February 2015 Archives

Washington, DC—The Folger Shakespeare Library is pleased to announce the tour sites for its 2016 national traveling exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, one of the world’s most treasured books. In partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, the Folger will tour the original 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The locations include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies, and a theater.

“The First Folio is the book that gave us Shakespeare. Between its covers we discover his most famous characters—Hamlet, Desdemona, Cordelia, Macbeth, Romeo, Juliet, and hundreds of others—speaking words that continue to move and inspire us,” said Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. “Shakespeare tells the human story like no one else. He connects us to each other, to our history, and to themes and ideas that touch us every day. We are delighted that we can share this precious resource with people everywhere, from San Diego, California, to Gurabo, Puerto Rico, from Eugene, Oregon, to Duluth, Minnesota.”

17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

Submit books to the most prestigious prize!

A prize with prestige and tradition, a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, is one of the most important prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books. Famous scholars like Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman and Anthony Hobson belong to the prize winners alongside Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen who were honoured with the 15th Prize in September 2010 and Jon Gilbert who received the 16th Prize in 2014 for his superb study "Ian Fleming. The Bibliography". These are shining examples for the enormous amount of knowledge—and work—which stands behind such brilliant studies in a scientific field that is essential for every kind of academic research, and for the rare book trade.


New York—Swann Galleries’ third Illustration Art on January 22 saw a well-attended preview and more than 500 registered bidders. The eclectic offering of original works truly had something for everyone—from vintage advertisements to book and magazine illustrations. The result was strong prices in all categories, with several records set.

The top lot of the day was a pen and ink drawing with collage by Saul Steinberg, Equivalent of 8, which appeared in the November 17, 1962 issue of The New Yorker Magazine. Estimated at $3,500 to $5,000, the illustration brought $20,000*.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (LAPRS)—Imagine the grandeur of an auction held onsite at Palazzo Borghese, home to the noble and Vatican-connected Borghese clan. Take it a step further and pretend the auction offerings include actual artworks and other family treasures from the stately Roman palace and library. Just such a thing happened in 1892, after the Bank of Italy crashed and a turn in their fortunes compelled the Borghese family to liquidate many of their elegant holdings. 

Myers Fine Art will revisit the fabled 19th-century event when it presents three paintings and 11 vellum books and manuscripts from the celebrated Borghese sale as the highlight of their Sunday, March 8 auction. All 14 items can be traced directly to their American purchaser of 123 years ago, Bradford DeWolf, an ancestor of the prominent DeWolf family of Rhode Island. The consignment comes from the Estate of Dorothy DeWolf (1930-2006) of Washington, D.C.


NEW YORK—The Dark Knight took top lots honors in Heritage Auctions’ $3.22+ million Comics  & Comic Art Auction as a copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939), the first appearance of Batman, graded 7.5 CGC restored, sold for $98,587 and a copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), CGC 4.5, sold for $77,675 Feb. 19-21 in New York. The three-day event's selection of classic high-grade comics and original art of notable characters was 97% sold by lot and 99% sold by value. 

“Fresh material always gets attention, and the likes of never-before-offered Bernie Wrightson stories and Bill Everett art made for a lot of interest on lot-viewing day and strong bidding,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Operations at Heritage.

WARREN, NJ, February 23, 2015—An overwhelming majority of 445 respondents (83%) to a survey at the recent Winter Antiques Show in New York plan to increase (39%) or keep their spending on arts and antiques the same (44%) in 2015. The survey, which was conducted by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, also found that only 7% plan to decrease their spend, and 10% do not intend to make an art or antique purchase this year.

“Buyers’ appetites are clearly not satiated—even after 2014, when 42% of survey respondents increased their spending on art and antiques,” said Melissa Lalka, vice president and worldwide fine art manager for Chubb Personal Insurance. “Increased buyer activity, coupled with record-setting sales reported by the leading auction houses, can significantly impact art values—and collectors should keep in mind that their art and antiques can become alarmingly underinsured.”

Oxford Literary Festival 2015 Schedule

The world renowned literary event in historic Oxford buildings runs from Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th March 2015.

