November 2014 Archives

On November 24, 2014, Doyle New York held a highly-successful sale of the New York City Bar Association Rare Book Collection. The sale comprised important material of national and regional interest relating to New York, Colonial America, the American Revolution, the federal government, territorial expansion, legal incunabula and English law.

With competitive bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones, and on the Internet, the auction totaled an exceptional $2,369,231, far surpassing its estimate of $665,780-1,010,420, with 100% of the 325 lots offered sold.

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BOSTON, MA—(November 21, 14) An Apollo 11 manual used by Flight Director Gene Kranz during first moon landing sold for $91,909 on Thursday according to Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

While at his console in Mission Control throughout the landmark mission, it was a primary resource for coordinating that mission and associated activities both during the flight—and while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the lunar surface, according to Kranz in a letter that accompanied the sale.

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014).


The news is available in Spanish.

The archive documents the life and work of García Márquez, an author who obtained nearly unanimous critical acclaim and a worldwide readership.

Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair

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Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair At The Old Stone House

December 6, 2014, 11 AM TO 5 PM 

Featuring rare, vintage, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers all over Brooklyn. 

For the third holiday season, independent Brooklyn bookshops and antiquarian booksellers will fill Park Slope's historic Old Stone House with rare, vintage, and out-of-print books in a celebration of the borough's rich history of printing, reading, and writing. Faenwyl Bindery will be there as well, offering handmade journals and custom boxes for your favorite books.

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New York—The Fine Books and Manuscripts auction on December 10 at Bonhams New York will be anchored by a fine selection of color-plate books that cross several genres. These books are large, luxury volumes illustrated with original engravings and lithographs, sometimes printed in color, but more often painstakingly colored by hand.

Leading the way is a magnificent copy of a justly famous Renaissance festival book recording the entrance of Pope Clement VI and Emperor Charles V after the Emperor’s coronation at Bologna in 1530, which is expected to fetch between $120,000 and $180,000. This hand-colored suite of 30 engravings is an early issue and, with its detailed early manuscript captions, is possibly the exemplar from which later issues were created. Charles V was the last monarch to receive a papal coronation and this occasion was the first time the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor was held outside of Rome in over 500 years. The Bolognese outdid themselves in celebrating both their Pope and their Emperor: both the procession and its depiction were magnificent.

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NEW YORK—The Little Peach, 1902, Maxfield Parrish’s touching oil painted to accompany a children’s poem by the same name, sold for $515,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $6.5 million American Art Signature Auction in New York. The Nov. 17 auction featured nearly 300 masterpieces, including an extraordinary selection of Modernism from the King Collection of American Art.

“As a result of the excitement surrounding The King Collection, bidders set artist records all day long," said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage. “We were particularly excited to see many pieces sold to the floor.”

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Four Proposals for Reading: An Exhibition at the Seager/Gray Gallery opens Saturday, February 7, 2015. 

Four Proposals For Reading is an exhibition that challenges and highlights the experience of reading as it is experienced through a range of methodologies, processes, materials and formats. The four artists in this exhibition: Julie Chen, Clifton Meador, Barbara Tetenbaum, and Philip Zimmermann, all have long-standing commitments to the book as a central part of their artistic practice. In this exhibition they each make compelling arguments that the book, in its many forms, still has enormous power and validity in the hands of the reader.

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and 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.

New York—Bonhams is pleased to offer a variety of exceptional Russian books, manuscripts, art and photographs at auction on December 10. This is Bonhams’ third Russian book sale since 2012, incorporating for the first time a collection of 160 lots of classic Russian photographs from the 1920s to 1950s.

Manuscripts include important poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, “Voina obyavlena” [War Is Declared!] (est. $40,000 - 60,000); and Sergei Esenin, “Glupoe serdtse, ne beisya" [Silly heart, don’t beat] (est. $60,000 - 80,000); as well as a revealing letter from revolutionary artist and critic, Kazimir Malevich, to the Commissar of Enlightenment Lunacharskii, in which he reflects on his life-long struggle with his critics and the state that is estimated to realize between $70,000 and $100,000.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—More than 100 issues of the colonial magazine Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790, a 1684 volume containing two plays by William Shakespeare, and 10 cases of original manuscripts from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials are just a few of the highlights in Waverly’s Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 Catalog Auction #262. Hundreds of lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books and autographed items will cross the auction block.

The auction will be held at Waverly’s northern Virginia gallery located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

In addition to important Africana, the auction will feature a wide range of items which will be of interest to international collectors.

All bidding is in US$ and no buyer’s premium is charged.

