July 2016 Archives

Amherst, MA (July 28, 2016) - In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of its hometown. This special pop-up exhibition, Brown Bear Everywhere, on view from August 8 through October 10, 2016, will bring 14 high-quality reproductions of Carle’s original collage illustrations to some of Amherst’s popular restaurants, schools, and recreational sites. The exhibition helps kick off a year of special events to honor the children’s classic, which is one of the best-selling picture books of all time.

Framed reproductions from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? will be located at Amherst Commons (White Dog), Bangs Community Center (Purple Cat), Bare Mountain (Brown Bear), Black Sheep Deli (Black Sheep), Fort River Elementary School (Teacher), Hampshire College (Red Bird), High Horse Restaurant (Blue Horse), Hitchcock Center for the Environment (Green Frog), Jones Library (Final Page), Amherst College Mead Art Museum (Endpapers), the Mill District in North Amherst (Original Brown Bear, 1967 edition), Mill River Recreation Area (Goldfish), the Norwottuck Rail Trail (Children), and the University of Massachusetts campus pond (Yellow Duck). Labels at each location will provide information about the works of art, the book, and Carle’s artistic process.

“We enjoyed matching each picture in the book to a specific location in Amherst,” says Ellen Keiter, the Carle’s chief curator. “Placing Eric Carle’s ‘Black Sheep’ at the Black Sheep Deli was an obvious fit, as was displaying his image of a ‘Teacher’ at Fort River Elementary School. Perhaps my favorite is ‘Brown Bear’ atop Bare Mountain, the highest elevation in Amherst. It seems appropriate that Brown Bear look out over the Valley from this majestic perch.” Keiter also commented on the town’s enthusiasm for the project. “We’ve spent the last eight months working with the host sites, and the response has been overwhelming. Not a single business or organization turned us down. In fact, each location enthusiastically embraced the project. It’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t know and love the book.” 

Brown Bear Everywhere kicks off a yearlong, nationwide celebration, including Brown Bear Turns 50! opening at the Museum on September 13, 2016. Support for both exhibitions has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Martin’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Carle’s bold graphics and parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold more than 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

In support of both exhibitions, The Carle will launch a special page on its website with Brown Bear teacher activities, special photographs, fun facts, and a video of Eric Carle reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. An accompanying social media campaign asks friends to tag The Carle @carlemuseum and submit selfies taken in town with their favorite character using the hashtag #brownbeareverywhere. Selfies will be entered in a weekly drawing to win a Brown Bear anniversary tote bag.

About The Museum

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

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

MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group comprises FSG Books for Young Readers, Feiwel and Friends, First Second, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Imprint, Priddy Books, Roaring Brook Press, Square Fish, and Swoon Reads. MCPG is home to notable authors including Madeleine L’Engle, Roald Dahl, Marissa Meyer, Gene Luen Yang, Eric Carle, Leigh Bardugo, and Lane Smith. 

July 27, 2016—The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns today presented more than 100 rare and unique items from 17 Library divisions. The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched and processed during their 10-week internships. Examples include:

  • An Olmec ceramic figurine (900-1200 BCE), the oldest item in the Jay I. Kislak Collection
  • An 18th-century royal tax decree with the seal of King Ferdinand VI of Spain
  • A copyright deposit box from 1873, which included a collection of maps by oceanographer and cartographer Matthew Fontaine Maury
  • A wood engraving print, "Bird’s eye view of Liverpool, as seen from a balloon, 1885"
  • An 1886 journal written by William T. Hornaday, a conservationist and founder of the Bronx Zoo
  • "The American Citizen," a 1916 naturalization guide for Yiddish-speaking immigrants (features an inscription to President Woodrow Wilson)
  • A watercolor paintings of costume designs for the 1938 New Orleans production of "One Third of a Nation"
  • A guest book used from 1955-1986 by the Woman’s National Democratic Club, which includes signatures from former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, Lady Bird Johnson, Carol Channing, W. Averell and Pamela C. Harriman, Liz Carpenter, Lynda Robb, Alistair Cooke, Dean Rusk and Jack Anderson
  • Audio clips from interviews conducted in 1957 and 1981 with American composer Leonard Bernstein
  • A 1966 recording of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reading "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" and a 2013 recording of Hispanic-American poet Richard Blanco reading "América."
  • An 1880 Russian-language natural-history encyclopedia with full-color relief images

Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, 38 Junior Fellows—selected from more than 800 applicants across the country—explored the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. They were exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: research, copyright, preservation, reference, access, standards, information management and digital initiatives.

The Junior Fellows Program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund. A lead gift from H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest, former chairman of the Library’s James Madison Council private-sector advisory group, established the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund with major support provided by members of the council. For more information about the Junior Fellows Program, visit loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

HYDE PARK, NY -- On Monday, August 1, 2016, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site -- with the American-Scottish Foundation -- will open "In the Footsteps of John Muir," an exhibition by Scottish photographer Ken Paterson. The exhibit will be on display in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home through September 30, 2016. A special opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on August 1 in the Wallace Center. Refreshments will be served. Visitors may view the exhibit free of charge in the visitor center, during regular operating hours.

"In the Footsteps of John Muir," an exhibit of 30 photographic works by Scottish photographer Ken Patterson, traces Muir's early days in Dunbar, Scotland to his love of Yosemite allowing one to see the environment Muir loved and did so much to help preserve. The exhibit is part of the National Centennial Celebration of National Parks.

John Muir was a farmer, inventor, botanist, geologist, explorer, mountaineer, writer and pioneer of nature conservation. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland, on April 21, 1838. As a child he developed a deep love of the natural world. This grew into a lifelong journey, both physical and spiritual, of exploration, revelation, hardship and wonder. In 1849, Muir's family immigrated to the United States, starting a farm near Portage, Wisconsin, called Fountain Lake Farm. Later, his introduction to Yosemite Valley, California, resulted in his campaign to preserve wilderness for wilderness's sake. This led to the establishment of the world's first national park system. Today he is remembered as a pioneer of the modern conservation movement, and is often referred to as the "Father of the National Parks" in the United States.

Ken Paterson (www.kenpaterson.co.uk) has been photographing at the top level of Scottish photography for the last twenty years, specializing in creative location work based on people. Clients such as The New York Times have led to a strong portfolio in the United States and Japan, and resulted in the chance to complete a dozen travel guide books around the world. Recently, Ken has been lecturing in photography at Stevenson College in Edinburgh. Ken's passion is his self-started photographic project, aiming to reconnect Scotland with a proud global heritage: Famous Scots Project.

The American-Scottish Foundation is dedicated to strengthening ties between individuals, institutions and businesses of Scotland and the United States. The Foundation champions the extraordinary and creative relationship between Scotland and the United States with an extensive program of projects and events -- a bridge between the two great countries. ASF is proud to help bring attention and support to the preservation of parks and landscapes. Visit www.americanscottishfoundation.org.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation's first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Every president since FDR has followed his example and established a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make accessible to the American people the records of their presidencies. The Roosevelt Library's mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library's archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.org.

The National Park Service administers the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, Top Cottage and Vanderbilt Mansion. Visitors to the sites can enjoy guided tours of the historic buildings. There are hiking trails that link all the parks. From May through October, visitors from New York City can reserve transportation from the Poughkeepsie Train Station to all the sites in Hyde Park by calling (845) 229-5320 for the "Roosevelt Ride." For information about tours and other programs visit www.nps.gov/hofr or call (845) 229-5320.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.10.46 PM.pngOn 5 October 2016, Sotheby’s Paris will have the honour of dispersing a selection of books from the outstanding Hunting Library of the Counts du Verne: the largest collection to appear on the market for the last thirty years. The library was built up and enriched with fervent dedication over more than a century and a half by three generations of collectors: Joseph du Verne, then his son Pierre du Verne, who passed on his passion to his daughter Nicole du Verne-Bernis.

Joseph du Verne began to collect hunting and hawking books in the late 19th century, attending the most prominent bibliophile auctions of the period, like Baron Jérôme Pichon's sale in 1894 and the dispersion of the Duchesse d’Uzès' hunting library in 1933. At his death, his son Pierre du Verne inherited his passion and consulted the leading specialists of his time, including the bookseller Jules Thiébaud, co-author of the key work Bibliographie des ouvrages sur la chasse. In 1960, Nicole du Verne, the wife of Charles de Pierre, Comte de Bern is (a descendant of Louis XV's famous minister and himself a keen bibliophile), inherited the collection in turn, and continued to add to and improve it.

This first selection consists of nearly 270 books: mostly works that have marked the history of hunting literature and imagery from the 15th to the 20th century, but also technical treatises, antique classics, sets of engravings, illustrated books enriched with original drawings and a number of manuscripts.

This assortment offers a magnificent overview of the development of hunting practices in every form over five centuries: hunting with hounds, shooting, falconry, poaching, breeding, horse-riding and soon. No other comparable collection has come up at auction since the sale of Marcel Jeanson's library (Sotheby’s Monaco, 1987).

With rare editions, collections of prints, original drawings, unique copies and curiosities, the du Verne library covers the entire range of books on hunting.

Copies come from prestigious sources: Jérôme Pichon, Grandjean d’Alteville, the Comte du Fresne, Auguste Veinant, Schwerdt, Huzard, Baron de Lassus, the Duchesse d’Uzès, the Prince d’Essling and the Duc de Chartres are just some of the illustrious booklovers who have left their ex-libris or stamps on these copies.

Great classics and legendary rarities

History's greatest hunter-writers take up the first rank of this selection, headed by the illustrious Jacques du Fouilloux, author of a seminal book in French hunting literature. His Vénerie, dedicated to Charles IX, remarkably illustrated, often copied and imitated, is present in no fewer than five editions, including the extremely rare princeps edition published in Poitiers in 1561 (estimate: €100,000/150,000). A very rare first edition of Jean de Clamorgan's La Chasse du loup, which adds further to the Maison Rustique, also features in the sale (estimate: €30,000/40,000).

The Déduits de la chasse des bestes sauvaiges et des o yseaux de proye by Gaston Phébus. Paris, c. 1507 (estimate: €150,000/200,000). One of the key lots in the sale, the treatise by Gaston Phébus, a remarkable soldier and an even more remarkable hunter, is described by Thiébaud as "the oldest major treatise on hunting with hounds written in French". Composed in around 1370, it was the only hunting treatise available to French readers, together with Le Roy Modus, until the arrival of Du Fouilloux.

The first book on hunting to come from the press of a Paris printer, this precious book is only known through less than a dozen copies.

Just as rare is the third edition of Phébus, published with a slightly modified title. Bibliographers have only located ten or so copies.

Le livre du roy Modus & de la royne Racio qui parle du deduit de la chasse a toutes bestes sauvaiges...Paris, 1526 (estimate: €70,000/100,000). Attributed to Henry de Ferrières (1354-1377), the Livre du roy Modus & de la royne Racio is "the oldest printed book dealing exclusively with hunting" (Thiébaud). 

The du Verne sale features the extremely rare edition of 1526, lavishly illustrated with woodcuts, together with the edition of 1560, in which, for the first time, the hunting book has been separated from the short moral treatise forming the second part of previous editions.

Treatises on falconry

Literature on the noble art of the falconer, much prized in both Western and Eastern courts, occupies a prime place in the du Verne collection.

It contains an admirable late 15th century manuscript of the Fauconnerie by Franchières, followed by the second printed edition of the same treatise (1567), the extremely rare manuals of Arcussia (1599, second edition), Gommer (1594) and Harmont (1620), and literary works taking their imagery and technical jargon from falconry.

First and foremost, Le Faulcon d’amours or Livre du Faucon, an incunabulum, is present as the only known copy of the edition published in c. 1500: as rare as the two editions that preceded it, if not more so (estimate: €60,000/80,000).

Hunting literature from the 15th to the 20th century

The three generations of booklovers who built up this remarkable collection aimed to form a complete picture of French hunting books of every period. Purely hunting-focused authors are found alongside writers who at first glance seem out of place in hunting literature - but who could be totally unaware of a sport that set the tone of Western society for over five centuries, permeating every layer of culture and power?

Here Du Fouilloux rubs shoulders with Ronsard, Salnove with La Fontaine, Gommer with Passerat and Jodelle, Chevigné with Dumas and so on, right through to Louis Pergaud and Maurice Genevoix, whose works illustrate both a passion for hunting and a powerful feeling for nature.

Albums and sets of prints

Major artists who lent their pencils, brushes or gravers to the art of hunting have a natural niche in the du Verne collection. Antonio Tempesta, Jost Amman, Adrien Collaert, Johann Elias Ridinger, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Jean Pillement, Carle Vernet, Honoré Daumier and Victor Adam are some of the painters, draughtsmen and engravers who enriched the iconography and imaginative world of hunting. All these artists and more feature in the sale.

