November 2013 Archives

DALLAS—The first selections from the Don/Maggie Thompson Pedigree Collection hit a combined $835,384 to lead $5.8+ million in comic books and original comic art at Heritage Auctions. Every one of the 1,700 lots found a buyer during the Nov. 21-23 auction in Beverly Hills, including a 9.6 copy of Tales of Suspense #39 which changed hands for a stunning $262,900.

The auction was bookended by a $1.3+ million offering of animation art, drawings, and concept paintings in Heritage’s second Animation Art Signature® Auction this year. However, it was the debut of the Don & Maggie Thompson Pedigree collection that stole the show, garnering headlines worldwide due to its quality and the passion of its owners. The Thompsons were responsible for launching as well as participating in several publications that brought readers closer to creators, characters and fellow fans. Starting with a mimeographed one-sheet called Harbinger in 1960, the two produced a variety of other publications until both jointly edited Comics Buyer's Guide until Don's passing in 1994. Maggie then served in an editorial role until the end of the publication's run earlier this year.

On 5 December 2013 Sotheby’s will present a handwritten working manuscript of “Born to Run,” the Bruce Springsteen smash that became an essential American anthem. Written entirely in Springsteen’s hand, this early version charts the beginnings of the 1975 hit that catapulted The Boss to mega-stardom. The manuscript is estimated to fetch $70/100,000 and is on public view from 30th November.

After his first two albums Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle received critical acclaim but modest commercial success, the 26 year old Bruce Springsteen found his career hinging on the success of his next single. Ultimately, the song took six months to finalize and clocks in at four and a half minutes long. Springsteen aimed for musical perfection and Spector-level grandeur which he undoubtedly achieved. “Born to Run” was a breakout smash, and became Springsteen’s first worldwide release.

NEW YORK—Wall Street Storm, Guy Carleton Wiggins’ classic winter depiction of Old Trinity Church, is expected to sell for $100,000+ Dec. 5 in Heritage Auctions’ inaugural The Art of New York Signature® Auction, a celebration of paintings, drawings, and memorabilia from private collections coinciding with the centennial anniversary of the Armory Show.

“The Art of New York tells the story of New York City and is specially timed to pay homage to the seminal 1913 Armory show, which introduced New York to Modern Art,” said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage New York. “What better way to celebrate and give tribute to our great city than with a specialized section devoted to New York?

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—JANUARY 25, 2013: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town—The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper—from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard to find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday January 25, 2014 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have book binding & restoration information along with appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS hit series Market Warriors, from 12-2pm. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here. Interested parties—both dealers & customers—should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 /

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NEW YORK, NY—JANUARY 18 & 19, 2014: Great Caesar’s Ghost—look up in the sky! Flamingo Eventz, AAB Productions, and Perry White take a leap of faith to announce the return of a quality Winter Vintage Book & Ephemera Show to New York City! A long-time favorite of both Exhibitors and Customers, and missing from the show circuit for a number of years, we have been asked repeatedly to bring this show back. We are very pleased to announce that it is revamped, modernized, improved and ready to go in its original location! Metropolis! Vintage Books & Ephemera will be held on Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2014 as the kick-off Event to Bibliography Week in New York. This is a week-long celebration of Book History, and this exceptional show presents some of the finest Vintage & Rare Book & Ephemera Dealers in America & Canada gathered together for one fabulous weekend, and offers an incredible book & ephemera related adventure!

Held at the well-known and easily reached 69th Regiment Armory, located at 68 Lexington Avenue, between 25th & 26th Streets—and just a short cab ride from Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and the Port Authority—members of ABAA, ILAB, MARIAB, MABA, and other prominent exhibitors, will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, as well as poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators alike flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found here and only here.


NEW YORK—The top lot in Swann Galleries’ annual auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters on October 18 was a scarce image by an unknown artist celebrating the Wright Brothers. The Nation, State and City Welcome the Worlds Greatest Aviators, 1909, which advertised an event in brothers’ hometown of Dayton, Ohio, sold for a record $35,000*. Other early aviation posters of note were Charles Rambert’s Grande Semaine d’Aviation / Rouen, 1910, at $8,750 and Handley Page Transport, Ltd., circa 1920, $7,250 in its auction debut.

