October 2015 Archives

(Amherst, MA) October 29, 2015—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is pleased to present Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair. On view from November 10, 2015 to February 21, 2016, this comprehensive exhibition explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original and influential designers and art directors, Mary Blair (1911-1978). Blair’s joyful creativity―her appealing designs and exuberant color palette―endure in numerous media, including the classic Disney animated films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, as well as theme park attractions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, most notably “it’s a small world.” Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA.

John Canemaker—an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning animator, historian, teacher, and author—organized the exhibition to reflect the arc of Blair’s remarkable career before, during, and after her years at The Walt Disney Studios. He relays her story through original artwork, photographs, and ephemera.

Chiswick Auctions is proud to announce its upcoming sale of Canal and River Books which will be taking place on Wednesday 4th November. View the catalogue.

From the private collection of Mark Baldwin, one of the UK’s most prolific canal book collectors, the auction is set to be an industry game changer.  

Having bought his first waterway book in the 1950s ‘The Wanderings of the Beetle’ (1885) as a teenager, he has been avidly collecting ever since. Resulting in one of the biggest inland waterways libraries in the country and it is this collection that will available at Chiswick Auctions on 4th November.

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is gearing up for its 39th annual event, November 13-15, 2015, which will feature the Boston debut of The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters. They will be on hand to type personalized original poems on any subject on Saturday, November 14, 2-5pm.  Poems are free with admission to the Fair!

Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo, are a group of writers/performers based in Austin, Texas.  At the Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets any topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes. Besides a mutual love of verse, the group shares a fondness for the machines, including a 1970s typewriter used at Penthouse and a vintage Belgian model with a frowning face key, and maintains them like serious collectors. They have made appearances at over 50 events nationwide. This will be their first appearance in Boston.


A unique private British library of over 140 first-edition books, shining light on the stories behind Britain’s most-loved novels and poems, will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in London on 24 November 2015. From “The Importance of Being Earnest”, to “The Wind in The Willows”, “Tarzan” and James Bond, each and every book includes a hand-written inscription from the author, and was gifted in thanks to their friends, family or individuals who inspired their work. Collected over 40 years by an English bibliophile, they provide a glimpse into the forgotten narratives behind over 300 years of literary production. With individual estimates ranging from £700-£150,000, they are together expected to fetch £1.5-2 million at Sotheby’s “Library of an English Bibliophile” sale.


New York—On Thursday, November 19, Swann Galleries will offer Rare & Important Travel Posters, featuring classic images advertising ocean liner, rail, and plane travel, as well as scenic and exotic destinations.

The top lot of the sale is Roger Broders chic and stylish Dunkerque, circa 1930 (estimate $12,000 to $18,000). Broders’s clean, simple lines heighten the art deco sensibility of this poster, which features a couple pulling into the port city on their yacht though it is, in fact, an advertisement for travel by rail. Another Broders work highlighting a destination to encourage travel by rail is Chamonix Mt. Blanc, 1930 ($8,000 to $12,000), depicts an action-packed hockey match from the first winter Olympic games, held in Chamonix in 1924. Other compelling rail images in the sale include multiple posters by Leslie Ragan, such as The New 20th Century Limited, 1939 ($8,000 to $12,000) boasting a travel between New York and Chicago in sixteen hours; Frank Newbould’s Whitley Bay / It’s Quicker By Rail, 1940 ($7,000 to $10,000); and Cecil King’s LMS / The Merseyside Express, circa 1937 ($3,000 to $4,000).

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao today announced the recipients of the 2015 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. The Literacy Awards, first announced in January 2013, help support organizations working to alleviate the problems of illiteracy and aliteracy in the United States and worldwide. The awards highlight and reward organizations that do exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work. In conjunction with the awards presentation and its annual Best Practices publication and related programming, the Library of Congress encourages new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved. A formal presentation of the awards will take place next spring.


Boston, MA—October 23, 2015—Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall calendar of rare book events. The 39th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 13-15, and the Skinner auction of over four hundred historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 15th, at 10 a.m. This sale, like those that have come before it, will include many rarities and finds that collectors and dealers prize and covet.

