May 2015 Archives

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New York—Swann Galleries’ 19th & 20th Century Literature auction on Wednesday, June 17 features signed first editions from Tennessee Williams, first edition works by Agatha Christie and many lauded children’s authors, a run of work by Charles Dickens and multiple association copies. 

The sale includes a rare first edition association copy of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000), signed by the author and the six principle members of the original Broadway cast, including Marlon Brando. The present copy belonged to Herbert Adrian Rehner, a frequent dinner guest of Williams’.

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DALLAS—A rare and unusual political banner, created in 1864 to kick off Abraham Lincoln’s presidential re-election campaign, steamrolled its $40,000 opening bid to sell for $106,250 in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political auction May 18 in Dallas. The auction was carried to $1.1+ million on the shoulders of an important group of trade store figures, including four “cigar store Indians,” and a collection of items relating to President John F. Kennedy and his family including personally-owned objects and rare political campaign artifacts.

“This was by far one of our most diverse auctions in recent memory,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “The Lincoln banner is truly one of a kind and now holds the price record for a Lincoln portrait flag at auction.”

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NEW YORK—On June 23-24, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s will be conducting an unreserved auction of quite possibly the finest collection of patriotic posters relating to World War I. Roughly half of the approximately 2,000 posters are from the United States, with the balance reflecting the many different nations involved in the Great War. The auction will be held on LiveAuctioneers.com.

Brooklyn-born Edward H. McCrahon was so passionate in his defense of the Allied nations that he joined the French Army two years prior to the United States entering the war. Once the U.S. became involved, McCrahon returned home, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and rose to the rank of Colonel. However, it was during his stint in France when he first became riveted by the compelling graphics of war poster art.

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

All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged.

Lot 276 

David Roberts: The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia (First Edition 1842)

Published: F.G. Moon, London, 1842

BOSTON, Massachusetts—May 26, 2015—Timed to mark the rites of spring, including Father’s Day and graduation, and curated to pique the interest of all gentlemen, this online-only auction opens on Thursday, May 28th at 10 A.M. ET and runs until Monday, June 8th, with the first lots closing at 4 P.M. ET.

Luxury Travel & Jewelry

For globe-trotting gentlemen preferring to travel in style there is no shortage of luxury travel and men’s jewelry items to choose from: including an American sterling silver set, which contains a Tiffany yo-yo engraved High Yield (Lot 1006, Estimate $800-$1,200); two Louis Vuitton Monogram Suitcases, complete with brass hardware, natural cowhide leather trim and red interior label (Lot 1007 & Lot 1008, Estimate $400-$600 each); a 14 karat gold Omega open-faced pocket watch (Lot 1002, Estimate $300-$500); and two 14 karat gold watch chains (Lot 1003, Estimate $400-$600).

Boston, MA—May  2015—This spring’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Skinner, Inc. will remain true to its title, featuring printed and handwritten material spanning six centuries and celebrating cultural, literary, and historical milestones. The online-only sale will begin on May 27th, 2015 at 12 P.M. ET and conclude on June 7th, 2015 at 4 P.M. ET. Live previews will be held at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.; Thursday, June 4th, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; and Friday, June 5th, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.

A small, private press in Newburgh, New York will mark its 30th anniversary with a special exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York City sponsored by the Vassar College Archives & Special Collection Library.

Founded in 1985 by Luke Ives Pontifell, Thornwillow Press is one of the most recognized private presses operating in the United States today. During its 30 years, Thornwillow has produced a wide variety of limited edition books by significant authors that demonstrate the crafts of letterpress printing, papermaking, illustration, and bookbinding. The attention to craftsmanship and artistry makes Thornwillow books unique in a time of e-books and mass-produced paperbacks. For this reason, in 2010, Vassar became the repository for Thornwillow’s collected works.

BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2015—In an all new summer of Vintage episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks at memorable objects from previous shows to discover what they are worth today and how the market and their value has changed. As a hint, some have increased in value, while others haven't fared so well!

