June 2016 Archives

A collection of letters written by Audrey Hepburn during the most dramatic decade of her life has sold at Bonhams for more than twice their estimate, achieving £11,250.

Written between 1951 and 1960, the letters reveal a tumultuous time in the actress's private life as she dealt with her stratospheric rise from an unknown, struggling ballerina to one of the most famous faces on Earth. Hepburn's broken off engagement, marriage, and birth of her first child are all recorded in her characteristic schoolgirl handwriting.

"Would you believe it," she wrote in 1951, as a girl of 22, "I'm in Monte Carlo working on a French picture. The place is heavenly and this is the best thing that's ever happened to me." She was filming for 'Monte Carlo Baby', one of her very first movies, just two years before she was picked to star in her breakthrough film, 'Roman Holiday'.

A year later, Audrey discusses 'with a heavy heart' her broken off engagement with James Hanson, which occurred after Hanson continued to push his fiancée to get married amid her hectic schedule. Hepburn had been in Rome filming 'Roman Holiday', while Hanson was regularly photographed leaving London nightclubs with other actresses and socialites on his arm. "It is all very unhappy-making," Audrey wrote from Chicago a few months later. "I fear I thought it possible to make our combined lives and careers work out."

Other notable lots related to the starlet include a rare 1961 film poster for 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', sold for £5,625, and a Terry O'Neill colour print of Hepburn, sold for £3,750.

Leading the sale, a rare autographed 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album cover from the Beatles signed on the gatefold sleeve by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – sold for more than double its estimate, achieving £74,500.

Elsewhere, the personal notebook in which Freddie Mercury wrote the lyrics for some of rock band Queen's best known hits, including 'I Want It All', 'Too Much Love Will Kill You', and 'The Show Must Go On', sold for £62,500.

The notebook was used between 1988 and 1990, while the singer battled the illness that led to his untimely death in 1991 at the age of 45.

Also featured in the sale was the guitar and amp collection of legendary Thin Lizzy rocker, Gary Moore. The 33-piece collection featured several incredible instruments, including a 1963 fender Stratocaster, sold for £18,750, and a 1964 Gibson Firebird 1 guitar, sold for £10,625. The Gary Moore lots collectively achieved £147,250.

Katherine Schofield, Bonhams Head of Entertainment Memorabilia, said: "At this year's sale we've offered some truly personal lots of entertainment memorabilia, from the private guitar collection of 'Thin Lizzy' guitarist, Gary Moore, to the heartfelt letters of Audrey Hepburn, and of course, the personal songwriting notebook of Freddie Mercury. Each item offers fans that personal link to their favourite star. We're delighted the sale has done so well, achieving more than half a million pounds."

DALLAS - Le secret d’amour, a grand scale, turn-of-the-century work by French Academic painter Guillaume Seignac set a world record for the artist when it sold for $250,000 to the phone following feverish bidding in Heritage Auctions’ $1.3+ million Fine European Art auction in Dallas.

First exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1903, Seignac’s life-size composition features an enchanting nymph who fixes the viewer in a hypnotic gaze while a cherubic Cupid levitates beside her, whispering love’s secrets into her ear. The exceptionally fine draftsmanship and color harmonies in this painting earned the artist a Third Class medal at the Salon. Held in a private Dallas collection for the past 45 years, this masterwork, epitomizing the powerful influence of William Bouguereau on Seignac’s classicizing style and subject matter, sold for four times its pre-auction estimate. 

“This auction featured many artworks that have not been viewed outside private collections in decades,” said Ariana Hartsock, Consignment Director of European Art at Heritage. “Our strong results demonstrate the passion collectors have for fine examples by important artists, and we are pleased to have clients bidding in our auctions from all corners of the world.”

“Top works by notable nineteenth-century artists fared extremely well in the auction,” said Dr. Marianne Berardi, Senior Fine Art Expert for Heritage Auctions. “Another case in point is Barend Cornelis Koekkoek’s Winter landscape with wood gatherers and skaters, 1854 which sold to the phone for $225,000. The work is a brilliant combination of Koekkoek’s mastery of Dutch 17th-century conventions drawn from the likes of Cuyp, Ruisdael and Wynants, and the 19th-century penchant for intensely illuminated skies behind richly articulated natural forms. This work has been beautifully preserved right down to the finest touches of snow on the thinnest of tree branches.”

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek’s Winter landscape with wood gatherers and skaters, 1854 sold to the phone for $225,000. B.C. Koekkoek, regarded as the founding father of Dutch romantic landscape painting and the most celebrated landscapist of his time, painted this magnificent work in 1854 at the height of his career.

Au Musée du Louvre - les Murillo, 1912, an ambitious interior view of a woman copyist at the easel in the Louvre’s Murillo gallery by French artist Louis Béroud sold for $75,000 (more than twice its pre-auction estimate). A hotly-contested painting by French painter-illustrator Gustave Doré, entitled Lorraine of 1869, sold for an impressive $32,500 against an estimate of $6,000-8,000. Janell Snape, Junior Specialist for European Art at Heritage notes, “This large-scale work is one of two intensely nostalgic landscapes the artist painted of his homeland, Alsace-Lorraine. The related work, Alsace is in the permanent collection of the Museé d’Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg.”

Place de la Madeleine, circa 1967, a classic Parisian street scene by Edouard-Léon Cortès sold for $52,500.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Le compotier de pêches (Bowl of Peaches), circa 1889-90, by Édouard Vuillard: Realized: $50,000.00.

Le port de Paimpol, 1924, by Paul Signac: Realized: $45,000.00.

Venise - Vue de San Giorgio Maggiore, circa 1878-80, by Franz Richard Unterberger: Realized: $42,500.00.

Beloved site. A folk painting, by Mikhail Filipovich Ivanov: Realized: $40,000.00.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 8.53.11 PM.pngNew York, NY, June 27, 2016 — Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” has been called the nation’s unofficial anthem. In honor of the Independence Day holiday, the Morgan Library & Museum is exhibiting an inscribed first edition of Berlin’s famous song, which was published in 1939.

The song resonates for its expression of emotion and love for a nation that promotes peace and affords opportunity. Berlin’s own life story is nothing short of an American Dream. Born into a Jewish family in Siberia, he came to the United States at the age of five. His father - a cantor in a synagogue in Siberia - moved the family to America in 1893, as did thousands of other Jewish families that fled Russia during the brutal pogroms. The Yiddish-speaking family lived in a small apartment on the Lower East Side of New York on a modest income. Despite humble beginnings, Berlin reached legendary status before the age of thirty. His hit songs include “White Christmas” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

God Bless America” was originally composed by Berlin in 1918 as part of a musical revue from which it was cut. Years later, with the rise of Hitler, the composer revisited “God Bless America.” He had the song introduced by Kate Smith as a ballad of peace on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938. Smith, a popular radio star, became indelibly associated with the patriotic song. Both Berlin’s and Smith’s royalties were donated to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

The Morgan display features the first published edition of “God Bless America,” inscribed by Berlin to James Fuld, whose remarkable collection of first-edition scores came to the Morgan in 2008. Visitors to the Morgan can view this extraordinary work while listening to the patriotic tune: the Morgan’s audio guide, free with museum admission, features Smith’s recording of God Bless America, which was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. 

Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 8.19.26 AM.pngFor this year’s Masterpiece art fair Shapero Rare Books and Shapero Modern present the work of three artists who celebrate the changing face of London’s West End - aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, Swiss artist Dieter Roth and map-maker Stephen Walter.

Jason Hawkes is a prominent British photographer whose work surveys our constantly changing landscape from above. Entitled Piccadilly at Night, Hawkes’s stunning aerial photograph, shot from a helicopter, captures the vibrant atmosphere of Piccadilly Circus at night. London’s iconic red buses can be seen weaving their way through the busy streets, aglow with people and light.

The photograph encapsulates the contrasts of contemporary London: the heritage buildings juxtaposed with the flashing colours of Piccadilly’s infamous billboards. A crane stands tall in the foreground, an ever-present reminder of construction and London’s exponential growth. Hawkes says: ‘Each time I fly over London I notice the landscape constantly changing, new developments seem to appear overnight.’

To accompany Hawkes’ photography, Shapero Rare Books will display a set of six offset lithographs by the world-renowned Swiss artist Dieter Roth. Executed in 1969-70, the series was inspired by Roth’s encounter with the collection of postcards of Piccadilly Circus owned by the British Pop artist Richard Hamilton. Each work in the series was initially printed as a double-sided photolithograph with the same enlarged postcard image of Piccadilly Circus, and the recto then over-printed in colour screen-print from a stencil drawn by the artist.

Each picture is transformed in various ways and emphasises a different aspect of the scene: in one, Roth has overprinted it in Day-Glo colours, and in another submerged it in a fog of translucent white. One is blanked out everywhere except for the buses circling the statue of Eros; another uses black paint judiciously across the scene to suggest a bustling nightscape. The verso of each print has an unembellished vignette of the original Piccadilly scene.

Roth’s 6 Piccadillies are among the most celebrated prints of the last fifty years, and as iconic as Piccadilly Circus itself. From an edition of 150, further iterations of this series are held in the collections of Tate, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

And finally, Shapero Rare Books and Shapero Modern, along with TAG Fine Arts, have commissioned the artist Stephen Walter to produce a large-scale pictorial map of Mayfair and St James’s.

Entitled Mayfair & St James’s, the map celebrates two of London’s most historic neighbourhoods, and features many of the institutions it is famous for: from the tailors of Savile Row to the gentleman’s clubs of Pall Mall; from world famous hotels such as the Hilton and The Dorchester on Park Lane to landmark restaurants like Scott’s, Le Caprice and The Wolseley.

Like any area of London, Mayfair and St James’s are constantly changing, so while the map includes venerable businesses such as the gentleman’s barbers Geo. F Trumper on Curzon Street and tailors Turnbull & Asser on Jermyn Street, it also includes the Russian-owned wine shop Decadence just up from Berkeley Square. On the square itself is the casino The Clermont Club (one time haunt of Lord ‘Lucky’ Lucan), and the nightclub Annabel’s (named after the late Sir James Goldsmith’s wife). There are also clubs of a more recent vintage, such as Soho House’s Mayfair branch (also on Curzon Street), The Arts Club on Dover Street, 5 Hertford Street and Mark’s on Charles Street.

Amongst these fleshpots are the businesses that give the two neighbourhoods their life forces, a mixture of high-end real estate companies, auction houses and, of course, hedge funds. None of the latter feature on the map, however, leaving the viewer to speculate about what goes on behind the doors of the elegant Georgian townhouses that are typical of the area.

Additionally, some infamous historical events are noted, such as the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, which took place at the Millennium Hotel on Grosvenor Square in 2006. This is commemorated by a teapot, the instrument that was used (allegedly at the instruction of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin) to administer the radioactive polonium-210 that killed him.

