January 2016 Archives

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.

The awards, which were initiated by Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards seek to recognize organizations doing exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved in promoting reading and literacy.

The application rules and a downloadable application form may be accessed at Read.gov/literacyawards/. Applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern time on March 31, 2016.

Last year’s winners were:

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): First Book
  • The American Prize ($50,000): United Through Reading
  • The International Prize ($50,000): Beanstalk

More information about these organizations and 14 other literacy organization leaders is available in "Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2015: Best Practices."

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program is administered by the Library’s Center for the Book. Final selection of prize winners will be made by the Librarian of Congress with recommendations from an advisory board of literacy experts.

Three prizes will be awarded in 2016:

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services. This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.
  • The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.
  • The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a public-private partnership. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit Read.gov.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions.

The 35th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair returns to St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum March 11-13, 2016.
 
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the United States. This year’s theme, “From Papyrus to Paperbacks,” celebrates the enduring influence of the written word.

Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic.  Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles.  Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars.

A complete list of the specialized exhibitors is available at http://www.FloridaBooksellers.com.

Friday, March 11th:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Saturday, March 12th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, March 13th: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Friday evening’s admission, which includes a live music performance, is $10; the ticket is good for the entire weekend. Saturday’s admission is $10 for the weekend or $6 for the day.  Sunday’s admission is $6 for the day and includes a free appraisal by members of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Children 12 and under, and students with valid identification, are free. Parking is free.

Ticket sales benefit the St Petersburg Public Library. 

Discount coupons are available online at http://www.FloridaBookFair.blogspot.com or on Facebook (search: “Florida Antiquarian Book Fair”).  Discounted tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite using the promotional code, “saveabuck.”

Food and beverages, including cash bar, are available onsite.  St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, is known as “the finest ballroom in the South.”

Boxborough Paper Town Re-Scheduled!

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BOXBOROUGH, MA - MARCH 23, 2016: Due to the major snowstorm that struck the Northeast on January 11 & 12, Flamingo Eventz decided to reschedule the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This decision was made to ensure the safety of our Exhibitors, Customers, and Service Providers. We are pleased to announce that the new date for the show is Saturday, March 12; the location and all else remains the same.

This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Now scheduled for Saturday March 12, 2016 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 12-2pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for the exhibitor List and complete details.

Date/Hours: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9am-3pm

Location: The Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28.

Admission: Adults: $7, Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking.

Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item.

Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps.

Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours.

Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs in the Northeast. The Brunos have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 20 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who can be seen on the PBS series Market Warriors.


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LOS ANGELES -The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the acquisition of the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing (Book of the Deeds of Jacques de Lalaing), a highly important illuminated manuscript comprising text by Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy and a frontispiece by Simon Bening, the leading Flemish manuscript painter of the period. The manuscript also contains 17 lively miniatures attributed to an anonymous painter in the circle of the Master of Charles V. The Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing is considered one of the greatest secular manuscripts produced during the last flowering of Flemish illumination in the second quarter of the 16th century. The vivid illuminations, rendered with remarkable detail and vibrant colors, extol the ideals symbolizing the age of chivalry.

Above: Fol. 10v: Simon Bening, The Author in His Study. From the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing by Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy (and others). Burgundian Netherlands, ca. 1530-40. Ink, tempera colors, and gold on parchment. 14 1/3 x 10 1/3 in. (36.4 x 26.2 cm).

”The Getty Museum's collection is especially strong in manuscripts of the northern Renaissance, including a number of outstanding masterworks." says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. "With its engaging narrative of a medieval knight’s chivalrous adventures, the Lalaing manuscript brings into the collection a secular work that rivals in artistry, vivacity, and condition our famous devotional illuminations of this period.”

Potts continues, “Of the eight known manuscripts of the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing, only four are illuminated, the Getty version being clearly the most accomplished and sumptuous. For manuscript enthusiasts--and anyone interested in medieval times - this work has everything: the gripping tale of an all-conquering knight, supreme artistry, and a miraculous survival through some 500 years in the same family. It is sure to be much asked for and admired in our galleries.”

The text and illuminations of the new acquisition relate the adventurous life of Jacques de Lalaing (1421-1453), a celebrated knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the most famed tournament fighter of the Middle Ages. The miniatures concentrate on Jacques’s unparalleled feats of arms, as he made his way across Europe challenging and defeating most of the prominent knights of his day.

The manuscript’s illuminations begin with a magnificent frontispiece by Simon Bening showing the text’s main author, Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy, laboring over the text in his study. This exceptional work displays the exquisite naturalism and bold compositional design that characterize Bening’s style at its very best. The image is defined by the sunlight that spills through the large window at left, creating tantalizing effects of light and shadow across surfaces that vary from stone and wood to fabric and fur. “Bening was responsible for many of the most lauded manuscripts produced during the period, but he worked on relatively few secular works. The frontispiece in Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing is among his most accomplished and monumental illuminations,” says Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts.

Simon Bening has long been considered the last great manuscript illuminator of the northern Renaissance, and his style dominated production in the first half of the sixteenth century. He specialized in the illumination of prayer books, filled with expansive landscapes, vivid narratives, and his hallmark fleck-like brushwork. Bening also created numerous independent paintings on panel and parchment, which influenced illuminators and panel painters across northern Europe. This is the fourth work by Bening to enter the Getty Museum’s collection, and the first on a secular theme.

The manuscript’s remaining 17 miniatures are attributed to an anonymous painter within the circle of the Master of Charles V, who was the leading Flemish illuminator of the period after Bening. The illuminations are devoted to Jacques’s prodigious victories on the tournament circuit, replete with wondrous chivalric imagery of jousts, festivals, hunts, and battles. The painterly quality seen in the handling of the figures and landscapes, the bright colors, and the dramatically conceived compositions lend the manuscript an exceptional freshness and vivacity. The miniatures revel in the trappings of court life, virtually sparkling with energy and animation.

The famed events of Jacques de Lalaing’s life provided ample dramatic possibilities for the manuscript’s miniatures, ranging from his youthful travels as a knight errant at Europe’s sumptuous courts to his valiant support of Burgundian duke Philip the Good during the revolt of the city of Ghent in the early 1450s. Just weeks before Philip’s final victory in 1453, Jacques was killed by the new technology of artillery fire at the Castle of Poeke, an ironic end to one of Europe’s most acclaimed fighters in hand-to-hand combat. In the manuscript’s final image (fol. 184v), the artist depicts Jacques glancing over his shoulder at the cannonball thundering towards him as he confronts his imminent demise. Jacques’ notoriety had already spread far and wide, but his untimely death soon resulted in his celebration as the most illustrious knight of his age.

The manuscript was commissioned by a member of Jacques de Lalaing’s own family approximately 80 years after his death, no doubt intended as a memorial to the lineage’s most famous ancestor. It passed directly through branches of the Lalaing family for the next five hundred years before emerging on the art market in late 2015.

This work has been acquired in honor of Dr. Thomas Kren, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts from 1984 - 2010, who last fall retired from the Getty Museum as Associate Director of Collections. A leading scholar in the study of Flemish manuscripts, Dr. Kren was the curator of many manuscript exhibitions at the Getty Museum, including the much heralded Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (June 17 - September 7, 2003).

This newest acquisition is expected to go on view this summer in the Museum’s Manuscripts galleries. Details will be announced once confirmed.


LOS ANGELES - Considering networks rather than boundaries, connectivity rather than isolation, and a world of cross-cultural artistic interaction, Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts, on view January 26-June 26, 2016 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, offers the opportunity to explore the strong connections between Europe and the broader world during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum’s collection of illuminated manuscripts, complemented by related decorative arts and prints, as well as important loans from collections across Los Angeles, the exhibition offers a rich view into how people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas communicated and thought about their place in the world. The nearly 80 works on display have been selected to illustrate the exchange of ideas, styles, and materials that took place between the East, West, and cross-geographic centers and periphery regions, during the 9th to the early 17th centuries.

Contrary to popular belief, premodern Europe was a place of fluid cultures, blurred boundaries and multi-ethnic centers. The Middle Ages and Renaissance were periods in which the world was known to be round, a concept that can be traced intellectually back to the classical world and various places around the globe, and people from Europe, Africa, and Asia interacted with great frequency. Many Europeans, however, attempted to fit unknown peoples or places that they encountered into a more familiar Christian worldview.

“The tradition of illuminating manuscripts bound into books flourished among all of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and developed alongside rich book cultures further afield in India, Central and East Asia and the Americas,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “While the Getty's collection focuses on the European schools of Medieval and Renaissance illumination, we also hold examples from Armenia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Tunisia. Together with the loans from other local museums and private collectors, the Getty's manuscripts in this exhibition paint a vivid picture of the dynamic interchange of ideas, narratives, styles and images that characterized these eras. It is a useful reminder that globalization is not a new phenomenon. Indeed, it has lain at the foundation of much of our intellectual, artistic, social and economic life throughout history.”

The real and imagined worlds of artists, writers, pilgrims, travelers, and many others come to life in stunning and at times surprising ways on the pages of illuminated manuscripts and painted book arts. These highly prized objects are prisms through which we can admire, and study the various peoples, belief systems, and artistic traditions of the world, making possible an interconnected global history of human thought and ideas about art.

In a time before the borders of cities, nations, or even continents were clearly defined, individuals turned to texts, including epic romances, world histories, travel literature, and sacred writings, to learn about distant lands, exotic goods, and foreign people. Many of these accounts were accompanied by wondrous illuminations, which visualized a world that was otherwise accessible only to intrepid travelers and creative imaginations. “A rich multimedia tour developed especially for the exhibition allows visitors to hear several of the texts in the exhibition read aloud by specialists in these historic languages, along with a narrative and translation in English,” says Bryan Keene, assistant curator in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the curator of the exhibition. “This engaging tour will complement Medieval Manuscripts Alive, a series on The Iris, the Getty’s online magazine, and will include readings by specialists in Middle French, Greek, Ge’ez (Ethiopian), Arabic, Coptic, Catalan, Navarro-Aragonese, Middle Armenian, Prakarit, and Latin.”

