September 2014 Archives

Today we know Mark Twain as the author of American classics such as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." But in his time, Twain was a controversial satirist and popular public figure who traveled the world and helped heal post-Civil War America with his pithy wisdom, tall tales and humor.

A new work published by Little, Brown and Company in association with the Library of Congress reveals why Twain remains as relevant today as he was in his own time. With a lively narrative and 300 visual gems discovered in the Library’s collections, "Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images" by Harry L. Katz reveals the lasting impact that the author made on American culture—and vice versa.

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MIAMI (September 29, 2014)—The Miami International Map Fair, the longest continuously running map fair in the world, will return to HistoryMiami February 6-8, 2015. Visitors are invited to peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world and discover the history and future trends of cartography.

“HistoryMiami is proud to host one of the largest and enduring map fairs in the world, highlighting an ever-growing admiration for international and rare maps,” Ramiro Ortiz, President/Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami. “Each year, the Map Fair showcases maps, lithographs and land plans that depict the world in a unique way, and gives collectors and map enthusiasts the opportunity to come together and peruse the items that are available at the fair.”


London—A letter sent in 1846 discussing a potential visit to Brookroyd, and asking for more information about coaches leaving Bradford sent from Charlotte Brontë to her lifelong friend Ellen Nussey stole the show yesterday at Fraser’s sale, ‘Autographs, Manuscripts and Historic Sporting Memorabilia


1846 Letter from Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey

[Lot 137] £16,000

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The Boston Athenæum will open its red leather doors at 10 1/2 Beacon Street on Sunday, November 2, from noon until 4:00 p.m. for a free public Open House. There will be activities, talks, and more for all ages, offered on a first-come, first served basis. 

All twelve stories of the Boston Athenæum’s National Historic Landmark building, most usually limited to Athenæum members only, will be open to the public for self-guiding tours for the first time in more than a decade.


New York—On Tuesday, October 21, Swann Galleries will offer a diverse selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books in a wide range of fields, including theology, Enlightenment literature, travel, astronomy, the occult and psychiatry.

The lot with the highest pre-sale estimate is a single leaf from a paper copy of the 42-line Bible in Latin, aka the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, circa 1450-55, with text from Acts and two manuscript initials (estimate: $40,000 to $50,000). The last time Swann offered a Gutenberg Bible leaf it sold for $55,200 in April 2013.

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New York—An extensive archive of the pioneering astronomer, astro-photographer and telescope designer, George Willis Ritchey will be placed on the auction block as part of the History of Science sale on October 22 at Bonhams in New York.

The archive (est. $450,000-$550,000) is an incredible collection of Ritchey's life work. It includes glass plates of celestial phenomena that were used in Ritchey’s lectures; hundreds of vintage photographs whose subjects vary from natural terrestrial wonders to celestial phenomena to telescopes and observatories; a 27-inch cellular mirror; over 40 books, periodicals, and pamphlets; correspondence with sub-contractors and further notes relating to the famous Ritchey-Chrétien telescope in Washington, DC; notes on the origin of the Moon; lecture notes; and the original French patent for cellular mirror technology. A more detailed list of items is available upon request.

The 2014 Harnett Biennial of American Prints is the eleventh competitive national exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museums and is a celebration of contemporary printmaking by artists throughout the United States. The juror, Mary Fisher, artist, author, advocate, and social entrepreneur, selected prints by 45 artists from 24 states from entries submitted by 209 artists. The exhibition is on view from October 28 to December 12, 2014.

Fisher is an American designer who has survived AIDS and cancer to become a globally recognized artist, author, advocate, and social entrepreneur. She made history in 1992 when she addressed the Republican National Convention with a speech about advocacy in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The artist is founder of the Mary Fisher Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies (FABS), have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest. The organizations assumed leadership of the contest in 2010 with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book-collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition before turning over leadership to the new institutional partners.


Chicago—Christie's announces a valuation day of books and manuscripts in Chicago for one-day only on October 17.  Gretchen Hause, Christie's Books and Manuscripts specialist, welcomes the public to Christie's Chicago Regional Office located at 875 N Michigan Ave #3810, Chicago, IL from 10am to 5pm.  She will provide, at no charge, provisional auction estimates for books and manuscripts that are of a type and value typically sold at Christie's.  For more information, please contact the office at (312) 787-2765.


