April 2016 Archives

Lot-240-Serindia copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ April 12 auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books brought over $475,000, with travel books and manuscript material performing particularly well.

Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “Early English books and manuscripts and works on Central Asia by the scholar-explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein were the most sought-after items in this strong sale.”

The strongest performers, among the many lots related to Hungarian-British archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein, were a first edition of Stein’s magnum opus, Serindia: Detailed Report of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China, Oxford, 1921, which realized $18,750*; and a first edition of The Thousand Buddhas: Ancient Buddhist Paintings from the Cave-Temples of Tun-huang in the Western Frontier of China, London, 1921, a collection of plates reproducing paintings recovered during his 1906-08 expedition, which brought $6,000. Other travel books that sold well included a third edition of Gottlieb William Leitner’s The Languages and Races of Dardistan, Lahore, 1878, which eclipsed its high estimate, selling for $2,210; and a first edition of Oscar Johannes Ludwig Eckenstein’s The Karakorams and Kashmir. An Account of a Journey, London, 1896, which more than doubled its high estimate when it brought $2,600.

Among the manuscript materials, a work in English by Robert Robinson titled A Miscelany of Meditations, Sentences, Observations, Characters, and Essayes, London, 1659 was among the top lots of the sale, realizing $30,000. Other top-performing items included [Forest Laws], seventy manuscript vellum leaves detailing laws on hunting rights, land use and more, Great Britain, circa 1600, which brought $6,500. A manuscript in French titled Recueil de Piéces Érotiques et d’autre Genre, consisting of excerpts from writings by the Marquis de Sade and many others, [France], 1822, brought $1,125.

Standouts among the early printed books included a third edition of Giovanni Boccaccio’s A Treatise … shewing … the falles of sondry most notable Princes and Princesses, London, (1554), which sold for $13,750; a first edition of Nova legenda Anglie, (London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1516), which realized $10,625; and a first edition of Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft, London, 1584, which brought $30,000. Theatrical works also sold well, with a first edition of Sir William Davenant’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, London, 1674, selling for $30,000; and a first collected edition, three-volume set of The Workes by Ben Jonson, London, 1640-41, realizing $7,500.

The department’s next auction will occur in October 2016. For further information, or to consign items to upcoming Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Book auctions, please contact Specialist Tobias Abeloff: tabeloff@swanngalleries.com, or via phone at 212-254-4710, ex.18.

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

*Prices include buyer’s premium. 

Lot 240 Sir Marc Aurel Stein, Serindia: Detailed Report of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China, first edition, Oxford, 1921. Sold April 12, 2016 for $18,750. (Pre-sale estimate $6,000 to $9,000)

Lot-339-Henry-Roth copy.jpgNew York— On Wednesday, May 18, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature, featuring many signed first editions and association copies, as well as a run of Faulkner first editions and an excellent selection of children’s books.

            Headlining the sale is a first edition of Henry Roth’s acclaimed Call It Sleep, (1934), in the first state dust jacket. The book is an association copy, signed and inscribed by Roth to his longtime friend and literary executor Lawrence I. Fox, and is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. Another fine association copy is a first edition, first issue of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, 1925 ($4,000 to $6,000), which belonged to Sheilah Graham, the novelist’s last lover. Also included by Fitzgerald is a first edition, first issue copy of Taps at Reveille, the last book published in the author’s lifetime ($3,000 to $4,000). Another association copy comes in the form of a first German edition of Charles Bukowski’s Stories and Novels (Stories und Romane), signed and inscribed to Bukowski’s longtime publisher and benefactor John Martin ($600 to $900). Other signed copies include a limited edition of Virginia Woolf’s essay Street Haunting, 1930 ($800 to $1,200). 

            One rare auction highlight is the true first edition of Anne Frank’s diary, titled Het Achterhius, (1947), in the original Dutch. Only 1,500 copies of the book were originally published, though later it would be translated and published in more than 60 languages, becoming one of the most widely read books in the world. Het Achterhius is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500. Other rare classics include a second impression of the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, 1922, one of only 2000 copies issued, at least 500 of which were intercepted by U.S. Customs, who confiscated and burned the novel for obscenity in the 1920s. As a result, this issue has become even less common that the first edition; it is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500.

            Among books of poetry in the sale is a second edition of Walt Whitman’s seminal Leaves of Grass, with an additional 20 poems not found in the first edition ($9,000 to $12,000). A first edition, first issue of beloved poet Robert Frost’s first commercially-published book, A Boy’s Will, 1913 ($5,000 to $7,500), is also included in the sale, as is a first edition of Irish poet and playwright Samuel Beckett’s first book, Whoroscope, 1930, comprised of a single extended poem for which Beckett won a £10 prize and publication by The Hours Press for the best poem on “time.” Whoroscope is signed by the author and housed in a custom case; it is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500.

            The sale also features a run of first editions by celebrated Southern author and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner.  Among the many lots on offer is a first edition copy of Sartoris, (1929), Faulkner’s third novel ($3,000 to $4,000), and a first edition of his acclaimed fourth novel, The Sound and the Fury, 1929, in the second state dust jacket ($3,000 to $4,000).

            Completing the auction is a strong selection of children’s literature, headlined by a two-volume set of first edition, first issue, signed presentation copies of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, 1866 and 1872 ($15,000 to $25,000). Both volumes are signed and inscribed by Carroll to Bessie Slatter, whose family was close friends with the author. A four-volume set of first editions of A. A. Milne’s famous quartet beginning with When We Were Very Young, 1924, and continuing through The House at Pooh Corner, 1928 ($5,000 to $7,500), will also be on offer. A first edition of British poet and illustrator Edward Lear’s The Book of Nonsense, By Derry Down Derry, 1846, is included in the sale, with the two volumes bound as one. It is one of only 23 copies of the first edition believed to have survived, and the book, described in the catalogue as a “legendary rarity,” is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000.

The auction will be held Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 14 from noon to 5 p.m; Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 18 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 specialist, John D. Larson at 212-254-4710, extension 61 or jlarson@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 339 Henry Roth, Call it Sleep, first edition, signed and inscribed by author to Lawrence I. Fox, New York, 1934. Consigned by the ABAA for the Benefit of the Elisabeth Woodburn Educational Fund and the Benevolent Fund. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.

When: May 6, May 20, and June 10,  2016, 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

The Center for Book Arts presents its Spring 2016 Broadside Reading Series on May 6, May 20 and June 10, organized by Guest Curator Paolo Javier. Poet laureate of Queens (2010-2014), Javier is the author of several collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon (Nightboat 2015), and the forthcoming Ur'lyeh/Aklopolis (Flugschriften 2016), a limited edition book/cassette collaboration with Listening Center (aka David Mason). 

The Center's annual Broadside Reading Series, now in its 16th year, produces 12 limited-edition letterpress-printed broadsides each year featuring the poetry of New York-based writers of diverse backgrounds. A reception follows each Literary Program reading; guests receive a free letterpress broadside. Suggested donation: $10/$5 members. 

Friday, May 6, 6:30pm: Layli Long Soldier and Ari Banias 

Layli Long Soldier is a writing professor at Diné College and the recipient of the 2015 National Artist Fellowship in Literature for Poetry. Her forthcoming collection, Whereas, will be published by Graywolf in 2017. Ari Banias is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His first collection of poems, Anybody, will be released this fall by W. W. Norton. 

Friday, May 20, 6:30pm: Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Douglas Kearney

Sueyeun Juliette Lee works for a women's shelter in Denver and was a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Poetry. Her third collection, Solar Maximum, was published in 2015. Douglas Kearney has published three collections of poetry and teaches at CalArts. His third poetry collection, Patter, was a finalist for the California Book Awards in Poetry. A collection of his opera libretti, Someone Took They Tongues., is available now. 

Friday, June 10, 6:30pm: Stephen Motika and Jill Magi 

Stephen Motika is Artistic Director of Poets House and publisher of Nightboat Books. He is the author of Western Practice (2012) and two poetry chapbooks. Jill Magi is an artist and critic and is the author of five books including LABOR (Nightboat 2014). She is assistant arts professor at NYU Abu Dhabi where she teaches poetry and fiber arts. 

Please visit the Center for Book Arts website for up-to-date details: www.centerforbookarts.org


CHICAGO (April 25, 2016) - The International Society of Appraisers (ISA), the largest of the professional personal property organizations, will provide an 11-part, monthly webinar series on specialty collecting categories to Chubb's appointed independent agents and brokers.

Laura Doyle, North American Collections Management Specialist with Chubb, said Friday, “Chubb is thrilled to kick off a collaborative partnership with ISA through the launch of the Chubb Connoisseurship webinar series. The series will highlight the deep expertise of ISA appraisers, providing a network of resources nationally for our agents, brokers, and clients.”  

The series reflects the depth and diversity of expertise of ISA appraisers, covering a broad range of appreciable asset classes including such topics as fine wine, sterling silver, rare coins and American art. 

“ISA is extraordinarily proud to have been chosen by Chubb as the professional personal property appraisal organization to provide connoisseurship training to their networks,” commented Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, past president of ISA and co-chairperson of the program committee.   

The Chubb Connoisseurship Series began on April 5 and will continue through the beginning of 2017. This program is a continuation of the educational collaboration exchange between the two organizations which began in 2015 with Chubb's presentation to 170 ISA appraisers on "Changing Demographics in Collecting: Covering Passion and Investment Collections." The two organizations look forward to deepening this collaboration to the benefit of their clients.

The Center for Book Arts is pleased to invite artists and writers to submit applications for three exciting annual programs at The Center. 


The Spring 2016 Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers will take place Wednesday-Sunday, June 1-5, 10am-4pm. The seminar is tuition-free for participants and includes the cost of materials. 

Participants will learn the basics of letterpress printing, both traditional typesetting and options with new technology, by collaboratively printing a small edition of broadsides or other projects. This workshop is most suitable for those with little to no previous letterpress experience. Participants will also hear lectures from various professionals in the field, including printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, and receive a practical overview of letterpress printing and small press publishing. Past speakers have included Maddy Rosenberg of Central Booking; Robbin Silverberg of Dobbin Mill Books; Kyle Schlesinger of Cuneiform Press, and Roni Gross of Z'roah Press, among others. 

Each seminar will be offered to a maximum of eight students. Writers from culturally diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Workshops and programs at The Center are open to applicants 18 years or older. Applications cannot be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year (September 2015-May 2016.)

For more information and to apply visit:


Application Postmark Deadline is May 1, 2016.


The 2016 Artist Members exhibition titled Senses[LESS]: Perceptual Explorations, organized by Alexander Camlpos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts and Peter Schell, artist and naturalist, is open to current artist members. The deadline for receipt of entry forms and images is May 13, 2016. 

This exhibition, which will run from July 13 to September 24. 2016, will present artists' books and related works that employ one or more of the senses: hearing, smell, sight, taste, and touch. Focusing on artists' books and works that relate to the concept of book arts, the curators are equally interested in work that uses new media referring to the concept of books. Examples being included from the Center's Collection are Sophie Calle's Blind (braille book), Josely Carvalho's SHARDS (a box set of emotional fragrances), John Risseeuw's A Suite of Typographic Edibles (edible paper), Paolo Salvagione's One for Each (features 5 drawers, each having a sensory activity). 

Artist members of The Center for Book Arts are encouraged to submit works to be selected by the show's curator, and the selections will be augmented by works by non-member artists to enhance the scope of the exhibition. The Center encourages artists to submit more than one work to be reviewed. For information on artist membership at the Center, visit http://centerforbookarts.org/opportunities/for-artists/#membership.

To apply to the exhibition call for entries, visit: 


Application deadline deadline is May 13, 2016.


The Center for Book Arts is pleased to invite artists to apply for its 2016-17 Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts. The Center will award two to three year-long residencies to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the artistic endeavors in the book arts. Residencies run from September 2016-May 2017. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities to recent graduates of degree programs in the book arts, who are committed to developing careers in the book arts field, and to further the growth of this artistic profession. 

The award includes a cash stipend between $500 and $1500, plus a materials budget between $500-$750, depending on funding, and 24 hour access to the Center's printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive a tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff. Experienced printers and bookbinders will be available to advise the artists on issues of materials and techniques as they arise. Scholars will be required to complete an artist project by the end of the scholarship period, with an exhibition in the Center's gallery space and public presentation the following autumn. No travel or lodging reimbursements are available. Workshops and programs at The Center are open to applicants 18 years or older. Applications cannot be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year (September 2016-May 2017.) 

For information and to apply, visit: 


The deadline for receipt of entry forms and images is May 16, 2016

Please visit the Center for Book Arts website for up-to-date details: 



ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN—The 38th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Ballroom of the Michigan Union at 530 S. State Street on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor on SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

At the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair even a casual browser can pick up a real piece of history in this digital age.

In one room, for one day, you will find one of the best book shops in the Midwest: antiquarian booksellers from across the country offering everything from sixteenth century books to 1960s radical posters, or literature ranging from shining leather-bound sets to classic children’s literature to Beat poets. You can also get your hands on manuscripts and autographs, old photographs, maps, and prints.

$5 admission benefits the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Find out more at annarborbookfair.com or on Twitter, @asquarebookfair


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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  We are pleased to announce our first session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints.  Established in 1983, Archaeologia was known for providing scholarly books of quality on the archaeology of Ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece & Rome, and the Pre-Columbian Americas.  We will offer several sessions from this fine inventory over the coming months.  This catalog also includes many offerings of ephemera as well as original artwork, ranging from antique to modern.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1788 first edition of Walpole's "Prints Engraved after the Most Capital Paintings in the Collection of the Empress of Russia," produced in two folio volumes, the 1686 printing of Horneck's "The Happy Ascetick," and Guthrie's "New Geographical Historical and Commercial Grammar," printed in 1795 with folding engraved maps.  Other scarce titles include the 1844 first edition of Johnston's "Travels in Southern Abyssinia," produced in two volumes with lithographs and retaining the original folding map, an author-signed copy of the 1938 first printing of Brasol's "Oscar Wilde the Man, the Artist, the Martyr," accompanied by a personal note signed by Wilde, and Sanderson & Waln's "Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence," produced in nine volumes over the years 1820 to 1827.              