Masterpiece information:

30th June - July 6th, 2016

Opening hours: daily 11am - 7pm, Sunday 20 June 11am - 6pm

Location: South Grounds

The Royal Hospital Chelsea

London

SW3 4LW

Shapero Rare Books can be found at Stand 231

3359738_1.jpgBOSTON, MA - (June 24, 16) A handwritten love letter from President John F. Kennedy to one of his alleged mistresses sold for $88,970 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The four-page letter written weeks before Kennedy's assassination in 1963 to Mary Pinchot Meyer, a family friend and former wife of a CIA agent.

“Why don’t you leave suburbia for once — come and see me — either here — or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it — on the other hand you may not — and I will love it,” Kennedy wrote.

The letter was never sent but remained in the collection of Kennedy's longtime personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. The tops of the White House stationery were clipped off; the faded presidential seal watermarks are visible under bright light.

Mary Meyer was killed in October 1964, a year after the letter was written. Her murder has not been solved.

“It’s an incredibly revealing Kennedy letter that is written in such a casual and very informal manner — not something that you would expect to see from a president,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.  

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

John F. Kennedy used rocking chair, sold for $74,938.

John F. Kennedy and John Jr. photograph that hung at the White House, sold for $18,375.

John F. Kennedy 1962 Birthday album that is highlighted by two images of Marilyn Monroe taken moments before her famously seductive rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, sold for $9,334.

John F. Kennedy typed letter to an influential English soldier and military historian, sold for $9,187.

The Pop Culture auction from RR Auction began on June 16 and concluded on June 23. More details, including results can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

95376754-c27c-49e0-9200-78d37a76a49c.jpgMIDDLEBURG, Virginia - A new exhibition of works on paper, Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM opens July 29, 2016. The exhibition focuses on the early 19th century British print market and includes examples by some of the most popular publishers and well-known sporting artists of the era. The installation will feature approximately 25 works of equestrian subjects, such as horse racing, hunting, and coaching, and highlight different types of printmaking techniques. Curated by John H. Daniels Fellow Jennifer Strotz, the selection of prints includes hand-colored etchings, engravings, and aquatints, which capture the vibrancy of sporting life with rich hues and fine lines.

The works are part of a collection donated to the NSLM in 2012 by Mr. and Mrs. Norman R. Bobins. The Bobins collection is made up of over 120 prints from the late-18th through 19th century and includes a variety of sporting subjects. Strotz’s research examines the relationships between artists, engravers, and publishers, and their popular equestrian subjects. 

Strotz, who is currently part of the curatorial staff at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, is interested in British sporting art, and printmaking in particular. She says, “My interest in British sporting prints first brought me to the NSLM while I studied art history at James Madison University - in between my own trail rides and fox hunting escapades.” She continued, “I am thrilled to have returned as a Fellow to collaborate with the Museum’s curators and further explore the rare book collection. 

The exhibition is the result of combining the Fellowship program with the extensive art collections and Library resources at the NSLM. Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted the John H. Daniels Fellowship program, which supports research and scholarship in the areas of history, art, and literature related to equestrian and field sports. For more information about the Fellowship program, visit: http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/fellowship

Join Jennifer Strotz for Coffee with the Curator on Saturday, July 30th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. A coffee reception will be held from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., followed by a gallery talk in the Museum. Admission to this event is free to NSLM members and $5 for non-members. Coffee provided by Middleburg Common Grounds. RSVP to Anne Marie Barnes, Educational Programs Manager & Fellowship Advisor, (540) 687-6542 x25 ABarnes@NationalSporting.org

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is located in Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of beautiful hunt country. Founded in 1954, the renowned research Library, and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the organization’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year, and is open to researchers and the general public. While there is no admission fee to the Library, the Museum charges $10 for adults, $8 for youths (age 13-18), and $8 for seniors. NSLM members and children age 12 and under are free. Library & Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Image: (after) John Nost Sartorius (English, 1759-1828), Engraved by John Harris (English, 1767-1832), Travellor Beating Meteor, 1790, aquatint, 16 ¼ x 20 ¾ inches, National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman R. Bobins, 2012

John Nost Sartorius commemorated one of the biggest upsets in English Turf history when the Prince of Wales’ Traveller beat the favorite, Meteor.  Despite his bad luck on this day, Meteor still holds the record for consecutive wins in Britain with twenty-one victories.  

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 9.08.13 AM.pngNew York, NY, June 23, 2016 — A century ago, Albert Einstein published the general theory of relativity, the crowning achievement of the great physicist’s illustrious career. In celebration of this landmark achievement, the Morgan Library & Museum will present a pop-up exhibition from June 27 through October 16 featuring a trio of Einstein items.  

The general theory of relativity, published in 1916, expanded on Einstein’s earlier 1905 special theory of relativity and its famous equation E=mc2. The exhibition features a letter written by Einstein to the noted astronomer Erwin Finlay Freundlich, who was attempting to confirm the general theory through astronomical observations. One of twenty-five such letters in the Morgan’s collection, Einstein questions Freundlich’s methods, which were ultimately unsuccessful.

In addition to the letter, the pop-up show includes a very rare written summation of the special theory in the scientist’s own hand. Also featured is a photograph inscribed by Einstein in 1921 while he was in the United States to deliver speeches and lectures, and to raise money for the newly founded Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In this centenary year scientists are yet again confirming Einstein’s general theory. Just days ago U.S. researchers reported observations that detected gravitational waves caused by the collision between two black holes. This is the second time in human history that gravitational waves have been detected, proving definitely that Einstein’s June 1916 presentation of the general theory of relativity has passed the test.

lfk copy.jpgDALLAS - Consigned from a private North Carolina family collection, Winter landscape with wood gatherers and skaters, 1854” a masterpiece by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (est: $150,000-$250,000) leads Heritage Auctions’ European Art auction June 24 in Dallas. The auction offers 14 works on paper, including four by the noted French artist Paul Signac.

Signac’s Le secret d'Amour, was exhibited in the famed 1903 Paris, Salon, as a classic example of the artist’s well-known themes of beautiful women, ravishing nymphs, and cavorting putti that was powerfully influenced by the example of William Bouguereau, the preeminent French Academic painter of the last quarter of the nineteenth century (est. $50,000-$70,000). Le port de Paimpol, 1924, - also by Signac is a delightful watercolor and pencil on paper appears at Heritage from a private Dallas collection for the first time in 30 years.

Best known for his idyllic and picturesque scenes of rural peasant life, Daniel Ridgway Knight received critical acclaim, fame and success during his lifetime, and today his works are some of the most recognizable and beloved images in nineteenth century art. Normandy girl sitting in a garden s an iconic example of the artist's work on a grand scale, painted with a masterful sense of composition and Impressionist technique and echoes his favored subject of depicting young peasant women in pleasing landscape (est. $70,000-$100,000).

Beloved site. A folk painting, by Mikhail Filipovich Ivanov represents the artist’s  transition from highly-finished works painted in a tight neoclassical style to a realist artist treating peasant subjects in a more emotionally-charged expressionistic technique (est. $50,000-$70,000). The oil on canvas was selected to introduce the world to Russian art at The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, which hosted the largest collection of Russian art ever sent abroad for exhibition.

Among the selection of quintessential Parisian artists includes Édouard Vuillard’s delicate still-life Le compotier de pêches (Bowl of peaches), circa 1889-90; Place de la Madeleine, circa 1967 by the prolific Edouard-Léon Cortès (est. $30,000-$50,000); and Au Musée du Louvre -- les Murillo, 1912, by Louis Béroud (est. $30,000-$50,000).

The auction also offers highly-sought after artworks of classic Venetian views and a lovely pair of oil on copper Paris views attributed to Giuseppe I Canella: the charming Vue du Louvre (est. $15,000-$25,000) and Vue de l'Arc de Triomphe (est. $15,000-$25,000)

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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Lot-31-John-Andre-drawings.jpgNew York-Swann Galleries’ June 21 sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana brought more than $700,000, capping off a standout year for Americana at the house, which has seen buoyant prices in the 2015-16 auction season.

Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler said, "Following million-dollar auctions in September 2015 and February 2016, this sale marked the first time in more than thirty years that we have offered three general Americana sales in one fiscal year. The results show a strong audience for quality material of the colonial period, the American Revolution, and the Western frontier, all of which continue to out-perform expectations.”

The top lot of the auction was a first-edition Book of Mormon, which brought $52,500, close to a record for a rebound copy of the religious text. A pencil portrait drawn by British spymaster John André broke the record for any André manuscript, selling for $47,500 to a collector, while another record-setter was a first edition of Lucy Smith’s Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet, 1853, which sold for $3,500. Overall, 100% of the Mormon-related material offered sold.

Institutional acquisitions among the top lots included the papers of Hartley Rowe, an electrical engineer on the Panama Canal project, which sold for $8,750; and a narrative by Mexican Comisario General Miguel Barreiro, detailing a failed expedition into Texas in 1836, which brought $15,000. The Brooklyn Museum won a collection of love letters between Jane Schenck and Ralph Malbone, a good fit as the reconstructed Schenck manor house is on exhibit there, while the Stonington Historical Society in Connecticut brought home the Revolutionary War diary of officer Jonathan Palmer.

Auction surprises included an engraving titled Liberty Triumphant, which brought $27,500, and an 1868 diary detailing an English gentleman’s buffalo hunt in Kansas, which sold for $11,250.

The next sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries is scheduled for November 17, 2016. For more information, or to consign materials, contact specialist Rick Stattler at rstattler@swanngalleries.com or via phone (212) 254-4710, ext. 27.

Image: Lot 31 John André, pencil portraits of Mayor Abraham and Jannetje Cuyler of Albany, NY, circa 1776. Sold June 21, 2016 for $47,500, an auction record.

 

Eckert_Telegraph_500.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—In a move to gain new insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today the public launch of an innovative crowdsourcing project to transcribe and decipher a collection of nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and officers of the Union Army. Roughly one-third of the messages were written in code.

            The Huntington is collaborating on the “Decoding the Civil War” project with Zooniverse (the largest online platform for collaborative volunteer research), North Carolina State University’s Digital History and Pedagogy Project, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

            “The Huntington and its partners are delighted to make this historic collection accessible to the public in a way that will help improve our understanding of this critically important period in our nation’s history,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “This is a digital humanities project that holds the potential to transform our engagement with the past, inspire further research, and help students everywhere gain a better understanding of U.S. history, digital literacy, and the power of collaboration.”

            The Huntington acquired the exceptionally rare collection of telegrams in 2012, composed of a nearly complete archive of Thomas T. Eckert, the head of the military telegraph office of the War Department under Lincoln. The archive was thought to have been destroyed after the war and includes crucial correspondence that has never been published. Among the materials are 35 manuscript ledger books of telegrams sent and received by the War Department, including more than 100 communiques from Lincoln himself. Also included are top-secret cipher books revealing the complex coding system used to encrypt and decipher messages. The Confederate Army never cracked the Union Army’s code.