"The marketplace for antiques and collectibles changes along with lifestyle tastes and trends and economic factors," said ANTIQUES ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "Collecting categories that were in vogue over recent years, like arts and crafts furniture have gone down in value while others, such as Chinese antiques and collectibles have gone up. Our Vintage episodes help keep viewers updated on those market and style changes."

Waterloo 200th Anniversary Auction

LONDON, 399 Strand - With 2015 marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd present an auction centred on Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars. Prices range from £50 - £22,000 across approximately 300 lots, featuring a Napoleon death mask and private letters from the French Emperor alongside medals, militaria and works of art.

Auction Highlights 

Napoleon’s Death Mask

A reduced size bronze copy, by Dr François Carlo Antommarchi (1780-1838), signed with his name on truncation, 85.5mm, mounted on black marble as a paperweight. Dr François Carlo Antommarchi was appointed Napoleon’s physician in St Helena in 1818 remaining so till his death in 1821. There is a dispute as to whether the original death mask was taken by Antomarchi or Dr Francis Burton, stationed with the 66th Regiment in St Helena. Certainly it was Antommarchi who, on his return to Paris, had reproductions made in life and reduced size in bronze. Some examples are found with the founders’ names, L Richard, and Eck et Durand.

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

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction - Genealogy, Ephemera, Kane, etc.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Interesting collections include a large library of American genealogical reference works and a private collection of modern first editions with many important author signatures.  Another estate delivered a sizable collection of ephemera including lithographs and engravings dating back to the 18th century.   Also offered will be a private collection of original artwork and signed proofs created by legendary illustrator and graphic designer, Harry Kane.

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New York— On Wednesday, June 10, Swann Galleries will offer an eclectic selection of printed and manuscript art books from the 16th through the 20th century, including limited editions, art journals, modern and private press pieces, signed and inscribed works by Andy Warhol and a run of works by Edward Gorey in an auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books.

            The limited editions include a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, featuring six etchings by Henri Matisse, one of only 250 copies signed by both the author and the artist, New York, 1935 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). There is also a copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, printed by the Pennyroyal Press and featuring wood-engraved illustrations by Barry Moser, West Hatfield, 1982. The present copy is number 19 of only 50 deluxe copies signed by Moser and includes an extra signed suite and original signed drawing ($3,000 to $4,000).

The world’s largest antique map fair will once again be held in the historic environs of the Royal Geographical Society on June 6 and 7.

Over 40 leading map dealers will gather from across the globe bringing an unparalleled array of original antique maps, charts, town plans, atlases and globes. Thousands of maps covering all parts of the world and every era of map-making will be on display, from the 15th century to the present day, and ranging in price from £10 to hundreds of thousands;   there’s something for everyone here, for the first time visitor as well as the seasoned collector. This is a unique opportunity to meet experts with an unparalleled depth of knowledge and breadth of material.

New York—The top-selling lot at the American Art sale at Bonhams was a work by one of America’s greatest illustrators, Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945), which realized $1,325,000, more than twice the high estimate. 

After a lengthy bidding war, the work finally went to a telephone bidder.

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is thrilled to have brought a significant collection of American paintings to the auction market. Both the May 20 day and evening sales offer a testament to the deep interest collectors continue to exhibit for early to mid-20th century American artists. 

Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin brought an important collection of 33 American paintings to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for an evening sale held May 20 in Chicago. Five works by Thomas Hart Benton were sold, including his 1967 Discussion, which brought $1,052,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $200,000/400,000.

From May 28th to 30th the halls of Olympia will once again present an unparalleled array of literary material at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. Now in its 58th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers. 

From medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions, visitors to the fair can hold history in their hands as they view and buy museum-quality books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, letters, ephemera and original artwork.  And with prices ranging from a few pounds to many, many, thousands there’s something for everyone here.

