August 2016 Archives

photo archive.jpgNEW YORK, NY - Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night reconfirmed its status as the hobby’s elite luxury brand this past weekend, posting 20 lots that surpassed $100,000+ as well as a single, staggering seven-figure sum for the Charles Conlon Photographic Archive, which gained steam with a pre-auction New York Times feature article to rocket to a final sale price of $1,792,500.

“Present the most significant material to the hobby’s largest and wealthiest collecting clientele and great things will happen,” explained Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “When it comes to maximizing sale prices for the best of the best, our Platinum Night is in a class by itself.” 

Eight of the top 10 prices realized were claimed by rare and high-grade trading cards, a clear indication of the thundering bull market at the top of the population charts.

·         1963 Topps Pete Rose - 1963 Rookie Stars #537 PSA Gem Mint 10: Realized: $717,000.

·         1916 Babe Ruth Rookie - M101-5 Blank Back Sporting News #151 PSA NM 7: Realized: $717,000.

·         1968 Topps Nolan Ryan - Mets Rookie Stars #177 PSA Gem Mint 10: Realized: $612,359.

·         1969 Topps Lew Alcindor - #25 PSA Gem Mint 10: Realized: $501,900.

·         1956 Topps Mickey Mantle, Gray Back #135 PSA Gem Mint 10: Realized: $382,400.

·         1952 Topps Willie Mays - #261 PSA Mint 9: Realized: $382,400.

·         1954 Topps Hank Aaron - #128 PSA Mint 9: Realized: $358,500. 

·         1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie - #123 PSA Mint 9: Realized: $215,100.

The only Jackie Robinson bat definitively attributed to his heroic 1947 rookie campaign commanded $478,000 after a protracted bidding war, trailing only Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run model among record tallies for post-war lumber. And the ring issued to Hall of Fame hurler Herb Pennock for his World Championship service to the fabled 1927 New York Yankees found a new owner at $203,150, the highest price ever paid at auction for that elite vintage.

Maurice “Rocket” Richard took top honors for hockey memorabilia in Platinum Night action, bringing $89,625 for his 1947 NHL All-Star sweater, the highest price ever paid for a Richard gamer. And the cap worn by the iconic Babe Ruth in his final Major League game commanded $167,300, a record for a Boston Braves model.

Additional highlights include:

·         1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson Rookie PSA EX 5.:Realized: $143,400

·         1913 Philadelphia Athletics World Championship Pocket Watch Presented to Eddie Collins.: Realized: $40,630.

·         1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103 PSA NM-MT 8.: Realized: $107,550

·         1916 Standard Biscuit D350 Babe Ruth Rookie PSA Good 2.: Realized: $131,450.

·         1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie SGC 30 Good 2.: Realized: $35,850

·         1934 Tour of Japan Official Photograph Album.: Realized: $43,020

·         1934 Babe Ruth Tour of Japan Presentational Pennant.: Realized: $45,410

·         1959 Roberto "Momen" Clemente Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10.: Realized: $50,190.00

·         1971 Topps Roberto Clemente #630 PSA Gem Mint 10.: Realized:  $71,700.00

·         1980 Roberto Duran Fight Worn Trunks from Sugar Ray Leonard II "No Mas"Bout.: Realized: $40,630.00

·         1983 Los Angeles Raiders Super Bowl XVIII Championship Ring Presented to Cornerback Lester Hayes.: Realized: $54,970.00

·         1995 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX Championship Ring Presented to Larry Brown.: Realized: $71,700.00

To order the next Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature catalog, contact Christina Stephens, or write c/o Heritage Sports Collectibles, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.

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 more than one million 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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DALLAS - An early Confederate flag likely hand-made by the notorious spy Belle Boyd - will open at $50,000 during a special, joint auction event Sept 17 at Heritage Auctions, celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Rail Splitter, a respected publication for enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln and related memorabilia.

Titled “Lincoln and His Times”, the auction features numerous unique items in addition to Boyd’s 5-foot by 3-foot flag, which has survived under remarkable circumstances and was recently discovered after being locked away for more than a century in Switzerland following the U.S. Civil War.

“Heritage has auctioned a number of significant Confederate flags over the years,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions, “but none more evocative than this one. The beautiful display conditional and thoroughly-documented back story makes the Belle Boyd flag a very special offering indeed.”

Isabella Maria Boyd was one of the Civil War’s most colorful characters. An ardent Southern patriot, the Virginia-born Boyd used her feminine wiles in the service of the Confederacy during the first two years of the War before being discovered and arrested after Union troops over-ran parts of Virginia. When “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops occupied Front Royal and prepared to defend it in May 1862, Boyd supplied the general with valuable information about Union troop strength and reportedly even helped Jackson to plan his battle strategy. According to her memoirs she played a prominent role in the fight, appearing on the front lines to cheer and encourage the Confederate soldiers. 

When Federal troops took control of Front Royal that summer Belle was quite the celebrity, and it was then that she encountered a young Union captain named Frederick d’Hauteville. The precise nature of their relationship remains the subject of speculation, but she presented Frederick with this Confederate flag, an event recorded both in d’Hauteville’s own journal and in a letter to his wife from Robert Gould Shaw (who would later command the immortal 54th Massachusetts regiment of African-American troops, and whose story was told in the film “Glory!”). At the time D’Hauteville and Shaw were friends, both serving on the staff of General Nathaniel Banks.

Boyd would be arrested shortly thereafter on orders of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, but she was promptly exchanged and apparently returned to her old ways, as she was rearrested the following year. She escaped custody and attempted to flee the country on a blockade-running vessel, but the ship was interdicted by a Union warship. Belle was again placed in custody, but clearly her feminine charms were not lost on the vessel’s commander, who promptly fell in love with and proposed marriage. The two escaped together and traveled to England, where Boyd would sit out the rest of the War. 

D’Hauteville, who came from a wealthy family with roots in both the U.S. and Europe, left the army in 1863 and eventually moved to Switzerland, where he spent the rest of his life. The Belle Boyd flag and three of his uniforms, also offered in this auction, were packed away and did not see the light of day for a century and a half until they appeared in an estate auction in Europe last year. Not surprisingly these artifacts have survived in remarkably fine condition. 

The flag itself has a most interesting configuration, as there is a circle of 11 stars in the canton on one side, and but a single star on the other. The circular pattern is typical of Confederate First National flags, and the number of stars implies that this side of the flag was completed between July and the end of November 1861, when the Confederate states numbered eleven. But significantly the 11-star side is actually the back of the flag, which suggests that the single star side was completed first. Quite possibly this was an expression of defiance by the maker, as the earliest flag of the Republic of Texas when the Texans were in revolt against Mexico had featured a single star, widely considered a symbol of independence. Later the Texas flag would be redesigned in a red, white, and blue pattern which may well have served as the inspiration for First National flags, including this one. 

Belle Boyd’s unique Confederate flag will be offered Sept. 17 in “Lincoln and His Times”. Additional highlights include a nearly 30-ounce solid gold medal gifted to the great American statesman Henry Clay,  one of the most important Abraham Lincoln letters ever to appear at auction, and locks of hair from John Wilkes Booth, Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln himself.  Also featured are a newly discovered banner from one of the legendary 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates and a Lincoln life mask, sculpted by Leonard Volk, which once belong to Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles.

The entire auction is available for viewing and interactive bidding at HA.com. Questions or comments may be directed to TomS@HA.com or DonA@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 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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lincoln copy.jpgDALLAS — Nearly 870 lots of important and historically significant objects relating to the life of President Abraham Lincoln debuts Sept. 17 in Heritage Auctions’ Lincoln and His Times, a rare joint auction presented in cooperation with the publishers in celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Rail Splitter, a respected publication for enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln and related memorabilia.

“In creating this auction, Heritage has made a conscious effort to include something for everyone, both in terms of subject matter and value range,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana auctions for Heritage. “The auction includes many interesting but affordable lots with minimum opening bids of just $1 as well as numerous five and even six-figure rarities of museum quality. We’re also pleased to point out that not one of these lots from more than 75 individual consignors carries a consignor-set reserve.

“This will be a true auction in the traditional sense,” Slater said, “with prices to be determined by the bidders.”

Perhaps the most significant Lincoln item in the sale is an 1836 letter written by a 27 year old Lincoln to his first fiancé, Mary Owens ($100,000 opening bid). The letter, which reveals much of Lincoln’s character and personality, is among the earliest from the future president to have survived. “Lincoln wrote three letters to Owens, and two are forever ensconced in institutional collections,” Slater said. “One of those, now at the New York Historical Society, was offered in 2000 in the auction of the legendary Malcolm Forbes manuscript collection, where it sold for $779,000. The Mary Owens letter offered in our current auction is the last one which, at least for the moment, is available for private ownership.”

Another exciting Lincoln item is a pristine signed carte de visite photo of the 16th president, with authentication of his autograph written on verso by his personal secretary John Hay ($40,000 opening bid). “This item has drawn tremendous interest,” says Slater. “It has already received over 2,000 page views during the online auction preview, and the catalog is not even out yet! Lincoln’s signature is probably the most faked of any president, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of having such a contemporary authentication by a man who undoubtedly knew the president’s signature better than anyone.”

The sale features one of the most extensive selections of rare original Lincoln photographs, assembled over many years by specialist collector Dr. Michael Krane, ever to appear in a single auction. Civil War photographs are also in evidence, including a fine range of carte de visite images of Union and Confederate generals. 

“The rise and fall of the Confederacy was profoundly interwoven with Lincoln’s last years and tragic assassination,” Slater notes, “and so the auction includes a number of important Confederate items, including War-date letters by Robert E. Lee ($6,000 opening bid) and Jefferson Davis ($3,000 opening bid) and a unique hand-made First National flag which once belong to the notorious ‘femme fatale’ and  Confederate spy Belle Boyd ($50,000 opening bid). The flag, given by Boyd to a Union officer shortly before her arrest on orders of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and documented in the journal he kept, was passed down through the officer’s family along with several of his uniforms which are also offered in this auction ($4,000 opening bid).  These priceless artifacts, along with their remarkable back story, have only recently come to light.”

Another unique offering is a massive solid gold medal weighing some 30 ounces, struck at the U.S. Mint for presentation to a dying Henry Clay in 1852 to honor his nearly half century of distinguished service as Speaker of the House, presidential candidate, Secretary of State, and titan of the United States Senate. “Only a single gold medal was struck,” Slater said, “but a limited number were also struck in bronze, and one of those copies was given to Abraham Lincoln by the committee which had conceived the original medal upon his election to the presidency in 1860. Lincoln was well known to be a great admirer of Henry Clay, and in response he wrote thanking the committee for the “extreme gratification … in possessing so beautiful a memento of him whom, during my whole political life, I have loved and revered as a teacher and leader.”

The medal, which carries a conservative minimum opening bid of $75,000 — barely double the value of its gold content — is expected to draw tremendous interest from both devotees of historical artifacts and collectors of U.S. Mint medals. 

“For many years The Rail Splitter held eclectic annual auctions presenting a wide range not only of Lincolniana, but also items relating to the personalities and events which shaped his times,” said Donald Ackerman, co-founder of The Rail Splitter and editor since its inception, and a consignment director and cataloger at Heritage since 2010. “But over the years it became more difficult to assemble a critical mass of auction-worthy items, and seven years ago the auction was reluctantly discontinued. I’m delighted that the broad reach enjoyed by Heritage has enabled us to put together an amazing catalog in the tradition of those memorable ‘Rail Splitter’ events.” 

The entire “Lincoln and His Times” auction is available for viewing and interactive bidding at HA.com/6163.  Or a full-color catalog picturing all the items in the auction may be ordered by emailing HA.com/catalogs. Questions or comments about the auction should be directed to TomS@HA.com or DonA@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 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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52640f1592ba715bc4f612bb5a414d56e9ede187 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA  — A letter written by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow to Raymond Hamilton, an ex-Barrow Gang member will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The four-page letter written in the hand of Bonnie Parker and signed at the end by Clyde Barrow, in late April 1934, to Hamilton at the Dallas County Jail.  In part: “I’m very sorry to hear of your getting captured, but due to the fact that you offered no resistance sympathy is lacking. The most I can do is hope you miss the ‘chair.’

The purpose of this letter is to remind you of all the ‘dirty deals’ you have pulled. When I came to the farm after you I thought maybe the ‘joint’ had changed you from a boastful punk.

Maybe you can talk yourself out of the ‘chair.’ Or maybe you can write a few more letters (try one to the governor) at least it will gain you some publicity.

I hope this will serve the purpose of letting you know that you can never expect the least of sympathy or assistance from me. So long.” Signed at the conclusion, “Clyde Barrow.”

“Clyde Barrow wanted Raymond Hamilton dead and they wanted him to know it,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

“Brimming with remarkable content— this is a one-of-a-kind letter from the famed outlaw couple,” said Livingston.

Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree came to a bullet-riddled end in a shootout with Frank Hamer’s posse less than a month after the letter was written.