Advertisements for glamorous ocean liners included A.M. Cassandre’s majestic Art Deco image for L’Atlantique, 1931, $23,750; Hubert Herkomer’s romantic night-time depiction of the Normandie / French Line, 1939, $22,500; and Frank Newbould’s To Europe via America / The “Big Ship” Route, circa 1920, $9,375, which captures the bustle of New York Harbor teaming with tugboats beneath the splendor of some of the world’s most famous buildings, $9,375.


New York—Swann Galleries’ December 12 auction of Classic Photographs & Photobooks offers many examples of envelope-pushing photobooks exploring sexual themes, a run of Pop Art works in the photographic medium by Andy Warhol and a group of ephemeral news images of the assassination of JFK and its aftermath.

Among the sex books by Japanese artists are Document Kouen, in which photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki captured nighttime rendezvous in Tokyo parks circa 1980 (pre-sale estimate: $800 to $1,200); Ikko Kagari’s Document Tsuken Densha [Document Tsuken Express Train], which documents the “chikan” or gropers on Tokyo subways, 1982 ($700 to $1,000); and a group of 20 volumes of The Works of Nobuyoshi Araki, the prolific king of sexual literature, 1996-97 ($800 to $1,200).

On 27th November 2013, Sotheby’s London will offer a first edition of the most important book in the history of science-Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (“Mathematical principles of natural philosophy”), which was published for the Royal Society in 1687. The highlight of Sotheby’s Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts sale, this exceptionally rare first issue copy of the first edition, which is in its contemporary vellum binding, is estimated to realize £250,000-300,000. The Principia explained a system of the universe that, once established, was unchallenged until the twentieth century ushered in quantum theory and the theories of relativity. Probably fewer than three hundred copies of the first edition of Principia were printed.

Dr David Goldthorpe, Sotheby’s Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts Department commented: “This book changed man's understanding of the universe. Newton's Principia was the culmination of the scientific revolution, effectively ushering in the era of modern science and modern physics with its mathematical explanations of gravity and motion. Through its legacy, the book has probably done more to shape the modern world than any other ever published. Even Einstein, whose theories of relativity eventually came to revise those of Newton's, declared that the Principia was 'perhaps the greatest intellectual stride that it has ever been granted to any man to make'‟.

Antarctic Days: Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life, written and illustrated by two of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s men, is among the chilly highlights at Bonhams Travel & Exploration sale on Wednesday 4 December in London’s Knightsbridge. Number 14 of the 280 copies of the deluxe edition, the book is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

Before powered vehicles and heated thermals, Antarctic exploration was no easy feat. However, the authors and illustrators of Antarctic Days, James Murray and George Marston, portray their struggles in a different light—theirs is a personal, emotional, even humourous account.

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TOTOWA, NJ—DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2013: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the totally revamped New Jersey Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair! One of the longest running Book and Ephemera Fairs in America and the only one of its kind in New Jersey; this well-known event has served the book and ephemera world long and proudly. This year we gave it a real shake-up, put it in a new location, and revitalized it for the new generations….by all accounts, the results are an overwhelming success!

Once again, a wonderful array of Exhibitors—many of whom are new to the show—will present a fabulous offering of fine, rare, old books along with unique paper & ephemera finds to a greatly expanded field of Customers—including many new, young and excited first-timers. If you’re Jonesing for a cool 1950’s science fiction movie poster, we’ve got you covered! You say you want to curl up in front of the fire with a mint copy of Stephen King’s “Carry”—check it out! From the frivolous to the sublime, a wealth of rare out-of-print books, posters, prints, and ephemera is waiting for you along with a treasure trove of other incredible finds! The cognoscenti will have nothing on you, Baby!


New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera on Thursday, December 5 offers one-of-a-kind and scarce variants in addition to desirable botanical and ornithological plates.

The sale features William Norman’s untitled chart from New York to Timber Island including Nantucket Shoals, a later variant issue of his classic five-sheet map of New England southward to New York harbor, Boston, circa 1803. In this variant, the mapping of Connecticut ends above New London, Ripton and Ridgefield—the original mapped a much larger area—and it’s been replaced by eight engraved elevations of the coastline as seen from the sea, with a group of five over New London and an additional three over Fairfield County (estimate $50,000 to $75,000).

Beverly Hills, California—Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premiere music and entertainment memorabilia auction house has announced a very rare opportunity to own Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia’s Custom Travis Bean TB500 Electric Guitar at a two-day auction event featuring the best of rock royalty. On Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th, 2013.  Julien’s Auctions will host one of the largest collections of music memorabilia as it wraps up its year of historically record-setting auction events with Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll.

