August 2013 Archives

Lyon & Turnbull will be selling a fine example of a rare copy of a first edition of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, (generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations), the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith on the 4th September 2013 in Edinburgh.

Valued at £30,000- 50,000, it was first published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics. Through reflection over the economics at the beginning of the industrial revolution the book touches upon broad topics as the division of labour, productivity and free markets.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of acclaimed novelist, poet and essayist Julia Alvarez (b. 1950).

Alvarez’s extensive archive consists of manuscripts, correspondence, journals and professional files. The manuscripts span her writing career and include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays and unpublished works, often in multiple drafts. Alvarez regularly sent drafts of her work to friends and colleagues, and these copies usually bear handwritten comments from the reader alongside Alvarez’s revisions.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s 2013 Carle Honors Art Auction features 17 original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most highly-renowned illustrators. The silent auction will take place on September 26th at Guastavino’s in New York City at the eighth annual Carle Honors, which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark Museum located in Amherst, MA. All works will be on display at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street, NYC) from September 5 through September 25, and can be viewed online at Absentee bids are encouraged, and can be placed now by contacting Rebecca Miller Goggins at or calling 413-658-1118. 

The Carle Honors Art Auction benefits The Eric Carle Museum and its mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. Exclusive original illustrations have been donated by Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Richard Egielski, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, David Macaulay, Barbara McClintock, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Susan L. Roth, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wiesner, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems and Robert R. Zakanitch. Works of art by the late Tom Feelings and William Steig have been specially contributed by Niani Feelings and Jeanne Steig, the 2011 Carle Honors Angel.

NEW YORK, NY, August 27, 2013 —Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America, a new exhibition on view at the New-York Historical Society from September 27, 2013 through March 9, 2014, will explore the critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States in the period bounded by the close of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I. Known as the Gilded Age, the era was marked by unprecedented industrial expansion yielding vast personal fortunes. Today, the Gilded Age conjures visions of material opulence and personal excess, yet it also inspired a fascinating chapter in American cultural and social history. With the amassing of great fortunes came the drive to document the wealthy in portraiture, echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to colonial times. A brilliant generation of American and European artists rose to meet that demand.

Organized for the New-York Historical Society by guest curator Dr. Barbara Dayer Gallati, the exhibition will feature sixty-five portraits selected from New-York Historical’s outstanding holdings. The sitters — ranging from famous society beauties to powerful titans of business and industry—left lasting legacies that contributed to the cultural and economic growth of the nation. Beauty’s Legacy also takes its cue from a series of three important portrait loan exhibitions mounted in New York in the 1890s that were organized for charitable purposes by the city’s social elite. A number of paintings in Beauty’s Legacy were featured in those historic displays and will be installed to evoke the late-nineteenth-century viewing experience.

BENTONVILLE, AR — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will soon debut a new acquisition of a major work by American Modernist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967). The work, titled Blackwell’s Island, offers a view of what is now known as Roosevelt Island, located off Manhattan in the East River. The work will be exhibited in the museum’s Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery, among works by other modern American masters such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler and George Bellows. Painted in 1928, Blackwell’s Island is among the largest of Hopper’s oil paintings, measuring 34-1/2 inches by 59-1/2 inches.

The painting features a wide expanse of blue sky above and turbulent cobalt blue water below, bisected by a shadowed, brooding skyline of buildings along the island’s waterfront. In classic Hopper style, there is a sense of distance between the viewer and the remote, impersonal architectural subject, and evidence of humanity is almost non-existent except for a single dark figure that pilots a power boat cruising away from the viewer toward the right-hand edge of the frame.


New York—On Thursday, September 12, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings that features unique works by Salvador Dalí, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, László Moholy-Nagy and Pablo Picasso, and prints by other European and American masters.

The sale opens with a strong selection of 19th century prints, which features Honoré Daumier’s Rue Transnonain, le 15 Avril 1834, a disturbing and controversial work depicting a working-class Parisian family murdered by government soldiers during the suppression of a riot (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). Sharing that estimate is a black chalk drawing by Jean-François Millet, Paysanne près d’un petit feu dans les Champs.

