September 2012 Archives

Austin, TX—Materials related to David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel "The Pale King" (April 2011) are now open for research at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

The materials related to "The Pale King" were acquired as part of the Wallace (1962-2008) archive in 2010 but were retained by publisher Little, Brown and Co. until after the book's publication and the subsequent publication of the paperback edition.
New York—On Tuesday, October 23, Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Aldine Imprints & Early Printed Books from the Library of Kenneth Rapoport, which features 100 books from the Venetian press of the scholar-publisher Aldus Manutius and his successors. This is the most extensive selection of Aldines to appear at auction since the mid-1990s.

Included are three incunables, nine Greek editiones principes, and 47 first Aldine editions of works by classical and later authors, many in contemporary fine bindings.
September 27, 2012 -- The American Writers Museum Foundation today announced they are the recipient of a grant from The Chicago Community Trust, metropolitan Chicago's community foundation.
The American Writers Museum will be the first national museum in the U.S. dedicated to American writers.
The British Library is to publish the never before seen diary written by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1880 during his voyage as ship’s surgeon on the Arctic whaler the Hope, which has been hidden from public view for over a century. This dramatic and vivid account of Conan Doyle’s dangerous and bloody Arctic adventure at age 20 gives us new insight into the development of the young author who went on to create Sherlock Holmes. He tested himself, overcame the hardships, and, as he wrote later, “came of age at 80 degrees latitude.”

Dangerous Work comprises a full colour facsimile of this remarkable diary, showing Conan Doyle’s clear handwriting and pen-and-ink sketches of life on the Arctic sea, as well as a complete and annotated transcript of the diary and several non-fiction and fiction pieces based on the experience. These include the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Black Peter; a ghost story set in the Arctic, The Captain of the Pole-Star, which got him noticed in publishing circles as a promising young writer; and a magazine article called “The Glamour of the Arctic” which won him the respect of intrepid Arctic explorers. The book also includes photos of the Hope, the young Arthur Conan Doyle on deck, and the ship’s captain and crew.
New York—A new category of collectors filled seats and bid over the telephone at Swann Galleries’ inaugural auction of Fine & Vintage Writing Instruments on September 13. The sale brought in nearly $250,000 and launched the first new department at Swann since the introduction of African-American Fine Art in 2006.

Swann President Nicholas Lowry said, “Our first Vintage Pen auction was a crowded affair, with active bidder participation both in the room and online. We are looking forward to the second auction, taking place this coming spring, as we have now firmly established ourselves in this field.”
New York, NY — On Tuesday, November 8, the Museum of American Finance will open “Checks & Balances: Presidents and American Finance,” an exhibit on the financial challenges faced by American Presidents both in the Oval Office and in their personal lives.

From its inception as an experiment in a new kind of democratic government, the US has faced a panoply of economic and financial challenges. More often than not, it was the President to whom the nation turned to tackle these problems and secure financial prosperity.
NEW YORK — Jessie Willcox Smith’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Swift's Premium Soap Products calendar illustration, 1916 (estimate: $100,000+), a dramatic and bold masterpiece of crayon and watercolor on board - and one of the great artists’ finest masterpieces - will headline Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 13 Illustration Art Signature® Auction at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).
“It’s hard to imagine a better piece of art to anchor this auction than Jessie Willcox Smith brilliant fairy tale interpretation,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “The auction, overall, features likely the deepest line-up of Golden Age and Classic illustration that Heritage has ever featured.”
The BSA invites applications for its sixth annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowship program, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading.
September 23, 2012 — Book-lovers from across the country gathered on the National Mall this weekend to celebrate reading and literacy at the 2012 National Book Festival. Organized by the Library of Congress, with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the event featured presentations and book-signings by more than 125 bestselling authors, illustrators and poets. The two-day festival, now in its twelfth year, featured such authors as Mario Vargas Llosa, Bob Woodward, Michael Connelly, Walter Isaacson, T.C. Boyle, Robert Caro, R.L. Stine, Jeff Kinney, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Bram, Patricia Cornwell and Jewel (visit for a complete list of participating authors).