For the very first time, Julien’s Auctions will offer one of the most significant guitars of rock history, the guitar that pioneered Jerry Garcia’s tone and sound and was one of the most played guitars by the psychedelic leader of the legendary band, The Grateful Dead. Many will argue that this guitar was played during the pinnacle of Garcia’s most musically creative time period. Garcia’s unmistakable guitar tone enchanted multitudes of “Deadheads” throughout the band’s 30-year career and beyond.

WINTERTHUR, DELAWARE—Costumes of Downton Abbey, a major exhibition of costumes from the award-winning Downton Abbey television series, will open at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library on March 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Forty costumes and accessories worn upstairs and downstairs on the period drama television series will be displayed in Winterthur’s galleries. The costumes are lent by Cosprop, the world's leading costumier to film, television, and theater.

06 Palliser cottage.jpegThe fascinating history of the American Dream of home ownership is highlighted in the groundbreaking exhibition Selling the Dwelling: The Books that Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000 at the Grolier Club, on public view from December 11, 2013 to February 7, 2014.

Curator Richard Cheek, architectural photographer and visual history editor, has selected over 200 rare books, periodicals, drawings, and printed ephemera.  They show how the idea of “A Home for All” was marketed in the United States, first through eighteenth-century builder’s guides, then by nineteenth-century pattern books, and finally by twentieth-century house plan catalogues.  The distinguished lenders include the American Antiquarian Society, the Avery Library at Columbia University, and several private collectors.

Columbia Acquires Granary Books Archive

NEW YORK, November 13, 2013—Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the archive of Granary Books, one of the country’s most significant artist book publishers operating today.  

Founded in 1981 as a distributor, Granary Books began publishing under the direction of Steve Clay in 1985. Granary Books’ mission is to produce, promote, document, and theorize new works exploring the intersection of word, image, and page.

A previously unpublished self-portrait by John Lennon is among lots in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Important Books and Manuscripts, Thursday 28th November.

The drawing is one of two sketched for the book Grapefruit, written by Yoko Ono and published in the UK by Peter Owen. The second is a portrait of Ono in ink on paper and they will be sold together with the famous manuscript text that was used as the introduction for the book. It starts: ‘Hi my name is John Lennon/ I'd like you to meet Yoko Ono.' The three pieces are estimated to sell for £4,000-6,000.

Ruscha_On_the_Road_001_300dpi.jpgAUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of artist Edward Ruscha (b. 1937). The materials reveal Ruscha’s creative process and offer a unique perspective of one of the most influential artists working today.

Born in Omaha, Neb., Ruscha moved to Oklahoma City in 1941 and to Los Angeles in 1956 to attend the Chouinard Art Institute. He had his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. In the years since, he has been widely recognized for his paintings, drawings, photographs and artist’s books.

NEW YORK—Bonhams Fine Books & Manuscripts sale on December 11 will feature a superb first edition copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, one of only two known copies signed and inscribed by both the author, L Frank Baum, and the illustrator, William Wallace Denslow (est. $80,000-120,000). Printed in 1900, this extraordinarily rare pre-publication copy retains its first state binding, with a green, unserifed publisher's imprint. Denslow's signature seahorse symbol graces both the spine and his inscription, and errors corrected after publication can be found throughout the marvelous text. More impressive still is Denslow's original drawing of a little girl in a printed dress and fancy hat, identified as Miss Edna Wilkins, on the front free end paper. The copy was likely a gift from Denslow to Miss Edna, the daughter of his close friend. 

"This splendid copy of Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a rare find," said Michael Patrick Hearn, Oz bibliographer and Bonhams consultant for Illustration Art and Children's Books. "It was completely unknown to me and has never been on public view before. Not only is it in such good shape, it is very rare to have a copy inscribed by both author and illustrator. The only other known double signed copy is at Harvard. It is fitting that it was presented to a little girl who must have been about the same age as Dorothy in the book. A real treasure."

NEW YORK—Bonhams will offer two extraordinarily rare 1790 newspaper clippings in the inaugural Judaica sale on December 10, documenting President George Washington's visit to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, the oldest surviving Jewish Synagogue building in North America (est. $80,000-100,000). The experience would inspire Washington's famous quote, "To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."

