March 2016 Archives

Utopia.jpgShapero Modern is delighted to present a new print by the acclaimed British artist Stephen Walter, 13th - 30th April, 2016.

Entitled Nova Utopia, the artwork is inspired by Thomas More’s philosophical novel Utopia, and a map of the world he imagined drawn by Abraham Ortelius. More’s book, which was published 500 years ago in 1516, depicts. Walter’s map updates this to the 21st century, showing a world of mass tourism, package holidays, retirement homes, luxury resorts, banking districts and cultural hotspots.

Nova Utopia is presented inside a ‘Hagioscope Frame’, with a movable magnifying glass lens, so rather than Utopia being a place for everybody, only one person may view a detail of the map at a time, creating a very personal, local experience that becomes a kind of metaphor for how utopias may be seen today.

Says Walter: ‘This map is essentially a collection of a number of utopian and dystopian manifestations, some that I yearn for, and also some of the things that I wish didn’t exist.

Image: Nova Utopia, 2013. Archival digital print with protective and UV glaze, 133.5 x 171.5 cm. © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern.

fZ4cWDl copy.jpgA handwritten draft by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of his 1893 Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Case of the Greek Interpreter, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Literature sale in New York on 11 April. It is estimated at $380,000-420,000 (£275,000-300,000). 

The Case of the Greek Interpreter is best known for the first appearance of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft and is among a treasure-trove of Sherlock Holmes’ material included in the sale which also features: 

  • The handwritten manuscript of The Problem of Thor Bridge - estimate $250,000-350,000 (£180,000-250,000) - written in 1922 and one of the last Sherlock Homes mysteries. The story is notable for its reference to Dr Watson’s tin box, kept safe on a bank vault and crammed with notes on Holmes’s cases.
  • A handwritten page from probably the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, which marked the return of the detective in 1901/2 after his supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls. As a publicity stunt, individual pages from the original manuscript were distributed to book shops in the United States. Inevitably, many were lost or stolen and the surviving pages are scarce and much prized. This page - from Chapter XIII - is especially valuable because it is one of the few of the remaining sheets that feature Holmes and Watson discussing the case. It is estimated at $100,000-150,000 (£70,000-110,000).

An article by John Sutherland on the background to the texts is featured in the latest edition of Bonhams Magazine: http://www.bonhams.com/magazine/21317/.

The sale also features a reminder of Doyle’s other career as a writer of romantic historical novels, in the handwritten 561-page manuscript of Rodney Stone: a Reminiscence of the Ring.  Written in 1895, and set in 1851, the work brings together Rodney, sent to London to acquire the ways of a man-about-town, and his childhood friend, aspiring bare knuckle fighter Boy Jim, to solve a murder mystery. The estimate is $80,000-100,000 (£60,000-70,000). 

The sale is particularly rich in late 19th and early 20th century literature and also offers:

  • Chapters 12 - 25 of When the Sleeper Awakes by H G Wells written between 1898 and 1903. It tells the story of a man who falls asleep in 1897 and wakes in 2010 to find himself the richest man in the world and was loosely adapted by Woody Allen for his 1973 comedy Sleeper.  It is estimated at $120,000-180,000 (£85,000-130,000).
  • Draft and fair copies of Wilkie Collins play The New Magdalen from 1871/2 which was written simultaneously with the novel of the same name.  The Magdalen of the title refers to a reformed prostitute and the play was a huge hit, was translated into several languages and ran for 19 consecutive months at the Olympic Theatre off Drury Lane where Collins staged equally successful dramatisations of his novels The Moonstone and Woman in White.  The lot carries an estimate of $60,000-80,000 (£45,000-60,000). 

Image: Arthur Conan Doyle's draft of The Case of the Greek Interpreter, estimated at $380,000-420,000 (£275,000-300,000).

 

PBA Galleries Sale 582, Fine Books in All Fields with Illustrated & Children's Books took place on March 24, 2016. Along with a variety of other illustrated books, the sale featured a collection of comic books from the late Wayne Martin, an avid collector of autographs, books and ephemera from many fields. This was the first major comic collection offered by PBA and the results lived up to expectations, with many of the comics bringing impressive prices. The comics brought a high level of attention from potential buyers, with a number participants by telephone and real-time bidding over the internet, as well as by those who left earlier proxy bids.

The highlight of the comic collection was a very fine copy the rare 35 cent variant of Marvel's Star Wars #1 from 1977, which sold for a record breaking $7,200. This comic is considered to be one of the most valuable and sought after comic books of the Bronze Age (1970-1985). Marvel typically tested price increases on a limited basis before rolling out the increase to all titles, and approximately only 1,500 copies of the first printing priced at 35 cents are thought to exist; all others being priced at 30 cents. The timing was great for this book, with the new film bringing the Star Wars saga back into the media spotlight.

 Another rare item that performed well was a pristine copy of the first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, which sold for $3,900. This book was the beginning of what would soon become a phenomenon in the 1980's and 90's, spawning popular films, cartoon show and video games. The book features the origin and first appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter, and Shredder, with a wraparound cover by creator Kevin Eastman. Only 3,000 copies were printed of this independent rarity, and it is hard to find in good condition. One of the most sought after books from the Copper Age (1985-1991) of comics.

Undeniably the most unique item in the collection was a copy of Dick Lupoff's history of comics, All In Color For a Dime, which sold for $1,440. The book in itself is not particularly valuable, but Wayne Martin spent over a decade filling the book with autographs and sketches from the legends of the comic book industry. The book is signed by the author and over 100 comic industry giants throughout the volume. Signatures include Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Marion Zimmer Bradley, R. Crumb, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Jaime Hernandez, Marv Wolfman, David Prowse (Darth Vader) and many others. The volume is signed by many artists along with sketches of the characters they are famous for, including Sergio Aragone, Art Spiegelman, Rob Liefeld, Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, P. Craig Russell, Arthur Adams, CharlesVess and many, many others. A truly one of a kind item for fans and collectors.

The X-men made a good showing as well, with a very nice copy of Giant Size X-men #1 going for $1080. The book is a highly collectible milestone of Marvel Comics, featuring the first appearances of many of the X-men's most popular characters, including Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Thunderbird. This is the first issue of the X-men to feature the fan favorite Wolverine, and is his second full-length appearance in any comic book, after his debut in The Incredible Hulk #'s 180 and 181. X-men # 94 sold for $300, the first issue in the regular series to feature the new team, signed by award winning writer Chris Clairemont.

The collection featured a number of wonderful comics from the Golden Age (1930's-1950's), the highlight being Flash #'s 101 and 104 from the 1940's, the pair of them selling for an impressive $2,700. Issue 104 is considered to be the last Golden Age appearance of the Flash, who would not appear again in his own book for the better part of a decade. Golden age comics did well overall in the sale.  Detective Comics # 142, featuring the second appearance of the Riddler sold for $1200. Three issues of DC's sci-fi series Mysteries in Space, featuring art by Frank Frazetta and Gil Kane went for $1020. Issues of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Submariner made nice showings as well. Perhaps the most unique of the Golden Age comics was Our Gang Comics #1 from 1942, which was the first comic version of the film/TV series, featuring stories and art by Walt Kelly who went on to fame with his Pogo series, going for $300.

Overall, the collection's performance shows that it's an exciting time for comic book collectors, with many of the titles bringing very strong prices. The complete catalogue for the auction, with prices realized, is at www.pbagalleries.com. Note that all prices listed include the buyer’s premium.

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

Lot 37-Alfred Stieglitz copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, April 19, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks, featuring dynamic portraits alongside contemporary and vernacular photographs.

Among the highlights is Ormond Gigli's marvelous image, Girls in the Windows, New York City, a 1960 chromogenic print (printed later), which captures the urban fantasy of fashion imagery. Gigli's studio was across the street from a row of brownstones slated for demolition. Apparently, the supervisor agreed to the shoot provided his wife was featured in the picture. As a result, models, socialites, Gigli's wife and the supervisor's wife are arranged in a colorful display. Girls in the Windows, New York City is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.  

The sale is punctuated by many dynamic portraits of notable figures, from Billie Holiday to Henri Matisse. Portraits of writers include André Kertész’s Colette, Paris, silver print, 1930 (printed circa 1970) ($3,000 to $4,500); as well as Doris Ulmann’s 1920s platinum print of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay ($2,500 to $3,500). Portraits of actors include like Herb Ritts’s 1988 silver print Jack Nicholson II, London ($6,000 to $9,000), and Philippe Halsman’s Halsman/Marilyn 1952-59 (printed 1981), a portfolio with ten silver prints of Marilyn Monroe ($6,000 to $9,000). Richard Avedon’s 1966 silver print Robert Frank, photographer, Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia, shows the notoriously quiet Swiss-born photographer enjoying a playful moment with a dog ($7,000 to $10,000). 

Frank’s Welsh Miners, silver print, 1951-53 (printed circa 1970) is also featured in the sale. The photo is from a series of almost 100 photographs of London bankers and Welsh miners the photographer took between 1951 and 1953, before his landmark book The Americans. Welsh Miners is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Other auction highlights include Alfred Stieglitz's 1897 photogravure Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, a painterly photograph where Stieglitz plays with the reflective nature of the rain-damp pavement ($20,000 to $30,000). Also featured is Man Ray's rare 1920 real-photo postcard Marcel Duchamp's "A Regarder d'Un Oeil, De Prés Pendant Presque Une Heure" ($15,000 to $20,000).

Photobooks in the sale includes a first edition of William Mortensen’s Selected Quatrains from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with Camera Projections, 1925. This rare hand-bound volume is signed by Mortensen and comes from the collection of his first wife; it is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500. Also included is John Gossage’s rare self-published LAMF (Like A Motherfucker ­- 3 Days In Berlin, 1987), with twenty-seven silver prints ($4,000 to $6,000).

Among the contemporary photographs in the sale, William Eggleston’s Untitled (Wonder Bread products on a shelf), dye-transfer print, 1974, highlights the amazing in the everyday ($10,000 to $15,000). Sally Mann’s ominous Untitled (Deep South #7: Dark Glow), 1988 (printed 1999), is an oversized silver print that has been toned with tea and printed by Mann from the original wet collodion negative ($8,000 to $12,000).

Rounding out the sale are vernacular photographs and albums spanning a wide array of subjects. A group of fifty-seven Depression-era photographs of New York from the archive of Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen depicts a point of view that is both modernist and historical ($2,500 to $3,500). Also featured is a group of twenty cyanotypes shot between 1899 and 1902 documenting the construction of a large trestle bridge in the south of France ($5,000 to $7,500).

The auction will be held Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, April 14 though Saturday, April 16 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 18 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks Daile Kaplan at 212-254-4710, extension 18 or dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 37: Alfred Stieglitz, Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, photogravure, 1897. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao has announced that Marilynne Robinson, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Gilead" and "Home," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 24.

The National Book Festival and the prize ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The annual Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that—throughout long, consistently accomplished careers—have told us something new about the American experience.

Mao chose Robinson based on the recommendation of a jury of distinguished authors and prominent literary critics from around the world. He said of the selection, "With the depth and resonance of her novels, Marilynne Robinson captures the American soul. We are proud to confer this prize on her and her extraordinary work."

"American literature has been a kind of spiritual home to me for as long as I have been aware of it. So this award could not be more gratifying," Robinson said.

Previous winners of the prize are Louise Erdrich (2015), E. L. Doctorow (2014) and Don DeLillo (2013). Under its previous name, the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for fiction, the awardees were Philip Roth (2012), Toni Morrison (2011), Isabel Allende (2010), and John Grisham (2009). In 2008, the Library presented Pulitzer-Prize winner Herman Wouk with a lifetime achievement award for fiction writing.

Robinson was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1943. She is the author of four novels: "Lila" (2014), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Home" (2008), winner of the Orange Prize (UK) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; "Gilead" (2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Housekeeping" (1980), winner of PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her five nonfiction books include "The Givenness of Things: Essays" (2015) and "The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought" (1998).

Robinson’s many other honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Fund, the National Humanities Medal, and the American Academy of Religion in the Arts Award. Robinson, a longtime faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robinson lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is a deacon for the Congregational United Church of Christ.

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 award-winning website at loc.gov.

Visual art and performance art come together in a special program presented jointly by the Gershman Y and the Library Company of Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 20.  The evening begins at 5:00 PM at the Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street) with an exhibition viewing and reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, a multi-sensory exhibition curated by Philadelphia installation artist Teresa JaynesCommon Touch explores the nature of perception through original works by Jaynes and historical collections that document the education of the blind in the 19th century.

Following the viewing and reception, the evening moves to the Gershman Y (corner of Broad and Pine Streets) at 6:30 PM for a live performance by the renowned Terry Galloway of You Are My Sunshine - A Kind of Love Story.  Galloway offers her humorous perspective on life after receiving a cochlear implant and being thrust into a world of sound. You Are My Sunshine is a comic, sometimes moving, sometimes profane exploration of what happens to a woman after she literally regains her senses.  The performance will be followed by a discussion with Galloway and Haverford College Professor Kristin Lindgren, PhD.  Lindgren was a key organizer of Haverford College’s 2012 exhibition, What Can a Body Do? which explored disability through the visual arts, poetry, and scholarship.

Admission to the exhibition viewing and reception, as well as the performance, is free, but advance registration is required by calling 215-545-4400 or visiting GershmanY.org.

Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind is a multimedia exhibition that looks at historical embossed and raised-letter documents for the visually impaired as a starting point for a multi-sensory exploration of the nature of perception. Inspired by her research in the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind, artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes has curated an exhibition that combines her own original works with historical collections.  This exhibit is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Terry Galloway, a 2013 Alpert Award nominee, is a writer, director and performer for stage, radio, video, and film.  Her theater work has been produced in venues ranging from the American Place Theater in New York to the Zap Club in Brighton, England; her short videos have been featured in film festivals all over the world; and her poems, essays, and non-fiction have been widely anthologized.  She co-founded and became the artistic director for several companies including the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Florida, a 25-year old nonprofit theater for the queer, disabled, minority community that teaches novices the art of writing, performing, and producing original cabarets, radio shows, and short comic videos.  Under Galloway’s guidance, Faust has generated over 600 original theater scripts, produced 49 hour-long cabarets of original materials, and created 21 video shorts that have been featured in over 106 national and international film festivals and garnered over 31 awards for filmmaking excellence. 

Galloway’s eclectic performance history has been recognized with numerous awards, including five CPB Awards for Excellence in Writing for Khan-du, a television series targeted toward children with disabilities and seen on PBS’ KLRU; two B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Script and Best Actress for her solo performance Out All Night & Lost My Shoes from the Austin Circle of Theaters; three Public Radio New Directors Incorporated, Commentary Awards; and the Best Theater Activism Award from the Austin Chronicle for co-founding Actual Lives Austin, an activist theater for adults with disabilities.  Her memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer, became a Lambda Award finalist and a winner of the Golden Crown award for non-fiction, and earned Galloway one of her three Florida Division Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Awards - one for literature, and two for theater.

The Gershman Y, a vibrant cultural and community center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts, is dedicated to celebrating the rich diversity, breadth, and vitality of the Jewish experience.   Offering a broad array of artistic, cultural, and educational experiences and outreach initiatives informed by Jewish values that inspire like-minded individuals to connect, converse, and create, the Gershman Y’s programs examine and rethink Jewish arts and culture for a new generation seeking to define what it means to be Jewish today.

Declaration Heritage copy.jpgNEW YORK - A rare July 1776 Broadside Printing of the Declaration of Independence by Ezekiel Russell of Salem, Massachusetts-Bay - the Colony's authorized edition - which was sent to an Ipswich Pastor to be read to his congregation, will cross the auction block in New York on April 5, 2016. It is estimated to bring $160,000+. 

“The earliest broadside printings of the Declaration, of which this is one, were ephemeral in nature and extremely few have survived to this day,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions, the company conducting the auction. “This document was printed within days of the founding of the United States and has survived almost 250 years since that time. It’s an extraordinary thing.”

The Declaration was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, proclaiming the 13 American colonies to be independent sovereign states, no longer part of the British Empire, but rather part of a new nation, the United States of America.

It’s a common, but erroneous, assumption that the familiar handwritten Declaration, with its numerous signatures below, was the original drafted version of the document. That version was not written until July 19 and not signed by all the original signers until early August. The text of this present broadside precedes that and contains the original opening title:

“In Congress, July 4, 1776. A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled.”

Originally, it was not a unanimous vote with 12 affirmative votes and one abstention. On July 9, when New York finally yes voted for independence, the opening title was changed to the version we all know:

“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”.

