September 2013 Archives

Philadelphia, PA—The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has acquired a rare collection of very early alchemy manuscripts, some dating from before the invention of printing.

Of the nine manuscripts in the collection, seven date to the 15th century, as early as the 1430s. Among them is Petrus Bonus’s Pretiosa margarita novella (The Precious New Pearl), ca. 1450-1480; it is one of only six known complete copies of that work in existence. The collection also includes three framed illuminated miniatures of alchemical imagery from around 1450.

New York City, September 27, 2013—Gay penguins, a superhero clad in briefs, vampires and witches, bondage—this week is all about banned books as PEN American Center teams up the American Library Association, librarians, booksellers, publishers, and writers to celebrate the freedom to read.

On Monday, September 23, PEN began posting one essay a day about the books that have been mostly frequently banned or challenged in the United States and around the world. PEN asked PEN members, supporters, and staff—writers and editors of all backgrounds and genres—to reflect on the banned books that matter most to them. Among this year’s contributors, Matt Bell writes on Barbara Comyns’s Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, Domenica Ruta shares her thoughts on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Alissa Nutting takes on R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, and Rob Spillman writes about Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Follow the PEN America Blog for new essays posted every day throughout the week and into October.

Sotheby's is thrilled to announce the discovery of a previously unknown album of photographs by the foremost female pioneer of nineteenth century portrait photography, Julia Margaret Cameron. The album of 32 large scale portrait photographs—containing images of leading Victorian celebrities and two unrecorded photographs—represents a major addition to Cameron's oeuvre. Estimated at £250,000-350,000, it will be offered at Sotheby's auction of English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations in London on 10th December 2013. The sale will mark the first time in over thirty years that any album compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron containing her own photographs has appeared at auction.

Los Angeles—A few of the highlights of the Fine Books & Manuscripts Sale at Bonhams Los Angeles (to be simulcast in New York) include a unique collection of recently uncovered, rare film manuscripts from modern American literary figures. A mimeographed manuscript of William Faulkner’s "dialogued treatment" for Drums Along the Mohawk (est. $15,000-20,000), is new to the market, and scholars have long argued the extent of his work and involvement in filmmaking. From March until mid-June of 1937 Faulkner worked on this treatment, which includes a detailed list of characters with description, a sequence-by-sequence breakdown of location, and 238 pages of screenplay. After he turned this treatment in, Faulkner was taken off the project and Lamar Trotti and Sonia Levien took over (and earned final screen credit).

During the 18th century in France, a great number of artists—painters, sculptors, draftsmen, and amateurs—experimented with etching, a highly accessible printmaking technique akin to drawing. Featuring 130 works by such artists as Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, and many others, Artists and Amateurs: Etching in 18th-Century France will be the first exhibition to focus on original etchings created by painters and amateurs in 18th-century France.  It will present a fresh exploration of how etching flourished in ancien régime France, shedding new light on artistic practice and patronage at that time. During a period when artists strained to navigate the highly regulated Académie Royale and the increasingly discordant public spheres of the marketplace and the Salon, etching afforded them stylistic freedom and allowed them to produce exquisite works of art in a spirit of collaboration and experimentation. The exhibition will present etchings, plus a few drawings and preparatory sketches, from the Metropolitan Museum’s rich holdings, as well as loans from North American museums and private collections. The selection of prints includes a number of rare or unique examples.

NEW YORK, September 2013—The Museum of Modern Art announces Gauguin: Metamorphoses, a major exhibition focusing on Paul Gauguin's (French, 1848-1903) rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his major paintings and his sculptures in wood and ceramic. This is the first exhibition to highlight the significance of these exceptionally inventive works on paper within his oeuvre overall. Approximately 160 works, including some 130 works on paper and a critical selection of some 30 related paintings and sculptures, will be on view from March 8 through June 8, 2014, in The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Special Exhibition Gallery on the Museum's sixth floor. Gauguin: Metamorphoses is organized by Starr Figura, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Associate Curator, with Lotte Johnson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art.

Bonhams is pleased to announce a world first with the sale of jewellery from the collection of internationally renowned bestselling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE. 