San Francisco—A Walt Whitman manuscript of "Rain Enigma" [Voice of the Rain] was the leading lot of Bonhams’ $940,163 auction of fine books and manuscripts on September 22 in San Francisco. The manuscript, which achieved $52,500, is of a poem which appeared in the first annex “Sands at Seventy” of the 1891-1892 edition of “Leaves of Grass." In addition to the hand-written manuscript, the piece featured an autograph inscription of Horace Traubel, Whitman’s close friend and self-described "spirit child.” 

The manuscript, which was one of 268 lots offered, sold as a result of competitive bidding that continued throughout the auction. Bidders from 19 countries took part in the sale, with particularly strong phone and internet participation.


NEW YORK—Contemporary images share the stage with 19th-century albums, modernist portfolios and classic black-and-white photographs in Swann Galleries’ auction of Fine Photographs: Icons & Images on Friday, October 17.

Contemporary art highlights range from Scandinavian artist Simen Johan’s Untitled #137, a digital c-print of a lamb from the series “Until the Kingdom Comes,” 2006 (estimate: $9,000 to $12,000) to conservationist-photographer Nick Brandt’s remarkably intimate Lion Before the Storm I, pigment print, 2006 ($18,000 to $22,000).

New York—Bonhams, one of the largest auctioneers in the world, presents an item of outstanding proportions at its History of Science sale in New York on October 22—an original viewing window (est. $150,000-250,000) from the Manhattan Project's Hanford Site in Southern Oregon, employed in the production of plutonium for the atomic bomb known as Fat Man, dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. 

The windows, of which few have survived, were constructed to allow the project's scientists to oversee plutonium production without being exposed to lethal levels of radiation. Composed of numerous layers of glass mixed with 70% lead oxide, the window emits an eerie yellow glow. Because of the high lead content, the glass reacts more like a metal, sweating like ice when heated, and crumbling when ground or cut, making it a truly exotic material. Despite the window's provenance, the glass is not radioactive.


BOSTON, MA—(September 18, 14) a collection of letters from John F. Kennedy to the family of lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 on Thursday, according to Boston, MA-based auction house RR Auction.

The letters from John F. Kennedy were sent to the family of Harold W. Marney, one of two crewmembers killed when the PT-109 boat that he commanded was destroyed by a Japanese ship.

New York, NY, September 2014—The Crusader Bible is one of the most extraordinary illuminated manuscripts ever created, renowned for its unrivaled and boldly colored illustrations and for its fascinating history. The work brings Old Testament stories to life in bright images replete with medieval castles, towns, and battling knights in armor, all set in thirteenth-century France. On view beginning October 17, this exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to view over forty folios from the disbound manuscript, the work of seven unknown artists who were clearly masters in their day. The exhibition runs through January 4, 2015.

The provenance of the Crusader Bible is as intriguing as its artistry, and includes a trail running from France to Italy, Poland, Persia, Egypt, England, and finally, New York. Additionally, a selection of period artifacts and armor, on special loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will offer visitors tangible evidence of the objects depicted so dramatically in the book.


The Center for Book Arts, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this October, presents a colloquium in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art Library entitled The Collecting of Artist Books Saturday, October 11 from 10am to 5pm. The day-long event, featuring 21 distinguished voices in the field of book arts, is offered in conjunction with the Center's major fall exhibition, Behind the Personal Library: Collectors Creating the Canon, which opens the same day. Following the colloquium, an opening reception and "Birthday Bash" will take place at the Center, located at 28 W. 27th St., Third Floor, New York, NY.

New York/London—Christie’s is pleased to support the return of the Codex Chimalpahin to Mexico, where it will go on public display at the Museo Nacional de Antropología beginning today, September 18. The three volumes of hand-written, indigenous accounts vividly document the history of Aztec Mexico in Pre-Hispanic and 16th Century New Spain. It was returned to Mexico in a private sale facilitated by Christie’s earlier this year.

The Codex will remain on public view at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City until January 11, 2015 as part of the exhibition Códices de México, Memorias y Saberes. The Codex takes its place among the most important archives in the Biblioteca Nacional de Antropología e Historia and in the future will be made available for further study by scholars.