The “Decoding the Civil War” project provides public access to digitized images of the telegrams and code books through the Huntington Digital Library (hdl.huntington.org). In addition, the project’s crowdsourcing website on Zooniverse (zooniverse.org), engages “citizen archivists” in the deciphering of the telegrams with greater efficiency and accuracy than could be accomplished by staff members at the partnering institutions.

Image: Papers of Thomas T. Eckert (1862-1877), an extensive and extraordinarily rare collection of nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

dcbe9a23-850a-4d64-9226-60aa32f1c5f2.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.  Also of note is our first session from a substantial horror collection from a private library and original artwork from the estate of Robert Moore Kulicke.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1513 printing of "Aristotelis de Natura Animalium"' in a vellum binding, George Vancouver's "Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World," produced in 1798 with engraved plates, and an author-signed copy of the 1879 printing of Jevons' "Principles of Science."  Other scarce titles include the 1923 first printing of Lefevre's "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator," a pair of author-signed copies of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," both of which are accompanied by personal handwritten notes from Lee, and a 1751 hand-illuminated Koran.                 

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as an author-signed copy of two first edition volumes from Howard Carter's seminal work, "The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen," and Layard's "Nineveh and Its Remains / Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon," produced in three volumes in 1849 and 1853 and accompanied by a laid-in autographed letter from the author.  We will also conduct our first session from an impressive horror collection, concentrated in vampire and werewolf-related titles.  Important examples from this group include the 1897 first edition of Bram Stoker "Dracula," a 1906 first edition of Powell's "The Wolf-Men," and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Included among the artwork are several desirable pieces by Robert Kulicke alongside works by known artists which were owned and framed by Kulicke.  A fine selection of antique maps, engravings and lithographs will be offered along with ephemera lots including travel-related, original correspondence, tobacciana, magazines, Victorian chromolithographs, photographs, 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.

Recent Morbid Anatomy Museum Flea Markets have been a something of a phenomenon, with two-hour lines stretching around the block, happy shoppers traveling from as far afield as Australia, vendors showcasing a dizzying array of one-of-a-kind artifacts, shoppers dressed to the nines, and music and cocktails that all go towards making it feel more like a concert or happening than an ordinary market. Its no surprise, then, that our fleas have been much reported on—often in image heavy stories—by the likes of The New Yorker, Time Out, Gothamist, The Village Voice and The Associated Press.

On June 26th, we will bring our popular flea to a new location: Williamsburg’s Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn.  The larger space means more vendors and more excitement: Instead of our usual thirteen vendors, we will have over thirty, including Ryan Matthew Cohn of TV's Oddities with bones, antique anatomical lithographs, early apothecary, and pickled specimens; Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques and TV's Oddities with antiques, Victoriana, and assorted curiosities; The NYC Taxidermy Collective featuring Taxidermist in Residence Divya Anantharaman—who teaches our popular mouse anthropomorphic taxidermy class—with handmade, ethically sourced contemporary rogue taxidermy; Karen Bachmann with Victorian hair work jewelry and handmade bone relics; JD Powe with rare antique taxidermy and natural history; Invisible Gallery with American fraternal order rarities and esoterica; and Will Baker with astounding rare books and ephemera. 

Other vendors include Wilder Duncan, Annalisa Avogardi, Elizabeth New, Daisy Tainton, Karla Varg, and Amber Maykut selling obscure artifacts, insect dioramas, bizarre piñatas, vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry, antique natural science, art, and much more!

There will also be opportunities to get your fortune told by members of the Tarot Society, and, of course, fresh cocktails!

Sunday June 26th
12 to 6pm (Members arrive at 11, cut the line all day)
Admission only $1 / Location:  Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn
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ace8qBL copy.jpgA rare presentation first edition of Karl Marx’s seminal work, Das Kapital, inscribed by the author and given to Johann Eccarius, the close friend with whom he fell out and who may have betrayed him, sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on June 15 for £218,500 ($310,000). It had been estimated at £80,000-120,000. This is a new world record for a copy of Das Kapital at auction.

Bonhams senior book specialist Simon Roberts said, “This was a very important copy of one of the world’s most influential books and not surprisingly the bidding was extremely keen - presentation copies are extremely scarce.  I suspect the irony that a devastating criticism of capitalism should sell for such a huge sum would have caused Marx a wry smile”.

The copy was signed and dated on 18 September 1867, four days after its publication, and is among the very few presentation copies known to have survived. Das Kapital consists of three volumes but this first part is the only one published during Marx’s lifetime. The others, edited by Friedrich Engels from Marx’s notes, appeared in 1885 and 1894.

Note on Marx and Eccarius

Johann Georg Eccarius (1818-1889) was a German tailor and labour activist who joined the English branch of the League of the Just, a group of German artisans and professionals who had fled from Paris after the failure of the 1839 uprising. In 1846 Marx and Engels, then living in Brussels, were invited to join the League, which was in the process of evolving into the Communist League. The following year they attended its second congress in London when Eccarius and Marx are likely to have met for the first time.  

A friendship quickly developed between the two men. Eccarius became one of Marx’s strongest supporters.  In 1848 he was elected as member of the new three-man Central Committee of the Communist League and  year later he co-opted Marx onto the same Committee. Marx, in turn, encouraged Eccarius in his journalistic ambitions and, with great tact, provided financial assistance after his friend lost his tailoring job through illness. At one point Marx even pawned his wife’s coat to raise money to help Eccarius when the tailor suffered a bout of consumption. Marx once described Eccarius as one of ‘my oldest friends and adherents” and chose him as one of the handful of people to be shown extracts from Das Kapital as it neared completion.

In 1864 Eccarius attended the first meeting of the International Workingmen's Association, the First International, and in the year Das Kapital was published, he became the organisation's General Secretary, a position he held until 1871.

In the early 1870s the relationship began to sour. Eccarius had moved close to English associations such as the Land and Labour League which Marx regarded as peripheral. Marx accused Eccarius of abusing his position, in particular of claiming credit in newspaper articles for some of his - Marx’s - ideas.  Attempts at reconciliation failed and in 1872 Eccarius resigned from the First International. The two men parted on bad terms in a personal rift which mirrored the deep ideological divisions within the movement. Marx’s reaction was savage, describing his former friend as “a scoundrel pure and simple - canaille even.”  In Engel’s view Eccarius was “truly wretched…a traitor (who) turned the International into his milk cow.’

Eccarius spent the rest of his life working with the British labour movement in much less prominent roles. When the Imperial archives were opened in 1918, allegations surfaced that by 1872 he had become a paid police informer, supplying briefings on the International to the authorities in Vienna, but these have never been substantiated.

Frances Wheen wrote about this lot for the summer edition of the Bonhams magazine. The article can be read here

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of Indian author and philosopher Raja Rao (1908-2006), recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and numerous other literary awards. Rao’s estate donated the archive to the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

Considered one of India’s earliest and most outstanding English-language novelists, Rao was the author of numerous works of fiction, short stories, poetry, talks, essays and “The Great Indian Way: A Life of Mahatma Gandhi” (1998), about Mohandas Gandhi’s time in South Africa.

Rao’s archive includes a broad range of materials, from unpublished works to manuscripts of his well-known novels “Kanthapura” (1938), “The Serpent and the Rope” (1960) and “The Chessmaster and his Moves” (1988).

In 1964, the New York Times Book Review called Rao “perhaps the most brilliant — and certainly the most interesting — writer of modern India.” His novel “Kanthapura,” an account of nonviolent resistance in a southern Indian village, elicited the praise of English novelist E. M. Forster.

“Departing boldly from the European tradition of the novel, Raja Rao has indigenized it in the process of assimilating material from the Indian literary tradition,” said R. Parthasarathy, professor emeritus of English at Skidmore College. “He has put the novel to uses to which it had not perhaps been put before by exploring the metaphysical basis of writing itself, of in fact the word.”

Born in southern India in what was then the kingdom of Mysore, Rao earned his B.A. degree at Madras University. He later pursued postgraduate studies in literature and history at the University of Montpellier and at the Sorbonne. His archive contains materials in several of the languages that Rao spoke including English, French, Sankskrit and his native Kannada.

In 1964, Rao won the Indian National Academy of Letters’ Sahitya Akademi Award for Literature for the philosophical novel “The Serpent and the Rope.” In 1969, he was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award, one of India’s highest awards for literature, and in 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India.

Rao joined the university’s faculty in 1966, teaching Indian philosophy until 1980.  

Prior to becoming a professor at UT Austin, Rao gave a series of talks in 1963 called “Saints and the Sage: The Revival of Hindu Philosophy in Contemporary India,” which shared Indian philosophy with America. The archive includes edited transcripts of the talks.

Also included in the archive are Rao’s teaching notes, audio interviews with him, correspondence and materials relating to his interest in studying wisdom and power in relation to governance of nations. Rao studied political leadership in Washington, D.C., in 1972 when he was named a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“The Ransom Center is indeed fortunate to acquire the archive of Raja Rao,” said Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr., Temple Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in Government and Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. “Rao lived the last 40 years of his life in Austin as a distinguished writer, philosopher and teacher, and his papers now find a lasting home in Austin at the Ransom Center, where they will be available for study and research.”

Alongside the Rao papers at the Ransom Center are manuscript collections for a number of prominent international writers including J. M. Coetzee, Anita Desai, Doris Lessing, Gabriel García Márquez and Amos Tutuola. Also present are collections of American Wittgensteinian philosopher and commentator O. K. Bouwsma, the American pragmatist Arthur E. Murphy, Dublin-born Anglican philosopher Leslie Paul, the philosopher and classicist Gregory Vlastos and Spanish-American philosopher, poet and critic George Santayana.

Once processed and cataloged, the Rao materials will be accessible in the Ransom Center's reading room to students, researchers and the public.

Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron, including the first image she ever took which truly satisfied her, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Manuscripts and Original Illustrations sale in London on 15 June. Four early prints are estimated at £6,000-8,000 and a magnificent portrait of Kate Keown is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

Cameron (1815-1879) took up photography in 1863 at the age of 48 when her daughter and son-in-law gave her a camera as a Christmas present. She was immediately captivated and threw herself into mastering the complicated and labour-intensive art. By the end of January 1864 she had taken the first image to meet with her satisfaction - a photograph of Annie Philpot, the daughter of a neighbour on the Isle of Wight where Cameron lived from 1860-1875. In a letter to Annie’s father Benjamin, to be offered with the print, Cameron wrote, “My first perfect success in the complete photograph owning greatly to the sweetness and docility of the sitter.” Another of the images in the set of four shows Annie with Elizabeth Keown, one of three daughters of a military officer stationed on the Isle of Wight. No other copy of this print is known to exist.

During the spring and summer of 1866, Cameron experimented with a large-format camera, producing her ground-breaking series of twelve "life-size heads". One of these was of Kate Keown, Elizabeth’s sister and one of Cameron’s favourite models. Photographs of Kate Keown are highly sought after.

