and produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is designed to meet the needs of galleries and collectors alike. With a commitment to create an environment to foster these relationships, the Palm Beach Show Group also sees Dallas as an important world class market where prominent galleries are exposed to a high-end, art-buying public.
 
"Dallas is one of the fastest growing metro regions in the world," stated Diament. "We've got terrific dealers, a great location, and perfect dates. It doesn't get much better than Dallas."
 
Galleries interested in exhibiting at the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show are invited to visit the website at www.dallasfallshow.com to submit an application online or to call Jaime at 561-822-5440.
 
Presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place on November 8-12, 2012 at the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. General admission to the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is $15 daily or $25 for a four-day pass. For additional information about the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, please visit www.dallasfallshow.com.
 
SAN MARINO, Calif.—Some of the deepest, most wrenching complexities of the American Civil War will be examined this fall as The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens presents a pair of exhibitions that will bring to light rare photographs and manuscripts from The Huntington’s collections. The exhibition of photographs—“A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War” runs from Oct. 13, 2012, through Jan. 14, 2013, in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery. It is complemented by a companion exhibition, “A Just Cause: Voices of the Civil War Era,” on view Sept. 22, 2012, through Jan. 7, 2013, in the West Hall of the Library.
 
“When we began thinking about how The Huntington might weigh in on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we knew that an exhibition of photographs was indisputably the way to go,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library. “These are works in The Huntington’s collections that largely haven’t been seen together in this way before and tell a remarkable story of who we were as a nation and what a tremendously difficult period this was. At the same time, we knew that also bringing out some of our manuscript material could provide important narrative context. What was this war about that took the lives of three quarters of a million people? We think of it as a given; in fact it is a question that has been fiercely argued about over time.” 
 
“A Strange and Fearful Interest”
The institution’s Civil War archives—begun when Henry E. Huntington purchased three of the “Big Five” collections of Abraham Lincoln materials early in the 20th century—supply more than 200 works by famed war photographers Mathew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, George Barnard, Alexander Gardner, and Andrew J. Russell as well as an immense amount of lithographic and print material for both shows.
 
“I have looked at these photographs for years, but I am still struck by how extraordinary this collection is, how absolutely compelling and haunting,” said Jennifer Watts, curator of photographs at The Huntington and curator of “A Strange and Fearful Interest.” “I knew it was finally time we put them on display.”
 
“The anniversary of the war,” she said, “provided the perfect opportunity to think about the war’s visual record and how it might be presented to the visiting public. The result has been an exhibition that explores how photographic images explained, reflected, and shaped the nation’s coming to terms with the unprecedented death toll of the Civil War, focusing on key episodes to highlight larger cultural issues.”
 
Exhibition focal points include the battlefront, particularly the Battle of Antietam—the bloodiest and costliest single day of combat in American history; the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the nationwide mourning that ensued, and the subsequent hanging of the conspirators; and the establishment of Gettysburg National Monument as a site of reconciliation and healing.
 
The exhibition takes its title from a statement made by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1863 responding primarily to the imagery of Antietam—“The field of photography is extending itself to embrace subjects of strange and sometimes of fearful interest.” The war coincided with the rise of photographic and printing technologies that enabled the wide dissemination of imagery to a rapt audience, said Watts. 

Unprecedented Slaughter
Recent estimates put the number of Civil War dead at as many as 750,000 Americans, more than all other major conflicts from the Revolutionary War through the present. Said Watts: “It was after I read historian Drew Gilpin Faust’s powerful book, This Republic of Suffering, that I realized the profound impact of the carnage.”
 
Faust writes, “Soldiers tried to make sense of what they had wrought. As they surveyed the scene at battle’s end, they became different men.” The same could be said for the nation at large as it grappled with death on such a monumental scale, said Watts. “The exhibition examines how the nation ‘became different’ as a result of this conflagration and how it attempted to make sense of it all.”
 
A cornerstone of the exhibition is the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln and subsequent events. Photographs and related materials will examine the ways in which the assassination, the manhunt and execution of the conspirators, national displays of mourning, and the eventual deification of Lincoln were visualized, disseminated, and understood within their historical context. “The Huntington is uniquely positioned to tell this story through the breadth and depth of its visual media related to these topics, much of which is exceedingly rare,” Watts said.
 
The exhibition will define how print and photographic technologies were harnessed in different ways and for different ends. Certain stories, such as the assassination, could be told only through print media, whereas others, such as the hanging of the conspirators, needed photography’s “truth telling” legitimacy to satisfactorily record vengeance. It will also look at the various photographic and graphic means of delivery for this imagery, the subject matter of which was new, foreign, and shocking to contemporary sensibilities.
 
Key objects in “A Strange and Fearful Interest” include Alexander Gardner’s views of battlefield dead at Antietam, rare photographs from Andrew J. Russell’s U.S. Military Railroad Album, including haunting scenes of battlefield devastation and newly established military cemeteries; George Barnard’s incomparable album Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign (1866); a rare “Wanted” Poster from the Lincoln assassination; mementoes of grief such as a Lincoln mourning ribbon and keepsakes; lithographs of Lincoln deathbed scenes as well as photographs of the large public displays of mourning associated with the funeral; a set of photographs by Alexander Gardner depicting the execution of the Lincoln conspirators; John P. Nicholson albums and images related to the establishment of Gettysburg National Monument; and the scrapbooks of Civil War veteran and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News illustrator James E. Taylor, which include exceptionally rare battlefield, contraband, and convalescent images.
 
Artist Steve Roden has been commissioned to create a contemporary audio piece in response to imagery in the exhibition; the work will be installed in one of the galleries.
 
The exhibition also will be accompanied by an online component that will feature additional images as well as commentary by experts from a variety of disciplines, including scholars, curators, journalists, artists, and historians who have been asked to respond in both intellectual and personal ways to images in the exhibition. 

