April 2014 Archives

New Haven, Conn.—An exhibition opening Friday at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents 15 small, recently acquired collections that emphasize the richness and variety of the library’s holdings.  

The exhibition, Encounters: New Small Collections at Beinecke Library, features materials covering an expansive range of history, art and culture.  Thirteenth-century missals from a French cathedral are displayed alongside memorabilia from the Boy Scouts of America; correspondence documenting life in 1830s Texas is arranged beside advertisements from a New Haven-based toymaker; children’s photo books by famed photographer Edward Steichen are on view next to memorabilia from a Paris cabaret.

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One of the first printed atlases, Cosmographia, showing a Greco-Roman interpretation of Britain, will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Important Books sale on Monday 19th May at their saleroom in London’s Mayfair, alongside an illuminated manuscript Book of Hours and works from Wordsworth's library.

The distorted map of Britain from the Cosmographia, 1490, was conceived alongside others of the whole Roman Empire by Greco-Roman astrologer, mathematician and writer Claudius Ptolemaeus.

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New York—On Thursday, May 22, Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Autographs that features strong Americana examples and presidential material, as well as autographs by scientists, musicians, writers, artists and more.

The sale opens with an excellent selection of Americana, which includes two George Washington autographs: one a letter signed as Commander-in-Chief, to the President of Congress Henry Laurens, requesting that Congress's decision about the ranks of Revolution officers be deferred, Valley Forge,  26 December 1777 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); and a partly-printed document signed by Washington, as President, three-language ship's papers for the Brigatine Mary of Elizabeth, traveling from Philadelphia to Hispaniola, countersigned by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Collector of Customs Sharp Delany. Philadelphia, 23 December 1793 ($8,000 to $12,000). Another American Revolution highlight is a Benedict Arnold autograph letter signed to his future wife, Peggy, expressing his affection for her and noting that he has written her father for approval of his advances, 25 September 1778 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Amherst, MA (April 28, 2014)— The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Simms Taback. Simms Taback: Art by Design, on view from June 28 through November 2, 2014, celebrates the gifted artist, who decided shortly before his death in 2011 to give a significant part of his archive to the Museum’s permanent collection. Taback made the decision, which his family later saw through, as a way of recognizing the work that Eric and Barbara Carle did to create a Museum honoring the art of the picture book.

The exhibition will survey Taback’s eight major books, including his Caldecott Medal Book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and his Caldecott Honor Book, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Taback's irrepressible humor shines through in his colorful, beautifully-crafted compositions and lively storytelling.

BEVERLY HILLS—One of Gil Elvgren’s greatest pin-up paintings, Thinking of You (Retirement Plan), Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1962, which graced the cover of Gil Elvgren, The Complete Pin-Ups by Charles Martignette—and comes from his vaunted collection—is expected to bring well in excess of $100,000 when it crosses the block as part of Heritage’s May 7 Illustration Art Signature® Auction

“This is one of the masterwork’s from The Martignette Estate that we’ve been holding onto,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “It’s iconic, it’s gorgeous, it’s Elvgren in absolutely peak form. This painting has everything that a collector could want and we expect a final price realized in concordance with its desirability.”

AMHERST, MA (April 24, 2014)—The Yiddish Book Center has announced that it is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, has celebrated 20 years of institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony in Washington, DC on May 8th. 

Winners of the National Medal were selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Eric Carle Book Signing on May 24

Amherst, MA (April 24, 2014)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to welcome its founder Eric Carle for a book signing on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10 am. Doors are open for Museum Members from 9:00 to 9:45 am and for the general public at 10 am. The signing is free with Museum Admission. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Now dividing his time between Florida and North Carolina, Carle makes an annual visit to the Museum to greet his fans. “We’ve had visitors drive all night from the Midwest to make it in time,” says Alexandra Kennedy, executive director. “It’s always a happy reunion for Eric. This year will be especially exciting, since he will also be awarded an honorary degree from Smith College at its 136th Commencement ceremony on the 18th.”