“The Library of Congress National Book Festival once again has given book-lovers of all ages the chance to meet, interact with and be inspired by their favorite authors - more authors than at any time in its history,” said the Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington. “It all happens thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, such as David M. Rubenstein and Target - and the more than 1,200 volunteers who give their time to make this event possible.”
A unanimous vote: At the Ordinary General Meeting on 23rd September 2012 in Lucerne the presidents of the 22 national member associations of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers elected Tom Congalton (United States) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Arnoud Gerits (Netherlands) who served as President from 2010 to 2012. Arnoud Gerits honoured his successor:

“Tom Congalton, over a long period of time, has shown his great commitment to the League and his concise, short but always accurate comments on various topics, his impartial but clever and clear judgements, and his capacity to quickly see and understand the essence of a problem, make him the perfect new President of ILAB. He has been a wonderful Vice- President and I owe him a lot of thanks for his unfailing commitment, support and intelligent contributions to our discussions. To continue the metaphor coined by Adrian Harrington in 2010: the Ship of ILAB is safe in the good hands of Tom.”
It would take a genius to illustrate one of the most boring books imaginable, a code of tax laws, and create a comic tour-de-force. That genius was Joseph Hémard (1880-1961), who in his lifetime was probably France's most prolific book illustrator. His illustrations are the focus of the latest exhibit in the Yale Law Library, "'And then I drew for books': The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard."

The exhibit, on display until December 15, is curated by Farley P. Katz and Michael Widener. Katz, a tax attorney from San Antonio, has built one of the world's finest collections of Hémard's works. Widener is the Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.
New York—On Thursday, October 11 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction devoted to Art, Press & Illustrated Books, which includes livres d’artiste, modern and private press books, art literature, catalogues raisonnés and art journals, as well as works on architecture, applied and decorative arts, design, performing arts, and book and printing arts.

The auction features a short run of works by Gustav Klimt, among them Das Werk von Gustav Klimt, a scarce and exquisite publication we are pleased to offer in the 150th anniversary year of the artist’s birth. The book—the only Klimt monograph printed during his lifetime—was a collaboration with visionary Viennese publisher Hugo Heller and contains 50 richly printed collotype plates, all with specially designed intaglio signets printed in gold and silver, Vienna, 1918 (estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).
The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition, now in its sixth year, is open to any interested individual or organization for the study of any aspect of ephemera, defined as minor (and sometimes major) everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use. It is expected that this study will advance one or more aims of the Society:

  • To cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it
  • To further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest
  • To promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials
  • To serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars
  • To contribute to the cultural life of those who have an interest in our heritage as a nation or a people, both nationally and internationally
NEW YORK, September 18, 2012—Edvard Munch's iconic The Scream (1895), among the most celebrated and recognized images in art history, will go on view at The Museum of Modern Art for a period of six months beginning October 24. Of the four versions of The Scream made by Munch between 1893 and 1910, this pastel-on-board from 1895 is the only one remaining in private hands. The three other versions are in the collections of museums in Norway. The Scream is being lent by a private collector, and will be on view at MoMA through April 29, 2013.

"As an iconic image, The Scream has garnered worldwide attention for its stark portrayal of the human condition," said Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art. "For the Museum's visitors, this will be a rare opportunity to see this extraordinary work of art."
(Washington, DC)  A shield made of hippopotamus skin. A mastedon’s tooth. Illustrations of fantastic war machines. Contemporary photography. Passages from Shakespeare.

What do these seemingly disparate objects have in common? All are on display in Very Like a Whale, a new exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library that showcases the lively world of the Renaissance imagination and the uniquely human ability to interpret a single object in multiple ways. The title is taken from a scene in Hamlet, in which the prince and the pompous court advisor Polonius look at passing clouds, each seeing different animals in the sky above. After having been cajoled into agreeing with Hamlet’s ever-changing interpretations, an exhausted Polonius concedes that the cloud is “Very like a whale.”      