“A Just Cause: Voices of the Civil War Era” 
In a prelude to “A Strange and Fearful Interest,” The Huntington will open an exhibition that examines the ways Northerners and Southerners viewed the rationale for the war. The show takes its title from the letter of April 30, 1864, where Lincoln bids farewell to Ulysses S. Grant as the general embarked on what turned out to be the bloodiest campaign yet: “And now, with a just cause and a brave army, may God sustain you.”
 
“But what was this cause?” asked Olga Tsapina, Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts at The Huntington and curator of the exhibition. “And what cause could justify the carnage that would claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans?”
 
The debate over the cause has been raging since the ink dried on the articles of the Confederate surrender, she said. “The many names we’ve given it—the War of Southern Independence, the War for the Union, the War of the Rebellion, the War of Northern Aggression, the Freedom War, and even the Second American Revolution—epitomize this great and still very much ongoing dispute.”
 
For those who lived through it, there was no single answer either. “Northerners rushed to arms to preserve the Union and kill slavery; Southerners, to win independence and defend their constitutional rights, which included the right to own slaves,” said Tsapina. “As the war raged on, all pressed on, moved by the sense of honor, loyalty to the fallen, hatred of the enemy, and ultimately, survival.”
 
The exhibition, drawn entirely from The Huntington’s collections of manuscripts and printed materials, explores this great soul-searching, which made the Civil War, in the words of one war veteran, “a battle of ideas interrupted by artillery.”
 
On display will be some 80 letters, diaries, and other writings by Northerners and Southerners, including Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, as well as those by less famous Union and Confederate soldiers and their families, clergymen, physicians, charity workers, lawyers, and academics. Some of the highlights include the letter Robert E. Lee wrote on the eve of the war predicting a “fiery ordeal” that the country had to “pass through for its sins”; an unusual early design for the Confederate flag that represented “the white and colored races of the South”; a note by Frederick Douglass calling for enlistment of black troops; and a rare copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln. Also on view will be a selection from the newly acquired collection of Civil War telegraph records of Thomas T. Eckert, the head of the United States Military Telegraph.
 
“Northerners and Southerners alike believed that God and the Founding Fathers were on their side,” said Tsapina. “They all believed that their own cause was just, and the enemy was fighting to uphold tyranny and injustice.” This faith, however, gave rise to impassionate and divisive debates. “Can a just war be cruel? Can a good cause unleash so much evil in the world? What would victory look like? There were no clearly defined war doctrines, contingency plans, or exit strategies. The only thing the leadership on both sides could do was react to pressing political and military problems.”
 
As the war raged on, its mission was redefined and requisitioned. Even the nature of the conflict remained undefined. The Southerners viewed it as a revolution, a counter-revolution, or a war of independence, said Tsapina. The North struggled to determine whether it was a domestic insurrection or a full-blown war. The latter would presume that the Confederate States of America was indeed a separate nation, something that many, including Lincoln, refused to acknowledge.
 
“The debate inevitably returned to slavery,” Tsapina said. “Some valued slavery as a divinely ordained social order, a peculiar blessing to the American people sanctioned by the Bible and protected by the Constitution. Others deplored it as a cancer eating at the heart of the nation, a powerful special interest rooted in the most fundamental affront to human dignity and justice.” 



Related Programs*

Book Series: Civil War
Facilitator Judith Palarz presents a monthly book discussion series focusing on topics related to the Civil War. The series includes a curator-led private tour of the exhibition “A Strange and Fearful Interest.” This series is being offered twice; Series 1 begins Sept. 12; Series 2 begins Sept. 19. Members: $85. Non-Members: $95. Registration: 626-405-2128.

Curator Tour: “A Just Cause: Voices of the Civil War Era”
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Curator Olga Tsapina gives a private tour of the exhibition “A Just Cause: Voices of the Civil War Era” to gain insights into the war-time debate on the causes of and purpose behind the war. Members: $15. Non-Members: $20. Registration: 626-405-2128.

Public Program: Civil War Living History Day
Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Guests are invited to gather on the Library and Brown Garden lawns at The Huntington to enjoy the music of the Civil War era presented by the Band of the California Battalion, re-creating music of the times with period instruments. In addition, the New Buffalo Soldiers, a reenactment group, will present demonstrations about Civil War life. The Buffalo Soldiers refers to the African American men who served as members of the U.S. Calvary during the Civil War.
Free with admission.

Lecture: Drew Gilpin Faust and Ric Burns on “Death and the Civil War”
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, best-selling author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, talks with filmmaker Ric Burns about his new film, “Death and the Civil War,” based on Faust’s book. The documentary examines how the unprecedented death toll and carnage of the war challenged American cultural attitudes about death and fundamentally transformed federal government policies toward soldiers.
Friends’ Hall. Free, but advance tickets required.

Curator Tour: “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War”
Wednesday, Dec. 5 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Curator Jennifer Watts gives a private tour of the exhibition “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War.”
Members: $15. Non-Members: $20. Registration: 626-405-2128.
 
*Check online calendar for updated information on all events.
 
BEVERLY HILLS - The multi-million dollar Doug Schmell/PedigreeComics.com Collection, featuring the single greatest grouping of Silver Age Marvel CGC #1 Registry sets ever assembled, will form the centerpiece of the vintage comic book offerings in Heritage Auctions July 26 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.
 
“Almost every comic in Doug’s amazing collection is the single highest graded, or tied for high graded copy according to the CGC Census,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics Auctions at Heritage. “Most every comic is from different prominent pedigree collections - Pacific Coast, Rocky Mountain, Boston, Northland, Curator, Massachusetts, Western Penn, White Mountain, among others - and were assembled with great care and a great eye by Doug.”
 
Schmell, the owner of PedigreeComics.com, has been putting his high-grade collection together for more than 20 years. A successful comic collector and dealer, he carefully and deliberately selected Heritage when it came time to let go of his personal collection.
 