Watch a video interview with Barbara Taylor Bradford: http://www.bonhams.com/video/14611/.

Selected Jewels from the Collection of Barbara Taylor Bradford includes 40 pieces given to the author during her 49-year-long marriage to her film and TV producer husband Robert Bradford.  Key pieces include a 14 carat cushion-shape diamond single stone ring, an antique sapphire and diamond brooch, a pair of cultured pearl and diamond earclips and an 18 carat sapphire ring.

DALLAS—The single largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s personally-owned objects - from his signature polka-dot scarf, which realized $3,750, to the most ambitious sculpture executed by Renoir and Richard Guino, La Grande Venus Victrix, temporarily stored in a shed after Renoir’s death, which realized  $545,000 - led an expansive grouping dedicated to the Impressionist icon in Heritage Auctions’ The Renoir Estate Collection Signature® Auction, Sept. 19 in New York, which totaled $1,285,563.

“This collection provided an intimate glimpse inside the personal and professional life of Renoir,” said Brian Roughton, Managing Director of Fine Arts at Heritage Auctions, “and the worldwide interest generated by the event, and the significant prices realized, show that Renoir is still as relevant and beloved today as he has ever been.”

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania—On October 8 and 9, Guernsey’s Auction House will conduct Part II of the Harrisburg Auction on behalf of the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Part I of this auction was held from July 15 through July 21 of this year, where thousands of registered bidders from around the world bid on nearly 10,000 artifacts (4,000 lots), the majority of which focused on the Old West. As massive as that event was, it wasn’t large enough to contain the complete Harrisburg Collection; therefore Guernsey’s Auction House will host Harrisburg, Part II.

On October 8 & 9, Guernsey’s will be selling an additional 1,000 unreserved lots of rare documents, historic correspondence, printed material, exceptional photographs, maps, rare books and related items. Like the first Auction, roughly 70% of the items pertain to the Old West with the balance relating to American history... from the Revolutionary War to mid-Twentieth Century politics.

David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, announced his donation of an additional $5 million ($1 million per year for the next five years) to support the Library of Congress National Book Festival, bringing his total support since 2010 for the free public event held yearly since 2001 to $10.3 million.

The announcement came as the 2013 festival opened for the second of its two days on the National Mall. Event organizers estimated attendance at this year’s event at more than 200,000. This year’s festival featured talks and book-signings by 112 authors, poets and illustrators.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has chosen the winners of the 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a new program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

See the recipients after the jump.

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New York—On Thursday, October 17 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Fine Photographs & Photobooks that offers fascinating crime-related photographs — from mugshot albums to crime-scene images — from the collection of Mark Michaelson and others.

Michaelson, a New York-based collector and curator, has published a book of American mugshots spanning 100 years and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary on the subject. Among the highlights of his collection is a mugshot album with nearly 1500 entries from a cross-section of crimes spanning the U.S. from California to New York, including several depicting members of the International Workers of the World, arrested during a clash with military authorities, 1905-1920 (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).

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NEW YORK—An unprecedented trove of material relating to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most famous and influential name in America’s storied Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s—including King’s handwritten notes on eight cards containing the outline of his famed “Dexter Avenue Church Farewell Address,” circa 1960—will be offered on Oct. 17 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Signature® Historical Manuscripts event in New York.

The material, more than 100 artifacts in all, are coming to auction after more than half a century in the loving possession of 87-year-old Maude Ballou, Martin Luther King Jr.’s close friend and personal secretary.

The 25th Annual Southern Festival of Books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The familiar marble of downtown Nashville’s Legislative Plaza will come alive this fall in celebration of the written word. The Southern Festival of Books, widely recognized as a fixture of fall in the South, is set to take place Oct. 11-13.

Activities in-and-around the plaza have ramped up in honor of the festival’s momentous 25th anniversary year, allowing festival-goers to experience their favorite authors and stories on a whole new level.

