January 2013 Archives

SAN MARINO, Calif. — If Downton Abbey had been an American country house, this family might have inhabited it. A groundbreaking new book about to be released by the Huntington Library Press, the publishing arm of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, provides powerful new insights into the lives, remarkable wealth, collecting, and philanthropy of the Huntington family during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The book examines the life of four Huntingtons: Railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington (1821-1900); his widow, Arabella (1850-1924); her son, Archer (1870-1955); and Collis’ nephew Henry Edwards Huntington (1850-1927), who subsequently married Arabella and went on to create the institution bearing his name.

The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age, by Shelley M. Bennett, former curator of European art and senior research associate at The Huntington, is slated for wide release in early May, with an author speaking tour scheduled for the United States and Britain.

The Morgan Library Celebrates Proust

New York, NY, January 30, 2013—À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past, in the original English translation, or, in more recent translations, In Search of Lost Time), by Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is indisputably one of the seminal works of twentieth-century literature. Breaking new ground with its treatment of experience and memory, and the nature of writing itself, the seven-volume novel profoundly influenced the development of modern fiction. Beginning February 15, The Morgan Library & Museum marks the centennial of the 1913 publication of the novel’s first volume, Du côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way), with an exhibition exploring Proust’s approach to writing and the personal experiences and relationships that so deeply influenced his prose. Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way: 100th Anniversary will run through April 28, 2013.

Organized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, with the participation of renowned Proust scholar Antoine Compagnon, the exhibition brings together the bulk of the writer’s manuscripts relating to Swann’s Way, along with a selection of his notebooks, preliminary drafts, galley proofs, and other documents from the Marcel Proust Collection at the BnF. Also on view are several letters between Proust and his mother, from the Morgan’s collection, as well as photographs and period postcards depicting the people and places that greatly affected the author’s life and work.

PHILADELPHIA, PA — FEBRUARY 3, 2013: We are very pleased to announce that after a number of years, Philadelphia will once again host a fine Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. It will be held on Sunday February 3 and presents some of the finest vintage Book & Ephemera Dealers in America & Canada.

Being held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, this is an important show for Pennsylvania and all mid-Atlantic & Northeast area book lovers. This is the only major Vintage Book & Ephemera event held in the greater Philadelphia region and offers an unparalleled opportunity for Book & Ephemera lovers. Members of ABAA, LIABDA, MARIAB, MABA, ILAB, and other prominent exhibitors will gather here to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, along with postcards, poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, ephemera, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators will flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here.

Manuscript of Best Known Hymn for Sale

A copy, in the author’s hand, of one of the best known and loved hymns in the English language, Onward Christian Soldiers, is to be auctioned in the sale of The Roy Davids Collection Part III:  Poetry: Poetical  Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 10 April.   


Onward Christian Soldiers was written by the Rev Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, when he was a curate in Yorkshire. He wanted something for the local village children to sing while they walked to a schools’ Whit Day Festival and scribbled the words down in haste the evening before.  For a tune, he borrowed the melody from the slow movement of Haydn’s Symphony No 15. In 1871, Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan) secured the hymn’s enduring popularity when he set the words to the stirring music which has become so familiar.

San Francisco, CA (January 29, 2013) — The annual celebration of the printed word, the 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, returns to San Francisco on Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.  

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair, with a wide range of material appealing to a variety of collectors and sellers.  About 220 booksellers from the United States and around the globe will share their collections and treasures including books, manuscripts, maps and other types of printed materials such as incunabula, fine bindings, children’s and illustrated books and ephemera.  Fascinating antiquarian books covering a variety of subjects such as law, architecture, cookery, history, nature, science and many more will be available to peruse and purchase.

New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Thursday, February 28 offers Aldine imprints, Bibles, classics, medieval manuscript leaves and post-medieval manuscripts, music, books by and relating to Samuel Johnson, and works on law, astronomy, the occult, China and the 15th-century Albanian national hero Skanderbeg.

Aldine Press highlights include first editions in the original Greek of Sophocles, Tragoediae septem, Venice, 1502, the first Greek classical text to appear in the Aldine portable format (estimate: $6,000 to $9,000); Euripides, Tragoediae septendecim, Venice, 1503 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Pindar et al., Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia, Venice, 1513 ($8,000 to $12,000).

