February 2016 Archives

55d328b5-4345-4933-a151-9b1aba62f959.jpgITHACA, 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 and artwork.  Prominent in this sale are important early titles relating to costume and ornament and an array of early botanical and horticultural titles including engraved, hand-colored plates.  Our second session from a sizable personal collection of deluxe Folio Society printings will be sold along with numerous groupings and single offerings of antique periodicals and journals.  The ephemera lots are led by a group of antique engraved maps.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1798 printing in three volumes of George Vancouver's "A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World," bound in decorative leather, Opitz' "Novum Lexicon Hebraeo-Chaldaeo-Biblicum," produced in 1726 and bound in vellum, and the 1715 printing of  "Euclidis Elementorum / Trigonometriae Planae and Sphaericae Elementa," featuring a fold-out frontispiece and folding diagrams.  Other scarce titles include the 1826/1830 first edition of Grindlay's "Scenery, Costumes and Architecture Chiefly on the Western Side of India," produced with numerous hand-colored plates and housed in a handsome leather binding, the 1852 first edition of Upjohn's "Rural Architecture Designs," and the 1856 first edition of Jones' seminal design sourcebook, "The Grammar of Ornament," bound in decorative leather.            

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a selection of desirable early titles relating to botany and horticulture, including hand-colored engraved plates.  Headline pieces from this group include Darwin's Phytologia or the Philosophy of Agriculture and Gardening," produced in 1800 with fold-out plates, the 1714 first edition of Laurence's "The Clergy-Man's Recreation Shewing the Pleasure and Profit of the Art of Gardening," and Griffith's "Medical Botany," printed in 1847.   Additional lots will include scarce titles from categories such as decorative antique bindings and folios, Civil War, Native American Indians, travel and exploration, opening of the American West and Midwest, military history, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera and collectibles.  Prints are highlighted by antique engraved maps, included hand-colored examples, dating back to the 18th century.  The lots featuring antique magazines, periodicals and newspapers include loose issues and bound volumes, numerous editions of "Scientific American," Civil War-era, American West and Midwest, railroad and many others.  Antique ephemera lots include an original signature of President James A. Garfield, travel- related, original correspondence, Victorian chromolithographs, photographs, billheads, and other genres.

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 2014 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.

Adams Women's Work.jpgNEW YORK, NY - Who Knows The Best Book Fairs In New York City? The Shadow Show Knows! Flamingo Eventz and Lamont Cranston step out of the shadows to celebrate Rare Book Week in New York City by announcing the return of The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair and The Fine Press Book Fair! Known as The Shadow Show because it is held in conjunction with the well-known New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, this year it will be held on Saturday April 9, 2016.

Last year, we have moved the show uptown, directly across the street from the Park Avenue Armory to The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, and everyone agreed; this was the smart move! We are pleased to be returning to St. Vincent’s this year with another exciting field of exceptional Exhibitors.

This show has grown steadily since its inception in 2009 to present some of the finest Vintage & Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Dealers in America, Canada and Europe - many of whom are members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, PADA, MARIAB, MABA, LIABDA and other professional groups - all gathered together for one fabulous weekend to offer an incredible Vintage Book & Ephemera adventure! The inclusion of The Fine Press Book Fair in 2014 added an exciting new dimension to the show and brought it to a new level of prominence. Now, with this move to the doorstep of the Armory and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, we bring an unprecedented opportunity and ease of enjoyment to the Vintage Book World.

As always, the fair will present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, as well as poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, and much, much more. A special feature found only at Flamingo Shows will be Antiques Appraisals by John Bruno and guest Appraisers Sunday 1-3pm at $5/item!

Dealers Exhibiting this year include: 6 Decades Books, New York, NY; Act 2 Books, Flemington, NJ; Austin’s Antiquarian Books, Wilmington, VT; Black Paw Books, Norwell, MA; Carpe Librum, Williamstown, MA; Cattermole 20th C. Children's Book, Newbury OH; Colebrook Book Barn, Colebrook, CT; Collectorsfolio, New York, NY; Doyle’s Books, Annandale, NJ; Eastside Books & Paper, New York, NY; Edward Bomsey Autographs, Annandale, VA; Evan Bates - Pictograph Books, LI City, NY; First Place Books, Walkersville, MD; Gryphon Books, Brooklyn, NY; J.B. Muns Musical Autographs, Berkley, CA; James Arsenault & Company, Arrowsic, ME; Jerry Showalter Bookseller, Ivy, VA; Joe Maynard, Brooklyn, NY; John Bale Book Company, Waterbury, CT; Johnnycake Books, Salisbury, CT; Kaplan & Kopelson Books, New York, NY; Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints, Florham Park, NJ; Peter Luke Rare Books, New Baltimore, NY; Roger Friedman Rare Book Studio, Tuxedo, NY; Safka 6 Bareis Autographs, Forest Hills, NY; Stan Gorski Rare Books, Doylestown, PA; Trevian Books, Piermont, NY; Wm. H. Adams Antiquarian Books, Hobart, NY; Abecedarian, Denver, CO; Alice Austin, Philadelphia, PA; Booklyn, Brooklyn, NY; Bottle of Smoke Press, Walkill, NY; Caliban Press, Canton, NY; Craft Press Chile, Santiago, Chile; Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Deep Word Press, Mancelona, MI; Elies Plana, Barcelona, Spain; Furious Day Press, New York, NY; Greenboat Press, Vernon, Canada; Harsimus Press, Jersey City, NY; Hirundo Press, Hamburg, Germany; Intima Press, New York, NY; Lead Graffiti, Newark, DE; Leopard Studio Editions, Rochester, NY; Leslie Gerry Editions, Gloucestershire, UK; Midnight Paper Sales, Stockholm, WI; Mixolydian Editions, Petaluma, CA; Nancy Loeber, Brooklyn, NY; Nawakum Press, Santa Rosa, CA; Ninja Press, Sherman Oaks, CA; Ol’ Chef Press, Newark, NJ; Peter Koch Printers, Berkley, CA; Pied Oxen Printers, Hopewell, NJ; Red Howler Press, Muncy, PA; Robyn Price, Publisher, Middletown, CT; Russell Marret (Gaspara Stampa, Inc), New York, NY; Sara Langworthy, Iowa City, IA; Sarah Nicholls, Brooklyn, NY; Sherwin Beach Press, Chicago, IL; Solmentes Press, Decorah, IA; supersessionspress, St.. Louis Park, MN; Swamp Press, Northfield, MA; The Hesterberg Press, Evanston, IL; The Lone Oak Press, Petersham, MA; the Naughty Dog Press, Iowa City, IA; The Old School Press, LTD, Seaton, UK; Tideline Press, West Sayville, NY; University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Whittington Press, Cheltenham, UK

Date/Hours: Saturday April 9, 10am-6pm.

Location: The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

Admission: Adults: $15, Youths 12-21: $7, under 12: free w/Paid Adult.

Appraisals: 2-4pm, $5/item by John Bruno and Guest Appraisers.

Directions: Check our website: FlamingoEventz.com for easily downloaded point-to-point maps.

Miscellaneous: There are parking garages throughout the neighborhood & subway stops nearby.

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Vintage Book & Ephemera Fairs and Antiques Shows in the Northeast. The Bruno’s have over 26 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is a respected antiques appraiser and television personality who has appeared on numerous national shows appraising and discussing antiques, collectibles & memorabilia. He currently appears on Market Warriors on PBS.

Longo-collection_3.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has acquired one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on the history of human reproduction, the institution announced today. The Lawrence D. and Betty Jeanne Longo Collection on Reproductive Biology, composed of some 2,700 rare books, 3,000 pamphlets and journal articles, a dozen manuscripts, and a major trove of reference works, traces dramatic shifts in knowledge about women’s health and healthcare from the late 15th to the 20th century. The collection was a gift from Lawrence Longo (1926-2016), a respected California developmental physiology specialist who amassed the collection over a period of 60 years.

“The Longo Collection elevates The Huntington to one of the nation’s foremost institutions for researching the history of medicine—and, specifically, the history of obstetrics and gynecology,” said Melissa Lo, Dibner Assistant Curator of Science and Technology at The Huntington. “Dr. Longo’s keen eye has resulted in an incredibly rich array of material for researchers. Those writing histories of gender and medical education will be able to trace trends in scholarly models of the female body from as early as 1450 until the Victorian era. Others studying the status, practice, and politics of midwifery can now immerse themselves in three centuries’ worth of rare material. And those with an eye on the 19th-century professionalization of obstetrics and gynecology, and the concomitant flourishing of the field’s scientific research and surgical procedures, will now have the opportunity to engage with numerous pamphlets, manuals, and monographs—materials otherwise difficult to find under one roof.”

The collection is a vast survey of the Western practice of gynecology and obstetrics, enriched by granular social, cultural, and political detail. Included is an extremely rare first edition of the first manual for midwives, “Der schwangeren Frauen und hebammen Rosegarten” (“The Rosegarden for Pregnant Women and Midwives”), published in 1513 by Eucharius Rösselin; and Charles Nicholas Jenty’s haunting 6-plate atlas of rare mezzotints, measuring 23 inches by 18 inches, called “Demonstratio uteri praegnantis” (“Demonstration of the Pregnant Uterus”), published in 1757. Also included are Angélique du Coudray’s “Abrégé de l’art des accouchements” (“Abstract on the Art of Deliveries”), a 1759 book written by one of the most visible female midwives of the Enlightenment; and works by Gabriele Falloppio (1523-1562), the 16th-century physician and anatomist for whom the fallopian tubes are named.

Less well known but quite notable are roughly four dozen early modern dissertations and disputations on such topics as miscarriages, uterine dropsy, and “monstrous” births. The collection’s 19th-century holdings include popular manuals about these topics as well as marriage, sex, beauty, and hygiene—along with children’s health during the Victorian era and the social and political import of women’s health. Many of the books in the collection are in Latin, French, and English, but works in German, Italian, and Dutch are also well represented.

“The Longo Collection substantially augments The Huntington’s ever-growing holdings in the history of medicine,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. Acquisitions made during Henry Huntington’s lifetime established the library as a key repository for medical incunabula (material printed before 1501). In 1992, it substantially enhanced its holdings in the history of medicine when the Los Angeles County Medical Association put its rare books and manuscripts on permanent deposit. “The Longo Collection,” Zeidberg said, “adds depth and breadth to the history of a specific field of medicine —one that is of considerable and constant concern to researchers around the world.”

Lawrence D. Longo, who died last month at 89, served as Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology in the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University in Redlands, Calif. A respected specialist in developmental physiology, he published more than 350 scientific papers and was the editor or author of 20 books. Recognition for his efforts included fellowships from the American Physiological Society and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Great Britain, as well as a NATO professorship through the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy.

Dr. Longo’s interests in the history of medicine began while training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Los Angeles County-USC Hospital, according to his own biographical writings. “He read Henry Cushing’s ‘The Life of Sir William Osler’—a biography of one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital—with great fascination and began learning more about the history of medicine from fellow classmate Garth Huston (who would become a major history of medicine collector in his own right), and legendary Southern California book dealer Jake Zeitlin,” Lo said.

Longo’s collection—a “complex tapestry,” as Longo himself described it—took 60 years to assemble. For 25 of those years, Longo edited the “Classical Contributions” column of the “American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology,” the monthly periodical of that organization, frequently finding himself writing about books in his own collection.

Image: Eucharius Rösslin, Der swangern Frauwen und Hebammen Rosegarten. [Hagenau]: Heinrich Gran, 1513. The Lawrence D. Longo and Beatty Jeanne Longo Collection in Reproductive Biology, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

BOOK Collection.jpgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Only once in a blue moon does an auction come along that checks off all the boxes on an art collector’s wish list - a sale that contains fresh works by desirable artists not often seen in the marketplace, all with unimpeachable provenance and with very few having auction reserves. Such is the case with Myers Fine Art’s connoisseur’s selection to be auctioned on Sunday, March 13. Almost all of the recently discovered art will be making its first-ever public appearance in the 457-lot sale.

Many of the original paintings and other artworks in the auction came directly from the estates of New York artists and writers, including the Sagaponack, N.Y., estate of novelist and 2008 National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen. Among the premier paintings previously displayed in Matthiessen’s Long Island residence is a signed Willard Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925) oil-on-canvas titled Summer Night. The 24 by 23-inch painting is dated 1908 and depicts an old two-story house amid foliage and trees beneath a starlit sky. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

A stunning Maynard Dixon (Californian, 1875-1946) oil-on-canvas titled Mountain Juniper Sierra Nevada Mountain (Lot 123) depicts an encampment of covered wagons below a craggy, sun-drenched mountain with the wagon master on horseback in the foreground. A quintessential Old West scene executed in 1944 by a noted artist of the genre, the painting is expected to make $40,000-$60,000 at auction.

Lot 33 is a signed Frank W. Benson (American, 1862-1951) watercolor painting titled The Ponter. Artist-signed on a Milch Galleries New York label, the 19 by 25-inch impressionist artwork depicts a water scene with a man and dog navigating the rushes as a flock of ducks flies off toward the horizon. A $20,000-$30,000 bid is expected.

Sourced from the same estate as the Benson, Lot 198 is a coveted Winslow Homer (American 1836-1910) burnished etching titled Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake. It is artist- signed at lower left with the date 1889 and pencil-signed and numbered 66 at lower right. Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake is the only composition that Homer created expressly for a print. It is also most likely his final etching. Lifetime impressions of Fly Fishing rarely come up for sale and are seldom seen, even by collectors. Myers Fine Art takes great pride in offering their example with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

Approximately 30 vibrant works of art by Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906- 1996) came to Myers through Smith’s longtime life partner Bob Jamieson. The consignor has provided a signed letter of provenance and photograph of Smith in his New York studio as a bonus accompaniment to each Smith artwork in the sale.

