March 2015 Archives

actsofcongress.jpgOn Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The sale offers a broad selection of Americana; bibliography and fine printing; illustrated books of all periods, including atlases and color plate books; literature; fine bindings (both bound sets and remarkable examples of the bookbinder's art); science and technology; travels and voyages; children's and illustrated books; and a diverse range of interesting books in other fields. A special section of the sale is devoted to property from the New York City Bar Association Rare Book Collection.

Americana features a 1790 document signed by President Washington appointing a lighthouse keeper and a 1794 document signed by Washington and countersigned by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Printed in French, English and Dutch, this rare shipping document permits the Brig Eagle passage to France carrying American flour.

A handsome and complete copy of one of the earliest English publications to explain and illustrate the tricks and conjuring previously deemed magic as mere ‘hocus pocus’.

The lengthy title demonstrates how early texts on magic grew out of earlier ‘books of secrets’ and household receipt (i.e. recipe) books and guides. ‘To hang two Knives on the brim of a Glass’ and ‘To name a Pack of Cards and not feel ‘em’ sits alongside ‘To preserve Fruit all of the Year’.

A single manuscript page written and signed by John Shipp, the first veterinary surgeon to be commissioned into the British Army, with a list of the horses of the 23rd Light Dragoons injured at the Battle of Waterloo. Written only 2 days after the battle, at Brussels, it includes comments such as ‘wounded in shoulder’, ‘shot through near stifle, dangerously wounded’. A fascinating piece of history, priced at £750 and offered by R.E. and G.B. Way, Antiquarian booksellers specializing in books on Horses, Hunting, Racing and all Field Sports.

John Shipp was the first veterinary surgeon to join the British army (commissioned into the 11th Light Dragoons on 25th June 1796), and the founding member of the Army Veterinary Service or Veterinary Corps. This unit, the forerunner of the current Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was founded in the same year following public outrage at the brutal amateur treatment of the horses of the British Army (nicknamed ‘The Hell of Horses’). By 1815 Shipp was a veteran in the French Wars, seeing action in the Low Countries and during the Peninsula Campaign prior to the Battle of Waterloo.

The Library of Congress has acquired 540 rare and historic Civil War stereographs from the Robin G. Stanford Collection. The first 77 images are now online, including 12 stereographs of President Lincoln’s funeral procession through several cities and 65 images by Southern photographers showing South Carolina in 1860-61.

The images can be viewed in this gallery within the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. More images will be added each month, until all are online.


NEW ORLEANS (March 27, 2015)—On March 20-22, New Orleans Auction Galleries realized over $2.4 million in a three-day estates auction. The new gallery, located just blocks from the company’s previous space, was officially unveiled at a highly anticipated and well-attended Evening Preview Reception on Thursday, March 19. New Orleans Auction Galleries occupied its former location for over two decades.

“This was a landmark sale that sets the stage for a year of growth and success, thanks in part to our spectacular new facilities. Our St. Joseph Street location enables us to streamline our operations and entertain clients in a premier venue,” remarked Susan Sarofim, CEO of New Orleans Auction Galleries.

UNION, ILL. (MAR. 2015)—A once-in-a-lifetime auction is bringing a most extraordinary private collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia to the Chicago area. Amid the high energy generated by the band’s forthcoming “Fare Thee Well” shows this summer at Soldier Field, former employees and friends of the Dead are presenting The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction on April 11-12, 2015.

Hosted 50 miles northwest of Chicago at Donley Auction Services in Union, Ill., the auction features artifacts spanning the entire career of the legendary American band, representing an unstoppable cultural revolution that they boldly unleashed on the world. From business documents, to previously unseen photographs, to rare vintage posters, the auction’s collection offers collectors a chance at owning intimate pieces of the band’s history.


New York—On Tuesday, April 14 Swann Galleries will hold an auction devoted to Printed & Manuscript Americana, which offers a fine array of items relating to Latin Americana and the Caribbean and selections from the Milton R. Slater Collection.

From the eclectic Slater collection is a fantastic 1787 letter with an officer’s eyewitness description of the central battle of Shays’ Rebellion, in which an army of thousands of disaffected western Massachusetts men had risen against high taxes, and were preparing to storm the state armory at Springfield, 26 January 1787 (estimate: $5,000 to $7,500); a 1774 manuscript proclamation ordering the arrest of Ethan Allen and other leaders of the Green Mountain Boys, Signed by William Tryon as Governor of New York ($3,000 to $4,000) and Benjamin Owen Tyler’s very early printing of The Declaration of Independence, the first broadside to include facsimile signatures, Washington, 1818 ($5,000 to $7,500).


DALLAS—Vivien Leigh’s iconic dress worn in her Academy-Award-winning role as Scarlett O'Hara may sell for $100,000+ as the James Tumblin Collection of screen-used costumes, props and behind-the-scene rarities from MGM’s 1939 classic Gone With the Wind crosses the block April 18 at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. More than 150 lots of one-of-a-kind Hollywood studio pieces of the film—direct from the finest collection known to exist—offers fans a never-before-seen look at the classic film’s enduring legacy.

"When it comes to "Gone with the Wind" memorabilia, no one is more respected and recognized than Jim Tumblin," says Kathleen Guzman, managing director of Heritage Auctions in New York. "He has devoted his life and efforts to promoting Hollywood and this film, touring his items throughout the United States. Very rarely does memorabilia of this caliber come to market, and these pieces represent an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect these incredible treasures."

New York, NY—On Wednesday, April 15, the Museum of American Finance will open “America in Circulation: A History of US Currency Featuring the Collection of Mark R. Shenkman.” Visitors will have the opportunity to view hundreds of beautiful and rare examples of American paper money and to explore them in more depth through large interactive touch screen displays.

From Colonial times, American money has told a fascinating and detailed story of the country’s struggles and successes. Pivotal moments in history have led to changes in the nation’s money, as crises have brought about innovation. Often local and national currencies competed and coexisted with each other, while economic depression, war and counterfeiting drove constant advances in design.


A rare first edition of Robert Boyle's The Sceptical Chymist, a milestone in the history of chemistry, sold at Bonhams, London yesterday (25 March) for £362,500. It had been estimated at £50,000-70,000.

The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, touching the Spagyrist's Principles commonly call'd Hypostatical, as they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists, was published in 1661.

It is the first book that combined chemistry with physics and paved the way for the work of Isaac Newton and, 200 years later, Antoine Lavoisier. In it, Boyle postulated the then revolutionary theory that matter was composed of atoms and clusters of atoms in motion and that every phenomenon was the result of the collision of particles in motion. He also explored the relationship between chemicals through the use of theory and experiments rather than largely through observation.


NEW YORK—From the dawn of printing to the edges of the universe, Heritage Auctions’ April 8-9 Rare Books Signature® Auction runs the gamut. The auction will take place at 301 Park Ave, Duke of Windsor Suite, 4th floor.