“After watching Heritage become, by far, the world’s largest comics auction house, I knew that it was the perfect choice for me to sell my private collection to realize the highest prices and have no conflict for the consigners on my site, PedigreeComics.com,” he said. “I have a passion for many things in life, but nothing like the passion I have had in putting this collection together. I sincerely hope that the collectors who end up winning any of these comics enjoy them half as much as I did.”
 
“I’ve watched Doug piece together this fantastic collection across the more than 20 years I’ve known him,” said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage, “and already knew that the collection was amazing. When I went to look at the entire collection as a whole, and saw just how expansive it was, I knew I was looking upon a thing of amazing beauty. Given the advance collector buzz, I can safely say that comics aficionados agree.”
 
Top individual title highlights include X-Men #1 9.8 Pacific Coast, Tales of Suspense #39 9.6 Pacific Coast, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Fantastic Four #4 9.6, Journey Into Mystery #83 9.2, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Daredevil #1 9.6 Twin Cities, Strange Tales #135 9.8 Pacific Coast.
                                                                                                                                                       
The incredible run titles include Avengers #1-100 (89 are grade 9.8 and 11 are graded 9.6), Daredevil #1-100 (90 are graded 9.8 and 10 are graded 9.6), Fantastic Four #1-102 (94 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Journey Into Mystery #83-125 (40 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Strange Tales #101-168 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales of Suspense #39-99 (All are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales To Astonish #36-101 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Thor #126-200 (72 are graded 9.8 and 3 are graded 9.6) and X-Men #1-66 (61 are graded 9.8 and 5 are 9.6).
 
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $750 million, and 600,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com. 
 
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(Baltimore, Md.) - Art, jewelry and antique aficionados will not only get to see some of the world’s most extraordinary collections from more than 575 international dealers, but they'll also have the opportunity to attend lectures presented by a stellar lineup of knowledgeable and respected speakers as part of the 2012 lecture series at the 32nd Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, August 23-26, at the Baltimore Convention Center.
 
Free and open to the public, the lectures will be headlined by industry experts such as Robert Mintz, Chief Curator and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at The Walters Art Museum. Also lecturing will be exhibiting dealers including, Patricia Funt Oxman of Patricia Funt Antiques, Gerald Barkham and Steve Epstein of Your Piece of History, Katherine Houston of Katherine Houston Porcelain, as well as Paul Haig of Haig’s of Rochester.
 
These exhibitors are accomplished academics and renowned experts in their respective fields. They are offering their knowledge to those who are interested in the fascinating aspects of the extraordinary collections they bring to the show. Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group noted, “We are thrilled to welcome The Walters Art Museum back to the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show. It has always been our goal to provide an environment that fosters an understanding and appreciation of art and antiques, and we believe that the lectures that will be presented by this year’s diverse group of speakers will be greatly enjoyed by both guests and exhibitors.”
 
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The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, featuring 575 international dealers including a 90-dealer antiquarian book fair, will take place August 23-26, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Hours are Thursday, August 23, from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 26, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and good for all four show days. For more information, please visit www.baltimoresummershow.com.
 
The 2012 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show lecture series schedule follows:
 
BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES SHOW 2012 LECTURE SERIES
 
Baltimore Convention Center - ROOM 327
 
Thursday, August 23
 
·       1:00 p.m.
Juvenile Series Books - Not Just For Kids Anymore
Lee Temares
Lee & Mikes Temares, LLC.
 
·       3:00 p.m.
The Clay Gardener
Katherine Houston
Katherine Houston Porcelain
 
Friday, August 24
 
·       1:00 p.m.
Collecting East Asian Lacquers
Robert Mintz, Ph.D.
Chief Curator and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art
The Walters Art Museum
 
·       3:00 p.m.
Treen - Early Wooden Objects with an Emphasis on the Whimsical
Patricia Funt Oxman
Patricia Funt Antiques
 
Saturday, August 25
 
·       1:00 p.m.
Posters & Broadsides: From Advertising to Art Forms
Gerald Barkham & Steve Epstein
Your Piece of History
 
·       3:00 p.m.
The Vertical Art of Antique Cane World
Gary Durow
Wooden Skate Antiques
 
Sunday, August 26
 
·       1:00 p.m.
Chinese Textiles
Paul Haig
Haig’s of Rochester
 
·       3:00 p.m.
Masterpieces of Minton
Nick & Martine Boston
Nick & Martine Boston Antiques
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce Women: Sun-Stained Symbols, an exhibition of new work by Ryan McGinness. The show will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, August 4th, from 6 to 8 pm, and will be on view through September 3rd.

The exhibition will consist of two related series of works, “process drawings” and cyanotypes, which both focus on a single motif: the female nude. The process drawings show multiple stages of McGinness’ artistic process on a single sheet of paper. He begins with a drawing from life; reworks the drawing into a simplified graphic rendering; and then further refines the form to produce a flat, diagrammatic representation. This is digitally scanned and transformed into a vector image, which is then printed onto the drawing paper along with a small black-and-white snapshot taken during the original modeling session. The result is a multi-media work that compresses a series of discrete moments into a single image. The process drawings display an aesthetic affinity to Cubism, both in McGinness’ reduction of form to an arrangement of simplified graphic elements, and in his compression of time into a unified visual field.

The second part of the exhibition features a series of cyanotypes: vivid blue and white photographic prints created through the exposure of specially emulsified paper to sunlight for several hours. The imagery in the cyanotypes is directly derived from the process drawings, and thus these works can be seen as yet one more step in McGinness’ artistic practice; however, it is a step in a decidedly different direction. Whereas the process drawings begin with the artist’s hand and move increasingly toward a flat, graphic, digitalized coolness,, cyanotype is  a defiantly analog medium. To use the technique is to embrace heat, chance effect, a deliberate pace, and the vagaries of weather. McGinness uses the physicality of the cyanotype medium to mirror the sensuality of his content: with a palette of deep blue and brilliant white, these languid nude forms evoke the sultry heat, bright light, and erotic charge of a seaside summer afternoon.