“Because there was such a positive reception to previous consignments of Leon Polk Smith art, the estate decided to release more of his paintings, and they are some of his finest,” said Mary Dowd, co-owner of Myers Fine Art.

A leading American non-objective color-field precisionist, Smith was heavily influenced by Brancusi and Mondrian. His works have been described as simple, colorful, and as having a “hard-edge” presence. Lot 368, a red-on-green abstract geometric oil from the 1960s, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. His folding screen maquette painting titled Black Triangle is cataloged as Lot 363 and estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

In 2014, Myers set a world auction record ($15,340) for an artwork by Julia Thecla (American, 1896-1973), who developed a unique style of magical realism. The record-setting work came from the estate of art dealer David Porter, who represented Thecla in addition to Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Robert Motherwell in the 1940s. Again, Myers Fine Art will offer an outstanding Thecla work from the Porter estate, a gouache opaque watercolor painting on artist board titled Talisman. Old gallery labels on the reverse identify the painting, which depicts a young woman with flowing hair gazing at her upraised hands. The work is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Another female artist and contemporary of Thecla who is generating bidder interest in the run-up to the auction is Sonia Sekula (American, 1918-1963). Her 1947 oil painting Les [sic.] Dernier Chateau, or The Last Castle, entered as Lot 352, may well surpass its $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Lots 308 and 309 are original paintings by Clara Elsene Peck (American, 1883-1968) that were commissioned as covers of Theatre Magazine in the 1920s. Each of the gouache watercolor paintings on artist board is signed, and Lot 309 is accompanied by the original issue of the magazine that featured the art. It is estimated at $800-$1,200. Additionally, Theatre Magazine cover paintings by other artists are offered in the sale, some including the original magazine issues on which the art is depicted. 

For those art collectors who enjoy sleuthing, there are several “mystery paintings” in the sale. They are either unidentified or by accomplished but yet-to-be-discovered artists. “Each is beautiful and well executed,” Dowd observed. 

Lot 342 is a rare sought-after Edward Ruscha (American, b. 1937-) first printing of Dutch Details, an artist book published in the Netherlands in 1971 by Stichting Octopus / Sonsbeek. Inside, the book contains 116 black-and-white photomechanical illustration photographs on 10 foldout leaves. The original print run was 3,000 copies, but most were mistakenly destroyed in a warehouse. Around 200 examples are thought to have survived, with this being one of them. It is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

A wealth of fascinating ephemera is included in the sale, including 1940s photographs by Louise Dahl-Wolfe from the estate of her then-assistant Gene Fenn, as well as artist-related Christmas cards, books, and other memorabilia.

There are several very desirable titles and groupings of publications in the fine books section of the sale. Lot 249 is a 1930 Jacques Majorelle portfolio Les Kasbahs De l’Atlas. It contains 30 boards of color paintings and drawings of atmospheric Moroccan scenes created by the artist during the 1920s. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

Myers’ Sunday, March 13, 2016 Fine Art, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture & Books Auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time (please note: clocks move forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. on March 13). Previews will be held from 10-6 on Friday and Saturday, March 11th and 12th, and also from 10 a.m. till noon on auction day. The gallery is located at 1600 4th St. North in St. Petersburg, FL 33704. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 727-823-3249 or e-mail auctions@myersfineart.com. Online: www.myersfineart.com.

Image: Collection of portfolios, artist books and 19th-century art folios, including Ed Ruscha’s Dutch Details, which is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. 

image003.jpgCelebrating their sixth consecutive year exhibiting at the fair, Daniel Crouch Rare Books, leading maps and rare books dealer, will return to TEFAF Maastricht with an impressive selection of works including a monumental wall map of astonishing beauty, made in 1604 at the beginning of the Dutch Golden Age by Luis Texeira. Dutch world wall maps from this era are incredibly rare and this engraved map, printed on twelve sheets, is the only surviving complete example.

The stand will also feature Willem Janszoon Blaeu's pair of 26-inch terrestrial and celestial globes, Globus Orbis Terrae (c.1645-48) which are examples of the peak of Golden Age Dutch cartography. They are a remarkable record of human achievement in a period of exceptional geographical discovery when the Dutch proved themselves as masters of the sea and changed the face of the world. After Willem’s death in 1638, his son, Joan Blaeu (1596-1673), undertook a major update of the globe to incorporate new discoveries including re-engraving changes to Canada to show the discoveries of Thomas Button (1612-13) and William Baffin (1616), and the removal of the name and diminution in size of the mythical island of Frisland.

In addition to Willem Janzoon Blaeu’s globes will be Johannes Blaeu’s Le Grand Atlas (Jean Blaeu Amsterdam 1663) ‘an exceptionally attractive example of the greatest and finest atlas ever published’ (Verwey). Embellished in the Baroque style, the maps are cited as one of the most lavish and highly prized illustrated books of the seventeenth century and frequently served as the official gift of the Dutch Republic to princes and other authorities.

Moving to the 19th century and a different country, Crouch will present a very fine example of ‘one of the greatest achievements in French publishing’ (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). It is a first edition of the first scientific description of ancient and modern Egypt and one of the most important and ambitious publication projects ever undertaken by the French state. Le Description de l’Egypte, was begun in 1803 and took more than twenty years to produce its 34 volumes. Originally conceived as a formidable propaganda tool to the glory of the Emperor and his Army, the book would reveal itself particularly as the prestigious and magnificent witness to a meeting between two civilisations, ancient and modern, and two cultures, Muslim and European, of the late eighteenth century. This particular work was presented to Guy de Lavau, prefect of the Police of Paris, and is offered together with a remarkable archive of original documentation, comprising manuscript appointments and Honours bestowed upon him, rare printed ephemera describing the collation and furniture, and manuscript documentation relating to the presentation of this particular copy.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books can be located at TEFAF Maastricht in the Works on Paper section, Stand 702.

Image: A monumental planisphere by Luis Texeira in 1604, 1130 mm x 2310 mm plus text.

The Rosa Parks Collection is Now Online

The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress has been digitized and is now online.

The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs, is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The Library received the materials in late 2014, formally opened them to researchers in the Library’s reading rooms in February 2015 and now has digitized them for optimal access by the public.

"It’s a great privilege to open the Rosa Parks Collection and help people worldwide discover more about her active life and her deep commitment to civil rights and to children," said David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress. "From the thoughtful reflections she left us in her own handwriting to her "Featherlite Pancakes" recipe and smiling portraits, you’ll find much to explore in this collection about Mrs. Parks’ life beyond the bus."

Parks became an iconic figure in history on Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement. Parks died at age 92 in 2005.

The collection reveals many details of Parks’ life and personality, from her experiences as a young girl in the segregated South to her difficulties in finding work after the Montgomery Bus Boycott; from her love for her husband to her activism on civil rights issues.

Included in the collection are personal correspondence, family photographs, letters from presidents, fragmentary drafts of some of her writings from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, additional honors and awards, presentation albums, drawings sent to her by schoolchildren and hundreds of greeting cards from individuals thanking her for her impact on civil rights. The vast majority of these items may be viewed online. Other material is available to researchers through the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs reading rooms.

The Library of Congress has created a video, which tells the story of acquiring and preparing the collection.

In the video, Howard G. Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, said, "I think it's so important for us to remember the iconic figures that changed our lives and gave us what we have and preserved what we have . . . Rosa Parks showed how much difference one person can make. It's important for our children to see that and to really embrace it and understand it. Without getting this collection out of the boxes and out of the warehouse and in front of people, that wasn't going to happen. And so, I thought we should make sure that this was in a place where millions of people can see it and benefit from it and, obviously, the Library of Congress, there's no place better than this facility and this team to do that."

The Rosa Parks Collection joins additional important civil rights materials at the Library of Congress, including the papers of Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins and the records of both the NAACP and the National Urban League. The collection becomes part of the larger story of our nation, available alongside the presidential papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and the papers of many others who fought for equality, including Susan B. Anthony, Patsy Mink and Frank Kameny.

To support teachers and students as they explore this one-of-a-kind collection, the Library is offering a Primary Source Gallery with classroom-ready highlights from the Rosa Parks papers and teaching ideas for educators.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, holds more than 162 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 website at loc.gov.

Fantasy.jpgDALLAS - A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the 1962 first appearance of Spider-man, sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on Feb. 18, 2016 for $454,100, a record price at public auction for the comic. The Near-Mint, 9.4 CGC copy claimed top lot honors in Heritage’s $5.7+ million Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

The copy was purchased in 1980 by New York area collector Walter Yakaboski, a comic book collector, who had the opportunity to buy a handful of key early Marvel comic books for the very tidy sum of $10,000 - a good bit to spend in those days. Among them was the copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the landmark first appearance of Spider-Man. The portion of the trove it is figured today they he spent on Spidey is about $1,200.

This copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 was not known to the collecting hobby before this auction, as Yakaboski kept it almost perfectly preserved in a safe deposit box for 35 years. The book was purchased by an anonymous collector. Another Spider-Man comic from Yakaboski’s collection drew serious attention as a 1963 copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 sold for $110,537. 

“It’s a superbly preserved copy of one of the most sought-after comic books in the world,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Department at Heritage. “It’s worth well more than its weight in gold. There are very few like this one.”

A copy of Detective Comics #27 - marking the first appearance of “The Batman” - shocked the auction room floor when it hammered for $167,300, despite its 4.5 CBCS grade and extensive restoration. A high-grade, Near-Mint 9.4 CGC copy of The Avengers #1 sold for $98,587. The iconic book is tied as the second-highest CGC-graded copy to ever be offered by Heritage. Perhaps foreshadowing the success of his big screen debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” a Near-Mint 9.8 CGC copy of Fantastic Four #52, famous for the first appearance of the Black Panther saw intense bidder interest as it sold for $83,650. Another key book, Tales of Suspense #57, introducing fellow film star and Avenger Hawkeye, sold for $47,800. 

The auction’s astonishing 99 percent sell-through rate included classics of original comic book art, including John Romita Sr.’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #62. The 1968 cover, depicting a battle between Spidey and Medusa of the Inhumans, measures 12-1/4" x 18-1/2" - a rare and coveted example of the comic master’s larger artworks to cross the block. A war between 26 different bidders pushed the rarity to $179,250.

The original cover art for Daredevil #9, by fan favorite Wally Wood, sold for $149,375 to the phone. The scarce, 1965 original specimen from Marvel’s Silver Age, the cover shows a strong portrait of Daredevil (with his relatively new horn-head cowl) surrounded by an action and detail-packed collage of comic vignettes. 

Todd McFarlane’s lush original cover art to Amazing Spider-Man #309, a classic 1988 cover featuring four characters, sold for $54,970, and the original art from page 15 from Amazing Spider-Man #49, a joint page by masters John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito, ended at $53,775.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of approximately $900 million, and over 950,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Game 24 Goose Wild Shepherd Sayer copy.jpgThe Royal Game of the Goose is one of the earliest printed board games, going back to the Middle Ages—and one of the simplest: just roll the dice and move along its spiral track.  This graphically vibrant public exhibition at the Grolier Club brings together over 70 of these games, almost all from the rich international collection of Adrian Seville, game board historian and Emeritus Professor, City University, London.  On view from February 24 through May 14, 2016, these beautiful and striking printed games are hardly known in the U.S., and this unique exhibition provides deep insights into the cultural history of Europe, with some fascinating glimpses of America, too. 

This classic game has been used as a template for thousands of variant games throughout Europe.  They range from the earliest educational games of the 17th century to games of advertising, politics and propaganda of the modern era. 

Its name originates from the symbol of a lucky goose on the favorable spaces, while the unfavorable spaces, each on their characteristic numbers, symbolize the adversities of human life.  The winning space in the classic Goose game is on the “climacteric” number 63, reflecting medieval numerology.  And if you hit “death” on space 58 you must begin again! 

The images in these games illustrate the themes.  So, in a game about the 18th century Navy, the death space at 58 might show a shipwreck, while instead of a favorable goose there could be a favorable wind. 

Though the games are simple to play, most are not for young children.  Indeed, several princes of Europe are significant in its early history.  So, here is a unique early 17th century print of the Game of Cupid, from the fabled rue Montorgueil in Paris, whose numerology represents the union of male and female - and whose track is laid out on a fine crowned serpent to warn against sin!  Another French print, the Gifts of Youth, is a party game with forfeits: a young man landing on “inconstancy” must submit to being tied to his chair by his partner’s garter.

Some games celebrate science and invention: here is Benjamin Franklin in Paris witnessing “the first balloon raised in the atmosphere by means of inflammable air”, while a Dutch game of the 19th century showcases Edison, prominently surrounded by his electric light bulbs.

Others are from the early days of advertising.  A game in the shape of the newly-built Eiffel Tower promotes luxury French dolls but warns against buying a cheap German import - the broken doll appears on the “death” space, an early example of “knocking” copy.

One section of the exhibition is devoted to Images of America.  A meticulously-engraved game of the mid-17th century shows remarkable images of the early Native American peoples.  Another celebrates the running of the Southern blockade by British ships during the American Civil War.  And a truly incredible novel by Jules Verne provides the basis for the Noble Game of the United States, in which the possible benefactors of a Chicago millionaire’s will battle for the money by competing in a gigantic Goose game ranging across the States of the Nation.

The final case of the exhibition presents some games of human life arranged for play - do you have what it takes to progress from Errand Boy to successful Banker and Valued Citizen?

As befits the Grolier Club, there is a full range of printing techniques from early woodcut, to fine engraving and modern lithography.  Some games were issued as broadside sheets, others are folded on linen or on pasteboard.  Not all the games follow the classic template exactly but all can trace their existence to the parent Game of the Goose.