“I’m very interested in what the world looked like to people then. This show is one way to get people to experience that flux of associations. Imagination works in the same way nature does, it creates things,” says Michael Witmore, a curator of the exhibition and the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Book Artist Thomas Allen at the Foley Gallery

After eight years in Chelsea, the Foley Gallery has relocated to the LES.  We have taken a newly renovated storefront on Allen Street, just a little south of Delancey on the west side of the block.  We are opening the gallery with our fourth solo exhibition of artist Thomas Allen.
Playing the role of scientist, Allen enlists mid 20th-century books on the natural phenomenon of science(astronomy, physics, electricity, biology) and presents his research as if through the eyes of his 8-year old daughter.  How would she understand and portray these theories and absolutes of science?
Join us on October 3rd and 4th for two important evening sales of historic daguerreotypes and modern photography starting at 6:00pm each night, at their auction gallery at 117 Elliott Street, Beverly, Massachusetts. Over 200 daguerreotypes and thermoplastic cases are from a single 30 year collection from Rochester, New York.

Dan Silverman, Kaminski Auctions photography specialist has also put together a wonderful assortment of occupational, and political themed, albumens and gelatin silver prints for the sale, including images of a period copy daguerreotype of Abraham Lincoln, a rare copy plate of Henry Clay, and a full plate of possibly Henry Fox Talbot inventor of the British Calotype process.
(Philadelphia, Pa) — September 12, 2012 — Among the exquisite treasures on the block next week at Freeman's Auction are  the last experimental work in the career of Thomas Alva Edison, America's quintessential inventor—a scientific journal, penned and illustrated in his own hand; and among the most fascinating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's manuscripts—his Final Farewell to Sherlock Holmes.   
The notebooks of history's greatest inventors are highly prized. Edison is especially desirable. While he produced many in his prodigious career, few remain in private hands. In this, among the final of his career, he documents his search for an alternative to rubber. "Edison's secretary frequently wrote and signed documents for the famous inventor," according to Freeman's specialist David Bloom, "The document is remarkable because it is one of the few entirely in Edison's handwriting. This notebook will provide a rare opportunity to acquire a tangible piece of scientific history by a great American who changed history."
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — In a move that will solidify the Virginia/DC auction landscape, Quinn’s Auction Galleries of Falls Church, Va., is aligning with Ken Farmer Auctions & Appraisals of Radford, Va., to purchase another of the state’s leading auction businesses — the venerable Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery in Charlottesville. The new firm, which will operate under the banner of “Farmer & Quinn Auctions,” will officially launch on Oct. 1.

Although Ken Farmer will continue to operate Ken Farmer Auctions in Radford, he plans to relocate to Charlottesville, where he will serve as president of the newly minted Farmer & Quinn. Paul Quinn, founder and chairman of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, will assume the role of executive vice president and manager of Farmer & Quinn but will remain at Quinn’s Falls Church location, just outside Washington, DC. All Harlowe-Powell staff are expected to stay on in their present positions.
The Seattle Public Library will host a book collecting workshop for beginners from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 Green Lake Dr. N.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branch.
Learn the basics of collecting books from experts and seasoned collectors. The workshop schedule includes:
    •    "Collecting Modern Fiction" - presented by Greg Perkins
    •    "Pacific Northwest History and Lewis and Clark Materials" - presented by Mike Repass
    •    "The Pleasure and Pain of Collecting Dick and Jane" - presented by Reed Bilz
    •    "Book Values and What Affects Them" - presented by Pamela Harer
    •    "How a Bookseller Can Help You Start and Define Your Collection - presented by Taylor Bowie
The workshop is sponsored by the Book Club of Washington and The Seattle Public Library's Special Collections Department.
For more information, call Special Collections at 206-386-4610 or Ask a Librarian.
Kansas City, MO. Sept. 11, 2012—Pablo Picasso, heralded as one of the most important artists of all time, was a deep and complex man who revolutionized twentieth-century art through his enthusiastic embrace of all mediums: paintings, collages, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, stage sets and costumes. Now The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents an intimate portrait of this groundbreaking artist with the opening of Bonjour Picasso! Sept. 22.