Ryan McGinness last showed at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in the Summer of 2006, at a time when he was just emerging as one of the stars of the contemporary art world. Since then he has developed an impressive body of work, notable not only for the extraordinary graphic facility and subversive wit that were always apparent, but for the aesthetic rigor of his approach and the impressive variety of projects he has undertaken.

For further information:
Jess Frost

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc.

87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

631-324-5511
jess@glennhorowitz.com

www.glennhorowitz.com

Philadelphia, PA, July 10, 2011. The Library Company of Philadelphia has digitized three rare albums that bring to life the world of African American women activists in antebellum Philadelphia. Purchased in part with funds provided by the William Penn Foundation, these albums make the Library Company the repository of three of only four such documents known to have survived intact. The 19th-century friendship albums of Amy Matilda Cassey and the sisters Mary Anne and Martina Dickerson inaugurate the Library Company's newly created African Americana Digital Collection.

Created by three young women active in the antislavery movement, these volumes provide unique insights into the culture, politics, and gender relationships of African American women of the antebellum era. Friendship albums bound in embossed and gilt morocco were popular gift items for young women in general, who filled them with tokens of sentiment and regard from friends, family, and admired figures. The Cassey and Dickerson albums contain essays, poetry, sketches, and floral watercolors contributed by figures prominent in the movement, including Sarah Mapps Douglass, Margaretta Forten, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Phillips.

Amy Matilda Cassey was born into New York's black elite in 1809 and joined that of Philadelphia in 1828 with her marriage to Joseph Cassey, a businessman who was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society and a sales agent for William Lloyd Garrison's newspaper The Liberator. Her album contains poems, prose, drawings, watercolors, and gouaches of flowers contributed by women of the African American communities in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Baltimore. The album also contains entries by noted abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. Mary Anne Dickerson's album was created as a pedagogical instrument to promote cultivated expression, with contributions dating from 1833 to 1882. Contributors to this album include many members of the antislavery intelligentsia.

Antebellum African American Elite Activists
The floral artistry practiced by upper class African American women of the day allows viewers entry into a private circle wherein members would display their accomplishments for each other's pleasure and amusement. The artworks contained in these volumes are likely the earliest known signed paintings by African American women.

But the albums were also cultural and literary efforts, with contributions by cultural leaders of both genders that organize artistic voices in support of a unifying vision and cause. Amy Cassey and Mary Anne and Martina Dickerson, and the women in their circles, studied drawing manuals, instruction books, decorative floral works, women's periodicals, and the "language of flowers" literature, while they challenged slavery in public meetings, defied public opinion with their racially integrated organizations, published antislavery pamphlets, held antislavery fundraising fairs, and petitioned Congress for abolition.

Cassey and the Dickersons were active in the local black literary and debating societies, and the albums document the intimate connections of Philadelphia's black leaders with a larger network of activists and reformers. These albums are of extreme value as they demonstrate both the cultural and artistic vibrancy of the antebellum African American community and the interests of particular women within that society.

African Americana Online at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Adding substantially to digital resources in African American history, an online edition of Afro-Americana, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia has been introduced by Readex, a division of NewsBank. Created from the Library Company's acclaimed collection, which began with Benjamin Franklin and has steadily increased, this new online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 wide-ranging printed works about African American history. Critically important subjects covered include the West's discovery and exploitation of Africa; the rise of slavery in the New World along with the growth and success of abolitionist movements; the development of racial thought and racism; descriptions of African American life-slave and free-throughout the Americas; and slavery and race in fiction and drama. Also featured are printed works of African American individuals and organizations.

"The Library Company's Afro-Americana Collection is one of the most comprehensive and valuable archives of printed material by and about people of African descent anywhere in the world," says Professor Richard Newman of the Rochester Institute of Technology. "From early descriptions of African society and culture to the black struggle for justice in the Americas during the 19th century, it remains a touchstone for scholars and students alike. To have it available online and at your fingertips in a searchable format will be a dream come true."

About the Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War and includes the extensive personal libraries of prominent early American bibliophiles such as James Logan. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art, and the second largest holding of early American imprints. Particular strengths of the collection include economic history, women's history, African American history, history of medicine, history of philanthropy, and visual culture. To find out more, please visit www.librarycompany.org.
DALLAS, TX - The Dec. 27, 1904 letter on White House stationary in which President Teddy Roosevelt likely first used the words “atrocious hideousness” - a phrase that he used elsewhere at later dates - to describe America’s coinage will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 2-3 Philadelphia U.S. Coins Signature® Auction.
 
It is in the same important missive that Roosevelt also broaches the subject of having Augustus Saint-Gaudens re-design the $20 and $10 gold pieces, setting in motion a renaissance in American numismatics. The letter first came to light in November 2011. In the ensuing nine months Heritage has established the historical background and ownership of the letter.
 
“There is no American coinage more beloved than the $10 and $20 gold pieces that Saint-Gaudens designed,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage Auction, “and here we have the very letter from Roosevelt that initiated the change and introduced one of his most famous and descriptive phrases.”
 
The letter reads:
 
“My dear Secretary Shaw:
 
“I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would it be possible, without asking permission of Congress, to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage that would have some beauty?
 
“Sincerely yours,
 
(Signed) Teddy Roosevelt”
 
The letter is typed on official White House stationary in blue ink, to then Secretary of the Treasury Leslie M. Shaw, with Roosevelt’s bold signature clearly visible at the bottom. It is interesting to note the dollar figure on bottom left of letter, likely an indication from Secretary Shaw of the money available in the Philadelphia Mint’s Contingency fund - $85,000 as of the end of the calendar year, the relatively modest source of money for what would become America’s most important coin designs.
 
“It’s hard not to presume that this brief letter is the written source of TR's famous assessment of American coins,” said Halperin, “and, while it’s made of paper rather than metal, is arguably one of the most important numismatic finds ever.”
 
This famous original letter, which has been authenticated by leading experts, is believed not to have been seen by the coin world for almost 100 years. It was uncovered last year in a group of random papers acquired from a part-time book and manuscript dealer and collector.
 