Paris, January 2013—Sotheby’s is honoured to announce the sale of the Library of the Ducs de Luynes from the Château of Dampierre—one of the most important private libraries in France. The sale runs to nearly 1000 lots, charting the history of an illustrious family intimately linked to the history of France since the 17th century. Most of the books are bound in morocco or calf and embellished with the arms of the Luynes family. The majestic scope of the Library ranges from history, genealogy and literature to travel, philosophy, religion and music.

The sale of the Library will be in two parts. The first auction, devoted the period from Louis XIII to the Revolution, will be held at the Galerie Charpentier on 29 & 30 April 2013. The second part will take place in Autumn 2013, and will be devoted to 16th-19th century archeological and historical books about the Mediterranean assembled by Honoré, 8th Duc de Luynes (1802-67)—a noted archeologist and patron of the arts.

Washington, D.C.—This summer, The Phillips Collection reveals insights into the creative process of the great French cubist master Georges Braque (1882-1963) by investigating a previously overlooked period in the artist’s career. Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945 features 42 sumptuous canvases created by the artist during the tumultuous years leading up to and through World War II. In-depth technical analysis of several works displayed unveils details into the artist’s meticulous use of materials. The exhibition is on view at the Phillips from June 8 through September 1, 2013.

     Early in his career, Georges Braque, along with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), made a tremendous impact on modern art as co-founder of the cubist movement. But until now, Braque’s works created between 1928 and 1945 have been largely neglected by scholars. This exhibition illuminates the transitional period during which Braque broke away from his former associate and honed his individual style. It highlights Braque’s experiments in color, scale, and texture—from depictions of small, intimate interiors in the late 1920s, to vibrant, large-scale canvases in the 1930s, to darker and more personal works in the 1940s.

Washington, DC—Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) is widely considered the greatest German artist. From March 24 through June 9, 2013, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, will lend to the National Gallery of Art 118 works on paper by Dürer for a magnificent exhibition that will be on view only in Washington. Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina features nearly all of Dürer's finest watercolors and drawings from the collection of the Albertina, as well as 27 of the museum's related engravings and woodcuts. The exhibition also includes 19 drawings and prints from the Gallery's own collection.

Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina is a culmination of decades of acquisition, study, and exhibition of early German art at the Gallery. In 1999, the Gallery presented From Schongauer to Holbein, a splendid survey exhibition of early German drawings based on the collections of the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the Kunstmuseum Basel. This loan from the Albertina is the only other exhibition from a single collection of similar visual impact, quality, and importance.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — January 24, 2012 — The Library Company of Philadelphia will honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special exhibition and a teaching symposium. The exhibition opening January 28 will chronicle the evolution of this historic document by exhibiting three stages in its development, including one rare manuscript from Abraham Lincoln's pen. Additionally, the teaching symposium Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today's Youth will explore the complexities of teaching this tumultuous period.


The Library Company possesses printed copies of the final Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, and a September 1862 "preliminary" Proclamation, notifying the Confederacy of the President's intention to end slavery in 100 days-as well as a rare manuscript in Abraham Lincoln's hand from July 25, 1862. As a precursor to the final Emancipation Proclamation, this hand-written document marks one of the first instances of Lincoln wielding his presidential authority against slavery. The exhibition will also provide a historical context for the evolution of Lincoln's thinking and the political landscape with related documents from the Library Company's collections. The Emancipation Proclamation: One Step Toward Freedomwill be on view in the Logan Room beginning January 28.

The Booklyn Art Gallery is pleased to present ODD VOLUME, an exhibition of artworks and the books they are inspired by. 

January 26 - March 3, 2013

Opening Reception & Zine Release: Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 - 10pm

Featuring art and personal libraries of:

Alex Kujawski, Andrew Bernero, Bill Abdale, Casey Farnum, Casey Tang, Chris Zirbes, Cosbe, Luke Allen, Lynnette Miranda, Megan Plunkett, Nick Wallin, Ryan Syrell, Sean Keenan & Jeff Eaton, Susan Belle, Zebadiah Keneally.

ODD VOLUME is an exhibition of artists' work and selections from their personal libraries, focusing on printed matter as beacons of inspiration. The fusion of exhibition and public library is designed to interpret the artists' creative approach by displaying editions essential to their practice, process, technique, and disposition. The artists offer selected volumes from their personal collections and encourage the audience to browse through their book contributions and develop connections with the artwork on view. This dialogue between process and product is generally invisible in a traditional exhibition.