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has confirmed a stellar line up of more than 500 speakers from 20 countries for its 2015 programme. Acclaimed speakers and authors at the festival include the following names.


A first edition of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats signed by its author, T.S. Eliot, as a gift to the eight-year old daughter of his friend, the Scottish writer George Blake, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs sale in London on 18 March. It is estimated at £6,000-8,000.  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death.

Eliot (1888-1965) became friends with George Blake (1893-1961) in 1930, the year he was appointed Director of Faber and Faber. In August 1942, Blake invited Eliot to visit him at the family home at East Devon Lodge, Dollar, Clackmannanshire. Blake’s daughter Sally, on whose behalf the book is being sold, recalled the excitement and nervous apprehension in the household as the day of the visit approached. Eliot brought a gift for Sally; a first edition of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats which he signed ‘for Sally Blake from Tom Possum’.

kennedyscapecod.jpgBOSTON, MA—(February 19, 2015) Never-before-released original photographic proof booklet, containing 27 images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy sold on Thursday for $32,500 according to Boston, MA based RR Auction.

The unpublished images taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon’s Cape Cod beach shack, produced directly from the original negatives — show JFK and Jackie on an August 1961 visit.

The lot included 15 high-quality original photographs of various finishes. All but one of the photos (contained in the proof book) picture Jack and Jackie, either together or separate. Most images show the Kennedys and their friends gathered on the back patio of the Mellon’s quaint beach shack, but there are a few on the beach front, in the water, on a larger boat, and on a small boat with just Jack, Jackie, and Eunice Kennedy.

London—Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Timothy Bolton as Head of their Western Manuscripts and Miniatures department. Dr Bolton will be based in London working closely with Rupert Powell and his specialist team in the Books and Manuscripts department.

Dr Bolton has been a leading figure in the field of medieval manuscripts for nearly a decade. He completed his doctorate at Cambridge, taught briefly at the University of Oslo, and then joined Sotheby’s, where he spent seven years as their expert in medieval manuscripts. He continued as consultant to the department after leaving in 2013. He has catalogued and sold medieval manuscripts in Latin, almost every European vernacular language including Anglo-Saxon and Welsh, as well as an array of languages from the Christian Orient, such as Hebrew (setting world records for the sales of Torah Scrolls in 2007, 2008 and 2014), Greek, Armenian, Samaritan, Syriac and Coptic.


London 19 February 2015—The Folio Society and House of Illustration are thrilled to announce David McConochie as the winner of the fifth annual Book Illustration Competition—a unique partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. David was presented with his prize, a prestigious commission worth £5,000 to illustrate The Folio Book of Ghost Stories, at an exclusive ceremony held at House of Illustration HQ on Thursday, 19 February. 

David McConochie beat nearly 400 other entries and his evocative illustrations won high praise from the judging panel. David came to London from Durham in 2005 to complete an MA in Illustration at Central Saint Martins. His work, created in his studio in East London, has been applied across various printed media from book covers to a limited edition postage stamp for the Royal Mail.


Musician, musicologist, bibliophile and philanthropist William H. Scheide, a 1936 Princeton University alumnus who died in November at age 100, has left his extraordinary collection of some 2,500 rare printed books and manuscripts to Princeton University. With an expected appraised value of nearly $300 million, it is the largest gift in the University's history.

The Scheide Library has been housed in Princeton's Firestone Library since 1959, when Scheide moved the collection from his hometown of Titusville, Pennsylvania. It holds the first six printed editions of the Bible, starting with the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the earliest substantial European printed book; the original printing of the Declaration of Independence; Beethoven's autograph (in his own handwriting) music sketchbook for 1815-16, the only outside Europe; Shakespeare's first, second, third and fourth folios; significant autograph music manuscripts of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Wagner; a lengthy autograph speech by Abraham Lincoln from 1856 on the problems of slavery; and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's original letter and telegram copy books from the last weeks of the Civil War.

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New York—On March 16, Bonhams will present a curated auction of 165 lots entitled Chinese Art From the Scholar’s Studio. The title refers to the treasured works of art produced for or by the Chinese literati as objects of study and refinement.  