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this first session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as a volume from the landmark work by Roberts, Brockedon & Croly, "The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Egypt & Nubia," printed c1855 with striking tinted lithograph plates and maps and housed in a decorative leather binding, the limited edition of Pernier & Banti's "Il Palazzo Minoico di Festos," printed in two volumes with photographic plates and illustrations, and many archaeological reports from important individual excavation sites.  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as nautical, modern first's, Americana, Civil War, railroads, decorative antique bindings, Native American Indians, the American West, military history, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, art and collectibles. Original artwork includes antique examples and modern pieces such as two original drawings by David W. Mack ("Kabuki" creator).  Several impressive groupings of antique photographs will be offered including subjects such as China, the Philippines, Henry Ford's staged camping trips with Thomas Edison and others, railroads, as well as a very rare photograph of the original Drake oil well.  Antique ephemera lots include travel-related, original Beatles trading cards, catalogs, advertising, New York City, Judaica, tobacciana, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, postcards, photographs, chromolithographs (prints, books, postcards, trade cards, etc.), designer bookplates, billheads, engravings, railroad, magazines, comics and much more. 

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming 2014 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.


Lot-150-Lichtenstein copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, May 12, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Contemporary Art, featuring works from Christo, Richard Diebenkorn, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and many others.

            The auction is headlined by several different works by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, including a 1951 oil on canvas painting, Indian, completed during the artist’s time living in Cleveland (estimate $60,000 to $90,000). During this period, Lichtenstein experimented with Native American-themed subjects in his paintings, drawings and prints, inspired by a book he borrowed from Professor Roy Harvey Pearce, whose collection this painting was originally in. Other works by Lichtenstein include his 1965 color screenprint Sweet Dreams, Baby! in his recognizable comic strip style ($60,000 to $90,000); and Sunrise, a silk panel from the same year ($40,000 to $60,000). Sunrise is one of only a handful of fabric panels known to have been created by the artist.

            Several works by Richard Diebenkorn are also in this sale, including multiple examples from his Folsom Street Variations series of color aquatints created in 1986. Folsom Street Variation I (Black) ($8,000 to $12,000) and Folsom Street Variation III (Primaries) are both printed on BFK Rives paper, and are similar the artist’s Ocean Park series of paintings, his best known works.

            Known primarily for his sculptures, artist David Smith also produced a number of prints. Smith bought his own etching press in the early 1940s and began to make small-scale etchings, only printing a few impressions of each. Such is the case with the only known artist’s proof of his 1946 etching Cyclists, which will be appearing at auction for the first time in 30 years at this sale ($20,000 to $30,000).

            Several works by Andy Warhol appear in the sale, including Portraits of the Artists, a set of 100 screenprinted polystyrene boxes in ten colors, 1967 ($20,000 to $30,000). Each box shows one of the ten artists featured in the portfolio Ten for Leo Castelli, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Leo Castelli Gallery. In addition to showing Warhol’s work, Castelli was also responsible for discovering artist Jasper Johns, whose color etching and aquatint work, Periscope, 1981, is also included in the sale ($15,000 to $20,000).

            Works by New York School artists are well represented, including Robert Motherwell, whose Orange Lyric, a 1989 aquatint with carborundum, printed in orange and black, is featured ($12,000 to $18,000). Works from other New York School artists Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Larry Rivers are also included.

            Several works by influential artist Alex Katz are present, like the artist’s large color screenprint, Tulips, 2014 ($20,000 to $30,000); and the complete set Brisk Day I, II and III, with one color aquatint, one color lithograph and one color woodcut, 1990 ($10,000 to $15,000). Other works by living artists include Edward Rusha’s 1970 color lithographs Crackers and Real Estate Opportunities, both from the artist’s Book Covers series ($10,000 to $15,000 and $8,000 to $12,000, respectively). Two pieces by Brazilian artist Arthur Luiz Piza, both 1959 mixed-media collages on wood mounted on canvas, are included in the sale. Titled Collage #13 and Collage #17, each piece is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Also included is Christo’s Look Magazine Empaqueté, a copy of Look magazine wrapped in Polyethelene with cord, mounted on a black wooden support, 1965 ($6,000 to $9,000).

The auction will be held Thursday, May 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, May 7 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, May 9 through Wednesday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, May 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 Swann President and Director of Prints & Drawings, Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32 or tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 150 Roy Lichtenstein, Indian, oil on canvas, 1951. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.

BOSTON - April 2016 - 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and Boston Public Library and the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center will honor the Bard’s lasting legacy with two exhibitions at the Central Library this fall, as well as programming at library locations citywide. Boston Public Library holds one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Shakespeare in a public institution, including the first four folios of his collected works, 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, and thousands of volumes of early source material, commentaries, translations, manuscripts, and more.

“At some point in life, everyone has experienced the work of Shakespeare," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "These opportunities at the Boston Public Library give all the chance to learn more about the creative genius of Shakespeare and how his legacy lives on today."

Shakespeare Unauthorized: Experience the original works of “The Bard”

Shakespeare Unauthorized, a major gallery exhibition on view from October 13, 2016 through March 31, 2017, will include extraordinarily rare first and early editions of familiar and beloved plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as all four Shakespearean folios, most notably the BPL’s own copy of the world-famous First Folio. Through the pages of these precious books, visitors can experience Shakespeare in his original language and spelling, just as he would have been read by book lovers and theater-goers hundreds of years ago.  Shakespeare Unauthorized will take place in the McKim Exhibition Hall on the first floor of the McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Shakespeare Unauthorized is made possible through the financial support of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), a leader in storage and information management services. Based in Boston, Iron Mountain provides charitable grants of funding and in-kind services to cultural and historical preservation projects like Shakespeare Unauthorized all over the world through its Living Legacy Initiative.

”We’re proud to help bring this exhibition to life in our home city of Boston,” said Ty Ondatje, senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer at Iron Mountain. “Our philanthropic mission is to preserve and create access to our world’s cultural and historical treasures, those ideas and artifacts that make up the human experience, so that they can be shared and enjoyed by everyone. The works of Shakespeare are the very definition of these shared treasures, informing so much of how we view and talk about today’s world, and Iron Mountain couldn’t be more excited to underwrite the Library’s exhibition so they can make this collection available to all.”

Shakespeare Unauthorized will contain far more than just books of plays: this exhibition will feature surprising rarities and mysterious objects; scandalous forgeries made by con men and accomplished scholars; books from the luxurious private libraries of early English aristocrats; and memorabilia from four centuries of acting and stagecraft.

“We are indebted to Iron Mountain for their leadership grant to the Boston Public Library Foundation, and for partnering with the BPL in displaying its extensive collection of Shakespeare materials,” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard.  “This exhibition of rare and invaluable items promises to provide an inspiring adventure for all who visit. We are also very grateful for the critical funding provided by The Boston Foundation, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library, for curatorial and conservation work that supported this project.”

Shakespeare’s World: Charting a course through the settings of Shakespeare’s works

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, an independent, non-profit institution, will feature a complementary exhibition Shakespeare’s World opening September 3, 2016 and running through February 2017, with associated programming to be announced. William Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories take place in a number of fascinating and often picturesque locations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, in eras from classical times to the Renaissance.  In this exhibition of forty maps, images and three-dimensional objects, visitors will visit these locales by seeing items from Shakespeare’s lifetime, learning about the world in the time of Shakespeare, and understanding the symbolic role that geography held to the dramas.

Kronborg Castle in Denmark, known as Elsinore in Hamlet, will be highlighted in the exhibition.  A 1629 Dutch map depicting the Danish Kingdom, along with a vignette illustrating “Elsenor,” will be on display.  Complementing this map will be an original print of “Cronenburg” from Samuel von Pufendorf’s 1696 historical atlas.  Geographically-significant quotes from the dramas will set the stage for the visitors, such as Marcellus’ line from Hamlet, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Act 1, scene 4).  Visitors will also see Heinrich Bünting’s famous “Clover leaf map” from 1581 and Abraham Ortelius’ 1570 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

“This is an unusual opportunity for visitors to see rarely displayed treasures from the Boston Public Library’s collection, as well as prized maps from the collection of our founder Norman B. Leventhal, all helping The Bard’s world come alive to visitors,“ said Connie Chin, President of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Related public programs will take place citywide and a schedule is currently in development.

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.


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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.

NEW YORK - Among the offerings, The Reflections of Childhood Collection, Part II - a group of important and rare photographs capturing the contradictions, mysteries, and even the pain of growing up - sells for more than $526,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $1M+ Photographs Auction April 17 in New York.

“We are extremely pleased to offer our clients a selection of photographs found practically nowhere else,” said Nigel Russell, Director of Photography at Heritage Auctions. “We saw strong demand for vintage prints by William Klein, and Hellen Levitt which very rarely appear on the market as well as iconic images by Alfred Eisenstaedt and Ansel Adams  - many of which drastically surpassed expectations.”

Top lots from the enigmatic Reflections of Childhood Collection range from Alfred Eisenstaedt’s classic Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris, 1962, which sold for $25,000; to Levitt’s Boys With Branches, New York, circa 1939, which finished at $22,500, while her Children with a Broken Mirror, NYC, circa 1940, sold for $18,750. A bidding war broke out over a rare, vintage print by William Klein titled Stickball Player + Johnny, New York, 1954, that ended with a final bid of $20,625 against a $4,000 estimate. 

Contemporary highlights include Nan Goldin’s poignant Nan and Brian in bed, NYC, 1983, which sold for $18,750 and Steve McCurry’s instantly-recognizable National Geographic magazine cover shot Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 1985, which sold for $16,250, double its pre-auction estimate.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Zehra (three boys showing off muscles), 1967 by Josef Koudelka (Czech, b. 1938): Realized: $16,250.

A never before sold Contact Sheet of David Bowie  - shot by Helmut Newton in 1983 at the very peak  of Bowie’s widespread success: Realized: $15,000.

El Capitan, Sunrise, Winter, Yosemite, pl. 10 (from Portfolio VII), 1968,: Realized: $13,750.

Xie Kitchen, Badcock Yard Studio, 1869, shot by Lewis Carroll, the imaginative English author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Realized: $12,500.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 9.25.29 AM.pngThe personal notebook in which Freddie Mercury wrote the lyrics for some of rock band Queen's hits, including I Want It All, Too Much Love Will Kill You, and The Show Must Go On, will be sold by Bonhams at their upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia sale, taking place at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 29 June 2016.

The notebook was used between 1988 and 1990, while the singer battled the illness that led to his untimely death in 1991 at the age of 45. It is estimated at £50,000-70,000.

"Freddie Mercury was a brilliant musician, lyricist and performer," said Katherine Schofield, Bonhams Head of Entertainment Memorabilia. "He once said of himself, 'I am not going to be a star. I'm going to be a legend', and indeed that's what he became.

"The notebook was used by Freddie for writing his own songs, as well as noting down the words to songs written or co-written by guitarist Brian May. The lyrics, such as for Too Much Love Will Kill You, and The Show Must Go On, are both beautiful and sad, as on reflection, we know Mercury was battling HIV at the time. This knowledge makes the words all the more poignant."

These lyrics, scrawled in a combination of blue and red pen, include:

I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me
I'm far away from home, and I've been facing this alone for much too long.

['Too Much Love Will Kill You']

I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On - with the show -
I'll top the bill, I'll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on
On with the -
On with the show

['The Show Must Go On']

Credited to Queen, but mainly written by Brian May, The Show Must Go On chronicles Mercury's efforts to continue performing despite his illness. Brian May once commented that Mercury's illness was so advanced, that when the band recorded The Show Must Go On, he could hardly walk.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, May said: "I said, 'Fred, I don't know if this is going to be possible to sing. And he went, 'I'll f*****g do it, darling' — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal."

The track was released in the UK in October 1991, just six weeks before Mercury died. Following Mercury's death, the song spent five weeks in the British charts.

As Brian May wrote: "At the beginning, it was just this chord sequence, but I had this strange feeling that it could be somehow important, and I got very impassioned and went and beavered away at it.

"I sat down with Freddie, and we decided what the theme should be and wrote the first verse. It's a long story, that song, but I always felt it would be important because we were dealing with things that were hard to talk about at the time, but in the world of music, you could do it."

Further songs featured in the notebook include I Want It All, which reached Number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, and Number 1 in other European countries, such as Spain.

Bonhams is one of the largest international auction houses to hold auctions of entertainment memorabilia. In 2016, five entertainment memorabilia sales will be held by Bonhams: New York (13 June, 21 November), London (29 June, 15 December) and LA (22 March).

Frazetta copy.jpgNEW YORK - Frank Frazetta’s vivid, action-packed The Norseman original 1972 book cover art, a personal favorite of the late, great artist, is expected to bring $350,000+ when it crosses the auction block, May 13-14, 2016, as the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction in New York, an event brimming with rare and spectacular examples of classic comic art.

“This image has all of the danger and drama you would expect in a Frazetta barbarian masterpiece,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “It was a personal favorite of Frazetta’s. He was very pleased with the contrapposto stance of the main figure, which imbues him with power, tension and vitality. Frazetta was always in search of ways to depict the human figure in action and here he felt he had triumphed.”