The Grolier Club’s exhibition “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe” is devoted to one of the most influential authors of the nineteenth century, Edgar Allan Poe. On view from September 17 through November 22, “Evermore” showcases a wide array of materials drawn from Grolier member Susan Jaffe Tane’s personal collection, widely recognized as the finest Poe collection in private hands.

Co-curated by Ms. Tane and bibliographer and scholar Gabriel Mckee, “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe” presents an in-depth look at Poe’s life, his world, and his influence into the present day, with original manuscripts and letters by Poe, daguerreotypes, artifacts, first edition books, and unique material related to Poe’s family and friends. Also on display are a number of items that show Poe’s influence on American and world culture after his death, including artwork, comic books, movie posters, sound recordings, and toys.

NEW YORK—On Tuesday, October 14, Swann Galleries will offer one of the most diverse and visually stimulating Travel Posters sales the auction house has ever held. Highlights from a private Australian collection form the core of the sale, with many images that have never before come up for auction in the United States.

Naturally, there is a fine selection of Australian tourism posters including nine by the incomparable Gert Sellheim, such as the Cubist-inspired Sunshine And Surf / Australia, circa 1936 (estimate: $6,000 to $9,000) and By Train For Seaside Holidays! 1936 ($4,000 to $6,000); 12 by Percy Trompf, among them The Seaside Calls, circa 1935 and an image showing construction of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Still Building / Australia, 1930 ($5,000 to $7,500 each); and nine of James Northfield’s classic images, including fishermen reeling in a big catch in Australia / Great Barrier Coral Reef, circa 1935 ($6,000 to $9,000) and the cute and cuddly Australia /Koala (Native Bear), 1931 ($2,500 to $3,500).


NEW YORK—On Thursday, October 9, Swann Galleries will conduct a 171-lot auction of African-American Fine Art that features more than 60 artworks from the estate of Professor Richard A. Long, presented in a separate catalogue. Long was known as one of the great pillars of African-American arts and culture, and taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of Paris, University of Poitiers, Atlanta University, Emory University, Morgan State College and West Virginia State College.

The works in his collection include many by Long’s artist friends, in particular Beauford Delaney and Romare Bearden. Among the highlights are a 1965 color pastel portrait of Long by Delaney (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000); two bold and colorful collages by Bearden, Brazil, circa 1978, which may have been a maquette for a poster ($35,000 to $50,000) and the small and intimate Untitled (The Trojan Horse), circa 1977 ($15,000 to $25,000); and two abstract watercolors by Alma Thomas, Untitled (Stripe Composition), circa 1971, and Untitled (from the Space Series), circa 1969-1972, inspired by the televised images of the NASA Apollo missions ($15,000 to $25,000 each).


New York—On Wednesday, October 1, Swann Galleries will offer a visually rich selection of works from the late 19th- and early 20th-century European art movements that pioneered new illustration methods, including chromolithography and pochoir, in an auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books.

There is an enviable selection of works by the Surrealists, specifically a large group of books by Salvador Dalí, including one of only 10 copies of Poèmes de Mao Tse-Toung, with eight heliogravures reworked in drypoint, each hand-colored and signed by Dalí, Paris, 1967 (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000); and a first edition (one of 25 roman numbered copies) of Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Manche. 12 original lithographs, Paris, 1957 ($25,000 to $35,000).

Paris, 15 September 2014—Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that their next Comic Strip sale in Paris, on 7 March 2015, will feature selected works by leading comic strip artists from around the world.

The sale, with its 300 lots comprising illustrations, paintings and original plates blending historical and contemporary European and American authors, is sure to appeal to international connoisseurs and collectors.

London—A fascinating collection of sledging notes written by members of Captain Scott's National Antarctic Expedition on their journeys across the snows of the southern continent. The collection will go under the hammer in London during Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts on Thursday 2nd October 

These eight sledging notes were written by members of the expedition during the "Heroic Age" of polar exploration and give a vivid insight into the challenges and obstacles of their work in the Antarctic.


September, 2014—A £1.1m campaign by Cambridge University Library to secure one of the most important New Testament manuscripts—the seventh-century Codex Zacynthius—has been a success.

Cambridge University Library reached their appeal target after the National Heritage Memorial Fund recognised the importance of the Codex Zacynthius and stepped in with a grant of £500,000.