Antiquarianauctions.com is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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DALLAS—The only known copy of the U.S. release one sheet from the 1927 lost cinema classic London After Midnight (MGM, 1927) may bring $50,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 22-23 Vintage Movie Posters Signature® Auction in Dallas.

The rare poster highlights a large and important collection of paper celebrating the career of Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces." London After Midnight is considered to be one of the "holy grails" of lost cinema and was reconstructed more than ten years ago using more than 200 still photographs and a continuity script. Starring Chaney, and directed by Tod Browning, who is most known for directing Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), the film is based on a script by Browning and depicts Chaney as a vampire (though in makeup only).

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Just weeks after the long-anticipated discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships the British Library looks back on almost 400 years of a fascination with the fabled Northwest Passage.

From Charles II’s lavish personal atlas to 19th century woodcut illustrations and wooden maps crafted by Inuit communities, the exhibition features material from Europe, Canada and the Arctic, much of it on display for the first time, giving us incredible insights in to the mysterious area which has lured explorers like Franklin to their deaths.

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As the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of the Dylan Thomas, Sotheby’s announces the most exciting manuscript discovery since his death in 1953. The exercise book, which contains 49 handwritten pages, will be the most important poetical manuscript by Thomas ever to appear at auction when it is offered at Sotheby’s London on 9 December.

This previously unknown and unrecorded notebook contains a series of 19 poems written during his urgent burst of creativity in the 1930s. The scratchings-out, doodles and revisions that mark the pages offer a unique insight into the creative process of one of the world’s most loved poets.

A unique edition of François Levaillant’s Histoire Naturelle des oiseaux d’Afrique, with eighteen original watercolour illustrations for the dedicatee, Jacob Temminck, is to be auctioned at Bonhams Travel & Exploration sale in Knightsbridge, London, on 3 December, 2014. The work, in six volumes, is estimated at £80,000 - 100,000.

Levaillant’s obsession with the wildlife of the world began amid the forests of his birthplace, Paramaribo, the capital of modern-day Suriname. When his family returned to Europe in 1763, Levaillant spent two years in Metz studying natural history, nursing the passion which came into full bloom after he examined marvellous cabinets devoted to ornithology during a visit to Paris in 1777.

DALLAS—Two historical Americana auctions held Nov. 8 at Heritage Auctions brought a combined $703,328 Nov. 8 in Dallas as collectors sought fresh-to-market-finds with impeccable provenance. An 1833 rice paper print of The Declaration of Independence from William J. Stone’s original copperplate by Peter Force sold for $30,000 to top the firm's Americana & Political Signature® Auction while a rare, signed Jack of Spades, shot through by the notorious Texas gunslinger John Wesley Hardin, sold for $13,750 to lead its Legends of the West Signature® Auction.

"We think the future market for Americana is extremely bright," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. "Strong bidding in nearly every quadrant of the hobby pushed prices well past expectations. Several high estimates were outright ignored."

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New York—On Thursday, December 4 Swann Galleries will conduct an eclectic auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books featuring early botanicals, Audubon plates, exquisite plate books and rare maps.

Among the most visually appealing items is Frederick Catherwood’s Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, London, 1844, a color plate book documenting recently discovered archaeological sites throughout Central America (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). Another rare work by Catherwood in the auction is his famous, separately issued view: New-York, Taken from the North west angle of Fort Columbus, Governors Island, 1846 ($3,000 to $5,000).

LONDON, 13 November 2014—Throughout history, books have disseminated the ideas and discoveries of the world’s most influential thinkers. Whether focused on science, technology, religion, family or society, books have always had the capacity to change the way we think.

But, which books could claim the title of ‘the most valuable to humanity’? Today, The Folio Society, publishers of fine editions of the world’s greatest works for over 65 years, reveal the definitive list as chosen by the British public, and in doing so have re-ignited the age-old debate of science vs religion.

DALLAS—Water Lilies with Cloud, 1992, presented as part of a mini-retrospective of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, sold for $341,000 in Heritage Auctions' $5.5 million Modern & Contemporary Art Signature® Auction in Dallas. The Nov. 8 auction offered career highlights from the likes of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana as well as a rare early engraving from Pablo Picasso. 

"We were quite pleased to see knowledgeable buyers and collectors find what they were looking for at Heritage," said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary Art at Heritage. "As expected, we saw strong prices among familiar works as well as a great deal of interest in late 20th century abstract and Pop artists."