Modern illustrated books

All bibliophiles-cum-hunters know that their favourite subject, hunting, is an intrinsic part of their daily lives.

The collectors who built up the du Verne library were keen to include 20th century works as well, most often illustrated by well-known artists such as Paul Jouve, Karl Reille, Mathurin Méheut, Joseph Oberthur, Charles-Jean Hallo and Xavier de Poret.

Most copies of these illustrated books contain original watercolours or drawings. Just one of many is the Duc de Brissac's Chasse, containing nine signed watercolours and ten original drawings by Paul Jouve (estimate: €30,000/40,000).

These are just a few examples, and only represent a tiny part of the extraordinary variety of the du Verne library. This first sale features a splendid array.

DALLAS -  An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 - featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture - could sell for as much as $750,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Aug. 4-6 in Dallas.

“It’s pretty tough to beat this in the comic world,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics & Comic Art at Heritage. “This is the highest-graded copy we’ve ever offered at Heritage so naturally we expect bidding to reach our already high expectations.” 

The copy is graded 5.5 by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC). “The colors on the cover of this copy are particularly bright, and the staples are rust free,” Allen said. “It really "pops" in the new CGC holder. It's a striking copy that absolutely "wows" when you hold it in your hand.”

The first appearance of Superman appears at auction alongside the first appearance of Spider-Man as an  8.5 CBCS-graded copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 signed by his creator Stan Lee is expected to sell for $125,000+. 

The selection of original art includes a true rarity among the otherworldly art of master illustration artist Frank Frazetta. At the Earth’s Core, 1974, the original cover painting produced for a paperback edition of a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, could exceed its $900,000 pre-auction estimate. The mystical painting appears at auction on the heels of Frazetta’s The Norseman, which Heritage auctioned for a shocking $454,100 earlier this year.

Bernie Wrightson’s original cover art for Swamp Thing #1 (DC, 1972), not only stands as one of the most iconic horror covers ever produced, it is also marks the first cover appearance of the half-man-half-plant version of Alec Holland, a character which resides permanently in DC Comics canon (est. $150,000). Another example of Wrightson masterful depiction of Swamp Thing is the wraparound cover original art for DC Special Series #2 from 1977 (est. $50,000+).

Additional examples of coveted covers include the dramatic original art for Silver Surfer #13 by John Buscema and Dan Adkins (est. $50,000+) and Adkins original art for Strange Tales #164, depicting Doctor Strange (est. $50,000+).

Vintage and contemporary newspaper comic strip art features an original Calvin & Hobbes daily comic strip dated Jan. 6, 1987. The four-panel strip by Bill Waterson is a classic example of Calvin attempting to pull one over on his favorite stuffed tiger (est. $50,000+). A Flash Gordon Sunday comic strip art dated April 21, 1935 is an example of the period’s large-size art with an image area of 19 inches by 29-1/4 inches (est. $75,000+).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         Paul Smith’s original cover art for Uncanny X-Men #165 (est. $40,000+). 

·         Startling Comics #49, Mile High Pedigree (Better Publications, 1948) CGC NM+ 9.6 (est. $50,000).

·         Batman #11 (DC, 1942) CGC NM 9.4 white pages (est. $75,000+).

·         Michael Golden Doctor Strange portfolio envelope cover original art (est. $20,000+)

·         Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott’s original cover art for Defenders #19 (depicting three heroes in trouble: Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Power Man) from 1975 (est. $20,000+).

·         A Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated Jan. 27 1963 (United Feature Syndicate, 1963), with classic images of Snoopy dozing on his dog house (est. $20,000+).

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

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swamp copy.jpgDALLAS -  A stunning group of original art by illustrator Bernie Wrightson--lead by his iconic original cover art for Swamp Thing #1--  highlights the finest examples of the master’s hand to come to market in decades. The iconic horror cover art is estimated to sell for $150,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Aug. 4-6 in Dallas.

“Wrightson’s facility with an inking brush never fails to astound,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comic Operations at Heritage Auctions, “and it’s even more stunning on the original art than in printed form.”

Wrightson’s original cover art for Swamp Thing #1 (DC, 1972), not only stands as one of the most iconic horror covers ever produced, it is also marks the first appearance of the half-man-half-plant version of Alec Holland, a character which resides permanently in DC Comics canon. This "First Startling Issue" was crafted in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 15". It is signed by Wrightson in the lower left image area.

Wrightson co-created Swamp Thing for DC. Early in his career he a reputation as an editorial cartoonist at the Baltimore Sun. Soon afterwards he was offered work by DC Comics and in 1969 his first professional work was published in House of Mystery #179. After working on just 10 of the 20-issue limited Swamp Thing series, he produces black-and-white art for horror comics magazines as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

Among the additional examples of Wrightson’s art work on offer is a masterful wraparound cover original art for DC Special Series #2 from 1977 (est. $50,000+) and the original art for story page 3 of Swamp Thing #5 (est. $20,000+). The creepy original cover art for Twisted Tales #2, published in 1983 by independent publisher Pacific Comics is considered one of the best covers ever produced during the 1980s (est. $25,000+).

Several examples of Wrightson’s Horror and Fantasy Series includes the original art for #9 (est. $20,000+). With rich, bright, vibrant colors, the print of townsfolk attempting to kill a vampire though several means necessary was so popular with fans that it was used as the art on card #80 of the 1993 collector series Bernie Wrightson: Master of the Macabre trading card set. (DC, 1973). A dark and brooding painting of The Cask of Amontillado, produced for The Edgar Allan Poe Portfolio (est. $25,000+), and Free Fall, depicting a space battle an astronaut four-fisted centaur set against a highly-detailed spaceship , are perfect examples of the master’s breadth and depth as an artist.

Heritage Auctions’ presentation of Bernie Wrightson’s original art will cross the block Aug. 4-6 in its Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas. High-resolution images of the art and a history of his career may be found on HA.com.

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On Wednesday 20th July Chiswick Auctions held a successful sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts.  

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

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 8.57.55 AM.pngSold: £9,840 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 201- La Revolution Surrealiste. Paris: Librairie Gallimard, [1924-1929]. Folio. A complete run of installments (occasional light spotting). Original vellum (minor wear). SIGNED by Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, Marcel DuChamp, Jacques Prevert, Tristan Tzara, Benjamin Peret, Rene Magritte, Paul Eluard, Andre Masson, Philippe Soupault, Roland Penrose, George Ribemont-Dessaignes, Jacques Boiffard, Jacques Baron, Michael Leiris and Raymond Queneau.

Sold: £4,800 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 271 - Diario del Viage Explorador de las Corbetas Espanolas "Descubierta" Y "Atrevida en Los Anos de 1789 A 1794. [Diario del Tentiente de Navio D. Francisco Xavier de Viana "Descubierta" Y "Atrevida en Los Anos  1789, 1790, 1791, 1792 & 1793]. Small 4to. 2 title pages as issued (first title page browned with offsetting from  old clipping tipped in on opposite page, pages lightly browned throughout). Original red straight grain morocco, with borders ruled in gilt (spine faded, boards rubbed).

Sold: £3,600 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 187 -  SURREALIST TRACTS & PAMPHLETS - A collection of tracts, pamphlets and ephemera including a ALS., from Yves Tanguy addressed to: "Ma mere Colette" on glassine paper. All loosely inserted into an album.

Sold: £1,440 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 138 - Facile [.] Poemes de Paul Eluard Photographies de Man Ray. [No place]: Editions GLM, 1935. Small 4to. Photographic illustrations throughout (pages lightly browned). Original photographic monochrome wrappers (chipped with some minor creases). LIMITED EDITION OF 1200 COPIES OF WHICH THIS IS NUMBER 171. Provenance: John Lyle (bookplate).

Sold: £1,560 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 153  - MS. - With naval interest [c.1683]. 8vo. 20pp., 10pp. "May 20 in ye year anno D: 1683 I first began my travels". "I left Mr Housmans & went that night to graves-end. The ship being fallen down...tide before, so my father Mr Parry went with me the next morning for the downs at Cant: I see the Cathed: at ye going out of ye town I see Mr Brigham. I stayed Fryday & Saturday at Deal before ye ship came on Sunday ye 20 about G. My father Mr Parry came on board with me. We got well to ye Bay of Biscay in few days. The 19th June I left Capt. Williams & lay at Mr Taylor's till my uncle came to town...he being at Cadir...The 10th Instance at Port in Mr Floodys House we had a feast...Ye addition of Mr Harris who told many pleasant pranks how he served...Captain & how they served him afterwards on ship-board how everyone thought that he had killed Mr Michael with a wooden sword...how...cured Mr Boon of a disease by making him laugh at a young woman that was dressed in mans clothes....The 18th we entered the straights having a good wind we reached Malaga". There is main account interspersed with a few hundred blank pages and then 10 numbered pages with passages in Latin. Contemporary calf (rubbed). A curious late 17th /early 18th century travel manuscript.

Sold: £1,320 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 192 - MISCELLANY - Including: Max Ernst's Une Semaine De Bonte. (Paris: Editions Jeanne Bucher, 1934), With cardboard sleeve (worn, torn) and Clarte  (No. 79), [No Place], [no pub], Dec 1925/Jan 1926.

Sold: £840 incl Buyer’s Premium

Lot 207 - PENROSE, Roland (1900-1984). Home Guard Manual of Camouflage. London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1941. 8vo. (Occasional light spotting). Original orange/pink boards with blue and white illustrated dust jacket (some light soiling and chipping, corners bumped). PRESENTATION COPY: " A Brunius ce n'est pas ce qu'on voulais cette cachoterie militaire mais je souhaite a vous et Mary des annees plus lumineuses que 1941 Roland Penrose". [With]: MS. on postcard to Brunius from Penrose inviting him to a surrealist meeting and dinner at the Barcelona Restaurant, Beak Street, W1". Signed at the close by Penrose.

The next Printed Books and Manuscripts sale will be taking place on Wednesday 28th September 2016. For more information, free valuations and entries for 2016 specialist auctions please contact: 

Nicholas Worskett and Simon Nuckley, Specialists - Books nicholas@chiswickauctions.co.uk simon@chiswickauctions.co.uk   020 8992 4442. 

Aries-Cover.jpgThe engaging, lost story of an influential, 1920s Western New York private press is told in a newly released book, The Aries Press of Eden, New York pub- lished by RIT Press. A young Buffalo businessman channels his wide-ranging appreciation for art, fusing it to a high-profile printing press renowned for pro- ducing books valued as much for their art, as for their contents.

Spencer Kellogg Jr. founded the Aries Press in a small village south of Buffalo. The Press raised the aesthetic and technical standards for trade book pro- duction. Honor and recognition came immediately with its first book, The Ghost Ship, earning inclusion into the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ prestigious “50 Books Award of 1926.”

Kellogg was an active and visible presence in the Buffalo art world. He served as director of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in the early 1900s, today known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Before launching his private press, Kellogg’s love of books manifested itself at his Aries Book Shop, begun in 1921, in downtown Buffalo. The shop served as a comfortable retreat into a world of books and where noted speakers held infor- mal talks and small exhibitions were presented.

In his foreword to the book, Burchfield-Penny Art Center director Anthony Bannon describes Kellogg: “Wherever he went, people of like minds gathered. That he made art, one way or another, and through it created platforms for dis- course, is worthy of our attention.”

Author Richard Kegler hones in on both his hometown as well as his professional experience in print and publishing to tell the story of the quirky, enigmatic Kellogg and the Aries Press’s significant contributions to printing his- tory. Readers will gain unique insights on the emerging world of fine art photog- raphy and the world of book lovers in 1920s Western New York.

The book reports “a curious chapter in a long history of printing and inde- pendent publishing,” says Kegler. With many connections to renowned figures in the art, printing, and typographic scene of the 1920s, The Aries Press of Eden, New York is an essential read for those interested in Western New York history as well as print historians, private press movement scholars, typographers, print media scholars and appreciative lovers of books-as-art.

Title: The Aries Press of Eden, New York

Author: Richard Kegler 

Pub. Date: May 2016 

ISBN: 978-1-939125-21-7 96

Pages: 96

Size: 6 x 9 in.