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(Boston, MA, September 2013)  This fall, the Boston Athenæum celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its pioneering Conservation Laboratory, the first established in a library, with free lectures, a panel discussion, and a public open house. All explore the history, scientific underpinnings, and future of the field of conservation as well as its vital role in both preserving and digitizing physical books for the use of future generations.

In the summer of 1963, the first conservation program housed inside a library began operations at the Boston Athenæum. It quickly became a model for other libraries around the nation.

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New York—Among the American Revolution material in Swann Galleries’ October 10 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana is the wartime diary of Connecticut officer John Hutchinson Buell, the first substantial manuscript diary by an identified American Soldier to come to auction in more than two decades. With accounts of dinners with General Washington, the retreat of the British at the Battle of Connecticut Farms, and much more, the diary was passed down through Buell’s family along with a portrait of him in uniform, circa 1790s, and a silver beaker engraved with his initials (estimate: $12,000 to $18,000 for the lot).

The Library of Congress on Oct. 14 will open "Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784," an exhibition featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American.

"Mapping a New Nation" will debut at the Library’s Columbus Day Open House on Monday, Oct. 14. The exhibition will be located in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the exhibit is ongoing, with no closing date.

London — Christie's is pleased to announce the first London sale of European Noble & Private Collections Including Fine Tapestries which will take place 2 October 2013. The sale includes various properties from continental Royal and Noble collections, each displaying characteristics that reflect the collector’s passions. The lots offered reflect the wide interests and tastes of the collectors and offer a fascinating voyage through various European styles of living. Featuring 431 lots, the auction includes: furniture, silver, clocks, porcelain, glass, sculpture, rugs and carpets, arms and armour, textiles, prints, drawings, pictures and Asian works of art, from the medieval period to the late 19th century. In conjunction with the private properties, this sale will include important and fine tapestries from the early 16th century to the 18th century.

New York, NY, September 16, 2013—The genius of Leonardo da Vinci—draftsman, painter, scientist, inventor—continues to captivate us almost five hundred years after his death. This fall, the Morgan Library & Museum will present a unique opportunity to encounter this great Renaissance master.

The exhibition will feature a spectacular group of works by Leonardo from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, including one of his most famous manuscripts, the Codex on the Flight of Birds, and his wonderful Head of a Young Woman, both on view in New York for the first time. They will be presented together with a selection of other drawings by Leonardo, featuring the scientist as well as the artist. The exhibition will also include works by Leonardo’s followers and the Morgan’s Codex Huygens, a Renaissance manuscript recording lost notes by Leonardo.

London, UK, September 2013 — The Folio Society (www.foliosociety.com), publisher of beautiful illustrated books, today announces the publication of a new anthology of Thomas Jefferson’s writings, An Expression of the American Mind. Editors at The Folio Society collaborated with Jefferson biographer R. B. Bernstein to present the “greatest hits” of one of America’s most prolific and influential Founding Fathers. Drawn from Jefferson’s vast collection of political and travel writings, as well as personal correspondence — including more than 15,000 letters — this volume ranges from his observations on such simple pleasures as French wine and gardening to his defining views on freedom, democracy, and size of government.

In this edition, compiled exclusively for Folio, Bernstein — who teaches at City College of New York and New York Law School; and authored The Founding Fathers Reconsidered and Thomas Jefferson — takes the reader on a “guided tour” of Jefferson’s life and the evolution of his thinking, providing insight into the man who helped craft the American Revolution. From his first surviving letter, written in 1760 to persuade his guardian to allow him to attend college, to his last public letter, written ten days before his death, Jefferson’s writings document his ongoing struggle with issues of political freedom, race, equality, and Church and State, many of the same issues faced today in America and around the world. “Jefferson would urge us to stay involved as we continue to wrestle with and refine the complex founding principles that he hoped would serve as models for humanity,” says Bernstein.

In 1609, when Galileo Galilei fashioned a telescope and looked to the heavens, he was the first to see that the surface of our moon is filled with craters, mountains and other imperfections. He also saw countless stars filling every inch of the sky and noticed moons circling Jupiter—all previously unseen by any human. He published these revelations in a book called "Siderius nuncius" or "The Starry Messenger." This thin volume would help shift the world away from an earth-centered view of the heavens and start the revolution called modern science.