(Boston, MA, August 22, 2013)—Since the year 2000, the Boston Athenæum has added more than fifty paintings and sculptures to its collection of fine arts. Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Paintings and Sculpture, on view in the Athenæum’s Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery from September 25, 2013, through February 15, 2014, features the highlights, including paintings by Cephas Thompson, William McGregor Paxton, William Morris Hunt, John Sloan,  and Frank Duveneck and sculpture by Thomas Ball, Leonard Baskin, Bashka Paeff, Richard Henry Park, and Albert Wein . All have been acquired for the Athenæum by gift, bequest, or purchase since the turn of the twenty-first century.

Besides exploring recent directions in the Athenæum’s collecting, the exhibition serves as an update and addendum to the paintings and sculpture section of the Athenæum’s bicentennial exhibition, Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenæum. This 2007 traveling show surveyed the Athenæum’s collecting during its entire first two centuries.

New York, NY, August 22, 2013—England’s Man Booker Prize turned Possession into an instant best seller, propelled The English Patient and Life of Pi onto the screen, and made a star out of an advertising copywriter named Salman Rushdie. Throughout its history, it has been a dynamic force in marketing literary fiction, while drawing attention to questions about the critical, popular, and economic influences that shape cultural value and confer prestige. Given annually since 1969 to the “best novel in English” written by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe, the prize is now the prototype for literary awards around the world. Never without controversy or a chorus of detractors, the Booker has uniquely captured the British imagination and has helped shape a contemporary canon that reflects the expanded borders of the English-language novel today. Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize, on view September 13, 2013-January 5, 2014, is the first American exhibition to explore the world of this award and how it came to take its place in England’s colorful history of promoting the novel.

NEW YORK — The single largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s personally-owned objects — from his signature polka-dot scarf to the original plaster maquette of La Grande Venus Victrix, recently discovered in a shed in France — will highlight an expansive grouping dedicated to the Impressionist icon in Heritage Auctions’ The Renoir Estate Collection Signature® Auction, Sept. 19 in New York.

The collection is an intimate glimpse inside the personal and professional life of the master painter through a trove of important documents, including his marriage certificate, photographs and letters written to Renoir from friends and contemporaries such as Monet, Manet, and Rodin.

"The Complete Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and other Writings," translated by Austryn Wainhouse, is one of the items in the SU Libraries' newly acquired Wainhouse archive.

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center has acquired the archive of American translator and National Book Award winner Austryn Wainhouse. Wainhouse is best known for his complete and uncensored English translations of the Marquis de Sade’s 1791 novel Justine” (1953), which tells of a well-intentioned young woman who finds herself subjected to all manner of sexual depravity at the hands of the clergy and civil authorities.

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America announces the winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

First Prize: Elias SernaUniversity of California-Riverside, The Chicano Movement

Second Prize: Ashley Young, Duke University, New Orleans' Nourishing Networks

Third Prize: Amanda Zecca, Johns Hopkins University, From Berkeley to Black Mountain

Students who entered the contest were top prize winners of book collecting contests at their respective institutions.

This lot is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring "The King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers (1911-1998). Born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rogers began in show business as a singer with various vocal groups, culminating with being a co-founder of the Sons of the Pioneers in the 1930s. Rogers turned this singing career into an acting career and became a singing cowboy, rivaling Gene Autry and Eddie Dean.

Like Mickey Mouse, non-singing cowboy Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) and the aforementioned Autry, Rogers became a merchandising icon with everything from toy guns and record players, to lunchboxes and toy guitars bearing his likeness. Unlike Autry and Boyd, who just re-cut some of their movies to fit the television format, Rogers appeared in a series produced just for television from 1951 to 1957.

New York, NY, August 19, 2013—This fall, the Morgan Library & Museum will display a selection of exceptional documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, one of the country’s foremost collections of Americana. The presentation, which will be on view from September 10, 2013, represents transformative moments and key figures in U.S. history, and reflects the collection’s strengths in documents from the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods. Reflections on a Nation will be on view in the Morgan’s 1906 McKim building through January 12, 2014.