Perhaps the most socially significant piece of art in the auction is Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott’s unused 1966 Fantastic Four #52 original cover art, featuring the first appearance of Black Panther, the first black superhero in mainstream comics. While Marvel ultimately went a different direction than this cover, it still carries significant weight given the character that it features, his recent high profile re-launching and his upcoming appearance in film. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $80,000+. 

Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum provide another classic piece of original comic art in the form of the cover to 1975’s X-Men #95, only the third regular comic cover featuring the new X-Men and the only one to feature the ill-fated character Thunderbird, who would meet his demise in the issue. It is estimated at $100,000+. Another piece of spectacular original Marvel cover art up for bid is John Romita, Sr.’s 1973 Defenders #10 Cover Thor vs Hulk Original Art and Cover Proof, long considered one of the great superhero battle covers ever inked (estimate: $50,000+).

A true masterpiece of modern comic strip art, Charles Schulz’s original Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Art, from Aug. 8, 1953 (estimate: $50,000+) - a very early strip in the series that clearly shows Schulz’s burgeoning mastery of both pen and story - features a classic final panel to make it one of the best original Peanuts examples to ever surface for auction. Bookending the original comic strip art is an incredibly rare original Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes daily comic strip from Nov. 14, 1987 (estimate: $50,000+), one of just a handful of original Calvin and Hobbes strips to ever surface for auction.

Leading the comics array in the auction is one of the most desirable copies of any Harvey comic in existence, Richie Rich #1 File Copy (Harvey, 1960) CGC NM+ 9.6, a book tied for the highest grade of this seminal comic (estimate: $25,000+), while a Superman #1  (DC, 1939) CGC PR 0.5 was downgraded because the back-cover pinup was cut out, but it continues to offer great eye appeal (estimate: $20,000+)  and a high-grade copy of Pep Comics #34 San Francisco Pedigree (MLJ, 1942) CGC NM- 9.2 offers a comic with a classic cover that is rare in any grade (estimate: $20,000+).

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:

Lou Fine Hit Comics #6 Cover Red Bee Original Art (Quality, 1940): Very few Lou Fine covers are known to exist from Fine, one of the greats of the Golden Age. Estimate: $50,000+.

Gray Morrow Marvel Preview #4 Cover Star-Lord Original Art (Marvel, 1976): The original art featuring the first appearance of Star-Lord of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Estimate: $10,000+.

Gene Colan and Paul Reinman Marvel Super-Heroes #13 First Carol Danvers Appearance Page 12 Original Art (Marvel, 1967): Panel four of this page was the world's very first glimpse of Carol Danvers, the future Ms. Marvel. Estimate: $5,000+.

Toy World Funnies #nn Wanamaker's Giveaway (Eastern Color, 1933) CGC GD/VG 3.0: Probably the rarest comic in this auction and certainly the earliest. A rare variation of Funnies On Parade, which is considered the first modern comic book. Estimate: $4,000+. 

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On Wednesday 27th April Chiswick Auctions will be holding a sale of Books of India and The East.  

A substantial private collection of books, pamphlets and ephemera about India, the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Asia. With other sections on travel, Edinburgh, bookbinding, music, biographies and photographs including an interesting late 20th Century archive of India. 

To be sold in the main without reserve, many in large lots. 

Chiwswick.pngLot 1 is of particular interest. Dorn, Frank. A Map and History of Peking. The Peiyang Press Ltd 1936. A highly visual map of Peking with amusing vignettes of the life and sights of Peking. The map shows the principal sites and occupations of the inhabitants, within a border giving pictographic introduction to Chinese history from 1100B.C to 1927. The map is crowded with amusing vignettes of the life and sights of Peking ranging from the Forbidden City and the Old Execution Ground through to Pigeon Thieves, the Eunuchs’ Cemetery, the Dog Temple, the Temple of Eighteen Hells and the Spider Pagoda.  Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000  

Lot 9.  Rangoon Photographic Album c 1896. Estimate: £80 - £120

Lot 123. Coronation durbar Official Directory 1911 with Delhi Durbar Light Railway Season Ticket 1911. Estimate: £120 - £250

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For more information contact: William Rouse, +44(0)20 8992 4442, william@chiswickauctions.co.uk  www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

REMBRANDT edited low res.jpgNew York, NY, April 20, 2016 — Completed when he was just twenty-three years old, Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver has long been recognized as the artist’s first mature work, his first masterpiece. The painting demonstrates many of the characteristics that would come to define Rembrandt’s style: dramatic lighting, a rhythmic harmony of composition, and his exceptional ability to convey the emotional drama of a scene. Long held in a British private collection, the painting will be shown in the United States for the first time at the Morgan beginning June 3 in a new exhibition titled Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece.

Adding to the importance of the presentation, Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver is one of very few Rembrandt works for which several preparatory drawings survive. The exhibition reunites the painting and the drawings for the first time since their creation, offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to take a glimpse over Rembrandt’s shoulder as he worked on this composition.

Among the first to recognize the greatness of Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver was the famous Dutch diplomat, poet, musician, and art connoisseur Constantijn Huygens. The manuscript of Huygens’s autobiography which contains his lyrical account of the painting will be lent by the Royal Library in The Hague and included in the exhibition.

Also on view will be a number of early self-portraits that show the young Rembrandt at the time he painted the panel, and some two dozen etchings and drawings of scenes from the life of Christ that illustrate the development of the artist’s narrative style. Many of the items on view are from the Morgan’s own collection of Rembrandt prints and drawings, and the exhibition also features loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the British Museum, London; the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.

“Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver is an extraordinary painting that shows Rembrandt at an early age tackling one of the most powerful episodes in the Bible,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “He, like many of his contemporaries, aspired to be a painter of history and looked for inspiration to well-known religious subjects, as well as mythology and Greek and Roman history. The exhibition presents visitors with the opportunity to discover a rarely seen masterpiece and to explore the creative process by which the young artist gave visual form to the dramatic encounter.”


I. Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, 1629 Although the Judas scene is one of the more memorably emotional episodes from the narrative of Christ’s life, it was a relatively rare subject for painters when Rembrandt undertook it in 1629. The theatrical staging, bold lighting, and a fascination with exotic costumes seen in the painting are all characteristic of his work. Above all, however, Rembrandt concentrated on the depiction of human emotion, and the central focus of the scene remains the contrast between the haughty priests of the temple and the kneeling Judas, writhing in agony in the foreground. The artist labored over the preparatory drawings and the composition. Five studies for the painting document Rembrandt’s pattern of invention as he devised the scene. Close study of the painting surface and x-ray photographs also reveal that he continued to make changes as he worked.

II. Self-Portraits

During his long career, Rembrandt painted, drew, and etched more self portraits than almost any other artist. In the years around the time he painted Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, the young artist used his face to reproduce different expressions and emotions. This intense study of his own features proved an invaluable source for his work. As Rembrandt’s student Samuel van Hoogstraten would go on to advise artists in 1678: “[B]enefit can be gained from the depiction of your own passions, especially in front of a mirror, where you are simultaneously the creator and the spectator.” Rembrandt also made self-portraits as a means of presenting himself to the outside world. This is especially the case with his prints, which he could distribute in greater numbers than paintings or drawings. The ambitious, up-and-coming artist was conscious of his image, as the group of etchings from this period shows.

In a self-portrait dated ca. 1628-9, Rembrandt has a neutral, if slightly stern, expression. The artist executed the face, hair, and the contours of the clothing with pen and ink. With a brush he then generously applied gray wash to define the clothing and add volume to the already thick curls. This combination of brown ink and gray wash is unusual for Rembrandt, but also appears in another self-portrait, and in one of the Judas drawings.

Self-Portrait in a Cap, Wide-Eyed and Open-Mouthed features the artist with his head towards us in a state of utter bewilderment. One of the most iconic of all his self-portrait prints, this work ingeniously demonstrates the impression of sudden surprise by depicting his face close-up, by cutting the image at the top, and by placing us at a slightly lower angle, looking up. The poignant highlights in his eyes increase the immediacy of the work.

III. Rembrandt and the Gospel

The life of Christ remained a subject of perpetual fascination to Rembrandt, and from his earliest etching to his later works, the artist returned to episodes from the gospel narratives. In some cases, he devised wholly new versions of subjects undertaken years earlier; in other cases, he would work and rework a subject on a single copper plate, producing the radically revised etching states for which he is famous. Perhaps unexpectedly, however, Rembrandt did not approach the episode of Judas returning the silver again.

A selection of Rembrandt’s gospel scenes is included in the exhibition, allowing a look at the ways in which Rembrandt’s narrative style evolved over the course of his career. The Circumcision on view in the exhibition, is considered to be the artist’s first etching, made while he was working in Leiden alongside Jan Lievens, who had already experimented with printmaking. Its awkward execution, unconvincing spatial setting, and the figures’ lack of volume suggest an artist struggling to master a new technique. He would soon adopt a freer, more drawing-like style for his etchings as he developed a more individualized manner.

Surprisingly, Rembrandt never created a painting or print of the Last Supper. However, a series of drawings on view in the exhibition shows the artist’s engagement with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of the subject. Rembrandt never traveled to Italy or saw the original, but instead studied several prints after Leonardo’s work.

IV. Rembrandt’s Repertoire

The painting’s Judas figure has been singled out for special praise by writers, and it would initially seem that the pose was created in response specifically to the gospel text describing Judas’s despair. Yet, Rembrandt adapted the same figure for very different means in other works. In his earliest depiction in print of St. Jerome, Rembrandt employed a variant of the kneeling, praying figure. The humble, devotional pose adapted well to a characterization of the learned hermit holy man.

Similarly, Rembrandt reused the early adaptations of the Judas figure in his etching of Saints Peter and Paul healing the Cripple. In all these compositions, however, it was the expressive potential of the figures that was the key. One of Rembrandt’s pupils, Jan van Vliet, would later remove the kneeling man from all narrative context, and produce the print commonly known as A Man Grieving, a study of pure human emotion. 

V. Praise by Constantijn Huygens Around 1629, the remarkable Dutch diplomat and art connoisseur Constantijn Huygens saw the Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver in Rembrandt’s workshop. He was so impressed that he wrote a lyrical account of this painting in his autobiography: “The gesture of that one despairing Judas (not to mention all the other impressive figures in the painting), that one maddened Judas, screaming, begging for forgiveness, but devoid of hope, all traces of hope erased from his face; his gaze wild, his hair torn out by the roots, his garments rent, his arms contorted, his hands clenched until they bleed; a blind impulse has brought him to his knees, his whole body writhing in pitiful hideousness. [...] Even as I write these words I am struck with amazement. All honor to thee, Rembrandt!” The Morgan is delighted that the manuscript of Huygens’s autobiography will be lent to the exhibition by the Royal Library in The Hague, where it will be displayed near the painting it so arrestingly describes.


The accompanying exhibition catalogue includes about 55 illustrations and outlines the creative journey of Rembrandt in the making of Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver. The publication includes essays by Per Rumburg, now Curator of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London, and formerly Associate Curator at the Morgan and by Holm Bevers, Chief Curator of Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings at the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.

The Morgan Library & Museum

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today it is a museum, independent research library, music venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. A century after its founding, the Morgan maintains a unique position in the cultural life of New York City and is considered one of its greatest treasures. With the 2006 reopening of its newly renovated campus, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, and the 2010 refurbishment of the original library, the Morgan reaffirmed its role as an important repository for the history, art, and literature of Western civilization from 4000 B.C. to the twenty-first century.

The Morgan Library & Museum

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Image: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, 1629. Oil on panel. Private collection. © Private Collection, Photography courtesy of The National Gallery, London, 2016.

Lot-129-Cassandre copy.jpgNew York—On Tuesday, May 10, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Graphic Design, with posters and ephemera that highlight the shifting trends in imagery and typography styles starting in the late 1800s and moving through the 20th-century.  

            The sale is headlined by several items designed by Ukrainian-French artist and designer Adolph Mouron Cassandre, including Champions du Monde, 1930, a rare poster showing a shadowy reader engrossed in a novel (estimate: $25,000 to $35,000). In addition to Cassandre posters, the sale features more than twenty lots of Cassandre-designed items, ranging from a group of book covers and illustrations from the 1950s-60s ($600 to $900) to a 1951 Hermès silk scarf ($800 to $1,200).

            Another highpoint in this sale is a run of posters by American designer Lester Beall. Inspired by the work of European avant-garde artists, Beall used primary colors and clean, simple typography to achieve effective visual communication. Several of his posters, like Rural Electrification Administration, 1939 ($20,000 to $30,000), utilize techniques like photomontage while others, like his 1937 poster for the same organization, focus on clean lines and basic shapes to convey information ($15,000 to $20,000).

            Beall was one of the first American designers to incorporate tactics from the New Typography movement, which rejected the traditional ideas of informational arrangement and allowed designers and artists to focus on the poster as a blank field on which to compose, much like a canvas. German designer and typographer Jan Tschichold was one of the fathers of this movement, and his 1938 poster Der Berufsphotograph ($12,000 to $18,000) is also included in the sale.

            Several of the posters in this auction have great historical significance. Italian artist, poet and theorist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurismo, commemorates the April 15, 1919 confrontation between the rising Fascist movement and communists ($8,000 to $12,000). Marinetti authored the Futurist manifesto for the avant-garde art and social movement of the same name, which championed technology, speed and youth. Another poster harkening back to the early days of an avant-garde art movement is Marcel Janco’s 1re Exposition Dada / Galerie Corray, 1917 ($7,000 to $10,000) announcing the first Dada exhibition, which included works not by the Dada group themselves, but cubist paintings and African art borrowed from gallery owner Hans Corray and mounted by Tristan Tzara.