Once the text of the Declaration was ratified, the Congress issued it to be read to the public throughout the colonies. The first printing was a broadside printed in Philadelphia by John Dunlap on the evening of July 4, 1776, likely copied from a handwritten version by Thomas Jefferson. Throughout the next several weeks, additional versions were printed as broadsides, in books, and published in newspapers. 

On July 17, 1776, the Massachusetts Bay Council resolved to order an official printing. This copy of that printing - created by Ezekiel Russell (1743-1798), a Boston-born printer - was sent to the Rev. Lev. Frisbie, a minister in Ipswich, the tenth pastor of the First Congregationalist Church at Ipswich, MA, installed just a few months before on Feb. 7, 1776.

“This was an historic church,” said Palomino, “having been founded in 1634 as the ninth church in the Massachusetts Colony. It is likely that Rev. Frisbie read this very copy of the Declaration aloud to his congregation on the afternoon of July 21, 1776, or the next Sunday at the latest. You can imagine what an exciting event that must have been for his congregants.”

This Salem broadside text, notably, was signed in type by only two at the close: “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President. Attest, Charles Thompson [sic], Secretary”. The later version is, of course, famously signed by 56 delegates.

The document's second sentence, "”We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is one of the greatest statements ever made on the subject of human rights. 

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.

image004.pngNEW YORK—Coinciding with the current U.S. Presidential election season, Bonhams New York announces Treasures from the Caren Archive: How History Unfolds on Paper, a monumental auction on April 11 featuring important rarities from U.S. Presidential history—of special interest for new and established collectors looking to take home a revered piece of history.

Auction headliners include George Washington’s Journal (estimated at U.S. $60,000-90,000)—the second printing of this critical document leading to the French & Indian War and one of the rarest items relating to the Father of our Country. This 1754 printing is, most likely, the only American copy of the work remaining in private hands. It was published in The Maryland Gazette, March 21-28, 1754, just two months after the 22-year old Major returned from the Ohio Country with news of French insolence.

The more than 300 lots come to Bonhams from scholar and collector Eric C. Caren, who has amassed the largest private collection of historical paper in the United States. Known as the “Babe Ruth of historical collecting,” he is the author of 12 books, including co-author of The Civil War, 1861-1865 (Smithsonian Headliner Series, 2004). Part of Caren’s collection is represented in the Newseum, a distinguished institution in Washington, D.C.

Among the auction highlights are Alexander Hamilton’s Report on Public Credit and the establishment of the Bank of New York; a “wanted” poster for Jefferson Davis, ex-President of the Confederacy; an 1802 newspaper with an article about the Jefferson and Sally Hemings scandal; a very rare satirical card of Belva Lockwood, who in 1884 was the second woman to run for President.

The Caren Archive acts as a “life blood of history,” said Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Director Christina Geiger.

“The most special aspect of collecting historical documents and newspapers is that sense of immediacy, messiness, mistakes and excitement they offer—understanding what it was like to live in those times,” Caren said. “Some problems were the same and some shockingly different. History is written by the victors in books, but real history is shaped by everyone in letters, protest posters, newspapers and personal records. And, that’s what we have here - ‘old news’ - it’s very democratic.”

Presidential highlights include:

  • Printer’s Copy of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (estimated U.S. $30,000-50,000) marking the beginning of Thanksgiving in 1789. This copy was owned Isaiah Thomas, one of the most famous printers of the Revolutionary Era, who makes corrections to the mistakes as printed by Washington’s own federalist press.
  • Detailed Letter Congratulating John Adams after Winning the First Presidential Race, from Elbridge Gerry, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (estimated U.S. $10,000-15,000) also reflecting on the legacy and accomplishments of George Washington and predicting that Thomas Jefferson would be the third President.
  • Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Convening Congress to Vote on the Louisiana Purchase (estimated U.S. $25,000-35,000), July 1803, both the letter signed by Madison and the broadside by Jefferson announcing an extraordinary session of Congress to ratify the acquisition of Louisiana territory by the U.S.
  • The Authorization for the First Treaty between China and the United States (estimated U.S. $20,000-30,000), 1845, finalizing the Treaty of Wangxia. This is a milestone document, signed by American President James Polk, but of equal importance to the people of the U.S. and China.

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2016 - Twenty-nine Harper Lee signed letters will be auctioned individually by Nate D. Sanders on March 30, 3016. Lee corresponded with her friends Doris and Bill Leapard and admirer Don Salter. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

Lee thanked her friend Doris Leapard for providing her with civil rights icon Vivian Malone’s autograph in a 1999 letter. Malone was one of the first African-Americans to attend the University of Alabama. Lee wrote in part, “I shall treasure [the autograph] always. Looking back, it's incredible what people had to endure just for their basic rights. Today's young haven't a clue what their parents went through; they seem bored to hear about it...Nelle.''

The Leapards were co-founders of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. Harper Lee wrote the back-cover blurb for Doris Leapard’s 1999 memoir. Lee regularly corresponded with the Leapards  about politics and life. Lee expressed her discontent with a visitor to Leapard writing, “…the worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City…”   

Also featured in the auction are Lee’s letters to her admirer Don Salter in the 1990’s. Salter, a Mobile, Alabama resident wrote to Lee after reading a “Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time. They remained friends for four decades.

Bidding for each letter begins at $750. Additional information on the ring can be found at http://natedsanders.com/catalog.aspx?searchby=3&searchvalue=harper%20lee.

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

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

3ae08bc9-3ca8-4c49-90e7-270d79af1090.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork. Of particular interest is a broad range of selections relating to American history, including the opening of the American West.  The ephemera lots are led by an array of antique magazines and early American newspapers.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are a 1792 example of "The Whole Genuine and Complete Works of Flavius Josephus," produced with engraved plates and a folding map, the 1785 first edition of Boswell's "The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson," and the 1670 printing of "P. Ovidii Nasonis Opera Omnia."  Other scarce titles include the first edition of Marshall's "Life of George Washington," produced in five volumes over the years 1804 through 1807, the 1868 first edition of Hamerton's "Etchings and Etchers," featuring double-page and folding engraved plates, and an 1883 first state of Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi."             

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a selection of desirable early Americana titles. Headline pieces from this group include the 12-volume production of Sparks' "The Writings of George Washington," produced in 1839 and 1840 with plates and maps, and the 1824 printing of Doddridge's "Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania."  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as Jewish & Hebrew (books-on-books, early cookbooks, Judaica), history of the Middle East, New York City, decorative antique bindings, horticulture, mountaineering, Everest, travel and exploration, Native American Indians, opening of the American West, military history, polar exploration (dog sledding, eskimos, etc.), history of Canada, books-on-books, printing history and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera and collectibles. Of particular note is Joan Crawford's personal photo album of original stills taken during the shooting of the film "Harriet Craig." Antique ephemera lots include travel-related, original correspondence, early American newspapers, magazines, stamps, first-day covers, comics, engravings, lithographs, 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.

Oxford Book Fair 2016

The annual PBFA Oxford Book Fair (www.oxfordbookfair.org) is one of the largest events in the British antiquarian, rare and second-hand book, map, print and ephemera calendar.

In 2016 around 100 dealers will offer tens of thousands of rare and collectable items, ranging in price from £2 to £35,000+.

In a new venue for 2016, the Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus offers good national transport links via rail and road, with ample free on-site parking.

This year the fair coincides with 400th anniversaries of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes, and also with UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day.

In the past, the Oxford Book Fair has attracted the attention of national media with notable highlights, such as an archive of the First World War aviator who coined the term ‘joystick’ and some of the earliest photographic images of the Thames.

Venue: Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX, 

Admission: £2 or free via the website

Opening hours: Sat 23rd April Noon-6pm, Sun 24th April 10am-4pm

HIGHLIGHTS TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE FAIR 

Original and partly unpublished illustrations for one of C.S. Lewis famous Narnia series of children’s books to be exhibited at the 2016 Oxford Book Fair by Blackwell’s Rare Books:

PARTLY UNPUBLISHED

(Lewis.) BAYNES (Pauline) Original signed drawing for Prince Caspian. [p. 157, ‘See, they carry green branches...’] [n.d., circa 1951,] black ink with pencil and ink annotations to borders, 31.7 x 19cm, original creasing from publisher storage, but none touching image, trace overlay with some pencil markings fixed with tape on verso, very good. Baynes’s drawing, with her pencilled signature beneath, shows Lords Glozelle and Sopespian looking at the Centaur, Giant Wimbleweather and Edmund. The image is the same size as published in the first edition, but gains additional interest by featuring the looked-on party carrying their green branches - only the Lords themselves are depicted in the published version, and an arrow pointing to that area of the picture marks it for deletion. The other pencil markings (some in red, numerals in pen at head) refer to sizing and place in text, with a contextual quotation in Baynes’s hand captioning her illustration. £5000

A beautifully preserved example of one of the rarest of eighteenth-century European Pomonas (fruits), printed in French and German, offered at the 2016 Oxford Book Fair by Michael Kemp, Bookseller

UNIQUE COPY OF THE RAREST POMONA
KRAFT, Johann. Pomona Austriaca, ou Arbres Fruitiers d’Autriche, Représentes en Figures, Dessinées et Peintes d’Apres Nature. [Fruit Trees of Austria Represented by figures, drawings and paintings from Nature.] Abhandlung von den Obstaumen worinn ihre Gestalt, Erziehung und Pflege angezeigt und beschreiben wird mit 100 sehr feinen Abbildungen in Kupfer gestochen und nach der Natur in Farben dargestellt. [Treatise on Fruit Trees. wherein their form, growth and tending will be shown and described, with 100 very fine illustrations engraved in copper, and depicted in their natural colours.]

Vienne [Vien]: A Baumer and Rudolph Graffer, 1796 - 7. [and 1816?]. 2 volumes. Folio. [365 x 240 mm] pp. 24 [French text], xvi, 45 [35* numbered 8 times] [German text]; hand painted frontispiece of garland of flowers heightened in gilt; 100 hand coloured plates: 20 [French text], [2], 46 [German text]; 100 hand coloured plates.

The deluxe edition in folio with the coloured hand painted frontispiece; list of 37 subscribers. Contemporary tree calf with early reback, spines gilt, margin repair to page 7/8 of Volume 1 French text. The final 20 illustrations of volume 2 are laid down onto what appears to be different versions of the plates. These final plates bear captions in both German and French whereas the first 180 plates bear German captions only. The pastedowns bear a shelf ticket and pencil note “(coll) Metternich”, possibly from the library of Prince Klemens von Metternich [1773 - 1859], Austrian politician and statesman. A Fine copy of perhaps the rarest of pomological works. £37,500 

vssgaa_new-entrance_600.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif. —The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that its new 8,600 square-foot addition to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art will open on Oct. 22. Named after the lead donors for the $10.3 million building project, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing includes 5,000 square feet of gallery space with an inaugural exhibition of more than 200 works from the Fieldings’ esteemed collection of 18th- and early19th-century American works—including paintings, furniture, and related decorative art—some of which are promised gifts to The Huntington. The exhibition will offer important insights into the world of American art practice and culture of the time.

“The collection, display, and contextualization of historical American art is among our chief priorities,” said Laura Skandera Trombley, president of The Huntington. “And the educational and inspirational value of the new wing is immeasurable. It will bring to light unforgettable works made with American originality, and is sure to delight and surprise visitors of all ages. We are profoundly grateful to Jonathan and Karin Fielding for their vision and generosity.”

In related news, the original portion of the Scott Galleries, which has been undergoing reconfiguration and reinstallation, will reopen on June 18. It will feature a new room highlighting works from the Gail-Oxford Collection, a recent bequest to The Huntington of 18th-century works of American decorative art; a redesigned Dorothy Collis Brown Wing displaying works by Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene; sweeping, long sightlines across galleries; and improved visitor flow. Also opening in the original portion of the building on June 18 is a focused loan exhibition, “Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene & Greene” in the Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing (on view through Oct. 3).

Fielding Wing Architecture

Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, who also designed the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery (a 2005 addition to the same building), the new Fielding Wing features eight new rooms for art display as well as a stately glass entrance and lobby on the south side of the building that mirrors those on the north side.

The entrance, along with a reconfiguration of some of the rooms of the existing building, will improve visitor flow and make entering the galleries (that will total 26,000 square feet of display space) more inviting and intuitive. The new entry will draw visitors to the galleries naturally, with the glass lobby serving as a beacon from a popular path that leads through the Shakespeare Garden from the Huntington Art Gallery, where the renowned European art collection is displayed. In addition, the entry allows easy access to and from the historic Rose Garden Tea Room and Café.

Frederick Fisher and Partners also are designing the inaugural exhibition.

With this expansion of the Scott Galleries (the third since 2009), The Huntington will be the home of one of the largest displays of historic American art in the Western United States.

Fielding Collection Exhibition

“While the Fieldings have been collecting American art for a relatively short time, they have developed a focused and important body of historical works,” said Kevin Salatino, Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections at The Huntington. “We plan to highlight these in a creative installation that enhances their educational content as well as their powerful aesthetic qualities.”

With more than 700 examples of American painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metal, needlework, and other related decorative arts, the Fieldings’ collection is widely regarded as one of the most significant of its kind in the United Sates. The initial display of works will be grouped variously by the function of the objects, the materials from which they are made, and through the themes that they embody.

In its rich diversity, the Fielding Collection offers a rare opportunity to explore early American history through objects made for daily use and through images of the everyday people who used them. Highlights of the collection include a rare painting on panel made about 1834 by Sheldon Peck (1797-1868) portraying Samuel and Eunice Judkins, residents of Ulster County, New York; a striking portrait of a woman with a bowl of cherries, painted on panel about 1770 to 1780; a high chest of drawers made about 1774 by the Connecticut-based Eliphalet Chapin (1741-1807); a Windsor low-back settee with distinctive steam-bent arm rail made in Lancaster County, Pa., between 1760 and 1780; a rare pair of needlework pockets from about 1775, used by a woman to carry sewing implements and other items; and a Connecticut tall-case clock, with richly painted decoration and wooden works, signed by Riley Whiting (1785-1835) and made in Windsor, Conn., between 1819 and about 1828.

About The Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

Begun in earnest in 1979, when the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation of Pasadena, Calif., made a major gift to The Huntington in memory of art collector, patron, and philanthropist Virginia Steele Scott (1905-1975), The Huntington’s collection of American art has grown from an initial 50 paintings to nearly 13,000 objects. Recent acquisitions include works by Milton Avery (1885-1965), Richard Estes (b. 1932), Sargent Claude Johnson (1888-1967), and Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), as well as the Gail-Oxford Collection of 18th-century decorative art.

First opened in 1984 with 6,800 square feet of gallery space, the Scott Galleries were expanded to 16,300 square feet with the addition of the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery and completely reinstalled in 2009 to cover the history of art in the United States from the colonial period to the mid-20th century. In July of 2014, The Huntington expanded the display of American art further by opening more than 5,000 feet of gallery space focusing on works of 20th- century art in an area previously used for storage.

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Rendering of the exterior of The Huntington’s latest expansion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, set to open to the public on October 22, 2016. The new entrance faces a path leading from the Huntington Art Gallery through the Shakespeare Garden. Frederick Fisher and Partners.

Lot-68-Nova-Legenda copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, April 12, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, featuring early English books and travel texts focusing on the exploration of Central Asia.

            Standouts among the travel books include a first edition of John Biddulph’s Tribes of the Hindoo Koosh, Calcutta, 1880, previously owned by the anthropologist Sir James Frazer, writer of The Golden Bough. Tribes of the Hindoo Koosh is estimated at $1,000 to $2,000. A first edition of Sir Alexander Cunningham’s Ladák, Physical, Statistical and Historical, London, 1854, will also be on offer ($2,000 to $3,000). A pioneer in the field of mountaineering and climbing companion to the famous Aleister Crowley, Oscar Johannes Ludwig Eckenstein’s The Karakorams and Kashmir, An Account of a Journey, first edition, London, 1896, is included in the auction ($800 to $1,200). Completing the strong travel section is a run of works by Hungarian-British archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein, including a first edition of Serindia: Detailed Report of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China, Oxford, 1921. This five-volume set is from the library of Stein’s friend and collaborator Fred H. Andrews and is estimated at $6,000 to $9,000.

            The medical books selection features a scarce first edition of Matthew Turner’s An Account of the Extraordinary Medicinal Fluid, called Aether, [Liverpool], 1761, in which Turner advocated the use of ether for a wide variety of ailments, including headaches and other pain ($5,000 to $7,000). Another rarity is an early pharmacy manual, Lumen apothecariorum, Venice, 21 January 1512, by Quiricus de Augustus ($1,500 to $2,500). The Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton’s extensive study of depression, is also featured. A second edition published in Oxford, 1624, The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the most popular psychiatric texts ever published ($1,500 to $2,500).

