October 2014 Archives


BEVERLY HILLS—An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC 3.0, the most desirable comic book in the world, is expected to bring $350,000+ when it crosses the block at Heritage Auctions as part of the company’s Nov. 20-22, 2014 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.

The copy of Action #1, being offered for the first time at auction, is the top comic in the Prospect Mountain Collection, a fresh-to-the-hobby grouping of more than 2,000 Golden Age comic books collected in the late 1950s and 1960s by a former Navy sailor studying illustration on the G.I. Bill in New York City.


DALLAS—A rare and early working model of Eli Whitney’s revolutionary Cotton Gin, a cornerstone of museum exhibits from Michigan to Georgia, is expected to sell for $10,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 8 Americana & Political Signature® Auction in Dallas. From a direct rice paper printing of The Declaration of Independence (est. $12,000+) to an original blueprint for Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece “Fallingwater” (est. $12,000+), the auction spans 200 years of American ingenuity, politics, and culture.

“The phrase “museum quality” is tossed around quite liberally these days, so we are pleased to present items that have quite literally been displayed in museums for decades,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana for Heritage.

London—The bullet that shot Italian aviation pioneer, solider and sports executive, Carlo Montu will be offered alongside a fascinating archive that explores his involvement with Italian aviation throughout both world wars and the Italian-Turkish War, for which he was highly decorated for his bravery. These will be sold on Thursday 13th November as part of the Important Books and Manuscripts sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

On Wednesday 31st January 1912, Captain Carlo Montu and aircraftsman G. Rossi were on a bombing mission over Tobruk. A bullet was shot from the ground by a Turkish infantryman towards the aircraft (apparently flying at an altitude of only 18 feet) wounding Montu and making him the first ever aviation casualty.


The impressive selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ 11th September Bibliophile sale include English Botany by John Edward Sowerby and others, a superb collection of 2582 hand-coloured plates, John Boys’ - A General View of the Agriculture of the County of Kent and Fynes Moryson’s - Europe.

November’s sale encompasses a variety of interests from Travel & Topography, Science, Natural History and Sport, Art and Architecture, Children’s and Illustrated Books and Artwork, Continental Literature, English Literature and History.


LOS ANGELES—The Getty Research Institute announced today the acquisition of a cache of unpublished letters from American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) to Susanna De Maria Wilson, one of the artist’s early assistants. The letters, from 1963-1968, feature philosophical and poetic musings, practical information on materials, and some of the exquisite collage work for which Cornell is best known. The collection also includes ephemera from the New York art world and letters from others related to the artist’s death in 1972.

“Artist letters such as these are a crucial aspect of our collections,” said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “They are an important source for understanding an artist’s work—especially of an artist as mysterious and multi-layered as Cornell.”

Three previously unknown hand written letters from Evelyn Waugh to his friend Eleanor Watts, the girlfriend of the man who ran off with the novelist’s wife in 1929, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London. They are estimated at £2,000-3,000.

Watts and Waugh had been friends since meeting at Oxford and their lives had taken parallel turns. Neither of them completed their degrees, both abandoning Oxford for art colleges.  Watts went to the Central School of Art and Design and Waugh to Heatherley Art School.

Adolf Hitler’s personal copy of Mein Kampf is being auctioned by noted antiquities dealer Craig Gottlieb. This 1932 edition of the book bears Hitler's own bookplate affixed to the inside front cover. It’s believed to be the only author-owned copy of the book known to exist. 

The auction began October 18 and runs online, through November 1, 2014 at www.historyhunter.com. "Mein Kampf is one of the most printed titles in the world. There was a joke that everyone in Germany had a copy, but nobody read it because it was so badly written."


New York—On Wednesday, November 12, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Contemporary Art, which features unique works and multiples by artists working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Unique works of note include Robert Longo’s 2012 Study of the Capitol, a charcoal and ink on vellum, typical of his hyperrealist/chiaroscuro style. This piece is a study for the artist’s colossal Capitol, 2013, a seven-panel charcoal drawing of the Capitol building in Washington, DC (estimate: $50,000 to $80,000).

On 3 to 9 November 2014, Artcurial will show future sales highlights in New York, at the Arader Galleries in the heart of the Upper East Side. This will provide an opportunity for international collectors and enthusiasts to view a selection of the most prestigious pieces appearing in the IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN and POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY sales to be held in Paris in December 2014.