The exhibition explores material from—and about—Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, including the stunning Canon Tables 1256 by T‘oros Roslin from Armenia and the recently acquired Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies 1464. Texts and illuminations convey Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jain narratives and explore the various pathways of religious contact. Maps reveal distinctive worldviews, and texts highlight the land and sea routes along which information and goods were transported and communicated, including the multifaceted Silk Roads between Asia and Europe.

“Cross-cultural trade was ubiquitous in the premodern world and portable objects—such as manuscripts, textiles, and small sculptures—helped link people and spread religions and ideas across vast distances,” adds Keene. “Through these objects we can glimpse the desire for knowledge of the unknown and distant worlds that was shared among Afro-Eurasian peoples.”

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center from January 26 -June 26, 2016. Educational programs related to the exhibition include The World in a Book: Illuminated Manuscripts and the Global Middle Ages, a public lecture on February 3, 2016 in which Bryan Keene will explore the themes of mapping, religion, and trade in several manuscripts from the Getty’s permanent collection. An international scholarly symposium will take place on April 16-17, 2016, and Professor Sussan Babaie of The Courtauld Institute of Art will present a public lecture on April 19, 2016 about connections between premodern Europe, Armenia, and Persia. Additional information can be found at getty.edu/360.

The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East, a recent release from Getty Publications (2015) by Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stahuljak, is a lavishly illustrated volume about one of the Getty Museum’s recent manuscript acquisition, which is featured in the exhibition.

On view concurrently, beginning in May at the Getty Center, will be Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, featuring paintings and manuscripts from Dunhuang which have rarely, if ever, traveled to the United States. The exhibition, which will include three spectacular full-size cave replicas, celebrates more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired the papers of renowned travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux. The acquisition is a substantial addition to The Huntington’s already extensive holdings in travel literature and fiction, and includes notebooks, autograph drafts, and corrected typescript drafts for nearly all of Theroux’s 51 books, along with diaries, short stories, plays, lectures, essays, and correspondence from other noted writers.

Other items acquired at The Huntington’s 19th annual Library Collectors’ Council meeting include the extensive papers of Republican Party founder and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice John Meredith Read (1797-1874), a spectacular collection of 19th-century images that trace the history of photographic practice in the American West, an annotated early 15th-century Latin manuscript about the Three Magi, and a volume of notes taken during the lectures of 19th-century French mathematician Augustin-Louis Cauchy.

“This year’s acquisitions are simply off the charts with regard to their research value and the way they complement our existing collections in literature, history, the history of science, and photography,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “We are immensely grateful to the council members for their incredible generosity.”

The Library Collectors’ Council is a group of 39 families who help support acquisitions. It was formed to augment the collections by helping to purchase materials that the institution otherwise could not afford.

Highlights of the newly purchased materials:

Paul Theroux Collection

In his long and distinguished career, Paul Theroux has explored the far reaches of the globe to produce a body of classic travel books. From his first travel account, The Great Railway Bazaar, through others such as The Old Patagonian Express (nominated for the American Book Award), Dark Star Safari, and The Happy Isles of Oceania, to his most recent book, Deep South, Theroux stands at the forefront of travel writing. The winner of many awards, Theroux received the prestigious Royal Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in May 2015. Previous recipients include Sir Richard Burton, David Livingston, Captain Robert Scott, and Sir David Attenborough.

“The Huntington is a major destination for research on travel and its history,” said Sara “Sue” Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts at The Huntington, noting the vast body of travel accounts in The Huntington’s holdings, dating back to the late middle ages and including such celebrated figures as Sir Richard Burton, T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia), as well as more recent writers, such as Jack London and Christopher Isherwood. “The Theroux archive greatly enhances The Huntington’s remarkable strengths in this area,” said Hodson.

Though best known for his travel accounts, Theroux has also produced a large and distinguished body of fiction. Among his best-known novels are Saint Jack and The Mosquito Coast, which was nominated for the American Book Award and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

“Theroux’s novels and short stories are engaging and provocative. Many deal with Americans or Britons living in other societies, experiencing other cultures, and trying to prosper as they encounter sometimes alien ways of life,” said Hodson.

The Mosquito Coast was adapted into a 1986 movie of the same title, directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford. Theroux’s novels Saint Jack, Dr. Slaughter (released as Half Moon Street), and Kowloon Tong (released as Chinese Box) have also been made into films. London Embassy, a volume of Theroux’s short stories, was produced as a TV miniseries.

The Theroux collection, covering the period from 1965 to 2015, includes a number of unpublished texts and drafts for all but a few of the author’s books, as well as extensive and significant correspondence from the Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul and many other writers, including Graham Greene, S.J. Perelman, Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, Stephen Spender, Gore Vidal, Laurens van der Post, Jan Morris, William Styron, and Bruce Chatwin.

Papers of John Meredith Read

The Council also purchased the archive of John Meredith Read (1797-1874), an eminent Pennsylvania jurist, an outspoken opponent of slavery, and a founder of the Republican Party. Having served as the U.S. federal judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1845, only to be denied confirmation because of his vocal opposition to slavery.

The collection—comprising eight letterpress books totaling some 4,500 letters, as well as some 500 additional letters, legal papers, and documents—covers the most important period of Read’s career, from 1853 to 1865. The head of a successful law firm, he was a highly respected estate and corporate lawyer, and his clients included leading citizens of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as major railroad and canal companies. In 1854, Read, along with his friend David Wilmot, emerged as a leader of the nascent Republican Party. He was the chief organizer of the first Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 1856. In 1858, he led Pennsylvania Republicans to their first electoral victory and won his own race for the state Supreme Court in a landslide. This success brought him forward as a candidate for President of the United States, with Abraham Lincoln as his running mate. Early on, however, he threw his support behind Lincoln and campaigned for him in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During the Civil War, Read served as an advisor to the Lincoln administration, congressional Republicans, and leading Pennsylvania politicians.

The political correspondence in the collection includes unpublished and previously unknown letters to Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, Henry Wilson, Salmon P. Chase, Edwin M. Stanton, Henry Wilson, David Wilmot, Francis Lieber, Nathaniel P. Banks, Simon Cameron, Horace Greeley, William H. Seward, Gideon Welles, and others. The legal papers cover all aspects of Read’s long and distinguished career in law, including his tenure as the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“This extraordinary archive is an invaluable addition to The Huntington’s famous Lincoln and Civil War collections and greatly expands our collections of 19th-century Americana,” said Olga Tsapina, Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts.

Mautz Collection of History of Photography in the American West

In 1984, Carl Mautz (b. 1942) began buying portraits of everyday people made by 19th-century photographers working in the American West. An attorney turned dealer and publisher, Mautz became intrigued by his encounter with countless first-rate images created by photographers about whom little to nothing was known. This lack of information launched a hunt for unique imprints that became the primary source material for his book Biographies of Western Photographers (1997), an essential reference guide for anyone studying photographic practice in the western United States.

Mautz continued to collect after his landmark publication appeared, resulting in a treasure trove of 7,000 portraits representing thousands of commercial photographers operating in 23 states and territories west of the Mississippi, including Hawaii, between 1860 and 1910.

“The collection is simply one-of-a-kind, providing a mountain of social and historical data to scholars investigating the networks and vectors of visual commerce at a critical place and time in the medium’s history,” said Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photography at The Huntington.

“And the sitters themselves depict a brilliant array of multigenerational and multicultural people who reflect the diverse nature of the frontier and post-frontier American West: soldiers, grandmothers, frontiersmen, babies cradled in their mothers’ arms, workers brandishing the tools of their trade, children holding toys, young women modeling the latest hairstyle and dress. In aggregate, these pictures reflect tastes and trends in clothing, jewelry, and hair—topics of increasing importance to scholars—not to mention the evolving use of posing and props in studio settings,” said Watts.

Latin manuscript about the Three Magi

Written on parchment and produced in England between 1400 and 1450, Historia trium regum tells the tale of three kings: Melchior of Nubia and Arabia, Balthasar of India, and Jaspar of Tharsis—the Three Wise Men of biblical fame.

The story moves beyond the Nativity to account for their return journey, their baptism by St. Thomas, and their establishment of a new kingdom. The kings ruled together for decades and died within months of each other. Centuries later, their relics were moved to their final resting place in the Church of St. Peter in Cologne, Germany, where visitors travel to this day to view their reliquary shrine.

Nearly 700 years ago, the scholar and monk Johannes de Hildesheim (d. 1375) blended biblical studies, 14th-century travel logs, and popular lore to produce Historia trium regum, which became the authoritative history of the three Magi. Within decades, his story was translated from Latin into German, Dutch, Flemish, French, and English. Hildesheim’s Historia trium regum became one of the most widely read devotional texts in medieval Europe.

“No other institution in the U.S. holds a complete 15th-century Latin manuscript of this version of Historia trium regum that was also produced in England,” said Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of British Historical Manuscripts. “When situated alongside The Huntington’s unrivaled incunabula —books printed before 1501—and medieval manuscript collections, the volume reinvigorates studies of 15th-century devotional texts, allows for comparative analysis between manuscript and print during this pivotal century, provides rare travel accounts of medieval Europe and the Middle East, and contributes—through its 16th-century reader annotations—to the history of early modern and Reformation reading and reader reaction.”

Mathematical lectures of Cauchy

During his lifetime, Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789-1857) became the leading mathematician in France. Paris was then the center of the mathematical world, and its École Polytechnique in Paris, where Cauchy taught, was the foremost scientific school in Europe. Cauchy’s lectures at the École Polytechnique in the 1820s established a new attitude toward rigor in mathematics and developed many characteristics of 19th-century concepts and methods of proof.

The Council purchased a bound manuscript volume of the only recorded set of notes taken from Cauchy’s first-year undergraduate lectures at the École Polytechnique for the years 1824-25. The manuscript, produced by Cauchy’s student Louis de la Moricière, joins The Huntington’s 40 rare editions of Cauchy’s printed works on mathematics.

“These notes are of considerable historical importance,” said Dan Lewis, chief curator of manuscripts at The Huntington. “Although Cauchy’s lectures on analysis were published in four great treatises—which The Huntington holds in printed form—the content of his lectures evolved significantly during his 15 years of teaching. My own research into this manuscript has shown that its text contains a tremendous amount of material that was never published, at least not in verbatim form; this represents the mathematical seeds, as it were, of the tree into which his lectures would evolve. Moreover, the notes provide a unique insight into Cauchy’s lectures on mechanics, which were never published in any form.”