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New York—On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Swann Galleries’ African-American Fine Art department will offer The Art Collection of Maya Angelou, with more than 50 works from Dr. Angelou’s private collection-much of which has never been publicly exhibited.

Nigel Freeman, Director of African-American Fine Art at Swann Galleries said, “The collection of Dr. Angelou shows the natural affinity this great American poet, writer, thinker and educator had with many visual artists. The auction includes paintings, works on paper, fine prints and sculpture by such important African-American artists as Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards, Jonathan Green and Faith Ringgold. Their common artistic interests and experiences are evident in the narrative and expressive qualities of the work in the collection-from John Biggers' market scenes to Faith Ringgold's story quilts. It will also be the first and only time the public will be able to see this private side of one of America's great cultural heroes.”

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, will host the symposium “Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy” Oct. 28-30 in Austin. In advance of the symposium, the García Márquez archive will open for research in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room on Oct. 21.

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The symposium will explore the life and legacy of the beloved author and public intellectual. International scholars, journalists, filmmakers and former colleagues of García Márquez’s will speak about his global influence in the fields of journalism, filmmaking and literature. Panel topics include “Gabo: The Storyteller,” “Global Gabo,” “Gabo the Journalist” and “Gabriel García Márquez: Cinematic Scribe and Muse.” Panelists hail from Colombia, Mexico and the United States.

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The Grabhorn Press was one of the foremost American producers of finely-printed books from the early 1920s to the mid-1960s. Their fine printing establishment is documented in a comprehensive public exhibition on view at the Grolier Club from May 13 to August 1, 2015. The more than one hundred books and objects on display—selected from a corpus of over 650 books and countless ephemera—offer unprecedented insight into the Grabhorn Press’s remarkable contribution to the art of the book. Curated by Andrew Hoyem, the publisher at Arion Press who was affiliated with the Grabhorns from 1964 to 1973, and associate curator Dr. Simran Thadani, the show is enhanced by important letters, design mock-ups, photographs and other archival material drawn primarily from Hoyem’s collection, and from the archives of the Grabhorn Institute. 

Based in San Francisco, the Grabhorn Press was a descendant of the “arts and crafts” movement started by William Morris in England for the revival of fine printing in the late nineteenth century. Before and during the Grabhorns’ time, there were others in the United States who inherited, practiced, and innovated upon the “arts and crafts” ideals. What set the Grabhorns apart from other Americans of their era were the variety, quality, and quantity of their accomplishments.

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From Mallarméto the Piece of Paper Press via Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus and conceptual art. The history of artists’ involvement with the book format between 1963 and 2000 includes a fascinating range of artists and movements.

Bernard Quaritch Ltd have today published Stephen Bury’s beautifully illustrated account of the book as a work of art. This second edition includes updated text with new descriptions of 600 key artists’ books and over 130 new, full-page, colour illustrations taken from the internationally renowned Chelsea College of Art & Design Library collection.

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BEVERLY HILLS—A groundbreaking pencil and ink drawing of a brain-like alien and its awful cephalopod-like tentacles from a rare archive of art published in a 1906 special edition of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds sold for $32,500 at an Illustration Art auction held Thursday, May 14 by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

The archive’s fantastical and “steampunk” depictions of aliens and wide-scale destruction were from the imagination of Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa and are credited with influencing humanity's perception of aliens, their technology, and weapons in popular culture for the next 100+ years.

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BOSTON, MA.—A rare Thomas Jefferson signed document confirming the salaries for George Washington and John Adams sold for $28,045, according to Boston, MA based auction house RR Auction. 

The one page printed document signed twice by Jefferson, dated February 1793. Congressional broadside-publishing two acts passed by the Second Congress of the United States. The first, entitled “An Act providing compensation to the President and Vice-President of the United States,” approved by President Washington on February 18, 1793, states that “the compensation of the President of the United States shall be at the rate of twenty-five thousand dollars per annum… And that of the Vice-President, at the rate of five thousand dollars.” The second, an act to repeal a 1788 resolution “respecting the Inhabitants of Post Saint Vincents,” approved by President Washington on February 21, 1793, concerns payment for land surveys conducted by “the French and Canadian inhabitants, and other settlers at Post Saint Vincent’s.” Each of these acts is signed at the conclusion by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson to confirm they were “Deposited among the Rolls in the office of the Secretary of State.”