            Among scientific books is Marcel Tolkowsky’s Diamond Design, first edition, London & New York, 1919, the first systematic mathematical analysis of the optics of diamonds ($1,000 to $2,000). Also included is Petrus Constantius Albinius’s Magia astrologica, Paris, 1611, a commentary on a work by Petrus Arlensis de Scudalupis dealing with the astrological relations of metals and gems with planets ($1,000 to $2,000).

            The early printed books section of the sale features a first edition of Nova legenda Anglie, (London, 27 February 1516), a compilation of English saints’ lives by 14th-century chronicler John of Tynemouth ($8,000 to $12,000); as well as a handsome second edition three-volume set of Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles … to the Yeare 1586, (London, 1587),  “the first continuous and authoritative narrative account of British history written in the vernacular,” and the principal source for Shakespeare’s history plays ($6,000 to $9,000). Also included is a first edition of Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft, (London), 1584, “the first English-language discourse on witchcraft and conjuring tricks” ($10,000 to $15,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 9 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 6p.m.; and Tuesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Early Printed Books Specialist Tobias Abeloff at 212-254-4710, extension 18 or tabeloff@swanngalleries.com.

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Lot 68Nova Legenda Anglie, first edition, London, Wynkyn de Worde, 1516. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

exhibitions2016_queering-the-bibliobject_fowler_01-768x512.jpgWhen: April 15 - June 25, 2016

Opening Reception: April 15, 6-8pm

Artist Roundtable: Friday, May 13, 6:30pm

Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch: Friday, June 17, 6:30pm

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

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

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

Admission: Free

Event URL: http://bit.ly/1MkK0DV

The Center for Book Arts presents its Spring 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition Queering the BibliObject, on view April 15 through June 25, organized by John Chaich, Independent Curator, Designer, and Writer. An opening reception will take place April 15, 6-8pm, which will include a preface response by Ricardo A. Bracho, Every Day I (Un)Write the Book, at 7:30pm. Gallery admission is free. An artist roundtable will be held on May 13 at 6:30pm, and a Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch will take place Friday, June 17 at 6:30pm.

A mix of assemblage, drawing, performance, photography, sculpture, and video, Queering the BibliObject presents contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer artists who explore the book as an object, removed from the form and function of the traditional artist's book. The artists restrict access to the book; repurpose bound, printed matter as medium; reclaim context and content in order to reimagine narrative; and represent the self through, and/or relationship with, the book. In doing so, the works examine access, affect, and agency, while the exhibition considers the phenomenological, physical, and social relationships between books and queer lives across cultures and chronologies.

Artists included are: Nayland Blake, Justin Vivian Bond, Stefanie Boyd-Berks, 

Ricardo A. Bracho, Anna Campbell, charlesRyanlong, Eve Fowler, Leor Grady, 

Kris Grey, Garry Hayes, KleinReid, Aaron Krach, Aaron McIntosh, Lucas Michael, 

Allyson Mitchell, Catalina Schliebener, Tamale Sepp, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, 

Tony Whitfield, and Jade Yumang.

An anchor of the exhibition, Eve Fowler utilizes 62 books of lesbian and feminist writing that were duplicates on clearance at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, which the artist has wrapped in a custom-made screen print and carefully piled, at once restricting and preserving access to herstories on the brink of extinction. Jade Yumang responds to the history and geography of desire by piling and cutting through vintage gay porn. charlesRyanLong creates a choir robe using pages of the biography of the late African American queer singer and icon Sylvester, while Aaron McIntosh recreates the cover of Harlequin Romance novel at life-sized scale by using the pages of the book itself and carving negative space for the traditionally female figure. The book and the body are explored in video piece by Kris Grey, in which the artist balances on his head the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) manual that has pathologized transexuality, while Catalina Schliebener's assemblage and collage of children's book, instructional models, and blank journals move in and around a plexi-glass box to examine gender constraints and freedoms. Tony Whitfield documents how books live among decorative objects in his home library, while Allyson Mitchell draws shelves of books from Brooklyn's Lesbian Herstory Archives.

John Chaich is an independent curator, designer, and writer based in Manhattan. Recent exhibitions include Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art, and Words, produced for Visual AIDS at LaMama La Galleria (New York) and Transformer Gallery (Washington DC), and Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), and the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts. With Todd Oldham, he is the co-editor of the forthcoming coffee table book Queer Threads (AMMO Books). For four years he curated multi-arts programming for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.

A Curator Moderated Roundtable Discussion will take place Friday, May 13, 6:30pm, with artists Nayland Blake, Anna Campbell, and Tony Whitfield. A Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch with artists Kris Grey, Aaron Krach, and Aaron McIntosh, and curator John Chaich is scheduled for Friday, June 17, 6:30pm, in honor of Pride Week. The exhibition catalogue will feature essays by Heather K. Love, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) on affect and over-attachment and Scott Herring, Ph.D. (Indiana University, Bloomington) on queer objecthood. Suggested donation for the general public for these special events is $10 non-members/$5 members.

Image: Eve Fowler, 62 Books (2010). Courtesy of the artist.

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has revealed the updated programme for this year’s event, with former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and celebrated classicist Mary Beard joining the line-up.

The full programme, taking place across Oxford between Saturday 2nd and Sunday 10th April features 500 speakers and 300 events across a range of subjects.

Britain’s most well-known classicist Mary Beard will be delivering this year’s Bodley Lecture. Mary will be speaking to the Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden about her life and work - with a focus on the public statements that have often seen her at the centre of controversy. Following the event, Mary will receive the Bodley Medal for outstanding contribution to the worlds of literature, arts, science and communication.

Former Irish President Mary McAleese’s event will be the centrepiece of the Festival’s Irish literature and culture programme. McAleese will be speaking to the Ambassador of Ireland in London, Dan Mulhall, about the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. In a further discussion, award-winning writer Ruth Dudley Edwards, author and broadcaster Frank Delaney, and Mulhall will also discuss the Easter Rising - and how it has impacted on the development of modern day Ireland. Further talks in the Irish literature and culture programme include an interview with celebrated author Marian Keyes, Patrick Guinness on Ireland’s Georgian Heritage, and Delaney speaking about James Joyce.

Another late addition to the programme is renowned investor and writer Sir Michael Moritz, who will be speaking about Leading, his recent collaboration with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Moritz will discuss how the leadership skills exhibited by Ferguson can be used by anyone to enhance a successful career.

These latest announcements supplement a programme already full of fascinating speakers - including Sir Ian McKellen, Garry Kasparov, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, James Naughtie, Professor Richard Dawkins, and many more.

To book tickets and to keep up to date with all the latest details and speaker announcements please visit the website: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/.

3354301_1 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA - (March 18, 2016) A rare letter written by James K. Polk anticipating the annexation of Texas sold for $32,540 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The four-page letter signed as president, on two adjoining sheets, dated June 5, 1845. Letter to the retired Andrew Jackson at his Hermitage estate. In part: I rejoice that all is well in Texas.—I hope her Congress and Convention may accept our proposition without change or modifications. If the times are not so liberal to Texas—as the friends of annexation in this country desired, or as Texas—expected,—It should be remembered that it was with great difficulty that my proposition—could be passed through Congress last winter.—If Texas accepts our proposition, she may confidently rely upon having full justice done to her in the next Congress. I have no hesitation in saying that I will recommend and urge such a course, and I have not the slightest doubt that Congress will cooperate with me.—I will maintain too her boundary; to the extent to which she claims it.—Our old friend [Sam] Houston from whom I have just received a letter,—is probably now with you, as he writes me that he would leave New Orleans in a day or two—to visit the Hermitage. You can assure him of the liberal aims, which I entertain toward Texas, in the event of her acceptance of our propositions without modifications or change.

A long piece of correspondence from one president to another, Polk describes his first months in office as a busy time sorting through official appointments and contemplating the future of Texas. Polk was elected to the presidency in part because of his determination to annex Texas, which he made part of his campaign platform. When writing this letter the process had already begun: the US Congress had passed a joint resolution for the annexation of Texas, and on June 23 the Texan Congress accepted. By the end of the year it was officially admitted as one of the Union’s states.

“Given Polk’s adherence to Jacksonian Democracy, this is an especially desirable letter,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited by:

William Henry Harrison vellum signed appointment document, sold for $74,938.

James Madison signed letter to a recently unseated governor of Massachusetts, sold for $54,256.

Thomas Jefferson letter that commends the Quakers’ efforts, sold for $34,073.

Charles Guiteau letter found in the assassin’s pocket after shooting President Garfield, sold for $27,872.

Abraham Lincoln letter to promote members of the Irish Brigade, sold for $23,874.

Online bidding for The Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher from RR Auction began on March 10, 2016 and concluded on March 17, 2016. More details including results can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Image Courtesy: RR Auction

Kandinsky-Heritage copy.jpgDALLAS - Following the success of Heritage Auction’s first evening sale of Modern and Contemporary Art last season in New York, the Dallas-based auction house has announced it is moving its spring offering of Modern and Contemporary Art to New York. The May 2 event is presents important artworks by American and European, Modern, Post War and Contemporary artists including an iconic 1922 watercolor by Wassily Kandinsky (est. $400,000-$600,000).

“New York welcomed Heritage with open arms and last season’s $7.3 million Modern & Contemporary auction set a record,” said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary Art at Heritage. “We are answering our clients’ call to return this spring and our selection is ready to impress bidders once again.”

The auction will offer Modern painting and sculpture, including a large selection of European masterpieces such as Le peintre à la palette, 1983, by Marc Chagall (est. $200,000-$300,000) and Composition, 1925, by Fernand Léger (est. $150,000 - $250,000).

Two important works by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí from the late 1950s - a period Andy Warhol credited as the dawn of Dalí’s influence on pop art - include Portrait, 1958, and View of Toledo, 1957 (both est. $70,000-$90,000 each).

Heritage Auctions has scheduled its spring Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples Auction for May 24 in Dallas. The sale will include several unique works by Andy Warhol and Self-Portrait, 2000, by Chuck Close (est. $60,000-$80,000).

For more information on Heritage Auctions May 2 Modern & Contemporary Art Auction in New York or its Modern and Contemporary Prints and Multiples Auction May 24 in Dallas, please contact Frank Hettig, Director, of Modern & Contemporary Art, at FrankH@HA.com or 1-877-437-4824, extension: 1157.

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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Frank copy.jpgDALLAS - The only known Style A one sheet from the 1931 classic Warner Brothers gangster film The Public Enemy (estimate: $40,000+), the movie that made James Cagney a star and created the modern template for the gangster saga, will cross the auction block in Dallas as the centerpiece of Heritage’s March 26-27, 2016 Vintage Movie Posters Signature® Auction.

“As both a landmark film and as a resounding cultural touchstone, the importance of The Public Enemy cannot be overstated,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Movie Poster Auctions at Heritage. “For a film of this great magnitude, however, posters have been frustratingly absent from the marketplace. This exceedingly rare style A one sheet is the only copy to ever surface.” 

A Style B one sheet for the 1946 Columbia Pictures Film Noir classic Gilda (estimate: $20,000+) presents a stunning example of the most consistently coveted movie posters in existence, featuring the smoldering image of Rita Hayworth as the ultimate femme fatale

A 1932 Universal Pictures first release Spanish One Sheet for Frankenstein (estimate: $20,000+) offers what may be the most dramatic of all the posters released for this much revered film, joined by what is a heart-stopping find for collectors of classic horror film posters: an uncut 1935 12-page pressbook and Ad Mats from Universal Pictures for the original release of The Bride of Frankenstein (estimate: $10,000+).  The chance to acquire publicity material such as this is a monumental opportunity.

Also included in the treasure trove of horror greats is a very rare title lobby card to the 1927 Lon Chaney masterpiece, London after Midnight (estimate: $15,000+), the film for which Heritage set the all-time world’s record price for a poster sold in auction in 2014. 

A special trove of 67 important and rare animation movie posters are also featured in Heritage Auctions’ March 26-27, 2016 auction, including a 1929 poster for Mickey Mouse in The Barn Dance (estimate: $20,000+) - one of very few known Disney posters from the period when Disney shorts were released by Columbia Pictures, that mentions Disney’s earliest collaborator, Ub Iwerks.

A one sheet poster for Trader Mickey (United Artists, 1932) (estimate: $10,000+) provides a glorious bookend to the 1929 Mickey poster, coming as it does from the summer that marked Walt’s transition from Columbia to United Artists, while the only know large format silkscreen poster copy (40” x 60”) of Mickey Mouse in His 8th Birthday Celebration (United Artists, 1936) (estimate: $10,000+) offers another tantalizing early Disney treat.

Other classic film posters include a large format three sheet to The Maltese Falcon (1941) (estimate: $10,000+) starring Humphrey Bogart as well as a beautiful large French poster to King Kong (1933) (estimate: $15,000+).  

Further highlights include, but are certainly not limited to:

La Dolce Vita (Cineriz, 1959) Italian 4 - Fogli: Estimate $18,000+.

Halloween by Robert Gleason (Compass International, 1978), Original Acrylic Painting: Estimate $15,000+.

Anna Christie (MGM, 1930) One Sheet: Estimate $20,000+.

It Happened One Night (Columbia, R-1937) One Sheet Style B: Estimate $15,000+.

Shopworn (Columbia, 1932) One Sheet Style A from the Ritz Theater Collection: Estimate $8,000+.

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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Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 9.07.01 AM.pngLondon - Christie’s commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) with a landmark sale of the first four folios, the first four editions of his collected works. The Folios will be offered in a four-lot auction celebrating the Shakespeare anniversary in London on Wednesday 25 May 2016. The sale is led by an unrecorded copy of the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, widely considered the most important literary publication in the English language. The First Folio contains 36 plays, 18 of which had not previously been printed and would have otherwise been lost forever (estimate: £800,000-1.2 million, illustrated above). The plays of Shakespeare, preserved for posterity in these volumes, define our knowledge of Shakespeare the man, the playwright, the poet and the actor. The Four Folios will tour to New York from 1 to 8 April and go on public display in London from 20 to 28 April to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary on 23 April; later being exhibited in the pre-sale view in May. The pre-sale exhibitions and auction provide a unique opportunity to view the complete set of Folios and experience first-hand the excitement arising from proximity to the earliest editions of the greatest playwright in history. The sale is expected to realise in excess of £1.3 million.

Margaret Ford, International Head of Books & Manuscripts, says: “The universality and timelessness of Shakespeare’s insight into human nature continues to engage and enthrall audiences the world over. Even four centuries after his death, his plays touch and transform lives and continue to be read and performed from Albania to Zambia. It is deeply moving to handle the first printed record of his collected plays and to be reminded of their tremendous impact. Especially exhilarating is bringing a newly recorded copy of the First Folio to public attention, and to be able to offer a set of the Four Folios in this important anniversary year.”

Published in 1623, the present copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio is one of the most desirable examples remaining in private hands. It was bought in 1800 by renowned book collector Sir George Augustus Shuckburgh-Evelyn (1751-1804) and has been hidden from public view for over two centuries. Even on publication in 1623, the First Folio was considered a privileged acquisition and would have taken pride of place on any bookshelf. Similarly today, ownership of the four Folios is considered the Holy Grail of book collecting. Without the First Folio 18 plays would have been lost forever, including: Macbeth, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, A Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale, King John, Henry VI part I, Henry VIII, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Cymbeline.

Also from the remarkable Shuckburgh Collection and appearing on the market for the first time in over two centuries are the Third Folio which was published in 1664 (estimate: £300,000-400,000) and the Fourth Folio which was published in 1685 (estimate: £15,000-20,000). The Third Folio includes Pericles for the first time and is beautifully illustrated with Shakespeare’s iconic portrait by English engraver Martin Droeshout. It is rarer than the Second Folio, due to copies being lost in the Great Fire of London (2-5 September, 1666), and the present copy is in very fine condition.

The First Folio was a commercial success and was followed only nine years later by the Second Folio, published in 1632 and providing a page-by-page reprint of the First. The present copy of the Second Folio also contains the iconic portrait of Shakespeare by Droeshout (estimate: £180,000-250,000). The Second Folio is celebrated as containing the first appearance in print of John Milton, whose epitaph on Shakespeare is included.

Shaker decals copy.jpgLexington, MA, March 16, 2016 - It is no coincidence that this event, featuring world-class antique books and important works on paper, is happening in America's most historically important town, Lexington, MA!  The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair will take place at Minuteman Regional Technical High School, 758 Marrett Rd. (Rt. 2A), Lexington, MA, on Sunday, April 17th - just a day before Patriot's Day on the 18th!    It is the first time that this family-friendly and exciting annual event will be held at this convenient and easy-to-navigate venue. 