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $750 million, and 600,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com. 
                  
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Tuesday 10th July 2012 - This afternoon in Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations sale, a previously unknown gold and gem set ring belonging to the great English author Jane Austen, sold for £152,450 - more than five times its pre-sale high estimate of £20,000-30,000. Eight bidders battled for the turquoise ring, which was eventually won by an anonymous private collector over the telephone. The ring was offered for sale for the first time, having remained in Jane Austen’s family for nearly 200 years - handed down between female descendants  over many generations. The Gandhi-Kallenbach archive of letters, papers and photographs spanning five decades, was privately sold before the auction to the Indian Government.

Sotheby’s manuscripts specialist Dr Gabriel Heaton commented: “Jane Austen‟s simple and modest ring is a wonderfully intimate and evocative possession The price achieved today and the huge level of interest it has generated, is a remarkable testament to the author‟s enduring appeal and her place at the heart of our literary and cultural heritage.”

Other Highlights of the sale included:

A remarkable group of 17th century acts and ordinances - rare survivors of the English Civil War - sold for a combined total of £39,000 - more than double their low estimate. The broadsheets included an Act for the abolishment of kingship in the wake of the beheading of Charles I; an order to cancel the festival of Christmas; the infamous Ordinance suspending all plays - and leading to the closure of the Globe Theatre; and a colourful order offering £10 to “every one who shall bring in a High-way-man.”

An exceptionally rare inscribed copy of Lewis Carroll’s The Nursery „Alice‟ (MacMillan and Co, 1889). This copy, which sold for £36,050 against an estimate of £10,000-15,000, was inscribed to the mother of Maria Van der Gucht, whom Dodgson described elsewhere as “a quite charming little girl.”. In the copy sold today, Dodgson had written “Mrs Van der Gucht, in feeble acknowledgement of the loan of a valuable jewel, Sep.1.1886. C.L.D”. Only three other inscribed copies of the 1889 issue of this work are recorded.

The “Lost Album” of 150 photographs of JM Barrie and his adopted “Lost Boys”, the Five Llewelyn Davies brothers, who inspired the story of Peter Pan, was sold for £32,450 - well in excess of its pre-sale estimate of £12,000-18,000. At least 40 of the images, including several taken by the author himself, are the only known prints recording key moments in the lives of the boys with JM Barrie.

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - July 10, 2012 - Cakebread Art Antiques Collectibles, Inc. has completed the acquisition of New Orleans Auction Galleries, located at 510 Julia Street.

Cakebread Art Antiques Collectibles owner and businesswoman Susan D. Krohn purchased the assets of New Orleans Auction Galleries. Krohn is also the owner of Brooke Staffing Companies of Louisiana and Texas. A long-time auction devotee, Krohn brings a vast knowledge of antiques and understanding of the business to the expanding team of experienced experts at New Orleans Auction Galleries.  

“I’m thrilled to open a new chapter for New Orleans Auction Galleries.  We are putting a premium on building stronger relationships with our consignors and creating an even better experience for our buyers,” said New Orleans Auction Galleries CEO and owner, Susan D. Krohn. “Renovations of the building are already underway.  We can’t wait to open our doors and share our vision for the future.”

Founded in 1991, New Orleans Auction Galleries is located in the heart of New Orleans’ Warehouse and Arts District. Recognized as the premier auction house in the American South, New Orleans Auction Galleries is devoted to providing the finest antiques, art, estate jewelry, carpets and silver to the southern U.S. region, as well as around the world.

“Since the purchase of New Orleans Auction Galleries, we have seen an incredibly positive response to the new ownership, with new and returning consignors who are ready to do business with us. With more than 1,700 lots prepared for auction in July and more pieces being reviewed and readied for September’s auction, we have set our first auction dates for July 27 - 29, with a preview party on July 26,” said Ashton Thomas, president of New Orleans Auction Galleries. “With the outpouring of interest in New Orleans Auction Galleries, we are confident our upcoming auction will be a tremendous success.”

The July auction’s exhibition will be open to the public for viewing beginning Saturday, July 14 through the start of the auction on Friday, July 27 at 12 pm. The auction will feature a variety of unique items including the 1926 Times-Picayune sterling silver loving cup and a rare, signed Federal North Carolina Pembroke table, all of which can be viewed by the public at the preview party, July 26 from 5 to 8 pm.

For more information about New Orleans Auction Galleries, consigning and buying, visit www.neworleansauction.com or “Like” New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. on Facebook.

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About New Orleans Auction Galleries
New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. is a distinctly sized auction gallery committed to working with consignors to provide buyers with timeless antiques, arts and collectibles. Situated in New Orleans, a premier auction destination, and located in a historic former cotton exchange building, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. is ideally located to serve the people of the south, as well as the greater U.S. and overseas.
San Francisco, CA - Ahoy!  The 2012 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS) will dock Thursday, October 25 − Sunday, October 28, at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion.  With its nautical theme inspired by the iconic America’s Cup, which will be hosted in San Francisco in October 2013, the show features decorative and fine arts relating to the ocean, boating, and travel.  San Francisco resident, Olympic gold medalist skier and avid sailor Jonny Moseley serves as Honorary Chair with an elite crew steering this time-honored expedition.  From ship to shore, come explore!

This year’s focus ties in with the America’s Cup World Series event taking place during San Francisco’s Fleet Week this October, and continuing in the Bay with the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup Finals next year.  This is the first time the America’s Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.  Given the excitement about sailing already in the air, the SFFAS’s nautical direction keeps the maritime momentum flowing.

“With the preliminary races at the start of the month and our show at the end, October will be filled with excitement about sailing,” says Lisa Podos, Strategic and Creative Consultant for the show.   “This enthusiasm is captured in our Sea Worthy theme.  Inspired by the world’s most prestigious sailing race and our venue’s stunning location on the Bay, the show will feature the very best of nautical art and antiques.”

