May 2016 Archives

1d0c3a4f-6b79-4c4d-a6c8-2303c62fa136.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and will continue with multiple sessions from this fine inventory over the coming months.  The ephemera lots are led by an array of antique magazines including bound compilations.       

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1847 printing of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave," numerous volumes from the exhaustive work, "Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean," produced during the years 1855 to 1860, and "A Declaration of the Lords and Commons of the Parliament of England," printed in 1642.  Other scarce titles include an author-signed copy of the 1953 first American edition of Wernher Von Braun's "The Mars Project," Goursat's "Sem Renault Caricature Book," and an author-inscribed 1845 first edition of Sumner's "The True Grandeur of Nations."               

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as the 1851 first edition of Penrose's "Investigation of the Principles of Athenian Architecture," with an autographed letter laid-in, Hassan and Boghdady's "Excavations at Giza," produced in 1932, and the first edition of Blegen, Rawson and Lang's "The Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Western Messenia," produced in four volumes over the years 1966 to 1973.  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as slavery debate, Egyptology, archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, decorative antique bindings, children's, books-on-books, printing history and much more. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. A fine selection of antique maps and atlases will be offered including several examples produced during the Civil War and large wall maps. Antique ephemera lots include travel-related, original correspondence, early American newspapers, magazines, engravings, lithographs, Victorian chromolithographs, photographs, stereoviews, and other genres. 

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

Speed World.jpgGlen Allen, Virginia - Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., Steve Luck of Tooley Adams & Co., and Luke Vavra formerly of Cartographic Arts have partnered with Old World Auctions to present a special auction June 15-22, 2016.  The sale will include over 450 antique maps and books from all geographies around the world culled from the stock of these dealers.

The idea for the sale began with Luke Vavra, who consigned the majority of the remaining stock from his business, Cartographic Arts, upon his retirement in 2015.  During his career as an Army officer, Vavra was stationed in Virginia, where he developed a passion for maps of Virginia and Washington, DC, and later for charts of the Gulf Stream.  He founded his business in 1976.  On buying trips in London, the epicenter of the map trade in the 1970s and 1980s, Vavra visited Jonathan Potter Ltd. and Tooley Adams & Co. on occasion to meticulously sift through their material.  

Jonathan Potter and Steve Luck joined the sale soon thereafter, helping to round out the geographical diversity of the material offered.  Potter began his career at The Map House before incorporating his business under his own name in 1976.  Over time he has become one of the most well-respected names in the map trade, serving customers from all walks of life, including Chilean General Augustin Pinochet and Margaret Thatcher, who purchased a map as a gift for Ronald Reagan.  Steve Luck partnered with his step-father, Douglas Adams, and Adams' step-father, Ronald Vere Tooley, to form Tooley Adams & Co. in 1982.  At the time Tooley was already known as the "Grand Old Map of Maps," having been one of the first map dealers in London in the 1920s and being largely responsible for propelling the popularity of map collecting in the 1950s.

As the second largest auction house in the world specializing in antiquarian maps, Old World Auctions was a natural fit for the trio of map dealers.  Established in 1976, Old World Auctions runs quarterly map sales through their proprietary online auction site.  This special one-week sale will go online on June 15, 2016 with bids accepted through June 22, 2016 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Some of the highlights of this sale include the first printed plan of Washington, DC, Plan of the City of Washington, published by Thackara & Vallance in 1792.  The plan depicts Andrew Ellicott's version of Pierre L'Enfant's plan of Washington, and is on offer for $10,000 to $13,000.  There is an excellent selection of maps of the Mid-Atlantic, such as Jaillot/Mortier's Carte Particuliere de Virginie, Maryland, Pennsilvanie, la Nouvelle Iarsey on offer for $6,000 to $7,500 and Henricus Hondius' Nova Virginiae Tabula on offer for $2,000 to $2,300.  Several rare and highly-sought after maps by famed British mapmaker John Speed are featured in the sale, including his maps of the world, Carolinas, Virginia & Maryland, Jamaica & Barbados, Italy, and Russia.  Also of interest is a rare 8-sheet map of Palestine and the Sinai Peninsula created by Carl Zimmerman and published by G. Reimer, on offer for $1,000 to $1,300.

For more information please contact Eliane Dotson at eliane@oldworldauctions.com or 804-290-8090.  Interested bidders can register for the sale at www.oldworldauctions.com.

On Wednesday 25th May Chiswick Auctions held a successful sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts.  

A number of key pieces sold very well. Star lots included: 

Sold: £27,600 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 37 - CRICKET - John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1896. London: John Wisden and Co., [1896]. 8vo. Yellow/brown pastedowns and endpapers, pastedown advertising "Crawfords Patent 'Exceller' Bats, front endpaper with "John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack" for 1896, photographed plate of W.G. Grace (occasional spotting, previous, possibly a dealer's, label removed from front endpaper). Original brown cloth, spine titled in gilt with "1896. Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. 1896". Front board with titles in gilt and John Wisden and Co., 21, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C. in gilt at the base of the board (tail and head of spine creased, corners bumped, dent to the right foredges some wear to cloth). The first edition to be produced in hardback. back. With John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1897. London: John Wisden and Co., [1897]. 8vo. Yellow/brown pastedowns and endpapers, pastedown advertising "Crawfords Patent 'Exceller' Bats" depicting a cricket bat. Front endpaper with "John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1897", photographed plate depicting Five Cricketers of the Year (occasional spotting, previous, possibly a dealer's, label removed from front endpaper). Spine titled in gilt with "1897. Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. 1897." Front board with titles in gilt and John Wisden and Co., 21, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C. in gilt at the base of the board (tail and head of spine creased, corners bumped,dent to the right foredges some wear to cloth). With Lillywhite's Guide to Cricketers with a Review and Averages of the Past Season. London: W. Kent & Co., 1865. 8vo. (Occasional light spotting). Original tan coloured wrappers (slight creases) and John Wisden's Cricketers Almanack for 1884. London: John Wisden and Co., 1884. (Occasional spotting.) Original salmon coloured wrappers (minor creasing). (7)

Sold: £3,000 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 103 - Minotaure. Paris: Albert Skira, Tériade, [1933-1939]. 13 instalments in 11 volumes, folio, illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers.

Sold: £3,600 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 154 - A quantity of journals, pamphlets, magazines and programmes relating to surrealism including "Coupure", "Melmoth", "Living Art", "W" and "Brumes Blondes." (qty)

Sold: £2,400 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 257 - QUEEN ANNE PLAYING CARDS - A set of 50 wood-engraved pictorial playing cards and a "frontispiece" card with a portrait of Queen Anne (only, of 5) depicting scenes from the early life of Anne (Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1702-14), the 50 playing cards with suit and number in the top border, captioned in the lower border, [c. 1707], each card 90 x 60mm. (some cards worn and frayed with loss, many laid down, some light staining), contained in a grey metal box with lid. The lot sold no subject to return. (51)

Sold: £1,080 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 316 - [PHILLIPPS, Sir Thomas (1792-1872)]. Ms. Catalogue of armorial crests and genealogy. Small Folio. Illustrated with family trees throughout. Contemporary boards (joints weakened, extremities chipped/worn). [With]: A coat of arms drawn in colour of "The Palace of Lichfield. May 1872", loosely-inserted. Provenance: Sir T P Middlehill (stamped monogram). Includes pencil annotation to the front pastedown discussing the development of Oxford: "I was at Oxford, a fellow's face pitted like a Gruyere cheese -  Since I left Oxford in 1815 a new town has [?]sprung up called Summers Town, between Oxford & Woodstock, being frightful houses built of brick this year (1826). They have built an ugly brick house in Balliol College garden". In an old hand is inscribed "Phillipps Ms 54". Phillipps was was a distinguished English antiquary and collector of books and manuscripts.

Sold: £4,080 incl Buyer’s Premium:

Lot 163 - ARTAUD, Antonin (1896-1948).  Heliogabale ou l' Anarchiste Couronne. Paris: Les Editions Denoel et Steele, 1934. 8vo. Half title, 6 vignettes by Andre Derain. Original green printed wrappers, glassine dust-jacket (wrappers a little faded, jacket with small piece torn away and some chipping). FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 2 OF 5 COPIES. Heliogabale was the author's last work before his confinement in a mental hospital. VERY RARE.

The next Printed Books and Manuscripts sale will be taking place on Wednesday 27th July 2016. For more information, free valuations and entries for 2016 specialist auctions please contact: Nicholas Worskett and Simon Nuckley, Specialists - Books nicholas@chiswickauctions.co.uk  020 8992 4442.

d637ca27-f45e-4a92-86f4-6007060f5035.jpgSince the mid-19th century, when the New York Knickerbockers played the first organized baseball games using modern-day rules, New York has been home to some of the sport's most successful and beloved teams. Opening June 10 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball, 1887-1977 will include nearly 400 baseball cards featuring players from numerous teams, from the New York Metropolitans and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, and Mets. All of the cards are from the collection of The Met; many will be on display for the first time.

Highlights of the exhibition include never-before-shown cabinet cards of the late 19th century, such as an 1894 example picturing George Davis, the Hall-of-Famer shortstop for the New York Giants. The first six hitters in the Yankees' famed 1927 lineup—Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri, also known as "Murderers' Row"—will be represented through cards published in the 1920s and 1930s by the American Caramel Company and Big League Goudey Gum, respectively. The legendary "Shot Heard 'Round the World," in which outfielder Bobby Thomson led the New York Giants to win the National League pennant against the team's long-time rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, with his game-winning home run in 1951, will be recognized through 1952 Picture Cards issued by Bowman Gum. Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, Reggie Jackson, and other major stars will be featured through cards published in the 1950s through 1970s.

The majority of the cards on display are drawn from the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, the largest and most comprehensive collection of American trade cards ever assembled privately in the United States. Burdick (1900-1963), an electrician by profession, deposited more than 300,000 items at The Met between 1943 and 1963, including more than 30,000 baseball cards, for which he developed a cataloguing system that remains in use today. Since 1993, in response to the overwhelming enthusiasm of collectors and fans, The Met has put on display groupings from the Burdick Collection of several dozen baseball cards at a time, rotating them at six-month intervals.

The exhibition is organized by Allison Rudnick, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints.

The exhibition will be featured on The Met's website, as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter via the hashtag #OldBallGame.

The exhibition Printing a Child's World, on view nearby, will feature two works with a baseball theme: the George Luks painting Boy with Baseball (ca. 1925) and a recently donated Parian porcelain statuette, Catcher (ca. 1875-76), designed by Isaac Broome and manufactured by Ott and Brewer.

BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2016-In all-new summer Vintage episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks back at memorable objects from previous shows to discover what they are worth today and how the market and their value has changed. As a hint, one has increased in value to nearly $1 million!

"One of my favorite appraisals, and a favorite of fans and ROADSHOW staff, is revisited this summer in our Vintage episode premiere," said ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. "We always say this very special family heirloom appraisal makes us cry every time, but my reaction was much different when the updated value was revealed! I can't wait for fans to see this and other surprises coming up as part of ROADSHOW's Vintage summer."

This appraisal shares the touching story of how one of the finest examples of early Navajo blankets made its way to the guests' family, reportedly gifted by frontier legend Kit Carson. To watch the original appraisal of the Mid-19th Century Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket from ROADSHOW's first trip to Tucson, Arizona in 2001, click here. 

Beginning with Vintage Tucson on June 20 at 8/7c PM on PBS, the Season 20 Vintage episodes also feature updates to New York, New York; Indianapolis, Indiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California, and Miami, Florida.

A few highlights of other memorable items revisited in ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's Vintage Season 20 include:

  • An 1888 Winslow Homer etching, gifted to the guest by his mother who had kept the piece under a bed for 15-20 years.
  • A 20th-century autographed electric guitar signed by 150 musicians, including some of the biggest names in rock, country, blue grass and jazz.
  •  A 1654 etching that hung on the family wall for 25 years until ROADSHOW revealed if it was in fact a real Rembrandt.

OXFORD, 26 May 2016 - A rare manuscript of one of John Donne’s most famous poems, a letter by influential philosopher John Locke and a John Aubrey book about the supernatural, liberally annotated by the Oxford scientist Robert Hooke, are among the treasures that the Bodleian Libraries has recently acquired from the collection of the late American bibliophile Robert Pirie. 

Pirie, who died in 2015, was one of the world’s leading book collectors and amassed perhaps the finest collection of 16th and 17th-century English literature in private hands. The Bodleian has purchased five books and manuscripts from the collection, bringing important works by leading English writers and thinkers back to the UK where they are now available for scholars to consult.

‘Every one of these items has an Oxford connection and is a perfect complement to the Bodleian’s existing collections,’ said Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries. ‘We are grateful to the institutions and donors who have helped us bring these books and manuscripts back to the UK for the benefit of the public and the scholarly community.’

One of the five items purchased by the Bodleian is an early manuscript of John Donne’s poem Meditation upon a Good Friday, ryding from London towards Exceter, westward. This religious poem, written in 1613, was acquired with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. In the poem, Donne contemplates the fact that his thoughts are in the east, where Christ died, while he himself is riding west. This particular copy of Good Friday is written in the hand of Sir Nathaniel Rich, a colonial investor and politician, who was friends with Donne and probably made this copy in the 1620s. This copy has attracted interest from scholars since its discovery in the 1970s because it contains clues about the evolution of the text, for example it omits portions of the poem known from other manuscript versions and has Donne taking a different route on his journey westward. 

This latest addition complements the Bodleian’s existing collection of Donne materials, which include the only surviving poem of Donne's written in his own handwriting. Interestingly, that copy is addressed to Sir Nathaniel Rich’s sisters.

The Libraries also acquired a copy of a letter written by philosopher John Locke, through a secretary, to Irish physician Thomas Molyneux in 1699. The letter laments the recent death of his brother, William Molyneux, a natural philosopher who was Locke’s friend and is regarded as the founder of modern science in Ireland. During his lifetime, William Molyneux regularly corresponded with Locke and provided insights and criticism on Locke’s works.

This particular letter offers insights into the intellectual exchanges that took place between these two great thinkers. It also important because the paper stock on which it was written and the handwriting of the amanuensis may help with dating other works by Locke. The letter joins one of the largest collections of Locke materials in the world, which is held at the Bodleian.

A second letter acquired from the Pirie collection is one written by Archbishop William Laud to John Greaves, fellow of Merton College and Savilian Professor of Astronomy. Laud served as Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1629 to 1641 and went onto become Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 until he was executed for treason in 1645. The letter was written in 1642 from the Tower of London where Laud was imprisoned following his impeachment by Parliament in December 1640.

The letter has a strong association with the University of Oxford and, more specifically, the Bodleian’s long history of collecting and preserving items for future generations. Laud discusses the collection of coins he has given the University of Oxford, which were an addition to a large collection that he had given to the Bodleian in 1636.  The letter asks that the gift be ‘written into the Booke’, a reference to a catalogue of the collection that still survives among the very extensive manuscript holdings that he bequeathed to the Library.

In addition to these three manuscripts, the Bodleian also purchased two books from the Pirie collection. The first is a copy of John Aubrey’s Miscellanies, which explores documented reports of a variety of unexplained supernatural phenomena, such as apparitions, omens, corpse-candles and knockings.  Aubrey was an antiquarian and polymath who is best known for Brief Lives, his collection of short biographies of the leading figures of his day, the manuscript of which is held at the Bodleian Library. Despite spending much of his life engaged in research, this book, Miscellanies, was the only one Aubrey published in his lifetime. The copy acquired by the Bodleian was owned and extensively annotated by Robert Hooke, one of the leading scientists of 17th century England. Hooke’s copy appears to note down Aubrey’s own corrections and may well capture evidence of the two great men working on the text together.

The second book acquired is a small volume containing three separate works of proverbs bound into a single edition. It contains proverbs in Spanish, Finnish and English dating back as early as the 16th century, and include a wealth of sayings that remain part of the English language today including ‘the more the merrier’ and ‘Rome was not built in one day.’

The Bodleian purchased these items from the Pirie collection at auction in December 2015 and all items have now been catalogued and available for consultation at the Bodleian Libraries. In addition to the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), the acquisitions were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant Fund, the Aurelius Trust, All Souls College, Oxford, Friends of the National Libraries, Friends of the Bodleian and several individual donors.

BOSTON - May 25, 2016 - Boston Public Library recently added its 100,000th digitized item to Digital Commonwealth, providing access to digital resources of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts. Collections in DigitalCommonwealth.org include thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings from member institutions which are openly accessible to researchers, students, and the intellectually curious. 

