October 2013 Archives

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. will feature an exceptional selection of important rare books, including a section of children’s books, historic documents, natural history prints, and maps during its Fine Books & Manuscripts auction, November 17.

Skinner is pleased to offer a selection of rare books, among them, the auction’s top lot: Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War (Lot 140, estimated between $150,000 and $170,000). Published in 1866, this evocative work comprised of two folio volumes contains one hundred photographs of important landmarks, battlefields, and incidents of the war. Devon Gray, Director of Books & Manuscripts for Skinner, noted, “These important books are original artifacts of a painful period in American history. Furthermore, Skinner’s is a truly extraordinary offering, as the volumes are complete and in their original bindings, which we don’t often see at auction.”

Kestenbaum & Company’s fall auction scheduled for Thursday, November 14th at 3:00 pm will be the company’s Sixtieth auction of Fine Judaica since the firm’s creation in 1996. The sale will feature close to 500 lots consigned by more than 85 vendors from around the globe. Of particular note are books from the Estate of a Chassidic scholar who is represented by an uncommon selection of rare texts many never before offered at auction. Additionally, Kestenbaum’s increased focus on the Jewish Fine Arts is reflected by an especially large offering of Ceremonial Objects and Graphics.

Within the Books category, the section of American Judaica is notably broad with an offering of 30 lots. Of uncommon rarity is the first edition of the first original Reform prayer book issued in the United States, Charleston, 1830, at an estimate of $20,000-30,000 (Lot 20) and a Hebrew Psalter, Cambridge, 1809,  which is the first printing of any part of the Bible in Hebrew in America, at a pre-auction estimate of $10,000-15,000 (Lot 12). Further Americana highlights include Acts of Assembly, passed in the Charibbee Leeward Islands from 1690-1739, which includes the first Acts relating to Jews in the New World, estimate $6,000-9,000 (Lot 9); Die Pessach-Hagada, the first German translation of the Hagadah in America, 1850, estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 146) and Aufbau Almanac - The Immigrant’s Handbook, a guide for recently arrived German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, New York, 1941, estimated at $200-300 (Lot 37).

DALLAS—One of the rarest posters from Universal Studio’s golden age of movie monstrosities, a scarce insert for the 1935 horror classic Werewolf of London could sell for $35,000+ Nov. 16-17 in Dallas. The wide-ranging Vintage Movie Posters Signature® Auction offers 1,100+ diverse lots ranging from original title cards to a fine collection of pre-war travel posters.

“The interesting thing about Werewolf of London is that studio execs thought Jack Pierce’s original wolf makeup was too scary to be used on screen,” said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage Auctions. “The makeup was put away until Lon Chaney, Jr., wore a toned down version of it for The Wolf Man, but many movie aficionados believe the makeup in Werewolf of London was much better—and much scarier!”

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions have great pleasure in presenting an auction of works by some of the most celebrated book illustrators, including Henry Alken, George Cruikshank, James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson, as well as illustrators Joseph Crawhall and Edward Gordon Craig. This single-owner collection comprises over 340 rare and wonderful fine colour plate books from the Library of a Gentleman. The sale will take place on Thursday 7th November 2013.

A selection of humorous caricatures include an extremely rare complete set of the important satirical magazine La Caricature (Paris,1830-35). Established in 1830 by Charles Philipon La Caricature was a fundamental part of the fight against the power of King Louis-Philippe of France, a battle that won Philipon six months in prison for "Contempt of the King." Illustrated by famous artists of the time (Daumier and Grandville to name but a few) and including c.100 hand-coloured plates and an additional proof of plate 122, this set is expected to fetch £15,000-£20,000 {Lot 230}.

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The 2013 Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia runs from Tuesday, 5th to Sunday, 10th November 2013 with a Collectors’ preview evening on Monday 4th November 2013. This year, the Fair has aligned its dates with the influential Asian Art in London 2013, further increasing the lure of London as an art and antiques destination at this time of year.

The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is now in its 23rd year. Taking place in the iconic Olympia exhibition halls, it is one of the most important art and antiques events of the year. It showcases classic British design, antiques and art through the ages from the 16th century to modern British. By hand picking the UK’s top exhibitors and keeping the look both glamorous and up to date, the fair attracts a loyal following of leading interior designers and collectors, as well as shoppers looking for more unusual pieces. An eclectic mixture of pieces from delicate glass to sturdy, 17th century oak furniture keeps the event inspiring as well as being a source of the unexpected such as silver Victorian lemon squeezers or Chinese inspired silver mustard pots.