Bonhams Head of Books, Matthew Haley, said, ”Although her work was not highly regarded during her lifetime, Julia Cameron is now recognized as one of the most gifted of Victorian photographers who in the course of her seven year career transformed the art of photographic portraiture.  Through her friendship with Alfred Tennyson and her sister’s society connections she was able to photograph some of the leading figures of her time, but it is in her images of children that she is perhaps at her most affecting and spontaneous.”

600x525_Tolkien_annotatedmiddleearth.pngOxford, 13 June 2016 - Tolkien fans, scholars and members of the public will have a unique opportunity to view a recently-discovered map of Middle-earth as the Bodleian Libraries puts this rare piece of Tolkien ephemera on display on 23 June.

The map, which is annotated by JRR Tolkien, was acquired by the Libraries earlier this year and will go on display for just one day at the Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford. Visitors can see Tolkien’s copious notes and markings on the map, which reveal his vision of the creatures, topography and heraldry of his fantasy world where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place.

The map went unseen for decades until October 2015 when Blackwell’s Rare Books in Oxford offered it for sale. It had previously belonged to Pauline Baynes (1922 - 2008), the acclaimed illustrator who was the only artist approved by Tolkien to illustrate his works during his lifetime. The map was a working document that Tolkien and Baynes both annotated in 1969 when Baynes was commissioned to produce a poster map of Middle-earth.

At the time, The Lord of the Rings had never been illustrated so Tolkien was keen to ensure that Middle-earth was accurately depicted. His copious annotations can be seen in green ink or pencil on the map, most notably his comments equating key places in Middle-earth with real world cities, for example that ‘Hobbiton is assumed to be approx. at [the] latitude of Oxford.’ He also specified the colours of the ships to be painted on the poster map and the designs on their sails as well as notes about where animals should appear, writing ‘Elephants appear in the Great battle outside Minas Tirith.’

The map has joined the Bodleian’s Tolkien archive, the largest collection of original Tolkien manuscripts and drawings in the world. It was purchased with assistance from the Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Bodleian, and the display coincides with the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bodleian.

The map will be on display from 9:30 am - 5pm on Thursday, 23 June in the Bodleian’s Weston Library (near the exhibition galleries).

For more information about the Bodleian’s acquisition of the map, visit: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2016/may-03

Image: A map of Middle-earth, annotated by JRR Tolkien and Pauline Baynes. © The Tolkien Estate Limited 2016.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 9, 2016 - The Library Company's Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Richard S. Newman, the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director, will resign this summer due to family health issues.  "It is with deep regret that I announce Richard Newman's resignation," Hal Rosenberg, President of the Board of Trustees, stated. "I want to thank Dr. Newman for his service on behalf of the Library Company during these past two years and wish his family well in the coming months." Since his arrival in June 2014, Dr. Newman helped raise over $1,000,000, including federal matching funds to endow the Program in African American History. He also diversified and enhanced the Library Company's public programming and worked closely with the Board of Trustees to secure new properties in Center City for future growth. He will step down as the Library Company's leader on August 1st.  The Board of Trustees has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the Library Company's future director, as well as a transition committee to oversee institutional affairs until the search has been completed. 

In a statement to shareholders and members, Board President Hal Rosenberg expressed his great confidence in the Library Company's present and future. "During this time of transition, I want to assure you that the Library Company remains in a very strong position," he wrote. "As always, our curators and staff are dedicated to excellence and will carry on with the many tasks that have made the Library Company such a renowned institution through the years." Mr. Rosenberg also thanked the shareholders for their continuing support of the Library Company. "Few places have a membership that is as passionate about their institutions as you are about the Library Company. Your on-going dedication as shareholders assures the Library Company's future for a long time to come."

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library and educational institution specializing in American and global history from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. The Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. It was the largest public library in America until the Civil War and remains one of North America's most important research repositories. Claiming one of the world's largest holdings of early American imprints, the Library Company also has internationally-renowned collections in early African American history, economic history, women's history, the history of medicine, and visual culture. The Library Company promotes access to these collections through fellowships, exhibitions, programs, and online resources. To find out more, please visit www.librarycompany.org

Positions (frontispiece), Richard Mulcaster, Courtesy Shapero Rare Books copy.jpgOn the eve of the Euro 2016 tournament, Shapero Rare Books offers a first edition of the work that gave the sport its name - ‘Footeball’ - in 1581.

The book, Positions, not only names the game, but also provides the earliest evidence of organised team football. Written by Richard Mulcaster, who was the first Headmaster of Merchant Taylors’ School, the book is arguably the most important work on children’s education in the Elizabethan Age.

Mulcaster is credited with taking the game off the streets, ridding it of some of its unruly aspects and promoting it as a way to build school children’s health and strength. He was the first to write about the need to establish teams, positions and referees.

Several chapters are devoted to the importance of physical education, and mention is also made of the potential for girls to be educated on an equal footing with boys. Other sports covered include wrestling (“wrastling”), fencing (“fensing”), running, swimming, and riding.

The full title of Mulcaster’s book is Positions, Wherein those primitive circumstances be examined, which are necessarie for the training of children, either for skill in their booke, or health in their bodie.

Image: Courtesy of Shapero Rare Books.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 10.19.44 AM.pngWorcester, MA—June 2016—Opening this fall at the Worcester Art Museum is the first comprehensive retrospective for artist Ed Emberley, among the most prolific and respected illustrators of children’s literature of the last 60 years.

KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley draws on the Massachusetts­ based artist’s personal archive of original hand­drawn sketches, woodblock prints, final proofs, and first edition books to survey Emberley’s career and examine his influence on generations of readers and nascent artists. An interactive exhibition for intergenerational audiences, the show includes a specially designed reading area, as well as an active drop­in studio program where visitors of all ages can try their hand at making art using the lessons from Emberley’s books, at a replica of Emberley’s own studio table. KAHBAHBLOOOM opens November 16, 2016, and will run through April 9, 2017, and is being curated by artist, writer, and historian Caleb Neelon, in partnership with the Museum’s Audience Engagement Division.

Emberley’s career as an artist for children began in 1961 with The Wing on a Flea: A Book About Shapes, which was on the list of the top 10 New York Times illustrated books of the year, and was an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book. Since then, Emberley’s output includes the Caldecott Honored One Wide River to Cross (1965), the Caldecott Medal winning Drummer Hoff (1967), the bestselling Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992) and over 100 others. He was and remains unusual for a children’s book illustrator, with a style and approach that varied radically from book to book. As a result, some of his books have become out­of­print cult classics, such as Suppose You Met a Witch (1973) and The Wizard of Op (1975), respected more now than they were at the time they were first published.

In 1970, Emberley published his first teaching book, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals, which launched a series and remains one of the bestselling books of its kind. Focused on teaching children and young adults an ‘alphabet’ of simple shapes and marks, the books show step­by­step ways to draw faces, dragons, boats, devils, outer­space scenes, and more. These books—including Ed Emberley’s Thumbprint Drawing Book (1977), Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawing Book (1979), and many more—have had an enduring impact on on a generation of professional artists and illustrators working today.

"It only took two of Ed Emberley’s drawing books to change me forever and set me on a path as an artist,” said guest curator Caleb Neelon. "He is so restlessly creative that he worked in radically different ways, changing styles and media from book to book, and that's quite unusual. Kahbahblooom allows viewers to experience all of Ed's diverse output and artistic energy, going beyond the books and into his entire creative process."

KAHBAHBLOOOM will be organized into sections that represent the primary media and methods of Emberley’s work as a picture­book artist, including over 100 works of art from Emberley’s own archive, and a presentation of all 100+ of Emberley’s books. The exhibition will also include a variety of interactive areas, where visitors, including families with children, can explore both the artistic techniques and books in greater detail. The exhibition will feature:

  • ●  A section examining Emberley’s Drawing Books, including original mockup pages he created for his editors. Among these are Thumbprint Drawing Book mockups with Emberley’s own thumbprints.
  • ●  A stylized reproduction of the artist’s drawing and light table from his home studio, where participants of all ages can try their hand at his techniques. 
  • ●  A section on Emberley’s use of printmaking media, ranging from his Caldecott­winning woodcuts, to silkscreen media of hand­cut rubylith, to cut cardboard and other media so simple they could be replicated in most any household with available materials. 
  • ●  Another section focuses on Emberley’s story books, exploring the artist’s lyrical and imaginative hand­drawn works, including both mockups and finished products. Also included are a range of other sketches that Emberley experimented with but that never made it into print. The section will provide insight into his techniques as an artist and the process of developing illustrations to accompany a story.
    “The art of the picture book may just be the most important art form there is, because it is the picture book that introduces most of us to art when we are children,” said Adam Rozan, director of audience engagement at the Museum. “Ed Emberley’s art engages on multiple levels. His use of line and color, and his evolving styles, demonstrate that illustrators are as much a part of art history and culture as photographers, painters, and sculptors. At the same time, by creating an exhibition that is as inviting as a ‘book nook’ at school or in a library, Emberley’s work inspires and cultivates the next generation of art lovers, artists, and museum visitors.”

Edward R. Emberley was born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1931. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in painting and illustration. In 1955, he married Barbara Collins, who became his partner in life and work, along with their two children, Michael and Rebecca, who continue in the family business of books for children. Ed and Barbara have lived in the same 300­year­old house in Ipswich for more than fifty years. 

KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley is guest curated by artist, writer and historian Caleb Neelon and is co­curated by the Worcester Art Museum’s Audience Engagement Division, including: Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement; Marcia Lagerwey, Curator of Education; and Katrina Stacy, Associate Curator of Education. Neelon—an international public artist — has authored or collaborated on more than twenty books on urban history and art, including the landmark T he History of American Graffiti, co­authored with Roger Gastman (HarperCollins, 2011), and ED EMBERLEY, a retrospective he co­authored with Todd Oldham (AMMO Books, 2014).

9781783300167.jpgFacet Publishing have announced the release of the 3rd edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The Directory is the only publication to bring together rare book and special collections from all kinds of libraries across the UK and Ireland and is an essential research tool for researchers and librarians throughout the world.
 
Fully updated since the second edition was published in 1997, this comprehensive and up-to-date guide encompasses collections held in national libraries, academic libraries,  public libraries, subscription libraries, clergy libraries, libraries for other professions, school libraries, companies, London clubs, museums and archives, and libraries in stately homes. 

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian at the University of Oxford said, "The new edition is a long-awaited reference work which will help researchers identify the UK and Republic of Ireland’s great collections of research materials. It provides detailed and authoritative information and is a must for all serious researchers."

Edited by Karen Attar, Curator of Rare Books and University Art at Senate House Library, the Directory:

  • contains a national, cross-sectoral overview of rare book and special collections 
  • offers full contact details, and descriptions of rare book and named special collections including quantities and particular subject and language strengths
  • provides a quick and easy summary of individual libraries’ holdings
  • directs researchers to the libraries most relevant for them
  • assists libraries to evaluate their special collections according to a ‘unique and distinctive’ model
  • enables libraries to make informed decisions about acquisition and collaboration
  • helps booksellers and donors to target offers.  