“Boston Public Library’s collections are extensive and making them available online is a key way of delivering on our mission of access and education in the modern 24/7 connected world,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “Digital Commonwealth is one way of showcasing the library’s digitization work to make our collections and those of our many statewide partners across the commonwealth discoverable by all.”

The 100,000th item was the print Hebron Barns, dating from 1938, of the Thomas W. Nason prints and drawings collection.  Items from the Boston Public Library in DigitalCommonwealth.org include the Boston Pictorial Archives, Fine and Historic Bookbindings, and the Anti-Slavery Collections of Distinction, Emily Dickinson letters and poems, images from Boston Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones, postcards, prints, and more. Boston Public Library has digitized more than 152,000 items from its collection, which are housed on Digital Commonwealth.org and the Internet Archive.

“Providing collections digitally is increasingly important as seeking information online is a natural behavior, especially for youth,” said Tom Blake, Boston Public Library’s Digital Projects Manager. “Our hope is that after experiencing the BPL on our website and through DigitalCommonwealth.org, people will come in to our physical locations to view items as well.”

In late 2015, Boston Public Library renewed its commitment with Digital Commonwealth to maintain and expand DigitalCommonwealth.org as part of its statewide responsibilities as Library for the Commonwealth. Since 2010, the BPL has worked to digitize and preserve collections from more than 260 cultural institutions in 161 municipalities across Massachusetts, totaling 431,000  items in Digital Commonwealth. Recent organizations the BPL worked with to bring items into Digital Commonwealth include the USS Constitution Museum, Topsfield Historical Society, UMASS Amherst, and the West Yarmouth and Weymouth Public Libraries. 

In addition to its role as a partner to Digital Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves as Library for the Commonwealth for the entire state of Massachusetts. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

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

ii_1546130c95a694d8.pngParis--On Tuesday 31 May an original signed watercolour illustration from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's seminal children's book The Little Prince (1940) will go under the hammer at Paris auction house Artcurial. It is estimated to fetch between € 50 000 - 60 000 /  $ 55 000 - 66 000. 

The iconic illustration shows the Little Prince standing in desert sand dunes with his scarf blowing in the wind, corresponding to the narrator saying of the young hero: 

 This night I didn’t see him get under way. He had slipped away silently. 

 When I succeeded in joining him he was walking at a rapid pace. He only said to me:

 - Ah, you’re there. 

 And he took me by the hand. But he was still tormented: 

 - You shouldn’t have come. You’ll have sorrow. I’ll seem to have died and it won’t be true.

Just days after The Little Prince was published in New York in 1943, the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry mysteriously disappeared on a reconnaissance flight to southern France, presumed dead. The original manuscripts were acquired by the Pierpont Morgan library in New York, where they have remained there since, and the original watercolours returned to France with Saint-Exupéry's wife. 

The author did not live to see the full impact of his literary creation. Today, The Little Prince is one of the most read books in the world having sold 145 million copies and been translated into 270 languages. When it was published, Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers remarked: "The Little Prince will shine upon children with a sidewise gleam. It will strike them in some place that is not the mind and glow there until the time comes for them to comprehend it."

Other highlights of Artcurial's Books & Manuscripts sale include: the correspondence of French painter Max Jacob and an illustrated limited edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Image: An original watercolour from the Little Prince, page 87 of the original copy by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (estimation: 50000-60000 € / 55 000-66 000 $)

Lot-16-Szyk copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, June 14, Swann Galleries will auction The Esther Salinas Collection of Fine Illustrated & Plate Books, featuring intricately embellished editions of the Bible, Western and Eastern fairy tales and fables, as well as illustrated classic literature by Goethe, Shakespeare, Cervantes and many others. Lovingly assembled over the course of 50 years by Dr. David Salinas, PhD, of California, the collection is named in honor of Dr. Salinas’s mother, Esther Benyakar Salinas, a Sephardic-Jewish immigrant who came to the United States from Macedonia in 1913.

            The collection features many illustrated religious texts, with several versions of the Bible, including La Sainte Bible, 12 volumes with 300 cooper-engraved plates after original drawings by Marillier and Monsiau, Paris, 1789-1804 (estimate $4,000 to $6,000); and a seven-volume set of The Old Testament [&] New Testament, Embellished with Engravings … by the Most Eminent English Artists, with 70 plates after works by English painters, London, 1800 ($3,000 to $4,000). Two colorful works by Polish-Jewish artist and book illustrator Arthur Szyk include his most celebrated work, The Szyk Haggadah, the first Szyk edition, with 14 full-page plates and numerous vignettes and border decorations, signed by Szyk and editor Cecil Roth, London, 1939 ($15,000 to $25,000); and Le Livre d’Esther, with 19 color plates, custom-bound by modern master Kerstin Tini Miura, Paris, 1925 ($4,000 to $6,000).

            Headlining the sale is a complete six-volume set of the rare first edition of David Roberts’s The Holy Land, with 241 tinted proof lithographs before titles were printed, London, 1842-49 ($35,000 to $50,000). The sale also features several other texts related to travel including Samuel Owens and William Westall’s Picturesque Tour of The River Thames, with 24 hand-colored aquatint plates, London, 1828 ($4,000 to $6,000).

            Among the classic works included in the collection are a copy of English poet Edward Young’s The Complaint, and The Consolation; or Night Thoughts, the first illustrated edition by William Blake, with 39 etched and engraved pictorial borders, London, 1797. Night Thoughts is estimated at $8,000 to $10,000. A nine-volume set of William Shakespeare’s The Dramatic Works, with 96 copper engravings, London, 1802, is also on offer. Printed for publishers John and Josiah Boydell, The Dramatic Works was the pair's most ambitious and famous project, with a printing house, type foundry and an ink factory specially built to facilitate its creation. The Dramatic Works is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500.

A deluxe edition of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated with 12 heliogravures by surrealist master Salvador Dalí, New York, 1969, is also in the sale ($12,000 to $18,000). Other classics include several versions of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, including a first edition of the 1746 version, illustrated by Bernard Picart after paintings by Charles Coypel, Paris; and a first edition, in two volumes, translated by Charles Jarvis and illustrated in 68 engraved plates by G. Van der Guct after J. Vanderbank, London, 1742 ($3,000 to $4,000 and $2,500 to $3,500, respectively).

Among the fables and fairy tales is a first English trade edition of the Norwegian tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon by folklore collectors Asbjørnsen and Moe, with art by famed Danish illustrator Kay Nielson with 25 tipped-in color plates, London, 1914 ($2,500 to $3,500). A first signed limited edition of the Brothers Grimm classic Little Brother & Little Sister and Other Tales, with 13 tipped-in color plates by Arthur Rackham and one additional signed plate, London, 1917, is also on offer ($2,000 to $3,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 14 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 Christine von der Linn via cv@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 20.

Image: Lot 16 Arthur Szyk, The Szyk Haggadah, with text in Hebrew and English, first Szyk edition, signed by Szyk and Cecil Roth, London, 1939. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.

Auction Running May 26-June 2. 

LITERATURE 

Lot 1
[Lawrence, T.E.]
SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM. A Triumph

Published: Printed for the author by Manning Pike and H.J. Hodgson, London, 1926.

In Some Notes, page 4, Lawrence comments, ‘The Seven Pillars was so printed and assembled that nobody but myself knew how many copies were produced. I propose to keep this knowledge to myself. Newspaper statements of 107 copies can be easily disproved, for there were more than 107 subscribers: and in addition I gave away, not perhaps as many copies as I owed, but as many as my bankers could afford, to those who had shared with me in the Arab effort, or in the actual production of the volume.’

The present copy is a conundrum. Could it be one of the ‘spoils’ mentioned in the Texas Quarterly article? We have not been able to trace a record of another similar copy.Size: 4to (265 x215 mm)

Estimate: $15.000/20.000

Lot 99
Alan Paton

Cry the Beloved Country (Signed)

A Story of Comfort in Desolation

Published: Jonathan Cape, London, 1948

Edition: First

Signed "Alan Paton 10/11/48"

Estimate: $200-300

MAPS & TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS 

Lot 235 Seller.jpgLot 235
John Seller

A Draught of Cape Bona Esperanca

Published: Mount and Page, London, c. 1761

This is an extremely scarce, attractive chart , with an historically important vignette, by John Seller whose cartographic work is much sought after by collectors. It is one of the most important land marks in the history of hydrography of the Cape of Good Hope.

Draught of Bona Esperanca probably was engraved by John Oliver after a VOC map engraved Johannes Vingboons. The chart first was published in 1675 by John Seller in Atlas Maritimus and in the third book of The English Pilot. The various publishers who took over Seller’s financially precarious business continued to publish the Pilot until 1794. They used  a similar chart drawn by John Thornton  who revised the vignette and deliminated the grossly distorted Saldanha Bay (Norwich #219).

Estimate: $3500 - 4000

Lot 225

Alexis Jaillot

Mappe-Monde Geo-Hydrographique, ou Description Generale

ou description generale du globe terrestre et aquatique, en deux plans-hemispheres, ou sont exactement remarquees en general toutes les parties

Published: H Jaillot, Paris, 1695
This world map is a beautiful record, in its first state, of the prevailing geographical understanding and misconceptions of the late seventeenth century: California as an island; incomplete Australia; the great southern "Terre Australe" and the Japanese island of Hokkaido is excessively large.

The beautiful map is the skilled work of the foremost French cartographers of the era, who did much to perpetuate the legacy of Nicolas Sanson and who also worked with Sanson’s sons after the patriarch died in 1667.  

The plate from which this map by Jaillot was engraved by Louis Cordier, who signed the map (below the south pole of the polar projection of the eastern hemisphere). Somewhat unusually, the date of publication was added in manuscript at the time of publishing. The plate underwent a number of alterations - all within the cartouches and not to the geography). Jaillot based this map on Nicholas Sanson’s much larger map (1674) that was published in Jaillot's Atlas Nouveau 

Estimate: $2250 - 3000

TRAVEL & EXPLORATION  / AFRICANA

Lot 10
Isaacs (Nathaniel)

TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES IN EASTERN AFRICA
Descriptive of the Zoolus, their manners, customs with a sketch of Natal

Published: Edward Churton, London, 1836

Two volumes, 345 + 402 pages, lithographic frontispiece in each volume, 2 lithographic plates including one of 'Chaka King of the Zoolos', folding chart of Port Natal, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
'What is known of the life story of Nathaniel Isaacs presents a strange contrast to the background of respectable, bourgeois, Anglo-Jewish families of Kent whence he issued. Natal pioneer and explorer, ivory hunter and trader, temporary subject of Chaka, and courtier at the Great Kraal, this would-be empire builder begins a fresh career at the age of 24 on the west coast of Africa. There as merchant and shipper and proprietor of a tiny island, his activities, not all creditable, are hardly less remarkable; and in the end, he retires and settles down in England two years before his death as “Nathaniel Isaacs of Kentville, Egremont, in the County of Chester, Gentleman.”’ Louis Herman.

Estimate: $1300/1500

Lot 139

Sparrman (Anders)

A VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE TOWARDS THE ANTARCTIC POLAR CIRCLE AND ROUND THE WORLD

But chiefly into the Country of the Hottentots and Caffres, from the year 1772, to  1776

Published: G.C.J and J. Robinson, London, 1785

Edition: First English Edition
By Andrew Sparrman, M.D., Professor of Physic at Stockholm, fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Sweden, and Inspector of Its Cabinet of Natural History. Translated from the Swedish original. With plates in two volumes.
Book plate of Edna and Frank Bradlow on the front paste-down endpaper of both volumes.

Estimate: $1250/1500

Lot 124
Barrow (John)

AN ACCOUNT OF TRAVELS INTO THE INTERIOR OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

In the years 1797 and 1798:

Published: T. Cadell and W Davies, London, 1801 &1804

Including cursory observations on the geology and geography of the southern part of that continent: the natural history of such objects as occurred in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms; and sketches of the physical and moral characters of the various tribes of inhabitants surrounding the settlement of the Cape of Good Hope.

2 volumes, 419 + 452 pages, folding aquatint plate with sepia tint of 'Entrance to Cape Town from Green Point' as frontispiece to volume 2, large folding map in volume 1. Eight smaller maps.
Estimate: $800/900

Lot 141 

Thunberg (Charles Peter)

TRAVELS IN EUROPE, AFRICA, AND ASIA

Made between the years 1770 and 1779

Published: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, London, 1795

Second Edition with volume IV. 

4 volumes
Volume I Containing a Voyage to the Southern Parts of Europe, and to the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, in The Years 1770, 1771, 1772, 1773.
Volume II Containing Two Expeditions to the Interior Part of the Country Adjacent to the Cape of Good Hope, and a Voyage to the Island of Java, performed in the Years 1733, 1774 and 1775.
Volume III Containing a Voyage to Japan, and Travels in Different Parts of that Empire, in the Years 1775 and 1776. 
Volume IV Containing Travels in the Empire of Japan, and in the Islands of Java and Ceylon, Together with The Voyage Home.

Estimate: $1200/1300

Lot 186

Pierre BIZOT

Histoire Metallique de la Republique de Hollande (1687)

A stunning work "Metal History of the Dutch Republic" is a chief work of engraving. With engraved title-page (by S. La Clercinu Lalouette after Sébastien Le Clerc), 12 full-page engraved plates, numerous engraved vignettes in text and different calligraphy initial letters for each chapter for every year from 1567 - 1680.

Published: Daniel Horthemels, Paris, 1687

Edition: First Edition

This original first edition finished and printed July 12, 1687 is sought by numismatists as the engravings fans. The Dutch people being a people of Marin, we find the alluring scenes of sea, ancient ships, cards finely engraved in the medals.

Provenance: From the estate of noble French family
(with an Ex-libris label with coat of arms glued to the front pastedown).

Estimate: $450-600

PHOTOGRAPHY

Lot 48
Photograph Album

Photo Album with 25 original photos of an English officer in India (1915)

Collection of 25 original photographs, vintages, silver gelatin prints of an English officer in India (dated March 1915). With private photographs of Mhalda, Bundha, Regama and others, partly titled in English.
Unique time record

Published: March 1915

Edition: Original photographs

Dimensions of album: 23 x 18 cm.
Dimensions of photographs: from 4 x 6 cm to 13 x 17,5 cm.
Estimate:
 $120-150 

Lot 94
Photograph Album

2 Photograph Albums with Japanese portraits (c. 1900-1920)
Collection of 76 vintages black & white photographs showing various portraits of members of the Japanese high society, Japanese theatre, Geishas, children, scholars, etc.

Published: Rokuosha, Daishibu, Tokyo, c. 1900-1920

Edition: Original photographs

Estimate: $180-250

ART & ART REFERENCE  

Lot 303
Pablo Picasso

SUITE DE 180 DESSINS DE PICASSO - WITH 16 COLOUR LITHOGRAPHS BY PICASSO

Published: Verve, Paris, 1954

Edition: 1st.

The double issue Numbers 29/30 of VERVE, the most important French art publication by Teriade. This issue in lithographic paper covered boards designed by Picasso.
Containing 16 colour lithographs printed by Mourlot Freres and 64 heliogravures printed by Draeger Freres.
The subject of most of the illustrations are of the artist-model nude theme, many of an erotic nature.
Foreword by Teriade and text by Michel Leiris and Rebecca West. 

This French edition published by Verve in Paris is more desirable and scarcer than the simultaneous edition published by Zwemmer in London. 

Estimate: $1200 - 1500

DALLAS - Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas turns 50 this year, celebrating its Golden Anniversary as one the most beloved animated Christmas specials ever to grace the airwaves. To mark this momentous birthday, the family of legendary animator Chuck Jones is releasing the largest trove of original Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas animation art, to be auctioned by Heritage on June 11, 2016 in Dallas.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chuck Jones Center of Creativity in Orange County, CA. 

“Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas has been on TV every holiday season since it was first released in 1966 and TV Guide ranked it #1 in its Top 10 list of holiday favorites,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art Auctions at Heritage Auctions. “This is an unprecedented offering and, more importantly than anything else, it comes directly from the Chuck Jones Personal Archives, chosen specifically by Jones’ daughter, Linda, and his grandson Craig Kausen.”

