February 2013 Archives

NEW YORK — A CGC 6.5-graded copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939), the first appearance of “The Batman,” realized $567,625 as the lead lot in Heritage Auctions $4.39+ million Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction on Feb. 21-22 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) in New York. Heritage also conducted its inaugural Animation Art Signature® Auction, which realized $925,000+, giving the category at $5.3+ million trio of auctions.


“This is the third best result for a comic book that Heritage has ever seen,” said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions, “and shows that comics are a market right now where significant appreciation can occur within a short span of time; this copy of Detective Comics #27 brought $45,000 more than another copy in the same grade that we sold a year ago.”

The manuscript of Charlotte Brontë’s poem, “I’ve been wandering in the greenwoods,” written when she was just 13, is to be sold on 10 April in Part I of the sale of The Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street.  It is estimated at £40,000 - 45,000.


The poem is signed C Brontë and dated by her 14 December 1829.  It is written on a small slip of paper 3x3 inches in size and cannot be read easily without a magnifying glass. Although Charlotte Brontë wrote around 200 poems, the vast majority of the manuscripts are in institutions. There are perhaps no more than four in private hands, making this poem extremely rare.

Denver, PA — Morphy’s 700-lot March 30 Advertising & General Store Auction brings together 700 lots of colorful antique amusements, including a remarkable collection of rare, primarily 19th-century safes. Many popular genres of advertising are represented, including tobacco, alcoholic beverages, Coca-Cola and other soft drinks.


The sale will open with 125 lots of occupational shaving mugs, a category that has grown organically as a staple in Morphy’s advertising sales. One of the top lots depicts a man walking up the steps of a lighthouse and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Another choice mug, dated 1927, is known as “First Flight.” As the name implies, its graphics are of a man piloting a primitive Wright Bros.-style bi-plane over the countryside. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.

Architectural Artifacts to Host Auction

CHICAGO — In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the nation’s largest and most fascinating antique store, Architectural Artifacts, Inc., 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave, is staging a 2000 plus-lot, three-day auction on Friday, April 5th, Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th, beginning at 10 a.m. The one-of-a-kind items have been carefully selected from over 10,000 elegant and intriguing treasures in the gallery. The three-day auction extravaganza will include items from carved fireplaces to antique saloon bars to vintage chandeliers to fun, frivolous and funky items, ranging in price from $5 to $100,000. The festive event will also include entertainment, a variety of food and wine.

Founded by Stuart Grannen, Architectural Artifacts, Inc. has been collecting, displaying and selling antiques and artifacts from around the world since 1987. Located within Chicago’s historic Ravenswood neighborhood, the 80,000-square-foot building/showroom dates from the early 1900’s (originally the Boye Knitting Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of knitting needles).

New York—Following the success of Swann’s inaugural auction of Fine & Vintage Writing Instruments in fall 2012, this sale offers pens to please the most discriminating connoisseur as well as outstanding opportunities to enhance beginning and advanced collections.

The auction opens with a fine selection of modern limited edition pens, including many wonderful examples from Montblanc’s Patron of Art limited edition series, such as Elizabeth I (estimate: $1,500 to $2,500); Karl der Grosse ($1,500 to $2,000); Lorenzo de Medici ($3,000 to $4,000); Octavian ($1,200 to $1,800); and the Prince Regent ($1,500 to $1,800).

On April 10, Christie’s New York will offer a letter from Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), to his son, outlining the revolutionary discovery, dated 19 March 1953 (estimate: $1-2 million). The 7 page handwritten letter expresses Crick’s personal excitement of the recognition of the double helix structure of DNA. The letter was addressed to Francis’s son, Michael Crick, who was twelve at the time and at a British boarding school and was instructed to “Read this carefully so that you understand it. When you come home we will show you the model.”

NEW YORK — The 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick, along with Drs. James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins, for “...their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material” will be auctioned with an opening bid of $250,000 when it comes across the block at Heritage Auctions on April 10 as the highlight of the company’s Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction.