Photo: Steve McCurry/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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LOS ANGELES, January 26, 2016 - An original typed draft of Orson Welles’ famous Halloween “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on January 28, 2016. 

The famous script was written by Howard E. Koch and titled “An Attack by the Men of Mars,” as an adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic novel War of the Worlds. Orson Welles narrated the script on his radio series Mercury Theater on the Air, produced by John Houseman. CBS Radio aired “War of the Worlds” on October 30, 1938. Welles’ realistic narrative duped many listeners, putting them under the impression Martians were attacking America. The first 40 minutes of the one-hour broadcast were presented as a news bulletin -- without any commercials -- giving many people the impression they were listening to breaking news and being attacked. Welles was unaware of the broadcast’s impact until the next day. Facing public and media criticism, Welles apologized for the panic caused by the radio show. 

Many American radio stations annually air “War of the Worlds” as a Halloween tradition.

The 17-page script is a draft with numerous misspellings, corrections and incomplete sentences. It comes with provenance from the previous owner who purchased the script from radio pioneer James Jewell’s estate. 

Bidding for the script begins at $20,000.

Additional information on the script can be found at 

http://natedsanders.com/Original___War_of_The_Worlds___Radio_Broadcast_Scr-LOT41047.aspx

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

An industry leader in documents and autographs, Nate D. Sanders Auctions has conducted auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now holds major auctions on a monthly basis. Owner Nate Sanders is recognized for his knowledge of sports, historical and Hollywood memorabilia. To learn more visit natedsanders.com

New York, NY - January 2016 - This spring, the New-York Historical Society will celebrate Mo Willems’ beloved children’s book characters, including The Pigeon, who is bus-obsessed; comedy duo Elephant and Piggie; and famed Brooklynites Trixie and Knuffle Bunny. On view March 18 through September 25, 2016, The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems will follow a multifaceted journey across a career that started on Sesame Street and led to award-winning books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003). Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, and recently on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, the New-York Historical Society’s unique presentation of the exhibition will highlight particular elements of Willems’ life and career in New York to show how the city influenced the creation of his iconic characters. 

“Mo Willems’ work boldly and artfully melds the humor and wonder of youth with a complex understanding of the human experience, so it speaks to readers of all ages,” said Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems reveals how Willems’ personal experiences in New York inspired his writing. We look forward to celebrating both his work and the city as artistic muse.”

The exhibition will bring together approximately 90 works from some of Willems’ most popular series, as well as selections from stand-alone classics such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster (2005) and That Is NOT a Good Idea! (2013), featuring original art, preliminary sketches, animation cels, and sculptures. The exhibition will present Willems’ inspiration, unique process, artwork, and characters in an immersive and child-friendly space, featuring an imaginative New York cityscape on the gallery walls, two reading areas with copies of his books for browsing or special reading events, and a family audio guide narrated by Willems.

Exhibition highlights will include:

  • Animation cels and sketches from Willems’ early projects, including a student film created at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as professional work for Sesame Street, Sheep in the Big City, and other television shows
  • “Walking the Williamsburg Bridge to Work,” a graphic short story in which Willems narrates his personal experience of 9/11
  • A video about Willems’ process of creating memorable characters like The Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, Cat the Cat, and Knuffle Bunny, alongside preliminary sketches, pitch copies, dummy books, and production workflow charts as well as final drawings and published illustrations
  • An early dummy book of Knuffle Bunny, depicting the stuffed animal as a bear, not a bunny
  • Wire sculptures and other personal work
  • Works that creatively address the emotional lives of his characters—and, by extension, his young readers—such as the importance of self-exploration and personal expression in Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (2009) and kindness in the face of opposition in Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct (2006)
  • Illustrations from The Thank You Book, the finale to the Elephant and Piggie series, due to appear in June 2016

Support for this exhibition has been provided by Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Programming & Publications

Family programming for The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems will include two large-scale family weekends in March and June, daily storytimes, meet and greets with the Elephant and Piggie characters, private family brunches, birthday parties, and cartoon screenings throughout the summer. Highlights include Mo Willems reading from I Really Like Slop! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale as well as a book signing on Friday, March 18. Willems and his daughter Trixie will co-present her film Team Mo! on Friday, June 3.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 40-page, full-color catalogue that will be available for purchase along with a selection of Willems’ books and merchandise in a special pop-up store at the New-York Historical Society.

About Mo Willems

The New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing. During his nine seasons at Sesame Street, Willems also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon’s The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City. While serving as head writer for Cartoon Network’s number one-rated show Codename: Kids Next Door, Willems began writing and drawing books for children.

His debut effort, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, became a New York Times best seller and received a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale was awarded a Caldecott Honor. The sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, earned Willems his third Caldecott Honor in 2008. In addition to picture books, he created the Elephant and Piggie series for beginning readers, which has received two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals and five Geisel Honors. Willems’ drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the nation. “Walking the Williamsburg Bridge to Work,” his graphic story about his family experiences during 9/11 for DC Comics, resides in the Library of Congress’ permanent collection. Willems wrote the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, both commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His monumental sculpture The Red Elephant can be viewed in the courtyard of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Willems lives in Massachusetts with his family.

About the New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is a museum-within-a-museum that explores New York and American history through the eyes of children of the past. Occupying the New-York Historical Society’s entire lower level, it includes character-based pavilions, the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, interactive exhibits, and games. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum encourages children to identify with the people whose enterprise and creativity changed the course of our history. It also hosts a series of family programs, from Sunday story hours to arts and crafts. All ages can enjoy and learn in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, but the exhibits are targeted at age 8-13.


The Library of Congress continues its annual celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, for its 16th year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

“The National Book Festival is a day for all to celebrate the joy and power of reading by connecting with their favorite authors and discovering new ones,” said acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “No matter your age or favorite type of book, there is something at the National Book Festival for you. The Library is grateful to the generous sponsors who make this day of fun and discovery free to all attendees.”

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival may contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

Many authors have already accepted the festival’s invitations this year, and they include:

  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
  • Douglas Brinkley, prize-winning historian
  • Christopher Buckley, author of such satirical works as “Thank You for Smoking”
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author
  • Philip Glass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump”
  • Stephen King, best-selling, prize-winning author and literacy advocate
  • James McBride, National Book Award winner
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • Joyce Carol Oates, prize-winning author of more than 70 books
  • Ed Piskor, alternative comics artist
  • Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Diane Rehm, NPR host and author 
  • Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize winner
  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner  
  • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize winner and author of 17 No. 1 best-sellers
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, prize-winning author of “The Devil’s Highway”
  • Gene Luen Yang, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.

The National Book Festival poster will be designed this year by Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts.  Her work has appeared on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, Visa card billboards and Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers for Penguin, Scholastic and DC Comics. She has published work in the pages of The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications.

The festival will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young readers to adults. The festival will continue to feature its popular offerings dedicated to Children, Teens, Contemporary Life, History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Science, Poetry & Prose and Culinary Arts.

For more information, see the National Book Festival website at loc.gov/bookfest/. The National Book Festival App is available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at loc.gov/apps/. Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library (loc.gov) seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions.

The 2015 Holland Prize for architectural drawing is awarded to three honorable mention winners: Teresa Boegler, who drew the St. James’ House in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Amber Anderson and Sara Sanders, who drew the Pon Pon Chapel in the Jacksonboro area of South Carolina.

The Leicester B. Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet, measured drawing of a historic building, site or structure prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). It is an annual competition administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. The competition’s jury recommends winners to the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, which supports the prize through the Paul Rudolph Trust. The trust was established by, and in memory of, the distinguished American architect Paul Rudolph, a proponent of the art of architectural drawing.

For 2015, the jury acknowledged that none of the entries fully met the official, archival recording standards of HABS/HAER/HALS. But the jury was pleased to recognize the special achievement in the skillful delineations of two historic structures.

The honorable mention winners will be published in Preservation Architect, the online newsletter of the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects, and each will receive a $500 cash prize and a certificate of recognition.

Teresa Boegler, who is studying historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, won an honorable mention for her HABS drawing of the St. James’ House, which was built around 1768 and is one of the few 18th-century frame houses still standing in Fredericksburg. The house was originally home to James Mercer, an attorney, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, first judge of the General Court in Fredericksburg, and the attorney who drew up the will for Mary Washington, the mother of George Washington. The house continues to be a private residence.

Amber Anderson and Sara Sanders, students in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Clemson University/College of Charleston, won an honorable mention for their HABS drawing of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease in Adams Run, South Carolina. Though in partial ruins, this chapel and graveyard serve as a reminder of early 18th-century Anglican beginnings and particularly the proliferation of "chapels of ease" throughout the Low Country to address the religious needs of remote plantation inhabitants who could not conveniently reach their parish church.

For information on how to participate in the Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition, visit www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/holland.htm.

The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of historic sites, structures and landscapes throughout the United States, and to encourage the submission of drawings by professionals and students. All the drawings accepted for the competition will be added to the permanent HABS, HAER and HALS Collection in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Images of many past and present Holland Prize competition drawings are available online. (For maximum detail, open the TIFF files.) Visit: www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Leicester+B.+Holland+Prize&sp=2&co=hh&st=gallery.

The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress and first curator of the HABS collection, a co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.

The Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, established by a bequest from the distinguished American architect Paul Rudolph, preserves and makes accessible to the public the Library’s rich collections in those subject areas. For more information, visit www.loc.gov//rr/print/adecenter/adecent.html.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 160 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.


When: January 22 -April 2, 2016

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

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

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm 

Admission: Free 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 6-8pm 

Artist Roundtable Discussion: Friday, March 4, 6:30pm  

The Center for Book Arts presents Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape, on view January 22 through April 2, organized by Cynthia Nourse Thompson and David Charles Chioffi, Guest Curators. An opening reception will take place January 22, 6-8pm, and an artist roundtable will be held at the Center on March 4 at 6:30pm. Gallery admission is free. 