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New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana on Tuesday, November 25 features important material on the American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Mormons, Latin America and the Caribbean. The sale includes selections from the Forbes Collection and the Milton R. Slater Collection.

The item with the highest pre-sale estimate is Thomas Paine’s extremely scarce The American Crisis, his essays that helped turn the tide of the Revolution, with the well-known opening line, “These are the times which try men’s souls,” three parts bound together, Philadelphia, 1776-77 (estimate: $120,000 to $180,000).

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A collection of seventy-five signed letters sent by John Ruskin, including thirty-seven still unpublished, were sold at Bonhams ‘Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs’ sale in Knightsbridge, London, on 12 November 2014, for £88,900—more than twice their high estimate—to an anonymous overseas bidder on the telephone. 

Interest in the love-triangle of John Ruskin, Effie Gray and John Everett Millais is particularly high due to the recent release of the hit film, Effie Gray. The doomed marriage of Ruskin and Gray, his coldness towards her and her affair with the artist John Everett Millais, undeniably provide a compelling story, and this Victorian scandal has long captured the public’s imagination. It was 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.

BOSTON, MA—Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall rare book events. The 38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 14-16, and the Skinner auction of 490 lots of historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 16th, at 10 a.m.

Literary Letters, Photographs & Historical Documents

Skinner has the privilege to offer a group of newly discovered letters written by a teen-aged Jack Kerouac to a boyhood friend in Lowell, Massachusetts (lots 44 through 50, estimates vary). Entertaining, revealing, and personal, these letters show Kerouac beginning to define himself as an artist. In addition to the remarkable style and content of these engaging documents, Kerouac’s youthful hopes and doubts are palpable on the typewritten pages. Seen within the context of his future success, they create a compelling narrative.

Beverly Hills, California—(November 12, 2014)—Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, has announced one of its most rare and extraordinary auctions to date, The Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe. The collection is a remarkable look into the private life of screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and features extremely personal items never before seen by the public. This collection which was originally given to her mentor and coach Lee Strasberg who later gifted it to a friend features love letters, photographs, personal items, personal records and documents and other memorabilia which were in the possession of Marilyn Monroe herself. They offer a rare glimpse into the private life of Monroe through the various mementos she chose to keep herself.

The collection was stored away until recently.  The Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe is a collection of over 200 very rare items which will be auctioned during the highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event to be held December 5 & 6, 2014 at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Blvd.

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New York—Swann Galleries’ Thursday, November 20 auction of Autographs offers property from private collections including the celebrated Forbes Collection and the collection of Milton R. Slater, in addition to 12 lots related to Winston Churchill from a private collection.

A strong selection of Americana features a copy of Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby’s farewell address to his troops, an autograph letter signed  “Fauquier, April 21st 65” (estimate: $50,000 to $75,000); a printed document signed by Thomas Jefferson, as Secretary of State, the act making Vermont the 14th state, Philadelphia, 18 February 1791 ($15,000 to $25,000) and a John Jay letter signed, as President of the Continental Congress, sending the Act of Congress resolving of boundary disputes between New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, signed twice by John Hancock as Speaker of the Massachusetts Council, Philadelphia, 25 September 1779 ($8,000 to $12,000); and an autograph letter signed by George Washington, to Chastel de la Vallée, acknowledging his letter and inviting him to Mount Vernon, 1 October 1788 ($15,000 to $25,000).

Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the auction of arguably the most famous and evocative book illustration of the twentieth century: E.H. Shepard’s original ink drawing of Christopher Robin, Piglet and Pooh on the famous ‘poohsticks’ bridge, first published in A.A. Milne’s celebrated The House at Pooh Corner in 1928.

Having formed the frontispiece for this (and many subsequent) editions, the illustration can be counted among the most familiar, and most loved, cultural references in English literature.

Doyle New York is honored to auction the New York City Bar Association Rare Book Collection. The Collection will be offered in several landmark auctions, with the first sale of over 300 lots taking place on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10am. Subsequent sales will be held in 2015.

The New York City Bar Association is America’s oldest bar association, and its library is among the largest member-supported law libraries in the nation. This internationally respected research facility has among its primary source material statutes, case law and regulations from all federal and state jurisdictions. Over the years, the library has acquired an extensive collection of rare and historic law-related volumes.

On Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The sale includes much remarkable material.

In musical autographs, one highlight is a very rare autograph transcription of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America, first sung by Kate Smith on an Armistice Day broadcast of her radio show in 1938, and now America’s unofficial second anthem. Also significant is the deluxe edition of Gershwin and Heyward’s Porgy and Bess (signed by George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward and Rouben Mamoulian) made more so by a fine inscription to Gershwin’s friend and collaborator Leo Reisman, and a group of associated materials including photographs of Gershwin and Reisman.