The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair features 50 top-tier dealers specializing in a full spectrum of antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular ephemera categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   Many dealers at this show are members of Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, a professional society advocating the study, preservation, and celebration of fine books and ephemera in a wide range of specialties. 

Attending this show is like touring a world-class history museum and experiencing time travel simultaneously!  And the fine mix of dealers and their incredible merchandise selections insure that there are just the right finds for everyone.  A dramatic show highlight would have to include a small piece of wallpaper removed from the booth in Ford's Theatre after Lincoln was assassinated.  And collectors interested in Shaker history will find a c. 1900 sheet of decals used on Mt. Lebanon, NY Shaker chairs and three c. 1850 Enfield, NH Shaker seed packets quite moving.  

Pageant of Lexington.jpgVisitors who also call Lexington home - or are fascinated with the town's critical role in the Revolutionary War - will find volumes of interesting materials at this fair. A ship's registration, signed by then Governor John Hancock, attesting that the boat is not owned by British subjects, will undoubtedly hold water with many attendees.  A 1902 pamphlet from the Lexington Historical Society entitled Guide Book to the Hancock-Clarke House, and a 1946 pamphlet of Helen Clark Fernald's Sketches of Old Lexington will render the past to life in the most authentic ways possible.  And a 1915 program from an event entitled Pageant of Lexington, Commemorating a Century of Peace between the United States and England in aid of the American Red Cross, just might set off fireworks with local history buffs.  This century-old time capsule also features advertisements from area merchants and services of the time. 

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair, "I am delighted to welcome first time and repeat attendees to this can't miss show.  Collectors and enthusiasts will appreciate our new venue in Lexington, which is conveniently located, welcoming and accessible, and offers ample free parking.  Our sponsors, Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, will have visually stunning antique books and ephemera on display and available for purchase.  If extraordinary vintage books or printed paper materials have ever caught your eye, I would strongly encourage you to attend this event.  You just may leave with a new collecting passion!"

The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Minuteman Regional Technical High School, 758 Marrett Rd. (Route 2A), Lexington, MA, on Sunday, April 17th from 10am to 4pm.  There is plenty of free parking. Tickets at the door are $8; students with ID and children 18 and under accompanied by and adult are free. For additional information, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com

The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair is sponsored by the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers association and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs.  Book and Paper Fairs produced the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a complete calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.

Images: c. 1850 Enfield, NH Shaker seed packets, from DeWolfe and Wood. 1915 Pageant of Lexington, Commemorating a Century of Peace between the United States and England in aid of the American Red Cross, from Peter Masi Books.

12259_Champlain_2 copy.jpgNew York - Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of rare books and manuscripts Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration, and Cartography on April 5, 2016 in New York.

With over 500 lots, this private collection is focused on the landmark works of travel and exploration from the 15th through the 19th century. Included are atlases, travel narratives, and records of explorations and discovery around the globe.

Highlights comprise some of the rarest examples of early cartography, such as the augmented edition of the first great printed atlas, the Ulm Ptolemy (lot 8), with the maps colored, and including the famous world map showing the north Atlantic; the Blaeu's Atlas Major 1662 (lot 45), the largest and most expensive atlas hitherto produced with 11 volumes bound in publishers’ vellum and finely colored; and Waghenaer’s Speculum Nauticum 1586 (lot 28) the first of the great maritime atlases.

Other works of note document significant voyages and discoveries across the globe from extensive representations of the New World, including a significant group of works by Samuel de Champlain, to early East-West interactions with Asia, among them rare Chinese and Japanese language manuscripts and atlases.

About Jean R. Perrette:

Hailing from Breton, the westernmost region of France and home to expert navigational sailors, it is fitting that Jean R. Perrette had an interest in exploration. With this heritage, Mr. Perrette embarked nearly fifty years ago to build a collection of some of the earliest printed cartography and records that document the most renowned moments of voyage and discovery—including first encounters with the then mysterious regions of the Far East and the New World.

Mr. Perrette's books now return to the market, to encourage other collectors and collections to follow a similar voyage, offering a chance to acquire many of the most important books that record the journeys of those who charted the surface of the world, to re-live the whole process of discovery.

Image: CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de (1567-1635) Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dite Canada faits par le Sr Champlain Xainctogeois, Paris: Claude Collet, 1640. [320] Estimate: $150,000-250,000. Courtesy of Christie's. 

Bowie.jpgDALLAS - A never before seen Contact Sheet of David Bowie  - shot by Helmut Newton in 1983 at the very peak  of his widespread success - is expected to sell for $20,000 to $30,000 in Heritage Auctions’ April 17 Photographs Auction in New York. Only two of the 36 frames on the sheet have ever appeared at auction outside of Newton’s studio, said Nigel Russell, Director of Photography at Heritage.

“This contact sheet represents a rare convergence between two of the world’s greatest artistic talents at the height of the careers,” Russell said. “By the 1980's Newton was considered one of the world's top fashion photographers and Bowie’s album Let’s Dance was a critical success and ensured his lasting popularity.”

The photographs were shot in Monte Carlo for Vogue magazine and has remained in a single-owner collection since 1984. Newton himself preserved the unedited sheet and enlarged it to 48-¼ by 53-¾ inches. “Curiously, it is signed and numbered 1/15, but we know of no others that have ever appeared at auction so we wonder if the edition was ever finished,” Russell said.

The April 17 auction’s rich diversity of photograph artworks includes an unusually large group of photographs by the masters of photography, including 17 examples by Alfred Eisenstaedt, including his classic Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris, 1963 (est. $20,000-$30,000); 13 works by Edward Weston; and eight photographs taken by Bernice Abbott, among others.

A rare offering of 15 examples by Ansel Adams includes the collector-coveted Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, (est. $30,000-$50,000). The owners acquired the work in the late 1970s and later worked directly with Adams to have the piece re-mounted and personally signed at that time. Additional artworks by Adams on offer is Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada from Manzanar, California, 1944, (est. $15,000-$25,000); El Capitan, Sunrise, Winter, Yosemite, pl. 10 (from Portfolio VII), 1968, (est. $15,000-$20,000); and Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 (est. $15,000-$20,000).

An important photograph titled Nan and Brian in bed, NYC, 1983, by Nan Goldin, celebrated for her intimate depictions of the transgender subculture, as well as her images of friends dying of AIDS, is a signed and inscribed artist’s proof (est. $25,000-$35,000).

Hi-Way 39 Drive-In, Orange, 1993 by the acclaimed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is numbered 4/25.  Sugimoto is respected for his conceptual and philosophical aspects of his work and his unique view of a California drive-in exemplifies his captivating photography (est. $18,000-$24,000).

The auction’s Reflections of Childhood Collection, Part II, spans a group of 375 lots that capture the contradictions, mysteries, and even the pain of growing up. Kicking off the group is Birth Announcement of the Artist's Son, 1930, by El Lissitzky (est. $15,000-$25,000); Children with a Broken Mirror, NYC, circa 1940, by Helen Levitt (est. $15,000-$25,000); and Vinland, 1992, by Sally Mann (est. $12,000-$18,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A group of 15 photographs of and relating to Marilyn Monroe, including Marilyn Quad, 2008, by Robert Silvers (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly, No. 14, April 1906 by Alfred Stieglitz, a rarely-seen magazine with six photogravures and halftone prints by Edward Steichen (est. $7,000-$10,000).

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Alicante, Spain, 1933, (est. $6,000-$8,000).

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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M32904-1_3 copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, May 5, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Autographs, featuring Anne Frank's copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales (Aus Grimms Märchen), in which the young diarist wrote her own name as well as her sister Margot’s.

The sale represents the first major offering of Anne Frank autograph material at auction in over two decades, and the discovery of the book is an intriguing tale. The book was left behind in the Frank’s Amsterdam apartment when the family’s departure to the famed secret annex was hastened after Margot was called to relocate to a work camp.

The book eventually made its way to a secondhand bookstore in Amsterdam’s Runstraat, where a Dutch couple purchased it not long after the war. In 1977, the couple’s children discovered the signature and wrote Anne's father, Otto Frank, the family’s sole survivor, to let him know of the discovery. In a poignant letter, which will be up for auction alongside the book, Otto expressed how deeply the discovery of the book affected him, as well as his wish that the family keep the book for their own daughter.

While her now-famous diary shows Anne as a young girl wise beyond her years, this book is a poignant reminder of her innocence and youth prior to her time in hiding and untimely death in a concentration camp. The book, along with Otto Frank’s letter and several news clippings related to its discovery, is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries. 

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.31.15 AM.pngNEW YORK—Coinciding with the current U.S. Presidential election campaign season, Bonhams New York announces Treasures from the Caren Archive II: How History Unfolds on Paper, a monumental auction on April 11 featuring important documents from U.S. history—spanning the fields of Presidential Politics, Sports, Magic, and Witchcraft — all pivotal records of our nation’s rich heritage.

Auction headliners include:

—George Washington’s Journal, 1754—one of the rarest items relating to the Father of our Country, and a critical document leading to the French and Indian War (detail image above).

—One of the earliest printing of the U.S. Constitution, in the New-Haven Gazette and the Connecticut Magazine. Sep. 27, 1787.

—The First Publication of Casey at the Bat, America’s most beloved Baseball Ballad, [Thayer, Ernest L. 1863-1940.] The Daily Examiner. San Francisco, June 3, 1888.

—Autographed Letter from Harry Houdini written on his first international tour, with drawings of handcuffs.

—Bunker Hill Bible of Francis Merrifield, 1755, carried in the Battle of Bunker Hill and subsequently personally annotated with thanks and praise to both God and gun.

The over 300 lots, ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th century, come to Bonhams from historian Eric C. Caren. Known as the “Babe Ruth of historical collecting,” Caren has collected historical papers since his early childhood, calling them “the life blood of history.” Part of the Caren Archives-the most significant collection of historical documents outside of an U.S. institution-form the benchmark of the Newseum’s holdings in Washington, D.C.

Evocative of today’s heated political climate, many featured lots from pivotal past presidential elections and administrations, provide insight into some of America’s most prominent and controversial office holders and seekers.

Presidential items include:

—First Inaugural Address by George Washington, first printing. May 1, 1789.

—Presidential Campaign Poster for Victoria Woodhull, 1893—The first womanU.S. presidential candidate, Woodhull ran on a platform, which included women’s suffrage, regulation of monopolies, direct taxation, abolition of the death penalty, and welfare for the poor, etc.

—Letter Congratulating John Adams after winning a highly acrimonious First Presidential Race from Elbridge Gerry, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and future Vice President.

—Alexander Hamilton’s Report on Public Credit and the establishment of the Bank of New York, 1784, published in The Pennsylvania Packet, And General Advertiser. Philadelphia, which states, “The great benefits to commerce and society at large to be derived from well regulated Banks, especially in republican governments.”

—Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Letter and Printed Proclamation Convening Congress to Vote on the Louisiana Purchase, July 1803.

—The Authorization for the First Treaty between China and the U.S., signed by President James Polk, 1845—in this milestone document, China granted most favored nation status to the U.S.

“The most special aspect of collecting historical documents and newspapers is that sense of immediacy, messiness, mistakes and excitement they offer—understanding what it was like to live in those times,” said Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts Christina Geiger. “Some problems were the same and some shockingly different. History is written by the victors in books, but real history is shaped by everyone in letters, protest posters, newspapers and personal records. And, that’s what we have here-‘old news’-it’s very democratic.”

WH Harrison .jpgBOSTON, MA - RR Auction is proud to present The Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher in a special online auction that runs through March 17. 

Fisher was a lifelong student and lover of history began seeking out presidential autographs in the 1970s and purchased exclusively top-notch items. His patience and discriminating taste resulted in a complete collection—from Washington to Clinton— of items signed as president, remarkably well preserved and boasting absolutely fascinating content. Whether it be through humor, rich detail, or untold stories, Fisher was always searching for items that offered new perspectives on events or historical figures, treasuring pieces that revealed their legendary subjects as actual people.

“Fisher was a true historian, he thoroughly understood each piece within the context of American history,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, adding “he rarely sold anything; so many of these items have been off the market for decades.”

Among the nearly 100 lots that originate from estate of Everett Fisher:

William Henry Harrison vellum signed appointment document. (Estimate: $75,000+)

George Washington signed letter as president discussing his disdainful of those monetizing his likeness.  (Estimate: $25,000+)

John Adams signed letter confronting the Constitution and powers of the presidency. (Estimate: $25,000+)

Thomas Jefferson letter that commends the Quakers’ efforts to peacefully ‘civilize’ Native Americans, without “grafting bigotry or ignorance.” (Estimate: $25,000+) 

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, a Navy veteran, and a dedicated trust and estate attorney from Greenwich, Connecticut, he never retired. Driven by his passion for historical autographs, he spent decades compiling one of the finest presidential collections in private hands.

Widely respected for his scrupulous integrity and devotion to his community, he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those with few opportunities and was associated with numerous charitable organizations. In recognition of his contributions, Governor Jodi Rell declared his 90th birthday, May 23, 2010, as ‘Everett Fisher Day’ through-out the state of Connecticut. On a personal level, he enjoyed sharing his passion for autographic material by gifting friends and family items signed by their favorite figures—a testament to his thoughtful generosity.

“We are honored to present this amazing selection of items, undoubtedly the finest presidential collection we have ever had the privilege of offering,” said Robert  Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Online bidding for The Presidential Collection of Everett Fisher from RR Auction will begin on March 10, 2016 and conclude on March 17, 2016, at 7PM ET. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Image Courtesy of RR Auction.

On Wednesday 30th March Chiswick Auctions will be having a sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts. Items of interest include:

Chiswick.pngLOT 235 - HOWITT, Samuel (1756/7-1822). Original hand painted design for the frontispiece of Wild Sports of the East. Depicting a Tiger resting on a large rock on which are the title, and publisher Edwd Orme 59 Bond Street. Original illustration and calligraphic lettering designed by Samuel Howitt for Edward Orme's publication of Oriental Field Sports which was published in 20 parts for subscribers between June 1805 and January 1807. Drawn on blue sugar paper. On the verso of the drawing is a printed catalogue of most of Orme's publications including an advertisement to invite subscribers for The Wild Sports of the East. (Traces of an old vertical fold, with some loss of pigment, lower corners are torn away in the margins without effecting the image and the verso shows signs that it was originally tipped into an album or printer's guard book). This piece is a rare survivor executed on Edward Orme's printers waste. The original drawings for the plates would have been sold at the time but title pieces and wrapper designs would not usually be sold, but would remain with the publisher. The piece is unsigned, however there is no doubt it is drawn and designed by Howitt for Orme as evidenced by his catalogue on the verso which clearly dates from before the book was issued, and the identical image and lettering were used in the printed edition. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000

LOT 108 - OLERICH, Henry (1851-1927). A Cityless and Countryless World. An Outline of Practical Co-Operative Individualism. Holstein, Iowa: Published by Gilmore & Olerich, 1893. 8vo. 8 full-page diagrams, one folding (marginal staining and browning). Original red cloth gilt (some staining, fraying to head and foot of spine and corners). FIRST EDITION of this scarce Utopian science fiction novel which is largely narrated by Mr Midith, a Martian visitor to Earth who compares conditions on his own planet, in its advanced state of development, to those "mundane" ones on this. Whilst the work envisages Martian improvements in terms of education, social conditions and equality between the sexes, the living arrangements of Martians, in communal "Big Houses" each 8 storeys high and housing one thousand people built half a mile apart on a flat landscape linked by vast "Motor Lines", chillingly prefigures discredited 20th-century housing models and social engineering. Estimate: £100 - £150

Lot 125 - The Physical and Moral Condition of the Children and Young Persons employed in Mines and Manufactures. Illustrated by Extracts. London: John W. Parker, 1843. 8vo. (Lacks all before title [ie. [?]blank endpaper], blank lower half of final text leaf torn away, touching one letter). Original cloth-backed printed wrappers (some light staining, a few creases). FIRST EDITION of the official report investigating the state of children working in mines and factories in Great Britain, and one of the most important documents in British industrial history. Comprising thousands of pages of oral testimony, sometimes from children as young as five, the report’s findings shocked society and swiftly led to legislation to secure minimum safety standards in mines and factories, as well as more general controls on the employment of children. Estimate: £70 - £100

Lot 136 - STANLEY, William Ford Robinson (1829-1909).  The Case of The[odoreFox being his Prophesies under Hypnotism of the Period Ending A.D. 1950. A Political Utopia. London: Truslove & Hanson, 1903. Square 8vo. Half title, half tone frontispiece of "Stanleyton on Thames 1950", illustration of a tunnel beneath the English Channel (some marginal staining to frontispiece, spotting to title and first and last few leaves). Original blue cloth, spine with title "Utopia" stamped in gilt, with a fox's head and tail beneath (covers waterstained). FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, the half title inscribed, "Mrs J. Chandler with the author's kind regards, Wm. J. S." A work of uncanny, but hit-and-miss, prescience, in which the author foresees Paris as the capital of a United States of Europe accessible in three hours from London by electric train through a Channel Tunnel, women granted the vote, transport provided by electric "hotel trains" with a summer line across Siberia linking Europe and America, telephones connected to gramophones to provide answering-machines, "little celluloid cards" replacing currency and fox hunting banned. Less accurate was his prediction that there would be no commercial future for mass air transport, but only bigger and better ocean liners. Estimate: £70 - £100

Lots 170-189:  Books from the collection of the Late Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012).

