January 2015 Archives

February 1- April 26, 2015. The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor.

This winter the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, an exhibition featuring bold, bright, and captivating drawings and manuscripts that celebrated important life events among the first European immigrants to settle in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th century. The exhibition represents the most comprehensive study of the last fifty years to be devoted to fraktur, one of the most iconic forms of American folk art. It celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of more than 230 works from this important collection, and will be accompanied by a landmark publication. The Johnson Collection of rare and exquisite works on paper will more than double the Museum’s distinguished holdings of fraktur, making it among the finest collections of its kind in the United States.


Los Angeles, California—(January 29, 2015)Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California has announced The Story of Disneyland Collection exhibit and auction to take place February 28th and March 1st at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA.  The Story of Disneyland Collection is the most comprehensive and complete collection to ever come to market and provides an unprecedented narrative into the story of Walt Disney’s beloved Disneyland theme park. With memorabilia dating from the very beginning of Walt’s planning to his expansions in Florida and beyond, this one-of-a-kind rare collection has been amassed over thirty years and includes an extraordinary glimpse into the life of Walt Disney, his close group of original Imagineers, the initial plans for Disneyland and the amazing legacy he left behind.

Featuring more than 200 items, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is drawn almost entirely from the Harry Ransom Center’s collections of art, photography, rare books, performing arts, film and manuscripts. 

Beginning Feb. 10, 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  Lewis Carroll’s creation has been transformed by artists, translators and filmmakers.


NEW YORK—A restored copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC Apparent VF 7.5, the monumental debut of the Caped Crusader—the second most sought-after of all comic book titles—will cross the auction block on Friday, Feb. 20, as part of Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Feb. 19-21 Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (2 E. 79th Street, at 5th Ave.). It is expected to bring $100,000+.

“A few restored copies of Action #1, the debut of Superman, have broken the $100,000 mark at Heritage,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This copy of Detective #27 could be the second restored copy of this issue to reach that level. This is a cornerstone book for any collection and we expect bidding will be appropriate to the rarity and the condition.”


PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania’s long tradition of collecting and study in the history of science recently gained potential for many new chapters of unprecedented research following the Penn Libraries’ acquisition of over fifty manuscripts from Ralph George Algernon Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. The manuscripts were collected by General Charles Rainsford (1728-1809), an 18th century gentleman scientist, and cover subjects such as alchemy, astrology, Cabbala and Tarot.

“This acquisition represents a rare chance to obtain items that have not been fully studied in the past and will undoubtedly shed much more light on the subject of the Occult Enlightenment and what we think of as Enlightenment science,” said Mitch Fraas, Curator of Early Modern Manuscripts at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, about the collection.


SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens added important rare material to its history of science collection recently:  handwritten research notes by Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) on the brewing of beer, furthering the scientist’s understanding of the fermentation process; and, for the manuscripts collection more generally—1,000 pages by a sailor and largely self-taught writer and artist who called himself “Wicked Ned,” and a collection of unpublished letters, poems, and other material from the family of Jane Austen.

The Huntington’s Library Collectors’ Council purchased the collections at its annual meeting earlier this  month. “These are each spectacular additions to the library,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “And while Pasteur and Austen may be household names and those materials are compelling in their own right, I have to say, the Wicked Ned material is absolutely stunning.”

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Seth Kaller Inc., Historic Documents & Legacy Collections, White Plains, NY is pleased to collaborate with Keno Auctions on eight special documents in its January 31 Winter Sale, complimenting their “masterpiece” Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany tea table.  Kaller’s lots include Thomas Holme’s 1687 map of Pennsylvania, called the “greatest of early American maps,” one of William Penn’s earliest land deeds, and a letter between two of Penn’s sons mentioning their father’s famous black Quaker hat and their mother’s chocolate recipe.  

Three rare 1789 New York Gazette of the United States newspapers contain the earliest obtainable printing of the Bill of Rights, Washington’s first presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation, and an anti-slavery address by Benjamin Franklin. Finally, Kaller is offering a unique document that records patriotic toasts from 1769 on the fourth anniversary of Boston’s anti-Stamp Act Riots.