For the first time, a full-color facsimile of the work, along with related material, has been reprinted in "The Starry Messenger, Venice 1610: ‘From Doubt to Astonishment,’" published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress. The facsimile is based on the Library’s untrimmed copy—one of the most complete copies in existence—which was purchased in 2008.

New York, NY, September 2013—As part of the Bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Morgan will display two historic manuscript copies of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Society’s most famous commission and undoubtedly one of the greatest works of classical music. The Morgan’s presentation marks the first time since its creation in 1824 that the Society’s manuscript, received as a result of its commission, will be reunited with the 1824-26 manuscript that now resides in the Juilliard Manuscript Collection, and was used by the printer to prepare the first edition of the work, from which all further copies were made. Beethoven’s Ninth: A Masterpiece Reunited will be on view October 8 through December 1, 2013.

As early as 1817 the Philharmonic Society tried to interest Ludwig van Beethoven in composing two symphonies for them, with the hopes that the composer would premiere the works in London. Not until 1822 was an agreement reached for the commission of the work that would become the Ninth Symphony. A copyist manuscript made its way to England in 1824 bearing on its title page Beethoven’s dedication, “Geschrieben für die Philharmonische Gesellschaft in London” (written for the Philharmonic Society in London).  Beethoven supervised the premiere of the symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824, while conductor Sir George Smart, a founding member of the Society, used the copyist manuscript to direct the first London performance by the Philharmonic Society on March 21, 1825.

Following the success of last year, Shapero Rare Books are returning to Fine Art Asia fair, which takes place on 3 - 7 October in Hong Kong. This year Shapero Rare Books intend to show through their display how Europe and China interacted and introduced each other to their culture and traditions.      

Even though there existed early accounts and maps of China, the European perception about this country remained to a great extent fragmented until the publication of Novus Atlas Sinensis a Martino Martinio [Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1655] - the first European atlas of China. This pinnacle of seventeenth century Jesuit cartography was the work of Martino Martini (1614-1661), the Jesuit superior in Hangzhou, who entered China in 1643 and for three years travelled widely throughout the country, collecting material. The Blaeu-Martini atlas provided a degree of knowledge in the European vision of China that developed progressively over the next 80 years. Shapero Rare Books will exhibit on their stand a rare hand-coloured example of this atlas in a contemporary vellum binding.

Colorado Springs, CO—September 2013—The Five Star, Five Diamond Colorado Springs resort, The Broadmoor, is pleased to announce the arrival of a new, one-of-a-kind retail shop, The Great Republic.

The newest addition to The Broadmoor’s twenty-six shops on property, The Great Republic specializes in historical memorabilia, enhancing the resort’s comprehensive retail shopping experience. The shop offers a wide selection of rare and remarkable flags, including 19th century United States flags, exceptional period maps, unique Americana, vintage British Empire and American sporting antiques and collectibles, as well as modern day collectibles.

Amherst, MA (September 11, 2013)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that Eric Carle will be signing books at the Museum on September 21 at 10:00 am (members 9:00 am). The Carle Bookshop is proud to offer guests the one-day only opportunity to purchase Eric Carle’s new picture book Friends before its official November release date.  A limited number of copies are available. The signing is free with Museum Admission.

The book signing will accompany The Carle’s exhibition The Art of Eric Carle: Friends, which opens September 17, 2013. “The Museum is thrilled to showcase the artwork in Eric’s new book and to be the first to offer the book for sale,” says Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy. “Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Eric, see some early drafts of his work, and reflect on friendship as his source of artistic inspiration.”

Cincinnati, OH — September 12, 2013: The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce the occasion of its first major scientific symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 12, 2013.  “Bridging the Gap between Alternative and Conventional Medicine” will explore the complicated issue of using herbal and other natural remedies in a society that has long relied on conventional medical practices.  Alternative, sometimes referred to as Traditional, medicine tends to approach health from an entirely different perspective, looking to prevent rather than having to cure.  However, the two medical practices can and do work together, and there is a way to integrate the two methods to obtain optimum health.