David Prosser, Executive Director of Research Libraries UK said, "Together, institutions in the UK and Ireland hold unrivalled special collections.  From our great National Libraries, through university collections to the smaller collections of specialist societies, cathedrals, historic homes, and museums we have a centuries-old tradition of collecting, preserving and giving access.  Scholars from around the world and across disciplinary differences rely on the treasures held by libraries listed in the Directory to pursue their research and help us make sense of the world in which we live."

vcsPRAsset_2429574_96464_3d38cdf8-e994-4761-87b2-ce4c6b94ae55_0.jpgWINTERTHUR, DELAWARE -- Winterthur, Museum, Garden & Library is pleased to announce a $35,000 Art Works grant recommendation from the National Endowment for the Arts to digitize 1,500 important works of art on paper. The project is part of a Winterthur initiative to thoroughly document its collection, upgrade its cataloguing content, and provide broad access through museumcollection.winterthur.org.

Much of the collection that will be digitized lies in storage, enabling Winterthur to document an important but hidden part of its significant and frequently used collection.

“We are grateful to NEA for recommending funding for this important project, which will not only exponentially increase access to works by staff, graduate students, researchers and the public, but also likely lead to an increase in applicants to Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program,” said Linda Eaton, Winterthur John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles. Winterthur Research Fellows investigate the collections for their studies and, in turn, help promote the collections through use of digital images in scholarly printed, digital, and public presentations of their research.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives - no matter who you are or where you live - they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Winterthur offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The project is part of Winterthur’s ongoing commitment to foster lifelong learning in the arts and humanities, educating and engaging the widest possible audiences through online collection access. Winterthur’s efforts to digitize its works of art on paper began with an NEA grant in 2012, in which more than 2,840 works and related information were digitized and made accessible online. Winterthur’s online collection database is currently accessed by nearly 59,000 users internationally.

Funding from the new NEA grant recommendation will be used to hire staff to scan or photograph works, digitally edit them, add metadata, and upload the new digital files to Winterthur’s existing online collections database. Visitors will see initial results of the project this fall in the exhibition Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives, the first exhibition to investigate the role of Frances (Fanny) Bond Palmer and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, two of the most prolific Currier & Ives artists in the Victorian age. Lasting Impressions will explore how Palmer and Tait’s collaboration with Currier & Ives on Christmas cards and Americana transformed how Americans made and viewed art.

Many of the newly digitized images in Lasting Impressions will be included in an iPad app presenting highlights of the conservation work involved in preparing the exhibition. As they compare their responses to the prints exhibited in the galleries and to the virtual images on the touch screens, visitors will be able to identify traces of the lithographic process on the prints and exercise their judgment as instant “connoisseurs” of Currier & Ives prints.

The exhibition will be on view in the Winterthur Galleries September 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017, while the online/virtual exhibition will be accessible permanently. The online version of Lasting Impressions will include a section illustrating Winterthur’s full holdings of Currier & Ives works, many of which will be digitized through this grant-funded effort.

The digitization project is being directed by Linda Eaton, Winterthur John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles. Lasting Impressions is being curated by Dr. Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, Winterthur Associate Curator of Fine Arts.

For more information on Winterthur, please visit winterthur.org. For information on the NEA and projects included in the NEA grant announcement, please visit arts.gov.

Image: This Currier & Ives hand-colored lithograph is among 1,500 works that will be digitized at Winterthur thanks to the NEA's $35,000 Art Works grant recommendation.

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 9.30.17 AM.pngA rare presentation first edition of Karl Marx’s seminal work, Das Kapital, signed by the author and given to Johann Eccarius, the close friend with whom he fell out and who may have betrayed him, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on June 15. It is estimated at £80,000-120,000.

Bonhams senior book specialist Simon Roberts said, “This is a stunningly important copy of a book that changed the world. Both Marx and Eccarius were major figures in the troubled birth of the communist movement and enjoyed a close personal relationship for many years until personal jealousy and political differences drove them apart.  Presentation copies are extremely scarce and only two have ever before appeared at auction.”

The copy was signed and dated on 18 September 1867, four days after its publication, and is among the very few presentation copies known to have survived. Das Kapital consists of three volumes but this first part is the only one published during Marx’s lifetime. The others, edited by Friedrich Engels from Marx’s notes, appeared in 1885 and 1894.

Johann Georg Eccarius (1818-1889) was a German tailor and labour activist who joined the English branch of the League of the Just, a group of German artisans and professionals who had fled from Paris after the failure of the 1839 uprising. In 1846 Marx and Engels, then living in Brussels, were invited to join the League, which was in the process of evolving into the Communist League. The following year they attended its second congress in London when Eccarius and Marx are likely to have met for the first time.  

A friendship quickly developed between the two men. Eccarius became one of Marx’s strongest supporters.  In 1848 he was elected as member of the new three-man Central Committee of the Communist League and  year later he co-opted Marx onto the same Committee. Marx, in turn, encouraged Eccarius in his journalistic ambitions and, with great tact, provided financial assistance after his friend lost his tailoring job through illness. At one point Marx even pawned his wife’s coat to raise money to help Eccarius when the tailor suffered a bout of consumption. Marx once described Eccarius as one of ‘my oldest friends and adherents” and chose him as one of the handful of people to be shown extracts from Das Kapital as it neared completion.

In 1864 Eccarius attended the first meeting of the International Workingmen's Association, the First International, and in the year Das Kapital was published, he became the organisation's General Secretary, a position he held until 1871.

In the early 1870s the relationship began to sour. Eccarius had moved close to English associations such as the Land and Labour League which Marx regarded as peripheral. Marx accused Eccarius of abusing his position, in particular of claiming credit in newspaper articles for some of his - Marx’s - ideas.  Attempts at reconciliation failed and in 1872 Eccarius resigned from the First International. The two men parted on bad terms in a personal rift which mirrored the deep ideological divisions within the movement. Marx’s reaction was savage, describing his former friend as “a scoundrel pure and simple - canaille even.”  In Engel’s view Eccarius was “truly wretched…a traitor (who) turned the International into his milk cow.’

Eccarius spent the rest of his life working with the British labour movement in much less prominent roles. When the Imperial archives were opened in 1918, allegations surfaced that by 1872 he had become a paid police informer, supplying briefings on the International to the authorities in Vienna, but these have never been substantiated.

The copy has been in the family since 1867 and still has the British Library Reading-room ticket that Eccarius used as a bookmark.

The U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, readies for public auction copy.jpgDALLAS - The 48-Star U.S. flag that led the first American troops to Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, replete with a bullet hole from a German machine gun, will cross the auction block in Dallas, TX on June 12, 2016. It will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions’ Arms & Armor/Civil War & Militaria Signature® Auction and is expected to bring more than $100,000.

“This flag is easily one of the most significant artifact of the D-Day invasion that exists in private hands,” said Marsha Dixey, a Historical expert and Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions. “We all know the harrowing story of those chaotic dawn hours as America made its push onto the beaches of Normandy. The fact of its survival is nothing less than a testament to the irresistible force of the American will.”

The flag was flown from the stern of U.S. Navy vessel LCC 60 - the sole guide boat at Utah Beach - and was retained by its skipper, Lieutenant Howard Vander Beek, for more than six decades before his death in 2014. It was acquired by the current consignor from an estate auction in Vander Beek’s home state of Iowa.

D-Day saw the unleashing of the largest assault force in the history of warfare upon the fortified coastline of Nazi-occupied France. More than 1,000 aircraft and 5,000 boats transported nearly 160,000 Allied troops across the English Channel to the lethal 50-mile stretch of Normandy, establishing a port that would ferry two million more troops into the western theater by the end of August. The day would prove to be the first of a Nazi retreat that would end with Adolf Hitler's suicide in a Berlin bunker less than a year in the future.

“D-Day is rightly considered the greatest and most essential victory ever claimed by American armed forces,” said Dixey, “and is the single event that best represents the United States as the world's leading force for good.”

The Navy had commissioned six radar-equipped Landing Craft Control boats to lead the rush to the two American landing zones - three for Omaha Beach and three for Utah Beach. Between human error and the capricious weather, LCC 60 would be the only one of the Utah Beach-bound crafts to survive the Channel crossing. 

In the fog of war, both literal and figurative, LCC 60 missed its initial mark, leading the first invasion wave to a debarkation 500 yards from the "x" on the map. The error, however, proved an extraordinary stroke of good luck. The new landing point found a soft spot in the German defenses, whereas the fortification at the intended entry point had survived the pre-invasion shelling intact. Lieutenant Vander Beek and his LCC 60 crew were relieved of their primary control duties at 1400 hours, after seven-and-a-half hours in Rommel's Death Zone and 19 charges to the beach.

The most recent major auction offering of a Normandy invasion flag came upon the 70th anniversary for the tattered banner that flew from LST-493, which arrived at Gold Beach on June 7, 1944. It commanded a price realized of $385,000. Battle flags have long occupied the upper strata of military collectibles; previous Standards at Heritage have garnered very impressive results, including final prices realized of $956,000 and $896,000, respectively, for those belonging to JEB Stuart and George Armstrong Custer, each sold nearly a decade ago.

“This flag, which flew at the vanguard of history's greatest invasion, is quite simply one of the most important battle flags that exists,” said Dixey. “In its heroic service in leading the liberators of Europe to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, it represents the truth of all that we wish an American flag to be: freedom, valor and our promise that tyranny cannot prevail.”

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Remarkable letters to the novelist Anthony Powell from some of the most famous names in 20th century English literature - including Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Philip Larkin - are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 15 June. They have a combined estimated value of more than £70,000.

Evelyn Waugh

The most extensive series of correspondence, 42 letters and cards estimated at £30,000-40,000, is from his lifelong friend Evelyn Waugh. The first was written in 1927 when Waugh was finishing work on his first commercially published book, Rossetti, which Powell was to publish in his capacity as an assistant at Duckworth’s. The following year, Waugh was writing about his first novel, Decline and Fall, which had been offered to Duckworth’s and was near completion. Waugh writes, “...I hope the novel will be finished in a week. I will send it to you as soon as it is typed & then want to revise it very thoroughly and enlarge it a bit. I think it at present shows signs of being too short. How do novelists make their books so long? I'm sure one could write any novel in the world on two postcards.”  

In the event, Duckworth’s turned down the novel which was then published by Chapman and Hall where Waugh’s father, Arthur, was managing director.

Many of the letters contain Waugh’s commentary on Powell’s own books, starting with A Question of Upbringing, the first in the 12 volume sequence A Dance to the Music of Time. Waugh wrote perceptively about each volume as it appeared ending with his comments on the seventh, The Valley of Bones in 1964 - he died a few months before the eighth in the series was published.