Binding:  Hardcover with foil stamp

Images: 39, some color

Price: $49.95

Portland, Ore. (July 2016) - Leading historical preservationist Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has released a new catalog showcasing highlights from his diverse and historically significant collection, the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History, and now offers a full, online viewing experience and Guided Visit at PamplinCollection.org. The 2015 exhibit catalog was compiled to showcase the strength of the more than 100,000 piece collection and its importance as a record of global human achievement spanning the past five millennia. Acquisitions from ancient Chinese to American Indian to contemporary American art make the collection one of the world’s largest gatherings of art and history in private hands.

New Catalog Showcases “The Strength of the Collection”

The 2015 exhibit of the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History delves into “The Strength of the Collection,” featuring objects that demonstrate the wide range of the Pamplin Collection. The Pamplin Collection features works in a variety of categories, including the Wild West, George Washington, Civil War, military history, fine art, European art, Illustrations, Native American, Chinese art, and furniture and decorative arts.  

“The new catalog features a number of truly remarkable pieces, showcasing some of the most significant works of art exhibited in 2015,” said Chet Orloff, manager of the Pamplin Collection. “And what’s more, Dr. Pamplin has made it all publicly accessible through the collection’s website, promoting education and a love of history and art without barriers.” 

Noteworthy pieces in the 2015 exhibit include the Han Dynasty model of a celestial horse, which - produced from 206 BCE to 220 CE - has much of the original pigments still in evidence. Also, John Henry Twachtman’s “Dans la Forêt” painting joins Pamplin’s American Fine Art collection, with many of his other works held in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several other public and private collections. In Pamplin’s Wild West collection, objects have been added that are associated with the notorious Dalton Gang, who robbed the Coffeyville, Kansas, banks in 1892, including the newspaper announcing the 1937 death of Emmett Dalton, the last of the famed Dalton brothers, and a photograph of Emmett Dalton, lying wounded, following the bank raids.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Pamplin and his wife Marilyn have been dedicated to collecting antiquities and works of art that illuminate distinct periods in history, diverse cultures and iconic individuals. Parts of Pamplin’s collection have been exhibited in museums around the country, and more can be experienced online at www.pamplincollection.org.

About Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has earned eight degrees - including two doctorates - in business, economics, accounting, education and theology. He has been honored nationally as a businessman, philanthropist, ordained minister, educator, historical preservationist, and author of 24 books and comic books, including two book-of-the-month club selections. Pamplin’s business interests include media (the Portland Tribune and 25 community newspapers), textiles, construction and agriculture. He has been awarded many honorary degrees and featured in national magazines, in newspapers and on television. He has served on presidential and state commissions, and he has been chairman of the board of trustees of three colleges. Pamplin is widely recognized as America’s leading historical preservationist and foremost diversified entrepreneur. For more information, visit www.pamplin.org. For more information about Dr. Pamplin’s preservation efforts, visit www.pamplincollection.org.

 

BOSTON, MA - The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016. More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016!  The event offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items priced at less than $100. 

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair. In celebration of the Book Fair’s 40th Anniversary, organizers have decided to offer free admission on Saturday and Sunday in order to attract a larger audience of book-loving attendees.

Seminars and events will be featured throughout the weekend as well as The Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections.  More events will be announced in early fall, and folks can visit www.bostonbookfair.com for up to the minute details.

Friday, October 28*                 5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 *Opening Night                      
Saturday, October 29              12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission
Sunday, October 30                12:00-5:00pm          Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Opening Night Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit www.bostonbookfair.com or call 617-266-6540.

e55ef450-b300-4d06-ad01-364a9cf80d5f.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This will be the final auction at our current gallery where we have been based for 12 years. Our new gallery is located at 2085 Dryden Road (Route 13) in Dryden, NY, just east of Ithaca. 

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 a fine array of antique maps, many covering London.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1635 printing of Quarles' "Emblemes," containing William Marshall engravings, first edition printings of the first two parts of Butler's "Hudibras" produced in 1663 and 1664, and the 1784 first edition of the three text volumes from Cook and Roberts' "Voyage to the Pacific Ocean."  Other scarce titles include the 1865 first edition of Baring-Gould's "Book of Were-Wolves," housed in a handsome tooled leather binding, the 1812 printing of Fontaine's "Histoire de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Testament," featuring engravings and then-experimental lithography, and "The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt," produced in five volumes in 1938 and including an original FDR signature.  Many other works are signed by important figures such as John Ruskin and Carl Sandburg.                 

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia, concentrated in Egyptology, which is led by specimens such as the 1832, two-volume printing of Gell's "Poempeiana," featuring engraved plates and the 1819 first edition of Forbin's "Travels in Egypt."  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, decorative antique bindings, children's, books-on-books, printing history, horror (vampires, werewolves, etc.), Americana, art history, travel & exploration, American Civil War, Quaker history, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Featured is an array of antique cartographic specimens, dating back to the 17th century, including a collection of London-related maps as well as city scenes.  Additional important antique plates include Hogarth and Gillray engravings along with original Audubon lithographs produced in the 1840's.  Ephemera lots present travel-related, original correspondence,  photographs, Victorian chromolithographs, greeting & calling cards, cooking, tobacciana, black Americana, Halloween, sports, music, diaries & journals, magazines 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 2016 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a $1.5 million grant that will support in-depth technical examination, conservation, and art historical studies focused on the museum’s stellar African art collection. This significant award will help launch VMFA’s newly conceived center for advanced study in art conservation, designed to bring conservators and curators together with scientists, art scholars, and global experts for focused collaborative research.

“We are thrilled to have received this recognition from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” Chief Conservator and Senior Deputy Director for Collections Stephen Bonadies said. “This generous gift enables us to initiate an ambitious research program that will enhance scholarship and understanding of our world-class African Art collection and be the pilot for the new conservation center." 

The African Art project will allow museum staff to concentrate on works where analysis can lead to well-informed conservation treatment, yield new knowledge through the combination of scientific and cultural examination, and help prepare complex works for display. The Mellon grant will make it possible for the museum to acquire scientific equipment designed to analyze the structure of complex assemblages, determine pigments, assess metal alloys, and identify organic materials employed in creating African works of art. Bonadies further elaborates, “We anticipate that the project will prove transformative for scholars in their understanding of the collection as well as for conservators in their knowledge of the technical and cultural aspects of the objects in our care.”

Under guidance of Curator Richard Woodward, VMFA’s African collection has grown to include some 1,200 works of art which span approximately 100 cultures throughout the continent. This funding enables museum staff to investigate the cultural and creative impulses that underlie African art and the techniques used in their fabrication. To further extend the impact of these studies and provide training opportunities to the field, the Mellon grant will support an advanced fellowship in art conservation as well as summer internships. The reinstallation of the African collection accompanied by a scholarly catalogue and a wide variety of programs will present the findings of the studies to the public.

“This major grant aligns with goals included in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ ambitious 2020 strategic plan, which places an emphasis on both African art and conservation,” Director Alex Nyerges said. “We anticipate significant discoveries that will yield new scholarship and elevate our museum to be an essential destination for research.” Adopted last year, VMFA’s 2020 strategic plan outlines a five-year agenda to expand diversity among museum visitors by increasing awareness of the museum's renowned African and African-American Art collections through exhibitions, public programs, scholarly research and major acquisitions.

About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Founded in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at mellon.org.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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

New Orleans, LA—M.S. Rau Antiques will host a comprehensive exhibition Napoléon: General. Emperor. Legend. at their New Orleans gallery at 630 Royal Street in the French Quarter, New Orleans beginning November 5, 2016 through January 7, 2017.  The show, which is open and free to the public, explores the best of Napoléonic art and design that together will reveal the imperial style championed by the Emperor during his reign in France.

Brilliant soldier-statesmen and legendary conqueror, Napoléon Bonaparte was one of the Western world¹s most powerful leaders, as well as one of its greatest patrons of the arts. Following his meteoric rise to power, a new age of decorative and fine arts was born that validated his reign.

“Napoléon is one of the most compelling figures in all of Western history,” states William Rau, the President and owner of M.S. Rau Antiques.  “During his short time in power he made an indelible impact not only in the political arena, but also in the arts and design.  Some of our greatest treasures and finest masterpieces date to the Napoleonic age, all thanks to Napoleon and his quest for glory.” 

Having gained his position following the tumultuous era of the Revolution, the Emperor commissioned artists, designers and architects as a way to promote and legitimize his reign.  The exhibition reveals how Napoléon effectively used art and design to cultivate an image of power. From a monumental masterwork of Napoléon before the Battle of Moscow by Joseph Franque and an original bronze death mask of Napoléon to one-of-a-kind Empire furniture and décor, the exhibition offers an intriguing glimpse in the intimate life and ultimate legacy of the soldier, statesman and ruler.

About M.S. Rau Antiques:

Considered one of the world¹s foremost experts on 18th- and 19th- century antiques and fine art, William Rau is President, CEO and third-generation owner of M.S. Rau Antiques, located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Over a century old, M.S. Rau Antiques is one of the largest premier fine arts and antiques galleries in the world. William Rau¹s extensive knowledge of the international antiques and art market has not only allowed him to help clients cultivate museum quality collections, but it has also afforded him the opportunity to amass the remarkable and important works in this comprehensive Napoléonic exhibition. www.rauantiques.com

Les Enluminures is pleased to announce its blog on Medieval Text Manuscripts. We are known for our complete scholarly descriptions of all the manuscripts on our text manuscripts site (www.textmanuscripts.com), but often we have even more to say, and our new blog gives us a place to say it. We explore what these books can tell us about who made them and used them. We delve into their fascinating and unusual contents. Some of our discoveries are quite significant, some merely amusing, and some bizarre. Bring your curiosity; we think you'll find the posts instructive (and lots of fun).  Do you want to read about Books of Hours? Then turn to “Medieval Must-Haves,” “Reading the Hours,” and “Bringing the Past Alive.”  “Dead Men in the Margins” investigates marginal drawings, “When Coats of Arms Wore Many Hats” is a look at medieval heraldry, and “Dreaming the Middle Ages,” the nineteenth-century neo-Gothic.  Manuscripts intersect with modern enjoyment (“Beer is made by men, wine by God” reveals some medieval wine regulations that might surprise you) and fears (“Deluge of Doom” contemplates a weather catastrophe and the panic it inspired).  Authors of the blogs include Emily Runde, Laura Light, Sandra Hindman, and Christopher de Hamel.  

Our manuscripts go to homes near and far, and we love to hear about the stories they inspire in their new homes. Guest posts are welcome (a current post discusses an acquisition by the University of Sydney and a future one features a manuscript at the University of California at Los Angeles). Follow our blog on Medieval Text Manuscripts

Les Enluminures is a global business devoted to the buying and selling of medieval manuscripts. It maintains locations in New York, Paris, and Chicago, and representation as well in Boston and London.

The 6th Biennial CODEX Book Fair and Symposium will take place February 5-8, 2017, at the Craneway Pavillion, in Richmond, California. 

For information, please visit www.codexfoundation.org 

Digital is dead! At least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most accomplished book artists, private presses, and fine art publishers will exhibit their work from 25 countries from as far away as China, Russia and Australia.

CODEX IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. 

This event has been enormously popular with local, national, and global audiences. The CODEX Book Fair now in its 12th year is the highlight in the book art world. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but book arts is a unique late 20th and early 21st century art form. This year CODEX will feature contemporary book arts in China—featuring Xu Bing, Lu Jingren and Leilei Guo 

“We are at each successive CODEX Fair witnessing the emergence of brilliantly conceived, innovative and exceptional books that are at once synaesthetic, pan-linguistic, and multi-disciplinary works of art and language. These books are being made in very limited editions in private ateliers and workshops that are often capable of surpassing most of the technical limits of the past century,” to quote Peter Rutledge Koch, Berkeley artist/printer and founder of the CODEX Foundation. 

Indeed, the gathering has transcended a traditional trade fair to become, as Koch notes, “a unique happening in which the collector is allowed a personal encounter with the artist. It generates a kind of energy that both collectors and artists crave.” 

Charles Faulhaber, former Director of The Bancroft Library, has called CODEX “a feast for bibliophiles unmatched anywhere in the world.” This will once again be an exceptional book-week in the grand San Francisco tradition, a veritable art phenomenon in itself. Visitors have been overwhelmed, some returning two or three times... typically exclaiming, “Wow! I had NO idea how rich and unique this fair would be!” 

The Craneway Pavillion, formerly a Ford Assembly Plant and now an historic landmark, is located on the waterfront in Richmond, California. With floor to ceiling windows along its wharf side, and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay as a backdrop, the Craneway is an ideal location to spend a day among some of the world’s most exciting books. 

Tickets are $10 to attend the CODEX 2017 Book Fair and will be sold at the door. 

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The American Association of Geographers (AAG)—a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904—is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. The acquisition will be housed in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which holds the largest map and geography collection in the world.