A fully illustrated color catalogue will accompany the exhibition, designed by Rob Banham (Reading University, England), with an introduction by Past President of the Grolier Club William H. Helfand. The 151-page catalogue will be available in early February from Oak Knoll Books: orders@oakknoll.comwww.oakknoll.com



Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, reception to follow.

Complementing the exhibition, the Colloquium showcases the great diversity and appeal of board games through the ages and across the world. 

Speakers: Irving Finkel (British Museum); Ann Dunn-Vaturi (Metropolitan Museum of Art); Alex de Voogt (American Museum of Natural History); Adrian Seville (City University, London); Andrea Immel (Cotsen Library, University of Princeton); Margaret K. Hofer (New-York Historical Society). 

Registration is $75 per person, $25 for students. 

FREE GUIDED TOURS will be arranged throughout the period of the exhibition. For details, please contact the Grolier Club.


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March 24-May 28, 2016, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”: Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert" 

June 1-July 20, 2016. "Artists & Others: The Imaginative French Book, 2000-2015."

Image: The ROYAL and most PLEASANT GAME of the GOOSE. London: printed for Robt. Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street [c. 1750, reprint of an original from c. 1725]. Copper engraving, 48 × 36 cm. Collection of Adrian Seville.

1704-001.jpgYORK, Pa. - The race for the White House, with all its hoopla and historical tradition, is now in full swing. With primaries and upcoming conventions as their inspiration, the team members at America’s original pop culture auction house, Hake’s Americana, has curated an auction grouping of rare and early political memorabilia that’s predicted to win collector approval in all 50 states. Hake’s 2,784-lot online, phone and absentee Auction #217, which closes for bidding March 15-17, features more than 600 lots of investment-grade political antiques and collectibles. 

The centerpiece of the political section is Lot 24, a spectacular 1864 Lincoln and Johnson campaign parade flag. The 8 by 11-inch oilcloth canton with 34 stars is the first one Hake’s president, Alex Winter, has ever seen.

“Examples of 1864 Lincoln campaign items are much scarcer than their 1860 counterparts, and the same holds true for flags,” Winter said. “The parade flag in our sale is a rare survivor and a truly important artifact of American campaign history.” Its auction estimate is $10,000-$20,000.

In 1848, Lewis Cass and William Butler were running mates on the national Democratic ticket for president and vice president, respectively. Auction Lot 12 is a silk campaign “coattail” ribbon promoting the candidates. Of the four ribbon variations that were produced, only 10 extant examples of any type are known in the collecting world. The one offered by Hake’s is a new discovery. It bears the Coat of Arms of Pennsylvania and a misspelling in the text that reads: “Our Country Right Or Worng” [sic.]. Any Cass ribbon is considered a great prize. Hake’s predicts a winning bid of $5,000-$10,000.

Yet another special piece is Lot 477, a rare Benjamin Harris Co., button with photographic images of the four 1960 primary candidates - John Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, Adlai Stevenson and Richard Nixon - positioned around a picture of then-sitting president Dwight Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.

Hake’s launched the political-collectibles bandwagon in 1967. Since then, the company that Ted Hake founded has become the industry leader in not only political and historical memorabilia, but also many other pop-culture categories. “Our goal is to make every Hake’s auction more exciting and entertaining than the last, and the way we do that is by continuing to raise the bar as we seek out superior collections with revered provenance,” Winter said.

In total, the March auction catalog spans 200+ categories of popular collectibles, including popular music. After achieving estimate-smashing prices on original concert posters in its November 2015 auction, Hake’s will build on that momentum by rolling out one of the finest and most diverse music memorabilia selections it has offered to date. The March sale’s comprehensive array of posters covers jazz, country, blues, R&B, rock and other genres. Among the most coveted are two that publicized Jimi Hendrix concerts. 

Lot 2692 is a very rare poster promoting an April 12, 1969 appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. A striking image of Hendrix is shown at the center, with Buddy Miles and Soft Machine indicated as opening acts. Lot 2693 is a thin paper poster in psychedelic colors that advertises the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s May 3, 1969 gig at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The event was not without controversy, as Hendrix had been detained before the show by Canadian police after an illicit substance turned up in his luggage during a search. After posting $10,000 bail, Hendrix reported to the venue, much to everyone’s relief, and the show went on. Each of the two posters is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

More than 100 CGC-graded comic books await bidders. Leading the pack is Lot 1670, Amazing Spider-Man #129 in 9.8 condition. “This comic is significant because it features the first appearance of Marvel Comics’ vigilante character The Punisher, as well as Spider-Man villain The Jackal,” Winter noted. It should land in the $5,000-$10,000 range at auction.

Two show-stopping pieces of original art lead their category. Lot 1704 is Margaret Brundage’s (American, 1900-1976) large color cover art for the June 1937 pulp magazine Weird Tales. Lush and provocative, the depiction of a scantily clad, wide-eyed woman in the arms of a muscular, golden man illustrated the cover story titled “The Carnal God.” 

“Margaret Brundage is greatly respected by collectors. She was the first famous woman artist to distinguish herself in the pulp-magazine art field. She created covers for 39 consecutive issues of Weird Tales from June 1933 to August 1936, and in total, produced 66 original-artwork covers for the magazine. She had a remarkable run,” said Winter. The unique original artwork presented by Hake’s is estimated at $50,000-$75,000.

1726-001.jpgAnother premier example of original art is Lot 1726, Bob Brown’s (American, 1915-1977) pen-and-ink cover for the May 1965 issue of Doom Patrol. The electrifying image depicts Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man clutching Elasti-Girl with one tentacle and Negative Man with another. In the foreground, The Chief appears doomed as he exclaims, “They’re trapped - and I can’t help them because the swamp is swallowing up my robot body!” A very rare example of Silver Age Doom Patrol cover art, and possibly the only one of its type from that era ever to come to auction, it is cataloged with a $35,000-$50,000 estimate.

Superman fans couldn’t get enough of the previous two offerings of rarities from the Franco Toscanini estate collection, so Hake’s has responded with a third round of scarce collectibles with Toscanini provenance. 

“Franco loved the bold, colorful graphics on Superman toys and advertising items. We’ve chosen some of the best from his collection for our March sale,” said Winter. Among them is Lot 2139, an early 1940s American Toy Works Superman Action Target game in its beautiful original box with a spotlight image of The Man of Steel. Described in Hake’s catalog as “one of the best-designed, rarest and most sought after of all Superman toys,” and noted as the first the company has auctioned in its entire 49+ years of operation, the game is estimated at $2,000-$5,000.

Appealing to both vintage advertising and Superman collectors, Lot 2151 is a large, circa-1941 linen-mounted store display sign touting Superman Bread. “Now on Sale,” reads the shield held up by Superman, with an invitation below it for boys and girls to join the Superman Junior Defense League of America. One of three known examples, its auction estimate is $2,000-$5,000. 

Disneyana is another category in which Hake’s has distinguished itself. In the past, the company has auctioned exceptional rarities from the Maurice Sendak, and Doug and Pat Wengel collections, as well as many others. A wealth of desirable Disney pieces can be found in Auction #217, including Lot 1940, a wonderful circa-1938 Chad Valley boxed set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs dolls. Each doll is dressed, has a molded and flocked face with expressive painted features, and retains a Disney/Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (movie) string tag. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. 

Another Disney treasure, Lot 2534 is a very rare 1935 Mickey Mouse 1 Cent Bubble Gum display box with amusing images of Mickey blowing a large bubble. Believed to be a sole survivor, the box is entered with a $5,000-$10,000 estimate.

A small but select coins and currency section is led by Lot 808, an 1812 $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle coin graded MS 63 by PCGS. “A coin of this type is of great interest to collectors, not only because 1812 was the final year this coinage was struck, but also because few American gold coins of any kind were minted that year due to budgetary restraints in funding the War of 1812,” said Winter. The $5 gold coin is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

In the March auction Hake’s will expand its horological footprint to include fine contemporary timepieces along with antique gold pocket watches, a specialty they have included in past sales. Among the luxury brands from which to choose are Rolex - Lot 861, a circa-1960 Oyster Perpetual ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master - and Patek Philippe - Lot 863, 18K gold open-face pocket watch. Each of these highlight lots is estimated at $2,000-$5,000.

Hake’s Americana Auction #217 has opened for bidding by phone, mail or online at www.hakes.com. The first session will close on March 15, 2016, while the second session will conclude on March 17. March 16 is an interim day in which bidders can peruse the catalog and prepare for further bidding. To request a free printed catalog or for information on any item in the sale, call toll-free: 866-404-9800 or 717-434-1600. Email: hakes@hakes.com. Visit the auction catalog online at www.hakes.com.


Margaret Brundage (American, 1900-1976) original color cover art for 1937 pulp magazine Weird Tales, est. $50,000-$75,000. Courtesy of Hake’s Americana.

Bob Brown (American, 1915-1977) original pen-and-ink cover art for May 1965 issue of Doom Patrol comic book, est. $35,000-$50,000. Courtesy of Hake’s Americana.

(Amherst, MA — February 23, 2016) The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is among the 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. This will mark the second year that The Carle has been recognized with this honor.

“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We proudly recognize these museums and libraries for their invaluable work to provide citizens with educational resources, 21st century skills, and opportunities for lifelong learning. As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute the 30 finalists for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”  

"I am thrilled that The Eric Carle Museum has been selected as a finalist for this prestigious national award," said U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (MA), who nominated The Carle. "I visited the museum a few months ago and was impressed by the incredible facility, expansive collection, engaging exhibitions, and knowledgeable staff. We are lucky to have such a special cultural and educational asset right here in the heart of the Pioneer Valley."

Christopher B. Milne, The Carle's chairman of the board, said, "It is hard to believe what The Carle has achieved in just 13 years. The Museum’s exhibitions are traveling to major museums in the U.S., while our literacy and art programs are reaching as far as Asia and the Middle East. It just proves that people of all ages and cultures are deeply moved by the artwork and stories of childhood."

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony. Winning institutions also receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited these institutions to share their stories on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. The Carle will be featured on February 26. To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov/2016-medals.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Carle:

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren.

The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 the Proprietors of the Boston Athenæum elected John S. Reed as the 23rd President in the institution’s 209-year history. Reed succeeds Deborah Hill Bornheimer, who served for six years as President and a total of 16 years as a Trustee. The Proprietors also elected Susan B. Weatherbie as Vice President and J. Mark Enriquez as Treasurer. Charles A. Coolidge III and David P. Ingram were reelected as Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Anne C. Bromer, Earl M.Collier, Jr., and Austin V. Shapard were appointed as new members of the board. Alexander Altschuller and Edward B. Baldini both retired from the board after 12 years of service.

“Having already benefitted enormously from John’s counsel when he served as vice president of our Board, I’m looking forward to working even more closely with him in his new role,” said Stanford Calderwood Director Elizabeth Barker. “The transitions on our Board build on Deb’s dedicated leadership, and position the Athenæum to meet the changing needs of our members and friends in the 21st century.”

John S. Reed spent 35 years with Citibank/Citicorp and Citigroup, the last 16 years as Chairman. He retired in April of 2000. He returned to work as Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange from September 2003 until April 2005 and served as Chairman of the Corporation of MIT from June 2010 until October 2014. Reed graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 under a joint degree program, earning a BA and a BS degree. He served as a Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, US Army, from 1962 to 1964 and then returned to MIT for his MS. Reed is also a Trustee of MDRC, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the NBER, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a Director of the Social Science Research Council and the CaixaBank in Barcelona. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society. Reed joined the Athenæum as a Life Member in 2004 and became a Proprietor in 2013.

“I am delighted and honored to be elected to serve the Athenæum in this role,” said Reed. “Today, thanks to the hard work of the Athenaeum’s staff and my predecessor Deb Bornheimer, the Athenæum is poised to reach even greater levels of excellence in the coming years.”

Incoming officers Susan B. Weatherbie and J. Mark Enriquez were appointed to one year terms, which are eligible for renewal next year. Weatherbie, a retired manager of Estate and Trust Administration, has served on the boards of Mount Holyoke College, City Year-Boston, and currently serves on the board of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis, and is the chair of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Planned Giving committee.

Incoming board members Anne C. Bromer, Earl M.Collier, Jr., and Austin V. Shapard were appointed to three-year terms. Bromer, co-owner of Bromer Booksellers, serves on the Board of The Women’s Lunch Place in Boston, and recently established a letterpress printing studio for RAW Art Works in Lynn. Collier, a retired health care executive, has spent his career in healthcare, most recently as CEO of Arsenal Medical, from which he retired in 2015. He sits on the boards of Tesaro, Capricor and Transmedics and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and a Trustee of Partners HealthCare and a member of the Codex Foundation board. Shapard, President & Chief Executive Officer of Fiduciary Trust Company, serves on the boards of the Peabody Essex Museum, the Anthony Trust Association, and the Provident Loan Society.

For a complete list of Boston Athenæum Trustees and their bios, visit http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/about/trustees/.

About the Boston Athenæum:

The Boston Athenæum, a membership library and museum, first opened its doors in 1807. Today, it remains a vibrant and active institution that serves thousands of members and scholars with a distinguished circulating and research collection, rich and varied special collections, extensive electronic resources, in-depth educational programming, and quiet reading spaces. The Athenæum’s first floor, including the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery, and many of its programs, are open to the public. Membership is open to anyone interested in joining. For more information about the Athenæum, visit www.bostonathenaeum.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@bostonathenaeum), and Instagram (#bostonathenaeum).