Barry Humphries, AO, CBE, the Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author has been appointed a Patron of Honor by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).  The appointment recognises his major contribution to the antiquarian book trade.

Mr Humphries graciously accepted the honorary position following a joint invitation from the Presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) in the United Kingdom and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB): Laurence Worms and Sally Burdon.  He joins a select body which includes Sir David Attenborough and Umberto Eco.

New York, NY — January 23, 2012 — Between January 18th and 20th, 2013, Guernsey's Auction House conducted the first of three separate sales of thousands of rare collectible posters seized by the Nazis from collector Dr. Hans Sachs in 1938. Recently returned to Peter Sachs, the son of Dr. Hans Sachs, Guernsey’s auctioned 1,233 lots of the more than 4,000 posters recently retrieved from Germany after seven long years of legal battles initiated by the Sachs family. The first group of posters from the collection was auctioned to the public over the course of three days, fetching approximately $2.5 million dollars.

Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey’s was quite pleased but not at all surprised by the turnout and response. “People recognized and appreciated the historic significance of this collection. There was excitement in the air and even cheering during a few moments when various members of Dr. Hans Sachs’ family including his son-in-law and granddaughter spoke. The Bohemian National Hall where the auction took place was packed with enthusiastic bidders, the telephone lines were busy throughout the entire three day auction series and scores of people were bidding internationally via LiveAuctioneers.com,” he states.

Following the firm’s exclusive sale of Magnificent Silver Judaica last month, Kestenbaum & Company is now pleased to present on Thursday, January 31st at 3:00 pm, an auction of nearly 400 lots featuring the broad variety of Fine Judacia for which the company is celebrated. In addition to Rare Books and Manuscripts, this particular auction has an unusually strong section of Graphic Art highlighted by the famous 18th century portrait of the Ba’al Shem of London which is featured on the auction catalogue cover, as well as a collection of very fine Epraim Moses Lilien artwork.  

The celebrated painting of Hayim Samuel Jacob Falk, the Ba’al Shem of London, was painted in the 1770s probably by the French-British artist, Philip James de Loutherbourg. For more than a century it was broadly accepted that this was a portrait of the Ba’al Shem Tov himself. This framed oil on canvas is estimated at $30,000-50,000 (Lot 287).

The School of Advanced Study, University of London is delighted to announce the launch of InScribe, the UK’s first—and freely available—online training platform for the study of medieval manuscripts, or Palaeography.

InScribe provides a set of distance learning materials suitable both for someone interested in exploring Palaeography for the first time as well as for those in need of a refresher course.

The first module to be made available introduces the basics about deciphering medieval manuscripts and provides an overview of the evolution of handwriting in the medieval period, with particular reference to the English context. It offers short clips of internationally renowned experts teaching aspects of the module. It also provides students with newly digitised images of manuscripts from Senate House Library and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. One of the highlights of the project is a transcription tool—developed in collaboration with the Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London)—that gives students the chance to transcribe text from these digitised manuscripts.

Sir John Betjeman’s handwritten draft of one of his best known poems, ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’ is to be sold in Part I of The Roy Davids Collection III:  Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams New Bond Street on 10 April.  The only manuscript of the poem ever to have been offered at auction, it is estimated at £5,000-6,000.


Betjeman wrote the draft of ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’ in 1932 or early 1933 on the headed notepaper of The Architectural Review where he worked as assistant editor from 1930-1935. It was published in the June 1933 edition of the Oxford and Cambridge magazine and over the intervening years has become one of his most celebrated and quoted works.

Boston, Mass. — Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, February 1st at its Boston gallery. The auction, presented in two sessions, will feature prints and photography starting at 12 p.m. and painting and sculpture beginning at 4 p.m.

Fine Prints and Photography

The February prints and photography auction offers more than 250 works, and covers a range of styles, countries, and periods. Artists include Albers, Appel, William Blake, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Corot, Dali, Dine, Dürer, Frankenthaler, Hirst, Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rouault, Stieglitz, Uelsmann, Vasarely, Villon, Warhol, Whistler, and others.

Submit a book to the most prestigious prize until the end of April 2013!