The auction of the medal is a historic moment, marking the first time in decades that a Nobel Prize has been sold at auction. It has been kept in a safe deposit box in California since Crick’s widow passed away, and has been consigned to auction by his heirs. It is one of 10 lots consigned by the family, including Crick’s endorsed Nobel Prize Check, dated Dec. 10, 1962 and one of his lab coats. The trove also contains nautical logbooks, gardening journals and books from Crick’s personal collection.

(Naples, Fla. - February 2013) — The Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show came to a close this past Monday after five days of impressive numbers and record-breaking attendance. The Naples Exhibition Center was transformed into one of the finest art, antique and jewelry exhibitions in the world, drawing an enthusiastic crowd of more than 16,000 patrons that were genuinely impressed with the atmosphere and consistent quality of dealers that presented aisle after aisle of carefully selected offerings.

The Show opened its doors on Thursday, February 7 for a private Opening Night Preview Party where guests were greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres while they admired the international collections of fine art, antiquities and stunning jewels. The once barren, grassy field that sits along Goodlette-Frank Road South, was transformed into a luxurious exhibition center adorned with incredible lighting, white-carpeted aisles, colorful walls, and full service restaurant areas. Local attendees were mesmerized by the conversion as they meandered throughout the show in awe of their surroundings.

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present Richard Prince’s Cowboy paintings.

Over the last thirty years, the American cowboy has given rise to some of Prince’s most celebrated works. Dividing into several phases between the early 1980s and the present, his rephotographing of verité images inspired by cowboy Westerns and produced for the advertising industry, reveals as much about his shifting relationship to an American icon and its construction by the mass media as his use of evolving reprographic technologies.

The ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association) is delighted to announce that the St Bride Foundation will be the official charity of the London International Book Fair which opens on Thursday June 13 and runs until Saturday June 15.

The St Bride Foundation was created in the 1890s originally as a social, educational and cultural centre and housed both a technical library and printing school providing tuition for local printers and students. The school eventually outgrew its premises and relocated, ultimately becoming part of what is now the London College of Communication. Much of the equipment remained on site and a new Printing Workshop re-opened in 2010 bringing the teaching of printing back to Fleet Street. The Foundation still provides a theatre, bar, function rooms for hire, and the only library in the UK entirely devoted to the history of printing and allied crafts.

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and The Folio Society have announced the first ever facsimile of the sketchbooks of Vincent van Gogh held in the museum’s collections.

Van Gogh’s sketchbooks are a relatively little-known part of an oeuvre that is otherwise celebrated the world over. They contain what are perhaps some of his most intimate creations. The majority of the sketches are in pencil or black chalk, but ink and various other chalks and crayons are also used. They provide valuable insight into Van Gogh’s artistic development and some pages contain what are actually stand-alone miniature works of art. He also used them to jot down everyday matters such as addresses and prescriptions, to copy out poems and to make schematic drawings of perspective frames.

San Francisco—The winter Fine Books & Manuscripts auction, February 17 at Bonhams in San Francisco brought a successful $716,038. It was led by the French edition of Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius’ Atlas sive cosmographicae meditationes de frabrica mundi et fabricati figura, 1619, which brought $27,500, ahead of a $12,000-18,000 estimate.

A rare example of a Charles Schulz annual Peanuts football strip also sold very well, at the highest end of its estimate, bringing $25,000. 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.

Vela Noche Expands From Books to Editions

New York, NY — Vela Noche is delighted to announce the expansion of its catalog beyond books with the introduction of two new handmade limited edition portfolios of photographs. Vela Noche, to date, has published 5 books. We are thrilled to now offer collectors the finest portfolios of pigment photographic prints available on the market.