Morbid Anatomy Museum 2016 Gala

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is thrilled to announce the second annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala taking place April 12th, 2016 at The Bell House. The night will feature actress Parker Posey as honorary chair along with a catered dinner, cocktails generously supplied by sponsor Hendrick's Gin, performances and special guests; an auction of one-of-a-kind art, objects, and experiences; styling by Rebecca Purcell, visual director and co-creator of the groundbreaking A.B.C; and much more. This event is a fundraiser The Morbid Anatomy Museum, which is a registered 501c3.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy a champagne toast at Morbid Anatomy Museum—just a moment's walk from the Bell House—with Parker Posey along with a private tour of our current exhibition with its curator Ryan Matthew Cohn of TV's Oddities. All guests will enjoy a fine catered meal, drinks, auction and performances, and are invited to stay for an afterparty featuring complimentary beer by sponsor Sixpoint Brewery and the DJ stylings of electronic music pioneer Vince Clarke.

Tickets are also available separately for those who wish to attend only the afterparty, with a DJ set by Vince Clarke and free beer supplied by sponsor Sixpoint Brewery.

Details below; Please contact creative director Joanna Ebenstein at Joanna@morbidanatomymuseum.org with questions.

Second Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with Honorary Chair Parker Posey

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 PM (6:30 for VIP)

$250 (Regular Ticket), $500 (VIP Ticket with champagne toast at The Museum); $2500 (Table for 5, includes VIP champagne toast); $5000 (Table for 10, includes VIP champagne toast)
Tickets and more info at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507596

Gala Afterparty with DJ Set by Electronic Music Pioneer Vince Clarke and Complimentary Beer Courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9 pm till late, $50.
Tickets and more info at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512352

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Andrew Edlin Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition World Made By Hand, featuring 70 artists engaged in the medium of drawing. Devoid of dependence on any form of technology, these works depict imagery that is primarily derived from nature and the minds of its creators. Free from overt references to 20th or 21st century popular culture these artists tap into their immediate external and internal environments.

The genesis for the exhibition World Made By Hand is the 2008 novel of the same title by James Howard Kunstler, in which citizens of a rural town in upstate New York rebuild their society in the aftermath of devastating personal loss due to nuclear destruction, epidemics and economic collapse that has all but eliminated the comforts of modern living - no electricity, automobiles, common medications like antibiotics, or any kind of mass food production. In short, almost nothing can be taken for granted.

The townspeople in the story “World Made By Hand” are unencumbered by the rules imposed on them by a culture that no longer exists. While focused on basic survival strategies, they revert to fundamental humanist principles and biblical eye-for-an-eye justice. They discard pre-disaster 21st century norms and rebuild a pathway out of their dystopian nightmare towards a brighter, even utopian future. Children born after the crisis have little frame of reference of what life was like before. Similarly, the artists in this exhibition are not bound by artistic protocol, and are either unaware of or see little value in the dominant trends of the late 20th century. The drawings here lean towards the primordial yet are hopeful, suffused in the raw ether that permeates the DNA of art.

The gallery thanks Sam Gordon for his contribution towards the organization and curation of this exhibition.

With works by: Eugene Andolsek, Vahakn Arslanian, Beverly Baker, Robert Beatty, Hans Bellmer, Carl Binder, Charles Burchfield, John Byam, Chris Byrne, Maria Calandra, Frank Calloway, James Castle, Susan Cianciolo, Henry Darger, James Edward Deeds, Charles Dellschau, Hiroyuki Doi, Anthony Dominguez, Brian Adam Douglas, Chris Doyle, Jean Dubuffet, Tom Duncan, Tom Fairs, Edie Fake, Ralph Fasanella, Jerry The Marble Faun, Peter Fend, Guo Fengyi, Howard Finster, Justin Aiden and Leo Fitzpatrick, Jess Fuller, Mike Goodlett, Sam Gordon, Brent Green, Alex Grey, Vojislav Jakic, Joseph Lambert, Marc Lamy, Siobhan Liddell, Pam Lins, Cotter Luppi, Alessandra Michelangelo, Dan Miller, M'onma, Victor Moscoso, Jean-Pierre Nadau, Bobbie Oliver, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Martin Ramirez, Mehrdad Rashidi, Max Razdow, Mariah Robertson, Matthew Ronay, Yuichi Saito, Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Michelle Segre, Linda Carmella Sibio, Ross Simonini, Cindy Smith, Charles Steffen, Marcel Storr, Tabboo!, Bill Traylor, Nicola Tyson, Melvin Way, Scottie Wilson, Agatha Wojciechowsky, Adolf Wölfli, Wols, James Wong, Anna Zemánková, Domenico Zindato, Carlo Zinelli, Unica Zïrn.

Upcoming Events:
Greenwich Village Book Desecration League, presented by Aaron Krach and Invisible Exports, World Made By Hand, Feb. 27th, 2016.

World Made By Hand: February 7 - March 20, 2016


Lot-159-Winslow-Homer copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, March 8, Swann Galleries will offer 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, featuring works by recognizable European masters and prominent American printmakers.

            The sale is headlined by Winslow Homer’s serene Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake, 1889. Fly Fishing was made in the same year Homer abandoned etching, making it likely his last etching, as well as his most experimental. The print is estimated at $80,000 to $120,000.

            Homer was inspired to create fine prints by James A. M. Whistler’s “Etching Revival,” and this sale features some of those Whistler works as well, including Nocturne: Palaces, etching and drypoint, 1879-80, a scarce etching that typifies the artist’s painterly technique of inking and wiping to make unique impressions. Whistler’s Quiet Canal, etching and drypoint, 1879-80, from his second set of Venice etchings, is also included. Nocturne: Palaces is estimated at $70,000 to $100,000, and Quiet Canal at $30,000 to $50,000.

            Works by other American printmakers include Martin Lewis’s 1930 drypoint and sand-ground Shadow Dance ($30,000 to $50,000). The market for prints by Lewis has seen an upswing in recent years, and last November Swann set a record for the artist when a print sold for $72,500. Edward Hopper began making etchings and drypoints with the help of Lewis; Hopper’s Night Shadows, etching, 1921 is also in the sale ($25,000 to $35,000). Several pieces by Regionalist artist Grant Wood are in the sale, including Sultry Night, a 1939 lithograph, and the only nude to be represented by a regionalist artist ($15,000 to $20,000). Other Regionalists represented include Thomas Hart Benton, who captures motion and drama with The Race, lithograph, 1942 ($15,000 to $20,000), while the Social realists are represented by Reginald Marsh, whose Tattoo­-Shave-Haircut, etching, 1932, depicts a scene beneath the El on the Bowery ($20,000 to $30,000).

            Featured prominent European artists include Henri Matisse’s La Danse, a color aquatint, 1935-1936, based on Matisse’s maquette for an early iteration of a mural commissioned by Albert C. Barnes in 1930 ($60,000 to $90,000).  Pablo Picasso’s Buste au corsage à carreaux, a 1957 lithograph, and Jeunesse, a lithograph from 1950, are estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 and $30,000 to $50,000. These and several other Picasso prints are featured alongside Picasso ceramics, including Bearded Man’s Wife, a partially glazed terre de faïence turned pitcher, 1953 ($20,000 to $30,000). Georges Seurat’s only known lithograph, Torse d’homme, vu de dos, is an intimate image likely made by transferring one of his crayon drawings onto a lithographic stone ($20,000 to $30,000).

            Bright works from Joan Miró, including Le Matador, color etching, drypoint, aquatint and carborundum, 1969, add pops of color to the sale ($30,000 to $50,000). Color and line play delicately in Wassily Kandinsky’s Lithographie Blau, color lithograph, 1922, contrasting with the bold and whimsical use of color in Marc Chagall’s color lithograph, Mounting the Ebony Horse, 1948 (both $15,000 to $20,000 each). Salvador Dalí’s The Mythology, a complete set of 16 drypoints with aquatint, 1960-64, shows the artist’s unique eye applied to classical subject matter ($30,000 to $50,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, March 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The auction preview will be open to the public throughout Amory Week, with the exhibition open Thursday and Friday, March 3 & 4 from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, March 5 from noon to 5 pm; and Monday, March 7 from 10 am to 6 pm.; and by appointment.

An illustrated auction catalogue will be available for $40 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 Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32, or via e-mail at tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 159: Winslow Homer, Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake, etching, 1889. Estimate $80,000 to $120,000

St. Louis, MO (February 2016) - With millions of books spanning over 150 categories, the Annual Greater St. Louis Book Fair (April 28-May 1) will once again offer volumes of great reads and bargains for book lovers and collectors across the St. Louis region and nationwide. 

One of the oldest and most popular charity book sales in the Midwest, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair will return to West County Center in Des Peres with all proceeds going to area literacy and education programs. 

“Our donations this year are really interesting and unique in many different categories,” said Marilyn Brown, Director of the Greater St. Louis Book Fair. “We also have plenty of current hot reads along with some trendy offerings such as graphic novels, vinyl records and LPS and coloring books. It’s shaping up to be another fabulous fair and we encourage everyone to peruse our aisles, buy plenty of books, while supporting local literacy and education programs.”

Now in its 67th year, the fair will feature a variety of impressive collections including limited editions, rare books, signed copies, coffee table art books, children’s books, music, cook books as well as CDs, DVDs and ephemera. The fair also has a new category of “Book Fair Recommends” books - recent publications and classics in a variety of categories: fiction, mystery, biography, literature, African-American and sports.

Popularity of Printed Books

In a digital age where American’s reading habits have changed, Brown said the popularity and staying power of the Greater St. Louis Book Fair proves there is still a high demand for printed books. Several recent studies support her.      

“Printed books remain popular and matter to a great deal of people,” said Brown. “We typically get a wide range of shoppers but all share one thing in common - a passion for printed books. E-book devices and tablet computers are great but readers want to get physical. There’s just something magical about physically possessing a copy of a book; then sharing that story you love with someone else.” 

Greater St. Louis Book Fair Schedule

To provide a more convenient, ample environment to shop, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair will hold a free, easy access shopping hour (9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30) for elderly and disabled persons. Entry into the Greater St. Louis Book Fair is $10 the first day (April 28) and free the next three days (April 29-May 1). The following is the complete schedule for the Greater St. Louis Book Fair:

  • • Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • • Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • • Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • • Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Greater St. Louis Book Fair is sponsored by the Clark-Fox Family Foundation clarkfoxstl.com, First Bank firstbanks.com, Hogan Transport hogan1.com, and West County Center shopwestcountycenter.com. The event takes place at West County Center I-270 and Manchester Road in Des Peres, in the Ballas Road parking structure, just off of Ballas Road. 

For more information visit StLouisBookFair.org, Facebook.com/STLBook Fair, call (314) 993-1995 or email info@stlouisbookfair.org.

About the Greater St. Louis Book Fair

Since 1950, the Annual Greater St. Louis Book Fair has been a favorite spring destination of book lovers and collectors nationwide. Volunteers work year-round gathering over one million new, gently used, and rare items from individuals, estates, businesses and other organizations. Fair proceeds assist local education and literacy programs with operational expenses, student aid, and other financial needs. 

Coster Suicide Note Detail.jpgGreenwich, CT, February 15, 2016 - Mark your calendar for what will undoubtedly be the finest celebration of all things ephemera in North America this year!   The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular categories include correspondence, advertising materials, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores and scripts, cards, and many others.  

The Ephemera Fair  - the largest show of its type in the country - is worth a trip from anywhere, and is a family-friendly, exciting, and unique destination for browsing, shopping, and learning.  And there will be some absolutely amazing items on display as well.  Can't miss highlights include five pages of Braille pages typed by Helen Keller on a Braille typewriter; 100 pages of food themed sheet music from the 1900's; and an archive of materials, including a blood-stained suicide note, from pyramid-schemer Philip Musica, also known as F. Donald Coster.  Coster, who could be compared to Bernie Madoff, is the man behind the 1938 McKesson & Robbins scandal. He stole $3 million (about $50 million in today's dollars) from the drug company through forgeries, duplicate books, and massive fraud.

The Ephemera Fair features an international group of sellers who specialize in items ranging from A to Z.  Care to learn more about Valentine cards or documents signed by presidents?  Or perhaps posters or vintage advertising call to you.  Attendees interested in entertainment will enjoy the fair's selections of original movie scripts, manuscripts, and music scores. Photographers will appreciate the daguerreotypes, stereo-views, cabinet cards, and photos on offer.   Other areas include broadsides, maps, catalogs, and design related materials, among practically countless others.  

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Ephemera Fair, "Even people who don’t "officially" collect ephemera will love this event.  And odds are, they will leave with at least one item that catches their fancy! Walking through this fair is walk through history. Visitors get to see how people lived before the digital age - long before our smartphones and computers shaped the way today people define friends, correspondence, and communication."

The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT,  and is open to the public on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm.  The hotel offers free parking.  Tickets at the door for the two-day show are $14 for adults; college students with ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. For discount two day tickets or half price Sunday only tickets, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com/ephemera-fair. This event is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America's annual convention, Ephemera36.  This year's theme is “Politics, Patriotism & Protest,” and examines the use of ephemera in promoting political, patriotic, and protest movements, emphasizing issues as race, gender, and war.  For more information on Ephemera36, see www.ephemerasociety.org.
Image: Coster Suicide Note Detail from John Reznikoff, University Archives, a division of USC, Inc.

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Feb. 2016 - A spring exhibition on view now in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library celebrates the Rare Book Collection’s William Wordsworth Collection and related holdings in Romantic literature and British culture.

Lyric Impressions: Wordsworth in the Long Nineteenth Century,” on display in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room through April 15, is free and open to the public.

The exhibition contextualizes the Wordsworth Collection within global events of the long nineteenth century, from the explosive years of the French Revolution to the cataclysmic First World War.

Thanks to a significant donation from the private collection of Mark L. Reed, Lineberger Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill is a major print repository of Wordsworth’s writings in the United States.

On Feb. 22, Duncan Wu, professor of English at Georgetown University, will deliver the keynote lecture “Wordsworthian Carnage,” about Wordsworth’s “Thanksgiving Ode.” The poem commemorates Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

The free public program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Visitors may view the exhibition during a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. For program information, contact Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, liza_terll@unc.edu or (919) 548-1203.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Wilson Library will host the UNC Art Department’s Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History during the week of March 28. The lecture theme, “British Landscape Painting in the Age of Revolution: Romanticism, Naturalism, and the Decline of Deference,” relates to the Wordsworth exhibit and participants will have opportunities to view “Lyric Impressions.”

