September 2015 Archives


Paris, September 2015—After the success of its comic strip sale in the spring*, Sotheby’s is delighted to be selling one of the world's largest collection of strip cartoons, belonging to the Belgian lover of this genre, Jean-Arnold Schoofs, on 24th October.

From his first purchase in the early Eighties, the collector constantly sought out the masters of strip cartoon, picking up numerous treasures at their source. Sotheby's is now unveiling 132 lots with some 60 original plates by the greatest authors in the genre from both Europe and America, including Hergé, Foster, Franquin, Gottfredson, McCay, Jacobs and Peyo, retracing in this way the saga of the "Ninth Art".


Jay Bolotin: The Book of Only Enoch is on view in the Harnett Museum of Art, October 14, 2015, through January 24, 2016. The art of Jay Bolotin (American, born 1949) crosses many disciplines, including visual art, theatre, film, literature, and music, but his true métier is storytelling. The University Museums presented a one-person exhibition Jay Bolotin: The Jackleg Testament Continues two years ago in the Harnett Museum of Art. One gallery of the exhibition was devoted to a work in progress, a preview of The Book of Only Enoch. Included were working proofs from the portfolio, process drawings for the animation, Kharmen, his prologue operatic animation, and the artist drew directly on the walls of the gallery, covering the walls by drawing images and writing lengthy passages of text.  The installation was a preamble, and now the series of twenty prints is finished and this exhibition presents the complete portfolio The Book of Only Enoch.  This is the latest episode in the artist’s ongoing Jackleg Testament, a multi-volume saga that is as all-encompassing for the viewer and reader as for the artist. In his new portfolio, Bolotin draws us into Only Enoch’s universe through text and imagery that engulfs our senses and imagination.

Raised on a farm in rural Kentucky, Bolotin’s childhood was filled with storytelling and music, both of which influenced his artwork. He studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and served as an apprentice to sculptor Robert Lamb.  In the early 1970s, he pursued his interest in music, working as a songwriter with Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Dan Fogleberg.


To mark the anniversary of Britain’s legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, The Ultimate Travel Company will set sail for the Antarctic in January 2016, with a private collection of diary extracts and photography.  

Roddie Wordie—grandson of Shackleton expedition member, Sir James Wordie—will be on board with his grandfather’s diary extracts—many of which have never been seen before.

Retracing the steps of the historic Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, the tour will make its way from Ushuaia via the Falklands and South Georgia, Argentina to the white continent itself, Antarctica.

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Ernest Hemingway

Green Hills of Africa

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1935

Edition: First Edition

Original publisher's green cloth, dust jacket. Presentation copy signed and inscribed by Hemingway to close friend, Guy Hickock: "For Guy (look what/ I got out of your scrapbook/ now) with much/ affection, respect and the/ wish to be drunk with soon/ again/ Ernest".

Estimate: $20,000-25,000


From 2-5 December 2015 Sotheby’s New York will present the single-owner sale of Property from the Collection of Robert S Pirie, one of the world’s leading book collectors. Over 60 years, Mr. Pirie built the finest collection of 16th and 17th-century English literature in private hands with significant copies of works by Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Marlowe, and John Donne among others. Mr. Pirie was a knowledgeable and dedicated collector whose library is made all the more extraordinary by the particular emphasis he placed on the hardest to find works with distinguished provenance. In addition to his prominence in the world of rare books, Mr. Pirie was a leading financier and widely admired New York Renaissance Man. Overall the collection is estimated to fetch in excess of $15 million with highlights on view at Sotheby’s London from 3-6 October before the exhibition in New York in late November.

David Redden, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman commented: “Those lucky enough to have known Bob Pirie remember an utterly charming man of forceful, but thoughtful, convictions, of supreme good taste, and of great generosity as a master host. He had the widest circle of friends—his interest was interesting people, and they flocked to him in droves. His astonishing book collection reflected yet an other side of his complex personality—his passionate engagement with early English literature, his fascination with provenance and his love of the sheer beauty of the English language.”


New York—On Thursday, October 15, Swann Galleries’ Photographs & Photobooks department will offer Icons & Images: Fine & Vernacular Photographs, featuring portraits by Sally Mann and Irving Penn, geometric and architectural images from Vera Lutter and Barbara Kasten, serene images of nature from Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz as well as vernacular imagery including works from the collection of noted Folk Art dealer Gerald Kornblau.