“This exhibition is really an introduction to the private world of Picasso,” said Jan Schall, Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “Visitors will see photographs of Picasso at home, with his friends and also some of the women he loved. An intimate portrait of the man will emerge through photographs and other art.”

Swann Galleries’ Oct. 2 Americana Auction

New York—On Tuesday, October 2, Swann Galleries will offer a diverse selection of historically significant material in their semi-annual auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana. The sale contains many one-of-a-kind items with regional or national interest.

The auction is rich in American Revolution material, including an issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette dated July 3, 1776 announcing “the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies free and independent states,” a day ahead of the formal Declaration (estimate: $3,000 to $4,000); a 1775 plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first map of the skirmish to be published in London ($3,000 to $4,000); and Benjamin Tyler’s 1818 engraving of the Declaration on rollers—the first version to include facsimile signatures ($12,000 to $18,000).
London, UK — Renowned rare bookseller Peter Harrington is to present to the public the unique first edition presentation copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), given by her to Lord Byron, with her autograph inscription on the front flyleaf.

This copy of the best known fiction of the Romantic era had lain untouched for more than 50 years in the library of the late Douglas, Lord Jay, economist, Labour politician, and president of the Board of Trade under Harold Wilson. His grandson and keen bibliophile, Sammy, was sorting through his political papers for the archives of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, when he made the discovery.
NEW YORK—The Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Norman E. Alexander Library for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition of Hebrew and Judaica manuscripts, beginning September 12, 2012 and running through January 25, 2013, entitled The People in the Books: Judaica Manuscripts at Columbia University Libraries.  There will be an opening reception and lecture held in Butler Library, Room 523, at 6pm on September 12 featuring Professor Raymond P. Scheindlin, who will speak about "Variety and Abundance: Rare Judaica at Columbia University."

The exhibition draws from the extensive Hebrew manuscript collection at Columbia, which contains approximately 1,600 manuscripts dating from the tenth to the twentieth centuries, and spans the globe from India to the Caribbean.  The exhibit will focus on the individual stories represented in the manuscripts, such as a booklist for a private library, a tipped-in prayer for a pregnant princess, and an ancient Haggadah with wine stains on its pages.
Murderous Chicago crime-boss and legendary Gangster Alphonse “Al” Capone is well known for controlling a large part of Chicago’s underworld during the Prohibition era, and his image reached celebrity status in the Windy City and beyond.  Less well known, of course, is the fact that Capone had a softer side: he was a jazz and opera aficionado, going so far as to form a band while imprisoned at Alcatraz and writing his own music.

While imprisoned for tax evasion, Capone developed a close friendship with Vincent Casey, a Jesuit priest in training who visited Alcatraz to offer spiritual counsel to prisoners in the 1930s. Already quite accomplished on the mandola, he took advantage of his spare time in prison to further hone his musical talents. After two years of meeting in his cell every Saturday, Capone penned this original composition - ostensibly about his wife Mae - as a Christmas gift for his friend and confidant, Casey.
(Minneapolis, MN) - Form+Content Gallery presents Starting from Nothing, an exhibition of artist’s books, prints, and collages by Jody Williams. Jody Williams has been taking photographs of nothing, or next to nothing, for decades. Until several years ago she hadn't realized that many of her photographs were images without subjects: no objects, creatures, or focal points, just simple horizon lines where rocks, sand, grass, water, and sky meet each other. She began adding more consciously to her collection of nothing, and decided to use it as the starting point for a new body of work, to be presented in her second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Ian Fleming Bibliography to be Published

A comprehensive 750-page guide to the work of Ian Fleming, one of the 20th Century’s greatest thriller writers and creator of the world’s most famous spy, Special Agent 007. Covering everything from the first draft of Casino Royale in 1952 to editions still in print today, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography is not only an indispensable source of information for collectors, enthusiasts, libraries and booksellers alike, but an entertaining and informative volume that will appeal to anyone interested in the James Bond phenomenon. The guide will be published in Late October 2012 by Queen Anne Press - the literary impress once managed by Ian Fleming.