For information about the exhibition and lectures, please visit the UNC Library News and Events blog.

Amherst, MA (February 15, 2016) - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary on view May 17 through November 27, 2016. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved characters Ramona, Beezus, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and Ralph S. Mouse to life. The exhibition marks the centenary of Darling’s birth as well as Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday on April 12.

As an illustrator at William Morrow and Company, Darling was assigned to Cleary’s first book, Henry Huggins, in 1950. Thus began their twenty-year association. Darling illustrated most of Cleary’s early books—twelve in total—before his untimely death in 1970. Darling’s vision, matched with Cleary’s words, helped define these stories as modern classics. Her timeless themes—a botched birthday party, a missing dog, anxiety on the first day of school, and a father losing his job—are as relevant today as they were in the 1950’s.

Cleary understood the importance of illustration in her books, and the synchronicity between them seemed clear from the start. “I want to tell you how delighted I am with your illustrations for ‘Henry Huggins,’” she wrote in a letter to Darling in 1950. “You seem to know exactly what I had in mind.”   

Darling’s work has inspired many illustrators, especially Tony DiTerlizzi, curator of The Carle’s exhibition. DiTerlizzi, the bestselling author and illustrator of The Spider and The Fly, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Diva and Flea, and many other titles, was introduced to Cleary’s books in elementary school, a generation after they were published. DiTerlizzi visited the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, where Darling’s wife Lois had donated his archive. “As a fellow illustrator who renders in pen and ink, I wanted to showcase the brilliance of Louis Darling,” says DiTerlizzi. “I combed through sketches, letters and artwork to curate the exhibition. Darling’s illustrations are as vibrant, energetic, chaotic, and lively as ever.”

Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary will feature preliminary sketches, finished artwork, correspondence between author and illustrator, and period photographs. DiTerlizzi will also design a unique reading area in the gallery for visitors. “It’s very much inspired by 1950s suburbia,” says Ellen Keiter, chief curator at The Carle. “Our guests will be immersed in the art and era of Darling and Cleary.”     

Louis Darling was born in Stamford, Connecticut on April 26, 1916. After completing his art studies at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1937, he went into commercial and fine art. In the 1940s, he began illustrating children’s and young adult books, collaborating with numerous artists and authors. In addition to illustrating his own stories and Cleary’s books, Darling worked in tandem with his wife, Lois Darling, to illustrate Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962). His signature style won him a John Burroughs Medal, awarded annually to the author of a distinguished book of natural history, for The Gull’s Way in 1965. Louis Darling died at the age of fifty-three.

Despite a successful partnership, Darling’s illustrations no longer accompany Cleary’s text. His untimely death while Cleary was still writing forced publishers to hire other artists. They’ve since rebranded the books to appeal to modern audiences. “There is a charm, an allure of visiting a bygone era through the window of Darling’s art,” said DiTerlizzi. “I’m pleased to bring this exhibition to The Carle.”

About the Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric Carle and the late Barbara Carle co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has serve more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three are galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren.  Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks.  Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.

Atglen, PA—Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of our newest collectible title, Mitchell's New General Atlas 1860 by Robert Lindberg.

9780764350320.jpgThis facsimile edition of hand colored maps from 1860 is beautifully printed and nicely bound, displaying the old world craftsmanship of this extraordinary cartography. The maps are highly informative and one can see easily see why they captivated both families and professionals back in the days leading up to the American Civil War. Ancestry enthusiasts should have their own copy.—John Fielding Walsh, Associate Director, Harvard University Press, Ret.

In 1860, Augustus Mitchell Jr. printed one of the world’s most accurate and artistic atlases. This reproduction of Mitchell’s New General Atlas restores all 76 maps from the original plus its 26 pages of geological, statistical, and geographic information from 1860. Included are intriguing looks at the political boundaries of the United States at the outbreak of the Civil War, as well as maps of other countries and regions that look vastly different today. In the nineteenth century, American citizens would routinely purchase a new map or atlas every year or two, as these physical documents were the only way to learn geography. The beautiful floral-bordered maps in this atlas were designed by the finest cartographers of this pivotal era in human history. Engraved on steel plates, printed in black and white, and hand-colored by artists, they continue to inspire wonder and awe.

Size: 12″ x 14″ | 76 color maps & 26 charts | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350320 | Binding: hard cover | $60.00

About the Author: Robert Lindberg raised his family in upstate New York, where he now resides with his wife, Sammy. He takes advantage of the lakes, rivers, and mountains, where he can canoe, fish, camp, and ski with family and friends. After leaving the book printing industry, he acquired a historical map business in 2013. His company, Maps of Ancestry, provides thousands of maps from the 1600s through the 1900s to genealogists, historians, and map lovers. In addition to maps, he has acquired many atlases, one of which became the inspiration for this authentic reproduction.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

WASHINGTON - Book lovers rejoice: the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns to our nation’s capital! Celebrating its 41st year, the Fair returns this March 4-5, 2016 featuring new and longtime favorite exhibitors and collections. Over the course of two days, the fair will offer a chance for book lovers to celebrate and discover rare books and manuscripts, and connect with fellow enthusiasts for this rare opportunity to share conversations, discoveries, and experiences with the larger community.

Our exhibitors will have specially curated collections to showcase. Some highlights from these collections include: 

  • Manual of Parliamentary Practice, Thomas Jefferson, First Edition, 1801;
  • Seventy Cantos, inscribed by T.S. Eliot, 1950; and
  • The Treasury of Ornamental Art: Illustrations of Objects of Art and Vertu, Lithographers to the Queen, 1856. 

New to the Fair this year is Typewriter Rodeo, who will bring custom, on-demand poetry written on vintage typewriters. In five minutes or less, this Austin, Texas-based travelling quartet will write ticket holders an original and personal poem as a keepsake. 

What: 41st Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair

When: March 4, 2016; 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm; March 5, 2016; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive; Arlington, VA 22209

Website: Additional information can be found at wabf.com.

Social Media: Twitter: @theWABF; Facebook: Facebook.com/thewabf; Hashtag: #WABF16

Event Information: Tickets available for purchase at WABF.com. $14 for Friday and Saturday, $8 for Saturday only. $5 for students and librarians with valid identification. Members of the public who have questions should call 202-363-4999 or email bcampbell@wabf.com.

spiderman.jpgDALLAS - An exquisite copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM 9.4 - the fabled first appearance of “Spider-Man” - is expected to bring $400,000+ as the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ Feb. 18-20, 2016 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction in Dallas.

“We think this comic has the potential to realize the highest price ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic book,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Department at Heritage. “It could soar well past our estimate.”

In 1980, when Walter Yakaboski saw a good opportunity, he took it. He was a comic book collector and had the opportunity to buy a handful of key early Marvel comic books for the very tidy sum of $10,000 - a good bit to spend in those days. Among them was this gem of a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15. He figures today that the portion of the $10,000 that went for the Spider-Man comic was about $1,200.

“Whoever buys this comic will be joining an elite club,” said Allen. “There are only a handful of these comics in this condition that exist. We expect the top collectors will be watching this auction closely.”

Hailing from the same collection as the Amazing Fantasy #15 is another very desirable Near Mint book, a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4, which should draw its fair share of consideration from collectors and fans. It is expected to bring more than $130,000.

The top lot on the original comic art side is spectacular in its own right, John Romita Sr.’s Amazing Spider-Man #62 original cover art (Marvel, 1968), a wonderful image featuring Spidey tussling with the enigmatic Inhuman Medusa, a very hot property right now with upcoming appearances slated in both TV and film projects. It is estimated at $150,000+.

“This cover is in the larger ‘twice-up’ size that collectors covet,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage. “It’s fresh-to-the-market too. The consignor bought a handful of pieces of comic art in the 1980s and put them away as he focused on collecting other things. He’ll have a tidy return on investment to say the least.”

Joining the top of the original comic art offerings is a superb Jack Kirby and Bill Everett original in the form of the cover to Thor #176 (Marvel, 1970), what may well be the best of just four Thor covers produced by this legendary team. It’s expected to bring $90,000+.

Further highlights include, but are certainly not limited to:

The Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4: Estimate $100,000+.

Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC GD 2.0: Estimate $75,000+.

Wally Wood Daredevil #9 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1965): Estimate $75,000+.

Ross Andru and Mike Esposito Amazing Spider-Man #179 Cover Green Goblin Original Art (Marvel, 1978): Estimate $75,000+.

Michael Golden Marvel Fanfare #1 Spider-Man and the Angel Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1982): Estimate $50,000+.

Curt Swan and George Klein Superman #188 Cover Original Art (DC, 1966): Estimate $50,000+.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $850 million, and 950,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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1454526459684.jpgWashington, DC— A new international traveling exhibition will explore major events and movements in American art through some 150 outstanding prints from the Colonial era to the present. On view in Washington from April 3 through July 24, 2016, Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art is the first major museum survey of American prints in more than 30 years. The exhibition will travel to the National Gallery in Prague from October 4, 2016 through January 5, 2017, followed by Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso from February 7 through April 30, 2017.

Timed to coincide with the National Gallery of Art's 75th anniversary, the exhibition is drawn from the Gallery's renowned holdings of works on paper, and features more than 100 artists such as Paul Revere, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, John Marin, Jackson Pollock, Louise Nevelson, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, Jenny Holzer, and Kara Walker.

"In the past few decades the American collections at the National Gallery of Art have grown vastly in quality and scale. From 2000 until today—thanks to generous donors and acquisitions from the Corcoran Gallery of Art—the collection of American prints has almost doubled and now numbers some 22,500 works," said Earl A. Powell III, Director, National Gallery of Art. "We are tremendously grateful to hundreds of donors, foremost among them Lessing J. Rosenwald and Reba and Dave Williams, as well as grateful to Altria Group, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art for their vital support."

Exhibition Organization and Support

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The exhibition is made possible by Altria Group in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. This is the twelfth exhibition sponsorship by Altria Group at the Gallery.

"For more than 50 years, Altria and its companies have supported visual and performing arts. Our partnership with the National Gallery of Art to share Three Centuries of American Prints is an important way that we're bringing world-class cultural experiences to our communities," said Bruce Gates, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Altria Client Services.

The international tour of the exhibition is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition Highlights

Organized chronologically and thematically through nine galleries, Three Centuries of American Prints reveals the breadth and excellence of the Gallery's collection while showcasing some of the standouts: exquisite, rare impressions of James McNeill Whistler's Nocturne (1879/1880), captivating prints by Mary Cassatt, a singularly stunning impression of John Marin's Woolworth Building, No. 1 (1913), and Robert Rauschenberg's pioneering Booster (1967).

The exhibition is bracketed by John Simon's Four Indian Kings (1710)—stately portraits of four Native American leaders who traveled to London to meet Queen Anne—and Kara Walker's no world (2010), which recalls the disastrous impact of European settlement in the New World. Both prints address the subject of transnational contact, a theme that runs through the history of American art.

Three Centuries of American Prints features works intended to provoke action, such as Paul Revere's call for moral outrage in The Bloody Massacre (1770) and Jenny Holzer's appeal to "Raise Boys and Girls the Same Way" in her Truisms (1977). Others lean more strongly toward visual concerns, such as Stuart Davis's striking black-and-white lithograph, Barber Shop Chord (1931), and Richard Diebenkorn's resplendent Green (1986). This duality between prints designed to exhort or teach and ones more weighted to artistic matters is an undercurrent of both the exhibition and the history of American prints.

American Prints at the National Gallery of Art

Since its opening in 1941, the National Gallery of Art has assiduously collected American prints with the help of many generous donors. The Gallery's American print collection has grown from nearly 1,900 prints in 1950 to some 22,500 prints in 2015. The collection was transformed in recent years by the acquisition of the Reba and Dave Williams Collection, the personal print archive of Jasper Johns, and some 2,300 American prints from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, along with a gift and pledge of 18th- and early 19th-century prints from Harry W. Havemeyer.

Curator and Exhibition Catalog

The curators of the exhibition are Amy Johnston, assistant curator of prints and drawings, and Judith Brodie, curator and head of the department of modern prints and drawings, both at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition catalog is conceived and edited by Judith Brodie, with coauthors Amy Johnston and Michael J. Lewis. The Terra Foundation for American Art provided additional funding for the exhibition catalog.

Published by the National Gallery of Art, the fully illustrated scholarly catalog provides a vantage point from which to assess the rich terrain of American prints. Drawing on the keen eyes and insightful points of view of 15 emerging and established scholars—experts in American art or history generally, not only in prints—the catalog offers a fresh range of interpretations. Biographies of the artists and a glossary of printmaking terms are additional features. The 360-page hardcover catalog will be available in April 2016. To order, please visit http://shop.nga.gov/; call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; or e-mail mailorder@nga.gov.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. With the exception of the atrium and library, the galleries in the East Building will remain closed until late fall 2016 for Master Facilities Plan and renovations. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

Image: Frances Flora Bond Palmer, A Midnight Race on the Mississippi, 1860, color lithograph with hand-coloring on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Donald and Nancy de Laski Fund

563.jpgDenver, Pennsylvania, February 2016 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this highly anticipated antique advertising sale event to be held on March 6, 2016.  Over 650 truly eye-catching and carefully curated lots will be on offer.  All selections from this sale are on display in Morphy's auction gallery and available for preview now.