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New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of American Art on Thursday, June 4 features important works by Paul Cadmus and the artists in his circle, including Jared and Margaret French, Cadmus’s sister Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein and his father Egbert Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Platt Lynes and George Tooker.

Headlining the group of works by Paul Cadmus is his 1936 painting Venus and Adonis, egg tempera and oil on canvas, property of the esteemed Forbes Collection in New York. Loosely based on the composition of Peter Paul Rubens’ 17th-century oil painting of the same subject, Cadmus’s Venus and Adonis are seemingly torn apart by the prospect of a tennis match: Adonis rushes off to play, clutching a racket in his right hand and two balls in his left while fending off his Venus. The painting, a satirical look at suburban life in the 1930s, is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000.

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New York—There was strong demand for Pop-art and Op-art works at Bonhams’ 33 lot Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in New York on 12 May which raised more than $3.5 million.  

Robert Indiana’s iconic work, LOVE outstripped expectations and fetched $653,000, racing past its high estimate of $250,000. The winning bid was placed in the room after a prolonged bidding war. The image is one of Indiana’s most recognizable and is still ubiquitous even half a century after its creation.

(Los Angeles) (May 13, 2015)—A one-of-a-kind compilation of rare and intimate letters from Albert Einstein are set to be auctioned at Profiles in History’s Historical Document Auction on June 11th, 2015. This is one of the largest collections of Einstein letters to ever be offered at auction.

The assemblage of over 25 lots of documents and memorabilia encompasses personal handwritten autograph letters from Einstein to his family including sons Hans Albert Einstein and Eduard Einstein, and his ex-wife Mileva Marić in addition to others revealing his innermost thoughts (and theories) on the Atomic Bomb, Relativity Theory, his impactful ideas on God and religion, McCarthy hearings in addition to a highly notable letter stating he will “not be returning to Germany, perhaps never again…” once Hitler reached power.

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DALLAS—The original art for the cover of Superman #12 (DC, 1941) by Fred Ray—the earliest piece of art from the comic book series to ever surface—saved from the trash bin more than 70 years ago by legendary Batman artist Jerry Robinson, will make its first ever public auction appearance as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ May 28-30, 2015 Comics Signature® Auction

The cover, one of the most iconic Superman covers of the Golden Age, shows the Man of Steel marching arm and arm with two of America's brave sailors and soldiers, ready to defend their country against the Axis threat. It was the first depiction of America’s armed servicemen on the cover of this title, though certainly not the last.

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On May 28th, 2015, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will offer at auction a rare baseball signed by then-Presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and by six members of the 1932 Chicago Cubs, almost certainly signed at the World Series game between the Cubs and the New York Yankees where Babe Ruth famously “called his shot” before hitting a home run into the center-field bleachers. The baseball is an official National League ball, evidently “game-used” before it was signed. The six Cubs who signed it were all on the Chicago ball club at the same time only during the 1932 season, which was the only year they were all on the same team, confirming the 1932 date. Franklin Roosevelt, an avid baseball fan, had traveled to the Midwest from San Francisco at the end of September, 1932, in an effort to increase his profile in the American heartland where his rival Herbert Hoover still had a fairly robust following. With Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, FDR attended the October 1st opening game of the series in Chicago following two losses by the Cubs in New York. Roosevelt would throw out the first ball, but that action would be little-remembered when contrasted with the heroics of George Herman “Babe” Ruth, the Great Bambino. With the scored tied 5-5 in the fifth inning, and the Babe at the plate, he made a gesture toward center field, some say pointed, and then launched a solo home run into the bleachers to break the tie. Lou Gerhig, next up, hit a second home run, the Yankees won the game 7-5, and went on to sweep the series. This would be the last home run Ruth hit in the post-season.