The SFFAS launches with a benefit gala Preview Party on Wednesday, October 24, with all proceeds going to Enterprise for High School Students, an organization that engages and empowers Bay Area high school students to develop skills for their future through job readiness training, employment, and career exploration.  Greeting guests will be Jonny Moseley and his wife, Malia.  Sailing since the age of six, and spending his childhood racing dinghies around the Bay with his brothers, Moseley has always had an affinity for the sea.  While Moseley is most famous for skiing, he has been passionate about sailboat racing since childhood.  He helped announce that San Francisco would host the America’s Cup, and had his boat-racing aspirations on a box of Raisin Bran: “Moseley dreams of one day crewing with his brothers, Rick and Jeff, on the Olympic sailing team.”  Moseley now takes every opportunity he finds to get out on the Bay with his two sons.

Moseley and his wife are committed to youth causes in the Bay Area, with Jonny commenting, “Growing up, I was fortunate to have amazing mentors that helped me achieve my goals and navigate the challenges that every young person faces on their way to adulthood.  For me most of these mentors were coaches, but every child needs someone to encourage, teach, and empower them to find their passion and realize their potential."

On Thursday, October 25, the show sets sail for the next four days.  Upon boarding the SFFAS, visitors will be welcomed by a captivating installation, designed by renowned San Francisco-based architect Andrew Skurman.  Guests will be invited to discover maritime marvels: from detailed ship models to stunning seashell jewelry designs, from historic brass telescopes and treasures discovered at shipwreck sites, to iconic Impressionist boating paintings and Art Deco silver used on luxury liners.

A Sea Worthy adventure beckons at The 2012 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show; for more information and to purchase your boarding pass, call (415) 989-9019 or visit www.sffas.org.
 
DATES AND HOURS
Preview Party Benefit Gala: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Show: Thursday, October 25, through Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28, noon to 5:00 p.m.
 
LOCATION
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street,
San Francisco, CA
 
LEAD SPONSORS
BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Bonhams, 1stdibs, Fisker Automotive, Graff, Gump’s, One King’s Lane, Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty
 
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Benefitting Enterprise for High School Students is the oldest and most prestigious international antiques fair on the West Coast.  Each year, the fair features an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs.  This year’s Sea Worthy event will be held on Thursday, October 25- Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28, noon to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.sffas.org.
 
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LOS ANGELES - The 17th annual Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design Show, to be held October 10-14, 2012 at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, will benefit LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design Council. The mission of this museum support group is to raise funds for the Decorative Arts and Design department so that significant works of art can be acquired for LACMA’s permanent collection. World renowned antiquarian Joel Chen of JF Chen in Los Angeles will be honored with the Decorative Arts and Design Council’s Design Leadership Award on opening night for his extraordinary contributions spanning four decades as a gallerist, impresario, and philanthropist. LACMA Decorative Arts and Design department head Wendy Kaplan declared: “Joel is legendary for nurturing young designers as well as presenting the best historical work, and we are happy to have the opportunity to recognize his inspiring role in the community as well as his many contributions to LACMA.” The prestigious and highly-anticipated show is presented by the Antiques Dealers Association of California (ADAC) and managed by Dolphin Promotions.

For the first time, the show will include contemporary art and 21st century design. With 60 premier national and international exhibitors, the show will continue to feature decorative and fine art reflecting all design movements across the millennia, including American and European period furniture and decorative arts, important 20th century modern design, tribal arts, Asian and African arts and Native American arts.

For additional show information, please visit www.losangelesantiqueshow.com.
BEVERLY HILLS - Gil Elvgren’s unquestioned reign as the greatest and most popular pin-up artist of all time continued on June 27 in Beverly Hills at Heritage Auctions’ $2.77+ million Illustration Art Signature® Auction, as his masterful Skirting the Issue (Breezing Up), 1956 brought $176,500 to lead the day. The painting came out of the Estate of Charles Martignette, which continues to produce spectacular results across the board. All prices include Buyer’s Premium.
 
“Elvgren and Martignette continue to be the gold standard of not just pin-up art, but of illustration art in general,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “In fact, fully six of the Top 10 lots in the auction were Elvgrens, several of which - outside of the top lot - also came from Martignette.”
 
The five other Elvgrens in the auctions’ top tier consisted of The Wrong Nail, 1967 (realized: $146,500), Up in the Air (Whooooooosh!), 1965 (realized: $86,500), American Beauties (I Hope He Mrs. Me), 1949 (realized: $68,500), Surprised?, 1952 (realized: $43,750) and This Doesn't Seem to Keep the Chap from My Lips, 1948 (realized: $40,625).
 
The June 27 event also saw the second part of the Jerry Weist Collection of sci-fi art perform very well with collectors as Wally Wood’s 1953 Mars is Heaven! complete 8-page story, Weird Science #18 (EC Comics), one of the most revered EC adaptations of Ray Bradbury’s prose, brought $54,688. Michael Whelan’s 1990 Descent, The Martian Chronicles cover realized $37,500 to further bolster both the artist’s reputation and the Weist pedigree.
 
“The response to Jerry’s collection continues to be tremendous,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage. “It’s gratifying to see his incredible eye for art being recognized. His collection went very deep and collectors are jumping at the chance to get a piece of it.”
 
Alberto Vargas is always a top draw in Heritage Illustration Art auctions, and the June 27 event proved no exception to the rule as his 1940s watercolor Glamour Pin-Up brought $50,000, while the exquisite talent of Al Buell continues to rise in the estimation of collectors with his bright, dazzling circa 1940s Brunette Pin-Up brought $32,500, a record price for the artist. All told, the auction achieved a stellar 97% sell-through rate.
 
Heritage Auctions is far and away the largest auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and 700,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com
 
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BEVERLY HILLS - The multi-million dollar Doug Schmell/PedigreeComics.com Collection, featuring the single greatest grouping of Silver Age Marvel CGC #1 Registry sets ever assembled, and the Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection of Original Comic Book Art, led by famed comic book artist Todd McFarlane’s iconic original cover from his seminal 1990 Spider-Man #1, the most famous modern comic book cover of all, form the centerpieces of Heritage Auctions July 26-28 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.
 