DALLAS—The extraordinary Dow Collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia sold for $803,889, double expectations, at a Historical Americana auction held Jan. 24, 2015 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the president's assassination, and the collection's top lots were captured by one-of-a-kind memorabilia tied to assassin John Wilkes Booth.

A superlative display of photographs and scarce autographs from Lincoln, Booth, and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot and killed Booth—a set nicknamed "The Martyr, The Assassin and The Avenger"—sold for $30,000 and a set of four oil paintings created for a carnival side show displaying the mummified remains of a man who claimed to be Booth himself, also sold for $30,000. An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor also brought $30,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce the upcoming display of newly discovered works by Oscar Wilde (1854‐1900), one of the world’s most influential and prominent cultural personalities. The materials include a notebook from around 1880, with unrecorded versions of early poems and with drawings by the inimitable Irish-born writer; a hand-corrected typescript of the play Salome; and a draft of part of his poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (1898), with previously unknown variations. These will be displayed for the first time in the exhibition Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia, opening at the Rosenbach on January 23.

Housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department, the materials were catalogued and available to the public, however they were unpublished and their significance was unknown. Their importance to the Wilde canon was discovered by Rosenbach consulting curators and Wilde scholars Mark Samuels Lasner and Margaret D. Stetz while conducting research for the exhibition.


BEVERLY HILLS—Bidding has just opened on all the lots in The Art of LAIKA at Heritage Auctions, the hotly anticipated first ever sale of material from the visionary, Academy Award®-nominated films of LAIKA, the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, which just received an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Movie. 

The LAIKA auction is limited to a grouping of just more than 250 various pieces of screen-used material, including 45 puppets and a selection of models, props and art. The auction takes place at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.


New York— An outstanding assortment of ski images for American and European cold-weather destinations will be featured in Swann Galleries' annual winter auction of Vintage Posters on February 12. There are also lovely Art Nouveau images, turn-of-the-century bicycle ads, Israel and Judaic posters and powerful Art Deco designs. 

Notable ski posters include circa 1930 European examples, such as one of Roger Broders’s rarest ski images, Sports D'hiver Dans Les Vosges (estimate: $7,000 to $10,000); Franz Lenhart’s Dolomiti / Cortina ($4,000 to $6,000) and the sexy Winter in Austria from Atelier Binder, depicting a blond skier with her skis slung over one shoulder ($3,000 to $4,000).


A unique relic of the Age of Piracy will be on display at the venue of the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland, California, on February 6th and 7th, 2015, at the Oakland City Center Marriott Hotel. The 17th century stoneware pitcher with “ostrich egg finish,” given by the notorious pirate Captain William Kidd to the “proprietor” of Gardiner’s Island, off Long Island, New York, is destined for the auction block, to be sold by PBA Galleries the morning of Sunday, February 8th. The pre-sale estimate is $80,000 to 120,000.

In the summer of 1699 William Kidd, Scottish-born seaman, known privateer, suspected pirate, was safe in New York harbor, just returned from an adventurous, and evidently quite profitable, venture in the East Indies. Some treasure he had stashed on Caribbean Islands, some he and his men had spent on wine and women, and some he retained on board ship. His swashbuckling ways, however, had ruffled not a few feathers, and he was sought on charges of piracy. A financial backer in Boston, coerced by fear of his own prosecution, had promised Kidd clemency if he would come to that city and surrender to authorities. Thus lured, Kidd embarked for Beantown, but stopped on his way at little Gardiner’s Island, owned by John Gardiner. There he befriended Gardiner, giving him several gifts, and also a task, to safeguard “several bales and boxes containing gold, silver, jewels and cloth of various sorts.” These he left, to be retrieved when his good name was finally cleared. Among the gifts Kidd gave to Gardiner and his wife was some “gold cloth,” and the unassuming, utilitarian pitcher, filled with dried fruits for the Gardiner children.