Raymond Hamilton had joined the “ruthless Barrow gang” in the early 1930s and found himself incarcerated at the Eastham Prison Farm after taking the rap for a jewelry store murder. Clyde orchestrated a machine gun raid on the prison farm on January 16, 1934, freeing five convicts including Hamilton and Joe Palmer, as he mentions in this letter.

A month later, the gang was seen stealing a car in Springfield, Missouri, and chased through the Ozarks, where they encountered a police blockade at Reeds Spring. Emptying their weapons on law enforcement, the outlaws successfully fled. Although Hamilton was reportedly involved in the gunplay, Bonnie and Clyde cite his alleged cowardice during the incident as a strike against him.

On February 27, 1934, Barrow and Hamilton robbed the R. P. Henry & Sons Bank, in Lancaster, Texas, taking over $4,000. Between a disagreement over how the “loot” should be split and infighting about Hamilton’s companion Mary O’Dare—the so-called “Prostitute Sweetheart”—Hamilton angrily left the Barrow gang.

Two pistols found on the bodies of famed Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed in 1934 sold at RR auction for a total of $504,000 in 2012.

Among other items to be featured: 

Lee Harvey Oswald’s ‘Fair Play for Cuba Committee’ card recovered by the Dallas Police.

Online bidding for The Remarkable Rarities auction from RR Auction begins September 15 - 25, followed by a live auction that will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1PM, at The Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA. a preview is available online. For more information, please visit the RR Auction web site (www.rrauction.com).

 

Amherst, MA (August 24, 2016) - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved story that launched Eric Carle’s picture-book career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr—with the exhibition Brown Bear Turns 50. The exhibition, on view from September 13, 2016 through March 19, 2017, kicks off a year of special events honoring the children’s classic, one of the best-selling picture books of all time. Support for the exhibition and programs 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 colorful parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bear 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 Brown Bear Turns 50 artwork from every page of the famous book will be on display. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time. The exhibition also includes a medley of Carle’s collages from the three additional “bear books” he worked on with Martin: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991), Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (2003), and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007). “We’re excited that Eric Carle’s original artwork from 1967 is on view,” says Chief Curator Ellen Keiter. “By displaying his collages from various editions of the book—for example, the goldfish from 1967, 1984, and 1992—visitors to the exhibition can trace the changes in Carle’s compositions and materials over the years.” Keiter adds, “We also have a large selection of foreign language books on display, signifying the world-wide impact Brown Bear has had.” In a separate endeavor, The Carle has also sent the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of its hometown in Amherst with a special outdoor public exhibition, Brown Bear Everywhere, on view through October 9, 2016. Fourteen high-quality reproductions of Carle’s original collage illustrations are currently on display at some of Amherst’s popular restaurants, schools, and recreational sites.

Carle’s History with Brown Bear

Carle never planned on a career in children’s books. He graduated from art school and, for over a decade, worked in New York City as an art director and a freelance graphic designer. Everything changed in the late 1960s when Martin, a respected educator and author, noticed one of Carle’s collage advertisements featuring a red lobster. “The art was so striking,” said Martin, “that I knew instantly I had found the artist to illustrate my next book.” That book was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and it transformed Carle’s life—today he is one of the most acclaimed and beloved illustrators of our time.

 

As part of the 16th annual National Book Festival, the Library of Congress has added a free, robust smartphone app designed to help attendees get the most out of their all-day festival experience.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The app, available at no charge for iOS and Android users, contains the complete schedule of the dozens of author presentations, book-signings, special programs and activities. Users can plan and build their full day’s personalized schedule in advance, find their way around the center to their chosen activities, rate each presentation and more. The app also includes detailed information on updated security and safety procedures now in place for entry into the convention center.

While festivalgoers are encouraged to download the National Book Festival app in advance and set up their schedules prior to arrival, it is easy to make changes and rearrange their plans using the app on-site. Also, users will receive bulletin-style notifications on-site in the event of schedule or location changes on the day of the festival. The app also includes sponsor information, general festival guidelines and frequently asked questions.

In addition, the National Book Festival app lets attendees take photos and video directly from each presentation. They can then forward them to their own Twitter and/or Instagram accounts using the festival hashtag #NatBookFest. Book-lovers who are unable to attend the event can download the app and follow the course of the day via a custom activity feed, viewing impressions and images that other festivalgoers share through social media.

The National Book Festival App is now available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App Store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at loc.gov/apps/.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private and public sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors include AARP, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors, The James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are FedEx, The Junior League of Washington and Scholastic Inc.; and, in the Friends category, the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., GEICO, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Latvia, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay-Adams, Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners include C-SPAN2’s Book TV, PBS Book View Now and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

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.

Kesey-Cuckoos.jpgNORTHAMPTON, MA - OCTOBER 16, 2016: Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers have joined forces to present the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 18, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

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 a full Exhibitor List and complete details.

The Pioneer Valley is a primary foliage destination in the fall, with many scenic hikes and drives, and you can pick your own apples and stock up on cider, pumpkins and chrysanthemums while visiting. Northampton and nearby Pioneer Valley towns provide a great variety of restaurants and entertainment. The Five Colleges, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College offer library and museum exhibits and cultural events, but if it is Parents Weekend, hotels may fill quickly, so book early. Old Deerfield is nearby, Yankee Candle, too.

The school is on Route 9, near Cooley-Dickinson Hospital; there’s plenty of free parking. The event is catered by Black Sheep Deli from Amherst. Admission is $6, $1 off with a card or advertisement; $3 ages 12-21; under 12 free with paid Adult. Click flamingoeventz.com and pioneervalleybooks.com for more information as many local SNEAB members always exhibit. All are cordially invited.

Dates/Hours: Sunday October 16, 2016; 10am-4pm.

Location: The Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust Street (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA 01060.

Admission: Adults: $6, Students & Young Collectors 12-21: $3, under 12 free w/Paid Adult.

Directions: I-91 Exit 18, left on Pleasant Street, left on Rt. 9, Elm St, follow Rt. 9, it becomes Locust St.

Miscellaneous: Plenty of free parking and Refreshments will be available at an on-site café during show hours.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 9.02.18 AM.pngAntiquarianAuctions.com is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps& prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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

Photography

Lot 1: Du Camp (Maxime), Egypt, Nubia, Palestine and Syria, Photographic Pictures collected During the Years 1849, 1850 and 1851

Published: E. Gambart & Co., Publishers, London, 1852

Each print is mounted and (with thirteen exception) has the original numbered, titled and captioned (in French) tissue guards (the guards are frayed around all the edges), some mounts stained and soiled but the prints are generally in good state. Each mount bears a short title in French. The mounts measure 444 x 314 mm and the prints 215 x 160 mm. The wrappers each comprising four folio pages are frayed and some are separated, part 18 is only the first page.

Each part contained 5 plates with the numbers written in ink (part 12 bears only 4 numbers) and lists the complete 125 titles.

‘The earliest and one of the most famous French publications illustrated with original photographs is Maxine du Camp’s Égyptie, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. The author made an archaeological expedition to the Middle East under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Instruction, leaving France at the beginning of Nomember 1849 accompanied by Gustave Flaubert. Throughout the tour Du Camp used the calotype process as modified by Blanquart-Evrard, an after his return in 1851 published a selection of 125 photographs, with short descriptions.

A narrative of the tour was published separately but without the illustrations in 1853. The prints, which were made in Lille, bear out Blanquart-Evrard’s claim for permanence. They have preserved their cold dark grey colour to this day but most of the prints are too dark and lacking in contrast. This is due to the sel’dor toning which weakened the strength of the prints, necessitating ac onsiderable over-exposure which was difficult to judge.’ From: Gernsheim (Helmut) The History of Photography, (1955), page 145.

Estimate: $15,000/20,000

Modern First Editions

Lot 10: Hemingway (Ernest), Across the River and into the Trees

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1950

First edition, advance issue. Dark blue cloth with gilt stamping, one of 25 copies bound for presentation. Signed and inscribed by Hemingway three weeks prior to publication:"For Ben Meyer/from his friend/ Ernest Hemingway. / Havana 21/8/50". With original letter and envelope, from Mary Hemingway to Ben Meyer, on Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula Cuba stationery.

Ben Meyer was a journalist who traveled to Cuba to interview Hemingway about his latest novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. In the article, Meyer quotes Hemingway as being very pleased with his new work, and describes Hemingway’s house (Finca Vigia, Lookout Farm) and his daily activities.Published first in the Kansas City Star on 10 September, 1950,Meyer’s article celebrates the publication of Across the River, a book Hemingway himself stated "is about love and death, happiness an d sorrow and the town of Venice. I really fired all the barrels on this one." Meyer stayed in contact with the Hemingways, as evidenced in the letter to him from Mary Hemingway, dated 1958, thanking him for photos he sent to her of her hometown, Bemidji, MN. Conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Bruccoli, 1986.

Estimate: $20,000/30,000

Lot 15: Hemingway (Ernest), Three Stories and Ten Poems

Published: Contact Publishing, Paris, 1923

First edition, limited to only 300 copies. Original publisher's printed blue wrappers. An attractive, unrestored copy with some toning to the spine, afew minor spots to wrappers,spines lightly chipped,else a very good to near fine copy. Housed in a custom quarter leather case.

Estimate: $30,000/40,000

Antique Maps & Atlases

Lot 123: Blaeu (Willem) Africae nova descriptio

Published: Willem Blaeu, Amsterdam, c.1647

This carte-a-figure is one of most sought after decorative maps of Africa from the 17th century. It was produced in 1617 by Willem Blaeu, the Dutch master cartographer. This example of the map was printed from the 3rd and most commonly available state of the copperplate; this map was published in a Dutch edition (see image of the verso) of Atlas appendix, published in one of the following years 1647, 1650, 1661, 1664.

Blaeu’s cartographical model is after Ptolemy and this folio map is derived from his his 1608 wall map. The nine vignettes above the map are scenes from the European classical history of Africa. The side panels depict European visualisation of the some of the indigenous peoples of Africa.

Estimate: $2,550/3,500

Lot 123: Linschoten (J.H.) & Langren (A. van)
Typus Orarum Maritimarum and Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum
Published: Van Langren, Amsterdam, 1596

These two maps are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The best description of this, one of the most attractive pair of maps available,comes from Richard and Penelope Betz , authors of Mapping of Africa but described in their Rare and Scarce Maps of Africa, A cartographic sequence 151 - 1640.

'A beautifully engraved two-sheet map of Western & Eastern Africa. The maps are literally filled with cartographic detail - sailing ships and sea battles, sea monsters, animals within Africa, numerous compass roses, and strap-work cartouches. These maps represent two of the more beautiful maps of Africa! Tooley calls the eastern Africa map "the earliest and most decorative special map of the East Coast of Africa embracing the eastern Cape, Natal, the Portuguese East, and Kenya".

Estimate: $8,000/9,000

Travel & Exploration

Lot 20: Valle (Pietro Della): The Travels of Sig. Pietro Della Valle, A Noble Roman, into East India and Arabia Deserta
Published: Printed by J. Macock, for John Place, London, 1665

First English edition, a complete copy with the double-page engraved map (which has recently, circa 1980's, been hand coloured), 3 engraved plates on 2 leaves, and 5 woodcut plans within text. A little browning to the page edges but overall this is a very good, bright,wide margined copy in a late twentieth century full panelled calf binding. Spine with raised bands. Gilt decorative bands. Red title label, gilt. An attractive copy of this scarce title,complete with the map and plates still present.

The text consists of 54 letters written by della Valle to the Neapolitan Physician Schipano during the course of his travels through the Holy Land, Syria, Persia and India. The greatest number of letters are from Persia and Constantinople. --- Wing. V 48A.
Estimate: $6,000/7,500

Lot 190: Baines (T.) & Lord (W. B.) Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life

Published: Horace Cox, London, 1871

First edition: 831 pages, frontispiece - Swinging the packs of the North Australian expedition over a branch on Jasper Creek, Victoria River, 1856,engraved titlepage,14 plates,numerous illustrations in the text, half calf with marbled board and end papers, reinforced at the front and back hinges, marbled edges, decorative spine gilt, avery good copy. 

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, Volume 1 page 925: This was published in seventeen parts, and is a guide to travellers, explorers, and settlers, founded on the experiences of the authors, and referring incidentally to South Africa.

Estimate: $700/800

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e68a537e-2ea7-48b5-a906-94d16de59cdd.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Reminder that we are now conducting all our auctions at our spacious new gallery which 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 art and ephemera. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints along with a substantial private collection of rare children's books and prized modern firsts by William Faulkner. Also of note is a sizable personal library of antique books relating to London and a group of original exhibit photographs by Margaret Bourke-White.       

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the Italian portfolio by Barriere, Falda and de Rossi, "Villa Pamphilia Eiusque Palatium," produced c1650 and embellished with engravings, the 1754 printing of Hanway's "The Revolutions of Persia," featuring a folding map and plates, and de Clarac's "Musee de Sculpture Antique et Moderne," published in 1853 in six folios with engravings. Other scarce titles include Banti and Simonetti's "Corpus Nummorum Romanorum," produced in eighteen volumes, and the 1834 landmark American legal treatise, "An Introduction to the Defence of Abner Kneeland."                