The incredible Doug Schmell/PedigreeComics.com Collection is a Silver Age comic book collection unlike any that have come through Heritage before, led by X-Men #1 Pacific Coast pedigree (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM/MT 9.8 (estimate: $250,000+).
 
“It doesn’t get much better than this amazing, jaw-dropping pedigreed copy of the comic book that launched one of Marvel's most lucrative trademarks, the crown jewel of Schmell’s collection,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics category at Heritage Auctions. “This copy is the finest Heritage has ever offered and, while it may not be a 10, for all intents and purposes it’s a perfect specimen.”
 
Top individual titles besides the Pacific Coast X-Men #1 9.8 include Tales of Suspense #39 9.6 Pacific Coast, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Fantastic Four #4 9.6, Journey Into Mystery #83 9.2, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Daredevil #1 9.6 Twin Cities, Strange Tales #135 9.8 Pacific Coast. The incredible run of titles include Avengers #1-100 (89 are grade 9.8 and 11 are graded 9.6), Daredevil #1-100 (90 are graded 9.8 and 10 are graded 9.6), Fantastic Four #1-102 (94 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Journey Into Mystery #83-125 (40 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Strange Tales #101-168 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales of Suspense #39-99 (All are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales To Astonish #36-101 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Thor #126-200 (72 are graded 9.8 and 3 are graded 9.6) and X-Men #1-66 (61 are graded 9.8 and 5 are 9.6).
 
The amazingly deep Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection, led by McFarlane’s jaw-dropping original cover art from his seminal Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1990), was put together by Martin Shamus, who, as the owner of a popular comics shop, had the unparalleled opportunity of obtaining the art directly from many of the artists right at the time the comics were published in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

“There is no doubt that, when it comes to the very best comic art of the late 1980s and early 1990s, McFarlane’s mind-blowing, oft-reproduced Spider-Man #1 is the single most important image,” said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions. “It simultaneously broke the mold, set the standard and ushered the world of comic books in to new era. The advance buzz on this is already huge.”
 
So huge, in fact, that bidding out of the gate has already surged well past the pre-auction estimate of $150,000, holding for the moment at $195,000 as of the distribution of this press release.
 
The Shamus Modern Masterworks includes McFarlane cover and interior artwork for his most important and desirable titles, including multiple examples from both the Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man, as well as examples from X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and Batman series. The grouping also includes unquestionably great examples by Jim Lee, Mark Bagley, Mike Zeck, Rob Liefeld, John Byrne, Jae Lee, Joe Quesada, Dale Keown and many others from the most popular and defining superhero titles of the era.
 
The Empire Comics Collection brings another impressive level to the auction, led by All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CGC VF 8.0 (estimate: $75,000+), one of the most important issues in DC's history. It is the comic with the origin and first appearance of Wonder Woman by H. G. Peter and it currently ranks #21 on Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Books list. For this title, only issue #3, which had the first Justice Society of America, is more valuable.
 
Further Highlights include, but are not limited to:
 
Detective Comics #35 (DC, 1940) CGC FN+ 6.5: Overstreet gives this issue double "classic" citations. Bob Kane's hypodermic needle cover is a shoo-in, but did you know about the interior splash panel showing Batman holding a smoking gun? Dark Knight, indeed… Besides being in great demand by collectors, the issue is nigh non-existent in higher grades; in fact, this is a higher grade - CGC has certified just one other copy nicer. With this issue Batman took over the cover spotlight for good. Estimate: $50,000+.
 
Batman Utility Belt Crime Fighting Equipment Playset (Ideal, 1966): This is the most highly sought-after bit of Bat-memorabilia ever sold in a store: the complete-as-issued Ideal Batman Utility Belt. Included inside the box, which still has the cellophane window intact, is the Bat-Rocket Grenade; the Bat-Storage Pouch with still-coiled Bat-Rope and grappling hook attached; the Bat-A-Rang; the "Radio Buckle" storage compartment; Bat-Signal Flashlight; Bat-Cuffs; Bat-Gun Launcher; Message Sender, and original Instruction Sheet. The yellow plastic adjustable belt is still stapled to the cardboard backer, as issued, Mint-In-Box. The term "holy grail" gets overused a lot, but it's completely appropriate for this incredible gem, an item that only the most complete Batman collection could ever boast of having. From the Ben Novack, Jr. Estate Collection. Estimate: $20,000+.
 
Heritage Auctions is far and away the largest auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and 700,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com
 
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Rare Alchemical Books on Exhibit

The Alchemical Quest
July 2012-December 2012
 
An exhibit featuring rare alchemical books of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries drawn exclusively from the collections of the Othmer Library of Chemical History, The Alchemical Quest challenges alchemy’s occult reputation by illustrating its importance in early chemical industry and pharmacology, while at the same time addressing the dream of transmutation pursued by natural scientists as respected as Sir Isaac Newton.
 
The exhibit begins by focusing on alchemy’s two most developed practical applications: metallurgy and distilling. In the 16th century, both were the focus of splendid, richly illustrated volumes describing their techniques and apparatus. Alchemy’s link to distilling, the early use of which was primarily medicinal rather than recreational, links it to another important theme: the development of a chemical medicine sharply at odds with traditional medicine.
 
The Alchemical Quest will engage alchemy’s now-scandalous pursuit of gold making and its penchant for secretive communication through an examination of the sequence of alchemical images in the work of Basil Valentine. These images may appear otherworldly, but they can be decoded and do represent a series of actual chemical operations. They also demonstrate a very high, and perhaps surprising, level of chemical manipulation and working knowledge.
 