BOSTON, MA—(January 23, 15) A letter written by Titanic survivor Lady Duff-Gordon sold on Thursday for $11,875, according to Boston, MA based RR Auction.

The three-page letter on two adjoining sheets that is on her personal letterhead signed “Lucy Duff-Gordon,” is dated May 27, 1912.

The letter to a friend, in full: “How kind of you to send me a cable of sympathy from New York on our safety. According to the way we’ve been treated by England on our return we didn’t seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn’t it disgraceful.”

The Visual Voice: New Photo Book Narratives at RayKo Photo Center 

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5th, 6-8pm

Exhibition dates: February 5th - March 3rd, 2015

FEATURED ARTISTS: Stephen Albair, Luis Delgado, Jose Diniz, McNair Evans, Brad Freeman, Lydia Goldblatt, Toni Greaves, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Patricia Lagarde, Marcus Lyon, Diana Matar, Clifton Meador, Carlos Javier Ortiz, David Pace, Darcy Padilla, Luis Palacios Kaim, Jana Romanova, Tate Shaw, Liz Steketee, Imrich Veber, Wenxin Zhang, and Philip Zimmerman

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s pre-eminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California 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 nearly 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.

EPHEMERA: ephem·era noun \i-ˈfe-mər-ə, -ˈfem-rə\: paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that   were originally meant to be discarded after use, but have since become collectibles. Also includes other materials such as tin, plastic, metal, vellum, etc.

WHAT: Taking place March 20-22, 2015, this one-of-a-kind event features the finest vintage paper and ephemera exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and Europe. Treasures such as posters, catalogues, valentines, postcards, pamphlets, broadsides, tickets, invitations, autographs, sheet music, letterheads, manuscripts, trade cards, photographs, playing cards, political propaganda, and much more can be found at this Show. Collectors will delight in this rare merchandise while enjoying conferences, talks, discussions and presentations.

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Lot No. 113
Thames River, London. Daumont, Paris, 1760.
Attractive view of the busy Thames River and London.
Estimate: $300

(Amherst, MA—January 20, 2015) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that Ellen Keiter has joined the staff this month as the Museum’s new chief curator. Keiter is replacing H. Nichols B. Clark, the Museum’s founding director and chief curator. Clark, who retired in December after more than thirteen years with The Carle, will continue in an emeritus role as a visiting lecturer and guest curator for the Museum.

Keiter brings to The Carle more than 20 years of professional museum experience. Most recently she was the Director of Exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, specializing in contemporary art. Among the many exhibitions she curated are Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio; Eye to I: 3,000 Years of Portraits; Shattering Glass: New Perspectives; and I © the ‘Burbs. During her thirteen years at Katonah, she also met and worked with numerous children’s book illustrators through the museum’s Children’s Learning Center, which is dedicated to the display and celebration of original picture book art. Prior to her work at Katonah, Keiter was the Curator of Exhibitions at The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. She has a BA in Art History from Muhlenberg College and a MA in Art History from American University.

New York City—The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will have its debut running on April 11th at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Wallace Hall on Park Avenue.  Designed as a satellite event of Rare Book Week, the annual spring round-up of auctions and selling exhibitions aimed at book collectors, curators and those fascinated by historical maps, vintage photographs and ephemera, the fair will host more than 50 prominent dealers.

Marvin Getman, President of Impact Events, a respected New England producer of specialty antiques and book fairs since 1981, positions the one-day event as an affordable complement to the ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

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A key handwritten scientific document by Alan Turing in which he works on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books & Manuscripts sale in New York on 13 April. The manuscript is expected to sell for at least seven figures and a portion of the proceeds from Bonhams and the vendor will be donated to charity.

Made up of 56 pages contained in a simple notebook bought from a stationers in Cambridge, UK, it is almost certainly the only extensive autograph manuscript by Turing in existence, and has never been seen in public. From internal evidence, it dates from 1942 when he was working at Bletchley Park to break the German Enigma Code, and provides remarkable insight into the thought process of a genius. As he writes in his distinctive hand: “The Leibniz notation  I find extremely difficult to understand in spite of it having been the one I understood the best once! It certainly implies that some relation between x and y has been laid down eg, y=x2+3x…”It was among the papers left by Turing in his will to his close friend and fellow mathematician, Robin Gandy. Turing committed suicide in 1954 as a consequence of the hormone treatment to ‘cure’ his homosexuality which he was undergoing as an alternative to imprisonment.