The bookends of the auction take the form of the amazing Charlotte Guillard Collection from the Krown & Spellman Collection (estimate $100,000+)—a grouping of 40 exceedingly rare titles printed and published by the legendary Frenchwoman between 1502 and her death in 1569—and the astounding, influential Jon Lomberg Cosmos artwork archive (estimate $25,000+)—an incredible, extensive grouping of artwork, concept art, sketches and assorted ephemera—relating to Lomberg’s longtime collaboration with astronomer Carl Sagan on the groundbreaking 1970s television show Cosmos.

NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2015)—The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 11-12, 2015. 

The main exhibitor hall for this year’s event is located at our new primary venue, Center 548 on West 22nd Street, and all programming will take place nearby at The High Line Hotel at 180 Tenth Avenue and 20th Street. Highlights of this year’s program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, and Raina Telgemeier, and panels on subjects including “Comics and Disability,” “Plagiarism as Practice,” and category-defying artist Saul Steinberg. In addition to Telgemeier’s appearance, this year’s programming features a special kid-friendly edition of R. Sikoryak’s long-running “Carousel” series of performative comics readings.

Almost 100 of the nation’s best writers, poets and illustrators have already committed to appear at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information is available on the National Book Festival website. Additional authors will be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001 and will also honor the Library’s spiritual founder, Thomas Jefferson, whose personal library covering all subjects guides the universal collecting policies of today’s Library of Congress. Jefferson sold his books to the Library of Congress in 1815, after a fire destroyed the original Library collections during the War of 1812. The theme of this year’s festival is "I cannot live without books," a famous statement by Jefferson.

Akhil Sharma is tonight, Monday 23 March, announced as the winner of The Folio Prize 2015 for Family Life published by Faber. The Folio Prize is sponsored by The Folio Society, the celebrated publisher of beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books.

The Folio Prize 2015, worth £40,000, aims to recognise and celebrate the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the UK during a given year, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. It is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world.

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America is pleased to announce the 2015 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections Magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the contest aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition program for three years before turning over leadership to a collaboration of institutional partners (The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.


BOSTON, MA—(March, 2015) Extensive archive of material owned by and related to Hollywood B-movie cult figure Ed Wood sold on Thursday for $13,750 according to Boston, MA based RR Auction.

Items include his personally-owned and -used briefcase (Rexbill split cowhide leather) and two trunks; four of his leatherbound notebooks containing original candids, Plan 9 material with Wood’s notations, and news clippings; two binders of photos including original candids, on-set photos, and movie stills; some scarce signed photos; a few items signed by Wood; his set of Jail Bait lobby cards; and various other items.


New York—Swann Galleries is pleased to offer a diverse selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books at auction on Thursday, April 9.

A rich assortment of early printed books includes a single leaf from a paper copy of the 42-line Bible, aka the Gutenberg Bible, with the text of 2 Kings 21:3-23:3, Mainz, circa 1450-55, contained within a copy of A. Edward Newton’s A Noble Fragment, New York, 1921 (estimate: $40,000 to $50,000). A related item is Eusebius of Caesarea, Chronicon, Venice, 1483, a second edition of a synoptic world history first published circa 1475-76 that contains the third published reference to Johann Gutenberg as the inventor of printing ($6,000 to $9,000).

What: A city-wide exploration of the book as a contemporary art form

Who: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Walker Art Center Library, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Form + Content Gallery

When: Friday, July 24; 6-9pm

Where: Four venues across Minneapolis

In celebration of Book Art Biennial 2015 (July 23-26) and MCBA's 30th Anniversary, four leading visual arts organizations present a coordinated "Book Arts Art Crawl" across Minneapolis, featuring six exhibitions all exploring the book as a contemporary artform. Receptions at all four venues are free and open to the public.

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary year, MCBA hosts a series of free presentations and reduced price workshops throughout 2015, offering opportunities for interaction, discussion and skill-building with leaders in the field. At each month’s Book Arts Roundtable artists’ talks, you can learn more about the field of book arts and about each teaching artist’s work. Roundtables are free and held in MCBA’s studios. 

Numerous internationally renowned book, paper and print artists call the Twin Cities home; MCBA is proud to feature five of them in this series. Jody Williams’ and Jana Pullman’s workshops both sold out quickly; the series continues with the following.


DALLAS—An extraordinarily rare promissory note drafted and signed by Jim Bowie sold for $62,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ annual Texana Grand Format Auction March 14 in Dallas. The auction realized $587,701 as nearly 400 bidders vied to own rare signed documents, letters and maps relating to the history of The Lone Star State.

“We work diligently all year long to assemble this auction and we were pleased to see collectors zero in on some really amazing finds,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage. “In some cases, this auction was the only opportunity (outside of a museum) to own true treasures that directly influenced the creation of this unique state.”

Washington, DC— For centuries, longitude (east-west position) was a matter of life and death at sea. Ships that went off course had no way to re-discover their longitude. With no known location, they might smash into underwater obstacles or be forever lost at sea.

The award-winning exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, produced by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the British Longitude Act of 1714, which offered huge rewards for any practical way to determine longitude at sea. The longitude problem was so difficult that—despite that incentive—it took five decades to solve it.


NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ April 2 auction, Ascension: A Century of African-American Art, focuses on the 100-plus years of contributions made by African-American artists across many genres. All of the artists featured in this 178-lot sale contributed not only to the canon of African-American Art but also to American Art as a whole.

 The sale features important paintings from the early careers of three great American artists: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Norman Lewis and Barkley L. Hendricks. The first lot in the sale is a beautiful pastoral painting, Boy and Sheep under a Tree, oil on canvas, 1881, one of the finest and earliest Tanner paintings to come to auction in the last 25 years. The painting has been in the collection of a Philadelphia family since 1883 and has been featured in every significant Tanner retrospective thereafter. It has a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that Louise Erdrich, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Love Medicine," "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," "The Plague of Doves" and her current novel, "The Round House," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 5.

Billington said of Erdrich: "Throughout a remarkable string of virtuosic novels, Louise Erdrich has portrayed her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has, exploring—in intimate and fearless ways—the myriad cultural challenges that indigenous and mixed-race Americans face. In this, her prose manages to be at once lyrical and gritty, magical yet unsentimental, connecting a dreamworld of Ojibwe legend to stark realities of the modern-day. And yet, for all the bracing originality of her work, her fiction is deeply rooted in the American literary tradition."

DALLAS—A private collection of rare photographs of starlet Marilyn Monroe, taken by Bert Stern during his Last Sitting session in 1962 just weeks before her death, exceeded all expectations to bring a combined $80,000 at Heritage Auctions. The March 15 auction realized $137,519 and included a range of images—from early, wide-eyed shots of Norma Jeane in 1945 to raw, sensual photos—as part of an inaugural online photography auction devoted exclusively to Monroe on

"This was the first Marilyn online only auction we have held and the strong results—especially for the Bert Stern images—are a testament to the iconic Marilyn Monroe," said Rachel Peart, Director for Photographs at Heritage. The auction's lots touched on Monroe’s final photo shoots, including a portfolio of color and black and white photos from sessions on the beach in Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills.