The selection of work to be shown was made to highlight culturally and artistically important groups of work, while also recognising the tastes of private collectors.

Kestenbaum & Company’s Fall auction of Fine Judaica will take place on Thursday, November 13th at 3:00 pm at the company’s gallery in New York City. The extensive sale consisting of 429 lots of Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art will feature Selections from the Collection of the late Dr. Alfred Moldovan.

East Harlem physician and civil rights activist Alfred Moldovan founded the Medical Committee for Human Rights and was Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal physician. In addition to his medical career and political activities, Dr. Moldovan was a premier force in the field of Judaica as both a collector and scholar. Together with his wife Jean, he amassed a vast collection of important artifacts, which he generously made available to Jewish cultural institutions and other scholars for research and exhibit. In a specially prepared introduction to the auction catalogue, Dr. Moldovan’s son, Joseph Moldovan, relates that over time his parent’s collection which began in the late 1960s consisted of thousands of items. Seeing themselves as not only collectors but also as preservationists, the Moldovans relished the role each item they acquired played in the history and continuum of Jewish life. The Moldovan family sees it apt that the items so lovingly collected by their parents and now offered here for sale by Kestenbaum & Company will be acquired by a new generation of passionate Judaica collectors.


The inaugural Fine Natural History and Historical Prints at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the Nation’s premier fine art auction houses, was a resounding success.

Ornithological works led the sale, including two watercolors of birds of paradise, by Jacques Barraband, which sold separately for $146,500 and $86,500, and John James Audubon’s Wild Turkey, the first plate in The Birds of America, which brought $92,500.

The auction room witnessed lively bidding from over 600 registered bidders from 15 countries represented online, in person and on the telephones.

Rhode Island Center for the Book’s 2014 Art of the Book Program Presents Mine!: Ownership Marks from Curses to Book Plates 

This year the R.I. Center for the Book's Art of the Book Program will celebrate the book as a personal possession. Why do owners mark books? What is the history of book plates?


BOSTON, MA—(October 24, 14) A rare John Lennon Letter written to NY Broadcast legend Joe Franklin that makes a passionate case for acceptance of Yoko’s Music sold for $28,171 on Thursday evening, according to Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

The two-page handwritten letter, 8.5 x 11, on Apple memorandum letterhead, and is dated December 13, 1971.

Lennon writes in part: 'I know you're a musician at heart! and especially I know you dig jazz.—Well, Yoko's music ain't quite jazz but to help you get off on it, or understand it, please listen to a track on the 'Yoko/Ono/Plastic Ono Band,' called 'AOS,' which was recorded in 1968 (pre Lennon/Beatles!) with Ornette Coleman at Albert Hall London, you could call it free form, anyway Yoko sits in the middle of avante-garde, classic, jazz—and now through me and my music—rock 'n' roll!'

A collection of seventy-five signed letters sent by John Ruskin, the preeminent English art critic of the Victorian era who championed the work of J.M.W. Turner, are to be auctioned at Bonhams ‘Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs’ sale at Knightsbridge, London, on 12 November 2014. The letters, of which thirty-seven are still unpublished, are estimated to realise £30,000 - 40,000.

Interest in the love-triangle of John Ruskin, Effie Gray and John Everett Millais has greatly intensified after the recent release of the box office-hit Effie Gray. The doomed marriage of Ruskin and Gray, defined by his incomprehensible coldness and her affair with the artist (and one-time friend of Ruskin) Millais, undeniably provides a compelling story. Indeed, the scandal has long captured the public’s imagination, providing the subject of the 1912 silent film The Love of John Ruskin, the 1975 BBC series The Love School starring Peter Egan, and numerous stage plays.

Alice1929_72dpi-207x300.jpgAUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, presents the exhibition “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic work. The exhibition runs from Feb. 10 through July 6, 2015.

View a video preview of the exhibition.

Featuring more than 200 items, the exhibition is drawn almost entirely from the Ransom Center’s collections of art, photography, rare books, performing arts, film and manuscripts. The exhibition features two significant “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” collections at the Ransom Center: the Warren Weaver collection and the Byron W. and Susan R. Sewell collection. The exhibition will also highlight other holdings related to Lewis Carroll and his Alice stories, including letters, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs. The exhibition brings to life the history of the book and reveals how “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” has captured our collective imagination for 150 years and how Carroll's creation has been transformed by artists, translators and filmmakers.