A landscape's formation within the disciplines of the fine and applied arts is laden with both discernable and veiled artifacts to be unearthed. These foundations are interwoven as interpretative symbols, phonetics, or armatures to synthesize a visual voice and an independent sense of place. In Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape, a visual etymology of environments amid diverse works on paper is constructed. Through acknowledged and unaccustomed definitions within multiple layers and mediums, these formats reassert that the semantics of artistic landscapes are neither concrete nor static.

Artists include: Macy Chadwick, Gail Deery, Lesley Dill, Henrik Drescher, Carson Fox, Mark Fox, Jane Hammond, William Kentridge, Abby Leigh, Suzanne McClelland, Sarah McDermott, Bill McDowell, Julie Mehretu, Robin Price, Justin James Reed, Elizabeth Sheehan, Kiki Smith, Ann Tyler, Kara Walker, Darren Waterston, and Christopher Wool.

Co-curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson is Director of the MFA programs in Studio Art and Book Arts/ Printmaking at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she is also an Associate Professor. She was recently Curator and Director of exhibitions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; previously, she was a professor at Memphis College of Art (MCA) and served as chair of the Division of Fine Arts during her final year. For more than 12 years, she ran the book arts, letterpress and papermaking areas at MCA, and for seven of those years, she served as curator and director of visiting artist lectures. 

Co-curator David Charles Chioffi is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, The J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Design, and Chair of the Division of Design Arts at Memphis College (MCA). His traditional and experimental work emphasizes the sensory triality of alphabetic matrices and forms, as well as how phonetic structures and visual architecture formulate and synthesize content. In addition to his private design practice, prior posts have included Executive Vice-President of Design and Communications at The Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc.; and Associate Director of Packing Design and Visual Identities, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation in New York City. 

A Curator Moderated Roundtable Discussion will take place Friday, March 4, 6:30pm, with Macy Chadwick, Artist; Lesley Dill, Artist; and Sue Gosin, Co-Founder, Dieu Donné. Suggested donation for the general public is $10 non-members/$5 members. 

The Center is grateful to the following galleries and organizations for lending works for this exhibition: The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Booklyn Inc., Dieu Donné Press, Dolphin Press, Granary Books, Peter Kruty Editions, The Museum of Modern Art Library, Pace Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Universal Limited Art Editions, Wellesley College Library Special Collections, and private collectors.

ALSO ON VIEW: WINTER 2016 FEATURED ARTIST PROJECTS

In addition to Revealed Terrain, The Center will host two Featured Artist Projects on view January 22-April 2, 2016, organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts. 

SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration is an ongoing process of collaboration by South Florida artists and writers that stimulates new concepts and methodology. This exhibition features over 100 broadsheets in a variety of media including letterpress, silkscreen, etching, digital prints, relief prints, monoprints, and many forms of hand work. An artist roundtable discussion with Lea Nickless, Carol Todaro, and Michelle Weinberg is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 6:30pm, at the Center. 

Chris Perry: Ripples Current(ly) features the work of Chris Perry, which deconstructs specially-made books into three-dimensional sculptures and questions our concepts of the book as receptacle for only one type of knowledge. This exhibition features a large-scale, site-specific installation along with several smaller, related works. An artist talk is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 6:30pm, at the Center.

Please visit our website for up-to-date details on all events and programs: 

www.centerforbookarts.org

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New York— On Thursday, February 11, Swann Auction Galleries will offer Vintage Posters, with nearly 600 lots in a wide range of collecting sub-categories, including ski, travel, ocean liner, propaganda and war posters, early American theatrical, Art Nouveau and more.

            Among the Art Nouveau posters are multiple works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec including [Aristide Bruant dans son Cabaret], 1893, depicting performer and nightclub owner Aristide Bruant in his signature black cape and red scarf (estimate $60,000 to $90,000). Other works by Toulouse-Lautrec include Caudieux, 1893 ($30,000 to $40,000) and Reine de Joie, 1893 ($20,000 to $30,000). Works by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha include his 1896 advertisement for Job cigarette rolling papers ($20,000 to $30,000), and La Dame aux Camelias, 1896, featuring Sarah Bernhardt in Alexandre Dumas’s masterpiece ($15,000 to $20,000).

            Ski and winter resort posters tout the crisp snow and groomed runs of chic destinations. Wilhelm Friedrich Burger’s Pontresina, 1914 ($7,000 to $10,000), and Winter: Sport /  Heiden ($4,000 to $6,000) are both rare examples of his work, as is Augustus Moser’s Sun Valley, 1936 ($4,000 to $6,000). Pierre Fix-Masseau’s Bon Voyage / Bonne Neige, 1938 shows stylish skiers on their way to the slopes ($3,000 to $4,000), while Alex Walter Diggleman’s Chateau d’Oex, 1933 depicts a downhill skier at full speed ($3,000 to $4,000).

            Travel posters advertise the highlights of various cities like Leslie Ragan’s New York / The Upper Bay from Lower Manhattan, 1935 ($6,000 to $9,000), as well as showcasing natural wonders like Maurice Logan’s Redwood Empire Tour / Southern Pacific, 1928 ($3,000 to $4,000). Roger Broders’s Marseille / Point de Départ de la Cote d’Azur, circa 1929, pairs the deep cerulean of the ocean with a crisp clear blue sky to entice travelers ($2,000 to $3,000), while James Northfield’s Australia / The Blue Mountains, circa 1930s, beckons viewers to the quiet mists of mountain passes ($2,000 to $3,000). Ocean liner images boast luxurious travel on mammoth ships such as Willem Frederick Ten Broek’s Holland - America Line, 1936 ($4,000 to $6,000), and Edward Wright’s Cunard Line / Liverpool - New York - Boston, 1905 ($3,000 to $4,000).    

            Propaganda and war posters include an example of James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic I Want You For U.S. Army, 1917, featuring Uncle Sam ($8,000 to $12,000). William Dodge Stevens’s Teamwork Builds Ships, circa 1918, encourages participation in the war effort ($3,000 to $4,000), while a set of four Norman Rockwell posters [The Four Freedoms], 1943, remind citizens of the freedoms being defended ($2,000 to $3,000).

            Early American theatrical posters give us a peek into the past, highlighting a range of stars and plays. The dramatic image of Edwin F. Mayo as “Davy Crockett,” by an unknown designer circa 1887 shows Mayo in character astride a racing horse ($1,500 to $2,000), while an 1890 poster by an unknown designer for Uncle’s Darling depicts an epic chase. ($1,000 to $1,500). Other items featuring performers and performances include several posters for French star Mistinguett, such as Charles Gesmar’s 1925 example showing a made-up Mistinguett ensconced in feathers and jewelry ($2,000 to $3,000), as well as Zig’s 1930 poster Casino de Paris / Josephine Baker, with the famous beauty being presented with a bouquet of flowers by a charming leopard ($3,000 to $4,000).

The two-part auction will be held Thursday, February 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public, with an exhibition opening Saturday, February 6 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, February 8 through Wednesday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Director Nicholas D. Lowry at posters@swanngalleries.com, or via phone at 212-254-4710 ext. 57.  

Image: Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Lait pur Stérilisé, 1894. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books returns to The European Fine Art Fair (11 - 20 March 2016) for its twentieth consecutive year with an impressive collection of museum- quality Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures and early printed books. The gallery will occupy a new, larger stand (109) and its display will be increasingly modern using elegant glazing to frame the objects.

The highlights include a selection of important illuminated manuscripts including an exquisite Book of Hours, presumed to have been a gift from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, to his governor Guillaume II de Croÿ. It contains 21 large miniatures executed in fine detail by Gerard Horenbout (d. 1528), one of the most famous Flemish miniaturists of his time. Scenes depicting the Virgin Mary are particularly fine, showing her in a contemporary setting for the Annunciation, and against a magnificent golden background as Queen of Heaven.

Another key work is an illuminated manuscript on vellum, once housed in the library of Raphael de Marcatellis (1437-1508). His father was Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, a great patron of the arts, and in turn Raphael amassed a collection of fine books. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will display the only work from his library written in French. In one section it contains the Tresorier de Philosophie Naturelle des Pierres Precieuses by Jean d’Outremeuse, a text on the popular medieval subject of gemstones. It gives a fascinating insight into the manufacture, cutting and polishing of ancient glass or gems, and into the work of natural philosophers and alchemists.

A significant printed work on the stand will be a ‘princely’ binding made for Duke Julius at Wolfenbüttel by Lukas Weischner, counted among the most important Renaissance bookbinders in Germany. The unique and highly prized exterior features abundant gilt-tooled decoration, a plate stamp with a portrait of Martin Luther and highlights in enamel paints. The text was compiled by the important second- generation Lutheran theologian Martin Chemnitz, and is a tribute to the great reformer Luther. It contains 51 woodcut illustrations in contemporary colouring highlighted with gold.

In addition, the stand will feature a fifth edition copy of the first secular drama to be printed. Written by Jacques Millet, it tells the epic tale of the fall of Troy including scenes such as Greek soldiers emerging out of the Trojan horse. The 32 woodcuts are are counted among the finest ever produced in that medium, and among the earliest made in France. All 15th- and 16th-century editions of this work are extremely rare, and this book is one of only two copies to contain the complete set of these woodcuts.

Dr Günther comments: ‘‘We are delighted to be returning to TEFAF Maastricht, which is a highlight in the international calendar of art fairs. After a successful 2015, this presents an exciting beginning to our schedule of fairs and events for the year. We look forward to showcasing wonderful objects and meeting clients old and new.’’


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New York, New York - (January 19,  2016) - 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 an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the finest marriage document ever signed by Napoleon and Josephine.  This rare Valentine’s Day opportunity celebrates history’s most romantic and often controversial couple - Napoleon & Josephine. Lion Heart’s rare and evocative marriage contract is not only signed by the historic couple, but by other French notables, including six of Napoleon’s original eighteen marshals (the highest military rank during the Empire). The Valentine’s Day presentation of such a unique, historical document marks the first time Lion Heart Autographs has offered it for sale; it is one of only a handful known to exist in private hands. Lion Heart Autographs will display the document at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from February 10-16, 2016, where it will be offered for $20,000. Media can have a sneak peek at the contract in New York prior to the show.