The first two portfolios include:

This is Your Land is artist Lauren Henkin’s first solo handmade limited edition of loose photographs.  A series of 10 images taken in rural northeastern Texas in early 2012, these images showcase her talents not only as an image-maker, but as a printmaker.

Previously unpublished working papers for “Binsey Poplars” by Gerald Manley Hopkins are to be auctioned at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, on 10 April during the sale of Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets. They are estimated at £40,000 - 45,000. 


No poetic manuscript by Hopkins has been sold at auction for over 40 years and the emergence of these preparatory papers for one of the poet’s most popular and finest works is a major literary event. They include Hopkins early drafts showing extensive deletions and rewritings and complement the material on the work held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

In this latest printing of the Baby Elephant Folio of Audubon’s Birds of America, the thumbnail images accompanying the descriptive captions are printed in full color (formerly in black and white); a bright teal binding cloth, as the cover heron’s plumage; a new systematic arrangement of the prints, following the modern classification of species; and new descriptive captions about each bird, allow us to appreciate Audubon’s achievement in the light of modern ornithology.

The Baby Elephant Folio presents all 435 of Audubon’s brilliant handcolored engravings in exquisite reproductions derived from the original plates of the National Audubon Society’s archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio.

On Sunday, May 19th the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Bookdealers Association and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan will host the 35th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Since 1976* the fair attracts book collectors, book dealers, and others that treasure the book from throughout the Midwest to Ann Arbor. 

The fair will be held in the ballroom of the Michigan Student Union, 530 S. States St. in Ann Arbor. The hours are 11am to 5pm and there is a $5.00 donation requested that benefits the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan.

February 19, 2013—Library of Congress National Book Festival Slated for Sept. 21-22. 

Book-Lovers Invited to Take “Books That Shaped the World” Survey

The 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

Festival fans and other lovers of the printed word are invited to take a "Books That Shaped the World" survey on the Library of Congress National Book Festival website, www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The Library, which invited public comment on "Books That Shaped America" in 2012, will continue its multi-year Celebration of the Book with a look at Books That Shaped the World in 2013.

New Board of Directors for IOBA

The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) is pleased to announce its newly elected Board of Directors for 2013: President, Chris Volk of Bookfever.com; Vice President, Jonathan Smalter of Yesterday’s Muse Books; Treasurer, David Friedman of Barner Books; and Secretary, Mark Lambert of Cereal City Books.  The Members at Large include Bruce Bell of Double-B-Books Ltd., Robert Stenzel of 4Shadows Books, Kara McLaughlin of Little Sages Books, Rock Toews of Back Creek Books, Gabe Konrad  of Bay Leaf Used and Rare Books, and Zhenya Dzhavgova of ZH Books.

This new, energized board is geared up for a productive year that will include a re-launch of The Standard, IOBA’s online journal, an increased presence in the bookselling community, and more benefits for its members. The board has a unified vision of what the IOBA is, as stated by new president Chris Volk:  “I see the IOBA as a group of booksellers, small and large, covering the entire spectrum of online bookselling - but unified in the fact that they care about the future of bookselling and that they believe buyers are entitled to an honest description of what they are purchasing sight unseen.  IOBA exists to support these sellers.”

Shapero Rare Books at TEFAF

After celebrating its Silver Jubilee last year, TEFAF, the world’s foremost antiques and art show, held annually in Maastricht, The Netherlands, returns on the 15th March. Always innovative in its presentation TEFAF also remains dedicated to quality and authenticity with more than 30,000 works of art, antiques and design objects vetted by one hundred and seventy-five international experts on twenty-nine different committees.


This year Shapero Rare Books, regular exhibitors at TEFAF for over twenty years, specialists in rare books, antique prints, original watercolours and vintage photographs, will be exhibiting some exceptional items.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ February Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction achieved over $1.74 million, with spirited interest in every category and 92% of all lots sold. 