The cover lot, Longqiu tu by Wen Zhengming (1470-1559), the great ‘scholar-painter’ of Ming dynasty cultural elite, is a scroll of ink and light color on paper that is expected to achieve between $250,000 and 400,000. Although undated, it is most likely that the artist composed the scroll in the 1540's, a period during which his style had matured and he enjoyed widespread acclaim for his talent with the brush. The work presents a dense composition of a rocky, mountainous landscape crowded with foliage. Three men sit on a small and inconspicuous boat that floats on a river leading up to a wash-darkened cave. The journey to Longqiu, which is on Mount Yandang in the eastern Zhejiang province, is a treacherous one but many attempt to visit the site for its spectacular scenery.

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NEW YORK, NY—This spring, the New-York Historical Society will conclude its acclaimed series of once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions celebrating the legendary John James Audubon’s original watercolor models for The Birds of America (1827-38).

Since Audubon never travelled West of the Missouri River, he depended on the observations and specimens gathered by early explorers of the western territories, such as Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770-1838), as well as the naturalists Thomas Nuttall (1809-1851) and John Kirk Townsend (1786-1859), members of the expedition led by Captain Nathaniel Wyeth (1802-1856) to the Pacific Northwest in 1833-36. Audubon bought a sizeable number of bird skins, specimens and nests from Nuttall in 1836, and then went to Charleston, South Carolina, to paint many of his watercolors of Western species. He continued this work in London, where he consulted specimens of outlier species in private collections and the London Zoological Society.

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In this exhibition and catalogue of "The Idda Collection," LES ENLUMINURES presents sixteen extraordinary early manuscripts representing the transmission and use of the Bible from the Dark Ages into the twelfth-century Renaissance.

The manuscripts were the property of a European family, and are named after Saint Idda, the only Swiss female saint, a pious and beautiful countess who left her abusive husband, dwelled in the forest, and subsequently became a Benedictine nun. The collection they assembled reflects the monastic study and ornamentation of the Scriptures in the cloisters of medieval Germany, Italy and Spain.


The last letter in private hands by William Dampier (1651-1715), the pirate, explorer and naturalist who was the first Briton to set foot in Australia, is to be offered for sale at Bonhams Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs sale in London on 18 March. It is estimated at £60,000-80,000.

Dampier has many claims to fame. He was the first man to sail round the world three times, the first Briton to land on Australian soil and the first person to record its flora and fauna and bring back botanical specimens to Europe. Through the best selling books of his voyages, he introduced new words to English, including avocado, barbecue and chop-sticks. Charles Darwin took his books on HMS Beagle and Captain Cook and Admiral Lord Nelson used his maps and charts. The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge praised his ‘exquisite mind’ and the story of his life influenced Gulliver’s Travels and Robinson Crusoe.


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

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction—RR, Masons, Mormon, Jewish, etc.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Impressive private collections include important scholarly works and multi-volume sets.  The art and print pieces include items signed, Tamayo, and engravings.  Among the ephemera lots is a large collection of railroad-related items and important Americana.


New York—On Thursday, March 5, Swann Galleries will auction more than 600 works of art by American and European artists working in the 19th and 20th centuries. There are drawings and paintings as well as desirable prints and other multiples.

Henri Matisse’s Tête de jeune fille, brush and black ink on paper from 1950 is the sale’s top lot, with a presale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. This large drawing comes with a detailed provenance.

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New York—On April 7, Christie’s New York will auction the original manuscript and notes to Don McLean's "American Pie," sold by the singer-songwriter. Arguably the most iconic and recognizable American song of the Twentieth Century, the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts named it a “Song of the Century.” Its power remains as potent and as vital as when it was first released in 1971. This masterpiece of American arts and letters is estimated at $1 to $1.5 million. The original working manuscript and typed drafts for the song comprise of 16 pages, containing 237 lines of manuscript and 26 lines of typed text. 