An unusual item in the collection is a telegram sent by Waugh to Powell in July 1929. Waugh’s ten-month old marriage to Evelyn Gardner (known to their friends as ‘She-Evelyn’) was disintegrating after she confessed to an affair with the BBC news editor John Heygate.  Powell - a friend of all three parties - was touring Germany with Heygate when he received, via the British Consulate in Munich, Waugh’s telegram demanding Heygate’s immediate return. (A set of letters to Powell from ‘She-Evelyn’ before, during, and after her marriage to Waugh is also in the sale, estimated £2,000-3,000).  

Graham Greene -  ‘A bloody boring book’

Powell’s relationship with Waugh’s fellow Catholic novelist, Graham Greene, was less close though friendly nonetheless.  Most of the 16 letters in the sale cover business matters, Greene being the director of fiction at Eyre & Spottiswode, publishers of Powell’s early novels. Their professional relationship came to an end when they fell out over Greene’s assessment of Powell’s Life of John Aubrey as ‘a bloody boring book’.  Powell asked to be released from his contract and Greene, exceeding his authority, agreed. Shortly afterwards, Greene resigned when the directors of the company disapproved of what he had done. This went some way to restoring their personal relationship.  As Greene wrote, "Now that we are again in the position of friends and not of author and publisher, do look in for a drink!"  The letters are estimated at £4,000-6,000.

Philip Larkin - ‘Poetry packed me up about five years ago’

The 17 letters and cards from Philip Larkin, estimated at £3,000-4,000, span the period 1958-1985, the year of the poet's death. The letters from the last few years of Larkin’s life are particularly poignant as he contemplates both the process of ageing - ‘How dull old age is apart from anything else!’ - his status as a grand old man of literature when his creative powers had waned - ‘Poetry packed me up about five years ago’  - and his own mortality - ‘very fed up at present; all going or gone, wrong.’ In the last letter of the series Larkin writes warmly of A Dance to the Music of Time, "My convalescence at home is currently enlivened by re-reading The Music of Time. I am simply racing through it, and my only regret is that it is so short.”

Other correspondents include TS Eliot, John Betjeman, Nancy Mitford - including her famous account of a disastrous lunch with the literary critic Cyril Connolly - Benjamin Britten whom Powell had consulted on the accuracy of the musical milieu in which the fifth volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant is largely set - and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Powell had met Fitzgerald, by appointment, in the canteen at MGM in 1937 when the American novelist’s work - now universally famous - was hardly known in the United Kingdom and Fitzgerald’s health had already been ruined by the alcoholism which killed him three years later.

Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, Matthew Haley said “Anthony Powell was at the very heart of literary and cultural life in Britain for much of the 20th century. Looking through these amazing letters, you realize that there was no one in the world of literature that he didn’t know and correspond with. The letters provide a fascinating window into this world - the authors’ rivalries and their views on each other’s work. Although this correspondence has been available to scholars, it hasn’t been offered for sale before and so I expect a great deal of interest.”

Anthony Powell (1905-2000) was an English novelist and man of letters best known for his twelve-volume work A Dance to the Music of Time published between 1951 and 1975. The novels trace the lives of a large cast of characters over many decades and the series has been compared to Marcel Proust’s novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time).  

Press Photo JOD 2 3.jpgNew York, NY, June 2, 2016 — The Morgan Library & Museum announced that Joshua O’Driscoll, assistant curator in the department of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, has received the prestigious Paul Clemen Prize.  Given annually, the award promotes the study of art from Germany’s Rhineland area. O’Driscoll’s submission in the form of his 2015 doctoral dissertation on illuminated manuscripts produced in Cologne around the year 1000 is the first English-language study to receive the award. He was honored in a recent ceremony in Cologne, attended by German dignitaries and museum and university officials.

The Paul Clemen Prize was established in 1936 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Dr. Paul Clemen (1866-1947), a German art historian who dedicated much of his career to inventorying and preserving the monuments of the Rhineland. The award promotes scholarship on Rhenish art, and recognizes young art historians who contribute significantly to its study and preservation.  

O’Driscoll’s dissertation, “Image and Inscription in the Painterly Manuscripts from Ottonian Cologne" (Harvard, 2015, supervised by Prof. Jeffrey Hamburger), focuses on richly illuminated manuscripts from tenth and eleventh-century Cologne, Germany. The manuscripts from this period have been known to scholars since the early twentieth century as the so-called "painterly" group. These works are notable for diptych-like pairings of miniatures with inscriptions, each of which is given a full page. Because the inscriptions were written to accompany the facing images, O’Driscoll demonstrates how the Cologne manuscripts offer an important discourse on art and image-making in a period known for its scarcity of written material on art and illustration.

“We are delighted that Joshua has been honored with this prize,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “To be the first English-language submission to win the award is a tremendous distinction. The Morgan is recognized for having one of the world’s greatest collections of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, and for its record of scholarship in this area. Joshua continues this fine tradition.”

Appointed assistant curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan in 2015, O’Driscoll graduated magna cum laude with a BS and BA from Florida State University, an MA in History of Art from Williams College, and a PhD in History of Art from Harvard University. His curatorial experience includes the “Pages from the Past” exhibition at the Houghton Library at Harvard; the Handschriftencensus Rheinland-Pfalz at the University of Mainz in Germany; and the “Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination” show at the British Library in London. He has held research positions at the Bode Museum in Berlin and at the Houghton Library at Harvard.

Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives, has announced its 2016 winners.

Nearly 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in this year’s initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love of reading in the nation’s youth and to engage and nurture their passion for literature. The contest is promoted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress through its affiliated state centers, state libraries and other organizations.

Research shows that students benefit most from literacy instruction when they are engaged in reading and writing activities that are relevant to their daily experiences. In addition, research supports the link between reading and writing: children who read write better; children who write read more. Letters About Literature provides this type of reading-writing experience and challenges students to identify a personal connection with the books they read. This year, more than 2,200 educators from 1,440 schools used Letters About Literature in their classrooms.

The national program is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book.

This year’s winners come from all parts of the country and wrote to authors as diverse as Maya Angelou, Gayle Forman, Fred Gipson, Alex Gino, Dorothy Parker and Anne Frank.

The top letters in each competition level for each state were chosen. Then, a National and a National Honor winner were chosen from each of the three competition levels: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12).

Following are this year’s winners:

Level 1

National Prize

Aleema Kelly of Connecticut wrote to Alex Gino, author of "George."

National Honor Awards
Charlie Boucher of Rhode Island wrote to Kathryn Erskine, author of "Mockingbird."
Ellie Sanders of Washington, D.C. wrote to Fred Gipson, author of "Old Yeller."

Level 2

National Prize

Raya Kenney of Washington, D.C. wrote to Maya Angelou, author of "Old Folks Laugh."

National Honor Awards

Hannah Huang of Iowa wrote to Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, authors of "I Will Always Write Back."

Pippa Scroggins of Florida wrote to Gayle Forman, author of "If I Stay."

Level 3

National Prize

Sara Lurie of Colorado wrote to Dorothy Parker, author of "Penelope."

National Honor Awards
Macoy Churchill of Wyoming wrote to Marie Lu, author of "Legend."
Violet Fearon of New York wrote to Anne Frank, author of "The Diary of a Young Girl."

Letters About Literature is a dynamic educational program that promotes lifelong readers and helps develop successful writers. It is the Library’s signature national outreach program to young people. More than 1 million students have participated in the writing contest since it began more than 20 years ago. An online teaching guide uses proven strategies for improving reading and writing proficiency and is aligned with the learning objectives recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association. Learn more about the contest and read current and past winning letters at Read.gov/letters/.

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Whitney.jpgBEVERLY HILLS - The Whitney Houston Collection, more than 100 pieces of memorabilia - including awards, stage-worn costumes, passports and gold records - from the life and career of Whitney Houston, one of the top pop superstars of the last 30 years, will be presented by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, June 24-25, 2016 as part of the company’s Entertainment & Music Signature® Auction.

The trove is being offered by The Whitney Houston Estate.

“We felt that it was time to give something of Whitney to the people who loved her and her music,” said Pat Houston, Whitney’s manager, President of the Whitney Houston Estate and her sister-in-law, “and, conversely, who Whitney loved back with all of her heart and soul.”

The collection is a broad mix of material that spans the performer’s amazing and prolific career as a singer, an arranger, an actress and fashion maven. It is the most comprehensive offering relating to Ms. Houston that has ever been made available. 

“Whitney Houston, still so widely beloved and venerated today, was the voice of her generation and the most highly awarded female vocalist in history,” said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director for Entertainment & Music memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “This collection, lovingly offered by her family and her estate, offers fans and collectors both moving insight into her amazing talent and glamorous career.”

Highlights of the collection include, but are certainly not limited to:

Whitney Houston's Personal Script for Waiting to Exhale, 1995: Ms. Houston's personal script from the 1995 filmWaiting to Exhale, bound in a purple leather-like material with gold trim. Whitney's character's name, Savannah Jackson, is inscribed in blue ink on the first page in Ms. Houston’s own hand. At the 27th NAACP Image Awards, Whitney was nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, while she walked away with four awards for the soundtrack of the film.

Whitney Houston Signed Naval Cap Worn During the HBO Special Welcome Home Heroes, 1991: A white canvas officer's cap with glossy black plastic bill, top signed by Ms. Houston in black felt pen: “Peace & Love/ Whitney,” with a doodle of a smiley face, which was Ms. Houston’s trademark signature. The hat was given to Ms. Houston by a Naval officer. She signed the cap and gave it back to the officer who, at that point, gave it back to the iconic singer. The HBO special Welcome Home Heroes was filmed at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia and broadcast live on March 31, 1991. 

A pair of Nike Air Jordan Sneakers gifted to Whitney Houston by Michael Jordan, circa 1990: Pair of Air Jordan V “Metallics,” black and silver with Jordan's trademark no. "23" stitched in white to the heels, both with size tags inside “US Size 13.” Accompanying photo shows Whitney and Jordan, with Whitney holding the sneakers. Included is a two volume copy of Jordan’s For The Love Of The Game, 1998, signed and inscribed “To Whitney Still love your music/ Much love Michael Jordan.” Gifted to Whitney by Jordan on the night of Game 3 of the Pistons vs. Bulls 1990 Eastern Conference Finals, where Whitney sang the pre-game National Anthem. Jordan scored 47 points that night in a 107-102 win over the Pistons.

Whitney Houston’s People's Choice Award for “Favorite Female Musical Performer,” 1989: Base engraved to read: “The People's Choice Award/ 1989/ Whitney Houston/ Favorite Musical Performer.” In 1989 it was Whitney’s third year in a row to win the award for Favorite Female Musical Performer.

Whitney Houston Billboard Award for “#1 R&B Album” for The Bodyguard, 1993: Base inscribed to read “Billboard/ 1993 Music Awards/ Whitney Houston/ #1 R&B Album/ 'The Bodyguard.'” The Bodyguard won a record 11 Billboard awards in 1993, a period when the film and its soundtrack were a massive pop-cultural presence worldwide. 