The Morgan has enjoyed a nearly two-decade-long relationship with the Gilder Lehrman Institute, which was founded by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman in 1994. That same year the Morgan presented Seeds of Discord: The Politics of Slavery, an acclaimed exhibition featuring documents from the collection.

Handwriting was thought to reflect one’s personality in the East Asian tradition, but not in the sense of Western graphology or “handwriting analysis.”  Rather, through copying of revered models and through creative innovation, handwriting style conveyed one’s literary education, cultural refinement, and carefully nurtured aesthetic sensibilities.  Showcasing more than 80 masterworks of brush-inscribed Japanese characters—some serving as independent works of art and others enhanced by decorated papers or by paintings—the exhibition Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan takes a close look at the original gestural movement marked in each work, by analyzing the applied pressure, speed, and rhythm that are said to be the reflection of the artist’s state of mind.   The works on view, dating from the 11th century to the present, demonstrates that beauty was often the supreme motive in the rendering of Japanese religious or literary texts, even at the expense of legibility.  These works are complemented by some 100 ceramics, textiles, lacquers, woodblock prints, and illustrated books that are closely related to the art of brush writing.

The exhibition is made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation.

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce Almond Zigmund: Interruptions Repeated (Again and Again), an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper, opening in our upstairs gallery on August 25 and on view through September 22. A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday August 25 from 4-6pm.

Almond Zigmund’s work explores what she has called our “cumulative understanding of space”. The artist is best known for her site-specific installations in which she cleverly extracts and repurposes ornamentation from architectural and textile design, much in the way pop artists recontextualize commercial imagery. Through the unorthodox use of minimalist geometry, pattern and color, Zigmund seeks to “challenge and destabilize perceptual habits, and awaken viewers to engage in the power of the spaces they occupy and move through on a daily basis.”

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s Fall Auction of Astronaut Memorabilia opens at 9 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at The online charity auction features 34 lots of rare, flown-in-space and autographed collectibles.

Treasures up for grabs include a command module heat shield plug that orbited Earth for 84 days on Skylab 4, a NASA-issued lunar index map signed by 10 Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin and James Lovell, and a genuine SPACEHAB strap buckle that flew in space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor during STS-118.

New York, NY, August 14, 2013—Between 1941 and 1943 J. D. Salinger sent nine letters and postcards to Marjorie Sheard, an aspiring Canadian writer. This important collection of documents, acquired by the Morgan in April 2013, sheds light on Salinger’s writing, and the authors that influenced him in the early stages of his career. A highlight among the letters is one in which the young author writes to Ms. Sheard of “the first Holden story” about a “prep school kid on his Christmas vacation.” The Morgan will display the complete correspondence in a show entitled “Lose not heart,” the first public presentation of these revealing letters, on view from September 10, 2013 to January 12, 2014.

In the summer of 1941, when Salinger began writing letters to Sheard, he was twenty-two years old. A Toronto resident, Sheard had read Salinger’s early short stories in publications such as Esquire and Collier’s and initiated the correspondence by writing an admiring letter. Salinger was apparently eager to begin and maintain a correspondence with the insightful Sheard, and he began to share news of his own creative output. A letter dated November 18, 1941, references the creation of the first story featuring his now legendary character, Holden Caulfield, hero of Catcher in the Rye. The New Yorker had accepted the piece and, Salinger wrote, was now asking for an entire series about the character. He ended the letter by asking for Sheard’s reaction to the story.

During the 41st ILAB Congress, preceded by ILAB’s International Antiquarian Book Fair, both in Paris in April 2014, and both coinciding with celebrations around the 100th anniversary of the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded. This prestigious international Prize of US $ 10,000 for a scholarly work in the field of bibliography is awarded every four years.