The President was met by Moses Seixas, one of the officials of the bustling port city's Jewish congregation, on his trip to Newport in August of that year. Seixas gave an eloquent welcome speech, expressing the Jewish community's satisfaction with democracy, and their desire for a life in America free from the shackles of old-world prejudice.

One of the most important albums of drawings by the celebrated 18th century caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson, Comparative Anatomy Resemblances between the Countenances of Men and Beasts (1822), sold for an outstanding £57,600 in a Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s auction, The Library of a Gentleman, Thursday 7th November. It had been estimated at £10,000-15,000.

The album of drawings and watercolours is one of only three known complete albums, and the only one in private hands. The other two are housed in the British Library and the Houghton Library respectively. These albums, alongside numerous other loose studies in various collections, most notably in the Courtauld Institute of Art, show the interest Rowlandson had in the scientific developments of physiognomy and comparative anatomy, and how his humorous engagement with contemporary scientific thought influenced his drawings and watercolours [Lot 317].

Bentonville, AR—A temporary exhibition featuring 101 art works by American and European Modernists, as well as African art, opens Nov. 9 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The exhibition, titled The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, includes works from the collection of photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, and features the artists Stieglitz most favored, including O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin, alongside some of the early European Modernists who inspired them, including Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Artists’ Eye is on view at Crystal Bridges through Feb. 3, 2014.

This exhibition showcases the rise of American Modernism, a cause Stieglitz championed throughout his career as a fine-arts photographer, gallery owner and impresario. He began his career as one of the first gallery owners in the United States to exhibit European Modernists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Cézanne.  Over time, however, Stieglitz became completely committed to supporting and encouraging artists he felt were creating a uniquely American style of Modernism.  He supported artists by showing their work, purchasing artworks from them, and even occasionally providing money for food or supplies, or studio space in which they could produce their work.

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This year Russia is celebrating a grand jubilee in its history—four hundred years since Mikhail Romanov, the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty, ascended to the throne. The world has changed dramatically since the grand festivities of 300th anniversary held during the reign of Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar. One century later we are still assessing the Romanovs’ legacy and their role in the history. 

In the framework of the Russian Art Week in London (November 22-29) Shapero Rare Books are proud to present an exhibition of rare books, prints and documents related to the imperial dynasty in their central London premises. The displayed collection will comprise important Russian and Western works related to the reign of the Romanov and their impact on Russia’s historical development, as well as exceptional items from various imperial libraries, including Tsarskoe Selo.

LOS ANGELES—From February 7-9, 2014, thousands of book lovers, rare book dealers, and scholars will converge at the Pasadena Convention Center for the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, the Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more.  The 2014 edition of the Book Fair will also include a special celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Book Fair will present volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts that predate Gutenberg.  Books will cover every imaginable area of interest—from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions, children's and illustrated books, and the arts. Items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

The only known handwritten copy of Joy Bells, one of Siegfried Sassoon’s most sardonic anti-war poems, is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs in London on 12 November.  It is estimated at £1,500-2,000.

The twelve line poem is dated 23 November 1917, three days before Sassoon was discharged from Craiglockhart Hospital outside Edinburgh where he had been sent after his famous protest, Finished with the War: a Soldier’s Declaration, had been read out in the House of Commons.  Partly through the intervention of fellow poet Robert Graves, Sassoon was not court-martialled but declared unfit for service instead and packed off to Craiglockhart, a hospital specialising in the treatment of shell shock.  Since Sassoon was not actually unwell he spent most of his time playing golf and reading.  More constructively, he struck up a close friendship with Wilfred Owen, who really was recovering from shell shock, and also started work on the poems, including Joy Bells, which were to make up one of his best known collections, Counter Attack, which was published the following year.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Waverly’s of suburban Washington, D.C., will offer connoisseurs 450 lots of rare books, maps, atlases and ephemera in a well-rounded November 21st catalog auction. Many themes and categories are featured, and key selections include an 1865 note signed by Abraham Lincoln, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (1902, 10 vol.), and a “censored” Civil War-era map showing the locations of 20 forts around the nation’s capital.

The 1862 topographical map of the “Original District of Columbia and Environs” was created by G. Arnold C.E. and published by G. Woolworth Colton of New York City. The highly detailed map shows not only the region’s natural features, both Washington City and Alexandria’s street grids and railroads, but also the location of more than 20 Union forts, marked in red.