Whitney Houston & David Foster NARAS Recognition Certificate for "I Will Always Love You", 1993: Embossed gold NARAS certificate reads “The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. presents this certificate to Whitney Houston & David Foster in recognition of participation as arrangers on the Grammy Award-winning 'I Will Always Love You' - Whitney Houston, in the category of RECORD OF THE YEAR, Awards Year 1993”. Here Whitney and her producer David Foster are credited with taking Dolly Parton's Countrypolitan classic and making it the timeless Pop masterpiece it became. “I Will Always Love You” is the number one hit single of the 1990s, according to Billboard.

Whitney Houston American Music Award in the Category of "Favorite Album, Soul/Rhythm & Blues" for The Bodyguard, 1994: Plaque inscribed “Favorite Album, Soul/Rhythm & Blues/ 'The Bodyguard'/ Whitney Houston/ 1994”. Due to the massive success of her 1992 film The Bodyguard, and the movie's hit soundtrack album, Whitney walked away from the 1994 American Music Awards with eight nominations and seven wins, further cementing her place among the pantheon of greatest performers in popular music history.

Whitney Houston’s US Passport, signed, used during her first international tours 1985: Whitney's United States passport, issued on February 19, 1985, cancelled Sept. 2, 1994, signed “Whitney Elizabeth Houston.” Brimming with stamps and special visas to countries including France, Japan, Brazil, Holland, Great Britain and several others, tracing the history of the beloved singer's first international tours.

Whitney Houston Stage-Worn Dolce & Gabbana Multi-Colored Fur Coat, 1999: A one-of-a-kind pink/black multi-colored floor-length fur coat, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, worn on stage by Whitney Houston during her 1999 My Love Is Your Love tour. Designed specifically for Whitney. Usually worn as she made her entrance either at the top of the show, after an intermission or after a wardrobe change.

Whitney Houston’s People's Choice Award for “Favorite Female Musical Performer,” 1988: Engraved to read: “The People's Choice Award/ 1988/ Whitney Houston/ Favorite Female Musical Performer.” At this point in her career, Whitney had released two albums and, at age 25, had become an international superstar. The same year saw her win two American Music Awards, a Grammy, and numerous other awards and honors.

Whitney Houston American Music Award in the Category of "Favorite Video Single, Soul/R&B" for the Song "Saving All My Love for You", 1986: Inscribed “Favorite Video Single, Soul/R&B/ 'Saving All My Love for You'/ Whitney Houston” The song was a hit single from Whitney's debut album, which has sold more than 25 million copies to date worldwide. During her career, Whitney won more AMA's than any other female nominee in history and, in 1994, tied Michael Jackson for most nominations (8) in a single year.

Whitney Houston Emmy Award for “Saving All My Love for You” as Performed on the Grammys, 1986: Inscribed “1985-1986 Primetime Emmy Awards/ Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program/ Whitney Houston/ The 28th Annual Grammy Awards/ 02/25/86/ CBS.” The plaque is upside-down. The second single from Houston's self-titled debut album, “Saving All My Love for You” was her first Number #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was performed by Houston at the 1986 Grammy Awards, which won her this Emmy. 

Whitney Houston's Personal Greatest Love Tour Jacket, 1987: Whitney's personal jacket, worn on The Greatest Love tour, embroidered with her initials on the front and with a globe and rose and “Whitney Houston” in silver on the back. From Whitney’s first world tour, lasting four months, which began in North America on July 26, 1986.

Whitney Houston RIAA Hologram Gold Sales Award for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” 1987: Inscribed to read “Presented to Whitney Houston to Commemorate the Sale of More Than 1,000,000 Copies of the Arista Records Single Record 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).'” This was the first single from Whitney’s second album, Whitney, which won her the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and topped the charts in 13 countries.

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Heritage.jpgDALLAS - One of the finest collections of important ephemera and obscure signed rarities from the legendary and notorious mining boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona comes to life once again in Heritage Auctions’ June 11 Legends of the West Auction. Obscure signed rarities include a license to operate a brothel in the town with notation signed by Virgil Earp:  “Refused payment/VW Earp/City tax collector” (est. $10,000+).

The group was assembled by one determined scholar and collector who spent decades hunting rare items related to Tombstone, which will live forever in Wild West lore thanks to one legendary event: the infamous Oct 26, 1881 “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” In one thirty second exchange of gunfire the Earp brothers and “Doc” Holliday squared off against Ike and Billy Clanton, Billy Claiborne, and McLaury brothers Tom and Frank, leaving The McLaurys and Billy Clanton dead.

“Interestingly, the story of Tombstone and even the O.K. Corral incident were not widely known until the 1931 publication of Stuart Lake’s popular book Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshall,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage Auctions. “Other books and depictions on film over the coming decades would ensure the status of Tombstone and its early citizens as icons of Old West history.”

The June 11 public auction in Dallas features important signed documents, including perhaps the only surviving document signed by the entire Clanton clan (est. $10,000+) and autographs of the participants in that famous shootout, which are among the most prized of any Old West personalities.

Silver mining formed the basis of Tombstone’s economy during its glory days from 1877 through 1890. It has been estimated that the various mines in the surrounding area produced between 40 and 80 billion dollars in silver bullion in today’s dollars, and the populations mushroomed from 200 to some 14,000 in seven years. The collection holds a valuable document archive by E. B. Gage, a Successful Tombstone Mine Operator (est. $3,000+).

Tombstone boasted such refinements as an opera house, three newspapers, two banks, four churches, and even a bowling alley. However, the town is better remembered as having 14 gambling halls, 110 saloons, and the notorious Birdcage Theater, described as the “wildest and wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast.”

Proof of its “Wild West” reputation, the collection includes a Highly Important Early Document Signed by Dozens of the Leading Citizens of Tombstone, signed two months before the Earps' arrival in Tombstone, asking the Pima County Board of Supervisors to appoint a constable (est. $5,000+) . 

But by the late 1880s the mines had ceased to be profitable, and with their demise Tombstone fell on hard times, its population declining to just 646 by 1910. Recent decades have seen progress in revitalizing what once became nearly a ghost town as a historic sight and tourist attraction, where daily reenactments of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral still captivate visitors. 

“Heritage is proud to offer this extensive collection,” Slater enthuses, “as these objects provide remarkable insights into the social and commercial character of this amazing town at the height of its prosperity and notoriety.”

Additional Tombstone-related items offered in the auction include:

"Buckskin Frank" Leslie's Famous Silver-buckled Gun Belt, a Prized Tombstone Artifact (est. $20,000+).

A Very Early Ribbon Badge and the Cochise Lodge Membership Ledger from the Tombstone Oddfellows Lodge (est. $3,000+).

A Large Autographed Photo of Sheriff and Fire Chief David Scannell (est. $2,000+).

Information about Heritage Auctions’ June 11, 2016, Legends of the West Auction may be obtained by emailing Tom Slater at TomS@HA.com.

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Lot-387-Memorias-transcript copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, June 21, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana, featuring items relating to the American Revolution, the Civil War, Latin America and the American West.

            A top lot of the sale is a pair of Revolutionary War-era pencil portraits of Abraham and Jannetje Cuyler of Albany, NY drawn circa 1776 by (then) Lieutenant John André, who was later executed for relaying messages from Benedict Arnold. André had been making his way to Lancaster, PA to serve a prison sentence after being captured in the Siege of Fort St. Jean in Quebec, when he stopped for several weeks in Albany where he stayed with the Cuylers, who were Loyalists. The portraits are estimated at $50,000 to $75,000. Other items related to the American Revolution include issues of The New York Journal (1774) and The Pennsylvania Journal (1775) featuring the iconic “Unite or Die” woodcut ($4,000 to $6,000 and $3,000 to $4,000, respectively). Also on offer is the manuscript diary and memorandum book of Lieutenant Jonathan Palmer of Stonington, CT, titled First Events of the American War, 5 September 1774 to 10 November 1775, including Palmer’s notes on the first Continental Congress and the Battles of Lexington and Concord ($2,000 to $3,000).

            The sale also includes many lots related to the Civil War, such as a 136-page manuscript Inmate Register from Confederate Prison No.1, housing Union POWs in Richmond, circa November 1861 to January 1862. Written primarily by the Union POWs themselves, the register includes several noteworthy names, such as Alfred M. Wood, the future mayor of Brooklyn, and surgeon Edward H.R. Revere, grandson of Paul Revere. The register is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. A full set of 12 cards from artist Winslow Homer’s series Life in Camp, Part 2, Boston, 1864, is also on offer ($4,000 to $6,000).

            Several highlights in the vein of Latin Americana include a register of lease contracts from the Central Mexican city of Puebla de los Angeles from 1622-33. In colonial Mexico, the Church disapproved of usury, making mortgage loans impossible, so sellers charged a censo consignativo, or consignment rent, which essentially disguised an interest-bearing loan as a lease. The register is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. A first edition of John Phillips and A. Rider’s Mexico Illustrated in Twenty-Six Drawings, with 26 lithographed plates, London, 1848, is also on offer ($20,000 to $30,000). Another featured lot is an early transcript of Inquisition victim Luis de Carvajal’s autobiographical Memorias, with devotional manuscripts. De Carvajal wrote a long memoir of his Jewish faith under a pseudonym, intending to send it to his brothers in Italy. After being incarcerated with the manuscript and subsequently having it confiscated when a cellmate informed on him, de Carvajal broke under torture and was eventually executed. While the original Memorias was destroyed, the text was transcribed into his Inquisition proceedings. The early transcript in this sale is estimated at $50,000 to $75,000.

            Other religious texts in the sale include a first edition of The Book of Mormon, Palmyra, NY, 1830 ($40,000 to $60,000); a third edition of Joseph Smith’s The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Nauvoo, IL, 1845 ($15,000 to $25,000); and Liber Psalmorum Hebraïce, “the first printing of any part of the bible in Hebrew in America” Cambridge, 1809 ($5,000 to $7,500).

            Among the items related to the American West are a group of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency quarterly criminal bulletins, including two featuring notorious criminals Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, August 1898 to March 1902, ($5,000 to $7,500). Also on offer are a first edition of Amelia Sherwood; or, Bloody Scenes at the California Gold Mines, New York, 1849, one of the first works of Gold Rush fiction ($5,000 to $7,500); and a first edition, first state copy of Joel Palmer’s Journal of Travels over Rocky Mountains, to the Mouth of the Columbia River, Cincinnati, 1847, an important early account of the overland journey to Oregon ($5,000 to $7,500).

The auction will be held Tuesday, June 21, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 18 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 21 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 Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler via rstattler@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 27.