The auction opens with a razor-sharp selection of over 60 lots of fine barbershop merchandise, including shaving mugs, blades, and even an early wooden barber pole!  Collectors will unquestionably get into a lather over lot 42, a German porcelain shaving mug featuring the image of early touring car (estimated at $2,000-3,000) and lot 48, a captain's shaving mug illustrated with a rendering of the 1883 ferry "Atlantic City," estimated at $4,000-6,000.  The captain's mug comes with historical documentation; both lots are detailed with their original owner's name emblazoned in gold gilt letters. 

Let's raise a toast to this sale's fine selection of alcohol related advertising materials.  It's better than happy hour when it comes to the 60 lots of signs, trays, and posters on tap.  Highlights include lot 92, an all original, investment grade Buffalo Distilling Company tin litho sign featuring a wild buffalo (estimated at $15,000-30,000) and lot 97, a fabulous Cook Brewing Company tin litho advertising sign with a graphic of a older man enjoying a glass of beer, estimated at $1,200-2,400.

There's no need to soft pedal this event's 150 selections of non-alcoholic beverage advertising.  Collectors will find the array of soda themed trays, posters, signs, calendars, and dispensers on offer extremely refreshing.  Lot 163, a beautiful 1901 Coca Cola calendar with strong colors and richly detailed embossing is estimated at $8,000-15,000.  How about a standing ovation for lot 172, an early 1900's Coca-Cola celluloid sign featuring opera star Lillian Nordica?  This absolute rarity is estimated at $30,000-40,000.  And it's a grand slam with lot 229,  a Drink Fan-Taz Syrup Dispenser painted to look like a baseball with a picture of bat across its front.  In a league of its own, this remarkable example includes an original pump and is estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Salesman samples are of great interest to collectors, and this auction offers two dozen rare and unusual examples.  Many of these items harken back to simpler times when essentials like wagons, hay rakes, bale carriers, and water wells were part of everyday life.  Lot 315, a very early salesman sample wood and metal horse drawn plow, is a hardworking highlight of this category.  It is very well made, has a great patina, and is estimated at $350-650.

Antique advertising sign and poster enthusiasts need look no further than this sale for the finest selections in these categories.  Examples promoting food, clothing, shoes, hardware, domestic items, social organizations, professional services, pharmaceuticals, tobacco items, and many other specialties have especially high visibility.  It's easy to see why lot 488, an Aultman Taylor Thresher advertising poster featuring a vibrantly colored booming farm (estimated at $3,000-6,000) and lot 502, an Osborne Farm Implements advertising poster with an incredible image of a ferris wheel, estimated at $2,500-5,000, are highlights.  And collectors will be saying "M'mm M'mm Good" about lot 563, a curved porcelain Campbell's Tomato Soup sign.  This hard to find, all original sign in excellent-plus condition is estimated at $4,000-7,000.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "This upcoming auction features some of the finest antique advertising examples to hit the market in recent memory.  Enthusiasts will find extraordinary examples - and temptations - across every major category and specialty.  Our offering of soda-related merchandise is particularly strong here.  And I encourage bidders to check out this event's amazing group of shaving mugs. They are visually stunning and don't take up too much space.  I know that's a growing concern for all collectors - myself included!"

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquarted in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry.  Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, a himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.   

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517.   We can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at info@morphyauctions.com.  Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.  For more information on Morphy's, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.

National-Parks_600.jpgSAN MARINO, CA - In a wide-ranging examination of the evolving role of the national parks in American life, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will commemorate the centennial of the U.S. National Parks Service in exhibitions that run consecutively from May 2016 through February 2017 in the West Hall of the Library building. The exhibitions will touch on a variety of roles the National Parks have played over time—as scenic wonderlands that have become iconic markers and essential destination points for tourists, adventure-seekers, scientists, government surveyors, businessmen, and explorers of all stripes. The exhibitions also will examine the tensions that emerged as a result of diverging priorities and competing agendas.

“The national parks are our nation’s crown jewels,” said Peter Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western Historical Manuscripts at The Huntington, and exhibition curator. “The centennial of this remarkable system of public lands gives us a perfect opportunity to reflect a little more deeply, explore the dynamic interplay between these great American landscapes and the people who seek to define them.”

The first exhibition, Geographies of Wonder: Origin Stories of America’s National Parks 18721933, is on view May 14 through Sept. 3, 2016 and features some 100 items—all drawn from The Huntington’s collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and related materials. Among the treasures on display will be a mammoth 1873 photo album by one of the premier photographers of the day, William Henry Jackson. The book will be opened to a photo of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. Jackson’s photographs, according to historians, played an important role in convincing Congress in 1872 to establish Yellowstone National Park, the first landscape to be so designated by the federal government.

Origin Stories highlights early Euro-American encounters with scenic landscapes that eventually would acquire international renown. Initially, these were eastern settings—the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Natural Bridge in Virginia, and Niagara Falls, N.Y. But as settlers moved west, great scenic discoveries included Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite Valley. “In those early years of Euro-American settlement, we could claim no great cultural assets like the Louvre or the castles on the Rhine,” said Blodgett. “So these places quickly became our icons. They were essential to our cultural identity and began to draw people from all over the world.”

Before there was Yellowstone, President Lincoln signed legislation in 1864 protecting Yosemite Valley, effectively turning it over to the state of California, to keep it out of the hands of developers and private ownership. While this was not the first national park, per se, it was the first scenic area placed under such protection through the actions of the U.S. government. It was, much as it is today, a spectacular, rugged, and physically demanding landscape. An 1861 letter, featured in the exhibition, by a traveler named William Boardman describes the brutally difficult trip through Yosemite he and his traveling party made by wagon and horse, and how the jarring terrain left the women, wearing unforgivingly rigid hoopskirts, bruised and battered. Even so, travelers were eager to make their way there, to see, as Boardman described it, this “wonder of wonders.” By the 1880s, scenic marvels such as Yosemite and Yellowstone had become both cultural and economic drivers, and firms like Boston’s Raymond-Whitcomb Co. were leading the way, creating all-expenses-paid tours and publishing special guidebooks to lure middle-class travelers from east to west via train. Origin Stories features an assortment of these guidebooks and an excerpt from a diary by a young excursionist named Amy Bridges, who describes her impressions of Yosemite just 30 years after the first Euro-American tourist expeditions had reached it.

The exhibition also examines the treatment of Native Americans in the parks during this period. Lafayette Bunnell’s book-length account of the first Euro-American incursion into Yosemite Valley in 1851 describes rounding up “Indians” who inhabited the region and removing them from it, including Chief Tenaya, for whom Yosemite’s famed Tenaya Lake is named. Only a few short decades later, the government, as well as private promoters, would begin using images of Native Americans to “sell” tourism. The Great Northern Railway in particular adopted the image of the Blackfoot Indian as a prominent part of its marketing campaign on behalf of Glacier National Park. On display will be several examples of these types of brochures, postcards, and promotional items, including a 1904 cover of Sunset magazine featuring a painting by Chris Jorgensen showing a native hut and a native woman working in the foreground, with Half Dome in the background. “Indigenous people were ousted and resettled outside of park boundaries, and yet their historical presence was used as a prominent advertisement to entice people to visit,” said Blodgett.

As interest in visiting the parks grew, so did interest in exploiting their rich resources: mineral deposits, timber, and water chief among them. To counter those activities, a call for conservation emerged, led vociferously by the renowned naturalist John Muir. Featured in Origin Stories is Muir’s 1901 volume, Our National Parks, a compendium of articles he published in Atlantic Monthly that establishes a conservation agenda and the need for active stewardship of these sites. And with such activism on behalf of conservation came Stephen Mather, assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, calling for a centralized management plan. Under Secretary of the Interior Franklin Lane, Mather created the National Park Portfolio, on display in the exhibition, a publication produced to convince Congress to create the National Park Service. Congress passed the legislation and President Woodrow Wilson signed it in August 1916. “The portfolio was strategically placed on every desk of every member of Congress at the time,” said Blodgett. After the vote, Mather was appointed the Park Service’s first director.

Even with centralized management and an activist director, exploitation and encroachment into the parks remained a concern. The battle over Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, which was flooded and dammed in the late 1910s and early 1920s to provide water to San Francisco, became a linchpin for conservation activists. The National Parks Association, a private organization established to lobby for protection, was launched in 1919. The exhibition will include copies of the NPA newsletter and a 1922 letter by the association’s then director, Robert Sterling Yard, calling for the protection of the parks from excessive development.

As much as the parks were seen as wondrous places for both recreation and conservation, they were also understood as an important locus for serious scientific work. Both government and private entities launched coordinated efforts to study the biology, topography, hydrology, and geography of the parks. Origin Stories will feature letters and related documentation of early scientific study conducted in the parks, including a 1925 copy of Yosemite Nature Notes, produced by the park’s naturalist, C.P. Russell, and a 1911 report written by ethnologist Jesse Walker Fewkes, summarizing the antiquities of the cliff-dwelling Anasazi, preserved within Mesa Verde National Park.

The 1920s were a “boom period” for visitors, said Blodgett, fueled by rail and automobile transportation, a roaring economy, and active marketing and advertising. But by the late 1920s and early 1930s, with the Great Depression, the numbers of visitors began to wane and the Park Service’s budget had shrunk. These were much quieter and leaner years for the parks until President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched his New Deal program, which included an ambitious plan to expand the parks. That growth period, through the present, will be examined in the second exhibition, Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea 1933-2016, which will be on view Oct. 22, 2016-Feb. 13, 2017.

Image: Thomas Moran, “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” chromolithographic reproduction of a watercolor sketch, as published in Ferdinand V. Hayden, The Yellowstone National Park, and the mountain regions of portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Boston, 1876. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) has acquired New Hampshire Public Radio’s digital collection of interviews and speeches by presidential candidates from 1995-2007. The entire collection—nearly 100 hours of content—has been digitized and is now online, along with other presidential campaign content from the AAPB collection, in a new curated, free presentation, "Voices of Democracy: Public Media and Presidential Elections."

AAPB, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, preserves and makes accessible the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60-plus years.

"Voices of Democracy" features historical interviews, panel discussions, speeches and debates among presidential candidates from 1961 to 2008. These historical materials document the evolution of issues and presidential candidates’ positions on important election topics including the American economy, education, religion, civil rights, foreign policy, climate and the environment, labor and unions and campaign and election reform. The materials also document public broadcasting’s coverage of the process of elections and voter rights, as well as commentary and analysis of campaigns. The presidential elections presentation was curated by Lily Troia, a graduate student at Simmons College.

A centerpiece of the presentation is the new content from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). "We are fortunate to live at the epicenter of the political universe every four years. It is from this vantage that we are able to capture and keep some of the most memorable and historic moments in the past 35 years of our democracy," offered Betsy Gardella, president and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio. "Knowing that this archive can now be tapped and used by anyone with internet access is an extension of our public service mission realized, we are grateful for the AAPB."

Candidates featured in the New Hampshire collection include Lamar Alexander, Gary Bauer, Joe Biden, Bill Bradley, Carol Moseley-Braun, Sam Brownback, Pat Buchanan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Christopher Dodd, Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole, John Edwards, Steve Forbes, Al Gore, Mike Gravel, Orrin Hatch, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunt, John Kasich, John Kerry, Alan Keyes, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Barack Obama, Dan Quayle, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Bob Smith, Arlen Specter and Tom Tancredo.

AAPB in October officially launched its Online Reading Room, which now features 2.5 million inventory records and more than 11,500 audiovisual streaming files of historical content dating back to the 1940s, from public media stations across the country.

The Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in collaboration with more than 100 stations and archives, have embarked on an unprecedented initiative to preserve historical public television and radio programs. This extraordinary material includes national and local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of our many, varied regions and communities and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion and filmmaking on a local level. The project ensures that this valuable source of American social, cultural and political history and creativity will be saved and made accessible for current and future generations.

More information is available at americanarchive.org.

About The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress, the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library holds the largest collection of audio-visual recordings in the world and has been collecting and preserving historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings in all genres for nearly 120 years. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website, loc.gov.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web, including "Masterpiece," "Antiques Roadshow," "Frontline," "Nova," "American Experience," "Arthur," "Curious George," and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a leader in educational multimedia, including PBS LearningMedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards … even two Oscars. More at wgbh.org.

About CPB
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. More at cpb.org.

About NHPR
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Its mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from 13 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 178,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning news department, locally produced shows such as "The Exchange" and "Word of Mouth," and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR news in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as "Fresh Air," "Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!" and "This American Life."

allen.jpgPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania - February 2, 2016 -The United States Postal Service officially unveiled a new stamp honoring the celebrated African American leader Bishop Richard Allen (1760-1831). The stamp, the 39th in the "Black Heritage" series, uses an image from the Library Company of Philadelphia's African Americana Collection. The stamp's portrait of Allen is taken from an 1876 print entitled The Bishops of the AME Church. Crafted well after Allen's death, the print commemorated Allen's role as abolitionist, church leader, civil rights activist and writer. Donated to the Library Company in the 1990s by supporter Roger Stoddard, the print is one of many treasured objects in the Library Company's collection relating to Richard Allen.

Born enslaved, Allen secured his freedom during the American Revolutionary era. He founded both Mother Bethel Church and the African Methodist Episcopal denomination. In addition to his religious work, he helped organize the first black benevolent society in Pennsylvania, co-authored the first copyrighted pamphlet by an African American, and became the first African American writer to eulogize a president when he saluted George Washington's emancipatory will in 1799.

The Library Company holds several important Allen documents, including beautiful editions of his 1794 pamphlet, A Narrative of the Black People During the Late Awful Calamity...in 1793 (his Yellow Fever exposé co-written by Absalom Jones), as well as his 1833 autobiography, The Life, Experience and Gospel Labors of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen (published posthumously by his family). The collection also includes several prints of Allen cast during the 19th century, including two during his lifetime.