A prize with prestige and tradition, a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography of $10,000 US is awarded every fourth year to the authors of the most outstanding works on the history of the book. Famous scholars like Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman and Anthony Hobson belong to the prize winners alongside Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen who were honoured with the 15th Prize in September 2010. Both, Lotte Hellinga's monumental "Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC. Part XI - England" and Jan Storm van Leeuwen's opus magnum on "Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century" are shining examples for the enormous amount of knowledge - and work - which stands behind such brilliant studies in a scientific field that is essential for every kind of academic research, and for the rare book trade.

Upcoming Auction: Sunday, January 27th, 2012 - Americana, Antique, Firsts, Nautical, etc. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of art, ephemera and antiques. Featured is an impressive array of rare books dating back to the 1600s, including early Americana. We will offer a quantity of new and antique nautical titles, focused on seafaring history and ship modeling. Many offerings in this catalog present first and early printings of classic titles by authors such as Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Lord Byron and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Washington, DC—Combining rebellion, scientific precision, beauty, and imagination, the Pre-Raphaelites created art that shocked 19th-century Britain. On view from February 17 through May 19, 2013, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole U.S. venue—Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900 is the first major survey of the art of the Pre-Raphaelites to be shown in the United States. The exhibition features some 130 paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, and decorative art objects that reflect the ideals of Britain's first modern art movement.

“The Pre-Raphaelites rejected the rigid rules for painting that prevailed at the dawn of the Victorian era to launch Britain's first avant-garde movement,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “We are thrilled to present this rare exhibition to our audiences and grateful to lenders, both public and private, as well as our generous sponsors.”

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art presents the first major exhibition devoted to the art of photographic manipulation before the advent of digital imagery. Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop will be on view in the West Building's Ground Floor galleries from February 17 through May 5, 2013, following its debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (from October 11, 2012, through January 27, 2013). In June it travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“Following in its tradition of exhibiting and collecting the finest examples of photography, the Gallery is pleased to present some 200 photographs from the 1840s through the 1980s demonstrating the medium's complicated relationship to truth in representation,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “We are grateful to the many lenders, both public and private, who have generously shared works from their collections—especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest lender and the organizer of this fascinating exhibition.”

The Lincoln inaugural Bible used by Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009—which will be used again by the president along with Martin Luther King’s Bible at the second inaugural ceremony on Jan. 21—will go on display at the Library of Congress from Jan. 23 to Feb. 18.

The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed metal rim, will be on view from Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 18, in the exhibition “The Civil War in America” in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

On March 4, 1861, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a Bible provided by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, because Lincoln’s family Bible was packed with other belongings that were still en route to Washington from Springfield, Ill.

An exploration of the history of giving at the Society Library through archival records and the books themselves.

Free and open to the public.


Open January 24-September 30, 2013 during the Library’s open hours.

The New York Society Library

The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery

53 East 79th Street

New York, NY 10075

(6 train to 77th Street)


This exhibition examines the history of book donations at the New York Society Library, the oldest library in New York City, from its founding in 1754 up to the present day.

The British Library takes a quirky look at the history of crime fiction, from its earliest roots to the present day, in a new exhibition in The Folio Society Gallery, Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction. Featuring familiar and loved writers, such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, alongside the obscure and unexpected, former footballer and England Manager Terry Venables and burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee to name but a few, the exhibition will showcase never before seen manuscripts, beautiful printed books, rare audio recordings, artworks and intriguing artefacts from the Library’s outstanding British and North American collections.


Curated by Kathryn Johnson, Curator of Theatrical Manuscripts at the British Library, the exhibition will provide an A-Z of crime, from ‘A’ for Agatha Christie to ‘H’ for ‘Hardboiled’ to ‘Z’ for ‘Zodiac’, a nod to Soji Shimada’s The Toyko Zodiac Murders, an illustrated Japanese detective novel.

52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair


52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

25th - 27th January 2013

A paradise for book lovers: The 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will be held from 25th to 27th January 2013 in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart. Around 80 rare book dealers from Europe and abroad will showcase bibliophile treasures from the middle ages to avant-garde to contemporary artists’ books. Magnificently illuminated manuscripts, milestones of science, autographs by famous artists, scientists, philosophers and authors, first editions, children’s books, press and illustrated books, musical scores, photography, prints as well as Japanese woodcuts along with beautifully illustrated accounts of adventurous voyages to the „edge of the world” (and beyond): The fascination of book collecting lies in its unlimited variety. There is no better place to explore this unlimited variety than an antiquarian book fair.