New Haven, Conn.—Three exhibitions opening Jan. 16 at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University highlight the diversity and richness of the library’s collections, exploring Yale's remarkable collection of pre-modern Japanese manuscripts, the underground art scene in 1980s East Germany, and the integration of American theatrical productions.  

Combined, the three exhibitions present an extraordinary range of items, including materials from a groundbreaking 1943 integrated production of Othello staring Paul Robeson; the work of an East German underground artist and poet Sascha Anderson who was secretly in cahoots with the Stasi; and eighth-century Japanese scrolls that are among the world’s earliest printed objects. These and a trove of other fascinating material will be on view in the following exhibitions.

Downton Abbey Comes to Dallas

DALLAS—As American fans settle in to Season 5 of the PBS's award-winning "Downton Abbey," Heritage Auctions Vice President and "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Nick Dawes is the featured presenter at "The Treasures of Downton Abbey,” a presentation on the magnificent art and furnishings that play a key role in the series - despite having no speaking part. The event, fully open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m., Feb. 10 as part of Heritage Auctions' Second Tuesdays at Slocum Lecture Series, held at the firm's Design District Annex, located at 1518 Slocum St.

"The magnificent furnishings of Downton Abbey are crucial to every episode," said Dawes, who is celebrating his 20th season on "Antiques Roadshow" this year. "The splendor of the age and pedigree of the Crawley family is reflected in these objects.  We hope you will join us for an opportunity to travel back in time.”

New York, NY, January 14, 2015—In 2005, the Morgan Library & Museum embarked on a new program of drawings acquisitions with the goal of bringing to the present a collection that was known for its Old Master and nineteenth-century holdings. During the ensuing decade the institution put together a formidable collection of modern and contemporary drawings, representing a wide range of artists and movements. Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions, opening February 13, features more than eighty works from the collection and explores the dynamic creativity that revolutionized the medium in our time. The exhibition runs through May 24.

Embracing Modernism includes work by artists from Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Egon Schiele, to Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Susan Rothenberg, Martin Kippenberger, and Marlene Dumas. The exhibition is divided into five sections. Each focuses on a particular departure or shift in emphasis in modern drawing—such as the approach to the use of the line—that sets it apart from its antecedents. The exhibition is organized by Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan, who has led the museum in this area since 2005.

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“It has become trendy to declare the book obsolete in this brave new world of digitalized data rubbish”, book historian Reinhard Wittmann declares in the new “Handbook 2015/2016” published by the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (VDA). “It may have lost its general function and its social prestige, but it will survive as a historical and artistic object, far beyond its actual content, as a time machine for the aura of times long gone.”

The German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association would like to invite you on a bibliophilic time voyage on the occasion of the 54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair from 23rd to 25th January 2015. About 80 leading antiquarian booksellers from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Switzerland and the Netherlands will present rare and precious manuscripts, books, autographs and prints from five centuries of book printing and book art. 


BOSTON, MA—A rare handwritten letter by Malcolm X will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this month. 

The letter signed “As Salaam Alaikum, your Brother, Malcolm X,” three pages on both sides, and is dated March 9, 1950.


BOSTON, MA—A letter written by Titanic survivor Lady Duff-Gordon will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this January.

The phenomenal letter signed “Lucy Duff-Gordon,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, on personal letterhead, and is dated May 27, [1912].

The letter to a friend, in full: “How kind of you to send me a cable of sympathy from New York on our safety. According to the way we’ve been treated by England on our return we didn’t seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn’t it disgraceful.”

This poignant letter was composed at her Knightsbridge residence during the British Wreck Commissioner's inquiry into the sinking of the RMS Titanic, which took place from May 2 to July 12, 1912.