The Program in African American History

The Library Company houses the nation's most important collection of African American literature and history before 1900. Comprising more than 13,000 titles and 1,200 images from the mid-16th to the late-19th centuries, the African Americana holdings include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, and graphics documenting the Western discovery and exploitation of Africa; the rise of both slavery and antislavery movements in the new world; the development of racial thought and racism; descriptions of African American life, slave and free, throughout the Americas; slavery and race in fiction and drama; and the printed works of African American individuals and organizations.

With incomparable collections, a stellar reputation in the world of research libraries, a distinguished network of fellowship alumni and advisors, and institutional relationships with a diverse range of educational and cultural institutions, the Library Company is uniquely placed to advance understanding of the lives of people of African descent living in the Americas from the 17th through the 19th centuries and to open the process to a substantially more diverse and inclusive group of participants.

Image: Bishops of the AME Church (Boston 1876). Engraving. Gift of Roger Stoddard. 

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. It was the largest public library in America until the Civil War and includes the extensive personal libraries of such prominent early American bibliophiles as James Logan. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art, and one of the world's largest holdings of early American imprints. Particular strengths of the collection include economic history, women's history, African American history, history of medicine, history of philanthropy, and visual culture. The Library Company promotes access to these collections through fellowships, exhibitions, programs, and online resources. To find out more, please visit www.librarycompany.org.

On Wednesday 27th January Chiswick Auctions held a very successful sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts.  

A number of key pieces sold very well, star lots included: 

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 12.49.21 PM.pngLot 5: George ELIOT. Middlemarch. Edinburgh & London: 1872. 8 original parts in wrappers. Sold: £2,760 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 70: Bram STOKER. The Mystery of the Sea. London: 1902. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by Bram Stoker to Alfred Harmsworth. Sold: £1,320 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 105: Manuscript, dated 1443, finely illuminated by the Hippolyta Master. Sold: £5,520 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 107: Charles BABBAGE. A Comparative View of the Various Institutions for the Assurance of Lives. London: 1826. FIRST EDITION of Babbage’s first published substantial work. Sold: £1,440 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 113: Frederich ACCUM.  A Practical Treatise on Gas-Light. London: 1815. FIRST EDITION in original boards. Sold: £720 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 118: John ETZLER. The Paradise within the Reach of all Men. London: 1836. Sold: £1,320 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 148: John SPEED. A Newe Mape of Poland. London: 1626. Hand-coloured engraved map. Sold: £1,020 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 149: Marc CHAGALL. The Lithographs. Monte Carlo: 1960. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Chagall to Alfred and Helen Chester Beatty. Sold: £960 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 178: An album of Old Master prints. Sold: £1,020 incl Buyer’s Premium 

Lot 185: Henry GRAY.  Anatomy Descriptive and Surgical. London: 1858. FIRST EDITION. Sold: £720 incl Buyer’s Premium 

Lot 199: Isaac NEWTON.  The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. London: 1729. Volume II only. Sold: £1,080 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 231: Gladys HOLMAN HUNT. “History of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement”. Original typescript with annotations, early 20th-century. Sold: £3,360 incl Buyer’s Premium

The next Printed Books and Manuscripts sale will take place on 30th March 2016 and will include the reference library of the late Hans Fellner. This will be followed by a sale on 25th May. The sale on 22nd June will be books from the Library of Linley Hall, Shropshire. For more information, free valuations and entries for 2016 specialist auctions please contact Nicolas and Simon:

Nicholas Worskett and Simon Nuckley (Book specialists), +44(0)20 8992 4442, nicholas@chiswickauctions.co.uk simon@chiswickauctions.co.uk www.chiswickauctions.co.uk


Bonhams Offers Notable Nobel Prize

image004.pngLOS ANGELES - Bonhams announces the sale of the 1993 Nobel Prize medal awarded to renowned biochemist Dr. Kary B. Mullis for his groundbreaking invention of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (P.C.R.). The Nobel Prize is estimated at U.S. $450,000-550,000 and is featured in Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on Feb. 14 at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel, coinciding with the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair.

To study DNA, you must be able to see it. In 1983, Mullis invented a process which amplified a single sequence of DNA into a size large enough to be visible in the laboratory. The technique revolutionized many aspects of genetic research, including diagnosis of genetic defects, detection of the AIDS virus in human cells and cloning. It also helped make remarkable strides in forensic science and evolutionary studies.

When Dr. Mullis was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the invention had “hastened the rapid development of genetic engineering” and “greatly stimulated biochemical research … [opening] the way for new applications in medicine and biology.”

"Take all the MVPs from professional baseball, basketball, and football. Throw in your dozen favorite movie stars and a half dozen rock stars for good measure, add all the television anchor people now on the air, and collectively, we have not affected the current good or the future welfare of mankind as much as Kary Mullis." —Ted Koppel, ABC News-Nightline


DNA was first identified in the 19th century, and its three-dimensional double helix structure famously described in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick (for which the two men received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry). Little progress was made in unlocking the secrets of DNA after Watson and Crick, however, because creating usable samples in the laboratory was a tedious process, sometimes taking six months or more.

During the 1980s, while a chemist at the Cetus Corporation in Emeryville, CA, Dr. Mullis was frustrated by the long and difficult process necessary to produce DNA samples for study. In May of 1983, while driving out for a weekend in the country, he had an “aha!” moment inspired by his knowledge of computer programming, in which he discovered a way to exponentially increase the size of a DNA sample by repeatedly heating and cooling it. Over the summer Mullis worked on his idea, eventually coming up with a prototype machine, initially dismissed by his employers, but now indispensable to medical and biological research. 

Mullis describes the process in his book, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field: “If I could locate a thousand sequences out of billions with one short piece of DNA, I could use another short piece to narrow the search. This one would be designed to bind to a sequence just down the chain from the first sequence I had found. It would scan over the thousand possibilities out of the first search to find just the one I wanted. And using the natural properties of DNA to replicate itself under certain conditions that I could provide, I could make that sequence of DNA between the sites where the two short search strings landed reproduce the hell out of itself.”

Other auction highlights include:

  • First edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, estimated at U.S. $70,000-90,000
  • Second edition of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus (Basel: 1566) proposing the revolutionary theory that the earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, estimated at U.S. $80,000-120,000
  • An autograph manuscript by Isaac Newton in Latin and English, entitled: “Praeparatio mercurij ad lapidem per regulu/ am ferrum et Lunam , ex mss. Phi Americani” [Preparation of mercury to a stone through metallic antinomy and silver: from a manuscript of an American philosopher] with an estimate of U.S. $100,000-150,000.

View the catalogue online. Auction preview hours (open to the public): In San Francisco, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. PST; Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST; and Feb. 6 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. PST. In Pasadena, Feb. 11 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. PST; Feb. 12 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. PST; Feb. 13 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. PST; and Feb. 14 from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. PST.

For more information and/or high-resolution images, contact Kristin Guiter at (917) 206-1692 or kristin.guiter@bonhams.com (U.S.) or press@bonhams.com (U.K.).

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge, Oxford and Edinburgh; in the U.S., in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit www.bonhams.com.

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9780271071114.jpgNew York, NY, February 2, 2016 — Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts, the exhibition catalogue that accompanied the eponymous exhibition which was on view at the Morgan from October 30, 2015 through January 18, 2016, has won a Trade Illustrated design award at the 2016 American Association of University Presses Book, Jacket and Journal Show. The show took place January 21-22 in New York City, and 37 books and 40 jackets and covers were selected for honors from 258 books, 3 journals, and 348 jacket and cover design entries. 

Authored by John BidwellAstor Curator and Department Head of Printed Books & Bindings at the Morgan, as well as curator of the exhibitionGraphic Passion is co-published by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Pennsylvania State University Press. The publication includes contributions by Michael M. Baylson, Frances Batzer Baylson, Sheelagh Bevan, and Jay McKean Fisher. 

Graphic Passion recounts the publication history of nearly fifty books illustrated by Matisse, including masterworks such as Mallarmé's Poésies, Lettres portugaises, and Jazz. It is the first comprehensive, in-depth analysis of his book-production ventures and the first systematic survey of this topic in English. Drawing on unpublished correspondence and business documents, it contains new information about his illustration methods, typographic precepts, literary sensibilities, and staunch opinions on the role of the artist in the publication process.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 12.05.52.pngParis - After a series of European exhibitions in Brussels, Milan, Munich and Vienna, Artcurial will host an auction in Paris on February 22nd and 23rd entitled, Le regard de Pierre Hebey - Les Passions Moderées. This exceptional event will be organised in collaboration with Camard & Associés and celebrates the artistic passion of Pierre Hebey as an avid collector. Forty years of his remarkable collecting will be up for auction in four parts - Firstly, Art Deco followed by Modern Art, rare illustrated books and finally 19th century French sculpture.

“The Artcurial exhibition of Pierre Hebey’s collection invites passionate art lovers to discover the eclecticism, the personality, the education, elegance, poetry, mystery and great emotion of a collector who has gone down in this century’s history.” explains Fabien Naudan, vice-president of Artcurial.

Francis Briest, chairman of the supervisory board and strategy at Artcurial, adds: “A collector is a desirous soul who comes alive with a intimate passion which leads them on a whirlwind journey to strange destinations. A collector is the “the man with soles of wind,” as described by Rimbaud - on a perpetual quest to find the missing piece. The collector reminds us of the verse by Lamartine: “Inanimate objects, do you have a soul, which sticks to our soul and forces it to love?”

Pierre Hebey was born in Algeria in 1926. After studying law in France he became a lawyer recognised by the Paris bar in 1946. In 1973 he married Geneviève and together they formed one of the most important French collector couples of 20th century artwork. They shared the same love of Art Deco furniture and built up one of the biggest collections worldwide alongside those belonging to Hélène Rochas and Yves Saint-Laurent. This auction will include several exceptional pieces of furniture from Eugène Printz or Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and also objects by René Lalique, ceramics by André Metthey and lamps by Edgar Brandt.

Specialised in intellectual property law, Pierre Hebey gained a reputation as a lawyer advising famous French actors and also artists such as Max Ernst, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle and Bram Van Velde. With his clients he forged sound friendships and this is reflected in the artwork amongst the collection. In this particular auction, one will discover works by Marc Chagall, Roberto Matta, Pierre Soulages and Pierre Alechinsky.

Between 1995 and 2000, Pierre Hebey dedicated himself to writing. He was passionate about literature and published around 15 works (novels, essays and collections of short stories, mainly through Gallimard). He also collected books and built up a collection of artistic and humanist books specialising in Surrealist and Dadaist movements. The auction will offer some remarkable books from this collection including literary classics (Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Eluard...) and several illustrated books by Jean Arp, Joan Miró, Man Ray and Hans Bellmer.

Throughout his life, Pierre Hebey kept a sharp eye on auction house sales, antique sales and flea markets, always on the look out for a unique object. He was a thirsty hunter and had acquired vast knowledge in this sector. With his wife Geneviève, they lived surrounded by their finds, each of which reflected their taste, their passion and profound respect of arts and artists. Like with many legendary art collectors, today one talks about the ‘Hebey eye’ which relates to Hebey’s collecting techniques and his subjective way of perceiving art which mixes art history, human genius, artistic audacity, mystery and emotion. This is particularly apparent in the collection of French bronze sculptures from the 19th century gathered by Pierre Hebey. Artcurial will sell almost 200 bronze works from the collection including pieces by Antoine- Louis Barye, Emmanuel Fremiet, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Christophe Fratin.

In agreement with Geneviève Hebey, Artcurial was keen to propose a series of events around this auction which will enable the public to gain a better understanding of Pierre Hebey, the man himself and his collection. As well as the European and Parisian exhibitions, Artcurial will organize a week of cultural events including conferences and book signings in his honour. The catalogue will pay tribute to Pierre Hebey and include several literary contributions made by his friends - A text by David McNeil, an introduction by the chef Michel Guérard, an essay by Bernard Pivot and an analytical text by Serge Lemoine.

"We are going to sell some objects from one or two of your Ali baba caves, the people who are going to purchase your paintings, drawings, bronze sculptures or pieces of furniture will cherish the object that much more as it was carefully picked out by you with such enthusiasm. Your eyes were on a constant look out as though you were scared of missing something and these beady and passionate eyes sought out each of these magical objects," remembers David McNeil, a close friend of Pierre Hebey, in the auction catalogue.


Sale Monday 22nd February 2016 at 7pm

Throughout his career as a lawyer specialising in intellectual propery law, Pierre Hebey defended and advised plenty of artists. Over time, many became his friends and he was happy to purchase works directly from them. The Modern Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art collection belonging to Pierre and Geneviève Hebey not only reflects the couple’s artistic taste but also the friendly affinities with certain artists. The collection took a turning point in the years 1990-2000 when the couple decided to seperate from part of the art deco collection and concentrate on 20th century art. Pierre Hebey’s interest in Surrealism was accentuated by his friendship with Max Ernst and is illustrated in the sale by the work of Roberto Matta Morphologie psychologique de l’angoisse from 1938. This is an extremely important piece in the artist ‘s career as it was one of his first surrealist works of art. In the modern art section, it is worth highlighting the oil on canvas, L’écuyère from 1976 by another friend of Pierre Hebey, Marc Chagall. The auction will also include another piece by Marc Chagall, using the direct method of stone sculpting. In the Post-War and Contemporary sections, Artcurial will offer around 60 works of art by artists who were familiar to the couple, Pierre Alchinsky, Pierre Soulages, Jean Tinguely, Wifredo Lam, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Bram van Velde.


Sale Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at 11am

As a well known writer and intellectual, Pierre Hebey surounded himself with books throughout his life and built up an impressive collection of works published between the end of the 18th century and the end of the 20th century which demonstrate the extent of his bibliophilia.

With over 130 books, this part of the auction not only re-groups litterary classics but also important Surrealist masterpieces. Highlights include:

-Original print editions by Louis Aragon, André Breton, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Paul Éluard, Gustave Flaubert, Arthur Rimbaud...