The top lots of the sale are intimate works of portraiture from Sally Mann and Irving Penn. Mann’s iconic 1989 silver print Candy Cigarette depicts her daughter Jessie, while Penn’s 1957 silver print Pablo Picasso, Cannes, shows the artist gazing at the viewer over the embroidered collar of his coat (estimate for each: $100,000 to $150,000).  Other portraits in the auction include Penn’s 1951 silver print Colette, Paris (printed later) ($8,000 to $12,000) and Henry Van der Weyde’s printing-out paper print of prominent Irish-American Labor leader Mary Harris Jones a.k.a “Mother Jones” ($2,500 to $3,500).

Dr. James H. Billington announced today that he will retire as the 13th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 30.

"It has been the great honor and joy of my life to lead the Library of Congress for 28 of my 42 years of public service in Washington," Billington stated. "I am grateful to God for the privilege of having served with so many selfless and dedicated colleagues in the ongoing search for knowledge and understanding made possible by this amazing American institution."

Billington doubled the size of the Library’s traditional analog collections while simultaneously creating a massive new digital Library of Congress providing official legislative information, primary documents of American history, international cultural treasures and a host of web-based innovations such as electronic copyright registration, mobile access to reading materials for the blind and physically handicapped and modernized cataloging standards for libraries nationwide.

Boston, MA, September 24, 2015—ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched ongoing series, returns on Monday, September 28 at a new fall time, 9/8c PM with all new episodes featuring a surprising scope of treasures! The 13-time Emmy® Award nominated show travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Chicago, Illinois for six new hours of entertaining and intriguing TV.  

"Over 19 years of producing ANTIQUES ROADSHOW I'm amazed at how our perception of what makes a treasure has changed," says executive producer Marsha Bemko. "Where the notion of 'attic finds' used to evoke images of Victorian heirlooms and Civil War memorabilia, today it also includes mod clothing from the Beatles-owned Apple Boutique, a 'Chicago 7' signed subpoena and German concert posters for Jimi Hendrix and The Doors."

The Library of Congress today received as a gift from Saint John’s Abbey and University an Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, a work of art with more than 1,130 pages and 160 illuminations that reflect life in the modern era, measuring 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide when open. It is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a monastery since the invention of the printing press, more than 500 years ago. The Library will place the rare edition on public exhibition beginning Saturday, Sept. 26.

The gift of this Apostles Edition, made possible by GHR Foundation, was made in the presence of Pope Francis, following his address to a joint meeting of Congress. in acknowledgement of the Pope’s devotion to scripture; his concern for the poor, sick and marginalized and for the dignity of all people; his care for creation; and his commitment to justice for all. The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, received the Bible on behalf of the American people. Also present at the ceremony in House Speaker John Boehner’s office were Speaker Boehner, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who chairs Congress’ Joint Committee on the Library of Congress; Saint John’s University President Dr. Michael Hemesath, Abbot John Klassen, OSB and GHR Foundation CEO Amy Goldman.


New York—Swann Galleries’ September 15 auction of The Art Collection of Maya Angelou brought in nearly $1.3 million with just 44 lots, and set new records at auction for 14 individual artists. The sale sold 98% to a standing-room-only audience and a number of active phone bidders.

Nigel Freeman, Director of Swann’s African-American Fine Art department, said, “We are absolutely thrilled-this auction exceeded all of our expectations and reinforced the great status of Dr. Angelou as an American cultural icon. It was an honor to handle her collection.”

NEW YORK—The first recording contract ever signed by The Beatles, which put the Fab Four on a path that would change music history, sold for $93,750 during Heritage Auctions’ $1.3+ million weekend Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Auction Sept. 19-20 in New York. The 1961 contract - signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and original drummer Pete Best - was the top lot from the auction-leading Uwe Blaschke Beatles Collection, which realized more than $409,000 and garnered headlines around the world.

“We may never again see a collection from the Beatles’ formative years in Hamburg, Germany, as complete as the one Uwe Blaschke assembled,” said Dean Harmeyer, Consignment Director for Heritage Auctions. “Clearly the market responded to this vitally important part of Beatles history and we are proud to have served the memory of Uwe Blaschke and his passion for the early story of the Beatles, which is reflected in the outstanding success of the auction.”