This will also be the first changing exhibit at CHF to deploy a multimedia tool to provide further engagement with the artifacts and content. The interactive experience within the Alchemical Quest exhibit will present a selection of pages from two books through an interactive interface that will allow the visitor to explore more in-depth the imagery and content, all while preserving their inherent beauty and complexity.

Chemical Heritage Foundation
LIBRARY • MUSEUM • CENTER FOR SCHOLARS
315 Chestnut Street  •  Philadelphia, PA 19106 • U.S.A.
chemheritage.org

 
BEVERLY HILLS - A 1947 Academy Special Award©®™, presented to film pioneer Thomas Armat (estimate: $60,000+), who patented the first American film projector, and the last check that Marilyn Monroe signed (estimate: $10,000+) - and possibly the last signature that she gave - are the top Entertainment-related lots in Heritage Auctions’ July 24 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction, taking place at the company’s Beverly Hills location, 9478 West Olympic Boulevard.
 
“While working with Thomas Edison, Armat refined how the film projector worked,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music auctions at Heritage, “paving the way for the then-new medium of ‘moving pictures’ to be seen by audiences worldwide. We obtained this amazing piece directly from Armat’s descendents, and we are proud to offer it as fewer and fewer Oscars©®™ are coming up on the block.
 
The last known check signed by Monroe, which anchors a grouping of 15 lots commemorating her fame, glamour and lasting legacy, raises some intriguing questions of the great star’s last day and night.
 
“Dated Aug. 4, 1962 - the day before her death - this $228.80 check was used for the purchase of a white chest of drawers from Pilgrim’s Furniture,” said Barrett, “but what does it suggest, if anything, about her death, which was ruled a probable suicide at the time?”
 
A pair of lots relating to Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland provide one of the most interesting wrinkles in the auction. The iconic star is represented with a spellbinding personal diary, circa 1960 (estimate: $4,000+) and Garland’s make-up case, sewing basket and travel mirror, circa 1968, left with a friend as she set off for England, just a short time before her tragic death (estimate: $3,000+).
 
“Garland’s 1960 diary is a fascinating, compelling and sad look into the troubled life of a great talent,” said Barrett. “There are entries that relate to her business dealings with questionable partners (including her then-husband, Sid Luft) and, most significantly, numerous references to the various ‘medicines’ that she was taking and trying to manage. Anyone who knows Garland’s story, and her eventual death from drug overdose, will find this amazingly interesting and quite heartbreaking.”

A sample entry from the diary on topics that the star was disturbed by, along with simple “notes to self”  reads: “Pills / who has control / 16 per day, green capsules /4 seconals per/ night…”
 
The theme of tragic stars continues in the auction with a number of gowns worn in various important television appearances by the late great Whitney Houston. The first and most important is Houston’s evening gown from The 36th Grammy Awards, 1994 (estimate: $4,000+), worn by the singer onstage when she received her Grammy for 'Album of the Year' for “The Bodyguard.” Houston’s evening gown from The American Music Awards, 1994, worn by the singer as she accepted the most AMA awards given to a female artist including ones for 'Favorite Pop/Rock Single' for 'I Will Always Love You,' and for 'Lifetime Achievement' is expected to bring $2,000+, while her gown from the 1994 NAACP Image Awards, worn when she received the 'Entertainer of the Year' award, is estimated at $2,000+.
 
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
 
A highly detailed Continuity Script from Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning “The Lost Weekend,” Paramount, 1945: Belonging to Marvin Weldon, an important script clerk on the film - and consigned by his family - more than 300 pages long with heavy and comprehensive handwritten annotations in pencil about each and every bit of action in each and every scene throughout the whole film, with approximately 60 original print black and white photographs.  Estimate: $4,000+.
 
An original concept drawing from “King Kong,” Paramount, 1976: Rendered on paper in charcoal, depicting an angry Kong breaking free from his chains in New York City, signed in the lower right corner in black felt-tip ink “Negrón,” an art director on the film, with further related annotations on the lower margin. Estimate: $800+.
 
Gloria Swanson Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 'Certificate of Nomination for Award' for “Sunset Boulevard,” Paramount, 1950: Presented to the star, text reads in part “Be it known that/Gloria Swanson/was nominated for an Academy Award of Merit/for Outstanding Achievement/Best Actress/Sunset Boulevard.” Though Swanson’s Norma Desmond is one of the most famous characters in all of film history, Swanson lost out that year to Judy Holliday for “Born Yesterday.” Estimate: $2,000+.

John Wayne and others signed book “The Searchers” by Alan LeMay: Actress Vera Miles' own copy of the book, hardcover, no dust jacket, published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1954, signed to Miles on the front free end pages in blue or black ballpoint ink by her fellow cast members of the 1956 Warner Bros. classic including (in alphabetical order): Ward Bond, Harry Carey, Jr., Olive Carey, John Ford, Jeff Hunter, Natalie Wood, and John Wayne who wrote “Little Vera - it/was a pleasure/Duke.” Estimate: $1,500+
 
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[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, July 8th auction featuring a large quantity of rare and decorative antique books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Featured is a sizeable collection of antique works from many fields.  We will also offer another session from the large nautical library we are bringing to market over a series of auctions this year.  During this auction, books offered from this collection include many brand new books, offered in groups.  Other lots include the second and final session of books from the geology and paleontology collection we’ve been offering. Ephemera and art lots include various media and genres.

This auction includes many lots which offer decorative and important antique books, both individually and in groups.  Of special note is a continuous run of annual reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology, spanning the years 1879 through 1921.  Landmark for its content and quantity of rich illustrations, this set of works is credited with providing a springboard to the then fledgling field of anthropology.

Other important antique titles include works on the history of New York State, including rare maps and reports on the Adirondack region.  This auction also includes numerous decorative sets in pleasing condition, such as the 1911 first edition of Francis Trevelyan Miller’s “Photographic History of the Civil War,” published in ten volumes. Additional genres of antique books offered include transportation, travel & exploration, maps & atlases, medical, technology, history, theology, children’s, rare printings, and decorative antique bindings, to name a few.

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