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Included is another session from the holdings of Archaeologia, concentrated in Egyptology, which is led by specimens such as Vyse's "Operations Carried on at the Pyramids of Gizeh in 1837," published in three volumes over the years 1840-1842 and featuring engraved folding plates. The private library of important Faulkner includes signed, limited editions and first printings in dust jackets of "The Sound and the Fury", "Light in August" and others. The expansive London collection is highlighted by examples such as the three-volume 1790 edition of Pennant's "Of London" with original engravings and additions, and the 1766 first edition of Gwynn's "London and Westminster - Improved and Illustrated by Plans," featuring folding color maps. Also offered is a private collection of books, ephemera and collectibles written and illustrated by Edward Gorey, including signed examples. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Highlighted are original exhibit photographs by Margaret Bourke-White and original artwork, engravings and prints by notable artists such as John Caspar Wild and Edward Savage. Ephemera lots present material from categories such as antique Americana, maps, lithographs, plates, 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 2014 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

JWilliams1 copy.jpg(Minneapolis, MN) - Form+Content Gallery presents Shadows and Dust, a solo exhibition of recent work by gallery member Jody Williams. Featuring mixed media prints, drawings, artist's books, and not-empty boxes, the show will focus on the ephemeral aspects of dust and shadows as material, cosmic and metaphorical presences. Poetic references to shadows and dust date back to Horace's "We are dust and shadow," from Ode IV.7, and continue through T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland to the present. Inspired by these, and informed by other reading and research, many of the pieces in Shadows and Dust will include Williams' own writing.

Most of the works address either dust or shadows, rather than a combination of the two themes. Drawings of intensely lit natural objects depict intriguing shadows. Two digitally-produced artists' books include Williams' photographs of shadows taken over the past 30 years. A series of etchings combine thousands of dusty specks printed over layers of digital dots, atmospheric photographs and written phrases. Mixed media boxes, resembling miniature cabinets of curiosity, include containers of dust samples from near and far.

"For the past twelve years, I have been including actual specimens and artifacts in my work as a means to document with physical evidence the process of collecting and ordering specific moments in specific places. Containers of dust and other small particles will be included in this exhibition. Shadows, lacking substance (but not essence) are more difficult to collect, and have been captured with photographs and drawings. The fugitive qualities of both shadows and dust evoke the present, past, and future, and offer me many directions to take this body of work in both form  and content."

Artist Biography

Jody Williams lives in Minneapolis, where she publishes artist’s books under the name Flying Paper Press and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an MFA in printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Historical Society, and many other museums and libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has exhibited widely in the US and abroad.

Honors include fellowships, grants and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota Craft Council, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has held residencies at the Frans Masereel Printmaking Center (Kasterlee, Belgium), ArtPark (Lewiston, New York), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, New York), and the Carleton College Library (Northfield, Minnesota). In 2008 she was the inaugural recipient of the Minnesota Book Artist Award, and she received Artist's Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2013 and 2016.

Williams' website: www.flyingpaperpress.com

Jody Williams is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.27.12 PM.pngAUGUST 2016 [San Francisco, CA] - John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller announces the grand opening of The William Blake Gallery, a new exhibition space in San Francisco dedicated to works created by the massively influential 19th century poet, artist, and engraver. The gallery is the largest of its kind devoted solely to the artist, as well as the largest collection in the world of pieces by Blake available for purchase.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest contributors to the Western world of literature and art, William Blake’s lifetime of otherworldly work was motivated by mystic visions and spiritual revelations. Creating hundreds of artworks ­­ from engraved illustrations and illuminated books to original writings and watercolors ­­ his deeply unique style remains endlessly enigmatic and highly sought after. Favored by an eclectic groups of fans and collectors, Blake remains one of the only seminal Romantic artists whose work is still occasionally available to collect.

After 50 years in the book trade and 43 years operating John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, longtime rare book dealer, John Windle, will open a gallery with his retrospective of the artist in October, 2016, within San Francisco’s historic 49 Geary building. The first physical space exclusively dedicated to Blake's work in over two hundred years, The William Blake Gallery will house hundreds of original Blake pieces alongside thousands of reproductions of the artist’s own writings and artwork, most notably:

Illustrations to Dante’s Inferno, Earliest known proof set, Seven plates and oblong folio, printed on laid paper

The Complaint of Job, 1785, Monochrome wash drawing

Songs of Innocence: “Holy Thursday”, 1789, Single sheet, printed in black, matted

● Plates from the final lifetime printing of The Gates of Paradise

The Virgin Hushing, 1799, Tempera on paper

Of the decision to open a gallery of William Blake’s works, John Windle remarks: “I must be stark raving mad. Like Blake.”

Image: William Blake. Blake’s Illustrations of Dante. Plate 1: “The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca” US: 1954 Large folio, fine, clear uniform impression on hand­made paper with no watermark, inscribed in pencil by Lessing Rosenwald

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.18.47 PM.pngBERNARD QUARITCH LIMITED is about to publish a new catalogue dedicated to 250 years of Women Travellers, from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s only surviving letter written from Turkey (1717) to one of 400 copies of Margaret Mee’s magnificent Flowers of the Brazilian Forest (1968), which identifies three flowers previously unknown to science.

Presentation and association copies of well-known titles by Lady Isabel Burton, Queen Victoria, and Freya Stark, represent the intervening years, together with similarly remarkable books, photograph albums, and manuscripts by lesser known figures. The authors whose writings are collected in this catalogue are very diverse: they range from dwellers in the tropics to polar explorers; from travellers on foot and horseback to those soaring through the skies and speeding along roads; and from linguists assimilating their host cultures and religions to ‘accidental adventurers’ - those women widowed, unmarried, or otherwise marginalised, who carved lives and careers out of travel writings.

Many of these women contributed significantly to botanical and scientific exploration, and their achievements were recognised by honours such as the first honorary LLD awarded to a woman by Smith College (Amelia Edwards), the Royal Geographical Society's Founder’s Medal (Freya Stark), and the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Gold Medal (Anne Lindbergh). Some found themselves at the nexus of historical political events, which they documented in their journalism (for example, Clare Sheridan and Freya Stark); while yet others followed their calling as missionaries or nurses, and brought essential health care to India, Africa, and Siberia.

Whether exploring, visiting, or residing in places only known to many of their contemporaries (of both sexes) through literature or iconography, these women have inspired admiration and envy, dismissal and discussion, but rarely indifference in those who followed their travels on maps and through their writings. As Isabella Bird famously said: ‘Travellers are privileged to do the most improper things’ — and to show their readers the world through new eyes.

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.21.20 PM.pngLes Enluminures is pleased to present Visions of Jerusalem: Medieval Christendom Imagines the City on a Hill. The exhibition explores the representation of the Holy City in the images and imaginations of the Latin West and the rich diversity of its representation in both word and picture. It is conceived to coincide with the major international exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jerusalem 1000-1400, Every People Under Heaven, which scrutinizes through a much broader lens the impact Jerusalem had on the many cultural traditions that hold it dear: Eastern, Western, African, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, each with multiple identities and denominations.

Far from inspiring a consistent Christian conception of the Holy City, we show how Jerusalem prompted a vast range of depictions by Western authors and artists. In a time before cameras, images of Jerusalem were less concerned with veracity than with the power of their associations. The versatility of the Holy Land allowed it to act not only as the mise en scène for the Church’s rich biblical-mystical tradition, but also as a virtual destination for spiritual pilgrims and a touchstone in medieval apocalyptic traditions, among others. These varying visions of Jerusalem exemplify the fascinating complexity of the city. In the medieval mind, Jerusalem was both heavenly and earthly. It was a physical location and a mental construction that offered a link to the past and a harbinger of the future.

Highlights of the exhibition include a miniature depicting the Agony in the Garden from the Holy Land Choir Book, the long lost first volume of the Bible of Louis de Harcourt, Patriarch of Jerusalem and Bishop of Bayeux, a beautifully illustrated early gothic copy of Peter of Poitiers’ geneaological scroll, and a deluxe book of hours with miniatures attributed to the Workshop of the Master François.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.51.21 PM.pngNew York, NY, August 18, 2016—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the addition of a number of important objects to its renowned collections. The works highlight a particularly robust period of acquisitions by the museum and range from a rare fifteenth-century illumination from the choir book of King Louis XII to a drawing by Renoir, a book by Saint-Exupéry, a group of unpublished Henry James letters, one of the first photographs of Mayan architecture, and a 2015 watercolor by Stanley Whitney.

“The Morgan is delighted to have added so many out standing works to its collections over the last several months,” said Colin B. Bailey, the museum’s director. “The institution is noted for the encyclopedic nature of its holdings and these acquisitions reinforce this fact. We are indebted to the curators, donors, and advisors who helped bring these works to the Morgan and continue the vital process of building our collections.”

Highlights by Department

Drawings

Piero di Cosimo, 1462-1522, Italian, Seated Girl, ca. 1495-1505. Purchased on the Seligman Fund, with the special assistance of Margot Gordon, 2016.

Piero di Cosimo is one of the most distinctive and individual personalities of the Florentine Renaissance, an artist whose immediately recognizable works have been described as “neither real nor quite imagined,” something that could be said of Seated Girl. Fewer than thirty drawings by the artist survive and the Seated Girl, recently included in the Piero exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery in 2015, was the last known example in private hands.

Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919, French, Half-length Study of a Woman seen from the Back, her Face in Profile, 1883. Purchased on the Charles Ryskamp Fund, the E.J. Rousuck Fund, and as the gift of Diane A. Nixon, 2016.

The first important figure study by Renoir to enter the Morgan collection, this exquisite drawing is a preliminary study for one of Renoir’s most well-known paintings, Danse à la Ville, executed in 1883 with its pair, Danse à la Campagne, both now in the Musée d’Orsay. The work exemplifies a change in Renoir’s technique in the early 1880s as he turned to the medium of drawing to add a subtlety, expressiveness, and precision to his art. Renoir attributed this change to having seen the work of Raphael during an 1881 trip to Italy, but the drawing also clearly displays evidence of Renoir’s profound study of Ingres at this time. Indeed, the 1880s have been referred to as Renoir’s “Ingres period.”

Modern and Contemporary Drawings

Cecily Brown, b. 1969, British, Paradise (Fighting Lions), 2015. Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2016.

This drawing by Cecily Brown was partly inspired by a 1613 watercolor by Flemish artist Jacob Hoefnagel in the Morgan’s collection. Brown’s work, which is characterized by a luscious and energetic paint handling, incorporates a range of sources, from Old Masters to pornographic imagery. Although her drawings are lesser known (she tends to keep them in the privacy of the studio), they are an essential part of her practice and display the same tension between figuration and abstraction as her paintings.

Anne Truitt, 1921-2004, American, Truitt’66[1], 1966. Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2016.

This is one of a group of drawings that minimalist artist Anne Truitt produced while living in Japan between 1964 and 1967. Truitt is best known for her painted wooden sculptures in the form of rectangular columns, which she began making in 1962. While in Japan, she explored a different format, creating horizontal sculptures with folds and related drawings that were inspired by origami and Asian folding screens. Because she eventually destroyed all the sculptures she made in Japan, drawings like this one are all the more significant.

Stanley Whitney, b. 1946, American, Untitled, 2015. Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2016.

This work is characteristic of Stanley Whitney’s mature style of stacking rectangles of color in irregular grids. Whitney, who was the subject of a solo exhibition last year at The Studio Museum in Harlem, chose early on to embrace abstraction, despite pressure he has said he felt, as an African-American, to use figuration to evoke the racial experience. The grid format, which he adopted in the early 1990s, allowed him to focus on color relationships to convey emotion and feeling. In watercolors such as this one, he applied the paint more loosely than in his larger oil paintings, allowing a sense of rhythm and improvisation, derived from his love of jazz, to activate the surface.

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Levitation of Mary Magdalene, miniature from the choir book of King Louis XII and Queen Anne de Bretagne, France, Paris, ca. 1498. Purchased on a grant provided by the Bernard H. Breslauer Foundation and with contributions from the Visiting Committee to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 2016.

Probably for use in the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, the choir book was produced in Paris around 1498, just after Louis became king of France. Cut up in the nineteenth century, the manuscript exists only in fragments and border bits. This is the only surviving entire leaf with a miniature, which was painted by Jean Coene, an illuminator who worked for the royal court. Colloquially known as a “Hairy Mary,” the Magdalene floats in the sky clothed only in the long tresses of her hair. The French royals in the Renaissance were particularly devoted to Mary Magdalene, visiting her relics and her grotto in Provence (pilgrimage sites to this day).

The Annunciation as an Allegorical Unicorn Hunt, miniature, Germany, Eichstätt, ca. 1500. Purchased on a grant provided by the Bernard H. Breslauer Foundation and with contributions from the Visiting Committee to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 2016.