Lot 210 - THE BEATLES- An autograph album signed by George Harrison,  Ringo Starr (very minor smudging) & John Lennon (Starr and Lennon on same page) and Paul McCartney. Estimate: £500 - £800

Wilberforce.pngLOT 290 - WILBERFORCE, William (1759-1833). MS with reference to education.  Letter addressed to "Dear Sir"   and dated Dec 22nd. 1814. Wilberforce apologises to Pole for not answering his last letter and urges him to publish the second edition of his "most valued book" and suggests that it would be popular. He further suggests that he would be willing to contribute " ...the only objection I feel to your printing in yr [your] next edition any letter from me declaring my cordial & ...sense of the excellence of the design of teaching adults to read, & of its deserving to stand high among the many beneficent institutions which the goodness of God to our Highly favoured Country has enabled some of our countrymen to devise to patronise to complete the only objection I repeat it...this is my honest opinion, is that it seems like assuming to myself more consequence than I thought : as if my commendation could add any credit to an undertaking which cannot I conceive but recommend itself at once to all considerate minds". Wilberforce suggests however, he would be happy to comply. "Wish you have... and when I return to London which will not however be till after [the?] present Parliamentary Recess [?] which ends on 9th of ... I will endeavour to obtain for you similar testimonies of approbation from the other... & other persons you have specified" He goes on to re-affirm that he believes his name will add nothing to the work. He apologises that he has to sign off now, as he is "called in haste to conclude" signing his name at the foot of the page. On the last side he adds "Has yr [your] book been sent to america (O for peace with our transatlantic brethren!!!) If not I would like to send it to a very worthy friend there [.]  With the original mailing envelope inscribed with his name and that of Dr. Pole. It may be fair to conclude that this letter makes reference to Thomas Pole's work entitled A History of the Origin and Progress of Adult Schools, for which James Montgomery wrote a poem. It has been said that the book, which appeared in 1814 helped in the launching of a national adult school movement. Estimate: £500-£800

Wednesday 30th March at 1pm

View the catalogue and bid online 

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

 

Heritage Map copy.jpgDALLAS - A rare and early map of Texas and related historical documents once owned by surveyor James M. Manning - discovered buried in a box of ragtime sheet music purchased for only $10 at an Indiana estate sale decades ago - sold for a combined $10,500 Saturday, March 12 at an annual Texas history auction held by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

Both the map and the letter were purchased on behalf of The Mary & Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, which maintains a collection of James. M. Manning’s personal and professional documents, including maps and letters. Manning died in 1872.

An 1853 edition of Jacob De Cordova's Map of Texas sold for $10,000. Signatures indicate it was once owned by Manning, the Deputy District Surveyor in Corpus Christi, Texas, who was responsible for adding crucial updates to the map for the 1853 edition. The large format lithograph map, measuring 32-3/4" by 34-3/4", is elegantly colored by hand and depicts early counties, cities and towns, roads, rivers, Indian territories and was sold along with some of Manning's military documents. A  letter from De Cordova to Manning, ensuring Manning would be paid for his work, sold separately for $500.

The map and letter was discovered in the mid-1980s in Indiana by Crystal Murray, who won a $10 box lot of 19th century sheet music at a small-town estate auction. She bought the music for her children who were learning to play the piano, but also discovered Manning’s map, his military documents and the historic letter. “All of the music was from within that period of the late 1800s and we discovered the map in the box. We thought it was interesting and we always kept the letters with the map,” Murray said.

Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions, said the De Cordova map was first issued in 1849, but what makes this example truly unique is that it appears to be Manning’s own copy. “Manning was Deputy District Surveyor for Corpus Christi in 1852 and the small book holding the map is signed: "James M. Manning's map / corrected for its Author by said Manning,” she said. 

The Texana Auction realized more than $317,000. Top lot honors were claimed by an 1876 copy of  Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days, in the Confederate Army, one of the rarest and most coveted books on the American Civil War. The first edition, one of only 100 copies hand-printed by the author, is a bound journal kept by W.W. Heartsill and illustrated with sixty-one original albumen photographic portraits (including one of the author) mounted on leaves with printed captions identifying the subjects. Six bidders pushed the auction price to $45,000.

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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6ea0a331-ab4c-4780-bcc9-c0b84c0aafbe.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.   

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Of particular interest are important antique American history titles and a selection of Jewish history reference including books-on-books.  The ephemera lots are led by a group of antique engraved maps dating back to the 18th century and numerous antique magazines.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1748 Knapton edition of the works of Shakespeare, complete in nine volumes, and the 1759 printing of Smith's "Discourses on Several Public Occasions during the War in America."  Other scarce titles include the 1888 printing of Racinet's "Le Costume Historique," produced in six decorative leather folios with color plates, the 1827 folio of Von Bierkowski and Rust's surgical work, "Anatomisch-Chirurgische Abbildungen Nebst Darstellung & Beschreibung," and Kaempfer's "History of Japan Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam," published in three volumes in 1906 with folding maps.            

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a selection of desirable early Americana titles.  Headline pieces from this group include the 1844 "Guide Book to West Point and Vicinity," retaining the hand-colored folding map and housed in the original decorative binding, the 1810 printing of Pike's "Account of Expeditions of the Mississippi and Through the Western Parts of Louisiana."  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as history of the Orient (Tibet, etc.), decorative antique bindings, Hebrew printing history, travel and exploration, Native American Indians, opening of the American West, military history, the Chinese Cultural Revolution 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.  Antique ephemera lots include  travel-related, original correspondence, magic, engravings, lithographs, 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.

94-Faith-Ringgold-Double-Dutch copy.jpgNew York—On Thursday, April 7, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of African-American Fine Art, featuring works by modern and contemporary artists.

             The sale is headlined by Faith Ringgold’s 1988 story quilt, Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge, the second quilt in her important 1988 Woman on a Bridge series. The series depicts women floating above the famous bridges of San Francisco and New York and includes Ringgold’s most famous story quilt, Tar Beach. This is only the second of Ringgold’s signature story quilts to come to auction: the first, Maya’s Quilt of Life, sold at Swann in September 2015 as part of The Art Collection of Maya Angelou, realizing $461,000, a record for Ringgold’s work at auction. Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge, which has been shown extensively in museum exhibitions, is estimated at $150,000 to $250,000.

            Modern highlights begin with Allan Freelon’s beautiful Baiting Trawls, oil on canvas, circa 1930-35 ($30,000 to $40,000). This scene of Gloucester is the largest painting by the artist to appear at Swann. Hughie Lee-Smith’s 1938 oil on canvas, Portrait of a Boy, is a very rare example from his WPA era in Cleveland, and one of the earliest portraits by Lee-Smith to come to auction ($30,000 to $40,000). Elizabeth Catlett’s My right is a future of equality with other Americans, linoleum cut, 1947, is a scarce early color proof from her important series I am the Negro Woman ($7,000 to $10,000).

            Also featured in the sale is a strong group of works by Norman Lewis from the 1940s and 50s. Included are two striking modernist oil paintings - Untitled (Figurative Abstraction), 1945 ($75,000 to $100,000), and Untitled, 1947 ($60,000 to $90,000, and the cover lot for the sale) ­- which show the range of his experimentation in his first years of abstraction. Lewis’s Untitled (Processional Figure Composition), oil, pen and ink on cream wove paper, 1956, is a complex example of his "little figures" in the largest format the artist used for works on paper.

A figurative, postwar work that is sure to be of great interest is one of Palmer Hayden’s best-known paintings, The Blue Nile, 1964, depicting a reclining African mother and child sleeping beside the river ($35,000 to $50,000).

Contemporary abstraction is well represented with excellent works by Frank Bowling, Sam Gilliam, Jack Whitten William T. Williams and Kenneth Victor Young. A highlight is Sam Gilliam’s colorful Rondo IX, acrylic and collage on cotton canvas, 1983 ($50,000 to $75,000). Exhibited in Modern Painters at the Corcoran: Sam Gilliam, it is the first example from his Rondo series to come to auction. Frank Bowling’s Irv Sandler’s Visit, acrylic on canvas, 1977, is the first canvas from the artist’s “poured paintings” series to come to auction ($35,000 to $50,000).

Important works by contemporary artists Carrie Mae Weems and Wadsworth Jarrell round out the auction. Weems’ iconic Blue Black Boy, triptych of three toned gelatin silver prints, with Prestype and frame, 1987-88, from her celebrated Colored People series, is one of her best known images ($40,000 to $60,000). Jarrell’s The Messengers, acrylic on canvas, 1979, is his largest work on canvas and the first from his important 1970’s period to come to auction ($30,000 to $40,000).        

The auction will be held Thursday, April 7, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, April 2 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; and Thursday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Director of African-American Fine Art Nigel Freeman at 212-254-4710, extension 33 or via e-mail: nfreeman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 94 Faith Ringgold, Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge, story quilt from the artist's Woman On a Bridge series, 1988. Estimate $150,000 to $250,000.

"I set out from the start to broaden my outlook and to learn about the beautiful world we live in"

The Library built by the late Hugh Selbourne, who was a General Practitioner and consultant physician in Manchester from 1938 until his death in 1973, has been sold at Bonhams in London for £2,600,000. So extensive was Dr Selbourne's collection of books that the sale was held in two parts. Part I took place in March 2015 with the concluding part being held yesterday (Tuesday 8 March).

Head of Bonhams Books and Manuscripts department, Matthew Haley, said, "Hugh Selbourne was a remarkable man with a boundless curiosity about the world. He assembled one the finest and most extensive private collection of books I've ever seen. The interest in the sale and the prices achieved are a testimony to his great taste and judgment."

Among the many highlights were:

A first edition of The Skeptical Chymist by Robert Boyle, a seminal work in the history of science that paved the way for the work of Isaac Newton and Antoine Lavoisier. It sold for £362,500.

A first edition of John Locke's influential philosophical work Two Treaties of Government published anonymously in 1690 which sold for £110,000. It advanced notions of civil society and the nature of government that had a profound effect on the American Revolution.

A first edition of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species which was bought for £98,500.

A first edition of David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature, a corner stone of Enlightenment philosophy, which sold for £80,500.

A first edition of Darwin's The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle parts 1-4. This work, which was edited by Darwin, described discoveries and observations made on the voyage between 1832-1836 in the fields of Fossil Mammalia; Mammalia; Birds and Fish. It made £50,000.

Hugh Selbourne was born in Paris in 1906, his parents having moved to France from Odessa. He was eight when the family left for London at the outbreak of the First World War. A precocious student, Selbourne began his medical studies at St Barts. when he was just 17 and by the age of 25 had become an MD and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. He started his book collection in his student days and added to it all his life. In his own words, "I set out from the start to broaden my outlook and to learn about the beautiful world we live in, and the way in which people have expressed themselves, not only scientifically but spiritually, through literature and the fine arts."

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 8.50.44 AM.pngShapero Rare Books, the London-based rare book and print dealer, will showcase its new purpose-built stand at this year’s TEFAF art fair.

Designed by Jamieson Innes, the director of JSI Design Ltd, in collaboration with Bernard Shapero, the stand will be used by the company at antiques and art fairs worldwide.

Says Shapero: ‘One of the challenges of fairs is to stand out - to hit the wow button, so to speak - and Jamieson has certainly done that! Indeed, he’s delivered something that’s not only eye-catchingly beautiful and innovative, but also engaging and immersive - the perfect balance of practicality with aesthetic excellence.

Innes, who has worked with many top brands, including Rolls Royce, Land Rover and Selfridges, says: ‘The brief was to create a holistic approach to the curation of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, shown to their best advantage in a contemporary way, which I believe we have achieved.’

TEFAF Fair information:

11th - 20th March, 2016
Opening hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Sunday 20 March 11am - 6pm Location: Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC)
Forum 100 6229 GV Maastricht, Netherlands

Shapero Rare Books can be found at Stand 231

TEFAF.jpgA unique Andy Warhol silkscreen print of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is one of many artifacts to be found at Shapero Rare Books’s stand at this year’s TEFAF.

Made in 1985, it is a unique trial proof in an edition of 30. It comes from Warhol’s Reigning Queens series, which also featured Queen Elizabeth II. Beatrix, now 78, never met Warhol, who used an official photograph for the print, and it is not known if she owns a copy herself. It is available from Shapero Rare Books at £50,000.

Shapero are also offering a complete collection of John Gould’s magnificent bird books (below). Gould was one of the most distinguished ornithologists of the 19th Century, producing books of unrivalled beauty and scholarship. A single edition of these luxurious books would comfortably occupy any library as its centrepiece; the complete collection - 12 folio works in 44 volumes (most bound in morocco) full or half green with 3158 fine hand-coloured lithographs - is being offered for £1.5m.

2.jpgGuillaume Durandus’ Rationale Divinorum Officiorum was the first major piece of writing by a known and named author to be published. It appeared in 1459 and is a compendium explaining the mystical origins and meanings of the ceremonies, customs and interpretation of the Roman Rite. Its historical importance - only two other copies in private hands are known, one of which is not illuminated - make it hugely rare. It is being for £525,000.

Also available is John James Audubon’s last great work, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The book is comprised of one hundred and fifty hand-coloured lithographic plates in three Atlas volumes make up this definitive work that prompted the noted historian William S. Reese to call it ‘the largest successful colour-plate book project of 19th Century America.’ It is being offered for sale at £400,000.

The first colour-plate book to depict the natural history of Americas, Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants’ (1729-) is a first edition and features 220 fine hand-coloured plates. It is considered the most authoritative treatment of the natural history of British North America before the American Revolution, and is notable not just for its powerful ecological view of nature, but also for the personality Catesby evokes in his animal subjects. It is being offered at £400,000.

Images:

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1985. 103 cm x 80 cm. 

A set of John Gould’s Magnificent Bird Books, 1831-1888. 12 folio works in 44 Volumes, with 3158 hand-coloured lithographs. 

Fair information:

11th - 20th March, 2016
Opening hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Sunday 20 March 11am - 6pm Location: Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC)
Forum 100 6229 GV Maastricht, Netherlands

Shapero Rare Books can be found at Stand 231

events2016_history-of-art_map-as-metaphor_01.jpgThe Center for Book Arts presents its annual History of Art series in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association on three upcoming Fridays: March 18, March 25, and April 1 at 6:30pm at the Center. This year, the series investigates how the map can be understood as a metaphor beyond the geographical context-as material artifact and cultural signifier as well as an artistic tool. Maps and atlases are an integral part of the history of the book as well as a physical and conceptual resource of book arts. This program of three panels features scholars, scientists, and artists who will explore questions about power, information, identity, economics, ecosystems, and culture. Panels are moderated by Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station. 

Suggested donation for the general public for this event is $10 / $5 members. Space is limited; it is recommended to reserve a spot for each panel by emailing RSVP@centerforbookarts.org or by calling 212-481-0295.

WhenThree Fridays: March 18, March 25, and April 1 at 6:30pm 

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

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

Admission: Free; Suggested donation: $10/$5 members 

Reservations recommended: Email RSVP@centerforbookarts.org or call 212-481-0295

Event URLhttp://bit.ly/1P065

March 18, 2016, 6:30pm

The Socio-Political Map: Control and Power 

The first panel in this three-part series will discuss the history, theory, and making of maps as means of political, societal and cultural control. 

Moderator: 

Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 

Panelists: 

Neil Freeman, cartographer, artist, and urban planner 

Shannon Mattern, media artist and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School 

Lize Mogel, artist and co-editor of An Atlas of Radical Cartography 

March 25, 2016, 6:30pm

The Techno-Eco Map: Data and Online Initiatives 

The second panel focuses on professionals and technologists working with maps, responding to the inclusion, omission, or loss of information, and projecting past data into new presentations. 