Since debuting on the airwaves in 1971, Don McLean’s “American Pie” has stood as one of the most important icons of twentieth-century American music. Alternately wistful, buoyant, and enigmatic, the singer-songwriter’s masterpiece became the anthem of McLean’s own “generation lost in space,” and continues to resonate in the present day. In the span of just six verses, McLean managed to depict with poetic authority the turbulent upheavals of the latter half of the twentieth century. In doing so, he created an emblem that stands alongside the work of post-war figures such as Andy Warhol, J.D. Salinger, and Bob Dylan in its importance to the American cultural canon. For the musician himself, the writing of “American Pie” was a means of capturing and examining the American zeitgeist; it was, McLean stated, “part of my process of self-awakening; a mystical trip into my past.”

Newly Discovered Waugh Letters at Bonhams

A newly discovered letter by Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) written when he was just 16 features in Bonhams  sale of Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs in London on Wednesday 18 March.  Letters by the juvenile Waugh are extremely rare and only one is known to predate it. 

Estimated at £1,000-1,500, the letter was written on Wednesday 31 December 1919 to Stella Morrah saying how sorry he is that she is ill and cannot come dancing that evening—New Year’s Eve.  He hopes that she might have recovered sufficiently to go out later in the week. “If you are well enough would you care to come with us to a dance at St Jude’s Hall on Saturday night?  We should be awfully pleased if you could, as we are trying to get a small party together.”  There is no sign here of the sophisticate Waugh was to become when he went up to Oxford in 1922 nor, indeed, of the mastery of English prose on which his fame rests.  He uses the word ‘awfully’ three times in the space of eleven lines and comes across as a typical gauche schoolboy.

The Library of Congress is acquiring the manuscripts, papers and related personal items of celebrated American composer, pianist and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. The collection, donated by Hamlisch’s wife, Terre Blair Hamlisch, is now open to researchers.

Marvin Hamlisch is known for his extensive body of work, which includes his score for the Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line," and 45 scores for films, beginning with "The Swimmer" in 1968 and including "The Way We Were," "The Sting," (adapted from the works of Scott Joplin) "The Spy Who Loved Me," and "Ice Castles," continuing through to "The Informant" in 2009. His final film score was for HBO’s "Liberace—Behind the Candelabra" cablecast in 2013. Many of the films also included hit songs composed by Hamlisch, including "The Way We Were," "Nobody Does it Better," and "Looking Through the Eyes of Love." His other musicals were "They’re Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "Jean." He is also known for a concert work, "Anatomy of Peace" (Symphonic Suite in one Movement For full Orchestra/Chorus/Child Vocal Soloist).

AntiquarianAuctions.com is pleased to launch its upgraded website. For over 5 years, AntiquarianAuctions.com has been running successful online rare book auctions, growing its database and traffic exponentially.

AntiquarianAuctions.com was set up by Paul Mills of Clarke’s Africana in Cape Town, South Africa and is still managed from the offices in Cape Town.

The site was initially developed out of the realization that online trading would become both an important channel for the international rare book trade and a very convenient way for collectors to buy. Within the last 5 years, the site has evolved from a largely local clientèle to an average of 65% international registered bidders in 2014, growing its international reach with each auction.

(Amherst, MA—February 10, 2015)  The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, a retrospective of the work of Caldecott award-winning artist Uri Shulevitz. Organized by Curator Emeritus Nick Clark in celebration of Shulevitz’s 80th year, the exhibition opens on March 14 and will comprise approximately 90 works surveying Shulevitz’s career as a picture-book artist as well as examples of his work in other fields. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group.

Of note, Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz features original art from the 1969 book Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, for which Shulevitz garnered the Caldecott Medal. He also won Caldecott Honors in 1979, 1999, and, most recently, in 2009 for How I Learned Geography. This poignant memoir documents the extreme deprivation of Shulevitz’s early life in Poland and how a map of the world inspired his curiosity and imagination.  The exhibition also includes works from his upcoming picture book Troto and the Trucks to be published in May.