(Amherst, MA—September 22, 2015)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce a prestigious Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $47,500 to remediate, stabilize, and archive 125 illustrations by renowned children’s book author and artist Leonard Weisgard (1916-2000). Regarded as one of the giants in the field of children’s literature, Weisgard illustrated over 200 books and won numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for The Little Island, written by his frequent collaborator Margaret Wise Brown.

Weisgard’s three children gifted 145 of their father’s artworks to The Carle’s permanent collection. The delicate works on paper and illustration board had been severely compromised by mildew and mold after spending decades stored in a barn in Denmark without the benefit of proper climate control.

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New York, NY, September 22, 2015—World-renowned for his paintings, sculptures, and drawings, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) also embraced the printed book as a means of artistic expression. Between 1912 and his death in 1954, he was engaged in nearly fifty book illustration projects, many produced with his direct involvement in page layout, typography, lettering, ornament, and cover design. He planned these publications with his characteristic vigilance and zeal, seeking a perfect fusion of image and text. His versatility, ingenuity, and highly refined literary sensibilities ensured the success of Jazz and other classics of twentieth-century illustration.

Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from October 30 to January 18, 2016, brings together thirty of these modern masterpieces and explores Matisse’s creative process. Based on a collection donated by Frances and Michael Baylson in 2010, the exhibition underscores the Morgan’s longstanding tradition of highlighting the best in printed books, their literary value, and artistic importance. The Museum’s holdings in this area, beginning with three copies of the Gutenberg Bible, range from the invention of printing up to modern first editions.


LOS ANGELES (September 21, 2015)—The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America today announced that they have resolved their dispute over the ownership of eight illustrated pages—called Canon Tables—from the Zeyt’un Gospels, by T’oros Roslin (Armenian, active 1256 - 1268), which have been in the Getty’s collection since 1994.

“This is a momentous occasion for the Armenian people, coming at a historic time, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. I want to thank the Getty for joining in a solution that recognizes the historical suffering of the Armenian people and that will also allow this Armenian treasure to remain in the museum which has cared for it and made it available to the Armenian and larger community in Los Angeles. We are pleased that both sides arrived at an amicable solution,” said Lee Crawford Boyd, the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck shareholder representing the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. “The sacred Canon Tables are now being recognized as having belonged to the Armenian Church. Together with the Church and the Armenian people, we are thrilled with this outcome.”

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A new world record at auction for a letter by Charles Darwin was set at Bonhams New York yesterday (21 September) at the History of Science and Technology sale.  The highly personal and unusually pointed statement on Darwin’s lack of belief in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as the son of God was sold for $197,000, (£127,000) having been estimated at $70,000-90,000 (£45,000-60,000). 

Darwin’s letter is a reply to a young barrister named Francis McDermott who wrote on November 23, 1880 with a very unusual request: “…If I am to have pleasure in reading your books I must feel that at the end I shall not have lost my faith in the New Testament. My reason in writing to you therefore is to ask you to give me a Yes or No to the question Do you believe in the New Testament...." McDermott continues by promising not to publicize Darwin's reply in the "theological papers".

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The British Library has announced that for the first time ever it is to display some of its most iconic literary treasures in China, including Shakespeare’s First Folio and Charlotte Brontë’s fair copy manuscript of Jane Eyre.

Ten items will star in pop-up exhibitions taking place across China between 2016 and 2019. They are expected to include handwritten manuscripts and early editions by some of the greatest British authors of all time, from Shakespeare and Dickens to the Brontë sisters and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The £1.6 million project will be funded by the UK Government as part of an ambitious cultural exchange programme with China.

New York, NY, September 18, 2015—The New-York Historical Society is proud to display a rare early copy of the Magna Carta, one of the most important historical documents in the world, in an exhibition titled Magna Carta 800: Sharing the Legacy of Freedom. On loan from Hereford Cathedral in England, this 1217 version of the Magna Carta will be on view at the New-York Historical Society from September 23 through September 30, 2015. Originally issued in 1215, with subsequent reissues based on the revised 1217 version that will be on view at N-YHS, the Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. The document will be accompanied by the King's Writ of 1215, also on loan from Hereford Cathedral, which is the only known surviving copy of instructions issued by John at Runnymede to local Sheriffs to prepare for the coming of the Charter.

The exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is the only U.S. appearance and the first stop in a global tour of the Magna Carta, in a partnership between Hereford Cathedral and the GREAT Britain Campaign, which will also pass through China (including Hong Kong), Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and Singapore.


Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) has been named in honor of university alumnus and literary benefactor Stuart A. Rose of Dayton, Ohio.

Rose, a 1976 graduate of Emory's Goizueta Business School, is being recognized for his ongoing support and recent significant gift to MARBL, which will become the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, or the Rose Library.

"Stuart Rose has been a generous supporter, a dedicated alumnus and a guiding spirit. His commitment has helped us achieve international renown for the breadth and depth of our collections," says Rosemary M. Magee, director of MARBL, now the Rose Library. "We are delighted to celebrate all he has bestowed upon us through the naming of the Rose Library."

Bentonville, Ark.— Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art recently acquired Maya’s Quilt of Life, 1989, (acrylic on canvas and painted, dyed and pieced fabrics) by Faith Ringgold, from the art collection of the late author and activist, Maya Angelou. The work hung in Angelou’s home and was commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for Angelou’s 61st birthday.  

Ringgold is well-known for her painted story quilts, which unite a tradition of representational painting with the rich history of quilting in the African-American community. The border of Maya’s Quilt of Life is made from pieced-together fabric that frames Angelou, who is surrounded by flowers in her signature patterned African dress and head wrap. Handwritten texts appear on both sides of the center panel with excerpts from Angelou’s written works: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie (1971), Gather Together In My Name (1974), The Heart of a Woman  (1981), and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1970). Angelou was best known for her acclaimed work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, depicting her life growing up in Stamps, Arkansas with her brother and grandmother.

The Library of Congress has received the first installment of the papers of the Honorable Madeleine Korbel Albright, the first woman to serve as Secretary of State (1997-2001) and a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"We are honored to receive this gift from an icon of American diplomacy," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "It is fitting that the first female Secretary of State’s papers will be housed in an institution that America’s first Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, helped build, and where his papers also reside."


When: October 2nd - December 12th, 2015

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St

Admission: Free

Opening Reception: October 2nd, 6-8pm

The Center for Book Arts presents its Fall 2015 Main Gallery Exhibition, on view from October 2 through December 12, to mark the opening of its 41st season. Archive Bound, organized by Karen E. Jones, examines methodologies within the presentation, documentation, historiography, and exhibition display of non-object based and site-specific artworks. Additionally, the exhibition includes books, photographs, and ephemera associated with Conceptual, Performance, and Site-Specific Art practices. Several first generation avant-garde figures lay the groundwork for a discourse on the contemporary utilization of these crucial genres. An opening reception will be held October 2nd, 6-8pm. Admission to the gallery is free. Several performances and a roundtable discussion will be included as part of the exhibition.

DALLAS—Picker's Pocket Guide - COMIC BOOKS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro  (Krause Publications, 2015), fills 208 full-color pages with tips, tricks, and strategy on how to collect and sell comic books. With the value of certain old comic books currently soaring in value, including several that have recently sold for over a million dollars, the need to know what’s what is greater than ever. Illustrated with more than 150 color photos and rich in comics history, the handy pocket-sized guide offers professional and practical advice on where to look for comic books, how to determine condition and value, and ways to sell comics for the best money possible. 

“This book is the culmination of all my years of working at Heritage,” said author David Tosh, “especially all the calls I’ve answered from people who inherited a stack of old comics, or found some in a storage unit or yard sale, and wanted to know what they were worth. In the book, I talk about all the big key issues, as well as the many facsimile and reprint editions of these famous comic books that have confused people for years.


New York, New York—Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music and science, has announced the auction of more than 170 letters from the notorious spy Aldrich Ames and over 115 autographs and documents from important  moments in history. Joining the previously announced auction of rare Titanic artifacts from Lifeboat No.1, this collection of autographs and historical documents offer an exceptional glimpse into historical events largely hidden from public view.  

The live auction will begin at 12:00 Noon EST on September 30, 2015 through the and online bidding platforms with other bidding opportunities on, France’s and China’s This is a no-buyer’s-premium auction.

ah_j231_c616mab_001_830px-webi.jpgAUSTIN, Texas—On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, presents the exhibition “Shakespeare in Print and Performance,” commemorating the enduring legacy, longevity and relevance of the most frequently performed and most venerated English playwright. The exhibition draws on the Ransom Center’s notable and unique collections of internationally recognized performance materials, set designs and printed books, many of which have never been exhibited.