New York—On Thursday, November 6, Swann Galleries will auction The Latin Americana Library of Dr. W. Michael Mathes-an extensive collection of early books and pamphlets, most printed in colonial Latin America, plus a selection of important early European books on the region.

Dr. W. Michael Mathes was an American historian who wrote prolifically on the history and bibliography of Spanish America, with a particular interest in the history of California. In a biography written by Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D and printed at the beginning of the auction catalogue, Mathes is described as having been fascinated with the history of Mexico from an early age, exploring Baja California on his own by the time he was 13. He studied history at Loyola Marymount University, received his masters in history from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.


New York—The History of Science auction at Bonhams New York ended with the sale of the Apple-1 computer, which sold for $905,000, almost twice its high estimate, making it the world’s most valuable relic from the computer age. 

The winning bid went to a smiling representative from the Henry Ford Museum who triumphantly raised the paddle after battling it out with another interested party on the phone.

An archive of material which belonged to TV producer Hugh Burnett about the famous series of Face to Face interviews which he created and produced in the early 1960s is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London.

Face to Face ran on BBC2 between 1959 and 1962. The interviewer was the journalist John Freeman and his guests included many leading figures of the day.  Freeman’s quiet, polite style belied a forensic, penetrating technique which persuaded interviewees to reveal more about themselves than they had perhaps intended.  The television personality Gilbert Harding, for example, broke down in tears when recalling his relationship with his mother.

London—A collection of annotated D.H. Lawrence biographies owned by his lover and fiancé Louie Burrows reveal a fascinating insight into the impact Lawrence had on the woman in his life and how passionately they felt about him. The books will be auctioned on Thursday 23rd October during the sale of 20th Century Books and Works on Paper at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Mayfair saleroom. 

Although often surprisingly overlooked, Louie Burrows (1888-1962) and Lawrence had a profound effect on each other. They became friends whilst they were studying together in 1902 and eventually became engaged in 1910, a few days before the death of Lawrence’s mother. The engagement lasted until 1912, when Lawrence met Frieda Weekly, the woman who would eventually become his wife. The two eloped together to the continent that year, and his engagement to Burrows was broken off.

October 20, 2015, Boston, MA—On January 5, 2015, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched series, kicks off Season 19 with a home-run appraisal of an early Boston baseball archive for $1,000,000.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's new season features 35 never-before-seen episodes of its signature cross-country treasure hunt. Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to join ROADSHOW in sharing a new year of America's hidden treasures and untold stories starting Monday, January 5 at 8/7c on PBS.

Philadelphia, PA—October 20, 2014—Recognizing the increasing globalization of the art and antiques market, Freeman's has launched two exciting online initiatives to reach collectors: a responsive design website Freemansauction.com with enhanced features; and a new relationship with eBay's live auctions as a premier house, which will introduce 149 million active consumers to Freeman's more than 30 annual auctions.  

"Both our website and our collaboration with eBay extends our reach online. In select auctions, up to 70% of clients are bidding via the Internet. The website offers an intuitive user experience to our present clients, while live auctions will provide eBay's high-end collectors and art enthusiasts with the ability to bid in Freeman's auctions," said Thomas B. McCabe IV, vice president business development and web director.


BOSTON, MA—A collection of 13 original negatives from the wedding of John F. and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy sold on Wednesday night for $34,073 according to Boston, MA based RR Auction.

John and Jacqueline Kennedy were married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

Among the negatives are images of the wedding party, both the newlyweds outside the church, and the couple cutting their wedding cake.

The images were found in the darkroom of Arthur Borges, by a family member after his passing in 1993.


CLOSTER, N.J.—“It will creep you out,” warned Sterling Associates’ owner, Stephen D’Atri, describing the vast contents of the estate to be auctioned on Wednesday, October 22nd. “By day, Mark Falk was a government worker who went to church regularly and played music as a hobby. All of his friends say he was a wonderful, interesting guy. But what made him different was that he also had a fascination with death.”