James J. Audubon Lithographs

The featured lot of the auction is a complete copy of James J. Audubon’s Quadrupeds of North America (Lot 93, Estimated between $200,000 and $300,000), the imperial folio edition, illustrated with 150 hand-colored lithographs of the mammals of the continent. These prints are well known to collectors, as they have been collected, framed, and displayed since they were new, over 160 years ago. Complete collections in the original bound volumes are increasingly rare and are prized because the prints are preserved in pristine condition, protected as they are from the elements within the closed books. The sale of this set will benefit an independent Audubon Society.


The Library of Congress has acquired 681 photographs from "The Public Library: An American Commons," a photographic survey by Robert Dawson of public libraries in the United States. The photographs significantly expand the Library’s holdings that describe the American public library—as architecture, community spaces and a reflection of the contemporary social landscape.

"Robert Dawson’s extensive survey provided the perfect opportunity for the Library of Congress to represent the public library’s role in the 21st century. His photographs also offer a fascinating comparison to our interior and exterior views of libraries newly built at the start of the 20th century," said Helena Zinkham, director for Collections and Services at the Library of Congress.

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series V
November 6, 2015 - February 19, 2016

Opening reception Friday, November 6; 6-9pm

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped emerging artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Now in its fifth series, the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship introduces book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline, providing artists with the opportunity to combine the conceptual and narrative possibilities of the book arts into other art forms. Through this progam, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines have created book arts projects that challenge and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2015—A watercolor and ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, by illustrator E.H. Shepard, will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 29. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

A.A. Milne, the author of the children’s literary classic series “Winnie-the-Pooh,” selected E.H. Shepard to illustrate his books beginning in 1926. The illustration appears on a 1932 letter to Shepard’s agent Carter Brown. In the letter, Shepard told his agent he has “done splendidly” and “this view is shared by others.” To make his point more emphatic and further express his gratitude, Shepard sketched Winnie-the-Pooh reaching up and Piglet excitedly jumping at his side. It was extremely rare for Shepard to sketch Winnie-the-Pooh other than for specific book illustrations.

“Blook and book cultures have a parallel existence, and blooks provide a revealing side-angle view on the use and meaning of real books.” From safes to spice racks, sewing kits to snake gags, book-shaped objects are everywhere. Why are they so appealing? In a whimsically serious exhibition to open at the Grolier Club on January 28, 2016, Mindell Dubansky makes the case that our emotional connection with books and reading has for centuries driven the production and sale of a surprising range of book-shaped everyday objects, which Ms. Dubansky calls “blooks”—a term she coined to mean “book-look.”

Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t is the first survey exhibition devoted to the history of blooks. The exhibit and its accompanying catalogue presents an internationally and conceptually diverse selection of over 130 blooks from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, all drawn from Ms. Dubansky’s large personal collection.

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

This catalog presents rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  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 third session of Hollywood collectibles.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are Andreas Alciatus' "Emblemata," printed c1575 with woodcuts and housed in a vellum binding, the 1662 first edition of Comenius' "Janua Linguarum Trilinguis," and the 1694 first edition of Richer's "La Vie de Corneille Tromp."  Other scarce titles include a 1952 first printing of Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea," in the original dustjacket, the 1795 edition of Benjamin Franklin's "The Way to Wealth or Poor Richard Improved," and the 1906 printing of "Madame Butterfly," signed by Giacomo Puccini.

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Minneapolis—October 23, 2015. Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In fact, book collecting is the only pastime that has a clinically diagnosable illness--bibliomania--to describe its more obsessive hobbyists. The focus of their desire is seemingly limitless: centuries’ worth of rare and unique tomes, manuscripts, and historical documents are out there, everywhere, each with unique stories and histories. In her new book, Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places (Quarto/Voyageur Press, $25), expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts some of these remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.

Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine, and hearing so many extraordinary tales of treasures found - and, alas, of those that got away - fueled and informed the writing of Rare Books Uncovered. Bibliophiles relish such tales. In Rare Books Uncovered, there are 52 individual stories from collectors, dealers, librarians, and others, each entertaining, educational, and inspirational. There’s the Texas family whose discovery of 300+ vintage comics in a basement closet netted them $3.5 million. And the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. And the collector who, when called by a friend to go dumpster diving, turned up a valuable piece of New York City history. These believe-it-or-not “barn finds” will delight casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike.


New York—On Thursday, November 12, Swann Galleries will offer Contemporary Art, featuring works from prominent Abstract Expressionists and Pop Artists, among others.

The top lot of the sale is first-generation Abstract Expressionist Theodoros Stamos’s Feeding Station, oil on canvas, 1953 (estimate $50,000 to $80,000). Stamos was the youngest of “The Eighteen Irascibles,” a group of artists who protested the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s policy toward American painting in the 1940s. Other “Irascible” compatriots featured in this sale include Jackson Pollock, whose 1944-45 Untitled, etching and drypoint ($30,000 to $50,000), comes from a surviving intaglio plate discovered after Pollock’s untimely death in 1956; a run of works by Robert Motherwell including Gesture III, color brushed aquatint and lift-ground aquatint printed in blue and black, 1976-77 ($10,000 to $15,000); and David Smith’s Don Quixote, lithograph with hand-coloring in watercolor, 1952 ($12,000 to $18,000).

Among the other works by prominent abstract artists are Cy Twombly’s Roman Notes III, offset color lithograph, 1970 ($35,000 to $50,000); and Sam Francis’s Untitled, color aquatint, 1985 ($8,000 to $12,000). A run of works by influential sculptor and printmaker Alexander Calder includes the color lithograph Galaxy Composition, circa 1970, and the auquatint La Récolte (Harvest), 1962 (each estimated at $3,000 to $5,000).


DALLAS—A famed and long-considered missing early Mel Ramos painting depicting Batman at his baleful best, A Sinister Figure Lurks in the Dark, 1962, has surfaced in southern California and may well bring more than $100,000 when offered at Heritage Auctions on Nov. 14, 2015.

It was 1962 and California resident Bill Steinfelt found himself in the area where an undiscovered young painter named Mel Ramos, then a teacher, had set up shop. The two talked comic books—Ramos was a collector and Steinfelt had comics—before agreeing, at the end of Steinfelt’s stay, to trade a pile of his comic books for one of the terrific super hero paintings Ramos had in his workshop.

London—Christie’s is honoured to announce the auction of scientific and medical books from the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) to take place on 1 December. The sale comprises a choice selection of 90 lots, which are being sold to enable the Ri to continue its vital work for the benefit of future generations. Proceeds of the sale will reinforce the charity’s mission in providing science education and heritage activities for people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK and around the world.

The auction presents an opportunity to acquire scientific and medical works spanning the 16th to 19th centuries and coming on the market for the first time in up to two centuries. The selection presents works highly desirable not only for their important subject matter—often ground-breaking works in medicine, science or natural history—but also for their distinguished history associated with the Ri, with some books presented to the Ri by earlier generations of scientists. Estimates range from £800 to 5,000, with highlights ranging from £20,000 to 140,000. The top lot of the sale is a fine copy of the first edition of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica (estimate: £140,000-220,000). The Fabrica is widely considered the most influential medical book of all time, forever changing our understanding of human anatomy and dividing medical science between pre- and post-Vesalian knowledge. The work is also considered the most beautiful medical book ever published. The Ri copy has distinguished provenance from a contemporary of Vesalius—Alberto Lollio, a noted literary figure in Renaissance Ferrara—and, subsequently, two medical doctors: Gennaro Giannelli, a Neapolitan doctor of the first half of the 18th century, and Martin Tupper, physician to the Duke of Wellington.


YORK, Pa.—America’s pop culture headquarters, Hake’s Americana, will offer an unprecedented selection of memorabilia and collectibles in their online, phone and absentee Auction #216 that closes for bidding Nov. 10-12. More than 200 collector categories are represented in the 2,735-lot sale, with a timeline that starts with a Benjamin Franklin book published in 1745 and concludes with Walking Dead comic books issued in 2012. 