            The sale also features a run of works by celebrated French poster artist Paul Colin, including his poster for André Renaud, 1929, a virtuoso famous for playing two pianos at a time ($8,000 to $12,000). Other highlights include Niklaus Stoecklin’s hyperrealistic 1941 Binaca / Zahnpaste ($5,000 to $7,500), Sándor Bortnyik’s 1929 Modiano ($5,000 to $7,500).  Secession posters by multiple Austrian and Czech artists, like Berthold Löffler’s 1908 Kaiser Huldigungs Festzug ($7,000 to $10,000), and Emanuel Josef Margold’s 1907 Rudolfinum Ausstellung Des Verienes Deutscher Bildender Künstler in Böhmen, advertising an exhibition of German artists in Prague ($4,000 to $6,000).

            The sale finishes with contemporary items from the mid-to-late 20th century, such as Mary Viera’s sparse Brasilien Baut Brasilia, 1957 ($4,000 to $6,000). Also featured are two posters related to Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol / Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1966, which advertises the artist’s second solo museum exhibition ($6,000 to $9,000); and the artist’s Andy Warhol’s ‘The Chelsea Girls,’ 1966, advertising his first commercially successful film ($4,000 to $6,000). The sale also includes a run of works by Japanese graphic design master Tadanori Yokoo, such as his bright Word / Image, 1968 ($3,000 to $4,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, May 7 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 10 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 President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry at 212-254-4710, extension 57 or posters@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 129

A. M. Cassandre, Champions du Monde, 1930. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao today announced two leadership appointments.

John Y. Cole is named the Library of Congress Historian, a new position dedicated to serving as the top technical expert and adviser on the history of the Library of Congress, documenting institutional history and conducting historical research. Cole was the founding director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, which was created by law in 1977. He has been instrumental in shaping numerous literacy and reading-promotion programs during his 50-year tenure at the Library and is the author of several books about the institution.

Pam Jackson is named the new director of the Center for the Book, a public-private partnership that promotes books, reading and literacy and includes official affiliates in 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. She has been the deputy assistant director for the Government and Finance Division at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for six years. Before joining the Library of Congress in 2003, she served for 11 years as the CEO of the Coleman A. Young Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to the educational development of at-risk youth and college-bound students.

Both appointments take effect June 12, 2016.

"John Cole has had a remarkable career of distinguished service at the Library of Congress and has been one of the institution’s leading historians, writing many articles and publications about its developing roles as a legislative, national and international institution," Mao said. "John’s depth and breadth of knowledge about the Library is a particularly critical resource as the institution prepares to transition to new leadership.

"Pam Jackson’s combined experience in leadership, project management, literacy promotion and fundraising make her an ideal candidate to take the helm of the Center for the Book," Mao continued. "This important outreach center has been ably built and led throughout its lifetime by John, and I am confident it will be in capable and enthusiastic hands with Pam."

The Center for the Book, established by Congress to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers and collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book is part of the Library’s National and International Outreach service unit.

A librarian and historian, Cole has served the Library of Congress since 1966 following two years of service as a U.S. Army second lieutenant and chief of the library branch of the U.S. Army Intelligence School.

He is the first chair of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, established in 2013; co-chaired the bicentennial celebration in 2000; and developed the popular reading and writing contest Letters About Literature in 1992. As director of the Center for the Book, he has been instrumental in shaping numerous reading and literacy-promotion programs, including the Books & Beyond author series (1996), the National Book Festival (2001), the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2008), and the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (2009).

Cole has served as a corresponding member and consultant to the Literacy and Reading Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) since he was section chair from 1997 to 2001. To honor Cole’s distinguished service to the profession of librarianship, the American Library Association in 2000 presented him with its prestigious Lippincott Award. In 2011, the University of Texas Press, in association with the Library, published a festschrift to recognize his achievements, "The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays in Honor of John Y. Cole."

Jackson has served the Library for 13 years. As a deputy assistant director for the Government and Finance Division in CRS, she has led and managed research, analysis, consulting and collaboration work of CRS analysts and staff and has contributed to CRS-wide projects, programs and committees.

Prior to her work at the Library and the Coleman A. Young Foundation, Jackson served for six years, from 1994-2000, as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in the graduate and undergraduate levels of the School of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts. From 1988 to 1994, she served as assistant to the mayor in the city of Detroit’s Mayor’s Executive Office.

Since 2006, Jackson has served as a board member—including a term as board president—for Two Rivers Public Charter School in northeast D.C. and has been an integral part of evolving and expanding the school’s performance and growth.

Jackson received a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s degree and Ph.D in economics from Wayne State University. Her graduate studies and her doctoral dissertation focused on the public-education sector, public-school performance and student achievement.

32-Norman-Lewis-oil-on-paper copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ April 7 auction of African-American Fine Art brought over $1.8 million and set records for multiple artists at auction.

Nigel Freeman, Swann Galleries’ Director of African-American Fine Art, said, “This sale continued to build on many of our department’s strengths. Burgeoning interest in post-war abstraction continues to rise, with record prices for Frank Bowling and Felrath Hines, as well as high prices for works by Norman Lewis and Sam Gilliam.”

The top lot of the sale was Faith Ringgold’s masterful story quilt, Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge, acrylic on canvas with painted, dyed and pieced fabric, 1988, which sold for $209,000. Double Dutch, from Ringgold’s well-known Woman on a Bridge series, is only the second of her signature story quilts to come to auction; the first, Maya’s Quilt of Life, sold at Swann last September for $461,000 as part of the Art Collection of Maya Angelou.

Following on the heels of the artist record set by a large painting in Swann’s December auction, works by Norman Lewis also fared well in this April sale. Lewis’s Untitled, oil on board, 1947 (the cover lot of the catalogue), brought $149,000; while Untitled (Processional Figure Composition), oil, pen and ink on paper, 1956, realized $87,500, setting an auction record for a work on paper by the artist. Overall, buyers were found for 100% of the works by Norman Lewis offered in the auction.

Auction records were set for several artists in addition to Bowling, Hines and Lewis. Allan Freelon’s Baiting Trawls, 1930-35, oil on canvas, sold for $37,500; while Palmer Hayden’s evocative 1964 watercolor and gouache painting The Blue Nile brought $42,500. Wadsworth Jarrell’s bright and dynamic acrylic on canvas The Messengers, 1979, achieved $27,500, setting a record for the artist at auction. Robert Neal’s Untitled (Fisherman’s House at River’s Edge), oil on canvas, circa 1939, was the first work by the artist to appear at auction, and also sold for $27,500.

Works by American women were particularly well represented among the top lots. Beyond Ringgold’s quilt, contemporary multi-genre artist Carrie Mae Weems’s triptych, Blue Black Boy, three toned gelatin silver prints with Prestype and frame, 1987-88, brought $50,000. Loïs Mailou Jones’s emotional Homage to Martin Luther King, watercolor on board, 1968, realized $40,000; while Elizabeth Catlett’s Untitled (Head of a Woman), oil and oil monotype, 1958, brought $37,500, and her two-part cast bronze sculpture Mother and Child, 1985, sold for $15,600.

Paintings spanning multiple periods of Hughie Lee-Smith’s career sold will in the auction. The artist’s Portrait of a Boy, oil on canvas, 1938, one of Lee-Smith’s earliest works to come to auction, sold for $42,500. Untitled (Young Man in a Slum), oil on canvas, circa 1960, a large mid-career canvas by Lee-Smith, brought $106,250, while Encore, oil on canvas, 1991, a late series work by the artist, realized $20,000.

Abstract works by Sam Gilliam were popular with collectors in this sale. Gilliam’s Rondo IX, acrylic and canvas collage on canvas, 1983, part of the artist’s Rondo series hung at the Corcoran Gallery in 1983, brought $93,750. Two smaller Gilliam multi-media pieces, Untitled, 1991, and Untitled, 1989, sold for $18,750 and $20,000, respectively.

The African-American Fine Art department’s next auction will occur in October 2016. For further information, or to consign items to upcoming African-American Fine Art auctions, please contact Director Nigel Freeman: nfreeman@swanngalleries.com, or via phone at 212-254-4710, ex.33.

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

*Prices include buyer’s premium.    

Image: Lot 32 Norman Lewis, Untitled (Processional Figure Composition), oil, pen and ink on paper, 1956. Sold April 7, 2016 for $87,500, an auction record for a work on paper by the artist.

437_490_(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM) ARNOLD, ISAAC_MTL Letter_RGB copy.jpgA particularly nasty letter from Mary Todd Lincoln will be on the block May 5 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as part of a rare three-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. Offered during the Fine Books and Manuscripts auction, the biography has been supplemented with over 100 autographed letters, documents and photographs from the President himself, his family and his contemporaries. Mrs. Lincoln's letter stands out as the most controversial of the bunch. 

The First Lady’s tenure at the White House was marked by mood swings, cattiness and excessive spending. In the letter, written on the occasion of the Lincoln's first New Years Eve at the White House, Mrs. Lincoln scolds a certain Mrs. Harris for sending a lesser gift than she had expected. She writes: "I am surprised to find that you have sent me no flowers - the bonnet is perfectly useless. If you cannot do better, send me some white ones - like the one you sent in the bonnet," and closes with, "I did not suppose you would treat me thus."

The letter, revealing of Mrs. Lincoln's temperament, is filled with sarcasm, condescension and hypersensitivity, supporting recent theories that Mrs. Lincoln may have suffered from bipolar disorder. Within the biography to be offered at auction, the letter strategically appears in a chapter devoted to the Lincoln’s early courtship. Other historical manuscripts in the rare tomes have likewise been carefully positioned to coincide with formative moments in the President's life.

The set was previously owned by Frank Lowden, the 25th Governor of the state of Illinois (in office. 1917-1921), adding to its importance. It will be brought to auction with a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ May 5 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction, which takes place in the Chicago saleroom with online bidding via LHLive and Bidsquare.

Auction Schedule

Fine Books and Manuscripts

1338 West Lake Street

Chicago, Illinois 60607

Thursday, May 5 | 10 AM CT

Preview Schedule

Fine Books and Manuscripts

1338 West Lake Street

Chicago, Illinois 60607

Saturday, April 30 ­ Wednesday, May 4

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the world¹s foremost fine art auction houses, has been providing exceptional service and achieving record prices since 1982. With more salerooms in the United States than any other auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducts over 60 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, 20th century design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. The firm has salerooms and business offices in Palm Beach, Naples, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago and Saint Louis but serves a global client base through its position at the forefront of technology. The firm is also a founding partner of Bidsquare, a live auction platform formed by six leading auction houses, and owns a proprietary online bidding platform, LHLive, as well as LHExchange, an e-commerce site specializing in high-end designer furniture and decorative arts. Visit www.lesliehindman.com for more information.

Charlottesville, VA, April 18, 2016-Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a four-day international conference, “Bibliography Among the Disciplines.” To be held in Philadelphia in October 2017, the meeting will focus on developing object-oriented methods, skills, and collaborative projects across disciplinary fields, time periods, regions, and languages. The project will culminate in 2019 with a volume of essays contributed by conference participants.

The conference and subsequent volume will seek to build on the ongoing series of symposia conducted by Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, established in 2012 through funding from the Foundation. The conference sessions will include both traditional and innovative formats: plenary addresses, short presentations, roundtable, workshops, working groups, and site visits. The conference will be widely advertised to more than 30 academic associations and societies, as well as professional organizations for scholar-librarians, museum curators, conservators, archivists, collectors, and antiquarian booksellers.

“This conference comes at an important time for academics, librarians, and curators alike, as an increasing number of libraries and museums seek to address questions about the dissemination, use, and preservation of original sources,” said RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “We are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for this unique opportunity, which will allow us to bring together junior and senior specialists who are exploring new methods and technologies for analyzing textual artifacts. It is our hope that the conference will help pave the way for future work in bibliography and the global history of the book across disciplines and professions.”

Conference organizers will begin circulating calls for papers in June 2016, with submissions due in September 2016. More information about the “Bibliography Among the Disciplines” conference will be available in May 2016 at: http://www.rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference.

About Rare Book School (RBS)

Rare Book School provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading s cholars and professionals in the fields of bibliography, librarianship, book history, manuscript studies, and the digital humanities. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. RBS is a not-for-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Virginia. More information about RBS is available on its website: http://www.rarebookschool.org.

Lot-54-Frederick-Douglass-ALS copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ March 31 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana brought in more than $850,000, led by items related to Civil Rights, Frederick Douglass and the Harlem Renaissance.

Wyatt Houston Day, Swann Galleries’ Printed & Manuscript African Americana Specialist, noted after the sale, “I am really very gratified with the results… When I thought about the planning of this as an anniversary sale, it was my intent to try and make it a special one.  I was very fortunate to have both the weight of 20 years of auctions and exposure behind this one, as well as just plain good luck in locating and acquiring some truly exceptional material in the course of the year.”

The top lot was illustrator E. Simms Campbell’s lively A Night-Club Map of Harlem, pen and brush, 1932, featuring images of Harlem Renaissance hot spots and popular figures like Cab Calloway and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The map brought $100,000 and set a record for the artist at auction. It also happened to be the top lot ever sold in one of Swann Galleries’ Printed & Manuscript African Americana auctions.

Items pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement were popular in this sale. Two cardboard placards from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, one reading Honor King End Racism! and the other I Am A Man, sold among the top lots for $25,000 and $23,750, respectively. A limited edition portfolio of photographs, Benedict Fernandez’s Countdown to Eternity: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s, featuring twelve prints from the last year of Dr. King’s life, brought $12,500. Additionally, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963: We Shall Overcome, a portfolio with five collage prints by painter Louis Lo Monaco, achieved $7,500, an auction record.