Marie-Josèphe-Rose Tascher de La Pagerie, known as Josephine, was one of the most celebrated women of the 19th century, playing a colorful and pivotal role in the life of her six-year-younger husband, Napoleon Bonaparte. She was one of the most important women in the salons of Paris and her tumultuous love affair with General Bonaparte is well documented. Glamorous and a well-connected socialite, Josephine engaged in several love affairs with highly placed political and military leaders after the failure of her first marriage. Bonaparte, immediately smitten by her upon their first meeting, wed Josephine on March 9, 1796 only a few days before he left on his Italian campaign. During his absence he sent the first of many love letters he would pen throughout their marriage.

Napoleon and Josephine’s marriage was opposed by many members of his family because she was an older widow with children. His mother and sister were especially upset declaring that his new wife considered them well below her status. During Bonaparte’s 1799 Egyptian campaign Josephine purchased the Chateau de Malmaison near Paris taking a special interest in gardens and becoming proficient in botany and horticulture.

Throughout history stories are told of Napoleon and Josephine’s constant separations and rumors of her interest in other lovers. Infidelities troubled the marriage from the start although the couple renewed their marriage vows on December 1, 1804. The following day Napoleon was crowned Emperor and she Empress.  The coronation became one of the most famous events of European history, but Josephine’s inability to give birth to a son strained their marriage, and in 1810, Napoleon had the marriage annulled on the pretext that a parish priest had not been present at the original ceremony. Nonetheless, Napoleon and Josephine remain one of history’s most famous couples. The former Emperor’s last words were reported to be “France, armee, tete d’ armee, Josephine.” (France, army, head of the army, Josephine).

The contract witnessed by Napoleon and Josephine celebrates the marriage between General August Hulin (1758-1841) and Marie Jeanne-Louise Tiersonnier (1782-1826). Hulin was an infantryman who rose through the ranks to join the Gardes Français. In the days leading to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, Hulin gave several inflammatory speeches, and on July 14, he organized a small band of armed men at the Hôtel de Ville, marched them to the Bastille where they opened fire and liberated the prisoners. It was this act that sparked the French Revolution. Though recognized as a hero, Hulin was imprisoned during the Reign of Terror. He later rejoined the army and served as an officer during the Napoleonic Wars and as military governor of Paris during Napoléon’s 1812 Russian campaign, where he suppressed a coup against the emperor.

In addition to Napoleon and Josephine’s signatures, the contract is signed by a remarkable cast including six of Napoleon’s original 18 marshals: John Baptiste Bessiers (1786-1813), Louis Nicholas Davout (1770-1823), Andre Massena (1758-1817), Edouard Adolphe Casimire Mortier (1768-1835), Joachim Murat (1767-1815; Napoleon’s brother-in-law and future King of Naples), and Catherine-Dominique de Perignon (1754-1818); two queens: Bonaparte’s step-daughter Hortense Eugenie Cecile Bonaparte (1783-1837) and his sister Marie Annonciade De Caroline Bonaparte Murat (1782-1839); two kings: Murat and Napoleon’s brother Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (1778-1846) and father to Napoleon’s heir; the three former consuls of France, and many others including Maurice-Jean Raguideau De La Fosse (1759-1805) the Paris notary who presided over Napoleon and Josephine’s own marriage. Just twelve days prior to signing this document, the French Senate proclaimed Napoleon Emperor of France, making this marriage contract one of the earliest documents signed by the Emperor and his wife.

“I am thrilled to share the evocative nature of this historical document on Valentine’s Day. It is assuredly the finest marriage contract signed by Emperor Napoleon and his Empress Josephine available in the world,” said David Lowenherz, founder & owner of Lion Heart Autographs in New York, noting, “Napoleon and Josephine’s own marriage contract is preserved in National Archives of France.” Lowenherz adds, “I don’t think there is a person anywhere who isn’t fascinated by Napoleon and Josephine’s love story - a truly romantic couple joined together during a remarkable period in history. This contract, signed not just by them, but by family members and important military officers as well, all of whom gathered to celebrate the marriage of the man whose actions sparked the French Revolution, offers a rare glimpse into the splendid affairs of the royal household. I am thrilled at the opportunity to offer this precious document first at the Palm Beach Show during the week of Valentine’s Day. What could be more fitting?”                   

Other highlights to be featured by Lion Heart Autographs at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show include a letter by Albert Einstein on how intellectuals and the working class should work together; doodles by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on White House stationery; a decorative proclamation signed by President Harry Truman declaring the end of WWII;  a very moving letter by Louisa May Alcott about her ailing father and the care she is providing him; a land grant for a revolutionary soldier signed by Benjamin Franklin; an impressive document signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State about U.S. fishing rights; a very fine art related letter by Henri Matisse; an unpublished handwritten letter by Charles Darwin sending his photograph to a former shipmate aboard the “Beagle;” a charming letter by Mark Twain in which he offers his autograph to a young collector, and much more.

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Lion Heart Autographs is an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts specializing in art, history, literature, music and science.  Founded in 1978, Lion Heart Autographs has earned an unmatched global reputation for acquiring and placing the most rare, interesting and unique autographs and manuscripts, while carefully authenticating and describing each piece’s historical significance. Clients range from Harvard, Yale and the U.S. Library of Congress to private collectors, investors and corporations around the globe. Lion Heart Autographs is located at 216 East 45th Street in New York City and is operated by David Lowenherz, its founder and president. For more information, please visit www.lionheartautographs.com.    

A rare and important letter from Albert Einstein, shedding light on his concept of God’s existence, will be on the auction block on February 14th, 2016. Written late in his life - Einstein was to pass away less than two years later at age 76 - the letter is a concise and reasoned declaration in which Albert Einstein categorically denies the value of the God concept for physics - a statement of singular importance because it uniquely reveals the philosophical reasoning behind Einstein’s denial. An end-of-life statement, the letter is Einstein’s final reasoned and mature view of the topic, and thus of great significance.  As the world’s most famous scientist, Einstein was often asked to make public pronouncements about God and his own religious views. But despite such pronouncements, Einstein’s previous public record on the question was remarkably ambiguous.

Written in response to a brash college student who asked him if he had ever resolved “the question of the existence of God in the perceivable universe,” the brilliant letter is characteristic of Einstein’s best problem solving and exhibits a new turn of reasoning not found in Einstein’s earlier statements about God. Einstein writes, in part, "...The question should rather be: How far is it reasonable and justifiable to assume the existence of an unperceivable being? I see no justification for the introduction of such a concept. In any case, it does not facilitate the understanding of the orderliness we find in the perceivable world..."  

Einstein here speaks as a philosopher of science; properly considered this letter says as much about his own view of physics as it does about his view of God. Einstein holds physics to be a science of the perceivable universe, which must be based exclusively on empirical data and not on “blind faith”: because the “unperceivable” by definition transcends physics’ purview, it cannot legitimately be employed by the physicist as an explanatory basis or principle. Historically viewed, this brief letter may well be considered Einstein’s most important statement on God. Issuing from the greatest scientist of modern times, Einstein’s statement is of enormous consequence for any future dialogue on the relation between science and religion.

The remarkable and transcendent letter by Albert Einstein will be sold at auction by PBA Galleries, specialists in rare books, manuscripts, maps and related materials, on Sunday, February 14th, 2016, at the Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena, adjacent to the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. The pre-sale estimate on the letter is $60,000-$90,000.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks.  For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com

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[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.  Prominent in this sale is an array of early Americana titles including Native American Indian history.  Collectible modern firsts in this auction feature a number of science fiction titles.  A private collection of original Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda posters will be offered along with antique ephemera lots including original Civil War documents.        

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1577 printing of Lonicer's "Kreuterbuch Kunstliche Counterfeytunge der Baume Stauden Hecken Kreuter Getreyde Gewurtze," featuring hand-colored woodcuts, "Pas Kart Van de Zee-Kusten Van Guiana Tusschen Cabo Noord en Rio Amano," produced in 1687 and retaining the original copper engraved map, and the 1633 printing of Ferrari's "Florum Cultura Libri IV," with engraved plates.  Other scarce titles include the six-volume 1895-1897 limited edition of Spenser's "Faerie Queene" with Walter Crane illustrations, the 1761-1785 production of Linnaeus / Houttuyn's "Naturlyke Historie," produced in 37 volumes, and the three-volume 1784 printing of Cook's "A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean."           

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a broad selection of desirable early Americana titles such as the 1787 first New York printing of the "Journals of Congress and of the United States," Holley's "Texas," produced in 1836, and the two-volume 1836 first edition of Irving's "Astoria or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains."  A private selection of science fiction first editions is highlighted by an author-signed copy of the 1953 first printing of Asimov's "Second Foundation" as well as a 1951 first printing of "Foundation."  Additional lots will include scarce titles from categories such as decorative antique bindings, multi-volume sets, modern first edition fiction, military history, railroad, travel & exploration, botany, antique children's, books-on-books, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Important posters include original Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda pieces with striking graphics, along with several examples relating to the works of Maurice Sendak and bearing his original signature.  Antique ephemera lots include antique engravings, Civil War documents, Americana, periodicals, cartography, vintage and antique pulp, postcards, railroad, magazines, travel, original correspondence, photographs, billheads, stamps, and other genres.

Auction date: January 24, 2016.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming 2016 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

 


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Please find below a selection of the maps, for all stock visit:
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Lot 287
Sayer & Bennett
Plan of Table Bay with the Road of the Cape of Good Hope, from the Dutch Survey Published by Joannes van Keulen
Published: Sayer & Bennett, London, 1778

Edition: 1st

Overall Condition: Very Good; some fine creases

Size: 54.1 x 48.0cm

This is the first publication, in 1778, of the very scarce English sea chart and plan of Cape Town and environs, drawn from Van Keulen’s 1728 information. (Van Keulen published the map in 1753 in de Marre, J.; van Keulen, J. (1753). De Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fakkel.)

Although this edition of the maritime map is a scarce cartographic anachronism, it provides very important historical detail, from the 1720s of the developing Cape Town, a time when the Dutch colony has expanded beyond the Liesbeeck River and when the VOC kept secret their sea charts and maps of the colony. 