“The magic of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas television special, created 50 years ago, continues to enchant and entertain generation after generation,” said Kausen. “The amalgamation of Seuss and Jones, mixed with Karloff and the rest of the incredible talent on the special to produce an elixir so unique and satisfying it may never be matched again. We of the Chuck Jones family are delighted to share a few treasures from this film to help spread and foster creativity into the future.”

The trove of 27 original pieces all relating to the genesis and making of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas features, of the utmost rarity, three Key Master Set-Ups from the landmark cartoon, original artwork by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble used in the making of the cartoon and a plethora of key animation cels along with original Chuck Jones Grinch paintings featuring the characters of the Christmas classic.

While the entire offering is unprecedented, the centerpiece of the grouping is an exceptional hand-painted production cel of the Grinch looking into a hand mirror held in the mouth of his faithful pooch Max as he completes his Santa costume. Making the cel even more extraordinary is that the cel is on the Key Master Hand-Painted Production Background from the scene, of which there was only one made and used in the production. It is estimated at $25,000+.

“This is one of the very few Key Master set-ups from the cartoon that I’ve ever seen in more than 30 years in the business,” said Lentz. “It can be seen right at the nine-minute mark in the special and I can tell you, it’s just a spectacular offering.” 

Another highlight from the collection is one of the first concept drawings of the Grinch that ever flowed from the hand of Chuck Jones. If this artwork is not the very first drawing of the Grinch that Jones did, it is certainly the earliest ever seen at auction. Notably, it depicts the Grinch with a larger belly. The drawing is accompanied by one of the first hand painted cels of the Grinch. It is estimated at $10,000+.

A very rare storyboard of Cindy Lou Who, who makes her first appearance with the Grinch on screen at the 15:39 mark in the special, is featured in the auction and shows her very early character design development (estimate: $5,000+). An extremely rare Pan Hand-Painted Key Master background of the snow that leads the Grinch, along with the presents and decorations of all the Whoville residents, to the top of Mount Crumpet (estimate: $5,000+) features two sequenced production cels of the Grinch with his whip on top of the sled, making this a Key Master Set-Up from the special. Accompanying the two previous lots is a very rare 12 field director’s layout drawing, straight from the hand of Chuck Jones, of the Grinch trying to save the sleigh as it heads for disaster after he realizes the true meaning of Christmas (estimate: $5,000+).

51352_lg.jpegLOS ANGELES, May 23, 2016  -- The 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Dr. Kenneth Wilson will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on May 26. It is only the 19th Nobel Prize to go under the hammer. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

Kenneth Wilson was a theoretical physicist who was famous for his work in condensed matter physics, which won him the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics. He was also known for founding the lattice gauge theory, a cornerstone of high-energy physics. Born in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1936, Wilson received an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Harvard and earned his PhD at CalTech in 1961. Wilson subsequently joined the physics faculty at Cornell University. There, he developed a theory to explain the critical point behavior of matter undergoing a phase transition, such as a magnetic material losing its magnetism above a temperature known as the Curie point. In subsequent work, Wilson formulated a mathematic expression for predicting the consequences of quantum chromodynamics and the related computer algorisms. Quantum chromodynamics is the foundation for the study of the strong nuclear force. In 1988, Wilson joined the faculty at The Ohio State University; he died in 2013.

The Nobel Prize is made of 18kt gold. The front of the medal features the relief portrait of Alfred Nobel and includes his name, and the date of his birth and death. The verso features a relief of the Goddess Isis and the Genius of Science. Encircling the medal are the words “Inventas vitam juvat excoluisse per artes” translating to “And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery.” Wilson’s name and the year 1982 in Roman numerals are engraved on the medal below the relief of the two figures. The inscription, “Reg. Acad. Scient Suec” is the abbreviation for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Etched upon the medal is Erik Lindberg’s name, the designer of the Nobel medal. The 173-gram medal is displayed in its original maroon leather case with Dr. Wilson’s name stamped in gold. 

The Nobel Prize comes with a letter of authenticity from Dr. Wilson’s widow.

In May 2015, Nate D. Sanders auctioned Dr. Leon Lederman’s Nobel Prize in Physics for $765,002.

Bidding for the Nobel Prize begins at $450,000.

Additional information on the Nobel Prize can be found at http://natedsanders.com/Nobel_Prize_Awarded_to_Physicist_Kenneth_G__Wilson-LOT42876.aspx

BOSTON, MA - May 20, 2016 - Skinner, Inc. has named Katie Banser-Whittle as its newest Regional Director. In this role, Banser-Whittle will be responsible for developing new business, providing appraisal services, and managing client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Katie will be located in the Skinner regional office in midtown Manhattan, which will provide clients with convenient access to the full range of Skinner consignment and appraisal services.

Katie joins Skinner after ten years with Christie’s in New York. While at Christie’s, she served as AVP and Specialist in the Musical Instruments department before taking a position as Specialist and Project Manager in the Private & Iconic Collections specialty department, where she managed all aspects of the presentation of single-owner collections in gallery and on-site sales.

Prior to joining Christie’s, she worked for several private galleries in New Orleans and for museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Victoria & Albert in London.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Anthropology from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. She is also a graduate of Richmond, The American International University in London, having received her Master of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Art of the Italian Renaissance.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Katie to Skinner,” said Karen Keane, Skinner CEO. “Adding someone with her breadth of experience and deep connections within the financial services and cultural communities is a natural next step as we build on the successful launch of our New York City office in 2015 and expand our presence in the Tri-State Area.”

For more information, or to schedule an appraisal or auction evaluation, contact Katie at 212-787-1114 or kwhittle@skinnerinc.com.

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Abbott-300x383.jpgNEW YORK, May 2016—The Museum of Modern Art announces that longtime trustee Robert B. Menschel has made a promised gift of 162 images to the Museum from his celebrated collection of photographs, ranging from early to contemporary works. Made by 69 different photographers, this assemblage covers more than 150 years of photography—from an 1843 view of Paris by William Henry Fox Talbot, the English father of photography, to a 2002 Carrie Mae Weems staged portrait. They also complement nearly 350 photographs that have entered MoMA's collection through Mr. Menschel's support over the last 40 years. To honor Menschel's invaluable contributions to the Museum, this fall MoMA will present an exhibition, The Shape of Things, drawing entirely from the more than 500 photographic works acquired through his support, and an accompanying publication.

"There are a handful of individuals whose wisdom, generosity, and faith in humanity leave an indelible mark, and Bob is one of them," said MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry. "He is the consummate trustee, interested in and knowledgeable about virtually every aspect of the institution; he is also a great leader, a passionate collector of photography, and an extremely generous supporter of exhibitions, publications, and much more."

Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, added, "This outstanding group of images exemplifies his multifaceted interests as a collector. Now, these works join the hundreds of others that, thanks to his support, the Museum has been able to acquire since Bob joined the Photography Committee in 1977."

The newly acquired photographs are focused primarily around the modern period, from late Pictorialism to the 1960s, with a particularly strong presence of three American photographers, who are each represented with 19 or more prints: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind. Coburn is represented by a series of 22 photogravures of London, made between 1904 and 1910; there are 19 prints by Callahan, including images made in Italy and Peru in 1968 and 1974, which strengthen an important area in in the Museum's holdings of his work; and there are 21 works by Siskind, many of which were part of his photographic dialogue with painterly abstraction, and especially with Abstract Expressionism.

Menschel’s gift also includes a number of iconic works from the history of photography: Gustave Le Gray’s seascape Brig on the Water (1856), a composite image made from two different negatives; Alfred Stieglitz’s early image of New York, The Terminal (1893); Herbert List’s Picnic by the Baltic (1930), a tribute to Georges Seurat’s paintings; Imogen Cunningham’s nude geometric composition Triangles (1928); a Hans Bellmer staged image from his famous Surrealist series Games of the Doll; and the often-published Gay Deceiver by Weegee, in a large exhibition print. The gift also includes small gems by less-well-known photographers that indicate the restless curiosity of the collector, from Charles Jones’s early-20th-century “portraits” of plants to a strange post-Surrealist photomontage from the 1950s by Val Telberg. Also included are outstanding contemporary works by Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Coplans, Jan Groover, and William Wegman, among others.

Publication 

This fall, MoMA will publish The Shape of Things by Quentin Bajac, with an essay by Sarah Hermanson Meister. The publication explores 60 remarkable photographs from the Museum’s collection, all acquired with the support of Robert B. Menschel and meticulously selected for the book by Bajac. Ranging from the contemporary artist Andreas Gursky to William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the medium’s founding figures, these selections collectively tell the story of photography from its beginnings, but their arrangement in reverse chronological order upends and newly illuminates that story. Each image is the subject of a brief, elegant text. The book and the accompanying exhibition borrow their title from a work by Carrie Mae Weems, which is one of the many great photographs that Menschel has contributed to the collection.

Exhibition

To honor Menschel’s invaluable contributions to the Museum, the works in the Photography Department’s forthcoming collection exhibition, The Shape of Things, will be drawn entirely from the 504 works acquired through his support. On view from October 29, 2016, through May 7, 2017, this multifaceted group of images will tell the story of photography from its beginnings, focusing on the strengths of the collection. The Shape of Things is organized by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, with Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, MoMA.

About Robert B. Menschel

Robert B. Menschel started collecting photographs in the 1970s, acquiring over the years hundreds of prints ranging from early to contemporary photography. He joined the Committee on Photography in 1977, immersing himself not only in photography, its history, and its present, but also in MoMA’s culture. In 1989, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, becoming its President in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2005, when he helped oversee the completion of the Museum's Taniguchi building. In 2007, he was elected Chairman Emeritus and a Life Trustee of the Museum. From 1998 to 2002 he was Chair of the Committee on Photography.

Image: Berenice Abbott. George Washington Bridge, Riverside Drive and West 179th Street, Manhattan. January 17, 1936. Gelatin silver print, 9 9/16 x 7 5/8" (24.3 x 19.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Promised gift of Robert B. Menschel. © 2016 Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics

Los Angeles, California - (May 2016) -  Van Eaton Galleries,  one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectibles galleries, located in Sherman Oaks, California, has announced one of the most extraordinary auctions of rare and historic Disney memorabilia. The “Collecting Disney” auction will take place Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Van Eaton Galleries located at 13613 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California, beginning 11:00 a.m. PT.  Collecting Disney is an extraordinary auction devoted to the history of Walt Disney Studios and features items from some of the finest collections in the world. With memorabilia dating from the very beginning of the Studio, to expansion into feature film and beyond, this one-of-a-kind rare auction is an unprecedented glimpse into the personal and professional life of Walt Disney, his close group of animators and artists, the studio and the amazing legacy that lives on today. The auction will feature over 700 rare and some never-seen-before items.

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney studio has influenced popular culture and built generations of loyal fans across the globe. Over 700 pieces of memorabilia will be offered exclusively by Van Eaton Galleries and will be featured during a limited time exhibit.  Among the collection’s highlights is an original score for the first song written about Mickey Mouse (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000); several early original drawings by animator Ub Iwerks from the first two Mickey Mouse cartoons ever made, “Steamboat Willie” and “Plane Crazy,” (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); one of the first Mickey Mouse Dolls ever made, hand-signed by Walt Disney (Estimate: $25,000-$50,000); and an extremely rare premiere program for Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs signed by Walt Disney and over 50 members of the studio staff, (Estimate: $5,000-$10,000) - photo left shows program.

Mickey and Minnie Animated Old King Cole Window Displays ($50,000-$75,000); a complete Kem Weber designed Disney Studio office including an animators desk, “airline chair”, closet, and floor lamps (Estimate: $60,000-$80,000); an original Charlotte Clark Mickey Mouse Doll (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000) and a “Babes in Toyland” Prop Soldier (Estimate: $18,000-$20,000).                              

 A portion of the Collecting Disney auction will benefit the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (www.annetteconnection/About-the-Research-Fund.php).  Annette Funicello landed her role on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955 at just 13 years old and soon became the world’s most beloved and most popular Mouseketeer of all time. Funicello’s personal Mickey Mouse Club “Mouse Ears,” as well as a Mickey Mouse Club sweater worn by her, are being offered and will benefit her foundation.  These items are two of the very few pieces of memorabilia that were not lost when her home caught fire in 2011, and they are being offered directly from her estate.

Other highlights include one of the first blueprints of Disneyland discovered by the widow of the man that helped build the Disneyland railroad (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000), original “Babes In Toyland” toy soldier (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000), the first Mickey Mouse watch (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500) and the original acetates for the first soundtrack to The Jungle Book. (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000).  

 “This collection and the people that have collected it are beyond extraordinary,” said Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder of Van Eaton Galleries. “The breadth of this vintage collection and the rarity of the memorabilia are a true testament to the genius of Walt Disney. I am not aware of any other auction which has recently taken place that features such rare and sought-after Disney memorabilia. We are honored to be a part of preserving Walt Disney’s legacy.”

Other highlights include rare books (some signed by Walt Disney), vintage toys, as well as original animation artwork, records, contracts, magazines and memorabilia from the earliest of days at the Walt Disney Studio.  The complete collection can be viewed in the on-line catalog as of May 20, 2016 at www.vegalleries.com/collecting disney  

COLLECTING DISNEYLAND AUCTION AND EXHIBITION LOCATION

Van Eaton Galleries                                                                                                       

13613 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91423

(818) 788-2357

PUBLIC EXHIBITION DATES:

May 25th through June 17th, 2016                                                                                                                    

Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                             

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION:
June 18th, 2016  11 a.m. PST

At Van Eaton Galleries 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423

Register at www.vegalleries.com/collectingdisney
Online at www.icollector.com/vaneatongalleries or through www.vegalleries.com/auctions

Nineteen Eighty-Four in Red Dust Jacket.jpgFALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Rex Wayne Scouten collection of White House memorabilia, eight contemporary photographs by William Christenberry, and rare first-edition copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing will come up for bid at Waverly Rare Books’ Catalog Auction #269, slated for Thursday, June 9.

The auction will be held at the firm’s Falls Church gallery in northern Virginia, with absentee and online bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Around 400 lots of rare books, fine bindings, first editions, art and illustrations, historic and contemporary photographs and other ephemera will be offered. Start time is 6 p.m. ET.

Rex Wayne Scouten (1924-2013) served 10 US presidents, as White House chief usher from 1969-1986 and White House curator from 1986-1997. His collection includes signed gifts and material from Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan George H.W. Bush and Clinton. Items include signed photographs and documents from presidents and first ladies; original artwork, architectural fragments from White House renovations, and more.

A star lot from the collection is a 1963 White House Christmas card, signed by President John F. Kennedy shortly before his assassination and inscribed by Mrs. Kennedy, who wrote: “Christmas 1963, With our deepest appreciation, Jacqueline Kennedy.” The card features a reproduction of an engraving, “The President’s House, From Washington.” It is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000.

Scouten’s retirement poster - signed by five consecutive presidents, from Ford to Clinton, plus six first ladies - carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,400-$4,000. Most of the signers wrote heartfelt and, in some cases, lengthy notes of tribute and thanks. As an accompanying letter attests, it took more than five months for the 19¾-inch by 23¾-inch poster to circulate and return with all of the presidents’ signatures.

A color photo signed by five presidents and six first ladies, taken at the opening of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 1991, measures 11¼ inches by 10¼ inches, matted. It should make $2,400-$4,500.

An archive of more than 50 items pertaining to President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower - 13 of which were signed by President Eisenhower and eight by Mamie Eisenhower - will be offered as one lot with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. The grouping, which comes from the collection of Mary and George Allen, features letters, Christmas cards, a birthday card, photo albums, a Tiffany bowl, a signed poster and more.

A program signed by over 10 US governors, including then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, at the 1971 Republican Governors Association State Dinner in Williamsburg, Va., is expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500. Nancy Reagan also signed the program, above her husband’s signature. 

Eight contemporary photographs taken by William Christenberry (American, b. 1936-) showcase his iconic images of change and decay to the buildings and landscapes of his native Hale County, Alabama. A fine example is the photo titled Corn Sign with Storm Cloud, near Greensboro, Alabama, 1977. The paper-stamped Fujicolor image, signed on verso and matted, should reach $3,000-$5,000 at auction.

The first-edition, second-state copy (not enclosed in a box) of Frank L. Baum’s classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900 by George M. Hill Co. (NY), with pictures by W. W. Denslow. It is entered in the sale with a $1,200-$1,800 estimate. Despite some normal wear, the book is in good condition, and it includes 24 color plates (including the title plate).