The Library of Congress will display the Nicolay copy of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the spectacular Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building for 10 days, before the top treasure is placed in the Library’s exhibition "The Civil War in America."

The Nicolay copy, presumed to be the first draft of the Gettysburg Address, will be displayed in the Great Hall on the first floor of the Jefferson Building from Veteran’s Day weekend, Friday, Nov. 8, through Tuesday, Nov. 19, which is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the speech at the dedication of a national cemetery at the Gettysburg battlefield (Nov. 19, 1863).

The last known portrait of the famous English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs in London on 12 November. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000. 

The pencil portrait was drawn from life at Highgate in the autumn of 1833 by the young itinerant Belgian artist, J Kayser. Coleridge took a shine to the painter, who had a reputation for being youthfully arrogant.

BOSTON, MA—October 24, 2013Skinner, Inc. achieved exceptional results from its small but robust auction of Fine Judaica on October 3rd. The auction, featuring 178 lots, grossed a total of $660,439.70. Drawing buyers from around the world, this sale underscored Skinner as a leading auctioneer of Jewish ceremonial items, Torah ornaments, artwork, books and more.

Scarce works and material new to the marketplace were particularly well received, including an illustrated Seder Haggadah shel Pesach manuscript from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann as well as works by American Jewish artist Ilya Schor, among others.


New York—Swann Galleries’ autumn auction of Contemporary Art will be held on Thursday, November 14, and features examples of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Color Theory, Pop Art, collages and mobiles.

An outstanding selection of works by Andy Warhol includes a unique color screenprint on canvas, GA-43 Robot, from his 1983 “Toy Paintings” series commissioned by his European dealer for a Zurich gallery show at which the artwork was hung at children’s eye level (estimate: $70,000 to $100,000).

London—On 20 November 2013 the Christie’s London sale of Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books will be led by a previously unrecorded Book of Hours, illuminated throughout by the Master of Claude de France (estimate: £500,000 - 800,000). The selection of printed books dating from the 15th to 20th century is highlighted by a first edition of the most important scientific work of the 16th century, Nicolaus Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI (estimate: £400,000 - 600,000). The sale will also feature a single-owner collection representative of centuries of medieval manuscript production, with vellum leaves ranging from the earliest specimen of Beneventan script currently in private hands—also the oldest manuscript Old Testament ever recorded in Beneventan minuscule (estimate: £35,000 - 50,000, illustrated left)—to the missing pages from the only copy of the most important biography of Thomas Becket by Herbert of Bosham (estimate: £30,000 - 50,000).

DALLAS—A hand-curated selection of historical images, from Roger Fenton’s 1858 Orientalist Suite, to modern fashion, including Helmut Newton’s Woman into Man, shot in 1979 for French Vogue, highlight Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 2 Photography Signature® Auction in Dallas.

“This auction presents a strong range from early important work from 1858 to the impactful photos of major Modern photographers such as Minor White and Contemporary artists like Cindy Sherman.” said Rachel Peart, Director for Photographs at Heritage Auctions. “Many of the works come from private collections from coast to coast.”

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An unparalleled archive of shipwreck images will be presented for sale at Sotheby’s London auction on 12th November 2013. Taken by four generations of the Gibson family of photographers over nearly 130 years, the 1000 negatives record the wrecks of over 200 ships and the fate of their passengers, crew and cargo as they travelled from across the world through the notoriously treacherous seas around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly between 1869 and 1997. Such is the power and allure of the Gibson’s photographs that these images have captured the imagination of some of the UK's most celebrated authors.

Kansas City, MO. Oct. 2013—The Kansas City-born photographer David Douglas Duncan, recognized internationally as one of the greatest photojournalists in the 20th century, has given The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 161 photographs. Two of the photographs were taken during the Korean War; all the others were taken over a period of nearly two decades at the home of Pablo Picasso.

“This is a most incredible gift from one of the premier photographers of the world,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “I was honored to spend some time in France recently with Duncan and his wife, Sheila. His youthful vigor is matched only by his relentless energy to photograph the world around him.”