San Francisco—Bonhams is pleased to announce it will hold its auction of Important Western Americana: Property of a Collector in California on February 9 at Bonhams in San Francisco. The auction is timed to coincide with the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair on February 7-8 in Oakland, and will preview as well in Los Angeles on January 31-February 1, coinciding with the Southern California Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair.

London, 8th January 2015—The Book Illustration Competition (BIC) continues its mission to seek out the very best in illustration talent, both in the UK and overseas. Approaching its fifth year, the esteemed competition is a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. It has fast become a leading platform for illustrators to showcase their talents, with the winner receiving an exclusive commission worth £5,000 to illustrate a new Folio Society book due to be published in autumn 2015.

This year’s book was announced in November 2014—a collection of ghost stories introduced by Susan Hill, the best-selling author of novels including The Woman in Black. Hill will also be the guest judge in this year's competition helping to select the winning illustrator. The competition is still open for those wishing to take part; participants must submit entries via the House of Illustration website before 9am on the 19th January.  The longlist will be announced on 3 February 2015, with the winner and five runners-up revealed at an exclusive ceremony held on 19 February 2015 at House of Illustration, Kings Cross. In addition, an exhibition at House of Illustration will showcase selected entries.

New Haven, Conn.—The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University is pleased to announce that it has acquired the literary archive of dramatist Paula Vogel, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a celebrated teacher who has mentored a generation of playwrights. Vogel is the first American female playwright to have her archive included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, where she joins such luminaries as Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, A. R. Gurney, and John Guare.

“It is difficult for a playwright to think of her script in the chaos of production as anything but ephemeral,” Vogel says. “It is a significant honor for my work to be preserved in the remarkable company of Beinecke writers and artists.”


WINTERTHUR, DELAWARE—Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library announces the March 1, 2015, opening of the major new exhibition A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life, a groundbreaking exploration of Pennsylvania German fraktur and folk art that will shed new light on an exquisite artistic tradition and peer inside the daily life of this distinctive culture. It will be open through January 3, 2016.


DALLAS—A rare letter fragment written by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to Baltimore attorney and politician Reverdy Johnson, containing a rare admission that the U.S. Civil War was looking bad for the Union cause, is expected to bring $25,000 as part of Heritage Auctions' Jan. 24 presentation of The Donald P. Dow Collection of Lincolniana. The Dow Collection is an extraordinary grouping of 302+ lots of manuscripts and memorabilia, particularly devoted to Lincoln's April 15, 1865 assassination, which marks its 150th anniversary this year.

"Mr. Dow was a meticulous collector who obtained many of his pieces 20-30 years ago, and this auction marks the first time in a generation that collectors have seen these items," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. "Considering Mr. Dow's effort to document the assassination and the nation's reaction, it's fitting the collection is offered during its sesquicentennial year."

The Library of Congress has acquired the photographic archive of Camilo José Vergara, who for the last 40 years has documented America’s post-industrial cities.

More than 5,000 "selected best" photographs will be housed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. For an overview of the collection and to view approximately 400 images that have been digitized, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/camilo-vergara-photographs.html.


Jackson Hole, Wyo.—January 7, 2015—Once again for 2015, the winner of the annual Bull-Bransom Award, given for artistic excellence in wildlife illustration for children’s books, will be announced as part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Celebration of Young Artists event to be held on May 7, 2015 at the museum in Jackson Hole, Wyo. This will be the museum’s sixth year of presenting the national honor, with previous winners participating in the judging to select this year’s honoree. North American artists and illustrators whose work was published in a book for children during 2014 are eligible to compete for the award, with submissions due by January 31, 2015. Details on submitting a book for the 2015 award are available here.