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 ephemera and artwork.  Highlighted are fine private collections including author-signed modern literature, antique architecture and furnishings, and antique New York State county histories and cartography. The artwork is led by original paintings by, or in the style of, Lyubov Popova and Natalia Goncharova.


On the 4th November 2014, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale T.E. Lawrence’s hand-drawn map of northern Arabia, which records a pivotal moment in the history of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Charting his journey across the hostile desert in Saudi Arabia in May 1917, it is the only map in Lawrence’s hand detailing the route he followed in the days preceding the capture of the Red Sea port of Aqaba later that year, a victory which would prove decisive in the Arab uprising.

Recently shown in major exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum in London and at the Australian War Memorial Canberra*, the map is estimated to reach £70,000-100,000 at Sotheby’s London auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History.

Edvard Munch's graphic works are among the artist's most powerful images, revered for their haunting summation of the human condition. On 16 September 2014, Sotheby's will present an important group in a London auction of Prints & Multiples. The 11 prints comprise a selection of woodcuts, lithographs and etchings, and demonstrate Munch's experimentation with a variety of graphic media. Each work embodies a different emotional and psychological tone, the result of Munch's use of various techniques and combinations of colours to express mood and elicit emotional responses in the viewer. The 10 lots are estimated to bring a combined total in excess of £1,000,000.

Séverine Nackers, Sotheby’s Head of Prints, Europe, comments: “The demand from collectors worldwide for prints by Edvard Munch continues unabated. For our September sale, we have secured a superb group, including two works from a private Scandinavian collection. *Munch laid bare raw human emotion in his imagery, and as an innovative printmaker, he produced works that still resonate with us more than a century later. Although many of Munch's prints were based on paintings, he did not rework the same themes with an aim of reproducing his painted images. Instead, he worked on his painting and printmaking in tandem, the technical features of one media informing his explorations in the other."

(Amherst, MA—September 11, 2014) Alexandra Kennedy, Carle executive director, announced this week that H. Nichols B. Clark, The Carle’s chief curator and founding director, will retire in December after more than 13 years of service to the Museum. 

Clark was instrumental in establishing The Carle as an influential national center for picture books. He has been a tireless champion for the art form, organizing exhibitions that have traveled all over the U.S. and abroad and building a world-class collection for The Carle. More than half a million guests have visited since the Museum opened its doors in 2002.


San Francisco—Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, presents a selection of rare historical works surrounding early Louisiana in its auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts on September 22 in San Francisco, following a preview from September 19-21. 

Perhaps most interesting of the group is an extremely rare broadside from 1769 regulating the number of bars, pool halls and cabarets in the young city of New Orleans. It was signed by then Louisiana governor Alejandro O'Reilly (1722-1794) and is estimated at $10,000-15,000.


New Haven, Conn.—The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is acquiring the papers of author and illustrator Mo Willems, the award-winning creator of some of the most beloved characters in contemporary children’s literature, including Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and the irascible Pigeon.

Willems’ original sketches, notebooks, and book drafts will join a growing archive at Yale University documenting the reading and imaginative lives of American children.

Les Enluminures is delighted to announce that Dr. Christopher de Hamel is joining the company as Senior Vice-President, effective September 10, 2014. Dr. de Hamel is perhaps the best-known name in medieval manuscripts in the world. He has written multiple books on manuscripts and book collecting, translated into at least seven languages, and he has lectured in every continent (except the Antarctic), including at very many of the greatest libraries and museums.

Dr. de Hamel brings to his new position nearly forty years of experience in the art market of medieval manuscripts. From 1975 for twenty-five years, he worked exclusively for Sotheby’s in the Department of Western Manuscripts. He remained a Consultant for Sotheby’s for the last 15 years. Under his leadership, Sotheby’s conducted some of the most high-profile sales the manuscript community has witnessed: Thomas Phillips, Abbey, Carter Brown, Henry the Lion, Donaueschingen, Burckhardt-Wildt, the Marquess of Bute, Lord Astor, Beck, and many, many others. The sale by private treaty of the Sherborne Missal to the British Library, engineered by Dr. de Hamel, may well count as the most expensive book ever sold. For five years, from its sale in 1983, the Gospels of Henry the Lion enjoyed the status of the most expensive work of art every sold.