A unique archive charting the wartime development of the jet engine by Sir Frank Whittle is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs in London on 12 November.  It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Whittle’s work on the jet engine is one of the major technological developments of the 20th century. It influenced not only the course of World War II but underpinned the huge expansion of commercial aviation in the post war period.  A 2002 BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons ranked Frank Whittle as 44th.


New York, NY—October 21, 2013—On November 22-24, Guernsey’s will be conducting the second of three auctions of the legendary Dr. Hans Sachs Poster Collection. The event will be held live at New York City’s Bohemian National Hall while absentee bidders will have multiple options for participating.

The Collection, assembled from the late 1800’s through the 1930’s by Dr. Sachs, was thought destroyed by the Nazis when its owner was thrown into a concentration camp in 1938. Following the recent discovery of the Collection in the vaults of a Berlin museum, more than four thousand posters were consigned to Guernsey’s by the Sachs family while the balance will be gifted to several museums.


New York—On Tuesday, November 12, Swann Galleries will auction a choice selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books, featuring Bibles, incunabula, manuscripts and works on astronomy, chemistry and mathematics.

Among the earliest items in the sale are manuscripts and manuscript leaves including an 11th century vellum bifolium from a Greek manuscript, probably from Asia Minor, containing an excerpt from the Notitiae episcopatuum of the Church of Constantinople, and an Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin and French on vellum, France, circa 1500 (estimates: $3,000 to $5,000 each).

November 7 to December 6, 2013 at Les Enluminures, New York—Featuring more than 20 Books of Hours dating from the 14th- through to the 16th- centuries, Les Enluminures’ fall exhibition will highlight important stages within the evolution of Books of Hours as perennial “best-sellers” within the context of time and place, and in relation to other comparable art forms of the period. 

As the best preserved and surviving specimens of medieval painting for many areas and time periods, Books of Hours offer an important historical overview of the scope of religious devotion that flourished during the late Middle Ages in Northern Europe. They also represent highly personal portraits, in which the stature and daily life of the reader is revealed through the types of liturgical content, motifs, miniature illustrations, marginalia, and devotions featured. Said Dr. Sandra Hindman, founder and owner of Les Enluminures, “This engaging exhibition chronicles how such compelling factors as rarity and artistry, in lieu of recent discoveries and past innovations, continue to make Books of Hours such treasured objects as enchanting windows into the medieval realm.”

Los Angeles—The greatest minds in mathematics and science made a strong impact in the Books and Manuscripts sale at Bonhams in Los Angeles on October 16. Some of the key highlights included a letter from Albert Einstein, a first edition of Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems and a signed photograph of Charles Darwin.

A typed letter signed "A. Einstein," dated July 21, 1953, Princeton, New Jersey, to David H. Albaugh, on personal blind stamped letterhead, sold for an impressive $62,500 including premium. In the letter, Einstein replies to a college student's inquiry as to whether he had resolved the question of the existence of God in the study of the perceivable universe, which Einstein replied: "The question should rather be: How far is it reasonable and justified to assume the existence of an unperceivable being?" The letter is also excerpted in The New Quotable Einstein (2005), a book containing the written and spoken thoughts of the multifaceted and cultural icon. Long competitive bidding amongst phone, sale room and online bidders provided the ideal atmosphere to demonstrate the value of Einstein's musings on religion.

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 realized more than $130,000 on Oct. 17 at Heritage Auctions in New York as part of the company’s Historical Manuscripts event.

The material, more than 100 artifacts in all, were consigned to auction after more than half a century in the possession of 87-year-old Maude Ballou, Martin Luther King Jr.’s close friend and personal secretary. The grouping included King’s handwritten notes on eight cards containing the outline of his famed “Dexter Avenue Church Farewell Address,” circa 1960, which realized $31,250 as the top lot of the archive.

This year's Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will offer visitors an excellent opportunity to find the perfect antiquarian book among thousands brought to the Chelsea Old Town Hall by the 82 expert booksellers. The fair is open to the public on Friday, 1st to Saturday, 2nd November 2013.