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New York, NY, April 24, 2014— The Morgan Library & Museum has received, as a gift from a Trustee, a major new work by internationally acclaimed American book artist Richard Minsky (b. 1947). Titled The Morgan Register, it is a book of mostly blank paper, with endpapers and several internal pages of photographs by Minsky of The Morgan’s galleries, library, and architectural details.

The book will be kept in the Morgan's Director's office and distinguished guests will be asked to sign it as a record of their visit. Made of archival materials and constructed with traditional craftsmanship, it is expected to last as long as any of the books in the Morgan’s collection, some of which are over 1,000 years old.

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New York—On Tuesday, May 13, Swann Galleries will hold their spring auction of Contemporary Art, which features drawings, paintings, three-dimensional works, collages and prints by major artists working in Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Color Theory, Pop Art and more.

The lot with the highest pre-sale estimate is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Artifical (sic) Flavors), color oilsticks on paper, titled and annotated in black and with a partial color oilstick transfer on the back showing Untitled (Venus Velvet Drawing). It is estimated at $80,000 to $120,000.

A fine medical recipe book dating from 1680 sold for £3,968 in Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Printed Books & Manuscripts on Thursday 17th April 2014.

The work entitled A Booke of Phizicke Sirgery & Walters & Cordialles, 1680, was mostly written in an extremely attractive italic hand, with symbols for various ailments and recipes including "A water that cures all kinds of ffeavers"; "Antomonie to Vomitt & Purge"; "ffor the fflux of the Belly & Bloud". Competitive bidding worldwide sent the rare manuscript book soaring over its pre-sale estimate of £1,000-1,500, eventually reaching £3,968. [Lot 29]

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—JUNE 13 & 14, 2014—Flamingo Eventz, LLC is pleased to announce the return of the Philadelphia Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. It will be held on Friday & Saturday June 13 & 14, and presents some of the finest vintage Book & Ephemera Dealers in America. Philly is a cool town, early summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy her, and this show is the perfect way to combine it all!

Held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, this is an important show for Pennsylvania and all mid-Atlantic & Northeast area book lovers. This is the only major Vintage Book & Ephemera event held in the greater Philadelphia region and offers an unparalleled opportunity for all Book & Ephemera lovers. Members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, MARIAB, MABA, and other prominent exhibitors will gather here to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, along with postcards, poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, ephemera, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators will flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here.

ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of art, ephemera and collectibles. Highlighted is a fine selection of signed books and an impressive collection of antique bound magazine compilations, dating back to the late 18th century.

On Sunday, May 18th, the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Bookdealers Association and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan will host the 36th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Since 1976* the fair attracts book collectors,  book dealers, and others that treasure the book from throughout the Midwest to Ann  Arbor. 

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

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LOS ANGELES—The Getty Research Institute announced today the acquisition of a rare book that, through personal entries by the owner’s friends and associates, chronicles political, cultural, and personal encounters along the edge of the Christian and Muslim worlds. The book is fully digitized and viewable online here

This liber amicorum (“book of friends”) was compiled by Johann Joachim Prack von Asch, a military attaché of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II’s embassy to the Ottoman court at Constantinople. It is an album containing entries s by Prack’s friends and contacts spanning 1587 to 1612. Most were penned in Istanbul and neighboring Bohemian regions traversed by Prack during his diplomatic travels. The liber amicorum include allegorical scenes, emblems, coats of arms, poetry and mottoes written with calligraphic flourish, as well as figural scenes in watercolor based on Ottoman miniature paintings, which were ubiquitous in the bazaars of Istanbul in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

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Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the London sale of the only surviving autograph manuscript for Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E Minor, OP.27 on 20th May 2014 (est. £1,000,000-1,500,000). Presumed lost since soon after the symphony’s premiere in St Petersburg in 1908, it was rediscovered nearly a century later in 2004 in the estate of a European private collector.

It is one of the few autograph manuscripts of a symphony, central to the international orchestral repertory, remaining in private hands. In its 320 pages, it contains a wealth of new information, revealing Rachmaninov’s compositional processes when he was at the height of his powers, in one of his greatest works. There is even new unpublished material, unknown to Rachmaninov scholars and absent in any edition of the symphony. It is the only surviving manuscript providing any insight into the genesis and evolution of this celebrated work. No early sources, whether sketches, short-score drafts, or copyists’ manuscripts have survived: this seems to be the sole primary source.