As always, Hake’s has sourced its auction inventory from the finest collections on earth—both known and unknown—and from other high-caliber private collectors with special pieces to sell. It doesn’t get any more special than Lot 2586, an original album cover for the Beatles’ 1964 studio album A Hard Day’s Night, autographed on verso by all four members of the legendary English band.


New York—On Tuesday, November 10, Swann Galleries’ Books & Manuscripts department will offer a two-part sale of 19th & 20th Century Literature Featuring the Lawrence M. Solomon Collection.

The sale will open with the Lawrence M. Solomon Collection. Dr. Solomon, a renowned and respected dermatologist who lived and worked in Chicago, fell in love with books at an early age. He began collecting in earnest at age 12, and by the time of his death last year at the age of 83, Dr. Solomon had amassed a collection of 6,000 books, ranging from the macabre works of Edgar Allen Poe to the most dramatic pulp hits, including many first editions and a few very special and scarce items that trace back to the roots of the genres he loved. Dr. Solomon’s collection is headlined by three novels by Dashiell Hammett, progenitor of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Hammett’s influential The Maltese Falcon, first edition in the rare first issue pictorial dust jacket, New York, 1930 (estimated at $30,000 to $40,000); while his first novel, Red Harvest, in its rare first issue dust jacket, New York, 1929, ($25,000 to $35,000); and a first edition of his second book, The Dain Curse, also in the rare original dust jacket, New York, 1929 ($15,000 to $20,000).

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BOSTON, MA—The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 13-15, 2015.  More than 120 dealers from the United States, Australia, England, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and The Netherlands will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  

Special events at this year’s Fair include the Boston debut of the Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters; a talk by Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster, about the 19th century dictionary wars; a behind-the-scenes talk with Marsha Bemko, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow; and the 14th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections of Political Americana.

AUSTIN, Texas—The archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) opens Oct. 21 for research at The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum.

Finding aids for the archive are available in English and Spanish. Also available is a selection of digitized materials from the archive.

“This archive, strengthening UT’s world-class humanities collection, not only offers research opportunities to our students and to Texans, but will attract a global research community to Austin,” said UT President Gregory L. Fenves.

New York, NY, October 20, 2015—Best-known for his appearance on the $10 bill and most recently the subject of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical, Alexander Hamilton continues to capture the imagination of Americans. In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New-York Historical Society is presenting a special installation of artifacts and documents that illustrate the story of Hamilton’s eminent career and infamous death. On view through November 29, 2015, the display includes the original pistols from the 1804 duel with Vice President Aaron Burr that cost Hamilton his life.

This special installation will complement New-York Historical’s annual gala event on November 9, 2015, which will celebrate the two men who have made this inimitable Founding Father once again topical: Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, and Ron Chernow, esteemed historian and author of the award-winning biography Alexander Hamilton.


New York—On Tuesday, November 3 & Wednesday, November 4, Swann Galleries’ Prints & Drawings department will offer a two-part sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints, leading with American Prints from a Private Collection on November 3.

The sale will begin on Tuesday with American Prints from a Private Collection, headlined by a scarce Martin Lewis drypoint, the luminous Wet Night, Route 6, 1933 (estimate $20,000 to $30,000). Only 5 other impressions of this print, which depicts a Connecticut highway, have come to auction in the past 30 years. Other highlights from this private collection include Childe Hassam’s etching of a historic home in Easthampton, Lion Gardiner House, 1920 ($15,000 to $20,000); Thomas Hart Benton’s 1942 lithograph, The Race, a compelling image of a horse running alongside a locomotive ($15,000 to $20,000); and a run of vividly colorful woodcuts by Gustav Baumann, including Grandma Battin’s Garden (Hoosier Garden), 1926, and Morning Sun, 1932 (each estimated at $10,000 to $15,000). The collection includes a wide range of artists, from John Marin and George Bellows to more modern works by Elizabeth Catlett and Rockwell Kent, making it an excellent tour through the history of American printmaking.