On Friday, one of the world's leading experts on exploration and himself a travel book collector, Raymond Howgego, will be signing copies of his latest book Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel. It is a comprehensive guide to invented, imaginary, apocryphal and plagiarized narratives of travel by land, sea and air, from the earliest times to the twentieth century. Although a separate publication, it also serves to complete the author's Encyclopedia of Exploration, a four volume, 3.7 million-word work dealing with voyages ad travels of indisputable historical reality, believed by many experts to be the largest unaided single-author work in the English language. The book costs £105 and will be available on the day. The book signing will take place at 5pm on the stage in the main hall.

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, given every fourth year to the most outstanding scholarly book about books and worth $10,000, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.

The Jury, consisting of 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), has honored Jon Gilbert with the 16th Prize for his outstanding and superb bibliography on Ian Fleming and his works.

BOSTON, MA — The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013.  The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing, buying or poking, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget - books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy and science to sport, natural history, literature, music and children’s books.

One of the very few representations of Dorothy Wordsworth as a young woman is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs in London on 12 November. It is estimated at £5,000-10,000.

The unsigned and unattributed miniature was given by Dorothy’s niece Dora to Maria Jewsbury who, at the age of 24, had presented a collection of her poems to William Wordsworth. On the strength of this, Maria was invited to stay with the Wordsworths at Rydal Mount where she became a great admirer of Dorothy and firm friends with Dora and Coleridge’s daughter Sara.

(CHICAGO — October 15, 2013) Holiday shoppers looking to delight the booklovers in their lives can purchase A Journey Through Literary America and support the American Writers Museum Foundation with their gift. 

The 304-page book ($35, Val De Grace Books) by author Thomas Hummel and photographer Tamra Dempsey explores the links between more than two dozen great American writers and the landscapes that inspired them. Lushly illustrated and beautifully designed, the book is as much of a pleasure to look at as it is to read. Among the authors featured are Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, John Updike, Langston Hughes, Flannery O'Connor, and other literary notables.


New York—Swann Galleries will conduct two significant auctions six days apart, with Old Master Through Modern Prints on October 30, and The Armory Show at 100 on November 5. 

Among the Old Masters in the October 30 auction are selections from the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, sold to benefit future acquisitions, including two of Albrecht Dürer’s master engravings (or meisterstiche) from 1514, St. Jerome in His Study, full of luminous detail and biographical elements from the life of the artist's favorite saint (estimate: $70,000 to $100,000), and Melencolia I, the heavily symbolic work that’s transfixed viewers for nearly 500 years ($80,000 to $120,000). The two prints were made in the same year, and were often sold together in Dürer's lifetime.

In the nineteenth century the Mandan homelands didn’t extend as far as New York, but now, courtesy of London book dealers, Shapero Rare Books, the Mandan from North Dakota will be in New York in November in the shape of the beautiful artwork of Swiss-born Karl Bodmer, who depicted these proud native Americans and their lifestyle at their zenith, just before the coming of the railroad, the fur trade, and disease changed the face of North America forever. 

Bodmer served as the official artist for the German prince, Maximilian, who previously had fought Napoleon at Waterloo, and now led an expedition to study and report on the Native American tribes, particularly the Mandan, of the Upper Missouri in 1832.

DALLAS — An Apollo 11 flown Commemorative Cover, signed by the crew directly from the collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, could sell for $40,000+ leads a stellar line up of space-flown objects and important private collections in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 1 Space Exploration Signature® Auction in Dallas.

One of the more unusual items saw more time in space than any other item in the auction, said Michael Riley, Chief Cataloger for Space at Heritage Auctions. A 50-page section of a microform copy of The Bible, flown around the moon on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission only later to be carried to the moon’s surface during Apollo 14’s mission, is expected to bring $8,000+. The evocative fragment—one of just 32 astronaut flight certified examples that exists—is also unique in that its pages include Genesis 1:16, the verse in which the moon is created.

SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will reopen the Main Exhibition Hall of its historic Library building Nov. 9 with a new, dynamic permanent exhibition designed to invigorate visitors’ sense of connection to history and literature and to highlight the significance and uses of the Library’s incomparable collections of historical materials.

“None of these great works were created in a vacuum,” said Huntington President Steven S. Koblik, “and so we want to make sure we contextualize them appropriately, especially for those who might be more inclined these days to go online and spend their time in the digital realm. Here’s an opportunity to spark their interest in the real source materials and engage them around why they matter.”