Moderator: 

Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 

Panelists: 

Liz Barry, urban designer, Co-Founder & Co-Director of TreeKIT, and Co-Founder & Director of Community Development at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science 

Ingrid Burrington, artist-in-residence at Data & Society Research Institute and fellow at Autodesk/Pier 9's Experimental Research Lab 

Natalie Campbell, independent curator and co-founder of SP Weather Station

Eric W. Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project, author, and Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society 

April 1, 2016, 6:30pm

The Artist Map: Appropriation and Creation 

The third panel looks at the ways in which maps have been regarded as art, and how artists have co-opted maps for new purposes. 

Moderator: 

Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 

Panelists: 

Doug Beube, mixed-media artist and independent curator 

Martin C. Brückner, Associate Director of the Center of Material Culture Studies and Professor of English, University of Delaware 

Dahlia Elsayed, artist and Assistant Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College 

Katarina Jerinic, mixed-media artist and public space-based interventionist  

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

www.centerforbookarts.org

Image: Heidi Neilson, Atlas Dream Sequence. From the Center for Book Arts Permanent Collection.

Lot-99-Ansel-Adams copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ February 25 auction Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks brought over $1,640,000, lead by a storied print by Ansel Adams.

Daile Kaplan, Swann Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, said, “We are thrilled with the success of this sale. Iconic photographs sold competitively, auction records were set for 19th and 20th-century images, and clients new to the photography marketplace were successful bidders. Auction prices for vernacular imagery continue to be noteworthy as numerous lots sold well above estimates, demonstrating a continued rise in interest in this corner of the market.”

The Adams, a 1950s mural-sized silver print of his dramatic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1948, sold for $221,000*. Beyond the amazing story of Adams capturing this iconic image, this particular print boasted a weighty provenance, having been owned by both Edwin Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, and Edward Mills Purcell, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1952.

Photographs of famous and influential figures were among the top lots, with Garry Winogrand’s portfolio 15 Big Shots, with each of the silver prints signed, selling for $45,000. Richard Avedon’s oversized silver print Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, evening dress by Grés, Moulin Rouge, 1957, showing the photographer’s muse with accomplished sailor and surgeon Robin Tattersall, sold for $35,000.

Works from documentary photographs performed well in the sale, with Dorothea Lange’s silver print The General Strike, Policeman, 1934, selling for $81,250, while Margaret Bourke-White’s 1937 silver print At the time of the flood, Louisville, Kentucky realized $32,500. Lewis W. Hine’s image of a child laborer, Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, silver print, 1908, brought $20,000.

The photobooks section also saw particular success, with a signed and inscribed first edition of Man Ray’s Photographs 1920-1934 Paris realizing $18,750. A first edition set of Edward Emerson Barnard’s 1927 A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way, Parts I & II, brought $17,500, eclipsing its high-estimate after competitive bidding.

Two albums set auction records: William Saunders’ Sketches of Chinese Life and Character, 1871-72, which included 50-hand colored albumen prints sold for $65,000, the top price ever realized for the artist at auction. The other record was set by an album of 25 gold-chloride toned microphotographs of snowflakes by Wilson A. Bentley, which brought $52,000.           

Among vernacular lots, a group of more than 100 photographs of residents of a trailer park in the 1950s, all taken by the same unnamed photographer, sold for $8,750, outpacing its high estimate after fierce bidding. An album of gas and pipeline photographs entitled Northern Natural Gas Company Pipelines, sold for $4,000, while another album of 106 photographs documenting filling stations throughout Kentucky sold for $8,750.

The department’s next auction, Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks, will be held on April 19. For further information, or to consign items to upcoming Photographs auctions, please contact Swann Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks Daile Kaplan: dkaplan@swanngalleries.com, or via phone at 212-254-4710, ex.21.

Complete results are available online via www.swanngalleries.com.

*Prices include buyer’s premium.                    

Image:

Lot 99

Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, mural-sized silver print, 1948, printed 1950s. Sold February 25, 2016 for $221,000.

Freeman's Announces Management Buyout

Philadelphia, PA (March 9, 2016) Samuel M. “Beau” Freeman, II today announced that agreements have been signed that will transfer the controlling interest in Freeman’s, the country’s oldest auction house, to the current management team of Hanna Dougher, Chief Operating Officer; Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chairman; and Paul Roberts, President. The Freeman family will maintain a minority interest in the company and Beau Freeman will continue in his role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. The transaction includes the transfer of the Freeman’s location at 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia where the company will continue to operate. It is anticipated that the closing of the transaction will occur within the next several weeks. 

Freeman’s, established in Philadelphia, PA in 1805, is a world class auction house with an established international presence.  It is the oldest auction house in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. Freeman’s maintains a strong focus on client service built on the experience of its specialists in 13 departments including fine arts, antiques, jewelry, books & manuscripts, Asian arts, and 20th & 21st century design.

“We have held the proud distinction of being a family-owned and operated business for six generations, which is unheard of in today’s age,” said Beau Freeman. “Passing Freeman’s on to Hanna, Alasdair, and Paul, who have led the business for the past 16 years, feels as though we are keeping the business in the family and I am confident they are the right team to continue to lead the company into the future.” 

The Freeman family has run the auction house since its inception over 210 years ago, and in partnership with the current executive team, the Freeman’s brand has been re-established as a leader in the auction market. This transition will support the team’s growth strategy.  

A plethora of historically important objects and collections have passed through the company over the years, from a copy of the Declaration of Independence and Andrew Wyeth paintings to the H. Richard Dietrich, Jr. Collection of U.S.S. Constitution Colors and The Lehman Brothers Collection. Equally important offerings have included works by Fabergé, Cartier, Calder, and Nakashima. Within the past five years, Freeman’s has witnessed its most significant growth with top prices and auction records achieved for American and European art, Modern and Contemporary art, Asian arts, and Americana.

“We have ambitious plans to build the next chapter in Freeman’s storied history as we continue to elevate the brand both nationally and internationally,” said Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chairman. “Our leadership team’s plan includes continued expansion throughout North America as well as internationally, enhancing our historic home at 1808 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, and a focus on technology and marketing. We are extremely grateful to the Freeman family for their confidence in us, entrusting us with an invaluable family asset.” 

Added Mr. Nichol, “We remain committed to the Freeman’s core values, long-standing company tradition, the fabulous Freeman’s team, and to our focus on adaptation, while at the same time recognizing that a great opportunity lies ahead.” 

In addition to its auction house presence in Philadelphia, Freeman’s has regional locations in Boston, MA; Richmond, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Wayne, PA; and Beverly Hills, CA; along with an international presence in London and Edinburgh through its strong alliance with Lyon & Turnbull. As part of its expansion in the international market, Freeman’s will host its inaugural Hong Kong Auction on May 31. 

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

About Freeman's: As America’s oldest auction house, Freeman's has been a constant throughout the auction world for seven generations. Founded in 1805 by Tristram Bampfylde Freeman, the company’s tradition of excellence have benefited many new generations of private collectors, institutions, estates, and museums. Freeman’s holds more than 25 auctions a year in the following categories: 20th Century Design; American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists; American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts; Asian Arts; Books, Maps & Manuscripts; English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts; European Art & Old Masters; Jewelry& Watches; Modern & Contemporary Art; Musical Instruments; and Silver & Objets de Vertu. Freeman’s marketing alliance with Scotland’s Lyon & Turnbull—Scotland’s oldest auction house—has extended both firms international reach with offices across the US and UK. Additionally, Freeman’s offers Trusts & Estates and Museum Services. For more information, visit: www.freemansauction.com.

NEW YORKMarch 9, 2016Bidsquare, a curated online auction platform that connects bidders from all over the world with thousands of vetted fine art and design collectibles from reputable auction houses in real-time auction format, has announced that over 100 leading auction houses from across the US and UK have joined the platform since its launch. Recent additions include: Heritage Auctions headquartered in Dallas; Keno Auctions and Shapiro Auctions in New York; Morton Auctioneers and Appraisers in Houston and others. These auction houses join long-standing members including Skinner in Boston, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago and Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downingtown. Bidsquare has also started to expand internationally, recently adding Roseberys London to its roster, one of the UK’s leading auction houses.

The practice of buying works of art and design online continues to strengthen, becoming a collector’s go-to method for reaching a depth of items across a variety of categories worldwide. Bidsquare is modernizing an age-old auction industry. The invite-only platform ensures items offered for sale are authenticated and approved by trusted teams of experts at each house for utmost quality. Buyers can place bids on more than 200,000 items across 15 collectible categories, ranging in price from $100 to $500,000 for lots offered in live and timed online-only auctions. As the user-friendly platform continues to gain partnerships with leading auction houses in the US and abroad, the range and number of items offered for sale will continue to increase.

Other milestones and statistics in recent months include:

  • Since its launch in 2014, business has grown over 250%
  • In August 2015, Bidsquare launched a partnership with UK’s the-saleroom.com, an online auction platform, to extend each company’s audience across both sides of the Atlantic
  • Winning bids continue to grow in value with a high quality collector base of serious collectors
  • Fine Art, American and European Decorative Art, and 20th Century Design remain the most sought-after categories on the platform

"At the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, we noticed increased online bidding for our auction through the Bidsquare platform, with several individual bids in excess of $150,000. Online bidding is definitely the future and Bidsquare is leading the industry in both their ease of use and substantial marketing to top collectors. We expect this to continue going forward and are proud to partner with them as our exclusive online provider," said Mike Overby, Partner at The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction.

About Bidsquare

Bidsquare is a curated online auction platform where you can explore and bid on an authenticated and curated selection of fine art and antiques from over 100 trusted and vetted auction houses. Bidsquare is the destination for individuals and collectors seeking exceptional, one-of-a-kind pieces, with new, unique collectibles added every day. Visit http://www.bidsquare.com to view auctions and bid.

255_Draper.jpgThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired 35 photographs by the Richmond-born, African-American artist Louis Draper (1935-2002), as well as his complete archive, which includes his papers, working prints, negatives, and camera equipment. This acquisition places VMFA at the forefront of museums and research institutions collecting African American art. Draper’s street photography of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as his role as a founding member of the African-American photography collective Kamoinge, have recently garnered critical attention and interest from peer institutions and art historians. The archive from Draper’s estate is vital for understanding his body of work as it includes his records, notes, and transcripts recounting Kamoinge’s early years.

The archival collection consists of photographic material and documentation of Draper’s career as a fine arts photographer, teacher and photojournalist and comprises approximately 20 linear feet of material and includes 1,791 prints, 36,216 negatives, 557 proof sheets, about 2,477 color slides, 16 transparencies and computer art. Manuscript material includes notebooks, workbooks, Kamoinge workshop portfolios, academic work, memorabilia, personal records and correspondence. Cameras and photographic equipment were also included, along with approximately 1,500 prints, negatives and proof sheets by other photographers.

Building on Kamoinge’s recent publication, Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge, and Mercer County Community College’s book, Louis Draper: Selected Photographs, VMFA will be the first major art museum to organize an exhibition on Draper and the early years of Kamoinge, which will open in January 2019, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue informed by the new archival research made possible through this landmark acquisition. In addition to making scholarly contributions to the history of photography during the Civil Rights era, the museum’s purchase of 35 works by Draper, along with his entire archive, is directly related to the museum’s strategic plan goal of significantly increasing VMFA’s holdings of African American art.

“We have long been interested in the important work and legacy of Louis Draper and acquired 13 of his photographs in 2013,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said. “By acquiring an additional 35 photographs by the artist, as well as his archive, VMFA can now proudly say that we are the leading museum for the research, study, and appreciation of this major figure in the history of photography, as well as the Kamoinge workshop. This acquisition also underscores our strategic plan’s commitment to expanding our collection of African American art.”

Louis Draper’s sister, Nell Draper Winston, explained what the acquisition meant for her: “I am proud of the fact that Louis Draper’s collection will remain here in the Richmond area at VMFA. He was so very passionate about his craft and because of his great passion my goal was to expose his work to the local Richmond community. He was recognized nationally and internationally, but not here in his hometown. He was a mentor to so many young people and I want them to see what options are available to them. I also want to introduce them to the extraordinary group of artists which Lewis co-founded, Kamoinge, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. My hope is that people will see the world through the lens of his camera and will go out and make their own contributions.”

In 2015, VMFA produced a short video interview of Ms. Winston speaking about her brother’s body of work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0baGVGCcx8

About Louis Draper
Louis Draper was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and moved to New York City in 1957. He took classes at New York University’s Institute of Film and Television as well as at the New School for Social Research where he studied with the influential photographer Eugene Smith. He also established relationships with several major African-American literary and artistic leaders, such as Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava. In 1963, Draper was instrumental in forming the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of African American photographers. Draper chose the name, which means “a group of people acting and working together” in Gikuyu, the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya. While the artists did not work alongside each other, they met weekly to show each other their work and frequently exhibited together. In 1982, the photographer Carrie Mae Weems credited the efforts of Draper and Kamoinge as “the first steps taken by black photographers to come together and form a comprehensive group that would address in photographic terms the description of being black in America.” While the group organized several shows in their own gallery space in the mid-1960s, they also had exhibitions at New York’s International Center for Photography and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of African, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the nation. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art - and additional strengths in Ancient, East Asian, and European - VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus lively after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA, a certified Virginia Green attraction, is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

Image: Louis Draper (American, 1935-2002) Boy with Paint Splatter, undated, gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment.

image007.jpgBOSTON - The exhibition From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBLMC) at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, April 2, 2016 and runs through August 28, 2016. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and The Trustees, featuring maps, photographs, and historic items from both collections to document the Trustees 125-year history of stewardship, conservation, and access to over 100 properties throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees is Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation organization and the world’s first land preservation nonprofit known for caring for cultural, natural, and scenic sites for public use and enjoyment. 

“The exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to explore through dynamic visuals the great state of Massachusetts, enjoying all that has been conserved through the dedicated work of the Trustees,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. 

From the Sea to the Mountains will give viewers a greater understanding of the rich history of Massachusetts from a variety of perspectives,” said Robert Melzer, Chair of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to collaborate with The Trustees and honor the past and present of the Commonwealth in a unique way.”

In celebration of The Trustees 125th anniversary, the exhibition features 70 items including maps, photographs, and historical items. Visitors will be introduced to Trustees properties, become familiar with a number of distinctive map formats, learn about natural landforms and geologic terms, and cultivate an appreciation for the natural, historical, and cultural treasures of Massachusetts.

“How appropriate to view our history through the lens of a map exhibition as we have literally been transforming, influencing, and saving the landscape of the Commonwealth for 125 years,” adds Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “From the bird's-eye view, we can see how the state has changed; what has been saved, lost, and where our future lies.”

Examples of a variety of rare and unique maps from the 19th century to the present will be on display, including bird’s-eye views, town plans, tourist, trail, topographic, and GIS maps.  Historic and modern photographs of Trustees properties will also be on view, as well items once belonging to prior owners depicting how they lived on and enjoyed gardening, recreating, fishing, hunting, reading, picnicking and more at these iconic places.

In 1891 landscape architect Charles Eliot asserted the bold idea to form an organization that would preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.  At a time when land conservation and ‘being green’ was not widely discussed, his vision was forward thinking. Today, the organization he founded, The Trustees, oversees more than 26,000 acres of preserved places from the Atlantic Coast to the Berkshire Mountains.

The Leventhal Map Center is located in the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. It is open Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday: 1- 5 p.m. The best entrance to use is the Dartmouth Street entrance via the McKim building, which faces Copley Square. 

About the NORMAN B. LEVENTHAL MAP CENTER
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is ranked among the top 10 map centers in the United States for the size of its collection, the significance of its historic (pre-1900) material, and its advanced digitization program. It is unique among the major collections because it also combines these features with exceptional educational and teacher training programs to advance geographic literacy among students in grades K-12 and enhance the teaching of subjects from history to mathematics to language arts. The collection is also the second largest in the country located in a public library, ensuring unlimited access to these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, and the general public. The Leventhal Map Center, created in 2004, is a nonprofit organization established as a public-private partnership between the Boston Public Library and philanthropist Norman Leventhal. Its mission is to use the Boston Public Library’s permanent collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases and a select group of rare maps collected by Mr. Leventhal for the enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, and a website that includes thousands of digitized maps at maps.bpl.org. The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases of Boston, Massachusetts, and New England.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

About THE TRUSTEES

Funded by nearly 125,000 members and supporters, The Trustees saves and shares some of Massachusetts’ most treasured natural, scenic, and historic sites for public use and enjoyment and believes in protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever. Its mission is to connect more people to outdoor recreation, culture, agriculture, and healthy, active living by using its 114 diverse properties, community spaces, and over 3,500 annual programs as a powerful and compelling platform.  Located within minutes of every resident and visited by 1.6 million people in 2015, Trustees properties span more than 26,000 acres across the state - from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. In addition to its properties, The Trustees is also an active leader in land conservation, holding conservation restrictions on more than 20,000 acres, more than any other entity. In 2014, The Trustees became a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, the first all locally-sourced indoor market of its kind in the nation where it operates an Appleton Farms vendor booth and serves as the educational programming partner for the Market’s demonstration KITCHEN. To learn more, visit: www.thetrustees.org.