Black Panthers-related material also fared well in this auction. A copy of the early poster Move On Over or We’ll Move On Over You, circa 1966, brought $12,500. Another poster, Emory Douglas’s You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail a revolution, 1969-70, brought $6,750; while a set of Black Panther berets, one reading Black by Birth / Militant By Choice / Free By Revolution and the other Bro. Strawther / I’m Proud / I’m Black, brought $3,000.

Pre-Civil War items in the auction included a copy of astronomer, mathematician and surveyor Benjamin Banneker’s Bannaker’s (sic)…Almanack…for the Year of Our Lord 1796, Baltimore, (1795), which sold for $47,500. Two runaway slave broadsides, one from 1854 reading 100 Dollars Reward!, and the other circa 1850s reading $100 Reward, sold among the top lots. The broadsides achieved $7,250 and $6,750, respectively. Items related to Frederick Douglass were also highly sought by collectors. An Autograph Letter Signed to a son of Alphonso Janes of Providence RI, 6 July 1889, sold for $45,000, while another Autograph Letter Signed by Douglass to fellow abolitionist Lewis Tappan, 28 March 1854, brought $22,500.

Cultural touchstones continue to perform beyond expectations at Americana auctions. Notably, a heavily annotated stage manager’s copy of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, with notes for a 1959 performance of the iconic play, sold for $21,250.

The next Printed & Manuscript African Americana auction will be held in early 2017. For further information, or to consign items to upcoming auctions, please contact Swann Galleries at (212) 254-4710 or e-mail Arielle Bremby, Associate Cataloguer: abremby@swanngalleries.com.

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

*Prices include buyer’s premium.       

Image: Lot 54 Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed, to a son of Alphonso Janes of Providence, RI, reminiscing about encouragement received from Janes as he did his first writing for the press. Sold March 31, 2016 for $45,000.

Lot-215-Pres-John-Tyler-ALS copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, May 5, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Autographs, featuring presidents and other influential historical figures, scientists, artists, writers and musicians.

            Among presidential autographs is a partially-printed vellum military commission Document Signed by Thomas Jefferson appointing William Henry Allen Lieutenant in the Navy, Washington D.C., 17 February 1807 (estimate: $6,000 to $9,000). An archive of correspondence with more than thirty pages from Theodore Roosevelt and his family to Edwin A Van Valkenburg, editor of the Philadelphia North American, an influential paper, is also included in the sale ($6,000 to $9,000).  An Autograph Letter Signed, circa 1858, from the tenth President of the United States John Tyler to his son, explains the “exchequer plan” he proposed, which was rejected by congress ($6,000 to $9,000), while several items signed by President Abraham Lincoln are also featured, including military commissions.

            Autograph items from scientists and inventors include a group of four letters (one Autograph Letter Signed and three Typed Letters Signed) from Albert Einstein to fellow physicist Helmut L. Bradt, concerning Bradt’s emigration from Switzerland to the United States to avoid the Nazis ($10,000 to $15,000). Also featured is an Autograph Letter Signed by Samuel F.B. Morse addressed to Treasury Secretary McClintock Young, requesting the remainder of the government appropriation in order to continue his telegraph experiments ($6,000 to $9,000).

            The auction also features a selection of items signed by influential women. The the top lot of the sale is Anne and Margot Frank’s copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, signed by the young diarist herself circa 1940, and offered with a letter from Otto Frank, gifting the book to the current owners ($20,000 to $30,000). There are several items signed by aviator Amelia Earhart, including a 1927 Autograph Letter Signed to “My dear Miss Sargent” explaining that she had taken up social work while pursing aviation ($1,000 to $2,000). In a Typed Letter Signed, Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell expresses her surprise that young people would be interested in her book, which she thought would primarily appeal to an older readership ($2,000 to $3,000).

            Items related to other authors include an autograph manuscript by Oscar Wilde sure to please bibliophiles. Consisting mostly of notes for a book review, in the unsigned papers being offered Wilde largely pans Percy H. Fitzgerald’s The Book Fancier, 1886 ($5,000 to $7,500). Additionally, an archive follows the development of author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans’s The Street Where the Heart Lies. The lot features several Autograph Letters Signed, as well as a drawing with notes and other items ($10,000 to $15,000). Other writers whose signatures can be found in the sale include Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft and Mark Twain among many others.

The auction will be held Thursday, May 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, May 5 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 Autographs Specialist Marco Tomaschett at 212-254-4710, extension 12 or mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 215 John Tyler, Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to his son, describing the main points of his exchequer system, circa 1858. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

Lot-415-E-Simms-Campbell-Night-Club-Map-Harlem copy.jpgNew Haven, Conn. — The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired the original artwork for a 1932 map of Harlem nightclubs drawn by E. Simms Campbell, the first African American illustrator to be syndicated and whose work was featured regularly in national magazines.

The map, purchased at auction on March 31, provides a “who’s who” guide of the nightclubs that drove Harlem nightlife during and after Prohibition, including the Savoy Ballroom, the Cotton Club, and Gladys’s Clam Bar. It was published in the inaugural edition of Manhattan Magazine and appeared in Esquire nine months later.  

“It might seem like the literary movement that made Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston household names, and Harlem’s night club scene in the 1920s and 1930s are unrelated, but they are in fact both essential features of the tremendous cultural outpouring we call the Harlem Renaissance,” said Melissa Barton, curator of Yale’s James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection. “We are delighted to add E. Simms Campbell’s gorgeous and playful rendering of this era to the collection. The map will augment Beinecke’s noted strength in materials relating to the Harlem Renaissance.”

The map will be included in a spring 2017 exhibition at the library on the Harlem Renaissance. It is expected to be available to researchers this fall.

The map offers advice on navigating Harlem’s nightlife. It warns readers that “nothing happens before 2 a.m.” at Club Hot-Cha and advises them to “ask for Clarence.” It is dotted with vignettes of Harlem characters like the “Reefer Man” and “Snake-hips” Earl Tucker, whom the map identifies as the “originator of that weird dance — the ‘Snakehips.’” Musicians like Cab Calloway, Don Redman, Gladys Bentley, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson are depicted.

“The only important omission is the location of the various speakeasies, but since there are about 500 of them you won’t have much trouble,” the map instructs readers.

Campbell, who died in 1971, contributed cartoons and artwork regularly to Esquire from 1933 to 1958 and created “Esky,” the magazine’s mustached and bug-eyed mascot. His drawings often satirized upper-crust culture. His comic strip, “Cuties,” was syndicated to more than 145 newspapers. He also contributed to The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Playboy, and other national magazines.

At the same March 31 auction, the Beinecke acquired issues of two rare African American periodicals from the early 20th century, The Colored American and The Voice of the Negro; a photograph print by James Van Der Zee, a figure in the Harlem Renaissance; several 19th-century theater advertisements; and a 1922 almanac of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association.

As part of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, these materials join a world-renowned collection documenting African American arts and culture.

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to announce that NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection will be on view from Sept. 30, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017. Organized by the Rubell Family Collection (RFC), Miami, the exhibition focuses on work by contemporary artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. RFC collaborated with NMWA to realize a new vision for the expansive exhibition, which opened at the RFC’s space in Miami in Dec. 2015. Centering on images of the female body and works that explore the physical process of making, the exhibition imagines a visual conversation between artists new to the Rubell Collection and those whose works they began collecting decades ago.

NMWA will be the first traveling venue for NO MAN’S LAND. The exhibition presents a highly focused selection of work by more than 35 women artists who are generationally, aesthetically, intellectually and politically diverse. Born in 15 countries across five continents, the artists create paintings and sculptures with varied and often unconventional materials and in unexpected formats.

“We are excited to partner on NO MAN’S LAND with the Rubell Family Collection—one of the largest and most diverse privately held contemporary collections in the world,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “In NO MAN’S LAND, large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids reveal the expressive range of contemporary women artists and the expansive vision of the collectors who champion them.”

“Sharing our collection through traveling exhibitions and championing emerging artists at the forefront of contemporary art are key to the mission of the Rubell Family Collection,” said RFC Director Juan Roselione-Valadez. “We are pleased to bring these works to D.C. and to work on NO MAN’S LAND with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to women in the arts.”

NO MAN’S LAND opened at the Rubell Collection in Miami in Dec. 2015, coinciding with the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach and generating strong attendance during the fair. It is on view through May 28, 2016.

The artists in the exhibition are: Nina Chanel Abney, Tauba Auerbach, Kerstin Brätsch, Cecily Brown, iona rozeal brown, Miriam Cahn, Mira Dancy, Karin Davie, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Sonia Gomes, Jennifer Guidi, Cristina Iglesias, Hayv Kahraman, Natasja Kensmil, Yayoi Kusama, Shurui Li, Helen Marten, Suzanne McClelland, Josephine Meckseper, Dianna Molzan, Wangechi Mutu, Maria Nepomuceno, Celia Paul, Solange Pessoa, Elizabeth Peyton, Jennifer Rubell, Analia Saban, Dana Schutz, Shinique Smith, Aya Takano, Mickalene Thomas, Rosemarie Trockel, Kaari Upson, Mary Weatherford and Anicka Yi.

This exhibition is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Rubell Family Collection

Established in 1964 in New York City, the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections. In Miami, Florida, since 1993, the RFC is exhibited within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility and is publicly accessible. The Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) was created in 1994 by Don and Mera Rubell with their son Jason to expand the RFC’s public mission inside the paradigm of a contemporary art museum. Each year the Foundation presents thematic exhibitions, which often travel to museums around the world. The Foundation maintains an internship program as well as an ongoing educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition, the Foundation has a public research library containing over 40,000 volumes.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions of women. The museum champions women through the arts by collecting, exhibiting, researching and creating programs that advocate for equity and shine a light on excellence. NMWA highlights remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today. The museum’s collection includes over 4,700 works by more than 1,000 women artists from the 16th century to the present, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin.

NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit nmwa.org. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under. Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month. For more information about NMWA, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

"In his first term as Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera traveled the country championing poetry; he also launched an ambitious project on the Library’s website," said Mao, who announced the appointment this evening at Herrera’s end-of the-term lecture at the Library of Congress. "We look forward to seeing what Herrera will accomplish in his second term, and we know he will continue to inspire and educate with his warmth, enthusiasm, and creative genius."

On being appointed to serve a second term, Herrera, who is the first Hispanic poet to serve in the position, said, "Deep gratitude and great joy, and many thank-you’s to the Library. I look forward to continuing my first year’s momentum and sharing the inspiration tsunami given to me in every community that I visit throughout the U.S.A. as Laureate."

Herrera’s second term will begin Sept. 1. He will follow previous multiyear laureates such as Natasha Trethewey, Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins and develop a second-term project. Details about his second-term project will be announced in late summer.

Herrera’s historic first term was noteworthy for his online project, "La Casa de Colores," which is comprised of two initiatives: "La Familia," a submission-based epic poem asking for the participation of the general public, and "El Jardín," a series chronicling his experiences exploring and interacting with the Library’s resources and collections.

The author of 30 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, Herrera’s most recent work is "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" (2014), a picture book showcasing inspiring Hispanic- and Latino-Americans, and "Notes on the Assemblage" (2015), a volume of poems.

Herrera was born in Fowler, California in 1948. As the son of migrant farm workers, Herrera moved around often, living in tents and trailers along the road in southern California, and attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. In 1972 he graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology. He then attended Stanford University, where he received a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology, and in 1990 received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Herrera has written over a dozen poetry collections, including "Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems" (2008), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Latino Book Award. He is also a celebrated young adult and children’s book author, whose honors include the Américas Award for for both "Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box" (2005) and "Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse" (1999), as well as the Independent Publisher Book Award for "Featherless / Desplumado" (2005), the Ezra Jack Keats Award for "Calling the Doves" (1995) and the Pura Belpré Author Honor Award for both "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" and "Laughing Out Loud, I Fly" (1990).

For his poetry Herrera has received two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, a PEN USA National Poetry Award, the PEN Oakland / Josephine Miles Award, a PEN / Beyond Margins Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Stanford University Chicano Fellows. He is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from Skidmore College.

Herrera has served as the Chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at California State University, Fresno and held the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught until retiring in 2015. He is currently a visiting professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle. Elected a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets in 2011, he served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

The Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library. Since then, many of the nation’s most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 (Dec. 20, 1985), as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the Library’s literary series and plans other special events during the literary season. For more information, visit loc.gov/poetry/.

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

AntiquarianAuctions.com is celebrating its 50th auction after 6 years of running successful online rare book auctions, growing its database and traffic exponentially with buyers and sellers worldwide.

Even though being based in Cape Town, South Africa, the site has seen a significant increase in international buyers and collectors in the last few years. 

The book trade has changed and taken to the internet as a source for quality antiquarian material. 

Paul Mills, owner and founder of AntiquarianAuctions.com was recently interviewed for the article “The digital revolution - 20 years on”, published in the rare book supplement in the UK’s Antiques Trade Gazette in March 2016 which described the power of the medium and how a Cape Town based firm can receive international news coverage and trade internationally in today’s digital age.



Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 10.12.02 AM.pngLot 158

William Burchell

A map of the extra-tropical part of Southern Africa

Constructed by William J. Burchell, Esq., in which his own track is laid down entirely from the geographical and astronomical observations made during these Travels and the remaining parts accommodated to it, and formed mostly of new materials combined with others selected from various documents and wholly re-arranged.