New York—Swann Galleries kicked off their autumn 2013 auction season with a well-attended sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings on September 12 that resulted in several new auction records for prints and strong results for drawings by significant artists.

A new print record was set for artist Blanche Lazzell, when her 1933 color woodcut The Flaming Bush made its auction debut and realized $87,500*.

DALLAS — A Boston woman’s rare first edition copy of The Great Gatsby, retaining its coveted first printing dust jacket, is expected to bring $60,000+ when it crosses the block Oct. 17 in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Signature® Auction in New York. The auction will be the first ever held in Heritage’s New York location, 445 Park Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

The recent Baz Luhrmann-Leonardo DiCaprio adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby debuted this summer and has earned more than $144 million at the box office so far. News of the film made Boston resident Carolyn Lyons Sartory curious if her 1925 copy of the original novel that had been sitting on her bookshelf for decades might be a windfall. She quickly discovered collectors pay tens of thousands of dollars for one of the original early printings of the novel for its rare dust jacket.

New York, NY, October 2013—The Morgan Library & Museum’s fall exhibition season includes touchstones of art, literature, and music—from drawings by Leonardo da Vinci to a survey of Edgar Allan Poe’s works to a reuniting of two manuscript copies of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Complementing these exceptional items will be over twenty diverse works from the Morgan’s permanent collections, presented as part of the ongoing exhibition series, Treasures from the Vault. These objects will be on view in Pierpont Morgan’s 1906 Library from October 8-February 9, 2014.

Typically, Medieval Gospel Books featured a portrait of each author—Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John—at the preface to his Gospel. In addition to harking back to antique tradition, such portraits also functioned as bookmarks, since medieval manuscripts were neither foliated nor paginated. The portraits in the twelfth-century English codex on view are unusual as they depict each evangelist riding atop his symbol. Because the symbols derive from the Old Testament, this iconography hints at the New Testament’s dependence upon but superiority to the Old Testament.

Beverly Hills, California — Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house has announced an exclusive auction event of unprecedented historical film value. The Trilogy Collection: Props & Costumes from Middle Earth will include exclusive props and costumes created for the production of the trilogy of blockbuster films directed by Peter Jackson and based on the J.R.R. Tolkien best-selling fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings. The collection of extremely rare memorabilia from a private collection will be auctioned on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, California. Fans, collectors, and film enthusiasts will have the chance of a lifetime to bid on some of the most sought after memorabilia from one the biggest trilogy of films in entertainment history.

The memorabilia which has been assembled over the past decade by a single, passionate collector is only second to director Peter Jackson’s official archive in scope. The collection boasts iconic examples of props and costumes from major characters and memorable scenes from the trilogy. It also includes an array of prosthetics, miniatures, and pre-production items originally used to bring the film franchise to life on the big screen.

October 8, 2013 — The Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, presented by the esteemed Palm Beach Show Group, will debut next spring at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 600 East Grand Avenue, April, 24-28, 2014. The Chicago Show is the latest addition to the Palm Beach Show Group’s portfolio of fine art, antique and jewelry shows, and will feature more than 100 of the finest and most prominent exhibitors showcasing their impressive collections of fine art, antique and estate jewelry, Asian antiquities, sculpture, textiles, American and European Silver, furniture, contemporary art and more.

Revealing the high exhibitor interest in the new Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show some seven months in advance, 60+ acclaimed exhibitors from all over the world are already on board, including Buccellati (Italy), Guarisco Gallery (Washington, DC), The Silver Fund (London), Gavin Spanierman (New York), M.S. Rau Antiques (New Orleans ), Rehs Galleries (contemporary, New York) and Yvel (Jerusalem). Among Chicago-area exhibitors are N. Green and Sons, and Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts and Antiques (both Chicago), and Crescent Worth Art & Antiques and Wellesley House (both Lake Forest, IL).

NEW YORK — Norman Rockwell’s signature masterpiece The Song of Bernadette, one of the most reproduced works of his entire career, may take top lot honors Oct. 26 in Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Signature® auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 E. 79th St., New York, which will feature the most impressive selection by the greatest names in illustration ever offered by Heritage. Rockwell’s original movie poster illustration was commissioned as the centerpiece of an unprecedented publicity campaign for the 1943 film classic starring Jennifer Jones.