The first-US-edition copy of Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not, was published in 1860 by D. Appleton (N.Y.), and displays the original cloth and gilt lettering on its front cover. The first-US-edition copy of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949 by Harcourt Brace & Co. (N.Y.). Each of the books should hammer $300-$500.

A collection of murder mysteries presented in a Universal Photoplay book and titled The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales of Mystery could fetch $300-$500. The title story, a classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, is retold as a loose adaptation of the 1932 movie starring Bela Lugosi. The book was published in 1932 by Grosset & Dunlap (NY) and is in very good condition.

An 1844 Grand National Democratic banner by Nathaniel Currier, showing two oral-wreathed, oval portraits of Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates James Knox Polk and George M. Dallas, has an estimate of $300-$400. The phrases “Polk, the Young Hickory” and “Dallas and Victory” are inscribed over the heads of the candidates.

Another featured section of the June 9 sale is the Donald Boggs collection of space books and flown objects. In all, there are nearly 80 lots of books, pamphlets, press kits and objects relating to space flight and rocketry.

Previews will be held at Waverly Rare Books’ gallery, located at 360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Va., on Saturday, June 4 from 10-2; Monday, June 6 from 10-5; Tuesday, June 7 from 10-7; Wednesday, June 8 from 10-6; and on Thursday, June 9 from 10 am until the auction begins at 6 pm.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call 703-532-5632 or email info@quinnsauction.com. View the online catalog and bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com or www.Invaluable.com. Visit Quinn’s online at www.quinnsauction.com

Image: Nineteen Eighty-Four. First-US-edition copy of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949 by Harcourt Brace & Co., NY, est. $300-$500. Courtesy of Waverly Rare Books

Lot-33-Covarrubias copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, June 9, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of American Art featuring works of early American modernism and a recently discovered Hudson River School painting.

            Headlining the sale is New York #3-Study, a 1950 gouache and pencil on paper by American modernist painter and photographer Charles Sheeler. The painting is characteristic of Sheeler’s work around 1950, which reduced objects and buildings to colorful, planar forms. New York #3-Study depicts an abstracted Rockefeller Center, with attention paid to the shadows on 30 Rockefeller Center and the International Building; it is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000. Patent Cereals Company, Geneva, New York, a watercolor, circa 1938, by Sheeler’s fellow modernist sArthur Dove, is also part of the sale. It is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

            Another highlight is a recently discovered canvas by second-generation Hudson River School painter Sanford Robinson Gifford, Study of the Parthenon, oil on canvas, 1869. Gifford painted the Athenian temple both en plein air and after sketches he made during an 1869 visit to Greece. The study relates to a larger painting of the same subject, Ruins of the Parthenon, which resides in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Study of the Parthenon is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

            Also included is Mexican painter and illustrator Miguel Covarrubias’s At Leroy’s, circa 1924.  This watercolor, pen and ink piece went on to be illustrated as plate 42 in Covarrubias's 1927 book Negro Drawings, depicting his perceptions of the Harlem Renaissance. A black and white study for this piece, titled The Last Jump, is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was on view in America is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition at the museum’s new building. At Leroy’s is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

            The sale also includes a run of works by New York artist Guy C. Wiggins. Known for his paintings depicting snowy street scenes in New York, the Wiggins works in this auction include Chicago Blizzard, oil on canvas, 1920s ($40,000 to $60,000); Fifth Avenue Storm, oil on canvas board ($30,000 to $50,000); and Winter Along Central Park, oil on canvas, 1930s ($30,000 to $50,000); among others. Other paintings in the sale featuring the city that never sleeps include two works by John Marin: City Movement, New York, watercolor, 1925 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Sunset, Manhattan, colored pencil and pencil ($8,000 to $12,000).

            Several works by Paul Cadmus are included in the sale, such as Seated Male Nude (NM 3), crayon on paper, 1965 ($15,000 to $20,000), from the artist’s Nantucket Man series. Works by Cadmus’s longtime friend and collaborator Jared French are also present, such as Teste (Anthropomorphic Forms), tempera, circa 1965 ($4,000 to $6,000); as is work by fellow Art Students League of New York alumna Jane Peterson, whose Street Corner, Europe, gouache, pastel and charcoal, is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

            Works by three of the abstract artists known as Indian Space painters are included. Steve Wheeler’s bright The Halogens II, oil on canvas, circa 1943 ($30,000 to $50,000) is offered alongside Peter Busa’s Abstract Figure, oil on canvas board, 1940 ($1,500 to $2,500); and Howard Daum’s Abstraction, acrylic on canvas, circa 1944 ($3,000 to $5,000).

The auction will be held Thursday, June 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, June 4 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Director Todd Weyman via tweyman@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 32.

 

Lot 33 Miguel Covarrubias, At Leroy's, watercolor, pen and ink, circa 1924. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 1.46.59 PM.pngNEW YORK, May 2016 - Sotheby’s is honored to offer two significant and foundational documents of the United States of America, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. Both signed by the ‘Great Emancipator’, President Abraham Lincoln, these iconic documents represent crucial milestones in America’s movement towards the ideal expressed in the often-quoted line from the Declaration of Independence: “all men are created equal”. The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, offered together for the first time, will be cornerstones of the Two Centuries of American History: Highly Important Letters and Documents sale, to be held in New York on 25 May 2016.

Institutionalizing “All Men are Created Equal”: The Emancipation Proclamation

On 1 January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln “order[ed] and declare[d] that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are and henceforward shall be free”. With this grand statement, President Lincoln began the process of institutionalizing emancipation, while immediately setting as many as 50,000 men, women and children free. With the stroke of his pen, he also transformed the mission of the Civil War, from one of the restoration of the Union to one of liberation of all. 

The present copy of the Emancipation Proclamation (estimate $1,500,000/2,000,000) is a limited edition signed by Lincoln to be sold to support the Union cause. Conceived of by Charles Godfrey Leland and George Henry Boker, the documents were advertised for ten dollars each in the 17 June 1864 issue of Our Daily Fare, and sold at the Great Central fair benefiting the United States Sanitary Commission, considered a forbearer of both the Red Cross and the USO. The Lelend-Boker broadside, also known as the “Official Edition”, is the only printing with the full text of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln. It is also signed by Secretary of State William H. Seward, and authenticated by the

President’s personal secretary, John G. Nicolay. This rare copy of the Proclamation is now only one of twenty-seven known to survive, nineteen of which are in institutions. Of the eight (including the present example) known in private hands, most are planned for donation.

Abolishing Slavery: The 13th Amendment
Declared by President Lincoln as “a king’s cure for all the evils”, the 13th Amendment signed on 1 February 1865 abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States (estimate $2,000,000/3,000,000). As the first significant change to the country’s notion of civil liberties since the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 13th Amendment was the culmination of seventy years of political discord over the status of slaves. Beginning with the ‘Three-Fifths Compromise’ of 1787 and leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation, this historic document was revolutionary at the time, and remains pertinent today. This particular manuscript, one of fourteen manuscript copies signed by President Abraham Lincoln, his Vice President, Speaker of the House Colfax and, in this particular case, 36 senators, comes to Sotheby’s from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York non-profit founded by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, two passionate collectors of American manuscripts. Founded in 1991 with the dream of creating one of the most important repositories of American history documents, the Institute has grown to over sixty thousand individual items, with considerable strength in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum and Civil War periods, as it incorporated both the personal collections of Mr. Gilder and Mr. Lehrman in 2001. The Gilder Lehrman Collection retains another Lincoln signed copy of the Amendment. The 13th Amendment is now being sold at Sotheby’s to benefit the Acquisitions Fund, so that the Institute may continue its mission of providing first-rate primary resources to students, teachers, historians and America history enthusiasts around the world.

image012.pngNEW YORK— Bonhams will sell one of the most beautiful and rare books in the world - a first edition of Aristotle’s De animalibus (On Animals) printed on vellum in Venice in 1476. Only one other copy on vellum of this masterwork of Renaissance printing is known to survive. The whereabouts of this copy were unknown for almost 100 years until it was rediscovered in eastern Tennessee in late 2015. Estimated at U.S. $300,000-500,000 it will be offered in the Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Bonhams New York on June 8.

“Books like this come up for auction once in a generation; not only is this first edition exceedingly important in the history of thought, but it is also exceedingly beautiful. Few books so perfectly epitomize the Renaissance,” said Director of Books and Manuscripts Christina Geiger.

Milestone in natural history
Aristotle’s De animalibus is the earliest known work of empirical natural history and as such it was a milestone in the development of western thought. Consisting of three texts - De historia animalium; De partibus animalium; De generatione animalium - it contains details of more than 500 species. It was considered the single most important source of zoological information for 2,000 years and is the foundation of our understanding of comparative anatomy and embryology.  Aristotle’s descriptions of the anatomy of sea animals is so accurate that some scholars believe that he had first-hand experience of dissection. 

Commissioned by Pope
De animalibus was the first comprehensive biological text to be printed. This Latin translation by Theodore Gaza, the pre-eminent translator of Aristotle in the Renaissance, was commissioned by Pope Nicholas V, founder of the Vatican Library where an original manuscript is lodged. Nicholas, a leading supporter of humanist thought who provided shelter for many Greek intellectuals such as Gaza fleeing from the Turkish invasion of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), died before the work was completed and the dedicatee of De animalibus is his successor Pope Sixtus IV. 

Originally written in Greek, the text had, over the centuries, been available in translation in mediaeval Latin and Arabic but all copies had to be made painstakingly by hand. The invention of the printing press in Germany, however, made knowledge more widely and easily available and was a major factor in sustaining and promoting the rediscovery of ancient texts. De animalibus was printed in Venice in 1476 by John of Cologne and John of Manthen, part of the German influx of entrepreneurs introducing printing to Italy. The first Venetian press was established in 1469.

Only a handful of deluxe copies of De animalibus were printed on vellum (parchment made from calf skin) and illuminated, of which only one other, held in the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, is known still to survive. The current copy has a provenance stretching back to the collection of the 4th Duke of Cassano in the late 18th century before entering distinguished collections in the United Kingdom and subsequently the United States of America.  After it last appeared at auction in 1891, however, its whereabouts have been untraced. It has been in the hands of the current private owners for more than 60 years.

Aristotle
The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322) is regarded as the first true scientist in history. He studied under Plato but later embraced empiricism, believing knowledge to be based on perception. A prolific writer, his influence on Judeo-Christian thought and philosophy was profound and his observations on natural science shaped scholarship until the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment.

De animalibus
An original manuscript translated from Greek to Latin by Theodore Gaza is lodged in the Vatican Library. The text, edited by Ludovico Prodocator, was printed on paper and on vellum in Venice in 1476 by John of Cologne and his business partner John Manthen. Since 1978, only three copies on paper of this edition have appeared at auction. Only two copies on vellum are known: one on the current sale and the one in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.

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Chiswick Auctions is hosting sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts, taking place on Wednesday 25 May at 1pm. 

Featuring in the sale will be the Surrealist Collection of the late John Lyle. (Lots 101-219). 

John Lyle (1932-2002) began life in the book trade in the 1950’s in London. By the mid 1960’s he had set up a company in Exeter specialising in surrealist books.  Lyle’s collection encompasses many signed items from notable figures in the surrealist movement, including: Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Brunius, Rene Crevel, Philippe Soupault and Jacques Prevert. This will be the first out of two parts of the collection. Notable highlights include: Lot 102 - 13 editions of the Minotaure with a letter from Marcel Duchamp to Jacques Brunius (Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000) and lot 201 a presentation copy of La Pluie et le Beau Temps to Jacques Brunius from Jacques Prevert (Estimate: £400 - £600). 

Lot 201 - PREVERT, Jacques (1900-1977). La Pluie et le Beau Temps. [No place]: NRF, Le Point du Jour, [1955]. 8vo. (Some very light browning to pages). Original black cloth, illustrated and titled in grey and yellow. PRESENTATION COPY "A Brunius en amitie heureuse Jacques Reve-Vert". Prevert has also included a doodle in his dedication. Provenance: John Lyle (bookplate).

Estimate: £400-£600

Other lots of interest include: 

Lot 147: Woman Disrobed; A Curious and Amusing Love Tale; Comprising The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Don Ferdinand and Donna Marie. Estimate: £100 - £200

Lot 155: A quantity of surrealist publications/magazines including Revue de L'art Actuel (Mars/avril 1957),Dyn, 4-5 American Number, Dyn, Number 6, FkuxShoe (Beau Geste Press), Dyn, Mexico April-May 1942, Dyn, Mexico July-August 1942, Dyn 3 Fall 1942, Edda 3, Edda 4. (qty). Estimate: £300 - £500

Lot 156: GROPIUS, Walter & Laszlo MOHOLY-NAGY (editors).  Bauhausbucher. 2. Paul Klee. Padagogisches Skizzenbuch. Munich: Albert Langen, 1925. 4to. "Diagrams" by Paul Klee, publisher's advertisement at the end. Original wrappers with dust-jacket printed in black and white (frayed, a few short tears and chips, upper cover creased, backstrip worn). FIRST EDITION of a work originally handwritten by Paul Klee as working notes for his lectures on art theory to Bauhaus student. It was eventually printed and edited by Gropius and designed, with an introduction, by Moholy-Nagy, as the second in the series of the 14 Bauhaus books. Estimate: £200 - £300

Lot 158: CENDRARS, Blaise (1887 - 1961). La Fin du Monde Filmee par L'Ange N.-D. Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1919. Folio. Illustrations (occasional light browning). Oriignal tan pictorial wrappers (some chipping, light staining and minor creasing). LIMITED EDITION OF 1,200 COPIES OF WHICH THIS IS NUMBER 558. [With]: a pamphlet extract pp.419-430 entitled Le Film de la Fin du Monde [?1919] loosely inserted. (2). Estimate: £500 - £800

Lot 171: ELUARD, Paul (1895-1952). Poesie et Verite 1944. [London]: London Gallery Editions, 1944. 8vo. Original grey wrappers titled in black (with protective glassine wrapper). PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed, "A. J. Brunius hommage de l' "editor" ... 9 Avril 1944". LIMITED EDITION OF 500 COPIES SIGNED BY ROLAND PENROSE AND E. L. T. MESENS, OF WHICH THIS IS COPY NUMBER 8. [With]: 2 leaf carbon copy of the poem "Pour L'amour de la Vie" with title and signature in ink by the author Paul Eluard and some annotation to the poem [?possibly in Eduard's hand].  Estimate: £400 - £600

Lot 179: PREVERT, Jacques (1900-77). L'ange Garde-Chiourme. [No place]: Fontaine, 1946. 12mo. Original brown pictorial wrappers (minor creasing and chipping). PRESENTATION COPY TO JACQUES BRUNIUS WITH A CARTOON BY PREVERT depicting two men urinating and a man sat at a table with a glass of wine, drawn in blue fountain pen ink. Inscribed, "Mon Jacques J B B Jacques Prevert".  Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Lot 37 will interest cricket fans. John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1896. London: John Wisden and Co., [1896]. 8vo. Yellow/brown pastedowns and endpapers, pastedown advertising "Crawfords Patent 'Exceller' Bats, front endpaper with "John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack" for 1896, photographed plate of W.G. Grace (occasional spotting, previous, possibly a dealer's, label removed from front endpaper). Original brown cloth, spine titled in gilt with "1896. Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. 1896". Front board with titles in gilt and John Wisden and Co., 21, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C. in gilt at the base of the board (tail and head of spine creased, corners bumped, dent to the right foredges some wear to cloth). The first edition to be produced in hardback. back. With John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1897. London: John Wisden and Co., [1897]. 8vo. Yellow/brown pastedowns and endpapers, pastedown advertising  "Crawfords Patent 'Exceller' Bats" depicting a cricket bat. Front endpaper with "John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1897", photographed plate depicting Five Cricketers of the Year (occasional spotting, previous, possibly a dealer's, label removed from front endpaper). Spine titled in gilt with "1897. Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. 1897." Front board with titles in gilt and John Wisden and Co., 21, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C. in gilt at the base of the board (tail and head of spine creased, corners bumped,dent to the right foredges some wear to cloth). With Lillywhite's Guide to Cricketers with a Review and Averages of the Past Season. London: W. Kent & Co., 1865. 8vo. (Occasional light spotting). Original tan coloured wrappers (slight creases) and John Wisden's Cricketers Almanack for 1884. London: John Wisden and Co., 1884. (Occasional spotting.) Original salmon coloured wrappers (minor creasing). (7). Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

The sale also includes a substantial amount of books on Lepidoptera - the study of insects including butterflies and moths (Lots 258-264). 