For more than 100 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography by promoting discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields. Members of AAG hail from more than 60 countries. They share their interests in the theory, methods and practice of geography through collaborative groups, an annual meeting, scholarly journals and the online AAG newsletter.

The AAG archives includes books, booklets, articles authored by AAG geographers, correspondence involving the AAG executive directors and the AAG board of directors, conference programs and proceedings, and more. It will join the 380 hours of AAG’s "Geographers on Film" series of videos, which were donated by AAG to the Library several years ago. These materials—with the Library’s History of Computer Cartography Project and items from such important cartographers as Roger Tomlinson, John Snyder, Marie Tharp and Richard Edes Harrison—make the Library of Congress one of the largest and most important repositories of materials related to the history of geography in the United States.

The donation continues the long association that has existed between the Library and AAG. Former Geography & Map Division chiefs Lawrence Martin and Walter Ristow served as president and secretary of AAG, respectively. The current chief, Ralph Ehrenberg, served as AAG’s first archivist.

Ehrenberg said, "The addition of the AAG archives to the Geography and Map Division’s other archival collections makes the Library a center for the study not only of the history of mapping but also of geography, as it developed in the modern era in the United States."

AAG’s worldwide membership includes geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors. They work in a wide range of careers, from community-college instructors, federal, state and local government employees, planners, cartographers, scientists, non-profit workers, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, elementary and secondary educators to graduate students, retirees and university administrators.

The Library of Congress has the largest and most comprehensive collection of maps and atlases in the world, some 5.4 million cartographic items that date from the 14th century to the present time. The cartographic collections cover every country and subject, in formats ranging from early manuscripts to the most up-to-date digital geospatial data and software. The collections include the works of some of the most important surveyors and mapmakers in America, such as George Washington, Meriwether Lewis, and Richard Edes Harrison, along with archives relating to the history of geography in the United States. For more information, visit loc.gov/rr/geogmap/.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

The United States Senate today by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.

Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.

"This is truly a great honor to be nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the nation’s library, the Library of Congress," Dr. Hayden said. "It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore for 23 years and help restore the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a world-renowned institution. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Library of Congress. I will be honored to build on the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position, to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress even further and to make it a place that can be found and used by everyone."

Dr. Hayden is the first woman, and the first African American, to serve as chief executive of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, with 162 million items in its collections. It also oversees the U.S. Copyright Office and the Congressional Research Service. It serves Congress and makes its research collections accessible on site and online.

She takes the helm from Acting Librarian David S. Mao, who has served since the retirement of Dr. James H. Billington on September 30, 2015. She will be sworn in at a date to be determined and is expected to assume her duties soon.

Dr. Hayden has recently overseen the renovation of the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a four-year, $112 million project, and has also led $40 million in renovations to other units within the 22-branch Pratt system. The system is named for the businessman and philanthropist who financed its founding in 1886.

She took the helm of the Baltimore system in 1993, winning strong praise for her work to ensure that the city’s library system offers a broad array of services to assist citizens from all walks of life, from access to books and other learning materials to computer access and job information. A program of outreach into neighborhoods served by the Pratt libraries included after-school centers for teens, offering homework assistance and college counseling; a program offering healthy-eating information for residents in areas with insufficient access to high-quality food; programming in Spanish; establishment of an electronic library, and digitization of the Library’s special collections.

Dr. Hayden won high praise, during recent civil unrest in some Baltimore neighborhoods, for keeping library branches open citywide to continue service and provide citizens with safe havens.

Dr. Hayden first served as a children’s librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, eventually rising to the post of deputy commissioner and chief librarian in that system. She also taught Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received Library Journal’s 1995 Librarian of the Year Award, and served as president of the American Library Association 2003-2004.

Dr. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States - and extensive materials from around the world - both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register create works of authorship at copyright.gov.

DALLAS -  As the United States readies itself for a first woman to be pictured on its paper money in at least a century, several rare notes offered during Heritage Auctions’ American Numismatic Association Currency Auction Aug. 10-16 show women played an integral role in our money for more than 60 years.

“Bringing women back to United States Currency is a welcome change,” said Dustin Johnston, Director of Currency Auctions at Heritage, “and there is no shortage of candidates worthy of the honor. What few people realize, is that 15 woman’s signatures have appeared on every piece of currency issued in the United States since the late 1940s.”  Ever since 1949, the position of United States Treasurer has been occupied by a woman, and thus each Treasurer’s signature is added to all issued currency.

Take the Serial No. 1 Presentation Set bestowed to U.S. Treasurer Katherine Davalos Ortega in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. Ortega as Treasury Secretary served under both Presidents Reagan and President George H. W. Bush. The set is a unique grouping that simply cannot be duplicated: A presentation piece gifted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland with a complete denomination set of serial number 1 Series 1985 Federal Reserve Notes from that District ($1, $5, $10, $20, and $50).

The set also includes a rarely auctioned original hand cut template used to engrave the signature of Katherine Davalos Ortega on master dies that were reproduced and used to print over 30 billion currency notes in Series 1981A, 1985, and 1988. The Ortega Serial No. 1 Presentation Set is estimated to sell for $50,000 or more at the Aug. 10-16 convention.

The presentation set is just one of the rare and historic examples highlighting the auction. A $10,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note, PMG About Uncirculated 55, presents a vivid Light Green seal and serial numbers (est. $110,000) and an uncut sheet of $1 1934A North Africa Silver Certificates, is considered the highest third party graded sheet of this number (est. $20,000). A $10 1923 Legal Jackson  -  one of the extremely small printing of 696,000  - is graded Very Choice New 64PPQ PGCS (est. $15,000).

A selection of Civil War-era notes includes an outstanding pleasing “Indian Princess” $5 note with the low serial number 27 (est. $15,000). The key, great rarity in the Confederate series was created after the Bank of Charleston donated what was probably a very worn plate to the Confederate Department of the Treasury in 1861. A bright and attractive $1,000 Montgomery Treasury Note is one of just 130 known surviving examples (est. $30,000). An extremely rare $50 Compound Interest Note, which earned interest (est. $80,000).

A large selection of Silver and Gold Certificates ranges from a highly-detailed $5 1896 Silver Certificate PCGS Gem New 65PPQ (est. $15,000) to a $20 1905 Gold Certificate PCGS Gem New 65PPQ   -  a high-grade Technicolor note from William Philpott's A4043 run  -  presents strong eye appeal due to its broad margins and ideal inks plus the strong embossing of the serial numbers (est. $65,000).

Heritage Auctions’ American Numismatic Association Convention Currency Auction runs Aug. 10-16 on HA.com and live at the event. For more information about the auction and convention, contact Dustin Johnston at 214-409-1302 or DJohnston@ha.com.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and 750,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation’s leading and most trusted auction houses, will expand its regional reach to Scottsdale. With headquarters in Chicago, this will be the firm's seventh location in addition to Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach and St. Louis.  

Logan Browning has been hired as director of business development for the location. Browning, a Tucson native, has worked in the Scottsdale market for years as the director of Larsen Gallery and Larsen Art Auction. She received her BA from University of Arizona, her MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art and is a board member and past president of the Women's Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC), a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum.

"After seven fruitful years with Larsen Gallery and Larsen Art Auction, I am excited to be joining the team at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. I look forward to further cultivating the diverse Southwest market and building our presence in this fast growing territory," said Logan Browning.

"Logan has all of the relevant experience and is well connected in the community. We pride ourselves on exceptional client service, focusing on local representation within our established global market," said Leslie Hindman, founder and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

The Scottsdale location's initial focus will be on business development, assisting with the appraisal and consignment of individual items and entire collections. Property will be sent to Denver and Chicago to be sold at auction.

"Logan will be working closely with our Denver office, which conducts multiple Arts of the American West auctions each year in addition to managing consignments for our fine jewelry, fine art and furniture departments," said Hindman. "We have received so many wonderful consignments from the region that it only makes sense to further expand our presence."

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is an industry leader and conducts over 60 auctions annually in over 10 categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, 20th century design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. For more information, please contact Jim Sharp at (312) 280-1212.

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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

 

Lot-531-Sutro copy.jpgNew York—Swann Auction GalleriesAugust 3 auction of Vintage Posters is a visual extravaganza, with imagery ranging from posters designed by blue-chip artists to Hollywood B-movie advertisements and American work incentive posters. The largest section of the sale is formed by a run of nearly 200 political, wartime and propaganda posters.

            World War I highlights include heroic British and Canadian recruitment images, including the cover lot for the sale, Edith Kemp-Welch’s Remember Scarborough! / Enlist Now, 1914 (Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500), while a poster issued by the German Imperial Admiralty Staff, showing U-boats in the Mediterranean, offers an aesthetic counterpoint. A run of James Montgomery Flagg posters features the unforgettable and iconic I Want You, 1917 ($6,000 to $9,000); two images for Wake Up America Day, 1917 (each $4,000 to $6,000) and Travel? Adventure? Join the Marines, circa 1918 ($4,000 to $6,000). The top wartime poster in the sale is H.R. Hopp’s Destroy This Mad Brute / Enlist, 1917, which shows the horror of a German invasion as a violent, club-toting beast ($12,000 to $18,000).

            Chilling posters from WWII include Karl Koehler and Victor Ancona’s This Is the Enemy, 1942, winner of the National War Poster Competition held by MoMA ($4,000 to $6,000). International offerings include several Fascist Italian designs: one shows a skeletal Statue of Liberty looming over a burning hospital, [Here Are the ‘Liberators’], 1944 ($800 to $1,200). A Shanghai-printed poster, The Great Men of the World, depicts highly-ranked military officers of the Nationalist Party in China alongside Western leaders like Winston Churchill and Harry S. Truman, 1945-46 ($7,000 to $10,000).

            By value, top lots in the sale are by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, led by two literary posters: La Revue Blanche, 1895, showing Misia Natanson ice skating, and The Chap Book, 1896, which features Tom, the coachman for the Rothschilds, at one of the artist’s favorite haunts (each $20,000 to $30,000). Theatre posters are represented by Toulouse-Lautrec’s Troupe de Mille Églantine, 1896 ($20,000 to $30,000), and a rare version of Alphonse Mucha’s La Dame aux Camelias, 1896, designed for a Sarah Bernhardt production of the Alexandre Dumas play ($10,000 to $15,000). A masterpiece of Art Nouveau design, Bernhardt is shown among a background of silver stars. The actress used the poster ten years later to advertise her American Farewell Tour.

            Other sections of the sale are devoted to early American theatre, circus, magic, and minstrels and black imagery in turn-of-the-century advertising. Artist and exhibition posters include Metropolitan Opera / Carmen, d’après Marc Chagall, 1966 and an Alexander Calder design Toby Moffett for Congress, 1974 ($1,200 to $1,800 and $600 to $900, respectively). Hand-signed Pop Art posters include Keith Haring’s A Very Special Christmas, 1987 and Andy Warhol / Colorado State University, 1981 (each $1,000 to $1,500).

            The sale ends with light fare: alluring travel images, international posters for a variety of known and bygone brands, and beach and summer resort posters. Prominent among these offerings are Ludwig Hohlwein’s circa-1911 image Marke PKZ / Burger-Kehl & Co. ($8,000 to $12,000); the giant poster for Sutro Baths, San Francisco, 1896 ($6,000 to $9,000) and Philippe Henri Noyer’s titillating Limonade Brault, 1938 ($4,000 to $6,000). 

            The auction will held Wednesday, August 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing, after a short break, with lot 294 at 2:30 p.m. The posters will be on public exhibition on Thursday, July 28, from 10-6; Friday, July 29 from 10-5; and Monday and Tuesday August 1 and 2 from 10-6.

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

For further information, and to arrange in advance to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Poster Department Director Nicholas D. Lowry at (212) 254-4710, ext. 57, or via email at posters@swanngalleries.com. Live online bidding is available via invaluable.com.

Image: Lot 529 Sutro Baths, 1896. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000. 

 

boilingcauldron.jpgAn extremely rare and highly important album of Albertypes from photographs by William Henry Jackson, containing the first photographic views of Yellowstone, which were instrumental in its establishment as the first U.S. national park, will be auctioned at PBA Galleries in San Francisco on October 20, 2016. The bound volume of 76 proof images, produced in 1874, was made from Jackson’s glass plate negatives using the Albertype process, a then-new German technique to reproduce photographs. Only a handful of the albums survived, and none as complete as the present copy, the scarcity caused by a fire in the studio of the photographer and engraver Edward Bierstadt in early 1875 that destroyed most of the Albertypes he had printed, as well as virtually all of the original glass negatives. The discovery of the album by collector Robert Enteen in the summer of 2015 sent shock waves through the tight-knit community of photographic scholars and collectors, as the first views of the wonders of the Yellowstone came to light. The album has been on exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming, where it will remain until the middle of August, 2016.