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Sept. 9, 2014—The Library of Congress will be the new home of the Rosa Parks Collection, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today. The collection will be at the Library on a 10-year loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

The collection comprises approximately 1,500 items including personal correspondence and photographs, autobiographical notes, letters from presidents, her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, additional honors and awards, clothing and furniture, and 200 drawings by schoolchildren and hundreds of greeting cards from individuals thanking her for her inspirational role in the civil rights movement.

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, in conjunction with Karma, is pleased to announce our joint publication of The Word for Snow, a previously unpublished one act play by Don DeLillo, illustrated with photographs by Richard Prince. 

Describing his fiction as examinations of people “living in dangerous times,” DeLillo’s work has probed such diverse topics as professional sports, technology, international espionage, film, the Cold War, language, and the Kennedy assassination. His first novel, Americana, was released in 1971, and since then he has become one of today’s foremost literary figures and an abiding influence on a generation of younger authors, among them Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, and Dave Eggers. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Book Awards, a PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013.

New York, NY, September 9, 2014—The Morgan is home to some of the world's greatest collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music. Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library. In addition to illuminated manuscripts, music scores, and personal correspondence from the Morgan’s collection, this rotation—on view from September 9, 2014 through January 11, 2015—features a selection of important American documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Institute  

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History holds one of the country’s foremost collections of Americana. This rotation of Treasures from the Vault showcases important historical documents from these collections, repre­senting transformative moments and key figures in United States history. Highlights include Benjamin Franklin’s copy of the U.S. Constitution, letters between soldiers and their families written during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and letters by Frederick Douglass and Franklin D. Roosevelt. These documents tell the story of our nation’s progress over two centuries, from independence to the abolition of slavery and its aftermath.


Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints presents more than 100 woodblock prints, rarely-seen screens, scroll and fan paintings, and preparatory materials that explore the dynamic early work of famous Japanese landscape artist Kawase Hasui. The exhibition, on display November 15, 2014 - March 29, 2015, is drawn primarily from VMFA’s noted collection of Hasui prints.

The exhibition spans Hasui’s most imaginative period, the years from 1918 to the Great Earthquake of 1923. It shows the interplay between his prints, his graphic design, and his rare paintings. It demonstrates Hasui’s popularity as possibly the greatest landscape artist of the 20th century, and why his art has been embraced by American and Japanese audiences for nearly a century.


Commemorating the centenary of the First World War and coinciding with the opening of an exhibition at Osborne Samuel, London, Lund Humphries publishes the first comprehensive survey of C.R.W. Nevinson’s printmaking career on 25 September 2014.

A whole generation of artists, including Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and Wyndham Lewis are often said to have been afflicted by a ‘crisis of representation’ as they struggled to come to terms with the scale of the destruction wrought by the Great War. Of that group, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946) emerged as an irrepressible artistic force, whose paintings and prints made during his engagement as an official war artist, run the gamut from the confident early swagger of futuristic works enraptured by mechanised war, to the scarred and scorched forms of a hardened artist-witness.

A handwritten draft of a war poem by A. E. Housman, whose Shropshire Lad cycle of poems was among soldiers’ favourite reading in the trenches in the First World War, is to be sold at Bonhams First World War Centenary Sale in London on 1 October. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

The poem, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, was Houseman’s retort to German insults at the beginning of the war that the British army—which was a professional force—was fighting for money and not patriotism. The much larger French, Russian and German armies were mainly made up of conscripts. Housman uses the concept of mercenary ironically to honour the British soldiers who fought and died at the Battle of Ypres in October 1914. These ‘Old Contemptibles’ as they called themselves, saved the nation and paid with their lives.


BOSTON, MA—(September, 8 2014) RR Auction is proud to announce that Nelson Mandela's 'Freedom Torch,' used during a historic ceremony to symbolize the end of Apartheid, will be featured in an upcoming live auction event that is scheduled to take place in Boston in September.

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Prison after spending nearly three decades in detention under the South African apartheid regime—a pivotal moment in the history of the nation and the world. This marked the beginning of the end for a racist oppression embedded in culture and codified in law, with Mandela embodying the spirit of the peace, democracy, and freedom that would take its place. In 1994, South Africa held its first fully representative democratic national election—now open to all races—which would see Mandela elected as the country's first black president.

New York—The most iconic lot to be offered in Bonhams' History of Science auction on October 22 will be a historic Apple-1 Computer, estimated at $300,000-500,000.