A rare example of Nonnenarbeit (nuns’ work -- art made by untrained nuns), this charming miniature fuses the biblical narrative of the Annunciation with the allegory of the unicorn hunt. The Virgin Mary sits in an enclosed garden while outside the Archangel Gabriel, sounding a horn, leads four hounds on the hunt for the mythic unicorn, which rests on Mary’s lap. Intended as a visual aid, this devotional image clearly labels all the Marian symbols that make up the composition. Such didactic labeling is characteristic of devotional art produced by and for cloistered nuns in late-medieval Germany. Such miniatures seldom appear on the market, and this is the first example to enter the Morgan’s collections.

Printed Books

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1900-1944, Wind, Sand and Stars, translated by Lewis Galantière, illustrated by John O’Hara Cosgrave II. New York: Reynald & Hitchcock, 1941? Purchased on the Caroline Macomber Fund, 2016.

First published in 1939, Wind, Sand and Stars is an autobiographical essay about the romance of flight. This copy contains a presentation inscription by Saint-Exupéry and an ink-and-pencil self-caricature as the Little Prince in his characteristic pose straddling the globe amidst the stars and planets. In the inscription the author refers to himself as a pilot—thus linking two of his most important publications and acknowledging (modestly) his fame as an author and aviator. This volume complements an extensive collection of work by Saint-Exupéry at the Morgan, including the author’s working manuscript and drawings for The Little Prince.

Literary and Historical Manuscripts

Henry James, 1843-1916. A group of unpublished letters to his cousin George Higginson. Purchased for the Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection as the gift of the Heineman Foundation and on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2016.

This collection consists of fourteen autograph letters signed from Henry James to his cousin George Higginson and to Higginson’s wife Emily, and one letter from Henry James’s brother, William James to George Higginson. James writes about the death of his sister Alice in 1892 and his brother William in 1910. He also comments on the life that George and Emily Higginson are leading in America, offering advice on their travels in England and Europe, with detailed recommendations about what to do and see in Paris. These unpublished letters provide a rare glimpse into James’s emotions in the midst of major life events. Notably, this extensive collection of letters, comprising a total of seventy-seven pages, is the second largest group of James letters to a single recipient that the Morgan has acquired.

Photography

Charles Negre, 1820-1880, French, Oil Presses at Grasse, 1855. Purchased as the gift of Christopher Scholz in honor of Janos Scholz, 2016. Negre’s first image bearing this title (Metropolitan Museum of Art) is an acknowledged masterpiece of early paper negative photography. This later image—an albumen print from a wet-plate glass negative--portrays a painting by the artist, derived from the earlier photograph and framed for the 1855 salon. This unique object can be seen as a one-object retrospective of its maker’s career, as a capsule history of the first two decades of photographic art in France, and as an example of photography’s fluency in transmitting images from one medium, context, or mode of expression to another.

Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay, 1828-1915, French, Detail of the Principal Doorway, Palace of the Governors, Uxmal, 1859‒60; plate 47 of folio vol. 1, Cités et ruines Américaines (Paris: Gide, 1862). Purchased as the gift of the Charina Endowment Fund.

The mammoth-plate views Charnay made on the Yucatan expedition of 1859‒60 are the first photographs of Maya architecture. His 1862 edition of prints was accompanied by a volume with site diagrams and commentary by Eugène Viollet Le Duc. Like other architectural details in the Morgan’s collection, such as Carl Van Vechten’s study of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, this extraordinary image exemplifies the role of photography as a long-distance conveyor of immobile cultural properties.

Marcia Resnick, born 1950, American, six prints from the series See, 1974-75. Purchased as the gift of David A. Dechman and Michel Mercure, Elaine Goldman, and Richard and Ronay Menschel. 

Resnick planned but never executed an edition of See, which consequently is known almost exclusively through her small self-published 1975 paperback volume of that title. In each of the 34 landscape views in the series, a figure in the center foreground is seen from behind, contemplating--and interrupting--the scene that fills the frame. The result is a modest but canny meditation on the notion of the camera as a device that “sees,” and on the photograph as a means of “placing” its viewer in the world.

Wayne A. Wiegand, a leading scholar of American public libraries and American book history, has been appointed a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His appointment begins in January 2017 and will conclude in early May.

Wiegand is the F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at Florida State University.

At the Kluge Center, Wiegand will research his current book project—a history of the American public-school library. The project incorporates five perspectives: the history of public-school education; the history of American librarianship; the social history of reading (including the history of print culture); the history of childhood; and the history of cultural institutions as places. While in residence, he will use the vast array of database services, particularly newspaper databases to which the Library of Congress subscribes, in order to unearth the voices of tens of thousands of public-school library users over the generations.

Wiegand was co-founding director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-founder and former director of the Florida Book Awards, now the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. He taught in library schools at the University of Kentucky (1976-86), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002) and Florida State University (2003-2010).

In addition to over one hundred scholarly articles, Wiegand is author of "Politics of an Emerging Profession: The American Library Association, 1876-1917" (1986), "‘An Active Instrument for Propaganda:’ American Public Libraries During World War I" (1989), "Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey" (1996) and "Main Street Public Library: Reading Spaces and Community Places in America’s Heartland, 1876-1956" (2011). For the academic year 2008-2009, he was on a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write "‘Part of Our Lives:’ A People’s History of the American Public Library" (2015). He is the co-editor with Donald G. Davis Jr. of the "Encyclopedia of Library History" (1994).

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit loc.gov/kluge/.

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.

page10_11_combined with text_lowres.jpgOXFORD, 18 August 2016 - Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and from universities in the Netherlands have used high-tech imaging to uncover the details of a rare Mexican codex dating from before the colonization of the Americas. The newly revealed codex, or book, has been hidden from view for almost 500 years, concealed beneath a layer of plaster and chalk on the back of a later manuscript known as the Codex Selden, which is housed at the Bodleian Libraries. Scientists have used hyperspectral imaging to reveal pictographic scenes from this remarkable document and have published their findings in the Journal of Archaeology: Reports.

Ancient Mexican codices are some of the most important artefacts of early Mexican culture and they are particularly rare. Codex Selden, also known as Codex Añute, dates from around 1560 and is one of fewer than 20 known Mexican codices to have survived from pre-colonial and early colonial Mexico. Of those, it is one of only five surviving manuscripts from the Mixtec area, now the Oaxaca region of Mexico. These codices use a complex system of pictures, symbols and bright colours to narrate centuries of conquering dynasties and genealogies as well as wars and the history of ancient cities. In essence these codices provide the best insight into the history and culture of early Mexico.

Since the 1950s, scholars have suspected that Codex Selden is a palimpsest: an older document that has been covered up and reused to make the manuscript that is currently visible. Codex Selden consists of a five-metre-long strip composed of deer hide that has been covered with gesso, a white plaster made from gypsum and chalk, and folded in a concertina format into a 20-page document. The manuscript underwent a series of invasive tests in the 1950s when one page on the back was scraped, uncovering a vague image that hinted at the possibility that an earlier Mexican codex lay hidden beneath.

Until now, no other technique has been able to unveil the concealed narrative in a non-invasive way. The organic paints that were partly used to create the vibrant images on early Mexican codices do not absorb x-rays, which rules out x-ray analysis that is commonly used to study later works of art.

‘After four or five years of trying different techniques, we’ve been able to reveal an abundance of images without damaging this extremely vulnerable item. We can confirm that Codex Selden is indeed a palimpsest,’ said Ludo Snijders from Leiden University, who conducted the research with David Howell from the Bodleian Libraries and Tim Zaman from the University of Delft. This is the first time an early Mexican codex has been proven to be a palimpsest. ‘What’s interesting is that the text we’ve found doesn’t match that of other early Mixtec manuscripts. The genealogy we see appears to be unique, which means it may prove invaluable for the interpretation of archaeological remains from southern Mexico,’ Snijders said.

Some pages feature more than 20 characters sitting or standing in the same direction. Similar scenes have been found on other Mixtec manuscripts, representing a King and his council. But the analysis of this particular text shows that the characters are both male and female, raising interesting questions about what the scene represents.

The imaging has also revealed a prominent individual who appears repeatedly on the document and is represented by a large glyph consisting of a twisted cord and a flint knife. The name seems to resemble a character found in other Mexican codices: the Codex Bodley (in the Bodleian’s collection) and Codex Zouche-Nuttall (in the British Museum).That character is an important ancestor of two lineages connected to the important archaeological sites of Zaachila and Teozacualco in Mexico. However, further analysis is needed to confirm that it is the same individual.

The researchers analysed seven pages of the codex for this study and revealed other images including people walking with sticks and spears, women with red hair or headdresses and place signs containing the glyphs for rivers. They are continuing to analyse the remainder of the document with the aim of reconstructing the entire hidden imagery, allowing the text to be interpreted more fully.

‘Hyperspectral imaging has shown great promise in helping us to begin to reconstruct the story of the hidden codex and ultimately to recover new information about Mixtec history and archaeology,’ said David Howell, Head of Heritage Science at the Bodleian Libraries. ‘This is very much a new technique, and we’ve learned valuable lessons about how to use hyperspectral imaging in the future both for this very fragile manuscript and for countless others like it.’

Working with the Humanities Division in the University of Oxford, the Libraries acquired the hyperspectral scanner in 2014 with the support of the University’s Fell Fund. Once a technique used by astrophysicists to study the colour of stars, hyperspectral imaging is now used by Bodleian researchers to reveal hidden text and images and identify unknown substances and pigments with a high degree of accuracy. Researchers have recently used the scanner to clarify the text of the famous Bakhshali manuscript from India, which includes the first use of zero, to analyse the medieval Gough Map, the earliest road map of Great Britain and to reveal a hidden devil in a centuries-old Armenian gospel-book.

The third Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Clara Tait, a part-time MSc Psychology student at Birkbeck, for her collection ‘These were the hours: Nancy Cunard and the Hours Press 1928-1931’. A runner’s up prize was awarded to Arendse Lund for a collection of Icelandic sagas in various languages.

The prize is funded by Anthony Davis, a retired lawyer and alumnus of Birkbeck. It is intended to encourage students of the university in the early stages of developing their collections of books and manuscripts. It’s a trend well established in the US and now building in the UK.

The scheme is also supported by Senate House Library (SHL), the Institute of English Studies (IES) at the university’s School of Advanced Study and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. It consists of £500 for the student personally, and £250 for the purchase of a book which the winner chooses for Senate House Library.

Judges - Anthony Davis, Professor Simon Eliot (IES), Dr Karen Attar (SHL), and Brian Lake and Justin Croft of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association - said the three years since the first prize have seen a succession of entries on widely differing collections and an increasing level of interest. There were some 15 submissions in 2016.

Clara’s winning collection around the English-American shipping heiress Nancy Cunard began with a chance discovery on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Paris. She aims to collect the 23 books published by the Hours Press, including works by authors such as Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett and Laura Riding. And she will add important publications by Cunard and bring together biographical works and novels which include Nancy as a character.

‘Dazzling and defiant, Nancy Cunard placed herself firmly in the literary circles of Paris and London in the 1920s and 30s, and her experimental Hours Press offers a glimpse of the impassioned innovation of writers during the uncertainty of those interwar years,’ explains Clara.

Arendse says she loved reading Icelandic sagas and the history writers, such as Saxo Grammaticus. ‘To support my developing understanding of Old Norse I often used translations either into Danish or English. Some of these translations were new, some older, and since I have published translations myself, my interest was piqued how translations had functioned over time as the tool to transmit knowledge of the texts. I bought several translations into Danish and English of the same texts from various periods and compared them. I found the translations no less interesting than the originals.’  

Clara Tait will have the opportunity to talk about her collection at an Institute of English Studies seminar. She also helped to select a new acquisition for Senate House Library’s special collections. Both winner and runner-up also exhibit some of their books at the Library.

'The level of entries for the prize this year was very high, both in numbers and in quality. It is marvellous that in this technological age so many students are interested in collecting old books,’ says Anthony Davis. 

‘It was a hard decision to award the prize but the two winners are both very promising collectors with a real love of books. Leading on from the success of the prize there is also a proposal by several of those who have competed for the prize this year and in previous years to start a bibliophiles society based on the university, which is further encouragement to those who believe in the future of books and collecting.'

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 10.25.08 PM.pngDALLAS - Direct from the collection of New York Post founder Samuel Boyd, an important copy of The Federalist may sell for as much as $100,000 in Heritage Auction’s Sept. 15 Rare Books Auction in Dallas. The collection of published essays, primarily written by Founding Fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, convinced New York voters to ratify the newly proposed U.S. Constitution. 

“An entire generation went by before Americans realized this book is the most authoritative interpretation of the Constitution as drafted by the Convention of 1787,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage Auctions. “This book is one our nation's most important contributions to the theory of government, and this copy has rock solid provenance to one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs.”

The two-volume copy is directly traced to Boyd, a wealthy merchant who founded The New York Post with Hamilton; Boyd signed both bound volumes on each of the title pages.