A large percentage of the property offered came from two prominent collections. Mark Fritz, an avid and educated collector from West Bloomfield, Michigan, had assembled arguably the world’s largest collection of operas glasses, monoculars, and other ophthalmic antiques. His collection attracted attention from the Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors’ Club (OAICC), with many members bidding from the UK, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the United States. Every lot in his collection of over 500 pairs of opera glasses sold, many tripling their auction estimates. His eclectic collection also included canes, card cases, seals, ink wells, and other vertu objects. Other highlights included a French articulated artist’s mannequin that sold for $15,000 and a collection of prosthetic glass eyes that brought $5,000.

New York—Strong press interest and passionate collectors led to impressive prices for examples of 20th Century Illustration: Original Art / Books, Featuring Maurice Sendak on January 24.

Christine von der Linn, Swann Galleries’ Art & Illustrated Books specialist, said, “What began as a fun collaboration and experimental sale concept blossomed into an event that received huge public and press attention. We are so pleased with the response and interest from buyers and sellers alike that we eagerly anticipate a 2014 sale and the creation of a new auction category at Swann.”

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) — New Orleans Auction Galleries today opened exhibition of their February auction. With nearly 1,400 lots slated for auction, including fine paintings, antiques, decorative art and more, the auction will take place over a period of two days; Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24, starting at 10 a.m.

The auction will feature “The Southern Experience”: a celebration of American Southern regional artists, including works by:

  • Painters: George Rodrigue, Marie Madeleine, Seebold Molinary, Knute Heldner and Ella Miriam Wood
  • Outsider artists: Mose Tolliver and William Hemmerling
  • Contemporary artists: Mark Bercier and Lousie Guidry

On 28th February 2013, Sotheby’s London will present for auction a superb private collection of Fine Travel and Plate Books comprising some of the most magnificent illustrated travel books on the grandest scale together with watercolours and manuscripts — some of which are unique and contain previously unpublished material — the 142 lots are expected to raise in excess of £1.5 million.

Assembled by a private collector who sought the best examples of travel and plate books in a variety of media including hand coloured prints, photography, watercolour and sketches - the collection contains a number of works that come from notable collections including 21 lots from Beriah Botfield’s library (Longleat) - one of the greatest book collectors of the 19th century - and 49 from the collection of Şefik Atabey - who formed one of the largest libraries on the Ottoman Empire*.

NEW YORK—Bonhams will offer a collection of rare and important letters and documents signed by Mao Zedong (1893-1976) and other high-ranking Chinese Communist Party officials in the upcoming auction, The Xi’an Incident: The Papers of Hyland “Bud” Lyon, to be held at Bonhams New York on March 20. This is the first time the material will be publicly exhibited. 

Many of the sale highlights relate to the 1936 Xi’an Incident, a pivotal moment in modern Chinese history when Nationalist Chinese General, Zhang Xueliang (1901-2001), placed Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) under house arrest, forcing him to negotiate with Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist forces. By ceasing hostilities, the two sides were able to successfully join forces and resist the invading Japanese army.

A deeply personal and revealing handwritten poem in draft, by ‘Shropshire Lad’ poet A.E. Housman, which came close to being destroyed is to be sold on 10 April in Part I of the sale of The Roy Davids Collection Part III:  Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street.  


The work, “Oh were he and I together” was written, in pencil, in 1917 and never published during Housman’s lifetime. The text is very faint and a deliberate attempt has been made to erase it.  The manuscript was among papers preserved after the poet’s death by his brother, Laurence. Housman left strict instructions that his working drafts and unpublished poems should be destroyed but gave his brother discretion to retain documents that he felt would be worth keeping.

NEW YORK — For many fans it signified the end of innocence in comics — Amazing Spider-Man #121, The Night Gwen Stacy Died — and now the original John Romita Sr. cover art from 1973 that warned readers all over the world of this critical event is set to debut at auction as part of Heritage Auctions’ Feb. 22 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Ave). It is expected to bring $200,000+.