Image: George Eldridge (d. 1900). Eldridge's Map of Martha's Vineyard. Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, 1913. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

MOMA_degas_threeballetdancers copy.jpgThe Museum of Modern Art announces Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, a major exhibition focusing on Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas’s (1834-1917) extraordinary and rarely seen monotypes and their impact on his wider practice, on view March 26 through July 24, 2016. The first exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 50 years to examine these radical, innovative works — and MoMA's first monographic exhibition of the artist— Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty will feature approximately 130 monotypes along with some 50 related works, including paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks, and prints. Organized by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Modern Art, and Richard Kendall, independent art historian and curator. MoMA is the sole venue for the exhibition. 

A towering figure in 19th-century art, Degas is best known as a painter and chronicler of the ballet. Yet his work as a printmaker reveals the true extent of his restless creativity, as he mixed techniques with abandon in his studio and shared recipes with colleagues for producing unconventional effects. In the 1870s, during an era of enthusiasm for experimental printmaking, the artist Ludovic Lepic likely introduced Degas to the monotype process—drawing in black ink on a metal plate that was then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. Captivated by the medium’s potential, Degas made more than 300 monotypes during two discrete bursts of activity, from the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s, and again during the early 1890s.

Taking the medium to new and radical heights, Degas abandoned the academic drawing style of his youth, inventing a new repertoire of mark-making that included wiping, scraping, scratching, fingerprinting, and rendering via removal. The resulting works are characterized by enigmatic and mutable forms, luminous passages emerging from deep blackness, and a heightened sense of tactility.

The freedom Degas found in such techniques is an important theme of the exhibition, and the presentation will link his efforts in monotype — the way he moves the printer’s ink with ease across the slick metal plate, resulting in a more liberated form of description — to works in other mediums.

The exhibition surveys these technical innovations and the range of subject matter they explored, including scenes of modern life; harshly illuminated café singers; ballet dancers onstage, backstage, or in rehearsal; the life of the brothel; intimate moments at the bath; and landscapes. The presentation will run chronologically, beginning with experiments in printmaking in the 1850s, 1860s, and early 1870s, then focusing on the artist’s efforts with pigment and plate, and concluding with paintings, drawings, and pastels made at the end of his career, when the profound impact of the monotypes can be seen, especially in his ballerinas in motion and the twisted and contorted bodies of bathers. To illuminate how Degas saw iteration as an end in itself, key groupings will show how Degas traced, inverted, and recombined figures into different arrangements, applying pastel or charcoal on paper, or layering oil paint on canvas to further transform his subjects.

Reflecting a passionate spirit of invention and improvisation, a deep curiosity about the behavior of materials, a penetrating eye, an affinity for strategies of repetition and seriality, and an incisive understanding of the history of art, Degas’s efforts in monotype not only bridge the fin de siècle, but look forward to developments in the 20th century and beyond.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Jodi Hauptman, with a major essay by Richard Kendall and a technical essay by Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, MoMA, and Laura Neufeld, Assistant Conservator, MoMA. The Museum will also publish a children's book about Degas, authored by Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA

Image: Hilaire‑Germain‑Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Three Ballet Dancers (Trois danseuses), c. 1878-80. Monotype on cream laid paper. Plate: 7 13/16 × 16 3/8″ (19.9 × 41.6 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1386.

Chair.jpgNEW YORK - The chair used by author J.K. Rowling while she wrote the first two Harry Potter books - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - will cross the auction block in New York on April 6, 2016.

“The international phenomenon that would become, and still is, Harry Potter had its humble beginnings in this modest old chair,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage Auctions, the company conducting the auction. “It’s inspiring to imagine the young mother and author settling down at her desk, seated in this chair, typing out the original manuscripts of her first two books.”

The chair comes from a set that Rowling was given for her government housing flat when she was a young, single mother living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rowling took the most comfortable of the chairs and used it as her main writing chair, authoring the first two of what would become one of the most influential series of all time: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in America as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

A few years after the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rowling donated the chair to a small auction in 2002 called Chair-ish a Child, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Rather than selling it in its original form, Rowling used gold, rose, and green paints to transform the chair into a piece of literary memorabilia.

On the stiles and splats, in gold and rose colors, she painted: “You may not / find me pretty / but don't judge / on what you see.”

Rowling signed the backrest in the gold and rose paints. Then along the apron of the seat she painted: “I wrote / Harry Potter / while sitting / on this chair.”

“Gryffindor” is painted on the cross stretcher under the seat.

Accompanying the chair is the original “Owl Post” that Rowling typed and signed to the winner of the Chair-ish a Child auction. It reads: “Dear new-owner-of-my-chair / I was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and this was the comfiest one, which is why it / ended up stationed permanently in front of my typewriter, supporting me while I typed out 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and 'Harry / Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'. / My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go, but my back isn't. / J. K. Rowling.”

“Rowling transformed this ordinary piece of furniture into a work of literary art,” said Gannon. “It lives now as a powerful, tangible symbol of her determination and incredible imagination. She started in this chair as an impoverished woman and mother with a dream and rose from it as a giant of modern fiction.”

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3355409_3 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA - a remarkable Raoul Wallenberg World War II archive consisting of a Jewish family’s Schutz-Passes will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The collection consisting of three one-page documents in German and Hungarian, each signed and dated August 20, 1944. Collection of three blue and gold two-language Schutz-Pass documents issued to Jewish family members George Gergely, his wife Margit, and their daughter Maria; their son, Peter Georg, also appears on the father’s passport. The passports are filled out in type with their personal information and bear affixed images to the upper right. The bottom portions bear printed statements in German and Hungarian and are hastily signed in the lower left corner by Wallenberg, and countersigned by Swedish Minister to Budapest Carl Ivan Danielsson; in the area that Wallenberg customarily signed is an additional “W” which may or may not be in his hand.

Wallenberg arrived in Hungary in July as the country’s Jewish population was under siege. Nearly every other major Jewish community in Europe had already been decimated, and the Nazis were dispatching more than 10,000 Hungarian Jews to the gas chambers daily. With time of the essence, he devised and distributed thousands of these ‘Schutz-Passes’—official-looking, but essentially invalid, Swedish passports granting the Hungarian bearer immunity from deportation. Nazi officials readily accepted the paperwork.

The Gergely family was able to obtain these passes through a cousin who had married a Swede, and they remained living in Hungary in a Swedish safe house that Wallenberg and his associates had arranged. However, their lives were still not without peril. On January 16, 1945, German soldiers entered the Swedish safe house where they were staying and ordered all the residents to line up and prepare for travel. Just as they were preparing to leave, another German officer arrived and scolded the soldiers for rounding up the wrong apartment house.

“With these simple Schutz-Pass documents, Wallenberg saved an entire Jewish family—an important reminder of one heroic man’s tireless efforts to outwit the Nazis and save countless lives,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

“This is the first time we have encountered a complete family set, and the additional supporting material is of the utmost historical interest.”

Accompanied by an assortment of related family documents and a DVD featuring an interview with Maria, under the name Mona Kramer, in which she describes receiving the passports. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.     

Among other featured items:

A rare letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson— considered one of the most influential Jewish figures of the 20th century, discussing Jewish unity and issues of philosophy.

The only existing George Washington letter, which mentions the Yorktown capitulation.

Thomas Jefferson letter as President concerning construction of the first federally funded road in U.S. history.

Abraham Lincoln War-time signed letter, Lincoln response to an autograph-seeker.

Rare Oscar Wilde  cabinet photo inscribed to a Symbolist poet.

Online bidding for the Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on February 19, 2016 and will conclude on March 9, 2016, at 6PM ET. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Peter Rabbit 1.jpgThe Royal Mint in the UK recently announced that they are making a series of special coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.

Beatrix Potter was a famous author who wrote children's stories about lots of different animals, like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

Four coins will be made featuring different characters from her stories, and a special collector's 50p coin showing a colour picture of Peter Rabbit will also be released.

The Royal Mint, who make all of the UK's money, say the new coins are meant to give a snapshot of Britain over the past 1,000 years.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the world’s most beloved children’s books.

Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter it follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea. 

The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter's former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893. It was revised and privately printed by Potter in 1901 after several publishers' rejections but was printed in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. The book was a success and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut. It has been translated into 36 languages [1] and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time.

Cape Town based rare book auction business, AntiquarianAuctions.com are now selling a copy of one of the first, privately printed editions that were printed before Warne & Co. took over production of the book. Therefore the book on auction is an extremely rare edition. Still visible is the bookplate of the previous owner, Henry Frederick Thynne, the 6th Marquess of Bath.

The book is estimated at US$ 25,000. 

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Dealers and collectors worldwide have been selling and bidding on the site since 2010. Only established booksellers who are members of major national trade associations such as ABA, ABAA, PBFA or SABDA or are of good standing in the trade are permitted to sell on the site. 

Auctions are held every five weeks and run on the model of a timed auction for one week.

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Lot-133-Banneker-Almanac copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, March 31, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana, the 20th annual sale for this groundbreaking department at Swann.

            The top lot of the sale is a rare copy of Benjamin Banneker’s Bannaker’s (sic) … Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord 1796, Baltimore, (1795). Banneker, a self-taught astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, famer and herbalist, helped survey the Federal Territory that became Washington, D.C. The almanac is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000. Another rarity in the sale is a copy of investigative journalist and suffragist Ida B. Wells’s magazine The Woman’s Forum, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 1922 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). This is the only known surviving copy of any issue of Wells’s magazine.

            A run of items related to abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass are also featured in the sale. Two letters from Douglass will be auctioned: one to a son of Alphonso Janes of Providence, RI, thanking him and briefly discussing time spent in Providence in his early 20s, and another to fellow abolitionist Lewis Tappan. The letters are estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 and $25,000 to $35,000, respectively. Several editions of Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, are present in the sale, including a copy of the 1848 edition published at the office of the North Star, Douglass’s paper ($18,000 to $22,000). 

            Additional narratives include one the earliest printed slave narratives in English by James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, [circa 1770] ($8,000 to $12,000), and a first edition of the rare Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs, edited by Lydia Maria Child, 1861 ($3,500 to $5,000).

Lot-415-E-Simms-Campbell-Night-Club-Map-Harlem copy.jpg            Other highlights of the sale relate to music and entertainment, including the original artwork for E. Simms Campbell’s well-known A Night-Club Map of Harlem, pen and brush, 1932 ($40,000 to $60,000). The map appeared as the centerfold of the first issue of Manhattan Magazine, in 1932, and appeared again in Esquire nine months later. Featuring speakeasies and nightclubs along with little vignettes of notable Harlem characters, the map is truly a “who’s who” of 1920s-30s Harlem. Other musical lots include Please Say You Will, 1895, the first printing of Scott Joplin’s first published piece of music ($3,500 to $5,000), and a group of seventeen gelatin silver print photographs of Cab Calloway taken by Harlem Renaissance affiliate Carl Van Vechten ($3,000 to $4,000).

            Two items in the sale are tied to beloved author and activist Dr. Maya Angelou: a quilt titled The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here, given to Dr. Angelou by Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Sirleaf ($10,000 to $15,000), and copy of Fortune Magazine featuring twenty-six color illustrations from Jacob Lawrence’s Exodus series, signed and inscribed “For Maya Angelou” by the artist ($600 to $900).

            Items related to the Civil Rights movement include an iconic I AM A MAN placard, carried in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers strike ($6,000 to $9,000). Also featured is a limited edition portfolio of 12 signed and numbered photographs, Countdown to Eternity: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Benedict Fernandez, 1989 ($5,000 to $7,500). A rich archive of the papers of Reverend Leon Sullivan, minister, civil rights activist and founder of the “Sullivan Principles,” a code of conduct for corporate social responsibility, is also on offer. The archive features letters, sermons, flyers and photographs among other items ($4,000 to $6,000).

            This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, and fittingly the sale features a wealth of Black Panthers material. Among the items included are the first Black Panthers poster, Move on Over or We’ll Move on Over You, circa 1966 ($8,000 to $12,000), as well as original berets, photographs, and a collection of several hundred pieces of correspondence sent to the Santa Clara Courthouse while the trial of Angela Davis was occurring, circa 1972 ($1,500 to $2,500).

The auction will be held Thursday, March 31, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, March 26 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, March 28 through Wednesday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann Galleries at 212-254-4710, extension 0.

Contact Alexandra Nelson, Communications Director, with press inquiries via alexandra@swanngalleries.com or (212) 254-4710, ext. 19.

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Lot 133

Benjamin Banneker, Bannaker's [sic] Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord 1796, Baltimore, 1795. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.

Lot 415

E. Simms Campbell, A Night-Club Map of Harlem, original illustration for the well-known centerfold in Esquire, New York, 1932. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

The life of Jacob Riis, a late-19th/early-20th century newspaper reporter and writer, whose stories and photographs of the squalid conditions in New York City’s tenements led to social reform, will be explored in a new Library of Congress exhibition.

"Jacob Riis: Revealing ‘How the Other Half Lives’" will open on Thursday, April 14 in the South Gallery on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It closes on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

The exhibition is a co-presentation of the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York. It combines items from the Library’s Jacob A. Riis Papers and the museum’s Jacob A. Riis Collection of photographs. Currently, the exhibition, under the title "Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half," is on display until March 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Riis is one of the first to use innovations in documentary photography to great effect. He experimented with new techniques of flash photography and created rare images of tenement interiors, as well as outdoor photos of street and city life. He used these pictures as a compelling complement to his written words. Although he was well aware of the power of photography, he did not consider himself a photographer.

The Library’s exhibition repositions Riis as he saw himself—a highly skilled communicator who devoted his life to writing articles and books, delivering lectures nationwide and doggedly advocating for social change. He brought attention to the crises in housing, education, crime and poverty that arose at the height of European immigration to New York City in the late-19th century. His crusading journalism led to safer water, better housing, the creation of parks in New York City and other reforms.

On display will be correspondence, including three letters from Theodore Roosevelt and one to Booker T. Washington; photographs; fire insurance maps that help show the locations of Riis’ photographs; drafts and published works; lecture notes; reviews of his lectures; family correspondence and family photographs; appointment books; and journal entries. The exhibition also will feature a lantern-slide projector and camera equipment similar to those Riis used—a Blair Hawkeye Detective camera (7 inches by 17 inches by 13 inches), a glass-plate holder and a flash pan. An online version of the exhibition will be available on the opening date at loc.gov/exhibits/.

Jacob August Riis was born May 3, 1849 in Ribe, Denmark. The son of a schoolmaster, he was educated locally, leaving school for work at age 15. He immigrated to the United States in 1870. The New York Tribune hired him as a police reporter in 1877, and he wrote about crime and disease, documenting life in the tenements. In 1888, he started working for the New York Evening Sun and started taking photographs, using a new German innovation, flash photography. It was a novel idea at the time to use photographs to substantiate words. The wretched living and working conditions of New York’s immigrant communities were made vivid by the harrowing images, which were meant to spur his audiences to act. His career as a reformer took shape. He worked at the Sun until 1899. From the 1890s to 1910, he wrote many magazine articles and nine books and lectured nationwide. He died on May 26, 1914.

The exhibition has a companion volume, "Jacob Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half," written by Bonnie Yochelson, who spent more than two decades researching Riis and assembling materials. The 336-page hardcover book, published by Yale University Press in association with the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York, is the first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’ images. The book contains more than 600 images and is available for $65 in the Library of Congress Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or loc.gov/shop/.

The exhibition and its programming at the Library of Congress are made possible through the generous support from the Library of Congress Third Century Fund; Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s Foundation; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danish Ministry of Culture, and the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces; the Royal Danish Embassy; and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Later this year, other versions of the exhibition—combining Library of Congress and Museum of the City of New York resources with additional Riis-related objects—will be presented in Denmark. The first will be at the Kunstforeningen GL Strand museum in Copenhagen from Oct. 1, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017, and the second at the Ribe Kunstmuseum in Riis’s home town of Ribe, Denmark, from Jan. 21, 2017 to May 14, 2017.

The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress acquired the Jacob A. Riis Papers in the early 1950s as a gift of Riis’ second wife and widow, Mary Phillips Riis (1877-1967), who was a longtime social welfare advocate and board member of the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in New York. Additions have been made by generations of the Riis family, including Jacob Riis Owre, Ruth Riis Jones, Oscar T. Owre and Martha Riis Moore. The Manuscript Division also holds the papers of Jacob Riis’s son, Roger William Riis (1894-1953), an author and editor. That collection contains family correspondence and other materials gifted by Riis family members Jacob Riis Owre and Martha Riis Moore.