This is a scarce sea chart of Table Bay and a plan of the surrounding land is an under-appreciated landmark map of the Cape of Good Hope: it provides an important cartographic record of the region in the 1720s.

Estimate: $2250

Lot 285

John Thornton

A Draught of Cape Bona Esperanca
Published: Samuel Thornton, London, 1734

Overall Condition: Fine
Size: 53 x 43 cm

This sea chart is a very scarce milestone in the history of mapping of the Cape of Good Hope and its coastline.

The chart was engraved on copperplate by John Thornton (1641 - 1708).

It was published in English Pilot (Part V) 1734, 1743 and 1761.

Thornton was an engraver, hydrographer and publisher who succeeded John Seller (c.1630-1697). Seller was the first Englishman to compete with the Dutch in the production and publication of sea-charts; this inaccurate chart was produced, when the VOC kept its maps secret, from a Dutch source, Kaart van Saldanhabaai tot de Falsbaai by Caspar van Weede .
(4.VEL 168 in the Dutch National Archives).

Estimate: $2750

Lot 280

Giovanni Battista Nicolosi:

Africa Ioanne Baptista Nicolosio S.T.D. Sic Describente

Published: V Mascardi, Rome, 1660

Overall Condition: Fine

Size: 92cmx79cm, when joined. Edition: 1st

Giobattista Nicolosi (1610 - 1670), a priest from Sicily, was a cartographer for the Pope Gregory XV’s Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, established by the pope to promote missionary work.

This map, printed from an engraved copperplate, is one of a set of four continents and a world map that he produced for the second volume of Dell' Hercole e studio geografico di Gio. Battista Nicolosi.  

The map is based on Sanson’s 1650 map, but follows Ramusio and earlier Italian cartographers in that south is on top.

The first state of the map is scarcer than the second. This is an unusual and much sought after, uncommon after “upside down” map in its first state.

All four panels of the map are in fine condition; they are usually joined and tarnished by glue stains. 

Estimate: $3000

Lot 281
Anathasius Kircher
Hydrophylacium AFRICÆ precipuum, in Montibum Lunæ Situm, Lacus et Flumina præcipu| fundens. ubi et nova invention. Originalis Nili deſcribitur.

Published: Johannes Janssoniuis & Elizeus Weyerstraten, Amsterdam, 1665

Edition: 1st

Overall Condition: Fine

Size: 41.5 X 34.5 cm
Anathasius Kircher (1601 - 1680) was a respected German Jesuit scholar and inventor who studied many subjects, notably geology, medicine and the Orient.  He is considered the founder of Egyptology. He was one of the first people to observe microbes under a microscope and suggested that the plague was caused by micro-organism. He was a “scientific star” of his time and has been compared to da Vinci in terms of depth and breadth of knowledge and inventiveness. In 1633, he answered a call to Rome by Pope Urban VIII and was appointed professor of mathematics, physics, and oriental languages at the Collegio Romano. He resigned in 1641 to pursue independent studies. 

The mythology of this map has its origin in a journal left by a contemporary Jesuit colleague of Kircher, Peter Páez, whose journal contains a fantasy: the Nile flows from a subterranean lake under the Mountains of the Moon. 

Estimate: $450

Lot 107
R V Tooley

COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO MAPS OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

Published: Carta Press, London, 1969

Edition: 1st

132 Pages plus 100 black and white plates with reproductions of maps and 6 colour plates. Descriptions of 500 maps of Africa.

Estimate: $55-60

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The Library of Congress has launched a new online presentation of 130 items documenting the life and career of virtuoso violinist and revered teacher Roman Totenberg (1911-2012).

The presentation—drawn from his personal papers, which were a gift to the Library from the Totenberg family—includes photographs, correspondence, video interviews, concert programs, publicity material and solo violin parts from core repertoire with Totenberg’s personal performance annotations. There is also a separate presentation of 61 woodblock prints, drawings and watercolors drawn from the Totenberg Papers that were created by his friend, Russian-born artist Ilka Kolsky.

"Roman Totenberg’s career as an orchestral soloist and chamber musician as well as a renowned teacher was remarkable for its variety—the music he performed, the venues where he appeared, the musicians with whom he collaborated, the students he taught—and for its phenomenal longevity," said Susan Vita, chief of the Library’s Music Division. "The online presentation samples the treasures in the Roman Totenberg Collection, giving a fascinating view of the distinguished Polish-American violinist. The Totenberg Papers are part of the Library’s important violin-related collections which also include the papers of Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Josef Gingold and Isaac Stern, among others. The Music Division plans to expand its online violin presence in the coming years to draw attention to the wealth of potential research material in our collections."

Totenberg, who was born on Jan. 1, 1911 in Łódź, Poland, enjoyed an extraordinarily long and varied career, spanning nine decades and four continents. He made his debut as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic at age 11 and performed his last concert when he was in his mid-90s. He was still teaching at age 101, shortly before his death in May 2012.

He moved as a child with his family to Moscow, where he first studied the violin and witnessed firsthand the Russian Revolution. He continued his studies in Warsaw as a teenager, followed by study with Carl Flesch in Berlin and Georges Enescu in Paris. In 1935, he made his U.S. debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Having established himself internationally, in 1938 he chose to immigrate to the United States under the distinguished artist visa program. Soon after, he went to extraordinary lengths to aid family and friends trapped in Poland during World War II and the Holocaust.

Totenberg served as the director of chamber music at the radio station WQXR in New York and as first violinist of the WQXR Quartet from 1940 to 1942. Later, he performed as the founding violinist of the Alma Trio, collaborating with the group from 1948 to 1951. While continuing to perform as a soloist internationally, Totenberg established a distinguished legacy as a pedagogue, teaching at the Peabody Conservatory, the Mannes College of Music, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Boston University, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall and the Longy School of Music. He maintained an extensive repertoire and championed many compositions of his contemporaries, including works by Karol Szymanowski, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg and William Schuman.

After Totenberg died, his family donated his papers to the Library of Congress. He is survived by his daughters Nina Totenberg, the NPR legal affairs correspondent; Jill Totenberg, CEO of The Totenberg Group, a corporate communications firm; and federal Judge Amy Totenberg. His wife of 56 years, Melanie (née Shroder) Totenberg, died in 1996.

Future additions to the online presentation will include audio recordings of Totenberg in concert, featured articles and a special release of vital materials related to the Totenberg family during the Holocaust.

The Music Division at the Library of Congress contains an unparalleled collection of manuscripts, scores, sound recordings, books, libretti, music-related periodicals and microforms, copyright deposits and musical instruments. Manuscripts of note include those of European masters such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, and those of American masters such as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Mingus. For more information about the division’s holdings, visit loc.gov.


BOSTON, MA, January 13, 2016--ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched ongoing series, is headed to six iconic cities for its summer 2016 tour: Orlando, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Indianapolis, Indiana; Fort Worth, Texas; Palm Springs, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Episodes recorded in those cities will be included in the 13-time Emmy® Award nominated production's 21st broadcast season, to air in 2017.

"ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is thrilled to be on the road again in search of America's hidden treasures," said ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "This year we are excited for first-time visits to Fort Worth and Virginia Beach, and a return to Indianapolis for the first time in 15 years. We can't wait to see what local finds are waiting for us in each of the six cities!"

Admission to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply now for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per household. To enter the drawing for free tickets to a summer ROADSHOW event and to see complete application rules, go to pbs.org/antiques/tickets. For more information you may also call toll-free 888-762-3749. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.

At each appraisal event, approximately 5,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal. To see FAQs about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events, go to pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/faq.

From each of the six events, three episodes of television per city will be created for inclusion in ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 21st Season, airing in 2017.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2016 summer tour dates:

Orlando, Florida                                      June 18

Virginia Beach, Virginia                           June 25

Indianapolis, Indiana                               July 9

Fort Worth, Texas                                   July 23

Palm Springs, California                          August 6

Salt Lake City, Utah                                August 13

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is produced by WGBH Boston for PBS, and is seen by an average of 8.5 million viewers each week. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 20th broadcast season is currently airing Mondays at 8/7c PM onPBS.

The Center for Book Arts' Education Program strives to engage a wide audience, providing beginning students and professional artists alike with a comprehensive and technically challenging curriculum. The Center for Book Arts is housed in a 5,000 sq. foot loft space in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, conveniently located near public transit, and features a fully equipped bindery and printshop for workshops and classes. In addition to foundation coursework in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and works on paper, the Center provides structured opportunities for working artists from other media to expand their creative practice in bookmaking.

The Center's core courses provide the building blocks for studies in letterpress printing and bookbinding. Great for everyone from the serious student to those interested in getting their feet wet, these courses also act as prerequisites for further study and for renting the Center's facilities. Students who have completed Letterpress I and Printshop Renter Training are qualified to rent studio time the Center's Printshop, and students who have taken Bookbinding I may rent studio time in the Bindery.

The core class Letterpress I is featured in a video piece by The New Learning Times, an online publication produced at the EdLab at Columbia University Teachers College. Watch at http://bit.ly/1RyP73g.

Registration is ongoing. 

Browse classes and register at www.centerforbookarts.org/classes, 

or call 212.481.0295.

The Center for Book Arts is located at 28 W. 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. Subway: N/R to 28th Street, or F to 23rd Street.

FULL SCHEDULE OF WINTER 2016 CLASSES

IN THE BINDERY

Exploring the Codex Jan 25-Feb 1, Two Mon Nights, Elena Berriolo

The Box as Stage-Set Feb 20-21, Sat & Sun, Barbara Mauriello

Tunnel Books Feb 27-28, Sat & Sun, Maria Pisano

Long and Link Stitch Books Mar 5-6, Sat & Sun, Susan Mills

Round Boxes Mar 12-13, Sat & Sun, Biruta Auna

Japanese Binding Mar 19-20, Sat & Sun, Yukari Hayashida

Tacket Binding Apr 16-17, Sat & Sun, Barbara Mauriello

CORE CLASSES: BOOKBINDING

Core classes must be taken in succession, i.e. Bookbinding I (A) before Bookbinding I (B) and both parts of Bookbinding I before Bookbinding II. In special cases, experience outside of the Center can count as a prerequisite.