The jury under the direction of Prize Secretary Arnoud Gerits will meet in autumn 2013 to study and to discuss more than 70 books published worldwide which have been submitted to the Prize. The panel of judges consists of three antiquarian booksellers and three scholars who share a wide reputation for their knowledge and experience: Felix de Marez Oyens (President of the B.H. Breslauer Foundation), David Adams (Manchester University), Jean‐Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Poul Jan Poulsen (Aldus Antikvariat, Denmark), Umberto Pregliasco (Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco, Italy), and Arnoud Gerits (A. Gerits & Son, The Netherlands).

London Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Modern and Contemporary Prints, at King Street on Wednesday, 18 September 2013. The auction showcases an array of works by some of the most fascinating printmakers, including Erich Heckel, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Giorgio Morandi. The sale will offer 203 lots and is expected to realise in the region of £4 million. The Prints season continues at Christie’s South Kensington on Thursday, 19 September with the sale of Prints and Multiples, which will include important works by leading Pop printmaker R.B. Kitaj from The Tony Reichardt Collection

Leading the Modern and Contemporary Prints sale is an outstanding group of German Expressionist prints, all belonging to private collections, including a veritable icon of the period, Erich Heckel’s Stehendes Kind, circa 1910-1911 (estimate: £100,000 - 150,000).

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New York, NY, August 13, 2013 — The New-York Historical Society is proud to display one of the most famous and storied coins in the world—the 1933 Double Eagle. The Double Eagle will be on display in New-York Historical’s Robert H. & Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History starting today, August 13. Designed by the renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the coin features the figure of Liberty striding before the Capitol Building on its face and an eagle in flight on the reverse.

In 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, the United States struck almost a half million twenty-dollar gold coins, commonly known as Double Eagles. At virtually the same time, in one of his first acts as President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive Order banning the payout of gold, weaning the country off the gold standard. The 1933 Double Eagles, although legally made, became illegal to own and were never circulated. In 1934, two examples were sent to the Smithsonian Institution for posterity, and in February 1937 the rest were melted into gold bars and sent to Fort Knox—or so it seemed.

Cincinnati, OH — August 12, 2013 — The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a Project Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, a grant made possible through a grant to OAC by the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant went to support the installation of the Lloyd’s ambitious and visionary exhibition, Wounded Home, a commemoration of the Civil War and its impact on the home front.  

Combining text and images from the Lloyd Library and Museum’s collection of Civil War resources with  their own aesthetic vision, visual artists Mary Jo Bole, Deborah Brod, Jenny Fine, Celene Hawkins, Saad Ghosn, Kate Kern and Alice Pixley Young, have worked together to  create a poignant and disturbing room within a room in the Lloyd’s gallery space, the Wounded Home. Pieces in the installation include jarring views of what one might have seen right outside a window, from a field of tents to a cemetery filled with rows of the dead.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a gift of materials related to writer Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), a prominent and prolific writer in the fantasy genre. Though Howard is perhaps best known for creating the character Conan the Barbarian, he wrote more than 100 stories for pulp magazines of his day, though his career spanned only 12 years before he committed suicide at the age of 30.

The collection, which includes more than 15,000 pages of manuscripts, sketches and ephemera, was donated by the estate of Glenn Lord (1931-2011), a Texas literary agent, editor and publisher of Howard’s prose and poetry. Lord is considered the first and most important researcher of Howard’s life and writings.

Washington, DC—Featuring 125 working proofs and prints produced at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, Yes, No, Maybe goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of carefully considered decisions.

Among the 25 artists represented are those with longtime ties to Crown Point Press—Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, and Wayne Thiebaud—as well as those whose association is more recent, such as Mamma Andersson, Julie Mehretu, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, and Amy Sillman. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the exhibition will be on view from September 1, 2013, to January 5, 2014. Yes, No, Maybe will travel to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, from January 28 to May 17, 2015.

SAN MARINO, Calif.—Visitors to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens this fall are in for a treat—several of them, in fact. With a landmark exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Junípero Serra (founder of the California missions), an international exhibition of Renaissance paintings, and the opening of a dynamically re-envisioned new installation of the Library’s most valued objects, there will be something to dazzle everyone. Then, in spring of 2014, The Huntington will present an exhibition on the mysterious “Archimedes Palimpsest,” revealing text from the ancient world discovered through conservation and imaging, on tour from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. And in the summer of 2014, The Huntington will open a new wing for the display of its permanent collections, adding 5,000 feet of display space to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.