Falk’s harmless but unusual obsession led to his amassing an extraordinary collection of sheet music, books, photographs, artwork and other objects—even human bones—that had a connection to death.

New York, NY, October 17, 2014—The Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the 2014 holiday season with an entertaining exhibition of rarely-seen handmade cards created by twentieth-century artists for their friends and family. Drawn from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, the exhibition will include nearly sixty seasonal cards made by such important artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Ad Reinhardt, Philip Guston, and Saul Steinberg. The exhibition will open on November 21 and will be on view through January 4, 2015. 

Spanning the decades from the 1920s to the 2000s, the works in the exhibition are tangible reminders of meaningful relationships among friends and colleagues, many of whom formed bonds through the practice of making art. They succeed in evoking romance, peace, humor, and joy in the most personal of ways—directly from the hand of the artist.


YORK, Pa.—From Mickey Mouse to Picasso, Spider-Man to JFK, Hake’s will make a stop at nearly every popular collecting corner during its November 11-13, 2014 auction, with a few unexpected surprises along the way. A trusted source for entertainment memorabilia and historical Americana since 1967, Hake’s consistently lives up to its reputation as a knowledgeable, trustworthy source for authentic pop-culture collectibles. Their November absentee-auction event includes a number of antique and vintage items that even Hake’s own experts have never handled before.

The political memorabilia category is summarized by a statement from none other than Hake’s founder, Ted Hake, who described it as “…the overall best political section we have cataloged in 47 years of operation.”


SAN MARINO, Calif.—  Curators at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that they have uncovered in the library collection a volume comprising two sections of the largest book ever written in China, and one of the most important: the Yongle Encyclopedia (Yongle dadian 永樂大典), dating from around 1562. The book had been shelved, uncatalogued, at The Huntington since 1968 after it was presented to the institution by the daughter of a missionary who had lived in China.

Staff at the time did not recognize the significance of the work, so they stored it away for later examination. It took the arrival of archivist Li Wei Yang to bring the true nature of the volume to light. He tentatively identified it as containing two of the sections of the renowned encyclopedia and proceeded to seek the expert advice of Liu Bo, a scholar on staff at the National Library of China.


Light Work is pleased to announce “Where Objects Fall Away,” an exhibition spanning the career of photographer and book artist Raymond Meeks. The exhibition is on view from Nov. 3-Dec. 17 in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work, located at 316 Waverly Ave. in Syracuse, N.Y. Meeks will deliver a gallery talk on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. A reception will be held from 5-7p.m. on the same evening. All events are free and open to the public.

NEW YORK—Moonlight on a Creek, circa 1928-29, Oscar Bluemner’s masterful symphony of form and color (est. $600,000) highlights the extraordinary King Collection of American Art in Heritage Auctions’ American Fine Art Signature® Auction Nov. 17 in New York.

Comprised of 46 paintings and works on paper from the inception of Modernism in 1907 through the flourishing scene of the 1930s, The King Collection includes iconic works by Stieglitz Circle masters Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley, as well as masterworks by rare and obscure artists Henry Lyman Sayen and William Henry Kemble Yarrow.

An archive of Dylan Thomas material is to be sold at Bonhams next Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London. It features two bounced cheques  made out by Thomas to Phil Richards, the landlord of The Cross House Inn, the poet’s local pub at Laugharne where he lived for many years. Further material in the sale includes signed photographs, a signed and dedicated first edition of The Collected Poems and other memorabilia.  Offered in three lots the archive has a combined upper estimate of over £3,000.

Dylan Thomas, who was born on 27 October 100 years ago, is one of the most popular 20th century English language poets but, like so many creative people, his private life was chaotic.  A heavy drinker from adolescence he was also frequently short of money and the bounced cheques to a pub landlord (estimate £600-800) neatly sum up these twin—and often linked—aspects of his life.

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Paris—On 1 and 10 December 2014, Artcurial will present for sale the celebrated collection of Ernesto and Liuba Wolf. With close to 300 pieces, the collection covers many different areas of art history from modern art, books and manuscripts to tribal art, Medieval enamels and Cycladic sculptures. The two sales will respect the diverse range of work, presenting it as a coherent, multidisciplinary whole reflecting the preferences and particular choices of Ernesto and Liuba Wolf.