Unseen Tolkien Poem at Bloomsbury Auctions

London—A poem written by Tolkien on a personalised postcard that appears to be unpublished will go under the hammer this month in a sale of Important Books & Works on Paper at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday 13th November 2014 in London.

The poem which begins, “Aredhel went forth in blossom white” is written on Tolkien’s Merton College personalised postcard and is accompanied by a stream of relatively innocuous notes that provide a remarkable insight into Tolkien’s life, “Tobacco, Matches, See John…Ask Edith about Wordswoth.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—November 6, 2014—On November 11, the Library Company will open an exhibition documenting African American political and social activism in the North in the decades after Emancipation.  "The Genius of Freedom: Northern Black Activism and Uplift after the Civil War," Curator of African History Krystal Appiah's first major exhibition since joining the Library Company in 2012, will run through June 26, 2015. Collection materials on display include rare documents from nineteenth-century Colored Conventions, political activism and civil rights organizing across the North, and movements to reclaim history and instill racial pride, "Genius of Freedom" turns the spotlight on the relatively less-studied Northern States in the period of Reconstruction.

The end of the Civil War and the subsequent abolition of Southern slavery were a source of jubilation for African Americans throughout the United States. Black activists and their white allies were instrumental in the passage of federal laws that expanded civil rights for African Americans. African Americans in the North, however, learned that local laws and social customs often still left them on the fringes of citizenship and success. As a result, Northern blacks sought to empower their communities through political protest and uplift initiatives that emphasized equality, self-reliance, and pride.

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Powerful narrative, unforgettable characters, illustrations that stir the imagination, and insights that engage the mind and heart—literature for children is forged from the same enduring elements as literature for adults.  Children’s books with these qualities often shine for generations, with some achieving landmark fame.  A few such books ultimately go on to enter the canon of classics of children’s literature.

The Grolier Club’s milestone public exhibition, One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature, showcases one hundred books of this caliber, printed from 1600 to 2000.  On view from December 10, 2014 through February 7, 2015, the show includes such beloved books as Robinson Crusoe, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Peter Rabbit, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Winnie-the-Pooh, Charlotte’s Web, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harry Potter.  These classics and others—many famous today, some only in their time—will bring smiles of enjoyment to adults and children alike.

A diary covering some of the key moments of the Second Boer War (1899-1902) kept by one of the servants of Sir Redvers Buller VC, Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London.  It is estimated at £600-800.

Intriguingly, the identity of the servant is unknown though he was clearly a close member of Sir Redver’s staff. The diary entries cease when Sir Redvers was recalled home in 1900 and the writer’s brief first entry records Buller’s 60th birthday "...8.12.99/ Waited, on General Buller at dinner on the 4.12.99 (60 years old).”

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Doyle New York held a successful auction of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 27, 2014. With competitive bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled $903,281,  surpassing its estimate of $555,250-848,800. An exceptional 92% was sold by lot and 99% by value, and several new auction records were set.


London—A collection of rare Edward Gordon Craig works from the property of an American gentleman will be offered in Bloomsbury Auctions’ Important Books and Works on Paper sale on Thursday 13th November at their Mayfair saleroom. The 253 lot collection spanning inscribed books, letters, proofs and prints, some relating to Craig’s mother Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, represents a lifetime dedicated to collecting works by and relating to the artist, author and theatre designer.

Leading the collection is a desirable group of 15 proofs by Craig for the celebrated Cranach Press Hamlet, including one unpublished proof of Gravediggers. [Lot 122, est. £3,000-5,000].

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the great English charter of rights and liberties that received King John’s seal in 1215, the Library of Congress in association with Thomson Reuters will publish "Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor," the companion book to the Library’s exhibition of the same title that opens Nov. 6.

Edited by Justice Randy J. Holland (Delaware Supreme Court), the book features a foreword by U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and essays by leading United States and United Kingdom Magna Carta scholars. Law Librarian of Congress David S. Mao provides an insider’s overview of the exhibition. Susan Reyburn, a writer-editor in the Library’s Publishing Office, recounts the American adventures of the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta—the same version appearing this year—which found refuge at the Library during World War II. Other chapters, including contributions from retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and retired Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge, examine Magna Carta in history, popular culture, and the shaping of American life and law.

Philadelphia, PA—Freeman’s Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction brought an impressive $580,000, with 90% of the 712 lots sold on October 16. U.S. historical documents, rare first editions, and autograph materials representing notable persons, were of interest to buyers.