The auction’s range of historical volumes also includes an influential copy of The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith, used as a reference by notable anti-Mormon author Pomeroy Tucker ($70,000+). This copy is one of 5,000 first editions printed in 1830 and was actually printed (and also signed and inscribed) by Tucker himself in his role as a press foreman for printer E. B. Grandin. Ironically, Tucker would move on from his printing apprenticeship to become a journalist and New York politician, and he later penned Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism, a book arguing that Smith was dishonest.

Modern literary works on offer include a 1923 printing of the first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s first book: Three Stories & Ten Poems. One of only 300 printed, the copy retains the book’s original grayish-blue printed wrappers (est. $15,000+). And a first edition of The Lord of the Rings, including The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (est. $20,000+).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Collectible inscribed books: 

·         Cannery Row, inscribed by John Steinbeck to fellow author Anaïs Nin (est. $5,000+),

·         Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? inscribed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Leonard Bernstein ($6,500+), and

·         Blood Meridian, 1985, signed by author Cormac McCarthy (est. $6,000).

More historical imprints, including:

·         A printing of the Journals of Congress, Containing Their Proceedings - 1800-1801 (est. $6,500+) and

·         The Significance of the Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner, 1893, the first print appearance of this page-turner on the American frontier (est.  $3,000+).

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Los Angeles, California - (August 17, 2016) - Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced its highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event to take place on September 23-24, 2016 in Los Angeles. This year’s Hollywood event will offer collectors and fans a chance to peek inside the lives of some of Hollywood’s most private stars.  Unprecedented and certainly extraordinary are the memorial ashes of Truman Capote to be offered as one of the items in the auction. The ashes of Truman Capote are housed in a memorial Japanese carved wooden box. The ashes were kept by Joanne Carson who was one of Capote’s closest friends. She often said the ashes brought her great comfort. The box is also marked “Date of Cremation: August 28, 1984. (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

One cannot argue the fact that privacy played a pivotal role in the personal lives of stars like Johnny Carson, Steve Jobs, Truman Capote and partners James Bridge & Jack Larson.  The rarity of items from the lives of any of these well-known entertainment figures is staggering and for the first time, Julien’s Auctions will offer a selection of personal and career memorabilia from those stars and more during the Icons & Idols: Hollywood event.         

One of television’s best known personalities, Johnny Carson, hosted “The Tonight Show” for thirty years. His farewell show in 1992 drew over 50 million viewers. He is often considered to be one of the most popular stars of American television. He was also known for his jokes about his marriages. Joanne Carson, was the second wife of Johnny whom he married in 1963.  Rare items from the Estate of Joanne Carson will be offered during the Hollywood auction event which includes the custom-made ivory silk dress with a black rose print and stunning headpiece that Joanne wore to their wedding (Estimate: $800-$1,200). Other highlights from their marriage, include Joanne’s wedding ring with a personal inscription from Johnny Carson (Estimate: $200-$400); personal documents from their marriage (Estimate: $400-$600); a collection of Tonight Show films (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and several items signed by Johnny Carson (Estimates: Various).  During their rather well-publicized marriage,  Joanne also collected and enjoyed art.  The auction will include forty artworks from her personal collection including a drawing by Henry Fonda (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000); a watercolor by Phyliss Diller (Estimate: $600-$800); etchings by Rembrandt (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), May Cassatt (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), and Jim Dine (Estimate: $1,5000-$2,500); prints by Joan Miro (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), Pablo Picasso (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Alberto Giacometti (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500), and Henri Matisse (Estimate: $600-$800), among other sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings.

The trailblazing writer best known for his works Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, Truman Capote was a frequent guest on the Tonight Show and became a very close friend of Joanne Carson.  He frequently stayed with Joanne in Los Angeles, keeping a studio there in which to work and ultimately dying at her home in 1984.  Included in this auction are inscribed books from Capote to Carson, artwork, jewelry, and clothing owned by Capote, as well as artwork formerly from his personal collection.

James Bridges and Jack Larson, lived in Hollywood as openly gay partners during a time when much was not said of such a relationship. With friends like Leslie Caron, Andy Warhol, Katherine Hepburn and David Hockney - they found a sanctuary of love and friendship.   Bridges & Larson were two talented young men -  Jack Larson, an actor known best for his role as Jimmy Olsen in the television series Adventures of Superman was also a producer, poet and opera librettist and James Bridges was a writer director.   Among the items from their collection to be auctioned are awards,  including Academy Award nomination plaques (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); clothing, including John Travolta’s shirt from Urban Cowboy, a film they both worked on; handwritten letters from their friends and colleagues including a collections of letters from Katherine Hepburn ($1,500-$3,000), Montgomery Clift (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), Tab Hunter (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000) among  many others.  Also from the collection of Larson and Bridges is a 1921 film poster from Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid.  According to Jack Larson the poster hung in Charlie Chaplin’s office (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

Other highlights of the Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction include  items from the Estate of Charleton Heston, property relating to the life and career of Steve Jobs, the gown worn by Barbra Streisand to the  1968 Academy Awards (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000); a gown from Audrey Hepburn’s personal wardrobe (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); and an array of costumes and accessories from the professional lives of Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Jane Russell and Elizabeth Taylor.         

The auction will also celebrate pop culture and offer the white halter dress with a sunburst pleated skirt worn by actor Willem Dafoe as he portrayed a hungry Marilyn Monroe in the popular 2016 SNICKERS®   Super Bowl commercial (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000).  Other Monroe highlights include a Gianni Versace 1991 gown with a Warhol style pattern of alternating images of Marilyn and James Dean (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000).  An identical dress is in the costume collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In addition to the hundreds of personal and career memorabilia items from Hollywood’s biggest names, Julien’s Auctions will also offer for sale the largest and most significant autograph collection from Hollywood’s Golden Era.  The Rogues Gallery Autograph Collection is the most extensive and unique autograph collection amassed by the silent film star Harold Lloyd and is comprised of the most significant figures of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” In the 1930’s, Harold Lloyd amassed the collection by writing to the biggest public figures and movie stars asking them to mail back an inscribed photo for what would later become The Rogues Gallery.

The collection offers nearly two hundred personally inscribed photos from Hollywood's most important stars including Marlene Dietrich, Clarke Gable, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Clara Bow, Bob Hope, Cecil B DeMille, Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff and many more. In addition to legendary film stars, the collection includes autographed photos from icons including Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Edison, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller.

Harold Lloyd’s acting career rose to prominence during the silent film era and spanned 34 years of active filmmaking, over 200 comedies and one 1928 Academy Award nomination. During his long and illustrious career, Lloyd had dealings with remarkable actors and public figures placing him in a very unique position to amass such a rare collection in which he delighted in showing to visitors of his famed residence Greenacres. This marks the first time this collection is being publicly offered.                                                                               

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LOS ANGELES PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Harold Lloyd’s The Rogue’s Gallery Exhibition

Thursday,  August 18, 2016 - Friday, August 26, 2016

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LOS ANGELES PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Property from The Collection of Jane Fonda and Icons & Idols: Hollywood Highlights

Monday,  September 19, 2016 - Thursday, September 22, 2016

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LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION

Friday, September 23, 2016

Harold Lloyd’s The Rogue’s Gallery

Session I: 10:00 a.m. PDT

Property from The Collection of Jane Fonda

Session II: 2:00 p.m. PDT

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Icons & Idols: Hollywood

Session III: 10:00 a.m. PDT
Session IV: 2:00 p.m. letter PDT                                                                  

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weston_plantation_500.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif. - An exhibition opening this fall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens considers a rich dialogue between two iconic figures in American culture: the renowned photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) and poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892). “Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass” opens Oct. 22 in the Chandler Wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art and continues through March 20, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Jennifer Watts, The Huntington’s curator of photography, and James Glisson, Bradford and Christine Mishler Assistant Curator of American Art.

The 25 photographs included in the exhibition illuminate an understudied chapter of the celebrated photographer’s career. In 1941, the Limited Editions Book Club approached Weston to collaborate on a deluxe edition of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which Whitman published in five ever-larger editions during his lifetime. The publisher’s ambition was to capture “the real American faces and the real American places” that defined Whitman’s epic work. Weston eagerly accepted the assignment, and, from 1941-42—on the eve of the United States’ involvement in World War II—he set out with his wife, Charis Wilson, on a cross-country trip that yielded a group of negatives marking the culmination of an extraordinarily creative and prolific period in his career. Most of the images were made with a large, 8 × 10 camera and captured a wide-ranging landscape and set of experiences across 24,000 miles, from California through the Southwest and South, up to New England and Maine. The announcement of Pearl Harbor’s bombing in Dec. 1941 caused Weston and Wilson to abort their trip and hurriedly retrace their route to California.

While Weston believed the photographs to be some of his best, the resulting Limited Editions publication, which is on view in the exhibition, proved a failure on many fronts. The pages were tinted a sickly green, said Watts, and, likewise, “Weston’s elegant black and white pictures were surrounded by a mint green border, much to the photographer’s disgust. The final indignity came with the pairing of Weston’s pictures with specific lines in Whitman’s text, a decision Weston rightly felt undermined his own vision of America.” As a result, the photographs from the Leaves of Grass project have been relegated to footnote status in Weston’s oeuvre.

But, said Watts, “this is an important body of work that has been unjustly overlooked and clearly deserves its due. There are masterpieces in the mix, every bit the equal of Weston’s best work. How could it be otherwise? The Whitman effort came after a lifetime of honing a prodigious talent. The challenges of the project notwithstanding, Weston’s mastery shines brilliantly through.”

Among the pristine prints to be featured are White Sands, New Mexico (1941); Woodlawn Plantation House, Louisiana (1941), and Gulf Oil, Port Arthur, Texas (1941), each 7 ½ by 9 ½ inches. The group builds on subjects that Weston already knew and loved: the industrial sites of Middletown steel; the broad expanse of desert with its confounding sense of scale; New Orleans’ aboveground graves that he flattens out like a Point Lobos tide pool.

Though Weston deemed the book a failure, he considered the photographs an unqualified success. In 1944, he selected and printed 500 photographs for The Huntington as a gift to establish the most significant institutional legacy of his lifetime. Of this remarkable group, 90—almost one-fifth the total—are pictures he took for the Whitman project.

In 2003, The Huntington acquired Charis Wilson’s typescript diary recounting every aspect of the journey, which is on view in The Huntington’s Library Main Exhibition Hall, as well as documentation detailing the contentious creative wrangling between Weston and the Limited Editions publishers, both of which significantly informed the research for this exhibition. The Library’s manuscript and rare book holdings also include a number of original Whitman items, including a sampling of Whitman’s draft pages and his handwritten corrections on printed proofs for Leaves of Grass. Some of those pages will be on display in the exhibition.

Image: Woodlawn Plantation House, Louisiana, 1941
Gelatin silver print
Photograph by Edward Weston
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
©1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has hired Jason Rovito as a specialist and the director of its Fine Books and Manuscripts department. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Rovito worked for two years at Rare Books and Special Collections at McGill University Library and for four years as an independent book dealer in Toronto.

At McGill University Library, Mr. Rovito assisted in curating a number of major exhibitions and digitization projects and was instrumental in the reconstruction of the private library of the colorful Sir Charles Sebright, the Baron d¹Everton (1807-1884). As a dealer, he has worked closely with both institutional and private collectors in discovering and cataloguing materials relating to the arts, social history and the human sciences.

“As both a dealer and librarian, I¹ve learned an incredible amount from working with various collectors and collections,” said Jason Rovito, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. “Especially now, with memory sold by the stick, there’s a real pleasure, and responsibility, in discovering and preserving our paper legacy.”

Mr. Rovito continues, “To that end, I¹m thrilled to be joining such a well-respected firm, both for its sense of tradition and its commitment to innovation. After a few years of studying the history of catalogue design, I¹m particularly excited to work with our design team, which produces such stunning work.”

Mr. Rovito received a Master of Information Studies degree from McGill University and both a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where his research focused on the history of ideas. As a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities, he is completing a dissertation on the psychology of paper (“Because the Cloud forgets”).

“Jason’s background is impressive and incredibly interesting. His experience working with McGill University Library and with private collectors will be of huge benefit to our clients,” said Leslie Hindman, President and CEO.

The Fine Books and Manuscripts department is currently accepting consignments for its November 2 auction. Jason Rovito can be reached at jasonrovito@lesliehindman.com or at 312.280.1212.  

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 10.25.14 copy.jpgDr. Jörn Günther Rare Books is delighted to announce their attendance at TEFAF New York’s debut fair 21st-26th October 2016. There will be a selection of important illuminated manuscripts and early printed books that have been carefully guarded throughout the centuries and are rare offerings to the international market. Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books has enjoyed more than twenty successful years with the fair in Europe and greatly looks forward to expanding with TEFAF into New York. To mark the event the gallery will highlight themes of exploration, voyage mapping, and the medieval discovery of new lands.