Bruno Jaubert, director of the Modern Art department at Artcurial, reviews « In the spirit of Cabinet d’Amateur, this collection unites different collections covering various areas of interest, using one guiding principle: « to bring together masterpieces and extraordinary objects » in Ernesto Wolf’s own words. Rich, eclectic and highly personal, it becomes an act of creation by juxtaposing Medieval antiquities with Oriental art from Ancient times through to the Renaissance, books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and Primitive art with modern sculpture.”

Important works, letters and original art by Hermann Hesse from a private collection will be highlighted at the October 23rd PBA Galleries Literature, Illustrated & Children’s Books, Oz and Books in All Fields sale.  Also offered are significant German Expressionist publications from between the world wars, including a number of works illustrated by George Grosz.  The sale concludes with fine bindings and sets, striking illustrated books, literary highspots, imaginative children’s books and the wonderland of Oz.

Hermann Hesse began painting in his forties, particularly after he moved to the picturesque town of Montagnola, Switzerland, close to the Italian border. Many of his early watercolors are of the places he lived and loved. He wrote, “I have shown my appreciation to the old houses and stone roofs, the garden wall, the chestnut trees, the near and far away mountains, by painting, using hundreds of good sheets of drawing paper, many tubes of water paints, and drawing pencils.” This sentiment can be seen in the nine lots of eleven original watercolor works being offered by Hesse. Two original watercolors from 1922 and 1925 on either side of a single sheet of paper depict a home and the surrounding landscape (Estimate: $10,000/$15,000).


London—The Fletcher Collection of master draughtsman Rex Whistler, The Morris Baumann Collection of Private Press and an important and comprehensive private collection of Italian Futurism will go under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions’ 20th Century Books and Manuscripts sale on 23rd October. Also on offer is an impressive collection of modern first editions including ‘The Great Gatsby’ with Francis Cugart’s rare dust jacket and H. G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’, signed by the author.

Opening the sale is The Fletcher Collection (lots 1-93), arguably the finest collection of Rex Whistler’s (1905-44) work to ever come to market, it pays testament to the extraordinary abilities of Whistler as a draughtsman, including his designs for dust-jackets, book illustrations, murals, theatre designs and crockery. Whistler displayed his remarkable talents from a young age, as is evident from Whistler’s A Couple in a Four Poster Bed (1921) [lot 1, Est. £1,000-1,500], given by a 16 year old Whistler to his school nurse. Many of the items in the collection contain special designs from Whistler to his broad circle of friends such as Stephen Tennant, Cecil Beaton and his lifelong friend Edith Oliver. Further highlights include Whistlers’ Design for Curtain for Operatic Pills [lot 24, Est. £1,500-2,000] and Proofs of engravings for Gulliver’s Travels [lot 35, Est. £750-1,000]. Whistler's proofs of his engravings for Gulliver’s Travels are covered in his extensive and detailed notes to the colourists and give an insight into his attention to detail.

An archive of over 350 unpublished images by the Victorian amateur photographer Emma Francis Johnston is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs in London on 12 November. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

Emma Johnston is one of the lost figures of 19th century photography. Very little is known about her. She came from a comfortable middle class Hampstead family—her father was a solicitor—and remained unmarried.  Other than that, the texture of her life can be best understood through her photographs which cover the years 1858-1864 and document the activities of her immediate circle and the many visitors to the family home, Manor House.

Marvin Getman of Impact Events Group, building on the success of his recent Brooklyn Book Fair, has announced the formation of a new Book Fair for New York. The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will take place on Saturday April 11, 2015 8am-4pm in Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on 980 Park Ave. at 83rd St. This 60 dealer fair, less than a mile from the ABAA Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, takes place during Rare Book Week in New York City. The inaugural show will contain 60 dealers  featuring antiquarian books,  first editions, manuscripts, prints, ephemera, maps, autographs, posters and more. Admission to the fair is $15. Additional information is available on the website bookandpaperfairs.com or at 781-862-4039.  Impact Events Group also produces book and ephemera fairs in greater Boston and New Hampshire.


New York—On Wednesday, October 29, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints with works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Munch, Picasso and more.