Lot 266 is of particular interest. BOCHIUS, Joannes (1555-1609). Historica narratio profectionis et inaugurationis serenissimorum Belgii principum Alberti et Isabellae, Austriae Archiducum. Antwerp: ex officina Plantiniana, J. Moretus, 1602. 2° (383 x 250mm). Title within a large engraved border, depicting a portrait of Albert and Isabella at the top, 3 engraved sectional titles, 28 plates, of which 15 double-page, by Pieter van der Borcht after designs by Josse de Momper, printer’s device on recto of final leaf, historiated and ornamental woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces (gathering C misbound after gathering D, clean tear in lower margin of second double-page plate just touching text, light marginal finger soiling throughout, a few margins with light waterstain). Contemporary vellum (front hinges cracked but cords firmly holding, vellum peeled off at 2 corners and foot of spine, lightly soiled). Provenance: Terlinden, with motto ‘jure injuria vincitur’ (bookplate); H.P. Kraus (bookseller's label). [?]FIRST EDITION OF AN ATTRACTIVE FÊTE BOOK, which describes in great detail the welcoming celebrations held in honour of the visiting Archduke Albert of Austria and his wife, Isabella of Spain, by the cities of Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. Van der Borcht’s splendid plates show the celebrations in detail. Only 775 copies of this work were printed (Funck). Berlin Kat. 2945; Cicognara 1408; Funck 281; Lipperheide 2657; Vinet 621. Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Amherst, MA (May 16, 2016)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that their beloved co-founder Eric Carle will return to sign books and meet fans on Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am. Museum members will receive priority line placement and may enter early at 9:30 am. The signing is free with Museum Admission.

Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books. His latest book The Nonsense Show, published last October, is a book to make children laugh and use their imagination by introducing them to different artistic styles. It made Time Magazine’s Top 10 Children’s Books of 2015. It follows on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism, and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork. Carle is one of the true legends and pioneers of picture-book making who continues to expand and challenge the genre.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1929, Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old. He was educated there and graduated from the prestigious art school the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. His dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. In 1952 he finally arrived back in New York, where he found work as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he became an art director at an advertising agency.

Carle’s literary career began in 1967 when respected educator and author Bill Martin Jr. asked Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is the result of their collaboration and is still a favorite with children everywhere. Soon Carle was writing his own stories. His first wholly original book was 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (1968), followed afterward by the celebrated classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).

Carle’s books have been read by millions of children all over the world and have been translated into 62 languages. Today, Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many of them best sellers, most of which he also wrote. More than 132 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

Carle and his late wife Barbara Carle co-founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA in 2002.

Signing Guidelines

A limited number of tickets to the signing will be distributed to visitors on the day of the event. The general public will be admitted at 10:00 am. Museum members will be admitted at 9:30 am. No tickets are available in advance.

  • Limit 3 books total per ticket holder (includes 1 book from home per group or family)
  • No personalization
  • Eric will be signing books only
  • No flash photography allowed
  • The signing is in person only; we are not able to accommodate online orders that need to be shipped. 

About the Museum

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

Since opening, the 43,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org

Introducing The Flamingo Flea At Lee

LEE, NH - JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER, 2016: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce a monthly Old-Fashioned Flea Market in Southern New Hampshire!

Held on the grounds of the well-known Lee USA Speedway at 380 Calef Highway (Rt. 125), Lee, NH 03861, the Flamingo Flea will feature only Antique, Collectible, Vintage, and Memorabilia items. Sellers of new or knock-off merchandise need not apply please.

Sellers will set-up on the flat, grassy area in front of the Speedway, fronting directly on Calef Highway (Rt. 125) for maximum visibility. Calef Highway (Rt. 125) is a heavily travelled major North-South highway connecting Northern Massachusetts with the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

Space rental is extremely reasonably priced at $35 for a 25’X20’ space for two people, $5 each for added people. Sellers will provide their own tables and supplies, or they may sell on the grass, or out of their vehicles. By limiting the market to once-a-month, fresh merchandise will be assured, and every booth will present a new chance to find a fabulous treasure!

Seller setup is 6-9am and spaces are sold first come-first served. Early buying: 7-8:30am at $10/person, general admission: 9am-3pm at $1/person, children under 12 free with paid adult. Customer parking is free, and on-site food service will be provided for purchase.

The Flamingo Flea will be held June 19, July 17, and August 21. All interested parties: Sellers, Customers, and Groups, should contact Flamingo Eventz via phone at 603.509.2639 10am-7pm Monday through Friday, via e-mail at info@flamingoeventz.com, or visit their website at flamingoeventz.com.

Dates: June 19, July 17, August 21

Hours: Sunday: Seller Set-up 6-9am, Early Buying 7-8:30am, General Admission: 9am-3pm

Sales Space: $35 for a 25’X20’ space with two people. $5 each for additional people

Admission: $1 General Admission, $10 Early Buying, under 12 Free with adult; plenty of Free Parking

Directions: Lee USA Speedway is at 380 Calef Highway (Rt. 125), Lee, NH 03861

Miscellaneous: Food service available on-site

Information: For Seller or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639, 10am-7pm Monday through Friday / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Antique Shows and Book & Ephemera Fairs in the Northeast. The Bruno’s have over 35 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who currently appears on the PBS series Market Warriors.

1051_Helen_Keller copy.jpgMARLBOROUGH, MA, May 2016- This spring’s Fine Books & Manuscripts  online-only auction will open for bidding on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 PM and conclude on Thursday, May 26 at 3PM.

The auction features a well-rounded selection of unique documents and rare printed books, including three documents signed by George Washington (Lots 1107, 1108, & 1109); a large archive of letters and notes by Nantucket whaler Seth Pinkham (Lot 1072, estimated between $10,000 and $15,000); a rare large-format signed photograph of Charles Dickens (Lot 1025, $8,000-$10,000); an early John F. Kennedy letter  written just after the death of his brother Joe in 1944 (Lot 1053, $7,000-$9,000); a manuscript leaf from Henry David Thoreau’s Cape Cod (Lot 1099, $6,000-$8,000); two signed photographs of Theodore Roosevelt (Lots 1083 and 1085); and other interesting original material.

The history of science is represented by first editions of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (Lot 1144, $60,000-$80,000); Alfred Russel Wallace’s A Narrative of Travels on the Amazon (Lot 1267, $2,000-$3,000) and The Malay Archipelago (Lot 1268, $2,000-$3,000); the first separate edition of Albert Einstein’s Foundation of the Generalized Theory of Relativity in German, 1916 (Lot 1163, $4,000-$6,000); and a first edition of John James Audubon’s octavo Birds of North America (Lot 1127, $30,000-$35,000).

Illustrated books are also featured in the auction, along with Audubon and other natural history prints and a very strong section of historic maps. Other highlights include a very early Helen Keller letter (Lot 1051, $3,000-$5,000) and a stunning illuminated manuscript from 1917 by Jessie Bayes (Lot 1131, $15,000-$17,000).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Wednesday, May 24 from 10AM to 5PM and on Thursday, May 25 from noon to 7PM. Illustrated catalog 2891T is available for download or viewing online at www.skinnerinc.com. Prices realized will be available online at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) is pleased to announce it will offer to a book collector, for the first time ever, a scholarship in the amount of $750 to be used at one of the several book seminars offered in the U.S. and the UK.

The Independent Online Booksellers Association is an international trade organization for internet booksellers: IOBA.org.

We would like to contribute to the continuing education of book collectors. Many of our members have been to the seminars listed below, and always find book collectors present among the booksellers and librarians. If you’ve ever thought of attending we hope to make it a bit easier for you. IOBA awards scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers. We consider the scholarships to be an investment in the future of bookselling. We would like to include you too!

The seminars we offer scholarships to include:

1. The Colorado Seminar (CABS) www.bookseminars.com

2. Rare Book School (RBS), at its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia www.rarebookschool.org

3. Rare Book School classes in California www.calrbs.org

4. OR £400 ($600) for The York Seminar (YABS) in the UK www.yabseminar.com

5. London Rare Book School www.ies.sas.ac.uk/london-rare-books-school

Financial need is not a criterion; IOBA will choose a winner based on merit. Please let us know about your collecting focus, and why you would like to attend the seminar of your choice. We also ask that the recipient write about the experience for possible publication in the Standard, the journal of IOBA. 

Please apply via email before May 31th 2016. Notification will be sent as soon as possible after June 1st. Applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to: scholarshipcontest@ioba.org (Please include “IOBA Collector’s scholarship” in the subject headers of all emails.)

http://www.ioba.org/pages/scholarships-for-collectors/

437_97A_Tseppelin_CMYK copy.jpgAmong top lots at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ May 5 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction were fine bindings by Weitz-Coleman, a Soviet Russian children's book collection and Lincolnalia. The auction offered an Art of the Book session in addition to traditional books, manuscripts, maps, memorabilia, coins and autographs.

The Art of the Book session included a collection of Soviet Constructivist children¹s books, previously archived by the University of Chicago library. The booklets were mass-produced after the Russian Revolution as part of a five-year national publishing project developed under Stalin's rule. Distributed for use at home and school, and depicting propaganda for making a collective society, a new man and a new ideology, the collection blends radical socialism with experimental media.

One example pertaining to war and the army, Grazhdanskaia voina (The Civil War), OGIZ (Leningrad): Molodaia gvardiia, 1931, sold for $3,000 against a presale estimate of $100-200. A group of transportation related books, Tseppelin (Zeppelin), OGIZ (Moscow): Molodaia Gvardiia, 1931, sold for $2,750 against a presale estimate of $100-200. The entire collection of 38 children's books brought $32,075 with two unsold and 44% of the collection selling to overseas collectors live-bidding online.

Of particular interest is a collection of fine bindings by Herbert Weitz of Weitz-Coleman. Aesop's Fables, London: William Heinemann, 1912, stamped NYC 1992 by Weitz-Coleman, sold for $3,000 against a presale estimate of $1,000-2,000. Rip Van Winkle, New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1905, stamped NYC 1992 by Weitz-Coleman, sold for $1,500 against a presale estimate of $800-1,200. Tales of Mystery and Imagination , London: George G. Harrap, 1935, stamped NYC 1992 by Weitz-Coleman, sold for $2,500 with a presale estimate of $800-1,200.Gulliver's Travels, London: J.M. Dent and Company, 1909, stamped NYC 1992 by Weitz-Coleman, sold for $2,500 against a presale estimate of $800-1,200.

From the Americana category, and the top selling lot in the sale, was a rare three-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. The biography has been supplemented with over 100 autographed letters, documents and photographs from the President himself, his family and his contemporaries, including a particularly nasty letter from Mary Todd Lincoln that scolds a certain Mrs. Harris for sending a lesser gift than she had expected for the Lincoln's first New Years Eve at the White House. The set was previously owned by Frank Lowden, the 25th Governor of the state of Illinois (in office. 1917-1921). It sold for $26,250 against a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000.

Additional highlights include a 1st US edition of Moby-Dick or The Whale, which sold for $13,750 against a presale estimate of $10,000 ­-15,000. From the Art of the Book session, Prosper Merimee¹s Carmen, illustrated by Pablo Picasso, 1949, sold for $8,750, a collection of 15 deluxe issues of Derriere Le Miroir, 1964-1977, sold for $8,750 and Apollinaire's Si je mourais la-bas , 1962, illustrated by Georges Braque, sold for $7,500.

Additional results can be found online at lesliehindman.com.

Image: (KONDRATOV, FEDOR) KASSIL, LEV ABRAMOVICH. Tseppelin. Moscow, 1931. With 3 others on transportation (4 total) Estimate: $100 to $200. Sold for: $2,750.

51662356_001 copy.jpgNew York—Christie’s announces the sale of the legendary suppressed 1865 Alice, (estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000), as a stand-alone sale taking place at 12pm on Thursday, 16 June 2016, immediately following the Books & Manuscripts auction, at Rockefeller Plaza. The work will travel on a preview tour to London from 21 to 25 May, San Francisco from 2 to 4 June, Los Angeles from 6 to 9 June, and will be on view in New York from 11 to 15 June, with additional events and tour locations to be announced. This copy of the first issue of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of ten surviving copies still in original red cloth, only two of which are in private hands, the other described as “heavily worn.”

The story of the1865 edition begins on 4 July 1862 when Charles Dodgson (alias Lewis Carroll), along with a friend The Rev Robinson Duckworth, took the three daughters of Dean Liddell of Christ Church, Oxford, Lorina, Alice and Edith, on a trip on the Thames during which he related the first parts of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground., the precursor to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  On their return Alice asked him to write down the story.

Working with renowned illustrator John Tenniel of Punch magazine, Lewis Carroll developed the elements of the story into this book. Three years later during June 1865 the first edition was printed with the intention to have Macmillan & Co. of London publish it on 4 July 1865. Lewis Carroll requested 50 advance copies to give away. A few days later Carroll heard from Tenniel that he was “entirely dissatisfied with the printing of the pictures.”  Carroll withdrew the entire edition of 2000 and asked for the advance copies he had sent to be returned.

Surviving copies of the 1865 edition are, not surprisingly, excessively rare. There are now only 22 known copies in existence, 16 of which are in institutional libraries. Only six remain in private hands—including the present copy. Of the six, four are rebound.

The sale of this copy presents a rare opportunity to acquire an example of the legendary “1865 Alice”—in its true original state, with the text and binding as they were when the book was first produced. No other copy in the original binding in this condition exists in private hands.

Provenance

The present copy was given by Lewis Carroll to George William Kitchin, a colleague of Carroll’s at Christ Church, and Secretary of the School Book Committee for the University Press. Kitchin later gave the book to his daughter Alexandra (“Xie”) Rhoda Kitchin (born 1864), who was one of Carroll’s favorite photographic models. The book is accompanied by an original photograph of her taken by Lewis Carroll.

She sold the copy at auction in 1925, but, sadly, died on the day of the sale. Dr A.S.W. Rosenbach, the Philadelphia book dealer, acquired it for the Pforzheimer Library, and as part of that collection, it was one of nine 1865 Alices featured in the Columbia University Centenary Exhibition in 1932. The Pforzheimer Library sold the copy to Harriet Borland in 1974. In 1976, her library was sold, and the book was acquired by the Los Angeles film and television producer William Self, who sold it to Jon Lindseth in 1997.

Jon A. Lindseth

Jon A. Lindseth is a bibliographer, book collector and published scholar of Lewis Carroll. He is General Editor of the book Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece, published by Oak Knoll Press in 2015, and has written on Lewis Carroll for the journals of the Lewis Carroll Society (London) and the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. He has curated two exhibitions on the subject at The Grolier Club of New York. Lindseth is a trustee emeritus of Cornell University, fellow of the Morgan Library and Museum and a member of their Printed Books Committee. He is a member of the Chairman’s Council of the American Trust for the British Library and two bibliographical clubs, The Grolier Club of New York and The Rowfant Club of Cleveland.

TOUR DATES* AND PREVIEW

London | Saturday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 26

San Francisco | Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4

Los Angeles | Monday, June 6 to Thursday, June 9

New York | Saturday, June 11 to Wednesday, June 15     

*Additional events and tour locations to be announced.

Related Sale Sale 13844

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Extremely Rare 1865 First Edition 

June 16, 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Sale 12260

Books and Manuscripts

June 16, 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Image: DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (“Lewis Carroll”). Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. London: [The Clarendon Press for] Macmillan, 1865. 42 wood-engraved illustrations by the Dalziel brothers after John Tenniel. Original publisher’s red cloth decorated in gilt, original endpapers with Burn bindery ticket on rear pastedown. Estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000. Credit: Christie's Images LTD.

DALLAS - Heritage Auctions continues to far surpass all other auction houses in online sales. 

Heritage’s online auction sales in 2015 were $344 million, and are already more than $160 million in 2016. Out of total sales last year of more than $850 million, and approximately $310 million during the first 4 months of 2016, Heritage auctions has now recorded more than $500 million in online auction sales from in those past 16 months alone. 

According to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, for 2014 and 2015 Heritage’s total online auction prices realized were 100% and 112% larger, respectively, than its closest competitor in the online auction space. (See graph above)

“No one else even comes close to our reach online,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder of Heritage Auctions. “The numbers show that no other auction house approaches Heritage when it comes to providing the most comprehensive collecting experience online and, by far, the most bidder attention in the U.S and worldwide. We just make it so easy to bid online, whether by leaving proxy bids at HA.com, or in real time using our patented HA.com/Live software, the most user-friendly live bidding experience on today’s Internet.”