Amherst, MA (March 16, 2015)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce the 2015 Carle Honors honorees to be celebrated at Guastavino’s in New York City on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The 10th annual benefit will fête the talented people who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America. This year, the Carle Honors will award the following:

Artist: Helen Oxenbury

Critically acclaimed illustrator, awarded Britain's Smarties Book Prize for We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Quangle Wangle's Hat, and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family.

New York—Exciting and valuable objects from the dawn of computing lead the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on April 13 at Bonhams New York. 

The star lot is expected to fetch at least seven figures, being a recently discovered handwritten manuscript by Alan Turing in which he works on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science. 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. It dates from c.1942-44 when he was working at Bletchley Park to break the German Enigma Code, and provides remarkable insight into the thought process of a genius. It was among the papers left by Turing in his will to his close friend and fellow mathematician, Robin Gandy who, in the blank center pages of the notebook between Turing’s writing, wrote his dream journal.

Amherst, MA (March 13, 2015)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs on view April 7 through August 30, 2015. The exhibition highlights the wings, stings, and crawling things that have appeared in Carle’s art throughout his career, from advertisements created in the late 1960s to familiar picture book favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug. Exhibit-related programs include a community art project and a Children’s Book Festival on June 6th.

As a child, Carle was interested in insects, a curiosity sparked by his father who took him on walks in the woods. In Carle’s own words, “I remember the excitement of lifting stones or peeling back the bark of dead tress to discover the living things that crawled, crept, and scurried about there.”


NEW YORK—Swann is pleased to present our annual auction devoted to Printed & Manuscript African Americana on Thursday, March 26. This impressive catalogue of material relating to the African experience in the Americas was catalogued, as it is each year, by Wyatt Houston Day.

This year’s auction includes an exceptionally rare 17th-century West African Q’uran from Timbuktu (in today’s Mali). This scared text, and other writings like it, give proof to the existence of a complex literate West African culture that began with the founding of Timbuktu in the 10th century. The manuscript volume is from the Yattara library, one of Timbuktu’s founding families, and is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.


SAN MARINO, Calif.—In commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will explore the origins and trace the establishment of Magna Carta and the rule of law with an exhibition drawn exclusively from its world-class holdings in medieval and modern British law, literature, and history, as well as materials of the 17th to 20th centuries drawn from its equally remarkable American collections. “Magna Carta: Law and Legend, 1215-2015” will be on view in the West Hall of the Library from June 13-Oct. 12, 2015.

The most comprehensive exhibition on the West Coast to honor the Magna Carta’s anniversary, “Magna Carta: Law and Legend” complements related celebrations being held this year by the British Library, the Library of Congress, and the American Bar Association. “Nearly a millennium of Anglo-American legal tradition is based on the fundamental propositions that no one, whether a monarch or other executive authority, is above the law, that legitimate governments are subject to the rule of law, and that all persons, whether subject or citizen, are entitled to due process and protection under the law,” said Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval and British Historical Manuscripts and co-curator of the exhibition. On June 15, 1215, along the Thames River at a place called Runnymede, rebellious barons compelled King John to accept the Magna Carta, a “great charter” of liberties that subjugated the power of the monarch to the rule of law.

Crossing the Delaware: New Jersey Women of the Book at Lafayette College—Exhibit: February 1-June 30, 2015

Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Curated by Diane Shaw, Director of Special Collections and Pam Murray.

Selected works of four New Jersey women artists—MaryAnn Miller, Liz Mitchell, Maria G. Pisano, and Maryann Riker—are featured in a special invitational exhibit this spring in Skillman Library. On display are over fifty striking artists’ books and other works on paper created by these four accomplished artists. Although at first glance it may be difficult to find a common thread among the rich array of materials and formats that appear in these works, it is their storytelling that acts as the unifying element among all four artists. They all tell deeply felt stories about past and present histories—both personal and collective.

PITTSBURGH (March 10, 2015 )—Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has partnered with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, to co-organize the first traveling exhibit in North America inspired by the art of Eric Carle, beloved children’s book author and illustrator.

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit, will premiere at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on June 13, 2015 and was made possible with underwriting support from an Anonymous Donor, the Eden Hall Foundation, The Hillman Foundation, and The Wherrett Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

The Library of Congress and its highly popular celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, will mark a double anniversary in 2015. In addition to recognizing the festival’s 15th year since its founding by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the event will celebrate 200 years since the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library.

The festival will take place Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.


New York—Swann Galleries’ Spring Autographs auction on Thursday, March 19 offers remarkable examples of Americana; autographs from world leaders, aviators and scientists; and presidents, including fine material from The Forbes Collection.

The top lot in the auction is a remarkable autograph album was compiled for a benefit auction at the New York Metropolitan Fair of 1864. The album was put together by Teresa Viele, wife of General E.L. Viele, and contains more than 150 signatures by prominent politicians, generals, writers and artists of the Civil War period.


DALLAS—Hot on the heels of November's sale of the most valuable movie poster ever sold at a public auction, Heritage Auctions' Movie Poster Signature Auction returns March 28-29 with a selection of large-size rarities never before offered to collectors. A monstrously-sized Style C three-sheet movie poster for Frankenstein (Universal, 1931)—the only copy known to exist—lurches ahead of the group with a $100,000+ pre-auction estimate.

"Only a small handful of one sheets including one teaser, one six sheet, one insert, and a restored half sheet are all that have appeared of the Frankenstein posters," said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage, "and this poster is the only known copy of either of the two style three sheets created for the debut of the film."

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Super Natural, an exhibition focusing on historical and contemporary women artists’ unrestrained absorption with nature. Rather than merely document beauty, artists in this exhibition engage with the natural world as a place for exploration and invention. The exhibition’s paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos present singular plant specimens, little-seen creatures, invented beasties and the artists’ own bodies tucked into the natural landscape. On view June 5-Sept. 13, 2015, Super Natural underscores the way in which historical women artists’ renderings of nature directly inspire today’s artists.

Composed of art from the museum’s collection as well as loans from notable private lenders, Super Natural includes 50 works and installations by 25 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Maria Sibylla Merian, Patricia Piccinini, Rachel Ruysch, Kiki Smith and Sam Taylor-Johnson.