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The Folio Society announces the publication of a new edition of the Hugo award-winning The Man in the High Castle. Considered Philip K. Dick’s greatest novel, when first published in 1962 this mind-bending work redefined the sci-fi genre.

In it Dick conjured a new vision of our world—a twisted simulacrum of modern history in which the Axis Powers have won the Second World War. America is now divided: the eastern United States is a puppet of the German Reich—a regime of madness and brutality—while the western Pacific seaboard is governed by a militaristic, yet spiritual, Japanese dictatorship. Amongst the complexities of this new existence, a group of seemingly unremarkable people play out their everyday lives. As their narratives intersect, Dick poses larger metaphysical questions concerning the authentication of history, perception and the building blocks of destiny.

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The Folio Society is proud to announce its publication of one of the most important American novels of the past few decades. Toni Morrison’s Beloved is seminal both in its stylistic achievements and its searing depiction of the lives of African Americans under slavery. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in , and in a  New York Times survey was ranked the nation’s best work of fiction of the past  years. At its daring, startling heart lies the image of infanticide—an act of paradoxical violence by which an escaped slave, Sethe, saves her child from a life like her own. Unnamed, the baby is buried in a grave marked ‘Beloved’, but her time among the living has not drawn to an end.

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DALLAS—Andy Warhol’s iconic screenprint Moonwalk, 1987—directly from the private collection of the moonwalker himself, Buzz Aldrin—highlights  nearly 350 artworks by luminaries such as David Park and Ed Ruscha, and regional standout artists such as David Michael Bates in Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art Auction May 30 in Dallas.

One of the last works Warhol completed before he passed away, Moonwalk (est. $40,000-$60,000) hung in the home of Buzz and Lois Aldrin home since 1988. This work was to be part of a series entitled "The History of TV," highlighting images of iconic televised moments, which would have included ones of I Love Lucy and the Beatles' famous performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. But Moonwalk was the only work ready to be printed at the time of Warhol’s death. It was one of the last of the great touchstones of 20th culture that Warhol turned into masterpieces of Contemporary art.

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New York—A copy of The Great Gatsby inscribed by its author F. Scott Fitzgerald leads Bonhams' Voices of the 20th Century auction on June 16 in New York. The book is a 1925 first edition given by Fitzgerald to fellow author Harold Goldman—the inspiration for the novel’s leading character, Jay Gatsby. It is estimated at $80,000-100,000.

Fitzgerald has written in his own hand:

“For Harold Goldman/ The original ‘Gatsby’ of this story, with thanks for letting me reveal these secrets of his past/ Alcatraz/ Cell Block 17/ (I’ll be out soon, kid. Remember me to the mob. Fitzgerald)”

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is delighted to announce that it has acquired a copy of Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg’s Petit Code de la raison humaine, a book printed in France by Benjamin Franklin in 1782. It is one of only four known surviving copies of the book, and it is believed to be the last full-length book Franklin ever printed. 

Penn Libraries: A Leader in Collecting Franklin’s Printings

Scholars today know of around 900 surviving works printed by Benjamin Franklin. Of those, about 30 come from Passy, France, where Franklin established his final printing press.  Many of Franklin’s surviving works, especially the more ephemeral, exist in only one or two copies. The Penn Libraries currently holds more than 330 of these, making Penn’s collection of Franklin’s printing among the most important in the world. Most of Penn’s holdings came to the University in 1920 as a gift from the Curtis Publishing Company. Additional purchases and generous gifts from Penn alumni have added to the Franklin printing collection over the years. Penn also holds an array of material relating to Franklin’s time at Passy. The newly arrived, pristine copy of Barbeu-Dubourg’s Petit Code provides another key jewel in this crown.   It is fitting that Penn has become the final home for this remarkable work, in which Franklin reproduced the words of his friend, encouraging the education of young people by “…inspiring without restriction their body, spirit, and soul, their pursuit of the arts, passion for the sciences, and sensitivity towards their neighbors.”