The exhibition, which runs from Dec. 21, 2015, to May 29, 2016, seeks to show how much people can learn about Shakespeare’s time, sources, texts and productions from early printed books and theatrical archives. Visitors will explore familiar plays and see visually stunning items from hundreds of years of performance history, including period costumes from Victorian productions and bold, modernist set designs from the early 20th century.
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The Broughton Missal, an extremely rare medieval manuscript containing the text and music needed for church services, has been purchased for Lambeth Palace Library

A grant of £15,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) along with grants from the Art Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries, the B.H. Breslauer Foundation and the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, has helped to purchase the beautifully illuminated early 15th century manuscript. It will now be available for study and appreciation by the public and historians for the first time.

"The Geisha Boy," "The Bellboy," "Cinderfella," and "The Nutty Professor" are all among the many motion pictures that personify the comedic genius of Jerry Lewis. The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired a trove of documents, films and other media that provide a unique window into the world of a man who has spent more than 70 years making people laugh.

In celebration of the materials arriving at the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, Lewis will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at the historic State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia in cooperation with the Library of Congress. "An Evening with Jerry Lewis" is a ticketed event. For more information, visit the State Theatre’s website or call (540) 829-0292.


New York—A two-leaf decree letter signed by Junípero Serra and the four other mission leaders of Colonial California is a highlight at Bonhams’ upcoming New York sale. Estimated between $60,000 and $90,000, the letter is being put on offer just ahead of Serra’s canonization when the Pope visits Washington DC later in September. Junípero Serra established the first Alta California mission in 1769 . By early 1775, just six years after the founding of Mission San Diego, the Spanish had established five fully operational missions from San Diego to Monterey, laying the framework for what would ultimately be a series of 21 mission outposts throughout California.

Dated February 7, 1775, the eight-point decree was sent from Mexico City by Pangua, a Franciscan administrator charged with the supervision of the California missions. Points include a ban on carrying weapons while traveling and the threat of expulsion from a mission for failing to get on with other people. The letter is written in Spanish in a scribal hand and bears an official seal.

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NEW YORK CITY—The International Vintage Poster Fair is returning to New York City for its 26th anniversary with an exciting new location, Pier 94, between 12th Ave. and 55th St. This year’s Poster Fair will be a featured section of the Pier Antique Show, New York City’s largest and most anticipated antiques show event. 

Before social media there were posters, and the purpose of an original vintage poster was to advertise and promote new products and ideas, wars and political viewpoints, sporting and other events, along with travel and transportation. It was a unique art form with the power to influence consumers of all ages. Today, the few original posters that have survived have a new purpose.


DALLAS—A 3-inch 1860 Abraham Lincoln hat badge—made members of the avidly-collected Wide Awakes campaign group—is expected to sell for $13,000 as Heritage Auctions offers more than 350 examples of rare political memorabilia in Part III of the Merrill C. Berman Collection of Americana & Political Memorabilia. The Sept. 26 auction held in Dallas and online at includes political buttons, ribbons, and ephemera from campaigns spanning George Washington to John F. Kennedy. 

“Early material related to the pro-Lincoln Wide Awakes is very popular and the Berman Collection kept this rarity off the market for nearly 30 years,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “The Berman Collection Part II set a world record and we’re excited to see how collectors respond to this latest, comprehensive offering.”

The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival kicked off a day featuring more than 170 authors on 18 stages and program areas, with presentations from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to teen circus performers, panels on topics like "why literature matters" and children’s story times.

Louise Erdrich received the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. The 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," was presented the prize by Library Chief of Staff Robert Newlen before a capacity crowd in the Fiction Pavilion.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Items pertaining to President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the years they occupied the White House, first editions and original drawings from the renowned illustrator and author Tasha Tudor; and a limited-edition book of 16 screenprinted and signed photos by Lewis Baltz will be auctioned in northern Virginia on Thursday, September 10.

These items represent just a few of the 418 lots of fine and rare books, photographs, autographs and ephemera entered in Waverly Rare Books' catalog auction #266. The event will be held at the company’s gallery at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and live online bidding will be available via Phone and traditional absentee bids are also welcome.