DALLAS—Intimate photographs of Marilyn Monroe from Bert Stern's storied "Last Sitting" photo shoot may sell for a combined $36,000+ in a special auction March 10-15 at Heritage Auctions. The contemplative collection—from early, wide-eyed shots of Norma Jeane in 1945 to raw, sensual photos taken just two weeks before her death—will be offered exclusively on

“This collection is well curated by a collector and highlights her entire career from her early modeling to iconic images from Bert Stern’s The Last Sitting,” said Rachel Peart, Director for Photographs at Heritage. “Marilyn is such an icon and the images continue to be as stunning today as they were 60 years ago.”

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Impressive private collections include important scholarly works and multi-volume sets.  Among the ephemera lots is a large collection of antique sheet music, decorative billheads and Victorian chromolithograph items.

Kestenbaum & Company’s forthcoming auction of Fine Judaica will take place on Thursday, March 19th at 3:00 pm in the company’s gallery in New York City. The 352-lot auction will feature a Collection of Holy Land Maps offered from a private collection in London, Judaic art from the Estate of the late Rabbi & Mrs. Abraham Karp and exceptional offerings of American-Judaica. 

The star lot of the auction is one of particular rarity: The first complete Jewish Prayer-Book printed in the New World--New York, 1766. Written according to the order of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews and translated into English by Isaac Pinto, this scarce first edition, first issue, seldom seen at auction, is one of the singular, most important printed books of Jewish Americana. The pre-auction estimate is $100,000-150,000 (Lot 8).


A rare copy of Photographs of the Elliot Marbles by the Victorian photographer Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs in London on Wednesday 18 March. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

The Elliot Marbles, now in the British Museum, were named after Walter Elliot, an employee of the Madras Civil Service, who, in 1845, excavated these important Buddhist sculptures from the Great Stupa at Amaravati in south east India. The ancient religious complex of which they formed a part had gradually fallen into ruin as Hinduism replaced Buddhism and the huge site had been steadily stripped for building material.  Elliot arranged for the sculptures to be sent to Madras (modern day Chennai) where, in 1858, they were recorded by Linnaeus Tripe, an army officer who had been appointed as the official photographer to the Madras presidency the year before.


DALLAS—A rare surviving broadside by Sam Houston appealing to the citizens of Texas for aid on the very day Texas declared her independence—only the second copy to ever surface—could sell for $15,000 in Heritage Auctions' March 14 Texana Grand Format Auction in Dallas. The auctions' 362 lots offer an insider's look at the Texas Revolution through unique documents and letters signed by the likes of James Bowie, Davy Crockett and Stephen F. Austin, among other notables. A special preview will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas, in conjunction with the Texas State Historical Convention, March 5-7.

"This is only the second known copy of this broadside to appear. The other is housed at the University of Texas at Austin," said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage. "The broadside was entrusted to Heritage by an old Texas family, descendants of William T.G. Weaver. This particular auction also includes scarce exemplars from the most noted fallen heroes of the Alamo, and I strongly encourage all Texans to take the opportunity to view these artifacts."


New York—The extensive art collection of the late acclaimed actress, Lauren Bacall, will go on view to the public at Bonhams’ Madison Avenue galleries from 25-30 March inclusive (10.00-17.30) before being auctioned on March 31 and April 1.

Accompanying the sale is the lavishly illustrated auction catalog, a collector’s item in its own right. Numbering more than 374 pages and containing over 740 lots, the catalog includes numerous quotes by the actress, footnotes, vintage photographs and views of various rooms of the legendary Dakota apartment that overlooked Central Park.

London - An excellent selection of Middle Eastern material from the growing new department at Bloomsbury Auctions is to be offered in the Continental, English & Middle Eastern Manuscripts sale on the Thursday 19th March. The auction will feature over 20 lots of rare Islamic pieces including an exquisite Ottoman Qur'an, a section from an early Mamluk Qur'an, and some early Hanafi school texts from the Middle East.

One of the star lots of this section is an early illuminated Mamluk Qur'an [15th cent], featuring a rare example of a carpet title. Copied in an elegant Muhaqqaq hand with beautiful ornaments and illuminated opening pages, this piece is expected to fetch £12,000-18,000 [Lot 66].

Other Islamic highlights include a fine Ottoman Qur'an dated 1190 AH (1776 AD) [Lot 80], also at £12,000-18,000, and an early Indian Qur'an in the distinctive Bihari script [Lot 75]. This item is dated 1092 AH (1682 AD) and also carries an interesting inscription that places the Qur'an in the valley of Barkilli (present day Pakistan) where it was looted by a Major-General of the British Army during the Bruner Field Expedition of 1898. 

This section is also home to a number of historically significant Hanafi treatise including Al-Halabi's Multaqa' Al-Abhur [c.1077 AH (1666 AD)] [Lot 81]. This is an important Hanafi manual of legal authorities, originally completed in 1517, which became the bedrock of Hanafi thought in the Ottoman Empire, estimated at £750-1,000.

For more information about the collection and the growing Middle Eastern Department at Bloomsbury Auction please contact our specialist Roxana Kashani

The Continental, English and Middle Eastern Books and Manuscripts sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London saleroom in Mayfair on 19th March. The catalogue is available to view and download online at

Williamstown, MA—The first US exhibition to concentrate on Andy Warhol’s book work, Warhol by the Book, opens at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) March 7 and will be on view through August 16, 2015. Creating books was a vital part of Warhol’s career. From his student days in the 1940s to his death in 1987, Warhol experimented wildly with form and content, turning traditional notions of media and authorship on their heads.

More than 400 objects covering more than 80 book titles including unique and unpublished materials come together from WCMA and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The exhibition showcases a range of material from Warhol’s practice including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and artist’s books. It also includes projections of sixteen Screen Test portrait-films of writers. Warhol had a lifelong fascination with the written word and with the book as an art form. Featuring drawings created to fulfill college assignments, to the Party Book, which was in development at the time of his death, Warhol by the Book traces the artist’s ideas, influences, collaborations, and innovations throughout his career.

“Printed books were essential in Warhol's daily life and with almost every known example of his work for books represented, this exhibition demonstrates his prolific and diverse contribution to the field of publishing,” says Matt Wrbican, Chief Archivist, The Andy Warhol Museum and Curator of Warhol by the Book.

Featured in the exhibition are:

-Works related to Warhol’s interest in Truman Capote, the subject of Warhol’s first solo exhibition in 1952

-Illustrations in mass-market children’s books, a language instruction book, a cook book, and an etiquette book

-Many unfinished works such as a unique maquette for a book made from his Marilyn Monroe prints which unfolds to a length of almost 30 feet

-Unique Red Books of Warhol’s Polaroid photographs of his celebrity friends including Mick Jagger

-Never-before exhibited paste-up layouts for two books of photos: Andy Warhol’s Exposures and America

Warhol by the Book highlights WCMA’s important holdings of nearly 300 Warhols, many of which were given by Richard F. Holmes Class of ’46. Before Warhol became famous for his Pop art, he produced extensive commercial art as well as self-published works often made in collaboration with friends in the 1950s. The Holmes gift includes a near complete collection of these books produced in limited numbers: A is an Alphabet, Love is a Pink Cake, 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, Holy Cats by Andy Warhol’s Mother, In The Bottom of My Garden, A Gold Book, and Wild Raspberries.