A notable example is the Compendium (Castile, c. 1425), a unique and completely unknown manuscript containing a combination of educational texts made for the young King of Castile and Leon, Juan II (1405-1454). There are seven full-page illuminated leaves included in the manuscript, most notably a thought-provoking map, the image of which is dominated by a deep- set, inky blue, indicating the surrounding ocean and the world yet to be explored. A physical relic from the very heart of the Age of Discovery, this manuscript is likely to have been seen and handled by some of the most central figures of the age, like Juan II’s daughter, Isabella, who, with her husband Ferdinand, succeeded Juan on the Spanish throne and launched Columbus’ famous expedition across the Atlantic. This codex is the only example of its kind and within a generation of its production, the image of the world it depicts was altered almost beyond recognition. It is poised, as it were, on a precipice between the medieval and modern worlds.

A poignant counterpart to the Compendium is the historic edition of Christopher Columbus’ letter to Isabella and Ferdinand recounting his discovery of the Americas (Basel, 1494). The text is illustrated with six remarkable printed woodcuts that show a stylized view of the Bahamas, the Caribbean Islands, and their inhabitants. This may be a once in a lifetime chance to acquire such a monument to American history.

Significantly, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will also feature the first ‘modern’ atlas. Along with Classical Ptolemaic maps, the atlas includes large parts of the American Atlantic coast and the West Indian Islands, which are depicted here for the first time. It also boasts a world map that reveals some of South America and the first color printed maps. Columbus’ discovery of the new world by mandate of the Spanish rulers is noted in one map. This edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia (Strasbourg, 1513, first edition) integrates information from Amerigo Vespucci and the recently returned Portuguese explorers.

Image: Unpublished Compendium in Latin, made for Juan II, King of Castile and Leon, c. 1425

Antiquates Opens New Shop

Dorset based fine and rare books dealer Antiquates are thrilled to announce the opening of their new shop, in the heart of Wareham, at 12A West Street.

Antiquates Ltd., established in 2007 by owner Tom Lintern-Mole, has previously operated online and at local, regional, and national book fairs. Both Tom and his long-time friend and colleague Paris Austin Wells have worked in the Dorset book trade for over a decade and are excited by their future in this historic town.

‘Wareham has long needed a bookshop befitting its character; this Grade II listed Georgian building has a history as a bookshop and I’m pleased that Antiquates has made it so again. Bookshops are becoming rarer than some of the books in them, especially in Dorset. This is the first local antiquarian bookshop that I can recall opening its doors in recent years rather than closing them, and we’re pleased to be reversing this trend.’ - Tom Lintern-Mole

‘Books have value as historic artefacts as well as for their contents, and as easy as it is to buy, sell, send, and receive books over the internet, to appreciate them fully sometimes you need to be able to touch, see, and even smell them. Those you will see on our shelves cover a variety of subjects suited to all tastes, whether your own or your friends’ - and as such can make great gifts for any occasion or that hard to buy for special someone.’ - Paris Austin Wells

We are happy to offer advice on book collecting and library development, and are pleased to provide a specialised valuation service. We are keen buyers - if you have any old or interesting books that you are looking to sell then please do come along and see us.

We open on the Wednesday 17th August. For more details please contact Tom on 01929 556 656.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 9.25.14 PM.pngA first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful novels about a boy wizard, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 9 November. The copy, described as being in exceptionally fine condition, is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury and became an instant bestseller. It scooped most children's literature awards in the UK and, after its publication in the USA under the title, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1988, stayed near the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list for most of 1999 and 2000. Like the succeeding novels in the seven book series,it was turned into a feature film making stars of its three young main actors and engaging a host of major British actors.

Among Harry Potter fans and book collectors alike, the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is also known for the repetition on page 53 of '1 wand' in the list of equipment that pupils must take with them to Hogwarts at the beginning of term. This error was corrected in subsequent editions.

Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, Matthew Haley, said, "As the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has a special place in the affections of the millions of readers across the world and the proof reading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana. Like most enduring books aimed at younger readers, the Harry Potter books also have wide appeal to adults and there is a strong market among collectors for first editions. This copy is in excellent condition - one of the very best I've seen - and we're expecting a lot of interest."

Grand_Canyon_600.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens continues to celebrate the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service in the second of two consecutive exhibitions that focus on the critical role that national parks have played in the history of the United States. “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea, 1933-2016” depicts the unceasing public enthusiasm for national park spaces, as well as the steady pace of change in the concept of a “national park” that grew to include national lakeshores and seashores, wild and scenic rivers, battlefields, industrial sites, parkways, and trails.

The exhibition—on view in the West Hall of the Library from Oct. 22, 2016, to Feb. 13, 2017—will illuminate the great paradox established by the National Park Service’s founding legislation: how to make the lands under its management available for public enjoyment, while at the same time ensuring the preservation of those lands for the use of future generations.

Drawing on nearly 100 items gathered from The Huntington’s library holdings, as well as from various private collections, “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea” will include maps, advertisements, illustrated guide books, travel narratives, promotional brochures, scientific surveys, reports, and correspondence that will highlight the experiences of visitors to the parks and the many—sometimes conflicting—visions of national parks that have taken shape over the past 80 years.

Among the most indelible images in the exhibition is a view of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from its southern rim, as depicted in 1911 by William R. Leigh for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co., which promoted tourist travel throughout the Southwest. Leigh’s image, used by the Santa Fe Railway for various promotional purposes, aptly captures the canyon’s scenic magnificence, which many Americans equated with a unique national identity. In subsequent decades, however, popular understanding of the park’s significance has shifted as Americans have gained a deeper understanding of the intricate ecologies of the natural world. The presence on the Colorado River of structures such as Glen Canyon Dam have changed the river by altering the temperature of the water, its peak flows, and the flora and fauna that can survive along its banks.

“The example of the Grand Canyon reminds us of one of the most challenging aspects of the National Park Service’s existence,” said Peter Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western Historical Manuscripts at The Huntington, and exhibition curator. “At the heart of the 1916 Organic Act that created the service is the stipulation that the Park Service must manage resources to provide for their use by current visitors, while also ensuring the conservation of those resources unimpaired for future generations. Implications of this conundrum—how to make the parks available for public use while preserving them—run throughout the exhibition.”

The attraction of the Grand Canyon, which combined scenic wonder with the allure of the indigenous peoples of the region, has continued unabated for more than a century, drawing travelers from all over the country and around the globe, said Blodgett. Among the exhibition items are early examples of publicity efforts by the Park Service, railroads, and concessionaires to capitalize on this interest. In a 1931 brochure titled “Trails and Automobile Drives,” a contrast is drawn between the traditional mule-back tours of the canyon’s Bright Angel Trail and a sleek automobile visiting pueblos of people living near the park. The juxtaposition of new and old technologies, as well as of modern and ancient cultures, is a common theme throughout materials promoting travel to the national parks. Examples include a 1938 brochure for the Burlington Route, depicting ultramodern, streamlined railroad trains under the rubric of “the National Park Line,” and a 1947 Union Pacific Railroad advertisement boosting the parks in southern Utah, such as Bryce and Zion, as well as the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. And there is a 1947 advertisement for Western Air Lines that encourages vacationers to fly to national park destinations in the American West, maximizing their time at sites of natural wonder through the speed and convenience of air travel.

Even as such promotional campaigns for existing parks moved into high gear, the national park system itself continued to expand. California’s Death Valley, once seen by many Euro-Americans as a horrifying and desolate location, entered the system in 1933 as a National Monument, and Joshua Tree was likewise designated in 1936. In hopes of preserving substantial portions of “primeval America,” groups such as the Sierra Club advocated for the creation of parks in settings such as King’s River Canyon in California, as depicted by a 1939 brochure that emphasizes the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada as scenic wilderness. With the success of such campaigns, more wilderness areas were added to the system in the decades that followed, reflecting the growing enthusiasm for unspoiled landscapes that culminated with the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964.

Other changes followed quickly in the 1960s as the Park Service extended protection to seashores, lakeshores, wild and scenic rivers, and historic trails to serve the needs and interests of an ever-more urbanized population. By the late 1970s and 1980s, “national recreation” areas were designated adjacent to major cities, such as Gateway in New York City and Golden Gate in San Francisco. This impulse extends to the Santa Monica Mountains in the Los Angeles area, designated a National Recreation Area in 1978, and the current proposal for the adjacent “Rim of the Valley,” which would significantly expand its boundaries.

Managing Conservation and Use

Throughout this period, however, the Park Service’s other mandate, as established in its founding legislation of 1916, was to ensure conservation of the parks unimpaired for future generations. Harried Park Service professionals and alarmed conservationists struggled to strike a balance between these two imperatives as the annual number of visitors spiraled ever upward, from 21 million in 1941 to 100 million in 1964, 200 million in 1976, and 292 million in 2014. Such staggering growth put ever greater pressure on natural habitats, as well as Park Service and concessioner facilities, at many of the nation’s best-loved parks.

Moreover, as scientific knowledge grew more sophisticated during the 20th century, with a greater emphasis on ecology, it became clear that many parks faced significant environmental problems from economic developments outside of their borders, such as increasing air pollution at the Grand Canyon and elsewhere, generated by power plants in the Southwest.

“In various instances, scientists have concluded that preserving wildlife and watersheds would require the expansion of park boundaries,” said Blodgett. “But this is hard to do—not only because of the increase in populations adjacent to many parks, but because many of the communities built near parks surround those parks with privately owned land and burgeoning economic enterprises. Buying lands to allow park expansion in many instances would be ruinously expensive. A basic tension arises: How do you preserve parks unimpaired for future generations when there is not enough space for native species to flourish?”

With such challenging issues connected to the parks, one of the key goals of the exhibition, according to Blodgett, is to provide viewers with a deeper understanding of the innate complexity of the national park idea as it has developed over time. “I hope visitors will be inspired to consider how national parks should evolve through the 21st century and beyond,” he said.

Image: William R. Leigh, Grand Canyon (1911), as adapted for Fred Harvey Service dining car menu, 1950. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Reprinted with permission of the BNSF Railway Company.

image007.jpgMumbai, 10 August 2016: Between 1812 and 1816, a lavish six-part compendium with breathtaking illustrations of Mughal and Dravidian monuments, cityscapes and sublime views of mountains and waterfalls—the most extensive work of its kind, held its readers in awe. The aquatint illustrations were so accurately and skilfully made, that they put to shame all those who had previously attempted similar illustrations. Touted as “the finest illustrated work ever published on India” (Tooley), Oriental Scenery was a landmark compendium of illustrations by Thomas and William Daniell, two of the most celebrated landscape artists of their time. The work is now in StoryLTD’s upcoming Antiquarian Books auction on 16 - 17 August. Lot 39 in the auction catalogue, it is estimated at INR 10 - 15 lakhs (USD 15,155 - 22,730) as one of the star lots of the sale.

Fascinating sketches of fish, reptiles, local plants, landscapes, the customs and attire of various communities, portraits of rajas, and accounts of wars are but few of the themes covered by travellers to the Indian sub-continent, and form a large part of the auction catalogue. Highlights include other important books from the mid-19th century:

  1. Lot 9: Portraits of the Princes and People of Eden, published in 1844, was one of English poet and novelist Emily Eden’s important works. She documented the lives of Indian rulers and their families when she accompanied her brother, Lord Auckland, to India when he was Governor General from 1835 - 1842. The book is bound in an original contemporary half Moroccan and cloth cover, and features a rich gilt lettering on the cover and spine. It is estimated between INR 9.5 - 10 lakhs (USD 14,395 - 15,155).
  2. Lot 21: Recollections of India, 1847, features lithographic plates of the landscapes of British India, with a focus on Kashmir and Punjab. Included are portraits of some of the rulers of Kashmir. The book is estimated between INR 8 - 8.5 lakhs (USD 12,125 - 12,880).
  3. Lot 29: Des Prinzen Waldemar Von Preussen Nach Indien: 2 Volumes, 1853, includes illustrations of the landscapes and peoples of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Egypt, as well as portraits of kings and accounts of local wars. It is estimated at INR 9 - 10 lakhs (USD 13,640 - 15,155).
  4. Lot 30: Views of Calcutta, 1848, includes stunning lithographs of the topography of Calcutta in the 1830s, and is estimated between INR 9 - 10 lakhs (USD 13,640 - 15,155).
  5. Lot 41: Architecture of Ahmedabad, 1866, is an early and rare photographically-illustrated record of the art and architecture of western India, estimated at INR 2.5 - 3 lakhs (USD 3,790 - 4,550).
  6. Lot 43: Scenery, Costumes, and Architecture, Chiefly on the Westernside of India, 1826 - 1830, is a three-volume set with rich colour illustrations, estimated at INR 6 - 8 lakhs (USD 9,095 - 12,125).

Editions of books from the 1700s also feature in the sale. Lot 50: An Account of Indian Serpents, Collected on the Coast of Coromandel, 1796, is the first edition of the first published work on Indian snakes. It features 44 hand-coloured aquatint illustrations of the reptiles, and is estimated at INR 2.5 - 3.5 lakhs (USD 3,790 - 5,305). Lot 4: Select Views in Mysore by Robert Home, is a first-hand documentation of the power struggles that saw the rise of the British Raj in India. Published in 1794, the book is estimated between INR 75,000 - 85,000 (USD 1,140 - 1,290). Lot 34: The History of Hindostan: 2 Volumes was published in 1768. It documents the sub-continent’s history up to the death of Emperor Akbar and is estimated between INR 65,000 - 75,000 (USD 985 - 1,140).