August 8, 2013—One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for 40 days this fall, from Sept. 13 until Oct. 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, shows da Vinci’s interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight that predate the invention of the airplane by 400 years.

The Codex, an early form of a personal notebook, will be on view in a specially designed and secured case located in “The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age,” an exhibition whose centerpiece is Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1903 Flyer, the world’s first successful powered aircraft. Nearby interactive stations will allow visitors to virtually leaf through the 18 folios (two-sided pages) of the Codex. The document will be loaned to the museum by the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy, which owns a number of works by da Vinci. The 16th-century genius is known primarily as an artist and sculptor, but he is also renowned for his skills in architecture, music, mathematics, poetry, engineering, anatomy and botany.

DALLAS — Frank Miller’s original cover art for the second issue of his landmark 1986 masterwork, The Dark Knight Returns, brought $478,000 and the highest-graded copy of Batman #1 ever certified — a 9.2 grade by CGC Near Mint Minus — brought $567,625 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $6.7+ million Comic and Comic Art event in Dallas.

The image of Batman, aged, gnarled and boiling with rage, on the cover of the second issue of Frank Miller’s 1986 masterwork, The Dark Knight Returns, set fire to the imagination of generations of collectors and was the key moment in the revival and re-invention of an historic franchise. It is the only cover in the landmark series to feature Batman — the other three are all silhouette images.

Amherst, MA — On Thursday, September 26, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will celebrate its 10th anniversary with over 300 fellow children’s book artists, authors and advocates at Guastavino’s in New York City for the eighth annual Carle Honors. This gala, benefit and auction will pay tribute to the key individuals and organizations that have made the picture book such a vibrant and impactful art form in America, as well as those who have championed its vital role in supporting art appreciation, early literacy and critical thinking.

For just over a decade, The Eric Carle Museum has been collecting, preserving, presenting and celebrating picture books and their illustrations with the mission to foster a love of art and reading in all ages. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle was the recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Creative Learning for its exceptional demonstration of the importance of creativity and innovation to student achievement and success. In addition, The Carle has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as several local funding grants, each of which help bring nationally acclaimed artists to local schools that normally would not even have access to picture books. The Carle Honors is a key fundraiser providing critical support for the Museum’s mission and programs.

The winners of the 2013 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest are:

First Prize: Elias SernaUniversity of Califonia-Riverside, The Chicano Movement

Second Prize: Ashley Young, Duke University, New Orleans’ Nourishing Networks

Third Prize: Amanda Zecca, Johns Hopkins University, From Berkeley to Black Mountain

Congratulations to our winners! The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Library of Congress on October 18th at 5:30pm.

The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest is an annual competition to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students. The NCBCC is administered by the ABAA, the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (the Library of Congress), with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation. For more information on the contest, please visit


Beverly Hills, California—August 6, 2013—Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier celebrity and entertainment auction house, announced the exclusive auction of Property From The Collection of Bob and Dolores Hope to take place on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery.

Bob Hope was one of the world’s most prolific entertainers with a career that spanned more than 60 years and included vaudeville, radio, film and television. Often referred to as “Mr. Entertainer,” Hope was a comedian, actor, singer, dancer and author.  He was also a golfer to be reckoned with, helping to establish the pro-Am tournament as way to raise funds for charity.  His commitment to the men and women who served their country was legendary.  His USO (United Service Organizations) shows around the world between 1942 and 1988 which later earned him a Congressional declaration designating him an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces, an honor he said was the greatest one of his life.

[Dallas, TX — July 2013] — The fourth annual Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place once again in the heart of Dallas’ retail and design epicenter, transforming the Dallas Market Hall into the most luxurious event in the area when it returns November 7-11, 2013. The show offers an exciting, multifaceted experience for collectors, curators and art lovers of all kinds, making it the cultural event of the season.

Fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados travel from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles, and more.

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