The Lloyd is bringing to Cincinnati some of the biggest advocates for herbal and natural medicine, including: Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council; Roy Upton, Executive Director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia ®; and Sheila Kingsbury, professor of Medical Botany at Bastyr University.  They will speak along with local naturopathic physician Lisa Gallagher, N.D. of the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine (Cincinnati).  Jan Scaglione, Clinical Toxicologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Drug and Poison Control Center, will serve as moderator in an open afternoon session, facilitating interaction between the speakers and audience.  Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the alternative therapies available and how to integrate natural medicines with their routine medical care to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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Mr Bazalgette’s Agent was written by English novelist Leonard Merrick (1864-1939), who said of the book: 'It's a terrible book. It's the worst thing I ever wrote. I bought them all up and destroyed them. You can't find any.' Copies of the book can now only be found in private collections and in a handful of university and national libraries throughout the world. Merrick went on to become a prolific novelist, admired by such contemporaries as HG Wells, JM Barrie, GK Chesterton and Virginia Woolf, but he never wrote another detective story.

The novel follows the international exploits of Miriam Lea, a determined and resourceful young heroine who grapples with some very modern dilemmas of female virtue and vice. This new edition will make the story widely available for the first time, offering modern crime fiction fans an opportunity to discover this enticing and rare detective novel.

(Worcester, MA) The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is exhibiting over fifty lithographs from its extensive collection of antebellum prints at the Musée Goupil in Bordeaux, France. Opening on September 6 and running through November 10, 2013, the exhibition is entitled À la mode française: La Lithographie aux États-Unis 1820-1860 (With a French Accent: American Lithography 1820-1860), and is supported by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. A 128-page color illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition and is available in French and English language editions.

The exhibition includes prints of American presidents, French leaders, scenes of everyday life, and landscapes; all of which reflect the relationship between French and American printers and artists during the early days of lithography. Prints made by French artists who immigrated to the United States will hang with works printed in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia by American firms that purchased French presses and hired trained Parisian pressmen to improve their products. American versions of French prints and French versions of American art will be exhibited side by side. “The international connections reflected in this exhibition continue today between France and the United States as cultural exchanges of art and fashion persist between the two nations,” said Lauren Hewes, the Andrew W. Mellon curator of graphic arts at AAS.

CHICAGO—September 10, 2013—Writing Chicago, a multimedia exhibit spotlighting four literary luminaries who called Chicago home—Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, and Studs Terkel—will soon be traveling to city libraries and beyond.

Created by the American Writers Museum Foundation, the exhibit will showcase how these four great Chicago writers embraced the city's ethnically rich neighborhoods as both the inspiration and the subject of their writing.

Sept. 10, 2013 — This November, the Penn Libraries will celebrate the official naming of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, the final capstone in its $17 million capital campaign to renovate the 5th and 6th floors of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. The new, 27,000-square-foot space is named for Jay I. Kislak and his family. Mr. Kislak is an avid collector of books and artifacts and a longtime supporter of the University. A graduate of the Wharton School in 1943, he is the first of three generations of his family to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. Younger generations include his son Philip T. Kislak, who graduated in 1970, and his granddaughter Elizabeth Kislak, who also graduated from the Wharton School in 2010. 

“Preserving cultural history and making materials from the past available to researchers has always been my passion,” said Mr. Kislak. "Through the renovation of this space, the Penn Libraries have shown their commitment and leadership in the field, particularly in the digital humanities. My family and I could not be more pleased to support their endeavors."

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New York—On Thursday, October 3, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction titled Postwar African-American Fine Art that offers groundbreaking material epitomizing how African-American art evolved in the mid-20th century. This “point of departure” was inspired by the growing internationalism of the art world, and the spread of Abstract Expressionism—the first uniquely American art movement. As a result, many African-American artists were no longer wary of going “Modern.”