The Apple-1 is widely acknowledged as the herald of the personal computer revolution, being the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold. This example is one of 50 hand-built for the ByteShop by Steve Wozniak in the summer of 1976 in Steve Jobs’ garage (or possibly his sister’s bedroom). At the time, only a handful of people could conceive of how a personal computer might be considered useful, let alone desirable. Now, not even 40 years later, it boggles the imagination to think of life without them.

New York, NY, September 5, 2014—In 1989 Raw magazine published a black-and-white comic strip titled “Here” that was quickly recognized as a game-changer in the art of graphic narrative. Richard McGuire’s thirty-six-frame strip is set in an ordinary living room, but it leaps freely through time, remixing history to produce encounters between past, present, and future inhabitants of the site. To mark the fall 2014 publication of “Here” as an all-new, full-color graphic novel, the Morgan will premiere the first edition of the book and explore the evolution of this contemporary classic and the distinctive working method of the artist. From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book opens on September 25 and runs through November 9, 2014.

Here is a moving meditation on history and memory and the collapsing of time,” said Peggy Fogelman, acting director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The original drawings and source material in the exhibition offer visitors a fascinating look at Richard McGuire’s wholly unique creative process. We are especially pleased to present the show in conjunction with the much-anticipated publication of the graphic novel.”

New Haven, Conn.—Reading English, an exhibition opening tomorrow at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, celebrates the 80th anniversary of Yale University’s James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection—a world-renowned collection of early modern British historical and literary manuscripts.

The exhibition, on view through Dec. 15, introduces the collection alongside its collector: James Marshall Osborn, a scholar and literary critic who played a prominent role in Yale’s s emergence as the leading center for literary criticism in 20th-century America.

The Year Ahead at The Huntington Library

SAN MARINO, Calif.—A full slate of exhibitions at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens—from a powerful installation of photographs featuring two renowned American photographers to anniversary celebrations of the Magna Carta and the 13th Amendment—is planned through summer 2015, as well as the opening of the new $68 million Education and Visitor Center.

The northernmost section of the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center opens in mid January, when visitors will have an opportunity to experience the new ticketing area, coffee shop, and a substantially enlarged gift shop. The rest of the Education and Visitor Center—the new auditorium, café, classrooms, meeting space, orientation gallery, and six and a half acres of new gardens—opens in April. Dates and details relating to the Education and Visitor Center’s openings will be released in coming months.

New York, NY, September 2014—Pen and Brush, the venerable 120-year old arts organization announces a relaunch of its historic mission to create a platform for women in the visual and literary arts.  With a redesigned website, fresh programming initiatives and a brand new exhibition space and headquarters coming this winter, Pen and Brush is committed to providing a platform for the excellent work of talented women artists and writers.

Beginning now, Pen and Brush will accept visual art and literary work on a rolling basis, through its new and improved website, which will serve as an online hub for writers, artists and influencers.  Later this year, the organization will unveil its state of-the-art, 5,500 square foot facility in New York’s Flatiron District, at 29 East 22nd Street.


New York—Every fall, Swann Galleries kicks off their auction season with a sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings. This year, the auction was so rich in quality material the sale was extended to two days—September 23 & 24—to accommodate.

The auction will open the morning of September 23 with more than 200 lots of 19th-century prints and drawings including a run of works by James A.M. Whistler, such as The Courtyard, Brussels, etching, 1887, which is one of only seven known impressions (estimate: $25,000 to $35,000); Fanny Leyland, drypoint, 1874, a portrait of the daughter of Frederick Richards Leyland, a prominent patron of Whistler’s—indeed, the one who commissioned Whistler's famous Peacock Room now at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC ($20,000 to $30,000) and The Rialto, etching and drypoint, 1879-80, from his set of Twenty-Six Etchings of Venice ($15,000 to $20,000).

Bloomsbury Auctions’ Two-Day Book Sale


London—The Bloomsbury two-day Summer Book Sale was a feast of rare books and first editions. Day one offered impressive collections of Children’s and illustrated work, Conchology, Maps, Witchcraft and Aristotelian literature. The second day was entirely without reserve which attracted real interest and offered up first editions and classics alike.