One of the highlights from the auction was Robert E. Lee’s signed manuscript of “General Order No. 9” which sold for $81,250. Written in April 1865, General Lee surrendered to the Army of North Virginia, which effectively ended the American Civil War.

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A charming portrait of the lovely Bessie Florence 'Floss' Scarlett née Gibson (1851-1934), by Reginald Easton (British, 1807-1893), does not give any sense of the many tragedies that would befall her.

This watercolour of ‘Floss’, painted on ivory gilt-mounted on a rectangular velvet frame, is estimated to sell for £3,000 - 4,000 at Bonhams sale of Fine Portrait Miniatures on November 19th in Knightsbridge.

In the portrait, she stands before a sandy beach, wearing fawn dress over white chemise, her light brown hair upswept beneath a brown shearling hat set with a diamond brooch, holding a cane in her left hand.

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London—The established Book Department at Bloomsbury Auctions is expanding into the Middle Eastern bibliophile market with a collection of works ranging from a 15th century manuscript on alchemy, through to a beautifully decorated 19th century example of the Divan by Persia’s most beloved and renowned poet Hafez. The collection will be offered in the Important Books & Works on Paper sale on Thursday 13th November 2014.

Rupert Powell, Deputy Chairman at Bloomsbury Auctions commented; “Although in its infancy, our growing Middle Eastern Manuscripts department is already offering beautiful and important works to collectors through a comprehensive calendar of book auctions, which ranges from monthly Bibliophile sales to our bi-annual Important Books sales. We look to cultivate this new addition to the department and grow with the international market, whilst offering the London bibliophile scene a new collecting avenue.”

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A contrite note written in 1987 from painter Lucien Freud to his downstairs neighbour, apologising for the loss of television reception in the building, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500 and is being offered with one of the artist’s famous paint rags which fell onto the same neighbour’s balcony one day.

Washington, DC—Explore the hidden side of Shakespeare’s world with a new exhibition at the Folger that considers early works on codes, ciphers, and concealed messages, as well as the ways in which they influenced the story of two preeminent twentieth-century code breakers, William and Elizebeth Friedman, whose 1957 book debunked claims of cipher messages in Shakespeare's early printed plays. 

As the top U.S. Army cryptanalyst, William Friedman led the team that broke the Japanese PURPLE code at the beginning of World War II. He also attempted, but without success, to unravel what remains one of the world’s great mysteries: the fifteenth-century Voynich Manuscript.

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New York—On November 18, Swann Galleries will offer a diverse auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature that includes first and limited editions, signed and inscribed copies, children’s literature and works by Charles Dickens, James Joyce, John Steinbeck, Rex Stout, Evelyn Waugh and P.G. Wodehouse.

An excellent selection of works by Waugh includes his first two novels in their entirely unrestored dust jackets in impeccable condition: Decline and Fall, his first novel, containing the names “Martin Gaythorne-Brodie” and “Kevin Saunderson,” which were changed in later issues, London, 1928 (estimate: $7,000 to $10,000); and Vile Bodies, his satire of English high society after World War One, 1930 ($6,000 to $9,000).

New York—On December 11, Christie’s is honored to offer an American cultural icon,  ‘The Ricketts’ Apple-1 Personal Computer, as part of the auction house’s inaugural Exceptional Sale in New York, taking place December 11 at Rockefeller Center. Named after its first owner Charles Ricketts, this example is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented to have been sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents’ garage. It is estimated at $400,000 - 600,000, the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction.

23 years after Ricketts bought the Apple-1 from Jobs in Los Altos, it was acquired by Bruce Waldack, a freshly minted entrepreneur who’d just sold his company DigitalNation.  The Ricketts Apple-1 was auctioned at a sheriff’s sale of Waldack’s property at a self-storage facility in Virginia in 2004, and won by the present consigner, the American collector, Bob Luther.

On 9 December 2014, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale the earliest detailed account of one of the greatest “what if” moments in British history, the Gunpowder Plot, when a group of religious extremists almost succeeded in annihilating nearly the entire English political class in November 1605.

Announcing the discovery of the gunpowder plot, the letter gives a detailed narrative account of ‘the most cruell and detestable practise, against the person of his majesty, and the whole estate of this realme, that ever was conceaved by the hart of man.'

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

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction—Munter, Medical, Rochester, etc.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  The art pieces are led by original works by Gabriele Munter and a large Tamayo oil and sand painting.

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