The Library’s Manuscript Division holds more than 70 million items, including the papers of 23 U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge. For more information about the collections and holdings of the Manuscript Division, visit loc.gov/rr/mss/.

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.

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

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Lot 182

BEATRIX POTTER

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT.

Published: Privately printed, for the Author., London, 1902

First Edition

First (privately printed) Edition, Second printing, with minor alterations to the text. 12mo. ( 5.4 x 4.4 inches).

One of only 200 copies printed. The first printing was issued in December 1901 in a edition of 250 copies. Original olive green boards pictorially stamped and titled in black to front cover. Spine rounded, as called for. Colour frontispiece and forty-one full-page black and white illustrations by Potter. 

Estimate: $25000  

Harper Lee Mockingbird 1.jpgMODERN FIRST EDITIONS

Lot 211

Harper Lee

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Published: Heinemann, London, 1960

First UK Edition

A very nice copy in dustwrapper of the 1st UK edition of this evergreen classic
by the recently deceased author. 

See blog entry on the AntiquarianAuctions.com Blog:
https://antiquarianauctions.com/blog/harper-lee-dies-at-89

Estimate: $650 - 900 

Lot 186
WILDE. OSCAR. -- C.3.3

THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. By C. 3. 3.

Published: Leonard Smithers, London, 1898

First Edition

FIRST EDITION. One of just 800 copies printed on hand made paper. 

Published under the pseudonym "C. 3. 3." which stood for his cell block, landing and cell number, while serving 2 years for Gross Indecency, the poem is based on the execution of a fellow inmate who had been convicted of murdering his wife and generated one of the great verses from Wilde, "Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword !"

Estimate: $1800

Lot 269 

Samuel Beckett

MORE PRICKS THAN KICKS - SIGNED LIMITED DE-LUXE EDITION

Published: Calder & Boyars, London, 1970

Edition: 1st. Limited De-Luxe Edition

The de-luxe limited edition of 100 signed copies published in 1970. This is number 93 and signed by Beckett

Estimate: $1000 - 1200

MAPS

Lot 2

John Seller

A chart of the coast of Guinea from Cape Verde to Cape Bona Esperanca.

Drawn with Squares of the Side of each Square Containing 100 English Leagues.

Published: Seller & Price, London, 1701

Edition: 1701

Rare Seller & Price publication of a sea chart of the west coast of Africa, from Cape Verde to the Cape of Good Hope.  The chart first was published by John Seller in 1675 in his English Pilot and Atlas Maritimus; the title was ‘A chart of guinea describeing (sic) the seacoast from Cape de Verde to Cape Bona Esperanca’ 

Seller’s sea charts are scarce and sought after; this example is in very good condition. 

Estimate: $2,000-2,200

Lot 163

John Arrowsmith

Cape of Good Hope

With permission copied from the Original M.S. drawing in the Colonial Office, compiled by Mr. Hebert, Senr

Published: John Arrowsmith, London, 1834

Edition: 1st

This map was published in the London Atlas of Universal Geography, J Arrowsmith ..., exhibiting the physical & political divisions of the various countries of the World, constructed from original materials.

Is most respectfully dedicated to his venerable friend John Middleton Esqr. As a testimony of gratitude and esteem, by his much obliged & humble servant, John Arrowsmith, F.R.G.S. & R.A.S. John Arrowsmith was a nephew of the patriarch, Aaron, and worked out of London. He was one of the foremost cartographers of the era and, like his uncle, he aspired to design maps that were up to date.

Estimate: $500 - 850

Lot 3

Johannes Janssonius

ÆTHIOPIA INFERIOR, VEL EXTERIOR

Partes magis Septentrionales quae hic deſiderantur vide in tabula Æthiopæ Superioris [Loosley translated : Aethiopia Inferior or Exterior. The more northern parts can be seen in Aethiopia Superior]

Published: Johannes Janssonius, Amsterdam., 1637

Edition: 1st Latin 

Full title: ÆTHIOPIA INFERIOR, VEL  EXTERIOR.   Partes magis Septentrionales quae  hic deſiderantur vide in tabula Æthiopæ Superioris 

[Loosley translated : Aethiopia Inferior or Exterior. The more northern parts can be seen in Aethiopia Suprior].

It is uncertain who engraved this map; Hondius could engrave, a number of his maps have florid engraved text and this map seems to be based on his 1631 map of the continent. As is common with larger maps from atlases, this map was printed on two pages. The map has been joined and is 52 X 38 cm; the margins are wide, which makes it ideal for framing.  The map has attractive original outline colouring .

Estimate: $800 - 1050

AFRICANA

Lot 205

Nelson Mandela & Others

PRISONER IN THE GARDEN - DE-LUXE LIMITED SIGNED EDITION

Published: Penguin Books, Johannesburg, 2005

Edition: 1st. Limited De-Luxe Signed

No. 82 of 100 copies only of this deluxe edition signed by Nelson Mandela. It is hand bound by craft bookbinder Peter Carstens in half leather and marbled boards with hand sewn headbands, in a matching custom cloth and marbled boards slipcase with leather trimming. A fine (as new) copy in the slipcase. As is the case with most copies of this book, the space "Presented To" on the signed limitation page is blank. This is probably the scarcest (and last) of the Nelson Mandela limited signed editions.

Estimate: $4000 - 5000

Lot 5
T.-W. Bowler and W.-R. Thomson

Pictorial album of Cape Town, with views of Simon's Town, Port Elizabeth and Graham's Town....

from original drawings, with historical and descriptive sketches.

Published: J.C. Juta, Cape Town, 1866

Edition: First edition.

Bowler lived in Cape Town in 1833 and worked at the Royal Observatory, he set up as an artist in 1837.
Oblong folio. 38,5 x 29 cm. Large panoramic View of Cape Town as a frontispiece.
( circa. 56 x 38,5 cm. ) 44 pages of descriptive text and  12 lithographed plates. original gold decorated cloth. A rare album of views by one of the most important South African artists. 

Estimate: $3000/3500

Lot 268
Boer War, Photograph album:

REMINISCENCES OF THE S.A. WAR

Snap Shots by Capt. R.B. Pott (The West Kent Yeomanry)

Published: No date (circa 1901)

Album containing 100 photographs.

Estimate: $1600/1800

LIBRARY SETS

Lot 225

BURTON. Sir RICHARD. Translates.

(ARABIAN NIGHTS). -- THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT.

A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights entertainments.

Published: Privately printed by the Burton Club., No date but circa 1900

Limited edition

LIMITED EDITION. Number 900 of 1000 sets. Finely bound in recent half dark green morocco. 

Estimate: $2000

Lot 230
PROUST. MARCEL. ; Moncrieff. C. K. Scott. Translates into English.

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST. (A la Recherche du Temps Perdu). With Etchings by Philippe Jullian.

Swann's way; Within a budding grove; The Guermantes way; Cities of the Plain; The Captive; The Sweet cheat gone; Time Regained.

Published: Chatto & Windus. London. 1949., London, 1949

Edition: Limited edition of 165 sets.

Although a reprint of the 1941 uniform edition this special Edition-De-Luxe is one of 165 special numbered and leather bound sets, of which 160 are for sale. This set are all uniform, being number 15.

Illustrated with 48 fine full page etchings by Philippe Jullian.

Estimate: $1350

GREENE. GRAHAM.

THE COLLECTED EDITION and COLLECTED ESSAYS.

Signed in Volume 1; Brighton Rock.

Published: Heinemann and Bodley Head, London, 1969 - 1982

Estimate: $5000 

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March 2, 2016: In a packed salesroom at Sotheby’s London today, hundreds of collectors gathered to witness the sale of the personal collection of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire (1920-2014). Over 1000 participants drove the sale total to £1,777,838, over 3x the pre-sale estimate (£500,000-700,000).

The youngest of the Mitford Sisters, the Duchess became one of the most loved figures of the 20th-century. For half a century the chatelaine of Chatsworth, one of England’s greatest stately homes, she was an instinctive entrepreneur, patron of the arts, author, countrywoman and-famously-a great poultry enthusiast. Her friends included President Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Lucian Freud, Evelyn Waugh, Alan Bennett, members of The Royal Family, Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta and Cecil Beaton.

The items offered at auction today came from The Old Vicarage, a charming 18th-century house in Edens or, a village on the Chatsworth Estate, where the Duchess spent the last ten years of her life.

The family of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire: “Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire was always interested in and excited by the auction process, so we can guess how much she would have enjoyed today’s sale. It was very pleasing to see her personal collection received so warmly at Sotheby’s. She would have loved the idea that many people from all over the world will now enjoy some of the pieces she lived with. We have been hugely impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm of the team at Sotheby’s, and are very grateful for their efforts on our behalf.”

Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Auctioneer for much of today’s sale: “Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire represented the last of a special era-I can’t think of anyone left who has quite the same charisma. She enjoyed the friendship of some of the most celebrated and interesting figures of the 20th-century. She knew the world, and everyone knew her. It was wonderful, but perhaps unsurprising, to see her collection received so rapturously today. I am sure the Duchess would have been quietly amused by the whole event, but most of all would have been pleased to see her belongings find brand new homes where they’ll be treasured.”

Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire’s archive of personal correspondence-letters, books, manuscripts and documents relating to the Mitford sisters-has been left to Chatsworth House Trust, together with her collection of couture clothing. These archives will be accessible to the public in due course.

Never a Bore: Deborah Devonshire and Her Set by Cecil Beaton”

The sale will be followed by “Never a Bore: Deborah Devonshire and Her Set by Cecil Beaton”, an exhibition of Cecil Beaton’s photographs of the Duchess and her glittering social circle, that will be shown at Chatsworth from 19 March 2016-3 January 2017.

The exhibition takes its inspiration from one of Beaton's most famous remarks: "Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore." Beaton was an early house guest of the Devonshires when they moved to Chatsworth in 1959, and captured many candid and relaxed portraits of his friend, Deborah Devonshire. Combined with Cecil Beaton's insightful and witty commentary on many of his subjects, Never a Bore will recreate the essence of the Duchess's world and dazzling social set. This new exhibition presents around 65 photographs from The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, on loan from Sotheby's, along with other rarely-seen items from the Chatsworth archive. On display in the New Gallery, the exhibition is included in the normal house admission. For more in formation and ticketing options visit www.chatsworth.org.

Cincinnati, OH: The Wonderful World of Woodcuts opens to the public on March 14, 2016, at the Lloyd Library and Museum. This show is the perfect blend of antique and new, with rare and historic texts dating from the 16th century forward paired with the modern flair of a contemporary woodcut artist, Ken Marshall, who trained at the Columbus College of Art & Design.  Marshall’s blend of modern style with a retro method presents a unique and bold vision that visitors won’t want to miss.  His art assumes natural forms with abstract elements, providing a new way to look at the world, inviting viewers to imagine infinite possibilities.

The art is shown in conjunction with a historic look at the art of woodcuts through their primary initial function - the illustration of texts.  Classic greats and important early volumes all provide a glimpse into the development of this complex art form that began in Asia and found its way to Europe and the rest of the world.  The Lloyd’s volumes cover 400 years of printing history, and feature the perfected works of Japanese art, the early efforts by Europeans, as well as modern renderings of the art form that are a testimony to the persistent need for this type of work, despite the fact that so many other, and seemingly better, illustration methods have been developed.

The show is open to the public daily, Monday-Friday, 8:30-4, as well as the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9-4, until June 3. 

Additional Information Available Upon Request 

About the Lloyd: The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period.  Our mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the general public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life.  For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

XMen500kb.jpgPORTLAND, Maine - A 1963 issue of X-Men #1 sold privately on February 19th for a record $350,000 through Comic Book Exchange, an online marketplace frequented by comic collectors, sellers and investors. ComicLink, which owns and operates Comic Book Exchange, reported the sale of the rare-condition title, which was graded 9.6 out of a possible 10 by the independent third-party Certified Guaranty Company, or CGC.

An X-Men #1 that was CGC-graded 9.8 sold at auction in 2012 for $492,900, but to date, no other 9.6 example has ever commanded a price to rival what was paid through Comic Book Exchange.

“X-Men #1 is a desirable comic book in any state, but the higher the condition, the fewer there are,” said Josh Nathanson, president of ComicLink.

CGC has certified that there are 3,285 known examples of X-Men #1 worldwide. Of that group, three are in 9.6 condition. Only two have been CGC-graded 9.8.

“With only five known examples in 9.6 condition or better, there’s no mystery about the issue’s scarcity. Everyone in the business knows how many are out there, and there’s far more demand than supply, so it’s reasonable that an investor would pay $350,000 to own one of the five best,” said Nathanson. 

Although X-Men #1 had a healthy initial print run, its 1963 publication date puts it very early in the period when comic books were just beginning to be saved by collectors for posterity. Not many examples of the first X-Men issue were preserved with care, hence their scarcity today.

While rekindling childhood nostalgia may be the catalyst that drives many to collect comics, investment and the potential for appreciation are unquestionably why Silver Age comics like X-Men #1 are achieving mid-six-figure prices, and climbing, said Nathanson.

“When the stock market takes off, the prices on certain comics level off, but when the market is more volatile and turns down, money comes out of the market and needs someplace to go. People start looking for reliable alternative investments, like rare comics. It’s happened enough times, now, that we can identify the pattern,” Nathanson said.

Top-tier comic book investors aren’t generally “flippers,” however. High-grade Gold and Silver Age comic books are increasingly being added to investment portfolios and held, not unlike rare coins, classic cars or fine wines. 

“My own opinion is that the best days for vintage comics are still ahead,” Nathanson said. “A comic book fan base can cross several generations and keep building, especially if there’s a movie franchise based on the characters. We expect to see another spike in demand for X-Men comics when the film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ opens this Memorial Day weekend.”

Visit ComicLink online at http://www.ComicLink.com. Tel. 617-517-0062.

Image: X-Men #1, published 1963, CGC-graded 9.6, sold Feb. 19, 2016 through ComicLink’s Comic Book Exchange for $350,000. Image courtesy of ComicLink.

Sunflower Slow Drag .jpgNew York, NY—The world's finest selections of antiquarian books and ephemera are headed to New York City for what undoubtedly will be a truly remarkable event celebrating the power - and beauty - of vintage paper this spring.  The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Wallace Hall at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York City, on Saturday, April 9th.  The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, a family friendly, welcoming, and exciting destination, is a featured venue of New York's Rare Book Week.  This annual celebration, being held this year from April 4th-13th, draws serious book collectors from all over the world to the Big Apple each year.  

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair features 60 top-tier dealers specializing in a full spectrum of antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular ephemera categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   

Experiencing this event is even better than visiting a history museum!  Visitors will be able to examine remarkable rarities firsthand, enjoy educational displays, as well as talk to leading subject matter experts in person.   

Can't miss book highlights include a first edition of Oscar Wilde's Salome, published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane, London, 1894 (one of only 500 copies published); a set of first editions of Herman Melville's A Narrative of a Four Months' Residence among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesa Islands; or, A Peep at Polynesian and Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (both bound in three-quarter green calf over marbled paper boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, for Marshall Field, very early 20th century); and Anne Cobbett's wildly popular (at the time) The English Housekeeper: or Manuel of Domestic Management: Containing Advice On The Management of Household Affairs... For the Use of Young Ladies Who Undertake the Superintendence of Their Own Housekeeping from 1835.  

And for those attendees who also have a passion for important ephemera, a first edition of Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slow Drag from 1901; an 1831 first edition of Beethoven's vocal score for Fidelo; and a 1938 letter from Karl Jung - a high ranking political leader and honorary SS member - to Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, will prove breathtaking.  

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, "There is no better way to spend a Saturday in April in New York City than at this fair.  The range of extraordinary books and ephemera on display, and available for purchase, is simply astounding.  This event welcomes both diehard collectors as well as people just curious about the power and appeal of vintage books and paper. The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is truly the best of all worlds, celebrating the remarkable intersection art, history, and imagery."

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Wallace Hall at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York City, on Saturday, April 9th from 8am to 4pm.  The event offers free, continuous shuttle bus transport to the Park Avenue Armory - location of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair - with the first trip leaving the Armory at 7:45am and the last trip leaving Wallace Hall at 3:45pm. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $8 for youth aged 12-21. For discount tickets, a complete list of attending dealers, and additional information, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com/new-york-city-book-and-ephemera-fair.  

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs, producers of the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a complete calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.
 
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First Edition of  Joplin's Sunflower Slow Drag from James Camner.

 

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