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, artwork and collectibles.  Of particular interest is an impressive collection of exhibit photographs by Margaret Bourke-White and an assortment of film memorabilia.   This catalog also includes our next session from a large and impressive private collection of early engravings.  Dispersed among the many book lots is our second session of early titles from the field of Chemistry.


Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will join the impressive roster of international exhibitors at this year’s Frieze Masters, which will take place from 14th-18th October 2015 in Regent’s Park, London.

Positioned alongside its contemporary counterpart, Frieze Masters offers a modern lens on historical art. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will accentuate this juxtaposition of old and new and present an assortment of museum-quality treasures that demonstrate the intellectual engagement and artistic creativity of humankind. Manuscripts, miniatures and rare early printed books from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance will be showcased within a modern context and stand design, and set amongst a backdrop of glass and crystal.


New York—On Thursday, September 24, Swann Galleries’ Prints & Drawings department will offer a two-part sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, featuring works by the Viennese Modern masters Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as 19th-Century prints led by works from James A.M. Whistler and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 20th-Century American and Latin American pieces by Modern European masters like Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Henri Matisse.

The top lot of the sale is Egon Schiele’s Schlafender Mann, 1910. Done in watercolor, pencil and black crayon, the piece is an excellent example of Schiele’s experimentation with color and line and has not appeared at auction since 1965 (estimate $200,000 to $300,000). The auction also features a pencil drawing of nudes by Schiele’s mentor, Gustav Klimt, entitled Umarmen Akte, 1908 ($40,000 to $60,000) and work by another significant Viennese Modernist, Oskar Kokoschka, whose Stehender Akt einer alten Frau, 1907 ($4,000 to $6,000), relates stylistically to Klimt’s line drawings.


100 years on from Shackleton’s epic “Endurance” expedition, considered the final great voyage of the “heroic” age of Antarctic exploration, Sotheby’s will offer for sale the finest private collection of books relating to the polar explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Pioneering publishers and writers, they produced some of the most outstanding and rare of all travel books, recounting their great feats of adventure, ill-fated voyages, daily lives and discoveries in the South Pole.

With highlights including the first book ever printed in Antarctica, Shackleton’s very own Antarctic handbook and a facsimile of the South Polar Times (the newspaper produced by Scott’s men in the Antarctic), the collection will be offered for sale in London on 30 September 2015. All the books come from the library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, who, over 40 years, has assembled the most magnificent private collection of English language books charting the discovery of the world. While many of the books are unique or very rare, all are notable for being in the finest possible condition.


On October 29th, 2015, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will hold the first of three auctions of Rare Cartography, Exploration and Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte Collection, followed by sales on December 3, 2015, and March 10th, 2016. Built over a span of more than fifty years, the superb collection features rare and important landmarks in the exploration of the Americas, particularly the Pacific slope and the northwest coast. On offer will be items rarely or never seen at auction, tracing the expansion of cartographic and geographic knowledge from the 16th through 20th centuries, including maps, atlases, books, even rare geographic jigsaw puzzles and games.

Warren Heckrotte began collecting rare books and maps in the early 1960’s, when called to Geneva, Switzerland, to add scientific expertise, as a nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, to the ongoing nuclear test ban treaty talks between the United States and the Soviet Union. In his off hours he would rummage through the book stores and stalls of the city, fascinated by the history to be discovered, and purchasing rarities for what would be considered a pittance today. He spent much of the next decade and a half traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Switzerland, and even spent some time in the Soviet Union, stopping at the London booksellers and auction houses on the way, with Maggs, Quaritch, Sotheby’s and Christie’s all providing additions to his growing collection. Back in the San Francisco Bay Area he was a favored customer at John Howell Books, Alta California Books, Argonaut and others. Not content just to acquire material, Mr. Heckrotte studied it in scholarly fashion, and drew his own conclusions. He contributed articles to such publications as Terra Cognita (newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries), The Map Collector, Mercator’s World, and the newsletter of the California Map Society. He edited, and largely wrote, California 49: Forty-nine Maps of California from the 16th Century to the Present, published in San Francisco in 1999. Mr. Heckrotte also curated a number of exhibits of his material at the Book Club of California. PBA Galleries is pleased to make use of Mr. Heckrotte’s scholarly descriptions of his collection in the preparation of the catalogues.

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