William Henry Jackson was in the early stages of his very long career as a photographer when he joined Ferdinand V. Hayden of the U.S. Geological Survey on an expedition to investigate the marvels of what is now the Yellowstone National Park. Jackson took hundreds of photographs of the towering mountains, the breathtaking canyons, the bubbling hot springs, and the steamy geysers, creating glass plate negatives using the painstaking wet-collodion process, his studio borne by a mule. His photographs verified the amazing natural wonders to a fascinated nation, and led to the creation in early 1872 of the first national park out of “a tract of land fifty by sixty-five miles” at the Yellowstone.  Hayden, leader of the expedition to the Yellowstone, was a promoter as well as a scientist, and saw Jackson’s photographs as a prime means to publicize the new park as well as help procure funding for future government surveys.

The technique to be used in their reproduction, the Albertype process developed in Germany, was a refinement of the collotype, a screenless photomechanical reproduction technique that allows high-quality prints from continuous-tone photographic negatives. Edward Bierstadt, brother of the noted artist Albert Bierstadt, had purchased rights to the Albertype, and was contracted by Hayden to produce albums of “about one-hundred illustrations, printed by the Albertype process from photographic negatives taken by Mr. Jackson.” He began by creating the proof albums, but got no further before the disastrous fire occurred.

There are five known sets of the Albertypes to have survived - the present set, of 76 images, the prints tipped into the cloth binding and protected by separation leaves, with the frame of each print identifying it as being a William Henry Jackson printed by Edward Bierstadt via the Albertype process; a set at the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts, containing 56 prints; a set at the Denver Public Library with about 30 images; and two lesser sets. Thirteen of the 76 Albertypes in the present volume do not exist in any of the four other known sets. Experts who have examined the album feel the images are of higher quality that those in the Clark set.

The significance of the bound volume of Albertypes is underscored by the enthusiastic reception and praise by scholars and experts in the field. The exhibit of the album and the display of 54 enlargements of selected prints at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which began on March 21, 2016, and will last through August 14, have enthralled the public and excited collectors.  An article in The Photograph Collector Newsletter, March 2016, lauds the exhibit and details the importance of the album. Dr. Matthew Hermes, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University in South Carolina, who worked with Mr. Enteen in verifying the authenticity and importance of the album, wrote a lengthy article on the album and the exhibit for Points West, the magazine of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He describes the Albertypes as “beautiful, with tonal qualities that make them indistinguishable from Jackson’s original albumen prints,” and further, the “Enteen prints present an essentially complete pictorial record of the Hayden 1871 survey. They are beautifully preserved and demonstrate the remarkable ability to present the art, composition, and content of the early glass plate photographs.” 

This rare and important album is now being offered for sale at public auction, at the request of the owner, Mr. Robert Enteen, at PBA Galleries’ sale on October 20, 2016, of “Americana, with the National Parks.”  The timing of the auction is serendipitous, coming in the centennial year of the National Park Service, which was founded in 1916. The presale estimate for the album is $80,000 to $120,000.

(Baltimore, Md.) - Now celebrating its 36th year, the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will make its annual return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 25-28, 2016. The expansive show will present the spectacular collections of more than 400 international exhibitors, including a book fair section, and an exciting new Fine Craft section, featuring a juried exhibition of artists.

Fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados travel from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles, and more.

“Every year this show gets bigger and better,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “We have dealers from all over the country that we hand-select so that everyone who attends will be able to shop the best of the best!”

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is much more than your average retail show, with an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art, there is truly something for everyone at the show. Acclaimed as the most anticipated event of the season, the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show offers guests full-service restaurants, coffee bars, and lounge areas on the show floor to offer a break while they are treasure hunting.

“We believe that The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is the closest anyone can come to time travel,” stated Diament. “Just think about it - you can come here and hold an idol made for a Russian Tsar, wear a necklace possibly onc worn by a great, great relative, or sit in a chair once owned by European royalty - the possibilities are endless. The difference between this show and a museum is that at our show, you can actually purchase and own your own pieces of history!”

2016 Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show August 25-28, 2016

Thursday, August 25 Friday, August 26 Saturday,August 27 Sunday, August 28

12 pm - 8 pm 11 am - 7 pm 11 am - 7 pm

11 am - 6 pm

Tickets: $20 (each ticket is good for all 4 show days)

Baltimore Conv ention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(Two main entrances: West Pratt Street Lobby & Charles Street Lobby)

For More Information: www.BaltimoreSummerShow.com561.822.5440

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jew elry Show is a Palm Beach Show Group Event.

Startling Stories.jpgBOXBOROUGH, MA: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday September 17, 2016 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 1-3pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for complete details and easily downloaded Discount Coupons.

Date/Hours: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9am-3pm Location: The Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28. Admission: Adults: $7 ($1 Discount with Ad or Website Coupon), Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking. Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item. Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps. Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours. Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Antiques Shows, and Vintage Flea Markets in the Northeast. The Brunos have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 22 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who can be seen on the PBS series Market Warriors.

BABF-PostersMarch24.jpgBrooklyn, NY, July 2016 - What happens when you combine a world-class selection of the antique books and ephemera with three days of special displays, live literary-related entertainment, and family fun?  The third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, of course!  This highly anticipated event will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, located at 79 Franklin St., in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th, 2016.

The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair features more than 100 top-tier dealers from all over the world who will present a full spectrum of collectible and antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular ephemera categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   

In addition to the breathtaking array of works on paper available, this celebration also features many special events and exhibits designed to reflect Brooklyn’s distinctive personality, quirkiness, and central roles in American literary history.  You won’t want to miss these outstanding highlights!

Opening Preview Night Celebration to Benefit 826NYC

The fair opens with a bang on Friday, September 9th with a preview event to benefit 826NYC, a local organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  From 6:00pm-9:00pm, guests will have first dibs on the event’s 25,000 items on offer while enjoying locally sourced refreshments, including treats from Jessy's Pastries.  Jessy’s is known for their home-made, fresh empanadas and alfajores, Peruvian cookies which the Huffington Post calls “the best cookie you've never heard of.” And, as a special thank you, each preview guest who purchases their ticket in advance online will receive a free limited edition fair poster.  

The Haiku Lounge

The Haiku Guys & Gals and Pop Productions will present “The Haiku Lounge,” an immersive, poetic hideaway featuring interactive performances, artful food and drink selections, curiosities, crafts, and other analog and antiquarian delights.  These remarkable Haikuists will be authoring free, one-of-a-kind poems and spreading the syllable love through their unique blend of performance, audience interaction, and humor.  

Book Shots

Book Shots and Photography Expert Panel Discussion

Stacy Waldman, from House of Mirth, will present a lovingly curated, exclusive exhibit of vintage snapshots featuring books, readers, libraries, and other literary themes.  In addition Stacy will be moderating an expert panel discussion entitled Lost Souls Found Photos: Obsessive New Yorkers Talk About The Insanity Of Collecting Snapshots.   This conversation will focus on the collection of vintage photographs, those “everyday” shots we all took with our Kodak and Polaroid cameras of our friends and relatives at family gatherings, at the beach, or wherever our camera happened to be. What was it in these collector’s lives that prompted them to start collecting vintage photos of people they have never met and what is the thought process which goes into assembling their collections?    Participants in this discussion include: WM Hunt, Brian Wallis, Jane Hammond, Billy Parrott, and Barbara Levine, all well-known experts in the field of vintage photography. 

Book Signing

Rebecca Rego Barry, the editor of Fine Books & Collections, will be greeting visitors and signing her newest book, Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places, on Saturday, September 10th from noon to 3:00 pm.  This book recounts extraordinary discoveries from the world of book collecting, like a stash of vintage comic books worth $3.5 million long forgotten in a basement closet or a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars.  The Washington Post called Barry’s book "…a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector.”

Free Drop-in Family Make-a-Book Workshop

Book author and artist Esther K. Smith will present her latest book, Making Books with Kids: 25 Paper Projects to Fold, Sew, Paste, Pop, and Draw, and will give a hands-on demonstration of simple pop-ups and movable books on Saturday, September 10th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Smith’s publications have been on display at the Metropolitan and the Victoria & Albert museums, and are in international collections including the MoMA, Whitney, Tate, Cooper Hewitt, and The National Gallery of Art, among many others. 

Special Exhibit by The Center for Book Arts 

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Visitors will be treated to a remarkable display of artist books highlighting a variety of form and content from the permanent collection of this esteemed Manhattan based contemporary arts organization.  The Center for Book Arts, the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, was founded in 1974 and the only location in New York City where visitors can view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio. The exhibit, which will on display throughout the three day event, will highlight works by Tadasha Mitsui, Shana Agid, and others. 

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, "It’s not too early to mark your calendars for what undoubtedly will be one of the most exciting, interesting, and quality book and paper events of the fall season.  Although this show is only in its third year, its number of national and international dealers, as well as range of items on offer, confirm its location and format as the perfect fit for Brooklynites and their borough neighbors.  It’s going to be a great show indeed.”

The third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, on Friday, September 9th from 6-9pm; Saturday, September 10th from 11am-7pm; and Sunday, September 11th from 11am-5pm.  A variety of ticketing options are available ranging from $7 for a Sunday only ticket to $25 for the preview opening benefit; for more information and to purchase tickets please click here.  The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by AbeBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs.  

Book and Paper Fairs produces the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a calendar of our shows, please click here or visit www.bookandpaperfairs.com.

Image Credit: Tadasha Mitsui. 

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 8.35.01 PM.pngOn 29 November 2016, Sotheby’s in London will offer at auction the complete manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony (the “Resurrection”). This dramatic manuscript, spanning 232 pages and written in the composer’s distinctive hand throughout, is the highest-estimated musical manuscript ever to be offered at auction, estimated in excess of £3.5m.

This hugely significant monument of musical history is made all the more noteworthy by its remarkable provenance. It is being offered by the estate of the American economist and businessman, Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016), who, having become infatuated with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 upon seeing the piece performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1965, dedicated his life to realising his dream of conducting the piece with the world’s greatest orchestras.

“No complete symphony by Mahler, written in the composer’s own hand, has ever been offered at auction, and probably none will be offered again. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a manuscript of truly outstanding historical importance.”--Simon Maguire, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts

THE “RESURRECTION” SYMPHONY

The “Resurrection” symphony, which premiered in Berlin in 1895, is a truly monumental work—one of the grandest, longest, and yet most accessible of Mahler’s creations. Performed with a 90-piece orchestra, soprano and alto soloists, chorus and organ, the epic symphony extends to 90 minutes. This was the first major work that saw the composer confront the universal themes of life and death, which were so characteristic of his oeuvre.

Written in the composer’s own hand, the manuscript remains completely unaltered, untrimmed and unbound-including deletions, alterations and annotations, many in vivid blue crayon. The work retains the form in which Mahler left it, reflecting and revealing the compositional process for the work. This manuscript was given by Alma Mahler, the composer’s widow, to Mahler’s friend the conductor Willem Mengelberg in 1920 and acquired directly by Gilbert Kaplan from that conductor’s estate in 1984. It has never been offered or sold on the open market, and is the most significant music manuscript ever to be offered at auction*.

GILBERT KAPLAN: THE “SELF-MADE” CONDUCTOR

Witnessing a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1965 had transformative effect on the American entrepreneur and publisher Gilbert Kaplan. “Zeus threw the bolt of lightning. I walked out of that hall a different person”, said Kaplan. He was later quoted as saying that “Mahler’s Second wrapped its arms around me” and told the Boston Globe that, “there’s been nothing that put me in orbit the way this did.” Enlisting the help of the world’s leading conductors, he worked tirelessly to learn, from scratch, how to conduct the piece-a feat that has been compared to scaling Mount Everest. Over the course of three decades, this improbable transformation would see Kaplan perform the piece—and only ever this piece—more than 100 times across the globe. Kaplan’s concerts intensified his identification with the work: his acquisition of the manuscript was the culmination of his obsession with the symphony. 

*The only comparable autograph music manuscripts of major symphonic works to have been sold at auction are the celebrated manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies (which achieved £2.5 million in 1987) and the manuscript of Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony (which sold for £1.5 million in 1994).