Los Angeles, California—Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier   animation artwork and collectibles galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California, has announced a rare exhibit and auction, “Collecting Disneyland.” The auction will take place Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Van Eaton Galleries located at 13613 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California. Collecting Disneyland is an extraordinary exhibit and auction devoted to Disneyland memorabilia and features items from some of the finest collections  in the world. With memorabilia dating from the very beginning of Walt’s planning to his expansions in Florida and beyond, this one-of- a-kind rare exhibition and auction is an unprecedented glimpse into the life of Walt Disney, his close group of original Imagineers, the initial plans for Disneyland, and the amazing legacy he left behind.

For 60 years, Disneyland has influenced popular culture and built generations of loyal enthusiasts across the globe. Fans and collectors of Disneyland memorabilia have made everything from simple paper flyers, popcorn boxes, and matchbooks, to actual props and ride cars from the park among the hottest collectibles in the world to date.

Boston—Christie's announces a valuation day of books and manuscripts in Boston for one-day only on Friday, November 13.  Gretchen Hause, Christie's Books and Manuscripts specialist, welcomes the public to Christie's Boston Regional Office located at 118 Newbury Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm.  She will provide, at no charge, provisional auction estimates for books and manuscripts that are of a type and value typically sold at Christie's.  For more information, please contact the office at (617) 536-6000.

Paris, October 2015—Sotheby’s dispersed Stéphane Mallarmé's library: a rare and perfectly preserved collection unveiled to the public for the first time. Numerous admirers of the "prince of poets "did battle for the 283 lots in this highly moving collection: an immersion in the private world of a brilliant writer. The final hammer blow of the day completed a magical sale, which at €4,456,651 largely exceeded the estimate of €1.9 to €2.8 million, with 89% of lots sold (98% by value).

According to Benoît Puttemans, a specialist in the books and manuscripts department, "This was an extraordinary library, and the results were extraordinary as well. The sale of this marvellous collection, which had remained in private hands for 120 years, and came from one of France's greatest poets, was one of the most exciting literary events of the past few years."

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LondonRoseberys 31 October Art & Antique auction will feature a dedicated selection of rare and collectable books.

Highlighting the antique book section is a unique unpublished sketch book by Scottish author RM Ballantyne, 1825-94. Ballantyne was one of the most prevalent Victorian authors of juveniles. During his career he published over 100 books, his novel Coral Island being the most successful of his literary achievements.

Jacob Riis (1849-1914), a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century, is the focus of a new book and exhibitions at four venues in the U.S. and Denmark. His photographs of the city’s slums illustrated the plight of impoverished residents and established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. Published in his 1890 book, "How the Other Half Lives: The Tenements of New York," those images, along with his articles and lectures throughout the country, prompted fellow reformer Theodore Roosevelt to call Riis "New York’s most useful citizen."

"Jacob Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half"— the first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’s world-famous images—has been published by Yale University Press in association with the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York. Author Bonnie Yochelson presents Riis as a radical publicist who used photographs to enhance his arguments but had no ambition as a photographer. The book is the culmination of more than two decades of her research, assembling materials from five repositories (the Riis Collection at the Museum of the City of New York, the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library and Denmark’s Museum of South West Jutland) along with previously unpublished photographs and notes.

LOS ANGELES, October 13, 2015—The 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Alan Lloyd Hodgkin will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 29. It is the only 13th Nobel Prize to go under the hammer. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

Hodgkin was born in 1914 in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Hodgkin’s grandfather Thomas Hodgkin and Uncle Robin Hodgkin were famous historians. Dr. Hodgkin graduated from Trinity College at Cambridge University in 1943. At Trinity, Hodgkin studied with prominent scientists J.J. Thomson, Earnest Rutherford, Francis W. Aston among others. During World War II, he worked on radar development. After World War II, he returned to a teaching position at Cambridge in the physiology department.


LONDON Maddox Street—The collection of 244 lots is one of the largest of its type to be auctioned in the UK and will be sold at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday 29th October 2015. Gourary’s library tracks our feline friends across four centuries, including one of the most desirable books on cats. The second part of the sale features the remaining books and works on paper from the celebrated library of Fête Books owned by Marianne C. Gourary and her husband Paul Gourary.  