Heritage's 40 categories - from Art & Design, to jewelry, handbags, real estate and across the full spectrum of its auctions serving the luxury market - are supported by a full-time staff composed of well more than 100 of the top experts in their respective fields, all of whom focus their considerable experience and talent researching and cataloging consignments for the benefit of their consignors and bidders.

“Heritage is the most transparent of any auction platform available to bidders online,” added Halperin. “Our entire model, in fact, reflects that philosophy. Heritage invented and launched the first permanent, searchable and unabridged online prices realized archive by any auction house, and ours remains the most comprehensive. In addition to offering our bidders free third-party pricing and rarity research data in categories representing most of our sales volume, Heritage auctioneers never employ chandelier bids, and we publish and display all consignor reserves online from 3 to 7 days prior to the auction’s close. No one else in our field operates with so much transparency.”

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

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3357660_1.jpgBOSTON, MA--A rare contract concerning the terms of sale of The Beatles Apple Corp headquarters will be auctioned by Boston-based, RR Auction.

“It’s likely one of the final Beatles documents fully signed by all four members,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

The eleven page signed document, dated November 8, 1980. Contract concerning the terms of sale, “the property known as 3 Savile Row W.1.” The document consists of four identical copies of the same agreement, each signed at the conclusion by a member of the Beatles. Bound with a clip at the left edge, with a few pages detached.

“This document was formally adopted in late November of 1980, thus making it one of the last documents signed by John Lennon during his life,” said Frank Caiazzo, a noted Beatles expert in a letter of authenticity that accompanies the sale. “John Lennon signed in black felt tip pen, and has added a facial caricature, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (who has signed as R. Starkey, his legal name as required on documents), have all signed in blue ballpoint,” added Caiazzo.

The Beatles purchased 3 Savile Row in London in June 1968. Each member of the Fab Four had his own office, and a studio was installed in the basement, where they spent much of the next year and a half recording Let It Be. In January 1969, the band ascended the stairs and would surprise the central London office and fashion district with an impromptu concert from the rooftop. In a 42-minute set, the Beatles were heard playing nine takes of five songs in what would be their final performance together. 

“This document represents a major landmark in the history of popular music— with the final sale of the Beatles' Apple Corps building, it was truly the end of an era,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. (Estimate: $80,000+)

Additional highlights include:

Beatles ‘Sgt. Peppers’ album signed by McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. (Estimate: $20,000+)

Jimi Hendrix autograph letter signed in the year of Electric Ladyland. (Estimate: $30,000+)

Eric Clapton-played replica of the ‘Fool’ 1961 Les Paul SG. (Estimate: $35,000+)

Johnny Ramone’s stage-used custom Hamer guitar. (Estimate: $40,000+)

John Lennon signed deposition concerning ‘Come Together’ and Chuck Berry plagiarism. (Estimate: $8,000+)

The Marvels of Modern Music auction from RR Auction will feature more than 500 items.  Bidding for the online auction that began on May 12 and will conclude on May 19. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

Granite State Fair logo.jpgConcord, NH, May 11, 2016 - Book and Paper Fairs is excited to announce that this can’t-miss event, sponsored by the NH Antiquarian Booksellers and ABEBooks, will be held on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at the Everett Arena in Concord, NH.  This highly anticipated show is one of the high points in the annual book fair circuit among booksellers and collectors alike. Come see for yourself!  Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE! Please click here or visit www.bookandpaperfairs.com/nh-book-fair for more information. 

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

All that makes “New Hampshire” great is a prominent theme among dealers presenting their treasures at this show.  And no author better embodies all that makes the state so distinct than favorite son, Robert Frost.  These Frost related show highlights are certain to warm the hearts of all collectors.  

  • • Larry Druckenbrod, of Holly Books, will present a first edition, first printing of the “expanded version” of Frost’s Selected Poems from 1923.  This rarity, one of only 3,473 copies printed, is signed by Frost on the title page.   
  • • Deborah Lavoie, of Deborah Lavoie Fine Books & Paper Treasures, will feature a fifth printing of The Complete Poems of Robert Frost.  It is inscribed, “To Anna Carelton Hurd, from Hervey's Friend, Robert Frost, Boston, Nov 30, 1955."  
  • • Richard Thorner, of Resser-Thorner Antiques, will offer a signed copy of Frost’s The Book of Knowledge.  
  • • John Townsend, of Towns End Books, will spotlight several Frost selections, including a first edition of A Boy's Will, one of only 750 copies printed; a first edition, signed copy of West-Running Brook; a signed, limited edition of Collected Poems, one of only 1,000 printed; and a first edition of Steeple Bush in its original dust jacket.  
  • • Ben Koenig, of The Country Bookshop, will offer a signed, first edition of Frost’s  In The Clearing in its original dust jacket.  
  • • And Susan Liebegott of Enchanted Books will bring a small collection of picture books authored by Lesley Frost Ballantine, daughter of Robert Frost.  

Other rock-solid, “Granite State” themed showstoppers include…

  • • A scrap book “time capsule” from c. 1920-1950, featuring a plethora of notes, clipped recipes, and newspaper articles assembled by a NH housewife and a late 19th century print advertisement from the Portsmouth, NH Stovene Stove Polish Company, both from by Lizzy Young of  Lizzyoung Bookseller.
  • • A complete set of White Mountain Appalachian Mountain Club guides from 1908 through 1976 and a group of rare immature Sawyer hand painted photographs made into decorative pins, both from Richard Mori of Mori Books.

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair, “It’s safe to say that this NH show is a perfect way to kick off the summer season!  And for the first time ever, admission is free in order to encourage as many people to attend as possible.  With a record breaking 70 dealers presenting an extraordinary range of world-class antique books and ephemera, there is truly something for everyone.  You won’t leave empty handed!”

The Granite Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Everett Arena, located at 15 Loudon Rd., Concord NH. on Sunday, June 5th from from 10am to 4pm.  The venue, conveniently located right off of I-93 at exit 14, offers ample free parking.  Admission to the 2016 Granite Book and Ephemera Fair is free for all attendees. 

The Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair is sponsored by the New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association and ABEBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs.  Book and Paper Fairs produced the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.
 
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SAN MARINO, Calif.— This summer, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will host internationally acclaimed photographer and sculptor Mary Beth Heffernan in an artist-in-residence arrangement made possible by a grant from Los Angeles arts organization Photographic Arts Council/Los Angeles. Called the PAC/LA Contemporary Artist Grant, this is the first to be offered by the organization.

“We chose The Huntington for our first grant because of its outstanding research and photography collections,” said Gloria Huyck, the chair of PAC/LA’s board. “We wanted to give a Los Angeles-based photographer the chance to be inspired by The Huntington’s holdings. We’re also thrilled to be working with The Huntington’s curator of photography, Jennifer Watts, who we consider to be one of the most knowledgeable and creative in the country.”

The grant amounts to $10,000, which will enable the artist to conduct research in the collections and create a finished artwork.

Heffernan is a Los Angeles-based artist and a professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her art explores the intersection between representation and physicality.

Heffernan will spend several months at The Huntington, engaging with its library, art, and garden collections and producing new work inspired by the objects she encounters. The Huntington will acquire a new artwork resulting from her residency that will become part of its permanent collection.

Photography has long been one of The Huntington’s collecting strengths, with holdings of about 850,000 prints and negatives spanning the period from about 1850 to 1950. The collection contains significant work by noted photographers Carleton Watkins, William Henry Jackson, Andrew Russell, Eadweard Muybridge, Frances Benjamin Johnston and others. The Huntington is known, in particular, for its photographs by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

Since its inception, The Huntington has inspired visual artists of all kinds. This is especially true for photographers. In recent years, artists as diverse as Paul Caponigro, John Divola, Karen Halverson, and David Hockney, among many others, have explored the gardens and galleries to create new photographic work.

“With the PAC/LA Contemporary Artist Grant, we are not only allowing this sort of intervention, we’re actively encouraging it,” said Watts. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected by PAC/LA for their first such grant.”

Watts chose Heffernan in part because her work aligned so closely with The Huntington and its collections. “Her art is deeply research-based, she is intrigued by historical photographic processes and techniques, and interested in the intersection between the human body and its representation over time,” said Watts. And then there’s the mesmerizing beauty of her art, which Watts finds “striking for its depth and seriousness of intent.”

From the start of her career, historical medical archives fascinated Heffernan. Her Becoming series (1994), was a sculptural response to specimens and 19th century medical photographs from the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. The Replete series (1995-2001) drew from Enlightenment-era dissection engravings by William Hunter at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine. She recently received critical acclaim for a solo exhibition of her Blue series at Sloan Projects in Santa Monica, Calif.

Heffernan earned her BFA at Boston University in 1987, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and was awarded the Kahn Career Entry Award. She earned her MFA in the photography program at California Institute of the Arts in 1994, and was appointed fellow in the studio program at the Whitney Independent Study Program 1994-95.

Lot-199-Cedid-Atlas.jpgNew York— On Thursday, May 26, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books featuring scarce Dutch maps of Southeast Asia and a rare early atlas from the Muslim world.

            Headlining the sale is an extremely scarce Dutch East India Company manuscript map on vellum of the Java Sea by cartographer Isaak de Graaf, depicting trade routes and ports, circa 1743 (estimate $180,000 to $220,000). The map - which comes from the collection of social entrepreneur, activist, and Dean’s Beans founder Dean Cycon - was possibly one of the last to be produced by de Graaf, and includes coastal profiles, reef delineations and extensive soundings. It was almost certainly used aboard a ship engaged in trade out of Batavia (now Jakarta). Other prominent maps in the sale include Johannes van Keulen’s Oost Indien, a hand-colored engraved sea chart of the Indian Ocean, Amsterdam, circa 1690 ($12,000 to $18,000).

            The sale also features a fine selection of atlases, including the twelfth recorded complete copy of Mahmud Raif Efendi’s Cedid atlas tercümesi, 1803, perhaps the first folio world atlas published in the Muslim world. This will be the first time a copy of the atlas, which is widely understood to have been published in an edition of only fifty, will appear at auction. Another (incomplete) copy of the Cedid atlas made the news earlier this year when it was discovered in the collection of the National Library of Norway. The Cedid atlas is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.

            Other atlases in the sale include Thomas Jefferys’s The American Atlas, with twenty-three engraved maps, London, 1782 [but summer 1783]. Making this edition more notable is its status as the first national atlas issued after the Revolutionary War to proclaim the existence of the United States ($40,000 to $60,000). Additional maps and atlases related to America include Elihu Barker and Mathew Carey’s A Map of Kentucky from Actual Survey by Elihu Barker, Philadelphia, [circa 1794] ($10,000 to $15,000). The map, which hasn’t been seen at auction since 1922, is a milestone in the nascent cartography of the nation and an impressive feat, considering Kentucky was an unforgiving frontier at that point. Also included is a map after Jean Chevalier de Beaurain, Carte von dem Hafen und der Stadt Boston, a hand-colored engraved folding map of Boston during the American Revolution, Leipzig, 1776 ($10,000 to $15,000).

            Also included in this sale is a selection political etchings, such as Isaac Cruikshank’s A Republican Beau and A Republican Belle, two 1794 hand-colored etchings, perhaps the most famous send-up of sans-culottes published in England during the French Revolution ($1,000 to $1,500). English caricaturist and printmaker James Gillray’s The Plumb-pudding in danger, a hand-colored etching of Napoleon and Pitt carving up the globe, London, 1805, will also be featured ($8,000 to $12,000).

            The sale concludes with natural history & color plate books, including one of the most famous natural history works of the 18th century, Maria Sibylla Merian’s Histoire générale des insects de Surinam et de toute l’Europe . . . Tome Premier, with the complete set of seventy-two hand-colored engraved plates, Paris, 1771 ($60,000 to $90,000). The complete seven-volume set of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, with 500 hand-colored lithographed plates, New York and Philadelphia, [1839-44] ($30,000 to $50,000), will also be on offer.

The auction will be held Thursday, May 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, May 21 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, May 26 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 specialists Alex Clausen via aclausen@swanngalleries.com or Caleb Kiffer via caleb@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 17.

Image: Lot 199 Mahmud Raif Efendi, Cedid atlas tercümesi, with 25 hand-colored maps, 1803-04. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

ee9248cc-c8d8-472e-a763-47514e0a0625.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  We will offer our second session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and will continue with multiple sessions from this fine inventory over the coming months.  Several private collections being sold in this auction include substantial, varied groupings of vintage and antique ephemera, including a fine array of large maps.  This catalog also presents many examples of original antique paintings and other artwork.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1683 first edition of Spon's "Recherches Curieuses d'Antiquite," the 1785 printing of Boswell's landmark chronicle, "Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson," and the 1809 first edition of Henry's "Travels and Adventures in Canada and the Indian Territories."  Other scarce titles include the 1896 printing of Longstreet's firsthand Confederate account, "From Manassas to Appomattox," an author-signed copy of the 1929 first edition of Fitch's Chinese exploration record, "Pootoo Itineraries," and Nicolay & Hay's biography of Abraham Lincoln, produced in a limited, ten-volume edition.              

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as Starkey & Tufnell's "Lachish", complete in six volumes with folding plates and maps, a 1931 first edition of Payne's "Necrocorinthia," and many archaeological reports from important individual excavation sites.  We will also offer important early Americana titles such as Chittenden & Richardson's Western work, "Life, Letters and Travels of Father Pierre-Jean de Smet," produced in four volumes and retaining the folding map, and the 1895 limited edition, three-volume printing of Coues' "Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike."

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, art and collectibles. Original artwork includes antique examples by artists such as Ernest Thompson Seton and William Henry Chandler.  Large original antique wall maps from the mid-19th century period cover regions ranging in breadth from global down to individual New York State counties.  Antique ephemera lots include travel-related, advertising, stereoviews, diaries, Black Americana, magic, sheet music, stage & screen, tobacciana, postcards, photographs, chromolithographs, trade cards, engravings, railroad, lithographs & engravings, 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.

The Grolier Club is pleased to be the sole US venue for a presentation of French artists’ books from the remarkable Koopman Collection at the National Library of the Netherlands. The exhibition “Artists & Others: The Imaginative French Book in the 21st Century” is on view from June 1-July 30, 2016. Focusing on work designed and produced in the past 15 years, approximately 70 visually expressive books have been organized in six themes by curators Paul van Capelleveen and Sophie Ham. 

The exhibition emphasizes various aspects of modern typography and art that can be seen in books created by contemporary book artists, underscoring the extent to which the modern world is represented in their books. 

The collection was formed by Dr. Louis Koopman at the beginning of the 20th century as a tribute to his deceased lover, Anny Antoine. After Koopman’s death in 1968, the library built on his lifelong fascination with French literature and contemporary French artists’ books by amassing a collection that now numbers 10,000 volumes. The Koopman Collection is part of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands.

Modern Art and Books

Several sections of the exhibition focus on Globalism. Publishers such as Collectif Génération have invited artists to illustrate texts, reflecting new book forms and new attitudes towards graphic design through international collaboration. Three exhibition cases display French books that are conversant with Politics and Society including issues of privacy as well as waste and pollution, and women’s concerns and the body.  

Stylistically, the exhibition reveals how combining of genres has become commonplace: conventions taken from conceptual art appear alongside methods drawn from the world of the private press, but the traditions of the French “livre d’artiste” and of graphic design are also incorporated. 

On view are a protest publication in the form of a limited edition, a book of stories that mimics an accounts book, anarchistic works from a publishing collective La zone opaque that resemble private press publications, and cartoons presented as etchings. Included are works by artists, printers, authors and publishers from the United States, Germany, Italy, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Russia, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Morocco.

The show forms a visual spectacle of art and typography. “One doesn’t have to read French to enjoy it!” comments curator Paul van Capelleveen.

Towards a New Tradition in Book Design

The show mirrors the interests and concerns of 21st century artists as well as book publishers. The books demonstrate unusual combinations of technique, subject, and genre. Technically, a fluidity of book traditions has become noticeable in recent artists’ books. This includes digitally set texts, scans, elements of chance, typographical juxtapositions, and  randomness in word and image perceived in a random order; these, coupled with a resurgent interest in analogue techniques, open up a vast array of possibilities. Interest is simultaneously being shown in analogue and digital techniques.  