When: Friday, January 18th, 2013 until Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 2013 6-8pm
Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Subway: N/R to 28PP th  St, or F to 23PP rd PP St
Open Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

The opening reception for the winter exhibitions at the Center for Book Arts is Friday, January 18 2013 at 6pm.

Admission to the Center’s galleries is free and open to the public.

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack?
Organized by Yulia Tikhonova

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack? presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production.

New York City—Compelling photographs taken by renowned 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) of himself and his fellow Beat poets are the subject of the first scholarly exhibition and catalogue of these works. New York University’s Grey Art Gallery will present Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,which includes portraits of literary luminaries such as William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, and Jack Kerouac, on view from January 15 through April 6, 2013. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and curated by senior curator of photographs Sarah Greenough, the exhibition features 94 black-and-white works—many accompanied by Ginsberg’s intimate, handwritten captions—that convey the spontaneity, freedom, and exuberant lifestyle of the Beat Generation. The presentation at the Grey Art Gallery will be supplemented by original manuscripts, typewritten poems, correspondence, drawings, and sketches produced by Ginsberg and the individuals he photographed.   

“We are pleased to host this exhibition of Ginsberg’s celebrated portraits,” notes Lynn Gumpert, director of the Grey Art Gallery. “Many were taken within walking distance of Greenwich Village, which holds countless favored Beat haunts. Exhibiting Beat Memories at the Grey Art Gallery displays these captivating works nearly next door to their original settings. We are also excited to collaborate again with NYU’s Fales Library, whose special collections contain a fascinating array of Beat materials.”

New York, NY, January 14, 2013The Morgan Library & Museum is home to some of the world’s greatest collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music. Now, visitors have the opportunity to view a changing selection of works drawn from these collections in Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series displayed in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan’s 1906 Library. This season’s selection, which includes everything from Machiavelli’s warnings of a mercenary revolt to the first complete edition of Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, will be on view January 15-May 5, 2013.

The manuscript of W. H. Auden’s famous poem Stop all the Clocks is to be sold in Part I of the Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 10 April. It is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

The work became known around the world when it featured in the 1984 hit British film, Four Weddings and a Funeral as a tribute read by Matthew (played by John Hannah) at the funeral of his lover, Gareth (Simon Callow).

Los Angeles, January 12, 2013--Blacksparrow Auctions is pleased to present The Arthur Ronnie Collection: Books and Autographs, to be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 11am PST. James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, CA will host the live auction. Public preview is available from February 4 to 9, also at James Gray Gallery.

This is an unprecedented selection of over 200 lots assembled by an individual collector who personally interviewed many authors and obtained autographs for over 70 years throughout his career as a newspaper reporter and as a publicist in the entertainment field. 

Washington, DC—The Ballets Russes—the most innovative dance company of the 20th century—propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers, with such familiar names as Picasso, Stravinsky, Balanchine, Nijinsky, and Chanel, among many others. On view from May 12 through September 2, 2013, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole US venue—Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music showcases some 135 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, posters, and film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation in the East Building.

On view for the first time in a museum in the United States are the largest objects ever exhibited inside the Gallery: Natalia Goncharova's backdrop for The Firebird (1926), measuring 51.5 feet wide by 33.5 feet tall, and the front curtain for The Blue Train (1924), 38.5 feet wide by 34 feet tall, designed by Pablo Picasso and painted by Prince Alexander Schervashidze, Diaghilev's principal set designer. Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) founded the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909.

The 31st Annual Akron Antiquarian Book Fair will be held 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013.  Admission donation to the Book & Paper event is $5.00 or $3.00 for Students.

More than 40 vendors will offer rare and collectible books, maps, posters and other printed materials at the John S. Knight Convention Center at 77 E. Mill St.and Broadway in downtown Akron.

This event attracts collectors of all types of printed materials. They are priced modestly from $5 to the rare copies of valuable books and lithoprints, including printed ephemera materials like posters, magazines, journals and theatre programs. Papers are emphasized because those items were never expected to be saved or collected.

PBA Galleries is Acquired

Sharon L. Gee of Los Angeles, California is pleased to announce her acquisition of PBA Galleries as of January 1st of this year. Sharon is a successful business woman and bibliophile.  Previously, Ms. Gee was a Medical Device Sales and Account manager for LMA North America where she led the corporate sales team in consistently exceeding sales targets.