A spectacular collection of Charles Bukowski formed by Allen Berlinski will be offered by PBA Galleries on July 14th, 2016.  Nearly half the sale will be comprised by signed editions, limited editions with original paintings by Bukowski, periodical appearances, as well as manuscript poems and correspondence from the poet.    The second half of the auction includes modern literary works from authors such as Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Jack Micheline, Henry Miller, Tim O’Brien, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, and many, many others. Also featured are several works in complete series including Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, and a complete set of all twenty first editions from Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey - Marutin series.

A six-page original typewritten manuscript draft of Bukowski’s Notes of a Dirty Old Man is one of many manuscript items featured in this sale.  Holograph edits are in red ink, including a character’s name change from Harry to Marty.  The transcript also includes drawings on the first page of three men and one woman and is signed in black in on the last page.  Comparison with the published text reveals that Bukowski revised the short story yet again before it appeared in book form.  (Estimate:  $3,000/$5,000)

A first edition of Bukowski’s first novel, Post Office, is also on the block.  Published by Black Sparrow Press, an original color pastel drawing signed “Buk” is tipped in opposite the title page.  (Estimate:  $4,000/$6,000).  One of only 75 copies, At Terror Street and Agony Way, also comes with an original painting. (Estimate: $4,000/$6,000). These are examples of the many works with paintings by Bukowski offered in the sale. 

There are also a number of lots of correspondence from Charles Bukowski to be auctioned.  One example is a typed letter from Bukowski to E. V. Griffith acknowledging payment of $50 for eleven poems published in Hearse magazine.  (Estimate: $700/$1,000)

From the second half of the sale, one of the highlights is a complete set of all twenty volumes of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series.  All first English Editions are in their original dust jackets (Estimate: $4,000/$6,000) A number of Stephen King books are offered including a signed limited edition of his 1981 psychological horror thriller, Cujo (Estimate:  $700/$1,000).  A large selection of works by Henry Miller includes an original watercolor tribute to composer Darius Milhaud (Estimate: $1,200/$1,800). Jim’s Books, is the rare first work by Pulitzer Prize winner James Merrill that was published by the author’s father when the poet was a young student at the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, NJ (Estimate: $3,000/$5,000)

The sale will begin at 11:00am Pacific Time.  The public may preview the auction Monday, July 11th, 1 - 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12th and 13th, 9am - 5pm; and Thursday, July 14th, 9-11am or by appointment at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. PBA accepts absentee bids by phone, fax or email or bids may be placed during the sale in person or online.  The entire catalog may be viewed at  http://www.pbagalleries.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/399/ .  For more information, please contact PBA at (415) 989-2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.

PBA Galleries

1233 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 11.04.19 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will hold an auction dedicated to Beatrix Potter and in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of her birth. The auction will take place on her birthday, 28 July 2016 in Maddox Street, London.  The John Cawood Collection of Beatrix Potter forms a large share of the lots on offer and comprises nearly 100 pieces including First Editions and Works on Paper amassed by the collector since 1972. John Cawood is a resident of The Lake District and prominent member of the Beatrix Potter Society who developed a passion for Beatrix Potter’s tales as a child. Estimates for the collection range from £250 to £35,000.  

Consignments are currently being accepted for the sale with a closing date of 16th of June. 

It was through a childhood friendship formed at his school tennis club with David Steedman (who grew up to become a third generation antiquarian bookseller) that John Cawood developed his passion for collecting which started by chance in 1972.  John, who had qualified as a solicitor, commented to Steedman that he had recently read a biography of Beatrix Potter that he found fascinating. A few days later his friend, with a canny eye for business, telephoned to say that he had a fine copy of Mrs Tiggy Winkle. From that moment he was hooked and for the next 40 years set about trying to achieve ‘a complete set of 1st editions of her ‘little books’. He always strived to buy the best condition of any title and this sale presents an excellent opportunity for new collectors to acquire some of the best examples of her work.

Headlining the sale is a first edition of Beatrix Potter's iconic work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This version is a first issue and one of only 250 copies ever made. It has a colour frontispiece and 41 full-page line drawings by the author as well as the original grey-green boards lettered and illustrated in black. This is an exceptional example  of the true first printing of one of the most important children's books of the twentieth century and was privately printed at the behest of the author by Strangeways in December, 1901 (est: £25,000-35,000).  Originally conceived by Beatrix Potter as a picture letter and sent to her former governess’ eldest son Noël in 1893, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was to become one of the pre-eminent children’s books of all time, and firmly established Beatrix Potter as a popular author and illustrator.  This edition was produced largely due to the author’s exasperation at the failure of various children’s book publishers to take on the work, and immediately proved such a success amongst her friends, family and others (including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) that, within a week or two, she had requested a second impression be produced. At the same time Frederick Warne & Co. had reconsidered their position on publishing the work, and a deal was made with Beatrix Potter to produce the edition with coloured plates throughout, maintaining the author’s preferred format in regard to size and sticking with the three-colour process she had commissioned Hentschel to use for this privately printed issue’s frontispiece.

Prior to Beatrix Potter achieving fame with The Tale of Peter Rabbit she made her living as an illustrator of children’s books and ephemera. Included in the auction is a rare and charming chromolithograph Christmas Card of Two Mice in a Coconut.. Designed in England, it was printed in Germany, c. 1890 by Hildesheimer & Faulkner. Beatrix Potter's original design for this Christmas card depicted a mouse in a nest rather than a coconut.  Two original watercolour designs for this work are in the V&A, the former depicting the mouse inside the nest, and the latter depicting the nest viewed from the outside, est: £600 - £800.

Two notable lots relate to the quintessential 'cat and mouse tale' - The Story of Miss Moppet. Highlighting the auction is an original watercolour design for the mouse autographed by Potter and featuring instructions from her in pencil indicating how it was to be reduced in size for the title-page illustration. The watercolour, dating from c.1906, is tipped onto card and window mounted, framed & glazed.  It is an excellent original illustration, initially used in monochrome only for the panoramic edition of The Story of Miss Moppet (1906), and never reissued in colour for the 1916 or subsequent standard format editions. est: £8,000 - £12,000. Very few original illustrations are available on the open market. Also for sale is a first edition of The Story of Miss Moppet in panoramic format, comprising 14 colour illustrations. This is one of only two panoramic Peter Rabbit titles aimed at younger children and issued for Christmas (est: £400 - £600).

A first issue and first edition of The Tailor of Gloucester is one of just 500 copies ever produced and was printed privately by Beatrix Potter in 1902 by Strangeways. The book features 16 colour plates and is estimated at £3,000-4,000. Developed from one of the author’s famous illustrated letters, this time gifted to Freda Moore, this work features rhymes & verses that Beatrix Potter enjoyed woven into a tale told to her by Caroline Hutton during a stay at Harescombe Grange near Stroud, Gloucestershire, for which the author took sketches of Gloucester landmarks & streets, and even tore a button off her own coat so she could watch a tailor in Chelsea at work. The Tailor of Gloucester was the author’s favourite among all her works, writing of this edition “I find that children of the right age - 12 - like it best; the smaller ones who could learn off the short sentences of Peter find this one too long.

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, first edition with 27 colour plates and title vignette by the author features the original floral patterned cloth and lettered in gilt, darkened and slightly creased at spine, rubbed at corner-tips,. Published by Warne in 1903, this was one of two titles to be bound for a deluxe edition in art fabric from Beatrix Potter’s grandfather’s printworks at Manchester and carries an estimate of £700 - £900. 

Beatrix Potter only every produced one Almanac and it is included in the auction estimated at £300-400. Peter Rabbit’s Almanac for 1929 is a first edition with 13 colour plates (frontispiece and one for each month) and colour title vignette by the author and is a good copy.  A first edition in excellent condition of Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes, first or second printing includes 15 colour plates and a plain title vignette by the author and is complete with its original printed glassine dust-jacket. This book was originally planned at the time Peter Rabbit was published, developing on Beatrix Potter’s interest in traditional nursery rhymes combined with her enjoyment of the illustrations of Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott. However, Warne did not publish it until 1917 (est: £1,800 - £2,200).

A handwritten letter from Beatrix Heelis to Mrs [Celia N./Nurse] Edwards dated 23rd February 1924, Sawrey, Ambleside, informing Nurse Edwards that "the committee has confirmed your appointment" [as a Queen's Nurse for the Hawkshead and District Nursing Association] and noting a desired engagement date is estimated at £800-1,200. The author notes luggage arrangements before commenting on the departing nurse ("I should say she always had a quick tongue, but there could not be a kinder hearted woman, I have always liked and respected her, and a splendid surgical nurse. She gets very irritable when feeling ill and tired. I would not write all this, only you are sure to hear plenty of grumbles...") and notes "People are ready enough to make excuses for ex-service men, but when a woman is neuraltrenic [sic] - she is simple "cross"..." 

Image: The Story of Miss Moppet, first edition, in panoramic format, (est: £400-£600).

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 10.57.28 AM.pngAn impressive collection of autographs and memorabilia will be offered at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on 11 August 2016 at 1pm. The auction will take place at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP and estimates range from £100 to £7000 with a total sale value of £117,980.

Of particular note is a collection of six autograph letters signed by Elizabeth the Queen Mother, penned in her late teens ('Elizabeth Lyon') and addressed to Private James Harding during the First World War. These letters give a beautiful insight into the warm and generous character of the teenage Queen Mother and her involvement in the war effort. Elizabeth met and nursed the wounded Private Harding at Glamis Castle, her family’s Scottish home that had been turned into a hospital at the outbreak of the war in 1914 and continued a warm correspondence with him for many years. These personal letters are touching, recalling games they used to play together and references to the war. The letters include charming poems she had written (extract below), playing cards and photographs ("I'm so glad you liked the photo, personally I think it's dreadful!...”) Harding and his companions played tricks on Lady Elizabeth: "There was 'wild laughter' when she got the Queen of Spades time after time - and she discovered that they had been passing it under the table to give to her" (Queen Elizabeth: the Queen Mother, by William Shawcross, pp. 80-82). Lot no.241 is estimated to reach between £5,000 - 7,000. 

‘And if again I get the Queen

(I'm sure there is a plot)

There will be most awful trouble

and a "telling off" will be the lot

of Private Harding.’

Elizabeth Lyon, 22 December 1916.

A rare letter from Charles Dickens to fellow novelist Wilkie Collins, dated 1857, is another auction highlight (lot no.77), estimated at £1,000-£1,200. Dickens wrote "Russell is just going to India, and Delane and he are coming to dine with me...Will you come? Very quiet and no party". Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins met for the first time in March 1851, when the former was already an acclaimed novelist. They were introduced by mutual friend Augustus Egg, who recruited Collins to Dickens's amateur theatrical company. Collins and Dickens established a friendship that lasted until Dickens's death in 1879. 

The guests mentioned by Dickens have been identified as William Howard Russell and John Thadeus Delane. The former was a journalist and war-correspondent for The Times. He achieved notoriety for reporting the Crimean War. He left for India in 1857 in order to cover the Indian Mutinity, which had begun in May with the rising at Meerut and the seizure of Delhi. John Thadeus Delane was editor of The Times from 1841 to 1877 and a close friend to Dickens.

Other highlights include a cheque signed 'Marilyn Monroe' (estimated at £1,200-1,500, pictured below), and a unique album page signed by all the members of The Hectics, Freddie Mercury’s first music band during his years at school near Bombay. Signatures comprise: Fred Bulsara (Freddie Mercury) Dereck Branche, Bruce Murray, Farang Irani, Victory Rana and Haroon Ansari. (Dated c. 1961, estimated, £1,500-£2,000). 

Also, two rare carte de visite taken by Alexander Gardner from the original photographic negative by Matthew Brady, showing Abraham Lincoln seated in a chair by a table with a ink well on top, the larger photograph featuring 'Lincoln' annotated on rear of mount. (Estimated at £800-£1,200)

Image: LOT No. 241: Group of touching letters from Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon during WW1, Est £5,000-7,000

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions will host an important sale of Books and Works on Paper on Wednesday 27 July 2016 with a fascinating selection of works relating to the history of travel and exploration. The auction will take place at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street.

A rare and complete Latin first edition of Hippocrates, Octoginta volumina, from 1525 is an important historic work and is expected to realize £7,000 - £10,000 (Lot 83). Marco Fabio Calvo of Ravenna undertook the project of preparing a complete Latin translation of the Hippocratic corpus in the early sixteenth century. A friend of Raphael, Calvo had translated Vitruvius into Italian for the use of the artist, and also prepared the first archeological mapping of ancient Rome. Calvo's Latin translation of Hippocrates was printed in Rome in 1525. 