“Some say the death of Gwen Stacy marked the end of the Silver Age of comics,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions. “The Marvel office were deluged with letters, and there was much controversy at the time over whether Stan Lee had approved or even known about the plot twist.”

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to welcome Eric Knowles as a member of their team. Eric is a familiar face on television, appearing regularly on high profile antiques programmes and documentaries. He writes for various newspapers and magazines about antiques generally and ceramics and the Decorative Arts in particular.


‘It’s very exciting to be involved with the Dreweatts/Bloomsbury group,’ said Eric Knowles.  ‘The invitation to become involved with them was simply irresistible; knowing so many people in the organisation and the quality of their expertise and professionalism was a major attraction.  It is a wonderful opportunity for me to work closely with people I both trust and value.’

NEW YORK — One of the very early developmental sketches that legendary animator Chuck Jones made of Wile E. Coyote, dating back to within a few years of the character’s creation, is expected to bring $10,000+ as the lead lot of offerings from The Chuck Jones Archives, part of Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Animation Art Signature® Auction, Feb. 21, at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Avenue), in New York City.


The 30+ piece grouping — with more than 20 pieces that come directly from the hand of Chuck Jones himself — has been consigned by Jones’ family, the first time since the 1990s that the family has released any “new” work. This is the first time that the pieces in the trove have ever been offered at public auction.

PBA Galleries invites you to join us to commemorate our 500th auction to be held on Monday, February 18th in our San Francisco Gallery. Preview the 225 lots in our Fine and Rare auction prior to the start of the sale and mingle with exhibitors and visitors following the 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair.


Coffee and pastries at 9am during preview. Auction begins at 11am.


The rare and desirable material on view includes works of literary, historical, cultural and scientific import, ranging from a 14th century manuscript reconciling Christianity with Platonism, to a set of the 16 printings of the first edition of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, each in the original dust jacket. The variety of printed and manuscript material includes important editions of the Bible; rare works on China; early alchemy; natural history; cosmology; cartography; travel and exploration; Americana; fine printing; illustrated books; photography; literature; art and architecture; rare manuscript material on Cuba; an important typescript on spiritualism by Harry Houdini; and much more.

The manuscript of one of Oscar Wilde’s most original and beautiful poems, ‘Les Ballons’, is to be sold on 8 May in Part II of the sale of The Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets at Bonhams, New Bond Street.  It is the only known copy of the entire poem in Wilde’s hand and is estimated at £14,000 - 16,000.


The poem, which was published in 1887, is a perfect fusion of the two artistic styles most associated with Wilde — the Aesthetic Movement and Literary Decadence. It describes the poet’s response to watching children flying balloons in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris where he lived from late January to mid-May 1883 on his return from a successful year long lecture tour of America and Canada.  Wilde started work on the poem while he was still in Paris, though it is uncertain when and where the manuscript in the sale was written.

PARIS — LES ENLUMINURES (www.lesenluminures.com) gallery is bringing a number of exceptional examples of Illuminated Medieval and Renaissance miniatures, manuscripts and jewelry to the 2013 edition of TEFAF in Maastricht, The Netherlands, from March 15 - 24.

The world’s premier antiques and art show, The European Fine Arts Fair attracts 260 of the most esteemed dealers from 16 countries and is vetted by no less than 29 different committees comprised of 175 world experts. Each year Maastricht attracts the most important museums, collectors and connoisseurs of art. Dealers always bring their most coveted works to the fair.

Watchmen #1 Comic Art at Heritage Auctions

NEW YORK — The original cover art for Watchmen #1 — the issue that began the most influential graphic novel series of the 1980s — is expected to bring $100,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction Feb. 21-22 in New York. The cover art for issues #2 and #3, along with a color cover guide for issue #1, are also featured in the grouping, which comes to auction from The Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection.