The auction features significant transitional works by artists whose careers began in the WPA era and incorporated abstraction, such as Sargent Claude Johnson’s experimental modernist terracotta sculpture, Dancer, circa 1938-1940, which is a radical departure from the naturalist heads the artist produced in the 1930s (estimate: $30,000 to $50,000); Romare Bearden’s Christ Healing the Sick, a stained glass like oil painting from 1945 that is an excellent and early example of his postwar painting ($15,000 to $25,000); and Elizabeth Catlett’s Head, terracotta sculpture, 1947, an iconic work made at the beginning of a great period of creativity in Mexico reflecting an attention to form and exploration of materials characterizing the rest of Catlett’s career ($80,000 to $120,000).

London — Brahma Dreaming is master storyteller John Jackson’s latest collaboration with the acclaimed artist, Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

John’s intriguing versions of the tales of the Hindus’ great gods are graced by Daniela’s brilliantly reimagined illustrations of the deities, each a masterpiece of detail and drama, reminiscent of Dulac and Rackham, and the glorious ‘Golden Age’.

These are the tales of the Trimurti — the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva — and Brahma Dreaming is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries in suburban Washington DC, will deliver a wealth of local nostalgia to the auction block on Thursday, September 19th. The centerpiece of the sale is a remarkable selection of gelatin silver photographic prints by Theodor Horydczak (Polish/American, 1890-1971), whose specialty was documenting in black and white the architecture and social activities in our nation’s capital primarily during the first half of the 20th century.

Horydczak was especially adept at capturing attractive angles of government buildings and landmarks, both inside and out. He enjoyed being in the heart of the action and was there with his camera for such events as the 1933 World Series and Washington’s World War II preparedness campaigns. The vast majority of Horydczak’s work — more than 14,000 photos in all — became part of the permanent collection at The Library of Congress after his family donated the extensive archive.

New York, NY, September 5, 2013—The works of Edgar Allan Poe have frightened and thrilled readers for over one hundred fifty years. Terror of the Soul, an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, will bring together more than one hundred items related to Poe’s poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, and explore his profound influence on his contemporaries and later generations of writers. The objects featured in Terror of the Soul—a phrase and concept Poe introduced in his preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque—are drawn primarily from the Morgan’s holdings and The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library, two of the most important Poe collections in the United States. A number of exceptional loans from private collections will also be included. The exhibition will be on view October 4, 2013 through January 26, 2014.

Poe’s mastery of multiple writing genres, including his ironic reworking of the Gothic tradition as a vehicle for his psychologically acute and metaphysically ambitious dramatizations of the terrified soul, will be elucidated by manuscripts of several of his famous poems and short stories, early printed editions, letters, and literary criticism published in contemporary newspapers, magazines, and journals. On view will be such works as “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells” in Poe’s own hand; one of the earliest printings of “The Raven;” the first printing of “The Cask of Amontillado;” and an unprecedented three copies of Tamerlane, Poe’s earliest published work and one of the rarest books in American literature. Lesser-known writings, including A Reviewer Reviewed—Poe’s never-before-exhibited critique of his own work, written under a pseudonym—and the author’s annotated copy of his last published book, Eureka, provide a more complete picture of this complex writer.

DALLAS — A rare and significant half-plate daguerreotype portrait of Capt. Samuel H. Walker is estimated to bring $75,000+ to lead the 343-lot John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection Sept. 21 at Heritage Auctions. Meticulously collected to represent 100 years of Texas Ranger history, the collection documents the birth of the Wild West and contains historically important manuscripts, autographs and rare images pertaining to Texas’ greatest early figures.

“The focus of the collection is in two parts: The 1840s-1850s-era, which would be the Jack Hayes and RIP Ford era,” McWilliams said about the collection in a special video now posted to Heritage Auctions’ YouTube channel. “The second portion of the collection, which is equally as important, is the frontier battalion era, which is dating from the early 1870s until about 1900.”

Amherst, MA (September 4, 2013)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition The Art of Eric Carle: Friends, beginning September 17, 2013 and running through March 24, 2014. The exhibition will feature artwork from Eric Carle’s much-anticipated picture book, Friends, which will be released on November 19, 2013.