Image: Lot 387 Early transcript of Inquisition victim Luis de Carvajal's Memorias, with other Mexican Inquisition items, circa 1600. Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

Online TOC-13th Amendment-Sothebys copy.jpgNew York, NY--May 2016--'Two Centuries of American History,' Sotheby's curated sale of Rare Books & Manuscripts charting the development of the United States of America, achieved $6,183,250 (estimate: $5.3/7.8 million). The auction was led by two highly significant documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the Thirteenth Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation, and saw significant bidding by a broad spectrum of collectors.

Selby Kiffer, Senior Vice President, Books & Manuscripts commented: "It was been a privilege for Sotheby's to work alongside Seth Kaller, advisor to the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and our other consignors as we built this specially-curated sale covering 'Two Centuries of American History.' We were delighted with the results of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, and are particularly pleased that proceeds from the sale of the Thirteenth Amendment are benefiting the Acquisitions Fund of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which provides unrivaled access to primary documents to studnets, teachers, historians, and American history enthusiasts around the world." 

A limited edition of the Emancipation Proclamation, the only version with the full text to be signed by Lincoln, sold for $2,170,000, above the high estimate (estimate: $1.5/2 million). This groundbreaking document, flouished with the autographs of President Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward and his personal secretary, John G. Nicolay, not only declare some 4 million to be free, but also changed the mission of the Civil War from simply preserving the Union to eradicating slavery. It is one of 27 in existence, 19 of which are in institutions. 

The Thirteenth Amendment, being sold by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to benefit their acquisitions funds, realized $2,410,000 (estimate $2/3 million). An extremely rare manuscript copy, one of three 'Senate' copies known to exist, this historic document was the first significant change to the United States' notion of civil liberties since the Bill of Rights in 1791. 

Image: The Thirteenth Amendment. Courtesy of Sotheby's. 

1464118990989.jpgWashington, DC—Documenting the history of the Paris Salon from its emergence in the late 17th century through its decline during the early 20th century, In the Library: Growth and Development of the Salon Livret presents over 60 examples of literature related to the Paris Salon drawn from nearly 250 years of exhibitions. It is on view from June 20 to September 16, 2016, in the East Building Study Center.

About the Installation

The exhibition includes a variety of publications that document the rise and fall of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture and its exhibition, which came to be known as the Salon. Beginning as a checklist for the works on view, the livret (“little book” or catalog) was first published for the Salon of 1673. Appearing then as little more than a pamphlet in decorative wrappers, thelivret developed over time into a full catalog. During the latter half of the 19th century the livrets included not only additional entries but also supplemental information about the juries, the artists, and the rules of the organization. And throughout the 19th century, new printing technologies, from lithography to photography, allowed for the inclusion of increasingly more faithful reproductions of exhibited works in the livrets.

Developments beyond the academy can also be seen in the growing amount of literature surrounding Salon exhibitions. Art criticism, a new type of writing in the 18th century, evolved alongside the official exhibition livrets as authors began writing commentaries about the Salon. Later, the political upheavals of and following the French Revolution affected the administration of the Salon, whose own controversies, such as the dissatisfaction of member artists, persisted through the 19th century. By the early 20th century, independent exhibitions, each with its own published catalog, had become more frequent and contributed to the declining influence and importance of the official Salon.

Coinciding with the exhibition, the National Gallery of Art Library will publish Documenting the Salon: Paris Salon Catalogs, 1673-1945, compiled and edited by librarian John Hagood. As a bibliography, it lists the publications in the library by and about the organizations that hosted Salons in Paris. Two essays analyze the form and function of Paris Salons and Salon publishing in the ancien régime and in the 19th century. Written by Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator, department of French paintings, and Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator, department of French paintings, they reveal the history and taste of collecting as well as how the Paris Salon grew from a forum for elite, privileged artists and viewers into a more inclusive event. Documenting the Salon is made possible by a grant from The Florence Gould Foundation and will be distributed to museums, libraries, and art research organizations in the US around the world.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated by Yuri Long, rare book librarian, this exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Library and Rare Books Collection

The National Gallery of Art Library contains more than 400,000 books and periodicals, including more than 15,000 volumes in the rare book collection, with an emphasis on Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The National Gallery of Art Library was founded in 1941, the year the Gallery opened to the public. In 1979, with the move to a seven-story facility in the Gallery's new East Building and the establishment of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the library broadened its purpose and the scope of its collection. Its goal has been to establish a major national art research center, serving the Gallery's curatorial, educational, and conservation staff, CASVA members, interns, visiting scholars, and researchers in the Washington art community. Call (202) 842-6511 or refdesk@nga.gov for more information.

Department of Image Collections

The library's department of image collections is a study and research center for images of Western art and architecture and is one of the largest of its kind, numbering over 14 million photographs, slides, negatives, microforms, and digital images. The department serves the Gallery's staff, CASVA members, visiting scholars, and qualified researchers. Access to the library is by appointment only, from Monday through Friday. Call (202) 842-6026 or image-collections@nga.gov for more information.

Image: Explication des peintures, sculptures et gravures, de messieurs de l'Académie royale, Paris, 1765 and 1767, National Gallery of Art Library, David K. E. Bruce Fund

New York, NY  - (June 1,  2016) - Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music, and science, announces its current, extraordinary sale on www.invaluable.com: “Five Centuries of Autographs: Ferdinand & Isabella (1492) to the Present.” In an unprecedented opportunity for collectors and museums, Lion Heart Autographs will offer a piece of the original silver-colored cloth from the fuselage of the Spirit of St. Louis signed by Charles A. Lindbergh, just days after the historic trans-Atlantic solo flight that instantly catapulted the young American pilot to lasting worldwide fame and recognition. The section of cloth, signed “Charles A. Lindbergh,” is of extraordinary rarity because no other examples signed by Lindbergh when he landed in Paris are known. Tens of thousands of spectators waited for “Lucky Lindy” to touch down at Le Bourget airfield outside Paris and as the crowd stormed the plane some tore off pieces as souvenirs. The Spirit of St. Louis was wheeled into a hangar for repairs and over the next several days major portions of the cloth fuselage were replaced. A small triangular piece of fabric was rescued by an anonymous individual connected with the company repairing the aircraft who then obtained the “Lone Eagle’s” signature when he returned to inspect his plane before flying on to Belgium a few days later.

The auction lot includes additional unsigned swatches of fabric and several unpublished photographs of the plane in the hangar that reveal the aircraft’s damage following its historic arrival in Paris on May 21, 1927.  The signed triangle of silver fabric is identified on the back in an unknown hand “Toile de France” (French canvas). A smaller rectangle of similar fabric in unused condition is similarly identified as “Toile Americaine,” and was likely taken from the cloth used to replace the plane’s original fabric-covered fuselage. This amazing artifact is accompanied by unpublished photographs depicting The Spirit of St. Louis cordoned off in the hangar with the plane’s damaged exterior clearly visible. (Estimate: $15/20,000)

Other important historical documents offered in Lion Heart Autographs’ auction, Five Centuries of Autographs: Ferdinand & Isabella (1492) to the Present include a rare handwritten manuscript by Albert Einstein dealing with matter and cosmological structure and containing a variant of the central formula for his theory of general relativity, described by noted Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson, as “The most elegant theory in the history of science.” Einstein’s revolutionary theory brought the physicist international fame and was recently proved correct with last year’s detection of gravitational waves. (Estimate: $60/80,000).

Lion Heart Autographs’ sale, Five Centuries of Autographs: Ferdinand & Isabella (1492) to the Present will include more than 140 items. Other highlights include a 1797 letter by Josephine Bonaparte requesting compensation for a Bolognese farmer whose hemp was confiscated by Napoleon’s army during the first campaign against the Papal States (Estimate: $2500/3500); a handwritten letter by Albert Einstein to his son about Freud and sex while adding that “the relation between gravitation and electricity is now revealed” (Estimate: $18,000/$20,000); an order signed by Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella punishing adulterous behavior in 1492 and written at the same time as Columbus was exploring the New World, shortly after his discovery of America (Estimate: $10,000/12,000); a card inscribed twice by blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller (Estimate: $150/180); a handwritten Jackie Kennedy letter on her personal Fifth Avenue stationery, sending thanks for a book (Estimate: $400/600); a signed promissory note for Cole Porter’s Brewster Town Cabriolet DeVille, the luxury automobile immortalized in his song “You’re the Top” (Estimate: $300/500); six ink drawings by President Ronald Reagan on a sheet of White House stationery including a horse’s head, a self-portrait as a cowboy and cartoon characters including Fu Manchu and Jiggs (Estimate: $9000/12,000); the earliest known example of a Franklin Roosevelt autograph letter as president to appear at auction written aboard his Campobello Island-bound yacht during his first vacation after taking office (Estimate: $6000/9000); a humorous 1903 autograph letter signed by George Bernard Shaw (Estimate: $2200/2600); an extremely rare customs card issued to a survivor of the Titanic aboard the rescue ship Carpathia (Estimate: $8000/10,000); ten telegrams regarding survivors and casualties of the Titanic, including two from evangelist “Billy” Sunday sent just after the ship’s sinking (Estimate: $3000/5000); and a very impressive calligraphic broadside proclamation signed by President Harry Truman announcing the end of WWII, V-E Day, May 8, 1945 (Estimate: $10,000/12,000).

More items to go under the hammer include an attractive signed sepia portrait photograph of American poet Walt Whitman (Estimate: $3500/4500); a heavily corrected draft fragment of George H.W. Bush’s first news conference after his election as president where he jokes “thanks to Martin Van Buren for paving the way,” (Estimate: $800/1200); a typed Hillary Clinton letter as First Lady on White House stationery to Senator Pat Moynihan discussing the economics of healthcare (Estimate: $400/600); a large and unique portrait inscribed by Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi to his publisher Giulio Ricordi (Estimate: $10,000/12,000); an autograph letter by dance pioneer Isadora Duncan written after the tragic drowning deaths of her two children: “I am here in a villa by the sea dying of despair,” (Estimate: $3000/$4000); German  engineer Graf von Zeppelin’s 1903 appeal to the German people to fund future development of his navigable airship (Estimate: $2400/2800); a rare document signed by heroic Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, rescuing  the son of a Jewish-Hungarian industrialist from the Nazis in 1944 (Estimate: $15,000/18,000); a very rare autograph letter signed by Dwight Eisenhower as president on his personal White House stationery (Estimate : $8000/12,000); and a J. Edgar Hoover letter in which the FBI chief discusses the recent manhunt for several notorious  gangsters including “Pretty Boy” Floyd and members of John Dillinger’s gang (Estimate: $600/800).

“I always feel privileged to offer rare, historical documents and autographs, but our upcoming auction in June represents such a broad and even more extraordinary array of items spanning five centuries of historical events and periods that I am simply in awe,” said David Lowenherz, founder and owner of Lion Heart Autographs. “We hope collectors and fans from around the globe share in our excitement as they  peruse artifacts ranging from a document signed by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 to a rare landing card issued on board the Carpathia for a survivor from the Titanic. Clearly, here in this auction, there is something for everyone.”

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