Published: Longman, Hurst, Tees, Orme, Brown and Green, London, 1822

Edition: 1st

William John Burchell (1781 - 1863) was a multi talented naturalist who undertook an extensive journey in southern Africa 1811 - 1815. His Travels in the interior of Southern Africa is a literary classic that included beautiful aquatints and engravings. His map was published in the first edition of the book and it is one of the landmark maps in the history of South African cartography; it is known for its relative accuracy, meticulous attention to detail and the naming of all his overnight stations and many of his hosts. While his book with the map does come on to the market, the excised map is very scarce.

Estimate: $1750 - 2500

Lot 152

Henry Hall

Map of the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony

Compiled by Henry Hall (Draughtsman to the Royal Engineers, Cape Town) from Military and Other Surveys.

Published: Edward Stanford, London, 1856

Edition: First

Henry Hall was from Dublin, Ireland and settled in the Cape Colony in 1842. He worked in the Easter Frontier for the Royal Engineers. He is an under-appreciated cartographer who made notable contributions to cartography of Southern Africa.
Chromo-lithograph on two sheets; as issued, the map has been dissected into 24 panels mounted on linen, folded and inserted in a replacement slip case.

Estimate: $2500 - 3000

Lot 154
Jodocus Hondius I


AUCTORE Jodoco Hondio

Published: Author & Cornelis Claesz, Amsterdam, 1609

Edition: 2nd; 1st French

This attractive map was drawn and beautifully engraved by the famous Flemish cartographer and engraver, Jodocus Hondius I (1563 - 1612). He added this map to the Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas, which he re-issued in 1606 after Mercator’s death and both he and his successor continued to publish it until 1630. The copperplate was unaltered throughout its publication, although the atlas was published ten times, six in Latin and four in French (this example of the map is from the first French edition).

The map was published in the Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas
(i.e. Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes ...).

Estimate: $1000 - 1250

Lot 7

Heydt (Johann Wolfgang)



Published: In Verlag des Authors, Wilhelmsdorff, 1744
Size: Oblong folio (330 x 380 mm)

Splendid geographical and topographical album describing and depicting all the factories and stations of the Dutch V.O.C. in Africa and Asia. (A SOUTH AFRICAN BIBLIOGRAPHY Volume 2 page 554)

Estimate: $6000/7000


Lot 237
F.S. Ellis (editor)


Published: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1895

Edition: 1st.

Size: 8vo.

Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. 98pp. Original quarter linen backed blue-grey paper covered boards. Printed in black and red from Chaucer type, title-page woodcut border after Burne-Jones, with the first line of text in red. Overseen by F.S. Ellis. One of 350 copies (of the entire edition of 358). Frontispiece by Edward Burne-Jones. Printed in Chaucer type, with titles and shoulder notes in red, and with numerous borders and initials designed by William Morris.

Estimate: $1000 - 1200

Lot 198
Lieutenant William Bligh


Being Lieutenant William Bligh's log of the proceedings of His Majesty's armed vessel Bounty in a voyage to the South Seas, to take the breadfruit from the Society islands to the West Indies.

Published: Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1937

Edition: 1st.

Two volumes. Vol.1 434pp. and Vol.2 258pp. With 4 woodcut illustrations by Lynton Lamb. Folio, 315 x 195 mm, bound in original red, blue and beige cloth, edges uncut. First Edition thus, one of 300 copies printed, this being No.160. 

The log contains many important passages which do not appear in either of Bligh's published books and information patiently collected on the social life of the Tahitians. This copy comes from the esteemed library of Birch Bernstein.

Estimate: $900 - 1000


Lot 6
Dapper (Olfert)


van Egypten, Barbaryen, Lybien, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopiën, Abyssinie : vertoont in de benamingen, grenspalen, revieren, steden, gewassen, dieren, zeeden, drachten, talen, rijkdommen, godsdiensten en heerschappyen.

Published: Jacob Van Meurs, Amsterdam, 1676

Met lantkaerten en afbeeldingen van steden drachten &cc. na t'Leven getekendt, en in kooper gesneden. Getrokken uyt verscheyde hedendaegse lantbeschrijvers en geschriften van bereisde ondersoekers dier landen, Den tweeden druk van veel fouten verbetert.

Estimate: $6000/7000

Lot 2

Stanley (Henry M.)


or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria with six etchings and one hundred and fifty woodcut illustrations and maps

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London, 1890

Size: 4to 300 x 240 mm

No 175 of the Demy Quarto Edition De Luxe limited to 250 copies signed by Henry M Stanley.
Book plate of Edna and Frank Bradlow.

'This was to be Stanley's last expedition to Africa. He was charged with rescuing Emin Pasha (Viceroy), who had been appointed a governor in the southern Sudan by the British, and had been forced to retreat to the Lake Albert (now northern Uganda) by the uprising led by an Islamic holy man. In 1888 Stanley journeyed up the Congo and to the lake, reaching Emin, who refused to leave. Eventually persuaded by Stanley, they proceeded to the Indian Ocean by way of the Semliki River which was found to connect Lake Albert with Lake Edward.' (From the facsimile reprint published by The Narrative Press, 2001.)

Estimate: $3500/4000

Lot 1
Baines (Thomas)


Sketched on the Spot by Thomas Baines, F.R.G.S., (During the Journey of J. Chapman & T. Baines), 11 Views of the Victoria Falls, the Zambesi River and the Gorges, with descriptive text by the artist.

Published: Day and Son, London, 1865

Size: Folio (590 x 390mm)

An account of the Mosi-o-a-Tunya
(Smoke-Sounding) or Victoria Falls.

There follow eight pages of descriptive letterpress, and the plates:

1. Frontispiece, Bird's-eye View of the Victoria Falls from the West.

2. The Falls by Sunrise, with the " Spray-Cloud " rising 1200 feet.

3. The Leaping Water on the Westermost Cataract.

4. The Falls from the Western End of the Chasm.

5. Great Western (or main) Fall.

6. Herd of Buffaloes driven to the Edge of the Chasm.

7. Centre Rock Fall and the Eastern Cataracts.

8. Zanjueelah, the Boatman of the Rapids.

9. The Falls from the East End of the Chasm to Garden Island.

10. The Falls from the Narrow Neck near the Eastern Headland of the Outlet.

11. The Profile Cliff, Narrow Gorge, and Torrent of the Zambesi.

Book plate of Edna and Frank Bradlow.

Estimate: $4000/5000


Lot 245
G. H. de Schubert

ATLAS De Histoire Naturelle. OISEAUX. (1865)

Ornithology Atlas with 30 carefully colored chromolithograph boards and 200 different kinds of BIRDS.

Published: Librairie de J. BONHOURE et Cie, Paris, no date (vers 1865)

Edition: First Edition

Sought after Atlas of Natural History composed by Dr. G. H. de Schubert, with 30 carefully colored chromolithograph boards and 200 DIFFERENT KINDS of BIRDS. Names of birds on French and Latin are shown on each board. 30 double sheets (41 x 32 cm) are colored in chromolithography.

Estimate: $400-500

Next auction: Auction #51:  26 May - 2 June 2016
Contact: Paul Mills  P.O. Box 186  7848 Constantia, Cape Town South Africa
E-mail: support@antiquarianauctions.com   Tel: +27 21 794 0600

NEW YORK —Throckmorton Fine Art Executive Director Kraige Block, who serves as First Vice President of AIPAD, and is co-chairman of The Photography Show, has selected an impressive array of international photographic talent to feature at the 2016 edition of AIPAD, this year from April 14 - 17, with an Opening Night Preview on April 13.

“AIPAD has gained wide admiration as the premier international photography event and attracts the world’s most sophisticated collectors of museum-quality photographic art, as well as top museum officials and their patrons.”

“Each spring the Association of International Photography Art Dealers brings together more than 80 of the world’s leading specialists in photographic art who collectively present the most exciting new works entering the market.  The offerings on display at THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, span more than 150 years, from the earliest 19th century photographic achievements to the most modern and contemporary works.  AIPAD also provides a wonderful way for professionals and collectors to become familiar with the newest forms of the art - from avant garde photo-based art, to video presentations and alternative social and new media.  The AIPAD show makes the historic Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street the ‘must see’ destination the weekend of April 14 to April 17.”

Among Kraige Block’s choices for AIPAD is a vintage Tina Modotti gelatin silver print of Julio Antonio Mella (1928) and the classic black and white Nickolas Muray vintage print of Frida Kahlo with Magenta Rebozo.  Also featured at the Throckmorton stand at AIPAD is Christian Cravo’s Two Young Men (Bahia), edition 1 of 10, (2003);  Lucien Clergue’s Zebra Nude from 2007;  a 1993 vintage gelatin print by Mario Cravo Neto, La Grima de Passaros, 1st edition;  and a 1979 Marilyn Bridges vintage print of Yarn and Needle, Nazca, Peru.

Highlighted masterworks at Throckmorton include Mario Algaze’s 1999-2000 El Malecon, Habana, Cuba;  Graciela Iturbide’s 2008 Untitled photograph Chalma, Mexico; Colette Urbajtel’s 1988 Juego de Piedras; Christina Kahlo’s 2011 vintage print titled  Carnival  de Huejotzingo ;  Mariana Yampolsky’s 1987 Esperando al Padreciti;  Lola Alvarez Bravo’s 1954 Computer 1;  Flor Garduno’s 2014 vintage print Ciclope, Mexico;  Ruven Afanador’s 2012 selenium toned gelatin silver print from Angel Gitano series,  Eduardo Guerrero Gonzales; and The Threshold, Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s 1947 gelatin silver print.

Spencer Throckmorton says, “We are very fortunate this year to have acquired some unusually arresting photographic fine art to offer to AIPAD visitors.  People who attend THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the art;  it is a joy to have them visit with us.”

Throckmorton Fine Art has been a leader among New York dealers in showing the most important contemporary Latin American photographers at its New York gallery at 145 East 57th Street. Gallery founder Spencer Throckmorton has also pursued a long held interest in Pre-Columbian art and Chinese jades and the gallery has continually staged important exhibitions and published numerous publications on those subjects.

The gallery’s commitment to connoisseurship is underscored by its sales to such major museums as The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, along with the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Portions of collections the gallery was instrumental in forming have been donated to the Louvre.  The gallery loans examples on a regular basis to such significant institutions as the National Gallery in London. 

As the premier dealer offering vintage and contemporary Latin American photography, Pre-Columbian art, Chinese jades and Tribal art, Throckmorton Fine Art participates in internationally acclaimed fairs, including The Winter Antiques Show in New York each January, AIPAD and during March offers Chinese Jades during ASIA WEEK.

If you attend:

Throckmorton Fine Art at THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW

Presented by AIPAD

April 14 - 17 2016

Association of International Photography Art Dealers

Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street, New York

Opening Night to benefit The 92nd Street “Y”  on Wednesday, April 13 from 5 - 9pm

Thursday through Saturday Daily from 11am to 7pm

Sunday April 17 from 11am to 6pm

Private tours available each day from 10am to 11am


145 East 57th Street, third floor, New York, NY 10022

Tel: 212 223 1059. Fax: 212 223 1937


DALLAS - A bevy of fresh-to-market pin-up discoveries - including the 1961 classic Charming (Charming Trick), a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration by the legendary Gil Elvgren (est. $50,000-$70,000) highlights Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Auction April 26. The nearly 450-lot auction in Dallas offers a stunning collection of newly-discovered artworks from the Golden Period of American Illustration art.

“This is the auction collectors need to watch for debut pieces by important illustrators,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “It’s increasingly rare that never-before-seen artworks by established artists appear at auction, and these are the discoveries that are most exciting for us and ideal for specialists.”

In addition to the stunning Elvgren, examples include a stunning group of single-owner, never before offered artworks by Patrick Nagel, led by Female in Profile (est. $70,000-$90,000) and a newly discovered trove of pulp magazine covers by the great Norman Saunders will make its auction debut April 26, including the pulse-pounding The Corpse that Murdered, the original cover art for the June 1938 edition of Secret Agent X ($12,000-$18,000).

More great pin-up includes an original interior illustration for Playboy titled Please Don't Peek Until I Finish Dressing by Alberto Vargas, the king of pin-up art, was first published in September 1962 (est. $30,000-$40,000), and a Figured to Win, a 1941 Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration by master Rolf Armstrong is accompanied by a rare, framed collage of twenty-one photographs of the artist and model, Jewel Flowers, creating this work at the artist's studio in Marblehead, Massachusetts (est. $30,000-$50,000).

An array of science-fiction art spanning the 20th century includes Howard V. Brown’s Lost City of Mars, form the February 1934 edition of Amazing Stories (est. $20,000-$30,000) and Straight Wall and Birt Crater,  1961 illustration by Chesley Bonestell, originally published in the future-forward hardcover book “Man and the Moon” (est. $8,000-$12,000).

A newly discovered trove of pulp magazine covers by the great Norman Saunders will make its auction debut April 26, including the pulse-pounding The Corpse that Murdered, the original cover art for the June 1938 edition of Secret Agent X ($12,000-$18,000). 

An emotion-packed paperback cover illustration titled Love Trap by James Avati (est. $6,000-$8,000) highlights a group of original paperback cover art.

Additional highlights include but are not limited to:

·         The Sommelier, 1965, a classic painting by LeRoy Neiman (est. $50,000-$70,000) is one of four artworks on offer by the mid-century master.

 ·         An rare political cartoon by Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) titled I Don't Like to Brag, Boys, was first published in PM Magazine on August 17, 1942 ($10,000-$15,000).

·         An original, 1980 paperback cover painting by Boris Vallejo of Flash Gordon (est. $3,000-$5,000).