The auction at Heritage will mark the beginning of the sale of all 12 covers from the series in calendar year 2013, with original cover art for issues #4, #5, and #6 in May, #7, #8, #9 in August and #10, #11, and #12 in November.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Edward E. Marsh has spent thirty years and millions of dollars assembling one of the largest and most significant collections of science fiction on the planet. And now he is gifting much of it to San Diego State University’s Love Library.


The gift, valued at more than $2.25 million, will eventually be displayed in the “Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room,” created specifically to house these works. It will take several months to catalogue the collection before it will be available to the public.

PARIS February — LES ENLUMINURES (www.lesenluminures.com) is exhibiting again this year at the renowned NEW YORK ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR April 11 - 14 at the Park Avenue (67th Street) Armory.

LES ENLUMINURES founder and owner Dr. Sandra Hindman says, “We have taken a large stand at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair this year to showcase a number of very important Books of Hours, chronicles, and text manuscripts we have acquired. The book fair takes place at the same time as a show we are staging at our New York gallery, “PATHS TO REFORM which illustrates the importance of reform in the history of the medieval and early modern church and includes about 35 manuscripts that illustrate texts from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries.  The show in the gallery will run from April 4 to May 4.”

New ILAB Directory Published

The new edition of the ILAB Directory has recently been published. It contains all names, addresses and specialities of the ILAB dealers who are organized in 22 national associations and who are located in 32 countries all over the world.

The new Directory, in a wonderful new design, will be handed out at all major ILAB Book Fairs from San Francisco to Paris to New York, London, Boston, Amsterdam, Milan, Stuttgart and Melbourne. All who want to have a look at it, before they hold the printed version in their hands, are able to download the PDF on the ILAB website!

American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print

At the Grolier Club

February 20-April 27, 2013

The long smouldering passion of revolt at conservatism in English art and literature...resulted in a bilious explosion, the Yellow Book. ...The seed fell, as British seed usually does, on America; it grew, and began to flourish. ...Strangely fashioned periodicals, preaching fantastic doctrines, uttering weird thoughts, began to appear like mushrooms after a shower.
          — Percival Pollard, “In Eighteen Ninety-five,” The Echo, 15 August 1895, 8.

The 1890s witnessed the birth of the little magazine, a form associated with emerging modern art movements and alternative social and cultural trends. While the movement originated in Europe with magazines such as the Yellow Book, Le Chat Noir, and Jugend, it flourished particularly, as Pollard notes, in America. Here, in just a few short years, hundreds of “freak magazines,” “dinkeys,” “ephemerals,” or “fadazines,” as they were variously called, emerged all over the country. Though they have tended to be overshadowed by their European counterparts and by their Modernist successors, these magazines were a prolific and culturally important print phenomenon - a fad that exerted its influence on old and young, in town and country, and on professional and amateur writers, artists, and pundits across the nation. 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — February 2013 — Originally on view in the Library Company's Louise Lux-Sions and Harry Sions Gallery, Black Founders: The Free Black Community in the Early Republic has been reimagined as an online exhibition. Like its physical counterpart, this exhibition also focuses on the remarkable individuals who helped shape life for free blacks in the early Republic.

Black Founders chronicles the struggle for freedom from the end of the Revolution to 1830, when the first national convention of African Americans was held. Drawing on the Library Company's rich collections, the exhibition brings together books, pamphlets, and newspaper articles by black leaders from this period. Highlights from the exhibition include engravings and illustrations of leaders of the early black church; Prince Saunders' Haytian Papers, which documents his efforts to promote the first independent black nation; and Observations on the Inslaving, Importing and Purchasing of Negroes, the first of many antislavery pamphlets by Anthony Benezet, who-as a member of the Library Company-likely used works from our collections as his sources in depicting the horrors of the slave trade.

An important collection of 37 albumen prints by Clemintina Maud, Lady Hawarden, a pair of pencil sketches of her and her husband, and 15 associated albumen prints (several possibly by Lady Hawarden), [c.1857-1864] will be sold at Bonhams on March 19 for an estimated £100,000-150,000.