Freeman's 23 April auction Books, Maps & Manuscripts including Photographs presented clients with a wide range of works on paper, including treasured first editions, presidential ephemera, early vistas of the American West and notable autograph materials.  The sale featured an assortment of important works of early travel literature; early color plate books; ballet handbills; prints; photographs; autographs; and other ephemera from the private collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clifford.  Highlights of the Photography portion of the 574 lot sale were two rare salted paper prints by 19th century photographer Charles Leander Weed, and a portfolio of seventy prints that established an auction result for influential, but little-known photographer Hazel Kingsbury Strand.

The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.

The "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is "I cannot live without books," a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.

New York, NY, May 7, 2015—Around 1474 in Belgium something never seen in print before rolled off the press—the English language. William Caxton (ca. 1422-1491/1492), an English merchant and diplomat, had recently learned of the new technology of print invented by Johannes Gutenberg twenty years before, and he capitalized on the commercial opportunity offered by this revolutionary invention.

William Caxton and the Birth of English Printing, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from May 29 through September 20, celebrates this foundational moment in the history of the English language and literature. Caxton would go on to publish such notable early works as Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur, thereby stabilizing the English language for future generations.

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(Amherst, MA—May 6, 2015) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art proudly announces its forthcoming exhibition of award-winning art and illustrations by Fred Marcellino. A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino will be on view from June 30 to October 25, 2015. The exhibition comprises over 90 works and shows the full range of Marcellino’s talent, from his youthful experiments in Abstract Expressionism, to his celebrated album cover and book jacket designs, to his children’s book illustrations, the crowning achievement of his career. Of special focus will be the original art for Puss in Boots (1990), for which Marcellino won a Caldecott Honor award. Other featured books will include A Rat’s Tale (1986), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1992), The Wainscott Weasel (1993), The Story of Little Babaji (1996), The Trumpet of the Swan (2000), and Marcellino’s own I, Crocodile (1999). 

Fred Marcellino was born October 25, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian immigrant parents. He knew as a child that he wanted to be an artist. He attended Cooper Union and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. A prestigious Fulbright Scholarship enabled Marcellino to study in Venice, where he was inspired by the grand architecture and Renaissance masters. Returning to America in 1964, he took several years to find his calling. Marcellino recalled, “In the early ’60’s, Abstract Expressionism was on its deathbed—it had become almost ‘academic painting.’ You would look around the classroom and see everybody was doing the same painting. Having been schooled in it—and not realizing I had been schooled in it—it took me a long time to see that that kind of art was not natural to me. I felt like a little girl who took ballet lessons and quit. I felt a little guilty.”

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DALLAS—Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s Thanksgiving, 1628-1928: 300 Years Pilgrim and Football Playerarguably the finest of his Saturday Evening Post covers—set a record for the artist when it sold for $365,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $7.8+ million American art auction event in Dallas. The May 2 sales set 15 auction records for artists spanning a diverse and rich selection of paintings and sculpture across several genres and periods

The records capped a weekend of art auctions that included the record sale of Rockwell Kent’s Polar Expedition, 1944, for $605,000 (double the previous auction record); The White Gate, 1919, by Victor Higgins for $461,000; and Taos Indian Chief by Ernest Leonard Blumenschein for $389,000. The masterpieces of Western Art were presented as part of the Judson C. & Nancy Sue Ball Collection of Fine Art.

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NEW YORK—More than 200 lots of classic images realized more than $585,000 in Heritage Auctions’ spring Photographs Signature Auction May 3 in New York. Several works exceeded expectations, such as Terry O’Neill’s Faye Dunaway, Hollywood, 1977, which sold for $17,500, and Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 1974, by George A. Tice, which  sold for $12,500, against a $6,000 estimate.