A choice selection of prints by the Old Masters features significant works by Albrecht Dürer, such as romantic images including Lady on Horseback and the Lansquenet, a dark and evenly-printed engraving circa 1497 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000) and The Standard Bearer, engraving, circa 1500 ($6,000 to $9,000). St. Anthony Reading, a richly inked engraving from 1519 and The Harrowing of Hell, engraving, 1512 are examples of prints from the height of Dürer’s career ($40,000 to $60,000 and $6,000 to $9,000 respectively). Rounding out the selection is a 16th-century manuscript prayer book with approximately 20 engravings by, after or attributed to Dürer, Heinrich Aldegrever and others, all with detailed hand-coloring in watercolor and gouache.


DENVER, Pa.—Postcards have captivated American collectors since 1893, when series depicting scenes from the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition were made available to fairgoers who attended the landmark event. Examples of those early souvenir cards are among the thousands of rarities to be offered Oct. 25-26 in Morphy Auctions’ sale of the Danny and Kathy Danielsen collection.

Acclaimed actress of stage and screen, Lauren Bacall, who passed away in August 2014, had formed an astonishing art collection which included works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The Bacall Collection, estimated at $3m, will be sold at Bonhams, New York - 580 Madison Avenue - in March 2015.

Highlighting the Bacall collection are eight sculptures by Henry Moore, Britain’s greatest 20th century sculptor, two of which will be sold in November’s Impressionist and Modern sale at Bonhams, New York. Bacall’s deep admiration of Moore began in the 1950s while she was living in Los Angeles, but it was not until 1975 that the actress was introduced to the sculptor by Robert Lewis of the Brook Street Gallery in London.

A copy of 18 Poems by Dylan Thomas presented by the poet to the famous Northern Irish broadcaster and novelist, Sam Hanna Bell, is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs in London on 12 November. It is estimated at £1,500-2,500.

Born in Glasgow in 1909, Sam Hanna Bell moved to County Down at the age of seven following the death of his father.  By 1921 he was living in Belfast working as a manual labourer while trying to build a literary career.  In 1945 he was recruited to work for the BBC by the Irish poet Louis MacNeice who also recruited Bell’s fellow writer W.R. Rodgers. MacNeice was a close friend and drinking companion of Dylan Thomas and the four men were also connected by their association with the BBC Third Programme (now Radio Three).  18 Poems is inscribed “for Sam Hanna Bell from Dylan Thomas 1950”. Originally published in 1934, it was the poet’s first book and was reprinted in 1942.  It is a copy of this second edition which Thomas inscribed for Bell.

NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2014—The Folio Society (www.foliosociety.com), London-based publisher of fine books since 1947, announces new initiatives and programming in the United States, including sponsorship of the New Yorker Festival  (October 10-12), part of a broader promotional campaign with the magazine. 

As part of its sponsorship of the New Yorker Festival, The Folio Society will host a pop-up shop at McNally Jackson during the festival weekend, October 10-12, and until November 14. On Saturday, October 11, at 5pm, iconic musician, poet and National Book Award-winner (Just Kids) Patti Smith will sign Folio’s new edition of Wuthering Heights, for which she wrote the introduction. McNally Jackson is located at 52 Prince Street, between Lafayette and Mulberry. A variety of Folio Society titles including The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Dubliners will be available for purchase.

Paris, 7 October 2014—Part Four of the Library of R. & B. L., devoted to 20th century first editions, autographs and manuscripts, enjoyed great success as the unique 222-lot ensemble—offered for auction in association with Binoche & Giquello—totalled €3.5 million ($4.4 million) against a pre-sale estimate of €2.3-3m, making it one of the most important sales ever held in this field.

The excellent results rewarded the appeal of a magnificent collection, replete with carefully chosen editions—often in large format and/or accompanied by dedications—as well as letters (many unpublished) and moving manuscripts evoking the loves, friendships and interlocking destinies of some of 20th century’s greatest authors. Bibliophiles were also attracted by Proustian marvels and wonderful texts by Camus, Cendrars, Jarry, Radiguet, Reverdy, Saint-Exupéry and Segalen, to name but a few.

Thank you for visiting our introduction to the Poulin Rare Book Auction to be held on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, commencing at 11:00 AM EST in Fairfield, Maine. Fairfield is approximately three hours north of Boston. Preview day will be Monday, November 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Doors will open at 8:00 AM the day of sale for preview. The material can also be viewed by appointment.