Lot 42 is a first Latin edition of Narratio Regionum Indicarum per Hispanos Quosdam Devastatarum Verissima by Las Casas (BARTOLOME DE, Bishop of Chiapa) (Est: £4,000-£6,000). This classic work features the notorious series of engravings depicting atrocities committed by the Spanish settlers against the indigenous peoples in 1598. 

Highlighting the sales is an extremely rare and complete set of aquatints by Lt General Elisha Trapaud entitled Twenty Views of India from 1788 and estimated at £20,000 - £25,000 (Lot 28).  Lt. General Elisha Trapaud (1750-1828), soldier, engineer and artist, went to Sumatra in 1776 as an East India Company factor, staying for two years. He returned to London in 1778 but then joined the Madras Engineers in 1779. In 1783 it appears that Trapaud joined the expedition led by Captain John Macdonald to survey Sumatra that took three years and in 1786 he went to Penang. Trapaud was promoted to Lt. General in 1814 and died in 1828. 

An important botanical work included for auction is Lot 52, L'Heritier de Brutelle, Geraniologia, printed in 1787 and estimated at £2,500 - £3,500. Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle (15 June 1746 - 18 August 1800) was an 18th-century French botanist and magistrate. Born into an affluent upper-class Parisian family his connections with the French Royal Court secured him the position of Superintendent of Parisian Waters and Forests at the age of twenty-six. Starting as an amateur and developing into a self-made scientist, he studied native trees and shrubs, gaining interest in exotic flora. He soon corresponded with other important botanists at the time, among them Joseph Banks and James Edward Smith and had a spell working at Kew Gardens. 

Adding a dash of irony (given the reputation of the man and his most famous character), also up for sale is Ian Fleming’s copy of Hoyle's Hymns and Songs for Temperance Societies (Lot 197), inscribed in pencil to friend and golf partner Randal Hugh "Hughie" Vivian Smith "Swing it! - Ian", estimated at a modest £600 - £800. 

image003.jpgDALLAS - More than 1000 lots of rare and desirable posters are being offered in Heritage Auction’s July 30-31, 2016 Movie Posters Signature® Auction. Such scarce horror titles as Son of Frankenstein (1939) Style A one sheet, (est. $50,000) and Dracula’s Daughter (1936) one sheet (est. $25,000) as well as Casablanca (1942, est. $30,000) insert and Morocco (1930, est. $15,000) one sheet Style B.

Other highlights in July’s stellar selection include a wide-ranging selection of important posters from the early days of Hollywood’s Silent Film era that have never come up for auction before.  

“Rarely do we get a collection of such early and significant film posters in such quantity as this wonderful group of 100-year-old posters, many of which are unrestored and in an unused state,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “It’s not going too far to suggest that this well may be the best selection of these types of posters Heritage has ever offered.” 

The Silent Film collection features almost 100 titles dating from 1915 through 1920, including such superstars of the age as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, William S. Hart, Theda Bara, Lon Chaney and many more.

Titles include D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915, est. $25,000), Chaplin in Triple Trouble (1918, est. $5,000) and Chase Me Charlie (1918, est. $5,000), Pickford in The Little American (1917, est. $5,000), Hart in Riddle Gawne (1916, $2,000) and Lon Chaney in The Penalty (1920, est. $10,000). 

“We are so excited to get this great selection of one sheets, three sheets, six sheets and lobby cards from this early period in cinema history,” said Smith. “Collectors of this kind of vintage paper are going to like what they see.”

Other visually stunning posters include a one sheet for the 1935 classic The 39 Steps, which displays beautifully (est. $12,000); the original acrylic painting by famed poster artist Drew Struzan for the 1984 comedy Cannonball Run II (est. $4,000); and a sultry one sheet for 1947’s Out of the Past, featuring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer (est. $10,000).

A group of 25 animation posters range from the pre-war Terrytoons: 2,000 B.C. (1931, est. $1,000), beloved home front shorts such as Private Pluto (1943, est. $1,200) and Donald Duck in The Old Army Game (1943, $1,000) to modern classics including The Nightmare Before Christmas (1991, est. $1,000).

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Chiswick Auctions is hosting sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts, taking place on Wednesday 20th July at 1pm. 

Featuring in the sale will be the second part of the Surrealist Collection of the late John Lyle. (Lots 100-230). 

Lot 41. INDIA TRACTS - A collection of pamphlets: A Letter from Certain Gentlemen of the Council at Bengal, to the Honourable The Secret Committee For Affairs of the Honourable United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies. London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1764. John Zephaniah Holwell's An Address to the Proprietors of East India Stock; Setting Forth The Unavoidable Neccessity and real Motives fir the Revolution in Bengal, in 1760. London: T. Becket and P.A. de Hondt, 1764. Provenance: 'Mr Holwell' (signature), Mr Holwell's Refutation of a Letter from Certain  Gentlemen of the Council at Bengal to the Honourable The Secret Committee Serving As a Supplement to his Address to the Proprietors of East-India Stock. London: T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1764. Provenance: 'Mr Holwell' (signature). Reflections on the Present Commotions in Bengal. London: G. Kearsly, 1764. Provenance: 'Mr Serafton [?] (signature). An Address to the Proprietors of East-India Stock. London: G. Kearsly, 1764. Facts Relating to the Treaty of Commerce, Lately Concluded by Governor Vansittart, Without the Consent of His Council, with the Nabob of Bengal: Together with Copies of Some Original Papers. London: T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1764. An Address to the Proprietors of East-India Stock, Upon the Important Points. London: C. Henderson, 1764. Small Folio (occasional spotting, light browning to pages). Contemporary calf (boards detached and rubbed, extremities rubbed). Provenance: A number of the pamphlets are signed by Mr Holwell, who was a survivor of the Black Hole of Calcutta and Governor of Bengal in 1760. 
Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Book signed by the surrealists including Picasso

Lot 201. La Revolution Surrealiste. Paris: Librairie Gallimard, [1924-1929]. Folio. A complete run of installments (occasional light spotting). Original vellum (minor wear). SIGNED by Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, Marcel DuChamp, Jacques Prevert, Tristan Tzara, Benjamin Peret, Rene Magritte, Paul Eluard, Andre Masson, Philippe Soupault, Roland Penrose, George Ribemont-Dessaignes, Jacques Boiffard, Jacques Baron, Michael Leiris and Raymond Queneau. 
Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000 

Lot 174. ARCHIVE- LYLE, John (1932-2002). A large and substantial archive including material relating to: Ted Joans, Tony Blundell, Les Coleman, George Melly, Alan Burns, Philip West, Ian Breakwell, Patrick Hughes, Pierre Prevert, Marcel Jean, Jean-Louis Bedouin, David Gascoyne, Jose Pierre, Edouard Jaguer, Maurice Henry. Also includes John Lyle's work featuring many correspondence relating to Transformaction, which is laced throughout the archive. 
Estimate: £15,000-£20,000

Lot 106.  PREVERT, Jacques. Paroles. [Paris?]: Le Caligraphie, 1945. 4to. (Pages lightly browned). Original grey illustrated wrappers, titled in red (chipping to the spine and general minor wear). Provenance: Jacques Brunius (signature), John Lyle (Bookplate). With 4 ALS: 2 from Jacques Prevert and 1 from Pierre Prevert, the latter written in coloured pencil: "Mon cher petit Jacques Bernard Brunius Borel J'ai bien recu le livre en anglais du cinema Francais et international...". One of the ALS is written on the back a collage depicting a priest and a donkey: "Mon cher Jacques je suis content d'avoir de tes nouvelles anglais. J t'envoie d'adresse de de Maria... Pour L'"Obelisk...".The collage is stamped on the same side as the ALS in blue ink: "Foto Peter Cornelius". Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

 

62.jpgDenver, Pennsylvania, July 2016 - Collectors enjoyed a “Coke and a Smile” over this amazing sale held on May 21st-22nd, 2016.  Nearly 1,300 outstanding lots - with many one of a kind items - were on offer.  And the results were refreshing indeed. Overall, 11 lots realized $10,000-$19,999; 3 lots realized $20,000-49,999; and 2 lots topped $50,000!  All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.

Collectors took this sale’s remarkable selections of original Cola-Cola art to heart.  Lot 219, a c. 1949 Coca-Cola original oil painting featuring Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist doll Charlie McCarthy, took center stage to realize $53,680.  Lot 234, a 1940's Coca-Cola original gouache painting of a woman enjoying a Coca-Cola with lunch, whetted appetites enough to realize $15,250.  And lot 309, a rare 1930's large Coca-Cola original painting featuring an attractive woman in a matching dress and hat, charmed its way to $50,020.  This artwork would have served as the basis for a large horizontal poster.

All signs suggest that this sale’s collection of Coca-Cola signage was simply astonishing.  Tin was in with lot 413, an exceptional, 1926 embossed “Gas Today” sign and lot 343, a 1926 embossed oval sign featuring a beautiful woman.  They realized $10,370 and $17,080 respectively.  Preferred porcelain picks include lot 850, a dark green bordered triangular sign in near mint condition which realized $21,960 and lot 485, a late 1930's-40's two-sided cutout sidewalk sign which strolled to $23,180 - more than three times its low estimate.  The heat was on lot 62, an exceedingly rare 1920's cardboard sign made for the Canadian market which featured a thermometer as a focal point.  It soared to $13,420.  And collectors clearly thirsted for lot 460, a rare 1930's “National Recovery Act” sign which realized $15,860 and lot 898, an exceedingly rare 1940's lighted sign which realized $12,200.

This auction event also offered antique signage from both legacy as well as little-known consumer brands.  Lot 1084, a rare 1930’s- 40’s porcelain Orange Crush sign, juiced up bidders to realize $6,100.  Lot 1119, a 1940's-50's Vernor's Ginger Ale embossed tin sign bubbled up to $4, 880 - over four times its low estimate.   And there’s much to be learned from lot 1261, a rare Professor Morse sign promoting the company’s cigars.  Once the smoke cleared, this circa 1905-1915 sign went on to realize $12,220.

Archival quality Coca-Cola advertising specialties, consumer ephemera, displays, and other one-of-a-kind treasures rounded out this exceptional sale.  Lot 577, a 1930’s sterling silver Coca-Cola display bottle given to the executive that oversaw the construction of the ocean-liner inspired bottling plant in downtown Los Angeles, was a heavy-metal favorite, realizing $35,380.  And things got hot under the collar with lot 841, a Coca-Cola branded tin thermometer.  This 1950’s rarity earned its degree at $11,590, almost six times its low estimate.  

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, Robert Newman’s collection was outstanding both for its scope and quality.  Many of his items were in practically like-new condition.  This is extremely rare in the antique advertising categories.  It was a fantastic opportunity to work with Mr. Newman in helping him deaccession this world class grouping.  And enthusiasts from all over the world certainly took notice of the outstanding merchandise on offer.  The original artwork featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy was truly in a class by itself.  It will be a very long time - if ever - that something like that will hit the auction block again!”

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

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 9.57.16 PM.pngWhen: July 13 - September 24, 2016

Opening Reception: July 13, 6-8pm

Artist Roundtable: Wednesday, August 10 and Wednesday, September 7, 6:30pm

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

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

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

Admission: Free

Exhibition website: http://bit.ly/29arJd7

The Center for Book Arts presents its Summer 2016 Member Artist Exhibition, Making Sense of the Senses, on view July 13 through September 24, organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director and Curator, The Center for Book Arts, and Peter Schell, Artist, Instructor, and Naturalist. 

An opening reception will take place Wednesday, July 13, from 6-8pm.

This exhibition presents artist books and related works that employ, evoke, or conceptually contemplate one or more of the five senses: hearing, smell, sight, touch, and taste. 

Artists included: Aravind Adyanthaya, Ioulia Akhmadeeva, Rosaire Appel, Anita Gangi Balkun, Wardah Naeem Bukhari, Sophie Calle, Josely Carvalho, Julie Chen, Donald Daedalus, Aurora De Armendi, Sue Donym and Marie Guise, Ximena Perez Grobet, Antonio Guerra, Angela Lorenz, Sean Meehan, Susan Martin Maffei, Shervone Neckles, John Risseeuw, Paolo Salvagione, Zoë Sheehan-Saldaña, Ellen Sheffield, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Irwin Susskind, Barbara Tetenbaum, George A. Walker, Thomas Parker Williams, Tammy Wofsey, and Dasha Ziborova.

Peter Schell possesses a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbology) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. The roots of his practice are in a life-long study of nature. He has spent many years studying and teaching human anatomy to artists, massage therapists and body workers - leading to the study of Chinese medicine. He possesses a Zheng-Gu Tui Na three-year certificate with Tom Bisio and Frank Butler, and studies Western herbal energetics with Julia Graves and Matthew Wood. Schell has practiced acupuncture since 2001.