New York, NY, April 18, 2014—The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford holds one of the greatest collections of books and manuscripts in the world. Marks of Genius: Treasures from the Bodleian Library, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from June 6 to September 14, celebrates more than two thousand years of the creative genius of authors, composers, artists, scientists, and philosophers preserved in the library’s rich holdings. The exhibition includes items from cultures the world over and ranges from a papyrus fragment of a seventh-century B.C. Sappho poem to a copy of Magna Carta dating to 1217 to key works by novelist Jane Austen. 

The idea of genius has always been difficult to define and its usefulness has at times been challenged. Nevertheless, the belief in its existence—as a kind of yardstick with which to measure the historical value of human achievement—has informed the building of the collections of the Bodleian and the Morgan Library & Museum. Marks of Genius speaks to the many forms the idea can take, highlighting not only the creativity of the conventional “solitary genius,” but also important innovations undertaken as collaborative efforts. At the heart of the exhibition of almost sixty objects is the notion of genius as being broadly infused across all human endeavor.

NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2014)—This summer, the New-York Historical Society will present a special exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of the iconic children's classic Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, on view from July 4 through October 13, 2014, will honor the plucky Parisian schoolgirl and her creator in the first exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 50 years. Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, the exhibition will premiere at the New-York Historical Society before returning to The Carle. 

A natural storyteller who drew and wrote with fluency, Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) artfully blended childhood memories with his experiences as an adult to create Madeline, published in 1939. His story about a precocious young girl’s adventures at boarding school was hugely successful and Bemelmans went on to publish five more Madeline stories, as well as develop the idea for Madeline in the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy; the book was written by his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that E. L. Doctorow, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Ragtime," "World’s Fair," "Billy Bathgate," "The March" and his current novel, "Andrew’s Brain," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Aug. 30.

"E. L. Doctorow is our very own Charles Dickens, summoning a distinctly American place and time, channeling our myriad voices," said Billington. "Each book is a vivid canvas, filled with color and drama. In each, he chronicles an entirely different world."

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New York—On Thursday, May 1, Swann Galleries will auction a fine selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books that offers scarce examples of incunabula, books on anatomy by Vesalius and others, dentistry books, Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species and more.

Among the earliest items in the sale is Quintus Curtius Rufus, Historiae Alexandri Magni, a first edition of a 1st-century A.D. account of the life and exploits of Alexander the Great, Venice, 1471 (pre-sale estimate: $15,000 to $20,000). Other examples of incunabula include Iyov, i.e. the book of Job, from a Bible in Hebrew, the third production of the first Hebrew press in Naples, 26 September 1487 ($8,000 to $12,000); and a collage of nine miniatures, mostly scenes from the life of Christ, within a frame of 21 cuttings from illuminated borders, all excised from a vellum liturgical manuscript from later 15th century northern France, the whole mounted on stiff card, probably in the 19th century ($8,000 to $12,000).

A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, (1953) thrilled bidders, selling for £24,180 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Modern Literature on Friday 11th April, held at their saleroom in London’s Mayfair.

The first book in the 007 series, Casino Royale (1953) introduced Fleming’s renowned James Bond franchise to the world. Since it was first published on 13th April 1953 the book had been adapted for film three times, and in 2006 it became the 21st film in the Eon Productions film series of the Bond novels, and the film that introduced Daniel Craig as the eighth actor to play the fictional MI6 agent.

Lyon & Turnbull reveal a letter from Bonnie Prince Charlie to his friend, and cousin, the King of France, pleading him to send forces to help him capture the British crown, has come to light. Valued at £8,000-12,000 it will be sold by Lyon & Turnbull on the 7th May 2014 in Edinburgh.

Simon Vickers, Book Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said, “The allure of Charles Edward Stuart, the 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' of legend, and his romantic but ill-starred campaign in 1745-46 to win back the Stuart throne still holds sway 269 years after the crushing defeat of the the Jacobites at Culloden on 16th April 1746. No more so than in 2014, the year of the Scottish Independence Referendum, which represents, arguably, the first time since 1745 that Scotland has got to chose its own political destiny.”