Many of Warhol’s projects focused on the book as an object. He blended the borders of art, design, and text. Andy Warhol’s Index (Book) (1967), was the first of several books to defy the definition of a book. This seminal publication has been called a “children’s book for hipsters,” complete with sound recordings, balloons, fold-outs, holograms, and even a do-it-yourself nose job. Three preliminary mock-ups for this project are featured from WCMA’s collection, showing how the book changed from inception to its final state. Further playing with form and content Warhol produced a novel from transcriptions of audiotapes, which is exhibited with the very cassette recorder used to make the recordings, and Stephen Shore’s photos that document the sessions.

At WCMA, a gallery will recreate Warhol’s personal library allowing visitors to page through some of his eclectic volumes. As part of the year-long, campus-wide Book Unbound initiative, Warhol by the Book expands the notion of Warhol’s authorship and examines how he challenged the definition of what a book is.

“Books were objects of fascination for Warhol, both as an artist and a collector. In a pre-digital age, books represented legacy, luxury and lasting fame,” says Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. “Warhol by the Book focuses on a little-known, but fascinating aspect of Warhol’s work.”

“Warhol worked out many of his lifelong obsessions—with documentation, reproducibility, mass-produced visual culture, and authorship—through books,” says Christina Olsen, Class of ’56 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art. “For the college community this is an exciting opportunity to delve into some of the most important themes in art of the twentieth century.”

Warhol by the Book is organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Related Programs

Warhol & Paired perspectives on Warhol's eclectic creative life

Warhol & the Stuff of Books

Mar 6, 2015 at 6 pm

Drinks and mingling to follow

Matt Wrbican, Chief Archivist at The Andy Warhol Museum and Curator of Warhol by the Book

Kathryn Price, Curator of Collections at WCMA

The pair talks shop about Warhol’s lifelong obsession with books. They share discoveries

unearthed wading through the vast stuff of Warhol’s career, and delve in

to the full range of

his roles from author and illustrator to designer, publisher, and promoter.

Warhol & Cookbooks

Apr 7, 2015 at 6 pm

Drinks and mingling to follow

Susan Rossi-Wilcox, Culinary historian

Darra Goldstein, Williams Professor of Russian and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.

Rossi-Wilcox and Goldstein read between the lines of illustrated recipes with a look at a mid-century culture clash. Wild Raspberries, the cookbook Warhol produced with socialite Suzie Frankfurt, serves up satire as it mocks the post-war desire to cultivate a European lifestyle and aesthetic through food.

Warhol & Infiltrated Publishing

Apr 28, 2015 at 6 pm

Drinks and mingling to follow

Lucy Mulroney, Interim Senior Director and Curator of Special Collections at Syracuse University Libraries 

Christopher Cerf, Author, composer, producer, and former Warhol collaborator 

Stories from the publishing world invoke a Warhol who infiltrated mainstream channels with his counterculture spirit. Mulroney and Cerf share Warhol’s proclivity for co-opting rigid structures to produce iconic books like his Index (Book), a pop-up “children’s book for hipsters.” 

Visit Warhol by the Book with Student Gallery Guides Mar 7 and Apr 11, 2015 at noon WCMA’s Gallery Guides draw eclectic connections among artworks.

The Williams College Museum of Art

WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects.

At the heart of the Williams College campus the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is free and open to all. WCMA is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Wednesdays. The museum is wheelchair accessible and admission is FREE. For more information, contact the museum at (413) 597-2429 or visit

About The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. 

Additional information about The Warhol is available at

It’s time to put down your e-readers and experience a bit of history! Have you ever seen a $30,000 book? Or a book that is hundreds of years old? Now is your chance when the 40th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the nation’s capital from March 6-7, 2015.

The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair is the rarest, most curated antique book fair in the D.C. region. Visitors can touch, discover and purchase rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and more, while experiencing the thrill of the hunt.

Items of Interest:

  • Most expensive book: $30,000 first American edition of world-renowned novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain. Hailing from B&B Rare Books in New York, NY (Booth #13), attendees will have the opportunity to touch this piece of history.
  • Most expensive item: $75,000 “Pansies” painting by Elizabeth Bishop from James S. Jaffe Rare Books LLC (Booth #30). Bishop’s paintings are extremely rare - only about 40 are known and were painted privately for the poet’s pleasure. “Pansies” is perhaps the most important painting, presented by Bishop to her lover Lota de Macedo Soares.
  • Quirkiest: The Hermit of Siskiyou, or The Twice-Old Man is a 19th-century poem by L.W. Musick with one very interesting feature: it is the first mention in book form of the legend of Big Foot (Sasquatch). Brian Cassidy, local bookseller, will be bringing this unique find to the fair (Booth #10).
  • Oldest book: Icones Biblicae Veteris et N.Testamenti dates back almost three centuries (1729) and is illustrated by Jan Luyken, one of the most important illustrators of his time. The book is complete with 62 full-page engravings and is brought to the festival by Rosenlund Rare Books and Manuscripts (Booth #51).

The book fair will offer rare collections in almost every area of interest imaginable - including travel, food, the arts, science and medicine, classic literature, modern first editions and illustrated books. Whether you’re a seasoned book collector looking to complete your collection or the novice visitor, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Over the course of two days, the fair will also host a series of exciting programs including:

  • It’s like “Antique Roadshow,” but for books! Bring your own historic book and get it appraised by founding exhibitor Allan Stypeck of Second Story Books and long-time exhibitor Jeffrey Marks. Other appraisers to be confirmed soon.
  • Lecture by Beth Curren of Camel Leopold Press titled “Real and Imagined: Encyclopedias from Diderot to Borges.”
  • Lecture with Dan Paterson of the Library of Congress and President - Potomac Chapter Guild of Bookworkers.

Full schedule and program to be announced soon. 

What:              40th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair

When:             March 6, 2015; 5:00 - 9:00 pm

                        March 7, 2015; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Where:            Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge

                        Rosslyn Ballroom, Shenandoah Suite & Dogwood Room

                        1900 North Fort Myer Drive; Arlington, VA 22209

Website:         Additional information will be available at a later date at

Social Media:  Twitter: @theWABF


Hashtag: #WABF15

Event Information: Tickets available for purchase at $14 for Friday and Saturday, $8 for Saturday only. Members of the public who have questions should call 202-363-4999 or email

Los Angeles - The albums Please Please Me and With The Beatles, both signed by all four members of the band, flew past $15,000-$20,000 estimates to achieve $37,500 and $36,250, respectively, in Bonhams' Entertainment Memorabilia and Animation Art auction on March 1 in Los Angeles.