San Francisco—Bonhams' auction of Important Western Americana: Property of a Collector in California achieved more than $1.8 million on February 9 at Bonhams in San Francisco. The auction's top 10 lots all exceeded their pre-sale estimates, many by two or three times, as a result of spirited bidding in the auction room, over the phones and online by participants from around the world.

The extremely rare Reglamento para el Bogierno de la Provincia de Californias (Mexico, 1784), the first printed laws of Upper California, led the auction. It achieved $197,000, past its estimate of $120,000-180,000. The ordinances were issued by Felipe de Neve as Governor of the Californias in 1779, and concern the first establishment of civil settlements like Los Angeles and San Jose.

An auction where the highest priced lot, in this case a 1632 Second Folio edition of William Shakespeare, selling for $114,000, is something of an afterthought, does not occur very often. Yet such was the case at PBA Galleries’ auction of Rare Books & Manuscripts with Early Medical Works from the George Bray Collection. True, there were a few oohs and aahs when the cornerstone of English Literature was sold to a phone bidder. It was the second section of the sale, however, a selection of rare and important books on the medical sciences put together by Dr. George Bray over many years, which provided the spark and sizzle of the 196-lot auction.

The sale was held on Sunday morning, February 8th, 2015, in the same hotel as the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. The start time was 8:00 am, scheduled so the auction would end before the bidders, many of whom were dealers exhibiting at the fair, would have to leave to tend their booths when the fair opened at 11:00 am.

The Folio Prize Announces 2015 Shortlist

Monday 9 February 2015: Judges of The Folio Prize 2015 have today announced the eight titles on the much anticipated shortlist:

10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta)

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber)

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta)

Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta)

Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (Viking)

Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber)


DALLAS—The only known complete set of 1860 Presidential Ferrotype Buckles—depicting candidates and running mates including one-time-underdog Abraham Lincoln—will make its auction debut in Part I of the Merrill C. Berman Political Collection at Heritage Auctions Feb. 28 in Dallas. The four vice presidential ovals are believed to be the only known examples. This pristine set is expected to sell for $30,000 and is a stand out historical rarity in what is widely believed to be the finest collection of important political buttons, ferros, tokens, and ribbons ever assembled.

April 24, 2015 is the bicentenary of the birth of Anthony Trollope; commemorative events will be taking place throughout the year culminating in a service at Westminster Abbey in December. The Folio Society will mark the anniversary with the first ever publication of The Duke’s Children in its complete, unabridged form.

The final volume of Trollope’s Palliser novels and widely regarded as one of his finest, The Duke’s Children, in its current form, is considerably shorter than the preceding titles in the series. However, as originally written, it was of equal length, containing additional threads of plot and far richer characterisation. Due to economic constraints, Trollope was instructed to reduce the book by one quarter, cutting no less than 65,000 words.

On Saturday, 7th February 2015, at approximately 12.00 noon, at a ‘secret’ venue somewhere in the heart of London, the Trollope Society will be releasing 200 pillar box red helium balloons with the TROLLOPE200 logo and an attached label with instructions. Those discovering the balloons on their descent and returning the label to the Trollope Society will, hopefully, receive a pleasant surprise! At around the same time, many other balloons will be released all around the World, at places visited by Anthony Trollope during his lifetime. Similarly places in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales with Trollope connections will release additional balloons.

This colourful event marks the beginning of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Anthony’s birth on 24th  April, 1815 which will include celebratory dinners, lectures, educational initiatives, a wreath laying ceremony, the hosting of the AGM Weekend of the Alliance of Literary Societies in York, book launches, exhibitions and much, much more. The year will also see the appearance of the first graphic version of a Trollope novel and a fine edition publication by the Folio Society of a ‘new’ Trollope novel in the form of the extended text of ‘The Duke’s Children’ taken from the original manuscript.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has published a new handbook—the first in more than 20 years—of its encyclopedic collections. Featuring some 550 masterpieces from the Museum’s world renowned holdings of Asian, European, American, and modern and contemporary art, this volume includes a broad range of media from each of the Museum’s curatorial departments, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, the decorative arts, costumes and textiles, arms and armor, and architectural settings. Expanded entries provide in depth information on some of the most significant works, among them Thomas Eakins’s masterpiece The Gross Clinic (1875) and a superb man and horse armor acquired in 2009.