NEW YORK—A piece of the set from The Ed Sullivan Show, signed by The Beatles minutes before their first live television performance Feb. 9, 1964, may sell for $800,000+ in Heritage’s April 26-27 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction in New York. The sale headlines an all-star list of memorabilia from the world’s finest performers and musicians, ranging from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix.

Mere minutes before The Beatles’ history-making debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, a stage hand asked the quartet to sign the back of the fiberglass wall just as the lads were about to be seen by 73 million television viewers. Adorned with individual drawings from each member of the band and accompanied by big, bold signatures, the section may bring more than $800,000.

Norbert Donhofer, New ILAB President

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 13th April 2014 in Paris the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Norbert Donhofer (Austria) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Tom Congalton (United States) who served as President from 2012 to 2014; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes (Spain).

Norbert Donhofer is well prepared for the duties he will be facing in the upcoming two years of his presidency. Donhofer joined the ILAB Committee in 2008 where he took over a large number of responsibilities. Under his guidance the ILAB Internship Program has been set up which enables young booksellers to study the trade in different countries and from different perspectives. Meanwhile ILAB interns spent several months in Spain, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, where they were taught and hosted by internationally reknown ILAB booksellers. The ILAB Internship Program has become a central part of ILAB’s activities to support young booksellers and to help building up the future of the international trade. Norbert Donhofer also played an important part when the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Associations of Russia and Hungary became ILAB members in the years 2009 and 2010.

An adaptation of the French play by Charles Nodier, The Bride of the Isles, A Tale of the Vampire (1820) sold well above its estimate of £180-220 for £2,928 in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Bibliophile Sale, held yesterday Thursday 11th April.

The book is itself an adaptation of the extremely popular 1819 short story by Dr Polidori, Lord Byron's travelling doctor. It is said that the character of the protagonist vampire, Lord Ruthven, was based on the wild lifestyle of Lord Byron and the character from the original book was used in adaptations by a number of authors at the time. This English reworking for the stage was undertaken by James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), playwright and herald.  At least four other stage adaptations of the book were written during 1820.

Doyle New York held a successful auction of Rare Books & Autographs on April 9, 2014. The sale offered over 250 lots, including Americana, early manuscripts, first editions, literature, plate books, atlases, travel, maps, science, illustration art and autographs.

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Also selling for a record price was an 1891 first trade edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, London: Ward, Lock & Co., consigned by a Titled English Lady. Complete with its excessively rare paper dust jacket, the book sold for $40,625—a world auction record for an uninscribed copy.

A wealth of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang—will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The festival for the first time in its history will hold evening hours, with special events between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. including a poetry slam, a session featuring "Great Books to Great Movies," and a "super-session" for graphic-novel enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s festival is "Stay Up With a Good Book."

George MacDonald Fraser’s personal collection of books will be available to purchase from 2 June to 30 July at the Mayfair bookseller. The sale includes the historical source material and fictional influences for all MacDonald Fraser’s work including for the incomparable Flashman novels.

Caro Fraser, the novelist and daughter of George MacDonald Fraser, said, “Heywood Hill was my father’s favourite bookshop. We wanted the books that he loved, and really used, to find good homes. When going through the books in his study I discovered an unpublished typescript which Heywood Hill will be publishing later this spring. This autobiographical sketch encapsulates my father’s character and his view of the world. We think it is charming and we hope his readers will agree.”

On April 9, 2014, Doyle New York auctioned a rare and important Nebuchadnezzar II Babylonian cuneiform cylinder that set a World Auction Record for a Babylonian Cylinder. The price of $605,000 achieved by Doyle New York far surpassed the prior record of £264,000 (approx. $440,000) set in London in 2011. The cylinder sold to a bidder participating on the telephone.

The clay cylinder describes the rebuilding of the temple of Shamash in Sippar (modern Tell Abu Habbah in Iraq) by Nebuchadnezzar II and dates to the Neo-Babylonian Period, circa 604-562 BC. At 8 1/4 inches (20.8 cm) in length, it is the largest example to come to market in recent times and was estimated at $300,000-500,000. In 1953, it was sold through Dawson’s of Los Angeles. The price of $605,000 includes the Buyer's Premium; the hammer price was $500,000.