The Gershman Y kicks off the new year with the art exhibition And the Word Is…, running January 22-May 14. And the Word Is… explores the use of religious text in contemporary art, from the straightforward to the ironic. Bringing together artists from across the country, the exhibition will display Sandow Birk’s work from his American Qur’an series, a sculptural work with Hebrew and English text from Leviticus by Johanna Bresnick and Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, detailed text-based drawings by Martin Brief, Braille-based sculptures connected to well-known Bible parables by Philadelphian David Stephens, Carole P. Kunstadt’s work drawing from the Hebrew Bible, local artist Nicholas Kripal’s installation of one of his word-based floor pieces, and Philadelphian Stephanie Kirk’s documentation of the changing messages found on religious signs.

Admission to the exhibition is free. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM and Sundays from 9 AM-2 PM. There will be a free Opening Reception on Thursday, January 22 from 6-8 PM.


New York—Swann Galleries’ 2015 Illustration Art auction, to be held on January 22, features fresh-to-market works by famous illustrators, cartoonists, commercial artists and children’s book creators. 

Among the beloved children’s book illustrations are a gouache, pen and ink drawing of Ludwig Bemelmans's sassy heroine Madeline (estimate $4,000 to $6,000); Garth Williams’s iconic spider web used as the endpapers for Charlotte's Web, pen and ink with pencil and wash, circa 1952 ($10,000 to $15,000) and his original endpaper drawing for Stuart Little, also pen and ink with pencil and wash ($15,000 to $25,000); and two classic watercolor and pencil illustrations by Maginel Wright Enright Barney—sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright—who is credited with revolutionizing the quality of illustration in children’s readers.


The exhibition, "Women and the Book in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance," explores the fascinating topic of women in the world of the book—as authors, artists, scribes, readers, and agents. Thirty-six manuscripts are divided into four categories: books owned by lay women, owned by nuns, written by women, and written by men.

Godalming—A private collection of fine art and antiques books from the property of a Nobleman opens the first monthly Bibliophile Sale of 2015 at Bloomsbury Auctions. A large number of modern first editions by authors including Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and William Golding will be available for those looking to break into a new collecting area for 2015 and for those already exploring this booming field. The sale will also offer a considerable section of travel related works from across the globe and the UK.  The sale will be held on Thursday 15th January 2015 at Baverstock House in Surrey.

Herculaneum, Le Antichita d’Ercolano Esposte, 1760-92. Monumental record of the archaeological finds at Herculaneum, and an important source for the development of neo-classical art. From the property of a Nobleman. [Lot 8, est £600-800] 

New York, NY, January 5, 2015—For many museum-goers the use of rich gold and silver leaf to illuminate religious texts is an artistic practice that began—and ended—centuries ago.

However, the process in all of its precision and beauty continues to this day, and a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum highlights the work of celebrated contemporary artist Barbara Wolff. Titled Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff, the show includes You Renew the Face of the Earth: Psalm 104 and the Rose Haggadah. The manuscripts feature gold, silver, and platinum foils on vellum with imagery drawn from nature, archaeology, and religious custom in a 21st century ode to the long history of Jewish illumination.

(Boston, MA)—Winter 2015 public book talks and lectures at the Boston Athenæum feature “The Future of Book Publishing” with Michael Levin, Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets with literary scholar and former Harvard University President Neil L. Rudenstine, and Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I, with historian and author Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer and a direct descendent of Charles I.

All events will take place in the Athenæum’s historic first-floor Long Room at 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, in the heart of Beacon Hill. Ticket prices and reservation requirements are listed below; registration for reserved programs opens on the first business day of the month prior to the month of the month of the event (e.g., registration for February events opens on January 5). To register or for more information about Boston Athenæum programs, hours, and membership, please visit www.bostonathenaeum.org.

DALLAS—Heritage Auctions posted its “best ever” year in 2014—and its fifth straight year of growth—with a total of more than $969 million in total prices realized across its auction business ($623+ million) as well as its Private Treaty sales ($345+ million).

The most significant growth was seen in Heritage’s continued command of the rare coin market with U.S. Coins leading the way with a $334+ million total across all its auction venues. This is $115 million more than the same category posted in 2013, when totals reached $218+ million. That $334+ million figure represents more than 62% of the Professional Numismatists Guild’s (PNG) recently released $536 million total overall sales of rare coins sold at all reporting auction houses.

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