RARE Gallery Presents James Evanson

RARE’s next exhibition will focus on the work of New York City-based architect James Evanson. A vintage collection of Evanson’s 1980s furniture and lighting designs—including his unique light sculpture Galileo—will be on display from February 19 through March 14, 2015, as well as framed examples of his graphics work, original drawings, and related archival material. This will be Evanson’s first solo show since 1984, and the first to present the full scope of his creative output. The opening will be held February 19th from 6-8 pm.

Trained at both the Art Center College of Design in California and Pratt Institute, Evanson’s foray into the decorative arts began with a line of custom wooden flat files that quickly caught the eye of Art et Industrie founder Rick Kaufmann, who started offering them in his ground-breaking SoHo showroom.

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NEW YORK, February 4, 2015—Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS)’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Frederick Fried Coney Island Collection, a unique array of memorabilia, photographs, blueprints, and other resources that document the rise and decline of one of New York City’s most iconic entertainment destinations, as well as a laboratory for modern commercialized urban culture.


The Museum of Modern Art has organized the first major exhibition to examine the individual accomplishments and parallel developments of two of the foremost practitioners of avant-garde photography, film, advertising, and graphic design in the first half of the 20th century: Grete Stern (German, 1904-1999) and Horacio Coppola (Argentine, 1906-2012).

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola will be on view May 17 through October 4, 2015, and features more than 300 works gathered from museums and private collection across Europe and the Americas—many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States.

New York—January 2015—Artspace.com is proud to celebrate artist Tomi Ungerer’s first US exhibition, Tomi Ungerer: All in One, at The Drawing Center (January 16-March 22) with the release of a signed, limited edition print created by the artist. Titled Eat, the edition is a reprint of his iconic 1967 poster depicting Uncle Sam thrusting the Statue of Liberty down the throat of an Asian man—a violent visualization of America forcing its ideals on the Vietnamese people. Available exclusively at Artspace.com, the drawing is in an edition of 50, priced at $500, with proceeds benefiting The Drawing Center.

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Ungerer moved away from advertising and editorial work to focus his illustrations on responding to racism, fascism and the war. Eat is part of this new direction—a series of brutal anti-Vietnam War posters and other political criticisms. Although coveted today, not everyone was in support of these drawings, even those on the left.

The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress will open formally to researchers on Feb. 4, on the birthday of the civil-rights icon.

The collection contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs. Items in the Library’s Manuscript Division can be consulted during reading room hours; the pictures in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division will be available by appointment. Later this year, selected collection items will be accessible online.

The Rosa Parks Collection is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Godalming—Selected works from the California Institute of the Arts Library will be offered in the February Bibliophile sale at Bloomsbury Auctions alongside the residual working library of Scottish author George MacDonald Fraser and works from other private collections. The sale on Thursday 12th February 2015 will be held at Bloomsbury Auctions’ Godalming saleroom in Surrey.

A first edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), in the more desirable red dust-jacket, leads the Modern First Editions section [Lot 67, estimate £600-800].

New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Fine Photographs on Thursday, February 19 offers a premium selection of important photographs, ranging from mid-19th-century albumen and salt paper prints and daguerreotypes to luminous 20th-century silver prints and contemporary fine art photographs in both traditional and experimental mediums.    

Among the earliest works offered is Seascape with Clouds by Gustave Le Grey, an albumen print from 1856 (estimate: $12,000 to $18,000). Also from the 1800s is a lyrical image by Julia Margaret Cameron, Young Woman with Flowers in Her Hair, circa 1865 ($4,000 to $6,000) and a run of Eadweard Muybridge prints, including two Horse and Rider studies from 1881 (each $10,000 to $15,000). An image by Muybridge of El Capitan, the cliff face at Yosemite also famously photographed by Ansel Adams and Carleton Watkins, is a departure from his motion studies and shows the well-known rock face reflected in the Merced River ($4,000 to $6,000).

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