The albums were featured among an extensive selection of music memorabilia on offer, including a Jim Morrison cowhide jacket that sold for $20,000. Morrison wore the jacket at the Doors' 1969 Madison Square Garden concert. Shortly into the concert, he took the jacket off and threw it into the crowd where the consignor's boyfriend caught it.

Many bidders also took interest in a selection of letters written by Tupac Shakur which brought a total of $59,625, ahead of a pre-sale estimate of $16,900. The top-selling letter alone sold for $15,000. Shakur wrote the letters to his friend Desiree Smith while he was imprisoned in upstate New York in 1995. They include Shakur’s writings about who he believed was behind the shooting at Quad Records and who set him up on the sexual abuse charge that sent him to prison, as well as his feelings about imprisonment and his short-lived marriage to Keisha Morris.

Also noteworthy in the auction was a grouping of 152 film noir screenplays from the late 1930s through the 1970s which brought $56,250, and a collection of Sherlock Holmes, screenplays which took in $12,500. Of further mention, a Norma Shearer 10k gold Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences® life membership card flew past its $800 estimate to bring $13,750 and a Charles Schulz Peanuts daily cartoon from1963 sold for $12,500.

Bonhams' Director of Entertainment Memorabilia, Catherine Williamson, commented of the auction, "The market for entertainment memorabilia continues to be strong across several collecting areas, but we are seeing real growth in the market for items from the recent past, like the Tupac Shakur manuscripts."

To view additional results from the sale, please visit

Collectors take note, Bonhams' next auction of Entertainment Memorabilia will take place June 24, 2015 at Bonhams’ Knightsbridge, London saleroom.

DALLAS - The Merrill C. Berman Collection of Political Memorabilia, Part I, exceeded all expectations Feb. 28 at Heritage Auction as bidders pushed rare pinbacks, ferros and ribbons to $791,054. As in 1860, Abraham Lincoln once again beat the odds as an extraordinary grouping of Presidential Ferrotypes - including one of then-underdog Lincoln - sold for $58,750, nearly double its pre-auction estimate. The auction was 98% sold by lot and 99% sold by value.

"It was an astounding success - a breakthrough," said Tom Slater, Director of Historical Americana at Heritage. "The total for Part I of the Berman Collection was 50 percent above my most optimistic expectation and a great many pieces sold for prices outside their historical ranges."  

The losers of the 1924 presidential election, John W. Davis and his running mate Charles W. Bryan, won big nearly 90 years later as a rare 7/8-inch Jugate of the pair sold for $37,500 against an $8,000 estimate and a bidding war over the phone. A rare 2-1/4" Red, White and Blue Jugate featuring Warren G. Harding & Calvin Coolidge sold for $35,000, against a $12,000 estimate.

The Berman collection was long respected for its approach to rarity and condition and both qualities were on offer. A 1-1/4" Jugate for Charles Evans Hughes' and Charles W. Fairbanks' 1916 candidacy, featuring eye-popping colors, sold for an equally eye-popping $27,500 following interest from six bidders. An oval "Eddie's Friend" pinback for Harry Truman's 1948 campaign sold for $20,000 and an outstanding specimen of Calvin Coolidge's Iconic "Our Pilot...Keep Him at the Helm" 1 ¼-inch Button, one of the rarest campaign buttons known to exist, sold for $15,000.

In addition to the auction's top lot, several rare examples relating to Abraham Lincoln sparked a bidding war as a superb example of the large-size 1860 'Donut" Ferrotype featuring Lincoln and running mate Hannibal Hamlin on verso, sold for $16,250, and a Lincoln & Hamlin Brady Jugate Ribbon with Unique Wide Awake Overprinting ended at $15,000. Likewise, an unusual Variant of the Perpetual Calendar, with a Bearded Ferro Portrait of Lincoln also sold for $15,000 - fully five times its estimate. One of the top 1864 Ferrotype pins on collector's radar, featuring an image of Lincoln below the embossed words "Union and Liberty," sold for $14,375 to a bidder on HALive!

Among the early pieces of political memorabilia in the collection, a 1789-Dated "Memorable Era" Brass Inaugural Shank Button for George Washington sold for $15,000 following interest from 11 bidders and a rare and important ribbon opposed to the 1856 Republican abolitionist Presidential Candidate hammered for $13,750.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited by:

A Fantastic Miniature Cloth Campaign Flag for the Sought-After Greeley & Brown Ticket: Realized: $12,187.

A Rare Jugate Variety for the 1936 Landon & Knox Ticket: Realized: $10,937.

A Possibly Unique Portrait Brooch for US President James Monroe: Realized: $8,750.

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A series of 30 autograph letters written by the renowned Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are to be auctioned in the Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases & Historical Photographs sale on 18 March at Bonhams Knightsbridge. The letters, which relate to the real-life criminal case of Birmingham solicitor George Edalji, carry a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-40,000. 

Conan Doyle’s involvement with the Edalji case provided the basis for Julian Barnes’ 2005 novel, Arthur & George. The first episode of ITV’s adaptation of the novel, which stars Martin Clunes as Conan Doyle, aired on 2 March.

In 1903, Edalji, the son of the Vicar of Great Wyrley in Staffordshire, was given seven years’ hard labour for animal mutilation and anonymous letter-writing. He was unexpectedly released after completing three years of his sentence, and sought the investigative services of Conan Doyle with the intention of securing a full pardon. 

In the letters, Conan Doyle writes of his ‘deep interest’ in the case and his conviction that Edalji is innocent. He felt that the Staffordshire Police were to blame for Edalji’s unjust prosecution, and the letters testify to his determination to challenge the authority of Captain Anson and his force.

Writing almost daily from 30 August to 21 October 1907 - with a notable 10-day break after his marriage to Jean Leckie on 18 September - Conan Doyle bombarded Anson with new forensic evidence and offered a list of alternative suspects, one of whom was Royden Sharp, described in the correspondence as ‘fiendishly cunning (with foolish intervals)’. Many of the letters concentrate on the case against Sharp, including analysis of his handwriting and speculations for motive: ‘Colour prejudice may have been enough to prompt [the Sharp brothers] to bait the Edalji family in the cruel way they did.’

The final letters reveal Conan Doyle’s increasing frustration with Anson: ‘I never thought my case was good enough for a prosecution,’ he says, ‘but … to say there is “absolutely nothing” against a man who exhibited a weapon and said it was the sort of one which did the outrages is a statement which makes me feel rather hopeless about the use of getting evidence.’ The penultimate letter expresses the author’s regret that, ‘to the deep disgrace of the British Administration,’ he was unable to secure compensation for Edalji.

In a fascinating twist, Anson admitted in the appendix to his printed report that he had fabricated evidence to mislead Conan Doyle and discredit him and his methods. The plot involved an elaborate ruse involving Sharp appearing to travel to London with a poison-pen letter for Conan Doyle. In 1934, a labourer, Enoch Knowles, was imprisoned after confessing to the letter-writing, but the perpetrator of the animal cruelty remained unknown.