However, works by prominent artists claimed the auction’s top lots, as in the case of Ansel Adams’ acclaimed Portfolio Two: The National Parks and Monumentsoriginally purchased directly from the artist in 1952—which sold for $37,500.

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New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Images & Objects: Fine & Vernacular Photographs on Thursday, May 21 features a range of works, from very early daguerreotypes to striking large-scale contemporary photographs.      

Headlining the sale is a full set of the 20 bound volumes of Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian. Printed on Japan vellum and with the signatures of both Curtis and Theodore Roosevelt in volume one, the present set is number 63 of an intended 500 copies, printed from 1907-30, of which only approximately 275 were bound. Swann’s Photographs Department notes “Curtis’s masterwork represents a unique conversion of the emerging art of fine art photography, the documentary idiom and the sophistication of artisanal bookmaking.” The pre-sale estimate for this set of 20 volumes is $250,000 to $350,000.

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New York—On May 12 in the Post-War & Contemporary Art sale, Bonhams will offer Untitled, an important work by artist and social activist Keith Haring. It is estimated at $100,000 - 150,000.

Untitled was produced in 1984 during Haring’s visit to Melbourne, Australia, where Haring created his first public work outside of the Americas and Europe, a large-scale mural at Collingwood Technical College. Haring’s 1984 visit to Melbourne greatly impacted the cultural landscape of the city where the mural has become truly iconic. The work was a meditation on the human relationship to the computer and portrays Haring’s fear of the impact that technology would have on art, artists, and society. It is believed that Untitled may have been a thematic study for the mural.

New York, NY, May 4, 2015Drawing is often seen as the most immediate of the fine arts, capturing a subject's essence in quick, suggestive strokes of chalk, pencil, or ink. This can be particularly evident in portrait drawing where the dynamism of the medium allows for the recording of a likeness in the here and now, while simultaneously offering clues into the relationship between artist and sitter.

In a new exhibition titled Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso, opening June 12, the Morgan Library & Museum takes visitors on a fascinating exploration of the genre. Spanning five centuries and including more than fifty works—from Dürer’s moving sketch of his brother Endres to Picasso’s highly expressive portrait of the actress Marie Derval—the show features treasures from the Morgan’s collection as well as a number of notable drawings from private holdings. The exhibition is on view through September 8.

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An important letter from Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant leads an impressive selection of autographs in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ May 7 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction. The letter, dated February 21, 1865, Richmond, Virginia, discusses their agreement to begin exchanging prisoners until one or the other party has been exhausted of them.

The letter from Lee to Grant ($40,000-60,000) is one of 118 lots of historical, musical and literary autographs opening the May 7 auction, largely from Chicago-area private collections. In addition to examples from Louis XVI, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Verdi and Charles Dickens, the session includes two letters from Abraham Lincoln ($15,000-25,000), Thomas Jefferson ($6,000-8,000) and another from Robert E. Lee as superintendent of West Point ($10,000-15,000).

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Argentinian native Hernán Buljevich is a master artisan and miniaturist specializing in the creation of highly detailed European and South American landmark restaurants, bars and public houses (better known as pubs). Hernán’s passion for miniatures began during his university years while earning a degree in architecture from Universidad Católica de la Plata (UCLP).  The inspiration for his work stems from a lifelong love of Spain and his appreciation for classic Spanish architecture, signature style, cuisine, and the dining experience’s impact on socializing in Spanish culture.  

Local bars and pubs are integral in Spanish social life; they are places to gather together to connect or celebrate events. At a typical Spanish bar people stop by for a drink before or with lunch or at the finish of the workday to meet with friends. Various types of Spanish bars include: las cafeterias (offering coffee, pulgas, pitufos or small sandwiches, toastadas or toast, churros and traditional hot chocolate), las tabernas (offering meals in an informal context at the bar or at one of few tables) and los chiringuitos (bars found on or adjacent to one of Spain’s many beaches).

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