We are pleased to offer rare and important books in many fields. Among the approximately 100 lots of 17th & 18th Century Americana are two important works by Cotton Mather. The WONDERFUL WORKS OF GOOD COMMEMORATED is the 1st edition of 1690 printed by Samuel Green in its original binding. A remaining portion of the title page confirms it as the first printing. The work is bound with THE WAY TO PROSPERITY. An extensive description, Holmes collation, and photographs of the book are found in the catalog. The second 17th century work by Cotton Mather is THE LIFE OF THE RENOWNED JOHN ELIOT printed by Harrison Allen in 1691. It is in a handsome late 19th century binding. The title page is torn on the diagonal with approximately two-thirds remaining. Both works are exceedingly rare.

New Haven, Conn. / Brooklyn, NY—The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired the records of Cave Canem Foundation, among the nation’s most influential organizations supporting African American poetry. 

“The Cave Canem archive is an incomparable record of the African American poetry community over the past two decades,” says Nancy Kuhl, curator of poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Library. “We welcome the opportunity to both serve the Cave Canem community as steward and caretaker of its archival record, and to collaborate as partners in preserving and promoting the archive for future poets, readers, students, and scholars.”


London—Bloomsbury Auctions’ Printed Books and Manuscripts Sale was a resounding success. With a full saleroom and active online platforms, high prices were achieved across the board. Francis A. Groom’s The Sportsman's Diary for Shooting Trips in Northern China and other documents sold well above estimate, a rare second edition of Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations and Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire achieved impressive sale prices.

With plenty of pre-sale interest and competitive bidding in the room, a strong hammer price was ultimately achieved for The Sportsman's Diary for Shooting Trips in Northern China, a signed presentation copy from the author Francis A. Groom to Douglas Jones (Secretary of the Union Insurance Society of Canton, of Shanghai, and later of Eelmont, Hoddesdon Hertfordshire, 1847-1923) was the highlight of Thursday’s sale. Also included in the lot were 3 original photographs of the shooting party with their trophies, Chinese permits for shooting, a permit to shoot in Hong Kong and the New Territories, manuscript maps, a medal commemorating the Shanghai Jubilee 1893, a pair of glasses and others [Lot 54, Sold for £9,300].

Doyle New York is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Beverly Hills, California. The office is directed by Nan Summerfield, who has been named a Senior Vice President in the company and Director of California Operations. The new office opened on October 1.

“We are delighted to welcome Nan Summerfield to the Doyle team,” said Kathleen M. Doyle, Chairman/CEO of Doyle New York. “Nan brings over thirty-five years of experience to her position. As the new Director of California Operations, Nan will broaden and deepen our relationships on the West Coast.”

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

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction: Theology, Coins, Dickens, etc., Sunday, October 12. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Highlighted are fine private collections including author-signed modern literature, antique theology, and books by and about Charles Dickens. The ephemera lots include a large collection of antique photographs and glass slides with primarily New York State subject matter.

London, UK, October 2014—The Folio Society (www.foliosociety.com) is delighted to announce that Goya: Disasters of War will be on display in the Learning Space of the exhibition Goya: Order and Disorder at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). This landmark exhibition is the largest retrospective of the artist to take place in America in 25 years and will be on view from October 12, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

Goya: Disasters of War is a limited edition publication from The Folio Society and is the first to reproduce Goya’s own prints of his remarkable etchings documenting his response to the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, the famine in Madrid and the repressive government of Ferdinand VII. Linked by Goya’s iconic handwritten captions, faithfully reproduced in this edition, it can be seen as a forerunner to the graphic novel.

The first Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Hazel Wilkinson, a PhD student in English Literature at University College London, for her collection ‘The everyday canon from Tonson to Penguin’. A runner’s up prize was also awarded to Kayleigh Betterton, an MA student at Birkbeck, for a collection of Oscar Wilde material.

The Prize is funded by Anthony Davis, an alumnus of Birkbeck. It is intended to encourage students of the University in the early stages of developing a coherent and interesting book collection. The Prize is supported by Senate House Library (SHL), the Institute of English Studies (IES), and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. It consists of £500 for the student personally, and £250 for the purchase of a book which the winner chooses for Senate House Library.