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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NEW YORK, NY, April 12, 2016 - The documents that broke baseball’s color barrier and helped spark the Civil Rights Movement will be on view at the New-York Historical Society for a limited time only, beginning on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day. On April 11, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, thereby integrating Major League Baseball. To commemorate this historic event, Robinson’s signed contact with the Brooklyn Dodgers, as well as the contract he signed in 1945 when he joined the minor league team the Montreal Royals, were unveiled at a press conference in Times Square on Monday, April 11 hosted by Collectors Café, and will then be on display at the New-York Historical Society before embarking on a tour in the U.S. 

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) became the first African American to play major league baseball after Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey chose him to integrate baseball. Facing antagonism both on and off the field―from fans, opposing teams, and even initially his own teammates―Robinson displayed astounding fortitude and dazzled the crowds on the field and at bat during his first season with the Dodgers, earning the first-ever Rookie of the Year Award. He retired with a career batting average of .311, 1,518 hits, 137 home runs, 734 RBIs, and 197 stolen bases and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in his first year of eligibility (1962).

Throughout his life, Robinson remained an active supporter of civil rights, serving as a spokesperson for the NAACP and a political activist with the goal of advancing the rights of all Americans. In 2007, MLB declared April 15 Jackie Robinson Day, and in 2009, the league declared that all uniformed personnel would wear 42 on April 15. The Ken Burns documentary, Jackie Robinson, is broadcast on PBS on April 11 and 12.

WHAT:           Jackie Robinson’s signed contacts with the Montreal Royals (1945) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947)

WHEN:           April 15-22, 2016

WHERE:         New-York Historical Society - 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York City

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Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

Adults: $20
Teachers and Seniors: $15
Students: $12
Children (5-13): $6
Children (4 and under): free
*Pay-as-you-wish Fridays from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Rare Audubon Prints at Bonhams

image.jpgLOS ANGELES - Bonhams announces the sale of works by John James Audubon (1785-1851), the famed naturalist and painter from the 19th century, at Prints and Multiples on Apr. 19 in Los Angeles.

Audubon dedicated himself to studying birds and - around the year 1820 - he declared his intention to paint every bird in North America. His collection of 435 life-size detailed and meticulous hand-colored engravings of birds in their natural habitats, published as the Birds of America, took more 12 years to complete.

Sold in small sets, Birds of America is still considered one of the greatest examples of book art and among the finest ornithological works ever completed. Through the book, Audubon discovered 25 new species and 12 new subspecies; his influence in the study of birds and natural history is significant.

One of the highlights among the 33 Audubon prints in the Bonhams auction is Snowy Owl (Pl. CXXI), 1831, from the Havell edition of Birds of America. It is a hand-colored engraving with aquatint and etching on J. Whatman Turkey Mill paper, and estimated at U.S. $60,000-80,000.

Others from the Havell edition include Louisiana Heron (Pl. CCXVII), 1834, estimated at U.S. $80,000-120,000 and Great Blue Heron (Pl. CCXI), 1834, at U.S. $70,000-90,000. All three were sold at auction in 1985, before which the two Heron works belonged to the third Earl of Caledon who acquired it directly from the artist in 1842.

"The Bonhams print department is extremely excited to offer at auction such important Audubon works, many of which have provenance dating back to Audubon's original subscribers," said Director of Works on Paper Morisa Rosenberg.


Audubon started his journey to produce this book in the autumn of 1820 when he boarded a flatboat and traveled down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to the Gulf Coast, in order to follow migrating birds. Although this trip was cut short, he returned to America several times on excursions throughout Canada and regions in the south to document more birds.

Audubon faced a number of hurdles while trying to finish the huge endeavor he started and, as a result, he traveled around America and England to find financial support for the project.

After a failed attempt with an engraver who finished only 10 of his plates, Audubon partnered with Robert Havell Jr. to complete the rest. Havell - an engraver and colorist in London - is known to be Audubon's most important collaborator, often finishing his compositions by combining separate drawings and adding significant details.

Audubon completed the color-plate book in 1839 and 175-200 sets of the 435 engravings were produced. He is believed to have brought a handful of sets back to America, including the set he eventually sold to the third Earl of Caledon.

View the catalog online.

Auction preview hours (open to the public): in San Francisco, Apr. 8 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. PST; Apr. 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST; and Apr. 10 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. PST. In Los Angeles, Apr. 16 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. PST; Apr. 17 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. PST; and Apr 18 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. PST.

A rare and valuable edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, a landmark work in English literature, will be among the rare books on display at Duquesne University as part of National Library Week. 

The 1611 first-edition of The Faerie Queene and Shepheards Calendar, which was printed in London for the bookseller Matthew Lownes, will be one of the books at the center of Of Enduring Value: Rare Books at Duquesne University on Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gumberg Library.

In addition to its age, this edition of The Faerie Queene and Shepheards Calendar also is exceptional in that it marks the first time that Spenser’s primary works were printed together.

“Students and faculty can now study The Faerie Queene in an edition printed just after Spenser’s death,” said Dr. Greg Barnhisel, chair and professor of English in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. “They will also be able to see for themselves how much effort and craftsmanship went into putting together a book in the second century of printing.” 

Dr. Robert Giannetti, a poet and the former owner of Bob’s Olde Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Lewiston, N.Y., donated the 405-year-old edition to the University last year in honor of his late dissertation advisor, Dr. Foster Provost. Giannetti earned his Ph.D. in English from Duquesne in 1979.

During the April 14 event, Giannetti will join Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire, assistant professor of English and an expert in British Renaissance poetry, to discuss The Faerie Queene.

The program also will feature a discussion about rare books—including a selection from The Rabbi Herman Hailperin Collection at Duquesne—readings and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled Rare Book Reading Room at Gumberg Library.

Of Enduring Value: Rare Books at Duquesne University is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/ofenduringvalue.  

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. www.duq.edu

Nearly 100 British booksellers in Oxford harness the Power of 1,800 colleagues Worldwide on UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day Saturday April 23, 2016

PBFA OXFORD BOOK FAIR, 23-24 April 2016. Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley OX33 1HX WWW.OXFORDBOOKFAIR.ORG

On Saturday April 23 nearly 100 booksellers in Oxford will take part in a unique worldwide event. For 24 hours a worldwide chain of rare book events will occur. Starting on the East Coast of Australia running through Asia and Europe and ending on the West Coast of the United States, booksellers in 15 countries and nearly 30 locations will hold quick and often quirky events that celebrate rare books, autographs and manuscripts, maps and other paper items. Booksellers will show and talk some of the rarest and most interesting items they own while raising funds for literacy.

“Fill an Empty Bookcase and change our world!” Fair manager Tom Lintern-Mole from rare booksellers Antiquates Ltd said today. “We are raising funds for the Forest Whitaker Initiative for Peace and Development’s work in South Sudan. “Literacy rates in South Sudan are appalling. 84% of women are illiterate and 70% of men - what hope is there for these individuals, this country or even the world as whole with literacy rates like this?”

We invite book lovers, librarians and anyone who cares about literacy will come to the fair at Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, OX33 1HX Saturday the 23rd Noon-6pm (continuing Sunday 24 10am-4pm) between. For a small amount you can purchase a symbolic book spine and help us fill the symbolic Empty Bookcase. Just £3 buys a book and £15 buys a whole set of 12 specially written for the children of Sudan addressing issues they face in daily life. In 2015 Pop Up Rare Book Events organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) raised enough to buy 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper. This year we hope to raise even more!

For more information:

Tom Lintern-Mole, 07921 151496, tom@lintern-mole.com www.oxfordbookfair.org

Follow the worldwide events for 24 hours live in the internet on ilabpopupbookfairs.blogspot.de!

79-Paul-Ranson-Tigre copy.jpgNew York—On Thursday, April 28, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints, featuring A Collector’s Vision: Works on Paper from the Belle Époque & Beyond.  

            The two-part auction begins with A Collector’s Vision, 110 lots from a private collection featuring many 19th-century French prints, such as Paul Ranson’s Tigre dans les Jungles, an 1893 color lithograph (estimate $15,000 to $20,000). Works by Nabi artists Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard are also part of this collection, including Bonnard’s 1899 color lithograph Rue, le Soir, sous la Pluie ($10,000 to $15,000); and Vuillard’s 1893 color lithograph La Sieste ou La Convalescence ($3,000 to $5,000). Works by Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and many other important artists are also included, like Toulouse-Lautrec’s Programme pour l’Argent, an 1895 color lithograph ($8,000 to $12,000).

            The second portion of the auction provides a vast selection of works by old masters and more. Headlining this portion of the sale is Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving St. Jerome in his Study. Rife with visual metaphors and religious imagery, this print is estimated at $120,000 to $180,000. St. Jerome in his Study is considered one of three meisterstiche (master engravings) by the artist; another of the meisterstiche, the 1513 engraving The Knight, Death and the Devil, also included in the sale, is estimated at $80,000 to $120,000.

            Additional old master highlights include several works by Rembrandt van Rijn, like landscape with Three Gabled Cottages beside a Road, a 1650 etching and drypoint ($50,000 to $80,000); and Cottages Beside a Canal: A View of Diemen, etching, circa 1645 ($40,000 to $60,000). The sale also features several of Rembrandt’s self portraits, including Self Portrait Open Mouthed, as if Shouting: Bust, a 1630 etching ($30,000 to $50,000). Italian printmaker Giovanni B. Piranesi’s The Round Tower, etching, engraving and burnishing, circa 1749, is also being offered ($30,000 to $50,000).

            Among the modern highlights is Der Tod im Krankenzimmer, an 1896 lithograph by Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch, based on his painting of the same name. One of the artist’s iconic images concerning death, suffering and grief, the lithograph is estimate at $70,000 to $100,000. Also included are multiple works by Marc Chagall, like Vava au Turban Rouge, a 1963 color monotype ($50,000 to $80,000); and Violiniste, one of only four hand-colored épreuves de passé in the second state, 1930 ($40,000 to $60,000). Pablo Picasso’s Grand Air, a 1936 etching, will also be on offer ($30,000 to $50,000).

            Highlights by American printmakers include Thomas Hart Benton’s Going West, a 1934 lithograph featuring a train powering through the prairie. The artist was particularly fond of locomotives, noting, “My first pictures were of railroad trains…To go down to the depot and see them come in, belching black smoke, with their big headlights shining and their bells ringing and their pistons clanking, gave me a feeling of stupendous drama.” Going West is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. Lithuanian-born American artist Ben Shahn’s Seward Park, a 1936 color lithograph, is also included ($30,000 to $50,000), as is Martin Lewis’s 1931 drypoint Rainy Day, Queens ($20,000 to $30,000).

The auction will be held Thursday, April 28, beginning at 10:30 with A Collector’s Vision. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, April 23 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27 from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $40 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 79

Paul Ranson, Tigre dans les Jungles, color lithograph, 1893. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

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 - sold for a spellbinding $394,000 - eight times its opening bid -  at a public auction of rare books held April 6, 2016 by Heritage Auctions at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. The winning bidder wanted to remain anonymous.

“I was quite surprised [J.K. Rowling] would sell the chair; she originally sold it for a children’s charity,” said owner Gerald Gray, a native of England and the CEO of AutoKontrol USA, Inc. “Following in the tradition that J.K. Rowling started with this chair, I plan to donate 10% of the hammer price achieved to Lumos, Rowlings’s children’s’ charity.

“And I truly believe it should be on display somewhere,” said Gray, who attended the auction at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. “The United States has such amazing theme parks devoted to ‘Harry Pottery’ so I hope it ends up on display where fans may see it.” 

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. It sold for $21,000.

The owner then offered it in an online auction in 2009, during which Gray purchased it for roughly $29,000. As part of Heritage Auction’s global public relations campaign, the chair has been on display at the firm’s Park Avenue, New York, office on a custom rotating platform. For weeks, families posed for photos with what is arguably the most important piece of Harry Potter memorabilia that exists.

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.

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.”

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NEW 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, sold for $514,000 at a public auction of historical manuscripts held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel April 5, 2016 in New York by Heritage Auctions. 

The presale estimate was $200,000-up. Bidding opened at $160,000, and progressed in $10,000 and $20,000 increments. The winning buyer was a leading Wall Street figure who wishes to remain anonymous. 

The broadside is one of few surviving specimens created by Ezekiel Russell (1743-1798), a Boston-born printer. It was sent to the Rev. Lev. Frisbie, a minister in Ipswich, the tenth pastor of the First Congregationalist Church at Ipswich, Massachusetts.

“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." 

Once the text of the Declaration was ratified July 4, 1776, the fledgling 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 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.

“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."

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: 

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. 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. 

page1image1968.jpg‘TO HIS DEAR AND FAITHFUL ERNEST JONES in memory of his visit, 6 May 1926. Freud aet. LXX’. Written by Sigmund Freud into a copy of his Studies on Psychoanalysis on his seventieth birthday and presented to Ernest Jones, this inscription encapsulates the close relationship between the founder of psychoanalysis and one of his earliest and most ardent proponents: Jones had been instrumental in introducing Freud to his British colleagues, would write his standard biography and engineered Freud’s escape from the Nazis to London in 1938.

This exceptional volume is one of a number of rare books from the library of the British Psychoanalytical Society (founded by Jones in 1913) which will be included in Quaritch’s forthcoming catalogue The Origins of Psychoanalysis. From its earliest years the Society has maintained both an archive documenting the history of the Society, and a library of c. 15,000 volumes, which provides members with a comprehensive range of current literature. Through donations by previous members of the Society (e.g. Jones, Melanie Klein, and Freud’s English translators James and Alix Strachey) the library has acquired duplicates of early titles over time, while the preservation of fragile and valuable volumes has increasingly become a concern. In order to meet its readers’ needs for a modern reference library and fund the preservation of the collection, the Society has decided to deaccession a number of the earlier printed works.