Suggested donation for the general public for these special events is $10 non-members/$5 members.

ALSO ON VIEW: SHEHERZADE'S GIFT: SUBVERSIVE NARRATIVES

The Center for Book Arts presents its Summer 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition, Sheherzade's Gift: Subversive Narratives, on view July 13 through September 24, organized by Jaishri Abichandani, Independent Curator and Former Director, South Asian Women's Creative Collective. 

One of the most enduring and influential books in global popular culture is A Thousand and One Nights. Understood as an amalgamation of fables originating from West and South Asia, its main protagonist is the fictional Queen Sheherzade, whose stories are told to countless young girls from North Africa to South East Asia. The Queen has been a polarizing figure; many women berate her for failing to challenge patriarchal mores, while others have a keener understanding of the nature of her subversion.

Sheherzade's Gift: Subversive Narratives examines the work of female artists of western and south Asian heritage largely influenced by these tales. The works in the exhibition-including text, painting, sculpture, video, and performance-tell personal narratives that traverse through the urban and natural landscapes that lay open each artist's experiences. 

Artists include: Nida Abidi, Negar Ahkami, Fariba Salma Alam, Ambreen Butt, Ruby Chishti, Dahlia Elsayed, Roya Farassat, Mariam Ghani, Meena Hasan, Gita Hashemi, Mala Iqbal, Mona Saeed Kamal, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sa'dia Rehman, Nooshin Rostami, Hiba Schahbaz, Negin Sharifzadeh and Katherine Toukhy.

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

www.centerforbookarts.org

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

The Center for Book Arts is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts was the first organization of its kind in the nation.

Support for the Center for Book Arts' Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

persimmon-tangerine_600.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.— The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will present a major international loan exhibition exploring the art, craft, and cultural significance of Chinese woodblock prints made during their golden age, with works made from the late 16th century through the 19th century. “Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints” (Sept. 17, 2016 - Jan. 9, 2017) brings together 48 of the finest examples gathered from the National Library of China, Beijing; the Nanjing Library; the Shanghai Museum; and 14 institutional and private collections in the United States. The exhibition presents monumental visual accounts of sprawling, architecturally elaborate “scholar’s gardens,” alongside delicate prints with painterly textures and subtle colors depicting plants, birds, and other garden elements so finely wrought they might be mistaken for watercolors. A highlight of the exhibition is The Huntington’s rare edition of the Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (ca. 1633-1703), acquired in 2014, and on public view for the first time in this exhibition.

Research informing the exhibition and an accompanying catalog reveals much about the history and significance of Chinese pictorial printing during the period, including its influence on better-known Japanese woodblock artists and collectors. Coveted for their artistic merit and technical virtuosity, Chinese illustrated books and pictorial works were collected by the literati and wealthy merchant classes in both China and Japan. The Ten Bamboo Studio Manual, for example, contains the inscriptions of five renowned Japanese artists, successive owners who treasured the artistically ambitious and visually creative volumes as an important resource.

The founding curator of The Huntington’s Chinese Garden, June Li, is co-curator of the exhibition and co-author of the catalog, along with Chinese woodblock print specialist Suzanne Wright, associate professor of art history at the University of Tennessee.

“Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints” unites several interests at The Huntington. It is the home of one of the most extensive collections of early printed books in the nation, various collections of prints by European and American artists, and one of the largest Chinese scholar’s gardens outside of China.

“This exhibition is utterly evocative of The Huntington's transdisciplinary nature,” said Laura Skandera Trombley, Huntington president. “Woodblock prints were formative communication and aesthetic tools that served a number of purposes over time, from disseminating Buddhist teachings to depicting ideals of beauty. This perfect fusion of art and language, an integration of emotion and intellectual pursuit, is evidenced in The Huntington’s art and library collections, and is embodied in our stunning Suzhou-style Chinese Garden. We are enormously grateful for June Li’s commitment and guiding vision for this extraordinary exhibition.”

During the late Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, an increase in wealth, stemming in part from the salt, rice, and silk industries, led to higher levels of literacy and education. Consumer demand for printed words and images increased as merchants and scholars looked for ways to display their taste in drama, poetry, literature, and art. For these elites, gardens were central to a cultured life, appearing frequently in woodblock prints as subject or setting. By the 1590s, several enterprising publishers were successfully meeting the strong demand for woodblock prints. They hired renowned designers, carvers, and printers to produce sophisticated and exquisite works, raising the standards of printmaking. During the last decades of the Ming dynasty, several centers of printing around the lower Yangzi River delta grew in reputation, ushering in a golden age of Chinese pictorial printing.

“In the realm of Chinese art, pictorial woodblock prints are not as familiar as paintings, calligraphy, or ceramics,” said Li. “The subject of woodblock prints usually brings to mind Buddhist icons, Daoist deities, or folk images, rather than refined and artistic works. But, over the past few years, scholars researching the historical and artistic aspects of these prints have re-introduced a trove of beautiful works that are highly accomplished.”

Building on this story, “Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints” is organized into thematic sections with explanatory panels in both English and Chinese.

Exhibition Flow
In the first gallery of “Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints,” visitors will find an impressive nine-and-an-half-foot long hand scroll that was commissioned by the Song emperor Taizong (r. 976-97). An unusual Buddhist work that depicts landscape rather than images of deities, it is the earliest and only religious work in the exhibition, showing the lofty achievements of woodblock printers by the 10th century, with enormous clarity of line and painstaking attention to the details of mountains, streams, trees, and tiny figures.

The accomplishments of such early printing established the technical foundation from which later Ming and Qing artists grew. Illustrations of the Garden Scenery of the Hall of Encircling Jade, an extraordinary set of 45 prints produced around 1602 to 1605 will be displayed in facsimile (the only evidence that remains of the original). Taken as a whole, the prints illustrate the enormous garden estate of a successful merchant, scholar, and book publisher of the early 17th century. The detailed prints show what seems to be acres of a fashionable garden, with a large, elegant hall framing scholars seated in conversation; a courtyard where figures re-enact a famous poetry game around a table; an enclosure for carefully sculpted penjing (bonsai trees); and more than a hundred names inscribed on buildings, ponds, and rocks. The print has an elevated viewpoint and changing perspectives that allow glimpses into interior spaces, revealing a cultivated life of books and men in scholars’ robes deep in discussion.

The exhibition next focuses exclusively on prints about gardens, both historical and fictional. Historical gardens include famous sites recorded by emperors, such as Suzhou’s Lion Grove, a popular tourist destination to this day. Another imperial work, a scroll more than 25 feet long (six feet of which will be displayed), shows urban gardens and the bustle of daily life in 18th century Beijing.

The effects of exchanges between European missionaries and the Chinese also are explored in the exhibition. One publisher incorporated biblical illustrations into his ink catalog, produced around 1616. The Qianlong emperor in 1783-86 commissioned a set of large copperplate engravings in a European style that showed details of the European pavilions in his private retreat.

Another section of the exhibition explores the styles of print artists from the late 16th through the 18th centuries in publishing centers such as Hangzhou, Huizhou, Wuxi, and Suzhou. On view are several examples by different publishers illustrating a single popular story, the Story of the Western Chamber, making clear their varying visual and artistic interpretations. In some cases, prints were made to resemble known paintings. Sometimes famous painters, such as Chen Hongshou (1598-1652), designed works expressly for printing. The exhibition includes a rare early edition of Chen’s version of the Story of the Western Chamber, as well as a set of cards he designed for a drinking game.

The exhibition also looks at accomplishments in multi-color and embossed printing, such as beautifully printed guides offering suggestions for cultivating taste. These manuals prescribed appropriate pastimes for a cultivated life, instructed on calligraphy, and advised on chess strategy and drinking games for men, and embroidery patterns for women. They also illustrated musical and dramatic works such as the popular Peony Pavilion. Many of these leisure activities took place in the garden, and prints showing scholar’s rocks, which had become precious items for the discerning collector, will be represented by finely printed editions of well-known works including a rare edition of The Stone Compendium of Plain Garden. Two examples of actual scholar’s rocks from The Huntington’s collection will be on view to complement the book.

Additionally, four iPads in the galleries will allow for a deeper investigation of Illustrations of the Garden Scenery of the Hall of Encircling Jade (a work showing the large garden estate of the successful merchant and publisher Wang Tingna), and allow visitors to see all the leaves of The Huntington’s Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting, a work that due to its delicate nature can only be viewed a few leaves at a time in the galleries.

Education Gallery: Printing Techniques
Visitors of all ages can view Chinese woodblock printing techniques in a gallery featuring a replica of a printing table, along with carving tools, colored inks, paper, brushes, and burnishers. To better understand the multi-color printing process, a set of woodblocks and step-by-step prints replicating a page of the Ten Bamboo Studio Manual will be on view, a display commissioned from the Shanghai publisher Duo Yun Xuan especially for the exhibition.

Support for this exhibition was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Richard A. Simms and the Ahmanson Foundation Exhibition and Education Endowment.

Exhibition Catalog
“Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints” is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog of the same name featuring contributions by co-curators T. June Li and Suzanne E. Wright. Li details the origins and provenance of The Huntington’s Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting, a landmark of multi-block color printing, with particular emphasis on its appeal to 18th- and 19th-century Japanese collectors. Wright traces the development of three distinct regional styles of woodblock-printed illustrations during the late Ming dynasty, with striking examples of each style drawn from the exhibition. The 176-page volume, published by The Huntington, features more than 150 illustrations, including full-color plates of each work in the exhibition.

The catalog is made possible by a generous donation from the Sammy Yukuan Lee Family.

Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints
by T. June Li and Suzanne E. Wright
September 2016
176 pages
153 color illustrations, 2 maps
ISBN 978-0-87328-267-3
Cloth, $49.95
Published by The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Available at thehuntingtonstore.org

Related Programs

Lectures

Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Chinese Woodblock Prints of the Late Ming and Qing Periods
June Li, exhibition co-curator
Oct. 3, 2016 (Monday) 7:30 p.m. Free; Rothenberg Hall

“How Can I Disdain…this Carving of Insects?” Painters, Carvers, and Style in Chinese Woodblock Printed Images
Suzanne Wright, exhibition co-curator
Oct. 25, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:30 p.m. Free; Rothenberg Hall

The Huang Family of Block Cutters: The Thread that Binds Late Ming Pictorial Woodblock Printmaking
David Barker, honorary professor of printmaking in the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and senior research fellow in the Muban Educational Trust
Nov. 22, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:30 p.m. Free; Rothenberg Hall

Symposium

Word and Image: Chinese Woodblock Prints
Nov. 12, 2016 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The late Ming period witnessed an unprecedented production of woodblock images printed for many different purposes, including illustrations for drama and games, decorations for stationery paper or ink making, as well as pictorial works for the market. This symposium will explore the relationship and interaction between image and text in woodblock prints during the late Ming and early Qing periods.

  • “Nature, Print, and Art: Commerce and Garden Culture in Late Imperial China” by Kai-Wing Chow, associate head, professor of East Asian languages and cultures, professor of history, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • “Illustrating Encyclopedic Knowledge in the Ming” by He Yuming, associate professor of Chinese, East Asian languages and cultures, University of California, Davis
  • “The Kangxi Emperor’s Thirty-Six Views: The Making of an Imperial Publication” by Richard Strassberg, professor, Asian languages and cultures, University of California, Los Angeles
  • “‘Poetic Pictures’ in Late-Ming Illustrated Dramatic Publications” by Meng-ching Ma, associate professor, Center for General Education and Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • “The Swallow Messenger: Text and Image” by Suzanne E. Wright, co-curator of the exhibition and associate professor, School of Art: Art History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • “A Panoply of Metaphor: Painting and Intermediality in the Late Ming” by Hu Jun, assistant professor, East Asian art, Department of Art History, Northwestern University Rothenberg Hall. Registration: huntington.org/calendar

Workshop

Chinese Color Woodblock Printing
Nov. 20, 2016 (check huntington.org for details).

Join professors David Barker and Wang Chao of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, for a discussion and demonstration of Chinese woodblock printing techniques. They will explain the processes of multi-color printing (douban) that was perfected in the early 17th century, and show how simple tools and materials can be used to create prints that closely mimic painting.

Image: Persimmon and tangerines, with calligraphy in running cursive script by Xing Yi, Fruit 9, Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period to early Qing dynasty, ca. 1633-1703. Compiled and edited by Hu Zhengyan (1584/5-1673/4). Woodblock-printed book mounted as album leaves, ink and colors on paper, 9 7/8 × 11 1/4 in., each sheet. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 

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