Sharon joins an excellent staff that is dedicated to the continued success of PBA as the premier rare book, manuscript and printed matter auction house on the west coast.  She brings a wealth of business acumen to the table and looks forward to maintaining PBA as an important resource within the book community. Sharon will lead PBA in providing excellent service to buyers and sellers alike.

New York, NY, 2013—For several successive evenings in January 1879 Edgar Degas (1834-1917) attended performances by a famous aerialist known as Miss La La at Paris’s Cirque Fernando. Riveted by what he saw, Degas would immortalize her breathtaking act—she was hoisted to the circus’s seventy-foot ceiling by a rope clenched between her teeth—in his painting, Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando. The work was first shown at the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition in Paris in 1879, and was immediately championed for its unusual subject matter and boldness of composition.

Beginning February 15, the story behind this remarkable work will be told in depth for the first time when The Morgan Library & Museum presents Degas, Miss La La, and the Cirque Fernando. The exhibition brings together Degas’s painting, on loan from the National Gallery in London, and a rich array of related material, including preparatory drawings, pastels, an oil sketch, and a print by the artist. Also on view will be three works by other painters of the period depicting scenes at the Cirque Fernando, as well as books, lithographs, photographs, prints, and circus programs that provide a more complete picture of Miss La La and her troupe.

January 2013 — The inauguration of Presidents has always sparked great interest in the memorabilia that goes along with the festivities. From President George Washington to FDR, a wealth of artifacts, original documents and media coverage of the day is available from a collection called HISTORY YOU CAN OWN, presented by a group of experts on museum quality items from U.S. history.  Among the group is Seth Kaller, whose group offers two galleries, one in Westport and one in Greenwich Connecticut, showcasing the items that are also available for sale. They are also available through SETH KALLER INC, White Plains, NY.
Sparking interest in inaugural items past and present is the upcoming second inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, which will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2013.  Mandated by the Constitution, all presidents begin their new term on January 20 at noon (EST). Because January 20 will fall on a Sunday, two ceremonies - one private and one public - will take place. The first ceremony will take place on Sunday and the second on Monday January 21, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the oath on both days. This will be the 57th Inauguration ceremony. 
The last known handwritten poem by John Keats in private hands is one of the star items in the sale of the Roy Davids Collection III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets which will be held in two parts on 10th April and 8 May 2013 at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street.
The sale is the fruit of 40 years of collecting by the poet and scholar Roy Davids and is the finest collection of poetry ever to come to auction. In Mr David’s own words, “it would now be impossible for the present collection to be even approximately replicated.”
New York—Swann Galleries kicks off their Winter 2013 auction season with an unprecedented sale devoted to 20th Century Illustration: Original Art / Books, Featuring Maurice Sendak on January 24. There is a plethora of original cartoons, book illustrations, dust jacket designs and sketches.

The sale opens with nearly 100 lots of illustrated books that features the Reed Orenstein Maurice Sendak Collection. Orenstein, the late bookseller and long-time Sendak collector, assembled a wonderful selection of works written and/or illustrated by Sendak, including most of his important works in first edition, many signed, and several with small sketches and inscriptions. Copies of Where the Wild Things Are include a signed true first edition, issued with the scarce pre-Caldicott award dust jacket, New York, 1963 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000); a first edition inscribed and signed and with a drawing of one of the creatures ($10,000 to $15,000); and a 25th anniversary edition, signed and with a separate original ink drawing of another Wild Thing, 1988 ($5,000 to $7,500).
San Francisco-Bonhams looks forward to presenting its sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts, February 17 in San Francisco, timed to coincide with the 46th Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center, February 15-17 (not affiliated with Bonhams).

The auction's highlights kick off with a rare example of a Charles Schulz annual Peanuts football strip. The 8-panel Sunday strip, from October 16, 1983, features Charlie Brown overcoming the compulsion to try and kick a football Lucy holds for him, only to encounter several other members of the gang tempting him with footballs of their own, estimated at $18,000-25,000.
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce The Long Now, a solo exhibition of recent works by Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Saunders, opening January 12, 2013, and on view through February 23rd. A reception for the artist will be held on January 12, 6-8pm.