DALLAS—Norman Rockwell’s masterpiece, full-length portrait The Song of Bernadette realized a stunning $605,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $3.7+ million Illustration Art Auction event. Records were set for scores of artists across Classic and Golden Age Art, Science Fiction, and Pulp genres, as sell through rates reached 98 percent by value and 92 percent by lot.

“The diversity of records tells us that the market is incredibly strong,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This stands as one of the most successful Illustration events we’ve ever held.”


New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs on Tuesday, November 26 offers an exceptional collection of musician autographs—the likes of which are rarely seen at auction—in addition to a strong section of Americana, letters from Albert Einstein as he worked on his general theory of relativity, presidential material, writers and more.

The top pre-sale estimate in the sale is for an Autograph Musical Manuscript by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, bars 57-70 of the sixth movement of his Serenade in D major, Vienna, July-August 1773—when the prodigy was 17 years old. It is estimated at $120,000 to $180,000.

New York, NY—Palitz Gallery at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in New York City presents Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985. It is the first major exhibition on the trailblazing American publisher Grove Press. Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985 draws from the collections of Syracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and will be on view at the Palitz Gallery, 11 East 61st Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, from November 18, 2013 through February 6, 2014; closed November 28 and 29 and December 23 through January 1.

Strange Victories features 73 objects including photographs, original letters, and manuscripts by several authors such as Jack Kerouac's introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans as well as a facsimile of Malcolm X's letter to Alex Haley written during his first pilgrimage to Mecca. Archival documents relating to the censorship trials, Grove's iconic book jackets, and newspaper clippings documenting the context of Grove's publishing efforts are also included.

A cache of very personal and, at times, ill-tempered letters between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his brother George are to be sold at Bonhams Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs sale in London on 12 November.

According to Bonhams Head of Books in the UK, Matthew Haley, these are among the last Coleridge letters available in private hands. “Most of Coleridge’s correspondence is held in museums and libraries and this is probably the last opportunity to acquire some of the poet’s most revealing letters providing an insight into his personality at a crucial time in his life.”

Today’s medical professionals face the same problems as 18th Century physician Robert Pitt: should apothecaries be allowed to prescribe medicine?  Pitt’s book ‘The Antidote: or, the Preservative of Health and Life’ contributes to the long running dispute and goes up for auction on Thursday 14th November at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, Godalming.

This scarce first edition copy written by Pitt, Oxford anatomist and physician to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, is expected to achieve £300-400. In it, Pitt criticizes apothecaries who had encroached upon doctors' rights to prescribe and make up their own medicines [Lot 110].

BEVERLY HILLS—Two rare Disney treasures—a 1940 Walt Disney Pinocchio hand-painted Key Master production cel and background featuring Geppetto, Pinocchio and Figaro and a 1959 masterpiece Sleeping Beauty Pan Production background attributed to legendary animator Eyvind Earle—and the first cartoon drawn for a studio by animation legend Joe Barbera are the anchors in Heritage Auctions’ upcoming Nov. 20 Animation Art Signature® Auction and could all bring more than $25,000 apiece.

“We knew that we had to follow-up our $1+ million inaugural auction in February with something spectacular,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “I’m confident we have. This auction features something from every corner of animation, from Disney to Bugs Bunny to The Beatles, Peanuts, Windsor McKay, Hanna-Barbera and well beyond, spanning every era in animation history.”

DALLAS—One of the finest known copies of The Avengers #1, CGC NM 9.4, is expected to bring $80,000+ to highlight the Don/Maggie Thompson Pedigree Collection Nov. 21-23 at Heritage Auctions. The collection, estimated at $1 million, was lovingly amassed over 50 years by the husband and wife team who are considered icons in the world of modern comics fandom. The first round of the collection will be presented along with nearly 1,700 in Heritage’s Comics Signature® Auction in Beverly Hills and again in February 2014 in Dallas.

The Thompsons were responsible for launching as well as participating in several publications that brought readers closer to creators, characters and fellow fans. Starting with a mimeographed one-sheet called Harbinger in 1960, the two produced a variety of other publications until both jointly edited Comics Buyer’s Guide until Don’s passing in 1994. Maggie then served in an editorial role until the end of the publication’s run earlier this year.