Author, Jon Gilbert, is the foremost expert on the works of Ian Fleming. He has worked for rare book experts Adrian Harrington Limited since 1990 and is an internationally renowned expert in James Bond material.
Washington, DC—Pop art was defined, refined, and ultimately blown wide open by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). In the first major exhibition since his death, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective will include more than 100 of the artist's greatest paintings from all periods of his career, along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures. On view in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from October 14, 2012, through January 13, 2013, the exhibition presents Lichtenstein's expansive legacy, including the classic early pop paintings based on advertisements and comic-book treatments of war and romance, his versions of paintings by the modern masters, and series including Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist's Studios, Nudes, and Chinese Landscapes.

Over the course of his career, Lichtenstein's work has been the subject of more than 240 solo exhibitions, the last full survey having been organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1993.
San Francisco, CA — September 5, 2012 — MARCH is pleased to present Cake Paintings, an exhibition featuring works on paper by Gary Komarin.  The exhibition will open on September 27, 2012, with a reception from 5 - 8PM, and continue through November.
Inspired by his mother, a consummate baker, and his father, an architect, Komarin’s Cake Paintings series cleverly explores the intersection of the domestic with the architectural. The water-based enamel and spackle paintings are rendered on paper bags.  The reoccurring cake iconography is endlessly evocative —lending itself to many layers of interpretation and the spontaneous, bold lines, combined with the unusual media, strike a delicate balance between sophistication and simplicity.
(September 5, 2012) The American Writers Museum Foundation announced today that it has received a grant from the Exelon Corporation which will enable the foundation to take an important next step in establishing the first national museum in the United States focused on American writers.
According to Malcolm E. O'Hagan, president of the American Writers Museum Foundation, the two-year Exelon grant will enable the foundation to conduct vital research into requirements related to the first phase of the museum as set forth in its recently published concept plan.
NEW YORK, September 4, 2012—The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the vast archives of Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) have been jointly acquired by the University and the Museum and will become part of their permanent collections.

The Frank Lloyd Wright archives include some 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale presentation models, manuscripts, extensive correspondence and other documents. Joint stewardship and preservation of the archives will provide new impetus for publications, exhibitions, and public programs on Wright's work, allowing it to be displayed in the context of other great 20th century modernists. It will also maximize the visibility and research value of the collection for generations of scholars, students and the public.

Chromo-Mania! at the Boston Athenæum

(Boston, Massachusetts, 2012) “Chromo-Mania! The Art of Chromolithography in Boston, 1840-1910,” an exhibition on view in the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery of the Boston Athenæum September 28, 2012 to January 12, 2013, explores the extraordinary diversity, technical virtuosity, and beauty of chromolithographs produced in Boston. The exhibition and its catalogue will describe how chromolithographs were made and will explore how Boston publishers helped develop this revolutionary new technology that transformed how visual images were created, transmitted, and received.

Organized by Catharina Slautterback, curator of prints & photographs, “Chromo-Mania!” will include over sixty works, ranging from vivid town and city views; to book, periodical, and sheet music illustrations; large-scale advertisements; art reproductions (including works by Asher B. Durand and Winslow Homer); and historical commemorations. The work of such innovative Boston publishers as William Sharp, J. H. Bufford, Louis Prang, and many others will be represented.
DALLAS, TX — Join the thousands of attendees, collectors and industry experts from around the world, for our 37th annual show! You are invited to one of the most prestigious antique shows in the South! Antique Elegance® is a special show for a select group of unique and fine quality items, specializing in Pre- Civil War and the Victorian era through 1950s. Customers from the east to the west coast, Europe and Asia attend just to browse, shop and delight in the lovely array of Victorian accessories & antiques that we assemble under one roof. Antique Elegance is run by Steven Porterfield, and occurs twice a year. It is considered one of the nation’s premier antique shows which today includes pre-Civil War to the 1950′s.
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