“The Long Now,” a phrase coined by Brian Eno, centers around the theory that “the precise moment you’re in grows out of the past and is a seed for the future. The longer your sense of Now, the more past and future it includes.” This concept is woven throughout Christopher Saunders’ works, both in process and meaning.
(Washington, DC)  Separated by fewer than 100 miles, England and Ireland have had a closely intertwined history with profound political and cultural significance for both islands. In a new exhibition at the Folger, the deep connections between these two cultures—at times uneasy allies, at times warring antagonists—is explored through the lens of the Renaissance, a period when Irish autonomy and English supremacy rose to the forefront of Anglo-Irish relations.

Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland investigates the political struggles of the period while simultaneously acknowledging the ways in which English and Irish cultures influenced each other through achievements in literature, architecture, and the arts.
DALLAS - An abridged early 1920s Abraham Lincoln biopic, "The Life of Abraham Lincoln," one in the long line of cinematic interpretations of Lincoln's life leading up to Steven Spielberg's recently released "Lincoln" - a film receiving critical accolades across the board - and one long thought lost to history, recently re-surfaced in the hands of Don Ackerman, a Dallas collector and a resident expert at Heritage Auctions, who bought a print that was casually bring offered on eBay.
Now Ackerman is considering his options for what to do with this piece of cinematic and American history.
New York—Swann Galleries’ December 6 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera featured an outstanding collection of mappings of Asia, and buyers bid enthusiastically for the best and rarest examples of these.

Gary Garland, Swann’s Director of Maps & Atlases, said, “The map market holds strong. The Japanese economy has had an effect on the prices of maps of Japan and strength has turned to China as evidenced by the strong showing of maps that featured or included China. People interested in the unusual were delighted with the ephemera offerings.”
(Boston, Massachusetts) Exhibitions scheduled for 2013 and beyond in the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery of the Boston Athenæum feature “Brilliant Beginnings: The Athenæum and the Museum in Boston,” on the extraordinarily close collaboration that helped establish one of the world’s great art museums.
NEW YORK—The top lot at Swann Galleries’ November 29 auction of Autographs was a postcard from Pablo Picasso to conductor Henri Defossé sending New Year’s greetings from Paris in December 1919. The card, signed “Olga et Picasso,” included a small ink drawings of a holiday feast set out on a table, and sold for $27,600—more than any other postcard from the artist at auction.

Coincidentally, the sale also featured another handwritten postcard from an artist, this one from Egon Schiele to painter friend Anton Peschka in German, 30 October 1916, $11,400. Material from other artists in the sale included an Autograph Letter Signed by Thomas Eakins, criticizing newspaper coverage of a boxing match, circa September 1898, $7,200; a Norman Rockwell graphite drawing and ALS to Ken Stuart, art director for the Saturday Evening Post, circa 1957, $6,480 and a Typed Letter Signed, in French, from Wassily Kandinsky, 27 October 1936, $6,000.
New York—The top lots at Swann Galleries’ November 20 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature were first editions of Pulitzer price winners—and two of them set auction records. Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons, inscribed first edition with dust jacket, 1918, and Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, first edition in first issue dust jacket, New York, 1920, each brought a record $16,800. A first edition in the first issue dust jacket of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Philadelphia and New York, 1960, sold for $15,600. Also featured was a humorous typed letter signed from Harper Lee to her editor at Lippincott, February 1967, which achieved a surprising $4,080.

Rounding out the top five lots were John Steinbeck’s Cup of Gold, first edition of the author’s first book, New York, 1929, $14,400 and A.A. Milne’s beloved The Christopher Robin Books, complete set of four first editions, London, 1924-28, $12,000.
Woburn, Massachusetts - January 2013 - James D. Julia auctioneers will present a special showing of the John F. Gale Collection of Outstanding New England Paintings at the Rockport Art Association.

The exhibit on January 12, 2013 will feature over 120 paintings and a talk by "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser and fine art expert Colleene Fesko.
Matthew Haley has been appointed Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts UK by Bonhams, the international fine art and antiques auction house.

He has been based in New York for the past four years as a specialist in fine books but will now move back to the UK to take over the running of the London department.
(Palm Beach, FL) - The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show returns to the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 15-19, 2013. Presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, this important event will feature more than 180 international exhibitors, an engaging lecture series and an expanded Designer Showcase area.
As one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show proudly celebrates its 10th Anniversary over President’s Day Weekend. The show has become a hallmark in Palm Beach and the art and antique industry, consistently bringing thousands of works from domestic and international galleries to the area. The Palm Beach Show boasts an enviable selection of art, antiques and jewelry and upon its return, will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.
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