A signed first edition of Arthur Ransome’s beloved children’s book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is set to go under the hammer in the Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases & Historical Photographs sale on 18 March at Bonhams Knightsbridge.

Estimated at £4,000-6,000, the book’s title page is not only signed by Ransome but also has a black and red ink drawing of a sailboat by the author.

Arthur Michell Ransome (1884 - 1967) was an English author and journalist. He is best known for his ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly set in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads.

Before becoming a children’s book author, Ransome was a well-known foreign correspondent, working for papers such as the Manchester Guardian to report on the First World War and subsequently the Russian Revolution. He came to sympathise with the Bolshevik cause and was friendly with a number of its leaders, including Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

After spending years living in Russia and the Baltic states, he returned to England to settle in the Lake District. He decided not to accept a position as a full-time foreign correspondent with the Guardian and instead wrote Swallows and Amazons in 1929.

Involving the traditional holiday pursuits of sailing, fishing and camping, with a dash of fantastical adventure, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and its successors were so popular that they inspired countless imitations, and to this day are the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake in the books.

The sale features 26 other items by or relating to this prolific writer, including more first editions, proof copies, and presentation copies of Ransome’s books. These items are part of the collection of John Cowen, well-known collector and author of A Ransome Book-Case- an essential guide to all of Ransome’s books, outlining the content and history of each title.

YORK, Pa. - Whether it comes from the world of politics, entertainment or sports, if an object or memento has added meaningfully to the pop-culture landscape at any point in America’s rich history, it’s a natural fit for one of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles’ online and absentee auctions. The Pennsylvania-based company’s current auction (#214), which closes over March 17-19, showcases nearly 2,800 items organized to close in chronological order. The vast selection of memorabilia, featuring many rarities from renowned collections, spans a timeline that begins with Revolutionary War leaders and culminates with 20th-century comic book superheroes.

Topping the 500-lot political section is Lot 4, a military discharge document signed on June 8, 1783 by General George Washington, with the countersignature of his aide-de-camp John Trumbull Jr. The double-sided document honorably releases Corporal William Peek from military service after six years of duty and awards the soldier the Badge of Merit. A rare relic from the earliest days of America’s independence, the discharge comes with a Hakes Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and JSA Letter of Authenticity (LOA). Its auction estimate is $5,000-$10,000.

Another star in the political category is Lot 17, an 1861 Civil War-era document signed by President Abraham Lincoln in which he appoints William S. Edgar a “Surgeon.” Boldly signed by Lincoln at the bottom, the certificate is framed with a photographic portrait of Lincoln and a period postcard bearing a famous Lincoln quote. Accompanied by a Hakes COA and JSA LOA, its estimate range is $2,000-$10,000.

The enduring mystique of Harry Houdini cannot be denied, but few would know that the famed illusionist launched his own film-production company in 1921. Houdini Picture Corporation produced two films - both starring Houdini - but the venture was not a high-profile one. Hake’s offers as Lot 789 a very rare 1921 stock certificate for five shares in the company, hand-signed by Houdini as president and secretary/treasurer. Together with a promissory note signed by the same stock purchaser, the two-item lot is estimated at $2,000-$5,000.

An extraordinary survivor from the early days of Negro League baseball, Lot 885 is a 1907 photo-pictorial book by Sol White titled History of Colored Base Ball. It is one of fewer than a dozen known examples of a highly important book that documents late 19th/early 20th-century African American baseball players from a time when there was very little information available on the subject.

“This book was so ahead of its time, and it just never turns up at auction,” said Hake’s President Alex Winter. “A copy was not even in the legendary Richard Merkin collection, which is well known for containing items of tremendous rarity pertaining to the Negro Leagues. When we announced we would be auctioning other pieces from the Merkin collection some years ago, we immediately started receiving calls from people asking if this particular book was in the collection, and remarkably, we had to say ‘no.’ Other examples of this title have sold for more than $20,000 in the past, and if any of the images shown in the book were individual 8 by 10 photos, I have no doubt they’d sell for anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 apiece.” Lot 885 is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Moving into the realm of fictional heroes, there’s Lot 1433, one of two known prototype “ashcan” pulp magazines printed in August 1936 to establish copyright for The Lone Ranger. It was not until April 1937 that the first official issue of The Lone Ranger Magazine actually saw the light of day, and by then, the cover art had been completely changed. On the earlier iteration, The Lone Ranger wears a red bandanna to disguise his face, rather than the later - and more familiar - black eye mask.

Already an extremely rare publication, the desirability of this prototype ashcan (so named because it was meant to be discarded after reading) is further enhanced by its CGC grading. As Winter explained, “CGC does not typically grade pulps, so it’s an anomaly that they chose to grade this one.” The opening bid on the magazine is $5,000, and its estimate is set at $10,000-$20,000.

One of Hake’s areas of particular expertise is early, original comic strip art. The March auction contains the actual hand-drawn and artist-signed original artwork for two phenomenal Sunday newspaper pages drawn 80 years ago. Lot 1598 is George Herriman’s 11-panel art for the November 3, 1935 Krazy Kat strip featuring the lead character plus Offissa Bull Pupp, Ignatz Mouse and Ignatz’s rarely depicted wife and three children. This well-known Sunday strip with multiple backgrounds, superb inking and imaginative storyline has been reprinted in every major Krazy Kat book and Herriman publication. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000.

Krazy Kat is followed by another favorite comic-strip feline, Felix, who stars in Otto Messmer’s original artwork for the Sunday, Oct. 6 edition of Felix the Cat. Felix appears in all 12 panels, with a storyline that places him in the laboratory of a scientist who applies a powerful anesthetic to the cat’s midsection. Felix then goes on a hamburger binge, obviously immune to a stomachache. One of the nicest Felix Sunday-page originals ever offered by Hake’s, it has a King Features Syndicate copyright label and comes with provenance from the Jan Wahl collection. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.

Lot 1635 is the original Jack Davis color cover art for the January 1962 Dell comic book titled Yak Yak - A Pathology of Humor. Bright and vividly hand-colored, the artist-signed art comes with a pair of 4 by 6-inch color photos of Davis in his studio with the Yak Yak artwork. All Jack Davis original cover art is scarce, and this lot should have no trouble achieving its $5,000-$10,000 estimate.

Approximately 60 items will be offered from the revered Doug and Pat Wengel Disneyana collection. Among the standout items is Lot 1797, a rare 14-inch tin sandpail made in France in the mid 1930s. In a repeating scene against a shell-pink background, Mickey plays the concertina while Minnie Mouse dances. In their reference book Comic Character Metal Sand Toys, the Wengels describe the pail as “perhaps the finest…Disney ever produced.” Bidding is expected to reach $2,000-$5,000.