Bookbinding I (A+B) Feb 11-15, Thurs-Mon (Pres. Day), Nancy Loeber

Bookbinding I (A): Soft Cover Books

Section I - Feb 5-7, Fri-Sun, Celine Lombardi.

Section II - Mar 1-29, Five Tues Nights, Celine Lombardi

Bookbinding I (B): Hard Cover Books

Section I - Apr 19-May 17, Five Tues Nights, Celine Lombardi

Section II - TBA

Bookbinding II (A): InBoards Leather Binding Mar 3-31, Five Thurs Nights, Celine Lombardi

Bookbinding II (B): Laced-In Leather Binding Apr 21-May 19, Five Thurs Nights, Celine Lombardi

Bookbinding IV (A): Historical Binding - Ethiopian and Coptic April 1-3, Fri-Sun, Susan Mills

IN THE PRINTSHOP

Printshop Renter Training Jan 20, Wed, Roni Gross

Miniature Relief Prints Mar 3-24, Four Thurs Nights, Randolph Huebsch

Type as Topography Mar 5-6, Sat & Sun, Macy Chadwick

Ex Libris Letterpress Mar 11-13, Fri-Sun, Roni Gross

Mica and Linoleum Mar 19-20, Sat & Sun, Barbara Henry

Print to Book: Collagraph Mar 30-Apr 3, Wed-Sun, Maria Pisano

CORE CLASSES: PRINTING

Core classes must be taken in succession, i.e. Letterpress I (A) before Letterpress I (B) and both parts of Letterpress I before Letterpress II. In special cases, experience outside of the Center can count as a prerequisite.

Letterpress I (A+B) Jan 14-18, Thurs-Mon (MLK Day), Roni Gross

Letterpress I (A) Hand Typesetting Basics

Section I - Jan 26-Feb 23, Five Tues Nights, Rich O'Russa

Section II - Feb 5-7, Fri-Sun, Roni Gross

Letterpress I (B)

Section I: Broadsides - Mar 1-29, Five Tues Nights, Rich O'Russa

Section II: Ex Libris Letterpress - Mar 11-13, Fri-Sun, Roni Gross

Letterpress II (A) Instant Polymer - Feb 13-15, Sat-Mon (Pres. Day), Amber McMillan

Letterpress II (B) Professional Polymer - Feb 20, 27 & 28, Sat + Sat & Sun, Amber McMillan

Registration is ongoing. 

Browse classes and register at www.centerforbookarts.org/classes, or call 212.481.0295.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

The Center for Book Arts is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts was the first organization of its kind in the nation.  

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New York, NY, January 2016—As its name declares, photography is a means of writing with light. Photographs both show and tell, and they speak an extraordinary range of dialects.

Beginning February 19 the Morgan Library & Museum explores the history of the medium as a lucid, literate—but not always literal—tool of persuasion in a new exhibition, Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World. A collaboration with the George Eastman Museum of Film and Photography, the show features more than eighty works from the 1840s to the present and reveals the many ways the camera can transmit not only the outward appearance of its subject but also narratives, arguments, and ideas. The show is on view through May 30.

Over the past 175 years, photography has been adopted by, and adapted to, countless fields of endeavor, from art to zoology and from fashion to warfare. Sight Reading features a broad range of material—pioneering x-rays and aerial views, artifacts of early photojournalism, and recent examples of conceptual art—organized into groupings that accentuate the variety and suppleness of photography as a procedure. In 1936, artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) defined “the illiterate of the future” as someone “ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen.” The JPEG and the “Send” button were decades away, but Moholy-Nagy was not the first observer to argue that photography belonged to the arts of commentary and persuasion. As the modes and motives of camera imagery have multiplied, viewers have continually learned new ways to read the information, and assess the argument, embodied in a photograph.

"Traditional narratives can be found throughout the Morgan's collections, especially in its literary holdings," said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan. "Sight Reading encourages us to use a critical eye to read and discover the stories that unfold through the camera lens and photography, a distinctly modern, visual language. We are thrilled to collaborate with the Eastman Museum, and together unravel a rich narrative, which exemplifies photography's deep involvement in the stories of modern art, science, and the printed page.”

THE EXHIBITION

Sight Reading cuts across conventional historical and geographic divisions. Featuring work by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), John Heartfield (1891-1968), Lewis Hine (1874-1940), Harold Edgerton (1903-1990), John Baldessari (b. 1931), Sophie Calle (b. 1953), and Bernd and Hilla Becher (1931-2007; 1934 2015), among many others, the exhibition is organized into nine “conversations” among diverse sets of works.

I. The Camera Takes Stock

Photography’s practical functions include recording inventory, capturing data imperceptible to the human eye, and documenting historical events. In the first photographically illustrated publication, The Pencil of Nature (1845), William Henry Fox Talbot used his image Articles of China to demonstrate that “the whole cabinet of a ... collector ... might be depicted on paper in little more time than it would take him to make a written inventory describing it in the usual way.” Should the photographed collection suffer damage or theft, Talbot speculated, “the mute testimony of the picture ... would certainly be evidence of a novel kind” before the law.

A century later, Harold Edgerton, an electrical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, used the pulsing light of a stroboscope to record states of matter too 3 fleeting for the naked eye. Gun Toss, an undated image of a spinning pistol, is not a multiple exposure: the camera shutter opened and closed just once. But during that fraction of a second, seven bright flashes of light committed to film a seven-episode history of the gun's trajectory through space.

II. Crafting A Message

The camera is widely understood to be “truthful,” but what photographs “say” is a product of many procedures that follow the moment of exposure, including page layout, captioning, and cropping of the image. During World War I, military personnel learned to interpret the strange, abstract-looking images of enemy territory made from airplanes. Their specialized training fundamentally altered the nature of wartime reconnaissance, even as the unusual perspective unique to aerial photography introduced a new dialect into the expanding corpus of modern visual language. An Example of an Annotated Photograph with Local Names of Trenches Inserted (1916), on view in the exhibition, shows that the tools of ground strategy soon included artificial bunkers and trenches, designed purely to fool eyes in the sky.

In László Moholy-Nagy’s photocollages of the late 1920s, figures cut out of the plates in mass-market magazines appear in new configurations to convey messages of the artist’s devising. Images such as Massenpsychose (Mass Psychosis) (1927) propose a new kind of visual literacy for the machine age. To contemporary eyes, Moholy’s collages seem to foreshadow cut-and-paste strategies that would later characterize the visual culture of cyberspace.

II. Photographs in Sequence

Photography’s debut in the late 1830s happened to coincide with the birth of the modern comic strip. Ultimately the narrative photo sequence would lead to the innovations that gave rise to cinema, another form of storytelling altogether. Exact contemporaries of one another, Eadweard J. Muybridge in the United States and Étienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904) in France both employed cameras to dissect human movement. Muybridge used a bank of cameras positioned to record a subject as it moved, tripping wires attached to the shutters. The result was a sequence of “stop-action” photographs that isolated gestures not otherwise visible in real time. Beginning in 1882, Marey pursued motion studies with a markedly different approach. In the works for which he is best known, he exposed one photographic plate multiple times at fixed intervals, recording the arc of movement in a single image.

IV. The Legible Object

Some photographs speak for themselves; others function as the amplifier for objects that can literally be read through the image. In her series Sorted Books, American artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968) composes statements by combining the titles of books drawn from the shelves of libraries and collections. Indian History for Young Folks, 2012, shows three books from the turn of the twentieth century that she found in the Delaware Art Museum’s M.G. Sawyer Collection of Decorative Bindings. The viewer’s eye silently provides punctuation: “Indian history for young folks: Our village; your national parks.” Though at first glance it appears merely to arrange words into legible order, Katchadourian's oblique statement—half verbal, half visual—would be incomplete if divorced from the physical apparatus of the books themselves.

V. The Photograph Decodes Nature

As early as 1840, one year after photography’s invention was announced, scientists sought to deploy it in their analysis of the physical world. Combining the camera with the microscope, microphotographs recorded biological minutiae, leading to discoveries that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to obtain by observing subjects in real time. Similarly, the development of X-ray technology in 1895 allowed scientists to see and understand living anatomy to an unprecedented degree. Such innovations not only expanded the boundaries of the visible world but also introduced graphic concepts that would have a profound impact on visual culture. In other ways, too, nature has been transformed in human understanding through the interpretive filter of the lens, as seen in Sight Reading in the telescopic moon views of astronomers Maurice Loewy (1833-1907) and Pierre Henri Puiseux (1855-1928) and in the spellbinding aerial abstractions of William Garnett (1916-2006).

VI. The Photograph Decodes Culture

The photograph not only changed but to a great extent invented the modern notion of celebrity. Modern-age celebrities live apart from the general public, but their faces are more familiar than those of the neighbors next door. Since the mid-nineteenth century, viewers have come to “know” the famous through accumulated photographic sightings, which come in formats and contexts that vary as much as real-life encounters do. In four images that would have communicated instantly to their intended viewers in 1966, Jean-Pierre Ducatez (b. 1970) portrayed the Beatles through closeups of their mouths alone. The graphic shorthand employed by Jonathan Lewis in his series The Pixles is of a more recent variety, but he, too, relies on the visual familiarity conferred by tremendous celebrity. Each print in the series reproduces the iconic art of a Beatles album cover at life size (12 x 12 inches) but extremely low resolution (12 x 12 pixels). Like celebrities themselves, perhaps, the images look more familiar to the eye at a distance than close-up.

VII. Meaning is on the Surface

Photographs are not just windows onto the world but pieces of paper, which can themselves be inscribed or otherwise altered in ways that enrich or amend their meaning. The group portrait Joint Meeting of the Railway Surgeons Association, Claypool Hotel, Indianapolis (1920) is contact printed, meaning that the negative was the same size as the print. After the portrait sitting, the photographer appears to have presented the developed film to the sixty-four sitters for signing during the three days they were assembled for their convention. The result is a document that unites two conventional signifiers of character: facial features and the autograph.

VIII. Photography and the Page

News of the world took on a newly visual character in the 1880s, when the technology of the halftone screen made it practical, at last, to render photographs in ink on the printed page.