The auction is the first of its kind to feature on StoryLTD; previous rare book auctions were themed on Indian art and artists. It is preceded by viewings in Saffronart, Mumbai. All lots on auction are non-exportable, however bidders based outside India can participate in the auction if they provide an Indian shipping address.

Auction:

16 - 17 August 2016
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Bidding begins 8 pm IST on 16 August

About Saffronart:

A global company with deep Indian roots, Saffronart was founded in 2000 on the strength of a private passion. Remaining committed to this passion and personal values, today Saffronart is a strong and successful international auction house that both embraces and drives change.

A platform for fine art and collectibles with over fifteen years of experience in auctions, Saffronart is committed to serving the growing community of Indian collectors, while also creating a cultural bridge to India for both the global Indian diaspora and the international community at large. Saffronart has set several global benchmarks for online auctions and is the subject of a case study at Harvard Business School.

In its 15 year journey, Saffronart has established itself as one of the leading auction houses in the world and has held several highly successful online and live auctions and preview events in cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. In July 2015, Saffronart appointed Hugo Weihe, former International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Weihe oversees Saffronart’s presence in Mumbai, New Delhi, New York and London in building a market for Indian art and antiquities globally.

Responding to the needs of today’s collectors, Saffronart offers a range of services including art advisory, private sales, appraisals and valuations, and specialised art storage. Through these personalised services, our dedicated team of professionals provides collectors with a comprehensive set of options to evolve and care for their collections over time. In April 2010, Saffronart leveraged its online presence and global reach to introduce a new service - Prime Properties in India. In 2013 Saffronart launched StoryLTD, an online auction and e-commerce platform to serve a broader base of art and collectibles buyers. Since 2014, StoryLTD has been holding a number of no-reserve online auctions which been enthusiastically received. StoryLTD recently launched its new programme of weekly auctions catering to the growing affordable art market.

frazetta copy.jpgDALLAS - At The Earth’s Core, a 1974 masterpiece by Frank Frazetta, sold for $1,075,500 - setting a world auction record for the hugely popular artist -  in Heritage Auctions’ blockbuster $7.4+ million summer Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas. Records across the board shattered as bidders stepped up to own rare original cover art and a copy of Action Comics #1 for $956,000.

“With the sale of At The Earth’s Core, Heritage has achieved a world record auction price for any American comic book artist's work and the first seven-figure price realized for any American comic book artist,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations at Heritage Auctions. “The entire auction was a success from the very first lot.”

Lot one was a very attractive copy of Action Comics #1, 5.5 CGC, which far surpassed its $750,000 pre-auction estimate to sell for $956,000. The sale set a house record for the most valuable copy of Action Comics ever sold by Heritage and garnered headlines around the world. 

The auction’s selection of original art sparked intense interest as 23 bids pushed Bernie Wrightson’s original cover art for 1972’s Swamp Thing #1 to $191,200. An iconic 1935 Sunday Flash Gordon comic strip original art by Alex Raymond brought $131,450. The artwork, featuring the first appearance of The Witch Queen of Mongo, was executed during the years fans consider the peak of Raymond’s artistic achievement.

Making a rare auction appearance, the original comic strip art from Bill Watterson’s beloved Calvin & Hobbes, dated Jan. 6, 1987, sold for $74,687, and Dan Adkins’ 1968 cover art of Strange Tales #164 - depicting the mystical Doctor Strange - tied Heritage Auctions’ Doctor Strange cover art record at $71,700.

Collectors seeking high-grade comics found plenty to choose, such as the Mile High Pedigree copy of Startling Comics #49, 9.6 CGC. The classic cover of a robot kidnapping a damsel in distress vaporized its $50,000 pre-auction estimate to hammer for $101,575. An 8.5 CBCS-graded copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 - the first appearance of Spider-Man - sold for $77,675. The important book is signed by Spider-Man’s co-creator himself, Stan Lee. An exceptional copy of Batman #11, 9.4 CGC, ended at $65,725.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

John Buscema’s and Dan Adkins’ Silver Surfer #13 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1970): Realized: $68,712.

Bernie Wrightson’s DC Special Series #2 Swamp Thing Wraparound Cover Original Art (DC, 1977): Realized: $65,725.

Michael Golden’s Doctor Strange Portfolio Envelope Cover Original Art (SQ Publications/Marvel, 1983): Realized: $62,737.

A high-grade copy of Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941), 8.5 CBCS Restored: Realized: $47,800.

Heritage Auctions next Comics & Comic Art Auction is Nov. 17-18 in Beverly Hills; with an Oct. 4 consignment deadline. Bidding opens Oct. 28 live and on 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 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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DALLAS -  A rare copy of Action Comics #1 - featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture — quickly surpassed its $750,000 estimate to sell for nearly $1 million at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Heritage Auctions. The 1938 comic book sold for $956,000 to set a new record for a copy of Action Comics #1 at the world’s largest vintage comics auctioneer. 

“As the bidding went higher and higher we were grateful bidders recognized this copy as the gem it truly is,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics & Comic Art at Heritage. “Few copies of this comic survive, let alone come to auction with such a bright cover. It displays beautifully.”

The copy is graded 5.5 by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) out of a possible 10. Action Comics #1 originally cost just 10 cents when it revolutionized pop culture and superheroes when it debuted on comic racks in June of 1938. About 100 copies of the comic book are known to exist 78 years later. 

The edition sold Thursday came from the collection of a serious comic book fan from the east coast of who purchased it from a dealer in the 1990s for $26,000. Allen said the copy likely spurred intense bidding because it is very attractive for the grade. 

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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60.jpgDenver, Pennsylvania, August 6, 2016 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is excited to announce this highly anticipated, early fall antique advertising sale event to be held on September 10th and 11th, 2016.  Over 1,000 visually striking and carefully assembled lots will be on offer.  All selections from this sale are on display in Morphy's auction gallery and available for preview now.

This auction’s offering of over 30 lots of fine barbershop merchandise is truly cutting edge.  It’s no fish tale to say that lot #1, a nicely detailed, “Limoges France” marked fisherman's occupational shaving mug, will get collectors all in a lather.  This mug, with great detailing and the name “John Hager” in gold gilt across the top, is estimated at $300-500.  And its certain to be an arms race over lot #3, a weapon dealer's shaving mug, estimated at $400-800.  This item features the name “S. Mitchell” in gold gilt, and is detailed with the images two shotguns, a pistol, and a knife on the front.    

It’s happy hour any time of the day when it comes to this sale’s fine selection of alcohol related advertising materials.  A trio of Anheuser Busch brand materials deserves a special toast.  Lot #196, a beautiful, clean Anheuser Busch beer glass globe fixture with its original hanging brackets and electrical cord will light up the crowd and is estimated at $2,000-3,000.  Lot #231, a pre-prohibition Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association litho transfer sign featuring the Statue of Liberty in the background is a real standout and is estimated at $4,000-8,000.  And lot #234, an early, rare, pre-prohibition Anheuser-Busch reverse glass C. Conrad & Co. sign turns things around with its $2,500-4,000 estimate. 

For those collectors who desire the wheel-deal, lot #167, a beautiful, clean Marathon City Brewing Company Tannenbaum Beer reverse glass taxicab light sign will certainly earn its fare. This very rare example, manufactured by Gillco, is king of the road with its $3,000-5,000 estimate. 

This sale also offers a refreshing range of soft drink beverage advertising, with over 230 lots on offer.  Sparking selections include lot #300, an extremely rare and vibrant cardboard Coca-Cola trifold window display from 1925, estimated at $4,000-8,000.  This item was made by the US Printing and Litho Co. and has strong and unique graphics.  And just how unusual is this sign?  According to our expert catalogers, “We have never seen this before and it is not in any of the Petretti’s Coca-Cola books.”  Also bubbling to the top in the soft drink category is lot #415, a Hires Root Beer punchbowl made by Villeroy & Boch, Germany which comes with a set of four Hires root beer "Ugly Kid" logo mugs in different styles.  Together, these five items are estimated at $15,000-25,000. The punchbowl, which features multiple “Ugly Kid” logos, is incredibly rare and is seldom if ever seen on the secondary market. 

Morphy’s is recognized as the “go to” auction house for world-class antique advertising materials and ephemera, and the outstanding lots on offer in this sale further confirm this leadership position. Examples promoting food, consumer items, social organizations and movements, professional services, pharmaceuticals, tobacco items, and many other specialties take center stage.  Lot #60, a framed collage of Black Americana ephemera including a basketball advertising flyer, a Banjo tobacco paper sign, a photo of an early black barber shop, and an early slave document, is a rich and important snapshot of history and is estimated at $400-800.  Collectors will find themselves drawn to lot #55, an all-original framed John Deere lithograph advertising poster showing a deer pulling a John Deere carriage, estimated at $2,000-4,000.  Keeping things on point, lot #639 - a c. 1900 Wyandotte Detergent tin litho advertising sign featuring a Native American aiming his bow and arrow - should have no trouble hitting its $2,500-5,000 target.  And the heat is on lot #1094, a Doan’s diecut wooden advertising thermometer in working order, estimated at $200-400.    

This sale rounds out with an impressive selection of coin-op machines, including gambling, arcade, gaming, and vending examples.  It’s a race to the finish with lot #69, an early two-wheel bicycle trade stimulator.  This unusual example in all original finish has its original Modern Desk & Display Case Co. makers tag on its the cabinet and is estimated at $4,000-6,000. 

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "We are very excited about this early fall antique advertising auction.  We’ve spent the last several months carefully pulling this sale together, making sure that we offer only the finest and most interesting examples as part of this two-day event.  Every specialty category is well represented.  Our offering of beverage-related merchandise is particularly strong here.  The Hires Root Beer punch bowl is so rare… it is a treat to see it in person and an honor to be able to offer it to our collectors.   This is a sale not to be missed!”

Image: Black American Ephemera Collection, estimate $400-800. 

The British Library is excited to announce a new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter, set to open at the Library in autumn 2017, and marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The exhibition will open on 20 October 2017, and run until 28 February 2018.

From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the philosopher’s stone, the exhibition will take readers on a journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

The exhibition will showcase an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives.

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, said: 

“We at the British Library are thrilled to be working with J.K. Rowling and with Bloomsbury to mark the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections.”

More information about the exhibition will be released early in 2017, and tickets will be on sale from spring 2017 at www.bl.uk.

#HarryPotter20 

A.SueWeisler.DSCF1229.jpgThe oldest, continually running regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the U.S. takes place on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester, N.Y.

Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA) and RIT Press, the event is a contrarian example to trends otherwise observed in the antiques industry. In the past three years, the Fair experienced a growing number of exhibitors (about 50, currently) and an increasing number of visitors.

This year advance admission tickets are available online through RABA’s website: (www.rochesterbooksellers.com) at a discount price (click on the “Discount Admission” tab under the Book Fair navigation at top).

The Fair’s dealers are from across the nation and Canada. Beyond the rare and antiquarian books, collectors can expect to find good secondhand titles of wide breadth and interest including scholarly texts, as well as prints, maps, photographica and collectible ephemera embracing an equally broad range of subject categories.

Additionally, the Book Fair features readings by local poets whose books will be available for sale, as well as live music and book signings. For the first time, this year displays of special collections libraries will be presented.

The Fair’s venue is the castle-like turn-of-the-century Armory. Spacious (35,000 square feet) and well-lit, the building’s assembly room - originally used as a drill floor - comfortably accommodates the casual reader as much as the fussiest and most demanding collector.

The Armory reverberates with a lively, festive atmosphere populated by those who appreciate the aesthetic and intellectual dimensions of the book.

The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is co-sponsored by the 10-member Rochester Area Booksellers Association and RIT Press. The scholarly book publishing enterprise of the Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Press will feature selections from their impressive catalogue of books on type, printing and the history of the book.

The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is held at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St., Rochester, N.Y. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Book Fair is $5, and is free to all students who present a current student ID. Advertisements in local publications can be redeemed the day of the Fair for discount admission.

For more information, visit www.rochesterbooksellers.com or call Jonathan Smalter (of Yesterday’s Muse Books) at 585-265-9295.

Image: The booth of long-time exhibitor Peter Dzwonkoski at the 2015 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair. Credit: A. Sue Weisler.

The Art Loss Register is delighted to announce that, as of this week, 100 auction houses are subscribing to its due diligence services.

This represents an increase of 50% in the number of auction houses checking their catalogues with the Art Loss Register in the last three years, reflecting the growing importance for art market professionals to carry out due diligence.

The Art Loss Register’s scope is worldwide, with subscribers based in the UK, USA, France, Norway, Austria and Holland, and with growing numbers from Germany, Switzerland and Italy. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of smaller and regional auction house subscribers. The Art Loss Register checks 400,000 items offered on the international art market each year, the majority of which are in auction catalogues.