  • Tsuguharu Foujita and Michael Joseph A Books of Cats, 1930, one of 500 copies, with additional suite of plates by Foujita, one signed in pencil. One of the most desirable cat books. Est. £30,000-40,000 [Lot 48]

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, October 12, 2015—Lifestyle blog Sweet Little Luxuries shows women how to create happiness every day by styling a lovely life and, moreover published Laugh, Love, Lick Chocolate Frosting: Your Adventure to Happiness to guide women. One of the original handwritten, hand-painted versions of the book sold for $1,400 on October 12, 2015, 7:30 AM PST, at sweetlittleluxuries.com.  

“Immersed in beauty and elegance, this inspirational book is a haven of peace and optimism wherein you will lose yourself in the enchantment of majestic tales, the finest of art, and the most beautiful of contemplations—each one aspiring to convey how magnificent you are.”

Zakiyya Rosebelle is from a middle-class, Indo-Fijian family that wandered off from their humble abode in pursuit of a better life in the United States of America. They faced almost every challenge one can think of. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zakiyya grew up in a small town that ran high on crime and little on dreams. She aspires to contribute positivity to the lives of women and girls everywhere and help them grow into all that they can be (intelligent, successful, self-loving women).


New York—On October 27, 2015, Swann Galleries' Books & Manuscripts department will offer Early Printed & Medical Books, featuring Bibles, incunabula, early grammars and dictionaries of exotic languages, and works on missionary travel and Eastern Church history and liturgy, chiefly from the Library of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

Bible highlights include a 1477 edition of the Vulgate printed in Nuremberg ($10,000 to $15,000); and a first edition of the Roman Catholic version of the New Testament in English, The New Testament Faithfully Translated into English, Rheims, 1582 ($6,000 to $9,000). Other religious items of note are a vellum manuscript of the winter portion of the Breviarium Romanum, Italy, 14th century ($8,000 to $12,000), and St. Antoninus Florentinus's Summa Theologica, Venice, 1474-81 ($6,000 to $9,000).


American fiction has spun few characters as troubling as Humbert Humbert, the narrator of Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov’s part tragicomedy, part literary parody of a middle-aged academic’s sexual obsession with a 12-year-old girl has been rightly hailed as one of the richest and most ingenious linguistic achievements of the 20th century. It is at once a love letter to an adopted American homeland, and the zenith of the love affair between the English language and one of its great masters.

This Fine Edition from The Folio Society is the first to include illustrations. Chilean-born artist Federico Infante has created nine beautiful yet unsettling paintings; each of their subjects appear as pale, crumbling murals, the paint of the landscape peeling away around them.


New York—On October 22, 2015, Swann Galleries’ Books & Manuscripts department will offer Autographs, featuring presidential autographs, many from the Forbes Collection. Autographs by musicians and items signed by world leaders, scientists, astronauts, artists, writers and others are also featured.

The top lots of the sale are an autograph letter signed by Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy to Senator John William Clark Watson detailing the outraged reactions to his “Presidential Fast Day” proclamations, explaining that such reactions are to be expected when the (Confederate) Constitution fails to explicitly recognize Jesus Christ; and an autograph album kept by President John Quincy Adam’s niece, Abby S. Smith, containing over 40 items signed or signed and inscribed by two U.S. presidents (both estimated at $10,000 to $15,000). The album contains an autograph poem signed by John Quincy Adams, as well as an inscription signed by him. Other Americana includes an autograph letter signed by William Tecumsah Sherman, politely declining to endorse the recipient’s forthcoming book, 1865 ($2,000 to $3,000); and a letter signed “Bolivar” by Simón Bolívar as President of Venezuela to the Governor and Commander General of Guyana ($1,000 to $2,000).

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Written in the Italian tongue, by Nicholo Macchiavelli, Citizen and Secretarie of Florence. And translated into English by T. B. [Thomas Bedingfield] Esquire.