-Signed autographs by Guillaume Apollinaire, Robert Desnos, Alfred Jarry, Tristan Tzara (to Juan Gris)...

-Illustrated books by Pierre Alechinsky, Jean Arp, Hans Bellmer, Pierre Bonnard, Raoul Dufy, Max Ernst and Joan Miró...

-Decorative bindings by Rose Adler, Paul Bonet, Pierre-Lucien Martin, Marius Michel...

CHAPTER 3 : 19th CENTURY FRENCH SCULPTURE Sale Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at 2pm

"For the interior decoration it was always me, but for the actual purchases it was always down to Pierre," confids Genviève Hebey. Objects and sculptures are placed alongside canvases by artist friends and pieces of exceptional art deco furniture and reflect the personal taste belonging to the collector, just like the 19th century bronze part of the collection. On February 23rd, Artcurial will sell a group of 19th century French sculptures of almost 200 pieces.


Sale Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at 7pm

One can’t talk about Hebey without mentionning art deco. For over 40 years, the couple were passionate about collecting important pieces of furntiure and objects from this great 20th century decorative art movement. With Yves Saint-Laurent, Hélène Rochas and Karl Lagerfeld, they constituted one of the greatest art deco collections in the world. In 1999 at the turn of the century, the couple decided to part from a selection of this collection and organised a memorable auction of 54 items of furniture by Jacques Émile Ruhlmann. The couple kept hold of the most sentimental objects and decided to focus on collecting modern and contemporary art. On February 23rd, the art deco works which the couple has chosen to keep hold of, will be up for auction. Highlights amongst the 150 pieces on offer include leading artists who represented the art deco movement such as: Eugène Printz, Maurice Jallot, Jean Dunand, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, Paul Iribe, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jean-Michel Frank, Louis Süe and André Mare. For the artistic works, key pieces by Jean Mayodon, André Thuret, Adrien Dalpayrat, René Lalique and André Metthey will be sold.

A hundred years ago, a bomb explosion was the pretext that San Francisco authorities needed to prosecute the militant left-wing labor organizer Tom Mooney on trumped-up murder charges. Mooney's false conviction set off a 22-year campaign for his exoneration. The Yale Law Library, with a collection of over 150 items on the Mooney case, has mounted an exhibition marking the centennial of Mooney's arrest.

"Free Tom Mooney! The Yale Law Library's Tom Mooney Collection" is on display through May 27. The exhibition was curated by Lorne Bair and Hélène Golay of Lorne Bair Rare Books, and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Yale Law Library.

The campaign to free Tom Mooney created an enormous number of print and visual materials, including legal briefs, books, pamphlets, movies, flyers, stamps, poetry, and music. It enlisted the support of such figures as James Cagney, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, and George Bernard Shaw. It made Mooney, for a brief time, one of the world's most famous Americans. The Law Library's collection is a rich resource for studying the Mooney case, the American Left in the interwar years, and the emergence of modern media campaigns.

The exhibition is on display February 1 - May 27, 2016, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT). Images of items from the exhibit can be viewed in the Law Library's Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yalelawlibrary/sets/72157661480083160.

Nathan Benn: Kodachrome Memory, American Pictures 1972-1990 opens February 9 through April 3, 2016, in the Harnett Museum of Art. Nathan Benn (American, born 1950) is a documentary photographer who was an acclaimed full-time photographer for the National Geographic Society for nearly twenty years. The exhibition of his photographs taken from 1972 to 1990 focuses on people in their everyday lives with an emphasis on social and regional diversity. The selection of images features areas of the nation east of the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast. His works reveal a social commentary on America during the last quarter of the twentieth century as he traveled around the United States taking photographs for the magazine. The artist’s use of color photography for social documentary reportage disputes the idea that black-and-white photography was the only medium for serious documentary photography in the pre-digital era.

Benn’s use of Kodachrome gives his photographs the lush colors and quality of light the process made possible, and his works evoke a “Kodachrome memory” of late twentieth century in America. Kodachrome is the brand name for the color reversal film introduced by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1935. It was one of the first successful color films and was used widely for cinematography, still photography, and publication quality images for print media. Kodachrome stopped being manufactured in 2009.

The exhibition features more than forty evocative color photographs depicting everyday American life. Included in the exhibition are images of tourists at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, office workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an affluent fox hunter in Wenham, Massachusetts, urban landscapes, countryside laborers, post-industrial cities, small towns on the wane, and young faces that give a glimpse of America from all walks of life.

Benn started photographing for National Geographic when he was twenty-one years old. He left the organization in 1991 to pursue his interest in emerging digital imaging technology opportunities and founded the first online commercial picture library. He was later the director of the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos.

The exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions and coordinated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums. At the University Museums, the exhibition and related programs are made possible in part with funds from the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund. An accompanying catalogue published by Powerhouse Books, Brooklyn, is available.


Monday, February 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

6 p.m., Artist’s Talk, Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts

“Oak Leaves, Potatoes, and Kodachrome: Eighty Years of Color at National Geographic

Nathan Benn, artist

7 to 8 p.m., Opening reception and preview of the exhibition

Harnett Museum of Art, University Museums


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

26b7b912-d219-4702-8066-899aec529f35.jpgThis 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 western exploration and Native American Indian history.  Titles relating to the history of Manhattan will be offered, including large atlases.  A group of important printings of the "Little Red Book" from the Chinese Cultural Revolution will be offered along with antique ephemera lots.     

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1733 printing of Gordon's "Geography Anatomiz'd or the Geographical Grammar," produced with fold-out engraved maps, a 1799 first edition of the landmark work by Knox, "An Essay on the Best System of Liberal Education," and a Bible from the Henry Van Lennep estate, printed in 1698 and owned by Isaac Bird.  Other scarce titles include the 1843 first edition of Shaw's "Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages," published in two volumes with engravings, the 1801 three-volume printing of Edwards' "The History Civil and Commercial of the British Colonies in the West Indies" featuring fold-out plates and maps, and the deluxe decorative leather, four-volume 1870's production of Lacroix's "The Middle Ages and Renaissance."           

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a broad selection of desirable early titles chronicling the history of the opening of the American West.  Headline pieces from this group include the 1883 printing of Farmer's "Resources of the Rocky Mountains," an original copy of Parker's "Kansas and Nebraska Handbook for 1857-8," retaining the original fold-out map, and the 1875 "War Department Report of a Reconnaissance from Carroll Montana Territory on the Upper Missouri," including Yellowstone content and fold-out maps.  Additional lots will include scarce titles from categories such as New York City, Native American Indians, history of the Orient, Civil War, travel & exploration (middle east, arctic, etc.), Communist China, multi-volume sets, military history, railroad, botany, horticulture, agriculture, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Antique ephemera lots include antique engravings, Americana, periodicals, magazines (bound and loose), cartography, vintage and antique pulp, postcards, railroad, travel, original correspondence, photographs, billheads, and other genres.

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 2014 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.

Lot-99-Ansel-Adams.jpgNew York— On Thursday, February 25, Swann Galleries will offer Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, an auction highlighting photography’s unique ability to be a medium of both art and information.

Headlining the sale is a mural-sized silver print of Ansel Adams’s iconic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 (reprocessed in 1948), printed in the early to mid-1950s. This rare print was originally a gift from Adams to Edwin Land, the inventor who co-founded the Polaroid Corporation. Land later presented the print to Edward Mills Purcell, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who served with Land on President Eisenhower’s Science Advisory Committee (the precursor to NASA). The photograph, which has remained in the Purcell family since, is the only 1950s print of Moonrise known to appear at a public auction. Moonrise is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000. Several other examples of Adams’s majestic landscape photography are also featured, including The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, silver print, 1942, printed 1970s ($30,000 to $50,000).

Documentary photographs like Dorothea Lange’s 1934 silver print The General Strike, Policeman, give a window into not just ages past, but the beginnings of the documentary genre. Lange photographed several protests before the General Strike in San Francisco, and hung photos in her studio, unsure how to best use them. Eventually, her photographs would appear in print and come to represent some of the most iconic images from the period. The General Strike, Policeman is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.  

Other photographs that uniquely capture and tell the stories of notable figures and eras include Garry Winogrand’s signed portfolio 15 Big Shots, 1955-81, printed 1983, fifteen silver prints in Winogrand’s signature street style depicting pop culture and political figures from JFK to Muhammad Ali ($25,000 to $35,000). Winogrand signed no more than 30 copies of this portfolio before his untimely death in 1984. While Winogrand captured heavy-hitters, Diane Arbus (who was photographed for 15 Big Shots), captured powerful portraits of everyday citizens to track the social landscape. Her 1963 silver print Teenage couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C. (printed later), is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Contemporary photographers like Peter Beard push the boundaries of the medium with pieces like I’ll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, a silver print with unique hand applications in blood, black ink, and magenta, blue and purple inks, 1965, printed 1990s ($20,000 to $30,000); while Sally Mann plumbs the depths of familial intimacy with works like Fallen Child, silver print, 1989 ($10,000 to $15,000). Hiroshi Sugimoto’s 1993 silver print Stadium Drive-In, Orange plays with time as it captures the length of a film with a single exposure ($8,000 to $12,000).

Innovation and technology are always intimately intertwined with photography. Such is the case with an album of 25 photographs of snowflakes by Wilson A. Bentley. The first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885 using the ingenious technique of adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, Bentley would eventually capture over 5,000 images of snow crystals, including the 25 in this portfolio of gold-chloride toned microphotographs from glass plate negatives, 1888-1927 ($20,000 to $30,000).  Experimentation with technology and technique was also a constant goal for surrealist Man Ray, whose signed, self-titled book Man Ray is illustrated with photogravures of his rayographs and solarized imagery, among his other photography. The copy included in the sale is a first edition, signed and inscribed by the artist in 1934 ($7,000 to $10,000).

Vernacular photography captures stories from a wide range of (often anonymous) visual tale-tellers. The scale of these stories varies wildly, from a group of 36 photographs capturing the horror of the Hindenburg disaster ($3,500 to $4,500), to an album entitled Season 1923, New York to Frisco, 57 behind-the-scenes snapshots showing the everyday lives of performers and families traveling with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus ($2,000 to $3,000).

The auction will be held Thursday February 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public, with an exhibition opening Saturday, February 20 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, February 22 through Wednesday, January 24 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Also available by appointment.

An illustrated auction catalogue will be 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 Daile Kaplan at 212-254-4710, extension 21, or via e-mail at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Lot 99: Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, mural-sized silver print, 1941, printed early 1950s. Estimate $200,000 to $300,000.

d4fc8e0c79247ac07ee293c02ed87e90c1e83310.jpegBOSTON, MA - An unprecedented archive originating from the estate of author Mario Puzo will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

A highlight of the collection is Godfather I material that includes; thousands of pages, notes, and drafts, of a multitude of versions of both the novel manuscript and the film screenplay that sheds light on never-before-released information regarding Puzo’s character, scene, and dialogue development, and his legendary collaboration with director Francis Ford Coppola. 

All in all, there are nine partial copies of the Godfather I script in various stages of completion, many of which have important notations in Puzo’s own hand; present is a beautiful handwritten piece of Vito dialogue where the author himself pens, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

On the same page, Puzo also wrote to Coppola, “I’m very sure Clemenza and Tessio should not know GF will kill Fanucci. This one time the murder should not be discussed.” Apparently at one point, the script included Fanucci being murdered in front of his family Puzo was opposed to this, and obviously won the argument. He wrote: “You cannot have Vito kill Fanucci with daughters present... it makes him less sympathetic. Remember these killings are business not personal. As sheer good manners, GFs do not kill men in front of their wives and children.”

Included is an original 744-page typed working draft manuscript (for The Godfather novel, then titled “Mafia,” featuring a plethora of important handwritten amendations by the novelist. In addition is the presence of six large oak tag storyboards outlining the lengthy nine-section novel. A later-stage 15-page handwritten outline of The Godfather novel’s nine sections is present as well, providing irrefutable proof that the novelist based character Johnny Fontane on Frank Sinatra.

''The Godfather'' made the Corleones the most famous—and infamous—of Mafia families and the enduring myth defined the American Pop-culture landscape,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Highlights include:

• A 744-page working draft manuscript for the Godfather novel, originally titled “Mafia.”

• Six large, storyboards outlining the Godfather novel’s progression.

• A 15-page handwritten Godfather novel outline revealing that Johnny Fontane was based on Frank Sinatra.

• Puzo’s 1965 Olympia typewriter, almost certainly used to write the Godfather novel .

• Countless examples of Puzo’s handwritten amendments to iconic aspects of the Godfather I and II screenplays; along with a couple of Coppola’s annotations.

• Insightful typed and handwritten correspondence between Puzo and Coppola regarding all three Godfather films.

• Puzo’s copy of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather ‘Bible’, an enormous, impeccably organized three-ring binder covering virtually every aspect of filming.

• Pages upon pages of fully handwritten Godfather I and II scenes and dialogue.

• Fantastic material illuminating the progression of Godfather II, from Puzo’s initial draft to the final product, with Coppola’s invaluable input.

• A couple of Puzo handwritten instances of “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” 

• Work on other important screenplays such as 1974’s Earthquake and 1978’s Superman

• First draft, hand-annotated manuscripts of the author’s books, including early works 1955’s The Dark Arena and his personal pride, 1965’s The Fortunate Pilgrim.

Expertly organized within 45 banker’s boxes, this collection surveys the lifework of Puzo on a scale never-before-seen, and is highlighted by the book-to-screen progression of the work that defined Puzo’s career.

Online bidding for the Literary Rarities auction from RR Auction will begin on February 11, 2016 and conclude on February 18, 2016, at 6PM ET. At 7:00PM ET, a live auction of the Mario Puzo Archive will take place at the company’s Boston Gallery.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

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