New York—The inaugural History of Science sale at Bonhams New York is set to be a resounding success. With rare books, manuscripts, scientific and technological instruments, photographs, prints and more ranging from the 16th-20th centuries, the sale features a wide range of exciting material slated to hit the auction block on October 22, including an exceptional Apple-1 computer in working condition; an original viewing window from the Manhattan Project's Hanford Site in Southern Oregon, employed in the production of plutonium for the atomic bomb known as Fat Man; an example of the first electric keyboard, and much more.

The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are pleased to announce the opening of Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries, a new rare book exhibition at the George Peabody Library. The exhibition features highlights from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books and manuscripts on the history of forgery in the West.

With more than 1,700 items, the collection touches on some of the greatest theological disputes in Western history, including preposterous claims of universal papal authority, audacious medieval land grabs, and efforts to rewrite the history of the world back to Noah and the Flood. The 70 items on display explore the phenomenon of forgery as a creative, as well as destructive literary form, and illustrate the tricks of the forger’s trade—and some of its most disastrous consequences—through materials that range from biblical and Greco-Roman antiquity up to the early decades of the 20th century.

DALLAS—Patrick Nagel’s sultry 1980s acrylic on canvas Posing with Panther is expected to sell for $60,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 17 Illustration Art Signature® Auction in New York. This pin-up is one of six artworks by Nagel in the sale along with Nude With Gloves, 1983, (est. $50,000+) and The Tigress, 1985, (est. $30,000+).

In addition to an incredible selection of pin-up from all eras, the Oct. 17 Illustration auction—bookended by Signature® Auctions of Photographs, Oct. 16, and Texas Art, Oct. 18—holds two important collections that couldn’t come to market at a better time.


New York—Bonhams is pleased to present the Gemini Collection of Modern Prints & Illustrated Books, at auction on October 28 in New York. The sale comprises 166 lots and is anticipated to fetch $1-1.5 million.

Gemini Fine Books & Arts was founded by the late Alexander “Arik” Verezhensky. Mr Verezhensky was a Russian emigré and cybernetics PhD. In the U.S. he became a passionate collector and dealer of fine prints and illustrated books by the major artists of the 20th century. He joined both the ABAA and ILAB, the two foremost trade organizations for fine books. Christina Geiger, Director of the Books Department at Bonhams New York, states, “Mr. Verezhensky was widely respected by his colleagues and by auctioneers. He had exceptional discipline in acquiring books and prints in only the best possible condition.”


Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination opens at the British Library exploring Gothic culture’s roots in British literature and celebrating 250 years since the publication of the first Gothic novel.

Alongside the manuscripts of classic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jane Eyre, the exhibition brings the dark and macabre to life with artefacts, old and new. Highlights of the exhibition include a vampire slaying kit and 18th and 19th century Gothic fashions, as well as one of Alexander McQueen’s iconic catwalk creations. Also on display is a model of the Wallace and Gromit Were-Rabbit, showing how Gothic literature has inspired varied and colourful aspects of popular culture in exciting ways over centuries.


BEVERLY HILLS—A remarkable and frank correspondence archive between Cormac McCarthy and John Fergus Ryan—touching on everything from their fellow authors to the state of the publishing industry—is expected to sell for $50,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 8 Rare Books Signature® Auction in Beverly Hills. The auction features several fresh-to-market private collections of rare finds ranging from antiquarian books to first edition copies of 20th century masterpieces including a first edition, first printing copy of The Great Gatsby signed on an inserted leaf by author F. Scott Fitzgerald (est. $20,000+).


BOSTON, MA—(September 30, 14) A collection of 13 original and most likely unpublished negatives from the wedding of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy will be auctioned by Boston, MA based RR Auction in October.

“The images were taken by a freelance photographer, Arthur Burges, of Fall River, MA who had been asked to be a ‘back-up’ photographer for the wedding,” says Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction. “They were discovered by family members in his darkroom after his passing in 1993.”

By David Bloom—General Robert E. Lee’s order of surrender to the Army of Northern Virginia was written and issued on April 10, 1865, the day after his meeting at Wilmer McLean’s house in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, with General Ulysses S. Grant. It was where the terms of surrender had been agreed upon to effectively end the American Civil War. In this brief and eloquent farewell, Lee addressed the men who fought under his command and wrote, “I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them. But feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that would compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuation of the contest, I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice.”

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