LONDON Maddox Street—A letter signed by Tolkien’s secretary revealing the identity of Estella Bolger, the wife of one of Frodo’s principal companions Merry Brandybuck, is to be auctioned in London by Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday 22nd October.

The letter, written in response to an inquisitive fan, initially writes that “unfortunately the answer is not recorded.” Tolkien however later went back to the letter to add in his own hand; “I believe he married a sister of Fredegar (Fatty) Bolger, but I will look into the matter. I have some records of the family of the Bolgers of Budgeford, whose lands were not far from Buckland but they were for lack of space not included.”

The Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announce the relocation of the Texas Center for the Book to a new home at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin, Texas.

One of 52 centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book was established by the Dallas Public Library in 1987 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, libraries and literacy, and to encourage the study of the written word.

Les Enluminures is pleased to announce the launch of a new version of its text manuscripts website. Inaugurated thirteen years ago, in 2002, www.textmanuscripts.com is unique on the internet. It presents for sale an exceptionally large number of mostly medieval manuscripts distinguished by the interest of their texts. Full scholarly descriptions written by a team of eminent experts accompany a selection of photographs of every manuscript. Searches by subject, country, language, date, and price (among other criteria) are possible on the site. Over the thirteen year period, nearly 750 items have been sold, many to institutions throughout the world; descriptions of all of these remain in our archives for consultation by the scholarly community.

Please visit us online at www.textmanuscripts.com and admire the elegant new design, with enhanced images and easier searching. For users familiar with our old site, rest assured that all of the features and content you have depended upon over the years have been preserved. We continue to offer the largest and most wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts on the market today. Our current inventory includes almost 150 manuscripts.

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.  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 Hollywood collectibles.

DALLAS—A rare and important jugate pinback button featuring Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge as they were in 1920 sold for $25,000 against a $10,000 estimate in Heritage Auctions’ presentation of Part III of the Merrill C. Berman Collection of Americana & Political Memorabilia. Offering more than 350 examples of the hobby’s most familiar and coveted pieces of campaign paraphernalia, the latest offering from the collection brought a combined $561,694 Sept. 26 in Dallas. 

“We watched bidders surpass estimates all day long,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage Auctions. “It truly is a career highlight to help this collection find appreciative homes with a new generation of collectors.”

(Amherst, MA—October 1, 2015)  On September 24, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announced its largest ever gift to the endowment at its annual Carle Honors fundraiser in New York City. Chairman Christopher B. Milne told the crowd of 300 guests that the new Patricia Morrison McDonald Arts Endowment will underwrite educational programming at the Museum. Richard McDonald of Vero Beach, Florida, gave a gift of one million dollars in memory of his late wife, Patricia, and secured an additional million-dollar match in funds from other donors. The two-million dollar Patricia Morrison McDonald Arts Endowment will serve as a lasting tribute to Pat, who was inspired by art throughout her life and especially moved by the work of The Carle.

Pat’s younger sister is the late Barbara Morrison Carle, wife of artist Eric Carle, and co-founder of the Museum. Barbara Carle passed away in early September. She was so proud when she learned of this gift, and shared these thoughts with the Museum in July: “Pat was a minimalist in her design aesthetic and in her own spare art creations, but just the opposite in her passionate spirit and her lifelong love of art and books. Richard’s generous gift is an acknowledgement of Pat’s devotion to The Carle, to picture book art, and to the enduring power of art education.”

Chicago, IL (September 2015)—Antique dealers, art gallerists, estate sale professionals, and scholars considering adding appraising to their professional skillset should look no further than the International Society of Appraisers’ (ISA) intensive, week-long, specialized foundation survey courses held in suburban Chicago in October.  These on-site courses, held in an interactive classroom setting, promote peer collaboration while learning critical identification, evaluation, and market research skills. Taught by ISA's most experienced instructors and respected certified appraisers, ISA's coursework has earned high-praise as the "gold-standard" in training personal property appraisers.   

ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art Course
October 19 - 25, 2015
Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
Naperville, Illinois
$1,300 ISA members / $1,585 nonmembers
Registration closes October 9

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