The Center for Book Arts Spring Exhibitions are on view April 18 through June 28, 2014. The opening reception is Friday, April 18, 6-8pm.    

When: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6pm; Saturdays 10 am to 4pm 

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 

Subway: N/R to 28 St, or F to 23 St

Admission: Free

Admission to the Center's galleries is free and open to the public.

We meet on Facebook, we talk in Tweets. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Why not?

Have you ever attended an ILAB Congress? Have you ever met in Bologna, Lucerne, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Munich, London, Brussels, New York, Edinburgh, Venice, San Francisco or Scandinavia?

No? YOU MISSED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

ILAB Congresses and International Antiquarian Book Fairs are the real thing: They offer the chance to meet colleagues, collectors, librarians and real books, and the chance for collectors, librarians and real books to meet us! This is unique.

New York (April 8, 2014)—Bonhams' extraordinary sale of historical paper, titled Treasures from the Caren Archive: How History Unfolds on Paper, realized $1,370,000 on April 7. The 300 lots on offer were selections from The Caren Archive, the property of Eric Caren. They included rare newspapers, broadsides, photographs, books and manuscripts dating from the 16th century through the 1960s. Nearly 200 bidders from a dozen countries participated. 

“It is gratifying to see the tremendous emotional power that these documents hold being appreciated in the marketplace,” said Christina Geiger, Director of the Books and Manuscripts Department at Bonhams New York. “This result is a testament to Eric Caren's astonishing ability to hunt down rare and unusual material that excites collectors around the globe.”

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s preeminent celebration of the written or printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe. The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

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April 2014 (Paris)—The long-out-of-print and highly sought-after Zervos Picasso Catalogue is now available. Cahiers d’Art, the legendary Paris-based publishing house, gallery and art journal, is republishing the catalogue, known by many as simply the Zervos. Named after Cahiers d’Art founder, Christian Zervos, the catalogue is the historical reference to Picasso’s work, comprised of 33 volumes with over 16,000 paintings and drawings that represent the lifetime collaboration between Zervos and Picasso. The catalogue will be available in English for the first time in history, in addition to the inclusion of corrections to the original catalogue prepared together with the Picasso Administration. Sotheby’s is the worldwide distributor of the Zervos Picasso Catalogue, now available at zervos.sothebys.com for $20,000 USD per set. In addition, Sotheby's is also offering the legendary Cahiers d’Art revue and other Cahiers d’Art publications to its global audience.

In time for the observance of Passover this year, two medieval Hebrew manuscripts are on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. One manuscript, on loan from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), New York, for two years, is a newly conserved Haggadah by Joel ben Simeon, one of the best-known illuminators of medieval Hebrew manuscripts. Its presentation at the Museum marks the first time it is being displayed publicly in more than a decade. The other, a richly ornamented 15th-century Hebrew Bible, is on loan from the Hispanic Society of America through May 1.  

A Haggadah is the book used at the Passover seder, the ritual meal that commemorates the exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt. Although the essential components of the text were established in the second century, it was not until the Middle Ages that the Haggadah was first made into an independent, illustrated book.

Advances in modern medicine make it very hard to imagine a time without prescription pills and high-tech medical equipment, but Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts offers buyers an insight into the world of medicine as it was over 400 years ago.

Two medical manuscripts in particular offer a fascinating insight into medical recipes used from the 16th century to cure ailments. The first, a medical manuscript dating from 1599, is handwritten in French and Latin and entitled Ravier Plusiers receptes et regimes pour solager et guerir plusiers malade and decorated with pen and ink illustrations. This piece includes recipes for the bite of a mad dog, toothache, sickness of the spleen, sickness of the lungs, and cure of a sick child, it is estimated to sell for £1,000 - 1,500. [Lot 17]

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The medals are awarded for the best fiction and nonfiction books written for adults in the previous year and published in the U.S. As part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

2014 shortlisted titles are as follows.

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New York—Crowded previews and large international interest led to a $2.5 million auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries on March 6. The all-day auction saw more than 400 bidders competing from at least 20 different countries.