Among the earliest examples of photojournalism is Paul Nadar’s (1820-1910) “photographic interview” with Georges Ernest Boulanger, a once-powerful French politician. The article’s introduction explains that the photographs were printed alongside the text in order to provide evidence of the encounter and to illustrate Boulanger’s dynamic body language during the conversation.

X. Empire of Signs

The plethora of signs, symbols, and visual noise endemic to cities has attracted photographers since the medium’s invention. Their records of advertisers’ strident demands for attention, shopkeepers’ alluring displays, and the often dizzying architectural density of metropolitan life chronicle sights that are subject to change without notice. The photographer’s perspective on contemporary social life—whether it is anectodal, as in John Thompson’s (1837-1921) Street Advertising from Street Life in London (1877), or haunting, as in Eugène Atget’s (1857-1927) Impasse des Bourdonnais (ca. 1908)—is embedded in each image.

Organization and Sponsorship

Sight Reading is co-organized by the Morgan Library & Museum and the George Eastman Museum, Rochester. The exhibition is curated by Joel Smith, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum, and Lisa Hostetler, Curator in Charge, Department of Photography, the George Eastman Museum, Rochester.

The exhibition in New York is made possible by Jane P. Watkins.

The programs of the Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

General Information

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Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station

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London - This week, paper artist Zoe Bradley will be installing five exclusive artworks in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries. These spectacular sculptures in paper, adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, will be exhibited alongside 460 fascinating royal and aristocratic heirlooms from our “Of Royal and Noble Descent” auction from 14 to 18 January 2016.

The sculptures are inspired by the fashion in Old Master paintings and include:

  •   A monumental red ruffle gown - red being the colour of wealth in the 17 and 18th centuries. 
  •   A pair of shoes with a red sole, the fashion at the court of Louis XIV. 
  •   An immense ruff (one meter in diameter). Ruffs were an extravagant display of wealth which
    became symbolic of the reign of Elizabeth I. By 1605, the Queen passed a law prohibiting ruffs over
    one meter in diameter to prevent the waste of fabric. 
  •   A stunning wig replicating the eccentric wigs of the aristocracy and royalty. 
  •   A magnificent crown which will echo many lots in the “Of Royal and Noble Descent” sale (19 January 2016).

LATE NIGHT VIEW - Friday 15 January

On Friday 15 January, Zoe Bradley’s sculpture will be the centrepiece of a public late night view with Sotheby’s specialist Jonquil O’Reilly hosting a talk on the history of fashion as told through Old Master Paintings, a DJ and a pay bar stocked with Ruinart Champagne. Free tickets can be booked here.

ZOE BRADLEY

Working across many disciplines, Zoe Bradley’s work combines sculpture, fashion and theatre. Bradley works primarily to commission creating oversized silhouettes, which is something that has defined her paper sculptures.

After graduating in fashion design, British-born Bradley worked closely with Alexander McQueen on special projects and created some of the key showpieces for S/S RTW 1999 show no: 13.

Bradley discovered her love of paper whilst making a series of paper showpieces for the designer Michiko Koshino A/W 2005 show. The same year, Liberty London commissioned her to make a range of paper showpieces for their Christmas windows in 2005. Today Bradley’s clients include worldwide luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Smythson, Tiffany & Co., Graff, Christian Louboutin and major department stores from around the globe from Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Plaza66 in Shanghai, Selfridges and Harrods in London.

Bradley’s work was exhibited in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York and featured in numerous books and publications, including American and Chinese Elle, British Vogue, British Harper’s Bazaar, Wallpaper, House & Garden and Italian Casa Vogue.

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Castiglione to Warhol, The Art of Making Faces will be on view from January 15 to April 22, 2016, in the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums. Drawn from the University Museums’ collections of drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings, the more than fifty works in this exhibition explore how artists create faces to provide recognition of known subjects, to study the personality of the person being portrayed, and to convey the range of human emotions. From the seventeenth century to the present, the subjects range from unknown sitters, to portraits of celebrities, to imagined figures created by the artists. The exhibition begins with the complete 1645-1650 series of sixteen prints, “Studies of Small Heads in Oriental Headdress,” by Giovanni Castiglione (Italian, 1609-1664) and ends with a selection of screenprints and Polaroid prints from the 1970s and 1980s by Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987).

            Works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries include a drawing “Study of an Anguished Man,” by Jacob de Wit (Dutch, 1695-1754) from the 1740s; a crayon-manner engraving, “Head of an Old Woman,” 1767, by Gilles Demarteau (French, 1722-1776), after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770); an engraving transferred to lithographic stone, “Servatori Civium (Louis XVI),” 1818-1819, by Alois Senefelder (German, 1771-1834); and an etching, “Woman with Crossed Hands,” 1898, by Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945). More recent works from the twentieth century include “Billie Holiday,” circa 1950, photograph, by Josef Breitenbach (American, born Germany, 1896-1984); and “Picasso in a Medallion,” circa 1930s, transfer monotype, by Sir Francis Rose (British, 1901-1979). Self-portraits in the exhibition include works by Pierre Daura (American, born Catalonia, Spain, 1896-1976), Philip Evergood (American, 1901-1973), Diego Lasansky (American, born 1994), Raphael Soyer (American, 1899-1987), and George Tooker (American, 1920-2011).

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New York, NY, January 8, 2016—Andy Warhol’s fascination with publishing and the art of the book was lifelong—rooted in his artistic training as a college student and early career in advertising, fashion, and commercial illustration. For close to forty years, books were a touchstone for Warhol—a medium to which he returned again and again as a platform for his unparalleled creativity.  He contributed to more than eighty projects for books and left traces behind of dozens of others that were never realized.

Beginning on February 5, 2016, the Morgan Library & Museum will feature for the first time in New York an exhibition devoted solely to Warhol’s career as a book artist. This retrospective, which originated at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, features more than 130 objects dating from the artist’s student days, his early years in New York as a commercial artist and self-publisher, and the innovative work of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that solidified Warhol’s standing in the history of modern art. Items on display include the only surviving book project from the 1940s; drawings, screen prints, photographs, self-published books, children’s books, photography books, text-based books, unique books, archival material; and his much-sought-after dust jacket designs. Warhol by the Book will remain on view through May 15.

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New York—On Thursday, February 4, Swann Galleries will offer Printed & Manuscript Americana, featuring historically significant texts, manuscripts relating to privateering and whaling, as well as collections relating to the Arctic, California as an island, and more.

            The star among several important historical texts is a previously unknown seventh edition of The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament, more commonly known as the Bay Psalm Book. The first edition of the Bay Psalm Book was the first book to be printed in what is now the United States. After a few editions, printing of the Bay Psalm returned to England, and was previously thought to have remained there until the eighth edition. This copy, apparently the first American edition after forty years of printing abroad, not only sheds new light on the history of this significant book, but further fascinates with its provenance. Originally owned by Salem Witch Trial judge Jonathan Corwin and his wife Elizabeth, this copy eventually passed into the hands of descendants of John Proctor, one of the victims of the trials. The family kept the book as an heirloom, referring to it as “the witch book.” The seventh edition of the Bay Psalm book is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.

JANUARY 2016--The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) today announced that member library Lehigh University has been awarded a $499,086 grant on PACSCL’s behalf from the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives initiative of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  for its project Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis: Toward a Comprehensive Online Library of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts in PACSCL Libraries in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The project, led by PACSCL members Lehigh University, Free Library of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and involving a total of 15 partner institutions, will complete the digitization and online presentation of virtually all of the region’s medieval manuscripts - a total of almost 160,000 pages from more than 400 individual volumes. The  images, together with descriptive metadata, will be released into the public domain and easily downloadable at high resolution.

More information here: http://pacscl.org/BibliothecaPhiladelphiensis

DALLAS—Heritage Auctions posted its second best ever year in 2015 with total sales of more than $860 million in total prices realized across its auction business as well as its Private Treaty sales. The company also continued to expand its worldwide presence, opening international offices in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, making consigning and bidding even easier for Heritage’s sizable international clientele.

“We still see nothing but upside in most sectors of our business,” said Steve Ivy, CEO of Heritage. “Coins always have and always will be the soul of our business, and overall the market is still quite healthy. Our new international offices allow us to raise our profile as a business while making sure collectors all over the world can access our expertise.”

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New York—On Thursday, January 28, Swann Galleries will offer its fourth annual auction of Illustration Art, featuring fine examples of advertising art, book and magazine illustrations, fashion and costume drawings, cartoons and comics.

Debuting on the market is Howard Chandler Christy's large and masterly drawing for the poster I Am an American!, 1941, created for the 1941 Mayor's Committee Celebration of "I Am an American Day" in Central Park for natural-born and naturalized citizens. The maquette shows his favorite model, Elise Ford, as the beautiful Columbia, powerfully striding forward as a determined force for liberty and democracy. The charcoal and pastel drawing is estimated at $25,000 to $35,000.

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, announces the appointment of Jim Kuhn as associate director and Hobby Foundation Librarian.

Kuhn, who begins April 1, 2016, has a diverse and extensive background in academic and special collections librarianship.

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AUSTIN, Texas—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has granted the Harry Ransom Center a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award to digitize more than 24,000 pages from the Gabriel García Márquez archive.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CLIR award ensures that digitized content is made available to the public as easily and completely as possible. The $126,730 grant enables the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, to make available online thousands of images from the García Márquez archive.

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Bentonville, Ark.—Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the opening of Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention on view January 23 through April 18, 2016 in the Early Twentieth-Century Gallery.  There is no cost to view the exhibition.

Known today primarily for his role in the development of the electromagnetic telegraph and Morse code, Samuel F. B. Morse began his career as a painter. In 1829, Morse embarked upon a three-year period of study in Paris. This culminated in the monumental painting Gallery of the Louvre, in which the artist chose masterpieces from the Louvre’s collection and depicted them as if they had been exhibited together in one of the museum’s grandest spaces. The work brings together Morse’s artistic and scientific pursuits, revealing an adoration of the old masters as well as the artist’s Calvinist worldview and conservative cultural politics. In total, Morse included 38 of his favorite masterworks in this tightly arranged “salon-style” presentation. Gallery of the Louvre was created between 1831 and 1833 in Paris and New York and is now part of the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago.

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