The sale of this exceptional collection by one of the most important and influential Victorian fine art photographers is a rare event in this market.

DALLAS — Montblanc’s Sir Winston Churchill  Limited Edition 53 fountain pen — featuring 18 karat pink gold, tortoiseshell bands and 53 diamonds — is expected to bring $25,000+ as part of a special offering of fine writing instruments in Heritage’s Gentleman Collector Auction event, Feb. 23-24 at the company’s Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.


In addition to pens, the auction includes eclectic collections of vintage walking canes, automobilia, nautical art and ship models, paintings, books, furniture, desk items for the bar and study and remarkable memorabilia dedicated to historic ballooning.

Bonhams is to sell a copy of the last and most famous stanza of For the Fallen which begins, “They shall grow not old”, handwritten by its author, Lawrence Binyon. It will feature 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 offered at auction and is estimated at £5,000-8,000.


The final verse of For the Fallen is commonly known as the Act or Ode of Remembrance. For many it is the emotional climax of Remembrance Sunday services not only in this country but throughout the Commonwealth and the words are often engraved on cenotaphs, war memorials and on headstones here and in the war cemeteries of northern France.

NEW YORK — Heritage Auctions will hold its inaugural Animation Art Signature® Auction Feb. 21, signaling a major step into the category from the world’s third largest auction house. The auction is deep in prime examples of animation art from a wide variety of subjects, including key animation cels from Disney, Warner Brothers, Hannah Barbera, Peanuts, Simpsons, Sponge Bob Squarepants and many other titles from across the spectrum of animation.


“This auction serves as nothing less than a complete survey of the history of animation art from its inception in the 1930s through the turn of the millennium,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “Fans of the classics will have choices from Disney to Warner Brothers and everything in-between, while modern collectors will find pop culture classics from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. This is a tremendous opportunity for smart collectors to get in on the ground floor of a resurgence of the category.”

American Writers Museum Receives NEH Grant

(Washington, D.C. — February 4) The American Writers Museum Foundation has been awarded a second grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant will help speed planning and exhibit design for the museum's building phase. A previous NEH grant helped fund the Museum's Concept Plan and the museum is now in the process of transforming that Concept Plan into a blueprint for the physical space and exhibit design.


"We are thrilled to have this financial support from the NEH. Equally important, we are appreciative of their continued support of our efforts to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives," says Malcolm O'Hagan, president of the museum foundation.

The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference is gearing up for the tenth time with sessions on collecting British illustrators, American fine printing, Yellowstone travel accounts, and of course seminars on Mormon materials.

Visiting presenters include award winning illustrator Bethanne Andersen and Shane J. Chism, author of A Selection of Early Mormon Hymnbooks, 1832-1872.

A wealthy young man having fun on a tour of India some 163 years ago, and one of the first to photograph the country compiled an album of photographs which will be sold by Bonhams on March 19 for an estimated £40,000 to £60,000.

Alexis De La Grange’s album offers 49 architectural views, most of which are Mughal, in northern India. These albumen prints, nine numbered and one captioned in the negative, are mounted one per page, the images typically 180 x 218mm. or slightly smaller, bound in red morocco with "Photographies de l'inde Anglaise" in gilt on upper cover, [c.1849-1850].

NEW YORK - A CGC-graded 6.5 copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939), the first appearance of “The Bat-Man,” is expected to bring more than $500,000 when it comes across the auction block on at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) on Feb. 21-22 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.


“If you've followed the sales in recent years of this prime pop culture collectible, then you know that the issue is currently the second most valuable comic in the hobby,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions, “behind only Superman's debut in Action Comics #1. This comic has held down the number one spot before and it's certainly possible that it could return there. Batman is a stronger character than Superman in the minds of many a fan right now, and has certainly been a bigger box-office hit in recent years.”

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