New auction records were set for a range of prints, including the sale’s top lot, James A.M. Whistler’s Quiet Canal, etching and drypoint, 1879-80 at $65,000*; as well as Odalisque au Coffret Rouge, color aquatint and etching after Henri Matisse, circa 1952, $62,500; and René Magritte’s Paysage de Baucis (Self Portrait with a Hat), etching, 1966 ($30,000).

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BOSTON, MA.—RR Auction will feature the Titanic’s original building plans that include hand-drawn notations, used during the official British enquiry into the most devastating maritime tragedy in history in its upcoming Titanic themed auction, later this month

The original cross-section and building plans for the RMS Titanic, drawn to a scale of 1/32 inches to one foot, and rubber stamped by Harland and Wolff, with a handwritten date within the stamp of May 1, 1912. The plans would be used during British enquiry to demonstrate to the world what had happened on the fateful evening, just before midnight on April 14, 1912—when the largest passenger ship ever assembled struck an iceberg.

Now You See It: Photography and Concealment, an installation of 25 works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, focuses on the dynamic interplay between concealment and revelation in contemporary photography and video art. The featured works, all from the Museum’s Department of Photographs, range from a late 19th-century photograph by Pierre-Louis Pierson to a recently acquired work by Thomas Demand. 

The installation presents works by artists who use the camera to reveal subjects or places ordinarily hidden from view, as well as works that explore broader themes of secrecy and obscured or partial vision. A highlight of Now You See It is Thomas Demand’s photograph Vault (2012). The image is based on a police photograph of a storeroom at the Wildenstein Institute in Paris, where 30 paintings and sculptures that had been missing for decades were discovered during a police raid in 2011. In Demand’s picture, as in the photograph on which it is based, the framed art works are turned to face the walls, remaining tantalizingly hidden from view.

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New York—On Tuesday, April 29, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints that features works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Whistler, Hopper, Picasso and more.

A choice selection of prints by the Old Masters includes significant works by Albrecht Dürer, such as St. Anthony Reading, a richly-inked engraving from 1519, the height of Dürer’s career (estimate: $60,000 to $90,000). Also by Dürer are the woodcuts The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks, circa 1497 and The Four Angels Holding the Winds, 1498, from The Apocalypse ($7,000 to $10,000 and $8,000 to $12,000 respectively) and Coat of Arms with a Lion and a Cock, engraving, circa 1503 ($10,000 to $15,000).

New York, NY, April 2, 2014—Between 1973 and 1996 Carter Burden, a former trustee of the Morgan Library and Museum and onetime New York City councilman, assembled the greatest collection of modern American literature in private hands. In doing so, Burden revolutionized the market in modern first editions by paying record prices for copies in the best possible condition and with notable attributes such as authors' annotations and presentation inscriptions. The depth and breadth of his holdings were truly extraordinary—spanning the twentieth century and including focused concentrations on such movements as the Lost Generation, the Beats, and the Harlem Renaissance.

Beginning in 1997, after Burden's sudden death the previous year, his family has made a gift to the Morgan of twelve thousand volumes from his collection. Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection, on view from May 20 through September 7, brings together nearly one hundred outstanding works from the collection, including first editions, manuscripts, letters, and revised galley proofs. Authors featured in this unparalleled exhibition are some of the twentieth century's most celebrated—William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, John Irving, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright, among others.

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New York—Swann Galleries’ April 24 auction of Modernist Posters is filled with eye-grabbing examples of cutting-edge design, including a strong selection of Russian constructivist works, which includes seminal pieces by the great artists of the genre.

Among the best examples of these are Alexander Rodchenko’s 1923 design for Dobrolet, the Russian Society of Volunteer Air Fleet, with a message that translates to, “Golden ruble makes everyone a shareholder” (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); Gustav Klutsis’s photomontage Building Socialism Under the Banner of Lenin, 1930, his first poster depicting Stalin, and In the Storm of the Third Year of the Five-Year Plan, 1930 ($10,000 to $15,000 each); and Valentina Kulagina’s—who was also Klutsis’s wife—International Working Women's Day / Is the Fighting Day of the Proletariat, 1931 ($3,000 to $4,000).

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