The impressive selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ 11th September Bibliophile sale include a superb compendium of Masterpieces of Industrial Art & Sculpture by John Burley Waring, the first American Edition, second state of Darwin's Origin of Species and William Curtis’s Flora Londinensis.

As always, the sale will feature a broad selection of interests from Art & Architecture, Natural History, English Literature, Travel, Sport and Pastimes, Militaria, Wine and Winemaking.

The travel and topographical sections include a number of interesting items such as John Auldjo’s Narrative of an Ascent to the Summit of Mont Blanc (1828) [Lot 31, est. £800 - 1,200], prospective buyers also have an opportunity to purchase Josias Simler's Vallesiae et Alpium descriptio (1633); this work also contains the first mention of crampons to be used by climbers, and there are sections on keeping warm and on snow blindness  [Lot 37, est. £400 - 600].

September 2, 2014—New York, NYThe Folio Society announced today that the only complete collection of its Letterpress Shakespeare editions outside of the United Kingdom, will be on display to the public at the Center for Fiction through the end of the year.

The Center for Fiction ( is located at 17 E. 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison) in New York, and hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday: 10:30am to 7:30pm; Friday: 9:00AM to 5:00pm, and Saturday: 11:00am to 3:00pm.

A sheet of blotting paper bearing imprints of the signatures of Admiral Wemyss and Marshal Foch on the Armistice document which ended the First World War on 11 November 1918 is to be sold at Bonhams First World War Centenary Sale in London on 1 October. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Admiral Sir Rosslyn Wemyss, the First Sea Lord, and Marshal Foch, Commander in Chief of the Allied Armies, signed the Armistice on behalf of the Allies in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne at 5 a.m. on Monday11th November 1918. The paper used to blot the ink on their signatures was kept by Captain John Marriott, Naval Assistant to Admiral Wemyss during the negotiations held at Compiègne between 7th and 11th November. It is accompanied by an inscription from Weymss attesting to its authenticity.

New York, NY, September 2, 2014—Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867) was the leading figure of a group of nineteenth-century French artists who chose the wooded landscape of the Forest of Fontainebleau as their subject and would forever be known to art history as the Barbizon School. Decades before Impressionism, Rousseau and his peers developed new ways to observe, draw, and paint the natural world in studies made directly from nature and composed landscape pictures intended for exhibition. Deeply Romantic in approach, the work of Rousseau ultimately added an important chapter to the history of landscape art, and elements of the Barbizon School style were then reconfigured and transformed by the next generations of great French artists: the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Beginning September 26, the Morgan Library & Museum will present a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to Rousseau’s drawings and oil sketches—the first ever at a major U.S. museum—that sheds new light on his techniques and unique perspectives on landscape imagery. The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon will run through January 18, 2015.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Waverly Rare Books will offer nearly 550 lots of antique and highly collectible maps, items from the Burchuk-Warden Rare Music Collection, many fine first-edition books, photographs and ambrotypes (some of them Civil War-era), plus posters and prints in a catalog auction scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

Maps will be highlighted by an 1844 map of Texas (and the countries adjacent), compiled by the Bureau of the Corps of Topographical Engineers for the U.S. State Department by W. H. Emory, an officer in the War Department. This is the larger version (the Senate issue) of two made. Comprising two adjoining sheets totaling 21¼ inches by 32½ inches, the map should realize $3,000-$5,000.


Doyle New York is honored to auction El Morocco: The John Perona Collection on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10am. This landmark sale comprises paintings, furniture and decorations from Mr. Perona’s private collection, as well as photographs and memorabilia from his legendary supper club, El Morocco. Important jewelry, clocks, paintings, books, autographs and Asian art in the collection will be offered in sales throughout the Fall. The collection in its entirety will be exhibited on September 12 through 14.

Auction #37 was successfully concluded on 28th August 2014 with particularly brisk bidding. Although a South African operation set up in 2010, over 50% of the site’s users are now based in the UK, the US and the rest of the world. is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. Only recognised booksellers are permitted to sell on the site. 

At auction #37, over 40% of the sales went to international clients from 14 countries in total.

The Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

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NORTHAMPTON, MA—OCTOBER 12, 2014—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (an expanded incarnation of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers) have joined forces to present the 10th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 12, 10am-4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced at the Library of Congress National Book Festival the winners of the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

The recipients are as follows.

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