One example that illustrates the concepts of technique, style, and genre is Didier Mutel’s three volumes of information and misinformation. He combines the texts of Stéphane Mallarmé, Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira le Hasard, with God Bless America, and speeches by George W. Bush and Tony Blair.  It is an artist’s book with etchings on deluxe paper; a private press book designed by one individual; and a political pamphlet with a commentary on the Iraq war. The poem by Mallarmé is represented by soundwaves, executed in etching. The soundwaves of the political speeches do not express the words of the politicians. Their place has been taken by Mallarmé’s text. Art conquers politics.

Videos show how some of these books have been designed and printed. “Ultimately nothing can really be predicted beforehand,” notes Mr. van Capelleveen.

Publication:

Copies of the book that accompanies the exhibition are available at the Grolier Club, price $30. 

Related Events:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Curator Talk: Paul Capelleveen will speak on the themes of the exhibition. Reception follows. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Artists' Book Round Table. “Books Crossing Borders 1: The Changing Identity of the Artist’s Book.” The first of two round table discussions on the themes of the exhibition.  Chair: Ruth Rogers (curator, Wellesley College). Speakers: Didier Mutel (artist, Paris), Pierre Walunsinski (typographer, book dealer, Paris), Shirley Sharoff (artist, Paris), Matthew Tyson (artist, printer, Crest). Reception follows.

Tuesday June 7 and Tuesday June 14, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunchtime Exhibition Tours. Curator Paul van Capelleveen will lead a tour of the exhibition. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Artists' Book Round Table. “Books Crossing Borders 2: The Migration of French Artists’ Books to the USA.” The second of two round table discussions on the themes of the exhibition. Chair: Jane Siegel (librarian, Columbia University). Speakers: Hélène Campaignole (Sorbonne University, Paris), Robbin Ami Silverberg (artist,New York), Timothy Young (curator, Yale University), Didier Mutel (artist, Paris) Reception follows.

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city-of-soul-turner.jpgNew York, NY— During the one hundred year period from 1770 to 1870, often called the Romantic Era, hosts of artists traveled to Rome and witnessed the most dramatic transformation of the Eternal City since ancient times—from papal state to the capital of a unified, modern nation. Painters such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and J. M. W. Turner, writers such as John Keats and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a coterie of early photographers were among those who documented the city’s historical sights and monuments amidst what amounted to a massive project of urban renewal. 

City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics, a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum opening June 17, explores the broad sweep of artistic responses to this extraordinary period in Rome’s history. Featuring a variety of media—including drawings, prints, books, manuscripts, letters and photographs—the show demonstrates the continuing hold magnificent ruins and scenic vistas had on artists, even as the need for new government buildings and improved transportation would alter some of these sights forever. At the same time, the exhibition looks at work by individuals who found the changing contemporary scene alluring and who captured the evocative interaction between daily street life and the layers of Roman history forever in the backdrop.

“Today, we are fascinated by how rapidly cities change and how neighborhoods go through a cycle of development and destruction, which seems to occur almost overnight,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “City of the Soul brings us to such a moment in one of the world’s greatest cities, Rome, seen from the vantage point of artists, writers, and photographers. The Morgan’s diverse collections of art and literature, supplemented with select loans from public and private sources, allow us to tell this story in a particularly engaging manner.” 

THE EXHIBITION

I. The Greatest Theater in the World

In the nineteenth century, Italian nationalist and founding father Giuseppe Garibaldi characterized the view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill as “the greatest theater in the world.” Garibalidi’s metaphor embraces the full sweep of history, the rich interplay of past and present, and it was this urban palimpsest that so attracted Romantic-era artists and writers. Many were drawn to the city’s ruins and eternal qualities, while others sought out the current social and cultural milieu.

Turner’s Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica employs transparent washes to capture the atmospheric effects of the grand structure. The flood of light descending from Michelangelo’s dome seems almost palpable as it casts into relief the spiral columns of Bernini’s baldachin in the distant crossing. Turner understood that the titanic architecture of St. Peter’s is not so much an exercise in the deployment of mass and surface as it is about the molding of space, which flows freely through the nave, aisles, and crossing. The artist introduces diminutive human figures to establish the colossal scale of the basilica, which was often criticized in the nineteenth century.

Over the course of the eighteenth century, the Piazza di Spagna became the hub around which hotels, lodging houses, and shops catering to tour ists and foreign residents were situated. Robert Turnbull Macpherson’s ca. 1856 photograph The Spanish Steps shows this center of activity. In 1820 John Keats spent the last three months of his life in a house overlooking the steps—partially visible on the right. The piazza was also the center of the artists’ quarter. The Caffè Greco, where Macpherson regularly met with other photographers and artists, is nearby. The concentration of foreigners and artists around the Spanish Steps also attracted a picturesque population of beggars and models.

II. Speaking Ruins

Romantics approached Rome’s history and monuments more emotionally and less analytically than their Renaissance and Enlightenment predecessors. The association of ruins entailed much more than crumbling masonry and marble fragments. In the mid-eighteenth century, fresh from a trip to Rome, Giovanni Battista Piranesi remarked, “Speaking ruins have filled my spirit with images.” Lord Byron, after a visit to the Colosseum, would evoke living nature amidst the decrepit structure. “Dead walls rear/their ivy mantels,” he wrote.

Painting in oil, Corot shared certain concerns with early photographers, including the manipulation of contrast. The Arch of Constantine and the Forum (1843) represents a remarkable fusion of solid structure and intangible, atmospheric space. The arch anchors the left side of the composition. The oblique view casts into bold relief its projecting elements, especially the columns and attic statues. Balancing the arch on the right side are the massive ruins of the Temple of Venus and Rome.

III. Rus in Urbe: Villas,Gardens, and Fountains 

The ancient Roman poet Martial coined the phrase rus in urbe to characterize urban estates offering the pleasures of the “countryside within the city.” Prior to 1870, Rome’s garland of villas blurred the distinction between the city proper and the landscape of the Campagna beyond, and much of the city was given over to formal gardens and vineyards. Cattle even grazed on the site of the Forum.

The gardens of the Villa Borghese, situated just outside the Aurelian Walls, were a favorite subject for landscape painters of the nineteenth century. Gustav Wilhelm Palm’s Entrance to the Giardino del Lago, Villa Borghese, Rome (1844) depicts one of the allées defined by ilex trees, laid out in the 1780s by Prince Marcantonio Borghese. Statues from the family’s extensive collection of ancient sculpture define the entra nce to a portion of the garden known as the Giardino del Lago.

Alfred-Nicolas Normand’s Statue of the Goddess Roma (1851) is a photograph of a colossal sculpture in the gardens of the Villa Medici, the gift of a pope to a cardinal in the Medici family. In Normand’s day, it was situated on the central axis of the garden so its silhouette could be viewed against the sky. The soft focus and grainy quality of Normand’s prints produce remarkably atmospheric and painterly effects.

IV. Magick Land

In the nineteenth century, the rolling hills of the Campagna studded with ruins were mostly deserted. The landscape painter Thomas Jones poetically characterized this picturesque combination of nature and classical architecture as “magick land.” The views offered countless prospects for artists.

Louis-François Cassas traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean basin, producing drawings and watercolors that provided the basis for richly illustrated publications. He created a unique blend of archaeological site description with local color and dramatic reconstructions of ancient sites, such as Landscape with Arch of Drusus (1778). Depicting an arch on the Appian Way, Cassas in true Romantic spirit took liberties with his composition providing the structure with an expansive surrounding landscape which does not exist in reality.

V. Written from Rome

The Romantic image of Rome was as much the product of writers as of visual artists. The literary genre of the romance allowed novelists and poets to intertwine the real and the magical, the present and imagined past, as in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1860 Rome-based The Marble Faun, the last of his four major works.

The same might be said of travel diaries and letters, which mix description with impression. In a diary kept by Lord Byron, the great poet writes, “My first impressions are always strong and confused, and my memory selects and reduces them to order, like distance in the landscape, and blends them better, although they may be less distinct.” A letter by British novelist Wilkie Collins written on hotel stationery in January 1864 provides a highly personal evocation of Rome at the time. He describes seeing Pope Pius IX while taking snuff and characterizes the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere as “a mysterious, awful and ancient place.”

VI. From Drawing and Etching to Photography

Upon their departure, many visitors wished to take back with them portable distillations of the Eternal City. Over time, engraving, etching, lithography, and, finally, photography - all of which were capable of producing multiple images - met this demand. 

Piranesi, arguably the most inspired interpreter of Rome in any age, cast a long shadow that extended temporally well beyond his death in 1778. His iconic etching View of the Ponte Sant’Angelo and Castel Sant’Angelo (1750-51) presents a vista looking down the Tiber past the Castel Sant’Angelo and its bridge to the dome of St. Peter’s. While Piranesi’s work was often sold as loose sheets, tourists and collectors frequently had them bound in sumptuous folio volumes to take with them as they returned home.

The immediacy of plein-air painting, in the form of watercolors and oil sketches, influenced early photographers, many of whom came to the fledgling medium from training in the fine arts. By 1870, photography had displaced prints and paintings as popular souvenirs of Rome, at precisely the time when other new technologies - the railroad and steamship - were making it possible for increasing numbers of tourists to visit the city. Gioacchino Altobelli shrewdly composed his ca. 1868 photograph of the Castel Sant’Angelo mindful of Piranesi. The picture brings the viewer close to the fisherman in the foreground, a “local color” element that would have been appreciated by the photographer’s customers—affluent tourists who were then flocking to Rome with their Baedekers.

Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica. Watercolor, over traces of pencil, on board. The Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection. Photography by Steven H. Crossot. Right: Robert Turnbull Macpherson (1814-1872). 

San Francisco, Calif.— May 4, 2016 — A rare and important autograph manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton declaring his personal religious beliefs and the fundamental principles of Christian faith will be sold at auction on June 2nd, 2016, by PBA Galleries, the San Francisco-based auction house specializing in rare books, manuscripts, and related material.

Widely considered the most influential physicist and mathematician of all time, Newton here expounds his less-familiar but evocative and well considered views of theology, which were a key part of the overall world view which sustained his ground-breaking theories. Numbering some 1000 words, and dating from around 1690, the document begins with the elements of worship on which “all Christians agree” - which worship Newton asserts is “included in the first principles of the doctrine of Christ and is sufficient for salvation” - Newton states:  …that we may give glory & honour to God the father because he hath created all things & to the Lamb of God because he hath redeemed us with his blood & is our Lord, & that we may pray to God the father in the name of Christ for what we want, & give him thanks for what we receive, & wish for grace & peace from God & Christ & the Holy Ghost, & baptize in their name, & receive the Eucharist in memory of Christs death.

In what is perhaps intended as both a defense of Protestant diversity and a justification of his own further personal views on Christ, Newton adds to his statement “And if any man hath a mind to add to this worship he may do it in his closet without troubling the Churches with his private sentiments.”

The present manuscript is from the Portsmouth Papers, part of the collection of both scientific and “not-scientific” papers donated by the Fifth Earl of Portsmouth to Cambridge University in 1872. The bulk of the collection was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in the summer of 1936, bringing to light many previously hidden facets of Newton’s broad range of interests.

The manuscript testifies both to the depth of the great natural philosopher’s religious convictions and to his Biblical scholarship. Beyond a statement of the fundamental principles of faith, Newton also here explains how to understand the major names by which Jesus is referenced in the New Testament (“Son of God,” “son of man,” etc.), and he further explains the meaning of the word “Anti-Christ.”

Newton manuscripts of such quality and length are extremely rare in private hands, with the great majority of Newton manuscripts residing in institutional collections. PBA Galleries estimates that the manuscript will sell for between $80,000 and $120,000.

The Newton manuscript will be available for viewing at the PBA Galleries San Francisco office one week prior to the sale. For all inquiries, please contact Bruce MacMakin at 1.415.989.2665 or by email atbruce@pbagalleries.com.

Aluf_PortraitSophieTaeuber-300x388.jpgNEW YORK, May, 2016—Dadaglobe Reconstructed, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from June 12 through September 18, 2016, will reunite over 100 works by more than 40 artists that were submitted to Tristan Tzara for his planned but unrealized 1921 anthology Dadaglobe. In Paris in late 1920, Tzara, a poet and a co-founder of Dada, drew up a proposal for an ambitious anthology to document the movement’s artistic and literary production. Along with artist Francis Picabia, Tzara sent solicitation letters to 50 artists and writers in 10 countries, requesting four categories of artworks—photographic self-portraits, photographs of artworks, original drawings, and designs for book pages—along with prose, poetry, or other verbal “inventions.” While some artists submitted existing works, many created new ones for the volume, making Dadaglobe one of the period’s most generative catalysts for the production of new Dada works. Due to financial and interpersonal difficulties, Dadaglobe was never realized, and while many of the works submitted are well-known today, their origin in this project has long been forgotten.

The result of six years of intensive archival research by Dada scholar Adrian Sudhalter that began with her examination of works in MoMA’s collection, Dadaglobe Reconstructed resituates iconic works of Dada in the original circumstances of their making. Tzara retained most of the contributions to Dadaglobe during his lifetime, but following his death in 1963 they were dispersed in public and private collections worldwide. This exhibition reunites for the first time the photographs, drawings, photomontages, collages, and manuscripts that were sent to Tzara through the mail for reproduction on Dadaglobe’s pages, along with related archival material. Dadaglobe Reconstructed explores how artists recognized the potential of artwork in reproduction as a new artistic field, the cross-disciplinarity of their efforts, and their creation of works in dialogue with one another despite geopolitical boundaries, and demonstrates the resonance of those ideas today. The exhibition is organized by Kunsthaus Zürich in collaboration with MoMA, with the special participation of the Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet. It is organized at MoMA by Adrian Sudhalter, guest curator, and Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints.

The exhibition is organized according to the four categories of works requested by Tzara. Of these categories, the prompt for self-portraits proved to be particularly generative for the creation of new works. “Please send a clear photo of your head (not body),” the invitation read, “you can alter it freely, but it should retain clarity.” While some contributors submitted straightforward headshots, others took Tzara up on his challenge to “alter” one’s photo “freely,” presenting cut-and-pasted, overdrawn, or otherwise manipulated portraits. Echoing the two components of an official bureaucratic form of identification, Picabia’s self-portrait for Dadaglobe, for example, is composed of two parts: a demonstratively handmade photomontage featuring his smiling visage—Tableau Rastadada (1920; a recent MoMA acquisition)—and the artist’s landmark drawing consisting of a signature, which he then signed: Francis Picabia by Francis Picabia (1920). Artists posed themselves amidst a range of milieus, from the intimate space of the studio to the dense stage of a cityscape; measured themselves in relation to artistic forebears; blurred traditional gender boundaries; and embraced myriad alter egos. Some even defied Tzara’s call for “clarity,” radically undermining the genre of portraiture by obscuring their faces or excising them altogether. For example, Sophie Taeuber staged a highly constructed self-portrait that was shot by Zurich studio photographer Nic Aluf. In this well-known Photograph of Sophie Taeuber with her Dada Head (1920), which was submitted to Tzara, her face is half-concealed by her polychrome, turned wood sculpture Dada Head (1920). That photograph is intimately related to another she submitted in the category “photographs of artworks”—the image of her painting Dada Head (flat) (1920), which compressed the sculpture onto the plane of the canvas. All four of these works—the two photographs, the sculpture, and the painting—are brought together in the exhibition.

Because Dadaglobe depended on contributions sent through the mail, artists could not send large-scale paintings or sculptures. Tzara therefore invited them to represent their works photographically, with an instruction to “Please send...2 or 3 photos of your works.” Even in the most straightforward responses to this call—photographs taken by the artists or hired studio photographers that document artworks with relative objectivity—the selection of works is noteworthy, revealing how artists chose to represent their work to far-flung, international audiences. One criterion seems to have been the artwork’s photogenic qualities: the degree to which the original object would translate to a legible, visually striking black-and-white photograph. Emphasizing this transformation, several key original artworks, including MoMA’s own sculpture by Marcel Duchamp, To Be Looked At (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour (1918), are shown alongside the photo graphs that would have represented them in Dadaglobe. In addition to divesting color from works, photography could transform artworks in other ways: confound a sense of scale; compress three dimensions into two; eliminate material distinctions; isolate an object from its surrounding space; and extend its circulation beyond the unique original. Some contributors not only anticipated, but embraced and exploited these transformations when conceiving their contributions. Max Ernst submitted the iconic photomontage Chinese Nightingale (1920) with a caption that intentionally misidentified it as a sculpture of monumental proportions, aware that it would resemble a photograph of a sculpture when reproduced on Dadaglobe’s pages. And Man Ray—who reveled in subverting the traditional documentary role of photography—selected and temporarily assembled found materials for the purpose of photographing them. His photographs L’Homme and La Femme (c. 1918-1920) reenvision Tzara’s call for photographs of artworks as artworks for photography.