“Rockwell’s full-length The Song of Bernadette is considered one of the artist’s great works and a true triumph of illustration art as fine art,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage. “As a wildly popular movie poster, it was among the most reproduced images of Rockwell’s entire career and remains so long after the movie won five Academy Awards.”


New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books on Thursday, October 24 features fine examples from a stellar press book collection, art books including works on Chinese ceramics, Art Deco pochoir fashion and design books, fine livres d’artiste and more.

Private press highlights include a unique presentation copy of one of the most strikingly beautiful illustrated books of the 20th century: the Cranach Press’s The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. This copy, from an edition of 300 on Maillol-Kessler handmade paper, was printed for Wilma Marquise de Brion, sister of Count Harry Kessler. It comes in a custom gilt-lettered burgundy morocco and cloth folding box, lined in suede, and contains the 35-page Notes on the Text of Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1604, Weimar, 1930 (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).

New York — On November 14, in a special single-lot evening sale, Christie’s New York is honored to offer a proclamation signed by George Washington on October 3, 1789 establishing the first federal Thanksgiving Day, called for the last Thursday of November (estimate: $8-12 million). This sale, which follows a national tour*, offers a unique opportunity to acquire a foundational document in the history of our great national tradition of Thanksgiving.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illustrations of ailments and lesions published in books as far back as the 1500s served as teaching tools for doctors and surgeons of history, but they maintain the power to impact modern thoughts and feelings about art and disease.

"Visualizing Disease," an exhibition of pathological illustrations from the 16th century to the mid-19th century on display now at the Lilly Library on Indiana University's Bloomington campus, is believed to be the first of its kind, drawing together images of various diseases, internal lesions and dermatological conditions in a single display.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — October 1, 2013 — The Library Company of Philadelphia will acquire the Joe Freedman Collection of Philadelphia Ephemera, adding to its extensive holdings of historical ephemera. Compiled over many decades by a distinguished collector with a discerning eye for historical significance, the collection includes nearly 100 trade cards dating from the mid-18th to the late-19th century; a portfolio of manuscript maps surveying the early development of South Philadelphia during the 18th century; one of the earliest printed American bills of fare (ca. 1850); and rare bills of lading from the press of Benjamin Franklin (1760 and 1761). These are but a few of the gems in a collection of nearly 900 pieces of ephemera, prints, manuscripts, and books.

The Freedman Collection complements several existing Library Company collection and research strengths, including women's history, African American history, philanthropy, Philadelphia urban history, and, particularly, visual culture and early American economic history. Through a recent ephemera cataloging project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, an exhibition, and conference, the Library Company has positioned itself at the forefront of preserving and providing access to historical ephemera collections.

New York — One of the finest illuminated Hebrew manuscripts ever created will be displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning October 1. The rare 15th-century handwritten copy of the Mishneh Torah by the renowned medieval scholar Moses Maimonides will be shown in New York for the first time since it was acquired jointly by the Metropolitan Museum and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in April. Previously in the collection of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York, the manuscript will be exhibited at the two museums on a rotating basis. At the Metropolitan, the work will be installed in The Lawrence A. and Barbara Fleischman Gallery of Late Medieval Secular Art (Gallery 307) among other 15th-century works from Europe that will provide a contextual background. The Mishneh Torah will remain at the Metropolitan through January 5, 2014.


NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ annual auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters on Friday, October 18, features images of diverse geographical locations from the deserts of the Mideast to the alpine resorts of Europe, in addition to bold depictions of trains, ocean liners and airplanes.

The auction features two majestic Art Deco ship posters by A.M. Cassandre, The Continent via Harwich, 1928 (estimate: $6,000 to $9,000) and L’Atlantique, 1931 ($20,000 to $30,000); a grand depiction of the Normandie/French Line at night, with lights reflecting off the water, by Hubert Herkomer, 1939 ($15,000 to $20,000); Samuel John Milton Brown’s Cunard Line/Europe-America, which shows the Lusitania and the Mauretania at sea, circa 1907; Frank Newbould’s view of New York Harbor in To Europe via America/The “Big Ship” Route, circa 1920 ($4,000 to $6,000 each); and two of Lester Beall’s patriotic posters for the United States Lines.

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