Illustrated with his signature colorful, tissue-paper collages, Friends tells a story about perseverance, love, and childhood friendship. When a little boy’s best friend moves away, the boy braves harsh weather, tall mountains, and long distances to reunite with her.

New York, NY, September 2013—The eighteenth century witnessed Venice’s second Golden Age. Although the city was no longer a major political power, it reemerged as an artistic capital, with such gifted artists as Giambattista Tiepolo, his son Domenico, Canaletto, and members of the Guardi family executing important commissions from the church, nobility, and bourgeoisie, while catering to foreign travelers and bringing their talents to other Italian cities and even north of the Alps. Drawn entirely from the Morgan’s collection of eighteenth-century Venetian drawings—one of the world’s finest—Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World chronicles the vitality and originality of this incredibly vibrant period. The exhibition will be on view from September 27, 2013-January 5, 2014.

“In the eighteenth century, as the illustrious history of the thousand-year-old Venetian Republic was coming to a close, the city was favored with an array of talent that left a lasting mark on western art,” said William M. Griswold, director of the Morgan Library & Museum and principal curator of the exhibition. “The names Tiepolo, Canaletto, and Guardi are almost synonymous with the time and place, and their paintings and frescoes are the works most commonly associated with the Settecento in Venice. But their greatness as painters is only part of a much larger story. The drawings in this exhibition, chosen entirely from the Morgan’s collection, bring to light the full spirit of eighteenth-century Venetian art and the many extraordinary individuals who participated in the resurgence of cultural activity that characterized the final years of the Republic.”

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 sold today in Edinburgh for £46,000.

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. In it Smith challenged the prevailing mercantilist economic philosophy, in which people saw national wealth in terms of a country's stock of gold and silver and imports as a danger to a nation's wealth, arguing that in a free exchange both sides became better off. Quite simply, nobody would trade if they expected to lose from it. The buyer profits, he argued, just as the seller does. Imports are just as valuable to us as our exports are to others.

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum will exhibit the Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies, an illuminated manuscript from Flanders by Lieven van Lathem (1430-1493) from September 3, 2013-March 2, 2014. The work is considered one of the finest productions by Van Lathem, the most accomplished and sophisticated painter of secular scenes in the golden era of Flemish manuscript illumination. In July, England granted the export license for the work, which was purchased by the Getty at auction in December 2012.

“This newest acquisition to the manuscripts collection by the greatest illuminator of the Flemish High Renaissance adds another masterpiece to the Museum’s growing collection,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “It nicely complements the only documented manuscript by van Lathem, the Prayer Book of Charles the Bold, which was acquired by the Getty in 1989, and which serves as a basis for all other attributions by this artist.”

A rare autographed letter signed, from Charlotte Brontë to a David Waldie, [L.R.C.S.] (1813-1889), thanking him for his appreciative comments regarding Jane Eyre and the gift of some "...little books", addressed from Gloucester Terrace, London, dated January 19th, 1853 will be sold at Lyon & Turnbull on the 4th Septemeber £10,000-12,000.

Cathy Marsden Book Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull said “Brontë's letter is adressed to a David Waldie Esq., a well-respected pharmacist who, it is commonly accepted, first suggested the use of chloroform in midwifery. Indeed, Professor James Y. Simpson of the Department of Midwifery at Edinburgh University, acknowledged Waldie's suggestion in a footnote in his account of discovery. Although the letter was addressed to Waldie in Liverpool, where he first encountered chloroform, he is still remembered in his home town of Linlithgow, where the Annet House Museum currently has an exhibition relating to his life and work.”

The 23rd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair

The 23rd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will take place over two days on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013 in the stunning surroundings of the Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road (opposite Sydney Street), London SW3 5EE.

The intimate, yet high-quality Fair is directed and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), the UK's oldest association of antiquarian booksellers and part of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). It attracts around 80 exhibitors, both local and from around the UK and abroad, who specialise in all types of books, manuscripts and ephemera. Tickets are complimentary if pre-booked in advance online, or £10 (£15 for two) if bought at the Fair.

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