New York, NY, November 5, 2013—The New-York Historical Society has acquired a sketchbook of drawings and watercolors by Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924), the iconic American Post-Impressionist and member of The Eight. The proffered sketchbook dates from the last years of the artist’s life and features 152 lined and paginated leaves.

“We are thrilled to add this volume of sketches to the collection of the New-York Historical Society, which holds the oldest public drawings collection in the United States,” said Dr. Roberta J.M. Olson, curator of drawings at New-York Historical. “This sketchbook offers keen insights into Prendergast’s creative output during his final years and the intense graphomania that he demonstrated throughout his career.”

New York—Christie’s is pleased to announce the centerpiece of its Renaissance sale during Old Masters Week in January 2014 will be “The Rothschild Prayerbook,” a magnificent masterpiece of Renaissance art with an illustrious provenance. Returning to the global stage after setting the world auction record for illuminated manuscripts nearly 15 years ago at Christie’s London, the prayerbook contains lavish and extensive illustrations by the most renowned illuminators of their day, including miniatures of unsurpassed beauty and refined execution. Perhaps the finest illuminated manuscript in private hands, it is expected to inspire fierce competition, with an estimate of $12,000,000-$18,000,000. It is scheduled for a world exhibition tour to Moscow, Hong Kong and London before it is offered for sale at Christie’s Rockefeller Center saleroom on January 29, 2014.


New York—Swann Galleries’ October 10 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana featured extraordinary material related to the American Revolution, Civil War and whaling. “The most impressive results in this sale were for unique or extremely scarce items,” said Swann’s Americana specialist Rick Stattler, “and nearly half of the lots sold above their pre-sale estimates.”

The American Revolution was particularly strong, accounting for the two spectacular top lots: Bernard Romans’s engraved Map of the Seat of Civil War in America, Philadelphia, 1775, $173,000* and the wartime diary of Connecticut officer John Hutchinson Buell, with a miniature portrait and silver cup, 1780-84, $75,000.

SAN FRANCISCO—Letterform Archive has launched a crowd-funding campaign to publish its 2014 Letterforms & Birthdays wall calendar. The campaign is hosted by Kickstarter and can be seen at:

The calendar is 12¾ x 13”, printed in five colors on 80 lb. Sappi Flo Dull cover stock and wire bound. Each month features a large, high-fidelity, full-color image of a page or spread from a rare masterwork of letter arts. Featured artists include A. M. Cassandre, Edward Johnston, Francisco Palomares, Rudo Spemann, Piet Zwart, William Addison Dwiggins, Will Bradley, Paul Renner, Ben Shahn, Rudy VanderLans, Ladislav Sutnar, and Filippo Marinetti. A gallery of all twelve images may be accessed at

One hundred and fifty books from the late Sir Robert Horton’s collection of the Aldine editions of Latin and Greek masterpieces produced in Venice in the late 15th and early 16th century are to be sold at Bonhams Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs sale in London on 12 November. In total, the collection has an upper estimate of over £145,000. 

Sir Robert Horton, often known simply as Sir Bob, was one of Britain’s most prominent businessmen.  He was Chairman and Chief Executive of BP from 1990-92 and, as the first Chairman of Railtrack from 1993-99, was constantly in the public eye. A keen supporter of the arts, Sir Robert had a particular interest in books. He was a long standing benefactor of the Bodleian Library—where a seminar room in the newly renovated Weston Library will be named after him—and served as Chairman of the Libraries Development Board.


New York—On Thursday, November 21, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature that offers a special collection of early detective fiction by Rex Stout—creator of iconic armchair detective Nero Wolfe. In fact, the sale features a first edition of the Stout’s first detective novel Fer-de-Lance—in the original dust jacket—which includes Wolfe’s debut, New York, 1934 (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000).

Also by Stout—and also in the original, unrestored dust jackets—are The League of Frightened Men, in uncommonly well-preserved condition, 1935 ($7,000 to $10,000); and a first edition of Too Many Cooks in near fine condition, 1938 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Daniel De Simone Named Folger Librarian

Washington, D.C.—Daniel De Simone, curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, has been named Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger. He begins in January 2014.

"Dan brings to the Folger a wealth of experience, from his work at the Library of Congress where he has distinguished himself as the curator of the Rosenwald Collection, to his work in the book trade and his role as an educator," said Folger Director Michael Witmore in making the announcement. "I welcome the opportunity to work with him and know that the Folger will benefit from his knowledge and experience."

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