The piece de resistance in the Wengel selection is Lot 1764, a pair of circa-1935 Old King Cole Mickey and Minnie Mouse mechanical store displays. Made of painted composition, each figure is supported by a wood framework and motorized to enable an action. When switched on, Mickey moves his outstretched arm up and down, while Minnie holds a mirror in one stationary hand and moves her other arm up and down. Striking, colorful and with provenance from one of the all-time great Disney collections, the pair is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Other highlights include Lot 2156, a linen-mounted three-sheet movie serial poster for Adventures of Captain Marvel, est. $2,000-$5,000; and Lot 2129, a hardcover Photoplay edition of Tarzan and the Golden Lion signed by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, publishers Alexander Grosset and George T. Dunlap, the film version’s executive producer Joseph P. Kennedy, and many others involved with the movie’s production, including star Boris Karloff. Its estimate is $5,000-$10,000.

Hake’s Americana Auction #214 is now open for bidding by phone, mail or online at The first session will close on March 17, 2015, while the second session will close on March 19. March 18 is an interim day in which bidders can peruse the catalog and prepare for further bidding. To request a free printed catalog or for information on any item in the sale, call toll-free: (866) 404-9800 or (717) 434-1600. Email: Visit the catalog online at

NEW YORK—Interest in ski posters was mountain-high at Swann Galleries’ February 12 auction of Vintage Posters, resulting in several new auction records. Also sought after were Art Nouveau images by Alphonse Mucha and other artists of that era.

Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann President and Posters Specialist, said, “The auction room was as crowded as we have seen it in recent years, and the results of this sale were robust, with several major (pleasant) surprises as posters soared above their high estimates. More than one participant observed that the poster market is alive and well at Swann and we humbly agree-especially in light of the numerous auction records that we set during the sale.”

The top three lots in the auction brought $30,000* each: Alex Diggelmann’s Gstaad, 1934, which had been estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; Alphonse Mucha’s The Flowers, a set of four decorative panels, 1898 and Leopoldo Metlicovitz’s Mostra del Ciclo e Dell’Automobile / Milano, a poster for Milan's 1907 automobile and cycle show. The Diggelmann and Metlicovitz were auction records.

Also selling for record-setting prices were Martin Peikert’s Champéry / Chemin de fer Aigle, 1955, $11,875 and Orsi’s VIIIe Olympiade / Jeux Olympiques / Paris, 1924, $10,625; while Jack Rivolta’s Up Where Winter Calls to Play / Olympic Bobsled Run / Lake Placid, circa 1938 and Ted Hunter’s Dartmouth Winter Carnival, 1937 set new benchmarks for any work by the artists at $7,500 and $6,000 respectively.

Additional ski highlights were Erich Hermes’s L’Hiver en Suisse, 1930 and Franz Lenhart’s Dolomiti / Cortina, circa 1930, $8,125 each, as well as Herbert Bayer’s Ski in Aspen Colorado, 1946, $7,250.

Art Nouveau beauties of note included the iconic Cycles Gladiator by an unknown artist, circa 1895, $17,500; a pair of volumes of the publication The Maîtres de l'Affiche [Masters of the Poster], 1896 and 1897, $10,000; Private Livemont’s luminous Absinthe Robette, 1896, $7,280 and Jean Misceslas Peské, poster for the magazine L’Estampe et L’Affiche, 1898, $6,250.

Rounding out the top lots World’s Fair posters such as Nembhard N. Culin’s Art Deco design for In 1939 / The New York World’s Fair, 1937, $6,000 and John Wenrich’s New York World’s Fair 1939, 1936, $5,500; artist exhibition posters, led by Cy Twombly’s Nine Discourses On Commodus at the Leo Castelli gallery, 1964, signed by Twombly in pencil, $4,420; Edouard Elzingre’s dynamic Automobiles Martini, circa 1910, $5,980; and Franz Würbel’s Olympic Games, the official poster of the 1936 Olympic Games, $5,250.

For complete results, an illustrated auction catalogue, with prices realized, on request, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at

For further information, and to consign items to spring and summer poster auctions, please contact Nicholas D. Lowry at (212) 254-4710, extension 53, or via e-mail at

*All prices include buyer’s premium.

London—Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to present their sale of Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books & Manuscripts on Thursday 19th March in London at their saleroom in Mayfair. The sale charts the development of printing on the continent and in England, with works dating from the 1470s up until the 18th century.

Particularly in vogue after the release of Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, is a 17th century work on codes and secret writing; Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae libri IX, first edition (1624), by Augustus II, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, written under the pseudonym, Gustav Selenus. The engraved title page of the work is believed to provide the first clue of Sir Francis Bacon’s supposed authorship of William Shakespeare’s plays. In one vignette it depicts Bacon handing a manuscript text to Shakespeare (a man holding a spear) and in another depicts Bacon writing on a folio-sized piece of paper, which hints at the first folio edition of the plays, published a year earlier in 1623 [estimate £2,000-3,000 Lot 129]. The fourth folio edition of the plays of 1685 is also offered here. It is the last edition to be printed in the 17th century [estimate £10,000-15,000 Lot 157].

Los Angeles, California—(March 1, 2015)—Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries held the highly-anticipated “The Story of Disneyland” auction this weekend in Sherman Oaks, California. Bidders gathered each day under a tent, constructed specifically to hold the hundreds of anxious bidders who showed up for the two sessions, in hopes that they would take home a piece of Disneyland magic. Bidders from around the globe bid online and by phone in a fast and furious pace all day.

The collection, which represented close to 1,000 pieces, is said to be the largest and most historical collection ever to be offered. Many of the items up for bid exceeded pre-sale estimates including a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Animatronic® Tiki Bird which sold for $153,400. Opening in 1963, the Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to use Audio-Animatronic® characters in the park.  The Pirates of the Caribbean remained a hit throughout the auction event with the Original Skeleton prop selling for $129,800 and the Pirates of the Caribbean E-Ticket Sign selling for $47,200. A Marc Davis Signed Original Pirates Concept Art piece sold for $70,800. Other highlights of this weekend’s historical and unprecedented auction included the Original Cigar Store Indian from Frontierland which sold for $44,250,  a Construction Used Disneyland Brownline Plot Plan sold for $29,500, a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Flower Boat sold for $22,420, a Mark Twain Riverboat Life Preserver Prop that hung on the Mark Twain Riverboat in the 1960s sold for $11,800, a Sam McKim Kodak Camera Shop Presentation Artwork sold for $20,060 and the Main Street Entrance Flag used in the Main Street entrance station sold for $7,670. is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. At the upcoming sale, booksellers from the UK, US, Canada, South Africa and even Slovenia will be selling a diverse range of stock on auction. All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged.

Two titles by the iconic Golden Cockerel Press, founded in 1920 at Whaltham St. Lawrence in Berkshire, publishing works of literary and artistic importance.

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