THE EARLY HISTORY OF PSYCHOANALYSIS unfolds through these books, many of which were written or owned by Freud and his inner circle. Freud and Breuer’s Studies in Hysteria (1895) - the ‘starting-point of psychoanalysis’ - and a rare first edition of Freud’s landmark Interpretation of Dreams (1900, one of only 600 copies) were both acquired and studied in much detail by Ernest Jones in 1907, in anticipation of his first meeting with Freud. Another work from the collection inscribed by its author to Jones ‘with much devotion’ is a rare offprint of Carl Gustav Jung’s New York lectures of 1912. As Jones’ collaborator in establishing the early Psychoanalytic Congresses, Jung would soon be called by Freud the ‘crown prince’ of the movement, and later, famously, become Freud’s adversary.

Intriguingly, this copy of the New York lectures was published in 1913, as the rift between Jung and Freud reached its climax; indeed, the inscription may have been written by Jung in the hope that his departure from the core group of analysts would not condemn him to intellectual exile. However, it was too late: in a letter to Freud of 22 July 1913, Jones wrote:

‘I have just read Jung’s New York lectures, ... no agreeable task. ... He is very polite to you, except for occasional outbursts ...; he has evidently the feeling that the whole analysis is an artefact, and repeatedly talks of how you have been misled by patients and followed them blindly. ... The silliest pages are ... a masterpiece of nonsense.’

Image: S. Freud. Die Traumdeutung. Leipzig and Vienna: 1900. First edition. From Ernest Jones’ complete set of first to fifth editions of the work, bound uniformly for Jones.

For further information, please contact Dr Anke Timmermann (a.timmermann@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4886) or Mark James (m.james@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4873). 

THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS is the leading centre of excellence in the UK in the provision of psychoanalytic training, education, publication and clinical practice. Established in 1924, it is the home of the British Psychoanalytical Society, which finds its roots in the London Psychoanalytical Society, founded by Ernest Jones on 30th October 1913. Through its work - and the work of its individual members - the British Psychoanalytical Society has made an unrivalled contribution to the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Members of the Society have included Michael Balint, Wilfred Bion, John Bowlby, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Joseph Sandler, and Donald Winnicott. At present, the Society has about 500 members and some 70 candidates in training, from a diverse range of countries and cultures. Today as in the past, approximately half of the British Psychoanalytical Society are women. The Institute’s history and mission statement can be found at www.psychoanalysis.org.uk.

FOUNDED IN LONDON IN 1847, Bernard Quaritch Ltd is one of the world’s leading antiquarian booksellers. Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899) counted Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte, the Prime Ministers William Ewart Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and the artist and author William Morris amongst his clients, and was characterised by The Times’ obituarist as, ‘the greatest bookseller who ever lived. His ideals were so high, his eye so keen, his transactions were so colossal, his courage so dauntless, that he stands out among men who have dealt in old literature as a Napoleon or a Wellington stands out among generals’. For further information about the company’s history, please visit http://www.quaritch.com/about/our-history.

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 8.34.18 AM.pngKansas City, MO. April 4, 2016-When photography was introduced in 1839, the making of even a single picture was difficult and painstaking. The medium was transformed in the 1880s with the introduction of easier processes and the simple Kodak camera. Amateur photography was born: images became casual and spontaneous, and they were called “snapshots.”

Amateur snapshots are highlighted in An Anonymous Art: American Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift, which opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City April 15. The Chicago-born Cohen, an investment manager who now lives in New York, bought his first snapshots at a flea market in 1991. Within 20 years he had amassed more than 50,000 of them, and has given away as many as 12,000 snapshots. Cohen gifted the Nelson-Atkins with 350 photos.

“This incredible exhibition of amateur snapshots depicts broadly shared aspects of everyday life,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “It highlights the deep cultural importance of photography, a visual tradition that flourishes today in images that are made and shared in a variety of ways.”

There are snapshots of pets, baseball games, Christmas trees, amateur plays, vacation fun-and even subjects snapping themselves in mirrors, which could be considered the original selfies.

“The large themes of this exhibition have tremendous continuity,” said Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator, Photography. “Snapshots represent a collective visual unconsciousness of 20th-century American culture-a connection to basic human concerns that is both direct and mysterious.”

Each of the 238 snapshots in An Anonymous Art was hand-selected by Davis himself from an extensive survey of the Cohen collection. The exhibition suggests the medium’s profound social importance as well as its quirky and surprising nature. It features groupings of works illustrating key visual traits and cultural motifs, ranging from accidental multiple exposures to comic and play-acting images. An Anonymous Art runs through Sept 4.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of nearly 40,000 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson-Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion and renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free to everyone. For museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit nelson-atkins.org.

Image: Unknown maker, American. Woman with drink on bed, 1950s. Gelatin silver print, 3 1/8 x 4 ½ inches. Gift of Peter J. Cohen, 2015.9.44.

This exhibition us supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

What do a film star, the children in South Sudan, and 1,800 booksellers on 5 continents have in common? They are some of the essential components of a worldwide series of events to create a more literate world. On 23 April 2016 the members of the International League of Antiquarian Bookseller’s (ILAB) will celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day with a series of spectacular and extraordinary bookish events - for 24 hours, one after another around the world.

Last year and for the very first time, ILAB booksellers decided to think global and act local on 23 April 2015 by holding ILAB Pop Up Fairs - book presentations, lectures, exhibitions, performances, appraisals - within their local communities and coordinating their efforts under ILAB’s roof. The worldwide celebrations held at most busy and sometimes really unexpected places like Giant Ferris wheels, cabarets and clubs made a global impact. The ILAB booksellers raised well over 10,000 Euros, which bought 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper for the South Sudanese children - delivered by UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative.

In 2016 the ILAB booksellers will do this again… and they will do even more!

From Australia to Japan and, for the first time ever, to the Republic of Korea, further on to Cape Town in South Africa, Moscow and all over Europe to New York, Chicago and the Pacific North West Coast the ILAB booksellers bring rare books to the people and raise funds for UNESCO’s and American actor Forest Whitaker’s literacy projects in South Sudan.

For more information visit the websites www.ilab.org, www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd and http://wpdi.org/our-work/programs/youth-peacemaker-network-south-sudan. Please contact Sally Burdon (Sally@AsiaBookroom.com) or Barbara van Benthem (editor@ilab.org), if you need any further information.

5YI1L26 copy.jpgHandwritten working notes for two chapters of one of the 20th century’s most controversial novels, Dr Zhivago, are among a host of fascinating literary gems at Bonhams Fine Literature Sale in New York on 11 April.

The book’s author, Boris Pasternak (1890-1860), gave the notes for safe-keeping to the woman who inspired the novel’s central character, Lara, and whom had been imprisoned in the gulags under Stalin. The notes estimated at £28,000-42,000 ($40,000 - 60,000). 

The recipient of the notes - which cover events in chapters three and four of the published work - was Pasternak’s mistress, the poet Olga Ivinskaya, who worked at Noyi Mir, a leading literary magazine. Pasternak wrote on the cover of the composition book ‘Olga please save as is. 7 May 1956’.

Dr Zhivago is set in Russia between the 1905 Revolution and the Civil War of the early 1920s. Through the experiences of its central characters, the novel offers a complex and nuanced account of the period, especially the October 1917 revolution and its aftermath.  Rejected by the literary magazine Novy Mir for deviating from the tenets of Social Realism, the manuscript was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in Italy in 1957. The first English translation appeared in the USA in 1958. 

The novel and its author then became pawns in the Cold War.  Recognising its propaganda value, the CIA arranged for a Russian translation and Pasternak was denounced in his homeland as anti-Soviet. The novelist was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature which he initially accepted until the Soviet government forced him to turn it down. The prize was not, however, awarded to anybody else that year and 30 years later, Pasternak’s son Yevgeny was able to collect it at a ceremony in Stockholm.

Bonhams Director of Business Development for Books and Manuscripts in New York, Tom Lamb said, “Examples of manuscript chapters of Dr Zhivago very rarely become available.  This is an important addition to our understanding of a novel of great literary and political significance.”

The sale also includes the signed typescript of ten of the 25 “Lara” poems which appear in Dr Zhivago. Pasternak worked on his great novel on and off for several years - the very earliest fragments date from the first decade of the 20th century - although most of the poems seem to have been written in the mid to late 1940s. The typescript, which is estimated at £21,000 - 28,000 ($30,000 - 40,000), is inscribed to his friend Iuri Aleksandrovich Afanasiev. 

Other highlights

Jack Kerouac’s Desolation Angels

Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel, Desolation Angels, published in 1965 weaves together material the author had been gathering from 1956 onwards. The sale includes the typed manuscript, with the author’s handwritten amendments, of notes he had made in Mexico in June 1961 for a work he had provisional entitled, An American Passed Here. It describes his recollections of an earlier trip to Mexico City in 1957. Some of the events find their way into the final two chapters of Desolation Angels though many of them are omitted. Kerouac (1922-1960) was proposing to use the discarded material in Beat Spotlight the novel he was working on at the time of his death in 1969. The typescript from 1964 is estimated at £14,000-21,000 ($20,000-30,000).

Jack London’s manuscript

Work by an earlier American master storyteller, Jack London (1876-1916), features in the sale in the form of his handwritten, signed manuscript for A Curious Fragment. This fascinating science fiction story - the tale is set in the 26th century when rampant capitalism has created a world of ruthless oligarchs and downtrodden workers shorn of all rights - is one of only five Jack London short stories to appear at auction in the past 40 years. It is estimated at £17,500- 25,000 ($25,000-35,000).

Image: Boris Pasternak's notes for Dr Zhivago, estimated at £28,000-42,000 ($40,000 - 60,000).

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2016 - Harper Lee letters condemning Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal sold for $3,926 tonight at Nate D. Sanders auction. Bidding for the letter began at $750. There were 11 bids on the letter. Twenty-four of Lee’s letters to her friends sold for a total of $33,556.  

Doris and Bill Leapard 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 to Leapard her discontent with a visitor 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…”  

Lee’s highest selling letter on the civil rights movement sold for $4,753 and attracted 16 bids. 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.''

Also featured in the auction were Lee’s letters to long-time fan Don Salter in the 1990’s. Salter wrote to Lee after reading a “Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time. They remained friends for four decades. 

Bidding for each letter began at $750. Additional information on the letters 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

(4) Journals and Journalists copy.jpgThe Boston Athenæum is proud to present the upcoming exhibition, Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Prints & Photographs, opening to the public in the Athenæum’s Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery on Tuesday, April 6, and on view through Sunday, September 4.  A free and public reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Boston Athenæum at 10½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Curated by Catharina Slautterback, Curator of Prints & Photographs, the exhibition will include more than 70 of the over 1,100 works of art on paper that have been acquired by the Boston Athenæum since the year 2000. Through these and other acquisitions, the Athenæum’s collection continues to capture the diversity and heterogeneity of New England, its coastline, inland forests, cities and villages, and farms and factories. This exhibition will embrace the eclectic and multifaceted nature of the institution’s collection, thereby celebrating the many faces of New England.

A wide variety of media, ranging from daguerreotypes and inkjet prints to lithographs and white-line woodcuts, will be on display. Historic objects dating from the mid- to late 19th century will hang alongside contemporary works by regional artists.

The exhibition will be arranged according to the following themes: New England views; Boston’s built environment; New England’s industrial revolution; maritime prints; portraits; and reform issues of the 19th century. Within each of these categories, the objects are stylistically eclectic. Views of New England, from Martha’s Vineyard to coastal New Hampshire, will be represented by a range of genres, including the bird’s-eye view, the panorama, the travel poster, and the vignette (Cape Cod and Under Lamplight). Boston’s built environment, both past and present, will be represented by chromolithographs, traditional and digital photographs, and watercolors. Aerial views and portraits of ecclesiastical and commercial buildings will be shown alongside depictions of tenement housing (Maker’s Mark). Group and individual portraits of both the famous and the unknown will be shown in a variety of forms from the conventional to the unusual (Representative Journals and Journalists). New England’s industrial revolution will be explored with 19th-century factory views celebrating new technology and transportation. (Swamscot Machine Co.).  Paired with these views will be contemporary depictions of abandoned or repurposed factory buildings (Factory at Day’s End).  New England’s maritime culture will be represented by a group of ship prints ranging from an 1845 lithograph by Fitz Henry Lane to a contemporary white-line woodcut of an Essex, Massachusetts, shipbuilding company (Steam Packet Ship Mass. in a Squall). A suite of prints addressing reform issues of the 19th century will also be displayed and will include a rare Boston-related political cartoon related to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 (Practical Illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law).

The Boston Athenæum’s first floor and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery are open to the public seven days a week (Monday-Thursday, 9 am-8 pm; Friday, 9 am-5:30 pm; Saturday, 9 am-4 pm; Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm).  Public admission to the gallery is $5; members are admitted for free.

About the Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Department

The Boston Athenæum has been acquiring works of art on paper since the early 1800s, but it was not until the mid-20th century that a department was established with a mission dedicated to visually documenting New England culture. Today, the department houses a nationally recognized collection of prints, photographs, and drawings dating from the 18th century to the present.

Primarily a collection of historical documentation, it provides a unique visual record of New England cultural and political life. The collection is particularly strong in prints, photographs, and architectural drawings depicting the built environment and the topography of Boston and New England in the 19th century. The collection also contains fine prints and photographs of the Civil War, as well as political cartoons, portraits, and historical prints that chronicle the history of the United States. The collections are also a significant resource for the study of American art. Specializing in works by Boston artists, photographers, and printmakers, the collection also traces the development of printing and photographic techniques in the 19th century.

Image: Unknown artist, Representative Journals and Journalists of America, 1882. Tinted lithograph. Boston Athenæum.

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