The key benefit for auction houses of searching items with the Art Loss Register is that it significantly reduces the risk of selling items that are stolen or subject to a claim, and the reputational and financial risks associated with this.

For the victims of theft and insurers, the increase in the number of auction houses working with the Art Loss Register means that their chances of recovery are significantly improving.

Last year alone, the Art Loss Register located stolen items ranging from artworks by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Keith Haring and Anish Kapoor, to Rolex watches, tribal art, English furniture and Roman antiquities in the sale catalogues of auction houses.

James Ratcliffe, General Counsel and Director of Recoveries at the Art Loss Register said, “It is fantastic to see the huge increase in subscribing auction houses over the last three years. This is testament both to the hard work and skills of the whole team here at the ALR; and also the increasing recognition across the market of the need to carry out a recognised standard of due diligence on transactions. As a result, it is becoming more and more difficult for thieves to profit from the theft of art.”

bd4336f5-8eb0-4d34-acf5-69db26a9723e.jpgJean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)—one of the most forward-looking and inventive artists of the 18th century—was equally skilled in painting, drawing, and etching. Yet, unlike many old masters for whom drawing was a preparatory tool, Fragonard explored the potential of chalk, ink, and wash to create sheets that were works of art in their own right. As displays of virtuosity and an imaginative spirit, his drawings were highly prized from his own day to the present, and New York has long been a center for collecting these works.

The exhibition Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant—Works from New York Collections, opening October 6 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will celebrate the artist's achievements as a master draftsman. A similar brio and inventiveness mark the artist's etchings, and examples of these will also be featured. Among the 100 works on paper on view, nearly half are from private collections, some of which will be shown publicly for the first time. The exhibition will thus provide a rare opportunity to see well-loved masterpieces alongside new discoveries and works that have long been out of the public eye.

Fragonard's career took place in the later 18th century when the role of drawing was undergoing a critical transformation. No longer regarded solely as a step in the genesis of another work, drawings were appreciated by a growing audience as original works by the artist's hand, precious manifestations of creative inspiration. As the century progressed, sheets by living artists appeared at public auctions with growing frequency, suggesting either that they were made for the market as independent works of art or that the value assigned to such works provided an incentive for artists to part with them. 

The freedom and speed afforded by chalk or wash on paper were particularly suited to Fragonard's improvisational talents and allowed his creative genius to shine. Among the subjects for which he is best known are joyful images of daily life, portraits, and landscapes, as well as episodes from the Bible and from diverse works of literature, ranging from the fantastic to the licentious. The frolicking children, young lovers, and sunlit gardens that sprang from his imagination are not weighed down by specificity or detail, but rather speak to the universality of such themes. 

By uniting works in The Met collection with loans from other New York City museums and private collections, the exhibition will represent Fragonard's entire range and achievement as a draftsman at the highest level. The selection will embrace the full spectrum of his career as well as all the genres in which he worked. In technique, they range from the most spontaneous sketches to highly worked studio pieces, intended to be framed and displayed.

The exhibition will follow the chronology of the artist's life, from his early training in Paris in the studio of François Boucher, to his training at the French Academy in Rome, to his return to the French capital, and ultimately to his break with the official arts establishment. By spurning royal patronage in order to work for private clients, Fragonard gained the freedom to choose his own subjects and formats, thus contributing to our modern view of the artist as innovative and independent. Groupings within this chronological framework will illuminate Fragonard's practice of revisiting themes and compositions he had already explored to create new works in a different medium or technique. Cross-fertilization and play between media were central to his working method.

A highlight will be the display of all five of the works on paper—three drawings, an etching, and a gouache—related to his famous composition The Little Park (Le petit parc). The constellation of works on this subject will be reunited for the first time since the artist's lifetime, providing important insight into his working methods. Also on view will be many pairs of works whose compositions echo one another, experimental variations on themes, often in different media. 

Four major sheets acquired by The Met in recent years will also be featured. A Gathering at Woods' Edge depicts a lush scene of well-dressed visitors finding respite at the shady entrance of a sunlit grove of trees, rendered in a vibrant yet precise manner in red chalk, also called sanguine.  Later and equally masterful are two large-scale studies of fishermen drawn at the edge of the sea in Naples, where Fragonard visited in 1774.  Acquired in 2009, Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest is fueled more by imagination than by observation, as Fragonard used layers of fluidly applied gold-brown wash to produce, seemingly effortlessly, the dramatic tenor of a brave warrior battling magical creatures.

The exhibition is organized by Perrin Stein, Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints. Exhibition design is by Brian Oliver Butterfield, Senior Exhibition Designer; graphics are by Chelsea Amato, Graphic Designer; lighting is by Amy Nelson, Lighting Designer, all of the Museum's Design Department.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press. Original information about the role of drawing in Fragonard's practice will be addressed in essays and catalogue entries by Perrin Stein and prominent Fragonard scholars Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey and Eunice Williams. The catalogue will be available for purchase in The Met Store ($65, hardcover).

Education programs include a Friday Focus lecture, exhibition tours, and a conversation with the curator in the galleries. 

The exhibition will be featured on The Met website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtags #DrawingTriumphant and #MetonPaper100.

Fragonard: Drawings Triumphant—Works from New York Collections is one of a series of exhibitions and programs organized to celebrate the centennial of the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Met, one of the most comprehensive and distinguished collections of works of art on paper in the world. The centennial began in January 2016.

Image: Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806). Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest, ca. 1763. Brown wash over very light black chalk underdrawing. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; Guy Wildenstein Gift; The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund; Kristin Gary Fine Art Gift; and funds from various donors, 2009 (2009.236)

The Library of Congress—which holds the largest multi-format collection of materials on the American experience in World War I—will present a major exhibition in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of The Great War.

The United States’ involvement in the "war to end all wars" began on April 6, 1917, when the U.S. Congress formally declared war on the German Empire, and concluded Nov. 11, 1918, with the armistice agreement. The exhibition will examine the upheaval of world war, as Americans experienced it—domestically and overseas. In the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, the exhibition will open in early April 2017 and close in January 2019. Initially, it will feature 200 items, but during its 18-month run, numerous other artifacts will be rotated into the display.

World War I, at the time, was the greatest conflict the world had ever known. It created seismic changes in American society and reshaped the global community in profound ways. In the United States, a national army was conscripted for the first time; more than a million women entered the workforce, contributing to the war effort in countless ways; and African-Americans challenged racial inequality. The first widespread use of airplanes, tanks and poisonous gas revolutionized warfare and technologies; the wristwatch was popularized by the demands of modern battle; and jazz spread around the world with the American soldiers going abroad.

The exhibition will feature correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and various other artifacts from the war. The collections of the Veterans History Project will be interwoven throughout the exhibition to give voice to the wartime experiences of those who served.

The exhibition will be organized into four sections:

  • "Prologue" will feature debates about whether Americans should enter the war or remain neutral and examine early efforts at international aid by the United States.
  • "Over Here" will explore mobilization for war by the U.S. government and citizens, including enlistment, training, victory gardens, Liberty Bond drives, censorship and the significant contributions of women and African-Americans to the war effort.
  • "Over There" will highlight the overseas experiences of American soldiers and medical volunteers as they experienced industrialized warfare with its new deadly technologies.
  • "Epilogue" will touch on the war’s effects, as national borders were redrawn, returning soldiers tried to reintegrate into America, and jazz spread across Europe. It will examine the challenges to racial inequality domestically and internationally, and it will look at new global forces the war helped to unleash, including the Russian Revolution and a worldwide epidemic of influenza.

Now through April 2017, the Library of Congress is featuring twice-monthly blogs about World War I, written by Library curators who highlight stories and collection materials they think are most revealing about the war. The blogs can be viewed at loc.gov/blogs/.

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I is currently on display at the Library of Congress. "World War I: American Artists View the Great War" is on view through May 6, 2017 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An online version can be viewed at loc.gov/exhibits/american-artists-view-the-great-war/.

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.

With the most comprehensive collection of multi-format World War I holdings in the nation, the Library is a unique resource for primary-source materials, education plans, public programs and on-site visitor experiences about The Great War, including exhibits, symposia and book talks.

vcsPRAsset_534765_123583_b3c1b743-d2dd-4c63-87ac-053014374675_0.jpgKaminski Auctions kicked off their summer season with one of their most successful auctions of the year.  The estate of the late Baroness Mary McFall de Gunzburg of New York City, New York and Miami Beach, Florida at their July 24th auction brought surprising results at what is normally a quiet time in the auction season.

Google analytics showed a huge increase in traffic to the website leading up to the auction as well as a large increase in online participation. Over 13,000 registered buyers online and a large increase in phone bidder participation were a clear indication of good things to come.

The Baroness was a patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and had a lifelong passion for art and collecting antiques.  Along with her husband Baron Guy de Gunzburg their collecting interests were wide and varied.  

Among the top lots in the sale, eight circa 1800 framed Indian illuminated manuscript pages purchased by the couple from the Doris Wiener Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York City brought over $245,000 collectively and garnered the most interest from collectors as far away as Delhi and Karnataka, India. 

Bidding was fast and furious on each manuscript lot with several being purchased by the same collector.  The most expensive manuscript pages were titled “Royal Tryst” and “Krishna Dances for the Gopis”. They sold for $55,200 each to the phones with buyer’s premium.  A third page titled “Blindman’s Bluff” sold for $34,800, “Lover’s Play” for $32,400, “The Marriage of the Nagini” $31,200, “City Scene” $27,600 and “Birth Scene” $25,200, all prices include twenty per cent buyer’s premium.

Another collecting category that saw a considerable amount of interest was the Russian silver pieces from the collection. A 19th century Russian silver kovsh marked "P. Ovchinkova “ showing two Vikings with armor, marked "84" in Cyrillic sold for $ 16,800 and a Russian enameled centerpiece with handle, marked "84 / P. Ovchimnkova" sold for $13,500. 

Her collection of art included two Felix Kelly (New Zealand, 1914-1994) paintings, purchased from Arthur Tooth and Sons, Ltd of London, England, the first titled "The County Church" sold for $6,300 while the second titled "The Squeaky Pavillion" brought $ 5,700, an Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac (French, 1887-1974) watercolor titled "Le Parier Fleuri" with the original sale receipt from the Schoneman Galleries, Madison Avenue, New York City sold for $10,800.

An eclectic collection of fine furniture collected in the couples travels throughout Europe featured a rare neoclassical Portuguese bed of carved gilt wood that sold for $6765 while a pair of highly decorative French inlaid tables, with elaborate marquetry on the tops, drawers and shelves sold for $3750 and an18th century French Provincial commode brought $3900.

Kaminski hosts its next auction August 14, 2016 with a wide offering of items from Palm Beach, Florida, and other local estates.  

September brings the start of an exciting fall auction schedule starting with the September Fine Art Auction on Sunday, September 11, 2016. There is still time to consign for this important auction. Please send photos of your paintings to consignments@kaminskiauctions.com

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Image: "Royal Tryst," illuminated manuscript page, depicting a princly scene, from Kangra, India, circa 1800.

ha paoster copy.jpgDALLAS - A one sheet poster for D.W. Griffith’s 1915 epic The Birth of a Nation - considered to be one of the most controversial and explicitly racist films of the early 20th century - sold for $74,687 to an HA Live! bidder for more than three times expectations in Heritage Auctions’ summer Vintage Movie Posters Auction. The July 30-31 auction realized more than $1.7 million, with top prices paid for pre-War horror posters and uncommon discoveries for classic American films.

“Despite being one of the most influential motion pictures of all time, posters from The Birth of a Nation movie are almost never seen at auction,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage. “I’m not surprised it did well, but I was pleased to see it surpass expectations three times over. The entire auction was a success from start to finish.”

Posters from horror films proved popular as a rare one sheet for 1939’s sequel Son of Frankenstein, starring A-listers Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Basil Rathbone, sold for $43,020 and a one sheet for Universal’s 1939 classic Dracula’s Daughter sold for $35,850. A one sheet for The Mummy’s Hand brought $14,937.

Multiple bidders vied for rare paper from Hollywood classics, including one of just a handful of one sheets known to exist from the 1930 film Morocco, starting Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich. The bright stone lithographed copy - which marked Dietrich’s America movie debut - sold for $40,630. A one sheet for The Bell Boy, the 1918 film starring cinematic comedy giants Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, sparked a bidding war among 10 people to blow past it’s $3,000 pre-auction estimate to sell for $35,850.

Unusual discoveries sparked intense bidder interest as a scarce insert format poster for the iconic Casablanca sold for $33,460 and a set of three Italian premier display posters for 1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - measuring an amazing 39-inches by 110-inches - sold for an astounding $31,070 against an $18,000 estimate. Famed poster artist Drew Struzan’s original acrylic painting for the one sheet used for Cannonball Run II sold for $21,501.

Additional highlights include but are not limited to:

·         A one sheet for The 39 Steps: Realized: $31,070.

·         An advance one sheet for the 1948 Superman serial: Realized: $20,315.

·         A Douglas Fairbanks stock poster three sheet: Realized: $16,730.

·         The always popular one sheet for This Gun for Hire: Realized: $15,535.

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