The open-ended nature of the request for original drawings yielded a wide variety of works on paper, from diagrammatic ink drawings to enigmatic collages. “Please send 3 or 4 black and white drawings,” Tzara wrote, “One drawing can be colorful, but containing no more than 2 to 3 colors.” The only constraint was the palette, put forth because of the practical considerations of printing at the time. Artists adopted impersonal approaches to drawing including tracing and collage; turned to m echanical instruments such as the ruler, compass, and even the typewriter; and ceded artistic agency to automatic procedures. Such methods reveal the desire of these artists to renounce individual authority in their work—a concept key to Dada. A group of drawings by Cologne-based Dadaists Max Ernst and Johannes Baargeld are shown for the first time alongside examples of the “caption cards” that originally accompanied them, and which indicate their intended titles. Boldly graphic drawings by Jean (Hans) Arp and the lesser-known Italian artists Julius Evola and Aldo Fiozzi employ varying degrees of abstraction, reflecting a universal artistic language that could resonate across national and cultural borders.

While the Dadaglobe solicitation letter’s first three prompts elicited discrete works to be laid out by the editors alongside other images or texts, the final directive asked artists to consider the composition of an entire page—to act as book designers themselves. “In place of the color drawing, you can design a book page with or without text,” Tzara instructed. Though Tzara leaves the choice of whether or not to include text up to the contributor, the very suggestion encouraged artists to continue the disruptive practice of combining word and image that Dada had embraced since its inception. Whether handwritten or typed, meant to be legible or functioning principally as a graphic element, the inclusion of language in these works—such as Johannes Baader’s two Dada Milky Way collages—challenges the traditional distinction between seeing and reading, a practice emblematic of Dada’s disregard for boundaries in all domains.

SPONSORSHIP:

The presentation at MoMA is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

PUBLICATION:

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue edited by Adrian Sudhalter, with a preface by the renowned Dada scholar Michel Sanouillet. It is published by Kunsthaus Zürich and Scheidegger & Spiess, and designed by the Zurich-based graphic designers NORM. In addition to a 160 page reconstruction of Dadaglobe, it includes an overarching scholarly essay by Adrian Sudhalter (guest curator), texts on the reception of Dadaglobe works in Zurich and New York, respectively, by Cathérine Hug (Curator, Kunsthaus Zürich) and Samantha Friedman (Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art), a technical note by MoMA conservators Lee Ann Daffner and Karl Buchberg, and a fully illustrated checklist. 8 x 10", 304 pages, 390 illustrations. Hardcover, $59

Image: Nic. Aluf (studio photographer, 1884-1954). Portrait of Sophie Taeuber with her Dada Head. 1920. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/4 x 6 9/16" (20.9 x 16.6 cm). Dadaglobe contribution from Sophie Taeuber (Swiss, 1889-1943). Galerie Berinson, Berlin. Artwork © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. 

nagel copy.jpgDALLAS - Two original canvas works by Patrick Nagel took top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ $1.6+ million April 26 Illustration Art Auction in Dallas. Nagel’s Female in Profile, sold for $87,500 while his Seductive Portrait ended at $75,000. The two works set the pace for a high-end selection of pin-up art and original pulp cover art from the 1930s and 1940s.

“The demand for Pre-War Illustration art is very high right now and it was wonderful to see early pulp cover art double and triple pre-auction expectations,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “Of course, pin-up art by master artists remain solid sellers.”

Classic pin-up paintings by Gil Elvgren dominated auction’s high end as Roxanne, 1960, a much-reproduced original painting sold for $68,750 and Charming (Charming Trick), a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, from 1961, sold for $62,500. The fun Ticklish Situation, 1957, sold for $60,000 and his Stepping Out, 1953, ended at $55,000.

A delightful ink on board original by Al Hirschfeld titled Carnegie Hall, 100th Anniversary, 1991 - simply packed with 19 distinctive caricatures of musicians, including The Beatles - sold for $57,500.

The Sommelier, 1965, by LeRoy Neiman made its auction debut at $52,500 and Boxing Match, Buster Mathis, a 1966 oil on panel, sold for $18,750

Original cover art from a variety of 1930s and 1940s pulp magazines saw interest from multiple bidders.  Lost City of Mars, Astounding Stories pulp magazine cover, February 1934, sold for $37,500 and the pulse-pounding Enigma of the Talkative Wraith, a painting by Norman Saunders published on the cover of both the May 1942 edition of 10 Story Detective Magazine and the September 1949 edition of Ten Detective Aces Magazine, sold for $28,750. The Corpse that Murdered, Saunders’ original cover art for the June 1938 edition of Secret Agent X Magazine, sold for $25,000.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         Worth Cultivating (A Nice Crop), Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1952, by Elvgren: Realize: $47,500.

·         Stretch by Patrick Nagel: Realized: $35,000.

·         Rolf Armstrong’s Figured to Win, 1941, a pastel Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration: Realized: $25,000.

·         Please Don't Peek Until I Finish Dressing, a September 1962 Playboy interior illustration by master Alberto Vargas: Realized: $18,750.

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Amherst, MA- The work of Robert McCloskey, the writer and illustrator whose classic children’s books captivated generations, will be featured in Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey this summer at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of McCloskey’s most famous and enduring tale, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle’s retrospective will include much of the original art from this beloved book.

The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a major force in twentieth-century children’s literature, despite working on less than 20 titles during his lifetime. He wrote and illustrated eight books of his own and illustrated 10 stories by other authors—including Journey Cake, Ho! (1953), written by his mother-in-law Ruth Sawyer. “I’m not prolific,” he once said. “It had to be right, and it often was.”

Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey features more than 90 original artworks, ephemera, and rare preliminary book materials. While emphasis will center on Make Way for Ducklings, the exhibition considers McCloskey’s entire career ranging from his early publications Lentil (1940), Homer Price (1943), and Centerburg Tales (1951), which recall the artist’s youth in rural Ohio, to the family-based stories set in his adopted home state of Maine, such as Blueberries for Sal (1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). Curated by H. Nichols B. Clark, founding director and chief curator emeritus, the exhibition also showcases a selection of independent work—watercolors and paintings that connect McCloskey to such prominent American painters as Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper.

Robert McCloskey, born in Hamilton Ohio in 1914, loved to paint, play the harmonica, and tinker with machines as a boy. He recalled, “I collected old electric motors and bits of wire, old clocks and Meccano sets. I built trains and cranes with remote controls, my family’s Christmas trees revolved, lights flashed and buzzers buzzed, fuses blew and sparks flew. The inventor’s life was the life for me—that is, until I started making drawings for the high school annual.” In 1932, during his senior year of high school, he won a three-year scholarship to study art in Boston, the city that later became the setting for Make Way for Ducklings. McCloskey also attended the National Academy of Design in New York, where he received numerous awards. Despite his talent, McCloskey’s lofty artistic aspirations were grounded by the reality that his paintings were not selling. He came to illustration almost by accident when he called upon the legendary children’s book editor May Massee at Viking Press.

Massee was the aunt of one of McCloskey’s high school classmates. Reviewing his portfolio of pretentious drawings and ideas about Pegasus, Spanish galleons, and other exalted literary subjects, Massee counseled the fledgling artist to focus on what he knew. McCloskey went home to Ohio and took this advice to heart. When he returned to New York in 1939, he presented Massee with a highly-rendered dummy for Lentil (1940), a partially autobiographical story about a young boy whose harmonica-playing talent “saves the day” for a big event in Alto, Ohio (based on McCloskey’s hometown). Massee responded enthusiastically by acquiring the story for Viking. Thus, she laid the first stone on a new career path for McCloskey.

McCloskey often expressed bemusement at his fabled career. There had, he said, been so few children’s books when he was growing up that it had never occurred to him that he would one day work in the same “field.” He claimed he didn’t know anything about children’s literature: “I think in pictures,” he said. “I fill in between pictures with words. My first book I wrote in order to have something to illustrate.”

It was, however, a story McCloskey had heard about a family of ducks that stopped traffic in the streets of Boston that piqued his interest and led to the book that would catapult him to fame and firmly establish his professional vocation. He showed a preliminary dummy to Massee, who advised McCloskey that he needed to learn a lot more about ducks in order to draw them well. He spent two years studying mallard specimens at the American Museum of Natural History and seeking guidance from an ornithologist. Eager to accurately capture their movements and personalities, he purchased 16 ducks that came to live in his small Greenwich Village apartment and serve as models (“No effort is too great to find out as much as possible about the things you are drawing,” he once opined). McCloskey had hoped to illustrate the book in watercolor, but Massee declined, concerned about the high cost of color printing. Make Way for Ducklings was printed in warm sepia; incredibly, McCloskey drew the final images on zinc lithographic plates backwards!

McCloskey married and had two daughters, Sally and Jane, both of whom played starring roles in his books. He and his family spent summers at their home on Deer Isle in Maine, the setting for four of his picture books, including Blueberries for Sal (1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). The Library of Congress named McCloskey a Living Legend in April 2000. He died in 2003, at the age of 88, at his home on Deer Isle. 

An exhibition catalog with a forward by children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus and an essay by H. Nichols B. Clark will be available in The Carle Bookshop. 

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING

Every Day Art Program: It’s All About Blue

June 8 - July 19
Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story. Explore the magic of cool colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise activity!

Members Opening Reception: Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey

June 18, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Remembering Robert McCloskey: A Conversation with Curator Nick Clark and Sally and Jane McCloskey 

Gallery Talk: Make Way for McCloskey
June 19, 1:00 pm
Free with Museum admission
Curator Nick Clark leads an informative tour through the exhibition Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey.

Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins

June 19, 2:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Make way for the goslings! In Ryan T. Higgins’ book, Mother Bruce, Bruce the bear discovers his hard-boiled goose eggs contain real live goslings. He tries to get them to fly south, but the goslings are convinced Bruce is their mother. What’s a bear to do? 

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

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Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 2.45.41 PM.pngParis, May 2016-It is extremely rare to see the archives of a great writer appear on the market: after Stéphane Mallarmé’s library*, the auction on 31 May at Sotheby’s Paris of the collection of the great-grandniece of Marcel Proust, Patricia Mante-Proust, is a real literary event. This moving collection takes book lovers into the intimate world of a brilliant writer through over 120 photographs, books, manuscripts and letters, all shedding light on his work, friends and love life.

Designed as a reference work, the catalogue prefaced by Jean-Yves Tadié, extensively documented and illustrated, presents all lots in chronological order: it is a true biography of the writer.

PHOTOGRAPHS

The collection contains numerous photographs, some already published and exhibited on many occasions: family portraits, including several of Marcel Proust himself, together with portraits of his friends, some dedicated by Lucien Daudet, Reynaldo Hahn, Jacques Bizet, Robert de Flers, Jacques-Émile Blanche, Robert de Montesquiou and others. Proust liked to own photographic portraits of his family, friends and people he spent time with.

Through these photographs, Proust's entire life unfolds before our eyes: as a child of around 11 with his young brother Robert (estimate: €2,000-3,000); his beloved grandmother, who inspired one of the characters in A la recherche du temps perdu (estimate: €1,000-1,500); his parents, of course, and himself as an adult.

As a young man, he frequently posed for Otto, one of the most prominent portraitists in high society. The collection includes one of the most famous portraits of Marcel Proust (estimate: €4,000-6,000). A notorious portrait of three friends by Otto shows the writer with Lucien Daudet, gazing languorously at Marcel, and Robert de Flers. At his parents' insistence, he had to collect up all the prints to prevent the picture from circulating (estimate: €5,000-8,000).

BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS

The collection also contains precious manuscripts, some unpublished, including one paying tribute to the talent of watercolourist Madeleine Lemaire, Autrefois tristes d’être si peu de temps belles (estimate: €10,000-15,000).

The first book published by Proust, Les Plaisirs et les jours in 1896, grouping together all the novellas published since 1892, also features. His brother Robert's copy contains a touching declaration of brotherly love: "O brother dearer than the light of day!" (estimate: €10,000-15,000).

John Ruskin, a specialist in French religious art, inspired two drawings by Proust - among his best. Unlike Victor Hugo, Proust was not at all a gifted draughtsman, but never lost his humour. One of his most sophisticated drawings, probably from between 1901 and 1904, is of the Amiens Cathedral (estimate: €10,000-15,000). He gave it to Reynaldo Hahn, his closest friend, whom he met in 1894. The passion of their early years developed into an unshakeable friendship that lasted until the writer's death in 1922. 

The first edition of Du côté de chez Swann opens with a long signed autograph envoi, part of which has never been published, to Walter Berry, dated July 1916. "Sir, you probably think, as I do, that the wisest, most poetic and best people are not those who put all their poetry, goodness and knowledge into their work, but th ose who, with a skilful and prodigal hand, also put a little into their lives." (estimate: €20,000-30,000). The envoi alludes to the volume with the Guermantes coat of arms Berry had given to Proust.

The remarkable galley proof of A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs [1914-1919], hitherto unknown, and mostly written by hand, sheds considerable light on our understanding of the novel. With many crossings-out and corrections, in extremely spontaneous writing, this galley shows us how the author wrote as the words gushed out, with all his subsequent changes of mind. After the publication of Du côté de chez Swannin 1913, Grasset had begun on that of À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs in 1914, but the war delayed it. Proust took advantage of this to correct his text: working on the printed proofs, he considerably changed and added to it. A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs won the Prix Goncourt, and Proust soon began to explore the idea of a luxury edition of the novel, perhaps for financial reasons (estimate: €20,000-25,000).

The collection also contains the important letter sent to Proust by the Académie Goncourt on 10 December 1919, telling him that he had been awarded the Prix Goncourt for A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs (estimate: €6,000-8,000).

Further evidence of Proust's friendships can be found in the books dedicated to him by Cocteau, Colette, Gide, Giraudoux, Morand, Anna de Noailles and Princess Bibesco-not forgetting Comte Robert de Montesquiou, the arrogant poet and dandy who inspired the character of Baron de Charlus in A la recherche du temps perdu. His essays, Elus et appelés, published in 1921, contain the last lines he wrote to Proust before his own death that year (estimate: €2,000-4,000).

CORRESPONDENCE

The letters Proust exchanged with his father and brother Robert are some of the most moving, and there are very few. The most precious, dated 1893, is one of only three known letters to his father, who did not consider literature a profession. Marcel Proust submits to his father's wishes while asserting his calling: "For me, anything... but literature and philosophy is a waste of time." The writer's determination can be discerned, just as we can guess at the fierce arguments he must have had with his father (estimate: €10,000-15,000).

An unpublished letter from his brother in 1892 reveals a thoughtful sibling. Robert gives encouragement to his "good little Marcel", who has just failed his law exams and gone off to spend the summer at Trouville. Robert also expresses concern for his asthma attacks (estimate: €3,000-5,000).

The 1896 letters to Reynaldo Hahn are the most appealing of this extraordinary correspondence. In them, Proust lays his heart bare, as he does nowhere else. Three extremely moving letters feature in this collection. The first is a long six-page letter in which Proust tells Reynaldo Hahn that he is "truly the person I love the most in the world, together with my mother" (estimate: €15,000-20,000). In the second, he expresses his bitter jealousy and sadness in the middle of the break-up with his beloved. However, they remained friends until the writer's death in 1922 (estimate: €20,000-25,000). The third is the last letter Hahn wrote to Proust, a month before his death. At the request of his brother Robert, he tries to persuade the writer to get some serious medical treatment: "I know [...] that I can do nothing for my dearest friend, one of the people I have loved most in my life" (estimate: €8,000-12,000).

A collection of 9 letters to Lucien Daudet, who succeeded Reynaldo Hahn in Proust's affections, shows the writer's closeness with Alphonse Daudet's son, whom he tenderly encourages in his pictorial creations and writing projects. In one of these letters, Proust wonders about the possibility of publishing other pastiches in Le Figaro and asks advice from his friend. He seeks to move away from imitation and publish a new and ‘truly original’ project that is all his own. This was to be A la recherche du temps perdu (estimate: €6,000-8,000).

* De la Bibliothèque de Stéphane Mallarmé, Sotheby’s Paris, 15 October 2015-€4.6 million

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